Archived Community Events

2016 09 Feb
7:00pm - 9:00pm

A BASIC INCOME GUARANTEE FOR ALL: THE TIME HAS ARRIVED with Basic Income Canada Network, Robert Rainer (Community Classroom)

Income inequality is a profound characteristic of our current political and economic system.

2016 04 Feb

A SYRIAN LOVE STORY Ottawa premiere with director and protagonist in attendance

Cinema Politica is honored to present the Ottawa premiere of A Syrian Love Story. Director Sean McAllister and one of the protagonists will be in attendance.

2016 03 Feb
6:00pm - 8:00pm

Octopus Book Club: Blood, The Stuff of Life

In 2013’s Massey Lectures, Lawrence Hill, bestselling author of The Book of Negroes, offers a provocative examination of the scientific and social history of blood, and on the ways that it u

2016 28 Jan
7:00pm - 9:00pm


What do activists know? Learning Activism is designed to encourage a deeper engagement with the intellectual life of activists who organize for social, political, and ecological justice.

2016 26 Jan
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Novel and Poetry Reading with JEFF BURSEY, Brecken Hancock and Chris Turnbull

Join Jeff Bursey, Brecken Hancock and Chris Turnbull for a reading of their latest creation Mirrors on which dust has fallen, Broom Broom  and continua!

2016 24 Jan
1:30pm - 3:00pm

RED STAR TATTOO: My Life as a Girl Revolutionary Book Launch with Sonja Larsen

From hardscrabble Milwaukee to dreamy Hawaii, from turbulent Montreal to free-spirited California, Red Star Tattoo is Sonja Larsen's unforgettable memoir of a young life spent on the move.

2016 21 Jan
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Ottawa Launch of Access to Information and Social Justice with Jamie Brownlee and Kevin Walby

Access to Information and Social Justice combines the political and the practical aspects of Access to Information (ATI) research into a single volume in order to help invigorate critical social science, investigative journalism, and activism in Canada.

2016 19 Jan
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Birdie, 2015 Best Book of the Year: Reading and Discussion with Author TRACEY LINDBERG and Dr. Kahente Horn-Miller

Join us celebrating Birdie, one of the Best Books of the Year in 2015 on CBC and National Post, and one of the books on the CBC Reads 2016 longlist!  

This is an event that cannot be missed. 

2015 10 Dec
6:00pm - 8:00pm

Octopus Book Club: The Will to Change by bell hooks

Everyone needs to love and be loved -- even men. But to know love, men must be able to look at the ways that patriarchal culture keeps them from knowing themselves, from being in touch with their feelings, from loving.

2015 08 Dec

History of Ottawa River Watershed, A Lecture by Peter Di Gangi, Research Director for Algonquin Nations Secretariat (Community Classroom)

Due to lots of interests in learning about the history of Ottawa River Watershed and positive feedback from our previous session of the same topic, we are hosting this lecture again on December 8! Please see below for details.

2015 03 Dec
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Book Launch: Resilience and Triumph, Immigrant Women Tell Their Stories

Join The Book Project Collective at Octopus Books on December 3rd for the launch of Resilience and Triumph, an inspiring compilation of stories by immigrant women.

2015 01 Dec
6:00pm - 8:00pm

Octopus Book Club: Nineteen Eighty Four by George Orwell

George Orwell's dystopian masterpiece, Nineteen Eighty-Four is perhaps the most pervasively influential book of the twentieth century, making famous Big Brother, newspeak and Room 101.

2015 01 Dec
11:45am - 1:00pm

#GGBooks readings | Lectures publiques #LivresGG

Meet the authors, illustrators, and translators behind this year's winning #GGBooks!

Join us for FREE special readings of the Governor General's Literary Award winners. 


2015 26 Nov
5:30pm - 7:30pm

Economics for Everyone with Jim Stanford

Hosted by Canadian Centre for Policy Alternative 

5:30 PM
Thursday, November 26
25One Community
251 Bank St. 2nd floor


2015 25 Nov

Ottawa Premiere of Resistencia: The Fight for the Aguan Valley

After being shown at festivals worldwide, broadcast on the world's largest Spanish-language television network, and taken on a 54-city tour of North America, Ottawa's own Jesse Freeston is bringing his most-acclaimed film to date back to the city that made him.

2015 24 Nov
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Lawrence Hill: the Illegal In Conversation with CBC's Waubgeshig Rice

Lawrence Hill will be in Ottawa to discuss his new novel The Illegal on November 24 with you hosted by CBC's Waubgeshig Rice, author of Midnight Sweatlodge and Legacy. Guaranteed to be a stimulating evening!

2015 12 Nov
7:00pm - 9:00pm

War: what is it good for? Co-launch of Disarming Conflict and Worth Fighting For with Ernie Regehr and Jessica Squires

Between the Lines and Octopus Books present co-launch of two books about Canadian anti-war history and disarming conflict today:

2015 11 Nov
6:00pm - 8:00pm

Octopus Book Club: This Changes Everything by Naomi Klein

Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction
Observer Book of the Year
New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books of the Year

2015 10 Nov
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Canada: A New Tax Haven Book Launch with Alain Deneault

In Canada: A New Tax Haven, Alain Deneault traces Canada’s relationship with Commonwealth Caribbean nations back through the last half of the twentieth century, arguing that the involvement of Canadian financiers in establishing and maintaining Caribbean tax havens has p

2015 07 Nov
6:00pm - 10:00pm

Education in Action Annual Fall Community Fundraising Event

Please join Education in Action for our annual fall community fundraising event.

2015 07 Nov
2:00pm - 4:00pm

Awaiting Winter's End Children's Book with Cindy Missen Ross

Do you love to cuddle up with your child and share books that are not only fun to read but that also inspire questions and promote further investigation? 

2015 07 Nov
10:00am - 2:00pm



2015 04 Nov
1:00pm - 2:30pm

Book Launch: On Their Own: Women, Urbanization, and the Right to the City in South Africa with author Allison Goebel

The Institute of African Studies Presents
A Public Talk and Book Launch -
“On Their Own: Women, Urbanization, and the Right to the City in South Africa” with Allison Goebel, Queen’s University

2015 02 Nov
7:00pm - 9:00pm

**Postponed to Next Year** Remembering: Open Veins of Latin America, a Tribute to Eduardo Galeano (Community Classroom)

Eduardo Galeano, world-renowned Uruguayan journalist and best known for his 1971 book Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent died at age 74 on April 13 2015. On that day, the world lost a leading voice of the Latin American left.

2015 29 Oct

Pauls, Pillow and Debris Tour: The Ottawa Edition

Coach House Books, Bookthug, Biblioasis and Octopus Books present three authors and their new book: