Archived Community Events

2016 31 Mar
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Shakil Choudhury on Deep Diversity: Overcoming Us vs. Them

What if our interactions with those different from us are strongly influenced by things happening below the radar of awareness, hidden even from ourselves? Deep Diversity explores this question and argues that “us vs.

2016 29 Mar
7:00pm - 8:30pm

Reading of Cosmophilia by Rahat Kurd, a finalist in the 2014 Gwendolyn MacEwen Poetry Prize

A Muslim woman engaging in religious and political imagery in lyric and narrative styles, Rahat Kurd steps out our of her cultural comfort zone to provide a unique book of poetry that combines reflections on Kashmir, Muslim culture, and religious imagery, with an often alienating yet also stimula

2016 24 Mar
7:00pm - 9:00pm

David Barsamian: U.S. Politics and the Rise of Trump

One of America's most tireless and wide-ranging investigative journalists, David Barsamian has altered the independent media landscape, both with his weekly radio show Alternative Radio—now in its 30th year—and his books with Noam Chomsky, Eqbal Ahmad, Howard Zinn, Tariq Ali, Richard

2016 23 Mar
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Jason Tetro, Author of National Bestseller The Germ Files, In Conversation with Alan Neal, Host of CBC Radio's All In A Day

Jason Tetro, author of The Germ Code, is back with a very different book but the same message: microbes are amazing, they deserve our respect and we should learn to live with them in harmony. THE GERM FILES: The Surprising Ways Microbes Can Improve Your Health and Life (and H

2016 21 Mar
6:00pm - 8:00pm

Octopus Book Club March Edition: Celebrating Women & Literature!

This month, to coincide with International Women's Day on March 8th, we are elebrating women and literature at our book club!

2016 16 Mar
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Ottawa Launch of Ginger Goodwin: A Worker’s Friend by Laura Ellyn

With bright, strong imagery, Ginger Goodwin presents the story of labour activist and martyr Albert “Ginger” Goodwin.

2016 10 Mar

TPP, FOOD SOVEREIGNTY, & OUR HEALTH – Why Should You Be Concerned?

Keynote speaker: Dr. Shiv Chopra

Lecture (30 min), Panel discussion(30 min) and Q & A (45 min)

2016 28 Feb

March to Save Chaudiere Falls Area

Please spread the word!

1 PM peaceful gathering to save Chaudiere, Albert and Victoria island and Chaudiere falls

1 PM

Sunday February 28, 2016

Starts at Victoria island and we will march to Parliament Hill

2016 25 Feb
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Claude Lacaille: Rebel Priest in the Time of Tyrants

People oppose dictators like Pinochet in great numbers, but few actually take action and risk their lives doing so. Claude Lacaille did, particularly in Chile from 1975 to 1986. And he has never ceased fighting for social justice and freedom.

2016 23 Feb
7:00pm - 9:00pm

An Evening with Max Blumenthal, Author of The 51 Day War: Ruin and Resistance in Gaza

Best-selling author, Max Blumenthal, reports on Israel’s brutal assault on Gaza in July 2014.

Hosted by Lia Tarachansky, a Jaffa-based filmmaker and the Israel/Palestine correspondent for The Real News Network (TRNN)

2016 17 Feb

Dear Mandela Film Screening In Support of Rooftops Canada

Rooftops Canada invites you to join us February 17th at 6:00 at the Mayfair Theatre for a screening of the documentary "Dear Mandela" with our very special guests Leilani Farha UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Adequate Housing and Lorena Zárate Presi

2016 17 Feb
5:30pm - 7:30pm


The readings by Soraya Peerbaye  (Tell: Poems for a Girlhood) and charles c.

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.