Archived Community Events

2015 20 May
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Wabigoon River and The Thunderbird Poems Reading by David Groulx and Armand Garnet Ruffo

In partnership with Kegedonce Press and Harbour Publishing, we are thrilled to have 2 Ojibwey poets reading from their latest collection of poems: Wabigoon River Poems by David Groulx and The Thunderbird Poems by Armand Garnet Ruffo!

2015 14 May
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Book Launch: Exploring Disability Identity and Disability Rights through Narratives with Ravi Malhotra and Morgan Rowe

Building on David M. Engel and Frank W. Munger’s work analyzing the narratives of people with physical and learning disabilities, this book examines the life stories of twelve physically disabled Canadian adults through the prism of the social model of disablement.

2015 13 May
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Chris Hedges: Wages of Rebellion

Revolutions come in waves and cycles. We are again riding the crest of a revolutionary epic, much like 1848 or 1917, from the Arab Spring to movements against austerity in Greece to the Occupy movement.

2015 12 May

Stop the Suits: How Little Known International Tribunals Trump National Sovereignty in Favour of Corporate Profits

Anyday, three corporate lawyers deliberating at a little known tribunal housed in the World Bank will decide if El Salvador has to pay Australian/Canadian mining firm OceanaGold US$301 million (up to 5% of its GDP) for the country’s refusal to grant a controversial gold mining permit.

2015 07 May

Ottawa: a Public Forum on the State of our Democracy

It's been nine years of job losses, health care privatization, failing wages and environmental neglect. It's time for CHANGE!

2015 06 May
6:00pm - 8:00pm

Octopus Book Club - Legacy by Waubgeshig Rice

Dear friends, we'll be discussing Waubgeshig Rice's first novel Legacy, at our book club meeting on Wednesday, May 6 at our centretown location (251 Bank St. 2nd Floor).

2015 02 May

A Conversation with Jim Merkel, author of “Radical Simplicity”

The ‘Degrowth Paradigm’ is gaining steam here and abroad as individuals grapple with a planet heading toward certain peril. In this presentation, Jim Merkel, author of Radical Simplicity, will discuss why the ‘Growth is Good’ and ‘Growth is Necessary’ assumptions are now being challenged.

2015 02 May
11:00am - 5:00pm

Authors for Indies Day!

Come hang out with your local authors at our Glebe store on Saturday, May 2nd!

2015 30 Apr

ANSTEE & ARTELLE - A B Series celebrates National Poetry Month

Thursday, April 30, 2015
Ottawa Art Gallery - Arts Court
2 Daly Ave., Ottawa

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2015 29 Apr

The Walrus Talks "Being Human: What it means to be human in life, culture, art, and science"

The Walrus Talks is a national series of events produced by the charitable, non-profit Walrus Foundation as part of an educational mandate to provide forums for conversation on matters vital to Canadians.

2015 19 Apr

An Evening with the Filmmaker and Poet Shane Book

On Sunday April 19th at 7pm the Independent Film Cooperative of Ottawa (IFCO) presents "An Evening with the Filmmaker and Poet Shane Book" at the Mercury Lounge (56 Byward Market Square).  

2015 18 Apr
1:00pm - 3:00pm

Ottawa Launch of The Best Canadian Poetry in English, 2014 with David O’Meara, Pearl Pirie, Brent Raycroft & Shane Rhodes

Continuing in a long-established tradition of poetry excellence, the fifty poems in this seventh annual collection are culled from Canadian literary magazines and journals.

2015 16 Apr
6:00pm - 8:30pm

What Canadian Muslims Need To Know about Bill C-51

Muslim Link and the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) in partnership with Octopus Books

2015 13 Apr
5:30pm - 7:30pm

Ottawa Launch of the Big Swim, Coming Ashore in a World Adrift by Carrie Saxifrage

According to George Marshall, author of Don’t Even Talk About It: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Ignore Climate Change, psychology tells us that decisions are made in our emotional brains which respond to stories and metaphors that draw upon experience.

2015 07 Apr
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Nothing to Lose but Our Fear, Resistance in Dangerous Times with Fiona Jeffries

As the Egyptian revolution gained momentum in the winter of 2011, a common refrain echoed across Cairo’s Tahrir Square: “The wall of fear came down!” Mass protests against fear and authoritarianism have also rumbled across the aggrieved streets and plazas of Tunis, Athens, Madrid

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

Octopus Book Club - Mornings in Jenin by Susan Abulhawa.

We will discuss Mornings in Jenin by Susan Abulhawa at our 2nd book club meeting! Our leader for this discussion is Mujahed Kamil who is also from Jenine, a Palestinian city in the northern West Bank.

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

The Inconvenient Truth about Harper’s Canada

You are invited to join Michael Harris, author of  PARTY OF ONE: Stephen Harper and Canada’s Radical Makeover,  & Donald Gutstein, author of HARPERISM: How Stephen Harper and his think tank colleagues have transformed Canada.


2015 19 Mar
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Orchestrating Austerity Impacts and Resistance with Donna Baines and Stephen McBride

The economic stimulus which followed the 2007-08 global financial crisis have been succeeded by what we now call “austerity” measures –characterized by a renewed assault on public spending and further restructuring of social and labour market policies.

2015 17 Mar
6:30pm - 8:30pm

Workshop: Consent and Sexual Assault Law

Reports of sexual assault have appeared frequently in the news over the past few months. One of the most memorable cases can be attributed to former CBC Radio host Jian Ghomeshi’s sexual assault scandal.

2015 05 Mar
7:00pm - 9:00pm

An Evening with Karyn Freedman, Author of ONE HOUR IN PARIS - A TRUE STORY OF RAPE AND RECOVERY

A Globe and Mail Top 100 Book of 2014
WINNER of the 2015 British Columbia National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction!

2015 25 Feb

An Evening with Caroline Shepard, Author of Unlit Spaces

Unlit Spaces, a new novel by Caroline Shepard, brings to life the haunting story of Cailey Donald, a young woman who flees her rural Manitoba home in the wake of lingering childhood trauma.

2015 24 Feb
5:30pm - 7:30pm

The Harper Record on trial

“You wont recognize Canada when I’m through with it”: The Harper Record on trial

2015 23 Feb
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Talk to Your Doc, The Patient Guide with Mary Hawkins

Talk to Your Doc, The Patient's Guide is the definitive guide for patients looking for the best possible health outcome.  Mary F.

2015 18 Feb
7:00pm - 9:00pm

An evening with RUPERT ROSS, author of Indigenous Healing Exploring Traditional Paths

Ross’s first book, Dancing with a Ghost, began his exploration of aboriginal approaches to justice and the visions of life that shape them. In his second book, Returning to the Teachings, Ross went on to examine the aboriginal preference for “peacemaker justice.”

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

Libya, Pan Africanism, African Unity and the quest for peace with Professor Horace Campbell

The Institute of African Studies presents a talk entitled “Libya, Pan Africanism, African Unity and the quest for peace.” This is a part of the African Studies Umeme: African Flashpoin