Archived Community Events

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. 


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