Archived Community Events

2014 18 Sep
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Mirrors and Mirages, Monia Mazigh in Conversation with Adrian Harewood

In the spirit of Amy Tan’s international bestselling novel The Joy Luck Club, Mirrors and Mirages is an intricately woven, deftly told story that follows the lives of women and their daughters.

2014 17 Sep
7:00pm - 9:00pm

To the Cloud: Big Data in a Turbulent World Book Launch with Vincent Mosco

In the wake of revelations about National Security Agency activities—many of which occur “in the cloud”—this book offers both enlightenment and a critical view. Cloud computing and big data are arguably the most significant forces in information technology today.

2014 11 Sep
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Captive Revolution with Nahla Abdo and Nadia Abu-Zahra

Octopus is honoured to present this timely and pertinent book on Palestine in support of Palestinians' on-going struggle for freedom on their homeland .

2014 22 Aug
1:00pm - 2:30pm
2014 22 Aug
3:00pm - 4:00pm

Post-Capitalist Futures Workshop and Book Signing!

Post-Capitalist Futures
With Richard Swift ; Errol Sharpe ; Cy Gonick ; Andrea Levy and Bob Thomson

2014 22 Aug
11:00am - 12:00pm
2014 22 Aug
2:45pm - 4:45pm

Truth that Wampum Tells - Meet the Author!

Book Signing, Meet the Author of Truth That Wampum Tells

2014 22 Aug
9:00am - 10:30am
2014 22 Aug
1:00pm - 2:30pm
2014 22 Aug
3:00pm - 5:00pm

Workshop, Book Launch and Film Screening!

Cinema Politica At the Peoples Social Forum 2014!

2014 21 Aug
2014 21 Aug

Book Launch: The Winter We Danced, Voices From the Past, the Future, and the Idle No More Movement

Octopus Books and The Kino-nda-niimi Collective presents two launches of The Winter We Danced,  a collection of writing, poetry, lyrics, art and images from the diverse voices that make up the past, present, and future of the Idle No More movement.

2014 21 Aug
9:00am - 12:00pm

Peoples' Social Forum

August 21-24, 2014
University of Ottawa, 550 Cumberland St,
Ottawa, ON K1N 6N5

2014 26 Jun
5:30pm - 8:00pm

Book Launch & Pot luck: Truth That Wampum Tells

With the support of community partners, Project of Heart and KAIROS Canada, Octopus Books presents 'Truth That Wampum Tells: My Debwewin on the Algonquin Land Claims Process' with

2014 25 Jun
5:00pm - 7:00pm

Book Launch: Academic Freedom in Conflict with James L. Turk

For more than a century academics have had unique rights to speak, teach, and write freely.

2014 24 Jun
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Book Launch: Moving Aboriginal Health Forward: Discarding Canada's Legal Barriers

In partnership with Purich Publishing and the Canadian Health Coalition, Octopus Books presents: 'Moving Aboriginal Health Forward: Discarding Canada's Legal Barriers' with author Yvonne Boyer.

2014 20 Jun
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Indigenous Peasant Farmers' Land Rights and Forced Displacement in Guatemala

Special Event: Leocadio Juracan on Indigenous Peasant Farmers’ Land Rights and Forced Displacement in Guatemala 

Coffee  & treats will be served.

2014 11 Jun
5:00pm - 7:00pm

Celebrate Clyde Sanger's Second Wind!

Beloved Glebite Clyde Sanger has a new opus to add to his canon!  It's called Second Wind, but in Clyde's words, this book "might as equally be called Second Fling because, like its predecessor, Defrosting (2005), it is unashamedly a further act of self-indulgence, a self-published collection of

2014 28 May
6:30pm - 9:00pm

Ottawa premiere of Seeds of Hope

"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not."  Dr Seuss.

Join us for the Ottawa premiere of Seeds of Hope

Wednesday, May 28 2014
6:30 pm
@ MayFair Theatre (1074 Bank St.)

2014 22 May
6:30pm - 9:00pm


Diversidad – A Road Trip to Deconstruct Dinner” is a documentary about a group of young Canadians who got on their bikes to raise awareness on the impacts of Word Trade Organization and industrial agriculture.

2014 15 May
5:30pm - 7:30pm

Book Launch & Potluck: Reclaiming the Commons for the Common Good

Commoning was a way of life for most of our ancestors. In Reclaiming the Commons for the Common Good, author Heather Menzies journeys to her roots in the Scottish Highlands, where her family lived in direct relation with the land since before recorded time.

2014 14 May
12:00pm - 1:00pm

Beyond the Basic: Looking at Why We must raise expectations for our children in the education system

Please join Kizzy Paris for a discussion at our lunchtime series on the state of our education system for our children.

2014 13 May
5:00pm - 6:30pm

Book Launch, “Peacemakers: how people around the world are building a world free of war” by Douglas Roche

Book Launch - Peacemakers: How people around the world are building a world free of war 
By Douglas Roche, O.C.
Published by James Lorimer & Co

2014 08 May
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Book Launch: Masculindians: Conversations about Indigenous Manhood

Between October 2010 and May 2013, Sam McKegney conducted interviews with leading Indigenous artists, critics, activists, and elders on the subject of Indigenous manhood.

2014 07 May
6:00pm - 8:00pm

Book Launch: Publicity and the Canadian State: Critical Communications Perspectives

Publicity pervades our political and public culture, but little has been written that critically examines the basis of the modern Canadian “publicity state.” This collection is the first to focus on the central themes in the state’s relationship with publicity practices and the “permanent campaig

2014 02 May
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Book Launch: Prayer Songs by Gord Bruyere

The moon figures prominently in Prayer Songs, this first collection of poetry by Gord Bruyere. Structured to reflect a moon cycle and deeply influenced by traditional Anishinaabe cultural teachings, these twenty-eight poems explore different motivations and expression of prayer.

2014 01 May
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Talk: Extractive Legacies

MiningWatch Canada and Octopus books are pleased to host Extractive Legacies, featuring presentations and discussion with MiningWatch board members Kevin O'Reilly and Bruce Maclean.

2014 30 Apr
7:30pm - 9:00pm

Tax is Not a Four Letter Word

The event will feature a presentation by the book's editor Alex Himelfarb (Director of the Glendon School of International and Public Affair at York University and a former Clerk of the Privy Council) and responses by Dennis Howlett (Executive Director of Canadians for Tax Fairness)
2014 26 Apr
4:00pm - 6:00pm

The Wondrous Woo & The Witchdoctor’s Bones!

We are launching two novels published by Inanna Publications at a special time and location!

The Wondrous Woo by Carrianne Leung & The Witchdoctor’s Bones by Lisa De Nikolits.