Archived Community Events

2014 20 Oct

Lecture: A Poisonous Thorn in Our Hearts, Sudan and South Sudan's Bitter and Incomplete Divorce by James Copnall

Why did the world's newest country, South Sudan, sink into a devastating civil war less than three years after independence? How did the secession of its southern region affect the 'rump state', Sudan?

2014 17 Oct

The Blue Dot Tour: An evening with David Suzuki in Ottawa

On his last national tour, David Suzuki shares the wisdom of a life full of action and celebrates Canadians who are standing up for the people and places they love. A special evening of inspiration, music and learning.

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

Ottawa Launch of Norval Morrisseau: Man Changing into Thunderbird with Armand Garnet Ruffo

Norval Morrisseau (1932–2007), Ojibway shaman-artist, drew his first sketches at age six in the sand on the shores of Lake Nipigon, and his first paintings were in cheap watercolour on birch bark and moose hide.

2014 10 Oct
12:00pm - 1:00pm

October 10th is World Mental Health Day

On Oct.

2014 06 Oct
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Uprising! Women as Change Makers, An interactive conversation with Sally Armstrong

In partnership with Grandmothers Advocacy Network (GRAN), we will be present at this interactive event with Sally Armstrong, award winning humanitarian, journalist and author.

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

Globetrotting or Global Citizenship Book Launch

Globetrotting or Global Citizenship? explores the broad range of international experiential learning options available to Canadian students, as well as the  opportunities and the ethical dilemmas that come with them.

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

Lecture & Book Launch: The Cuban Revolution and it's relationships with Canada and the United States

In collaboration with the Canadian Union of Postal Workers, Ottawa-Cuba Connections, the Canadian Network on Cuba and Frente para la Defensa de los Pueblos Hugo Chavez, Octopus presents a short lecture by Keith Bolender based on his latest book Cuba Under Siege, American Policy, the Revolution an

2014 26 Sep
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Drives all Night Book Reading and Musical Performance by Jamie Anderson

Sept. 26 2014
Raw Sugar Cafe
692 Somerset St W,

2014 25 Sep
7:00pm - 8:30pm

Film Screening: Revolutionary Medicine - a Story of the First Garífuna Hospital

In partnership with Cinema Politica, Octopus Books presents "Revolutionary Medicine" a documentary directed by Beth Geglia & Jesse Frees

2014 23 Sep
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Resisting Canada’s Myths of War and Peacekeeping: three book launches with Jessica Squires, Luke Stewart, Sarah Hipworth & Stephen Dale!

Resisting Canada’s Myths of War and Peacekeeping! We are launching three books under this common theme with author Jessica Squires, Luke Stewart, Sarah Hipworth & Stephen Dale!

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.