Archived Community Events

2013 23 Jan
12:00pm - 1:00pm


Hear first-hand accounts from the World Social Forum special session on Palestine. Yafa Jarar is a member of Students against Israeli Apartheid, and Mike Palecek is a National Union Rep at the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW). 

2013 15 Jan
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Book launch for Feminisms Matter

In this lively narrative, newcomers to women's and gender studies, feminist politics, history, and sociology explore a refreshing take on a subject matter often loaded with assumptions.

2012 13 Dec
12:00pm - 1:00pm

New Legislation, Same Struggle: HIV and health care for immigrants & refugees

Got questions about HIV, immigration & refugee law and the new Conservative legislation on health benefits? This workshop is for you. 

2012 08 Dec
11:00am - 1:00pm

Book signing with Ken Hancock, author of Capital Home Cuisine

Join us on Saturday, Dec. 8 to meet Ken Hancock, author of Capital Home Cuisine: Favourite Local Home Cooking Recipes From Capitals Around the World

2012 05 Dec
6:00pm - 10:00pm

Red Wednesday - party & wish list registration event

For all those about to shop, keep Christmas local and progressive!

Register your Christmas book wish list with Octopus Books

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2012 29 Nov
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Rescheduled for 2013 - "Nightcap for Nihilists" - An evening with Norman Nawrocki

Please note our event with Norman Nawrocki is being rescheduled for 2013 - date TBA. 

It was originally going to be Nov. 29.

We'll be in touch with the new date asap!

2012 28 Nov
7:00pm - 9:00pm


Professor Lipsett-Rivera knows history is not just about great personalities, wars, and revolutions; it is also about daily life.

2012 21 Nov
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Dialogue and debate on Canadian development NGOs

What is the future of Canadian development NGOs? An Octopus Debate

This Octopus Debate is inspired by Paved with Good Intentions by Nikolas Barry-Shaw and Dru Oja Jay.

2012 16 Nov
12:00pm - 1:00pm

Book launch for The Rise and Fall of the Welfare State by Asbjørn Wahl

In an age of government-imposed austerity, and after 30 years of neo-liberal restructuring, the future of the welfare state looks increasingly uncertain.

2012 09 Nov
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Film screening of 5 Broken Cameras

An extraordinary work of both cinematic and political activism, 5 Broken Cameras is a deeply personal, first-hand account of non-violent resistance in Bil’in, a West Bank village threatened by encroaching Israeli settlements.

2012 08 Nov
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Book launch for Imperial Canada Inc - the book the mining industry doesn't want you to read

Imperial Canada, Inc: Legal Haven of Choice for the World's Mining Industries

By Alain Deneault & William Sacher
Translated by Fred A. Reed & Robin Philpot
Co-contributors: Catherine Browne, Mathieu Denis, Patrick Ducharme

2012 07 Nov
12:00pm - 1:00pm

Report from Toronto: Fighting for economic and social justice

Lunch-time round table with Deena Ladd of the Workers’ Action Centre (Toronto)

The laws covering workers are outdated. And the government is not doing enough to enforce the weak laws that do exist. One in three employers breaks the law, often with no penalty.

2012 02 Nov
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Media Democracy Day - Launch of

Please join us to celebrate putting control of media into people's hands and not corporate control.

Speakers and discussion, on different media issues as well as local alternative media projects.

Hosted by your friendly neighbourhood Octopus Books Centretown.

2012 30 Oct
12:00pm - 1:00pm

Just Work? A solidarity tour in support of migrant workers’ rights

José Sicajau is a Guatemalan who knows what happens when migrant workers in Canada speak out about unsafe working conditions. You get deported. 

2012 29 Oct
6:30pm - 9:30pm

ReLit Awards: Ideas Not Money

Get to know the best of the best from Canada’s independent presses! ReLit founder Kenneth J. Harvey celebrates 11 years of fabulous writing with this year’s winners in the Short Fiction, Poetry and Novel categories.

2012 24 Oct
12:00pm - 1:00pm

Fighting for reproductive freedom with the Radical Handmaids

Join us to hear from Julie Lalonde of the Radical Handmaids.

The Radical Handmaids are pro-choice activists who love CanLit and really outrageous hats.

And they’re fighting for reproductive freedom across Canada.

Come hear all about it!

2012 23 Oct
7:00pm - 9:00pm


In this engaged critique of the geopolitics of knowledge, Egla Martínez Salazar examines the genocide and other forms of state terror such as racialized feminicide and the attack on Maya childhood that occurred in Guatemala of the 1980s and '90s with the full support of Western colonial powers.

2012 19 Oct
7:00pm - 9:30pm

A Struggle to Remember: Fighting For Our Families

Video launch – You’re invited!

The video, A Struggle to Remember: Fighting For Our Families, will be launched Friday, October 19th at 7 p.m. at Galerie SAW Gallery, 67 Nicholas St. (Wheelchair access through 2 Daly Arts Court entrance.)

2012 17 Oct
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Love, Hope, Optimism - book launch in tribute to Jack Layton

Jack Layton: Loyal supporter of those in need, avid cyclist and environmentalist, devoted father, husband and friend; in every way the kind of politician we want to believe in—discovering Jack through the eyes of neighbours, friends, family and other Canadians who knew him...

2012 10 Oct
12:00pm - 1:00pm


Join us for a lunch-time round table with Michel Thusky, Elder, Algonquin of Barriere Lake.

A slow-motion crime is taking place in Barriere Lake, three hours north of Ottawa-Gatineau.

2012 04 Oct
7:00pm - 9:00pm

The Ugly Canadian - Book launch with Yves Engler

Stephen Harper’s foreign policy documents the sordid story of the Canadian government’s sabotage of international environmental efforts, a government totally committed to tar sands producers and a mining industry widely criticized for abuses.

2012 02 Oct
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Freedom Sailors - Book launch

In August 2008, the Free Gaza Movement sent the first international boats to land in the port of Gaza in 41 years to break the illegal siege

2012 28 Sep
7:00pm - 9:00pm

The Energy of Slaves - Book launch with Andrew Nikiforuk

Andrew Niikforuk, author of "Tar Sands", presents a new radical analysis of our master-and-slave relationship to energy and a call for change.

2012 26 Sep

Health & justice for refugees

Health & justice for refugees, with Samir Shaheen-Hussain. An Octopus Books CRITICAL ENGAGEMENT Samir is a pediatrician who has been involved in radical grassroots social justice movements for over a decade.

2012 18 Sep
7:00pm - 9:00pm

ORGANIZE! book launch with co-editor Aziz Choudry

How do we organize for progressive social change in an era of unprecedented economic, social, and ecological crises? How do political activists build power and critical analysis into their daily work for change?