Ottawa's Festival of Ideas Since 1997
1
Friday
Jan
2016
7:30pm • Mayfair Theare • 1074 Bank St.

Test Event

2
Tuesday
Feb
2016
4:00pm • St. Alban's Church • 454 King Edward Avenue

Megaphono Festival Official Launch: Keynote Address by Jessica Hopper

5
Friday
Feb
2016
7:00pm • Christ Church Cathedral • 414 Sparks St.

The High Mountains of Portugal One on One with Yann Martel

Hosted by CBC’s Alan Neal
25
Thursday
Feb
2016
5:30pm • Irene's Pub • 885 Bank St.

Adapting in the Dust: Lessons Learned from Canada's War in Afghanistan

Carleton Presents: Lessons Learned from Canada's War in Afghanistan
8
Tuesday
Mar
2016
7:30pm • Main Floor Reading Room MacOdrum Library • 1125 Colonel By Dr, Ottawa, ON

McLuhan and Frye: A Reading by B.W. Powe

21
Monday
Mar
2016
7:00pm • Southminster Church • 15 Aylmer Ave.

The End of Protest with Micah White

Hosted by CBC's Adrian Harewood
31
Thursday
Mar
2016
5:00pm • Pressed • 750 Gladstone Ave

Author Meets Readers: Federal Decisions with Local Implications

Presented by Carleton University
14
Thursday
Apr
2016
5:00pm • Festival Café in Christ Church • 414 Sparks St.

Thursday’s Menuat the Festival Café

5:30pm • Social • 537 Sussex Dr.

Book Launch: Two Freedoms: Canada's Global Future with Hugh Segal

Hosted by Jennifer Ditchburn
6:30pm • Christ Church Cathedral • 414 Sparks St.

SAFE AND SOUND with Paul Lynch, Abdourahman A. Waberi and Carol Daniels

8:30pm • Christ Church Cathedral • 414 Sparks St.

RADICAL EMPATHY with Sara Baume, Sunil Yapa and Joan Crate

Hosted by Sean Wilson
15
Friday
Apr
2016
5:00pm • Festival Café in Christ Church • 414 Sparks St.

Friday’s Menuat the Festival Café

6:30pm • Christ Church Cathedral • 414 Sparks St.

ALL IN THIS TOGETHERwith Farzana Doctor,Nadia Bozak andChristine Dwyer Hickey 

8:30pm • Christ Church Cathedral • 414 Sparks St.

THE LONG AND SHORT OF IT with Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm, Kris Bertin and Danielle McLaughlin

Hosted by Susan Birkwood
16
Saturday
Apr
2016
12:00pm • Christ Church Cathedral • 414 Sparks St.

Mysteries of the Brain and the Secrets of the Heart with James R. Doty M.D.

2:00pm • Christ Church Cathedral • 414 Sparks St.

Concussion and the New Science of Brain Plasticity with Clark Elliott

Hosted by Stephen Brockwell
2:00pm • Christ Church Cathedral - Room C • 414 Sparks St.

Writing Workshop with Nadia Bozak

4:00pm • Christ Church Cathedral • 414 Sparks St.

Switched On with John Elder Robison

Hosted by Joanne Laucius
5:00pm • Festival Café in Christ Church • 414 Sparks St.

Saturday’s Menuat the Festival Café

5:00pm • Manx Pub • 370 Elgin St.

BookThug Spring Launch with Jacob Wren and Phil Hall

Presented with Plan 99
6:30pm • Christ Church Cathedral • 414 Sparks St.

THE WISEST COURSE with Craig Davidson, James Bartleman and Carmen Aguirre

Hosted by Peter Schneider
8:30pm • Christ Church Cathedral • 414 Sparks St.

CONTAINED IN TIME PAST with Alissa York, Daniel Poliquin and Katherine Govier

Hosted by Stephen Brockwell
17
Sunday
Apr
2016
2:00pm • Christ Church Cathedral • 414 Sparks St.

Blog Out Loud: Listen. Look. Laugh. LOUD.

4:00pm • Christ Church Cathedral • 414 Sparks St.

Martyrdom, Murder and the Lure of ISIS with Mark Bourrie

Hosted by Laurence Wall
5:00pm • Festival Café in Christ Church • 414 Sparks St.

Sunday’s Menuat the Festival Café

5:00pm • Manx Pub • 370 Elgin St.

Plan 99 Poetry Cabaret with Alexandra Oliver and Nick Thran

Hosted by David O’Meara
6:30pm • Christ Church Cathedral • 414 Sparks St.

WHERE WE BELONG with Pamela Mordecai, Lynne Kutsukake and George Elliott Clarke

Hosted by Adrian Harewood
8:30pm • Christ Church Cathedral • 414 Sparks St.

SCENE OF THE CRIME with John Lawton, Brenda Chapman, Joy Fielding and Linwood Barclay

Hosted by Barbara Fradkin
18
Monday
Apr
2016
12:00pm • Christ Church Cathedral • 414 Sparks St.

WriteOn! Resilience and Triumph: Immigrant Women Tell Their Stories with Monia Mazigh andDr. Vanaja Dhruvarajan

Hosted by Neil Wilson
5:00pm • Festival Café in Christ Church • 414 Sparks St.

Monday’s Menuat the Festival Café

6:30pm • Christ Church Cathedral • 414 Sparks St.

FUTURE IMPERFECT with Sylvain Neuvel and Robert J Sawyer

Hosted by Peter Schneider
6:30pm • Christ Church Cathedral - Room C • 414 Sparks St.

BOOK LAUNCH: The Light That Remains with Lyse Champagne

8:30pm • Christ Church Cathedral • 414 Sparks St.

HOUSE OF ANANSI POETRY BASH with Michael Crummey, Baziju, Suzanne Buffam and Steven Heighton

Hosted by David O’Meara
8:30pm • Christ Church Cathedral - Room C • 414 Sparks St.

BOOK LAUNCH: Monstrous Little Voices with Kate Heartfield

19
Tuesday
Apr
2016
5:00pm • Festival Café in Christ Church • 414 Sparks St.

Tuesday’s Menuat the Festival Café

6:30pm • Christ Church Cathedral • 414 Sparks St.

ALL MY LIFE TO LIVE with Teva Harrison and Bif Naked

Hosted by Lucy van Oldenbarneveld
7:00pm • NAC Panorama Room • 53 Elgin St.

The Idea of Canada: Letters to a Nation with Governor General David Johnston

Hosted by Mark Sutcliffe
8:30pm • Christ Church Cathedral • 414 Sparks St.

The Best of Writers & Company with Eleanor Wachtel

Hosted by Charlotte Gray
23
Saturday
Apr
2016
7:00pm • Centretown United Church • 507 Bank St.

Mountain City Girls: An Evening of Storytelling and Song with Anna and Jane McGarrigle

Hosted by Lynn Miles
14
Saturday
May
2016
2:00pm • Glebe Community Centre • 175 Third Avenue

WriteOn! Youth Writing Workshop with David A. Poulsen

25
Wednesday
May
2016
5:30pm • Library and Archives Canada • 395 Wellington Street

RECLAIMING THE COMMONS

Presented by the Canada Council for the Arts
21
Tuesday
Jun
2016
8:30pm • NCC's Urbanism Lab • 40 Elgin Street

An Evening with Indigenous Authors: A National Aboriginal Day Celebration

21
Sunday
Aug
2016
3:00pm • The barn at Fieldwork • 2501 Old Brooke Rd, near Maberly

Framework: Words on the Land - 2016

13
Tuesday
Sep
2016
12:00pm • Metropolitain Brasserie • 700 Sussex Dr.

Literary Luncheon with Alexandre Trudeau

7:00pm • Library and Archives Canada • 395 Wellington Street

Travels in the New China with Alexandre Trudeau

21
Wednesday
Sep
2016
7:30pm • Ottawa City Hall, Councillor Lounge • 110 Laurier Ave W

Marion Dewar: A Life of Action with Deborah Gorham

24
Saturday
Sep
2016
2:00pm • The barn at Fieldwork • 2501 Old Brooke Rd. near Maberly

Storywork: Telling Tales Rooted in the Land

27
Tuesday
Sep
2016
7:00pm • Christ Church Cathedral • 414 Sparks Street

When We Are Bold: Women Who Turn Our Upsidedown World Right

Presented by The Nobel Women's Initiative with support from with Equal Voice
29
Thursday
Sep
2016
5:30pm • Irene's Pub • 885 Bank Street

Armchair Quarterbacks: Canadians and Sports

Author Meets Readers Presented by Carleton University
30
Friday
Sep
2016
12:00pm • Metropolitain Brasserie • 700 Sussex Dr.

Literary Luncheon with Emma Donoghue

7:00pm • Southminster United Church • 15 Alymer Ave. (corner of Bank)

Barkskins: One on One with Annie Proulx

Presented with Kingston WritersFest and the Embassy of the United States
3
Monday
Oct
2016
6:00pm • Southminster United Church • 15 Alymer Ave. (corner of Bank)

Every Hidden Thing with Kenneth Oppel

8:00pm • Southminster United Church • 15 Alymer Ave. (corner of Bank)

Slade House: One on One with David Mitchell

Presented in partnership with Kingston WritersFest
13
Thursday
Oct
2016
7:00pm • Ottawa Little Theatre • 400 King Edward Avenue

Random PlayHosted by All In A Day'sAlan Neal

Sponsored by RE/MAX Hallmark Realty Group
14
Friday
Oct
2016
5:00pm • Christ Church Cathedral - Festival Cafe • 414 Sparks st.

Friday, October 14 menuat the Festival Café

15
Saturday
Oct
2016
5:00pm • Christ Church Cathedral • 414 Sparks Street

à la carte: The Ethics of Eating with Sonia Faruqi

5:00pm • Christ Church Cathedral - Festival Cafe • 414 Sparks St.

Saturday, October 15 menuat the Festival Cafe

7:00pm • Christ Church Cathedral • 414 Sparks Street

à la carte: Farm to Table

17
Monday
Oct
2016
7:00pm • Library and Archives Canada • 395 Wellington st.

The Promise of Canada with Charlotte Gray

19
Wednesday
Oct
2016
7:00pm • Ottawa City Hall, Jean Pigott Place • 110 Laurier Ave W

CITY OF OTTAWA BOOK AWARDS / PRIX DU LIVRE D”OTTAWA

20
Thursday
Oct
2016
5:00pm • Christ Church Cathedral - Festival Cafe • 414 Sparks St.

Thursday's Menuat the Festival Cafe

5:30pm • Irene's Pub • 885 Bank Street

Author Meets ReadersHubris: The Challenge of Climate Change

Presented by Carleton University
6:30pm • Library and Archives Canada • 395 Wellington Street

Stories about Canada with Jane Urquhart

Hosted by CBC's Sandra Abma
8:30pm • Christ Church Cathedral • 414 Sparks Street

Time After Time with Rowan Hisayo Buchanan, Terry Jordan and Jen Sookfong Lee

Hosted by J.F. Martel
21
Friday
Oct
2016
8:30am • Azrieli School of Architecture + Urbanism • 1125 Colonel By Drive Building 22

POP / CAN / CRIT:Current Conditions in Popular Canadian Architecture Criticism

Presented by Spacing Magazine / Azrieli School of Architecture + Urbanism
5:00pm • Christ Church Cathedral - Festival Cafe • 414 Sparks St.

Friday's Menuat the Festival Cafe

6:30pm • Christ Church Cathedral • 414 Sparks Street

In/Words Presents Refuge(e)

6:30pm • Christ Church Cathedral • 414 Sparks Street

Children of Earth and Sky with Guy Gavriel Kay

Hosted by Kate Heartfield
8:30pm • Christ Church Cathedral • 414 Sparks Street

Bywords 2016 John Newlove Poetry Award Ceremony and Reading

8:30pm • Christ Church Cathedral • 414 Sparks Street

Paranormal Prose with Kristi Charish, Nathan Adler and Kelley Armstrong

Hosted by Marie Bilodeau
22
Saturday
Oct
2016
12:00pm • Christ Church Cathedral • 414 Sparks Street

Jane Jacobs and the Livable City with Nathan Storring and Robert Kanigel

Hosted by CBC's Joanne Chianello
4:00pm • Christ Church Cathedral • 414 Sparks Street

The Easter Uprising of 1916 with Dermot Keogh

Hosted by Neil Wilson
5:00pm • Manx Pub • 370 Elgin St.

Plan 99 Poetry Cabaret

Hosted by David O'Meara
5:00pm • Christ Church Cathedral - Festival Cafe • 414 Sparks St.

Saturday's Menuat the Festival Cafe

6:30pm • Christ Church Cathedral • 414 Sparks Street

Character Studies with Jowita Bydlowska, Mary Morrissy and David Szalay

Hosted by Rhonda Douglas
8:30pm • Christ Church Cathedral • 414 Sparks Street

What Tomorrow Brings with Michael Helm and M.G. Vassanji

Hosted by Peter Schneider
23
Sunday
Oct
2016
2:00pm • Christ Church Cathedral • 414 Sparks Street

A Canadian Soldier's Fight Against the Islamic State with Dillon Hillier

Hosted by Jody Mitic
4:00pm • Christ Church Cathedral • 414 Sparks Street

Running for Office with John Laschinger and Noah Richler

Hosted by Maclean¹s Magazine’s John Geddes
5:00pm • Manx Pub • 370 Elgin St.

Spotlight on Biblioasis with Kathy Page and Leon Rooke

5:00pm • Christ Church Cathedral - Festival Cafe • 414 Sparks St.

Sunday's Menuat the Festival Cafe

6:30pm • Christ Church Cathedral • 414 Sparks Street

Trigger Warning with Deni Bechard, Peter Behrens and Kevin Patterson

Hosted by Stephen Brockwell
8:30pm • Christ Church Cathedral • 414 Sparks Street

Own Self Be True with Gwen Benaway, Vivek Shraya and Ivan Coyote

Hosted by Jeremy Dias
24
Monday
Oct
2016
12:00pm • Christ Church Cathedral • 414 Sparks Street

Respect with Vivek Shraya, Zoe Whitall and Ivan Coyote

5:00pm • Christ Church Cathedral - Festival Cafe • 414 Sparks St.

Monday's Menuat the Festival Cafe

6:30pm • Christ Church Cathedral • 414 Sparks Street

Family Matters with Zoe Whittall, Katherena Vermette and David Bergen

Hosted by Carleton University’s Susan Birkwood
8:30pm • Christ Church Cathedral • 414 Sparks Street

Past Imperfect with Deborah Campbell, Alexandra Shimo and Joy Kogawa

Hosted by CBC's Adrian Harewood
25
Tuesday
Oct
2016
5:00pm • Christ Church Cathedral - Festival Cafe • 414 Sparks St.

Tuesday's Menuat the Festival Cafe

6:30pm • Christ Church Cathedral • 414 Sparks Street

The Tempest / Hag-Seed with Margaret Atwood

8:30pm • Christ Church Cathedral • 414 Sparks Street

Cause and Effect with Jared Young, Nathan Whitlock and Iain Reid

Hosted by CBC's Alan Neal
26
Wednesday
Oct
2016
5:00pm • Christ Church Cathedral - Festival Cafe • 414 Sparks St.

Wednesday's Menuat the Festival Cafe

6:30pm • Christ Church Cathedral • 414 Sparks Street

The Ever Present Past Stephen Henighan, Ann Y. K. Choi, and Anosh Irani

Hosted by Peter Schneider
8:30pm • Christ Church Cathedral • 414 Sparks Street

Poetry Cabaret with Stephen Brockwell, Gregory Scofield, Sandra Ridley and Stuart Ross

30
Sunday
Oct
2016
7:00pm • Centretown United Church • 507 Bank St.

Do Not Say We Have Nothing with Madeleine Thien

Hosted by the CBC’s Lucy van Oldenbarneveld
3
Thursday
Nov
2016
7:00pm • Christ Church Cathedral • 414 Sparks Street

Wade Davis: Photographs

Presented with the Royal Canadian Geographical Society
17
Thursday
Nov
2016
7:00pm • Library and Archives Canada • 395 Wellington Street

The Witches of New York with Ami McKay

30
Wednesday
Nov
2016
7:00pm • Centretown United Church • 507 Bank St.

Waiting for First Light: My Ongoing Battle with PTSD with Roméo Dallaire

10
Saturday
Dec
2016
1:00pm • Southminster United Church • 15 Aylmer Avenue

Garnet Rogers and Lynne HansonBook Launch

Presented by folkzone as part of Ochsfest2
3:00pm • Southminster United Church • 15 Aylmer Avenue

Garnet Rogers and Lynne HansonConcert

Presented by folkzone as part of Ochsfest2