Ottawa's Festival of Ideas Since 1997
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Thursday
Jan
2017
7:00pm • Azrieli Theatre, Carleton University • 1125 Colonel By Dr.

Munro Beattie Lecturewith André Alexis

Presented by Carleton University
14
Tuesday
Mar
2017
7:00pm • Pressed Café • 750 Gladstone Avenue

Spring Extravaganza of Literary and Dramatic Arts

28
Tuesday
Mar
2017
7:00pm • Library and Archives Canada • 395 Wellington st.

Ingenious with David Johnstonand Tom Jenkins

Hosted by Catherine Clark
5
Wednesday
Apr
2017
7:00pm • MacOdrum Library • 1125 Colonel By Dr, Ottawa, ON

The Harper Factor, Panel Discussion and Book Signing

Presented by Carleton University
22
Saturday
Apr
2017
6:30pm • Christ Church Cathedral • 414 Sparks St.

Earth Day 2017 with David Suzuki, Ian Haningtonand Leanne Betasamosake Simpson

27
Thursday
Apr
2017
5:30pm • Christ Church Cathedral • 414 Spraks St.

Thursday's Menu

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

A Woman’s Work:Advocate. Soldier. Revolutionary.with Raiyah Patel, Sandra Perron and Monia Mazigh

Hosted by Rachel Vincent from the Nobel Women’s Initiative
8:30pm • Christ Church Cathedral • 414 Sparks St.

One Day This Will Matter with Scaachi Koul

Hosted by CBC's Lucy van Oldenbarneveld
28
Friday
Apr
2017
5:30pm • Christ Church Cathedral • 414 Sparks st.

Friday's Menu

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

The Bond Between Us with Claire Cameron and Barbara Gowdy

Hosted by CBC's Alan Neal
8:30pm • Christ Church Cathedral • 414 Sparks St.

At Home In the World with Mary Walsh and Heather O’Neill

Hosted by Carleton University’s Susan Birkwood
29
Saturday
Apr
2017
2:00pm • Christ Church Cathedral • 414 Sparks St.

Written in the Body: A performance by Jan Andrews

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

150 YEARS OF GREAT CANADIAN STORYTELLERS A new stage performance by Douglas Gibson

5:00pm • Manx Pub • 370 Elgin St.

Plan 99 Poetry with Kevin Connolly, Aisha Sasha John and Cassidy McFadzean

Hosted by David O'Meara
5:30pm • Christ Church Cathedral • 414 Sparks St.

Saturday's Menu

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

The Big Picture: On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself with Sean Carroll

Hosted by Stephen Brockwell
8:30pm • Christ Church Cathedral • 414 Spraks St.

Event Cancelled: This Is an Uprisingwith Mark Engler

Hosted by J.F. Martel
30
Sunday
Apr
2017
12:00pm • Christ Church Cathedral • 414 Sparks St.

The Science of Why with Jay Ingram

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

Bridging the Diaspora Divide with Stephen Orlov and Samah Sabawi

Hosted by Arthur Milner
4:00pm • Christ Church Cathedral • 414 Sparks St.

Book Launch:The Muslimah who Fell to Earth

Hosted by Shahla Khan Salter
5:00pm • Manx Pub • 370 Elgin St.

Plan 99 Prose with Ray Robertson, Jesse Ruddock and Carys Davies

Hosted by David O'Meara
5:30pm • Christ Church Cathedral • 414 Sparks st.

Sunday's Menu

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

Vimy: The Battle and the Legend with Tim Cook

Hosted by Charlotte Gray
8:30pm • Christ Church Cathedral • 414 Sparks St.

The Illegalwith Lawrence Hill

Hosted by CBC’s Joanne Chianello
1
Monday
May
2017
5:30pm • Christ Church Cathedral • 414 Sparks St.

Monday's Menu

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

One on One with Anita Desai

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

What You Want with Elise Levine, Lori McNulty and Karen Connelly

Hosted by Rhonda Douglas
2
Tuesday
May
2017
5:30pm • Christ Church Cathedral • 414 Sparks St.

Tuesday's Menu

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

Rise of the Radical Right with Tom McMillan

Hosted by Maclean’s Magazine’s John Geddes
8:30pm • Christ Church Cathedral • 414 Sparks St.

The Only Journey with Andrew Westoll, Susan Perly and Steven Heighton

Hosted by Peter Schneider
17
Wednesday
May
2017
6:30pm • Library and Archives Canada • 395 Wellington Street

Book Launch: Running on Empty

Presented in partnership with Library and Archives Canada and the Asian Heritage Month Society
18
Thursday
May
2017
7:00pm • Southminster United Church • 15 Aylmer

Marketing Lessons fromUnder the Influencewith Terry O’Reilly

Hosted by CBC's Laurence Wall
25
Thursday
May
2017
7:00pm • Meadowview Barn: Canada Agriculture and Food Museum • 901 Prince of Wales Drive (Building 95)

à la carte: The Food on Your Plate with Sarah Elton and David Waltner-Toews

à la carte: Free food literacy events presented in partnership with the Ottawa Public Library with support from the government of Ontario.
30
Tuesday
May
2017
7:00pm • The Avant-Garde Bar • 135 1/2 Besserer

MICHAEL DENNIS & FRIENDS: LAUNCH OF BAD ENGINE

16
Friday
Jun
2017
7:00pm • Southminster United Church • 15 Aylmer Ave.

A Great Reckoning with Louise Penny

Presented with the NAC's Canada Scene. Hosted by Patricia Filteau
28
Wednesday
Jun
2017
7:30pm • NAC THEATRE • 1 Elgin St.

26 lettres: An ABC of words that are losing their meaning

Presented by the NAC's Canada Scene
4
Tuesday
Jul
2017
6:30pm • Lieutenant’s Pump • 361 Elgin St

Newfoundland Literary Pub Crawl with Eva Crocker, Ed Riche and Lisa Moore

Presented in partnership with Canada Scene
7:00pm • Fraser Café’s Table 40 • 7 Springfield Rd

NewfoundlandLiterary Dinner with Bridget Canning, Robert Chafe and Kathleen Winter

Presented in partnership with Canada Scene
5
Wednesday
Jul
2017
6:30pm • The Lieutenant's Pump • 361 Elgin St

Newfoundland Literary Pub Crawl with Bridget Canning, Robert Chafe and Kathleen Winter

Presented in partnership with Canada Scene
7:00pm • Fraser Café’s Table 40 • 7 Springfield Rd

Newfoundland Literary Dinner Eva Crocker, Ed Riche and Lisa Moore

Presented in partnership with Canada Scene
13
Thursday
Jul
2017
9:30pm • NAC BACK STAGE • 1 Elgin St.

Ivan Coyote Tomboy Survival Guide

Presented by the NAC's Canada Scene
12
Tuesday
Sep
2017
8:00pm • NAC City Room • 1 Elgin St.

Book Launch: First Snow, Last Light with Wayne Johnston

14
Thursday
Sep
2017
7:00pm • Pellan Room, 2nd Floor Library and Archives Canada • 395 Wellington Street

Book Launch:That's My Baby by Frances Itani

19
Tuesday
Sep
2017
7:00pm • The Savoy Brasserie • 334 Richmond Road

Book Launch: The Wind in His Heart with Charles de Lint

25
Monday
Sep
2017
7:00pm • Wabano Centre • 299 Montreal Rd.

Inuit, Injusticeand the Canadian Arcticwith Kenn Harper

Hosted by Elizabeth Hay
28
Thursday
Sep
2017
6:30pm • Dominion Chalmers Church • 355 Cooper Street

à la carte: Healthy Eating for the Whole Family with Laura Keogh

à la carte: Free food literacy events presented in partnership with the Ottawa Public Library with support from the government of Ontario.
8:30pm • Dominion Chalmers Church • 355 Cooper Street

à la carte: You Are What You Eat with Brent Preston and Nick Saul

à la carte: Free food literacy events presented in partnership with the Ottawa Public Library with support from the government of Ontario.
6
Friday
Oct
2017
7:00pm • Southminster United Church • 15 Aylmer Ave.

Something Is Always On Fire with Measha Brueggergosman

Hosted by CBC's Alan Neal
10
Tuesday
Oct
2017
7:00pm • Southminster United Church • 15 Aylmer Ave.

Scene of the Crime with Barbara Fradkin and Ann Cleeves

hosted by Brenda Chapman
12
Thursday
Oct
2017
5:00pm • Ottawa City Hall Art Gallery • 110 Laurier Ave W

From Trudeau to Trudeau with AISLIN (Terry Mosher)

13
Friday
Oct
2017
7:00pm • Wabano Centre • 299 Montreal Rd.

a la carte: Indigenous Fusion with Chef David Wolfman

à la carte: Free food literacy events presented in partnership with the Ottawa Public Library with support from the government of Ontario.
15
Sunday
Oct
2017
7:00pm • Centretown United Church • 507 Bank St.

At the Strangers' Gate: Arrivals in New York with Adam Gopnik

Hosted by Peter Schneider
18
Wednesday
Oct
2017
7:00pm • Ottawa City Hall, Jean-Pigott Place • 110 Laurier Ave W.

City of Ottawa Book Awards

19
Thursday
Oct
2017
5:00pm • Christ Church Cathedral • 414 Spraks St.

Thursday's Menu

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

Truth and History with Chelsea Vowel, Lee Maracle and Bev Sellars

Hosted by Louise Profeit-LeBlanc
8:30pm • Christ Church Cathedral • 414 Sparks St.

A Newfoundlander in Canada with Alan Doyle

Hosted by CBC’s Alan Neal
Sponsored by Thom Fountain of the RE/MAX Hallmark Realty Group
20
Friday
Oct
2017
5:00pm • Christ Church Cathedral • 414 Spraks St.

Friday's Menu

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

In Search of a Better World with Payam Akhavan

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

Bywords 2017 John Newlove Poetry Award Reading and Ceremony

Hosted by Charles Earl
21
Saturday
Oct
2017
2:00pm • Christ Church Cathedral • 414 Sparks St.

One on One with Vikas Swarup

Hosted by Peter Schneider
4:00pm • Christ Church Cathedral • 414 Sparks St.

Living in a Mindful Universewith Karen Newell and Eben Alexander MD

Hosted by Tony Lofaro
5:00pm • Christ Church Cathedral • 414 Spraks St.

Saturday's Menu

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

Past Imperfect with Frances Itani, Ed O'Loughlin and Linda Spalding

Hosted by artsfile.ca’s Peter Robb
8:30pm • Christ Church Cathedral • 414 Sparks St.

In This Together with Martha Baillie, Ahmad Danny Ramadan and Catherine Hernandez

Hosted by Rhonda Douglas
22
Sunday
Oct
2017
12:00pm • Christ Church Cathedral • 414 Sparks St.

On Sickness, Health and What it Means to be Alive with James Maskalyk

Hosted by CBC's Laurence Wall
2:00pm • Christ Church Cathedral • 414 Sparks St.

Why 35 Million Canadians Are Not Enough with Doug Saunders

Hosted by CBC’s Adrian Harewood
4:00pm • Christ Church Cathedral • 414 Sparks St.

A Reporter's Journey into the Lives of Others with Carol Off

Hosted by CBC’s Adrian Harewood
5:00pm • Christ Church Cathedral • 414 Spraks St.

Sunday's Menu

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

Present Tense with Angie Abdou, Carleigh Baker and Eden Robinson

Hosted by JF Martel
23
Monday
Oct
2017
5:00pm • Christ Church Cathedral • 414 Spraks St.

Monday's Menu

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

Past and Present with David Chariandy, Alison Pick and Linden MacIntyre

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

Just Between Us with Terry Fallis, Eliza Robertson and Michael Redhill

Hosted by Carleton University’s Susan Birkwood
24
Tuesday
Oct
2017
5:00pm • Christ Church Cathedral • 414 Spraks St.

Tuesday's Menu

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

Stolen Lives with Lorri Neilsen Glenn and Tanya Talaga

Hosted by: Deborah Kigjugalik Webster
8:30pm • Christ Church Cathedral • 414 Sparks St.

Event postponed:Reimagining Canada with John Ralston Saul

Hosted by CBC’s Adrian Harewood
27
Friday
Oct
2017
7:00pm • Southminster United Church • 15 Aylmer Ave.

Jody Mitic Event Cancelled

3
Friday
Nov
2017
10:00am • NRC Auditorium Building M-50 • 1200 Montreal Road, Ottawa

NRC Presents: The Ethics of Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, and Human-centric Science

Presented by: National Research Council of Canada
8
Wednesday
Nov
2017
7:30pm • Centretown United Church • 507 Bank St.

One Day Closer with Lorinda Stewart and Amanda Lindhout

Hosted by CBC’s Lucy van Oldenbarneveld
10
Friday
Nov
2017
7:00pm • Centretown United Church • 507 Bank St.

Event PostponedDeer Life with Ron Sexsmith

Hosted by Maclean's Magazine's John Geddes
16
Thursday
Nov
2017
7:30pm • Centretown United Church • 507 Bank St.

Song and Story: An evening with Tomson Highway

Presented in partnership with the Canadian Council of Muslim Women - Ottawa chapter
Hosted by CBC’s Adrian Harewood
20
Monday
Nov
2017
6:00pm • Ottawa Public Library Auditorium • 120 Metcalfe st.

OPL and Glashan Showcase with Charles de Lint and Amal El-Mohtar

A Republic of Childhood Event
7:30pm • Ottawa Public Library Auditorium • 120 Metcalfe st.

Putting Children First: Childhood Under Siege With Joel Bakan, Jo Becker and Mary Branley

A Republic of Childhood Event
21
Tuesday
Nov
2017
6:00pm • Ottawa Public Library Auditorium • 120 Metcalfe st.

Fisher/Summit School Showcase with Jamaal Jackson Rogers, S.K. Ali and Kevin Sands

A Republic of Childhood Event
7:30pm • Ottawa Public Library Auditorium • 120 Metcalfe st.

Education For All: Inclusion and Diversity with Jael Richardson, Cherie Dimaline, Amal El-Mohtar and S.K. Ali

A Republic of Childhood Event
22
Wednesday
Nov
2017
6:00pm • Ottawa Public Library Auditorium • 120 Metcalfe st.

Connaught Public School Showcase with Alan Cumyn, Mary Branley and Deborah Kigjugalik Webster

A Republic of Childhood Event
7:30pm • Ottawa Public Library Auditorium • 120 Metcalfe st.

Learning from the Future with Alan Cumyn, Mary Branley and JonArno Lawson

A Republic of Childhood Event
28
Tuesday
Nov
2017
7:00pm • Library and Archives Canada • 395 Wellington st.

Book Launch: Game Change with Ken Dryden

Hosted by CBC’s Adrian Harewood