Attend an Event

Megaphone routinely hosts public events to build awareness and compassion in communities confronted by the overdose epidemic.

The public events are designed to help change our understanding of the overdose crisis, including why people are dying and how individuals can help stop these deaths at the policy, community, and individual level.

These events are free to attend, thanks to the support of our partners and funders.






Why do we have stigma? Wednesday, Feb 6th, UBC Robson Square, room C300

The Speakers Bureau team of current and former drug users will join renowned drug policy expert Donald MacPherson of Canadian Drug Policy Coalition for a conversation linking the personal with the political. Through personal stories and expert policy analysis, we'll learn origins and impacts of stigma, and with the help of a reflection team, will discuss how we can move forward together.

 Crime vs. Health Tuesday, March 12, Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House

With leading experts including Pivot lawyer Caitlin Shane, explore the impact of criminalization and how it impacts people who use drugs when accessing services. 

Who is telling my story? Tuesday, April 9th, The Post at 750

With professional storytellers, explore how the narrative of drug use across different platforms impacts how we think about drugs and the people who use them. Sarah Common, founder of Hives for Humanity will discuss Community Ethics in Cultural Production

Please advised that registration does not guarantee a seat at this event. Please arrive 15 minutes early to avoid disappointment.

From isolation to solidarity Tuesday, May 14th, 312 Main

In partnership with HCMA Architecture + Design, the Speakers Bureau will explore the significance of community during the overdose crisis and how to build a community better able to support drug users. - click here to register

Please advised that registration does not guarantee a seat at this event. Please arrive 15 minutes early to avoid disappointment.

Can’t make an event? Sign up for an interactive workshop.


These events take place on the ancestral, traditional, and unceded homelands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples. We acknowledge the historical and ongoing colonial genocide against Indigenous peoples that make it possible for many of us to be here on this land

  • Events are free and all are welcome
  • Space is limited, advance registration is recommended
  • Doors at 6:30 pm
  • Program at 7:00 pm

If you are unable to attend this event, but your team or community is grappling with questions about addiction, overdose, or simply existing in the context of these issues, join us at an upcoming small group workshop, or have us build a session especially for your team. Click here for more information on attending a workshop.

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  • Nicolas Crier
    commented 2019-05-08 11:52:53 -0700
    This series has meant the most to me in my personal fight against stigma, as well as the fight i represent as a part fo the DTES community, who have taken such great care of me. I hope you’ll join me at our upcoming final public event and hear why we called it From Isolation to Solidarity.
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