The Word on The Street

The Word On The Street Toronto is an annual book and magazine festival that honours Canadian reading and writing, and champions literacy. For 30 years, audiences of all ages have come together to celebrate the written word with author readings, panels and Canada’s largest open-air book fair.

Join us Sunday, September 22 for a #WOTS30 birthday like no other at our Festival Marketplace! And be sure to check out our expanded 2019 programming as well: The City Imagines keynote on Tuesday, September 17, and an additional day of panels at WOTS+ Conversations on Saturday, September 21.


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The City Imagines

Our 2019 festival will kick off with a special inaugural keynote address: THE CITY IMAGINES, delivered by Toronto Reborn author Ken Greenberg, followed by a panel discussion on urbanism and the arts. Win Tickets 

Date/Time: September 17, 7PM

Location: The Concert Hall, 888 Yonge Street


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WOTS Plus Civil Society

Join us for a full day of discussion presented in partnership with the TPL’s #OnCivilSociety and Diaspora Dialogues TOK Symposium.                                                         

Date/Time: September 21, 12PM-6PM

Location: Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W


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Book Launch for Toronto Trailblazers

Book Launch for Toronto Trailblazers: Women in Canadian Publishing. Join author Ruth Panofsky in conversation with trailblazing literary agent Bella Pomer.
Moderated by Sue Carter of Quill & Quire.

Date/Time: September 21, 6PM

Location: Harbourfront Centre Concert Stage


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The Word On The Street 2019 Festival & Marketplace

This September we're throwing a #WOTS30 birthday party like no other, celebrating the past and future of Canadian literature with an exciting lineup of debut authors alongside perennial favourites.

Date/Time: September 22, 10AM-5PM

Location: Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W


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Sharon and Bram

Based on the classic folk song made famous by a beloved trio of children’s entertainers, this picture book is best sung aloud! Skinnamarink is a timeless anthem of love and inclusion. Join Sharon and Bram for a special performance to celebrate this exciting new book.

Date/Time: September 22, 11AM

Location: Harbourfront Centre Concert Stage


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From Where I Stand

Steve Paikin interviews MP Jody Wilson-Raybould about her new book From Where I Stand: Rebuilding Indigenous Nations for a Stronger Canada.                                                                                                                                                           

Date/Time: September 22, 12:15PM

Location: Harbourfront Centre- Concert Stage



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ENTER for your chance to WIN The Word On The Street Toronto Featured Non-Fiction Pack containing one of each of the following: -Chop Suey Nation (Douglas & McIntyre) by Ann Hui -Toronto Reborn: Design Successes and Challenges (Dundurn Press) by Ken Greenberg -House Divided: How the Missing Middle Will Solve Toronto's Affordability Crisis (Coach House Books) edited by John Lorinc, Alex Bozikovic, Cheryll Case, and Annabel Vaughan -They Call Me George: The Untold Story of The Black Train Porters (Biblioasis) by Cecil Foster! LEARN MORE