Word on the Street Festival

Word on the Street Festival

Sep 21, 2019 - Sep 22, 2019
Times vary
Harbourfront Centre

Word on the Street Festival, Toronto’s premier literary event, is set to thrill booklovers by welcoming the country’s newest and most celebrated authors and poets, with new offerings for fan girls and fan boys, magazine enthusiasts, and word nerds.

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WOTS Festival & Marketplace

Sunday, September 22 (10:00 am – 5:00 pm)

Readings and Workshops

The Word On The Street features author readings for all ages and literary appetites, workshops and panels for aspiring writers and journalists, and a whole day of literacy programming at our Learning Station!

Family Fun

The Word On The Street is the place to be for kids and families! With readings and activities for kids of all ages in both official languages! Check out TD Children’s Literature Stage, Kids Activity Tent, Learning Station, and La scène francophone MonAvenir.

Don’t miss a special presentation by Sharon & Bram!

#WOTS30 Anniversary Series

Five panels examine where writing is headed over the next 30 years. The panels look at the future of reading, building literary community, Queer writing in Canada, writing with the city in mind, and digital journalism in an age of disinformation.

Exhibitor Marketplace

Explore Canada’s largest marketplace of books and magazines. The Word On The Street offers a glimpse into the Canadian literary scene, the chance to purchase books from over 250 vendors – it’s Canada’s biggest outdoor bookstore! – and speak with the people who fuel the publishing industry across the country.

Keynote and WOTS Plus [NEW]

The City Imagines Keynote

Tuesday, September 17
~ inaugural City Imagines keynote address with Toronto author and city builder Ken Greenberg!


Saturday, September 21 (Noon-8:00 pm)
~ A day of discussion on writing and civil society presented in partnership with Diaspora Dialogues and the TPL

LOCATION:    Harbourfront Centre