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About The Word On The Street  The Word On The Street is a non-profit organization that celebrates Canadian reading, writing, and champions literacy, primarily through a free, annual outdoor festival. Objectives:

  • To ensure that the people of Halifax know about the annual festival, and value it as having the best and broadest offerings within the Canadian publishing industry.
  • To ensure that The Word On The Street helps Nova Scotians become 100% literate through its effective support for literacy awareness and programs.
  • To ensure that The Word On The Street is a valuable and vital event for the Atlantic Canadian publishing industry and a top choice for Atlantic Canadian authors, poets, spoken-word artists, illustrators, journalists, publishing houses (big and small), and booksellers.

"We are a modern day spectator sport of book celebration!"

About The Word On The Street Halifax

For the past twenty years Word on the Street Halifax has been a community driven initiative providing an opportunity for authors, publishers, book sellers, aspiring writers and readers to join together to increase awareness of the importance of reading and writing skills, in addition to encouraging discussion on the value of literature and literacy.

There is no cost to attend the Festival, it is open to people of all ages, and we encourage you to visit the various author presentations, meet with publishers and booksellers. If you are an aspiring writer why not make it a point to “Pitch the Publisher!”

Word of the Street Halifax is an excellent opportunity to celebrate the written and spoken word.



To produce an annual, one-day literary festival in conjunction with other The Word OnThe Street host cities. To celebrate reading and writing, and to promote Atlantic Canadian authors, illustrators, books, plays, and magazines.



  • To bring the writing, publishing, literacy, and education communities together to heighten awareness of literacy issues and encourage a positive attitude towards books and reading
  • To increase public appreciation of the printed and spoken word in an accessible environment
  • To provide a dynamic venue for Atlantic and Canadian writers (both emerging and established) to showcase their work, including fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and plays.
  • To provide a free literary “theme park” where the printed word comes to life through interaction with its creators