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Since 1990, The Word On The Street has proudly hosted some of the finest talent in Canadian literature. Our next festival is shaping up to be another great one. Check out all of the confirmed authors, performers, and storytellers below!

Jay Semko

Jay Semko is known internationally as singer/ bassist with multiple Juno Award nominees and Western Canadian Music Hall of Fame members The Northern Pikes and as an award-winning music composer for numerous film and TV productions, including the syndicated series Due South. He is considered one of Canada’s premier singer/songwriters, with 10 solo albums released, and has co-written and recorded with many of the best songwriters and musicians in music. Jay has recently released a new solo album, entitled Never Sent – a collection of 10 new songs, and in June 2018, he and the other members of the Northern Pikes were presented with the SOCAN Classic Award for their single “She Ain’t Pretty” receiving over 100,000 plays on Canadian radio. Jay continues to tour across Canada with the Northern Pikes and as a solo acoustic artist, sharing his songs, stories, and adventures from his life in music, as well as his personal journey. For more information about Jay go to