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For the past 26 years, The Word On The Street has been renowned for the quality and diversity of its event programming. See the lineup of incredible Canadian literary talent at the 27th festival on September 25, 2016.
See storytelling like never before. Meet renowned Deaf storytellers who bring American Sign Language (ASL), Deaf culture and Deaf heritage to the stage introducing you to rhymes and rhythms, personification, poetry, rap, and storytelling like no other, told in rich and beautiful ASL, celebrating the language and experience of Deaf Canadians.
Experience the joy of ASL stories, the engagement of parent and child through rhymes and rhythms, and the art of ASL poetry, rap and comedy. Be moved and inspired by these talented artists.
Delia Avarell has been an ASL Consultant for the Infant Hearing Program, through the Ministry of Child and Youth Services, for the past ten years. She also works as an ASL instructor for hearing students, and as an educational assistant for Deaf students. She has shared ASL stories at Ontario Early Years Centers, Mayfest, the ASL Family Festival, and much more. Delia has two hearing children who are the son and daughter of Deaf parents.
Gord DaDalt is an experienced ASL performer – a comedian and a true entertainer. He works as an arborist with the City of Toronto, and enjoys educating children about his work with trees. Gordon also performs often with his wife Susan, contributing to Susan’s ASL rap/drumming performances.