Toronto, Ontario

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Harbourfront Centre | 11:00 am - 6:00 pm

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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.

Canadian Identity by Design

1:30 PM - 2:15 PM

What does Canada look like? When you’re given the responsibility of depicting a Canadian family, a Canadian workplace, what is taken into consideration? Magazine designers and art directors talk about how they represent the multifaceted Canadian identity in magazine in print and online.

Liz Ikiriko

Liz Ikiriko is the Director of Photography for St. Joseph Media’s Special Projects team and the Art Director for online journal,  The Ethnic Aisle. She is the former Photo Editor of Toronto Life Magazine. She previously was a Visual Researcher on the CBC television show, George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight. She has been a judge and portfolio reviewer at CONTACT Photo Festival, OCADU and the Flash Forward Photo Competition. In her independent curatorial research, she is pursuing Pan-Africanism and the history of cultural identity in Canada.

Erin McPhee

Erin McPhee is a freelance illustrator, designer, and art director based in Toronto, Canada. Erin received her BAA in Illustration from Sheridan College. She is the Art Director of Quill & Quire Magazine, and has previously worked as a print & packaging designer for Roots Canada, and as a contributing designer for Today’s Parent Magazine. She is also the Web Art Director for, the online branch of Shameless Magazine; an independent publication which publishes intersectional feminist content for smart and sassy youth.

Sheila Sampath

Sheila Sampath is an artist, educator and activist designer. She is the Principal and Creative Director at The Public, a social justice design studio specializing in community-based processes and participatory design; the Editorial and Art Director of Shameless magazine, a Canada-wide feminist magazine for teens girls and trans* youth; and an Assistant Professor of alternative and speculative practices in the Faculty of Design at OCAD University. Her first book, Letters Lived, focusing on feminist lineage, was published in Fall 2013 under the Three O’Clock Press’ Women’s Press imprint, and her current art practice explores themes of intergenerational trauma, memory-loss and ritual through displacement and diaspora.