Toronto, Ontario

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Harbourfront Centre | 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Participate in hundreds of author readings, discussions, and activities, and shop in a marketplace that boasts the best selection of Canadian books and magazines you’ll find anywhere. There’s plenty to see and do at Canada’s largest FREE book and magazine festival! Participez à des centaines de lectures d’auteurs, de discussions et d’activités, et faites vos achats dans un marché qui offre la meilleure sélection de livres et de magazines canadiens qui soit. Il y a beaucoup à voir et à faire au plus vaste festival de livres et de magazines GRATUIT au pays!


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Festival Programs | Programmes du festival

Thanks to our partners Webcom, Domtar, and Owlkids for their support in creating our Festival Programs. Please view our Digital Festival Programs below for the full festival schedule, participants, and more.

Merci à nos partenaires WebcomDomtar et Owlkids pour leur soutien à la création de nos programmes du Festival. Consultez le programme numérique du festival ci-dessous pour connaître l’horaire complet du festival, les participants et plus encore.

Main Attractions in 2017

Discussion Panels

There was a wide selection of panels to choose from this year, including, Of Men and Gods, Robert J. Sawyer, Lesley Livingston, and Sylvian Neuvel's discussion on fantastic powers, a explanation of How NOT to Get Published with Alana Wilcox and Bhavna Chauhan, and a whole day of literacy programming at our Learning Station!

Check out the full event schedule.

Family Fun Activities

Every year, there are exciting activities for the kids all day! In 2017, kids will the chance to enjoy events on six stages at the festival, including the TD Children's Literature Stage, the CBC Children's Activity Tent, our Learning Station, and on two new stages where new languages are the name of the game: TFO Franco Stage and Indigenous Voices. Check out all the event on our Schedule page.

Exhibitor Marketplace

The Word On The Street's Exhibitor Marketplace is the largest of its kind in Canada. It offers festival-goers a window 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.

Hidden Gems at The Word On The Street

Guerilla Poetry in Canada Square

Poetry comes alive at The Word On The Street when the 2017 BAM! Youth Poetry Slam team performs at 1:00 PM and Toronto Poetry Slam team at 3:00 PM in Canada Square, just east of the Power Plant!

Expect to hear powerful, emotional poems, peppered with comedy and lots of energy! Presented by Toronto Poetry Project and BAM! Youth Poetry Slam.

TD Interactive Storybook – Share Your Story

As title sponsor of TD KidStreet, TD will be giving attendees a chance to have their picture taken for free inside a giant, 12-foot storybook. Through a digital app, attendees can write down their own story and then, along with their personalized storybook photograph, share it over email, Facebook, Twitter, or Weibo.

Author Cruises on the Tall Ship Kajama

Join a bestselling lineup of authors for four 60-minute Author Cruises on the beautiful Tall Ship Kajama. Last year, the Author Cruises in Toronto’s harbour were some of the most talked-about events of The Word On The Street. Cruises board at 11:00AM, 12:30PM, 2:00PM, and 3:30PM.

For tickets, visit the festival website or head to the author signing area across from the Kajama (see the festival map) to purchase a ticket on-site. All ticket revenue supports author programming at The Word On The Street.

Atelier du slam créatif en français (deux heures) – Entrée libre French Poetry Slam Workshop (2-hours) – FREE

Join in a free slam poetry introductory workshop to help you develop your creativity and writing techniques through games and group exercises.

Atelier d'introduction au slam sous forme de jeux et d'exercices en groupe pour développer créativité et techniques d'écriture.

If you would like to participate, meet at the Volunteer and Media Room (listed on your site map) on the second floor near the North entrance to Harbourfront Centre Main Building at 2:30 PM. Register in advance by emailing

Featured Participants

Lee Maracle

Indigenous Voices

Chrystine Brouillet

TFO Franco Stage

Anne Michaels Bestsellers Stage

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