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Even more than books and magazines, The Word On The Street Toronto’s greatest passion is to connect with the community. Through a number of innovative programs, we are reaching out to encourage people to speak out, speak up, and support literacy. Read below for more details.
This exciting visual arts program brings together Canadian artists and authors to explore how books can inspire new ways of thinking, creating, and innovating. Local artists were paired with four new 2016 Canadian books. Each artist was challenged to create a new art installation inspired by the themes of their book, using the festival site to engage audiences and applying their own unique art practice to the creative process. Sculpting New Reads is curated by Labspace Studio.
For our 2016 festival, we shared the mic with Toronto youth onstage at The Word On The Street!
Presented in partnership with the award-winning BAM! Toronto Youth Poetry Slam team, teen poets age 12 to 19 performed original spoken word poems at the festival. Poets recited their poems to an audience of over 50 people, followed by a Q&A.
*WE ARE NO LONGER ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS FOR THE 2016 FESTIVAL.
This year, we’re overhauling The Word On The Street Book Club, making it more exciting than ever. By signing up for the Book Club, you enter for the chance to be among twelve lucky participants to gain entry to one of two private meet-and-greet discussions (only the book club winners and the author will attend) on site at The Word On The Street, in addition to being given a complimentary copy of the featured books. Best of all: participation is completely FREE!
*THE BOOKS CLUBS ARE NOW FULL. WE ARE NO LONGER ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS FOR THE 2016 FESTIVAL.