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Since 1990, The Word On The Street has proudly hosted some of the finest talent in Canadian literature. Our 27th festival is shaping up to be one of our best yet. Check out all of the authors, performers, and storytellers below!
Joe Friesen is a reporter at The Globe and Mail. He began his career in the Toronto newsroom covering crime and went on to write a series on the Jane-Finch area called The Neighbourhood. In 2006 he was named Prairie bureau chief based in Winnipeg, and since 2010 has reported on Canada’s changing population as the paper’s demographics reporter. In between, he also covered the war in Afghanistan, the aftermath of terrorist attacks in London, and natural disasters in the US. Born in Winnipeg, he is a graduate of McGill University, Goldsmiths College London, and Ryerson University. He lives with his family in Toronto.
The Ballad of Danny Wolfe is a gripping, fast-paced account of the life of the indigenous man who founded and led the Indian Posse, one of the most dangerous gangs in North America, into violence, power, and infamy.
Drawing on unprecedented access to the Wolfe family and first-hand accounts from the people closest to the gang leader, Joe Friesen’s portrait of Danny Wolfe is at once riveting and timely, nuanced and provocative.