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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!
John Lorinc is a Toronto journalist, author and editor. He has written extensively about urban and municipal affairs in general, and Toronto in particular, for a range of publications, including Spacing, the Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star, The Walrus and Toronto Life.
From the 1840s until WWII, waves of newcomers who migrated to Toronto landed in ‘The Ward.’ This area, considered by the city to be a slum and bulldozed in the 1950s, was a working class enclave bounded by College, Queen, University and Yonge streets that housed bootleggers, Chinese bachelors, workers from nearby Eaton’s garment factories, and peddlers.