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Find Humour, Politics, Memoirs, and More on The Word On The Street’s Stages

September 15, 2015

Austin Clarke at the Bestsellers Stage

The Word On The Street Toronto, takes place on Sunday, September 27th at its new Harbourfront Centre location, with 16 outdoor and indoor stages and close to 100 hours of programming in store. Over 200 Canadian authors will discuss an incredible array of subjects. There’s something to satisfy every curiosity, and fill the gaps in your bookshelf!


Monica Heisey

Monica Heisey

Humour – Visit the Vibrant Voices of Ontario Tent, supported by OMDC, for great comedic writing by local writers. Comedian Monica Heisey will help you through your next life crisis with I Can’t Believe It’s Not Better. Join Showey Yazdanian as she presents Loopholes, a comic romp set in Toronto and Havana. Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour winner and former CBC Radio personality Bill Richardson delivers a “fresh and frisky” poetic take on growing old in The First Little Bastard to Call Me Gramps. You also won’t want to miss Terry Fallis’ new novel Poles Apart on  Author Cruises.


Drew Hayden Taylor

Drew Hayden Taylor

Art  –  What inspires the artistic spirit? Explore this question through the lens of First Nations culture with Drew Hayden Taylor. Demystify the art of music recording with Eric Siblin and his book Studio Grace. Get creative and join comic artists Nina Bunjevac, Dave Lapp, Fiona Smyth, and Mark Connery in a race to create the raddest Zine, presented by Broken Pencil Magazine. Hear poetry inspired by artists Andy Warhol, Georgia O’Keefe and Alfred Stieglitz by Liz Worth and Keith Garebian. There’s no need to wait for Nuit Blanche to see art installations outdoors. The Sculpting New Reads tent, curated by Labspace Studio, brings a sculptural perspective to popular Canadian literature by Patrick deWitt, Erin Bow, and more.




Politics  –  With a national election coming in October, Toronto Star national affairs columnists Tim Harper and Thomas Walkom, and Ottawa bureau chief Bruce Campion-Smith assess how the three federal party leaders are faring in the campaign. Also at the Toronto Star Tent, join city columnist Edward Keenan, city hall reporter Jennifer Pagliaro, and urban affairs editor David Beer as they evaluate Mayor John Tory’s first year in office and local politics one year post-Rob Ford.


Bob Rae

Bob Rae

Head to the Bestsellers Stage for the “Canadian Politics: Insiders Debate” discussion with Bob Rae and former Parliamentary Budget Officer Kevin Page. Hear their insights on Senate scandals, big money politics, accountability, economic concerns, threats to free speech, and other urgent topics concerning Canadians.






Spoken Word Poetry  – Spoken word poetry is back in a big way at The Word On The Street with youth and adult poetry slams hosted by BAM! Toronto Youth Poetry Slam and Toronto Poetry Slam. Venture to Harbourfront Centre’s Canada Square for Guerilla Poetry by both slam teams. Expect to hear powerful and emotionally gripping poems, spiced with humour and energy!


Austin Clarke

Austin Clarke

Memoir  – Hear fascinating stories from lives lived by Canadian authors. Austin Clarke shares ’Membering, an account of growing up in Barbados and becoming a journalist. Hear Ann Walmsley’s unique experiences in The Prison Book Club. CBC veteran Peter Kavanagh presents a powerful meditation on walking and a memoir of a full life.  Literature lovers won’t want to miss Across Canada by Story from former publisher Douglas Gibson, and A Life With Words by Richard B. Wright, author of the Giller Prize-winning novel Clara Callan.




The Word On The Street Toronto is the place to connect with favourite authors and discover new talent. Check out all the events planned for Sunday September 27th!