Toronto, Ontario


Saturday, September 21, 2019

Harbourfront Centre | 12pm - 8pm


WOTS Festival & Marketplace

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Harbourfront Centre | 10am - 5pm

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Find out how to get involved with The Word On The Street, Canada's largest book and magazine festival.


The Word On The Street Toronto engages readers of all ages and appetites, champions writers from where we live, and hosts Canada’s largest book and magazine festival – a forum for vital new stories and ideas.

We are seeking three Canada Summer Job eligible applicants to join our team on a seasonal basis to support the coordination, promotion, and programming of our 30th annual festival this September. We are seeking one Festival Assistant, one Communications Assistant, and one Programming Assistant. 


Eligibility for Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) employment

To be eligible for employment under the terms of CSJ funding, candidates must be:

  • Between 15 and 30 years of age
  • Legally entitled to work in Canada (which means you must have a valid Social Insurance Number)


Festival Assistant (9-weeks)

Start Date: June 3, 2019

Hours and Wage: 30 hours per week at $15.40/hr

The Festival Assistant will support the planning and coordination of The Word On The Street festival in Toronto. The successful applicant will assist in festival production, logistics, and volunteer management. They will respond to inquiries from vendors, presenters, and members of the public, and follow-up on outstanding requests for payment or information.


Communications Assistant (9-weeks)

Start Date: June 24, 2019

Hours and Wage: 30 hours per week at $15.40/hr

The Communications Assistant will support promotions and marketing for The Word On The Street Toronto, Canada’s largest literary event & marketplace. This support will include the creation of content for web, social media, enewsletters, and blog communications, as well as supporting the production of the annual festival guide. The successful applicant will research, plan, and coordinate the distribution of print promotional materials and submit online event postings in relevant web publications.

When applying for the Communications Assistant position, please include a short (2-4 pieces) portfolio of written or design work—either or both depending on what your strengths are!—with your application. This is not required, but may make your application more competitive.


Programming Assistant (9-weeks)

Start Date: June 24, 2019

Hours and Wage: 30 hours per week at $15.40/hr

The Programming Assistant will support programming for The Word On The Street, which includes liaising with publicists, presenters, performers, and hosts, and compiling promotional copy about festival programming. The successful applicant will create confirmation packages with detailed festival information for presenters and hosts and assist with travel and accommodations for diverse writers from across Canada.


Possibility for Further Employment For each position, there is a possibility for continued employment on a full- or part-time basis leading up to festival weekend (September 21-22).


Assets & Qualifications for all positions

  • Passion for Canadian and Indigenous books, magazines, and other literature written in English or French
  • Organized self-starter with an ability to set priorities, develop a work schedule, monitor progress towards goals, revise plans, and document the process and results  
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills including experience responding to stakeholders in a prompt and professional manner
  • Strong writing, copy editing, and proofreading skills
  • Experience drafting promotional content for events, campaigns, products or services
  • Ability to meet tight deadlines and prioritize tasks according to urgency
  • Ability to monitor activities and proactively address issues to mitigate risks
  • Exceptional team player capable of interacting effectively with a wide range of individuals

Relevant fields of education / experience

Communications, literature, event planning, volunteer management, journalism, publishing, nonprofit / arts administration, business administration, marketing, graphic design, public relations, and more.


Application Process

Applicants should submit a résumé and cover letter outlining how they meet the specific requirements of the position to by May 31, 2019. Please reference Job#19CSJ in the subject line of your email and indicate the position(s) which align best with your qualifications and interests (sample subject line: Application for Job#19CSJ – Festival Assistant).

The Word On The Street values diversity and inclusion and encourages Indigenous, racialized, disabled, or LGBTQ2 applicants and others facing barriers to employment. We are committed to accommodating applicants’ needs in accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) and the Ontario Human Rights Code throughout the selection process. Please contact if you have questions or feedback about the application process or to request support.

Interviews will begin as early as suitable candidates are identified. We thank all applicants in advance for their interest; however, only those invited to an interview will be contacted.