Toronto, Ontario

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Harbourfront Centre | 11:00 am - 6:00 pm

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Whether you’re part of an organization or just a book lover, there have always been opportunities to get involved with The Word On The Street. Read below for the best ways to be a part of the biggest book and magazine festival in Canada.


Programming Assistant (Internship)

The Word On The Street Toronto
Location: Toronto, ON
Web site:
Deadline for applicants: April 13th, 2017
Date posted: March 30th, 2017


About The Word On The Street
The Word On The Street Toronto, is Canada’s largest annual book and magazine festival; taking place in September each year, it now attracts over 220,000 booklovers to downtown Toronto. One of our city’s best and most popular events—featuring a lively exhibitor marketplace, top-notch author readings and quality family programming—The Word On The Street Toronto is a non-profit organization that celebrates Canadian reading and writing, and advocates literacy.


The Role
The Word On The Street Toronto will be programming two new venues this year featuring Francophone and Indigenous literature, as well as developing a new app as a tool to assist the public in scheduling their day. We are looking for a Programming Assistant to support the Festival Director with coordinating the artistic program of the event, as well as supporting our communications team.


This is a full-time volunteer internship, running from May through the end of September. Monthly honourarium for this internship is $1,000 ($5,000 in total).


Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Liaise with publicists, presenters, performers, and hosts
  • Maintain a database with up-to-date and accurate programming information; ensure author/book submissions are processed accurately and in a timely manner
  • Facilitate the creation and mailing of all artist invitations and scheduling confirmations/festival day information letters
  • Gather content for Festival Program (artwork, headshots, bios, book descriptions)
  • Coordinate travel and accommodation arrangements for all pertinent authors
  • Prepare comprehensive event tent binders
    Create detailed sales lists to ensure all required book titles are stocked by the Official Booksellers
  • Draft, proofread, and enter programming content for Festival Programs, Toronto Star Festival Guide, website, and app
  • Contribute to programming-related press releases, and media kits
  • Contribute written content for a bi-monthly e-newsletter, festival blog, and Twitter page
  • Support the Festival Director with management of festival-day programming


Personal Qualifications:

  • Must be currently enrolled in college or university education in the arts with a demonstrated interest in Canadian writing and publishing
  • Aptitude with basic HTML, WordPress, and other online content management systems
  • Highest level of attention to detail
  • Exemplary interpersonal skills
  • Excellent writing, copy editing, proofreading skills
  • Excellent organizational, time management, and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to meet tight deadlines and prioritize tasks according to urgency
  • Demonstrated ability to work well under pressure
  • Positive attitude and willingness to learn
  • You must also be a mature-minded, confident, team player, who is able to maintain a sense of humour in a fast paced environment
  • Bilingual skill an asset but not required (French/English)
  • **Must be available the entire festival weekend (September 23rd and 24th, 2017)**


If interested, please forward your cover letter and resume, in confidence, by April 13th, 2017, to We thank all applicants for their interest, but only successful internship candidates will be contacted. Please no phone calls.