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Celebrate International Week of the Deaf at The Word On The Street

September 21, 2015

With International Week of the Deaf taking place from September 21st to 27th, The Word On The Street is pleased to announce the expansion of American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation at Toronto’s annual book and magazine festival. On Sunday, September 27th, at Harbourfront Centre, visitors can attend nine ASL-interpreted readings, activities, and discussions on six programmed stages.

The Word On The Street has partnered with Ontario Cultural Society of the Deaf and Silent Voice Canada to present the following schedule of ASL accessible events: Bestsellers Stage
The Nest – Kenneth Oppel, 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Cooks ‘n’ Books Stage

Cooking with Chef Chirp – Chirp Magazine editor Jackie Farquhar, 1:30 PM – 2:15 PM
Learning Tent
ASL Storytelling, Rhythms and Rhymes –  with Gord DaDalt, Susan DaDalt, Teresa Fleming, 3:15 PM – 4:00 PM

This Is Not The Shakespeare Stage
Supernatural Sovereignty: Humans Defending the Earth –  Megan Crewe, Leah Bobet, Natale Ghent,  12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
Children’s Activity Tent

The Dead Kid Detective Agency: Loyalist to a Fault ­– Evan Munday, 3:15 PM – 4:00 PM

Dinosaurs from Head to Tail –  Stacey Roderick,  4:15 PM – 5:00 PM

TD Children’s Literature Tent
Garbage Delight & Melvis and Elvis – Dennis Lee, 2:20 PM – 3:00 PM
The Pirate’s Bed – Nicola Winstanley, 5:00 PM –  5:20 PM
The Ghosts Go Spooking – Patricia Storms, 5:20 – 5:40 PM


International Week of the Deaf began in 1958 in Rome Italy. It is now celebrated annually by the global Deaf community. This year, the theme is “With Sign Language Rights, Our Children Can!” The theme focuses on sign language being a valid and vital linguistic means of conveying thoughts, ideas, and emotions. For more information about this year’s schedule of events visit:


The Word On The Street Toronto is the place to connect with favourite authors and discover new talent. Visit The Word On The Street’s website for a full 2015 programming schedule. This year the festivities take place on Sunday, September 27th, from 11:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. at Harbourfront Centre.


About The Word On The Street:

Each September, in the cities of Toronto, Halifax, Lethbridge, Saskatoon, and Kitchener, The Word On The Street unites the country in a national celebration of literacy and the written word. Annually attracting more than 200,000 visitors, The Word On The Street Toronto is the largest book and magazine festival in Canada. This year’s event takes place on Sunday, September 27th, at Harbourfront Centre, in association with International Festival of Authors (IFOA).


About OCSD and Silent Voice:

The Ontario Cultural Society of the Deaf (OCSD) works to promote Deaf culture and Deaf heritage in Ontario. OCSD supports and promotes Deaf people’s contributions to the fields of art, drama and literature; strengthens family ties between parents and their Deaf child; and increases opportunities for the formal study of ASL and Deaf culture. Silent Voice serves Deaf adults, youth, children, and their families, in ASL, providing sports, recreation, and leadership programming; ASL instruction to families with a Deaf child; Sign Language Summer Camp; 1:1 support; housing centre; tax clinic; parenting program; Deaf Financial Literacy program and settlement services.


Media Contact:
Cailin Cooper


Festival Director:
Heather Kanabe

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