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The Word On The Street Moves to Harbourfront Centre

September 17, 2015

After ten years at Queen’s Park Circle, The Word On The Street Toronto Book & Magazine Festival is opening an exciting new chapter, hosting the annual festival for the first time at Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre. The event takes place on Sunday, September 27th.


While the majority of the festival’s stages and the Exhibitor Marketplace featuring 265 vendors will be in outdoor tents, several stages will be indoors this year. The Bestsellers Stage will be presented in Harbourfront Centre Theatre (formerly Enwave Theatre). In the Harbourfront Centre main building, the Great Books Marquee will occupy the Studio Theatre, and the Wordshop Marquee, home to workshops presented by the Humber School for Writers, will be found in the Marilyn Brewer Community Space. Families will want to visit the TD KidStreet Indoor Exhibitor Marketplace in the Brigantine Room, as well as the Children’s Activity Tent in Purina Pawsway. See the festival map for location details.

With the lake as a new neighbour, visitors can join Terry Fallis, Susanna Kearsley, Lynn Crosbie, Andrew Pyper, and more at Author Cruises on the Tall Ship Kajama. The Natrel Pond will be open for canoe rides, and many delicious food vendors will be located throughout the Harbourfront site.


The festival site move has coincided with the completion of the Queens Quay Revitalization earlier this year. The Harbourfront site is fully accessible via public transit (509 Harbourfront streetcar), bike lanes along Queen’s Quay West, and is only a brief 10-minute walk from both Union Station and Toronto’s Entertainment District by way of Lower Simcoe Street. Cycle Toronto will provide visitors with a complementary bike valet service, powered by AutoShare, located at the South East corner of the Harbourfront site. Visit the festival website for direction details.


The festival site move comes as part of a partnership with The International Festival of Authors (IFOA) which brings together Canada’s two largest book festivals to one home on the waterfront, making Toronto’s lakefront the true literary heart of the city.


“After 25 years of The Word On The Street Toronto and a decade of calling Queen’s Park our home, we’re thrilled to take the next step, by relocating the festival to Harbourfront Centre,” says The Word On The Street Director Heather Kanabe. “With the support of our partners, loyal community, and IFOA, this move will allow us to use both outdoor and indoor spaces to enhance our author programming and vibrant exhibitor marketplace. We’re confident that the Harbourfront Centre’s excellent facilities and beautiful lakeside location will help ensure the festival’s success for years to come.”


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).


Media Contact:
Cailin Cooper

Festival Director:
Heather Kanabe


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