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July 18, 2019
It’s a festival 30 years in the making—The Word On The Street Toronto has championed literacy and excellent Canadian writing since 1989, delighting audiences of all ages with author readings and featured programming alongside Canada’s largest open-air book fair.
This September, the festival will return to Harbourfront Centre for a birthday party like no other, celebrating the past and future of Canadian literature with an exciting lineup of debut authors alongside perennial favourites:
The 2019 festival will kick off with a special inaugural keynote address: THE CITY IMAGINES, delivered by TORONTO REBORN author KEN GREENBERG, followed by a panel discussion on urbanism and the arts.
The Word On The Street Toronto also continues to expand and diversify its lineup with the return of WOTS Plus, a full day of additional programming presented in partnership with the TORONTO PUBLIC LIBRARY and DIASPORA DIALOGUES.
“This fall, we invite booklovers of all ages to explore Canada’s largest communal bookshelf and discover your new favourite author,” said Festival Director David Alexander. “As we celebrate our 30th festival, we are especially excited to cast our gaze forward with the inaugural City Imagines keynote and our new Across the Universe stage.”
This annual, free event has grown to attract crowds of over 200,000 since its early days on Queen Street West, now taking over Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre for a fifth year. With more than 140 readings, panels, workshops, and other entertainment, the festival is truly a celebration of the written word.
THE WORD ON THE STREET TORONTO 2019 FESTIVAL
Tuesday, September 17 | The City Imagines Keynote Address (Concert Hall, 888 Yonge St.)
Saturday, September 21 | WOTS Plus (Harbourfront Centre)
Sunday, September 22 | 30th Anniversary Festival & Marketplace (Harbourfront Centre)
The Word On The Street is grateful for the support of the following partners: The Government of Canada, The Government of Ontario, The City of Toronto, Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts, Toronto Star, TD Bank, Toronto Public Library, Amazon.ca, Magazines Canada, Conseil scolaire catholique MonAvenir, Diaspora Dialogues, Humber School for Writers, Toronto Comic Arts Festival, Storytelling Toronto, Open Book, and the Toronto International Festival of Authors.