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Participate in hundreds of author readings, discussions, and activities, and shop in a marketplace that boasts the best selection of Canadian books and magazines you’ll find anywhere. There’s plenty to see and do at Canada’s largest FREE book and magazine festival!



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We are busy working behind the scenes to make our 10th year anniversary great! Please check back in the upcoming months for the full schedule of authors. Keep an eye on our socials for instant updates!

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What's On The Street?

The ninth annual The Word On The Street Saskatoon will be held on Sunday, June 9th 2019. The 2018 Festival was a huge success and we look forward to welcoming you to our 2019 Festival at its new location on the Broadway Business District from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., with Opening Ceremonies at 10:00 a.m.

Family Fun

The Word On The Street is a great place for families to discover or rediscover the joy of reading.

Make sure to visit Treasure Island, which showcases some of the best Canadian children's authors! Kids will be able to hear authors read from their latest books.

The Word On The Street Saskatoon also features some of Canada's hottest young adult writers! And make sure to catch Saskateens, where a talented group of local teens will showcase their original work.


The Word on the Street exists to celebrate reading and to advocate literacy. You will enjoy the many literacy-based activities for the entire family.

Library Square Marketplace

In our vibrant marketplace it is all about celebrating reading. Over 30 exhibitors - booksellers, publishers, literacy organizations, authors and retailers will be on site. Whether your love of reading ventures more towards history, photography, hobby gardening or romance - you will find an exhibitor that shares your interest.


Upstairs/Downstairs Fundraising Event

Upstairs/Downstairs was a special event hosted in support of the annual The Word On The Street Saskatoon Festival. Held on Sunday, November 20th, 2016, this intimate, winter-wonderland evening in the countryside, was graciously and warmly hosted by City of Saskatoon Citizens of the Year Herb McFaull and author Anthony Bidulka. It featured delightful sharing and exclusive personal access to two outstanding authors - Lawrence Hill, and Gail Bowen; a truly extraordinary evening.

The Word On The Street gratefully acknowledges the generous support of our gracious and generous donors, special guests and the patrons of The Festival who joined us in support that evening, our special and entertaining guest authors, and event sponsors and volunteers who contributed so meaningfully to our event’s success:


Tanya Tagaq

Tanya Tagaq is an improvisational singer, avant-garde composer and bestselling novelist. A member of the Order of Canada, Polaris Music Prize and JUNO Award winner, Giller Prize Long Listed author and recipient of multiple honourary doctorates, Tagaq is one of the country’s most original and celebrated artists.

Tagaq’s improvisational approach lends itself to collaboration across genres and forms. Her work includes numerous guest vocal appearances (Buffy Sainte-Marie, Weaves, A Tribe Called Red, F**ked Up), original avant-garde classical compositions (Kronos Quartet, The Toronto Symphony Orchestra), commissions (National Maritime Museum in London, UK) and more. In its many forms, from novel Split Tooth to most recent album Retribution, Tanya Tagaq’s art challenges static ideas of genre and culture, and contends with themes of environmentalism, human rights and post-colonial issues.

Tagaq will bring these worlds together on the Persephone Theatre stage with a program that includes a Q&A and reading from Split Tooth, followed by a musical performance with full band.

This show is proudly presented by Word on the Street Saskatoon and the Broadway Theatre.