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About Us

The Word On The Street is a national celebration of literacy and Canadian writing. Each September, we host hundreds of author readings for visitors of all ages and a vibrant marketplace featuring the best selection of books and magazines in Canada. Join us (for free!) as we share vital stories about where we live.

Contact Us

The Word On The Street Toronto
67 Mowat Avenue, Suite 242
Toronto, ON  M6K 3E3

(416) 504-7241

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David Alexander
Festival Director

David Alexander is the Festival Director for The Word On The Street Toronto. A published poet with over a decade of nonprofit leadership experience, David helped build Toronto’s Veg Food Fest, North America’s largest annual vegetarian food festival. His first book, After the Hatching Oven, was released by Nightwood Editions in 2018.

David manages artistic programming and overall festival production.

Maya Baumann
Programming Manager

Maya Baumann grew up reading her heart out, and is wildly grateful that she is now paid to continue that practice. With a background in diaspora and Indigenous studies, Maya is passionate about connecting diverse thinkers and creating platforms for them to share their ideas.

Maya manages artistic programming and relations with programming partners.

Rebecca Diem
Communications Coordinator

Rebecca Diem is a writer, music lover and nerd. She is the author of the indie steampunk series Tales of the Captain Duke. An avid bookworm, Rebecca was honoured to receive a ‘Nose in a Book’ award from her elementary school librarian. Somewhere between reading Virginia Woolf and Neil Gaiman she began to write her own stories, and has no plans to stop.

Rebecca manages communications, marketing strategy, and social media.

Sienna Tristen
Event Coordinator

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Kim Haladay
Development Consultant

Kim Haladay assists the Festival Director with all sponsorship and fundraising initiatives. To inquire about sponsorship opportunities with The Word On The Street, please contact Kim.