Toronto, Ontario

WOTS Festival Marketplace

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Harbourfront Centre | 10am - 5pm


WOTS+ Festival Events

Saturday, September 21, 2019

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Special Programs

Even more than books and magazines, The Word On The Street Toronto’s greatest passion is to connect with the community. Through a number of innovative programs, we are reaching out to encourage people to speak out, speak up, and support literacy. Read below for more details.

Franc'Open Mic Workshop

Join Franc'Open Mic at the 2018 The Word On The Street Festival for for a slam poetry Introduction workshop to develop creativity, imagination and writing techniques in French through games and group exercises.

Click through to register now!

Sculpting New Reads

This exciting visual arts program brings together Canadian artists and authors to explore how books can inspire new ways of thinking, creating, and innovating. Local artists were paired with four new 2017 Canadian books. Each artist was challenged to create a new art installation inspired by the themes of their book, using the festival site to engage audiences and applying their own unique art practice to the creative process. Sculpting New Reads is curated by Labspace Studio.


Every year, we run a ton of festival contests. By entering, you can win amazing prizes from huge book bundles to swag from our community partners. Check back often to see what you can win!

Book Club

The Word On The Street Book Club is more exciting than ever. By signing up for the Book Club, you enter for the chance to be among twenty lucky participants to gain entry to one of three private meet-and-greet discussions (only the book club winners and the author will attend) on site at The Word On The Street, in addition to being given a complimentary copy of the featured books. Best of all: participation is completely FREE!

*Our 2017 Book Club is currently closed.
Please check back in the summer for 2018 Book Club.

Writing DiverCity

Leading up to our 28th festival, The Word On The Street ran its first ever writing contest. Writing DiverCity is a fiction contest for writers under 35, and aims to highlight the diversity and vibrancy of emerging Canadian talent. We encourage participation from all backgrounds, orientations, and identifications to show the variety and vibrancy of Canadian writers.

*The 2017 competition is now closed. Please check back in the spring for the 2018 Writing DiverCity.