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.

Sculpting New Reads Logo

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



Labspace Studio is an artist collective and creative studio run by Co-Directors John Loerchner and Laura Mendes. Together they develop interdisciplinary art projects, curate large-scale exhibitions and experiment with new methods of collaboration. Their projects are often site-specific and participatory in nature, blurring the lines between art and life, incorporating elements of performance, installation, multimedia and user-generated content. Recent projects include commissions for the Ontario Science Centre, First Canadian Place, Nuit Blanche Brussels, ILLUMINUS Boston, and Nanaimo's Public Art Program.

Sculpting New Reads 2018

Click here for the full schedule of conversations between artist and author, presented at the 2018 WOTS festival in the Garage Bays across from the Artport Gallery on Sunday, September 23rd!

Adjacentland by Rabindranath Maharaj

A former comic book writer awakens in a strange institution called the Compound with no memory. As he searches for clues to his past, he learns of Adjacentland, the only place where imagination still exists.

Nurielle Stern

Nurielle Stern
MFA Ceramic Art, creates sculptural ceramics in her Artscape Distillery studio. Her installation, The Bone Runners, was presented by the Gardiner Museum as part of Nuit Blanche 2015. She has an upcoming solo-exhibition at the Gardiner in 2019.

Hard To Do: The Surprising, Feminist History of Breaking Up by Kelli Korducki

In Hard To Do, Korducki turns a Marxist lens on the relatively short history of romantic partnership, tracing how the socio-economic dynamics between men and women have transformed the ways women conceive of domestic partnership.

Erin Vincent

Erin Vincent (1977) completed her MFA at York University. Her work draws on a variety of repetitive and labour intensive processes and materials. She is the recipient of a 2017 Emerging Artist Grant OAC and a 2016 SSHRC Grant.

Splitsville by Howard Akler

It's 1971. Hal Sachs runs a used bookstore. Business isn't so great, and the store is a part of Toronto that's about to be paved over with a behemoth expressway.

Ryan Phyper

Ryan Phyper is an artist / designer interested in exploring three-dimensional space through the creation of dynamic sculptures. These sculptures are often abstractions of architectural principles, creating tangible links between site and spatial forms.

Stereoblind by Emma Healey

In Stereoblind, no single thing is ever perceived in just one way. Shot through with asymmetry and misconception, the prose poems in Emma Healey’s second collection describe a world that’s anxious and skewed, but still somehow familiar.

Emily DiCarlo

Emily DiCarlo is a Toronto-based, interdisciplinary artist who employs time and duration as the subject, medium, and method to articulate aspects of the human condition such as longing, loss and perseverance of will.

Sculpting New Reads 2016