Toronto, Ontario

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Harbourfront Centre | 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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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.

Spoken Word Showcase

For our 2017 festival, we shared the mic with Toronto slam poets on stage at The Word On The Street. Presented in partnership with the award-winning BAM! Toronto Youth Poetry Slam team and the Toronto Poetry Slam Team, poets performed original spoken word poems at the festival. Poets recited their poems to an audience of over 50 people, followed by a Q&A. More 2017 details, below!


Our application period is closed for 2017. If you’re interested in participating in our Spoken Word Showcase in 2018, please check back in the summer for application details. 



Spoken Word Poetry

Spoken word poetry is an art form that almost anybody can do and is accessible to everyone. Just grab a pen and paper and write down your thoughts. Spoken word poetry can be used as an instrument through which you explore and better understand your culture, society, and YOU. We encourage everyone to use one of your most powerful tools, your voice, to share stories and create change.

Want to participate in the 2017 Spoken Word Showcase?

Our application period is closed for 2017. If you’re interested in participating in our Spoken Word Showcase in 2018, please check back in the summer for application details. 

Not sure what to write about?

Here are some great links for instruction and inspiration!

Hub Pages
Power Poetry
Official site of Guante

How many people will participate in the showcase?

Each programming team will choose 5 – 10 people to participate in the the three categories to perform at The Word On The Street on Sunday, September 24, 2017, at Harbourfront Centre



Francophone Slam

This year, we have Franc’Open Mic teaching a slam poetry workshop in French followed by a special slam poetry contest. 

If you’d like to be involved in the francophone workshop or contest, please email the following:

  • Full Name
  • Email
  • Phone Number
  • Interest in either the workshop, contest, or both

Franc’Open Mic is the first francophone open stage in Toronto for all performing arts including singing, music, stand-up, poetry, improv, storytelling and the spoken word. Franc’Open Mic was created by Florian François and Cyril Mignotet in 2014 to offer a place where like artists can share their artistic world in French in front of a receptive audience.



Slam Francophone

Cette année Franc’Open Mic anime un atelier de slam créatif en français suivi par un tournoi de slam.

Si vous voudriez s’inscrire à l’atelier de slam ou au tournoi de slam, veuillez envoyer un courriel à Votre courriel doit inclure les éléments mentionnés ci-dessous:

  • Nom et prénom
  • Adresse courriel
  • Numero de telephone
  • Il faut aussi nous dire si vous voulez participer à l’atelier ou au tournoi.

Franc’Open Mic est la première scène ouverte de Toronto ouvert à tous les arts tels que la musique, la chanson, la poésie, le slam, la comédie, l’impro ou encore le conte.Franc’Open Mic a été créé par Florian François et Cyril Mignotet en 2014 pour offrir une scène ou les artistes peuvent partager leur univers artistique en Français devant un public réceptif.

Submission Rules and Regulations

  1. Participants must be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or landed immigrant. Those under the age of 18 must include the permission form provided with their submission, signed by a parent or guardian
  2. All participants must be available to attend and perform at the festival on Sunday, September 24, 2017, at any time between 11 AM to 6 PM
  3. Participants are limited to one (1) submission each
  4. Submissions must be previously unpublished and must be your own work. Revisions on any submission will not be accepted after it has been entered. Participants must present from their original submission on festival day
  5. Each submission should include the creator’s name, email address, phone number, age, and the title of their work. If under 18, it must also include the name, phone number, and email address of the parent/guardian who signs the permission form
  6. Submissions must be received by 5:00 PM, Friday, August 18, 2017
  7. Participants will be announced in August and be notified by email. Announcements will be sent to the media and posted on The Word On The Street’s website