Books and Magazines will take centre stage when Word On The Street or WOTS returns to Toronto. It’s been 30 years since it was founded in 1989 and has been a staple in the city ever since. This year, the celebration of books and magazines continues with its partnership with the city of Toronto, bringing with it events and activities for all ages.
The event proper will take place on Sept. 22, 2019 at the Harbourfront Centre from 10AM-5PM. The biggest book and magazine festival that’s 100% Canadian is also a free event for all. So go enjoy the tents, stages, and outdoor bookstore, which is the highlight for many attendees.
Even if Sept. 22 is the day of the market, be on the lookout for the days leading up to the main event. Watch out for other events such as WOTS Plus and the City Imagines keynote which take place before.
Visit the main website for the schedule of events and for any other concerns.
It may get a bit crazy but who wouldn’t when there are more than 200 exhibitors? Get ready to shop till you drop with books and magazines galore. Publishers and independent authors will have their own booths as well so don’t hesitate to approach them and strike up a conversation.
Don’t think the kids will be left out during this literary event. Word On The Street has them covered too. They can go to the TD Children’s Literature or the Kids Activity Tent. There, they can look forward to book readings from leading children’s authors or take part in interactive activities, workshops, and more.
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NEW! Don't miss our #WOTS30 COMEDY panel next Sunday Sept. 22 at 1 PM on the Harbourfront Concert Stage! Comedic innovators AURORA BROWNE, JOCELYN GEDDIE, & KRIS SIDDIQI discuss the funny business of writing for stage, sit-coms, sketches, and more! Moderated by NORM WILNER of NOW Magazine. #torontoWOTS #CanLit #torontocomedy
Word On The Street promises to have events that will be as diverse as the books and magazines in the outdoor market. The different tents will cater to different interests so take your time to explore them all.
Amazon.ca will have a tent for its bestselling authors to talk about their books and may even include a reading. On the other side, the Across the Universe stage will feature Canada’s best in sci-fi and fantasy authors and their works. Indigenous Voices will have authors from across Canada to talk about their work and experience that many may not be familiar with. A new addition to this year is the TFO francophone stage which will feature French-Canadian authors and their books.
On Sept. 21, WOTS Plus will be taking place where the panel will discuss Toronto, with its ever changing landscape, and the voices that should be amplified. It will feature discussions about writing and how social justice and technology affect the lives of Torontonians everyday.
If you’re interested in learning how to write comedy for television, the comedy panel might be just for you. Catch them on Sept. 22 on the Harbourfornt Center Stage at 1:00 PM and learn about the ins and outs of the industry.
For more info about the tons of other events taking place, visit the official site.
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Our Festival Director & Comms Coordinator were on @am640 this morning to talk about our #WOTS30 lineup announcement and festival dates! You can get a taste this weekend at @bigonbloorfest! We're very excited for our inaugural 'The City Imagines' keynote, the new Across the Universe genre stage, and a special farewell performance by @sharonandbram! Mark your calendars! #torontoWOTS #torontoevents #canlit
On Sept. 17, author of the book Toronto Reborn, Ken Greenberg will be the keynote speaker that will talk about Toronto, his love for it, how its people, government, NGOs, and businesses shape it to be the Toronto it is today. Besides being a writer, he is also an urban designer and teacher.
The Word On The Street is fast approaching so get ready for it! The biggest book and magazine festival will be bigger than with events and activities for the whole day. Don’t miss this chance to visit the biggest outdoor bookstore and see how books and magazines have stayed and evolved alongside the world around them.