The Word On The Street

Organization Details

Toronto , ON
M6K 3E3

Phone: 416-504-7241


A one-of-a-kind festival for readers of all ages, THE WORD ON THE STREET is Canada’s largest book and magazine festival. Since 1990, we have presented thousands of writers to a growing audience of book-lovers from Toronto and beyond. But The Word On The Street is more than just a festival, it’s a gateway to Canada’s best new stories and ideas.

Thoughts About Art and Community

Engaging Young Readers - The Word On The Street champions children’s reading and literacy featuring a full-day of readings, activities, and entertainment in English and French. Telling Toronto’s Stories - Celebrating 30 years, The Word On The Street is a proud part of Toronto’s story. We work with the Toronto Book Awards, the Toronto Star, and the TPL Civil Society series to explore the city we live in and how it’s changing. In 2019, we launch our inaugural City Imagines keynote, an opportunity for further exploration of our city. Celebrating Writers - Since 1990, we’ve hosted a who’s who of established writers and provided emerging writers with opportunities to develop their craft and connect with publishers, writers, and readers first-hand. WOTS Alumni include: Margaret Atwood, André Alexis, Yann Martel, Adrienne Clarkson, Stuart McLean, David Chariandy, Cherie Dimaline, Emma Donoghue, Robert Munsch, and the Barenaked Ladies.


The Word On The Street hosts Canada's largest free book and magazine festival. New visitors discover over one hundred free readings and panels each year. The festival is a one-of-a-kind introduction to Canadian and Indigenous books, magazines, and literary arts organizations for readers of all ages.