Word on the Street Festival

Date(s): September 22 ­to October 2, 2022
Location: Harbourfront Centre

When Word on the Street was first held in Toronto’s Queen West in 1990, it was designed to celebrate Canada’s rich literary culture and an incredible array of authors. Today, it continues to fulfill that mission and so much more.

Word on the Street has grown to become the largest festival in the country dedicated to books and magazines — in addition to starting smaller sibling events in other Canadian cities. From small presses to big-name publishers, from internationally recognized writers like Margaret Atwood to local favourites like Catherine Hernandez, there’s something for everyone at Word on the Street, and it’s free for attendees, to boot.  

Since 2015, Word on the Street has taken place at the Harbourfront Centre right on Lake Ontario. In addition to books and periodicals for sale, there are also author talks and family-friendly happenings for the littles like face painting.

2022 Word on the Street Highlights 

Things to see at the Word on the Street Festival include:

  • Bookfair
  • Author talks
  • Family activities

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