Event Category: Festival

The Word on the Street Toronto

The Word on the Street Toronto logo - Toronto Book & Magazine Festival

Hundreds of author readings and activities at Canada’s largest free book and magazine festival! The events listed below are all ASL interpreted.

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Amazon.ca Bestsellers Stage

10:00 – 10:40: Inkling – Kenneth Oppel & Sydney Smith
2:40 – 3:10: A Noise Downstairs – Linwood Barclay

Great Books Marquee

10:45 – 11:15: Alone Over Lonely
Single Girl Problems – Andrea Bain
Hard to Do – Kelli Korducki

11:15 – 11:45: Family Secrets
The Home for Unwanted Girls – Joanna Goodman
The Very Marrow Of Our Bones – Christine Higdon

4:00 – 4:30: Ayesha At Last – Uzma Jalaluddin

Learning Station

4:15 – 5:00: ASL Storytelling
Ontario Cultural Society of the Deaf and Silent Voice

Indigenous Voices

12:15 – 12:45: Fire Song – Adam Garnet Jones
12:45 – 1:15: Moon Of The Crusted Snow – Waubgeshig Rice

Teen Spirit

11:15 – 12:15 Heartfelt Tales
Here So Far Away – Hadley Dyer
Golden Hour – Chantel Guertin
Bonjour Girl – Isabelle Lafleche
Summer Constellations – Alisha Sevigny

12:15 – 1:15: In Medias Res
The Devil’s Standoff – V.S. McGrath
Siege of Shadows – Sarah Raughley
Monsters – David A. Robertson

Vibrant Voices of Ontario

10:00 – 10:30: Scientific Canadian
18 Miles – Christopher Dewdney
The Spinning Magnet – Alanna Mitchell

1:15 – 1:45: Transmission
Holy Wild – Gwen Benaway
Little Fish – Casey Plett

1:45 – 2:15: City Spaces
No Place to Go – Lezlie Lowe
The Fruitful City – Helena Moncrieff

Children’s Activity Tent

12:15 – 1:00: Almost Epic Squad: Mucus Mayhem, Kevin Sylvester
1:15 – 2:00: Kids Write 4 Kids

TD Children’s Literature Tent

10:20 – 10:40: Dr. Coo And The Pigeon Protest – Sarah Hampson
10:40 – 11:00: Stego-cumulus – Hilary Leung
11:00 – 11:20: Harry And Walter – Kathy Stinson
11:20 – 11:40: Team Steve – Kelly Collier
11:40 – 12:00: Celebrate The TD Grade One Book Giveaway!
With Rebecca Bender

3:20 – 3:40: The Hollow Under The Tree – Cary Fagan

3:40 – 4:20: Dangerous Pursuits
Escape – Linwood Barclay
MiNRS 3 – Kevin Sylvester

4:20 – 4:40: Tournament Trouble – Sylv Chiang
4:40 – 5:00: The Whirlpool – Laurel Croza

The Word on the Street Lethbridge

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Lethbridge Herald Author Stage
Live captioning and ASL interpretation

11:15 AM: Giselle Courteau – The Duchess Bakeshop Cookbook
12:00 PM: Pauline Dakin – Run, Hide, Repeat
1:00 PM: Joy Fielding – The Bad Daughter
2:00 PM: Angie Abdou – Home Ice: Reflections of a Reluctant Hockey Mom
3:00 PM: Amber Dawn – Sodom Road Exit
4:00 PM: Martin Parnell – The Secret Marathon

Canadian Heritage Author Stage
Live captioning

11:15 AM: Virginia Pésémapéo Bourdeleau – Winter Child
12:00 PM: Fartumo Kusow – Tale of A Boon’s Wife
1:00 PM: Norma Dunning – Annie Muktuk and Other Stories
2:00 PM: Iona Whishaw – A Sorrowful Sanctuary
3:00 PM: Ali Bryan – The Figgs
4:00 PM: David Martin – Tar Swan


A person looking into the distance on an overcast day in front of an out of focus rural landscape

Set in 19th-century rural Wales, this exquisitely eerie feature debut from English writer-director William McGregor follows the fates of a mother and two daughters struggling to endure a series of calamities of increasingly mysterious origin.

September 7 at 6:15 PM
TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King St W, Toronto

September 9 at 10:30 PM
Scotiabank Theatre, 259 Richmond St W, Toronto

World premiere. 84 minutes.

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Precious Little

A photo collage of hands on a pregnant woman's belly, with the eyes, nose and mouth of a gorilla layered on top

Three women across three generations play 10 characters in this ensemble play about the connections we form when language fails us. A 42-year-old lesbian linguist gets unsettling news about her pregnancy. When the grad student she’s dating is no comfort, she turns to two unlikely sources: an elderly speaker of a dying language… and a gorilla at the zoo.

Duration: 90 minutes

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A person backlight by a window out of the frame, holding a cigarette and standing in front of a wall with a poster of a tiger and patterned wallpaper

Renowned photographer Richard Billingham makes his feature-film debut with this intricate family portrait, inspired in part by his own memories and shot on stunning 16mm. For his feature debut, Billingham revisits the figures of his earlier photographs — his alcoholic father Ray; his obese, tattooed mother Liz; and his younger brother Jason — with a series of everyday rituals that defy chronology, partly inspired by the artist’s own teenage memories.

North American premiere. 108 minutes.

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SOUND OFF: Open Call for Submissions

Attention Deaf performing artists!

SOUND OFF, Canada’s national festival dedicated to the Deaf performing arts is announcing an open call for submissions.

In collaboration with Workshop West Playwrights’ Theatre and Fringe Theatre Adventures, the third annual edition of SOUND OFF will take place between February 13th and 17th, 2019, in Edmonton, Alberta at the ATB Financial Arts Barns in the heart of the Old Strathcona neighbourhood.

We are currently accepting proposals from individual artists or groups who would be interested in performing for this festival. To submit your proposal, please email chris.dodd@gmail.com with the following information:

  • Title and description of the performance
  • Number of actors involved
  • Short biography for all performers
  • Description of performance history (new work? previously performed?)
  • Approximate running time (shows between 45 and 60 minutes are preferred)

A limited number of spots are available. Deadline is September 14th, 2018. Funding for travel and accommodation is available for participants.

Visit the SOUND OFF website for more information.

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Angels & Aliens

A person with hands folded and an illustrated pair of wings and a halo standing by another person with hands covering their chest and dark contacts concealing the whites of their eyes

Fringe favourites Jeff Leard and Sydney Hayduk team up in this bold comedy to answer the big questions. Questions like: Are we alone in the universe? Are we living in a computer simulation? And what do two irresponsible roommates eat for breakfast the morning after awkward sex?

In short: No. Yes. And eggs.

Duration: 60 minutes

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