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Toronto Word on the Street 2020

Toronto Word on the Street 2020

The Real Paradise for Avid Booklovers

As one of Toronto’s signature events, The Word on the Street is a national celebration of literacy and the written word.

If you are into literature and composition, check out Canada’s largest outdoor book and magazine festival.

On the last Sunday in September, the Word On The Street greets thousands of avid book lovers, whether they are authors, readers, publishers, booksellers or mere spectators.

The annual book fair commemorates the works of Canadian authors, publishers and other exceptional literary experts.

The Word On The Street festival began in 1990 in city of Toronto as the Toronto Book and Magazine Fair with the sole objective to promote awareness of the written word and literature, and to promote local talents. Now apart from Toronto, the festival is held simultaneously in other Canadian cities like Vancouver, Calgary, Halifax and Kitchener.

Each year the festival showcases some of Canada’s best writers and brings more than 2,00,000 people to the fine-looking grounds of the Queen’s Park, Toronto.

Whether you’re a devoted reader or a novice, there is plenty to do and see at the Word On The Street. You can browse more than 250 book and magazine exhibits in the festival marketplace, or explore more than 200 readings, performances, workshops at 15 event tents and stages. The festival features close to 250 top most authors, poets, storytellers and presenters from Canada.

The Word On The Street - Children's Reading Tent

The Word on the Street – Exhibitor Marketplace

Books, books and more books everywhere!

The Word On The Street’s Exhibitor Marketplace offers visitors a large collection of books and magazines from leading publishing house to the micro niche magazine and everything in between. You will find Exhibitor Marketplace exhibits set up as a series of tents circling the Queen’s Park. It is like a booklover’s paradise.

The Word On The Street - Exhibitor Marketplace

You can buy a book on virtually any topic from politics to religion, science to sports, history to mystery and computer to business. And that too with great discounted price on many books!

The Word on the Street – Event Tents

The Word On The Street festival features almost 200 remarkable events and performances on 15 venues scattered throughout the Queen’s Park. There is something for everyone to enjoy and more importantly, all of the events and performances are free!

Scotiabank Giller Prize Bestseller Stage is a flagship venue at The Word On The Street and features some of the prominent and award winning big names in literature. You can enjoy the book reading by these top authors all under one roof. The 2010 edition witnessed Booker Man Prize winner Yann Martel, author of several bestsellers Richard B. Wright, former Toronto mayor David Miller and other giant authors at the bestseller stage.

The Word On The Street - Scotiabank  Giller Prize Bestseller Stage

Come and enhance your knowledge as experts from some of most popular magazines like Elle Canada, Toronto Life, The Walrus and ReNew Canada share their tips and information on variety of subjects at the Canadian Magazines Tent.

Cooks ‘n’ Books Stage features several food demonstrations and sampling. If you love cooking, then do visit this stage, and interact with some of Canada’s best cooks and celebrity chefs.

The Word On The Street - Cooks 'n' Books Stage

The Digital Drive Stage offers a great insight into the digital gadgets and latest trends in e-readers, e-books and e-publishing. Enjoy book reading from several authors and join the expert panel as they discuss the impacts of changing technologies on print and digital production.

If you are looking for most exciting and energetic books, Great Books Marquee is the place for you. This stage also features debut releases from talented upcoming stars in Canadian literature.

The nominees for the Toronto Book Award, joined by past winners and other shortlisted authors represent their work at the City of Toronto Tent.

Join some of top Canadian financial gurus as they discuss on a large variety of financial and business matters at the Money Matter Tent. Backed by popular demand, this venue is great place to get your financial queries answered by business and personal finance authors.

The Word On The Street - Money Matter Tent

The Toronto Star Tent offers stimulating debates and presentations on an array of topics including current affairs and politics.

The Wordshop Marquee features several writing workshops covering craft and career strategy for wannabe writers.

The Word On The Street also features several stages specially geared toward kids’ activities and entertainment.

Kids can participate in craft workshops and interactive presentations inspired by latest children’s books at the Children’s Activity Tent. Children can also enjoy music and storytelling.

The Word On The Street - Children's Activity Tent

Children’s Reading Tent is where you can enjoy creative work by some of the country’s most distinguished children’s writers and illustrators.

Favourite personalities from TVOKids take the stage for a day of literacy-focused entertainment including music, dance, stories, readings, autograph signing session and several other interactive sessions. Kids of any age level can have a fun-filled time with lots of interesting stuff to see and do.

The Word On The Street - TVOKids Stage

If you feel hungry, there are lots of options for food at the World’s Food Market. You can enjoy variety of delicious food like hotdogs, sausages, roasted sweet corn, donuts from Tiny Tom and ice-creams.

The Word On The Street - World's Food Market

Toronto Word on the Street 2020- Tourist Information

Venue: Queen’s Park – 111 Wellesley Street West, Toronto, M7A 1A2

Event Date & Hours:

September 22, 2019

11.00 am to 6.00 pm


Admission is free

Transit and Driving Directions:


There are several different routes to get to the Queen’s Park on the TTC.

For subway access, you can take the subway to either Queen’s Park station or Museum Station on the University section of the Yonge-University-Spadina subway line.

The Bay and St. George Stations on the Bloor-Danforth subway line are also nearby.

The 506 Carlton W streetcar runs east and west along College St. and passes immediately south of Queen’s Park.

The 5 Avenue Rd bus runs down Avenue Road from the Eglinton subway station (note: during the event, the bus re-routes around Queen’s Park).

The 142 Downtown/Avenue Rd express also runs down Avenue Road from the Eglinton subway station.

Driving Directions:

From the West – Take Highway 401 E into Toronto and exit at Avenue Road(Exit 367). Continue south and follow signs of ON-11A. Avenue Road becomes Queen’s Park Crescent south of Bloor Street West.

From the East – Take Highway 401 W into Toronto and exit at Avenue Road(Exit 367). Continue south and follow signs of ON-11A. Avenue Road becomes Queen’s Park Crescent south of Bloor Street West.

From the South – Take QEW/Gardiner Expressway E into Toronto. Take the Spadina Avenue exit. Continue on Spadina Avenue and take a right turn at Bloor Street West. Proceed east on Bloor Street West and then take right on Queens Park.

From the North – Take Highway 400 into Toronto, exiting onto Highway 401 East. On Highway 401 E, exit at Avenue Road(Exit 367). Continue south and follow signs of ON-11A. Avenue Road becomes Queen’s Park Crescent south of Bloor Street West.

Directions To Queen’s Park

Parking: Several street parking and public parking lots are available within a 10 minute walk of Queen’s Park (Parking fees may range from $5 to $20).

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