THE WORD ON THE STREET TORONTO FESTIVAL EXPANDS SITE AND PROGRAMMING
For 22 years, the last eight at Queen’s Park, The Word On The Street Festival has brought the best new Canadian authors to hundreds of thousands of Torontonians – all free of charge – and hosted one of Canada’s largest outdoor bookstores, made up of over 275 book, magazine, and cultural exhibitors. Kicking off the fall publishing season, it is Canada’s largest literary event.
Now, as The Word On The Street prepares for the 23rd edition of the Toronto event, organizers are pleased to announce that they are moving off Queen’s Park and 100% back on to the street, on to the roadways surrounding the iconic city landmark.
In March 2011, the Festival was notified by the City of Toronto Parks and Recreation Department of its plan to close Queen’s Park to events in 2012 so that restoration projects can be undertaken.
Festival Director Nicola Dufficy commented:
“As a festival that strives to employ green practices, The Word On The Street is pleased to support the City of Toronto in their restoration of Queen’s Park, our festival home for the past eight years.” She went on to add, “The planned site move, and subsequent expansion, will provide greater opportunities to celebrate the amazing literary talent Canada has to offer. We are excited to present a fresh new festival look for our Toronto audience.”
The new Festival Site Plan will encompass the Festival’s regular street closures around Queen’s Park – from University Avenue (at Bloor St), around Queen’s Park Crescents East and West, to Wellesley Street, and now extend south of Wellesley Street, around the Ontario Legislature Building, to College Street.
We are also excited to announce our headliner!
First Stop on the Eco Tour: This multi-city Canadian tour brings together for the first time David Suzuki, Canada’s best-known scientist and naturalist, and Jeff Rubin, former CIBC chief economist, and author of two bestselling titles – The End of Growth and Why Your World is About to Get a Whole Lot Smaller, over their shared belief that a truly sustainable future can only be found at the intersection of ecology and economics. Festival goers will be the first to hear their important message.
We are very excited about this year’s festival and are looking forward to a fresh take on The Word On The Street in 2012. We hope that you will be able to join us in our celebration of Canadian books and magazines this year!