The Word On The Street Canada

The Word On The Street Canada

October 12, 2010 14:12 ET

The Word On The Street National Book and Magazine Festival Draws 250,000 Across Canada

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 12, 2010) - On Sunday, September 26, 2010 more than 250,000 Canadians attended The Word On The Street book and magazine festivals in Vancouver, Toronto, Kitchener and Halifax while Saskatoon officially kicked off their inaugural festival with a preview for 2011.

Across Canada, the festivals featured 570 authors, workshop leaders and arts performers, participating in nearly 350 programmed events. A marketplace of over 500 book and magazine publishers, booksellers and literacy organizations celebrated Canadian literature and promoted the right to literacy.

"The growing success of The Word On The Street festivals across Canada continues to demonstrate our national passion for the written word and advocacy for literacy", noted Ceta Ramkhalawansingh, national board chair, The Word On The Street Canada. "We expect to expand this national celebration as new cities have expressed their interest in joining The Word On The Street festival".

Among the authors who joined Toronto's 21st festival were Yann Martel, Kenneth Oppel, Richard B. Wright, Katherine Govier, Ruth Ohi, Marina Nemat and Frieda Wishinsky. Vancouver celebrated its 16th festival with author Robert Bateman and flash mobs to kick-off Vancouver Public Library's "One Book, One Vancouver" program. Also celebrating their 16th festival, Halifax featured Kathleen Winter, Chris Benjamin and Russell Smith. Kitchener's 9th festival included authors Bonnie Burnard, John English and Etta Kaner. Saskatoon's preview festival showcased local authors Arthur Slade and Jennifer Wynne Webber and Toronto author Deborah Ellis.

The Word On The Street Canada is a national charitable organization which licenses local organizations to hold an annual book and magazine festival to celebrate reading and advocate literacy. On Sunday, September 26, festivals were held in Library Square and CBC Plaza in Vancouver, Queen's Park in Toronto, Victoria Park in both Kitchener and Halifax and the Saskatoon Farmer's Market.

The Word On The Street gratefully acknowledges funding support from national, provincial and municipal governments across Canada, from many media partners and from private sector and non- profit organizations. National partners include Heritage Canada, FedEx Office Canada and Gildan.

Information about each festival is available at


Contact Information

  • Media Contacts: The Word On The Street Canada
    Alex Moorshead
    Executive Director
    416-503-1330 or Cell 416-556-0812
    The Word On The Street Canada
    Ceta Ramkhalawansingh
    National Chair