The Word On The Street 2020 Virtual Festival!

September 26, 2020

September 27, 2020

$0.00 - $15.00



Events Description

Welcome to WOTS2020, our first ever virtual festival of storytelling, ideas, & imagination!

The Word On The Street Toronto is a festival of storytelling, ideas, and imagination – but we’re also a community. For more than 30 years, we’ve written this story together, from our humble beginnings on Queen St. West to the halcyon days at Queen’s Park, and our latest home: Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre.

This year, we are pleased to present our first-ever virtual festival, WOTS2020!

Over the festival weekend, you’ll have your choice of three simultaneous live streams or “stages”, including plenty of kid-friendly events. You’ll be able to support our amazing authors, publishers, and local bookstores by shopping our multi-day virtual marketplace. And you can connect with other readers (and the rest of the publishing community!) in our interactive online space.

Let us know if you can join us!

Registration is FREE, as always (but we also appreciate donations if you can easily afford it. You can choose to donate with your ticket, or support the festival with a donation of any amount at Canada Helps).

We asked, and you told us what matters most about the WOTS experience: Discovery. Inspiration. Connection.

For many, WOTS is where they first discovered a brand new author while browsing our exhibitor marketplace, Canada’s largest open-air book fair. We’ll miss connecting with you in-person, but we’ll be back next year!

Our community is creative and resilient, and we’re excited to bring The Word On The Street to you, in your homes.

Festival At-a-Glance

This year’s festival will include three streams of programming hosted live on our YouTube channel on both Saturday, September 26 (10AM-9PM ET) & Sunday, September 27 (10AM-7:30PM ET).

We will be releasing the lineup of authors and the full schedule in September. Register now to get exclusive updates (& a few surprises…stay tuned)!

Our team has worked throughout the summer to recreate the best-loved parts of WOTS in a new, virtual setting while continuing our plans to expand the festival, including our City Imagines series and the Summer Spectacular.

Thanks to our fancy new digital digs, we’re also really excited by the opportunity to connect with friends in far-off places! Throughout September, Words Across Canada will feature readings and discussions by Canadian and Indigenous authors from across the country, starting with a double feature on September 10.

For the first time ever, you can enjoy the combined fun of Kingston WritersFest, Wild Words North, VerseFest, Diaspora Dialogues, Word Vancouver, Blue Metropolis, and The Word On The Street festivals in Halifax, Lethbridge, Saskatoon, and Toronto!

Check out our expanded summer programming:

The City Imagines (ongoing)

Summer Spectacular (until August 28!)

Words Across Canada (September 10-27)


Tickets :$0.00 – $15.00

How to get tickets?



Date & Time:

September 26 – 27, 2020


Venue: Online

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