The Word On The Street is excited to be presenting six family-focused venues this year, including two new venues for kids!
New for Family Fun in 2008, the Little Readers Tent is geared towards families with children under three and will focus on the importance of early-literacy in a child’s life. Workshops and interactive storytelling, rhymes, and games will be on offer from the Toronto Public Library’s Ready for Reading Program and the Parent-Child Mother Goose Program. Featured storytellers include Theo Heras and Sally Jaeger and readings will be given by authors Marthe Jocelyn and Kathy Stinson.
The Word On The Street is thrilled to be presenting French-language programming for the first time in the festival’s history. Une ville, des mots/The City of Words Marquee is being presented in partnership with the Blue Metropolis Foundation and the Bureau du Québec. French-language artists and authors from Quebec and Ontario, including Francis Chalifour, Aurélie Resch and Caroline Mérola will be on hand offering readings, storytelling, word-play, and creative writing workshops for children 12 and under.
Our wildly popular Children’s Activity Tent is returning with interactive painting and drawing sessions by Charles Pachter and Jeremy Tankard, music by Little Fingers Music, crazy science experiments by Helaine Becker and Mad Science, live reptiles from Reptilia and much more.
Featuring a selection of Canada’s best children’s authors, the Children’s Reading Tent will see lively readings and illustration demonstrations from authors and artists including Shane Peacock, Kathy Stinson, Edo Van Belkom, Tish Cohen, Michael McGowan, Loris Lesynski, Sara O’Leary and Bill Slavin to name a few guests.
Back by popular demand, the TVOKids Stage will offer activities, music and fun with favorite TVOKids personalities.
For older ones, the IdeaSpace Young Adult Marquee, geared towards youth ages 12- 18, will present exciting workshops, readings and segments designed to get youth excited and involved with the written word. Segments include a travel writing workshop with young writers from Outpost Magazine, readings by Mariko Tamaki and Kristyn Dunnion, a street-style fashion show with Canadian Teen Girl Magazine and a panel discussion on world issues featuring Allan Stratton, Bilaal Rajan and others.
Every year, on the last Sunday of September, in Vancouver, Kitchener, Toronto and Halifax, The Word On The Street unites the country in a national celebration of literacy and the written word. Annually attracting more than 200,000 visitors, The Word On The Street in Toronto is the largest book and magazine festival in Canada. The 19th annual festival takes place on Sunday, September 28th, 2008, from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. in Queen’s Park in Toronto.