S01 E01 - The Word On The Street

Read The North by The Word On The Street
The Word On The Street’s annual festival in downtown Toronto has endured for more than 30 years. But with the onset of a global pandemic in 2020, the festival’s future was far from assured…Hosted by Rebecca DiemProduced by Quinton BradshawMusic by James EllercampSpecial thanks to Carolyn Taylor, Ceta Ramkhalawansingh, Cory Doctorow, Jael  ...  See more
May 09 2022
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  • Rebecca Diem introduces Read The North00:00:00 - 00:01:50

[gentle piano and sounds of people on a bustling, happy street]

Rebecca Diem: Imagine walking down your street and finding a bustling celebration on your doorstep. Not for a holiday, or a sporting event, just… books. A party for the written word. From leather-scented literary tomes to brightly-illustrated children’s books, from major publishers to teeny indie presses, offering every genre of story in every medium your heart could desire, and bringing together a community of readers, authors, booksellers and publishers alike.

This was how The Word On The Street was imagined into being. A place where books by Canadian and Indigenous authors are championed in a free, public festival right at the heart of our city, accessible to all. And for 30 years, that’s exactly what happened. The Word

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