The Word On The Street 2022 Returns to Queen’s Park + Giveaway

The Word On The Street Festival Exhibitor Marketplace, photo credit Frank Wood
The Word On The Street Festival Exhibitor Marketplace, photo credit Frank Wood
Attention Canadian booklovers. The beloved outdoor literary festival, The Word On The Street 2022, is returning after a two-year hiatus for an outdoor experience on June 11-12, 2022. Even better news is that the festival, now in its 33rd year, is returning to its original home of Queen’s Park Crescent from Bloor Street to Wellesley Street. The festival will feature well-known Canadian authors discussing their latest releases on the Main Stage and in moderated discussions.
The Word On The Street Festival Exhibitor Marketplace, photo credit Frank Wood
The Word On The Street Festival Exhibitor Marketplace, photo credit Frank Wood
The Word On The Street 2022 features programming for all ages. For instance, the Kids’ Activity Zone offers children the opportunity to participate in literary-themed activities. The Kids’ Literature Stage showcases popular children’s authors reading from their books.
In between presentations, discover and shop for Canadian and Indigenous books, magazines and comics at the Outdoor Marketplace, as well as meet local booksellers and publishers.

If you are not in Toronto, livestreams of the Festival Mainstage and Great Books Marquee will be available on the WOTS Toronto YouTube channel. More information about accessibility and COVID safety measures are available on the festival website.
Main Stage Appearances
The schedule for Main Stage appearances is as follows:

Saturday, June 11, 2022

12 p.m. to 1 p.m. – When We Lost Our Heads with Heather O’Neill
1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. – Unreconciled with Jesse Wente
3 p.m. to 4 p.m. – Still Hopeful: Lessons From A Lifetime of Activism with Maude Barlow
4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. – Charlie Petch & Nancy Jo Cullen with Charlie Petch and Nancy Jo Cullen
6 p.m. to 7 p.m. – Bedroom Rapper with Rollie Pemberton

Sunday, June 12, 2022

10 a.m. to 11 a.m. – Naben Ruthnum and Randy Boyagoda
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – Winners and Losers In The Ontario Election with Robert Benzie, Martin Regg Cohn, Kristen Rushowy and Noor Javed
1 p.m. to 2 p.m. – Surviving COVID: Did Our Political and Health-Care Leaders Fail Us? with Bruce Arthur, Megan Ogilvie and Nadine Yousif. Moderator Saba Eitizaz
2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. – Our Housing Nightmare: Will It Get Worse Before It Gets Better? with Tess Kalinowski, David Rider and Maria Iqbal.
4 p.m. to 5 p.m. – Rehearsals for Living with Robyn Maynard

To celebrate WOTS 2022 and to encourage you to read new books from Canadian authors, I am offering a giveaway, sponsored by The Word On The Street, of the following Canadian fiction books. I have hand-picked these books because they all look like fascinating reads. I can’t wait to dig into these over the summer months and I hope you’re excited about some of these new books too!

What Is Written on the Tongue by Anne Lazurko
When We Lost Our Heads by Heather O’Neill
The Circus Train by Amita Parikh
Bluebird by Genevieve Graham
Mad Honey by Katie Welch
Check out The Word on the Street, publisher and author profiles on Instagram:

Enter Our Giveaway to Win 5 Canadian Fictions Books Featured at The Word On The Street 2022

You may be interested in reading, “Zitto Zitto Taverna on College Street Reveals Summer 2022 Menu“.
This contest appears on Contest Canada


  1. I’m reading “The Long Game – long term thinking in a short term world” – it’s been quite insightful.

  2. I am currently reading a library book, Cold Wind by Paige Shelton. It’s a mystery taken place in Alaska.

  3. I have just started to read “Five Little Indians” written by Michelle Good. It was recommended by a friend and I am loving it.

  4. I mostly only love and read mystery books and prefer drama, and mystery type TV programs (movies). These 5 books sound amazing.

  5. I just finished ‘Be A Triangle’ by Lilly Singh and started reading Kaikeyi by Vaishnavi Patel

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