Sunday September 21, 2014

Halifax Waterfront, around the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic

11am - 5pm

What's On The Street?


We have a fantastic line-up of over 50 authors, poets, and illustrators who will be presenting at our 2014 festival. View our full author list here!




Are you looking for an exciting and engaging way to contribute with the literary community? Consider volunteering with The Word on the Street! We have a variety of positions available and try to match all volunteers with activities that will be of interest to them. CLICK HERE to let us know how you can help!



About the festival: The Word on the Street is an annual one-day literary festival that takes place on the third Sunday of September in conjunction with other Word on the Street host cities. The event celebrates reading and writing, promotes Atlantic and Canadian writers, poets, books, and magazines, and raises awareness about literacy issues in Atlantic Canada.


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Drop by our Magnificant Marketplace and Family Marketplace on festival day to check out local publishers, authors, booksellers, literacy organizations and more! Over 40 exhibitors will be at the festival this year!

Family Fun

Each year the Word on the Street offers lots of activities and readings for young book worms! Our Theodore Tugboat stage will feature four children's book authors while cruising the Halifax Harbour, while Ross Creek Centre for the Arts will offer workshops related to the stories read on the boat. There's lots more fun including story time with Jill Barber in the Remarkable Reads tent, and a fantastic Family Marketplace with a wide selection of children's books!

Theodore Tugboat tickets are now available!

The 2014 Theodore Tugboat Lineup is:


Jacqueline Halsey (11am)
George Elliott Clarke (12pm)
Jill Barber (1pm)
George Murray (2pm)


To book your free tickets, please email remi@thewordonthestreet.ca with your first and second choice of author. Please note that your tickets are only confirmed after you written confirmation! Space is limited!


The Word On The Street is committed to improving the reading skills and functional literacy of Canadians. 

2014 Participants


Dartmouth Learning Network
First Book Canada
Frontier College
Halifax Community Learning Network
Halifax Public Libraries
IBBY Canada


Click here to find out more about the libraries' literacy programs, http://www.halifaxpubliclibraries.ca/services/learning/adult-literacy.html