Sunday September 27, 2015

Harbourfront Centre

11am - 6pm

Check back soon for the 2015 Programming Schedule at Harbourfront Centre!


2014 Adult Programming

  • Bestsellers Stage

    The flagship venue at The Word On The Street, this venue features some of the biggest names in Canadian literature, all under one roof!

  • Great Books Marquee

    The place to be for the most exciting and dynamic books of the year, this venue features a variety of hot spring and fall titles including fiction, non-fiction, short stories, and poetry.

  • Learning Tent

    A venue for literacy groups to share family-oriented programming and activities.

  • New Narratives Tent

    Features programming dedicated to the promotion of avant-garde ways of telling stories that connect with niche audiences. The sessions will include panels discussions, demonstrations, and hands-on workshops

  • Nothing But The Truth Tent

    In this venue, see the amazing range of quality, literary non-fiction being produced in Canada.

  • Wordshop Marquee

    This venue will offer a day of writing workshops covering craft and career strategy for aspiring writers featuring the esteemed faculty of The Humber School for Writers.

  • Sculpting New Reads

    This exciting new visual arts program brings together Canadian artists and authors to explore how books can inspire new ways of thinking, creating, and innovating.

  • This Is Not The Shakespeare Stage

    Featuring hourly, genre-based, interactive programming sessions which showcase the great young adult books, authors and artists Canada has to offer, this venue brings a fresh, fun, and youthful perspective to the festival.

  • Toronto Book Awards Tent

    Nominees for the Toronto Book Awards read from their nominated works.  Can you predict the winner?  Also enjoy a special programming hour featuring Diaspora Dialogues authors.

  • Toronto Star Tent

    The Toronto Star offers thought-provoking presentations from some of its most popular writers.

  • Vibrant Voices of Ontario Tent

    This venue celebrates the amazing fiction, non-fiction and poetry being produced by writers and publishers from our province.

2014 KidStreet Programming:

  • Children's Activity Tent

    This venue will feature creative crafts and interactive presentations inspired by new children's books, plus music and a cartooning workshop too!

  • TD Children's Literature Tent

    Come and see some of Canada's most renowned children's authors and illustrators present some of the best children's books of 2014.

  • TVOKids Stage

    Favourite personalities from TVOKids take the stage for a day of fun-filled literacy-focused entertainment including music, stories, readings and interactive sessions.



  • Diaspora Dialogues Tent

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  • EYE Weekly Music Stage

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  • Great Books Marquee

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  • Money Matters Tent

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  • 11:15 - 12:00 :: Creating Comics with Owlkids!

    Owlkids, the folks behind Owl, Chickadee and Chirp magazines have been publishing great comics for decades! Join CTON, creator of the Owlkids’ book CTON’s Super A-Maze-ing Year of Crazy Comics, and Brian McLachlan, creator of Alex and Charlie from Owl, as they walk you through the process of creating your own comics!

    Bonus: The first 100 kids 12 and under that attend this panel will receive a gift bag filled with great comics!




  • 12:00 - 1:00 :: Creating Comics and Raising a Family: Finding Balance

    It’s tough for anyone to balance their career and home-life and in comics it can be even more-so: they’re very labour-intensive, require long hours spent without interruption and some people still don’t think that creating comics—writing, illustrating, and publishing—is a “real” job! So how do comics creators who are also parents make everything work?

    Join comics creators: Jim Munroe, Sword of My Mouth; Tara Tallan, Galaxion; and Claudia Davilla, Luz: The Girl of Knowing, as they discuss what it takes to balance creative and financial pursuits with the families they love.


  • 1:00 - 2:00 :: No Rules, No Budget, All Fun! How and Why You Should Make Comics!

    There are as many ways to make comics as there are comics to be made! Whether you write or draw or you’re totally new to the medium, but have a story to tell, you can make comics! Our speakers will each outline the process they take to create comics and how you can do it too. Plus, following the panel each of our speakers will be available for one-on-one consultations!

    Speakers include Georgia Webber, on the comics peer-review group gangLion; Ruth Tait, on digital illustration on a budget; and steflenk, on her new guide to self-publishing produced by the Xeric Foundation.

  • 2:00 - 3:00 :: Graphic Memoirs: Three New Works

    Memoirs in graphic novel form such as Maus and Persepolis have broadened the reach and appreciation of the comics medium more than any other genre and are perhaps their authors’ best-known works.

    Hear Canadian graphic memoirists: Tory Woolcott, Mirror Mind; Lesley Fairfield, Tyranny; and Adam Bourret, I’m Crazy, as they read from their new works.

  • 3:00 - 4:00 :: Sequential Presents: Oh, Canada. Surveying the Landscape of Canadian Comics


    What does it mean to be a Canadian graphic novelist? What is the state of Canadian comics and graphic novels and what is its future? Just what makes a comic Canadian anyway?

    Join Bryan Munn and Salgood Sam, editors of the Canadian comics, news and culture blog Sequential, as they discusses the state of Canadian comics. Joining them will be representatives of Canada’s dual cartooning awards, Brad Mackay from The Doug Wright Awards and Kevin Boyd from The Joe Shuster Awards, as well as award-winning Canadian comics creators. This is sure to be a lively discussion!

  • 4:00 - 5:00 :: Sequential Presents: Three New Comics Set in Canada

    Following the discussion of the state of Canadian graphic novels, Canadian comics, news and culture blog Sequential will be presenting readings featuring three new graphic novels set in Canada. With one story published on the internet, one published by an American publisher and even one published in Canada, this is a diverse and exciting group of new work.

    This segment will feature readings by Willow Dawson, 100 Mile House; Jeff Lemire, Essex County; and Evan Munday, Quarter-Life Crisis.

  • 5:00 - 6:00 :: Webcomics

    Our most popular panel of 2008 returns for a second go-round! Webcomics, digital comics, online comics, call them what you will, they’re the hot-button topic in a world where ‘print’ is slowly disappearing.

    Join Andy Belanger, Raising Hell and Bottle of Awesome; Faith Erin Hicks, Ice and War at Ellsmere; Emily Horne, A Softer World; Ryan North, Dinosaur Comics; and Kean Soo, Jellaby:Monster in the City, as they engage in what’s sure to be a spirited discussion of the possibilities that the internet may hold for the future of comics.