Travel Toronto, Ontario: Victor Does Word on the Street

Victor poses with Chirp the Owl Magazine mascot and helping hand

Victor poses with Chirp the Owl Magazine mascot and helping hand

True, Word on the Street is not exactly a dog festival, but at least dogs can attend and roam among the tables and tents of books, magazine and writer-related other stuff.

(The exception this year was the Amazon-sponsored Harbourfront Stage where Bob Rae was promoting his new book – one reason I went – and me and my four-footed buddy were not allowed in).

September 27, 2015, Toronto’s annual Word on the Street festival moved from actually being on the street, to being in a large courtyard along the city’s waterfront. While still a literary event, the change in venue lost a little street cred in my view by, well … losing the street, and became another city festival no longer defiantly diverting traffic in the name of writerly celebration.

What resulted, however, were larger reading tents (and a stage venue NOT dog-friendly … no, I’m not letting it go), plus room for a full-out performance stage and sound system so TVO could showcase kid-friendly performances. Also added thanks to the water: for $25 you could take a one-hour ‘author boat cruise’ and tour part of Lake Ontario while a writer read from their new book.

Victor poses with ROM Pompeii exhibit promoter and reluctant dog handler

Victor poses with ROM Pompeii exhibit promoter and reluctant dog handler

Did Victor get his literary groove on? Not really. But a lot of book enthusiasts love a sharp-dressed schnoodle. One person even recognized him from Woofstock the previous day (stay tuned). Don’t underestimate the power of a jaunty bowtie, especially at a lit fest.

STUFF: While at Word on the Street I purchased two books. Check them out here: What’s Happened to Politics by Bob Rae and Yes Please by Amy Poehlar.word on the street 2015 scene

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  1. […] a literary event once, a guy yelled at me from a table: “don’t even think of walking by with that […]

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