Toronto’s 2015 Word on the Street Festival was held at the newly renovated Harbourfront Centre. This annual book and magazine festival celebrates Canadian publications and authors with a full day of literary activities. Each year, Word on the Street’s marketplace provides free access to over 200 independent and affiliated publications, writers, artists and various literary groups.
Returning to the festival, the White Wall Review displayed its thirty-ninth issue. The Ryerson literary journal features an international collection of writers, some of them Ryerson students and alumni. A number of students and faculty volunteered to sell issues and provide information about Ryerson’s English program. Ryerson undergraduate student, Cameron MacDonald, whose poems appear in the most recent issue of the White Wall Review, volunteered to distribute the journal, along with fellow undergraduate student Hannah Polinski. Joining them were Erin Della Mattia and Courtney Mahrt, both studying in Ryerson’s MA Literatures of Modernity program. Also in attendance were faculty members Dale Smith and Sarah Henstra, whose first novel, Mad Miss Mimic, was published earlier this year.
Some of the MA students showing their support for the White Wall Review
Word on the Street 2015 was lucky to have perfect weather. Food trucks made it easy to take a break from browsing the stands, but such a beautiful day made it nearly impossible to leave. The White Wall Review is looking forward to participating again in the festival next September, fingers crossed for the great weather and amazing volunteers we received this year.
Poster for the launch of White Wall Review Issue 39
On the night of October 8th, “The Studio” at the Arts and Letters Club was graced with the low-key bohemia of Ryerson’s Literatures of Modernity MA students and faculty as they celebrated the start of a new school year as well as the launch of White Wall Review Issue 39. The old wooden floorboards, large windows, random oversized Christmas-dinner-esque props, and cash bar of The Studio set the casual yet excited tone for the night as people gathered around candlelit tables. Also in attendance were several Literatures of Modernity alumni, undergraduate students, writers, poets, and supporters of WWR.
Top Left: Danyse Golick; Top Right: Cameron MacDonald; Bottom Centre: Samantha Bernstein
Dr. Dennis Denisoff, the Literatures of Modernity program director, opened the night, welcoming everyone to the event and praising the new cohort of MA students for their enthusiasm, before handing off the microphone to Dr. Thomas Heise, one of the editors of WWR and our MC, who introduced each of the night’s readers, all contributors to WWR Issue 39. The event featured poetry readings by Cameron MacDonald, a current undergraduate student; Samantha Bernstein; Michael Cavuto; Klara du Plessis; and Persis Karim; as well as a fiction reading by recent Literatures of Modernity graduate Danyse Golick. Each reader was unique, sharing with us a diversity of content and style. Themes of fragility and loss were tempered by images of pomegranates and Kraft Dinner, not to mention Persis’s ode to large yet noble noses which brought the readings to a lighthearted conclusion. The event was a resounding success, and many are those who eagerly count down the days until the next one.
Left: Klara du Plessis; Centre: Michael Cavuto; Right: Persis Karim
Thanks to all our wonderful readers, to the Arts and Letters Club for hosting the event, to everyone who helped to make it happen, and of course to everyone who came out and made it such a fantastic night.
The applauding audience