The Word on the Street Toronto Festival

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.