Archive for the ‘2010 Festival’ Category


Comic Contest Winner

October 5, 2010

We had lots of great entries for The Word Under The Street’s Comic Contest. We’re pleased to share Carrie McKay’s comic strip titled Code “Read”.

Comic strip: Code "Read" by Carrie McKay, winner of the WOTS 2010 Comic Contest[click to enlarge image]

Congrats Carrie! You’re the proud new owner of a Word On The Street Prize Pack!


Color Magazine presents Board Control

September 23, 2010


Skateboarding has a broad scope, including art, design, and culture. Focusing on the aesthetics skateboarding, this display lays to rest whatever misconception outsiders might have attached to skateboarding. It aims to introduces people to what is really happening today.

Color Magazine is the coming together of people who find joy in skateboarding, and the culture that surrounds it. Color will also be screening skateboarding videos created in conjunction with fourcorner publishing, which regularly presents multimedia entertainment.

Board Control exhibit

Curated by Sandro Grison. Featuring Andy Jenkins, Ben Horton, Chris Johanson, Dennis McNett, Don Pendleton, Evan Hecox, FOS, Hershel Baltrotsky, Michael Leon, Nathan Matthews, Pete Panciera, Shawn Barber, Todd Bratrud + over 50 more artists from brands like Kitsch, Girl, Stacks, Slave, Krooked, Baker, Roger and Enjoi.


ALL BRANDS: Zero, World Industries, ULC, Think, The High 5, Stereo, Stacks, Slave, Skull Skates, Skate Mental, Santa Cruz, Roger, Real, Rasa Libre, Pocket Pistol, Plan B, Organika, Mystery, Krooked, Kitsch, Hype, Hosoi Skates, Heroin, Given, Girl, Foundation, Flip, Expedition, Enjoi, Element, DGK, Creature, Chocolate, Bummer High, Blind, Black Label, Baker, Antihero, Almost, 5Boro.
ALL ARTISTS: Alan Forbes, Andy Jenkins, Ben Horton, Ben Tour, Brian Baker, Craig Stecyk, Celso González, Chicken, Chad Muska, Chris Johanson, D Face, Damon Locks, Darren Young, Dennis McNett, Don Pendleton, Eric Wollam, Evan Hecox, Fernando Elvira, Garry Scott Davis, Hershel Baltrotsky, Jamie Thomas, John Lucero, Jack Tarlington, Jeff Valles, Jeremy Carnahan, Jim Phillips, Joe Brook, Justin Van Hoy, Kurt Meusse, Kat Von D, Kris Markovich, Lucas Musgrave, Michael Sieben, Matt Ramage, Mark Nardelli, Mark “FOS” Foster, Marc Mckee, Mark Gonzales, Michael Leon, Munk One, Natas Kaupas, Nathan Matthews, Pete Panciera, Rick Rietveld, Ron Choe, Shawn Barber, Tom Jones, Todd Bratrud, The Mountain, Winston Tseng.

Gearing Up Around the ‘Net

September 22, 2010

Lots of buzz is going on for the authors appearing at The Word On The Street Vancouver. We hoped to share a few tidbits (for more frequent tidbits, follow us on Twitter).


This is a book trailer for Jack Whyte‘s new book, The Forest Laird: The Tale Of William Wallace. It’s the first in a new trilogy and the trailer is narrated by Jack himself.


Great article from The Georgia Straight went online today (hopefully in-print tomorrow) featuring quotes from Jen Currin and Jenn Farrell. My favourite quote is from Jen Currin as she described the festival for visitors:

“People come and listen to half a poem and then walk away. It’s not personal—it’s just part of the whole feel of the day. It’s like a buffet. You’re taking in a little here, a little there.”

Jenn Farrell likened the authors to one of many rings in a big circus! Read the full article online.


And here is a sneak peek of the book bags for this year’s Book Bag Treasure Hunt. We showed all our Twitter follows and Facebook fans earlier this week.

WOTS Vancouver 2010 Book Bags

Remember there are only 250 available so make sure to grab yours early at either Info Tent on site! For $20 you get to keep the bag and collect awesome goodies from 41 participating exhibitors during the festival.


Special programming on the CBC Plaza

September 17, 2010

We’re so excited that the renovations at CBC are complete. The festival has been quiet on Hamilton Street in previous years and we’re so happy the CBC is planning lots of activities to coincide with The Word On The Street Vancouver and Culture Days! Check out all this great stuff:

Meet the Stars of CBC Television:
Session 1 –
11:30 – 12:30
Studio 700

  • Battle of the Blades (Shae-Lynn Bourne, Russ Courtnall)
  • Being Erica (Erin Karpluk, Adam Fergus)

Seating is limited. Following the presentation in Studio 700 the stars will be available for more autographs on the CBC outdoor stage.

Meet the Stars of CBC Television:
Session 2 –
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
CBC Studio 700

  • Heartland (Amber Marshall, Graham Wardle and Torrance Coombs (HL&Tudors)
  • Men With Brooms (Will Vaughan, Aliya O’Brien, Glenda Braganza)

Seating is limited. Following the presentation in Studio 700 the stars will be available for more autographs on the CBC outdoor stage.

Meet the Stars of CBC Radio
Session One – 3 – 4 p.m.
CBC Studio 700

  • The Early Edition (Rick Cluff)
  • BC Almanac (Mark Forsyth)
  • Hot Air (Margaret Gallagher)
  • North by Northwest (Sheryl Mackay)
  • Q (Jian Ghomeshi)

Seating is limited. Following the presentation in Studio 700 the stars will be available for more autographs on the CBC outdoor stage.

You’re the News Anchor – 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Television Studio

  • Gloria Macarenko
  • Natalie Clancy

Some lucky folks will also have the opportunity to sit at the CBC News Vancouver anchor desk and read a news item about Culture Days. News Hosts Gloria Mararenko and Natalie Clancy will be there to show you the ropes.

Aboriginal Carvers on the CBC Plaza

Richard Krentz and Nelson Leon will be setting up a carving exhibit from 12:00 to 4:00 pm. There will also be a talk and song around the carving at 1:00, 2:00 and 3:00 pm.


Call for Volunteer Performers

September 16, 2010

The Word on the Street Vancouver festival is organizing a performance piece for Sunday, September 26, 2010 and need volunteer performers from 12:30 to 2:00.

As a volunteer, we can provide a letter of reference and/or confirm volunteer hours for graduation. You will also receive an official Word On The Street Vancouver t-shirt and be entered in a contest to win a library of Word On The Street books.


  • No experience required
  • Willing to cooperate and work in a team setting
  • Energetic and positive attitude

How to apply:
Submit your application to Your application should include the following information:

  • Full Name
  • Phone Number
  • Email Address
  • Organization

Deadline: Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Thank you for your application and interest in this exciting activity and get ready to have fun!


Festival Programming & Guides

September 14, 2010

We’re happy to announce our website is fully updated with the festival programming and the program guides have been headed out into the world.

Last week we received over 12,000 programs, 20,000 bookmarks, and several thousand posters. Keep your eyes peeled in cafes, bookstores, and libraries throughout the Lower Mainland. Also, there are Transit Shelter ads around the city and displays in select Book Warehouse locations. Send us a photo if you see a particularly awesome display!

Please note: There have been some minor updates since the program was printed. The website and festival signage are the most accurate.


Grant Lawrence’s Book Launch Party

September 13, 2010

Grant will be reading/talking at The Word On The Street Vancouver 2010 in the Canada Writes Tent at 2:00 pm. If you’re looking forward to Grant Lawrence’s book, Adventures in Solitude: What Not to Wear to a Nudist Potluck and Other Stories from Desolation Sound (Harbour Publishing), you won’t want to miss his book launch party on October 7th at 7:00 pm at the Museum of Vancouver.

From Captain George Vancouver to Muriel “Curve of Time” Blanchet to Jim “Spilsbury’s Coast” Spilsbury, visitors to Desolation Sound have left behind a trail of books endowing this popular BC marine park. Young Grant’s father bought land next to the park in the 1970s, just in time to encounter the gun-toting cougar lady, left-over hippies, outlaw bikers, and an assortment of other characters. In this hilarious and captivating book, CBC personality Grant Lawrence adds a whole new chapter to the saga of this storied piece of BC coastline. Lawrence is the host of the CBC Radio 3 Podcast with Grant Lawrence, a weekly showcase of Canadian independent music.

The launch event is being sponsored by Vancouver Is Awesome, Stanley Park Brewery, and White Bear Wine. At the launch, Grant will read, talk, and sign books during a multi-media presentation. Also, Said The Whale and Jill Barber will be playing music and admission is free.

Check out this awesome post from Vancouver Is Awesome about the launch and Grant’s personal playlist for the book. Also, here is a video that Grant made (first in a series) that “will give folks an idea of what Desolation Sound BC (the setting of the book) is all about.”