Toronto International Festival of Authors
The Toronto International Festival of Authors presents the finest international novelists, poets, playwrights, short story writers and biographers, and provides Canadian writers with an internationally recognized forum in which to present their work. Incorporated in 1986 as a non-profit organization with a mandate to cultivate and advance the cause of literature, the organization operates under the principal sponsorship of Harbourfront Centre, Toronto’s leading multidisciplinary centre for contemporary arts. The Toronto International Festival of Authors is home to a weekly event series (September to June), the annual International Festival of Authors (October) and, for younger readers, YoungIFOA (October) and ALOUD: a Celebration for Young Readers with Forest of Reading® Festival of Trees™ (May), presented with the Ontario Library Association. The Festival and weekly series together have held readings, round table discussions, interviews and performances involving over 8,000 authors from more than 100 countries. In 2007, IFOA introduced its touring programme, IFOA Ontario, which now visits communities in numerous cities and towns across the province. More information about this programming can be found on litontour.com.
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The Inaugural Crime and Mystery Writing Festival / 2022 Toronto International Festival of Authors
This application is for “The Inaugural Crime and Mystery Writing Festival / 2022 Toronto International Festival of Authors”, taking place June 3-5 and September 22 to October 2022 respectively. Both events will take place primarily at Harbourfront Centre with satellite programming taking place at various venues across the city of Toronto. (A) Mystery and Crime Writing Festival (June 3-5, 2022): will include over 60 events and 150 presenters, exploring genres such as cozy crime, police procedural, domestic noir, psychological thriller, historical crime, and true crime. Programming includes: 1. Four special happenings at venues around the city (i) a Thursday night opening gala ‘Getting a Taste of Murder’ will feature a mystery dinner with writers, Linwood Barclay and Shari Lapena; (ii) Boxcar Social will host Cop Tale Hour, late night readings, stories, music, and performance; (iii) a Sunday afternoon tea style event will feature classic historic cozy crime readings and discussions; and (iv) an event in their Books on Film series; 2. One-on-one interviews with Canadian and international crime writers, panel discussions and critical conversations on policing, crime and punishment, law and order, prison, urban culture, science, and other related social issues; 3. TIFA Kids programming designed for children, young adults and parents will animate the waterfront with treasure hunts, mystery activities and readings; 4. TIFA will partner with Humber School for Writers to produce and program masterclasses with award-winning crime writers; 5. A partnership with Crime Writers of Canada will lead to networking and professional development sessions as well as co-presentations of author panels; 6. Enhanced digital programming: a podcast series (four episodes) will be produced exploring True Crime phenomena, while online digital content and activities will complement the live program; and 7. “Nordic Noir”, part of Nordic Bridges 2022, will include 10n distinct events and six original crime and mystery writing commissions. (B) The 2022 edition of the annual Toronto International Festival of Authors (September 22 to October 2, 2022) will feature approximately 400 participants in 250 events. TIFA is planning to maximize the use of outdoor spaces/ venues of Harbourfront Centre to present multi-artform experiences, interdisciplinary performances, secondary author events such as signings and social media live events, retail opportunities, and provide audiences with a fully immersive experience: Programming includes: 1. The opening night will feature eclectic cabaret-style performances, readings, and music; 2. Toronto Poetry Slam will bring together spoken word artists and slammers in competition; 3. Soundtracks & Stanzas in partnership with JAYU will be a feature presentation of contemporary poetry; 4. Trey Anthony, award-winning writer, motivational speaker, and relationship/life coach will curate a night of performance and conversation; 5. “Toronto Lit Up” celebrating Toronto’s authors; 6. “Kapow!” International Spoken Word from the UK, Australia and New Zealand; 7. “Taste of Iceland” festival partnership, a multi-arts festival presenting the best of Icelandic arts in outdoor venues; 8. Nordic Bridges partnership (tbd); 9. TIFA Kids events and theatrical adaptations will be taking place on both weekends showcasing the best of children’s and young adult literature; 10. Installations and exhibitions (details tbd, in partnership with OCAD University and TCAF; 11. “Small Presses of Canada 3.0” inviting small presses to present and promote their work through stalls, readings, installations; 12. Pop-up performances, readings, and signings (details tbd); and 13. “Any Night of the Week” walking tours in and around the Harbourfront visiting some of the city’s most iconic music venues. First Story Toronto will produce a range of walking tours and outdoor presentations explore the Indigenous histories of the Harbourfront and Lake Ontario, sharing and highlighting the importance of land-based story, offering insight, engagement and learning for all audiences.