Virtual Literary Festivals


Saskatchewan Festival of Words: Recorded sessions including author workshops and more.

Available until August 26

Celebrating Indigenous Stories Illustrated Workshop: Join Traditional Indigenous Knowledge Consultant Fred Martin for this free illustrated lecture exploring and celebrating Indigenous storytelling traditions. Adapted from an inspiring talk he gave to Hot Docs staff this past winter, this will be a lively and engaging presentation for fans of our Curious Minds lectures and author talks—and anyone looking to gain a deeper understanding of the moving and uplifting stories that form the cultural bedrock of this land. Free to stream online until August 26.

Sep 21 - 29

Telling Tales 2021: Following the success of last year, the 2021 Telling Tales season will continue as a virtual festival with an all-star line-up of authors, illustrators and storytellers sharing their stories and engaging audiences both near and far. Attendees to the Telling Tales Virtual Festival can look forward to interactive video presentations from an award-winning, diverse line-up, whose unique backgrounds and experiences reflect those of our audience.

Oct 21 - 31

Toronto International Festival of Authors: Canada’s largest and longest-running literary festival will return in a digital format for the 42nd edition. This year’s Festival will again offer a dynamic lineup of authors and artists from Canada and around the globe through live conversations and entertaining performances, alongside compelling new events celebrating books, authors and stories.

Nov 1 - 7

FOLD Kids Book Fest: Festival of Literary Diversity presents a fantastic array of children’s book authors and illustrators appearing at engaging virtual events designed for young people ages 0-18. In addition to events designed for children and young people, the festival includes opportunities for adult writers of children’s literature to take part in pitch sessions and to develop their craft through in-person workshops with the festival’s incredible lineup of authors.


Thu Sep 23

Enabling Ageing Well: In recognition of World Alzheimer's Day, the Gertrude Cetinski Lectureship for 2021 has partnered with the Halton Age-Friendly Network and the Hillsview Active Living Centre. Join us as we host Dr. Samir K. Sinha presenting recent updates on Ageing in Well in Canada. Topics covered will include what the pandemic has taught us about the state of Long Term Care in Canada, and advice on how individuals can enable their own Healthy Ageing. Register in advance. Live online - 7pm.

Achēv: Achēv is a not-for-profit, community-based organization that delivers employment, youth, newcomer and language service. Free webinars include job and career help, Canadian citizenship test preparation, and financial literacy.

Canadian Mental Health Association Halton Region Branch Virtual Programs: CMHA continues to meet the needs of the community through virtual drop-ins and other programs.

Commissioner of Oaths Services: The Centre for Skills Development offers free virtual appointments with a Commissioner of Oaths. Appointments required.

Halton Equity and Diversity Roundtable: A community collective of organizations, institutions, groups, businesses, and individual community members that is committed to building systemic inclusion and equity in Halton.

ROCK EarlyON Virtual Programs & Support: Local child development experts are available online for conversation, and are posting interactive programs and storytimes. Check their schedule on Facebook.

TelePALS: A free, over-the-phone program for adults from Burlington Parks & Recreation.

BPL Virtual Events - puppet shows, book clubs and more

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