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Word on the Street in Toronto and Halifax

By Antonio Choi (Toronto) and Michael Agbeti (Halifax) 

In September SGI Canada participated in the annual Word On The Street National Book and Magazine Festival in Toronto and Halifax. 


In Toronto, on a hot and sunny September 24, around 200,000 people of all ages visited the event held at the Harbourfront Centre. More than 200 local and national book and magazine publishers, booksellers, literacy and educational organizations, libraries, and writers' associations participated. There were different programming tents and stages. A Kidstreet Festival included a storytelling tent. 

It was the sixteenth time for SGI Canada to participate in the Toronto event. Over 300 visited the SGI Canada booth. This year we promoted Soka magazine, sold a various selection of books and gave out SGI Canada pamphlets and SGI Canada publications such as The Power of One. At the same time, the nine people running the booth had a chance to introduce SGI, President Ikeda and Nichiren Daishonin’s Buddhism to the visitors. It was great to see so many people show interest in Buddhism. 


In Halifax Word on the Street took place on September 16 at the Halifax Central Library, an expansive building with award winning architecture. As in Toronto, the objective of the event is to promote literacy and appreciation for reading within the community. 

Halifax's East Wind District practitioners gladly took time from their busy schedules to run the SGI Canada booth. On display were several books by SGI President Daisaku Ikeda, along with complimentary copies of the SGI Canada brochure and The Power of One booklet. 

Many people stopped at the SGI booth. Some just browsed, while others asked for more information on SGI. Some books were purchased while many of the complimentary copies were taken. 

There was a feeling of accomplishment among those running the booth in that many people had the chance to get acquainted with SGI and Nichiren Buddhism through this event.