Vancouver’s Word on the Street will go ahead, despite the ongoing labour dispute between the city and the librarians. It’ll just have to be, you know, on the street.
With its traditional anchor point, Library Square, behind picket lines this year, it’s a wonder that it’s going ahead at all. But Jauk, her partner Bryan Pike and the other event organizers in their firm, Rebus Creative, say the show must go on.
Canada Post, across Georgia Street from Library Square, has agreed to allow tents to be put up on its parking lot. Jauk said three of Georgia’s lanes will be closed to traffic so festival-goers will be able to get to those venues safely.
As well, the Centre in Vancouver for the Performing Arts, at 777 Homer, is allowing its sidewalk to be used.
“We’ve managed to save most of the festival,” said Jauk. “The only major venue we had to cut completely was the Main Stage, which is really unfortunate, but there’s just not enough space.
“We’re really pleased that we were able to relocate pretty well everything else.”