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The Reading Line: Don River Edition

    The reading line flag at a beach

Hop on your bike and join us for The Reading Line event! Toronto's favourite literary festival on two wheels returns in 2017 with a very special day along the Don River.

Join us on Saturday, August 26 for the Don River Edition Book Ride, which brings you a multi-stop group bicycle tour along with some of the most prominent voices in Canadian literature.

The program has a series of stops and you’re welcome to bike along for the full day or hop on and off anytime. 

To register for this free event, visit the Reading Line Eventbrite page.


11:00am - Children's Peace Theatre

We will honour the land and its ancestors with readings by local author Catherine Hernandez who has written her debut novel, Scarborough, in a multi-voiced story about a Toronto neighbourhood that refuses to fall apart in the face of poverty and crime along with Ghana storyteller, Adwoa Badoe, author of more than a dozen children's books. Together they will share their stories for families of all ages in the natural amphitheatre next to a meadow on the grounds of the Massey Goulding Estate.

  • Dr. Adwoa Badoe, author of Nana's Cold Days and The Runaway Bicycle
  • Catherine Hernandez, author of Scarborough

12:00pm - Leave for Trail Ride

Ride along Massey Creek - Taylor Creek - Don River 

1:00pm - Evergreen Brick Works, BMO Atrium 

Within the former quarry and industrial site, we will see Robert Burley's extraordinary photographs of the enduring wilderness of Toronto's ravines and hear about the history of the area through the lens of literature with Alissa York. Our special guest is Nadha Hassen, a specialist on the impact of nature on mental health. Buy a farmer's market lunch, rent a bicycle, listen to authors & join us for a ride south along the Don River for the best afternoon in the city!

  • Robert Burley, author of An Enduring Wilderness
  • Alissa York, author of The Naturalist
  • Nadha Hassen, MPH, specialist on parks and mental health

3:00pm - Corktown Commons

Authors include Ayelet Tsabari author of the 'remarkable' The Best Place on Earth which has also been described as "powerful & brilliant". Additionally Jane Farrow will share her thoughts and writing about Any Other Way How Toronto Got Queer. This eclectic illustrated history extends from early colonial sex scandals and Oscar Wilde's trip to Toronto to the proliferation of queer shared houses, the demimonde world of Yonge Sgreet strip and the emergence of Queer West. Intrigued? You should be ... Come for the words!

  • Ayelet Tsabari, author of The Best Place on Earth
  • Jane Farrow, co-editor of Any Other Way, appearing with a contributor to the collection

Route Map 


Is the Reading Line family friendly?

Yes! The ride is open to all ages and riders of all levels.

Is it a difficult bike ride?

The Reading Line is accessible to all levels of cycling. The event is purposefully designed to be a welcoming and safe experience for beginner cyclists.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

We encourage riding your bike to the event. Bike rentals are available at Sweet Pete's Bike Shop at Evergreen Brick Works. 

What should I bring to the event?

A bike, a bike lock, water, snacks, an open mind, and a smile!
What are our options for food and drink during the event?
We encourage our participants to bring snacks and water for the day. Enjoy a delicious lunch and or snacks at Evergreen Brick Works Farmers Market. 

How can I participate in the ride if I don't own a bicycle?

We have two options to rent a bicycle along the ride. You can rent a bicycle at Sweets Pets located at Evergreen Brick Works. Quantities are limited. Please reserve your adult rental bike from Sweet Pete's Bike Shop. Please visit their website here and ensure you arrive with enough time to secure your bicycle before the program commences.

Children's bikes can be rented at the Evergreen Brick Works from their Bike Works shop. To reserve please email 48 hours prior to the ride.

Do I have to join you for the entire ride?

No! Although we prefer to have guests join us for the entire day, you can meet us at any one of the stops throughout the day.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please reach out with any questions at or tweet us a question @thereadingline.

The Reading Line is grateful for the support of the Toronto Arts Council and The Government of Canada, Le Gouvernement du Canada.   

Register via Eventbrite

Dates & Times

August 26, 2017 | 11:00am–3:00pm

Prices & Fees



Annie Vandenberg, Project Manager


Starting location: Children's Peace Theatre
305 Dawes Rd Toronto, ON M4B 2E2