Welcome Fellow Bookbinders and Book Artists

Since 1983 the Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild has worked to support the development of the book arts in Canada. This web site is dedicated to that effort. The book arts include bookbinding, artists' books, papermaking, calligraphy, letterpress printing and typography, wood engraving, paper decorating, restoration, and conservation.


Le Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild (la Guilde canadienne des relieurs et des artistes du livre) soutient le développement des arts du livre au Canada depuis 1983.  Notre site web est un élément important de cette démarche. Les arts du livre comprennent la reliure d’art, les livres d’artistes, la fabrication de papier, la calligraphie, l’impression typographique, la gravure sur bois, la décoration du papier, la restauration et la conservation.

What's Happening Now 


Art of the Book 2018

Art of the Book 2018 is an international juried exhibition of members’ work, opening in Victoria, British Columbia in August 2018 and travelling for two years across Canada.

The Call for Entry is now available in PDF in both English and French

We hope you will consider entering your work in this exhibition. Jurors, venues, and additional information will be available in May 2017. In the meantime, the Organizing Committee at aob2018@cbbag.ca looks forward to your questions or comments,

Jose Villa-Arce,

Art of the Book 2018 Organizing Committee Chair

In-Studio Workshops

Winter + Spring 2017 GTA In-Studio Workshops are now online! One-day, weekend, and week-long courses are on offer, ranging from crafting your own hand-bound books from discarded journals to core curriculum Bookbinding 1 Intensive, caterpillar stitch bindings to pop-up accordion books, and books designed to lie flat to Gothic books and hardware.

For other chapter workshops and courses across Canada, visit the individual regional chapter pages.

CBBAG Annual Report

The CBBAG 2015 Annual Report is now available online - click here for a PDF version of the report.

CBBAG DVD Loan Programme

 The Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild has a lending library of DVDs available to CBBAG members for the cost of postage (outgoing and return) only. For information on how to borrow DVDs and the catalougue of DVDs available to borrow, visit the Book Arts DVD Loan Programme page under Resources.

Art of the Book 2018: planning has begun

The Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild is please to announce that the BC Islands Chapter will be organizing "Art of the Book 2018" (AB2018), the seventh juried exhibition of members' work, celebrating the 35th anniversary of CBBAG in 2018.

"AOB2018" follows on "Art of the Book 2013," which was organized by the CBBAG Calgary Chapter and finished its successful cross-Canada tour this past spring.

Information on the call for entry, jurors, and exhibition venues will be published on the CBBAG website starting in early 2016.

Please contact Jose Villa-Arce, AOB2018 chair (aob2018@cbbag.ca), if you can suggest an exhibition venue in your region.

Art of the Book 2013

This sixth juried traveling exhibition of members' work marks CBBAG's 30th Anniversary has recently finished its cross-country tour of Canada.  Click here to view the online version of the exhibition.

Catalogues for this and several other CBBAG exhibitions (Bookbinding Materials and Techniques 1700-1920; A Book Arts Mosaic; and The Art of the Book '08) are available for sale.

CBBAG AGM & Volunteer Recognition

At CBBAG’s Annual General Meeting on June 15, 2016, CBBAG president Mary McIntyre presented Scott Duncan  with a CBBAG member of the year certificate (right) in recognition of his volunteer service to CBBAG. Scott joined CBBAG in 2002 when he took Bookbinding I with Don Taylor. He began volunteering with events such as The Word on the Street and the OCAD University Book Fair, as well as assisting with marketing. Scott joined the CBBAG board of directors in 2004, and became vice president in 2007. Scott served as president of the organization from 2007 to 2010, during which time CBBAG partnered with the Guild of BookWorkers to bring its annual Standards Seminar to Toronto (the first time outside of the United States) for a combined conference. Scott served on the CBBAG board of directors as past president until the fall of 2015.

At the AGM CBBAG Certificates of Completion were awarded to four core curriculum students: Leonidas Maniatis and, left to right with Mary, Wendy Izatt, Kari Bronaugh, and Emily Loker. CBBAG congratulates all four for their hard work and accomplishment in completing the six core curriculum courses.

The AGM also saw Mary McIntyre's term as president come to an end. CBBAG thanks her for all her hard work as president for the past four years, As a token of thanks Mary was presented with a framved marbled paper by CBBAG member Robert Wu.

Join a GTA Workshop

The In-Studio courses in the GTA are held at the CBBAG bindery, as well as other locations in Toronto. The CBBAG bindery is located at 80 Ward Street, Suite 207 Toronto, near Dupont St and Lansdowne Ave. Other course locations' addresses can be found along with the course descriptions.

Upcoming Events

19 Jan 2017 6:30 PM • MacLean Hunter Room, Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library
21 Jan 2017 10:00 AM • CBBAG Bindery, Toronto ON
29 Jan 2017 10:00 AM • CBBAG Bindery

CBBAG gratefully acknowledges the support of the Ontario Arts Council for CBBAG's programmes.  The Ontario Arts Council is an agency of the Government of Ontario.

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