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 

CBBAG Annual General Meeting

Faculty of Information, University of Toronto

140 St. George Street, Room 728, Toronto, Ontario 

Thursday, June 15, 2017, 6.30 p.m.

for the purpose of receiving and approving the Annual Report and Financial Statement;

the election of officers and directors (see other side of this notice);

changes to the CBBAG by-law; and other business that may arise.

The AGM will be followed at 7.00 p.m. 

with a lecture by Sonia Bumrah

“Fashion and Function: A Medieval Girdle Book Recreated”

Bookbinder and student of Book and Media Studies at the University of Toronto, Sonia Bumrah will talk about the process and experience of recreating a medieval girdle book, a project she undertook as part of her degree. She will also briefly examine the history and uses of late medieval and early modern girdle books, and try to answer the questions of why they became popular and why they suddenly disappeared in the late sixteenth century. Sonia is a University of Toronto graduate and aspiring book historian and conservator.


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 October 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 has a Facebook group page, which is private to Facebook users only. This group allows for community interaction and discussion and is a great way to network and see what other bookbinders are up to!

NEW: CBBAG also now has a public Facebook page. This will be a source of news and information related to CBBAG and to the bookbinding world.

CBBAG Annual Report

The CBBAG 2015 Annual Report is now available online - click here for a PDF version of the report. The 2016  Annual Report will be available after the AGM on June 15, 2017.

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 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.

Welcome new CBBAG board members

In the fall of 2016 CBBAG board secretary Jill Shaw gave birth to a healthy son. It soon became obvious that Jill could not meet the demands of being a new mother and carry out her duties as secretary. She therefore asked to step down from the board. The board then asked for expressions of interest from the general membership to fill the position of secretary. Iona Reid (Victoria, BC) stepped forward to accept the challenge. Iona is the Reference Librarian of the Legislative Library at the BC Legislative Assembly; previously she worked at the University of Guelph Library, Archives and Special Collections. Iona holds an honours BA in history from the University of Guelph, and a Masters in Library and Information Science (MLIS) from Western University.

Arielle VanderSchans (London, Ontario) volunteered to fill another board vacancy and agreed to accept responsibility for a new board portfolio, social media, as part of our renewed emphasis on outreach. Arielle discovered bookmaking in 2015 and is currently taking the CBBAG core courses with Dan Mezza. She is a recent Western University graduate with a BA in English and Linguistics, an MA in Linguistics, and an MLIS degree, with interests in etymology, slang, and archival sciences.

Also in the fall of 2016 Jan Van Fleet expressed her wish to step down from the board and her position as chair of the National Education Committee. Jan immediately commenced a search for a replacement and convinced Patrick Miller to accept a nomination, which the board accepted. Patrick is yet another recent Western University MLIS graduate. He received the CBBAG Certificate of Completion of the core courses in 2014, and has served on the National Education Committee for the last three years, demonstrating an understanding of technology that CBBAG needs to provide teaching materials online as recommended by the committee to the CBBAG board.

Please join the board members in welcoming these young people to the national executive board of CBBAG. And it seems CBBAG also owes thanks to Western University for producing such knowledgeable and engaged graduates!

And if anyone wishes to join the board, please contact Susan Corrigan at cbbag@cbbag.ca.

CBBAG 2016 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.

CBBAG is also pleased to announce its 2016 Extraordinary Volunteers:

Leann Clifford

Greta Golick

Frances Hunter

Gabriele Lundeen

Spike Minogue

Janice Peters

Susan Pinard

Jill Shaw

Jan Van Fleet

Rena Whistance-Smith

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

03 May 2017 12:30 PM • CBBAG Bindery, Toronto ON
03 Jun 2017 10:00 AM • CBBAG Bindery, Toronto ON
05 Jun 2017 10:00 AM • CBBAG Bindery, Toronto ON

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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