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Toronto ON M6H 4A6

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The Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild was established in 1983 to provide contact and support for those interested in the book arts.

Become a Member
Membership in CBBAG (pronounced "cabbage") is open to all those who share book-related interests and support these goals:
• to create a spirit of community among hand book workers and with the book community;
• to promote greater public awareness of the book arts;
• and to increase educational opportunities and foster excellence through exhibitions, workshops, and publications.

Membership is drawn from all branches of the book arts: bookbinders, fine printers, papermakers, paper decorators, calligraphers, and book artists, as well as collectors, book dealers, librarians, and those who love books.

CBBAG is a member-run organization. If you are interested in becoming involved to assist with any of the CBBAG programmes or services, please indicate your area(s) of interested on the CBBAG Volunteering form to submit online, or let CBBAG know by e-mailing

Membership Benefits
All CBBAG members:
• receive the CBBAG magazine published two times a year (replacing the Newsletter and Journal, commencing May 1 2010), the annual Membership List, and occasional publications
• receive preferred rates on in-studio workshops and Home Study courses
• may participate in CBBAG book arts fairs
• may list themselves in CBBAG book arts directories
• may enter the Art of the Book juried exhibitions
• may borrow (by mail) from the extensive video loan collection
• may use the specialized library (by appointment)
• may rent the bindery space for occasional use
• receive a 10% discount on Craft Ontario Standard or Craft Professional memberships

Canadian Addresses: $60 for individuals, $70 for families (one newsletter), $70 for institutions, and $25 for full-time students (with proof).
U.S. and Overseas Addresses: $70 for individuals, $80 for families (one newsletter), $80 for institutions, and $35 for full-time students (with proof).

CBBAG is a registered charitable organization (Charitable Business Number 89179 5445 RR0001). Donations are greatly appreciated and a receipt for income tax purposes is issued for all donations over $10.

The Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild is lead by a fifteen-person board of directors. Click here for a copy of CBBAG's by-laws (you will need Acrobat Reader, available free at


• Book Arts arts du livre Canada: publishe twice a year, full-colour magazine, features information on book-arts related events, book artist profiles, book and exhibition reviews, technical articles, and historical essays
• Semi-annual book arts e-newsletter
• Exhibition catalogues: available for sale and many online at the CBBAG website

CBBAG E-Network
• the E-Network informs members by e-mail of book-related events, exhibitions, workshops, etc.

• CBBAG has a Facebook group. Click here to visit.

Education Programmes
• CBBAG runs workshops and courses on a wide variety of topics. Courses are announced twice annually (May and November) and are posted on the website. Course are held for all levels of ability, interest, and experience, and provide hands-on training in techniques essential in the book arts
• core curriculum consists of Bookbinding I, Bookbinding II (including Endpapers), Bookbinding III (including Introduction to Leather), Finishing, Restoration & Repair, and Paper Treatment for Binders, and introduces the basics of hand bookbinding and the fundamentals of book repair. All are available in-studio and all but Paper Treatments for Binders are available through Home Study

In-Studio Workshops
• core courses are available as week-long intensives or on consecutive weekends
• shorter workshops are generally on one or two days but may be longer and explore various aspects of the book arts
• small class size allows for individual attention from the instructor
• hand tools are generally provided

Home Study Programme
• videotaped instruction supported by detailed manuals is used to teach bookbinding techniques
• two streams are available: Resource and Reference for independent study and Monitoring, in which specialized projects are submitted for critique
• available in VHS or DVD

Art of the Book - juried exhibitions of membersí work, organized at five-year intervals, tour across Canada for a minimum of two years, and are accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue
Community Exhibitions - ongoing touring programme for smaller locations: libraries, small galleries and museums, schools, etc. with few exhibition resources; current exhibitions include Millennium in a Box and A Book Arts Mosaic
• many catalogues and other related publications available for sale

Other Activities
• CBBAG Book Arts Fair: members may participate in this opportunity to meet the public
• External Events: CBBAG participates in other book fairs such as Wayzgoose, Word on theStreet, OCAD Book Arts Fair, etc.
• programme meetings, tours, illustrated lectures
Video Loan programme - provides a loan service of educational videos, by mail, to members
• reference library - available to members by appointment at the bindery

Note: memberships are not transferable.

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