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 on the move

At the end of July 2017 CBBAG is moving to a new studio in Artscape Youngplace building at 180 Shaw Street, in Toronto's West Queen West district. CBBAG will be sharing space with Paperhouse Studio.

The impending move is very exciting, offering new opportunities for CBBAG! More details will follow.


Art of the Book 2018

Art of the Book 2018 is an international juried exhibition of members’ work, opening in British Columbia in fall 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

GTA In-Studio Workshops

Summer + Fall 2017 GTA In-Studio Workshops are in the process of being planned; however the move to CBBAG's new home has delayed the finalization of the schedule.

Once the schedule is posted, on offer will be 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.

Facebook 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!

CBBAG also 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 2016 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 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 2017 AGM: 

Volunteer Recognition & Certificate of Completion

At CBBAG’s Annual General Meeting on June 15, 2017, CBBAG vice-president Jose Villa-Arce reported that Joan Byers of the BCIslands Chapter, was presented a Member of the Year award in Victoria this spring.  Jose then presented  Susan Corrigan  with a CBBAG Lifetime Achievement Award (right) in recognition of her volunteer service to CBBAG. Susan has been involved with CBBAG since it was founded in May 1983 and was in attendance at the founding meeting. She served on the board of directors from 1985 to 1991, serving briefly as president in 1988. In addition to serving on the publicity, membership, and nominating committees, Susan served as Exhibitions Committee chair from 1984-1988 and co-chair with Shelagh Smith from 1988-2008. She co-curated seven exhibitions, including the first five Art of the Book exhibitions, and curated nine additional exhibitions. Susan has served as CBBAG administrative director since 1988.

At the AGM Rose Newlove (left) and Betsy Palmer Eldridge (right) presented Stephanie Kean with a Certificate of Completion. CBBAG congratulates Stephanie for her hard work and accomplishment in completing the six core curriculum courses.

Five CBBAG board members were able to come to Toronto to attend this year's AGM: Kelly Moore (Ottawa ON), Arielle Vanderschans (London ON), Barbara Trott (Toronto ON), Jose Villa-Arce (Victoria BC), and Iona Reid (Victoria BC).

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

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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