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 2018 Annual General Meeting of Members

    McPherson Library, Special Collections Classroom A003, University of Victoria,

    3800 Finnerty Road, Victoria BC

    Thursday, June 21, 2018, 6.30 - 8.30 p.m.

    The business portion of  the meeting will be followed by a lecture by Alana Sayers:

    Indigenous Stories and Literatures from a West Coast Perspective

    Alana Sayers is from the Hupacasath (Nuu-Chah-Nulth) and Alexander (Cree, Treaty 6) First Nations.

    She is currently a PHS student in the department of English and the University of Victoria.

    GTA In-Studio Workshops

    Summer + Fall 2018 GTA In-Studio Workshops are now online. 

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

    BC Lower Mainland In-Studio Workshops

    BC Lower Mainland Chapter will be offering an Altered Book workshop, probably in March, at Creekside Community Centre.

    Ottawa Valley In-Studio Workshops

    January: mini leather bindings - visiting instructor James Spyker

    February: different sewing structures- Spike Minogue

    March: marbling- Nancy French

    April: alum tawd binding - Paul Champion-Demers

    May: endbands - Geneviève Samson


    The CBBAG GTA chapter is now on Instagram!  Follow along and learn about upcoming events, workshops, and other chapter news all relating to Book Arts and Bookbinding!  GTA Chapter Instagram handle: @cbbag_gta

    (Login to instagram.com, search CBBAG's handle  @cbbag_gta  and then click 'Follow').

    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.

    In addition, several CBBAG regional chapters have Facebook pages with information on those chapter activities. Please visit the Regional Chapters page and click on the link for the chapter you are interested learning more about.

    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 2018

    This seventh juried travelling exhibition of members' work marks CBBAG's 35th Anniversary.

    The exhibition will open 10 August 2018 in Victoria and travel across Canada until the fall of 2020. 

    The full list of venues can be found at http://artofthebook18.ca/exhibition-venues/

    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.

    2017 Extraordinary Volunteers

    Each fall CBBAG chapters are invited to nominate volunteers for recognition from their chapters. This year's recipients are:

    Alberta North - Dawn Woolsey and Barbara Johnston

    Greater Toronto Area - Edna Hajnal and Betty Elliott

    Ottawa Valley - Geneviève Samson and Roxanne Lafleur

    Saskatchewan - Kate Hodgson and Kristina Komendant

    CBBAG 2017 AGM: 

    Volunteer Recognition & Certificate of Completion

    At CBBAG’s Annual General Meeting on June 15, 2017, CBBAG then vice-president Jose Villa-Arce reported that Joan Byers of the BCIslands Chapter, was presented a Member of the Year award in Victoria in spring 2017.  

    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's arts administrator 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 180 Shaw Street, Unit 102, Toronto, in the West Queen West area of Toronto. Other course locations' addresses can be found along with the course descriptions.

    Upcoming Events

    07 Jul 2018 9:00 AM • CBBAG Bindery
    07 Jul 2018 1:00 PM • CBBAG Bindery
    08 Jul 2018 9:00 AM •

    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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