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.

July 2, 2020: All GTA workshops planned for  the 180 Shaw Street bindery have been cancelled due to Covid-19 concerns. The Workshop Planning Committee is discussing ways to offer online courses as well as some off-site courses when it becomes practical to do so.

In the meantime, CBBAG continues to offer its core curriculum through its Home Study Programme.

The GTA Open Studio held regularly on Thursdays continues to be suspended.

Please check with your local CBBAG chapter for updates on planned events in your region.

What's Happening Now 

    CBBAG Annual General Meeting

    The Annual General Meeting of the

    Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild will be held on

    Sunday, October 25, 2020, 1.30 p.m. Pacific/4.30 p.m. Eastern time,

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

    changes to the bylaw; the election of officers and directors; and other business that may arise.

    (Note: this is a further update of the AGM date, updated on July 28, 2020.)

    This meeting will be held by Zoom. All current members will be sent a notice of meeting via e-mail shortly after September 14, 2020, and be given information as to how to participate via Zoom. All members also have the opportunity to participate via submitting their proxy in lieu of attending the Zoom meeting in person. 

    Information on downloading Zoom to your device can be found at https://zoom.us/download

    Art of the Book 2018 

    celebrating the 35th anniversary of the Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild

    NEW: while the Covid-19 and other issues have resulted in the cancellation of the exhibition to the Harriet Irving Library (New Brunswich), the Mary E. Black Gallery (Nova Scotia), and the Crafts Council of Newfoundland and Labrador, CBBAG is pleased to announce that the exhibition is travelling to New Brunswick in fall 2020.

    17 October - 14 November 2020

    Andrew & Laura McCain Art Gallery

    Map: 8 McCain Street Unit 1, Florenceville-Bristol NB E7L 3H6



    Alleppo: Tragedy Unfolding by Geraldine Slater

    CBBAG Aprons Available for Sale

    Natural cotton aprons with front pocket are available for sale:

    Canada - $20 each plus $10 postage; US - $20 each plus $15 postage; Overseas - $20 each plus $18 postage

    All prices in CDN funds.

    Please contact cbbag@cbbag.ca for postage costs for more than one apron.

    To order, please send an e-mail to cbbag@cbbag.ca and an online invoice will be e-mailed to you to pay by credit card (please include your name and mailing address in your e-mail).


    Payment accepted by e-transfer - please send an e-mail to cbbag@cbbag.ca with your name, mailing address, and the answer to your security question.


    The  BC Islands, Greater Toronto Area, Saskatchewan, and SW Ontario chapters also have aprons available for sale to members in their chapters.

    Art of the Book 2018 exhibition catalogues are now available for sale.

    Click here for ordering information.

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

    GTA In-Studio Workshops

    Currently GTA In-Studio Workshops are suspended due to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

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

    CBBAG Home Study Programme

    CBBAG continues to offer bookbinding education through its Home Study Programme during the Covid-19 pandemic. Visit the Home Study page to find out more information.


    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 2019 fiscal year 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.

    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

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