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 2019

    The Annual General Meeting of the Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild will be held at:

    CBBAG Bindery, 180 Shaw Street, Unit 102, Toronto

    Thursday, June 13, 2019, 6.30 - 8.00 p.m.

    for the purpose of receiving and approving the Annual Report and Financial Statement; the election of officers and directors; and other business that may arise.

    The AGM business meeting will be followed by a talk by Joel Vaughan, the new managing editor of Book Arts arts du livre Canada

    Joel is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Toronto in the English and Book History & Print Culture programs. He was a Printing Fellow in Massey College's Bibliography Room from 2016–2018 and currently works there as a bookbinder's apprentice under Don Taylor.

    Members who cannot attend in person can vote by proxy. Download and print out the AGM Notice of Meeting, which includes a proxy form.

    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.

    Art of the Book 2018 Cross-Canada Tour

    Victoria, British Columbia: August 11–26, 2018

    Audain Gallery, Visual Arts Building, University of Victoria

    Map: 3800 Finnerty Rd, Victoria BC

    Abbotsford, British Columbia: September 10–December 7, 2018

    University of the Fraser Valley Library

    Map: 33844 King Road, Abbotsford BC

    Edmonton, Alberta: January 22–February 16, 2019

    Fine Arts Building Gallery, University of Alberta

    Map:  8807 112 St NW, Edmonton AB

    A news article on the opening of the exhibition in Victoria can be found on the CHEK News website.

    Jose Villa-Arce and Iona Reid present the Papeterie Saint-Armand Calligraphy Award to Jerene Lane of Victoria BC for her work The Fisher’s Boy.

    Photos: Michael J. Zastre

    Current and upcoming venues:

    Regina, Saskatchewan: April 1–June 15, 2019

    Creation Cube, George Bothwell Branch, Regina Public Library

    Map: 2965 Gordon Road,Regina SK

    Winnipeg, Manitoba: August 15–October 3, 2019

    Centre culturel franco-manitobain

    Map: 340 Provencher Boulevard, Winnipeg MB

    Montreal, Quebec: November 1, 2019–February 15, 2020

    McGill University Library

    Map: 3459 McTavish Street, Montreal QC

    Toronto, Ontario: March 5–April 30, 2020

    Craft Ontario
    Map: 1106 Queen St. West, Toronto ON

    Fredericton, New Brunswick: May 17–June 30, 2020

    Harriet Irving Library, University of New Brunswick

    Map: 5 Macaulay Ln, Fredericton NB

    Halifax, Nova Scotia: July 16-August 30, 2020

    Mary E. Black Gallery, Nova Scotia Centre for Craft and Design

    Map: 1061 Marginal Road, Suite 140, Halifax NS

    St. John’s, Newfoundland: October 24–November 28, 2020

    Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador

    Map: 59 Duckworth Street, St. John’s NL

    GTA In-Studio Workshops

    2019 spring/summer GTA In-Studio Workshops are now online. 

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


    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 2017 fiscal year Annual Report is now available online - click here for a PDF version of the report.  The 2018 report will be online later in June.

    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.

    2018 Extraordinary Volunteers

    Each fall CBBAG chapters are invited to nominate volunteers for recognition from their chapters and the board may also make nominations. This year's recipients are:

    CBBAG Board of Directors - Jocelyne Aird-Belanger

    BC Islands - Dawn Skinner

    Ottawa Valley - Kelly Moore

    Saskatchewan - Robin Canham

    Southwest Ontario - Jan Taylor

    2018 Volunteer Recognition Awards

    The opening of Art of the Book 2018 included the presentation of the CBBAG volunteer recognition awards for 2018:

    Lifetime Achievement Award: Frances Hunter

    Frances Hunter is a long standing member of CBBAG and has significantly contributed to the organization over the years. Frances was aCBBAG board member from 2009 to 2016 and has been chair of the Publications Committee since 2009. Frances had been a guest editor for CBBAG Newsletter for many issues and has been the managing editor of Book Arts arts du livre Canada since 2010. In that role Frances re-designed the layout for the magazine and transformed it into a respected publication for Canadian book arts. At the local level, Frances has been the co-chapter liaison person for the BC Island Chapter  since for many years, is currently an active member of the Art of the Book 2018 Organizing Committee, and has been a strong advocate for the book arts in Canada.

    Member of the Year Award: Keith Valentine

    Keith Valentine has been a long standing member of CBBAG, a past CBBAG board member, and is an accomplished bookbinder in his own right. For the past couple of years, Keith has been involved with the Art of the Book 2018 Organizing Committee. He managed to successfully secure venues for Art of the Book 2018 right across Canada, a remarkable achievement.

    Top: Frances Hunter (left) and Iona Reid.

    Bottom: Keith Valentine and Iona.

    Photos: Michael J. Zastre

    CBBAG 2018 AGM: 

    The BC Island Chapter hosted the 2018 Annual General Meeting on June 21, 2018. 

    Jose Villa-Arce, CBBAG president, Alana Sayers AGM presenter: Indigenous Stories and Literatures from a West Coast Perspective, Joan Byers, CBBAG BC Island workshop coordinator, and instructor, and Iona Reid, CBBAG secretary.

    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

    26 May 2019 10:00 AM • CBBAG Bindery
    15 Jun 2019 9:00 AM • CBBAG Bindery
    15 Jun 2019 1:00 PM • CBBAG Bindery

    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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