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 

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 Art of the Book 2018 website is now online.

See full website at artofthebook18.ca for more information including awards and sponsors. 

Art of the Book 2018 CALL FOR ENTRY

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

Winter + Spring 2018 GTA In-Studio Workshops are now online.

On offer are one-day, weekend, and weekly courses, ranging from core curriculum  Bookbinding 1, Bookbinding 2, Bookbinding 3 and Leather, and Finishing, plus 60 sewing structures, limp vellum bindings, and German bookbinding techniques, to pop-up books, long- and link-stitch painted books, sewing structures which lie flat, and a new course on designing and making your own Ex Libris book plate.

The GTA Chapter will be hosting two seminars in April: Marbling with Acrylics and Watercolour Marbling, both led by Regina & Daniel St. John of Chena River Marblers. Details can be found on the In-Studio Workshops page.

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 in Vancouver, details to follow

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 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 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

12 Jan 2018 • Eldridge Bindery, Toronto
14 Jan 2018 10:00 AM • CBBAG Bindery, Toronto

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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