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 - New Date

    The Annual General Meeting of the

    Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild will be held at:

    McPherson Library, University of Victoria, Victoria BC

    Sunday, October 4, 2020, time TBA,

    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.

    Art of the Book 2018 

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

    at Craft Ontario

    REOPENING: June 9 - July 5, 2020 Craft Ontario Gallery, 1106 Queen St West, Toronto

    Alleppo: Tragedy Unfolding by Geraldine Slater

    First Floor Vitrines Exhibitions at 180 Shaw Street, Toronto

    An exhibit of CBBAG members' work will be on display in the first floor vitrines at Artscape Youngplace:

    Currently due to COVID-19 concerns.

    The Book As Art: Interpretations

    Jenny Iserman, Liz Menard, Maureen Piggins, Christine Su, and members of the CBBAG Southwestern Ontario Chapter.

    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 Cross-Canada Tour

    Current and upcoming venues:

    Toronto, Ontario:  REOPENING: June 9 - July 5, 2020 (please check the craft Ontario website to confirm)

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

    Note: previously scheduled venues for  Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Newfoundland have been cancelled.

    Past Venues:

    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

    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 13, 2019–February 14, 2020

    McGill University Library

    Map: 4th floor lobby , McLennan Library Building, Rare Books and Special Collections McGill University Library

    (corner of Sherbrooke W. and McTavish Street, Montreal QC)

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

    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

    2020 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 2019 fiscal year Annual Report is now available online - click here for a PDF version of the report.

    2019  AGM and Volunteer Recognition

    The CBBAG 2019 Annual General meeting on June 13, 2019, held at the CBBAG bindery in Toronto, saw the presentation of a lifetime achievement award to Rose Newlove (right), presented to her by CBBAG treasurer Barbara Trott, who chaired the AGM.

    Lifetime Achievement Award: Rose Newlove

    Rose was the GTA workshop coordinator for many years, was a CBBAG board member from 2001-2003, continues to be involved in theGTA fund raising sales, is one of the two CBBAG bindery monitors, and took on an ongoing project to make boxes and slip cases for the library.

    In addition to her ongoing volunteer work with CBBAG, Rose orchestrated the both the 2012 and 2017 CBBAG office/bindery moves and devoted countless hours to packing, dismantling and reassembling equipment, recycling and discarding items, and organizing the rest of the volunteers for both moves. The time she devoted to this huge task impacted her own livelihood - she worked long days at home after putting in hours of hard work at Ward Street and at Shaw Street.

    Certificates of Completion 2019

    Six CBBAG members were awarded Certificates of Completion for successfully completing the six CBBAG core curriculum courses (Bookbinding I, II, and III, Finishing, Restoration and Repair, and Paper Treatments for Binders): Kaitlin Barber, Marilyn Book, Amélie Joly, Julia Pope, Sandra Thomas, and Arielle VanderSchans.

    Left to right: Barbara Trott, Marilyn Book and Arielle VanderSchans (both of whom were able to attend in person), and CBBAG instructor Dan Mezza.

    Following the business portion of the meeting, new Book Arts arts du livre Canada managing editor Joel Vaughan gave a brief update to the members present on taking over the reins of the magazine from founding managing editor Frances Hunter. Joel asked thank any comments and suggestions on the magazine be sent to him at publications@cbbag.ca.

    2019 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:

    Alberta North - Dawn Woolsey

    Greater Toronto Area - Kari Bronaugh

    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.

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