In-Studio Workshops

The GTA In-Studio courses are held at the CBBAG bindery, as well as other locations in Toronto. The CBBAG bindery is located at 180 Shaw Street, Toronto (just north of Queen Street West, in the West Queen West district of Toronto). Other course locations' addresses can be found with the course descriptions or will be provided upon registration.

GTA Chapter Summer 2020

Update: July 2020. The GTA in-studio courses will not offered nor held at 180 Shaw Street due ongoing to Covid-19 concerns. The Workshop Planning Committee is looking at ways to offer online courses as well as off-site courses for when it become practical to do so.

Home Study orders are still being fill and offer an alternative or the core curriculum to in-studio workshops

though both the Resource & Reference and the Monitoring streams.

The GTA Open Studio events held regularly on Thursdays continue to be suspended for the moment.

In addition to its In-Studio courses, CBBAG has a Home Study Programme. Click here for information on the Home Study Programme

CBBAG Chapter Workshops:

To find out what your local chapter is offering as workshops, please visit the Regional Chapters section.

Open Studio evenings at the GTA bindery

James Spyker will be hosting an open studio at the bindery most Thursday evenings (please check for last minute updates to the schedule). 

The bindery will be open for CBBAG members from 6:00 till 10:30. It will be a chance for you to work on your own projects but James will be around to answer questions and give advice. He's had lots of experience making mistakes and sometimes figuring out how to recover from them.

We'll be asking CBBAG members to chip in $10 or PWYC each evening to help cover our bindery costs.

If we are lucky we'll be sharing the space with some Paperhouse friends during these evenings too. They may be making paper or joining in on the bookmaking fun.

For the latest information about the open studio evenings check out the events listings on the CBBAG GTA chapter website:

One thing to note is that CBBAG's tools and equipment in the Toronto bindery are primarily for the purposes of education. An attendee's use of any CBBAG tool or piece of equipment will be at discretion of the volunteer hosting the open studio evenings.

You should also check out the Paperhouse Studio events happening in our shared space!

Core Curriculum Courses:

CBBAG has developed a series of core curriculum courses, which can lead to the CBBAG Certificate of Completion. Click here for information on these courses. More information on the Certificate of Completion can be found at the bottom of this page.


General Information



  • One-day courses are generally open to both members and non-members alike for the same price. Most other courses have a members' and non-members' price. The non-member price includes a one-year CBBAG membership.
  • If you plan to take a GTA workshop which has both a members' and non-members' price and you are not a CBBAG member, please do not join CBBAG first as there will be a delay in "approving" your membership and you will not be able to register at the members' price immediately after joining CBBAG. Please register for the workshop at the non-member price and your membership will be processed from your workshop registration (this may take a week or two, depending on the schedule of the membership/workshop registrar).

REGISTRATION for GTA workshops:

  • Applications for workshops can be done via this website (click on the "GTA Workshops" link on the left pull-down menu) with online payment by Visa or MasterCard. 

  • If you prefer to pay for a workshop or course by cheque or e-transfer, please contact

  • Registrations are not accepted from two days prior to the commencement of a workshop.

  • Acceptance to workshops is assigned on a chronological basis. If the workshop is full, you can choose to be added to the wait list, which is also filled on a chronological basis.

  • Acknowledgement of registration will be sent by e-mail; if you have not received your acceptance one week prior to the start of the workshop, please contact

  • Receipts are available upon request. Please e-mail to request a receipt.

  • Any allergies or other environmental sensitivities should be mentioned when applying.

  • Not all workshop venues will be wheelchair accessible and may require taking stairs.


  • Cancellations, subject to a 10% cancellation fee (a minimum of $5), will be accepted until two weeks prior to the workshop; thereafter the full fee will be forfeited.
  • CBBAG reserves the right to cancel workshops two weeks prior to their commencement due to insufficient enrollment; fees for cancelled workshops will be fully refunded. 
  • As well, CBBAG reserves the right to cancel or reschedule workshops without notice in the event of illness, accident, or any other unavoidable or unforeseen circumstance on the part of the instructor; fees for cancelled or rescheduled workshops will either be fully refunded or applied to the rescheduled workshop; participants who are unable to attend a rescheduled workshop will have their workshop fee fully refunded.
  • Membership fees (and the membership fee portion of the non-member fee) are not refundable.



  • Workshops are generally limited to a maximum of eight participants (some exceptions apply) and generally run from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. (full details available with the course descriptions).
  • For courses requiring a prerequisite of Bookbinding I, Bookbinding II, or Bookbinding III, successfully completed CBBAG Home Study courses in the Monitoring Stream can be used as prerequisites for in-studio courses (Home Study Resource & Reference Stream courses cannot be used prerequisites for in-studio courses, unless permission is obtained from the instructor).
  • Participants are responsible for arriving on time at the correct location; contact if directions are needed (please allow a couple of days ahead of the first day of the workshop). 
  • Materials fees are paid in cash to the instructor at the beginning of a workshop. 
  • Tools and materials are supplied at the workshop, unless otherwise noted; participants may also bring their own hand tools if they wish. 
  • Participants should plan to bring a brown bag lunch (some workshops are in residential or industrial areas with no restaurants, etc., nearby). 
  • Due to the intensive nature of CBBAG workshops, it is not possible to make up missed days; fees cannot be refunded. 
  • CBBAG instructors have the right to dismiss disruptive students; fees will not be refunded under these circumstances. 
  • Photography is permitted only for personal use; otherwise, permission must be obtained in writing from CBBAG. 


  • CBBAG gives a "certificate of completion" on completion of all six of the core courses whether taken In-Studio or a combination of In-Studio and Monitoring Stream Home Study. The six are Bookbinding I, II, and III, Restoration & Repair, Finishing, and Paper Treatments for Binders. Please note that only Bookbinding I, II and III are available through the Monitoring Stream of the Home Study Programme; therefore, in order to qualify for a Certificate of Completion, one must complete Finishing, Restoration & Repair, and Paper Treatments for Binders in-studio. The Certificate of Completion is not formal accreditation. However, CBBAG has had students who were already working in conservation jobs who started back at the beginning with CBBAG, completed the six courses, and were extremely pleased with the mass of material they had learned and found it extremely useful in their work. 




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