31st Annual Book Arts Fair

Saturday, December 5, 2015 - 5:00am

31st Annual Book Arts Fair

The Printmakers of OCAD University invite you to visit our 31st Annual Book Arts Fair to be held in the Great Gall at 100 McCaul St, on Saturday, December 5, 2015!
Visitors can peruse and purchase hand-printed and bound books, prints, artist multiples, handmade paper and cards, buttons, totes, letterpress posters and much more!
Fifty to sixty book artists, printmakers, very small publishers, ‘zine’makers, OCAD U students, professional artists, letterpress printers,
papermaking and printmaking suppliers, and cooperative print shops will all be on hand offering unique gifts, collector's items and other treasures.
The OCAD U Book Arts Fair is a long-running annual venue for showcasing book arts, a passionate, underground form of visual arts that has been growing in popularity.
Proceeds from mounting the fair and donations at the door support student book artists and printmakers in OCAD U’s Printmaking program.

Venue & Address: 
The Great Hall at 100 McCaul St.
Book Arts Fair

OCAD U Zine Library Open House

Art Book Week: OCAD Zine Library Open House July 10, 1 - 6 pm
Tuesday, July 10, 2018 - 10:00am to 6:00pm

Come visit and browse a collection of over 2500 zines, from uniquely handmade multiples, minicomics, poetry chapbooks, perzines, and much more! We will have a special display of recent acquisitions with a focus on indigenous voices, decolonization and multilingual publications.

This event is part of Art Book Week, a week-long series of events and activities that parallels the Toronto Art Book Fair. Art Book Week 2018 takes place from July 4-11 at various locations across the city. The goal of Art Book Week is to celebrate the unique artists’ book community in Toronto, as well as increase the visibility of new and exciting projects, spaces and artists. www.torontoartbookfair.com/art-book-week-2018

Venue & Address: 
Learning Zone, 113 McCaul Street, Level 1. Also accessible from 122 St. Patrick Street.

The birth of twin book fairs in the digital age

In 1984’s Ghostbusters, Egon Spengler — a tech-savvy computer whiz — declares that “print is dead” when asked if he likes to read. In recent years this phrase garnered special attention and was dubbed a visionary statement when the closure of many newspapers, magazines and bookstores seemed to suggest there may be some truth to the fictional character’s belief. A particularly deadly year for print in Toronto, 2014 saw the loss of six bookstores in six weeks, while the much-revered alternative arts magazine FUSE suddenly ceased operations. And yet last year saw the birth of not one but two art book fairs in Toronto, and both were renewed for a second year.

TOABF - 2016 Vendor. Photo by Aron Safranyos 

First, the Toronto Art Book Fair (or TOABF as it is affectionately known) took over the historic Artscape Youngplace building with exhibitors’ booths and art installations in June 2016. Visitors encountered zines, artists’ books, prints, magazines, and more from local and international creators. There was also the opportunity to attend authors’ lectures, book readings and signings, and workshops on art criticism and zine production. The producers of widely circulated magazines and small independent operations rubbed elbows and exchanged products because this fair was as much for the exhibitors as it was for the visitors. There was an inspiring, collegial vibe humming throughout the building as artists, authors, editors and readers absorbed and shared ideas.

Then in October 2016, /edition Art Book Fair opened on the lower level of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in conjunction with Art Toronto, the glamorous international art fair. Like TOABF, /edition featured many exhibitors, an art installation, and programmed lectures, readings and panels. Similarly, there was also productive knowledge exchange, although like the art fair upstairs, the focus was more on economic exchange. Visitors to /edition were interested in the tangible objects available for purchase, such as limited-edition prints, artists’ multiples, or back issues of rare magazines that they could add to their collections.

TOABF - Gemma Warren, In Situ, 2016. Photo by Aron Safranyos

Considering that the artworld appreciates objects as much as concepts, it is perhaps no surprise that interest in printed matter is not declining to the extent that it is in other fields. The textures and structures of many art publications cannot be replicated as digital media, and can only be appreciated in print. Likewise, these fairs offer a priceless opportunity to meet and connect with the creators of the works.

TOABF - Collectif Blanc, Publishing | Form | Experimentation, 2016. Photo by Collectif Blanc

Like the founders, participants, and visitors of these two fairs, OCAD U also has a stake in the future of print. The university’s undergraduate Cross-Disciplinary Art program offers a specialization in publication. While digital publication is part of the curriculum, students are also encouraged to explore print media through courses such as “Handmade Photo Books,” “History of Print & Printmaking,” and “Book Arts: Bookbinding.” The artist’s publication plays an important role in art history, and this program provides future artists with access to the skills necessary to further contributions to the medium.

/edition - 2016 Vendor. Photo by Emily Cluett


For more information about TOABF, which runs June 15-18, please visit: https://www.torontoartbookfair.com/

For more information about /edition, which runs October 27-30, please visit: http://www.editiontoronto.com/about/

By Emily Cluett, MFA, Criticism and Curatorial Practice, 2017
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Peter Sramek

Peter Sramek studied photography at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology under Minor White and has taught at the Ontario College of Art & Design University since 1976.

32nd Annual Book Arts Fair!

Saturday, December 10, 2016 - 3:00pm to 10:00pm

32nd ANNUAL BOOK ARTS FAIR in the Great Hall of OCAD University - 100 McCaul Street

10:00am to 5:00pm, Saturday, December 10, 2016

OCAD University’s printmaking department presents the 32nd annual Book Arts Fair. Come and browse the unique handmade and crafted works by over 65 vendors! Book artists, printmakers, small publishers, students, professional artists, papermakers and printmaking suppliers.

The money raised by donation and raffle tickets goes to student awards and initiatives in the OCAD Printmaking Department. Suggested donation of $5.00 (or more!) at the door.

And FREE Workshops running during The Annual Book Arts Fair

Everyone is Welcome to try their hand at Printing and Bookbinding in Workshops running during the Book Arts Fair - upstairs in the Printmaking Department, Room 287

12:00 - 1:30 PM:  Letterpress Printing, Drop-In

Come and try your hand at printing with Letterpress on one of our Vandercook No. 4 Proofing Presses. Drop by and help to create a keepsake to treasure for years to come.

2:00 – 3:30 PM:  Bookbinding Workshop, Drop-In

The OCADU Student Press will host a Saddle-Stitch Workshop – where everyone is welcome to participate. Materials are provided.

AND ! more

6 - 9 PM, Friday, December 9, 2016:  TALK SHOP

We are hosting another TALK SHOP! -  Building on last year’s successful event this is a chance to meet and mingle with members of the printmaking, book arts, and multiples communities! TALK SHOP facilitates the opportunity to share and hear experiences from people in the community who work in a variety of practices, businesses and studios, and to make connections for future collaborations and/or the pooling of resources!                                                                     

This year’s roster of super-fantastic people are Jesjit Gill from Colour Code, Jesse Purcell from Just Seeds, Michael Viglione of Kid Icarus, and Kyle Topping & Chrissy Poitras from Sparkbox Studio, who will talk about their experiences starting and developing their unique practices and approaches. (BIO’s below)

This event is open to all of those participating in The Annual Book Arts Fair as well as OCAD U Students, alumni as well as friends and members of the art and design community. RSVP required via Facebook event https://www.facebook.com/events/175184212881219/

or by contacting Jennie Suddick at jsuddick@faculty.ocadu.ca

Complimentary pizza and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided, as well as wine available for purchase


Jesjit Gill studied Printmaking and graduated from OCADU in 2010. He is the co-founder/organizer of Zine Dream, a small press art fair which began in 2007 and hosts 75-90 visual artists, printmakers and small presses each year.  In 2012, he started Colour Code Printing, a small press which publishes 5-6 publications a year and travels to book fairs and events all over the world each year promoting their titles and printing service. Colour Code focusses primarily on artist friendly Screenprinting and Risograph Printing.

Jesse Purcell is an artist and professional printmaker currently based in Toronto. Owner of Repetitive Press an independent screen-printing company producing posters, music packaging, and artists’ editions. A member of Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative - a tri-national grouping of print-makers producing socially engaged graphics.

Michael Viglione is a Toronto born screen printer and shop owner. In 2007 he turned his production studio into a work/retail space which quickly became part of the fabric of the city’s art and design scene. Under the name Kid Icarus, the storefront caters to contemporary handmade art and craft, with a focus on paper products. Customers can watch the screen printing process unfold while they shop. 

Michael’s current focus is on teaching screen printing to anyone willing to learn. With 16 years of professional printing to his name, he is regarded as one of Canada’s top screen printing experts in manual production.

Spark Box Studio is an artist-residency and printmaking studio in Picton, ON. It is owned and operated by Chrissy Poitras and Kyle Topping, both graduates from Queen's University. Kyle and Chrissy believe that every artist deserves time, space and equipment to create – a creative incubator where ideas and creative pursuits are fostered and developed. Offering this to artists became Spark Box Studio’s mission. How they intended to provide this to artists was through an Artist Residency Program, Guest Lectures, Award Programs, Workshops, and Open Studio Facilities.

Questions? Email us at bookartsfair@gmail.com



Venue & Address: 
The Great Hall of OCAD University - 100 McCaul Street
Questions? Email us at bookartsfair@gmail.com
Suggested donation of $5.00 (or more!)
Book Arts Fair Poster

Call for Submissions: Scarborough Arts 31st Annual Juried Exhibition & Big Book Art

Monday, December 5, 2016 - 11:00pm

Call for Submissions to OCAD students: Scarborough Arts 31st Annual Juried Exhibition & Big Book Art.

31st Annual Juried Exhibition & BIG ART BOOK. This year's theme is Spectacular Celebrations and for the first-time ever, this call is open to visual and literary artists across Canada. The theme asks artists to question, reflect, or engage critically with the spectacle of celebration. The jury is comprised of professional curators and artists, and will look for works that: highlight moments of personal celebration or local community commemoration, reflect on a national celebration related to your own country of origin, or engage with the diverse forms of expressions elicited by spectacle and celebration.

Successful submissions will get published in the BIG ART BOOK (published online and in print) and will be exhibited at the Annual Juried Exhibition at the Papermill Gallery in Toronto. Outstanding submissions selected as Jurors' Choice award winners and will receive cash prizes of up to $2,000.

The deadline for submissions is Monday, December 5, 2016. More information about the Annual Juried Exhibition and BIG ART BOOK is available on our website. If you have questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch with big@scarborougharts.com.


Venue & Address: 
Scarborough Arts 1859 Kingston Road Scarborough, ON M1N 1T3
416-698-7322, (RACHEL FENDER, Operations & Events Coordinator)
Call for Submissions to OCAD students: Scarborough Arts 31st Annual Juried Exhibition & Big Book Art.

Your brain on books

To mark another amazing book awards season (see here, here and here) INSTUDIO asked 2016 Illustration grad Daria Domnikova to chart the inner landscape of a reader, with stunning results. You can join Daria any time in celebrating the joy of reading or view more of her work online.



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24th Annual Book Arts Fair

Saturday, December 6, 2008 - 3:00pm to 10:00pm

Every year, book artists, printmakers, papermakers, and private press printers gather at OCAD to show their work and demonstrate their skills in OCAD's Great Hall. The university community and general public are welcome to come and watch artists at work making paper, printing from litho stones, screen printing, hand typesetting, book binding, wood engraving, etching and much more. Many items are available for sale, providing unique ideas for holiday gift giving. Admission is pay-what-you-can.

Venue & Address: 
Great Hall 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario
Circus elephants in front of Ferris wheel and tents

Book Arts Fair 2008

Saturday, October 18, 2008 - 2:00pm to 8:00pm

The Canadian Book Binders & Book Artists Guild (CBBAG) presents its annual Book Arts Fair, including presentations by Professor Peter Sramek and alumni Martina Edmonson, Stefan Berg and Carolyn Eady.

Venue & Address: 
The Holiday Inn on King 370 King Street West, Toronto, Ontario

Book Arts Fair

Book Arts Fair
Sunday, December 2, 2007 - 3:00pm to 10:00pm

Every year in December, book artists, printmakers, papermakers, and private press printers gather at OCAD to show their work and demonstrate their skills in OCAD's Central Hall and Printmaking studios. The university community and general public are welcome to come and watch artists at work making paper, printing from litho stones, screen printing, hand typesetting, book binding, wood engraving, etching and much more. Many items are available for sale, providing unique ideas for holiday gift giving. Admission is pay-what-you-can.

Venue & Address: 
Ontario College of Art & Design 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario