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

Call for Submissions - Career Launcher: /edition Art Book Fair 2018

/edition Art Book Fair and the Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers are excited to announce the inaugural OCADU Emerging Artist & Publisher section at the /edition Art Book Fair 2018 from October 25 to 28, 2018.   

Call for Submissions - Career Launcher: /edition Art Book Fair 2018

Call for Submission Career Launcher /edition Art Book Fair 2018
Friday, August 10, 2018 - 11:15am to Friday, August 31, 2018 - 11:45pm

Opportunity Description

/edition Art Book Fair and the Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers are excited to announce the inaugural OCADU Emerging Artist & Publisher section at the /edition Art Book Fair 2018 from October 25 to 28, 2018.   

Emerging bookmakers, photographers, publishers, printmakers and ephemera-enthusiasts are invited to submit an application for a complimentary half-booth where you can sell editioned prints, books, or other artworks to a growing audience of over 10,000 artists, curators, collectors, and book-lovers.  

/edition Art Book Fair is produced annually in tandem with Art Toronto (Canada’s International Art Fair), and is dedicated to the promotion of art book publishing in all forms and artworks created in editions. /editions Art Book Fair champions forward-thinking projects by artists, publishers, galleries, and organizations who share a similar mission to advance and strengthen Canadian and international art book initiatives. 



  • Current OCAD U students (graduating in 2018-19) and recent alumni (who graduated in 2017 or 2018).


Friday, August 31, 2018


/edition Art Book Fair

October 25 - 28, 2018 




  • Application form available here
  • 2 - 3 images of the proposed work.

Please submit completed application form and image attachments to the attention of Tak Pham with the subject line: /edition Career Launcher 2018 to tpham@ocadu.ca

Venue & Address: 
Metro Toronto Convention Centre 255 Front St W, Toronto, ON M5V 2W6
(416) 977-6000 x361

Myles Calvert

Myles Calvert was born in Collingwood, Ontario. He attended the University of Guelph with a focus in printmaking and art history, before travelling to London, UK where he completed his MA in Printmaking at Camberwell College of Art (University for the Arts, London). Major bodies of work included mass installations of screen printed toast and the idolization of popular British celebrity culture.

Jon Todd

A graduate from Sheridan College in Toronto, Jon Todd has developed a unique style based on a process of layering in his artwork. His many influences include tattoo graphics, street art, Asian, Northern European and Mexican cultures. By absorbing each of these influences into his art, Todd works with a number of different themes, processes and stylisations in each piece.

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

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

Akira Kurosaki

Akira Kurosaki
Tuesday, October 7, 2008 - 4:00pm

Akira Kurosaki is a world renowned printmaker and teacher who has attracted many international artists to Kyoto to study mokuhanga under his tutelage. While in college he combined woodblock with other printing techniques, such as silkscreen and photo relief. He later developed a collaborative approach with master printers producing works of great mastery. Kurosaki's work is in the collections of the British Museum, Museum of Modern Art New York, and Tokyo’s National Museum of Modern Art.

Venue & Address: 
Auditorium 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario