Toronto's first annual Art Book Week took place from Monday June 12th - Sunday, June 18th, 2017. Hosted in sheds, garages, studios, galleries, shops, and theatres across the city, Art Book Week featured 26 unique events. The goal of Art Book Week is to provide a platform for Toronto's incredibly diverse and dynamic art publishing community to showcase their latest projects and interests.

Monday, June 12th

Fill in the Blanks Book-Making Party with Swimmers Group

Swimmers Group Studio, 1655 Dupont St. | 5-6:30pm

Why not get an introduction to the swimmers group book making method by putting together a book of your own! We are opening up our studio for anyone interested in making their own sketchbook or notebook. We have lots of offcuts and materials for you to assemble a perfect-, staple-, or coil-bound book. Free!


Jam on Toast: Agnes Martin 1974: An Interview

Swimmers Group Studio, 1655 Dupont St. | 7-9pm

Agnes Martin 1974: an interview is a historical interview conducted and edited by Lyn Blumenthal and Kate Horsfield with the notoriously reclusive artist, Agnes Martin in her home in New Mexico. The screening is presented as offsite programming by Franz Kaka. Following the screening, Katie Lyle will lead a discussion in relation to the film.


Jam on toast is a publication project organized by katie lyle and includes writing in conversation with friends and artists about painting. Franz Kaka is an independent project space that presents bi-monthly exhibitions of emerging and established artists. 


Reading Rainbow by A4A and the Furrawn Press Shed Residency

78 Grace St. | June 12th-15th, Every Evening at 7pm

Reading Rainbow is on-going reading group by a4a and the first featured public event by the furrawn press shed residency. Each evening includes collage, drawing, writing, and open dialogue about queer and feminist texts. 


Curated by Shannon Gerard & Tetyana Herych, the Furrawn Press Shed residency is a week-long, studio-based, backyard residency in Little Italy that will take place June 12-18th. The first edition of the Furrawn Shed residency features artists: A4A, Emerson Maxwell, Kaythi, and Jessica Baldanza. Furrawn is a Gaelic word meaning the kind of talk that brings strangers to sudden intimacy. Furrawn press is a new press located in toronto with a focus on publishing experimental works with artists and writers.


Tuesday, June 13th

OCAD Zine Library Open House

The Learning Zone, 113 McCaul St, Main Floor | 4-6pm

Browse over 2,000 'zines by local artists and creators. The collections recently became searchable online and now is your chance to see it in person. Meet other 'zine enthusiasts and enjoy a refreshment. Please also visit figure 1., an exhibition showcasing interpretations of the human form. Free and accessible! 


Toronto Zine Library Collective Open House

292 Brunswick Ave., 2nd Floor | 6-8pm

The Toronto Zine Library houses a diverse collection of art and comic zines created by local and international artists. The collection illustrates the wide array of techniques and play within the presentation of the 'zine medium.


Archives & Alternative Narratives: a Panel Discussion

Ryerson University Image Arts Auditorium, IMA 307 | 6:30-8pm

Archives & Alternative narratives panel discussion featuring: Raegan Swanson, Executive Director of the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives; Jim Shedden, Manager of Publishing at the AGO; and Deepali Dewan, Senior Curator of South Asian Visual Culture at the ROM. The event will be moderated by professor Blake Fitzpatrick, Chair of the Ryerson School of Image Arts. Organized and hosted by Emma Sharpe with the help of Nathaniel Brunt and Kyler Clarke.


Wednesday, June 14th

Bunker 2 Community BBQ

364 Campbell Ave. | 4-7pm

Please join the Directors of Bunker and the artists featured in the exhibition vacancy for an afternoon community BBQ.


From the Archives to Hot Off the Press

Paul Petro Contemporary Art, 980 Queen St. W. | June 14th-17th, 11-5pm

Paul Petro will be opening his archives and showcasing catalogues and artists' books by: Stephen Andrews, Jane Buyers, Marlene Creates, Tom Dean, Maura Doyle, Gary Evans, Fastwürms, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Robert Flack, Sadko Hadzihasanovic, Matthias Herrmann, Nelson Henricks, G.B. Jones, Bernie Miller, Olia Mishchenko, Janet Morton, Will Munro, Jeanne Randolf, Melanie Rocan, Gretchen Salkey, Morley Shayuk, Ho Tam, Nell Tenhaaf, Carol Wainio, and others. New artists' books such as; Sholem Krishtalka's a Berlin diary, and Vincent Trasov's Mr. Peanut drawings will also be featured. 


The event is in conjunction with the group exhibition So Lightly Here.


Akin Creative ‘Zine Jam

87 Wade Ave, Studio 101 | 6:30-9pm

Akin Projects invites you to an experimental 'zine making workshop facilitated by Katie Sadie and Josh Emter. Participants are encouraged to bring inspirational materials (photos, fabrics, writings or a current project) but facilitators will provide supplies as well as their personal collection of 'zines and tunes for creative reference. $10/person, tickets available here. Cash bar on-site. Beginners welcome!


Thursday, June 15th

Building Narratives: the Art of Documentary Photography

Gallery 44, 401 Richmond St. W, Suite 120 | 6-9pm

Building Narratives: The Art of Documentary Photography, instructed by Surendra Lawoti and facilitated by Gallery 44. This hands-on workshop will focus on creating compelling documentary narratives through the editing and sequencing of photographs for a book work. The visual narrative will be considered through seminal and varied examples of historical and contemporary photo books. Participants are required to bring twenty to forty 4"X6" prints of a singular body of work that is either in progress or completed for an editing and sequencing session.

ABC250: Lettering Exhibition Reception by Christopher Rouleau 

Black Cat Artspace, 2186 Dundas St. W. | 7-10pm

Christopher Rouleau is a freelance graphic designer, letterer & visual artist in Toronto. He uses analog techniques of brush lettering evoking the pre-digital commercial arts style of the 1940s-1960s. The revival of hand lettering represents a broader interest in things made by hand, and a quiet resistance against computers and machines which dominate so many aspects of our lives. ABC250 is the culmination of christopher's ambitious typographic exploration, alphabet-a-day.  


TOABF 2017 Opening Party *Official After Party* Hosted by Phile Magazine

Luanda House, 974 Bloor St. W. | 11pm-3am

Friday, June 16th

Brûle la Mer Screening Hosted by Mice Magazine 

Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw St, Studio 101| 5-6:30pm

Brûle la Mer (Burn the Sea) directed by Nathalie Nambot & Maki Berchache (2014, Tunisia/France). This special screening is presented as a companion to the essay in mice magazine 02 "Brûle la Mer: a Welcome Returned" by Chris Kennedy and Samuel la France.  

It Will Hurt for a While but in the End You'll Be Ok

78 Grace st. | 7-10pm (reading at 8pm)

Julia Mroczek will be launching her new book of poetry it will hurt for a while but in the end you'll be ok with a reading. This event is in conjunction with the furrawn press residency. Kombucha and snacks will be provided. 


From the Archives to Hot Off the Press Opening Reception

Paul Petro Contemporary Art, 980 Queen St. W. | 7-9pm

The exhibition features catalogues and artists' books by: Stephen Andrews, Jane Buyers, Marlene Creates, Tom Dean, Maura Doyle, Gary Evans, Fastwürms, Hans-Peter Feldman, Robert Flack, Sadko Hadzihasanovic, Matthais Herrmann, Nelson Henricks, G.B. Jones, Bernie Miller, Olia Mishchenko, Janet Morton, Will Munro, Jeanne Randolf, Melanie Rocan, Gretchen Salkey, Morley Shayuk, Ho Tam, Nell Tenhaaf, Carol Wainio, Sholem Krishtalka, and Vincent Trasov.


Paper Local Publication Launch and Panel 

Towards Gallery, 87 Wade Ave. Unit B1 | 8-10pm | talk at 8:30pm

Please join us for the launch of paper local, a community newsletter celebrating independent galleries and artist projects through out Southern Ontario and Quebec. The event will include a panel discussion at 8:30pm followed by a reception. The event is open to the public and all are welcome to attend. 


Saturday, June 17th

Furrawn Press Shed Residency Open House

78 Grace St. | 12-5pm


El Bibliobandito performance by Marisa Jahn, presented by YYZbooks.

Artscape Youngplace - 180 Shaw St. | 12-4pm (workshops will be held on the hour, 4 workshops in total)

Bibliobandito (or "Book Bandit") is a character-driven literacy initiative centred on a masked bandit who eats stories. Ravenous, he terrorizes little kids until they offer him the stories they've written. Word on the street is that El Bibliobandito has his stomach set on the Toronto Art Book Fair, a centre for juicy tales. To appease El Bibliobandito's appetite, youth ages 6-12 are invited to create paper circuitry stories that integrate bookmaking, preformative, online, and digital story-crafting. Through character and arts-driven strategies that appeal to youth, the workshop drives literacy across platforms and promotes steam-based learning. If you are interested in participating please meet at the welcome desk on the 1st floor. 


Chevalines: Launch, Talk, and Tasting

Artscape Youngplace - 180 Shaw St., Studio 101 | 1-2:30pm

Chevalines is a research-based art project focusing on the place of horses in urban cultures and diets from the 19th century to today. Working in the Paris city archives and more recently the Toronto archives, anthropologist and artist Chloe Roubert, has developed a series of events and publications that map the relation of horse to humans as ways to articulate larger questions about class, classifications of life, and the ethical and political issues surrounding food.


For the Toronto Art Book Fair, Roubert will launch the English version of Chevalines. The event will include a presentation and conversation with curator Jayne Wilkinson and will tackle the nature of institutional archives and human animal relations. The event will be accompanied by a horse-based tasting experience provided by La Palette.


Akin Collective Art Book Week Gallery Crawl 

The Public - 58 Lansdowne Ave.| 12:30pm

Akin Projects and the Toronto Art Book Fair invite you to attend a special edition of the Akin Gallery Crawl featuring highlights from Toronto's 1st Annual Art Book Week. Join us as we visit the galleries and spaces that celebrate artists' books and printed matter. Free and family friendly!


Meet at The Public at 12:30pm (58 Lansdowne Ave.)

Xpace Cultural Centre (303 Lansdowne Ave.)

Souvenir Studios (1232 College St.)

Akin Lansdowne (87 Wade Ave.)

Towards Gallery (87 Wade Ave.)

Akin Dupont, talk by Laura Kay Keeling (1485 Dupont St.)


* Although the tour ends Akin Dupont, we encourage all participants to visit Zalucky Contemporary (3044 Dundas st. W.) for the launch of Some Theories.


Some Theories Book Launch With Kathryn Mockler and David Poolman

Zalucky Contemporary - 3044 Dundas St. W. | 3pm

How do we exist in a world that may have already moved on without us? "Some Theories" is a collection of drawings, little stories, poems, and one-liners that explore failure, dread, resignation, and the end of the world.


The Great Chant by Bill Burns

MKG127 - 1445 Dundas St. W | 3pm

Featuring Allan Gasser and Emma Whitla Chanting in the Georgian Tradition, Bill Burns will be doing a reading along side his exhibition the Bill Burns Show (Part 3).


Site Lines by Layne Hinton Reception

Souvenir Studios - 1232 College St. | 2-5pm

Reception for Layne Hinton's exhibition site lines, curated by Sagan Editions. Layne inton imagines alternative spaces and structures through drawing, collage, printmaking, and sculpture. By continuously rearranging made and found objects in her studio, she explores new relationships between forms. Hinton's work reads as forward-looking blueprints of an imagined city - with spaces she dreams of taking over and transforming through creative activations.   


Sunday, June 18th

Tumblebook: How to Draw in 5'x 5'x 5'x 5' Performance by Juliana Pivato

Artscape Youngplace - 180 Shaw St. To Trinity Bellwoods Park | 2-4pm

A collection of 5 hand-bound, oversized books are displaced from site to site by 5 performers. Moving between Artscape Youngplace and Trinity Bellwoods Park, the books are rolled, kicked, flipped, thrown and dragged, imprinting the pages with each point of contact. Juliana would like to thank The Canada Council for the Arts for making this work possible. Featured artists include: Syeda Bristy, Carol Cheong, Idil Djafer, Zoe Harvey, and Jiayi Luo.


Zine Library Showcase by the Toronto Zine Library Collective

292 Brunswick Ave, 2nd Floor | 1-3pm

The Toronto Zine Library houses a diverse collection of art and comic zines created by local and international artists that illustrate the wide array of techniques and play within the presentation of the zine medium.


Multiple Elementary Pre-launch Panel, Presented by YYZBooks.

Artscape Youngplace - 180 Shaw St, Studio 101 | 4-5:30pm

Part exhibition catalogue, part artists' book, and part candy store advertisement, multiple elementary by Hanna Jickling and Helen Reed, in collaboration with a class of grade six students in Toronto in 2012, reflects on the making of an artwork.


At this pre-launch panel, publication contributors Vesna Krstich presents her research on the representative possibility of publications for process-based artworks and Sita Kuratomi Bhaumik talks about taste in relationship to the "Other" and the hierarchy of the senses. Publication editors Hannah Jickling and Helen Reed reflect on how Krstich and Bhaumik's essays have influenced their current collaborative artwork, Big Rock Candy Mountain. 

Furrawn Press Shed Residency Publications Launch

78 Grace St. | 6-10pm

The Furrawn Press Shed Residency publications launch will feature "Baby Knowledge" by Emerson Maxwell, "Books I haven't gotten around to writing yet" by Jessica Baldanza, "Reading Rainbow" by 4A4 and new works by Kaythi.


For more information about Art Book Week, please contact Cléo at