Annual Book Arts Fair

APRIL 30, 2016 ~ 9am - 5pm
Admission is FREE!

Each year on the last Saturday in April practitioners of a wide variety of book related arts, including letterpress printers, printmakers, paper makers and hand bookbinders, gather at the Grimsby Public Art Gallery to present their work to the  public, renew connections with colleagues and share their expertise with the next generation of artists and artisans.

The Grimsby Wayzgoose started in 1979 as a small gathering of friends and colleagues that attracted about 300 visitors. Since then it has grown into an eagerly awaited annual event with 45 to 50 artisans exhibiting their creations for the more than 2000 people who regularly attend the event. Participants and visitors come from across Ontario, Quebec and the North Eastern states. There are also often a few travelers from Europe, Japan and across the U.S. who find their way to Grimsby to enjoy and appreciate this fascinating craft.

The Wayzgoose Anthology has been part of the tradition since 1981. Each contributing artist creates a sample of work in a format that can be bound into a book. These sections are known as signatures, and the signatures from all the contributing artists are organized and hand bound into a volume that is sought after and cherished by many bibliophiles. Sales of the Wayzgoose Anthology help to offset the costs associated with Wayzgoose; the 2016 Anthology will be available on the 30th; many back issues are also available.

The impact that Wayzgoose has on culture and tourism in the Grimsby area is significant, both because of the number of people that come to town for the event and for the potential it has to generate repeat visitors. Wayzgoose provides a wonderful opportunity to experience first-hand the traditions that turned us into a literate society. We look forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones on Saturday, April 30th.

Generously Sponsored by:

Alphabet Bookshop, Attic Books, Aulward Graphics, Hugh Anson-Cartwright, Fine Books
The Japanese Paper Place,  J.H. Gordon Books,  Steam Whistle Brewing & Van Huizen Bookbinding


Wayzgoose Anthologies

It has become part of the Wayzgoose tradition to produce an Anthology of work by the various participants. Sections, known as signatures, are hand bound into a volume that is sought after and cherished by many bibliophiles. Produced in an limited edition of 115, the Anthology is an original and lasting keepsake and also a means by which private presses that cannot come to Grimsby for the event are able to have a presence. The sale of these anthologies helps to offset the costs associated with Wayzgoose.

The Grimsby Public Art Gallery has copies of the Anthology from previous years on sale for the extraordinary price of $85.00 (includes HST and shipping). If you would like to purchase this unique work of art, please contact the Gallery

Pictured below are a selection of Signatures from our Wayzgoose 2011 Anthology:

Gerard Brender A Brandis Stratford

Ink Petals Press Woodbridge

Jackson Creek Press Peterborough

Mpress Woodbridge

Rogue's Hollow Press Newburgh

Trip Print Press Toronto