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Annual Bookarts Fair
Join us for the
40th Year of Wayzgoose!


always the last Saturday in April!

April 28, 2018, 9am - 5pm

Each year on the last Saturday in April practitioners of traditional book related crafts 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.

Started in 1979, Wayzgoose was a small gathering of friends and colleagues that attracted about 300 visitors. Since then it has grown into an eagerly awaited annual event with an attendance of between 2000 and 2500 people. Participants and visitors come from across Ontario, from Quebec and from 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.

Wayzgoose provides a wonderful opportunity to experience first-hand the traditions that turned us into a literate society. This annual book arts fair brings together private presses from all across Canada and the United States representing the renewal of old friendships, the beginning of new ones, and the appreciation for handmade book and paper arts.

Demonstrations and displays of paper making, book binding, calligraphy, paper marbling, and book making celebrates the love of fine art, fine craft, and stories.

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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 $80.00 (includes HST). Shipping is extra and is dependant on where you live.  If you would like to purchase this unique work of art or would like a shipping quote, please contact the Gallery:

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phone: (905) 945-3246

Directions to Wayzgoose

 There are two parking lots for the Gallery, on Carnegie Lane and on Adelaide Street.  Additional parking can be found at the very end of Adelaide Street on Elizabeth Street or further up Ontario Street.

From QEW Toronto:

Take the Christie/Ontario/Maple Avenue exit
Turn right on to Ontario Street
Turn right on to Carnegie Lane OR Adelaide Street, the first and second streets after the train tracks (only goes to the right)

From QEW Niagara:

Take the Maple/Ontario/Christie Street exit
Turn left on to Ontario Street
Turn right on to Carnegie Lane OR Adelaide Street, the first and second streets after the train tracks (only goes to the right)

From Highway #8 (Hamilton way):

Take Hwy 8 to Mountain Street and turn left at the lights
Turn right on Main Street at the lights (Mountain turns into Christie Street after the lights)
Turn left on to Ontario Street (only goes left)
Just before the train tracks, turn left on to Adelaide Street OR Carnegie Lane (only goes left)

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Pictures from the 30th Wayzgoose

April 26, 2008


The Grimsby Public Art Gallery's merchandise table featuring the Wayzgoose Anthologies.













Members from the Bookarts Guild of Richmond Hill demonstrating on the Gallery's Pearl Press.  Working the press is Stephen Sword of Stiff n' Sore Press while Kevin Martin of the Papertrail looks on.








A selection of hand-bound books by Van Huizen Bookbinding from St. Catharines, Ontario.  In the background, John Van Huizen demonstrates bookbinding to visitors.










Carolyn Eady of Sprouts Press displays her hand-bound books, as she demonstrates her bookbinding techniques to visitors.







Frederica Tomas of Utility Grade (also next photo) peruses the type for sale by Ken Wrigglesworth of Don Black Linecasting and hand-made books and prints by Akemi Nishidera of KOZO; all are from Toronto.








Hand-printed cards, framed hand-painted lino-cuts and mini-print pendants by Frederica Tomas of Utility Grade, Toronto. 

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