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With exhibitions at five locations on the University of Toronto campus, the Canadian Fine Press Exhibit celebrates a wide range of letterpress publications, hand-printed ephemera, chapbooks, and other fine-press works to be found within the university’s special collections and libraries.

The exhibition runs concurrently from January to May 2019 and includes spotlights on poetry chapbooks, Toronto-area fine presses, individual printers and designers, and the career of the printer and designer Glenn Goluska.


The Canadian Fine Press Exhibit will launch at the University of St. Michael’s College with the release of the Kelly Library imprint “A Tetrad” on January 22, 2019, at 6 pm in Muzzo Family Alumni Hall 100, 121 St. Joseph Street. The exhibit marks the beginning of the John M. Kelly Library’s 50th Anniversary.

The launch of “a tetrad”

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Exhibit Opening

At the University of St. Michael’s College on January 22, 2019

Selections from the Exhibit

The Canadian Fine Press Exhibit takes place across five institutions and runs concurrently from January to May 2019.


John M. Kelly Library, St. Michael’s College

“Print and Printers at the Kelly Library”

In celebration of its 50th anniversary, the John M. Kelly Library presents a major exhibition on Canadian Fine Press, with a special focus on printers, design, and press work. The Kelly Library exhibition features a display of hand-press processes and materials from the artisanal presses of the library’s Print Studio with a special showcase on the fine print and design work of St. Michael’s 1969 grad Glenn Goluska.

Exhibit

January 22 to April 19, 2019 

Location

113 St. Joseph Street, Toronto

Curated by

Graphic Design by

  • Sheila Eaton

E.J. Pratt Library, Victoria College

“Canadian Poets and Fine Press”

The exhibition at the E.J. Pratt Library features ephemera and books of poetry composed by individuals associated with Victoria University. These titles were published by various private presses in Canada between the 1950s and the early 2000s, including Aliquando, Blackfish, Dreadnaught, Frog Hollow, Gauntlet, Grand Union, Hawkshead, Salamander, Seizin, and Tortoise.

Exhibit

January 7 – April 30, 2019 

Location

71 Queen’s Park Crescent East, Toronto

Curated by

  • Agatha Barc
  • Carmen Socknat
  • Gabrielle Fournier

John W. Graham Library, Trinity College

“Early Impressions and the Golden Dog Press”

The John W. Graham Library highlights holdings from its rare and special collections related to Golden Dog Press and founder J. Kemp Waldie. Golden Dog Press is considered to have been one of the first private presses in Canada to print fine editions.

Exhibit

January – May 2019

Location

6 Hoskin Avenue, Toronto

Curated by

  • Kate MacDonald
  • Christopher Hogendoorn

Robertson Davies Library, Massey College

“Glenn Goluska’s Early Print Works”

The exhibition Robertson Davies Library, Massey College, concentrates on the early publishing career of typographer, book designer, and letterpress printer, Glenn Goluska.

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A Curatorial research initiative presented by CAUSA (Collective for Advanced and Unified Studies in the Visual Arts) as part of the 50th anniversary celebration of the John M. Kelly Library. 

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— Samuel Johnson

Exhibit

January – April 2019

Location

4 Devonshire Place, Toronto

Curated by

  • Chester Gryski
  • PJ MacDougal

Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library

“The Typographical World of Glenn Goluska and his Contemporaries”

Glenn Goluska has been called Canada’s finest letterpress designer and printer. Though he died too young in 2011, he left a lasting legacy for this country’s fine-press book makers and designers. The Fisher Library’s exhibition features Goluska’s work along with his typographic contemporaries. Much of the material on display showcases books using wood type, a specialty and favourite of Goluska’s. It  includes books from Dreadnaught, Aliqaundo Press, Barbarian Press and Andrew Steeves, along with Goluska’s imprint imprimerie dromadaire.

Exhibit

January 7 – 31, 2019 

Location

120 St. George Street, Toronto

Curated by

  • John Shoesmith

Thank You

Nelson Adams, Friends of the Kelly Library, Chester Gryski, Sheril Hook, Linda Joy, Natasa Krsmanovic, PJ MacDougall, Michael McLuhan, Sana Mohtadi, Maya Pasternak, John Papadopoulos, Sarah Sharma, Lisa Sherlock, Don Taylor, Joel Vaughan, and Teresa Wong. Design by Sheila Eaton.