February Meeting Nº4: Recap

photo With love in the air, gathering at one of Toronto’s famous chocolatiers seemed fitting. Ligature members came together the eve before Valentine’s Day to share their very own love (of) letters.

As always, it was great to see some old and new faces at this month’s meeting. We are so grateful that members are spreading the word about our little group. The more we get ourselves out there, the more we can plan for great events and activities that benefit all.

As the type enthusiasts took over the back half of SOMA, Chris and myself were able to share some exciting news with some of the new members. With lots of hard work and dedication, we’ve arranged for Type Camp to come to Toronto. This is a very exciting opportunity, as it’s the first time this workshop has come to Toronto. Sessions are being offered on Friday, April 25th and Saturday, April 26th with a focus on calligraphy and hand lettering, instructed by Dr. Shelley Gruendler & Carol Fountain Nix. Both classes are filling up fast, so if you’re interested, please sign-up soon! (Early bird pricing ends March 1.)


We had some great show-and-tells this month as well. Not only was it great to meet some new type fanatics, but also see some of the work they were producing. Tanya Roberts (of Snap + Tumble letterpress) brought some über sexy Valentine’s Day cards to share with the group. Another member, JR Lagacé, brought in some of his lino cut prints that he had been working on. Chris brought in further examples of his on going “12 Months of Type,” with some examples of script using acrylic on various mediums. As mentioned earlier, if you come to a meeting bringing work isn’t necessary. We’re just happy to have you there and contributing to the group!


Another very cool event that we discussed was a lino carving workshop, hosted Chris Rouleau & Tanya Roberts (of Snap + Tumble letterpress). On Sunday, March 23rd or Sunday, March 30th, these two talented individuals will host a three-hour workshop on the basics of lino printing. During the course of the afternoon, you will learn the basics on transferring your designs to lino, carving techniques, and the best ways to ink and press your work. The cost of this afternoon will be $25 and will include materials to get you through the afternoon. If you’d like to participate in this awesome event, please e-mail us at ligaturesyyz@gmail.com by Friday, February  21st!

Next month, we’re looking forward to screening the Linotype film at Coach House Press. If you made it to the January meeting, you’ll know what a great location this place was, and how fitting it would be to screen this film. We’re still working on final date for the screening, so please watch for updates on the blog, site and social media. We’re super pumped about showing this film (you should be, too!).

All in all, it was a very successful meeting. Despite missing one of our co-founders (we miss you Kyle!), it was great to come together. Thanks again to all that came out to SOMA and we look forward to seeing you next month for our Linotype screening!

Lots of love to all of our members,

Chris & Leslie