It all started in the summer of 2013, when three friends met at a Toronto coffee shop to talk about type. We looked at each other and thought, “Why isn’t there a place in Toronto where people can meet-up with other like-minded folk and share their type and lettering work?” After a bit of research, planning, and prep, Ligatures was born, and our frist meeting was held on November 4, 2013.
We based the idea on a typographic ligature – where two letters connect to create a new glyph. We wanted to create a dynamic, inclusive, collaborative hub for Toronto creatives with an interest in typography. We welcome type designers, letters, calligraphers, sign painters, designers, artists, doodlers, as well as people who are none of these things but would like to learn more. From students to professionals — all skills levels are welcome.
We meet every month or two at various spots in Toronto to offer networking opportunities (meet-ups, lectures, type walks, film screenings, etc.) and affordable workshops (brush lettering, digital lettering, lino printing, etc.) At our core, our goal is simple: to offer a platform for diverse, talented folks to converge, learn, and collaborate over typography.
How much do workshops cost?
Workshop prices range depending on the topic, venue, and number of participants.
When is the next workshop?
Ligatures workshops are usually announced about one month before the event. Please watch our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest announcements.
Can beginners attend your lettering workshops?
Absolutely - all skills are welcome! In fact, we find beginners make the largest strides during the workshop.
How do I get on your artist listings?
Please send us an email if you'd like to be added to our listings, or would like your existing listing edited or removed.
Where can I buy lettering supplies?
There are many great places to buy brush pens in Toronto. For our workshops, we usually source our supplies from Midoco, Above Ground and Currys.
Can I start a Ligatures in my city?
We would love that! Please get in touch if you'd like advice on how to start a similar group in your city.
Who is Ligatures?
Leslie Harrod is a typography nerd at heart. Along with her vast collections of wood type, marquee letters, and film ephemera, she always on the hunt for curious ampersands and the perfect stationary. She currently teaches typography in the graphic design department at Humber College.
Christopher is a freelance graphic designer, letterer & visual artist in Toronto. Christopher uses analog techniques of brush lettering evoking the pre-digital commercial arts style of the 1940s-1960s. When he's not shooting signage samples around the city, you'll find him working on new lettering projects at his Ossington studio. His work has been featured in Spacing Magazine, Uppercase Magazine & Flare Magazine. Christopher attended the Alberta College of Art & Design, and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Calgary.