Back in July, I was fortunate enough to attend the first meeting of pointypo, a Paris-based group of letterers and type designers who gather monthly, enjoy a beverage together, and share their work. The tone of the meeting was ideal: no nonsense, no pretence, no egos - just a welcoming space for designers, artists, letterers & printers to gather, meet, show, tell, critique, learn & grow. The whole experience was incredibly inspiring.

The closest thing to this group in Toronto is the Toronto Type Club, which sadly, has been inactive since late 2010. I had an idea...

I met with two very talented friends – Kyle & Leslie – back in August to discuss the idea of a new type appreciation group in Toronto. They were both very enthusiastic about starting up something like this in Toronto.

And this is how Ligatures was born.

 From our new website:
Ligatures is a destination. It’s where the creative and the obsessed intersect. It’s where innovation and initiative come together. It’s where the desire to learn comes to life. It’s a place to go. It’s a place to get things done. 
Ligatures welcomes you to a space for typographic-obsessed individuals whose devotion to all-things-type knows no bounds. Graphic designers, type designers and type lovers are invited to join our creative forum to discuss their work and receive feedback from their peers. Ligatures is built on creating a sense of community amongst its YYZ creatives through the sharing of information and resources. Embracing the art of conversation, Ligatures members meet in Toronto each month to discuss current projects, and have an opportunity to ‘show & tell’ their work. All skills levels and interests are welcome.

We are happy to announce our first meeting, happening next month:

Ligatures Meeting Nº 1
Date: Monday, November 4, 2013
Time: 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Location: Trajectory & RyanEdward's Studio, 36 Distillery Lane (in the Distillery)

Space is limited, so please contact us if you're interested in attending.

Let's get this party started! Check out our website, and please follow us on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram for all the latest Ligatures developments. We have lots of awesome stuff planned for the coming months, so please stay tuned!

And if you're in Toronto, use the hashtag #ligaturesyyz to share all of your typographic finds, including interesting YYZ signage, lettering, and of course, your own work.

We look forward to connecting with you!