The third edition of Volume Mtl: Art and the Book, Montreal’s celebration of art publishing and artists’ books, is coming back October 1-4 in online-adapted formats. Programming will be presented online in lieu of the physical fair that had been set to take place at the Société des Arts Technologiques (SAT), 1201 Saint-Laurent Blvd., on Saturday, October 3rd— see the Program page for the links for live-streamed events. For its “virtual” fair, Volume 3 will promote up to three new titles or artists’ books per exhibitor on a special new section of its website and on social media platforms.

Volume 3 Mtl is a unique stop on the international circuit of art book fairs and festivals, bringing together diverse artists and publishers to North America’s only bilingual metropolis– even this year, despite not everyone being able to attend in person.

We’re using current distancing constraints as an opportunity to develop connections virtually with international partners and other book fairs around the world. This fall, Volume 3 Mtl is partnering with the Vancouver Art Book fair to launch Canada’s first Art Book Month. Shared programming activities will continue throughout October and will bring together the art publishing communities across the country.


Responding to the expanding global network of art book fairs, Volume MTL was created to fill a gap in Montreal’s arts scene. The need for a major annual gathering along the lines of the pioneering New York Art Book Fair has been discussed among those in the local arts milieu for years. Drawing from the success of ARCMTL’s annual small press and zine fair, Expozine and its Grande print and poster art fair, Volume focuses on the distinct world of art book publishing. Volume MTL is not only the first art-publishing event in Montreal and Quebec, it’s also the first bilingual event of its kind in North America. Providing a gathering space for English and French artists based in Montreal, North America, and internationally, Volume MTL encourages and supports the arts publishing sector from many angles. At a time where art publishing and innovative and artisanal artists’ book production is exploding around the world, Volume MTL fosters the development of the sector locally and nationally by generating communication between audiences, publishers, and artists — building appreciation and interest in the sector locally and abroad.

For correspondence, please use the mailing address below:

ARCMTL, C.P. 55052,
CSP Fairmount,
Montréal, Québec, Canada
H2T 3E2

Volume 3 : Team

Programming coordinator : Maia C Donnelly
Administrative support : Louis Rastelli, Gabrielle Mulholland
Graphic design : Juliette Duhé
Web development : Janice Kerfoot, Max Stein

Volume 2 : Team

Programming coordinator : Sasha Pozzolo
Administrative support : Louis Rastelli
Graphic design : Hugo Bernier
Graphic design support : Chaity I.
Web development : Otis Fodder, Max Stein


Volume MTL was developed by ARCMTL beginning in 2015 with a series of meetings with partners in local visual arts and arts publishing organizations that recognized the opportunity and need for a local equivalent to the growning international milieu of art book fairs that were evolving at the time. ARCMTL had seen this sector explode beyond the margins of its own huge Expozine annual small press fair. In a similar fashion, the print and poster art area that had grown for years within Expozine was given its own annual fair by ARCMTL in 2016 when it launched Grande and co-founded the Montreal Printed Arts Festival alongside several local artist-run centres. Finally, over the fall of 2017 and through 2018, ARCMTL organized Volume 1: Art and the Book and held the first edition in late October.Here is the team that developed Volume 1 MTL: Art and the Book.

Louis Rastelli, Director, ARCMTL – co-founder
Anne Bertrand, Director, ARCAA
Evlyn Laurin, production and brand development, Volume 1 MTL
Ryan Thompson, Harley Smart, Anteism Publishing and Bookart co-founders, instrumental in the development, web design and branding of Volume 1 MTL
Etienne Murphy and Melissa Desjardins, graphic design, Volume 1 MTL
Maxwell Stein, web development
SAT (Société des arts technologiques), partner and host of the first Volume art book fair. Volume 1 MTL: Art and the Book was also forged through the commitment of its original programming partners: Artexte, Atelier Circulaire, École de Design UQAM, Pica Magazine, Dare-Dare, Atelier A. Piroir, Centre for Expanded Poetics, FARR (Fine Arts Reading Room), Médiathèque Gaetan Dostie, Coop Coup d’Griffe.

Special thanks to the Conseil des arts du Canada and the Conseil des arts de Montréal for supporting Volume MTL in its inaugural year.