Formed in 1994, the Toronto Bead Society (TBS) is a volunteer group of people who share an abiding love of, and enthusiasm for, beads, beadwork, and related jewellery-making skills.

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Why Join the Toronto Bead Society? There’re many reasons!

Meet great people who love to talk about beads!
Yes – we understand the addiction - and share the joy!

Wait – there’s more - Here’s what you get as a TBS member:

  1. Entry to all monthly meetings
    • We meet monthly at the Toronto Central YMCA on Grosvenor Street (west of Yonge Street, 2 blocks south of Wellesley subway station).
    • The second Wednesday of every month from 7 to 9 pm.
    • Meetings are every month from September to June, with no meetings in July and August.
  2. Advance notice of registrations for special meetings and events
    • Sign up early for the Bead Fair tables (which sell out quickly)
    • Sign up and get first pick of classes on technique nights (twice a year)
    • Sign up early for Bag o' beads challenge. A terrific event held each year where each member pays $10 to received a selection of beads and has 2 months to "make something" using at least one of each bead type in the bag. Great fun to see everyone efforts 2 months later.
    • Sign up early for classes by special guest artists – usually once per year the TBS invites an international bead artist to teach in Toronto.
  3. Discounts at numerous local stores and on-line suppliers
    • The list is growing – lots of local bead vendors welcome your business with discounts to members. Check the Member Discounts page and, next time you shop, ask if the merchant gives a discount to TBS members.
    • Carry your membership card for the discount.
  4. Sales space at a monthly meeting
    • You can have ½ a table in the “Marketplace” area at designated TBS meetings to sell supplies, jewellery and related materials.
    • No charge, first come, as space is available.
  5. Link from the TBS website
    • If you have a bead-related website you would like to promote to members (or the world) you can have a listing on the Member Links page.
  6. Garage Sale meeting in June
    • Members only meeting
    • Participate in the "Garage Sale" and sell your "bead related mistakes and miscalculations" (or anything bead related)!
    • Yummy food too!
  7. Show your work in the Bead Gallery on the TBS website.
  8. Volunteer Opportunities
    • Make a difference in the life a budding beader!
    • Make friends and help out as a volunteer - you will learn lots!

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