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The Conference

Since 1981, calligraphers have gathered in a different city each year for the International Calligraphy Conference. Rendez-vous 2019 will take place from June 29 - July 6, 2019 in Sherbrooke, Québec. This unique event is open to calligraphers of all levels, from beginners to professionals. Participants can opt to take either one week-long course or two half-week classes, and everyone can take advantage of evening programming to include lectures, presentations and social activities.


The conference will take place at Bishop’s University in Sherbrooke, Québec (2600 College St, Sherbrooke, QC J1M 1Z7, Canada).


A CA$125 non-refundable deposit is required. When comes the time to choose from the different classes (Fall 2018), participants will rank their three first choices in order of preference. Classes are assigned in order of registration number, as long as the balance owed for tuition is paid by February 15, 2019. Please refer to our registration page for all of the details regarding fees, payments and dates. Please note that all prices are in Canadian dollars and include lodging and meals in the campus residence halls.


With instructors from fourteen different countries, it will be the most international conference to date! Classes will be taught by many of your favourite calligraphers from North America as well as experienced and respected lettering artists from abroad. Meet our faculty here!


Classes will run from Sunday, June 30th through Friday, July 5th. Participants can opt to take either one week-long course or two half-week classes. Please note that participants will rank their top three class choices and that classes will be assigned based on registration number. Class assignments will be confirmed on April 1, 2019. Classrooms are air-conditioned.


The full conference fees include lodging and meals at Bishop’s University. The campus residence halls are newly renovated and while the rooms are not air conditioned, the residence halls have an air exchange that keeps temperatures comfortable. Bathrooms are en-suite, and bath and hand towels are provided. Each single room has its own sink, with a toilet and shower shared with another single room. Residence halls are located next to the cafeteria and are within a ¼ mile walking distance from classrooms.

Check-in will begin on Saturday, June 29, 2019, and check-out will be on Saturday, July 6th at 11AM. After check-out, participants may stay for lunch in the cafeteria if they wish.


If you live in the area or prefer to stay off campus, there are small inns and Airbnb rentals in the Lennoxville area of Sherbrooke, and the Delta Hotels (Marriott) is a 15 minute drive from campus. If you are looking for a RV park, Camping de l'Ile Marie is a 4 minute drive from campus.


While the primary language of the conference will be English, several instructors speak both English and French. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to write to us at info@rendezvouscalligraphy.org. We will be happy to respond to your inquiries in French or English!

Traveling by Plane

If you plan to travel by plane, make sure to fly into the Pierre-Elliott-Trudeau International Airport (YUL). Direct shuttle service will be arranged between the airport and Bishop’s University/Sherbrooke for an additional fee. Sherbrooke is approximately 2 hours (112 miles or 180 kilometers) from the airport.

Traveling by Train

If you plan to travel by train, we recommend Via Rail. Stop at the Dorval station and take their free shuttle to the Pierre-Elliott-Trudeau International Airport (YUL). Direct shuttle service will be arranged between the airport and Bishop’s University/Sherbrooke for an additional fee. Sherbrooke is approximately 2 hours (112 miles or 180 kilometers) from the airport.

Traveling by Car

Bishop’s University is located at 2600 College St, Sherbrooke, QC J1M 1Z7, Canada. For those traveling from the United States by car, you can enter Canada through Vermont, via the Stanstead/Derby Line border crossing (U.S. Interstate 91 and Autoroute 55). The Stanstead port is the closest border crossing to Sherbrooke. If you are coming through New York, the Champlain/Lacolle border crossing (U.S. Interstate 87 and Autoroute 15) is closer to Montréal.

Shuttle Service

Shuttle service will be provided by Aeronavette, for a direct trip from Montreal’s Pierre-Elliott Trudeau International Airport (YUL) to Bishop’s University in Sherbrooke. Please note that you are required to reserve your seats directly with Aeronavette, using their online platform. Rendez-vous is not responsible for shuttle reservations, scheduling or payments.

A one way ticket costs $90 CAD, and a round-trip fare is $120 CAD. Taxes are included, and the company accepts Visa, Mastercard and American Express. Upon making your reservation, you will receive an e-ticket with shuttle details and a toll-free phone number.

Once you arrive at the airport, you will need to confirm your arrival at the Aeronavette kiosk, located in front of Subway (between Doors 24-25). The drive to Sherbrooke will take approximately 2 hours. For those arriving on the 29th, please get off the shuttle at the Bishop’s University cafeteria to register. For early arrivals, get off at the Paterson building for early check-in.

Please note that you are welcome to take advantage of the shuttle if you are arriving by train or even if you live in Montreal and prefer not to rent a car. When making your reservation, simply put “Montreal” as the city of departure and note “XXOO” in the flight number field. If you are traveling by Via Rail, there is a free shuttle between the Dorval station and the Pierre-Elliott-Trudeau airport, where you will pick up the Aeronavette shuttle.

Planning to tour around Québec after the conference? As long as you return to the university afterwards, you can use Aeronavette for your trip back to the Montreal airport, to be scheduled at your convenience.

If you have any questions about booking your shuttle, please refer to Aeronavette’s FAQ or call 1-855-NAVETTE.


If you need financial assistance in order to attend the conference, we encourage you to apply for a scholarship with The Dancing Letters Scholarship Fund by January 15, 2019. This fund was established in 2010 in memory of Ann Van Tassell, an outgoing, vivacious and extremely talented artist. This fund provides financial assistance to those wishing to further their knowledge of calligraphy and its related arts through attending workshops, lectures, classes, or international, regional and local conferences. Since its inception, the Dancing Letters Scholarship Fund has granted over $20,000 to more than 20 deserving applicants, allowing them to attend calligraphy classes or international conferences. Dancing Letters Scholarships are awarded based on need and a demonstrated interest in calligraphy and its related arts. Application information is available online at www.DancingLettersScholarshipFund.org

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