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Phidon Pens and Preston High School to bring the 100 Notebook Project to local high school students.

Creative Capital of Canada movement is growing as Cambridge students contribute to local exhibition

CAMBRIDGE | June 4th, 2019 - 100 lucky students at Preston High School are taking part in the next edition of the 100 Notebook Project; an initiative that invites 100 people within a community to fill out a notebook in any way they choose over a four month period. The 100 NoteBook Project is an initiative spearheaded by Phidon Pens in Cambridge, who have previously run similar programs with University of Waterloo’s School of Architecture and Pat The Dog Theatre. In this case Preston High School students will have their notebooks for the summer, returning the books in September in time for an exhibition in October.

The 100 Notebook Project uses notebooks to examine pen to paper as a tool for explorative learning and artistic expression. Notebook contents vary greatly from drawings and sketches to poetry and prose. Following the four month period the notebooks are displayed in an exhibition that allows visitors to experience the vulnerability, creativity and beauty in each of the notebooks.


On top of creating and running the program, Phidon Pens will be donating the high quality notebooks to the students. HIP Developments is also participating in the initiative by donating pens. This partnership came together as a result of both companies supporting the Creative Capital of Canada movement; a grassroots effort to celebrate the inventive, problem solving creativity that is so prevalent within Waterloo Region.

“We are thrilled to be running the 100 Notebook Project at the high school level,” stated Phidon Pens co-owner Baldeep Duggal. “It has always been Phidon’s mission to encourage people to write, or draw, and to reach as many people as possible through personal expression. Engaging local youth allows us to do just that, while providing students with the opportunity to express their perspectives as part of celebrating the community’s creativity and the Creative Capital of Canada movement.”


“The act of writing proclaims our ability to give structure and reality to our thoughts and feelings,” shared Phidon Pens co-owner Mano Duggal. “Each notebook offers a different perspective on life and culture making them invaluable forms of art that deserve to be preserved for generations present and future.”

The week long exhibition in October will showcase the 100 notebooks from Preston High School students, as well as 100 notebooks from representatives in the art sector and 100 notebooks from representatives in the tech sector. The long term goal would be to build a permanent home for the 100 Notebook Project allowing the community to house thousands of notebooks from the Region over the next century.

“Our students are tremendously excited to be involved in such a unique project,” shared Preston High School Principal Paula Bender. “It is incredibly special that Preston High School students will be able to leave their stamp on The 100 Notebook Project exhibition.”


Phidon Pens began the 100 Notebook Project in 2014 when they partnered with Leuchtturm1917 to donate 100 notebooks to people in the Cambridge community. Having recently launched Volume 3, Phidon Pens has been able to record the works and experiences of a wide variety of local people through this project.

“Pen to paper is the most basic form of humanity and creativity – what could be better?” says Scott Higgins, President of HIP Developments. “We are incredibly excited to be a part of this creative initiative. On a personal note, I’m an alumni of Preston High School so this is really a full circle moment for me.”

About Creative Capital of Canada Creative Capital of Canada (CCoC) is a public discussion designed to help everyone in Waterloo Region develop the bold confidence to believe in, and celebrate, who we really are – a community of creative makers, collaborators and innovators. We aren’t saying we’re the artistic capital of Canada, but our creative spirit has allowed us to become brilliant problem solvers who have given the world everything from the greatest hockey skates in the world to the smartphone and numerous Nobel Prize winners.

About Phidon Pens Phidon Pens specializes in fine writing instruments, paper, agendas and leather. We offer both breadth and depth of range when it comes to fountain pens, rollerball pens, ballpoint pens, pencils, and more. Our shop carries the finest in writing paper, carefully sourced from Europe, USA and Japan. Likewise, we have the best in leather briefcases, laptop bags and totes, and unique leather desk accessories. Tradition is not forgotten.