Greek Summerfest Vancouver: July 5th to 15th, 2018

If you’ve ever dreamed of visiting Greece to experience the breath-taking surroundings, delicious food and beautiful music, Greek Summerfest may be just the thing to help you cross another item off your bucket list! And, you won’t have to pack a bag or board a plane to “Live a Day the Greek Way.”

Greek Summerfest has been around for over 30 years and is a major annual event for Vancouverites! The festival welcomes tens of thousands of visitors from our local communities and beyond, even drawing visitors from around the world.

Top musical acts and entertainment are featured throughout the festival. For a full schedule of events and headliners, please visit:

Greek Foods and Refreshments
From gyro to spanakopita and tzatziki to tyropita, they’ve got it all! If you’re more thirsty than hungry, there’s Greek coffee, ouzo and sangria. Calling dessert lovers everywhere, don’t miss out on the traditional Greek sweets, bougatsa, loukoumades and baklava.

If you’re planning to make your way to Greek Summerfest, we’re here to get you ready to celebrate! We’ve got Greek flags in all sizes, lapel pins, vinyl decals, car flags, pennant strings, paper flags, crests and more.

For more information about Greek Summerfest , please visit their official website:


Sakura Night Gala Coming up on Sunday, April 22, 2018!

Stanley Park Pavilion
610 Pipeline Road

Doors open: 6:30 p.m.

The Flag Shop HQ | Textile Image Inc. has been a part of the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival (VCBF) since we made their street banners in 2016.

Now in its 12th year, the VCBF is all about honouring the natural beauty and symbolism of the cherry blossom. The Sakura Night Gala is a major highlight of the festival. This special evening of food and friendship will feature seven of Vancouver’s most notable chefs, who will treat guests to a spectacular showcase of Japanese cuisine. An unforgettable celebration of Japanese arts and culture, this event serves as the most important fundraising effort of the year for the VCBF.

The VCBF is a charitable organization whose objective is to sustain and renew Vancouver’s cherry tree heritage, while engaging diverse communities in local arts to celebrate the fragile beauty of the iconic cherry blossom.  Cherry blossom viewing has become a highly anticipated springtime tradition in our city, as people marvel at 50+ varieties of blossoms, found in our communities.

For more information, or to attend, visit the Sakura Night Gala website.

The Flag Shop is here to help you celebrate the VCBF, and all things Japanese, with the Canada/Japan friendship pin, and flags of the world, including the Japan flag!

“Dining Out for Life” Partners with “A Loving Spoonful” to Feed the Community

Event Date: Thursday, March 22, 2018
Event Time:  6:00 a.m. to midnight

Dining Out for Life is an annual fundraising event which raises money for AIDS service organizations. On March 22, join Dining Out for Life in the Vancouver/Whistler areas, and help make a positive difference for those living with HIV/AIDS. On this date, well-known partner restaurants in our communities, will contribute 25% of their food sales to A Loving Spoonful.

A Loving Spoonful was founded in 1989 by Easter Armas, when she saw a friend who had lost his job after contracting HIV/AIDS, eating food from a dumpster. Witnessing this devastation, Easter was inspired to do something to help. She began preparing home-cooked meals for people in the community who were living with HIV/AIDS. Back then, it was called the Vancouver Meals Society, and was eventually renamed in 1994 to A Loving Spoonful. It was the first-ever meal program in Canada to provide free meals to the men, women and children of Vancouver living with HIV/AIDS. Today, nearly 30 years later, this volunteer-based, non-partisan organization provides more than 100,000 nutritious meals every year to 250+ clients.

If you like spending time with friends, enjoying great food, and you want to be part of something bigger, this is your chance! Mark your calendar for Thursday, March 22, 2018, call up your besties and make plans to dine out for breakfast, lunch or supper, at any one of the “Dining Out for Life” participating restaurants. It’s that easy!

According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, as of 2011, an estimated 71,300 people were living with HIV/AIDS in Canada. The greatest number of people in the Western world, with HIV/AIDS live in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, representing as much as 27% of the total.

A Loving Spoonful is our close neighbour, just two minutes from The Flag Shop doorstep, and like us, is one of the many member businesses of the East Village BIA, contributing to the vitality and well-being of our community.

Dining Out for Life and A Loving Spoonful, here’s to the best year yet!

Men’s Sevens Rugby is Happening this Weekend in Vancouver!

Get Caught Up in the Frenzy of Men’s Sevens Rugby!

March 10th and 11th, 2018
BC Place

Rugby fans everywhere are pumped to be a part of this epic event. Rugby sevens is a variation of the better-known game of 15s rugby, and continues to gain popularity. For those who especially appreciate action, agility and hands-on, knock-down, drag-out power in sports, sevens rugby is right up there with the best of the best in spectator sports.

Seven fearless players on opposing teams play on a full-sized rugby field, known as a pitch. Each half lasts only seven minutes, with a one-minute break between halves. Every moment is packed with extreme demonstrations of athletic strength and power, which happens – from start to finish – in less time than it would take to go for a coffee break! The game is known to be so entertaining that it hardly matters if you don’t know much about the game, or the rules of play. When you’re there, you’ll pick it up quickly (you’d have to, since each match lasts only 14 minutes) and, word is that you’ll fall in love with the game!

The HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series
The 2018 series includes 10 tournaments planned in cities around the world. National teams accumulate points during each round and each tournament takes place over two days.

The series began late last year, in the following locations:
Dubai: December 1-2
Cape Town:  December 9-10
Sydney:  January 26-28
Hamilton:  February 3-4
Las Vegas:  March 2-4
Vancouver:  March 10-11
Hong Kong:  April 6-8
Singapore:  April 28-29
London:  June 2-3
Paris:  June 9-10

Represent Your Nation
Teams of the series represent the nations of Argentina, Australia, Canada, England, Fiji, France, Spain, Kenya, New Zealand, Russia, Samoa, Scotland, South Africa, USA and Wales.

For our readers in the area, check out the link for more information, or to attend

If you need flags to get behind your favourite team, to cheer them on and express your national pride, plan to stop in and see us on Powell, just a short skip east of BC Place! We’d be thrilled to set you up!

Go team!


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Canadian Club of Vancouver Welcomes Governor General of Canada

The Flag Shop is a proudly Canadian company, and a long-time supporter of the Canadian Club of Vancouver.

The Canadian Club had its beginnings in 1906 and continues to actively fulfill its purpose to foster fellowship among people, and encourage the celebration of the Canadian identity. The club hosts events featuring special guests who share knowledge, insights, and personal pride in Canadian pursuits.

On Thursday, March 22, 2018, the Canadian Club will welcome and honour Order of Canada and Order of British Columbia recipients at a very special lunch event.

Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada, will be the keynote speaker. Ms. Payette is well-known for being an astronaut, and from 1992 to 2013, she flew two missions in space, also serving for many years as Capsule Communicator (CAPCOM), at NASA’s Mission Control Center in Houston, Texas. She was also Chief Astronaut for the Canadian Space Agency.

The Order of Canada was established by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, in 1967, and is the foundation of the Canadian Hon­ours System, recognizing exceptional achievement, service to the nation, and dedication to the community. The Order of British Columbia was established in 1989, to recognize persons who have served with the highest distinction, and who have excelled in any field, to the benefit of the people of British Columbia, or beyond.

For more information, or to attend this event, please visit:

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February 15 is National Flag Day of Canada 

It was 12:00 noon on February 15, 1965 when Canada’s maple leaf flag was raised for the first time. Fast forward 31 years to February 15, 1996, when Prime Minister Jean Chrétien declared this day as National Flag Day of Canada (Flag Day).

Flag Day is about celebrating the Canadian flag, yet it is about so much more! On February 15, all Canadians are united in our pride for our flag, our deep sense of privilege in calling Canada our home, – and our hope for the future as a nation.

As Canadians, we can all identify with this flag, reflecting the fabric of our great country, – geographically and historically, – and symbolizing Canadian values such as freedom, justice, peace, tolerance, compassion and respect. Our flag honours all Canadians throughout history, and up to the present day, who have contributed to building our country – as well as future Canadians – who will ensure the legacy of our forefathers and mothers will always be remembered. Our flag is a beautiful symbol of our collective Canadian identity.

Canadian Flag Prior to 1965                                                                            

The flag of the United Kingdom, called the Royal Union Flag, was used as the official flag of Canada until 1965. Between 1868 and 1965, various designs of the Canadian Red Ensign were used, although none of these were ever officially adopted by Parliament. The flag we know and love today is the result of much debate and discussion, – and was officially adopted on December 15, 1964.

When was the last time you saw the Canadian flag and felt a deep sense of personal pride in being Canadian? To mark this special day, take a selfie with the flag and share with your fellow Canadians.


Toothpick Flags to Impossible Foods Reach Two Million Units

It’s mind-boggling to think about the sheer numbers, and we know it may be hard to visualize two million of anything, so this may help:  Our sources tell us it would take over 140 uninterrupted hours (no breaks) to simply count to two million. Any way you look at it, that’s a lot of flags. Or – what we mean is – that’s a lot of toothpicks, and every last one of them is FDA approved for food contact!

Impossible Foods aims to create the world’s most delicious, nutritious, and sustainable meat and dairy foods, derived directly from plants. This socially responsible company has been around since 2011, working tirelessly to fulfill its mission “to drastically reduce humanity’s destructive impact on the global environment by completely replacing the use of animals as a food production technology.”

To take a bite out of the Impossible Burger, now available at locations across Canada and the US, and to learn more about innovation in plant-based foods, visit the Impossible Foods website at

Showcase your brand with our eye-catching and functional toothpick flags. See more custom products by visiting our Gallery.



Farewell to Michel Dupuis, Co-creator of the Franco-Ontarian Flag

The Flag Shop has learned that  Michel Dupuis, co-creator of the Franco-Ontarian Flag has passed away.

The Franco-Ontarian flag was created in Sudbury, Ontario in 1975, by Michel Dupuis, a first-year political science student, and Gaetan Gervais, a historian – both from Laurentian University. Dupuis was 19 years of age at the time.

The Franco-Ontarian flag was designed of two halves, one with a white fleur-de-lis on a green background, and the other with a green trillium on a white background. The colours represent the seasons: white for winter and green for summer, while the fleur-de-lis represents the Francophone population, and the trillium represents Ontario. In 2001, the flag was officially recognized as the emblem of the Franco-Ontarian community, by the Franco-Ontarian Emblem Act.

Created as a symbol of the Franco-Ontarian identity, this flag and was the second to be embraced by Fancophones outside of Quebec, following the Acadian flag, which was adopted in 1884.

In 2010, the Ontario government declared September 25 as Franco-Ontarian Day – a day to “officially recognize the contribution of Ontario’s Francophone community to the cultural, historical, social, economic and political life of the province.” This day was chosen because it was on this date in 1975 that the Franco-Ontarian flag was unfurled for the first time.

All of us at The Flag Shop Vancouver Head  Office extend our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Michel Dupuis.


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2018: The Year of More is Better!

We made it through 2017, and what a year it was for all Canadians! We came together and celebrated the greatest milestone in our nation’s history! We all share the privilege of living in the best country in the world. Canada is known for freedom, democracy, compassion, opportunity, innovation and peace. Since Confederation in 1867, Canada has grown and achieved so much, and so the year-long celebrations gave us plenty of opportunity to consider – and appreciate – what it means to be Canadian.

We have so many memories of supporting Canada 150 celebrations and events throughout the entire year. As if that weren’t enough, our memories of 2017 don’t stop at Canada 150. We worked with co-ops, municipalities, the entertainment industry, community outreach organizations, and, on relief projects, to name just a few.

It was an amazing year because we were able to fulfill our purpose to connect, make a positive difference and bring meaning to the events and projects of our clients and customers. We loved serving our community!

As we look ahead to 2018, we know it will be all about “more is better!” More connecting, more laughter, more change, more wine, more new ideas, more fun, more sleep, more courage, more friendships, and more dreams realized!

Cheers to 2018 – a year to do and be more!


Home for the Holidays – Celebrating Bodhi Day

If you follow our blog, you probably know we’re in the midst of a special series, “Home for the Holidays”, paying tribute to holiday traditions in December. Carrying that theme, our story today is about Bodhi Day.

On Dec. 8 Buddhists celebrated Bodhi Day. This day is significant to Buddhists around the world because it’s the day Siddhartha Gautama, reached a state of enlightenment, when he saw the morning star at dawn, while under the Bodhi Tree. He became the Buddha, known also as the “Awakened One.”

Bodhi Day is recognized through quiet reflection on the same day the Buddha became enlightened 2,500 years ago. Bodhi Day gives Buddhists opportunities to acknowledge values of compassion, wisdom, compassion and kindness, which represent the Buddhist view of the world.

Many Buddhists decorate a ficus tree for Bodhi Day, which is symbolic the Bodhi Tree. Trees are often decorated with the colored lights symbolizing enlightenment, and strung beads. Three ornaments are an important part of the tree decorations, representing the “Three Jewels” of the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha. A statue under the tree signifies the Buddha sitting under the tree of enlightenment.

Check out our blog to learn more about December celebrations, as our series continues to the end of the year.

Happy Holidays!