The Calgary Stampede – The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth: July 7 – 16

It’s Time to Turn It Up! It’s a Stampede Thing!

Now in its 105th year, the Calgary Stampede is known around the world as the “The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth.” The Stampede is a 10-day celebration of western heritage and values, attracting more than one million visitors each year. Whether you’re into live music, midway carnivals, rodeo competitions, chuckwagon races or arts and culture, the show has something for everyone. At the heart of it all is an important connection to the history of rodeo and agriculture. And it’s tons of fun, too!

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Calgarians across Cowtown, as it’s affectionately known by locals, look forward to The Stampede as a chance to welcome visitors from far and wide, showing them true western hospitality and spirit. People dress in western-themed apparel, from cowboy hats right down to their boots. Businesses decorate with hay bales and western themes. Western boot shops extend business hours and thousands of volunteers come together to pull off this annual celebration. The Stampede Spirit takes over the entire city.

Cloudy with a Chance of Pancakes – Find Free Pancakes with the Flapjack App
One of the best things about The Stampede is the free pancake breakfasts, which can be found all over the city. They say more than 200,000 pancakes are served at these community gatherings. Now that’s a lot of flapjack flipping! Use the Flapjack Finder app to make your way to the nearest fluffy stacks.

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University Course Credits for Boot Stomping and Line Dancing?
The University of Calgary offers an official credit course on the Culture of the Calgary Stampede. As part of the Canadian Studies curriculum, the course covers the history and cultural importance of the event. Talk about Stampede Spirit – all lectures during the Stampede take place right on the Stampede grounds.

Rodeo Rex and the Calgary Stampede’s Harry the Horse team up to kick off Stampede 2016. Image source: University of Calgary.

Stampede Interrupted by a Plane Crash
During the Stampede of 1919, crowds were suddenly interrupted by an emergency landing of a biplane, which touched down on top of the midway carousel. The plane was built for World War I ace Fred McCall, who was forced to crash-land on top of the merry-go-round due to engine failure at take-off. There were no injuries, proving they didn’t call him an ace for nothing!

A Curtiss Jenny is checked after it crash-landed on top of the carousel at the Calgary Stampede in 1919. Image source: Calgary Herald.

If you’re in the area, come out and enjoy The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth: A Show 150 Years in the Making.
Can we get a YEE HAW, y’all?? It’s a Stampede Thing!

For event information, please visit the official Calgary Stampede website.

Hey Canada! You’re 150 Years Old and You Look Great

The Biggest Birthday Bash in Canadian History

On the 150th anniversary of Confederation, Canadians from coast to coast to coast will unite in celebration of our great nation. It’s an opportunity to recognize our achievements, which were born in the bold and hopeful vision and shared values of all those who came before us.

We’ve come a long way since 1867, and today Canadians are a well-loved and important part of the global community. Throughout the decades, we have seen immeasurable growth and positive change. We have carved out a reputation and a unique Canadian cultural mosaic, connecting with the world thanks to modern technology.

Now, more than ever before, it is time to consider what it truly means to be Canadian. What exactly does it mean to you? As a nation, Canadians are known on the world stage as people who value friendship, democracy, compassion, tolerance and peace. Canadians are well-known for our values, and also for our innovation.

We all know about the telephone, basketball and the CanadArm, but here are a few other Canadian innovations you may not know about:

Trivial Pursuit
It all began in 1979 when two journalists from Montreal were playing a game of Scrabble. In the course of their conversation, they got creative, and 45 minutes later, they had invented a board game that would make millions. Trivial Pursuit began flying off the shelves of retailers across Canada.

Five Pin Bowling
Five pin bowling was invented in 1908 or 1909 by Canadian, Thomas F. Ryan, who owned 10-pin bowling lanes in Toronto. When he noticed that 10-pin was too difficult for some, his father shaved a regulation pin on a lathe. He placed five of the pins on the 10-pin floor and used a smaller ball. He also created a scoring system, allowing three balls per turn.

Poutine was born in Warwick, Quebec in 1957, when a customer walked into Le Café Idéal and asked the café owner, Fernand Lachance, to throw cheese curds in with his fries. It is said that Lachance used the Quebec slang term “poutine” to describe the mess, and the rest, as they say, is history.

Photo source: Vancouver is Awesome

And no, we don’t mean coffee! James Gosling is known as the father of Java, which is a programming language that revolutionized computing in the modern world. A former Calgarian and a former student at the University of Calgary, Gosling is credited for his computing genius, creating the original design of Java, one of the most popular programming languages for web applications and platforms.

Yay, Canada – The greatest nation in the world.

It’s Canada’s 150th birthday. And that’s a lot of candles!

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Canada Celebrates National Aboriginal Day on June 21

Celebrating the Heritage and Achievements of the Nation’s Aboriginal Peoples

We’ve all heard of Aboriginal Day, but how many of us really know how it all began? Back in 1996, Canada’s Governor General proclaimed the first National Aboriginal Day on June 21. This date was specially chosen because the Summer Solstice takes place each year on or around that date. Throughout history, Canada’s Aboriginal peoples have celebrated their cultures, heritage, customs and values on the Summer Solstice.

National Aboriginal Day Celebration in Edmonton, AB. Photo credit & source: Alicja Siekierska/CBC News

The Flag Shop treasures our relationships with our Aboriginal clients, which date back to the 1970s. Over the years, we have supplied countless flags, custom banners and promotional items, all celebrating and honouring the culture and values of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. Take a peek at our Aboriginal Products Gallery, because, as they say, a picture is worth a thousand words!

A Chance Meeting – The Beginning of a Beautiful Relationship
The Flag Shop President, Susan Braverman, first met Kwakwaka’wakw Artist Curtis Wilson on Facebook, of all places! Curtis is the designer and the heart and soul behind the Canadian Native Flag. When Susan first learned about the meaning and beauty behind the design, she knew she wanted to help share it with the world. Susan said, “It’s hard to believe it’s already been three years since Curtis and I first met.” She added, “It’s a great time to honour the Aboriginal peoples of our country while promoting unity among Canadians, and Curtis’ flag does just that!”

Referring to the flag, Curtis said, “The two designs on the red side bands are K’utala-Salmon. Salmon is the perfect way to convey the importance of family, friendship, and strength in numbers. There are as many types of people living here in Canada as there are types of salmon. I would like to see us coming together in the future, not only my First Nations people, but all of Canada. The design within the maple leaf is a head of a killer whale in the shape of an oval. The killer whale head is surrounded by some traditional use designs called split ’U’ shapes.”

Share Some Laughs with the Aboriginal Lawyers Forum of Canadian Bar Association, BC Chapter
We love supporting events in our community, so when we were approached to support an upcoming event hosted by the BC Region, Department of Justice Canada and the Aboriginal Lawyers Forum (ALF), we jumped on board! We donated a gift package with two large Canadian Native Flags, embroidered crests, tattoos, enamel lapel pins and paper stick flags. These items will go towards the online auction, as part of a special Canada Day gift basket. The auction, in its 10th anniversary, will run from June 16 – 24. Proceeds will go towards the ALF, whose mandate is to support Aboriginal law students, graduates and practitioners, and enhance the importance and influence of Aboriginal people in the legal profession. Auction items will be displayed at a special celebratory reception at the Westin Wall Centre, Richmond, on June 16. There will be great entertainment, food and refreshments! Mi’kmaw broadcaster, comedian and activist Candy Palmater will perform.

Celebrations are being held in every region of our great nation. Check out the listing of Aboriginal Day events and plan to attend a celebration in your community. And, don’t forget your Canadian Native Flag!

National Aboriginal Day Celebration in Vancouver, BC. Image source: Vancitybuzz

29th Annual Concord Pacific Vancouver Dragon Boat Festival

June 23 – 25, 2017 at False Creek and Creekside Park

Everyone in the Vancouver area has heard of the Concord Pacific Vancouver Dragon Boat Festival, an eagerly anticipated annual event, now in its 29th year! Dragon boating is both competitive and highly entertaining, appealing to both its participants and its spectators. This three-day festival promotes cultural diversity while honouring and celebrating the sport of dragon boating, as well as the many unique elements of Chinese culture.

Rowing team competing at the 28th Annual Dragon Boat Festival in False Creek. Source Dragon Boat BC.

The Flag Shop is thrilled to supply Concord Pacific with their street banners for this year’s Dragon Boat Festival. These banners now adorn Pacific Boulevard and the Cambie Street Bridge, against the breath-taking city skyline.

Street banners hanging over the Cambie Street Bridge in Vancouver.

Festival organizers and The Canadian International Dragon Boat Festival Society (CIDBFS) expect more than 100,000 will come out to see dragon boating at its finest, lining the shores of False Creek and Creekside Park. Final numbers show that 5,500 local and visiting athletes will compete in the races. Whatever your interests, the festival offers something for everyone, from professional entertainment to local artisans and interactive art displays. There’ll be a professional circus for kids of all ages, too!

Crowds line the seawall at the Dragon Boat Festival on False Creek. Source: News 1130

About the Society
The Canadian International Dragon Boat Festival Society is a professional, independent, non-profit society. They are a people-centered, teamwork-focused and highly inclusive organization. The society believes that the promotion of community integration is vital to the formation of a strengthened community and they are responsive to the needs of the neighbourhood, continuing to focus its efforts on making a lasting and positive impact on the community.

Wow! Thank you, CIDBFS for the work you do for the community. What an amazing and honourable purpose! Your focus on the community makes us beam with pride to serve you as our client.

Come out for the fun, Friday, June 23 to Sunday, June 25. Festival admission is free.

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