It’s Pride Fest in Vancouver | Sunday, August 6, 2017


Vancouver Pride Festival 2016. Image Source: Vancouver Pride Society / CBowmanPhoto.com

Upcoming Events Celebrating Individual Uniqueness

It’s going to be a HUGE celebration for the LGBTQ2+ community in Vancouver and we’re thrilled to be part of the festivities. Who needs a social planner when you’ve got The Flag Shop weekly blog? There are so many events happening in Vancouver, we couldn’t possibly name them all!

Here are just a few highlights, leading up to Pride Fest:

Downtown Pride Premiere
Wednesday, July 26, 3 p.m. – 10 p.m.
On both levels of Robson Square
Take in the live music, roving performers and interactive art. While you’re there, visit the community village for games and resources.

Prance on the Pier
Wednesday, August 2, 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.
The Shipyards, 25 Wallace Mews
Check out the 1st Prance on the Pier, a free, all-ages dance with music, food, drag performances and games.

Davie Street Party
Friday, August 4, 6 p.m. – midnight
In Davie Village, between Burrard and Jervis
Enjoy the beer garden with the party spilling out from the Community Stage at Davie Street’s historic Rainbow Crosswalk on Bute Street.

Man Up Pride: The Gender Adventure
Friday, August 4, 9 p.m. – 2 a.m.
917 Main Street
If you’ve never experienced a Pride Man Up – Get! In! To! The! Groove! Don’t miss performances by Vixen Von Flex, Owen + Papi J, Jem + Ponyboy and more.

Vancouver Trans March 2017
Friday, August 4, 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
1500 E 14th Avenue
Meet up at Clark Park at 5:30. Remember your signs or make them with supplies we provide! Be free and fab and wear what you like!

Terry Wallace Memorial Breakfast
Saturday August 5, 8:30 a.m.
Jim Deva Plaza in the Davie Village
The Vancouver Pride Society is hosting a by-donation community breakfast honouring the memory of Terry Wallace, one of the founders of Pride in Vancouver.

14th Annual Dyke March & Festival
Saturday August 5, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The march will leave McSpadden Park at noon, moving down Commercial Drive and ending at Grandview Park for the festival. Featuring queer-friendly displays and performing artists, come out and join the fun with the community, friends and family.

Sunday, August 6 is the BIG Day!
Pride Fest is happening at Sunset Beach from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., and YES – we will be there! We love this festival because it is a safe and super fun environment for self-expression and a collective, public declaration of anti-bullying. Stop by our booth and we’ll set you up to express your pride!

The Parade
The 39th Annual Pride Parade, a major highlight, runs from noon – 3 p.m., starting on Robson, turning down Denman, and then onto Beach Ave. It ends at Beach Ave and Pacific.

Our Pride and Anti-Bullying websites honour the truth that we are all equally deserving of the basic rights of freedom of expression and freedom from oppression. We are thrilled to work with Canada’s LGBTQ2+ communities in support of efforts to end discrimination and violence, while promoting self-affirmation, dignity and equality rights.


The Flag Shop booth at the Vancouver Pride Festival in 2016.

For more information about Pride Fest, please visit the Vancouver Pride Society’s official website.

See you at Pride Fest!

2017 Powell Street Festival | August 5 & 6 | 11:30 – 7:00

Japanese Canadian Arts and Culture Connecting Communities

It’s time to get ready for the Powell Street Festival, whether you’re interested in film, martial arts, live music, Ikebana demos (flower arranging), sumo wrestling, dance, crafts, Taiko, theatre, Anime, childrens’ activities or Japanese food – there’s something for everyone.

The Powell Street Festival is rich in arts and culture and has been around for over 40 years. Featuring more than 20 food vendors, delicious Japanese fare will be available through stalls lining Dunlevy and Jackson. Be sure to visit Macro-Maki to dress up in pillow-sized sushi costumes and take selfies on a massive sushi tray. The craft market will offer original, one-of-a-kind, hand-made goods.


Image Source: Powell Street Festival

This year’s program includes a captivating mix of regional and international talent. Japanese blues, anyone? George & Noriko are a dynamic duo of a Japanese blues cowboy and a Tsugaru shamisen player, from Melbourne, Australia. Ensemble Liberta will play their classical Japanese instruments, and Kisyuu will do live calligraphy demos. If you like Taiko (Japanese drumming and percussion), JODAIKO from California will be there, too! If you like film, screenings co-presented with the Hapa-palooza Festival will include award-winning short film Born with It, as well as episodes from Almost Asian, starring Katie Malia, who will also attend.

Our client, The Powell Street Festival Society, which organizes and produces this event, is guided by a vision of a society which is enriched and interconnected through Japanese Canadian arts and culture. The society encourages the recognition of Japanese Canadians as a creative force within our community.

Mark your calendars for Saturday, August 5 and Sunday, August 6 to be a part of the largest Japanese Canadian festival in Canada. The main location is Oppenheimer Park in the 400 block of Powell Street, with festival activities spilling over to surrounding areas of the Firehall Arts Centre on Cordova Street, the Vancouver Japanese Language School and Japanese Hall on Alexander Street and the Vancouver Buddhist Temple on Jackson Avenue. When you’re in the area, check out the street banners up at Victory Square and on Main Street between National and Southern.


Oppenheimer Park. Image Source: Space2Place

The festival showcases Japanese talent and culture, and it’s also a community building opportunity. The event helps to build a community bridge so the people of the community can experience the beauty and diversity of Japanese Canadian arts and culture.

We’re so excited because this festival is happening right down the street from us, in our own neighbourhood! Don’t forget your Japanese flag and your Canada/Japan Friendship Pins.

Farm-to-Table Lifestyle Bursting with Heritage and History

A May to October Love Affair to Remember

Farmer’s market season is here in BC and we love that we have so many amazing markets to choose from! Whether it’s the Mount Pleasant, the Hastings Park, or the Kitsilano Farmers Market, don’t miss your chance to experience the fun of shopping at the markets in your neighbourhood. Aside from the fun of it all, there are many other awesome benefits to think about. Super fresh fruits and vegetables bursting with flavour and goodness remind us all what fruits and vegetables are meant to taste like.

This week we’re focusing on one of our clients, the New West Farmers Market, located at Tipperary Park in New Westminster, which is open for business until October, on Thursdays from 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. Be sure to get there early to experience the best of the market, including farm-fresh produce, local crafts, prepared gourmet foods, and live entertainment. And while you’re there, check out the street banners displayed against the bright blue sky! The mission of the New West Farmers Market Association is to focus on environmentally sustainable food production by bringing locally grown and produced foods to the community, thereby contributing to local economic development, healthy eating, and food security while connecting with our heritage of having a vibrant city market.


Image Source: New West Farmers Market


New West Farmers Market banners, made by The Flag Shop Vancouver. Image Source: New West Farmers Market

Susan Braverman, The Flag Shop President said, “I will never forget the first time I ever went to the farmer’s market. I bit into a piece of freshly harvested cauliflower and it was the best I had ever eaten in my life!” She added, “I didn’t realize this is exactly how fruits and vegetables are supposed to taste.”

This is the beauty of the farmers market: the fruits and vegetables ripen in the field and are brought directly to the market. They have not been shipped long distances, have not been gassed to force ripening, and they have not been sitting in storage for weeks before reaching your table. It’s the best available produce because it’s been grown and harvested in your own community.

Knowing what’s in season is easy at the farmer’s market because whatever is growing is what they are selling. Favorites include berries and corn on the cob in summer, and pumpkins and apples in the fall. If you enjoy connecting with your community and knowing exactly where your food comes from, just head out to your local farmers market!


Image Source: New West Farmers Market

Farming reminds us all of simpler times when we knew where our food came from and we knew the people who grew it. And, even though the world has changed dramatically, we all share a basic understanding of what it means to live off the land. Farming is an important part of our collective heritage, and contributes to the local economy. Buying locally-grown produce means supporting farming families, while they feed ours. People are opting for fresh fruits and vegetables, artisan foods such as local cheeses, as well as proteins, home-style baked goods and even locally-grown flowers.


Image Source: New West Farmers Market

If you plan on doing the circuit, or for more information about farmers markets, please visit eatlocal.org for BC, or traveltowellness.com for options across Canada.

2017 Honda Celebration of Light | July 29 | August 2 | August 5 |

Celebration of Fireworks, Live Outdoor Music and Local Foods

For nearly 30 years, Vancouverites have experienced the beauty and majesty of the Honda Celebration of Light, a world-class fireworks display and competition which attracts 1.4 million local, regional and international visitors each year. Word is, until you’ve seen Vancouver’s Celebration of Light, you’ve never really seen fireworks the way they’re meant to be seen. Known as one of the major events in the city, its fireworks illuminate the sky over English Bay for three nights, ending on the Saturday of the August long weekend.


Image Source: Celebration of Light

We have been supporting this event for many years, supplying flags to the throngs of people making their way to the celebration. Since 2013, we have been working with the event organizer and producers, supplying the street banners that create anticipation in the community and make our streets look even more beautiful. You can see them for yourself on the Granville Street Bridge.


Honda Celebration of Light banners in 2015

The festival’s core purpose is to “spark togetherness.” So, is it really any wonder we’re thrilled to be a part of it all? Our friends at the West End BIA feel the same as we do! Keep your eyes to the sky to see more street banners coming soon to the West End, right where the celebration will be happening.


Image Source: Celebration of Light


Image Source: Celebration of Light

How Did It All Start? Mr. Fireworks Brings Celebration to Vancouver
Raymond Greenwood, Mr. Fireworks himself, and his wife Stephanie went to Montreal 30 years ago to participate in the Pyrodyne Corporation fireworks competition. They were inspired by the awe and wonder of it all. As the driving force behind bringing this iconic festival to Vancouver, Raymond said, “From day one, this event has been a booming success and all these years later, it’s still a major community event, which brings global interest and attendance.” He adds, “The idea that people from all corners of the world come to be a part of something truly spectacular, it makes me very proud.”

The Honda Celebration of Light (originally known as Benson & Hedges Symphony of Fire and then the HSBC Symphony of Fire) is an annual musical fireworks competition. The first Symphony of Fire was held in 1990. Today, this event is known as one of Vancouver’s largest festivals. It is recognized as the longest running off-shore fireworks competition in the world. This year, the competition will feature companies from Japan (Akariya Fireworks), the United Kingdom (Jubilee Fireworks) and Canada (Royal Pyrotechnie). To celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary, each of the competitors will be required to include one iconic Canadian song in their display.

“Check Out the Stage Before You Watch the Sky”
As if the fireworks were not enough to draw the crowds, the Celebration of Light kicks off each afternoon with live music at Sunset Beach. Known as ShoreFest, it is Vancouver’s largest community concert, and is free of charge. Musicians begin performing in the early afternoon and leading up to fireworks in the evening.


Image Source: Celebration of Light

For more information about this year’s event, please visit their official website.

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!


Image Source: Notable Life

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.


Image Source: Calgary Stampede

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
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

Java
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!

For more information about events and celebrations in your community, visit Canada.ca.

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.

For more information, visit: http://vancouverdragonboatfestival.ca/

Young Men’s Adventure Weekend

The Village Welcomes the Young Men of the Village into a Man’s World

The motto of the Young Men’s Adventure Weekend (YMAW) says it all: “The Village Welcomes the Young Men of the Village into a Man’s World.” During their annual weekend of planned activities, the elders of the village place major challenges in front of the younger men. These challenges take them on a journey of self-discovery, teaching them skills, while unleashing their own potential for greatness. The program truly helps to build communities, by initiating spirited, purpose-driven and strong young men, who will eventually become great husbands, fathers and leaders.


The Young Men learn to work as a team when canoeing, an important life-skill that shows them the value of teamwork.

When our president, Susan Braverman, first heard about YMAW, it captured her heart because she has a teenaged son of her own. Susan knew she wanted to do something special to show her support of YMAW, so she offered to make them a custom banner. “YMAW is doing such important and amazing work,” says Susan, “which is actually shaping the future for boys and young men as they get ready for adulthood. I’m so thrilled to support this effort and I’m even more excited because my son, Grey is enrolled for this summer!”

The program offers activities and rites of passage for boys aged 12 – 17.  Young men who experience YMAW will emerge with a deeper sense of their own individual spirit, an understanding of responsibility and accountability, and the importance of being a team player, working together to support each other. In a nutshell, this unique, fun and sometimes life-changing wilderness experience will catapult young men towards adulthood. YMAW is proud of its program flexibility, allowing participants to talk about any issue they may be facing, in a safe environment.


The Young Men spend a weekend shadowing two other adults, figuring it all out together as a team.

Program founder and leader, Brad Leslie and his team have been changing the lives of young men since 1990. Brad says, “It is truly remarkable to see the lessons these young men learn during the weekend.” Adding, “For me, the real reward and satisfaction comes when the young men tell us about how their experiences have impacted their lives and how they see a brighter future for themselves.”


20 of 60 men who produce YMAW with over 300 years combined experience mentoring the next generation of men, posing in front of the custom banner we made for them.

The next YMAW session runs from July 7 – 9, 2017 inclusive, at a secret wilderness location on Harrison Lake, BC. According to the inside scoop, the production planning team has been meeting and they are pumped and ready to deliver a weekend packed full of adventure and discovery. No Girls Allowed!

Avoid disappointment and visit the YMAW website for more details: http://ymaw.com.

Canadian Leaders in Collaboration with UN Women

Doing Our Part to Abolish Forced and Early Marriage

Many of us have heard the term “forced marriage”; however, some may not be aware of current statistics reflecting a harsh reality: each year 15 million girls and women around the world are forced to marry against their will. This equates to one forced marriage every two seconds. Early and forced marriage is a violation of human rights and severely impacts social and economic development on a global scale. While this is an international crisis, forced marriage is happening in our own backyard as well. Children account for 700 million, while people in the LGBTQ community and women with disabilities are also forced into marriage. Canadian law contains provisions in family, immigration and criminal laws which help to protect citizens from marriage without consent, however, these provisions do not address the longstanding and culturally-accepted practices of other nations.

The United Nations Women Not Yet for the Dress International Gala will help abolish forced marriage, with its important and honourable goals! Proceeds from this event will go directly toward funding a culturally sensitive transition house right here in the Lower Mainland, directed by the Shakti Society. This cause requires vital funding to bring hope and provide resources for the victims, once the marriages are annulled. Considerations for positive change, to ensure an effective transition, include emotional support, access to education, job skills and medical care.


Cover of the South Asian Post featuring Kerri Gibson (seated), organizing Director of Not Yet for the Dress, at the recent Shakti awards.

When our President, Susan Braverman heard about this event, she immediately knew she wanted to support the effort by donating a custom-printed media wall and Canadian and United Nations flags to this event. She said, “These victims need us to speak up for them and give them a voice, which is so important because every young girl deserves a chance at a bright future.” Adding, “I grew up in a household of powerful women and we simply could not miss our chance to help uphold the basic human rights of freedom of expression and education.”


Custom-printed banner in production that Susan donated to Not Yet for the Dress.


Not Yet for the Dress banner

The evening will be filled with top-tier entertainment by multiple Grammy Award winning musicians led by Ricky Kej, enlightenment from global expert Mandy Sanghera, words of welcome by United Nations diplomats and First Nations leaders, an exclusive personalized video by Mme. Sophie Gregoire as introduced by the Honourable Minister Randeep Sarai, Leader of the Pacific Caucus, and a chance to bid on a special surprise from famed Italian goldsmith, Gerardo Sacco, trusted jewelry designer to Elizabeth Taylor, Sophia Loren and Lady Di.


“This event has been carefully planned over many months, with the ultimate goal to raise the global profile of an important socio-economic cause.” said Kerry Gibson, Organizing Director of the event. “We hope to create momentum for large-scale and global change, and of course, we want to give all event supporters an unforgettable and special evening!”

Join us for a Mediterranean Feast including local wines and a fashion show and stand together with The Flag Shop against early and forced marriage.

For event information: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/not-yet-for-the-dress-tickets-33235787134
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1866892113529209/