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The Story Of A Man, His Family And The Canadian Flag

Hi friends and family,

I’m not sure how many of you know or remember that in 1985 Stuart McLean introduced himself to me at our Flag Store in Thornton. At that time my Father had recently passed away and the eight children were running the company in our early twenties. 70 employees at the time. Meeting Stuart changed our lives. Coincidentally, and 25 years later my daughter, Michelle, worked with Stuart’s Music Director, John Sheard, and he asked her and two of her friends to form The Vinylettes, going on tour for two years with Stuart. I am extremely fortunate to have had an electronic version of that interview with me on my phone (or anywhere at all!). It’s 16 mins or so. I thought you might enjoy hearing it knowing my gratitude and love and prayers for Stuart McLean.

Valerie and Glenn

Check Out This Beautiful Canada 150 Banner!

Check out this beautiful Canada 150 Banner flying in the country side.  This banner was made at our Factory in Barrie, as are all of our custom products celebrating Canada’s 150th Anniversary of Confederation!

What does the Canada 150 logo represent?

The logo is composed of a series of diamonds, or “celebratory gems”, arranged in the shape of the iconic maple leaf. The four diamonds at the base represent the four original provinces that formed Confederation in 1867: Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. Additional diamonds extend out from the base to create nine more points—in total representing the 13 provinces and territories.

It’s been “Panda”monium at The Flagstore waiting to find out the names!

Like many of you The Flag Store has joined in the excitement of the baby Panda’s by having our own internal contest to guess the baby names. Our winner will receive a $50.00 gas card, which is great, but the real winners are the all of us who will get a chance to visit and watch these amazing Panda’s grow up!

Pan Am Games kick off today in Toronto with opening ceremony


Flags of the participating countries fly in the athletes’ village as the CN Tower stands in the background at the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto.

Flying a flag is a great way to show support for our Athletes!

.25 Coin Celebrates 50th Anniversary of the Canadian Flag


OTTAWA, ONTARIO, JUNE 9, 2015 – As Canadians far and wide prepare to celebrate Canada Day, the Royal Canadian Mint has issued a new 25-cent circulation coin commemorating the 50th birthday of the universally recognized Canadian flag. The coin was unveiled today at centre field in Toronto’s Varsity Stadium, before the kick-off to a CFL exhibition game between the Toronto Argonauts and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

CTV News visit’s The Flag Store in Thornton on the anniversary of the Canadian Flag

In the above photo Valerie, Cecilia and Beth Burke are all proudly wearing red and white and waving Canada Flags in joyous celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Canadian Flag.

Click HERE to see Cecilia Burke, President and CEO of The Flag Store and many others as they celebrate this truly special day in Canadian history.  

The 50th Anniversary of the National Flag of Canada is fast approaching

On February 15, 2015, the National Flag of Canada will turn 50 years old.

Our flag was officially adopted 50 years ago and raised for the first time on Parliament Hill, across Canada and at Canadian missions around the world.

Since 1965, the red and white maple leaf has been the most significant symbols of our identity and a source of inspiration and pride for us all.

Team Canada Juniors Go For Gold Tonight!

Go Canada Go!  Canada is right back where it started – facing Russia at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto this evening.  Only this time they are going for gold!  Let’s do it boys!

In last nights game Nic Petan scored a hat trick, Curtis Lazar and Connor McDavid assisted on all three goals. Canada beat Slovakia in the semifinals to book its spot in the gold medal game at the IIHF World Junior Championship for the first time since 2011.

Parade of Nations at Toronto World Pride 2014 Courtesy of The Flag Store!

In the true spirit of Pride, The Flag Store donated International flags to be carried proudly in Sunday’s Toronto 2014 World Pride Parade.  The “Parade Of Nations” was truly spectacular and inspiring!

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