Buttons, Badges & Pins - People Power Blog
The art-electronic producer and artist is currently doing shows to promote her new music and we got involved to help her make some unique concert merch.
She designed these beautiful cards with custom 1.25" buttons for a show. We see a lot of custom orders come through our shop, but this one definitely caught our eye.
A double-sided pink card has one of two custom sparkly buttons attached and branded with all Daiza's contact information, including a QR code. We kind of love them!
Holographic Buttons with Custom Printing
The sparkly effect is from printing the artwork on Dura-Lar, a transparent film, and then placing over gold foil. You can read more about this process in this post about making holographic pinback buttons.
Check out Diaza and her music online:
Looking for Unique Custom Options for Selling Buttons at a Show?
If you want to create some unique concert merch for an upcoming show or tour, we are here to help! A button doesn't have to be just a button if you are looking for something extra special for your fans.
You can let us know what you have in mind or you can call us and we can talk you through some of your different options.
Fallen Love Records is a bedroom pop label based out of Oshawa. Their latest release Secret Gardens is full of great spring songs that will carry you through the season and beyond when – brr! - spring is only a memory.
The custom 1” buttons are included in a sweet package along some other great items when you purchase Secret Gardens now. Head on over to the Fallen Love Records site get your copy of Secret Gardens - with your own tiny button!
Band buttons for connecting with fans
The latest Fallen Love Records release is a great example of how band buttons can enhance a relationship between artists and fans. Buttons can always be sold at shows or online to support music labels and musicians, but they can also be tokens of appreciation for fans. These band buttons can then be collected or worn to share that support with the rest of the world.
These Fallen Love Records pins are custom 1” buttons, which are the most popular band button size, but custom 7/8” buttons and custom 1.25” custom buttons are great options too. If you want to stand out from the crowd, you can see all custom button sizes here.
Other ideas for musicians
Add a lyric music video to your button order with these lyric video + custom button packages.
Liking the idea of band buttons so much, you want to make them yourself? Get going with a Standard 1” Button Maker Start-Up Kit.
Follow Fallen Love Records online!
Forget all the other days on the calendar, because today is the day that matters for Star Wars fans around the world. May 4th has come to be known as May the Fourth Be With You Day, or Star Wars Day.
The Star Wars Underground is a great community where fans all over the world can join one platform and connect with each other. The platform is fan-driven and family-friendly so Star Wars fans of any age can take part!
Custom Buttons For Community Members
We had the chance to work with the rad guys over at to make these super cool and well designed buttons. Pinback custom buttons for community members allow them share that they belong in a special community and to express the voice, message and personality of that membership. We think these buttons do exactly that.
The larger Custom 2" Round Button is a great pin size for extra visibility to showcase The Star Wars Underground logo. The smaller Custom 1-1/4" Round Button is great size for fun designs and messages that members can pin and wear all the time.
Depending on what message or design you want to express, there is a pin size and shape that will perfectly suit the needs of your special community members! We would love to talk through all of those options with you so reach out to us anytime!
Explore more with The Star Wars Underground Online!
May The Fourth Be With You all today!
Toronto artist Leanne Davies recently hit up Toronto Comicon with these rad custom 1.5” square buttons.
Leanne Davies is a visual artist who paints in acrylics and watercolour. Her work illuminates beauty in the absurd and the ironic. Influences on her work include social media and popular culture with desire and the intricacy of human relationships as two common themes in her art.
She had two of her paintings put onto buttons to sell at the pop culture convention where she was an exhibitor.
Leanne Davies’ Spock and Super Dave paintings were pressed into 1.5” square buttons.
This shape and size combination is a great choice for visual artists looking for affordable ways to sell art at shows like Toronto Comicon. This is because the button is big enough to display the detail of the artwork, but is still wearable.
There are a number of custom options for visual artists looking to sell their artwork at a pop culture convention or any other number of shows. Custom magnets, mirrors, coasters, keychains and jewelry are other unique and affordable ways to sell art. These items also provide low cost ways for people to buy art.
To learn more about Leanne Davies and view her fantastic online gallery, visit www.leannedavies.com.
You can also follow her - and see her recent Toronto Comicon adventures - on Instagram.
Doggy-Yasha is a Winnipeg-based artist who creates awesome fan art as well as original illustrations. We recently made them come custom fan art buttons, and the finished product turned out pretty nice!
These custom fan-art buttons are a unique size and shape which works well with the composition of the designs. The buttons are 1-3/4" x 2-3/4" Rounded Rectangle Pinbacks, a relatively new button size that looks extremely sleek and professional with clean rounded corners. We also make Custom Rounded Rectangle Magnets, a lovely addition to any refrigerator door!
If You Like Fan-Art Buttons, Check This Out:
If the fan-art aspect of this post caught your eye, or if you're interested in making buttons for conventions or fan expos, take a peek at the blog feature "Button Making Business: Convention Tips from a Pro!" It's full of great information about selling buttons at conventions.
Check out more of Doggy-Yasha's work online!
Creepy Buttons for Creepy Cake Co. March 09 2017
These wonderfully creepy custom buttons are a delicious mix of spooky and sweet, a perfect fit for Creepy Cake Co.
Boasting doom & gloom in every bite, this Niagara Region bakery specializes in baked goods with a distinctly creepy flair.
Creepy Cake Co. jumped on the button band wagon with these creepy custom 1-1/2" Round Pinback Buttons. The size of button works really well with their logo, large enough to read the text no problem, but still small and wearable. Excellent choice Creepy Cake Co!
Now if only making buttons could end with eating frosting right out of the bowl :)
UPSTARTS: Custom Buttons for Big Ideas February 10 2017
UPSTARTS is an brand new organization that acts as a platform for young innovators.
They're so brand new, in fact, they haven't even launched yet! They'll be officially launched on March 1st 2017, and we've got a sneak peek of some swag (spoiler alert: they're custom buttons!)
UPSTARTS work to connect the next generation of thinkers and entrepreneurs with scholarships, mentorships, and opportunities to make Canada a better place.
What a cool idea, UPSTARTS!! Supporting the "side hustle" of today's youth to foster the entrepreneurs of tomorrow :)
Check out UPSTARTS on social media for for info!
Throwback Thursday: Groundhog Day Vintage Button Roundup February 02 2017
We know Groundhog day seems like it happens again and again so why not delve into the past with these cool vintage Groundhog Day buttons. We're not sure how accurate of a meteorologist these little dudes are but knowing it'll be spring eventually is good enough for us!
You better believe that custom buttons will be there to help fighting the stigma too!
The Shine a Light on Mental Health event also marks the roll out new Girl Guides of Canada programming called "Mighty Minds." The programming will teaching girls how to cope with every day life challenges & address the stigma surrounding mental health.
These custom 1" buttons boast the colourful logo for Mighty Minds and will aid in raising awareness about mental health. We think it's pretty cool that they're using buttons to get their message out there.
Head on down to Nathan Philips Square at 5:30 pm on January 21st to be part of it all :) Who knows, you might even be wearing one of these buttons by the end!
For more info, check out Girl Guides of Canada on social media:
People Power Press has now been officially approved by the government of Canada to reproduce the official Canada 150 logo on our buttons and magnets!
Our idea is to spread our buttons far and wide for Canada 150 celebrations using the official government Canada 150 logo on various sizes and shapes of buttons and magnets. They will be available for people who want to get just 1 or for companies that want all their employees to join the Canada 150 celebrations with a button.
The celebrations start here and now at People Power Press. The first 100 people that come into our store can pickup an official Canada 150 button - Just say the magic words "Oh Canada!". First come first served. 1 button only per person. Swing by and pickup a button.
Check out our full collection of Canada 150 Official Logo Merchandise to order your own!
Great Ideas: The Resolution-O-Matic Button Vending Machine January 04 2017
Setting new year's resolutions can be super boring and stressful! Let us pick one for you! This month we decided to fill up the vending machine outside the shop with silly New Year's resolution that you can keep (like "Eat More Cake") or aspire to ("Become a Rockstar"), randomly selected for you!
Stop by our Toronto shop to grab your own!
Inspired? Resolve to make more buttons! Put your own button sales on automatic with Button Vending Machines in a variety of sizes! The one outside our shop is a Round Beaver model that fits 1" Buttons and is available as a kit with everything you need to sell buttons with it!
The Great Outdoors: 3" Diamond Shaped Custom Buttons for Axis Gear December 13 2016
the 3" Diamond Pinback Button. Not only is it reminiscent of a cool retro patch, it totally looks at home in the great outdoors!
3" Diamond & Square Custom Buttons & Magnets
These 3" buttons (as all of our custom diamond shaped products) are also available as a square. The large size also makes for really great custom fridge magnets, which can be made as both a diamond and square too!
3" Diamond & Square Button Making Parts & Supplies
To makes this size and shape of button yourself, all you need is a 3" square hand press (Model 3030) which is available as a start-up kit with with either 500 X Everything for Pinback Button or 500 X Everything for Peel n' Stick Magnet Parts :) Parts & Supplies for this machine can all be found here.
Check out Axis Gear on Social Media
Thanks for using custom buttons to get your message out there, Axis Gear! Awesome job on creating a gorgeous design for an uncommon button size and shape :)
Custom Crafty Buttons for City of Craft December 06 2016
It's the most wonderful time of the year because City of Craft is almost here!
City of Craft is a collective of arts organizers focused on fostering an awesome Toronto crafting community, and supporting independent craft businesses (take a look at the entire vendor line-up here!)
For the past 10 years, City of Craft has put on Toronto's largest independently-run, juried craft show. Not only are there 60+ vendors, but also craft installations, workshops and other craft-related programming.
Logo and designs for City of Craft X: Handmade Decade created by DoublenautWe got crafty too and made these awesome buttons for City of Craft X: Handmade Decade Show.
Photo by Becca Gilgan, City of Craft Winter 2015
If you're thinking of checking out City of Craft X: Handmade Decade, the show runs from December 9th, 10th, & 11th. Event details can be found below, or on the City of Craft Website. If you're lucky, you may even get a custom button of your own!
Friday December 9, 6pm - 10pm
Saturday December 10, 11am-6pm
Sunday December 11, 11am-5pm
The Theatre Centre
1115 Queen Street West (entrance on Lisgar St.)
$3 (Kids 12 & Under FREE)
Record Label Buttons for Arbutus Records! December 02 2016
These 1" round custom record label buttons were made for Arbutus Records, a Montreal label that's been around since 2007. They're home to a bunch of really amazing artists who represent a variety of music genres.
The label started out by recording their friends, many of whom are still signed with Arbutus Records today. They pride themselves on being accessible and inclusive, values that we at People Power Press also take to heart.
These 1" Round Record Label Buttons are really striking, and the geometric logo looks like it was destined to be on a button!
SPEAKING OF MUSIC...
If you're in the market for some band buttons, record label buttons, or make music of any kind, check out our Lyric Video and Custom Button Bundles ! These bundles are PERFECT-O for any band, musician, or singer-songwriter whose looking for some swag that won't break the bank :)
Buttons for a Cause: Together Project November 28 2016
These buttons for a cause are 2" Round, a size that is big enough for a nice sized logo, but small enough to comfortably wear day-to-day.
Their slick design of bright colours on a white background really makes a statement, don't ya think?
Thanks for all the great work you do, Together Project!
PEOPLE POWER AWARDS: INSPIRING POSITIVE CHANGE WITH BUTTONS!
Have an awesome cause of your own? Consider filling out a 2017 Nomination Form for the People Power Award, an annual award recognizing excellence in grassroots campaigning and inspiring positive change with buttons!
Custom Illustrated Vegetable Buttons by Robin Clugston November 23 2016
Custom pinback buttons are a great way for artists to reproduce their work, and make their art accessible to the masses.
Artist and illustrator Robin Clugston knows how to turn her illustrations into fantastic works of button art!
We can't get enough of these illustrated vegetable buttons that are as vibrant and detailed as the real thing! Just take a look at this bountiful button harvest :)
These vegetable buttons are 1-1/4" Round Pinback Buttons. This size is great because it's small enough to be "fashionable" but large enough to do justice to the artwork! Awesome choice Robin :) They look wonderful!
Here's a close-up of the beet, eggplant, carrot, and pickle designs! Doesn't everyone need a pickle button in their life??
Check out more of Robin's buttons, illustrations, stickers, and more!
Make More Music! Custom Buttons for CTRL ROOM November 16 2016
People Power Press loves music makers!
CTRL ROOM is fully equipped for their artists to jam and record their own music, which makes it possible for them to live out their sole objective: promoting the creation and distribution of quality music by dedicated DJs.
Custom Buttons for Zombie Survival Camp! October 20 2016
If there was a zombie apocalypse, would you survive?
You would if you had the skills and training provided by Zombie Survival Camp!
Zombie Survival Camp has been preparing humans for zombie apocalypse survival since 2013. The camp teaches real disaster survival skills (by actual experts!), all of which happen to be applicable to slaying zombies.
And they also have really awesome custom 1-3/4" buttons, which makes them EXTRA cool in our books!
Are YOU looking for some custom made buttons? Check out our buttons and other custom products at peoplepowerpress.org :)
Buttoning up for Fall with Knitty October 13 2016
Knitty is one of the coolest online knitting resources there is, so we're thrilled that they're using buttons to spread the word! Follow Knitty on Twitter to find out more about knitting and fibre events and meetups.
Custom Buttons are a great way to promote blogs or any cool project you're working on, and bring together folks with shared interests (like knitting!) at meetups and events!
Glow-in-the-Dark buttons charge in the light and then glow bright, making them a GREAT spooky accessory for any costume or festive Halloween outfit!
In the daytime they look like a regular button, but when the sun goes down their magical glow is revealed. Glow-In-The-Dark buttons also make it really easy to keep an eye on little ones or stay with a group while trick-or-treating. Just follow the glowing pumpkin!
Reflect-O Safety Buttons reflect light from streetlights, flashlights, and oncoming cars just like bike reflectors. Such a festive way to keep your little ghosts and goblins visible and safe while out on a Halloween adventure.
Both Glow-In-The-Dark and Reflect-O BOOtons are available in an assortment of designs. If you're going for a spook-tacular look, the creepy-crawley spider is an awesome accessory! If creepy-crawly isn't for you, the black cat and pumpkin designs are cute as a BOOton!
World Vegetarian Day is the kickoff to a month-long world wide celebration to promote the joy, compassion, and life-enhancing possibilities of eating vegetarian :)
If you're already vegetarian or vegan, let everyone know that animals are friends, not food with buttons! This awesome collection is full of adorable, colourful, and punny designs available as single buttons and in Button Packs.
Even if you aren't vegetarian, you can TOTALLY get in on the excitement by supporting the herbivores in your life and maybe even jumping on the "Meatless Monday" bandwagon. YUM! The next best thing to eating vegetarian is supporting your veggie friends :)
So, whether you love animals, think hummus is yummus, or hail seitan, you better believe there's a button in this collection that you'll love!
Happy World Vegetarian Day!
How-To: Design-Your-Own Bridal Shower Buttons September 26 2016
A perfect way to honour guests and attendants on your special day - and keep track of who's-who at a party for newcomers - beautiful Bridal Shower Buttons!
Buttons can be designed to match your wedding or party colours and make a great way to help break the ice!
Design-Your-Own Bridal Shower Buttons in Button Designer
Before you start you might want to familiarize yourself with Button Designer by watching this video tutorial - it will guide you through the basics of designing a button and help you with the following steps:
|1. Choose Your Artwork: Find a background and save it to your computer. I chose this one because it has a nice framing element that will showcase the name. A great place for free pattern and backgrounds is Public Domain Pictures|
|2. Upload Your Artwork: Create a FREE account on the Button Guy Online Button Designer. Choose which size of button you'd like to make and upload your pattern.|
3. Design Your Button: Choose which lines of text you would like to be visible and pick a font and a font colour. Make sure it stands out against the background.
(Tip: Change the background colour from the default Yellow to a colour that matches your uploaded artwork)
4. Save Your Designs: Once you have finished adding a name click the [Save Button] Button, your design is now saved and you can change the text without uploading the background again.
Repeat these steps until you have all your buttons - you can see them all in "Buttons Overview".
5.Your Buttons Are Ready to Make! If you are making your own buttons at home you can follow the steps on Button Designer to print out your own artwork - or you can order custom buttons with your designs from us!
Sneaker Buttons in Action: Railpath Run September 22 2016
What's that!? You can now order custom printed stickers to match your buttons! Check out this slick combo for Toronto-based band NLP!
Throwback Thursday - Retro Canadian National Expo Button August 11 2016
What's your favorite pair of shoes?
Whether it's a crisp new pair of summer sneakers, or that trusty pair that have been through thick and thin (and a puddle or two...), it's nice to show your shoes that they're appreciated.
The best way to say "thanks shoes," is to make them a button of their very own!
These snazzy DIY Shoelace Buttons are sure to put a spring in your step :)
If you want to try your hand at this great DIY project, take a peek at the How-To Video below courtesy of The Button Guy!
The Shoelace Buttons come in a ton of different sizes and all of the parts you need to make your own can be found on our website!
WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN "FLAT" & "INDENTED" SHOE LACE BUTTONS?
"Flat" Sneaker Buttons have a smooth, flat back from which the "shoelace clip" protrudes. These are great if you and your buttons like to let loose and dangle and jangle about.
"Indented" Sneaker Buttons have a recessed back, so the clip sits deep into the button. This, in turn, pulls your shoelace tighter and keeps the button nice and snug. These are great if you and your buttons like a nice, orderly, approach to self expression.
Since 1975, the Literary Press Group and its members have worked to support each other, support other Canadian writers, and champion the value of the literary arts scene in Canada.
Find out more about the Literary Press Group on Twitter, Facebook, and their website!
All Lit Up has featured insightful, original, and fun content in addition to recommendations, find-a-book, and customized book lists. The site ensures that literature produced by Canadian independent publishers is available to every Canadian.
Explore their Books and Merch
Head over to their website and take a look at the other merch All Lit Up has to offer! If you want to add some more titles to your summer reading list, use their Find a Book search tool to add some Canadian titles to your shelf!
Custom Buttons for Fruit Loop June 14 2016
Fruit Loop is an Edmonton based grassroots collective of creative individuals who all donate their talents, resources, and energy to give something back to the community.
Founded in April 2013, Fruit Loop is designed to be more than just a typical night at the gay bar. They host local LGBTQ+ groups and businesses at each event to help raise funds and awareness and in turn, build the community one party at a time!
Fruit Loop's custom round 1-1/4" matte finish buttons are fun, colourful, and were handed out at Edmonton Pride :) Were you one of the lucky folks who managed to get one of these awesome custom pinback buttons?
Happy Pride Month Folks!
People Power People: Muhammad Ali 1942 – 2016 June 07 2016
Heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali died last week at the age of 74. In addition to being a boxer, Ali will be remembered as someone who proudly and unapologetically represented both his race, faith, and community. Ali took a huge risk in the 1960s when refusing to be conscripted into the US Army during the Vietnam war cost him his title and three years of his fighting career.
Explaining his refusal, Ali said:
“My conscience won’t let me go shoot my brother, or some darker people, or some poor hungry people in the mud for big powerful America,” he said at the time. “And shoot them for what? They never called me nigger, they never lynched me, they didn’t put no dogs on me, they didn’t rob me of my nationality, rape and kill my mother and father… Shoot them for what? …How can I shoot them poor people? Just take me to jail.”
After his boxing career Ali continued to engage in philanthropic and humanitarian work, becoming the UN Ambassador for Peace in 1985.
Hey there button folks!
We've got some custom 1" buttons hot off the hand press for a band called SALES. The musical duo is comprised Lauren Morgan (guitar/vocals) and Jordan Shih (guitar/programming), both supremely talented musicians and best buddies.
Or, if you want a little taste of what SALES is all about enjoy the below video from a 3 part series called "from 12 to 12."
This is part 1 - "vow"
If you're in the market for some custom band buttons or a video to go along with YOUR cool jams, take a peek at one of our newest products: Lyric Videos and Custom Button Bundles!
Custom 1" Buttons for WSPS May 11 2016
From fire prevention to proper material handling, WSPS did a great job designing this set of custom 1" buttons with a message. They're cool enough to turn anyone into an advocate for workplace safety!
Buttons and bands have always been a great pairing. That's why we are launching a really neat new product: Lyric Videos and Custom Button Bundles!
There are five different styles of videos to choose from, and with each video you are able to select the size (1", 1-1/4", or 1-1/2") and quantity (100, 250, 500, or 1000) of custom band buttons you would like with it!
If you're on a budget, the above Ticker Tape or Notebook style video may by the style for you. With either style of video, if you order 1000 band buttons we throw in the Lyric Video for free :) Pretty awesome, eh?
If those styles don't float your boat, no problem! We offer three other Lyric Video styles which can be seen below:
So if you're in a band and need a video and some merch, we hope these Lyric Videos & Custom Button Bundles are exactly what you're looking for :)
If you have any questions about this new product, send us an email or give us a call and we would love to chat with you about our groovy new product!
Hope You Had a Hoppy Easter! March 28 2016
All of us here are the button store hope that your long weekend was fun and filled with family & friends, laughter, and happiness!
Oh yeah. And chocolate :)
Kids' Lit Quiz: Fundraising with Buttons March 23 2016
Who said, "Nibble, nibble, like a mouse, who is nibbling at my house"?
If you said "The Witch in Hansel and Gretel," you're not only correct, but you might even have what it takes to hold your own in the Kids' Lit Quiz!
What is Kids' Lit Quiz?
Kids' Lit Quiz is a literature competition for children ages 10 to 13. Quizzes take place in countries all over the world, like Canada, Hong Kong, Australia, and South Africa just to name a few. Teams compete nationally, and the winners come together annually for the World Finals!
Here's Where the Buttons Come In:
Kids' Lit Quiz loves buttons too!
The buttons started off in our shop in Toronto just a few weeks ago, and have already been to Vancouver, Calgary, Ottawa and Hamilton! Spreading the love of reading AND the love of buttons, yay!!
March 22nd is World Water Day March 21 2016
Saying that water is REALLY important is an understatement.
The purpose of this day is to educate people about water-related issues and inspire individuals to take action. We decided to take action ourselves by creating some custom 1-1/4" buttons that are all about water!
Every year, World Water Day focuses on a different water-related issue. This year's theme, Water and Jobs, was chosen because many of the 1.5 billion people who work in water related fields aren't protected by basic labor rights.
Official Trailer: World Water Day 2016 from unwater.org
Concept: Walk This Way
Production & illustrations: La Pompadour
Music & Sound Design: Mooders
Yesterday was International Women's Day, a day celebrating the achievements of women in the social, economic, cultural and political sphere.
I am sure that everyone in the Women's and Gender Studies (WGS) Department at the University of Winnipeg celebrated the day by rocking one of these great custom buttons!
The custom buttons were created for UWinnipeg's annual Open House event, and were designed by the mighty talented Erin Heroux, a Graphic Designer for The University of Winnipeg.
Women’s and Gender Studies (WGS) is among more than 50 undergraduate programs available at UWinnipeg, and the department was looking for a way to stand out from the crowd at Open House 2016.
Not surprisingly, the buttons were a massive hit :) Rumor has it that UWinnipeg is already coming up with new button designs to use in the future!
International Women's Day Buttons March 07 2016
Happy Monday button enthusiasts!
Tomorrow March 8th, is International Women's Day, a day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.
Here are just a couple of well known women who have made a hugely positive impact.
If you are interested in creating your own custom buttons, we can help you out! Click here and make all of your button dreams come true!
Custom Buttons for our Friends at The Wedding Co. March 02 2016
February was a big month for weddings, and nobody knows this better than our friends at The Wedding Co.
The Wedding Co. is an awesome group of creative professionals who live and breath all things wedding! Not only do they make it SUPER simple and fun to plan every aspect of a couple's big day, they also ensure that the experience of planning is just as fantastic as the wedding day itself.
On February 21st, The Wedding Co. celebrated its 15th bridal show in Toronto, and it truly was a showstopper! Each of the exhibitors were even sporting a gorgeous custom button to identify themselves at the event.
Nothing Counts on Leap Day: Custom Buttons for February 29th February 29 2016
Happy Monday everyone :)
This is an extra special Monday, Indeed. A day that comes only once every 4 years...
That's right, it's a Leap Year!!
Put aside the responsibilities of real life and live today to the fullest. After all, nothing counts on Leap Day.
Real life will resume tomorrow, March 1st.
Why does the extra day fall in February?
All the other months in the Julian calendar have 30 or 31 days, but February lost out to the ego of Roman Emperor Caesar Augustus.
Under his predecessor Julius Caesar, Feb had 30 days and the month named after him - July - had 31. August had only 29 days.
When Caesar Augustus became Emperor he added two days to 'his' month to make August the same as July.
So February lost out to August in the battle of the extra days.
Black History Month February 16 2016
Let's celebrate black history month this through buttons! A great way to show recognition towards current and past African Canadians that make and have made great contributions in art, culture, public service, politics and human rights.
Toronto itself has so many talented musicians that contribute to music history while helping Toronto's reputation grow stronger.
Drake whom was given a key to the city a few days ago, also helped host one of the most important sports events this weekend here in Toronto; the NBA all-star games. It attracted so many tourists including all sorts of celebrities and gave our residents opportunities to participate in local events and entertainment.
The Weeknd whom was nominated for 7 Grammys, preformed and brought home a Grammy for Best R&B Performance.
Rapper Shad (not originally from Toronto) took over Q on CBC Radio in 2015, and is still somehow finding the time to create music.
21 year old Andre De Grasse a GTA born athlete has been claimed to be the fastest man in Canada and won the 2015 Pan Am 100m and 200m.
Willie O’ree from fredericton, was the first black player in the NHL with the Boston bruins in 1957-58.
George Dixon also known as “Little Chocolate” from Halifax, was the first black world boxing champion in any weight class and first ever Canadian born boxing champion.
Also a reminder on an interesting article that came out a couple years ago on Albert Jackson, a child slave who fled to Canada on the underground railroad was to become the city of Toronto’s first black letter carrier in 1882.
Thanks to those important brave figures from the past, we have all kinds of young talented people shaping and making our future!
Wishing you a Happy Valentine's Day <3 February 08 2016
It's almost Valentines day, and everyone here at People Power Press hope you have the happiest one yet!
If you "don't really DO Valentine's Day" but have a special someone in your life, we've got just the thing for you!
Come by the shop and take a look at our super cute "Sorry, Valentine" button collection.
These sassy little buttons are a great way to begrudgingly participate in all the Valentine's hype.They're just the right amount of "salty" to balance out all of the "sweet."
Available in packs of 4 assorted buttons ($5.00), or as single button Valentine's cards ($2.00)!
Wishing you a Valentine's Day full of love and happiness <3 <3 <3
Do you have something great you want to put on a button? Here is how you can get custom buttons of your very own!
Button of the Week: Go Raptors Go! February 03 2016
We love our Toronto sports teams around here, especially when they are playing well.
The Blue Jays gave us a great summer and fall and now the Toronto Raptors are killing it on the court.
So, just like our Jays buttons, we wanted to make some buttons to show our love for the Raptors and celebrate their record-breaking success.
And what a year to be going hard - in a few weeks the city will play host to the 2016 NBA All-Star Game.
Oh and we have to share the video because it is awesome and these two guys will be playing together for the game.
How can you not be excited? #WeTheNorth all the way.
Ingenious Storage Containers: Marketing with Magnets! January 28 2016
Our friends at Ingenious Storage Containers had a predicament. How could they add their branding to the storage containers they were selling?
Stickers could do the trick, but they'd probably get peeled off as soon as the container arrives at its new home. And nobody likes that sticky residue that gets left behind.
Then, they had it! The perfect solution: Ingenious Storage Magnets!
Ingenious came to us at People Power Press with their custom magnet request, and we thought it was a great idea! After all, their steel containers, cabinets, and storage lockers are the perfect canvas for a custom magnet!
They weren't sure how their magnets would be received by their customers, but from the sounds of it, they're a big hit already! The magnets are even finding their way from storage containers to the fridge. I'd like to see a sticker try and do that! :)
You can find all of Ingenious Storage Containers' products on their website!
Canadian Women in Food: Using Buttons to Stir Things Up! January 18 2016
Canada’s food sector contributes in a big way to the national economy, being responsible for more than 9 per cent of GDP and 2.3 million jobs. That's approximately 13 per cent of all employment in Canada!
Women represent more than 60 per cent of those employed in the food and beverage industry.
Canadian Women in Food is a super cool community that supports and celebrates female entrepreneurs in this industry. And they are asking that we all do the same!
What is Canadian Women in Food?
Canadian Women in Food is a network of women from a wide variety of food-related sectors: from bakers to food photographers, sommeliers to restaurant managers!
The members of this national social enterprise have access to learning seminars and events, while providing opportunites for members to support each other.
CWIF supports women-owned food businesses, and cultivates opportunities for female food entrepreneurs. By 2020, they hope to be the leading connector of female entrepreneurs in Canada. We can all help them achieve their goals by spreading the word, and getting stirred up about women in food!
Become a Member
If you're a woman in the food industry, you can find out about joining CWIF here. They value their network of entrepreneurs so much, that they will even refund the entire membership fee in exchange for 4 hours of volunteering within the community. How can you say no to that?
Get in Touch
You can find Canadian Women in Food on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook,and of course, on their website! Stay in the loop and see how CWIF continues to cook up! Learn more about the awesome women in the food industry and check out their featured recipes. It all looks deeelicious!
Happy New Year! January 05 2016
We wanna wish you a rad start to 2016!
2015 was another great year here at People Power Press and we owe a lot of that to our very awesome customers.
We want to send you all a big thanks for making our year totally rock and being one of our best yet.
Among the highlights:
- Introducing Daily Deals for daily specials on button making supplies, machine and custom buttons!
- Launching our new website to make placing orders and finding products easier!
We're beyond excited for year ahead and introducing more new programs, products and services.
We're also looking forward to what amazing button stuff we can come up with together!
Oh, we really could go on about how lovely you have all been to us, but blah blah blah...
Have a Happy New Year!
Too Hip for the Holidays? We've Got a Button For You! December 21 2015
We probably all know somebody who thinks they're too hip for the holiday season.
Whether they conveniently forget to wear their ugly Christmas sweater to the party or don't want to take part in the annual Secret Santa gift exchange, they just don't seem to get into the holiday spirit.
It's near impossible to buy gifts for that too hip friend of yours, but don't worry. We've got you covered!
We're proud to present our Too Hip for the Holidays Button Collection!
Featuring characters such as Grumpy Snowman, Apathetic Ornament, and Passive Pine Tree, it has never been easier to shop for that person your life who says they can't be bothered with the magic of the holidays!
You probably won't get them to wear those reindeer antlers, but they will definitely be happy to wear a button (even if they won't admit it).
Seasons Greetings from People Power Press!
May you have a lovely holiday season :) ... or whatever.
One Fire Movement to Launch One Fire Clothing in 2016! November 24 2015
We recently had the privilege of working once again with One Fire Movement, a beloved customer and friend of People Power Press.
They are always busy working on some exciting initiatives, so it is no surprise they have a couple of great new projects on the horizon.
Coming Soon: One Fire Clothing!
The clothing line will be launched in 2016 and will consist of super cool clothing adorned with custom tags and One Fire buttons! (Yes indeed, you read that correctly. We do custom tags and packaging too!)
One Fire Movement is great organization that uses the power of music, videos, photography, art, and events to support charitable organizations. Everything that One Fire does is driven by their mission to make a difference and spread the message that “We Are One.” That is the kind of message that we can all get behind!
Holiday Concert and Toy Drive
If you’re interested in experiencing a One Fire event first hand, you are in luck!
On December 17th you can listen to some great live music, AND support a wonderful cause. Get your tickets for One Fire Movement Presents – Holiday Magic, A Benefit Concert for War Child Canada here or stop by the store!
In true One Fire style, the event features a handful of musical artists,while benefiting War Child Canada and the CP24 CHUM Christmas Wish Toy Drive. It’s wonderful how one event can do so much good for our local AND global communities.
Thank you One Fire Movement for making a difference in the world, and for using super cool buttons to spread the love!
Buttons are always a great way to campaign and spread a message to a wider audience.
This week we wanted to use our Button Of The Week to highlight Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week happening throughout Canada and beyond.
This is a message that we all need to hear and practice so everyone in our communities feels safe and respected.
To learn more you can check out Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week to see how you can get involved. Use the official hashtag #BAW2015 to join the conversation.
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