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Riders Against Hunger in Support of Mississauga's Eden Food for Change May 02 2018

When our communities are all fed and everyone has access to not just nutritious food, but the skills and resources to learn and prepare nutritious food the entire community benefits.

Mississauga's Eden Food for Change has been committed to "Good Food for All" since 1989. Their approach goes above and beyond a food bank model to see good food as being central to the success of every member of the community.

fundraiser for community food bank Toronto

If you are a part of this community or just want to support the great work that Eden Food for Change is doing - while having a really great time - you should consider taking part in the latest Riders Against Hunger event that is happening this August.

This annual event is a poker style ride that sees riders participate in a 3-4 hour ride to visit various designated stops along a scenic route. We made these Warhol-esque 1.75" x 2.75" Custom Rectangle Pins for this year's event.

At each stop you will collect a card to make up a poker hand by the end of the ride. Prizes will be available for the best hand. There will be a grand draw too and the top three fundraisers will also be rewarded with prizes.

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And there will definitely be food at this event. The day starts with breakfast before the ride and ends with a lunch prepared by Eden's very own chef!

Entry to participate is only $35 (which is waived if you fund-raise $35 or more). Registration and fundraising is happening now so get in on the action. You will have a great day and can feel good knowing you are riding to support such an important cause. 

To register or find out more, you can contact Bill Crawford at bill@ridersagainsthunger.org or call 416-318-4100. If you don't ride, you can still support the event and Eden Food for Change.

You can also follow along on Facebook to or Twitter see what you can expect at the event and how you can be part of such an incredible community event!

How Buttons and Button Making Can be Part of Your Community Event!

If you are hosting a charity event like a run, walk or a charity motorcycle ride like this one, consider including custom buttons. They are inexpensive souvenirs to give to all participants, fundraisers and volunteers. A variety of shapes and sizes are available. You can also consider going pinless to give out custom keychains, rosettes and sneaker clips.

You could even run a button making booth during the run for anyone to have fun even if they aren't participating in the run! Contact us about how buttons can be part of your event!

   

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#TorontoStrong April 27 2018

It was a sunny Toronto afternoon on April 23rd when a van attack killed 10 and left 15 people injured. 

This was the first attack of this kind in Toronto and left many in the city shocked. 

In the wake of these horrendous events came a beautiful initiative put on by the Toronto Foundation, called the #TorontoStrong Fund, which will be used to support victims, their families, and first responders who were impacted by the incident. 

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Click here to learn more, or to make a contribution to the #TorontoStrong Fund. 

The City of Toronto will be hosting a Vigil for the victims of the Toronto Van Attack at Mel Lastman Square this Sunday April 29th at 7pm. Remember that together we are #TorontoStrong. 

 

      

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Custom Buttons for Squeezings, A Halifax Comic Series April 24 2018

We'd like to introduce you to Boo. Boo is the comic creation of Halifax artist Angi Garofolo and is part of the fun comic series Squeezings

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We have been following the adventures of Boo the snake, their human and a cast of fun characters when we made some custom 1.5" buttons featuring Boo and the others. 

You can see all of the Squeezings comic action online here

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You can also stay up-to-date on social media:

Instagram: @squeezingsComix
Twitter: @squeezingsComix
Facebook: @squeezings

Are you looking for custom buttons in Halifax? Are you a comic artist looking to put your designs on buttons? Get high quality buttons with fast turnaround with the friend staff at People Power Press. Contact us today to chat with us about what you need! 

 

     

 

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Cross Country Comic Con Buttons: Pins for Calgary Comic Expo and Northern Gaming Expo April 23 2018

Buttons at Comic Expos are popular and we are always keen to see the drawings of artists who come through the shop to make their buttons with us.

There are two shows coming up this spring in two different parts of Canada, so we’d like to feature an artist attending each show in hopes that you can get out to a show if you are nearby and support talented artists like these two.

Mackenzie Wagner is a self-taught artist from Calgary who will be attending the Calgary Comic Expo that takes place April 26 – 29. There is a good line-up of celebrities on the schedule too! From Jason Mamoa and Meghan Follows to Chris Jericho, Christopher Lloyd and more!

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She works under the name boredlydoodling and more of her work can be found on www.boredlydoodling.com, on Instagram and through her YouTube channel. You will be able to find her and her fantastic pins in Artist Alley.

Danielle Leger is a Sudbury-based comic artist who will be attending the Northern Gaming Expo http://northerngameexpo.com/ at Sudbury’s Cambrian College on April 29th.

Her 1-1/2” Custom Round Buttons feature the characters from the game Overwatch by Blizzard.

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Follow Leger to see what she is creating on Tumblr  and Twitter.

Both artists also accept commissions if you like their style and would like them to create something for you.

Need Buttons for a Comic Convention Near You?

If you are a comic artist attending a comic convention - or are any other kind of artist attending a show - and would like an accessible and affordable way to sell your art, let us know. We can handle small or large custom buttons orders that can be made quickly and shipped out to wherever you are. 

Here is another example of a visual artist who made square buttons for Toronto Comicon

   

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Celebrating Our Favourite Moments in Text on World Book and Copyright Day April 20 2018

Words on the page have the power to take us out of our daily lives and into other fantastic worlds. Other media can excite us too, but books hold a special place here for us and maybe you too.

In honour of World Book and Copyright Day and the corresponding Canada Book Day, both taking place on April 23, we have put some of our favourite book moments onto buttons.

UNESCO World Book Day Canada 2018 Harry Potter

Seeing them again instantly brings the magic of the entire story back. Can you tell what books the passages on the buttons are from? Head over to our Instagram and Facebook pages to leave your guesses. The first to comment with the correct answer gets the button!

We'd also really like to know what you are reading right now! We are always looking for recommendations. Some of our button makers love a good audiobook to keep them company as they press custom button orders!

And of course, if you have a favourite passage from a favourite book, why don't you put it on a button or other custom product like a fridge magnet, coaster, mirror or keychain? So many page-turning possibilities. We'd be happy to help! 

 

      

 

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DIY Inspiration: Fine Gentleman Upcycled Vintage Collage Fridge Magnets April 17 2018

Collaged from vintage advertisements, these Fine Gentlemen Fridge Magnets are not only handsome, but practical too! 

Hand pressed on a 2" x 3" Rectangle button maker, these magnets will effortlessly hold up to 5 pieces of paper on your fridge, locker, or magnetic surface of your choosing. 

Hand Made Fridge Magnet Inspiration DIY Collage

You can get your hands on this magnet collection in store, or let them inspire you to make some collage magnets of your own!

Some tips for collaging on buttons or magnets:

  1. Don't collage heavily around the edges because it can interfere with successfully pressing the magnet on a hand press
  2. Use printer paper or similarly weighted paper for your magnets, as thicker papers tends to get jammed (especially if you're layering!)
  3. Let glue or other adhesives dry completely before pressing 
  4. Have fun and happy making!

If you love to collage, here's another post that you might enjoy:

  1.  Great Ideas: Collage Buttons!
  2.  How to Avoid Button Maker Jams 
  3.  1" Buttons with Colourful Custom Collages: Sales the Band

 

   

 

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Introducing Pawsome and Purrfect Postcard & Button Craft Packs April 10 2018

If you are a lover of dogs or cats and love a good pun, we have made a new craft project pack that might just be your thing. 

The Pawsome Pack and Purrfect Pack include postcards for you to colour along with matching punny animal pins. These have adorable positive messages so the idea is that you can send someone a fun and positive message if they need a pick-me-up or just because you were thinking of them. 

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This is a great kid's craft project to keep little hands busy while also practicing kindness for others. 

Messages include "Stay Pawsitive!" and "I am Totally Pawsome!" Kind of adorable, right?

These new DIY craft packs are available in store at our Toronto location in the Junction neighbourhood or can be purchased online. Included are 2 x 2-1/4" round buttons and 2 x Colouring Postcards. Choose from the cat version or the dog version

 

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So go ahead, let someone in your life know just how pawsome they are, even when times are ruff! Okay, we are done being (hilariously) punny now...!

But... if you really are digging the animal puns, we do have a few more animal pun buttons this way

 

   

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Get Your Paws on these Animal Pun Pins! April 09 2018

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If you could be any animal in the world, what would you be? Whatever it is, I'm sure its TOADally rad :)

This hilarious pinback button collection features a slew of animals and terrible animal puns that we hope you'll love! 

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You can get your paws on these pins by dropping by our storefront in The Junction, or get in touch with us and order online or over the phone :) 

If you've thought up of a laughter-inducing pun, why not get your own run of custom pun buttons? Click here to order custom buttons of every size and shape! 

 

   

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Pins for Toronto Horror Web Series Winterbourne April 06 2018

If you are looking for something to really good to watch that may also keep you up at night, you should stay tuned for the upcoming horror web series Winterbourne

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The horror web anthology consists of nine episodes inspired by Robert W. Chambers' The King in Yellow. Taking place in the town of Winterbourne, the series follows the supernatural experiences of the community's residents.

A special premiere will be held on April 12th at Toronto's Carlton Cinema. 

If you can't wait for the series to start - like us - then you can check out some 360-degree short videos on the Winterbourne YouTube channel. Check out the teaser video below for just a hint of what the series will include.

Winterbourne is created by Stained Glass Media, an all-female production company dedicated to creating diverse and accessible high quality entertainment. The nine women behind this terrifying series are fourth year Media Production Studies program from Toronto's Ryerson University. 

You can also get a great look behind the scenes by following along on social media. (Don't be fooled by all those smiling faces - this stuff is seriously spooky!)

Twitter: @Winterbourne_18
Facebook: @winterbourne2018
Instagram: @winterbourne2018
YouTube: Winterbourne: A Horror Anthology Series

This project has also included the production of some virtual reality episodes that fully immersed viewers in the Winterbourne experience. 

We made some custom round 1-1/2" buttons featuring the series logo. Some of these buttons will be sent out to supporters of Winterbourne, including people who helped fund their successful indiegogo campaign.

We are seriously thrilled to have come across this series and the team behind it. If you will be watching along with us, be sure to let us know what you think and share it with anyone else who wants to see what the future of Canadian media looks like. 

   

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Poisson D'Avril .... April Fools Day! April 01 2018

It's April 1st, and this year that means both April Fools day AND Easter!

 

Here's a wacky April Fool's Day tradition that we want to tell you about. "Poisson D'avril", also known as "April Fools",  is a joke made on April 1st of every year. In France, children try to stick a picture of a fish on their friends' back. When the joke is discovered, they shout "Poisson d'avril!" Ha!

Happy April Fool's Day from us folks at People Power Press!


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If you like jokes or puns, we have some other funny buttons in the shop.

Click through the links to browse more funny buttons and greeting cards in our collection :) 

 

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Guest Blog: Halifax School Expands Learning Experience with Button Making Maker Space March 29 2018

We have another guest blog from another award-winning teacher about how she has been using button making in the classroom. Laura Kennedy teaches at Sir Charles Tupper School in Halifax, Nova Scotia. 

Button, Button, Who’s Got the Button - We Do!

Makerspaces are expanding learning in so many ways in schools, community centres and public spaces. What seems like a new idea is actually an age old concept; a space to wonder, explore and create. Tinkering in the garage, puttering in the garden and mixing up batches of homemade goodness in the kitchen are all examples of makerspaces.

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Automation certainly played a role in bettering the lives of many but it also came with a loss of ownership and connection to products. Now the indispensable had become dispensable. When something broke or added to the clutter, it was unceremoniously tossed away.

Not only is there a loss of pride in making something by your own two hands, but a larger problem was created; that of bulging landfills. Further a sense of diminished skills left people unaware of how to darn a sock, sew a button, wonder at the thought that bread could be ‘made.’

When we lose skills that help provide for ourselves and grow to rely on a conveyor belt to roll out not only the things we need but a myriad of completely unnecessary items, we lose a bit of ourselves. Our sense of purpose and confidence slips.

Over time we have realized that post-consumer waste is at a critical point so recycling programs have been implemented. This is a beginning reaction but will not serve as the most productive solution. Not buying products with multiple layers and types of packaging is the next step. Soon we realize that we can actually live without individually wrapped items or that toy that breaks in the first five minutes of playing with it.

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Makerspaces Let Students Produce Their Own Learning Experience

Happily this is where makerspaces adds another solution. Everyday household items like paper tubes, boxes, plastic utensils, bottles and so forth become the fodder for wonderfully imaginative creations. This is the beginning of the process. After being inspired by random items, makers begin the process of, “I wonder if we could…,” or “If we took three of these and added it to…,” and “How could we use…. to…?” It’s the questions that naturally emerge in this environment that truly spark the inventing, the creating, the making of solutions.

The purpose in students choices, the way they problem solve around design features, the consultation with others to ultimately fist pumping the air in jubilation with every, “We did it,” and “It worked,” proves an engagement that reading from a text or filling out questions on a photocopy could never produce.

It is said that makerspaces are about ideas, not about equipment. True indeed, as if you don’t have ideas, all the things that light up and beep won’t be of any use. Technology serves to help us develop our ideas beyond what we could without these tools. Materials chosen to advance a project, skill or program helps the process develop into the product. This is the ultimate goal; to have learners develop their thinking through the various stages towards creating a final item. Becoming producers of their learning along the way develops the learning far beyond just being a consumer of information.

Enter my experience with makerspaces. I love tables full of bits and pieces, bric-a-brac, things and sundry! The opportunities are endless. I was excited to say the least when a makerspace was available as part of an Innovation in Technology conference. Gears and coding and buttons - Oh my!

Button Making as Part of Makerspaces

I was immediately drawn to the button maker and was happy to be guided through the process until I had the method down. I tiptoed in by making a button using the pre-made templates and had that ‘joy’ moment when it all clicked together.

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Ready to take on the next stage, ideas of how to customize my own button flooded my mind. I raced through the pictures I had on my computer were now platforms for humor, statements or just mere visuals. Ideas of how student voice could be recognized, collaborate on messages and demonstrate their interests came to mind as well. My mind raced to many add ons that could bring the button beyond a static object. I included a QR code to an image of my school added my Twitter handle and used that as my ‘business’ card of sorts. Linking it to our class or school website is an option as well.

Introducing Button Making in The Classroom

Happy to be supported by administration and local technology support liaisons, (Brilliantlabs.ca) we received a button maker and ample supplies to get us going. Well the glee that shrieked in the class was incredible. I think the students were happy too as I was too busy being the one shrieking! Materials create possibility and possibility creates opportunity.

We began by using a button template found on thebuttonguy.net, drawing a favorite item. A few missteps and a retreat to the directions helped to make the process go smoother. Labeling the parts of the button maker ensured that mistakes were fewer than before. You definitely learn as you go and understand what you need to fix and the new information is absorbed more readily because it is pertinent to what you are doing in the moment. It is long lasting learning and remains as permanent knowledge as you are able to see how to help others and know what is the cause of mistakes.

#OneWord2018, New Student Pins, Kindness Buttons and More...

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We've had so much fun with the button maker so far making our own personal buttons, connected to our 2018 goal words, creating buttons for presenters, for our new primary students and most recently for kindergarten students in PEI to show them that their kindness to their fellow classmates was appreciated.

Students were happy to wear their buttons and share them with those at home. Beginning the new year, most turn to resolutions. The issue is that most are not kept or even thought of after the first few days. In this way, a more meaningful direction was pursued by way of a focus word. Following along with the #oneword2018, we all came up with a thought that resonated with each of us that could act as a direction.

We added these words to our Wonder-’full’ Wall of WOW words that we are collecting. The next logical step was to create buttons to keep our words close to our hearts. Guiding one student through the process while the next in line observed, students were able to upload their button image created with Google Draw to the online button designer to be ready to print out. Putting the final pieces together with the button maker takes a bit more hands on supervision as safety is one of the key features in any makerspace.

Connecting and Creating with Other Classrooms

Other classes are interested in learning from our experience and we are happy to share our expertise in this area. Joining forces with cross aged buddies only proves to strengthen our connections, creativity and communication

We're working on a connection with another class in our area to create pins using their pixel art drawings that they used when practicing multiplication facts. They'll upload them to a file, send them our way, we'll be the elves and courier them back. Not just a maker project but a way to begin a conversation with a class that is in our school board but a world away considering geography separates us.

Now isn’t that what the big picture goal is all about? Who knows - a button maker business could be in the works to spread awareness, positive messages and new designs!

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Students Creating Their Own Button Opportunities

Students have created buttons for themselves with images that mean the most to them, have collaborated with those at home to create a family button and have maintained their focus on their #oneword2018 on a button.

Even with all that creativity, I think the most forward use of the button maker was by a student who chose to create a button for a guest speaker who visited our school. We were happy to welcome Canada’s first Explorer in Residence, Jill Heinerth. Research before she came led to many discoveries and students chose various mediums to display their information. One student added an “Explore” button to her project to add a personal touch that went above and beyond that material could ever reveal. Now that is where learning and creating come together to make long lasting memories.

Using Button Making in Professional Development with Other Staff, Teachers

Sharing the button maker with staff and other teachers during professional development sessions proved as productive as when the students were introduced to the machine. Ideas, interest and intrigue were all elements that occured during that moment of reveal when each button rolled off.

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Sharing the button maker with staff and a Masters level class at the local university had teachers making natural connections to ways they could incorporate it into their curriculum; reading list words, numbers, messages... and so much more.

Making one for themselves or family members came to mind first but quickly ideas of using buttons for high frequency words to support reading in the class came to mind. The conversations quickly turned to more possibilities and that is where the story actually begins…!

You can follow along with everything Laura Kennedy and her students are up to you can find them online on Twitter @Tupper1930 and @Lkennedy37.

If you are an educator and would like to introduce button making into your schools, please be in touch with us about what is involved. We will help walk you through the process!

Already have your own button maker and want to share your button making adventure with our readers? We'd love to hear from you! 

 

    

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Canadian Musicians Rock! Magnets Just in Time for The JUNO Awards March 26 2018

Did you watch the Juno Awards this past weekend? Did your favourite Canadian musicians take home the hardware? What were your favourite live performances from the 47th Annual Juno Awards held in Vancouver?

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We were feeling inspired so we have created a series of The Soundtrack of Canada Fridge Magnets. This new rounded rectangle magnet collection features just a few of the superstars that have come from this great country we call home. Look for hall of famers and current hitmakers.

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These are now available for purchase in our Toronto Junction store or for purchase online

Did we miss a CanCon act that you adore? Let us know so we can consider adding them to this collection.

Hall of Fame Juno musicians

Of course these designs can be made into the classic 1" band buttons. If you are a band, get your own custom band buttons so you too can be celebrated! Who knows, maybe there is a Juno award in your future. ; ) 

   

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Upcycle Inspiration: Pocket Mirrors made with Portraits from Vintage Books March 16 2018

We love the idea of upcycling and are always looking for ways to give new life to stuff with a little help from our button makers. So we've been at it again and love the result. Hope you do too!

 

Handmade Pocket Mirror Made with Button Machine Upcycled Vintage Book

We have lots of old library books here that we use to make upcycled notebooks, but what to do with the pages we remove from these books? Well, this time we collected images of women from vintage books to make fun and pretty pocket mirrors

Paired with blue velvet carrying bags something old instantly became new again - and practical, which is even better! 

Given the way they are made, we just have a few in our Toronto store. Each mirror is truly one of a kind so get yours before they disappear! This is a great item to carry in your bag so you can stay on top of your look on the go. 

Great Gift Idea for Mother's Day and Wedding Bridal Parties!

These vintage portrait pocket mirrors (with bag included) also make a great and affordable gift. Mother's Day will soon be here, hint hint. Wedding coming up? Custom mirrors make perfect and personal bridal party gifts. 

Upcycled Vintage Book Button Pocket Mirror Birth of Venus

What is Upcycling Anyway?

Upcycling is the process of finding creative ways to reuse stuff instead of throwing it away. You keep stuff out of the landfill longer while also reducing the need to create new items with new raw materials.

We cut out the image in the old books that were going to be discarded and pressed with mylar into the 2-1/4" round button maker. Supplies for pocket/purse mirrors are available in the following shapes and sizes:

Round - 2-1/4" / 2-1/2" / 3" / 3-1/2"

Oval - 1-3/4" x 2-3/4" 

Rectangle - 2" x 3" / 2-1/2" x 3-1/2" 

Don't have a button maker, but like the idea for a different image? We can make custom mirrors for you too, with or without the velvet drawstring bags. Or you can rent a button maker from our Toronto store to either make mirrors in our maker space or to take off site!

 

    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Worth the Visit to Our Retail Button Store: Explore Toronto's Junction Neighbourhood March 14 2018

 

The Junction Best Neighborhood in Toronto Hidden Gem

While we ship buttons and button making supplies all over the world, we do have a storefront location in the fantastic Junction neighbourhood in Toronto's West End. 

If you are thinking about buying a button maker, it is always a bonus to come see all the machines we sell and be able to try them out before making a decision. Even if you have to travel from out of town, it really is worth the trip. First, for our wide selection of machines that can't be found anywhere else. And second, for the great neighbourhood of local businesses available to explore. 

Our shop is the go-to destination for people wanting to buy a button maker or get some custom buttons made. Customers have driven from as far as Quebec City, Sudbury and even Thunder Bay because they want to try out a few different kinds of machines and confidently walk out the door with the right button machine for their purpose.

Canada's only unique retail store for pinback buttons and DIY button making

We once even had someone fly in from Nigeria because this is the only shop in the world where you can try out different button making machines all in one place! No kidding!!

And we are lucky to call the Junction home so when you make the trip know that there are so many other cools places to visit here in one of Toronto's coolest neighbourhoods. 

There are 54 bars, cafes and restaurants within a 10 minute walk from our door. 

Just in our block alone, we are home to Hooked, a shop that was just voted Toronto's Best Fish Shop. We also have the local favourite independent coffee shop Crema right on the corner. 

In the warm months of the year, Ice Cream Junction is your classic ice cream parlour that is always overflowing with all ages. In winter months, it has been home to some awesome pop-up shops for other yummy businesses. This winter Little Havana Cafe has been stationed there offering their popular Cuban coffee and special treats like lunch go-to empanadas and a very rockin' coconut milk latte.  

We do also have to give a special shout out to our shop favourite take out lunch spot Dundas Pizza across the street. It is a no frills set-up but the pizza and wings always hit the spot. 

Take a walk a bit further along Dundas St. W. and you will discover more great local businesses offering something different. 

If you venture further west for something to eat or drink, check out Ro House (Vietnemese), When the Pig Came Home (a deli with fab sandwiches) and 3030 (great food and live music). Shamone is a favourite watering hole of ours offering unique drinks and free (!) finger foods daily. Honest Weight is a restaurant and fish shop that is not just a local favourite, but has garnered loads of press for their great food. Grasshopper is available for yummy meat-free offerings.

Looking for modern design and fashion? The Junction has that too and here are just a few highlights! Latre is a great modern unisex clothing store that also features unique art pieces. Mjolk is an internationally-recognized lifestyle shop and gallery featuring local, Scandinavian and Japanese designers. Coal Miner's Daughter is a women's clothing, jewellery, and accessories boutique specializing in local and Canadian independent designers. Their newest location is here in the Junction. 

Vintage hunters can find something too. Door Number Two is located west of Keele and always has great items in store. Electric Revival gives new life to antique lighting fixtures for some truly stunning one-of-a-kind pieces. 

The Junction boasts loads of salons for all styles and hair types. Gossips is a great location for curly hair styling and products and Arcana has a super cool vibe, but the service is chill and very down-to-earth. Guys can check out hip barbershop Rod, Gun & Barbers for a cut, shave or even grab a drink from the bar in the back. 

Martin's Flower Shop used to be located just steps away from us, but they haven't moved out of the neighbourhood. Just down the road, they have great window displays always and a great spot to pick up remarkable fresh florals.

The original location for popular gluten-free bakery Bunner's is here in the Junction. We recommend their cinnamon buns or their supersonic cookie, but really we could endorse it all! Don't need gluten-free then hit up the old school bakery Sweet Trolley right next door. 

We are only hitting on a few of the great shops in the neighbourhood so be sure to check out the Junction BIA directory here for a listing of most of the shops in the area. 

If you are lucky, you may even be lucky enough to be visiting when one of the Junction's special events is on. The popular Junction Farmers Market runs from Spring to Fall on Saturdays. 

Other annual events include the Toronto Design Offsite Festival (January), Summer Solstice (June), Pumpkinfest (October) and the Holiday Market featuring Santa in the Junction (December). Check out the Junction BIA Events page for more details!

   

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Dancing with the Docs: Fundraising Gala Buttons for The Ottawa Hospital March 12 2018

The highly popular Dancing with the Docs Gala fundraiser for The Ottawa Hospital Foundation is underway again and this time we got to get in on the fun!

Each year a number of doctors and researchers from The Ottawa Hospital train with professional dancers, much like the popular Dancing with the Stars television show, to compete for the Medicine Ball Award. Each dance team is raising money for an priority need of their choosing.

This gala event is also a great way to connect Ottawa’s health-care leaders and those who shape how we care for patients here and around the world.

You can learn more about each doctor and even vote for them here.

ottawa hospital gala custom fundraising buttons

The fundraising priorities supported by this event include:

  • Fundraising Priorities Supported by this Event:
  • Research Chair in Regenerative Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Advanced Stem Cell Therapies and access to care
  • Breast Health Centre
  • Cancer Research
  • Molecular Oncology Diagnostics Laboratory
  • Vision Research

We got to make Custom 3" Buttons for each team to support this awesome cause. The buttons show each doctor and dancer team. The dancers are professionals from the Arthur Murray Dance Studio in Ottawa

Watch the video below to see just what kind of a night you are in for if you attend the 2018 Dancing with the Docs Gala:

While we don't yet have an Ottawa location, we have been making custom buttons for our Ottawa customers for years with fast turnaround time - quick high quality production paired with fast shipping times. You'd almost think we were in Ottawa!

Looking for custom buttons for your event? Please reach out if you'd like to find out more. 

   

 

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Get Crafty With Us This March Break in the Junction's Button Maker Space! March 09 2018

March Break is on it's way and we would love for you to come spend some of it with us! Unless of course you are headed to a warm beach somewhere and then well, go do that. ;)

maker space Toronto March Break

Come to our button maker space located in Toronto's Junction neighbourhood to make a button for special March Break price of just $1 per pin or take part in daily custom jewelry making sessions!

If you have never made a button, just know it is a great activity for all ages - kids and kids at heart! This is the perfect way to introduce yourself to button making.

Bring your own images to use or create your design on the spot in our space. All materials needed will be available.

We are offering special March Break Make-A-Button pricing of $1 per button! Normally it is $2 per button. 

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Daily Custom Jewelry Making Sessions at 1 p.m.

We will also be offering casual custom jewelry making sessions at 1 p.m. each day from March 12 - 16.

For $20, you will get to make one bracelet or one necklace with 10 interchangeable charms that you design! Again, bring your own designs or make in store with materials provided.

Junction Toronto Button store

No need to register for either of these activities (unless you are bringing a large group). Just pick a day and come on into our bright and friendly maker space located in the trendy Junction area. We can't wait to get making some stuff with you. 

Do contact us if you have any questions or need any more information. 

   

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Centennial College Story Arts Campus Presents Harry Potter Exhibition with Fun Custom Pins March 08 2018

Just how well do you know Harry Potter? 

Even if you think you know all there is to know about the Boy Who Lived and the other fantastic characters of the Harry Potter universe, you might want to check out this upcoming Toronto show: Centennial College Story Arts Campus Presents Harry Potter, The Exhibition

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The event runs March 7th to 14th with a special closing event on the 14th. As part of this "What's in a Name" exhibition you will be able to learn all about the history of your favourite (and not-so-favourite) Harry Potter characters. 

You will also be able to see these fun custom 1" buttons we made for the event! 

In the area and want to go? Find out more here.

Not close, but still wanting to test your knowledge of the Potter-verse? Test yourself with this online quiz!

Have an event you want to make buttons for? Contact us for more information about custom buttons! You don't have to be in Toronto to get fast delivery. No magic needed, just some super service to get you what you need. ; )

   

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What's Your Sign? Introducing Sparkly Zodiac Button Cards! March 07 2018

So what's your sign? No, really what is your zodiac sign?

We have created a new series of holographic zodiac buttons that is written in the stars.

Pinback Button Star Sign Zodiac Holographic Gift Idea

We have all 12 constellations in the pin collection available in store or place your order online. Each button comes pinned to a card with a fun description of what the zodiac sign is, so see if you match up with your sign. 

These are simple and fun birthday gift ideas to tuck into a card, give instead of a card or as a fun addition to another present. A great and inexpensive way to celebrate someone special. 

Wear your pin so no one ever needs to ask you what your sign is. ; )

 

   

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Political Campaign Buttons for Every Cause in Upcoming Provincial Elections March 05 2018

Election excitement has been filling up the headlines again as Ontario heads into a provincial election in a few months. There has been some added drama surrounding the unexpected resignation of Progressive Conservative leader Patrick Brown and the need to elect a new leader of the party so close to the main June 7th election. 

Whatever stories are filling the newsfeeds, buttons have always played a role in elections. 

So as things heat up here in Ontario and will start to intensify in Quebec and New Brunswick - the two other provinces having elections this year - we would like to help you determine how campaign buttons can help your party and causes that are important to you.

Ontario General Election 2018 Campaign Button

We have written an in-depth guide to election buttons here to help you figure out how to make effective campaign buttons. We are always busy making buttons come election time, with experience on the specific design needs of each party. Contact us today if you would like us to make custom election buttons for your campaign or to get you set up with a buttonmaker to make your own!

Beyond Party Lines - The Issues That Matter to You the Citizen

Buttons don't just have to support a specific candidate or party either. There are a load of big issues being discussed this year and buttons can help let people know where you stand while also raising awareness wherever you go.

What is the issue or cause that is important to you in this year's election? 

Buttons can be given to supporters to help spread the word by simply pinning it on your jacket or posting a picture on your social media feeds. Campaign buttons are conversation starters, giving people the opportunity to learn more about what matters to you and allowing others to be engaged too.

Campaign Buttons Ontario Federal Election 2018

Make your message clear.  You can always expand on your message in conversation, but make sure the issue really stands out in a clear way on your pin. "Affordable Housing NOW!" is much more clear and effective than putting a paragraph or lots of details onto the pin. With more words, the issue can get lost and the button gets a lot less effective. You can include a website so those who want to know more can find out more there.

Make it catchy.  Using humour or stating your message in a clever way helps. Think of the best Super Bowl ads and what usually resonates with people. Just think about what you connect with and remember. Use those tactics in designing your own pin. 

Use #peoplepowerpin to share your message - and get a button from us!

Follow the #peoplepowerpin hashtag on social media to see what issues matter to others across the country. If you have a button to share or just a topic that is important to you in the upcoming election, please be sure to use #peoplepowerpin.

We want to highlight issues across Canada (and beyond!) so share your issues and if you haven't made that message into a pin, we will do it for you. Just tag #peoplepowerpin with what issue matters to you - we will put in on a pin and send it to you!

We look forward to hearing what matters to you!

   

 

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#PressforProgress this International Women's Day March 8th with Buttons and Stickers March 01 2018

International Women's Day is coming up on March 8th and there has never been a more important time to take a stand for women's equality.

International Women's Day

#MeToo and #TimesUp have become powerful global movements that are putting women's empowerment in the spotlight, giving even greater importance to March 8th

Did you know that gender parity is over 200 years away, according to the World Economic Forum's 2017 Global Gender Gap Report?

Now is the time to get active and work for change to speed things up!

And we want to help arm you with the tools to spread the message of women's empowerment - and more! - and spark conversations about the issues that are important to you. 

Introducing the Women's Empowerment Collection!

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We are super excited to introduce our Women's Empowerment Collection as the first in the new People Power Press Social Justice Merchandise series.

This collection includes of 7 simple, but powerful designs are available to order online as buttons in small or large quantities. You can also order as stickers, magnets or any of our other custom products. 

We have each image available in pink and white AND black and white. Choose one image or mix them up. You can also customize these images for your own organization. 

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#PressforProgress is the theme for International Women's Day 2018

This year's theme for International Women's Day is #PressforProgress. You can read more here, but the idea is that we need to stop being complacent and start taking action to see real change. 

We also made some #MeToo buttons and #TimesUp pins that you can check out here.

Our Women's Empowerment collection is the first one in our series of People Power Press Social Justice Merchandise. LGBTQ+ rights buttons and anti-racism buttons are under development and will be made available in the spring of 2018. You can also find more activist buttons here.

     

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Toronto Lash and Eyebrow Bar Pretty Little Secrets is Celebrating 2 Years of Beautiful! February 28 2018

Imagine feeling beautiful the moment you wake up, without any makeup. That is the goal that Pretty Little Secrets Lash & Brow Bar has for all its customers.

Custom Beauty Buttons Pretty Little Secrets Toronto

Located in Toronto's West End, the business offers a variety of up-to-date lash and brow services for women and men, including lash extensions, eyebrow shaping and makeup application.

The business is growing fast and it is time to celebrate! Pretty Little Secrets is throwing a party on March 2nd to celebrate 2 years of making their customers feel beautiful

We got to get in on the action with these bright and fun 2-1/2" custom buttons with the Pretty Little Secrets logo that will be part of their Miami Vice birthday bash. 

If you are in the area and want to join the fun - because it really does look like a lot of fun! - you can RSVP to info@prettylittlesecrets.ca.

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You learn more about all of Pretty Little Secrets services online. Their service has also had an impact on people who have cancer to feel a little more dignity and look more like themselves before, during and after treatments.

They also have a fun and active Instagram account, so check them out: @prettylittlesecrets_canada

Happy Anniversary PLS!!

Buttons for Gift Bags and Swag Bags for Your Event?

Custom buttons make a great addition to any special event, especially if you are thinking of offering swag bags or gift bags for your guests. Buttons - other custom products - are a fun and personal touch for your supporters that they can take home! Contact us if you are looking for gift bag or swag bag ideas. We offer more than buttons.

 

    

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Vegetarian and Vegan Fridge Magnets Now Available! February 27 2018

Hey to our vegetarian and vegan friends! We've created something just for you!

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Keep your work and home fridges meat-free with our new I (Heart) Veggies Fridge Magnet Collection!

There are 8 different designs available ranging from funny to straight to the point. Whatever approach you want to take, these 2 x 3 rounded rectangle magnets will let folks know what's in your fridge (and what should stay out).

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This is especially a great idea for refrigerators that are shared by many people, especially in shared work spaces. 

The magnets can be purchased online or you can pick on up in our shop in Toronto's Junction neighbourhood. 

Also available as in the I (Heart) Veggies Pin Collection as 1.25" pinback buttons. 

Have your own design in mind for a fridge magnet? Let us know and we can help you make it happen! 

   

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Guest Blog! Button Making Takes the Stage in the Classroom at Georges Vanier Elementary School (Surrey) February 12 2018

We work with a lot of schools and educators who are doing such incredible things in the classroom with their button makers. And what they are up to is too good to keep to ourselves. So we've asked some of these teachers to share their programs and results directly with you!

Anna Crosland is an awesome award-winning educator. She teaches at Georges Vanier Elementary School in Surrey, British Columbia.

 

At Georges Vanier Elementary, our People Power Press button maker has been a welcome addition to the student makers and creators at our school.

Our focus has been on Social Emotional Learning and students have been highly motivated to share and further develop their understanding of a number of important Core Competencies. Each of our themed designs are on different colour backgrounds with a border template that allows students to individualize their creations. It is a fully inclusive activity: Absolutely everyone can participate.

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Kindness Counts: A School-Wide Celebration

Our first initiative was to create Kindness Counts buttons. The goal was to encourage acts of kindness but in particular to remember the power and impact of a simple smile. All Staff and students from Kindergarten to Grade 7 drew self portraits and wore their pins proudly to school. We celebrated kindness with a school wide assembly with over 600 unique buttons.

Handy tip: Encourage students to write their names in the middle of the back of their papers. Names at the edges will be cut of by the circle template.

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A New Generation of Makers

We also encourage students to be Makers: to imagine, to problem-solve, to design, to work co-operatively, to build and to create. Student work is celebrated, confidence is built and students take pride in their accomplishments and efforts.

Our second school-wide initiative, K-7, gave students the opportunity to show off their latest projects, share ideas and helped to solidify the concept that everyone can be a Maker.

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Orange Shirt Day: Understanding the Impact of Residential Schools on Indigenous Peoples

Most recently a Grade 4 class created buttons for Orange Shirt Day. Students have been learning about the impact of Residential Schools on the Indigenous Peoples.

As students come to a deeper understanding, we used traditional Coast Salish Art eye shapes to accompany the message ‘Our Eyes Are Open’.

See more here: http://georgesvanierlibrary.edublogs.org/2017/09/27/our-eyes-are-open-learning-about-residential-schools/

Handy tip: When creating hundreds of unique buttons, write student names on the black plastic backings with white pencil crayons. Also, make a handful of extra pins for 'just in case' - everyone will want to be included.

Overall, the use of the People Power Press button maker has been a great success. Students are highly engaged, not only in making the buttons, but in developing a deeper connection to the message they are sharing. There is a greater understanding of the issues.

Creating the buttons, sharing the process, visibly acknowledging that the school as a whole is working together, helps build and connect our school community.

Anna Crosland is the Teacher-Librarian at Georges Vanier Elementary School in Surrey, B.C. She shares practical ideas on her blog: http://georgesvanierlibrary.edublogs.org and on Twitter: @crosland_a 

 

If you have your own story of how button makers are being used in your school, library or other communities, we'd love to feature your story on the button blog too! Please contact us for more information. :)

   

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Metallic Finish Buttons for Acclaimed Japanese Group DRUM TAOS's North American Tour February 09 2018

TAO: Drum Heart is the latest show from internationally acclaimed Japanese drumming group DRUM TAO. They kicked off their latest North American tour in Montreal on Jan. 31st and along the tour there will be buttons!

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We made custom 1-1/4" round buttons with their logo using a metallic finish for a button with an extra bang. 

DRUM TAO's modern, high-energy percussion shows have been seen by over 7 million people worldwide. The show is rooted in traditional art of Japanese drumming, but is distinctively modern with contemporary costumes and innovative visual displays. 

The group performed at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics and their first North American tour was sold out. They have also performed live on The Late Night with Stephen Colbert. If you get the chance, be sure to see them live if you can. It is guaranteed to be a very memorable experience! 

Check out DRUM TAO and learn more about their North American tour!

For a full listing of tour dates you can visit the DRUM TAO website.

You can also find them online (some content is in Japanese):

YouTube: DRUM TAO Channel
Twitter: @drum_tao
Facebook: @DRUMTAO.JPN

Instagram: @drum.tao_official

How are metallic buttons made?

These metallic buttons are created by printing the design on duralar and then letting the silver of the button shine through as the background. You can learn more about this process here.

 Please contact us for more info about metallic buttons, including pricing. 

 

    

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Button Greeting Cards for Your Valentine's Day Sweetheart (and Galentine's Day too!) February 07 2018

The People Power Press Button Greeting Card Collection continues to grow!

We have some super sweet (and maybe a bit sappy) designs just in time for that annual day of love, Valentine's Day!

 fun Valentine's Day cards locally made in Toronto

Get a fun card for your main squeeze that includes a button or two - one for them and one for you! Different designs available.

Not doing the Valentine's Day thing this year, but celebrating Galentine's Day on February 13th instead? Yeah ladies, we have a card for that too!

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You can order one of our Valentine's Day designs online or pop into the Toronto store to see our current collection.

Handmade Card for Valentines Unique

We also sell wedding cards, birthday cards and baby cards. And we stock various holiday cards throughout the year. You can see the entire (ever expanding) button greeting card collection here!

 

   

 

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Big Buttons for a Big Idea: Toy Lending Library Introduced in Calgary's Growing Sunalta Community Hub February 01 2018

Sunalta is a community in central Calgary, Alberta that is home to a thriving community hub full of great activities and services for all of its residents.  And the hub is about to expand with another awesome service for members of the community - a Toy Lending Library!!

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The new Sunalta Toy Lending Library will be open on February 20th - with these big 4-inch buttons - and will offer educational and age-appropriate toys, as well as seasonal equipment, for a low annual fee. Residents can even volunteer their time to help run the library to have that fee waived.

Lending libraries are a great way for families and caregivers to access a variety of toys without the cost of buying them new. You also won't have to clutter up your home with lots of toys and are able to reduce your environmental impact by sharing and reusing toys, all while building community.   

The Sunalta Community Association and the Community Hub Project

The Sunalta Community Association has been operating since 1954 and is up to lots of great community initiatives, including the Sunalta Community Hub Project in partnership with the United Way of Calgary and Area, The City of Calgary and the Rotary Club of Calgary. You can learn more about this initiative.

Community hubs are common, accessible spaces where all members of a community can come together to share ideas and leadership and access a variety of services and programs. What is offered in each hub is determined by the unique needs of that community. 

Check out the Sunalta Community Association's great website to see just what they are up to. Maybe there is something here that you could make available to your own community! 

You can also follow them on social media:

Instagram: @sunaltayyc 
Facebook: @Sunalta
Twitter: @SunaltaYYC

Big Buttons to Get Noticed 

4" buttons are big buttons. You only need a few but they are sure to get noticed. If you have questions about our really large buttons (there is also a 6" button!) or custom buttons in general, be sure to let us know

     

 

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Tips for Designing DIY Holographic Buttons January 29 2018

Designing Holographic Sparkle Buttons is really fun, and the finished product looks AMAZING. That being said, they are a little bit trickier to design than buttons printed on regular paper.

How to design holographic buttons with foil and dura-lar

Here are some hot tips for making your holographic button designs stand out and looking their very best!

1. Keep your designs simple.

2. The fewer colours, the better.

3. Make sure the shapes in your design aren't too small. 

4. Outline your image with a dark colour for optimal image definition. The picture above shows the same designs with two different treatments. The design on the left has a transparent outline which makes it tricky to see the mermaid. The design on the right has a black outline, which makes the mermaid stand out and look extra awesome!

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For full details on how to make your own DIY Holographic Sparkle Buttons, check out this tutorial blog from our archives.

Let us know what other design questions you have and we can include in future how-to blog posts! 

 

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Go Team Canada: Pin On Your Canuck Pride for the 2018 Winter Olympics January 26 2018

The countdown is on for the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea. And we are ready to show our support for the Canadian Olympic team with these fun, cute 1" buttons.

I mean, a goose playing hockey? A moose curling? A skiing polar bear? Adorable.

team canada winter olympic buttons

The Winter Games run February 9th to February 25th and is South Korea's second time hosting the Olympics, with their first hosting gig in 1988.

These Winter Olympic pins are People Power Press' latest vending machine buttons so you can come in and see what you get from all of our available designs. Or you can place an order for your own set (a mix of designs or just one or two, that is up to you!) by contacting us.

Toronto Canada souvenirs

The tiny, wearable Team Canada pins also can double up as a great tourist souvenir pin for anyone visiting Canada or to gift to visitors to this winter sport loving country. You can also get a souvenir pin with the South Korean flag. 

 

    

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Very Cool Custom Band Buttons for the Very Cool Vancouver-based Jeremy Tardif Band January 24 2018

We love making band buttons because we get introduced to a variety of great artists from all over the place. 

By way of these cool custom 1.25" round pins, we got to learn about the Jeremy Tardif Band and now we want to share them with you!

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Jeremy Tardif Band (JTB) is a 3-piece neo classical, progressive, piano rock band.

JTB is now based in Vancouver, British Columbia, after spending some time in Melbourne, Australia. The indie band has an emotional piano driven style. 

When describing the music, Jeremy Tardif says, I believe in emotion. It is my desire that when you listen to my music you will pull something out of the music just for you. You might understand something in the music that even I haven't seen yet! I just want to leave that up to you!"

The band recently released their first official music video for track Small Talk World and often perform live. You can check them out to hear their sounds and follow up on where they are performing next! 

Website: www.jeremytardifband.com 
Youtube: Jeremy Tardif Band
Facebook: www.facebook.com/jeremytardifmusic 
Instagram: @jeremytardifband

Got your own band? 

If you are in a band and want to have some band merch at shows for fans, get in touch and let us know! We can help you with some custom band pins using your design or we can come up with something for you. 

You can see some of our other recent band pins here, here and here

 

     

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New: Holographic Glitter Button Collection January 18 2018

Our Holographic Glitter Buttons were once only available to custom order, but now we've got a collection available online and in the showroom!

The buttons are made with Holographic Foil and Dura-Lar, and have a crazy sparkle that just won't quit. 

Holographic Sparkle Glitter Buttons Custom Toronto

 

We've got a ton of awesome designs too! From magical characters like mermaids and dragons, to zoo animals, all the way to outer space.

Sparkle Holographic Button Designs Toronto

You can order these holographic buttons online here, or swing by our shop in The Junction.

If you're inspired by these glitter buttons, take a look at these buttons for Daiza , a musical artist who wanted to get their sparkle on too! We even mounted their buttons on a card, which makes for a super sleek finished product. 

Get in touch with People Power Press by dropping by at 3095 Dundas Street West, or by giving us a call at 1 (866) 996-1984. We can't wait to meet you :)

 

     

 

 

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Supporting #MeToo and Time's Up January 17 2018

If you watched last Sunday’s Golden Globes or saw any coverage after the event, you probably saw celebrities sporting black on the red carpet along with a Time’s Up pin. 

Buttons have a long history of being simple, but powerful tools to share special causes or ideas so it is no surprise pins made an appearance at the Hollywood event.

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Time’s Up, which is what was on the pin worn by attendees at the 2018 Golden Globes, is a collective response by women in Hollywood to tackle systemic sexual harassment in all workplaces. You can see the action plan and get valuable resources at www.timesupnow.com.

Time’s Up was created in part as a response to the very visible #MeToo campaign and the continued ripple effect of sexual abuse allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.

While #MeToo has been very visible on social media and in the news since the recent Hollywood sex scandals, it was actually first used in 2006 by social activist and community organizer Tarana Burke. When a 13-year-old girl confided in Burke that she had been sexually assaulted, Burke was not able to respond. She later wished she had told the girl “me too.”

#metoo buttons

#MeToo was originally intended to empower women, especially young and vulnerable women of colour, through empathy. But in recent months the phrase has been used by all women to share their experience and voice solidarity and is even expanding to include other vulnerable groups. 

In French-speaking parts of Canada #MoiAussi is also used and other countries around the world have come up with their own variation of the #MeToo movement.

Show your support for #MeToo and Time’s Up with your own button! Contact us if you would like to order one of these designs or pass through the store to pick some up. 

 

   

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Updated Video Alert! How to Use the Flex2000 Button Maker January 04 2018

The Flex2000 hobby button maker is made of metal and makes many button sizes! If you already have this machine and want help to operate it or are just thinking of buying one, this brand new Flex 2000 video is for you! 

This machine makes great buttons, but there are some special tips and tricks to knowing how to use this machine properly. Based on our experience talking with customers about the Flex2000 we have created a video that walks you through how it works. If you can't make it into the store to see a live demo, this is the next best thing!

If you like to follow step-by-step written instructions, we also have the FLEX2000 instruction manual available online. This is the same manual that is included with all new machines. 

If you still have questions about this machine or any other button queries, just email or call us and we will help you out!

This is our second video in this more personal style. Please let us know what you think! These videos are intended to help make your button making experience super awesome. Your feedback does help us decide what videos to make next!

 

   

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Give the Gift of Crafting with a Button Gift Card December 22 2017

On the first day of Christmas, my true love... had no idea what to get.

Give the gift of choice with a People Power Press Gift Card! (Gift card denominations ranging from $10 and up.)

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Gift Cards are A Hassle-Free Option for Every Maker or Artist!

Button Gift Cards are delivered by email and contain instructions for how to redeem at checkout. With no hidden processing fees, it's the perfect way to give a button maker if you're not sure which one to choose!

Button Gift Cards are redeemable for any product in-store or online. For more details, give us a call at 1-866-996-1984 and our knowledgeable button sales team will help you out :)

 Stocking Stuffer Make a Button Toronto

Another Great and Easy Choice for Young Crafters

If you're looking for a stocking stuffer, or simple gift for a child, the Make-A-Button Card may be the way to go. Or purchase a Make-A-Button Pack that includes the supplies and designs to make your buttons. Just bring in the card or supplies and use the button makers in our Toronto maker space at no additional cost! Find out all about "Make-A-Button" here.

 

     

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Too Hip for the 2017 Holiday Season? December 21 2017

The People Power Press "Too Hip For The Holidays" line is back for the 2017 season! These greeting cards, post cards, and pin packs are a great gift for the Grinch in the family.

Hipster Christmas Stocking Stuffer Toronto

All of these products are available in-store and online, but hurry before they're gone for another year, or whatever...

 

     

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Happy First Official Toronto Maple Leafs Day! December 19 2017

Maple Leafs 100th Anniversary Pinback Buttons

100 years ago today, on December 19 1917, our beloved home team played their first game in history. To commemorate the memory of that day, Toronto mayor John Tory has proclaimed December 19 official Toronto Maple Leafs day!

We wanted to pay tribute, by creating these new special Maple Leafs buttons.

This wasn't just the first game ever for Toronto Arenas, as the team was named back then, (the name Maple Leafs wasn't taken until 1927), it was also the first game in NHL history. Unfortunately, our team lost this first historic match to the Wanderers by 10-9.

To celebrate this joyous day, there will be a special Next Century Game this afternoon. At 2 pm the team will face the Carolina Hurricanes, wearing throwback Toronto Arena jerseys. 

The club is hoping to fill Air Canada Centre with thousands and thousands of children, to nourish and encourage a new generation of Leafs fans. 

But 2017 doesn't just mark Maple Leafs' 100 years in NHL, it also marks 50 years without winning a championship. The team has not won the Stanley Cup since 1967, which is the current longest drought in the NHL. 

Fortunately for the club, they have some of the most loyal and passionate fans in the NHL. No matter how many times the team loses or how expensive the tickets are, people keep coming to the games.

So these buttons are for all you devoted Maple Leafs fans, who never stop Beleafin' that this, this will be the season it all will happen. 

 

NHL Hockey Team Merch Badges 'Beleaf', 'Go Leafs Go', 'Our team since 1917'

We also have Blue Jays baseball buttons!

And these cute Toronto souvenir buttons!

   

 

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How to Fix a Jammed Graphic Punch Video (It's Easy!) December 11 2017

So you've been using your graphic punch without issue, but then it stops working. Gah, it's jammed! 

A jammed graphic punch is a common problem with a simple solution and this new video from the Button Guy is here to show you just how easy it is to fix!

Pretty easy, huh?

If you want to learn more about the tool you see in the video you can read this blog post.

Need the tool? You can purchase the graphic punch cleaner here!

Be sure to visit the Button Guy YouTube Channel - and subscribe! - to see more handy tips, trick and button making tutorials so you can make the most of your button maker machine and supplies.

 

      

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The 2017 People Power Press Holiday Gift Guide! December 08 2017

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The annual holiday shopping countdown is on! While you still have some time to shop for everyone on your list, we've prepared our annual People Power Press Holiday Gift Guide to help make things a little easier.

Consider a button maker for the artist, maker or crafter on your list. Make fun and unique personalized gifts for other friends and family. Pre-made buttons and cards for popping into a stocking too!

There are fun options for all ages and all budgets. People Power Press can truly be your one-stop shop so ... Happy Shopping!!crafty gift ideas maker

 

 

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Button Making on a Budget

Our “Hobby Button Makers” are great for kids or adults who want to get into button making on a budget. At the lowest price point of all, the T150 Button Maker is a great starter machine that makes standard 2-1/4” pinback buttons.

Though it isn’t intended for high volumes, the T150 is robust, and presses a button like the best of them. Unless the user is intending to make 100+ buttons in one sitting, this T150 Machine is the way to go.

For the Etsy Seller / Super Crafter

The Flex1000 Start-Up Kit is the ultimate hobby button press for the crafty person who is always making something. This machine is unique and wonderful because the add on die sets allow the user to make different sizes of buttons - big and small! - on one machine.

 

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Another Multi-Size Machine for the Maker on Your List

Another multi-size hobby button maker is the our Flex2000 machine. The add on die set sizes for this allows the user to create small and medium size buttons.

The Flex2000 has fewer removable parts than the Flex1000 and is a bit more straightforward to use, so it’s also a great option for kids (though parental supervision is encouraged).

Special pricing on the Flex2000 Complete Kit (with 3 dies) for the holiday season!

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For the High Volume / Professional Button Maker

Our professional series of button makers are the best choice for anyone starting a button making business, creating buttons for bands, or pressing a high volume.

These Professional Machines are top-of-the-line, metal bodied, and come with a lifetime manufactures warranty. Once the user gets acquainted with the machine, one can easily press hundreds of buttons in one session.



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For Grandparents and other Family and Friends

Is the 2017 holiday season going to be Baby's first Christmas, Hanukkah, or snowfall?

Remember the special occasion with these low cost Baby's First Custom Ornaments! They would look awesome on display in your home, on the tree, or by the mantle and are great presents for proud grandparents and other family and friends.

Baby's First Ornaments are also fantastic for fur babies! This little fluff wants to wish everyone a Meowy Christmas and Happy Holidays!

 

For Mom and Dad from the Kids

Do you have a little Picasso at home who loves to colour and create? Show off their talent and creative exploration this holiday season with custom kid's art magnets!

We can make a custom run for you, and if you have a button maker, you can make them right at home :)

For Teachers, Parents and Beverage Loving Friends!

The People Power team is going to score you some major cool points this holiday season with DIY personalized gift ideas. Best of all, you can leave the "DIY" part to us if you like!

A customized coaster set might be the special gift your looking for! You can send along a picture and leave the rest of the designing up to our talented Design Team, or you can design a coaster yourself on The Online Button Designer.

 gift idea for teacher or mom

For Social Media Loving Friends

Commemorate the special moments of 2017 with custom photo buttons and magnets made from pics on your Instagram feed!

Stay true to the Instagram look with square magnets, or shake it up with round, rectangle, or oval. This a a great and unique way to give friends and families a special gift too!

Simply place a custom magnet order, and send your favorite pictures to us via email at info@peoplepowerpress.org.

custom instagram gift idea

 

fun stocking stuffer ideas

For Foodies and Coffee Lovers

Super fun and popular fridge magnets based on our popular Pin Pack designs! Have something in mind you don't see here, you can always get us to make you some custom fridge magnets so that the gift is extra special!

Perfect for stocking stuffers or Secret Santas too!

fun fridge magnets for gifts

For Pretty Much Everyone - Sports Fans, Readers, Proud Canadians and Torontonians, Cyclists, Vegans and more...!

Show them you know them! Book and music lovers, cyclists, hipsters and coffee connoisseurs will be delighted by their very own Pin Pack, with all kinds of themes for all kinds of interests!

A simple and affordable way to show them you know them without breaking the bank.

For Writers, Artists, Vintage Lover or Bookworm?

 We're breathing new life into old library books with our collection of Up-cycled Library Notebooks and Sketchbooks. Made with library books that have been diverted from landfill, these books are hardcover, coil bound, and use "Tree Free" recycled paper.

Available in large and small sizes, we can even make a custom one out of your favorite book!

 

 greeting cards and gift cards for the holidays 2017

 

For Sharing Cheer with Everyone!

Hip Hip Hooray! The People Power Press Button greeting Card Collection is here for another holiday season - and with lots of new designs too. So be festive, cute or funny with your season's greeting this year.

Each full-colour card is blank on the inside, and comes with a special pinback button and envelope.

For Every Budget

On the first day of Christmas, my true love... had no idea what to get.

Give the gift of choice with a People Power Press Gift Card! (Gift card denominations ranging from $10 and up.)

Redeemable online or in-store this is an easy choice for the button maker or wannabe button maker on your list.

This is an especially great idea if you know someone who really, really, REALLY wants a button maker, but the cost is too high. Still contribute to their dream with a gift card.

 

We have loads more holiday gift ideas in store and are also happy to discuss a crafty button gift idea with you too! Just gift us a call, email us or come by the shop and we will make sure your special people get some truly special gifts!

Happy Holidays!

     

 

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See How to Use The Flex1000 Button Maker with This NEW Video! December 07 2017

The Flex1000 is a great all-metal multi-size hobby button maker, but it involves a few steps that you have to master to get making awesome buttons with every press.

So we decided to make a new video for the FLEX1000 to let people see how to use this machine properly. Just like being in the store or on the phone with us, we have taken the time to walk through how to use the machine and offer some common troubleshooting tips and tricks!

We hope this new video will help those who already have the machine and those folks who are thinking of purchasing the FLEX1000. We know you can't all pop into our store to get a hand's on demonstration before making your button making purchase so we hope this is the next best thing!

If you like to follow written instructions, we also have the FLEX1000 instruction manual available online.

And of course, if you still have questions please just email or call us and we will help you out!

Like this video and want to see more like it? Have some ideas for what you'd like to see next? Please let us know. We want these videos to help make your button making experience as awesome as possible and customer feedback does help us decide what videos to make next!

 

   

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Gifts to Make: Custom Coasters for the Holidays December 06 2017

Is there anything more special than giving or receiving a personal heartfelt gift?

The People Power team is going to score you some major cool points this holiday season with DIY personalized gift ideas. Best of all, you can leave the "DIY" part to us if you like!

 Custom Christmas Present 2017 Coaster

A customized coaster set might be the special gift your looking for! You can send along a picture and leave the rest of the designing up to our talented Design Team, or you can design a coaster yourself on The Online Button Designer.

For more info on how to use Button Designer, check out this post.

Custom Stocking Stuffer Coaster Gifts

 

Have a 3.5" Round Button Maker already? Purchase the supplies to make Button Coasters at home, or rent a coaster press at our shop (select 3.5" round from the drop down menu),  and we'll show you how to make coasters right in the showroom :)

Here is an instructional video showing all the steps of pressing a coaster with the Tecre Model 350 Hand Press and coaster insert.

 

If you're really trying to impress, why not make it a duo and design a custom bottle opener too?!

 

     

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New Kits and Special Pricing on FLEX1000 and FLEX2000 Hobby Button Maker Kits December 06 2017

It's December and that holiday shopping countdown is now on!

If you have a special crafty person on your list this year, why not consider introducing them to button making with a FLEX1000 hobby kit or a FLEX2000 hobby kit? Just in time for the holiday shopping season we are offering new kits and special pricing for both of these all-metal multi-die hobby button makers.

The FLEX1000 2-1/4" Start-Up Kit + 3" Add-On Die Set

The FLEX1000 2 Die Kit is a great place to start if you want to make mid-size and big buttons. Great for little artists who like lots of space to draw their designs. These kits include supplies to make buttons and magnets, as well as free rotary cutters for each size.Flex1000 hobby button making kit

The FLEX2000 Complete Kit (2-1/4", 1" & 1-1/2")

This FLEX2000 3 die kit includes dies to make 1", 1-1/2" and 2-1/4" buttons and magnets. This hobby maker is a different pressing style than the FLEX1000, but uses the same standard parts so the finished product looks the same. This kit allows you to make smaller designs that are great for small band buttons and mid-size art buttons.

If you are thinking of making just a few buttons for yourself and friends or some to compliment other crafts you make, both machines are ideal for these activities. Unlike the heavy duty machines that make only one size per machine, you get to have a few options when crafting with the FLEX series, but don't have to work with plastic machines that will break with use.

Make sure to make the DIY specialist or little artist on your shopping list (including YOU) extra happy this year with a button maker!

 

      

 

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Psst...Introducing Button Making Specials & Clearance Page That Includes Used Button Makers and Graphic Punches! December 05 2017


used button making equipment great deals

We get asked all the time about used machines and we often we have to say we don't have any used or secondhand button making equipment but ... now we do!

You will see we have a new tab on our header called "Specials & Clearance" where we will be posting, from time to time, special deals on button makers and button making supplies.

We do test all of our machines and are only selling used, secondhand and refurbished equipment that is still in good working condition. Many of our machines come from our popular rental program so we just like to make sure we cycle out some of our older machines from time to time.

If you do see something here, be sure this is something you want, but just make sure you don't hesitate too long as these machines will go quickly.

Buying any kind of used item online, however, can be a risk so while the machines you see in our new "Specials & Clearance" page are tested and have loads of life left in them, we do direct you to use some caution when looking at used, second hand and refurbished button makers and other equipment online.

 used button makers refurbished and secondhand


Some Tips to Consider When Buying Used, Second-Hand, Refurbished Button Maker Machines, Graphic Punches, and Other Button Making Equipment:

Look for solid metal machines and do your homework! If someone says "Oh it is super easy to get parts" or "You can get 1" parts anywhere!" make sure they can show you or that you can see that for yourself. People will say anything to offload a used button maker, especially if it is not a great machine or something that take a lot of money to use. Call the company directly to be sure their parts will fit your machine. Avoid machines made in China as they don't last long, are usually made of plastic with parts that are expensive and hard to find!

If looking at buying a circle cutter used: Check it out and test it if possible. Buy from trusted source. And ask a few questions: Does it need blades? Are there other replaceable parts? Are those parts easy to get? Are they priced reasonably? 

If buying a used button maker: Test the machine! Make 10-20 buttons to get a sense for how it works. Ask the same questions as above plus a few more: What kind of parts does the badge machine use? Are those parts easily available, priced reasonably? Sometimes a great deal on a used machine is quickly erased when trying to source super expensive parts. 

Buying high quality used machines - great brand name machines with good reviews - is a fantastic way to get into the button making game. You can still get a great machine that will make a great product - you don't have to settle for a hobby maker or other machine when that's not what you want - but you get to save some money because the machine isn't brand new.

This is also a great opportunity to get a graphic punch to go with the button maker you already own! Save time and money this way!

Have questions about what you see on this page? Pick up the phone and give us a call. We want you to be confident with your purchase.

And you may just want to bookmark this new page so that you can see the deals as they are listed, before they are gone!

 

      

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The Button Vending Machine is Filled with Familiar Faces December 01 2017

A war between light and darkness is raging in our Button Dispenser Machine this December.

Starwars Darth Vader and Stormtrooper buttons

For Star Wars fans across the universe, the holidays will kick off early this year, as the release date for Episode VIII - The Last Jedi is set for December 15.

Fans everywhere are speculating about what is going to happen in the next chapter of the Star Wars saga. The latest trailer is not giving away much.

The previous film, Episode VII -The Force Awakens, (SPOILER ALERT) ended right when the Force-sensitive protagonist Rey finally found Luke Skywalker, who had been lost for quite a long time.

According to the writer, Rian Johnson, the new film will begin right where The Force Awakens ended, which has raised the interesting question of whether or not the classic opening crawl that has opened every Star Wars film (A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away...) will also open this film.

One thing's for sure, the light side will once again go head to head with the dark side. 

Classic Star Wars Characters Chewbacca, R2-D2, Yoda, Small Collector Buttons

Here at People Power Press, we don't really care if you are on the dark side or the light side, as long as you are on the button side!

 

Have you ever seen Darth Vader in a Santa hat? Check out our NEW Star Wars parody greeting cards.  

You may (the fourth) also want to check out these custom buttons we made last spring for The Star Wars Underground community.

 

      

 

 

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Tell Your Story with ChattySnaps Keychains November 30 2017

Introducing ChattySnaps Keychain

This totally unique button keychain is turning the keychain world on its head, and we want to shout about ChattySnaps from the rooftops!

Chatty Snaps Tale New Button Keychains

Why are ChattySnaps so special?

ChattySnaps Keychains allow you to sport not one, not two, but THREE buttons at a time and if that's not wild enough, the buttons are easily interchangeable so you can change your keychain as often as you change your socks :)

Just snap off the old, and snap on the new.

 

Chatty Snap button Keychain Tales

How do ChattySnaps Keychains Work?

Making your very own ChattySnaps button is a breeze. The buttons are made exactly like a standard pinback button, and even use standard shells and mylar.

  1. Place your shell, artwork, and mylar into the button press.
  2. Press like usual
  3. Put in the ChattySnaps back into the button press, just like you would with a pinned back. Make sure the “snappy” side is facing down.
  4. Press, and Voila!
  5. Snap the buttons onto your key ring strap
  6. Smile, because you are now the proud owner of a ChattySnaps Keychain :)

ChattySnaps Interchangeable Button keychain

Stay tuned for the ChattySnaps How-To Video on the Button Guy YouTube Channel! You'll see how making button keychians can be a SNAP :)

 

    

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Justice Delayed is Justice Denied - Take a Stand for Hassan Diab November 29 2017

 

 

  2.25" French Revolution themed Buttons to support Hassan Diab accused terrorist awaiting trial

**UPDATE: Hassan Diab returned home to Ottawa, Canada after terrorism charges against him were dropped by French authorities. From here, Diab and his supporters want to work to see Canada's extradition laws fixed. You can continue to support this work and get involved here.**

**Important and Time Sensitive Update: On Wednesday November 29, please call Prime Minister Trudeau’s office at 1-613-992-4211, fax at 1-613-941-6900, or send an email through the form available here. You may also call his constituency office (Papineau, Quebec) at 1-514-277-6020. 

If you want help to know what to say, please see a sample script here

If you miss this date, please still call, fax or email the PM Justin Trudeau's office if you would like to help Hassan Diab's cause.**

 

Happy belated birthday to Hassan Diab. November 20th was yet another of his birthdays that he had to spend in a prison cell, awaiting trial.

In 2008, Lebanese-Canadian citizen, Hassan Diab, was arrested in Ottawa on instructions from French authorities who accused him of responsibility for a terrorist attack on a Paris synagogue in 1980.

In 2014 after some years in the Canadian courts, he was extradited to France to face trial, despite the Canadian judge’s view that the evidence was too weak to succeed in a fair trial.

It’s 2017 and Hassan is still in a French prison cell, in solitary confinement for 20 hours each day, awaiting trial.

 

Liberte for Hassan Diab French Flag Button___

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Egalite before the law for Hassan Diab French Revoultion Themed Pin Button____

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Fraternite - Stand with Diab French themed badge___
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Diab categorically denies any involvement in the bombing in 1980; he has proof he was in Lebanon at the time of the attack, writing university exams. The French claim to have a sample of the attacker’s handwriting from his hotel registration; numerous experts have refuted the claim that this sample matches Diab’s.

The French claim to have ‘intelligence’ placing Diab at the scene but can’t or won’t substantiate that information so Diab cannot respond to it. A witness says the man at the hotel was in his 50s; Hassan was 27 in 1980.

The French prosecutors were certain enough of their case to demand Diab’s extradition from Canada but now claim they need more time to build the case. This absurd situation cannot stand – Diab deserves a fair trial now.

 

Je Refuse French made until Diab is tried 2-1/4" buttons

Until 2008, Hassan Diab worked as a university professor at University of Ottawa and Carleton University. He is a father and husband and a law-abiding Canadian citizen. His main crime seems to be having come from Lebanon and deciding to make Canada his home.

Our extradition laws are so weak that a foreign power only has to show that there is a prima facie case – not that the case is winnable – and a Canadian citizen faces extradition.

Hassan Diab is any one of us who might have come from somewhere else or who might find themselves at the centre of a foreign political witch hunt. Canada has to insist on justice for Diab now.

Hassan Diab has been the victim of an abuse of state power on the one hand and an abdication of state responsibility on the other. He deserves Canada’s and Canadians’ support to get a fair trial in France now. What has happened to him could happen to any of us.

Je Refuse Boycott Made in France until terrorist accused Hassan Diab is triedJe refuse French wine until Hassan Diab is tried 2-1/4" pin for Canadian citizen accused of terror attack

The Canadian Government must take a stand for Hassan Diab and for us all. We hope this was the last birthday Hassan Diab had to spend without a fair trial.

Want to Help Take a Stand for Hassan?

If you are interested in learning more about Hassan's case and how you can help to get involved you can follow along here:

www.justiceforhassandiab.org

You can also sign the change.org petition.

 

    

 

 

 

 

 

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Great Gift Idea: Turn Instagram Memories into Custom Fridge Magnets November 29 2017

The Holidays are a fabulous time to take a moment and think of the year gone by and soon your social media feeds will be jammed with everyone's memories of the past year. But we had a thought - let's take those memories out of a packed Instagram feed, lost when someone keeps on scrolling, and put them somewhere else!

Commemorate the special moments of 2017 with custom photo buttons and magnets made from pics on your Instagram feed!

We had a pretty awesome year so we took just a few of our favourite memories and made square fridge magnets. 

If you want to see what else 2017 involved for us at People Power Press, you can take a peek at our Instagram here :)

Custom Instagram Photo Fridge Magnets

Stay true to the Instagram look with square magnets, or shake it up with round, rectangle, or oval. This a a great and unique way to give friends and families a special gift too!

Simply place a custom magnet order, and send your favorite pictures to us via email at info@peoplepowerpress.org.

To save yourself the setup fee, you can also upload your images and size them to the templates on our website, or on the The Online Button Designer!

If you have any questions about ordering special moment buttons or magnets, please don't hesitate to give us a shout at 1-866-996-1984 :) We're excited to hear from you!

And let us take this moment to thank all our wonderful button community for helping to make 2017 another super awesome year. We are so grateful to you all and are looking forward to making more memories with you in 2018. :)

 

     

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We Are Now Carrying Mr. Button Parts & Supplies! November 28 2017

Anyone who knows the world of button making knows that not all button parts are made equal. Some machines will only take certain parts. Others just won't fit even if they are also supposed to be the same size.

And it's a real bummer when someone is looking for parts for their machine that we just don't have. So in the effort to make more button makers happy, we are now carrying parts and supplies for Mr. Button brand machines.

Mr Button Blue or Grey Hand Press Hand Held Button Maker

This company is also based in the U.S. but their machines will only take Mr. Button brand parts.

So we now carry pinback supplies for 3 sizes:

1-5/8" Round Mr. Button Pinback Supplies:

mr button button parts

2-1/3" Round Mr. Button Pinback Supplies:

mr. buttons button supplies

3-1/8" Round Mr. Button Pinback Supplies:

mr. button us badge parts

Not sure if you have a Mr. Button button maker? While we don't sell the Mr. Button machines, we are including some photos so you can see for yourself.

Mr Button Bench Press Grey or Black Pin machine

And for those of you with machines that use Badge Parts brand or USA Buttons brand parts...we will have those parts online soon for you to purchase too! Stay tuned. :)

 

    

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Send Warm Wishes with Button Greeting Cards November 22 2017

Hip Hip Hooray! The People Power Press Button greeting Card Collection is here for another holiday season.

Each full colour card is blank on the inside, and comes with a special pinback button and envelope.

Hand Made Button Greeting Cards Toronto

Browse the entire collection of general greeting cards here.

All Button Greeting Card designs are available in store and online. To ensure that holiday items arrive to you with time to spare, please order as soon as possible.

 

    

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Rockabilly Band Buttons for The Dice Cubes November 20 2017

These custom 1" Round Rockabilly Band Buttons are some swag that we made for the The Dice Cubes, a four-piece group from Edmonton, Alberta.

 

Rockabilly Band Merchendise Custom 1 Inch Buttons

The pseudo-retro button designs perfectly compliment their rockin' throw-back sound and quirky lyrics. Take a listen to some of their tunes here.

The Dice Cubes are currently recording a new album and are jazzed to spread their live show throughout the region.

Rockabilly Retro Custom Band Merch

 

Facebook @thedicecubes
Listen to The Dice Cubes

 

    

If you're thinking of getting some merch to take your band marketing to the next level, take a look at these Lyric Video & Custom Button Bundles!

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