Canadian brands oftentimes play an essential role in shaping our identity. Whether it’s a cozy t-shirt or a memorable drink that we pop open for special occasions, iconic products are embedded in our lives and shared memories.
To celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary, I’ve captured a few proud Canadian moments to showcase a few of my all-time favourite Canadian consumer brands.
“Blenz is a proud Canadian coffee company. The first Blenz coffee shop was in 1992 in Vancouver on the corner of Robson and Bute Streets. The founders of Blenz established the company because they had a passion for improving customers’ lives by providing an opportunity for people to socialize over premium drinks while relaxing in a casual café environment. It’s worked, because Blenz has since grown to over 60 locations across British Columbia, Japan and the Philippines – and we’re just getting started.What’s at the root of our culture? Our passion for specialty beverages and our ability to really listen to what you want.” – Blenz Coffee
“Roots is Canada’s leading lifestyle brand known around the world for its quality leather goods, apparel, accessories and home furnishings. Roots has a rich Canadian heritage and a strong link with Canada. The country’s nature, culture, sports and human diversity have always been a major source of inspiration at Roots. Employing nearly 2,000 people in Canada, Roots also contributes to the employment of thousands more through its work with suppliers and other activities. Michael Budman and Don Green who still run the business today founded Roots in 1973, which began with a small store in Toronto and now has more than 200 retail stores in Canada, the United States, and Asia, (China, Taiwan).” – Roots Canada
“Make-Up Art Cosmetics (MAC) started life in Toronto, Canada. Makeup artist and photographer Frank Toskan and salon owner Frank Angelo became frustrated by the lack of makeup that photographed well, so they decided to create their own. They took the industry by storm, offering a wide range of products that blended street savvy with glamorous style and panache. Adding to the image was a touch of outrageousness. A company that honours individuality and self-expression above all else, it brought a brilliant sense of drag and theatre into the sleek M·A·C stores and department store counters.” – MAC Cosmetics
“The year was 1945: the soldiers were coming home, Zoot Suits were in style and Frank Sinatra crooned over the radio waves. In this new era of hope and expectation, London Drugs was born. It was a humble, community drugstore-just 1000 square feet-but this little store on Main Street, Vancouver, was given a big name. The store was named after London, England, the home of Canada’s King, George VI. In the months after World War II, London Drugs carried the promise of peace and prosperity. Today, London Drugs has stores in more than 35 major markets throughout British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba and proudly serves over 45 million customers each year.” – London Drugs
The Molson Brewery was formed in Montreal in 1786. The first Molson’s first brewery was located on the Saint Lawrence River in Montreal where the Molson family continues to maintain its operations today. This brand is symbolic with Canadian pride.
“…I have a prime minister, not a president.
I speak English and French, not American.
I pronounce it ‘about’, not ‘a boot’…”
Watch the video, need I say more? 🙂
Mouth watering for more proud Canadian moments? Here’s my take on live coverage of Canada’s 150 anniversary on July 1.
How did you spend your Canada Day long weekend? Are there any Canadian brands you admire or special brand interactions you’d like to share? I’d love to hear from you!