The Design Canada Documentary

We'd be doing all of Canada a disservice if we didn't share our love for the Design Canada Kickstarter project. Created by Greg Durrell of Hulse&Durrell in Vancouver, Canada and Jessica Edwards and Gary Hustwit of Film First in Brooklyn, New York – Design Canada is the first documentary chronicling the history of Canadian graphic design and how it shaped Canada and its people.

Province of Canada - Design Canada Kickstarter Project

As mentioned in the video above and on the Kickstarter project page, the film tells the story behind some of the most familiar visual design elements in contemporary Canada. They examine symbols like the maple leaf, the CN Rail logo, the CBC logo and many more, to explore how graphic design changed the face of Canada and how it continues to influence us today.

Province of Canada - Design Canada Kickstarter Project

Two Canadian Graphic Designers (one from Québec and one from Ontario) co-founded Province of Canada and growing up they were inspired by everything captured in this documentary. Without the individuals and their timeless work covered in this film, there wouldn't be a Province of Canada. Needless to say, we didn't hesitate to help fund this project and we're asking all our citizens to do the same.

March 13, 2017

24 Hours in a Simple Grey Tee

If you didn't already know, model Karlie Kloss has a great YouTube channel that we like to frequent. Recently she started a '24 Hours' video series where she documents 24 hours of her not-so-typical, 'Klossy' life. To-date, our favourite video of the '24 Hours' series has to be 24 Hours in Transit, or as we like to call it, 24 Hours in a Simple Grey Tee. In the video, Karlie travels from from Sydney to New York City, with a short layover in Honolulu.

Karlie's jet-setting alone isn't what made it our fav video, it's what she wore while jet-setting. We couldn't help but notice the simple grey tee she was sporting. For someone who could literally wear whatever she wanted while travelling the globe, it says a lot that Ms. Kloss chooses a simple grey tee (albeit not ours) as part of her flight suit. Things that make you go hmmmm.

Shop the look below and be sure to checkout out Karlie's YouTube Channel.

Province of Canada - Karlie Kloss - Simple Grey Tee

February 22, 2017


Province of Canada - Justin Tee - Made in Canada

We had to share this photo and the caption that @frankchartrand shared with it below on Instagram. There's a reason why we felt compelled to include Canada in our name. There's a reason why we created the Justin Tee. It's not to be political, it's to be proud. #WelcometoCanada - Thanks for sharing @frankchartrand

"I don't always wear this tee but I'm feeling extra 🇨🇦 today. Thank you Prime Minister @justinpjtrudeau for showing the world how a real leader acts. An inspiration and a true representation of Canada. “To those fleeing persecution, terror & war, Canadians will welcome you, regardless of your faith. Diversity is our strength.”
January 30, 2017

Introducing Province of Canada Home

Province of Canada - Made in Canada - Home - Julie BrownMy passion for textiles began at a young age. I can remember anytime I was home from school, my mom would cover me with a cotton quilt while I snuggled on the couch watching Young and the Restless. I loved how the pure cotton blanket felt — cool and warm, all at the same time.

My love affair with home didn’t end on that couch. I started my career in home as a designer at Au Lit Fine Linens, working alongside the founder, Peggy Byron and her daughter and CEO Joanna Goodman. I spent 8 years learning about fabrics and developing and buying home products. The three of us had a deep passion for home and they generously shared their years of knowledge with me. They took that girl on the couch with a quilt and put her to bed with egyptian cotton. I've been sleeping better ever since.   

After Au Lit, I spent a summer working with House & Home Magazine and then went on to create Province of Canada with my partner and husband Jeremy Watt.

When we started dreaming up this lifestyle brand, we always intended to include home products, but we wanted to do it right. To us, that meant finding great manufacturing partners in Canada and designing products that not only looked great but also felt great. 

With that in mind, we knew we had to focus on the details. Each pattern is designed in-house, and woven and sewn in Canada with 100% American cotton. That thick, beautiful cotton manages to recreate the same indescribable feeling I used to get from my quilt. The cushions were no exception, we chose to use feather inserts so they sit and feel just right. 

Much like your favourite pair of sweatpants, I believe people want comfortable, well-made home products that they can curl up with. That's why we've created this line. We spent a lot of time thinking about what our customers would appreciate and every conversation came back to that girl on the couch wrapped in the quilt. She didn't realize it at the time, but the simplicity and quality of that cotton quilt is why she felt so at home.

Julie Brown

January 17, 2017

The New York Times Names Canada the #1 Place to Go in 2017

Province of Canada - The New York Times - Places to Go 2017 - CanadaSurfing in Tofino, on the western coast of Vancouver Island. Josh Haner/The New York Times

Out of the 52 places named, Canada came out on top of The New York Times' list of Places to Go in 2017. Here's what they had to say about the place we call home:

Province of Canada - The New York Times - Places to Go 2017 Canada

Canada is huge — the second-largest country by area. It’s also a world unto itself, with cosmopolitan cities, barely explored natural wonders and everything in between. And this is the year to visit: In honor of the 150th anniversary of its confederation, when the original colonies came together as one country, Canada is rolling out the welcome mat. All of the country’s more than 200 national parks and historic sites are offering free admission through the year, from the turquoise lakes and mountain peaks of Banff in Alberta to the rolling dunes and red sandstone cliffs of Prince Edward Island along the Atlantic Coast to the newest reserve, the glacial-rounded Mealy Mountains in Labrador. Meanwhile, in the capital, Ottawa, a full year of celebration is planned; more events will be on offer in Montreal, which turns 375. And did we mention the exchange rate? A weak Canadian dollar means American travelers get more for their money. So 2017 offers an ideal time to go north. 


January 04, 2017

Free Socks Until December 19th

Province of Canada - Made in Canada - Socks

December 19th is our order deadline to receive your gifts by December 24th. With gifts on our mind, we thought we'd give a little gift of our own. From today until December 19th, with orders over $100, we're including a free pair of socks*. Just pick your sock size in the cart and we'll take care of the rest. Happy last minute shopping.

*Applicable to orders of $100 or more before tax. Offer available until December 19th, 11:59pm EST or until supplies last. One pair of socks per customer. Socks cannot be exchanged or returned. Socks included in your order will be picked at random based on size provided and may differ from those pictured.
December 13, 2016

Playlist: Almost Christmas

 Province of Canada - Playlist - Almost Christmas

We've been wanting to share our first playlist for a while now. What better time than November to finally get around to it? We used this pre-Christmas season as inspiration and curated SoundCloud to bring you Almost Christmas.

A little heads-up, it's a bit of an eclectic mix. We managed to fit Kanye West, Joni Mitchell and One Direction all on there — but somehow it works. The goal was create a playlist that offers up some unexpected background music that eases you into Christmas. Hit the play button below and let us know what you think in an hour.

Related: We don't have a gift guide, but you might find some early somethings for you and yours in the shop.

November 05, 2016

Canada By Mike Myers

Province of Canada - Canada by Mike Myers

Mike Myers has written a book that only a Canadian comedian who no longer lives in Canada could write. It's literal title, Canada, might seem vague but it's the perfect label for Myer's memoir meets history lesson.

Province of Canada - Canada by Mike Myers

It seems appropriate that Mr. Myers' first book celebrates the fact that he's never shied away from being a Canuck. As Penguin Random House's listing of the book states, "American friends have actually accused him of enjoying being Canadian—and he's happy to plead guilty as charged".

If you're Canadian and you read this book, (or even if you just flip through the pages and apologize for not actually reading it), afterwards, you'll enjoy being Canadian even more than you currently do.

"Some might say, 'Why didn't you include this or that?' I say there are 35 million stories waiting to be told in this country, and my book is only one of them." – Mike Myers

Sidenote: Myers and Penguin Random House have also launched a little social media campaign to promote the book and to help celebrate Canada leading up to the 2017 sesquicentennial. All you have to do is share an image on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #MikesCanada

November 02, 2016

Field House Brewing Co. X Province of Canada – The Strong & Free Collaboration

 Field House Brewing Co. X Province of Canada

It started with mutual respect for each other's brand and developed into a collaboration that's equal parts crew (neck) and brew.

Field House Brewing Co. X Province of Canada

Field House Brewing Co. X Province of Canada

Together, Province of Canada and Field House Brewing Co. bring you the Strong & Free collaboration – a cozy, made in Canada crewneck sweater (available in Black and Heather Grey) and a strong malty lager that speak to both our love of Craft and our Country The Strong & Free brew.

To learn more about the brew visit Field House Brewing Co.

Field House Brewing Co. X Province of Canada

Field House Brewing Co. X Province of Canada


October 28, 2016

GQ Loves Canada

Province of Canada - GQ Canada

We noticed something this summer – GQ Magazine has been showing Canada some love. Do a quick 'Canada' search on their site and you'll see what we mean. We're not sure what initiated the steady stream of Canadian content; maybe it's the Justin Trudeau effect or maybe they're just trying to cozy up to us incase Trump becomes...we're not even going to say it.

Either way we're not mad at it, on the contrary, it makes us happy, so happy in fact we've gone ahead and curated our favourite Canadian GQ articles below.

Find Your Chill in Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, and the Rest of Canada’s East Coast

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Alberta, Banff, and Beyond: Road-Tripping through Canada’s Great Outdoors

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The Canadian Vacation: Where to Eat, Shop, Surf, and More in the Great White North

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Montreal’s Best Restaurants Are Proof: This City Is Food Heaven

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Your Shopping Guide to Toronto, the Center (Wait, Centre) of Canadian Style

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Vancouver is For Surfing, Hiking, Skiing, and Shopping Lovers

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Justin Trudeau Continues Quest to Be Most Stylish Politician Alive

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Original Map of Canada illustration by Kyle Metcalf
September 14, 2016

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