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My Next Broken Heart: Soft & Sassy Shirts

Match your t-shirt to your mood with the simple, soft, and sassy t-shirts from My Next Broken Heart! Randee Armstrong of the fun brand describes the shirts as, “They’re tees that are easy to wear, incredibly soft, and a good way to express your daily mood.” Find your fit from them at the Bison from December 7 to 9, follow them on Instagram (@mynextbrokenheart), and read on to discover what inspires this t-shirt maker!

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Royal Bison: What draws you to making or designing things?
My Next Broken Heart:
It’s a good creative outlet aside from photography. I just like to make things I want to use, wear, and hang on my walls.

RB: What’s new for your line or business this season?
MNBH:
Just a few new tees!

RB: What do you think sets your work apart from similar makers or designers?
MNBH:
I just think it’s really simple and people like simple things (I mean this in the best way possible). It’s nice to have things in your closet that you know you can just throw on, I’ve always been a jeans and t-shirt girl.

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RB: How do you feel about being a part of the Edmonton creative community?
MNBH:
I’m in love with Edmonton and the people who live here. I find it is a very loving creative community.

RB: Please gush about a few of your designer, maker, or creative crushes!
MNBH:
I love Stitch Witch! And also RySpot, Stranger Design, Karma, Justine Ma…. honestly there are so so so many.

RB: Do you have a favourite holiday tradition you can share with us?
MNBH:
My daughter and I started a new one last year, instead of gifts we do an ‘event’... but it has to be something to do with the holidays!

Visit My Next Broken Heart’s website to see more of the products they’ll have at the Royal Bison: www.mynextbrokenheart.com

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Friday Sock Co: Mismatched Fun

We’re thrilled to welcome back Calgary designer Adam Thompson of Friday Sock Co. to the Royal Bison! You won’t ever have to worry about finding a matching sock again, as this ethically made sock brand has a purposely mismatched design concept. The super fun patterns and designs of Friday Sock Co. will knock the socks off your feet before you put on a pair of theirs! Catch them at the Bison November 30 to December 2, follow them on Instagram (@FridaySockCo), and read on to discover what inspires their strange socks!

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Royal Bison: What draws you to making or designing things?
Friday Sock Co:
The fact that I can create something that pulls a positive emotion out of someone else. Also, I love the relationship of things. Designing purposely mismatched socks allows me to explore the interconnectedness of things. What goes together, but is different… I recently did a design with two whales, but they aren’t just two whales, they are two whales that live in the same area. Or my cat and a box design. This is the part of my job that I absolutely love.

RB: What’s new for your line or business this season?
FSC:
We’ve released over 50 new designs and also a new spoofed Canadian maple-syrup can that can be re-purposed after opening. We can all our socks in-house to ensure freshness.

RB: What do you think sets your work apart from similar makers or designers?
FSC:
Tough one. I guess I’m doing my own thing and hopefully it shows in my work.

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RB: How do you feel about being a part of the Calgary creative community?
FSC:
I love being part of the creative community in Calgary and hope to inspire anyone who wants to take an idea and turn it into something. I was recognized this year as one of Avenue Magazine's Top 40 under 40 in Calgary, and a big component of that award is involvement and impact in the city. We give back to the community as much as we can.

RB: Please gush about a few of your designer, maker, or creative crushes!
FSC:
Adrianmartinus! Salgado Fenwick! Heather Buchanan!

RB: Do you have a favourite holiday tradition you can share with us?
FSC:
My wife is from the UK so we’ve gone to England for the last 5 or 6 years for the holidays. Every Boxing Day the whole town puts on their Welly boots and heads across farmers’ fields to a little pub called the Coach and Horses. There’s a hose outside to rinse off your boots before you go in, and inside the pub it smells like mulled wine, dirt, and a wood-burning fireplace. It takes a half an hour to get your first drink, and only five minutes before you get your next one.

Visit Friday Sock Co’s website to see more of what products they’ll be bringing to the Royal Bison: www.fridaysock.co

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Urban Drawer: Fun, Modern Patterns for Your Feet

Run by the talented sister duo of Natalie and Vanessa Frederick, Urban Drawer is an Edmonton-based sock and accessories company with a passion for fine details. They design unique, fun, and modern patterns for men, women, and kids to fit your everyday lifestyle! Catch them at the Bison both weekends, follow them on Instagram (@shopurbandrawer) and Twitter (@shopurbandrawer) to see more of their work and read on to discover what inspires these sisters!

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Royal Bison: What draws you to making or designing things?
Urban Drawer:
When it comes to designing sock patterns, expressions without words draw me in.

RB: What’s new for your line or business this season?
UD:
This season we have updated how we've branded our socks. Plus, we are excited to share new designs made with softer materials.

RB: What do you think sets your work apart from similar makers or designers?
UD:
Our mix of colour and geometric feel. Our designs are modern and abstracts of everyday things.

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RB: How do you feel about being a part of the Edmonton creative community?
UD:
We feel privileged to be part of Edmonton's unique and thriving creative community.

RB: Please gush about a few of your designer, maker, or creative crushes!
UD:
Really love the products and the whole vibe of the stationary brand, Baron Fig.

RB: Do you have a favorite holiday tradition you can share with us?
UD:
Going outdoor skating on New Year’s Day!

Visit Urban Drawer’s website to discover more of the styles they’ll be bringing to the Royal Bison: www.shopurbandrawer.com

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Exit Workshop: Handmade Apparel for the Great Outdoors

The Exit Workshop is all about getting outside and having a good time! Gina Hargreaves has been making the mountains her playground since she was young, and her handmade toques, scarves, blankets, and more will help you do the same! Catch her at the Bison from November 30 to December 2, Follow Exit Workshop on Instagram (@the.exit.workshop) and Twitter (@exitbeanies) to see more of their work and read on to see what inspires Gina!

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Royal Bison: What draws you to making or designing things?
Exit Workshop:
I love the challenge of working with the unknown and learning to tame unfamiliar materials. I also really, really love colour so whenever I get to work with bright colours and cool patterns, I get really excited.

RB: What’s new for your line or business this season?
EW:
For this season’s Bison I’m excited to be bringing handmade leather mittens! Since I started Exit, people have asked me if I make gloves and my answer has always been a firm, “No.” The thought of knitting or crocheting gloves has never really sparked a flame for me, so it hasn’t been something I’ve ever pursued. BUT last year I decided it was time to figure this whole glove thing out, on my own terms. So I’ve spent the last little while developing a pattern and exploring different materials for the gloves and they’re sure to keep your hands warm all winter!

RB: What do you think sets your work apart from similar makers or designers?
EW:
I’m not really sure to be honest. haha! I think my love of bright colours is pretty evident in the work that I do. I’m also not formally trained in design or business, so I can bring different perspectives to my creative work. My biggest goal is to make functional things that are easy to use and that also stand the test of time, regardless of a user’s ability, which is probably influenced by my training as an OT now that I think about it. In any case, I’m always aware of ease-of-use and aesthetic when it comes to my stuff, so there is a lot of thought that goes into everything that I make.

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RB: How do you feel about being a part of the Edmonton creative community?
EW:
It’s an exciting thing to see new ideas take form, and it’s pretty special to share that experience with other makers. There’s so much great energy to be found in any creative community whether it’s in a small town like Revelstoke (my new home) or a bigger centre like Edmonton (my original home), there’s always something new and meaningful taking shape.

RB: Please gush about a few of your designer, maker, or creative crushes!
EW:
Tooooooooooo many!! I’m really pumped on what Molly is doing with Stranger Design, her ceramics are magic. Andreas Samuelsson is another favourite, as is George Greaves – great graphic/visual design.

RB: Do you have a favourite holiday tradition you can share with us?
EW:
Honestly my favourite holiday tradition is eating bacon sandwiches and sipping stovetop-perc coffee on Christmas morning with my parents and sister. It’s the greatest.

Visit Exit Workshop’s website to discover more of what they’ll be bringing to the Royal Bison: www.exitworkshop.com

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Flannel Foxes: Apparel Inspired by Western Canada

Flannel Foxes, Bison staples since spring of 2016, are joining us again and we couldn't be happier to climb into new adventuring gear! Brittni Goshulak & Mike Lundy, owners of Flannel Foxes, had this to say of their brand: "Flannel Foxes is a nostalgic brand that shares the best of Canada West. We’re committed to goods that are ethically made in Canada for tomboys and boys." Catch them at the Bison both weekends! You can keep up with the nostalgia train on Instagram (@flannelfoxes) or twitter (@flannelfoxes) and read on down below to see what's been inspiring the adventurers these days.

Royal Bison: What draws you to making or designing things?
Flannel Foxes:
Inspired by photos of our grandparents and warm memories of growing up exploring Alberta, Saskatchewan, and B.C., we’re a brand that strives to share the best of Canada West.

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RB: What’s new for your line or business this season?
FF:
We have four new toques, three new sweaters, a new tee, and new socks!

RB: What do you think sets your work apart from similar makers or designers?
FF:
Our products are, whenever possible, made in Canada. We work with people that treat their people right. We’ve found that people who treat their employees fairly make comfier clothes! Our designs combine a sense of nostalgic Canadiana with a refined aesthetic. Mike’s background in branding gives our gear a consistent visual identity.

RB: How do you feel about being a part of the Edmonton creative community, or whichever community you call home?
FF:
The people in Edmonton are so generous. The encouragement and support that we get from people visiting us at Royal Bison gets us excited, and makes us believe that Flannel Foxes is something that can bring pride to Edmonton. The people behind local businesses have collaborated with us, helping us grow and extending their friendship. The creative community in Edmonton elevates others, setting an example of humility and inclusiveness.

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RB: Please gush about a few of your designer, maker, or creative crushes!
FF:
As a graphic designer Mike is inspired by designers like Helms Workshop, Alana Louise, and Hulse & Durrell. A lot of our inspiration comes from designers whose names we don’t know, as we flip through old brochures and magazines at the antique mall. We’re inspired by Royal Bison staples like: Adrian Martinus (his woodworking blows my mind!), Strathcona Spirits (it’s so cool that they’re distilling great spirits right off Whyte!), and The Exit Workshop (cozy, made-in-Canada, Gina’s gear is right up our alley!).

RB: Do you have a favourite holiday tradition you can share with us?
FF:
Lately we’ve been going somewhere hot for a few days around Christmas time. It’s nice to get a break from the winter now and then!

Follow Flannel Foxes on Instagram to see more of what they’re bringing to the Royal Bison: instagram.com/flannelfoxes

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Paul Twa: Natural Colours & Patterns

On top of working as a graphic designer and illustrator, Paul Twa integrates a colourful and illustrative flair into his line of products, which include cool pillows and apparel, for people’s homes and wardrobes. The images he creates take inspiration from history and the natural world, which he then applies to his products to allow them to become part of one’s daily life. Catch her at the Bison from November 30 to December 2, follow him on Instagram (@paultwa) to see more of his work and read on to discover what inspires him!

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Royal Bison: What draws you to making or designing things?
Paul Twa:
It’s my way of contributing to the visual world we live in and expressing all my built-up creative energy that needs releasing. Design not only exists in the present but also becomes a part of our history and that legacy is something I find so rewarding.

RB: What’s new for your line or business this season?
PT:
Brand new illustrations for apparel and pillowcases!

RB: What do you think sets your work apart from similar makers or designers?
PT:
My work embraces colour, texture, and pattern enthusiastically. I’m drawn towards dense visual imagery and nods to the past which differs from more modern/minimalist aesthetics.

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RB: How do you feel about being a part of the Edmonton creative community?
PT:
It has been exciting to transition from being a full-time student to a contributing creative in Edmonton. I have admired and looked up to so many in our community for years and it never ceases to amaze me how much talent is packed in this city and how welcoming they are to give advice and encouragement.

RB: Please gush about a few of your designer, maker, or creative crushes!
PT:
My favourite contemporary creators are Brad Woodward and Josh Emrich, who both work as graphic designers while also selling their personal work on the side. Their work is infused with humour and a retro sensibility I always drool over. More historical inspirations include Robert Rauschenberg, James Rosenquist, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, and my great-aunt (a textile designer) Sylvia Chalmers.

RB: Do you have a favourite holiday tradition you can share with us?
PT:
Decorating gingerbread houses. It’s something that brings me and my other creative siblings together over the holidays and the assembling process is even more fun than eating it afterwards.

Visit Paul Twa’s website to view more of his work and what he plans on bringing to the Royal Bison: paultwa.com

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Wear it On Your Sleeve with My Next Broken Heart

Randee Armstrong, lifestyle and t-shirt maker behind My Next Broken Heart, is joining us for their first ever Royal Bison! We're super excited to have her work with us. My Next Broken Heart's Origin story is simple but goes like this: "Born from an ass tattoo and a love of music. Just thought I’d make some cheeky tees ;)" Skip on over to Randee's instagram (@mynextbrokenheart) to keep up with her progress and head on down below to read about what inspires her to create!

RB: What draws you to making/designing things?
MNBH: It’s a nice outlet of creativity and humour.

RB: What’s new for your line/business this spring?
MNBH: Everything, first Spring season ever.

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RB: Tell us about a few of your designer/maker/creative crushes:
Definitely Erin Ross paintings, Karma Victoria and General Concern, amazing people making amazing things.

 Check out the full portfolio of Randee's work at www.randeearmstrong.com

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Dress For Adventure with Flannel Foxes

Flannel Foxes, Bison staples since spring of 2016, are joining us again and we couldn't be happier to climb into our new adventuring gear! Megan, Brittni, and Mike, owners of Flannel Foxes, had this to say of their brand: "Flannel Foxes is a nostalgic brand inspired by life in the Canadian West. We take inspiration from our home and native land to bring you high quality, well designed, practical clothing." Amen to that! You can keep up with the nostalgia train on instagram (@flannelfoxes) or twitter (@flannelfoxes) and read on down below to see what's been inspiring the trio of adventurers these days:

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RB: What draws you to making/designing things?
FOXES: We grew up camping and exploring Canada’s western provinces, carrying a deep appreciation for what these lands have to offer. We aspire to make clothes that share the best of Canada West. It's also another design creative for Mike and Brit, in a less structured environment than the world of advertising or barbering.

RB: What’s new for your line/business this spring?
FOXES: We have a variety of new hats, shirts, and pennants coming out in time for Royal Bison, all inspired by the theme of the Western Canadian road trip. 

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RB: What’s in your designer/maker/creative plans for 2018?
FOXES: We're focusing on the theme of road trips this summer. It's the inspiration behind the graphics on our new hats and shirts. We plan to take a few road trips, so we'll also be sharing the best places to visit through social media and our website. This summer we have a variety of collaborations, parties, and pop-ups planned, so stay tuned!

RB: Tell us about a few of your designer/maker/creative crushes:
FOXES: Mountains & Monsters. Hamburger Hands. Adrian Martinus.

Minimal, rad, nostalgic. WE LOVE IT! Check out the rest of their stock at www.flannelfoxes.com

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Fashionably Handcrafted Clothing And Accessories Of Nor Official

Welcome newcomer Sherri Cardona, of Nor Official! Sherri's designer handcrafted clothing and accessories are all made here in Edmonton in her downtown studio apartment. Of her brand she says "I create pieces that are comfortable, beautiful and simple." We can really get behind that! Sherri first started making in 2016, and will be joinging us for the first time for the November weekend of our fair! You can find Nor Officlal on both instagram / twitter and do read on down below to check out how she responded to our Q&A: 

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Q: What does it mean to be an Edmonton designer?
It means a lot to get to be a part of this growing community of young creative entrepreneurs. I'm always inspired by other artists to pursue our passions. I love supporting local and bringing something unique to Edmonton!

Q: What are your top 3 influences?
People on the streets, other cultures, and decades from the past.

Q: Favourite item you've picked up from the previous year:
This will be my first time and I'm excited to pick up some new things!

Head on over to www.norofficial.com to Check out Sherri's full collection!

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Roll Up Those Pant Cuffs Confidently With Urban Drawer

Urban Drawer is a sock company based in Edmonton, AB. We design fun and modern socks to keep your feet looking awesome.  Our designs are inspired by the qualities of city life and we wanted to make stylish socks that could be worn every day.  We hand select the colour threads and our adult socks are made out of combed cotton for extra softness and durability. Natalie Frederick and Vanessa Frederick started working together on this project in 2015 and are joining us for the first time in November - and we are SO happy to see their new work! You can keep up to date with urban Drawer by following them on instagram / twitter and do yourself a favour a read on down below to see how they responded to our Q&A:

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Q: What does it mean to be an Edmonton maker/designer/artist?
UD: We can influence the world around us. We get to place our mark on our city in some tiny or large way. 

Q: What are your top 3 influences (artists, things, etc)?
UD: Currently rock ‘in out to Sampha, London Grammar, and reading the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey. 

Q: Favourite Bison item you’ve picked up at a previous fair?
UD: A rad orange tuque from our friends at Flannel Foxes.

Head on over to www.shopurbandrawer.com to check out their full collection of socks and shop around for the pairs you wanna pick up yourself and others this holiday season! Woot! We love cool socks!

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Natalie Frederick and Vanessa Frederick

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Bundle Yourself Up With The Exit Workshop

The Exit Workshop, created and operated by Gina Hargreaves, is a brand for the weekend warrior. They make clothes ready for adventure.  Gina says of her past before creating TEW, "I started knitting with my Grandma when I was about 5 or 6 years old – I tried making straight rectangular scarves but they always ended up looking like a squiggle because I was easily distracted, so Grandma would remake and finish them for me hahaha! But I officially started The Exit Workshop (formerly Exit Beanies) in 2012, when my attention span was a little better." Gina first started selling at Bison in 2014 and she'll be ready to get you stocked up for your upcoming mountain adventure for both of our weekends this round! Check out The Exit Workshop on instagram / twitter and read on down below to see how the responded to our Q&A:

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Q: What does it mean to be an Edmonton maker/designer/artist?
TEW: It’s pretty cool – I get to express myself and my love for being a ski-bum in an environment that’s, like, 4 hours away from any mountains, which keeps me pretty grounded. While I’m constantly leaving Edmonton on big adventures, Edmonton will always be home. My family and friends are here, biking in the river valley is awesome, and there are lots of great spots to sit down with a coffee. It’s such a great place full of so many subcultures, similar to the melting pot of people in New York City – I love it.

Q: What are your top 3 influences (artists, things, etc)?
TEW: Fresh air, Charley Harper’s minimal realism and bright colours, and Luca Font – his tattoos are amazing!

Q: Favourite Bison item you’ve picked up at a previous fair?
TEW: Too many to name, but my mug from Kalika Bowlby is used on the daily because it’s so. Effing. Rad. I’m also wearing a shirt from Cinder and Smoke that I love as I write this, along with my Karma Victoria earrings.

Head on over to www.exitworkshop.com to check out their full shop!

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Thank God, It's Friday Sock Co.!

Adam Thompson, owner and operator of Friday Sock Co., established the brand in the spring of 2014 as a creative outlet while he toiled away in an 8-5 sales job. Adam has said "I was the "sock guy" in the office and wanted to push the envelope on my own personal sock game. I thought of a fun idea to mismatch socks while retaining a theme and/or colour combination, and when I couldn't find a similar product in the marketplace, I decided to design my own." We love that creative drive! Adam will be bringing his rad socks to our December weekend and we're excited to see the new stock! You can keep up with Adams Friday Sock Co. online on instagram / twitter and read on down below to see how he responded to our Q&A:  

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Q: What does it mean to be an Albertan maker/designer/artist?
FSC: It means I get to belong to a group of awesome individuals who continue to inspire me every day. We are a province of talented creatives. 

Q: What are your top 3 influences (artists, things, etc)?
FSC: I keep updated on what’s happening in the general textile and knitwear industry, and am influenced by symbiotic relationships in every day life. I’m always observing things that are different, but that also go together, and thinking about how/if it can work on a sock design. 

Q: Favourite Bison item you’ve picked up at a previous fair?
FSC: That’s a tough one! I have a lot of items from Bison artists and they’re all great. Can’t really say I have a favourite… They’re all favourites!

In January 2017 Adam was able to visit his manufacturing partner; a small family owned sock producer in Italy. He had this to say about them: "We are incredibly proud to have our socks made in an ethical and environmentally responsible way. The factory itself has been with the same family for three generations." You can check out Friday Sock Co.'s full collection of their work at www.fridaysock.co.

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Adam Thompson, owner and operator of Friday Sock Co.

Adam Thompson, owner and operator of Friday Sock Co.

Bring On the Nostalgia for Western Canadian Living with Flannel Foxes

Brittni Goshulak, Michael Lundy, and Meagan Henderson are three of the kindest, most welcoming people you'll likely ever meet and that's fitting of their apparel brand Flannel Foxes. They created a nostalgic brand that's inspired by life in the Canadian West. Taking inspiration from our home and native land to bring you high quality, well designed, practical clothing! They'll be joining us again for both weekends of the fair and we're very happy to have them! You can check out the rest of their work and keep up with what's happening in their world by following them on instagram / twitter and read on down below as we further pick their brains on their inspirations:

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Q: What does it mean to be an Edmonton maker/designer/artist?
FF: Edmonton is a truly unique city with an amazing community of people who love to support local business. We're so lucky to be from here and to have been able to meet some fantastic people through this work. 

Q: What are your top 3 influences (artists, things, etc)?
FF: Flannel Foxes is a nostalgic brand, we love looking back at our parents & grandparents memorabilia to get an idea of what Canada meant to them growing up. We're also big fans of the Rocky Mountain Antique Mall. 

Q: Favourite Bison item you’ve picked up at a previous fair?
FF: All of us own Monster friends from Mountains & Monsters. We can't get enough ugly cuteness!

Check out the amazing work these fine folks have gotten up to at www.flannelfoxes.com and follow the links below to see the incredible coverage they've gotten over the years:

Metro, October 2016

Avenue Magazine, July 2016

CBC Radio, January 2016

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The Flannel Foxes team: Meagan, Mike, and Brittni

The Flannel Foxes team: Meagan, Mike, and Brittni