At Revolution Now, we believe that “we change what we must.”
Our movement aims to create visibility, opportunity, and community for traditionally marginalized and racialized people.
We also strive to be environmentally responsible in all that we do.
Olympic Gold Medalist/ Human Rights Advocate
Revolution Now is proud to be endorsed by Canadian hero, Mark Tewksbury. As Canada’s 1st Out Olympian, Mark has paved the way for many 2SLGBTQ+ Canadians. He is best known for winning the gold medal in the 100-metre backstroke at the 1992 Olympics. He was selected to be the Chef de Mission for the 2012 Canadian Summer Olympic Team.
He has been inducted into Canada’s LGBT Human Rights Hall of Fame and in 2020 became a Companion of the Order of Canada. We thank Mark for all he continues to do to provide leadership and support for 2SLGBTQ+ youth.
SHOP OUR COLLECTION
Our company’s signature “Revolution Now” t-shirt is a call to action. When you wear this shirt, we hope it will spark discussions in your families, work places and places of worship about how we all can actively take part in creating a more equitable and loving world. This shirt logo is designed by Robert Wright, a Black entrepreneur from Aurora, Ontario and the owner of Noir Designs. Eight dollars from the sale of each of these shirts will be donated to Urban Promise Toronto.
Black Excellence \ Pre-ORDER
This long sleeve shirt is designed by emerging fashion artist, Noah Wright. The goal of this shirt is to create our 2nd Annual Black Scholarship. These shirts are ethically made in Canada, by female led companies and are comprised of recycled water bottles and organic materials.
TRUTH & RECONCILIATION DAY SHIRT
This shirt is designed by Wikwemikong Nation artist, Keith Gattie. The language on the front is Anishinaabemowin and loosely translates to “We Change What We Must”.
The meaning is as follows: the eagle is sacred because it flies closest to the Creator and symbolizes strength and wisdom. The owls are often seen as messengers. Some healers call upon the owl for insight into the truth. In this image the owls represent the true experience of Indigenous children, with one looking to the Creator for wisdom for the future and one looking back to honour the spirit of residential school survivors. The apple tree represents the orchard at the Woodland Cultural Centre behind the former Mohawk Institute Residential School. Eight dollars from the sale of each of these shirts will go to support youth programming at the Woodland Cultural Centre.
WE CHANGE WHAT WE MUST
Our inaugural shirt is a purple shirt called “We Change What We Must”. This butterfly image symbolizes the natural transformation that happens for many members of the 2SLGBTQ+ community when they are embraced for who they are. This shirt is designed by Forrest Woods, an 18 year old transgender artist from Newmarket, Ontario. Eight dollars from the sale of each of these shirts will be donated to the 519 in Toronto.
These Pride Buttons are designed by 18-year-old trans artist, Rio Bailey.
Fifty cents from each button sold will go to support youth programming at the 519 in Toronto. They are 1.25 inches in diameter and are made in Toronto.
Wear yours with Pride!
KEITH GATTIE COLLECTION
POSTCARD – This postcard is created by Keith Gattie of the Wiikwemkoong First Nation. The language on the sticker is written in Anishinaabemowin and loosely translates to “We Change What We Must”. The artist says that this image “aims to give people strength and wisdom to only let good energy into their lives and all of our relations.”If you would like to write messages to Aghan refugee children and have them included in Smile Boxes through the Welcome to Canada Project For Afghans, please message us at firstname.lastname@example.org From the sale of each card, $1.50 will be donated to Gwekwaadziwin Miikan Youth Mental Health and Addiction Program on Manitoulin Island.
KEITH GATTIE COLLECTION
STICKER – This sticker is created by Keith Gattie of the Wiikwemkoong First Nation. The language on the sticker is written in Anishinaabemowin and loosely translates to “We Change What We Must”. The artist says that this image “aims to give people strength and wisdom to only let good energy into their lives and all of our relations.” The sticker measures 4 inches x 2 ½ inches. From the sale of each sticker, $1.50 will be donated to Gwekwaadziwin Miikan Youth Mental Health and Addiction Program on Manitoulin Island.
REVOLUTION NOW BEANIE
From each beanie sold $8.00 will be put into an academic scholarship for a Black student graduating from a York Region high school.
These cuffed beanies are made in Canada with recovered textile waste from all over the planet. These recovered fibers are manufactured in Montreal. They are made from 75% recycled cotton, 20% RPET and 5% other fibers. They are also feature a faux suede tag.
We are excited to announce that Revolution Now! apparel will now be available at
Metropolis Mercantile + Cafe.
This fabulous, socially conscious shop is located at
183 Main Street, Newmarket, ON.
The entrance is from the back, east side of Main Street.
At Revolution Now all of our cotton is harvested organically and spun into yarn using certified, ethical manufacturing practices. We are proud to work with Econic Apparel who guarantees that these shirts are GOTS-certified. The Global Organic Textile Standard(GOTS) is recognized as the world’s leading processing standard for textiles made from organic fibers. This includes a system of farming that maintains and replenishes soil fertility without the use of toxic pesticides and fertilizers. These shirts are also manufactured using Fair Labour Association(FLA) certified global standards.
Share Your Story
We thank you for joining in this movement and look forward to hearing the stories of how your communities and businesses are being intentional in bringing forth truth and reconciliation, racial equity, social justice, and environmental protection. Contact us to have your community, business, or organization featured on our website.
We would also like to thank the following organizations and groups of people for their sponsorship and commitment to creating inclusive spaces.
Have Any Questions?
We thank you for your support and are happy to answer any of your questions.