Vintage fade or modern colours? Either way, Canal Days has a shirt for you

Isabella Favero, Heritage Outreach Coordinator at the Port Colborne Historical and Marine Museum, showing off one of the 2022 Canal Days t-shirts.
  • Darius Maddalena, Assistant Heritage Research Interpreter at the Port Colborne Historical and Marine Museum, wearing one of the 2022 Canal Days t-shirts.

If you love the faded look, you’re in luck. If you like bright colors, you’re in luck too.

This year, two models of Canal Days t-shirts will create memories during the event.

Tami Nail, assistant curator at the Port Colborne Historical and Marine Museum, said one of the t-shirt designs this year was a vintage band or festival t-shirt.

It features a faded gray to make the colors look faded. It has an abstract image of the lake with the sun and the iconic local bridge.

“It was to follow the trend we’re seeing,” Nail said, explaining that “the Museum is always trying to attract a younger audience and bring them in.”

The second design, Nail explained, has a more modern, classic type of design with bold colors that are “bold is modern.”

Both designs were made by artist Stephen Brûlé. He started as an intern many years ago and helps design the T-shirts every year.

Nail said both shirts have proven popular. She’s noticed that younger people tend to prefer vintage-style shirts, with older people preferring what Nail calls the more classic design.

“Honestly, they both sell really well,” she said.

The project is sponsored by Bell Marine, Nail said.

“They’ve done a great job with us in the past. They have always been a big contributor,” she said.

Funds raised are used by the museum to provide programming and participate in the local community.

The shirts are $30 each and come in unisex sizes, ranging from small to XXL.

T-shirts are on sale at the Museum from noon to 5 p.m. or every Friday at the Port Colborne Farmer’s Market.

For more information on the Canal Days Marine Heritage Festival, visit

Elizabeth J. Harless