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New Homes & Condos | city | lifestyle


smith a zest for life

decor in film

The close-up ready room

high appeal

Mixing home, work and play

new home trends An inconvenient truth

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neighbourhoods hits Must-know bookstores Drool-worthy burgers Exceptional entertainment


Powerhouse plants for all seasons

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Downtown Living at Its Best! Construction Starting Soon at The PJ Condos

Rising 48 storeys tall, in the heart of Toronto’s Entertainment District, The PJ Condos will soon become a reality for many. With construction starting this fall, it is no wonder why so many people are calling The PJ their new home. The PJ Condos include luxurious finishes, such as nine-foot ceilings, laminate flooring, contemporary kitchens complete with designer cabinetry, stainless steel kitchen appliances, quartz countertops, undermount sinks, spa-inspired bathrooms with deep soaker tubs, rain showerheads, and so much more! Don’t miss out on the opportunity to own a piece of the sky! Contact The PJ Sales Centre for full details. • • (416) 596-1600 abode September 2016


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11 26 neighbourhoods home work play By Vicky Sanderson

12 Aurora 14 Burlington 16 Collingwood 18 Kitchener-Waterloo 20 Orangeville 22 Pickering 24 Yonge/Sheppard

28 High/Low Stone – Natural or Manmade? 30 Home Office Upgrade 32 Retail Hotspot: LESLIEVILLE'S AVENUE ROAD

Photo by Alyssa Rosenheck

40 real estate news Photo by IMAGEONTARIO


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40 An Inconvenient Truth by bild 42 GET THE DIRT BY SPECTRUM REALTY

46 celebrity brad smith The football player-turned-TV-personality talks food, his home in Toronto and the serendipity that landed him his current role as host of Chopped Canada.

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Photo by Alex Urosevic

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New Homes & CoNdos | City | lifestyle

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smith a zest for life

decor in film

The close-up ready room

hiGh appeal

Mixing home, work and play

new home trends

neiGhbourhoods hits Must-know bookstores Drool-worthy burgers Exceptional entertainment


Powerhouse plants for all seasons

An inconvenient truth

71 outdoor living By Owen Reeves

Powerhouse Plants for All Seasons, PLUS PROVEN PERFORMERS FOR FALL PLANTERS Photo courtesy of Proven Winners

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Whenever you see the layar icon, use the app to scan the page to see additional content!

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from the publisher welcome back!


e’re thrilled with your reaction and the uniformly positive feedback you gave us to our first issue; it exceeded even our own (wild) expectations.

Publisher Dana Robbins General Manager John Willems Regional Director of Advertising Cheryl Phillips Advertising Manager Braden Simmonds Distribution Manager Mike Banville Editor Katherine Moore Associate Editor Tasha Zanin Regional Director, Creative Services Katherine Porcheron Graphic Designer Karen Alexiou Geoff Thibodeau

As you can tell, at Abode we draw our inspiration and creative energy from this exhilarating city which we are lucky enough to call home.

Once again, in this issue, you will discover the wonders of Toronto and its surround-

ing communities as we explore the neighbourhoods in which we live, work and play. This edition will take you from Kitchener to Pickering, north to Aurora, and everywhere in between. You’ll meet Brad Smith, the first “Canadian Bachelor” and one of the most recognized personalities in Canada. We know you’ll be fascinated by his journey from a childhood in Aurora to the pinnacle of celebrity. With this issue, we’re also excited to bring you the latest in hi-tech innovation. Layar technology has been embraced by many of our readers but some of you may be ask-

Sales by Cindy Lloyd (Owner) Media Power Play Contributors Tracy Hanes Clifford Korman Owen Reeves Vicky Sanderson Cece Scott Spectrum Realty Ryan Starr Spencer Wynn

ing, “What is Layar?” Layar is an app that brings printed pages to life, and allows you to interact with videos, websites, and much more. To get in on the experience, all you have to do is download the app, look for the Layar logo scattered throughout Abode, scan the pages with your smartphone and, well, be prepared to be amazed. Toronto and the GTA have so much to offer you in terms of lifestyle and entertainment and, above all, friendly and accessible neighbourhoods, some you’ll discover here for the first time. Sit back, relax and peruse the pages of Abode…you never know, your future abode may be in this issue.

Mailing Address: Metroland Media Toronto 175 Gordon Baker Rd. Toronto, ON M2H 0A2 For further information regarding all our products please call us at 416-493-4400 Abode is a specialty publication published by Metroland Media. Copyright 2016. All rights reserved. Any reproduction of this publication in whole or in part must be approved by the Publisher.

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contributors Spencer wynn


Learning from a Canadian World War II photographer at the Ontario College of Art inspired Spencer Wynn’s love of visual journalism. From staying in yurts in Inner Mongolia, to a slum in India and an ice floe in the High Arctic, Wynn delivers compelling visual narratives that challenge what we see and how we live. Favourite Movie: Hunt for Red October

ryan starr


Raven-haired Ryan Starr finished seventh on the first season of American Idol. But that’s not who’s writing for Abode. This Ryan Starr is a seasoned real estate scribe, a correspondent for the Toronto Star, Bisnow Toronto and Epoch Times, among other publications. He can’t sing, but few know GTA real estate better. Favourite Movie: Airplane!

cece scott

Cece Scott, a free-spirited journalist and photographer, travels the world seeking adventure in remote destinations, photographing local culture and the wonderful people she meets. Cece has been published in the Toronto Star, Dreamscapes Travel and Lifestyle Magazine, GoodLife magazine; she is also a contributing writer with Active Life magazine, AMOI magazine (where she is also copy editor), and PhotoEd magazine. Favourite Movie: Lincoln Lawyer



Clifford Korman and partner Steven Kirshenblatt founded Kirkor Architects + Planners in 1990. Since then it has developed into a firm of nearly 60 architects, interns and technologists, who support a robust client list, including local and international major developers. Kirkor's focus is on creating responsible, sustainable and economically viable developments through smart-growth strategies. Favourite Movie: The Dirty Dozen


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tracy hanes


Freelance writer Tracy Hanes specializes in new home, real estate and renovation stories and has been published in Canada's largest daily newspapers and numerous magazines. She loves riding her horses, walking her dog and exploring destinations near and far. Favourite Movie: When Harry Met Sally

vicky sanderson

design & decor editor @vickysanderson

A self-confessed Opinion-ista, Vicky Sanderson has strong views on home design and decor, about which she has been writing for nearly two decades. Having tested just about every appliance known to humankind, she maintains that households function most efficiently with a minimum of gadgets. She loves graceful, well-appointed rooms, as long as the decor includes plenty of books. Favourite Movie: Fanny and Alexander

Spectrum Realty Spectrum Realty and its counterpart Spectrum Sky are connoisseurs of new home sales, marketing, and resale real estate. The partners have been in the business for over 25 years and have won multiple awards in the industry, both locally and internationally. Passion, humour and balance define these trailblazers. Favourite Movie: The Italian Job

owen reeves


Owen Reeves is the fourth generation of his family to work in the garden industry. He owns The Outside Element, focusing on horticultural consultation, design, and planting, to create sustainable outdoor spaces. In addition to contributing to Abode magazine, Owen is the outdoor and garden expert on CTV's The Marilyn Denis Show. Favourite Movie: Inception

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Look for our Richmond Hill cover girl in Kiefer Sutherland's new political drama Designated Survivor, filmed in Toronto and premiering September 21 on ABC


QUEENS QUAY EAST: WHERE WORLDS COLLIDE Two prestigious condo developments at Toronto's waterfront embody the “live, work, play” ideology

Bedding trends By Vicky Sanderson Style and comfort where it counts most

Fox Harb’r Oceanfront Resort Outdoor adventure awaits at this Nova Scotia playground

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PACE on Main PACE on Main is the first condominium to be built right on Main Street, Stouffville, and is now under construction in the heart of this historic community, close to everything. A variety of restaurants, shops and services line Main Street, while larger brandname stores are within a few minutes’ drive. PACE on Main is an elegant five-storey mid-rise, boutique-style residence featuring 67 well-appointed suites. Lifestyle amenities include a welcoming lobby and gathering places such as an outdoor terrace and The Main Street Lounge. Steps from the Stouffville GO station, the location provides an effortless commute to Toronto. PACE owners will also enjoy nearby Memorial Park, the Leisure Centre and the many golf courses and cycling and hiking trails surrounding the town. An excellent selection of suites is available, ranging from spacious one- to three-bedroom designs in sizes from 672 to 1,368 square feet. Classic interiors feature Geranium’s quality finishes, such as nine-foot ceilings, engineered hardwood flooring, granite countertops, stainless steel kitchen appliances, walk-in closets and spa-inspired bathrooms. Prices start at $349,900 and include an underground parking space. Offering the best of city and country life surrounded by wonderful amenities, and with construction underway, now is the perfect time to choose your new home at PACE on Main! The Sales Centre is at 184 Glad Park Avenue in Stouffville • • (905) 591-1071


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Story by bryan cairns & Katherine moore

Saying goodbye to summer this month may be bittersweet. Yet the dip in temperature, after weeks of record-breaking heat waves, should inspire us to take to the streets again and discover some of the quaint and quirky offerings that evening strolls through these neighbourhoods might reveal. In this issue, we’ve rounded up specialty food shops, some indie bookstores, burger joints, and special events to check out across the GTA. Photo by Philip Walker

Aurora ENTERTAINMENT: CINEPLEX ODEON AURORA CINEMAS Want to be transported to a galaxy far away, interact with talking pets, laugh out loud or maybe shed a tear? Head over to the Cineplex Odeon Aurora Cinemas and sit back for movies that suspend your belief or pull on your heartstrings. Showtimes vary and new films are released every Friday. Location: 15460 Bayview Ave.

BURGER JOINT: T.C.'s BURGERS If it isn't broken, don't fix it. Family-owned T.C.'s Burgers serves up the classics. Homemade burgers and cheeseburgers with fresh toppings keep customers coming back for more. Mix things up with the Canuck Burger, which features a 6-ounce, all-beef patty, cheddar cheese and peameal bacon. Location: 15198 Yonge St.

SPECIALTY FOOD: PETER'S FOOD SHOP Peter's Food Shop's website states, "There are two kinds of steaks. Our steaks and mistakes‌and nobody likes mistakes." Peter's specializes in a wide variety of meats, including the finest cuts of beef, which are aged to perfection over a minimum of nine weeks. In addition, they sell a selection of prepared foods, as well as homemade gourmet sauces and dips. Location: 305 Industrial Pkwy. Photo by Mike Barrett


Developments brought to you by 1. Highland Gate by Geranium 2. Aurora Glen by Lindvest 3. Timberlane by Brookfield 4. Time by Treasure Hill 5. Bayview Downs by Crystal Glen Homes 6. Centro by Kaitlin Corporation

HOME OWNERSHIP Average Household Income: $128,854 Average Assessed Home Values: condos, $387,000; detached, $770,000 Number of People Per Household: 3.0 Home Ownership: 86% own; 13% rent Population Age: 32% are 20-44 age group Source for Average Assessed Home Values: MCAP August 2016


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Aurora doesn't have its own diamond-in-the-rough bookstore. So, instead, head down Yonge Street to Newmarket's Chapters, the granddaddy of all chain bookstores. Be prepared to get lost among rows and rows of hard or soft-cover titles, both fiction and nonfiction. There's even a massive magazine section to peruse. Location: 17440 Yonge St.

EVENT: COLOURS OF THE FALL CONCERT Celebrate the changing of the seasons and Thanksgiving weekend with the Colours of the Fall Concert. The two-hour event runs from 6 to 8 p.m. and offers a live concert. This year, Blue Rodeo and Keith Urban's music will be featured. So come out and carve a pumpkin, listen to some tunes, devour corn on the cob at the community roast or simply take in the beautiful fall colours with the family. Date: October 6 Location: Aurora Town Park

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Introducing the future of perfect condos, Sonic condominiums by Lindvest at Eglinton and Don Mills. Close to shopping and dining, the future Eglinton Crosstown will whisk you from points A to B in the blink of an eye. The stunning tower designed by Page & Steele / IBI Group will stand 28 storeys with a three-storey podium. Sonic condominiums will encompass over 25,000 square feet of thoughtfully designed indoor and exterior amenity space, including a walking path, exercise equipment, yoga studio, steam rooms, games room, catering kitchen, lounges, and a pet spa. Residents will be able to make the most of the summer with barbeques, fire pits, and cabanas on the podium rooftop. Priced from the low $200,000s.

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Burlington SPECIALTY FOOD: THE OLIVE OIL DISPENSARY For those who believe that olive oil is the nectar of the gods, the Olive Oil Dispensary serves up top-quality oils and vinegars from around the world. Extra-virgin olive oils from Spain, Greece or Italy can be bottled on the spot. Pair those full-flavoured oils with an assortment of dark or white vinegars. Location: 2003 Lakeshore Rd.

BOOKSTORE: BY THE LAKE BOOKS By The Lake Books has serviced the Burlington area for over 20 years, specializing in "gently used books." Tons of current and hard-to-find titles catch the eyes. In addition, the staff will hunt down rare editions and signed collectibles for the avid reader. Location: 5295 Lakeshore Rd.



Developments brought to you by 1. Affinity Condominiums by Rosehaven 2. Blu Urban Towns by Kettlebeck Developments 3. Waterlilies—Phase 3 by Fernbrook and Cityzen 4. Paradigm Condominiums—East Tower by Molinaro Group 5. Alton Village West by Sundial 6. Link Condos + Towns by ADI Development

HOME OWNERSHIP Average Household Income: $102,255 Average Assessed Home Values: condos, $334,000; detached, $621,000 Number of People Per Household: 2.6 Home Ownership: 79% own; 20% rent Population Age: 32% are 20-44 age group Source for Average Assessed Home Values: MCAP August 2016


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A bit indecisive on what to do one evening? Splitsville is the place for you. Canada's premium gaming facility offers laser tag, arcade games and pool tables. There is also a bowling alley for those who want to hit a few pins. Cosmic bowling gets funky on the weekend with glow-in-the-dark fun and loud music. And, after 10 p.m., Splitsville caters to the older 19+ crowd with live bands, DJs and cold alcoholic beverages.

Burlington's Applefest Fall Fair celebrates the changing seasons with an array of activities, including live musical entertainment, special attractions, crafts, exhibitions, and games. Keeping with the festival's apple theme, gobble up some delectable fair favourites such as candy apples, apple blossoms, apple turnovers and, of course, apple pie. Date: September 27 Location: 2168 Guelph Line

Location: 830 Laurentian Dr.

BURGER JOINT: BOON BURGER CAFE Carnivores beware. Boon Burger Café prides itself on being "the world's first vegan burger café." They offer 100 per cent cruelty-free food that tastes delicious. The café's grilled boon patty consists of ground-up fresh vegetables and tofu. The grilled black bean patty comes loaded with black and red beans, lentils, brown rice, and fresh herbs. Location: 399 Elizabeth St.

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Collingwood ENTERTAINMENT: GEORGIAN BOWL Prepare for a day of fun and adrenaline at Georgian Bowl. The entertainment playground offers lanes of 5- and 10-pin bowling. Saturdays kick it up a notch with Georgian Bowl's version of glowin-the-dark bowling, Rock N' Bowl. If strikes, spares and gutter balls aren't your thing, square off at outdoor mini golf, pool or air hockey. Location: 832 Hurontario St.

BURGER JOINT: THE SMOKE The Food Network's You Gotta Eat Here visited The Smoke for good reason. The place kicks barbecue up a notch with its lip-smacking fare. On the burger front, their specialities include The Salmonator, a Smoked Portobello Mushroom Burger, the Wholly Cow and the Poutine Burger, an 8-ounce, smoked-beef chuck patty, topped with fries, cheese curds, and a mac ‘n cheese sauce. Location: 498 First St.

SPECIALTY FOOD: DAGS & WILLOW FINE CHEESES AND GOURMET SHOP Dags & Willow Fine Cheeses and Gourmet Shop is the destination spot for cheese. It boasts over 150 varieties from all over the globe, including the Netherlands, England and Spain. Gift baskets, one-ofa-kind cheese boards, and a selection of cheese knives are available for purchase too. Location: 25 Second St.


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HOME OWNERSHIP Average Household Income: $77,070 Average Assessed Home Values: condos, $238,000; detached, $305,000; waterfront, $708,000 Number of People Per Household: 2.4 Home Ownership: 73% own; 26% rent Population Age: 27% are 20-44 age group Source for Average Assessed Home Values: MCAP August 2016


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Read It Again New & Used Books boasts it's "the little bookstore with big service." It carries a wide selection of books — ranging from New York Times bestsellers to gardening to fantasy and thrillers and comic books. The store is also divided into smaller rooms, giving it a cozy, old-school feeling. Location: 22 Second St.

EVENT: BLUE MOUNTAIN EVENTS During the winter, skiers flock to Collingwood's Blue Mountain. However, the resort features plenty of activities during the fall. Bikers can feed their need for speed in the Subaru Centurion Cycling festival, September 16-18. The 12th Annual Charity Event and Golf Tournament has golfers hitting the greens on September 23. And for something more family-oriented, check out the Apple Harvest Festival, October 8-10. Date: Various Location: 156 Jozo Weider Blvd.




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Shoot first and ask questions later. That's the only way to win at Flag Raiders Paintball. Now in its 34th year of operation, the family-owned Flag Raiders provides indoor or outdoor facilities to satisfy your paintball needs. First-time players, seasoned pros or teams are all welcome to compete in a variety of games, from recreational play and epic battles, to low-impact paintball, and capture the flag. There's adventure for everyone.

Frat Burger never disappoints. The establishment grinds local Ontario beef and cooks each burger to order. Frat Burger's menu features such colourful burger options as The Hound Dog, The Hangover, and The Baby Blue. However, it's their signature Frat Gone Wild–consisting of a turkey patty, hot peppers, caramelized onions, Monterey Jack cheese, peanut butter, and aioli mayo–that takes top honours.

Location: Outdoor field at 425 Bingemans Centre Dr. or Indoor Field at 259 Gage Ave., Kitchener


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SPECIALTY FOOD: DISTINCTLY TEA Can't find a decent cup of tea? Distinctly Tea will change that. The place offers more than 350 quality loose teas, including the more traditional black, green and herbal blends. Other big hits range from oolong to the more unusual pu-erh teas. Tea accessories also line the shelves. Location: 187 King St. S, Waterloo

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HOME OWNERSHIP Average Household Income: $78,245 Average Assessed Home Values: condos, $175,000; detached, $336,000 Number of People Per Household: 2.6 Home Ownership: 65% own; 34% rent Population Age: 38% are 20-44 age group Source for Average Assessed Home Values: MCAP August 2016


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BOOKSTORE: WORDS WORTH BOOKS LTD Words Worth Books Ltd. still draws customers in after 30 years. The store is dedicated to stocking the best in new Canadian and international literature, as well as a backlist of titles. People who fancy themselves as the next Sherlock Holmes should check out their extensive mystery section. Location: 96 King St. S., Waterloo

EVENTS: OKTOBERFEST Soak up the good times and cheer at Oktoberfest. The celebration has enough family and cultural events to excite everyone. Chow down on traditional German cuisine such as pretzels, strudel, schnitzel, potato salad, and pork sausage loaded with creamy sauerkraut. The party even continues on the holiday with an Oktoberfest Thanksgiving Day Parade composed of over 120 floats, bands and colourful characters. Date: October 7-15 Location: Various

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Orangeville SPECIALTY FOOD: FROMAGE Fromage is the ultimate paradise for cheese connoisseurs. The specialty store carries up to 60 varieties of cheese from across Canada and the world. Bestsellers include maple smoked cheese, red dragon cheese and double cream bries. There are also plenty of take-home meals with no additives or preservatives, as well as locally sourced products to complement your cheese. Location: 23 Mill St.


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Local residents have visited BookLore for over 25 years. A self-proclaimed "Mecca for readers," the independent bookstore caters to anyone and everyone. Its shelves are filled with everything from fine cooking literature to the latest whodunit and even special orders. BookLore also hosts books signings with Canadian authors and unexpected guests such as Orangeville native and WWE superstar, Adam Copeland. Location: 121 First St.

EVENT: ORANGEVILLE FARMERS' MARKET Awaken your taste buds at Orangeville Farmers' Market. Local growers present freshly picked vegetables and fruits, as well as from-the-farm meat. Enjoy baked goods straight from the oven and mouth-watering treats. There's also music, children's activities and vendors to chat with. Date: Every Saturday in September and October, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Location: 87 Broadway

ENTERTAINMENT: THEATRE ORANGEVILLE Theatre Orangeville has entertained local residents since its first season in 1994. Every year, the talented performers hit the stage with a new production. The next show, The Judy Garland Story, is a whimsical musical that pays tribute to life and career of The Wizard of Oz star. Location: 87 Broadway Ave.

BURGER JOINT: HOLBROOKS GRILL & SPORTS LOUNGE Holbrooks Grill & Sports Lounge elevates ordinary sports bar grub with high-quality food that's full of personality. Sink your teeth into such burgers as the Elvis, Waistline or Breakfast Burg. For the even more adventurous, savour the Krispy Kreme, where those addictive glazed donuts serve as buns, surrounding an 8-ounce burger, barbecued pulled pork, crispy onion tangles, slaw, and American cheese. Location: 35 Broadway Ave.


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Developments brought to you by 1. Humber Edge by Sunvale Homes 2. Westview Town Homes by Devonleigh Homes 3. Cachet Orangeville Town Homes by Cachet Estate 4. Ruby Village by Stonebridge Building Corporation 5. Vistas of Meadowlands by Devonleigh Homes 6. Fieldstone by Brookfield Residential

HOME OWNERSHIP: Average Household Income: $90,703 Average Assessed Home Values: condos, $215,000; detached, $396,000 Number of People Per Household: 2.8 Home Ownership: 82% own; 17% rent Population Age: 33% are 20-44 age group Source for Average Assessed Home Values: MCAP August 2016

Exquisite dining matched by glorious views bestow a true taste of freedom in the Cliffside Grill & the Muskoka Room. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the Cliffside Grill welcomes you after a round of golf, while the Muskoka Room, open for dinner service only, features a carefully curated parade of tasty delights. Reservations recommended. Public Welcome. Call 705 687 7900 ext. 2

Pickering BOOKSTORE: HEROIC DREAMS Reading material comes in all lengths, shapes, sizes, colours, and images. Heroic Dreams exemplifies that notion. The store ignites the imagination with comic books, graphic novels and collectors’ items. Embrace your inner hero and discover how Superman, Spider-Man or the X-Men save mankind. Location: 417 Kingston Rd.

EVENTS: KIDNEY WALK – DURHAM REGION Feel like giving back? The Kidney Foundation's Kidney Walks are the largest organized fundraising events in Ontario. Their mission is to raise awareness and funds for special research, vital programs and support for people living with the terrible disease. So help out…one step at a time. Date: September 25 Location: 55 Lakeview Park Ave.

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ENTERTAINMENT: DELTA BINGO AND GAMING Grab your daubers and Troll dolls and get ready to collect some big bucks. Delta Bingo and Gaming packs players in for this hugely popular game. Numbers get called and people frantically mark them off on their card. Rounds vary from completing a single line to four corners or the full card. There are cash prizes, but nothing feels as exhilarating as shouting out "BINGO!" when you win. Location: 975 Dillingham Rd.

BURGER JOINT: BIG M BURGERS Big M Burgers opened in 1965 and it still attracts customers with its original hamburger recipe. The website even offers a blueprint on how to build the perfect burger. Take Big M Burgers' 7-ounce grilled beef patty, sandwich it between a toasted bun and load on such traditional garnishes as lettuce, pickles, red onion, and your condiments of choice. Then, bite in and discover what 50 years of tradition tastes like.

Developments brought to you by 1. New Seaton by Brookfield Residential, Tower Hill and Aspen Ridge 2. Altona Towns by Marshall Homes 3. Shift by Treasure Hill 4. SF3 Condos by Chestnut Hill 5. Main St. Seaton by Averton Homes 6. Brock Village by LiVante Developments

HOME OWNERSHIP: Average Household Income: $106,970 Average Assessed Home Values: condos, $283,000; detached, $563,000 Number of People Per Household: 3.1 Home Ownership: 88% own; 11% rent Population Age: 33% are 20-44 age group Source for Average Assessed Home Values: MCAP August 2016

Location: 711 Krosno Blvd.

SPECIALTY FOOD: BRUNO’S SIGNATURE Ever since it opened in 1999, Bruno's Signature has supplied premium cuts of meat. Inventory includes fresh free-run turkeys, certified Angus beef and homegrown Ontario pork, veal, lamb or poultry. All purchases can be vacuum-packed into smaller servings. In addition, customers can stock up on heat-and-serve main dishes, seasonal soups or an assortment of sauces. Location: 375 Kingston Rd.


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Yonge/Sheppard ENTERTAINMENT: TORONTO CENTRE FOR THE ARTS Featuring four stages that have hosted a wealth of world-class productions and legendary performers, the Toronto Centre for the Arts has welcomed quite a diverse lineup of talent over the years. From Yo Yo Ma, Wynton Marsalis, Art Garfunkel, Tito Puente, Annie Lennox, and Diana Krall to the Broadway-bound stage productions of Ragtime and Fosse. Location: 5040 Yonge St.

BURGER JOINT: HERO CERTIFIED BURGERS The good people at Hero Burgers do not claim to have reinvented the burger but they do pride themselves in offering “wholesome food raised in a sustainable fashion…without hormones or antibiotics.” Along with a mouth-watering selection of burgers, buns, toppings, sides and milkshakes made with soft-serve ice cream, HB also caters to vegetarians and celiacs.

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Location: 4698 Yonge St.



Based on the glowing reviews posted on Tripadvisor, this place is a real gem. Fancy a chocolate, mascarpone and strawberry creation? Or maybe the black sesame ice cream crepe? More than dessert crepes, you can indulge in fruit parfaits, mousse cakes, waffles, and savoury crepes like chicken, frankfurter, smoked salmon and tuna. Be sure to check out the green tea frosty flakes—a work of art.

On September 10, take in some of the events planned for this year’s Toronto Undergraduate Jazz Festival. The TUJF is an independent, non-profit group dedicated to developing opportunities for undergraduates in Ontario. Experience the diversity of this music genre as demonstrated by over 20 bands and 144 musicians, along with some JUNO Award-winning greats.

Location: 5417 Yonge St. (south of Finch Ave.)

Date: September 10 Location: 5100 Yonge St. – Mel Lastman Square

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Yonge/Sheppard doesn't have its own independent bookstore. But not far away, east along Sheppard Avenue, there’s a decent Chapters. Stocked with all of the usual suspects—new releases in all genres, shapes and sizes, magazines, stationary, gift items, and home decor goodies like candles and speciality bon-bons and beverages to help set the mood for a best-selling reading binge.

Average Household Income: $95,229 Average Assessed Home Values: condos, $351,000; detached, $1,015,000 Number of People Per Household: 2.4 Home Ownership: 60% own; 39% rent Population Age: 41% are 20-44 age group

Location: 2901 Bayview Ave. (at Sheppard)

Source for Average Assessed Home Values: MCAP August 2016


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Work play Whether you need something provocative to spice up your living space, some practical ideas for your home office, or your green thumb is itching to spruce up the back garden, have a look at the following pages for inspiration.

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Which stone option is right for the way you live? story BY VICKY SANDERSON

The combination of beauty and durability in stone means it’s played functional and decorative roles in homes pretty much since humans moved into caves to escape the elements. These days, there’s a wide range of choices, from marble to manmade. Sorting them easily into high/low pricing is almost impossible, says Robin Siegerman, an interior design consultant with a speciality in kitchens, and a National Kitchen and Bath-certified kitchen designer. “Getting an average cost is like walking into a car showroom and asking how much a car costs. What kind? What features? What colour? So many variables, you can't put it in a standard package like you can with a plastic product that's the same every time,” explains Siegerman. What is most important, she says, is that homeowners choose the material that’s right for their lifestyle. Here’s a cheat sheet to get you started:


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Marble surfaces offer an elegant touch to a country kitchen.

Marble is a naturally occurring stone that’s the result of limestone crystallizing over time under heat and pressure. Along with its cousins — limestone, travertine and onyx — it’s been used to denote luxury and wealth for thousands of years. Marble is prized for its rich veining, which is unique to each piece. That’s both a pro and a con, says Lorne Demers, account manager for the Toronto studio for Cosentino, the Spanish manufacturer, distributor and retailer of natural and manmade stone surfaces. “Natural stone has imperfections and veining,

which is why people love it. But it means you have to see the slabs and approve them before they are installed,” he explains. The porous nature of marble means that it must be properly sealed, and repeated sealing is advisable. Even with proper maintenance, spills of acidic liquids, such as lemon juice or wine, can stain and dull the surfaces. Those who love marble, though, will say that a certain amount of wear and tear only adds to its charm. Siegerman stands firmly with the enthusiasts. “I see the natural imperfections as a benefit,” she says. “Marble is incomparable and distinctive, and it is very, very difficult to produce its look mechanically. To me, it just becomes more well-lived and well-loved over time.”

QUARTZ One of several manufactured or “cultured” stones, quartz is made from crushed quartz and/or other stone, pigments and resin. It can be formed to mimic marble and granite. Many manufacturers claim it needs no resealing. Quartz has lots of fans: Property Brother Jonathan Scott, writing in his home reno how-to book Dream Home, insists that quartz countertops, for example, “outpace natural stone in terms of appearance, durability and maintenance.” Perhaps that’s why it accounts for about 70 to 80 per cent of the current market, according to Demers. But while the pros are undeniable, Demers cautions homeowners to look at the origin of the material, as some may include sub-par fillers or such unwelcome additions to the resin as formaldehyde.

MANMADE DEKTON Dekton by Cosentino is made by mixing 25 minerals at high heat and high pressure to produce a material that can be used inside or out, on walls, floors, cladding, countertops, fireplace surrounds, and in custom furniture. Resistant to abrasion and scratching, it has extremely low porousness, won’t show wear over time and never needs resurfacing or refinishing. Demers adds that Dekton is UV and fire/heat resistant: it won’t burn, scorch or crack under high temperature and its thermal shockproof properties protect it from the extreme cold (hello, Canada!). It can be cut in very large and very thin formats, and comes in matte and gloss finishes, as well as finishes that mimic, slate, wood, textured concrete, and natural stone. abode September 2016


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homework Don’t settle for second-hand, second-best decor story by Vicky Sanderson

If you’re one of the 1.1 million Canadians who work from home (according to Census figures from 2011), you know the benefits. When others, for example, are freezing at the bus stop on a February morning, you’re shuffling along in flannel pyjamas and bunny slippers. On slow days, you can even binge watch The Office, without having to worry about the boss catching you. Of course, there are downsides, including the fact that a lack of budget means you think you have to make do with an aging desk, a wobbly chair, and wall art that consists of a tacky calendar and a colourful coupon for the local Indian food joint that you plan to use sometime soon for a one-person “business” lunch. What home office workers need to realize is that poor design may be affecting both their output and mood, says Clare Kumar, an executive productivity coach who helps corporate and individual clients figure out how to create efficient and comfortable work areas. “People don’t seem to realize how much time they spend in the office, and what a significant part of their day it is. They need to understand that the way they spend their work time affects their life in general.” One of the biggest mistakes people make, says Kumar, “is allowing homeostasis to set it. They think if they already have something, they should just make it work.” Instead, suggests Kumar, homebased workers need to look at spaces with a critical eye, especially as the way we work changes. “Look at each thing you use and ask how it’s serving you. Make a list of all the tasks you do and what you need to accomplish them efficiently.” Her favourite tip for home office design? “Get out of the basement! Natural light is a motivator.” A comfortable, ergonomic chair may be the single most important investment you make. The Junior, above, is from Keilhauer, the Scarborough-based manufacturer and producer of contract furniture.


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Toronto’s emerging lower east end is home to a handsome, high-end design studio story by Vicky Sanderson Photo by Evan Dion


verything about Avenue Road, the chic design studio in Leslieville owned by Stephan Weishaupt, is remarkable. Ultra-famous Canadian duo Yabu Pushelberg designed the space to be an ode to glass and light. Those looking for a piece by the brains behind such spaces as Four Seasons Toronto, Park Hyatt New York and Waldorf Astoria Beijing can find a selection at Avenue Road. In a past life, the site has housed a Consumers Gas Co. warehouse and a printing operation. During renovation, Weishaupt oversaw the hauling away of a “mountain of rock” from the cement-filled basement, which had been necessary to support the hugely heavy printing presses. Now, an artfully arranged ground floor showcases modern furniture and decor pieces. Two levels of glass panels inset with display cases rise from the floor, museumlike, awash in natural light. Over some 15,000 square feet spread across the three levels is an abundance of lovely and intriguing things for the home. Picking out favourites may be impossible, but it’s hard to ignore a handsome Saquarema lounger from Brazilian design house Carlos Motta. It’s available in a variety of woods and made with soft, buttery leather. Worth noting too: a sleek, simple curved bench of ebonized wood and cane designed by Oscar Niemeyer, the Brazilian architect and éminence grise of modern architecture who died in 2012.

For the uninitiated, Avenue Road offers a crash course in the best of contemporary design. Finely detailed porcelain rhinos, rabbits and robins from Nymphenburg — the German company that’s been around for more than 250 years — are exquisite contemporary takes on an ancient material and theme. Avenue Road is also the exclusive distributor in Canada for The Rug Company’s handmade rugs — a much-coveted piece for design aficionados. There’s local talent too. Look closer at the swirling mass of antique brass wires and you’ll see it’s a light fixture (named Rue Picot) of rare beauty, created by Toronto-based Lisa Santana and Kelvin Goddard of Unit 5. Canadian designers don’t, however, always get the respect they deserve, says Weishaupt. He notes with puzzlement that the Cord Chair, designed in 1953 by Quebec design pioneer Jacques Guillon — for which Weishaupt acquired the manufacturing rights — sells better at his New York location than it does in Canada. “It’s a classic from this country. So it’s a bit hard to understand,” he says. Avenue Road is located at 415 Eastern Avenue. abode September 2016



Your one-stop source for interior design tips, storage ideas and renovation advice story by Vicky Sanderson In addition to hundreds of exhibitors showing off the latest and greatest products and services for the home, the Fall Home Show features a bevy of experts, including designer Kimberley Seldon, garden guru Frank Ferragine, Jennylyn Pringle, founder of Homestead House Paint Co., and Michael Penney, former style editor and now the owner of a popular decor/lifestyle store in Whitby. Those with reno plans will want to visit BILD’s Destination Renovation. Presented by the experts at the Building Industry and Land Development Association, renovators and builders will consult oneon-one with you about your home renovation ideas. The popular Ultimate Upcycle Challenge is back. In support of Habitat for Humanity, established and emerging designers will revamp items from one of Habitat's 10 GTA ReStores to create storage and organization options for small spaces. If you’re in the market for even more home decor ideas, gift-giving suggestions and special touches for the holiday season, bookmark these events.

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Set decoration plays a supporting role in successful films story by Vicky Sanderson

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Pillow Talk (1959), Directed by Michael Gordon © Universal Pictures One of the most effective — and frequently underappreciated — tools in the moviemaker’s storytelling kit is set decoration: the furnishings, fixtures, drapery, and art seen in the film. That’s because like well-executed interior design, a good set offers clues into the character of the person who inhabits the space, says Cathy Whitlock, author of Designs on Film — A Century of Hollywood Art Direction. She points to Laura, the 1944 mystery with Gene Tierney and Dana Andrews, which won an Oscar for cinematography, as an example.

Doris Day's traditional decor stood in high contrast to the bad boy bachelor pad in Pillow Talk.

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“For the first part of the movie [Laura, played by Gene Tierney,] is missing,” explains Whitlock. “We see them walk into her Park Avenue apartment filled with chintz and antiques and a gorgeous painting of her above the fireplace. In the first five minutes, it tells us everything we need to know about the character of Laura.” The frothy late-50s’ sexism of Pillow Talk may make modern viewers cringe in spots, but careergal Doris Day’s all-white, traditional apartment is an antithesis of Rock Hudson’s playboy pad, which features lights that dim with a switch (oooh!) and a sofa bed. The best designers, says Whitlock, “never intentionally set out to make design the main

Having moved into interior decor from a career in film publicity, Whitlock realized the effect set decor had on audiences when a client asked for a living room like the one in Someone to Watch Over Me.

focus.” In fact, she says, “in a really well-designed film you don’t notice it is designed — it just takes you into the moment. In Casablanca, you just transport yourself to Rick’s [Café]. That to me is fantastic design.” Many of the new generation of design hounds, says Whitlock, are devotees of American director, producer and screenwriter Nancy Meyers, responsible for such films as Something’s Gotta Give, The Holiday, and The Intern. “She is someone who sets up more trends these days than anybody, because her films are so design-oriented,” says Whitlock. In that regard, she may share an unlikely link with legendary director Stanley Kubrick, who in the 60s gave us

2001: A Space Odyssey. The film paid homage to the design of such modernists as Eero Saarinen. Later, Kubrick would direct the spellbindingly gorgeous Barry Lyndon, which won an Oscar for set decoration. But sets needn’t be beautiful to hit the mark. The sloppy, slightly frayed furnishings of the living room in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, for example, perfectly reflect the messy inner lives of main characters George and Martha. After a long and successful career as a designer, Whitlock has decided it’s hardly surprising that effective set decoration is fundamental to filmmaking. “So much of design,” she says, “is simply good narrative storytelling.”

Toronto International Film Festival Film aficionados can see examples of how set decoration helps pull together a narrative thread during the Toronto International Film Festival, which runs from September 8 to 18. But you can have your own mini film-fest year-round by visiting the Film Reference Library on the fourth floor of the TIFF BellLightbox. Seated in a quiet, comfortable cubicle, film buffs can screen some 13,000 movie titles, including the world's largest resource of English-language Canadian film, as well as a huge range of local, national and international film resources. abode September 2016


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To prepare the terrine: Cook the two lobsters in a large pot of salted water for 5 minutes, just until they are cooked enough to remove from the shell. Dip in ice water to shock cool them. De-shell and chop all of the tail, knuckle and internal meat into halfinch cubes. Reserve claws off to the side. In a food processer, place the scallops and puree until smooth. Add cream, herbs and season. Remove scallop puree and fold in chopped up lobster meat in a stainless steel bowl. Lay out 20 inches of plastic wrap on a table and place the scallop and lobster mix in a line in the middle of the wrap about one-inch thick. Fold over the wrap width-wise then use the wrap to roll the mixture into a log shape. Wrap this log in tin foil and seal as best

you can on the ends. Just before you’re about to serve, poach this in seasoned water for approximately 9 minutes on a low boil. Cut the Yukon gold potatoes into one-inch thick slices and use a threeinch round cutter to make perfect silver dollar-shaped discs; you will need a total of 12 discs. Place in chicken stock that has had half of the vanilla pod scraped into it and the pod tossed in as well. Season the chicken stock with a little salt. Simmer on low heat for 10 minutes. Sauté half of the shallots on low heat until translucent then add the spinach and half of the white wine, and wilt the spinach. Add a splash of cream, salt and pepper, and reserve. For the beurre blanc: Sauté the other half of the shallots in a heavy-bottom stainless steel pot. Add 150ml of the cooking liquid for the potatoes, the fish stock, scrape the other half of the vanilla bean pod and put the paste in and simmer until reduced by three-quarters. Reduce heat to very low and add the butter cubes one at a time, whisking constantly so the butter emulsifies. Once the last of the butter is incorporated, strain and set aside. To assemble: Place three potato discs on the bottom of the plate, place creamed spinach on top. Cut the terrine into four pieces, and one piece on top of the spinach. Place one claw on top then drizzle the entire dish with the beurre blanc. Garnish with fresh pansy petals to bring bright colour to the dish.


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An Inconvenient


Housing choice and prices in the GTA story BY BRYAN TUCKEY President and CEO of BILD


he affordability of housing in the Greater Toronto Area is a serious issue and one that we have been raising for several years now. We are the industry that builds and develops the new homes and communities that house the growing population of the Greater Toronto Area. We build all kinds of homes for all kinds of people. But we don’t just build what we want. Our industry is one of the most regulated, and three levels of government policies, plans and processes determine how land can be used and control where and how development occurs.

density developments and fewer low-rise homes, especially fewer detached single-family homes. Market demand for those new low-rise homes, especially for single-family detached homes, has not diminished, so homes that are in high demand are short in supply. Data released by Altus Group shows record-low inventory levels of new ground-related housing, especially detached homes in the GTA today. In June, only 2,064 low-rise homes were available for sale across the GTA. [For more on new home prices, trends and availability go to page 42.]



A decade ago the provincial government released its Growth Plan, which set out to change the nature of development in the GTA and move away from the largely suburban-oriented development pattern that we had been following for many decades. Over the last 10 years, the home building industry has become experts in implementing the Growth Plan. We have adapted from building primarily low-rise homes to building at least as many highrise homes today. However, we are not building more homes overall. We are building to government policy and building more high-

A basic economic principle is when supply can’t meet demand, prices go up. The disparity is not only driving up prices but its reducing choice for consumers. The average price of a new low-rise home in the GTA climbed to $887,543 in June. Ten years ago, the average new ground-related home was just under $400,000. Organizations like TD Economics recognize that there’s an affordability issue in the GTA housing marketplace. A January 2015 report found that the market’s strengths were masking serious problems like deteriorating affordability and a lack of choice. Another report by TD issued

just a few months ago said that limited supply is causing “buyer gridlock.” Proposed changes to the Growth Plan announced recently by the provincial government will substantially increase the level of intensification in the GTA. There will be more development in established areas and all new development will have to use even less land to accommodate more people and jobs. Fewer ground-related homes, especially fewer single-detached homes, will be built as a result. We believe the province should take a more measured approach before significantly increasing intensification requirements that will further limit housing choice and increase home prices in the GTA.

CALL TO ACTION Now’s the time to use your voice. The government is seeking public input into its proposed changes until October 31. Tell your local MPP or use the province’s online feedback form if you’re also concerned about housing choice and prices. To use the online feedback form, go to

Bryan Tuckey is President and CEO of the Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD) and is a land-use planner who has worked for municipal, regional and provincial governments. He can be found on Twitter (twitter. com/bildgta), Facebook ( and BILD’s official online blog (

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The housing drama continues with the constant rise of new home prices and the shortfall of availability. In June, builders’ inventory in the GTA — low-rise and highrise — fell to 18,427, compared to 35,000 in 2009.

highRise Homes



Statistics The average price of a new detached home available for sale in the GTA was

The average price of a highrise home in the GTA was

Compare that to 10 years ago when the average price was



the previous year

and 1.5 times more than the $314,370 average in June 2006. The price per square foot in June was $587, also a new record.

$469,516 in june

in june

Supply and Demand Due to government policy, fewer low-rise, particularly detached homes, are being built. As a result, new releases of detached homes continually sell out hours after the initial launch. You need to be able to make a fast, well-informed decision as soon as the site goes on sale. Do your homework as to preferred location, your family’s requirements, standard features and possible upgrades, and get your mortgage pre-approved.

Supply and Demand Remaining inventory of highrise homes in June was 16,363, some of which were in pre-construction and some already under construction, with only 1,440 available units in completed buildings. June 2016

Down 20%

2,492 highrise homes sold

June 2016

1,002 detached homes available Down from 10,823 units available in 2006.

Low-Rise Homes

from june 2015

Up marginally from the 10-year average of 2,326.

Supply and Demand Remaining low-rise homes in June was 2,064. That’s a far cry from the average availability of 15,000 homes throughout 2009.

(includes detached, townhomes and semi-detached homes) Statistics june 2016 $887,543 JUNE 2006 393,398

Average price of a low-rise home in the GTA hit $887,543 in June 2016.

up 6% from

June 2016

Down 30%

1,674 low-rise homes sold

That’s more than double the price of $393,398 reported in June 2006.

from june 2015

Almost neck-and-neck with the 10-year average of 1,667.

HERE’S THE SPREAD ON NEW HOME SALES There were 4,166 new home sales in June. Down 22 per cent from the previous year. Low-rise sales declined 31 per cent to 1,674 homes, while highrise sales fell 14 per cent to 2,492. JANUARY-TO-JUNE 2016 STATS BY MUNICIPALITY Low-Rise



















































































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Information compiled by BILD Association (Building Industry and Land Development Association): BILD represents more than 1,480 member companies in the land development, home building and professional renovation industry in the Greater Toronto Area. All data in the report is supplied by Altus Group.

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a for Life He’s run the gamut from CFL touchdowns to Food Network chop downs story BY CECE M. SCOTT Thanks to a series of serendipitous occurrences, Brad Smith, 33, became Bachelor Canada’s (City TV) inaugural bachelor, Breakfast Television Toronto’s featured co-host, Rogers Media’s entertainment reporter, and Chopped Canada’s current host. “All three jobs are interlinked in a mysterious way,” Smith says. “A friend of mine was walking down the street with his girlfriend when they ran into a friend of hers, who told them she was casting for this new show, Bachelor Canada. My friend asked her if she had selected the candidate yet. She said that out of the 1,500 guys interviewed, 10 had already been selected. My friend told her that she really needed to consider me as a candidate, that I was a football player for the CFL, very good looking and that my dad was a senator. Without my friend walking down the street that day, I would have never been on the Bachelor.” While Smith loves to make people laugh, “I like to say things about myself before other people can, kind of stay ahead of the curve,” he never aspired to be the face of a television show. He hoped instead to work on the production side of things, to understand how shows are made, directed and produced. But, then, he was offered a temp role with the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) to do red carpet interviews for Breakfast Television. A short time later, he was offered a full-time job at BT.

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“He wanted me to audition as a host for Chopped, which I doubted I would get," Smith reports, "because the show has a structured format and I’m a goof."

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Brad on the Chopped Canada set with Antonio Park.

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Susur Lee and Brad clowning around on the set of Chopped.


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As an entertainment journalist, Smith looks up to Ben Mulroney and Cheryl Hickey, reporters he considers the best in their field. After 798 interviews under his belt in two years, the stars that resonated the most with Smith include Christian Bale, (the actor’s actor), Adam Sandler and, most notably, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. Dini Petty, who appeared on Breakfast Television with Smith, regularly welcomed chefs on the morning show for cooking demonstrations. When the show cut to break, Smith would go in and devour everything that was prepared. Finding his outsized enthusiasm for cuisine very funny, Dini asked the producer if she could get Smith to come in for a brief segment and eat the food while the audience watched his reaction. Once again, serendipity manifested itself in the form of Chopped Canada’s casting director, a fan of the show. “He wanted me to audition as a host for Chopped, which I doubted I would get," Smith reports, "because the show has a structured format and I’m a goof." Smith bombed the first audition. Still, he received a call back for a screen test, and got the job. “It worked out because they wanted to bring energy that was outside of the cooking energy,” Smith says. “They wanted the judges to feel comfortable and, after two seasons, I don’t think the judges have ever been closer. They hang out with each other and have gone beyond being colleagues, to being friends. New episodes of Chopped Canada air Saturdays at 9 pm ET/PT on Food Network Canada.

Left to Right: Brad's sister Ashley, baby Brad, and brother Wesley.

"Breakfast Television was an amazing place to work, but at 31 years old, you are not often handed the reins to your own national television show. It was a bit of a risk, but I had to take it. You seldom get these kinds of opportunities.” Referring to himself as "a big parents’ boy," Smith attributes his tenacity and whimsical side to his folks. “My mom is a very methodical, stubborn, amazing woman and my dad is a very smart, intellectual, funny dude," Smith explains. "I take from both of them to create my goofy side.” Born in Hudson, Que., Smith’s family moved to Aurora, Ont., when he was nine years old. A self-proclaimed "Anglophone, who is bilingual," Smith attended Highview Public School and then went on to Aurora’s St Andrew’s College, known to be Canada’s number one drama school. “It is where I found my love for all things dramatic,” Smith says. And though he swears his voice resembles cat nails scratching a chalkboard, Smith won the lead role of Fagin in the school’s production of Oliver — a role he played while concurrently playing football for St. Andrew's.

"Toronto women are the best: refined, assured, beautiful, worldly. It is hard to compare them to anywhere else because Toronto is such a unique place.”

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Brad at home in his Entertainment District condo.

“I remember one November, we were playing city finals in football," Smith recalls. "I scored a touchdown, we won the game, and then I got on a bus with my equipment and went and got my hair and makeup done and performed in Oliver. It was one of the most amazing weeks of my life. It taught me how to be an all-round person.” After much travelling around, Smith, who owns a condo in the Entertainment District, calls Toronto home because of the social network of family and friends that live here. “It’s a big city, but you can still get a small-town vibe because of the pockets of boroughs in Toronto.” Smith cherishes Toronto's Queen East neighbourhood because of its funky character, boutique shops, and lack of highrise buildings. Among his preferred dining establishments in the city, he names Lynn Crawford’s Ruby Watchco, Lee, (the Singapore Slaw gets two thumbs up), and Mark McEwan’s Bymark. Antonio Park’s Park Restaurant in Montreal, which is opening a location in Toronto later this year, ranks as Smith’s ultimate restaurant experience. Declaring himself a food hound rather than a foodie, Smith says that it is virtually impossible for him to identify his favourite foods. When he cooks at home, pastas made from scratch and all things fish, including Cajun blackened salmon and Brandino stuffed with herbs and lemon, top




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the epicure list. The perfect kitchen for Smith includes a large island for food prep, a weathered chopper's block, a gas range stove with hooded vents, as well as a good set of pots and pans. Although pretty skilled in the kitchen, having learned a lot about the art of cooking in his time on Chopped, Smith laughs and says, “I will take a girl out for dinner so they don’t have to suffer through my cooking.” And while Smith is keen on state-of-the-art kitchens, the room he fancies the most in his house is the bedroom, but not for the reasons you might imagine. “I travelled all around Canada when I played in the CFL and I remember I was at the Fairmont Saskatchewan and they had these amazing beds," Smith explains. "When I first got my condo, I called them up and asked them what type of bed they used. I went out and bought the exact same one. So, every time I go home, I flop on my bed. You know your home bed.” For the ladies reading this who celebrate Toronto, appreciate great food and can crack a joke, we've got good news for you. Smith is currently unattached. “I’ve dated a lot of great women,” Smith concludes. “But with a transient job, it is hard to find security in my own life, which makes it hard to give back. But, that does not mean I haven’t tried!”

Success isn’t sexy: there are a lot of hours and hard work that no one sees behind success.

Nothing ever replaces hard work.

Luck and opportunity are key, but luck and opportunity without talent are nothing.

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On relationships: A lot of people are willing to go through the good times without the bad times. But, without the bad times, you never really appreciate the good times. On friends: You shouldn’t have any time for part-time friends. Brad’s motto: I never want to be mature; I just hope one day to be responsible.


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The vertical mixed-use community story BY CLIFFORD KORMAN

In today’s frantic world, time is our most precious commodity, particularly in major urban centres. Condominiums are a popular residential choice because they feature easy-to-access amenities that eliminate the need to drive to fitness centres and the like. Taking that concept further, the vertical mixed-use community is a fascinating form of master-planning that allows for people to live, work, shop and play without leaving home and getting into a car. Usually, this community form features tall point towers that are slim and elegant that also create minimum sun shadow impacts on the surrounding neighbourhoods. These are connected by a twoto four-storey podium with street-level retail uses, fronting and activating the sidewalks of the pedestrian realm, with additional retail or offices above. We put the large stores at the back of the plan or on the second floor, which allows smaller specialty stores to occupy the ground-floor sidewalk frontage with multiple entrances. It is also important to provide sheltered public and private spaces in the pedestrian realm. Canopies and widened sidewalks at street level help. In addition, proximity to transit is critical. Vertical mixed-use communities are typically on subway or bus lines. Some condominiums even have daycare facilities and, at Kirkor, we like to include a Sky Lounge so even owners on the lower floors can enjoy panoramic vistas. We set back the point tower(s) to create a large podium roof that can be landscaped for amenity use and provide scenic views from above. These rooftop oases may include green spaces, pools, hot tubs, fire pits, and more. Vertical mixed-use communities must also complement their surroundings. This may involve retail that animates street level, day and night, or a welcoming courtyard lined with shops, or featuring green spaces, outdoor dining tables, playgrounds, urban gardens, and the like. The vertical mixed-use community is a fascinating marriage of form and functionality, and is sure to be an urban staple for generations to come. Clifford Korman is a registered Urban Planner, Architect and Founding Partner of Kirkor Architects + Planners.

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Hosting a chic evening at home requires a little prep, but some of the best cocktails are the easiest to make. Author Kara Newman figured out that the simplest way to mix cocktails for a crowd is to use equal parts of the main ingredients just double, triple or quadruple the recipe! From her new book Shake. Stir. Sip. More than 50 effortless cocktails made in equal parts, the Hudson Mule is a refreshing highball created by Christopher James of The Ryland in New Jersey, to celebrate the autumn harvest.

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This fall, the award-winning, world-leading Regent Park revitalization welcomes The Wyatt Condominiums, located at Dundas and Sumach Streets. The Wyatt offers 5% deposits*, suites from studio to 3 bedroom family-friendly designs, impeccable finishes and incredible amenities. Live within moments of every imaginable urban neighbourhood convenience, including the Aquatic Centre, new Regent Park Athletic Grounds, groceries, parks, shops, the TTC and so much more!

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Building will cater to active seniors in revitalized neighbourhood story by Ryan Starr ALL PHOTOS BY spencer WYNN EXCEPT BELOW RIGHT Chartwell Retirement Residences and The Daniels Corp. broke ground earlier this summer on The Sumach by Chartwell, a 332-unit rental building catering to active seniors in revitalized Regent Park. The 12-storey project, at the corner of Sumach and Shuter streets, is cutting edge in a number of ways: it’s the first market rental building for Regent Park, and it marks Chartwell’s inaugural large-scale independent living project in the GTA. While the company is Canada’s largest retirement housing operator — with 185 communities in four provinces — and it has dozens of activeretiree residences like this in Quebec, The Sumach will be its first such building in Ontario. "We couldn’t find a better site for what we’re looking to do here than Regent Park,” Chartwell president and CEO Brent Binions said at the project’s June launch event. His

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company is eyeing several other GTA opportunities, and Binions hopes to partner with Daniels on those, too. “We think it’s a perfect marriage.” The Sumach’s amenities include a pet spa, outdoor terrace and barbecue area, bike racks and 82 underground parking spaces. There’ll also be 5,500 square feet of street-level retail, including a café/bistro. This commercial space will be located across the road from the just-opened Regent Park Athletic Grounds, a 2.8-acre complex with a refurbished hockey rink, running track, basketball court, field house and artificial turf soccer/cricket pitch. All suites at The Sumach will have spacious living areas and be equipped with full kitchens. Services such as housekeeping, laundry and meals will be offered on an à la carte basis. Residents only pay for the services they use. It’s a more affordable approach to independent living compared with the typical all-inclusive model prevalent at most Ontario retirement residences, Binions notes. Occupancy at The Sumach is slated for September 2018. (Welltower Inc, North America’s largest senior healthcare real estate investment trust, is a partner on the project.) The $100-million development kicks off Phase 3 of Regent Park’s revitalization, a 69-acre urban renewal being carried out by Daniels and Toronto Community Housing. It is Canada’s largest mixedincome development, and nine buildings are currently under construction. Eventually more than 17,500 residents will be living in 7,500 units in the new Regent Park. Once an insulated, crime-ridden ghetto, the neighbourhood now boasts some of the city’s best amenities, including a six-acre central park with bake oven and greenhouse; aquatic centre; Daniels Spectrum arts/culture centre; a just-opened 60,000 squarefoot community centre; and a St. Michael’s Hospital-sponsored healthcare centre. “There’s activity constantly surrounding you,” says Daniels vice-president Martin Blake, who’s spearheading the revitalization, forging a vibrant community that mixes uses and social strata. The effort entailed bringing retail to an area that had next to none before: Shoppers Drug Mart, FreshCo by Sobeys, Tim Hortons, RBC, Rogers, and Regent Park’s first restaurant, Paintbox Bistro—all are driving the community’s rebirth while providing training and jobs for locals, helping break the poverty cycle.

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The Sumach is the leading edge of an aggressive Ontario expansion bid for Chartwell, a growth strategy aimed at absorbing the massive demographic wave that’s about to hit, Binions explains. At the moment, Canada has 425,000 seniors housing units. Over the next two decades, based on today’s capture rate (the number of people currently living in seniors housing), there’ll be a need for 600,000 suites on top of that. So there’s tremendous opportunity in targeting the active boomers—aka Zoomers—a market Chartwell’s been successful serving in Quebec, Binions says. “It’s a model we think will fill a missing niche in the Toronto marketplace.” Adding seniors housing to the Regent Park mix achieves Daniels’ goal of making it an inter-generational community, notes Blake, who approached Chartwell with the opportunity to partner on the project. “I told them there’s magic to be made here,” he says, adding the two companies share a development philosophy. “Their focus is on making sure active seniors are truly happy and engaged. And our focus is on ensuring people love where they live.” abode September 2016


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Geranium Homes and a local credit union are setting the pace for the revitalization of Stouffville’s Main Street. PACE on Main will bring new residential condominiums to the heart of Stouffville, the largest community in the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville. The mixed-use project will also house PACE Credit Union. When the new building is ready in November 2017, PACE will own the ground floor commercial space, while Geranium will control the 67 residential suites above. The five-storey building will be a catalyst for the transformation of Stouffville’s outdated downtown, says Boaz Feiner, president of Geranium’s home-building division. “We’re looking to give it a new identity and bring people back to the core. This is a pivotal part of the vision for downtown Stouffville.”

The developer and credit union consulted with the town staff and council, historical society and local residents while developing the plan. The groundbreaking ceremony for the project took place in mid-July and construction is underway. The brick-and-stone boutique building was designed to blend with Main Street's heritage character. Feiner says applications from other developers are following on the heels of what Geranium is doing on Main Street. “We are paving the way.” He says one reason the municipality was so receptive to plans for PACE on Main was that Geranium has an established track record in the area and has built more than 1,000 homes there. PACE has had a corporate presence in Stouffville for 30 years. Councillor Ken Ferdinands notes downtown Stouffville “has been waiting for 41 years for redevelopment” and he praised Geranium for its “courage, creativity and imagination” in helping to make it happen. “I have worked with Geranium for 12 years and can tell you they are a class act. Their attention to detail is remarkable.” Councillor Hugo Kroon says the development will complement other improvements on Main Street, such as resurfacing of the roadway, installation of new infrastructure and widening of sidewalks to make the core more inviting for visitors and residents. “This will be a whole new chapter for downtown.”

About 70 per cent of suites in the boutique condominium have been sold, with all purchasers coming from the immediate area, says Feiner. Units range from 672 to 1,512 square feet and include one-bedroom, two-bedroom-with-den and three-bedroom penthouse suites with dens. Regular suites are priced from the mid $300,000s to the low $500,000s, while penthouses with three bedrooms and a den start from $799,900. Each suite will have a balcony, but there’s also a landscaped rooftop terrace with two gas barbecues and outdoor seating. Other amenities include the Main Street Lounge, a kitchen and bar with two fireplaces, large screen TVs and billiards table, adjacent to the barbecue terrace. Residents will be able to walk to shops, restaurants, drugstores and more. Memorial Park and its trail system is a short stroll away and there are recreational and cultural activities at the Whitchurch-Stouffville Leisure Centre and at 19 On the Park Lebovic Centre for Arts and Entertainment. Commuters will be glad to know that the community is in close proximity to Highways 48, 404 and 407 and is served by GO Transit. Future residents of PACE on Main aren’t the only ones excited to see the finished product – so are the people who will be working in the building. “This is a dream come true,” says Dan Coldwell, chief of marketing and community relations officer for PACE Credit Union.

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Church-Wellesley Village is one of Toronto’s most vibrant and tight-knit communities. It’s also the soon-to-be home of Eighty One Wellesley, a community-minded condo building by Aragon Properties. The 28-storey, 179-unit tower, launching this fall, will rise on the south side of Wellesley, just east of Church, in a densely populated neighbourhood dotted with 1950s and 1960s-era apartment towers. “So it wouldn’t really make sense to propose doing a super-modern-looking glass building here,” notes Ameet Johal, Aragon’s director of sales and marketing. “It wouldn’t fit with the neighbourhood aesthetic.” Instead, CORE Architects designed a condo that’ll be a happy medium of sorts: it will blend in with what surrounds it, but offer a contemporary take on the look of a midcentury apartment. Eighty One Wellesley will be clad in white pre-cast concrete, accented by dark mullions, and it’ll sit atop a robust six-storey, glazed-brick podium. Unlike bygone-era apartment buildings, however, this won’t be some boring slab. Rather, the condo will boast a variety of sculptural elements, including a western facade with a notch taken out of it. A glass spacer floor housing the building’s amenities will divide the tower and the podium. The condo’s top six floors will step back to reduce shadow impacts and provide it with a distinct profile on the skyline. And Eighty One Wellesley’s slender shape will give the building an appropriate scale for its environs. Scan this page to see more

The overall appearance of the tower will resemble “different pieces of Lego clipped to each other,” Johal suggests, each side sporting a unique look. “That will help break up the massing.” Units at Eighty One Wellesley range from 439-squarefoot studios to 1,100-square-foot two-bedroom suites. Prices start at $320,000 and go up to the mid-$700,000s. The project’s target market is area residents who’ll actually live in the building. “There’s a lot of new condo development in this area, but so much of it has been smaller product focused on investors,” Johal explains. “This building is geared toward creating a community for end users.” Vancouver-based Aragon has been in business for 25 years, and the company’s had a presence in Ontario from the beginning (founder Lenny Moy was born and raised in Toronto). The firm started off here building subdivisions on the GTA’s outskirts, and in more recent years transitioned into condos. Aragon just sold out Enigma on the Park, an 86-unit project at Bloor and Lansdowne. And last year, all 230 owners moved into their homes at Showcase, an eight-storey building in Leslieville. Eighty One Wellesley is Aragon’s third urban project in Ontario. While the development is largely end-user focused, there’s smaller product for investors, too. After all, Johal notes, the building is ideally positioned to serve a vastly

under-supplied rental market, with Ryerson University, George Brown College and several hospitals nearby, and a subway station that’s a stone’s throw away. Suites at Eighty One Wellesley have engineered hardwood floors and exposed-concrete feature walls and, in most cases, a balcony or terrace. All homes come equipped with Gaggenau kitchens and stainless steel appliances fully integrated into the cabinetry. Bathrooms boast 12-inch by 24-inch natural stone tile wrapping the floors and walls, quartz countertops, floating vanities, wallmounted toilets and tubs and showers with glass partitions. “We don’t do upgrades,” notes Johal. “Instead we try to deliver a better product and materials than one would expect.” The ground floor of Eighty One Wellesley will have retail space, likely a cafe with patio, plus a plaza featuring locally commissioned public art, where homeowners and the broader community can congregate. Level seven amenities include a chef’s kitchen with communal dining table, a glass-lined lounge and party room, and an outdoor terrace with fire pits and barbecues. A fitness studio will be located on the level above. “We’ve programmed the amenity area to be social, so you can hang out with friends or get to know your neighbours,” Johal explains. “That’s usually lacking in a 400-unit building. But with just 179 homes, we hope to foster a real sense of community here.”

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For all the convenience and carefree lifestyle offered by condominiums, there’s one sacrifice condo dwellers usually have to make: the backyard. But George Condos and Towns in Toronto’s Leslieville neighbourhood is giving buyers their own piece of the great outdoors, with a feature they’ve branded as the Urban Yard. “One of the reasons we seized on the Urban Yard concept was that one of the hardest things about moving to a condo is giving up outdoor space,” says Jack Winberg, CEO of the Rockport Group, developer of George Condos. “We made big recessed balconies and terraces, put in quality outdoor porcelain floor tiles and are providing gas hook-ups and gas barbecues. The response has been wonderful.” The "yards" are generously sized, up to 30 feet wide and 10 feet deep to accommodate patio furniture, plants and playing children. Decorative screens with abstract leaf-shaped patterns provide privacy while letting in light. The yard design was inspired by George Leslie, for whom Leslieville is named, who had a passion for gardening and the outdoors. George is a mid-rise project, located at 1331 Queen St. E., on Laing Street, east of the Don Valley Parkway.

Opposite bottom: Barrio Cerveceria, 884 Queen St. East Middle and Left: The Urban Yards at George Condos are generously sized balconies large enough for outdoor furniture sets, playing children and barbecuing. The rooftop amenities include an area for kids to ride tricycles, a terrace and outdoor gym equipment. Above: To promote the Urban Yard, several pop-up events were held in the city to illustrate just how large the outdoor spaces will be.

“We found a strip on Queen Street that really hasn’t seen a lot of development,” says Winberg. “It was a bit of a struggle to get it to market, but we’re glad we stuck with it.” Neighbours were concerned that the condo (six storeys in front and eight storeys at the rear) would be too high. But the community has come to embrace the project, which, with just 80 condos and eight townhouses, is modest in scale by Toronto condominium standards. Almost half of the condo units and five of the eight townhomes have sold and the buyers are end users who plan to live there, says Winberg. Although buyers range from young professionals to empty nesters, George is designed to accommodate families with larger two- and three-bedroom suites among the offerings. The rooftop amenities will include an outdoor gym for parkour-style training, with machines designed to use people’s body weight, and an outdoor children’s area with a chalkboard wall and tricycle area. There’s also

a terrace with seating area, barbecue, kitchen, bar and firepit. “There is still in my estimation, a reluctance for families to consider condos as family homes,” says Winberg, but he believes the change is coming. “[Raising families in condos is] an aspirational shift and a mindset change has to happen. Aspirations have to line up with reality,” says Winberg. With average detached home prices in Toronto well over $1 million, and commutes from suburbia becoming more arduous, raising children in condos is a reality more young parents will have to come to terms with. Winberg envisions, over time, George will evolve into a building largely populated by families. Leslieville is poised to become one of the hippest neighbourhoods in Toronto. Lady Marmalade and La Carnita are the tip of the iceberg when it comes to gastronome hotspots. Plus proximity to downtown, the waterfront, Tommy Thompson Park, Martin Goodman and Lower Don trails make the area ideal for families and professionals alike. About 55 per cent of the George condos have been sold. Onebedroom, one-bedroom-with-den, two-bedroom and two-bedroomwith-den suites, from 525 to 1,222 square feet, are available. Priced from $324,900 to $816,900. One 1,485 square-foot penthouse, with one parking spot and storage locker, is $1,259,900. Three three-bedroom townhomes, approximately 2,000 square feet, are priced around the $1 million mark.

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WATERFRONT CONDOS ON LAKE SIMCOE Orchard Point Harbour is redefining the cottage lifestyle, offering luxurious lakeside home ownership without the strain of up-keeping a property. Sitting on the northern shores of Lake Simcoe in the city of Orillia, Orchard Point Harbour is truly one of a kind. It features beautiful luxury condominium suites just steps away from its private tranquil lakefront. Residents can enjoy boating, canoeing, jet-skiing and more – with a Starport marina directly on site. Resort-style amenities will include a fitness centre, lakeside infinity pool, hot tub and sauna. Residents can also relax at The Rooftop Lounge featuring a sprawling rooftop terrace, along with an indoor entertaining space and billiards room. The City of Orillia is the perfect backdrop to the relaxed effortless lifestyle of Orchard Point Harbour. Orillia offers the ideal balance of easy living complemented by the town’s vibrant culture of festivals, art galleries, restaurants and premium health amenities, to name a few. With the Phase One building completed and the Phase Two construction underway, expected occupancy is December 2017. Once this resort–inspired project is complete, it will undoubtedly be the gem of Lake Simcoe and offer those within its community an unparalleled, sought-after lifestyle. • 1-888-713-7134 abode September 2016




Minto’s Kingmeadow proves Oshawa housing market is red hot story by tracy hanes photos by Spencer wynn Go east, young homebuyer, go east. There, you will find affordable alternatives to your condo. With a prime location and attractive pricing, Minto Communities’ Kingmeadow development in north Oshawa has proven to be a hot commodity since it launched three years ago. Since low-rise home prices in other parts of the GTA are driving affordability out of reach, many buyers are looking to settle in flourishing Oshawa. Kingmeadow is situated on land that was part of Windfields Farm — E.P. Taylor’s storied thoroughbred racehorse breeding operation – and home to the legendary Northern Dancer and scores of other winners. Northern Dancer won the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness and the Queen’s Plate in 1964 and went on to become a prolific sire. He and other noteworthy horses are buried on the farm across the street from Kingmeadow. The development is named in honour of the property’s horse racing roots and draws a parallel to the sport of kings.

Far left: University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Oshawa

The first four phases of Kingmeadow sold out. Of the 900 homes sold, 600 have already been completed. “Demand has been phenomenal from Durham Region and even more expensive areas of the GTA, allowing us to speed up our building program greatly,” says Amanda Wilson Watkins, vice president of sales and marketing for Minto. Berkshire Abbey is the final phase of Kingmeadow. The neighbourhood features a new product called the Saddle Towns. The collection of stacked townhouses, designed based on feedback Minto received from homebuyers, will be launched in the fall, with prices starting in the low $200,000s. The plans will include one- and two-bedroom flats, as well as two- and three-bedroom two-storey units.

“Finding great value is the number one reason that our buyers tell us they’re choosing Kingmeadow over other options,” says Wilson Watkins. “Minto has been fortunate to have all types of product accepted equally well — from our innovative back-toback Bridle Towns to traditional townhomes, all the way up to welldesigned single-homes, some on gorgeous ravine lots.” The community has been designed so all housing types flow through, creating organic streets and neighbourhoods. The community also has generous green spaces, trails and parks, and is served by a new fire station. This year, Minto was honoured at the Durham Region Home Builders’ Association's Awards of Excellence as Green Builder of the Year, Home Builder of the Year Large Volume, and Green Builder of the Year for Kingmeadow. The community is within walking distance of Durham College and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology and just south of the new Highway 407 extension that makes commuting to Toronto and other parts of the GTA easier than ever. “As you can imagine, the new 407 extension has created even more interest in Kingmeadow,” says Wilson Watkins. “We’ve seen sales demand nearly double in the last 12 to 18 months…shaving time off a daily commute is definitely a huge benefit. North Oshawa is one of the fastest growing regions in the GTA because of this.” Those who don’t want to drive to Toronto can take a train from the GO station to the city or take a VIA train to other destinations. Although well known as the home of General Motors Canada, Oshawa has a growing health and education sector, a large regional hospital and cancer centre, a major sports and entertainment venue (the General Motors Centre) and an ambitious expansion underway at the Oshawa Centre, the largest mall in the area. Lakeview Park sits on Oshawa’s beautiful Lake Ontario shoreline and is a popular gathering place during summer months and the site of many events. For all the urban pleasures Kingmeadow residents enjoy, they have the best of both worlds. A short drive north from their homes takes them to rolling countryside, complete with country stores and farmers’ markets and the shops and cafes of charming Port Perry.

Powerhouse Plan your garden to pack a punch all year long story BY OWEN REEVES Photos courtesy of Proven Winners


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ome late summer and early fall, our gardens are often a bit tired. This is partly due to the stress of summer drought and heat, but also because many of us have a tendency to choose plants that peak in spring or early summer. Think roses, tulips, lilies, and so on—the “popular” flowers. A well-planned garden should look interesting in all seasons. Since many urban and suburban homes offer limited space for large garden beds, that can be a challenge. So it’s important to choose plants that will be interesting in multiple seasons and limit those that offer a brief season of effect.

PLANTS FOR LATE-GREAT EFFECT Interest can come from the flowers, but equally important and impactful are the colour of a plant’s leaves (foliage) and the overall texture it lends to your garden. Here are a few of my favourite plants that offer great effect in the late summer and fall, but also look good in at least one other season.

Arkansas Blue Star This underrated North American native perennial offers a unique, delicate texture, while still being tough as nails. It produces an array of tiny, powder-blue, star-shaped flowers in April and into May that make lovely cut flowers. After blooming, it quickly grows to form a three-foot-tall clump of air-textured foliage that offers great contrast to broadleaved plants. In fall, the mass turns a striking pure gold that shines like a beacon. Seasons of interest: late spring, early summer and fall Botanical name: Amsonia hubrichtii

Blueberry Blueberries are often overlooked for their ornamental value because they fit into the “edible� category, but blueberries are one of my all-around favourite plants. Not only do they produce incredibly yummy, healthful fruit in summer, they have lovely white bell-shaped flowers in the spring. Blueberries also offer some of the finest fall foliage colour, ranging from yellow-orange to deep crimson red. Keep in mind, you need to plant at least two, ideally three, varieties of blueberries to produce fruit. Seasons of interest: spring, summer and fall Arkansas Blue Star

Switchgrass This is a perennial bunchgrass that is native to large areas of North America. The colour is unique all season long, starting off a steely blue-green and gradually becoming more and more reddish-purple through the summer. In late summer, tiny spikelets (flowers) appear that give the grass a very airy-feeling. In the fall, the foliage turns a dramatic red, yellow or gold then fades to buff in winter, providing contrast in the winter landscape. It is a very tidy, upright grower reaching three to four feet in height and will fit into almost any sunny landscape. Seasons of interest: summer through winter Botanical name: Panicum virgatum


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Golden Variegated Japanese Forest Grass This award-winning favourite is a true stunner in a shady garden. They are easy to maintain and offer a lot of visual and sound interest. The leaves are quite thin and flexible so when the wind blows through them they produce a delicate rustling sound that is quite soothing. Also called Hakone Grass, this grass is quite short, reaching only one to two feet in height, but spreads slowly and works well as a groundcover. The foliage is a variegated effect of bright gold and apple green and, in mid-summer, small purple flowers appear. When it comes to the fall, the leaves take on a pink, red or purple tone. Seasons of interest: spring through fall Botanical name: Hakonechloa macra “Aureola”

Princeton Sentry Ginkgo Almost unchanged since the time of the dinosaurs, Ginkgos are one of the most problem-free trees around. Rarely bothered by insects, disease, drought or poor soil, these ancient trees produce unusual fan-shaped leaves in a pleasing bright green tone. While interesting all summer long, Ginkgos are true stars in the fall when their leaves turn a longlasting electric yellow, offering the colour of summer sun to inspire us as we head into the cooler temperatures. Princeton Sentry is a very tidy, upright variety that is denser than most Ginkgos and does not produce any messy fruit. Seasons of interest: spring through fall Botanical name: Ginkgo biloba “Princeton Sentry”

Golden Variegated Japanese Forest Grass


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Sedum Sedum is an incredibly diverse family of super-durable perennials that offer a lot of advantages in hot, sunny gardens. The thick, rubbery foliage is interesting because of its colour, texture and form. In mid-summer, the plant starts to produce buds that bloom from late summer through early fall. The dead flower heads will dry on the plant and offer nice winter interest because of the texture. Seasons of interest: summer, fall and winter Botanical name: Sedum (many species)


Little Henry Sweetspire Little Henry certainly lives up to the “sweet” part of its name. It’s a wonderful, small flowering shrub with fragrant white bottlebrush flowers that attract butterflies in the summer. In fall, its dark green glossy leaves change to a stunning bright red that more than rivals the more familiar Burning Bush. It’s well suited to sunny and partly shaded spots and prefers to be planted in rich soil with good moisture. Seasons of interest: summer and fall Botanical name: Itea virginica “Sprich”

Blue Beech Known by many names, including Blue Beech, Hop Hornbeam and Ironwood, this small North American native tree has leaves that are bluish-green and produces interesting papery seed pods in summer that resemble Hops. As they grow older, their grey bark remains smooth while developing long, irregular ridges that give the trunk the look of a muscular arm or leg. This effect is especially interesting in winter and, for this reason, the tree is also known as Musclewood. In addition, the blue-green foliage turns a striking bright orange in fall. Truly one of the most useful and underrated trees. Seasons of interest: summer through winter Botanical name: Carpinus caroliniana

Little Henry Sweetspire

All of the plants on the list can be planted at least through the month of September. September is often a great planting month because of the cool nights and still-warm days. We also tend to get good rain which helps the plants get established. Plus, garden centres tend to offer discounts as they clear out their inventory. Head on out to pick up a few of these plants to brighten your fall landscape.

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Fall Planters If you’ve got the itch to switch out your planters to something with more autumn interest, consider these dependable annuals that will perform all season long. You can also add these plants to your garden beds to punch up the colour there too.

Annual Rudbeckia Rudbeckia is a popular perennial plant, commonly called Black-eyed Susan. The "hirta" type, though, is an annual. The flowers are bigger, more intricate, and more colourful compared to its perennial cousin. The annual varieties include red and orange, whereas the perennial is yellow. This hardy, medium-height plant attracts birds and butterflies, sights that may be rare on city balconies. Because it fairs well in partshade, it works well on a balcony where the sun typically moves across the building and the amount of direct sun varies through the day. Seasons of interest: summer through fall Botanical name: Rudbeckia hirta

Ornamental Cabbage and Kale Considered the "prettier cousins" of the popular vegetables, the ornamental variety is also edible. As well as good looks, the foliage on the ornamental variety is a lot more colourful. Kale, in particular, has a range of leaf shapes that provide tremendously interesting texture to a fall planter. Additionally, as the weather gets cooler, the colours intensify, and these plants will not be killed off, even by hard frost. Seasons of interest: fall into early winter Annual Rudbeckia

Asters and Mums Hands-down, these are the fall classics. Since many annuals, like the potato vine, coleus and begonias, can be sensitive to the colder nights, you'll want to replace them with plants that perform longer and better in the fall. Although Asters and mums are perennials, they’re most commonly used as annuals. These easyto-care-for plants are very adaptable and offer a wide range of colours, particularly the mums. In a mild season, they bloom for weeks and are tolerant of frost. They really are the last big punch of colour before the winter. Season of interest: fall



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Ornamental grasses As well as providing textural interest, annual ornamental grasses work well in planters at this time of year because they offer bright, colourful foliage all season long. Try these grasses for low-rise and highrise balcony planters: Fireworks fountain grass, Twisted Arrows rush, Jester ornamental millet. Seasons of interest: spring through fall

Pansies The pansy is a great multi-season plant that blooms from spring to early summer then tends to stop blooming in the height of summer when it gets really hot. (If planted out of direct sun, they may continue blooming through the summer.) Once the late summer, early fall hits, they start to bloom again to add a nice pop of colour to your planters. Seasons of interest: spring, early summer, fall Botanical name: Viola

Jester Ornamental Millet

Pansy Photo by Elizaveta Shagliy

Note to Highrise Gardeners Planters on balconies tend to dry out easier because of their exposure to wind. The higher up you are, the more you may need to water your plants; sometimes even twice a day depending how windy it gets.

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IN MEMORY of STEPHEN DUPUIS Shortly after receiving the David Horton Leadership Award from the Ontario Home Builders’ Association, the esteemed president and CEO of the Building Industry and Land Development Association died unexpectedly on his way home from the awards’ ceremony on September 23, 2011. Stephen was 52 and is survived by his wife Linda McMahon and their two children, Carson and Kendall.

Linda and Stephen with Carson and Kendall.


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The impact that Stephen Dupuis had on the building industry, as well as his peers and colleagues, is still top-of-mind today. Stephen's legacy is very strong. He led the merger of the Greater Toronto Home Builders’ Association and the Urban Development Institute, which brought the industry together under the BILD brand and created a strong and united voice with government. His belief in the importance of corporate social responsibility resulted in a long-standing partnership with Habitat for Humanity GTA. Every year, BILD members participate in a series of fundraising events to help Habitat build new homes for low-income families. Bryan Tuckey, president and CEO, BILD I cannot believe it has been five years. Stephen is still very much a part of my daily reality; I think of him quite often. Through Stephen, I met many people in this industry, now good friends, whom I would never have gotten to know, and that has certainly enriched my life. It was also his faith in me that encouraged me to get involved in the industry, and inspire me as president of BILD, the OHBA, and now CHBA. My experience with Stephen was not unique—he encouraged so many people and by doing so inspired them as well. Bob Finnigan, principal, COO Acquisition & Housing at Herity Ltd. Current president of Canadian Home Builders’ Association (CHBA) Stephen helped change the face of Toronto by working tirelessly to ensure more accountability in the building industry. His determination and diplomacy brought about improvements we continue to benefit from today. As a friend and colleague, a philanthropist and innovator, his legacy surely lives on. Cindy Lloyd, owner Media Power Play, and director of sales for Abode magazine At BILD, we maintain his strength and spirit. Stephen always reminded us to hang on to the good stuff, to work through the grind, and “get ‘er done!” All with that hearty laugh and magical smile of his. I remember how he would walk out at the end of the day with his peace sign wave into each of our offices, or his "Namaste." His spirit continues to give us strength, comfort, and that extra push when we need it. Paula J. Tenuta, MCIP, RPP, vice president, Policy & Government Relations, BILD Although time has passed, the stories and connections still live on. Stephen was passionate, motivating, strong and loyal. He had a wicked sense of humour, an infectious laugh, and was a walking encyclopedia of music, naming off any artist, title or lyrics in an instant. He was known by his deep voice and spiky grey hair, but to us he was the tireless supporter of Habitat for Humanity, and an outstanding ambassador for our industry. Mira Tomljenvic, managing partner, Spectrum Sky What could I ever say to capture the essence of my husband Stephen, a man who was taken too early? Stephen has been called an icon, a legacy. There have been awards, scholarships, a charity bike ride, trees planted in his name, and countless words already written. Family and friend gatherings, scrapbooks, CDs and videos, all in an effort to preserve the precious memories. And there have already been many, many tears. Perhaps now, the focus should not be the loneliness, the loss of a wonderful dad. Instead, let us remember fondly what Stephen has given to us that we can carry forward in our lives. The question that often guides us is, “What would Stephen do?” Let us keep his love, passion and humor alive in our hearts, and allow him to accompany us forward into a fulfilled life. Of course, we will forever miss him. Linda McMahon

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THE TREND Another Reason to Invest in The 6!

The Dirt

Effective August 2, B.C. introduced a 15 per cent property transfer tax for foreign buyers, to dissuade them from aggressively scooping up property in Metro Vancouver. The objective is to ensure home ownership becomes more attainable for the middle class. In addition to the new tax; foreign nationals and foreign corporations will also be paying the current taxes in place for B.C. residents, which is calculated at 1 per cent on the first $200,000 of a home purchase, 2 per cent on the remainder up to $2 million, and 3 per cent on anything above $2 million. The legislation also enables the City of Vancouver the power to administer a tax on vacant homes. Metro Vancouver reportedly has a fair amount of newly constructed buildings that are dark; meaning there is a substantial number of vacant units with lights out because they are not occupied. Electric consumption was analyzed using B.C. hydro data with a report made to Council earlier this year; hence, the implementation of the vacancy tax. Will this deter foreign demand in Vancouver? Will it shift to Toronto’s heated market? Toronto’s foreign investment stats are not nearly as high as Vancouver nor does Toronto have the vacancy numbers that seem to have been a concern in the last couple of years for the west. The next four to six months will be very interesting.

THE DEETS Sales and Average Price by Major Home Type – Summer 2016















Year-Over-Year Per Cent Change




8.2% Townhouse

Condo Detached


9.0% 19.5% Source: TREB Market Watch – July 2016

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21.9% Townhouse







416 Average Asking Price Per Square Foot (New Construction, Highrise) Etobicoke


North York






GTA New Homes Overview June 2015 $441,134 $785,800

Y/Y Change

June 2016 $469,516

Highrise $887,543



North York - Don Mills


‡ 12.9% ‡ 6.4%


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