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Get Smart Eco-designer Stephani Carter embraces the classics

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Vintage-inspired accessories and ornaments never get old.

28 Design Inside the Box

14 Detours

50 Getaways

Avenue’s second annual Design Inside the Box competition showcases five finalists and their fantastic creations. By Caroline Barlott, Omar Mouallem and Andrew Paul

Comedian Lars Callieou gets down and dirty just for laughs; local musician Jay Sparrow speaks about the closure of yet another music venue; and Bistro Praha reopens downtown.

38 Personal

20 Calendar


Fill your social calendar with music, theatre, art and more.

Five local architects, designers and design aficionados reveal their favourite interior rooms in the city — each space like a work of art you can walk through.

22 The Expert

Two-time Olympic champion and G-force junkie Pierre Lueders on bobsledding’s lightning speeds.

24 Find Dining

Shell out a few extra clams this Valentine’s Day.

By Mairi MacLean



Three hot getaway packages help turn up the heat during the month of love.

52 Style Q&A

EcoAmmo founder Stephani Carter has tips on how to go green with your wardrobe and stay stylish.

58 Decor

Janet and Leonard Traub’s 4,800-square-foot home in Canmore offers mountain views, masonry and magnificent kitchen spaces.

64 Metrotechnical The future of kitchen gadgetry.

26 The Pour


The organic wine dilemma.

on the cover Stephani Carter was photographed by Colin Way at Dadeo Diner & Bar.


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Design and Conquer My family has just moved into our new home in Edmonton. Even a week after our storage pod arrived, our living and family rooms are makeshift warehouses, stuffed with unopened boxes of personal effects and ready-to-assemble furniture.

Steven Sandor Editor



Slowly, I make my way from room to room, Allen key in hand, tightening bolts and pushing dowels into predrilled holes. All the while, Avenue is celebrating its second annual Design Inside the Box competition, where local designers are challenged to create pieces that could hypothetically fit into a fourfoot-square box. After the field was narrowed to 10, a panel of hand-picked judges — all of them experts in the design community — scored the entries. On page 28, we present the five finalists and their designs, which will be on display throughout the month at Inspired Home Interiors. We’ll name the grand-prize winner on February 17,

when we host an event at the same location: Studio C, 11807 105 Ave. I’d be thrilled to have any or all of these five outstanding items in my home. The winner will be jetting off to New York to attend the International Contemporary Furniture Fair — where designers and marketers from around the world gather to see the latest trends. As if just being in New York won't keep the winner busy enough. Keeping with the design theme, we talked to five influential Edmontonians in the realm of architecture about their favourite spaces in the city, and how each one space fits in the city's psyche. From atriums to great halls, “Personal Spaces” (page 38) gives you the chance to take a second, deeper look at some of the city’s public spaces that you may have taken for granted. Enjoy the issue. And if you have any ideas about what I can do with the motley assortment of screws and dowels left after my out-of-thebox furniture is built, drop me a line.


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Contributors Karen Attwell As a self-proclaimed design junkie, Karen Attwell loves seeing what people have done with their homes — particularly when the spaces

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reflect the interests and lifestyle of the owners. This month, Attwell explored the beautiful abode of one Edmonton couple, who have set themselves up for retirement in Canmore. When she’s not exploring beautiful homes as a contributing editor with Calgary’s Avenue magazine, Karen writes about art and design.

Mairi MacLean Mairi MacLean has covered a lot of media bases. She began in the music industry, first as a musician, then as a producer. She has been a radio broadcaster with CBC and CKUA. She went on to write and produce Alberta films. Over the years, she’s written widely about arts, entertainment, lifestyle and business for the Edmonton Journal. These days her focus is on architecture, interior design and travel.

Adriean Koleric Edmonton-based artist Adriean Koleric creates collages of conflicts between unusual characters. For example, a wolfheaded housewife battling a washing machine. Recently he designed a licensed trading card for Lucasfilm and Topps, which he describes as his “crowning nerd achievement.” In “Personal Spaces” (page 38), Koleric is not just the article’s illustrator but also one of its subjects, interviewed about the grand design of the Kinsmen Sports Centre’s aquatic facility.

Colin Way Calgary photographer Colin Way was midway through a management degree at the University of Calgary when he realized that he could pursue his first love — photography — as a legitimate business. He graduated from the Alberta College of Art and Design in 2005, and since then his photographs have been published in Chatelaine, Fashion and the National Post.





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Funny Business Comic Lars Callieou calls E-town an oasis for people living off the avails of comedy

Hit or Miss Mondays at the Comic Strip (West Edmonton Mall)

Brown on Bourbon with Paul Brown at the Comic Strip Comedy night at Ceili’s Irish Pub and Restaurant (10338 109 St.) and the Hydeaway (10209 100 Ave.) Hangtime! (bimonthly) at the Black Dog Freehouse (10425 Whyte Ave.) Headliners at the Comic Strip (until Sunday) WED THUR

Amateur night at the Laugh Shop (4 Blackfoot Rd., Sherwood Park) Headliners at the Laugh Shop (until Sunday) Amateur night at Yuk Yuk’s Comedy Club (13103 Fort Rd.)


Comedy night (first Friday of the month) at Bohemia Cafe (10575 114 St.)



Open mike at the Druid Irish Pub (11606 Jasper Ave.)



Last summer, comedian Lars Callieou was the only Edmontonian to perform at the Just For Laughs festival in Montreal.

7 Nights of Comedy


Callieou drops his head in shame, squirms, turns to her and asks, “Want to hear the dirtiest joke a comedian has? I apologize …” “I love dirty jokes,” she tempts. “Go.” He unleashes an unprintable 15 seconds of chauvinism that leaves the woman so embarrassed she’s speechless. That’s one bit he doesn’t want posted on YouTube because it could cost him church gigs or, worse, corporate gigs, the bread and butter of Alberta comedians. “Alberta corporate gigs are inflated compared to the rest of the world,” he says, then explains how supply and demand allows an Edmonton or Calgary “mid-level comedian to out-earn somebody from Toronto or Vancouver, probably by at least twice as much.” But the 35-year-old Callieou is above midlevel. Three months before 2010’s U.S.O. tour, he filmed a solo episode of Comedy Now! Last July, he headlined Detroit’s 31-year-old preeminent comedy club, Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle, and added his portrait to a wall of past headliners that includes Tim Allen, Ellen DeGeneres and Jay Leno. Then there was good fortune’s pièce de résistance, his first show at Montreal’s Just For Laughs festival, where he was the only comedian from Edmonton. That invitation was somewhat dwarfed, he says, because he got the news while he was on a U.S. army base in

Kuwait. That overwhelming experience reminded him, “I’m just a guy telling jokes.” Despite Callieou’s growing international popularity, this “guy telling jokes” sticks around in Edmonton, which he calls an “oasis” for comics. He hosts the CJSR show, Kamikaze Komedy, now in its fifth year, every second Wednesday night. On Sunday evenings, he hosts the weekly comedy night at the Druid Irish Pub. And on weekends, he usually lands a paid guest spot opening for a headliner at one of four comedy clubs in the area, which, he notes, is twice the number in Toronto or Vancouver. “Any time I don’t have a paid show, I’ll just try out some new material at an open mike night,” he says, giving yet another reason YouTube and cellphone cameras have made stand-up comedy a sticky business. “If you’re working on material, you don’t want unfinished, unpolished work to be on YouTube because it’s not done yet.” More than a perfectionist, Callieou is a “professional-ist.” He spent eight years of his childhood on the road with his musician parents, who sang the 1979 Canadian hit “Part Time Country Star.” “Watching my parents respect each show, no matter how many were in the audience — it was never about the empty seat, it was about the full seats.” As an homage to them, his just-released album is called Part-time Comedy Star. ( —Omar Mouallem


Lars Callieou says he’s one of the cleanest comedians in Edmonton, but what we want to hear are his dirty jokes — his nastiest, most repulsive bit that doesn’t just cross the line, it cuts through it with a chainsaw. We (the eavesdropping woman in the café and I) want to hear what the 7,000 American troops in Iraq thought was so funny when he performed for them during a 12-day U.S.O. tour.

The Comedy Factory is open Thursday to Sunday (3414 Gateway Blvd.)


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Year of the Sparrow


Edmonton has extended its LRT line well into the south side, and plans are to have trains rolling into NAIT, Grant MacEwan and West Edmonton Mall. But while little more than half of Edmontonians say they use transit, results from a study by Banister Research & Consulting Inc. show only a fraction are regular commuters — that is, they take the bus or train to school or work daily. (

Local singer-songwriter Jay Sparrow broadens his horizons to help Edmonton’s music scene reach new heights

Have you used the transit system in Edmonton in the past year? (This includes bus, LRT and DATS.) 54% 46%

Yes No

Was this usage more than, less than or about the same as the previous year? More than Less than About the same Don’t know

Unfortunately, not all of his hard work paid off. His year ended sourly when Lyve on Whyte closed its doors in late November, adding to Edmonton’s list of dead venues, including the Sidetrack Cafe, the Power Plant and the Urban Lounge. Sparrow blames a lack of interest in Edmonton’s live music scene — outside of large-scale events like Folk Fest — for the bar’s closure. “There was an actual lifestyle through the ’80s and ’90s where going to see live music was what people did on their weekend nights. We wanted to be a part of something interesting and not just sit in a pub and stare at a TV screen,” Sparrow says. “That community seems to have changed over the years.” But all is not lost. With the venue off his plate, Sparrow can devote his energy entirely to his music. His solo work got traction in 2009 after CBC 2 listeners voted for his original song, “The Ballad of Mary 16


White,” to be one of 13 featured on the Great Canadian Song Quest compilation. He can also focus on Break Pattern Records, his burgeoning record label that has a local-first mandate. The label gets its name from Sparrow’s frustrations with the preferred model of the music recording business, which sees bands release an album every three years — one year to produce it and two years of touring to promote it. He says that tedious process is one of the factors that broke up his punk band, the Murder City Sparrows, in 2009. He believes artists produce the best material possible when they work at their own pace. For some, it’s the three-year cycle; for him, its creating albums at breakneck speed. When his label is fully grown, he promises to offer artists a full deal, from production and promotion to distribution and touring, and to nourish artists on a case-by-case basis. “BPR is still very much in its infancy,” he says. “We have a bunch of people we’re looking at, but 2010 was a whirlwind year, so we’re looking at 2011 to start exploring [new artists].” (breakpattern. com) —Andrew Paul



Do you plan to use Edmonton Transit in the next year? Yes No Don’t know




Do you use Edmonton Transit to get to work? Yes No Don’t know




Which of the following best describes your use of Edmonton Transit? I use it all the time I use it every now and again I use it rarely


37% 50%

On a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 meaning very dissatisfied and 5 meaning very satisfied, please rate your overall satisfaction with transit service in Edmonton. 1. 0% 2. 7% 3. 4. 5.

33% 32% 28%

If 4 or 5, why are you satisfied? 47% It is convenient for me 25% Transit is dependable/runs on time 19% Transit is fast 16% Like new LRT expansions or that transit is continually improving 6% Transit drivers are nice/polite/becoming nicer 6% Bus system handles the needs of the city

Based on a sample size of 100. The survey is a qualitative indicator of what Edmontonians are thinking.

The year 2010 was a prolific one for Jay Sparrow. He wrote, produced and released three albums, started his own record label and helped found a music venue called Lyve on Whyte.

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Downward Slide Greater Edmonton’s most exhilarating toboggan hills; don’t say we didn’t warn you. Gallagher Park Two seasons after the Folk Fest turns this vast park into a love-fest, a blanket of snow turns it into a thrill-seekers’ paradise. And while the ride to the bottom is a rush, to say the least, some tobogganers make jumps out of snow, propelling them to even greater speeds. (9411 97 Ave.)

Seven Hills in Mission Park The hill is used year-round as a gathering point for the St. Albert community. Once the landscape transforms into a winter wonderland, it’s a common sight to see people of all ages bundled up and tearing down the steep hill. (Rue St. Vital and Madonna Drive, St. Albert)

Government House Park

Scenes from Snow Day, the Chevy Chase movie about a massive snowfall, were filmed in this park. Located behind the Royal Alberta Museum, the

diabolical hill overlooks the river valley — a calming sight before tobogganers pummel through the snow at breakneck speeds. (River Valley Road and Groat Road)

Rundle Park With several hills to choose from, Rundle Park is perfect for all ages and skill sets. But one hill, named Walton’s Mountain, is a major attraction for adrenalin junkies in for some serious sledding. (2909 113 Ave.)

With 1,640 square feet of floor space for dancing and more wall space for art, the second incarnation of this café that used to be on Jasper Avenue is a hot spot for young artists. Whether the evening event is hip hop, comedy, dance or a visual art exhibition, the Bohemia Café is all about variety. (10575 114 St.,780-669-5236, COUP {GARMENT BOUTIQUE} Downtown’s 104th Street just got classier with the addition of this contemporary women’s clothing store that also offers personal shopping and consulting services. Update your wardrobe with high-end designs from Cynthia Vincent, Catherine Malandrino and Iro or accessories by local designers that you’ll rarely find anywhere else. (10137 104 St., 780-756-3032,

Situated between Sherwood Park and Edmonton, the slopes at Strathcona Science Provincial Park promise an icy, rollercoaster-like ride for any tobogganer or tuber willing to face the slick decline. (17th Street between Petroleum Way and 116th Avenue) —Caroline Barlott

Formerly known as Advanced Eyecare,

When Czech restaurant Bistro Praha was destroyed by fire in March 2009, server Sharka Svajgr says she felt like she lost a friend. The daughter of a famous Czech chef, she moved to Canada in 1980 at 14 and, two years later, was hired by Praha’s original owner, Frantisek Cikanek. She made lifelong friends there, fell in love and married another server, Daniel Schultz.

It was her life. When it burned down, she says, “our dreams were shattered. We had no future, no jobs and no idea what would happen. I told my husband, ‘If you love me, you’ll buy the bistro.’ I guess he loved me.” Late last year, Svajgr, Schultz, her brother, Milan Svajgr, and his girfriend, Alena Bacovsky, bought the bistro from the Cikanek family. Unfortunately, the opening was delayed when Sharka went through treatment for cancer. Currently, the disease is in remission, so they were able to move forward with the grand opening in December. The new location in the Empire Building, just two blocks from the original spot, is a replica of the old, Svajgr says, with the same decor — and the same treasured menu. That means the schnitzel, sauerkraut, goose and even the salad named after her by her former employer are still there, waiting for the regulars. Those regulars included some of the NHL’s all-star Eastern European players looking for a taste of home. “Most of the Czech hockey players came after the game; win or lose, the teams would sit together and no hard feelings,” she says. (10117 101 St., 780-424-4218) —C.B. avenue


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FYIDOCTORS EDMONTON this super-group of optometrists recently partnered with a swath of independent optometry offices and formed Canada’s largest eyecare group, now with over 150 doctors and 76 practices across the country. It’s pretty much the Justice League of the optometry world, now with a new flagship location on the south side. (4108 Calgary Trail, 780-4682020, SOMERVILLE WINE ROOM Local singer and actress Sheri Somerville adds restaurateur and cheese connoisseur to her résumé with her new 38-seat wine bar, which boasts a piano, live music and a menu designed by chef Neil Chamberlain. (10723 124 St., 780-454-9463, SHAG THE HAIR STUDIO Stylist Kelly Oneschuk, formerly of Propaganda hair studio, brings 15 years of experience to her new salon, where you can get a wide range of Aveda hair products and a mean haircut, starting at $60 for men and $70 for women. (10910 105 Ave., 780-424-SHAG) V SANDWICHES The “V” stands for Vietnamese, and if you don’t know what the bánh mì sandwich is, it’s shredded carrot, jalapeno, cucumber and cilantro with meat in a sub bun. If that’s not your thing, there are salad rolls, wraps and not-so-exotic “European sandwiches.” (10135 100A St., 780-426-1888, —A.P.


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city calendar

by Andrew Paul

February.11 COMMUNION February 3 to 20,

FOR THE LOVE OF WINE February 3, Sutton Place Hotel 1 TUE 2 WED 3 THU

Roxy Theatre (10708 124 St.) Communion explores the story of an estranged daughter, her mother and the therapist she turns to for help. It is part of a trilogy by Daniel MacIvor, three-time finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award, which looks at his Roman

(10235 101 St.) Jazz musician Sandro Dominelli sets the mood at this Valentine’s Day fundraiser for the Kids Kottage Foundation. It features a silent auction, dishes by guest chefs and more than 20 different wines to sample. 780-448-1752, STEPHEN HARPER THE MUSICAL February 3, Festival Place (100 Festival Way, Sherwood Park) For


those who think politics is just one big


song and dance — you’re right! Written


of two Canadian Comedy Awards,

by the Shehori Brothers, winners this musical satire roasts and toasts Canadian politics, starting with the


Catholic upbringing. 780-453-

man in head office. 780-464-2852,



Rapid Fire Theatre’s WildFire Festival for high schools.


MUSIC FROM SPACE February 13, McDougall United Church

10 THU

Pro Coro Canada choir performs Sisask’s Gloria Patri, a collection

(108A Avenue and 95 Street) Come for the drumming and stay for the feast, while finding common ground among different cultures. This new addition to the Winter Light Festival lets you explore a replica of an Aboriginal camp, learn about local heritage from costumed historical interpreters, play cultural games and see a lunar light display. 780-760-2229, THE ABDUCTION FROM THE SERAGLIO February 5, 8 and 10, Jubilee Auditorium (11455 87 Ave.) Follow young Belmonte as he adventures in the Far East on a quest to save his love, Konstanze, from the persistent pasha. Edmonton Opera’s production of Mozart’s landmark piece is sung in German with English supertitles. 780-4518000, WINEFEST February 18 and


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(9797 Jasper Ave.) We love wine PHONY February 19 and 20, so much that, in its third year,

Winspear Centre (99 Street

Winefest has been expanded

and 102 Avenue.) Join an

to two days. Hundreds of inter-

onscreen Bugs Bunny at the

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Winspear as he conducts

to sample, and oenophiles and

the Edmonton Symphony

sommeliers are at hand to share

Orchestra to classic Looney

their encyclopedic knowledge.

Tunes segments. 780-428-

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1414, LEGALLY BLONDE February 22 to 27, Jubilee Auditorium (11455 87 Ave.) Don’t miss this Broadway musical adaptation of the hit movie, which starred Reese Witherspoon as Elle Woods, a sorority girl turned lawyer, out to prove that being blond can also mean being brainy. 866-540-7469, 20


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(10025 101 St.) Watch images from the Hubble Telescope as the of 24 hymns inspired by astronomy, and Ligeti’s Lux aeterna, most remembered as the music in 2001: A Space Odyssey. 780-4201247,

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Photos: Robert Etcheverry

COMMON GROUND February 4 and 5, Giovanni Caboto Park

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Canadiens de Montréal returns to Alberta after a decade.

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16, Jubilee Auditorium (11455 87 Ave.) Les Grands Ballets 780-427-2760,

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Brian Webb Dance Company presents Under the Skin.

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MILL CREEK ADVENTURE WALK February 25 and 26, Mill Creek

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Mill Creek woods, your movements will trigger lights to illuminate

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Ravine Park (82 Avenue and 96 Street) As you walk through the the path. There will also be a projection screen for shadow performances and a craft tent. 780-760-2229,

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city the expert

What I Know About …

Bobsledding Who: Pierre Lueders Age: 40 Experience: The Edmonton native began his athletic career in track and field, until his cousin introduced him to bobsledding in 1989; for a year, he was a brakeman, sitting behind the driver; in order to experience the incredible speeds from the front of the sled, he trained as a driver with twoman and four-man bobsled teams; he collected 88 medals from the World Cup, plus eight World Championship and two Olympic medals, including gold at the 1998 Nagano Games; he is now a bobsled coach in Calgary, sharing with others what he learned from his impressive career. “The guy in the front has the responsibility of driving down the hill and putting teams together. It’s not just about being an athlete; it’s like being a part-time manager. There are many aspects of bobsledding beyond just sliding down a hill.”

“It’s not like a roller coaster, where it feels like your stomach has dropped or you feel light. In bobsledding it’s completely different. When you go past a corner, it feels like someone is sitting on your back. Maybe even two or three people.”

“Nagano was my second Olympics. Many young athletes dream of going to the Olympics and winning a medal, and I was no different. It was a close race — we tied [for the gold] with a team from Italy, which was the first time in history that had happened.”

“It takes a while after a race to calm down, to get back to a normal state of being — there’s a lot of adrenalin surging through your body. Whether it’s Olympics or a World Championship, there’s always a tremendous feeling of satisfaction and euphoria.”

“When you’re in the sled, you experience a lot of G-force. If you’re 100 kilograms and you go through a corner where there are four Gs, you’re going to have 400 kilograms of pressure on your body.”

“We’ve created some interest and mystery surrounding some bobsled designs. And if other teams are thinking about you, they’re not thinking about themselves. It’s a bit of a psychological thing. We kept the Whistler Bomber [the bobsled design from the 2010 Olympics] under covers and tarps to create some mystery.”

“There’s a lot of training involved, in the form of lifting weights, running and being conditioned “We did extensive testing in Ottawa at the [to help compensate for the force]. Tractor-tire National Research Council, where we had our flipping, just to make the body stronger, is also one sleds in the wind tunnel, and certain aerodynamic of the techniques I’ve used to train.” designs were better than others. We sat on the sled in the tunnel that has a giant fan — the walls simulate the walls of the track, and the sensors and 22


measuring devices determine how much force is on the sled and how much drag. We worked on different seating positions to see if that reduced the drag and made little changes to the sled, and with every change, they can measure the amount of drag on the sled. The real, solid test is sliding down a hill and competing with other teams.” “In high school, I didn’t take any physics classes at all. My knowledge was quite limited. Even now, I don’t really qualify to be a physicist. But you don’t need to be a mathematician to drive a sled.” “The sport has become more competitive and faster. As the sport grows, the [tracks and bobsled designs] adapt. Some of the tracks used in the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s are obsolete. The bobsled designs have become faster and safer — the materials are much stronger and more resilient.”


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city find dining

photography by Peter Markiw

Marine Biology Shellfish as aphrodisiacs might be an urban myth, but bringing your date to a ravishing restaurant with ample seafood is a tried and true method of animal attraction

The Fisherman’s Plate at Spago is a rousing mix of seafood and steak, soaked in a rich, rosé sauce.

Renewed Passion

Oyster Cult

Perfect for Two

Spago just celebrated its 15th anniversary with a complete renovation that brightened the walls, opened up the dining area and improved the decor with nostalgic black-and-white photographs of Portugal. There was nothing to change about the popular menu, which offers three seafood plates for sharing. Each will satisfy two hungry appetites — which makes them a great option for Valentine’s Day. Try the Fisherman’s Plate ($30), which has clams, mussels, scallops, calamari, halibut, a four-ounce steak and two large prawns swimming in a thick, rich rosé sauce. Savour every taste by soaking the rice in the sauce and swirling your fork through the liquid to rescue any bits of scallop or calamari that may be submerged. For a mix of land and sea creatures, try the pork and clams ($24), a strong companionship served with fried potatoes. Its garlic-and-wine sauce is more like a broth, with a smoky smell from the liberal doses of paprika and cumin. If you still can’t decide, choose the Cataplana platter ($55). It offers a sample of all the seafood choices Spago has to offer, plus some chourico (chorizo) sausage and chicken. (12433 97 St., 780479-0328) —Steven Sandor

According to the trivia provided on the menu at Vons Steakhouse & Oyster Bar, only one in 1 million of these shellfish survive until adulthood. It’s because the mollusks are delicious. Whether you’re a lover of ocean fare or just getting your feet wet, enter through Vons’ giant mahogany doors and take a seat in the black leather booths for the Buck a Shuck special, available on weekdays between 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. The special offers a choice of nine West Coast oysters ($6 for any six) and three East Coast selections ($12 for six). Novices looking for a lighter taste should try the Kusshi variety, which has a buttery texture and fruity finish; the Royal Miyagi, with a mild brine taste and hint of kiwi; or the Ships Point for its fresh cucumber finish. For something more robust, slurp up the Cortes Island, a meaty oyster from B.C., or the full-flavoured, deep cup of the Caraquet Bay oyster from New Brunswick. Every order comes on a bed of shaved ice with lemon slices, horseradish and a selection of sauces. Mix and match your oysters with turmeric pickles, classic basil pesto or Tabasco to cut through the brine. (10309 81 Ave., 780-4390041, —Andrew Paul

Sabor Divino is housed in the historical Boardwalk building; the acoustics are perfect for live piano performances on weekends, which are sometimes accompanied by maitre d’ Christian Mena’s sultry singing. The Chilean background of Mena and the Portuguese heritage of chef Adelino Oliveira are reflected in the menu. The Fruits de Mer platter ($92) is perfect for two. It includes two heft y halves of lobster with a medley of tiger prawns, shrimp, scallops, calamari, mussels and clams tossed in olive oil. The broiled lobster is memorable, but the garlicseasoned tiger prawns are definitely the life of the party. You can also order smaller portions of shellfish, either a platter of steamed mussels, clams and shrimp Cataplana served in a white wine reduction ($24) or a platter of smoky mussels Espanola ($16) served with steamed vegetables, garlic, cilantro, oregano, olive oil and white wine. There’s nothing fishy about the dessert (thank goodness) and you must try the Leite Crème “Dona Irene” ($7). The creamy custard is crowned with caramelized sugar and cinnamon. (10220 103 St, 780-757-1114, sabordivino. ca) —Caroline Barlott




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city the pour

by Anthony Gismondi

Organic Dilemma The organic debate goes on daily. Is the wine quality better? Is it worth the extra cost? And, most importantly, is organic really environmentally friendly?

There are some who would argue that organic viticulture takes twice as much manpower in the vineyard and, if they all drive cars to work, then how sustainable is that? Certification is equally contentious, as questions abound regarding who is qualified to certify, using what standards, and how farms are being inspected and by whom. No matter how you view the subject, there is something about organics that brings out the best and worst in people, especially those who see the world in black and white. The online Organic Wine Journal offers a definition of organic wine by writers Adam Morganstern and Evan Spingarn that covers most of the bases, yet illustrates the problem of trying to pigeonhole a definition. They write that in the vineyard, “organic wine is made from grapes that have been grown without the use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, fungicides and herbicides.” Inside the winery, production should be guided by “little or no manipulation of wines by reverse osmosis, excessive filtration, or flavour additives (such as oak chips).” Add to that the raging debate on sulphites and how much should or should not be used in organic wine production (standards vary across the world), and you have quite a mess. Similar issues surround biodynamic winemaking standards based on the teachings of Austrian anthroposophist Rudolf Steiner (1861–1925), that bring homeopathic and astrological considerations into the organic process. Many question the sanity of this school of thought, which involves such practices as burying manure stuffed in cow horns in the vineyard, later to be dug up on the equinox, mixed with water stirred against the forces of the Earth, and then sprayed back on the vines. But many aspects of organic and biodynamic winemaking stand up to scrutiny. 26


Green is never black and white

It is clear to me, after 25 years of tasting, visiting vineyards and interviewing winemakers and grape growers, that there is a growing awareness among everyone involved in winegrowing and winemaking that the Earth is a precious, finite resource. What they do every day has an effect on their health, the health of their employees and families, and the health of their customers. If organics and biodynamics can help enhance those goals, so be it. In fact, more and more producers rightly see themselves as stewards of the land, and they conduct themselves and their businesses accordingly. Are some cheaters? Yes. Do some use the term “organics” to pass off poor wine to unsuspecting consumers? You bet. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t applaud and support the efforts of those whose commitment is genuine — terms like natural wines, green wines, Earth-friendly wines, fishfriendly wines, organic wines and biodynamic wines look good on labels but require action to back them up. The bigger picture is that the wine business, at the grassroots level, is taking the lead in instituting measures of environmentally responsible agriculture and wine production. When you see

winery personnel shutting off leaking water taps in Chile, recycling water in Sonoma, pulling out non-indigenous plants in South Africa or using solar energy in Australia, you get the sense they believe change is not only possible, but they will be part of it. You can’t certify caring, but slowly and surely, as consumers become familiar with wines that are either certified or recommended by those of us in the business (such as those in these pages), the culture will change. Not every initiative needs to be certified by a government agency, but like many of Europe’s producers who work organically and do not seek certification, they are directed at caring for their special piece of dirt to the best of their ability, and that may be the most important result of all. This month, we look at some of the labels leading the organic charge. Noticeably, there are more today than last year, and there will be many more in the coming years. Now, if only retailers would make them easier to find in the store we, too, could do our part to help improve the environment. Anthony Gismondi is a the globetrotting editor-inchief of Calgary-based Wine Access magazine.

The Cono Sur Organic Chardonnay 2009 ($14.49)

Organic sparkling wine is less abundant, but a favourite

comes out of the Valle de San Antonio in Chile’s Region

is the Villa Teresa Rosé Veneto Vino Frizzante ($14.50).

de Aconcagua. It is a new, organic unoaked chardonnay

This non-vintage bubbly hails from Veneto, Italy. It has an

under screwcap that is ridiculously tasty for the price.

attractive pale salmon colour and a fresh, open, red fruit

The entry is fresh, crisp and just off-dry, with nettle,

nose. On the palate, you taste soft, candied cherry fruit

lemon, grapefruit, gooseberry, passion fruit flavours and

flavours, bolstered by the frizzante or spritz that keeps

a touch of grass. It has a juicy mineral, green guava finish.

it light and fresh. Simple, playful pink for tapas-style

Try this with a whole roasted chicken stuffed with lemons

appetizers or for light evening meals.

and rosemary.


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One of the best organic pinot noirs in the market is the Felton Road Pinot Noir 2008 ($60) from Central Otago, New Zealand. Typically expressive celery salt, earthy, rooty, rhubarb, strawberry, orange peel flavours with a savoury thyme, herbal undercurrent, all in a dry, elegant, supple palate. Duck pâté, anyone?

From the Rhône Valley, any Chapoutier estate wine is natural, eschewing chemicals, fertilizers and sprays, harvesting grapes by hand and using only natural yeasts to produce unfiltered wines. The M. Chapoutier La Ciboise Rouge 2008 ($17) is a grenache and syrah blend with rich black cherry jam flavours flecked with orange, chocolate, chalky, peppery, spicy meat flavours. An excellent-value everyday red you can serve with grilled meats.

Emiliana Gé 2006 ($72) is certified biodynamic. The best lots, best barrel red blend is a mix of syrah, carmenère, cabernet sauvignon and merlot. Ripe, supple, warm red fruit washes across your palate with a mix of eucalyptus, curry, blackberry, black cherry and smoky, meaty sage flavours, with a good measure of finesse. Try this with Alberta’s best beef.

The cold weather should have you reaching for Fonseca Terra Prima Reserve Port N/V ($33). Terra Prima is the only “Reserve” port we know of on the market that’s made from organically grown grapes and organic grape spirits. Expect a drier style and a rich palate of coffee, tobacco, cedar, menthol, dried fig, black tea and smoky, raisin flavours. Serve this one fireside after dinner and let the organic debate begin.

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We unveil the five finalists of our furniture design competition who are in the running for the grand prize — a trip to New York by Caroline Barlott, Omar Mouallem, Andrew Paul photography by Curtis Comeau

The mission: To design a piece of furniture or an accessory able to fit in a box four feet tall, four feet wide and four feet long.

The reward: The designer of the winning entry will go to this May’s International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York City, where industry professionals and designers hobnob and broker deals. Our second annual Design Inside the Box contest inspired dozens of entries. Avenue editors pored over them and whittled them down to 10. After that, a panel of judges fi lled out their scorecards. And, when the numbers were tallied, five fi nalists emerged from that field of 10. The panel of judges representing a mix of academics and retailers judged the entries not only on esthetics, but on commercial potential. The judges are: renowned architect Gene Dub of Dub Architects Ltd.; Robert Lederer, associate professor of design studies at the University of Alberta; Kevin Porter, chair of Environmental Design Technologies at NAIT; and Carrie Cameron, account executive at Dwell Modern. One of the five fi nalists we present to you in the coming pages will go to New York. The winner will be announced at a showcase event February 17 at Inspired Home Interiors, 11807 105 Ave., where the designs will be on display beginning February 4. —Steven Sandor 28



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Everro 2.0 The Human Genome Project inspired Andrea Leitner’s contemporary chair.

Her entry, the Everro, has evolved from an earlier design. The original Everro design had separate-coloured cushions, like rungs of nitrogen bases in the DNA double-helix diagram. The metal frame was like the sugar-phosphate backbone that held them together, and the seams were a metaphor for “the inside being revealed,” she says. That design resulted in a second — and inadvertent — metaphor: natural selection. That is, the law governing all species; that a population changes its traits for improved chances of reproduction according to the influences nature exerts upon it. In this case, nature is man’s big ass. Leitner was in her fourth year at the University of Alberta’s industrial design program in 2008 when she exhibited Everro 1.0 at the Salone Internazionale del Mobile, Milan’s premier design expo, where she went with her class. “By the end of the show, it looked horrible because it [the cushion] was just upholstery foam and there wasn’t anything solid underneath,” she says. “So with people sitting on it, over and over, and profs sitting on it all day while showcasing their pieces, it was flattened.” Leitner couldn’t afford to ship the chair back to Canada, so she trashed it. But, she says, she didn’t trash the idea. “I needed to rebuild the chair. It wasn’t completely out of my system.” Over the next two years, Leitner adjusted its maladaptive traits, starting with putting a lightweight fibreglass skeleton under the felt upholstery. She added a concealed crossbar to the metal frame under the grey top, to keep the chair from losing form, used denser foam and narrowed the width so only one person could sit on it at a time. She lowered the height of the back support to look more contemporary and less like a recliner. She kept the exposed seams. Leitner premiered the second generation at Toronto’s 2010 Interior Design Show. It brought positive reactions from professionals and manufacturers impressed by its esthetic power — but so far there are no signs of reproduction. —Omar Mouallem

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Sessional Chair After taking four years of university to become a mechanical engineer, Lawrence Kwok found he wasn’t happy with his job in the oil patch.

So, he flung himself back into school — this time into the University of Alberta’s industrial design program. “I was going in there with a little bit of reckless abandon; I was a little desperate. My first 15 minutes in a design studio were eye-opening,” Kwok says. “It’s like when your dad hands you the key to his car and you’re like: ‘Really, I can take it?’ So I just grabbed it and ran with it and never looked back.” He designed the Sessional Chair for music composers. The seat’s convex surface propels the sitter forward, making it easier to shift in the seat, and the built-in compartment in the centre is perfect for storing sheet music or an electronic tablet. Made from ash, the legs and seat form a stool connected to the steel back by six screws. The contrasting materials are a hot point of discussion for Kwok. “You’ve got a warm colour and a cold colour, a cold form and a warm form, a cold material and a warm material, but ultimately the silhouette of the chair is unified; and that’s me trying to express the idea that even if it’s made of different components or it’s schizophrenic in its conception, it’s still a whole thing,” he says. “Sessional” is derived from the Latin word “sedere,” meaning “to sit.” This meaning works in two ways: Not only does a person sit in the chair, but the front half of the chair literally sits in the back half, as neither section can stand on its own. “My process has always been to take something conceptual and push it as far as I possibly can,” Kwok says. —Andrew Paul




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Flow Robert Faulkner, a finalist in last year’s Design Inside the Box, doesn’t have the luxury of using a fully equipped shop. So for three months he practically lived in his garage, armed with a few basic carpentry tools, like a rasp and a spokeshave, and worked on Flow.

The armchair, made from eastern and Baltic birch, is a great addition to any foyer, sunroom or sitting room. But that wasn’t the way the 21-year-old University of Alberta industrial design student planned it. “From the get-go, I didn’t limit myself to a certain area it needed to fit into or, even during manufacturing, I wasn’t thinking that this was something that needed to be mass-produced,” he says. “Surprisingly, I think that’s one of the reasons why it turned out.” Faulkner’s passion for design began when he was 13, after his dad bought him a band saw and drill press. He started out building birdhouses, bike jumps and knick-knacks, but it was quickly apparent that he had a talent for woodworking. At university,



he combined his woodworking skills with his love of designing bicycle frames. That influence is seen in Flow’s organic lines, particularly in its curved armrests, which contour to the natural, relaxed position of the arms in a seated position. The back of the chair is six inches narrower than the seat, adding to the armrest’s ergonomic effect. Unlike the lounge chair Faulkner entered in last year’s competition, which required the sitter to stretch legs out for maximum comfort, Flow’s seat height is a comfortable 16.5 inches, allowing the bottom of the sitter’s feet to rest flat on the floor. Faulkner opted for dowels to fasten the elements together, so the only hardware is found on the vinyl upholstery, which resembles carbon fibre with its intricate diagonal patterning. “I wanted something that was subtle but, once you inspected it, you would see that detail and it would complete it,” he says. “Flat and basic, but not too ornamental and distracting from the form. It was a good balance that helped the overall chair.” —Andrew Paul


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Untitled Table

Chet Domanski’s table, inspired by the simplicity of Okanagan wine barrels and apple baskets, required more work than its minimal design suggests. Despite having made many pieces of furniture — including a bench exhibited at the 2006 Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, D.C. — the processes involved in making the table required him to learn new techniques.

Domanski, manager of design for Cameron Development Corporation, a commercial real estate developer, designed and constructed his piece during his spare time. During the days, he might review the exterior architecture of a shopping centre; at night, when his children were asleep, his own project took shape. “I went to the shop every night for a couple of weeks. And since I was also trying to be a good dad, I’d work from about 9 p.m. to midnight [on the table].” Domanski has 10 years of experience in design. He co-founded Boulevard, a furniture design company, which operated until 2007. He also worked for Kasian Architecture Interior Design and Planning, assisting with architectural and interior design. Domanski enjoys continually expanding his knowledge and skill sets. In order to create the table’s curved basket shape, he learned steam bending, a process he was eager to try. With the help of Cary Brandt and Paul Francis of Mastodon, a specialty toboggan company, he learned how the wood is dropped into a giant barrel of boiling water, clamped onto a mould, then left to dry in the desired shape. For the seamless straps of metal that encircle the table, he had the help of a former airplane repairman turned blacksmith, who expertly welded the ends together. Domanski has always been a huge supporter of local artists, as illustrated by his 10-year involvement in M.A.D.E in Edmonton, an organization that encourages local design — whether of those in the industry or elementary school children. He says he might refine his techniques for making the table, but he is happy with the end result. —Caroline Barlott 34



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With its rounded edges and curved back, the L40 lounge chair is visually striking. More important to its designer, Geoffrey Lilge, it is also comfortable and functional. Occupying a corner of his own living room, the piece tempts visitors to relax in its low-slung seat.


“If you have a personal need, it can inspire a better design. It can motivate you to do something unique,” he says. From an early age, Lilge watched his mother in her workshop designing and creating kitchen items, and he witnessed the satisfaction of designing a beautiful and functional item. He designed his lounge chair as part of his master’s thesis for the University of Alberta’s industrial design program. Through the project, he explored the challenges faced by an Edmonton designer searching for a manufacturer. Lilge ran his own manufacturing company, Pure Design, from 1993 to 2004, along with two partners. They produced bar stools, tables, shelving and accessories designed by other designers until he formed his current design company, Geoffrey Lilge Design, in 2007. Using his manufacturing knowledge, Lilge made a prototype of his lounge chair to show at trade fairs in New York and Milan. A U.S manufacturer signed him up and production began, but the deal was cancelled when the company suffered financial trouble in the economic crash. Lilge has plans to pursue some other leads with his lounge chair. In the meantime, he developed a project inspired by his wife, Cindy Lazarenko, proprietor of the restaurant Culina Highlands. Having helped with the design of the Culina restaurant, Lilge wanted to create a pepper mill for the kitchen staff. Now manufactured by Umbra, the pepper mill is Lilge’s first produced piece. He’s working now on a series of cutting boards inspired both by his involvement with Culina and by his mother. As a sessional instructor for the U of A, Lilge shares his knowledge with students: “I tell them to design for themselves and their own places.” —Caroline Barlott 36



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Get Inside the Box at Inspired Home Interiors (Studio C, 11807 105 Ave.)

See the designs Feb. 4 – 28 Cast your vote for Reader’s Choice by Feb. 17, 6 p.m. Awards Reception Feb. 17, 5 – 9 p.m. RSVP online by Feb. 14

on the web Check out the other five long-listed entries in the 2011 Design Inside the Box competition at

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by Mairi MacLean illustrations by Adriean Koleric

We asked five local architects, designers and design aficionados to pick the space in Edmonton they most admire — rooms or buildings so special that they transport them from the everyday world




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I EDMONTON CITY HALL, CITY ROOM Chosen by architect Vivian Manasc, principal architect of Manasc Isaac Architects Ltd.

The City Room is the undisputed wow! space of Edmonton City Hall. The room is voluminous, dramatic, bold in broad strokes and subtle in detail. It’s the focal point of the civic complex, which has earned local architect and former alderman Gene Dub six awards since it opened in 1992.


Architect Vivian Manasc is one of its many admirers. “It has a nice energy to it — a sense that Edmonton is an energetic city where exciting things happen.” The pyramidal glass roof, reaching 43 metres above the threestorey building, and the angled exterior windows on all sides have a major impact on visitors and employees. The glass allows the contemporary space to shift moods from morning to night, when natural light gives way to interior lighting, emphasizing the room’s unusual contours. “There’s a lot of movement with the different angles and shapes,” says Manasc, “and because the light is always changing, it makes the space feel very dynamic, regardless of the time of day.” She applauds the inventive use of materials. Her own firm is recognized for its sustainable designs, so naturally one of her favourite elements here is the beige travertine stone cladding preserved from the old City Hall. It was repurposed and combined with a modern grey terrazzo to make a new floor. “The floor is lovely and it’s also reminiscent of the old building, so there’s a really nice storytelling quality,” she says. The choice of maple, “a warm, rich, light wood,” works well for the walls, where some sections feature fine, laser-made cuts, Manasc says. “They look like marble from a distance, but actually house acoustic material that absorbs sound and makes the space not ‘echoey.’” Another strong design element is the imposing stairway leading to council chambers. It’s cleverly multi-purpose, acting as a seating gallery or a stage, depending on the event. “You can have the audience [on the floor] looking up or sitting on the steps looking down,” she says. “You can really play with the space.”

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LEE PAVILION, CITADEL THEATRE PHASE II Selected by Sheri Krug, interior designer and board member of M.A.D.E. in Edmonton (Media, Art, Design Exposed)

It’s a respite for the harried urbanite. Made of glass and steel, but softened with tropical plants and bubbling waters, the Lee Pavilion represents a treasured sanctuary for downtowners.

Interior designer Sheri Krug admires the Lee Pavilion because it sharpens her senses, and she suspects it works the same magic on other Edmontonians. “There’s something about the sense of place at the Lee — the humidity, the water trickling, how you can smell the plants,” says Krug, whose own fi rm focuses on residential interior design. For her, those calming natural elements are the perfect escape from “the busyness of downtown.” 40


The Chandler Kennedy Architectural Group, which no longer exists, designed the multi-level pavilion with massive glass panes for airiness and natural light, crisscrossed orange beams that lend an urban-industrial warehouse flavour and about 18 metres of headroom at the highest point. Downstairs, sloping walkways meander through a lush green garden. That makes the lower level of the Lee a good spot for a quiet moment, while the upper walkways provide a scenic indoor shortcut for people rushing to work or the LRT. “I love the way they’ve allowed the plants to take over the space,” says Krug, pointing to the creeping fig dangling from the beams and

draping over corner walls. “It incorporates man-made and natural elements, but it feels organic. It allows the users to situate themselves in a place they can see and be seen, or allows for some self-reflective time.” “I just love the sheer expanse of the space and then how in the evening it’s a lot more closed-in and intimate,” says Krug. When the box office window slides up and the doors of the Maclab Theatre open, the Lee becomes an exotic night garden for theatregoers discussing the mise en scène over sips of merlot. Krug is charmed by the way it transforms itself, slipping into a new role as actors do.


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Architect: Randall Stout Architects Inc. Construction: Ledcor Construction Ltd. Date opened: 2010

ART GALLERY OF ALBERTA, ATRIUM (AURORA BOREALIS) Chosen by Giuseppe Albi, general manager of Events Edmonton

The Art Gallery of Alberta is the latest addition to Sir Winston Churchill Square, in the heart of Edmonton’s civic and cultural district. Fashioned out of patinated zinc, glass and 800 tonnes of structural steel, the AGA swoops and dips and rolls around the corner of Rue Hull and 102A Avenue like a magnificent metallic swallow.

Design expert Giuseppe Albi says the central atrium is his favourite aspect of the new AGA. “It’s engaging and dynamic,” he says. He calls it “the connector,” stitching together all the gallery rooms and offering an exhibition on the inside and outside. When used together with the adjacent Sir Ernest Manning Hall, it’s also a banquet room that can fit up to 300 people. “It’s the main access to all the floors [and] everywhere along the way you can stop and look 42


out through the atrium and see the square, our civic plaza and city hall,” says Albi, a longtime observer of architecture in the city and a former member of Edmonton’s Urban Design Review Panel. The atrium is also intimately connected with what has been nicknamed “the Aurora Borealis,” a 190-metre steel ribbon curving in and out of the building. Los Angeles-based architect Randall Stout, who beat out 24 competitors to win an international competition to design the building, took inspiration from the northern lights and the way the North Saskatchewan River zigs and zags through Edmonton in creating this pivotal visual effect. “It creates a very dynamic atrium on the corner; not a typical entrance at all,” Albi says. “Because of its relationship to Churchill Square, that intersection is vital. It’s accessing and animating the public space.”


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Auto Insurance: Defining the Differences Auto insurance policies are often sold as if they are just a commodity product - all the same except for price. It can be a shock to learn that this isn’t true. Customers often discover this difference when they have a claim and by then it is too late. There are many components to auto insurance, some have significant costs associated with them, and some do not. These components determine the quality of the coverage you receive. Here are some things to consider when purchasing your auto insurance:

Original Parts

Some insurance carriers allow you to choose original parts for any repairs arising from a loss. This empowers you to maintain the integrity of your vehicle and assures manufacturers warranties remain valid. This can be especially important with higher-valued and exotic vehicles to ensure performance is not affected in any way after repair.

Speed of Claim Responses

One way to separate the wheat from the chaff is to consider the insurance carrier’s reputation for prompt and fair claim settlements. A protracted claims process means hours of your time wasted trying to resolve issues and get back on the road; all while you are experiencing stress, or worse yet, an injury from your accident. If you base your insurance purchase solely on price, you might forget about this potential soft cost until you are overwhelmed by the process and settlement. It might leave you wishing your insurer had a proven, solid claims reputation.

Making Sure a Total Loss is Not a Total Loss

If your car is “totaled,” will you be paid fairly and appropriately? At the time of a loss, some companies might lower the value of a settlement through “adjustments for depreciation” leaving you out-of-pocket when replacing your vehicle. According to Marilyn Horrick, Assistant Vice President with Chubb Insurance, “We approach this issue knowing our clients’ expectations are paramount. Chubb uses an innovative settlement basis called Agreed Value to protect our clients and set expectations well in advance of a loss.” This enables policyholders to determine their settlement value before a total covered loss, so there’s no haggling or re-calculations after an accident. “What’s more,” explains Horrick, “Chubb will even waive your deductible and, in most cases, you will receive a payment within 48 hours of settling your claim.” According to Horrick, Chubb allows a more liberal loss of use provision, which can be very meaningful to luxury car owners. Who wants a subcompact rental vehicle when they crash their Mercedes? If your loss occurs out of town, make sure your insurer will cover accommodation and travel expenses while your vehicle is being repaired. “We have many clients who have more sophisticated needs” says Douglas Van Helden, President of Van Helden Agencies, “Chubb Insurance addresses these and gives us a welcome option for their vehicles.” Chubb has now begun selling its valueadded automotive insurance in Alberta.

Customer Satisfaction

Insurance is all about Customer Satisfaction – automobile insurance is no different. Your level of satisfaction with your insurance carrier transfers directly to the level of satisfaction you have with your Broker. “Chubb surveys its customers after a loss and consistently receives the highest scores for claims satisfaction. At the end of the road, our goal is a satisfied customer“ adds Horrick. There are a number of industry studies available to the general public that rate insurers. Take some time to consult them to see how your insurance company measures up. Like most things, auto insurance comes in many shades. Few of us fully understand potential claim situations before they occur, but it makes sense to do a little homework and involve your broker. Additional research will help you understand the issues you may face and the challenges you may have to contend with when you have a loss. Doing that homework and asking your broker for more information rather than simply looking for the lowest price is the very best policy for making sure your coverage meets your needs.

CO N T R O L the The precise coverage offered is subject to the terms,conditions and exclusions of the policy as issued.

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MUTTART CONSERVATORY Chosen by Tom Sutherland, architect with Dialog

For enduring views in the city, there’s no beating the Muttart Conservatory, architect Tom Sutherland believes. “The Muttart is a classic piece of architecture,” he says. “It is a very simple building and a very clear, very strong plan.”



The pyramids on the western edge of Cloverdale are recognizable in almost every aerial or wide-lens photograph of the river valley taken since the Muttart opened 35 years ago. Sutherland is enthusiastic about the components of the conservatory that give it iconic status. Designed by the late Edmonton architect Peter Hemingway, the Muttart consists of four linked glass pyramids that house intercontinental flora. Sutherland says the pyramid is a strong, timeless shape. Hemingway’s repeated use of the shape quickly proved popular with the public and the architectural community in the city. “Even within a very short period of time, it became a symbol of the city and showed up on City Hall and the IPL Tower [now the Enbridge Tower]. Any building that’s mimicked that much is well-liked.” Each pyramid tells a different story. There’s the close, steamy tropical zone, where broad-leafed palms drip with moisture; the parched and pebbled arid zone, filled with cacti and succulents; the temperate zone, cool and fresh with scents of evergreen and eucalyptus; and the feature pyramid for changing floral displays. The building has tunnel-like entrances that lead to the various horticultural zones. It attempts to compress you down, to leave behind the world you’re in, and bring you into one of these new environments, Sutherland says. “It’s kind of an Alice in Wonderland journey Hemingway is asking you to go on.” A 2008 refurbishment by Rockcliff Pierzchajlo Architects & Planners Ltd. has added a new outdoor entrance with patio tables and seating, altered the tropical pyramid so it’s wheelchair friendly and created a larger restaurant and more classroom space. The Muttart’s ability to provide a taste of nature all year round is something visitors never fail to appreciate; it’s a perennial top attraction. “People aren’t going to come back and flatten the pyramids or change them out,” Sutherland predicts. “People are going to want to conserve the Muttart, and it will continue to be embraced by the people of Edmonton for many, many years.”


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KINSMEN SPORTS CENTRE, AQUATIC FACILITY Chosen by Adriean Koleric, designer and artist

Competitive swimmers and amateur paddlers, parents, grandparents and toddlers, the fit and the hopingto-be-fit will likely declare the Kinsmen’s abundant aquatic space their favourite place for a splash. This giant complex, designed by the now-defunct architectural firm Schmidt Feldberg Croll and Henderson for the 1978 Commonwealth Games, has five pools to choose from.




But something more abstract is at work, too. For designer Adriean Koleric, the facility is a refuge from life’s mundane aspects. “A good space provides escapism from the day-to-day, a separation from nine-to-five, a place to clear your head and daydream,” says Koleric, a NAIT graduate in interior design technology and an artist specializing in digital collage. He’s inspired by the roof, an acoustic retrofit by Barry Johns Architecture, which evokes a

swimmer in motion, with rolling waves. “It’s like this alien structure, how it mimics and reflects in the pool underneath. It’s amazing,” says Koleric, who has used photos of the ceiling in his own digital collages. (His work inspired Avenue to have him design abstract collages for all five spaces in this article.) “When you look at the way it’s laid out, it’s a great piece. And the acoustic panels hanging along the edges — it’s almost like jewellery for the ceiling.” Esthetic twists such as the ductwork and a diving tower built on a slope have decorative purpose, with effective design and colour selection, offering an environment greater than what’s expected of a rec centre. “The background colours are predominantly greys and whites, which put focus on the forms of these basic elements, like the diving boards, and how they’re sitting on this beautiful angled red bracket that’s almost a sculpture in itself; it’s like throwing in a poppy,” he says.


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A FINE VINTAGE Accessories and ornaments that summon Victorian and Edwardian styles in an era of fast, fickle trends 2





1. Dainty and dandy intersect with this androgynous pinstripe collar on a chain. From Meese Clothing, it’s available for $30 at two locations. (10240 124 St. and 31 Perron St., St. Albert, 780-418-1388) 2. Though it’s sturdy, you will want to be protective of this gold-plated cutlery by Midas Cutlery. It comes in six sets that include a knife, dinner fork, spoon and dessert spoon. It’s $295 at 29 Armstrong. (10129 104 St., 780-758-4940) 3. Add instant elegance with a gold-dipped leaf necklace by Edmonton designer Jocelyn Kennedy. $125 at Jilly’s Home & Lifestyle. (14227 23 Ave., 780-413-4079) 4. From Jane Tran Designs, this metallic flower headband makes a delicate and comely accessory. $65 at Jilly’s Home & Lifestyle. (14227 23 Ave., 780-413-4079) 5. Get your office beau this rosewood desktop set by Areaware; it includes a stapler, tape dispenser, supplies holder and envelope opener. $88.25 at Carbon Environmental Boutique. (10184 104 St., 780-498-1900) 6. At Bling, you can find this silver-plated pâté knife with an Austrian crystal by Abbott is $5. It pairs well with a silver swan knife rest by Burney Giftware, also $5. (10316 100 St., 780-758-5995) 7. Giles & Brother is an accessories company founded by a sister-brother 48



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duo inspired by classic estate jewellery, as seen in this brass horseshoe cuff bracelet. $155 at Coup {Garment Boutique}. (10137 104

St., 780-756-3032)

8. This short and skinny tie ($10) by Tye Necklace is held with a tie clip ($16) by Uranium. Available at Meese Clothing and Meese on 124. (31 Perron St., St. Albert, 10240 124 St., 780-418-1388) 9. With this duck feather brooch by Sessa Wearables, you can add a speck of Victoriana to your style. Designed by Meese, it’s $24 at both its locations. (10240 124 St. and 31 Perron St., St. Albert, 780-418-1388) 10. By D.L. & Co.’s Modern Alchemy line, this Tincture of Winchester candle is infused with gun powder, releasing a scent of a smoky, old hunting jacket. It’s $65 at 29 Armstrong. (10129 104 St., 780-758-4940) 11. Breathe, Wish and Calm are the names of these three perfume fragrances by Lollia. Each bottle is $13 at Jilly’s Home & Lifestyle. (14227 23 Ave., 780-413-4079) 12. Know the time and smell good, with this pocket watch by Timeless Fragrances, a detailed replica of an Edwardian original. It’s filled with a wax of soy and maple, with three choices of fragrance. It’s $49.95 at Carbon Environmental Boutique. (10184 104 St., 780-498-1900) FEBRUARY.11

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by Lisa Ricciotti Hollywood Nights rooms at the Fantasyland Hotel in West Edmonton Mall let couples explore their wild sides on the dance pole and tantric furniture.

photograph courtesy of Fantasyland Hotel

Passion Plays

Turn up the heat during winter’s coldest month with three mini-breaks that’ll rekindle your romance

Whoever decided to put Valentine’s Day in February, pairing western society’s hottest holiday with its coldest month, was on to something. Some say the tradition of roses, chocolate and cupids originated with Lupercalia, the mid-winter fertility festival of ancient Rome. Others credit the Catholic church, which Christianized the pagan festival with a saintly Valentine-theromantic-martyr makeover. Whatever the origin, any opportunity to celebrate fiery passion during frozen February is welcome.

Romans kicked off festivities by gently slapping women with strips of hide from sacrificial goats, but we have some better ideas for igniting — or rekindling — romance. Why settle for just one day devoted to love when you can create a getaway weekend and really warm up winter? Whether you’re starry-eyed romantics or longtime lovers, here are three ways to turn up the 50


heat as you eat, play and love this February.

Jasper Spa Getaway Now there’s more to love about a Jasper weekend — a new 10,000-square-foot luxury spa in the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge. The spa, the first full-service facility in the region, offers signature treatments like a maple sugar body treat. For real togetherness, choose from four “couple experiences,” including side-by-side massages. Alicia Chelsom, manager of public relations, says romance comes naturally at the lodge, thanks to its mountain-and-lakeside setting. Guests enjoy cozying up to wood-burning fireplaces, skating on the lake or taking night walks under the stars. She recommends lakefront suites overlooking Lac Beauvert or the ultra-private Athabasca Cabin as extra romantic, with large soaker tubs, fireplaces and “beds you just sink into and don’t want to get out of.” Dining highlights include candlelit dinners in the Moose’s Nook with gourmet Canadian cuisine; a lingering

meal at Cavell’s, taking in picture-window views of the Whistler Mountain range; or the intimate Oka Sushi bar, with fresh fish flown in daily from Japan and Vancouver. Stimulate your appetite by renting snowshoes or cross-country skis for trails near the lodge. Or you can venture further for downhill skiing at Marmot Basin or back-country powder skiing on a Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing tour. For unique adventures, add a Maligne Canyon ice walk, dogsledding or Icefield Helicopter Tours’ snowy champagne picnic-for-two on Cline Glacier — all easily arranged by concierges. Bonus: Book JPL’s Romance Package February 11 to 17 and receive the third night’s stay free. It includes wine and chocolate truffles on arrival, dinner, breakfasts, two spa treatments and other extras. Rate: $499 a night. (800-257-7544,

Romantic Country Retreat

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At the Prairie Creek Inn near Rocky Mountain House, a winter wonderland is the perfect backdrop for relaxation in luxury rooms like the Canadiana Suite (left) and the Woodlands Suite (bottom right).

to sacrifice comfort and luxury to get away from it all. Just 10 minutes from Rocky Mountain House, the four-and-a-half-star country inn offers peace and pampering, with options nearby for outdoor activities like dogsledding or skijoring with Klondike Ventures. “It’s definitely not roughing it,” says owner and operator Terri Cameron. “Each room is individually decorated, with romantic touches like double soaker tubs, four-poster beds and fireplaces.” Cameron says most guests are content to roam the grounds by the creek, maybe strap on some snowshoes, but mostly just relax. “It’s closer than Jasper or Banff and away from the commercialization of major centres. The inn experience is unique, and I’ve been surprised how popular it is with the 25-to-35-year-old set. They love the luxury of the rooms and the solitude and really don’t want to go anywhere else.” Pricing includes a three-course gourmet breakfast delivered to your room or enjoyed in the great room. The inn also has an intimate

new restaurant specializing in local produce and game and wine-pairing dinners. “It’s a winter wonderland in a secluded mini-hotel surrounded by snow-capped pine trees,” says Cameron. “The star-gazing is amazing, and if you’re lucky you’ll see the northern lights.” Rates: $160 to $285 a night, including breakfast. (403-844-2672, theprairie

Indulge Your Fantasies Why should out-of-towners have all the fun? Be a tourist in your hometown and set your imagination free with an over-the-top weekend at West Edmonton Mall’s Fantasyland Hotel. Rhoda Lemay, director of sales for the famed theme rooms, is jazzed about the recent addition of 10 Hollywood Nights rooms. “They’re for adults only — very seductive with a sophisticated decor. You can explore your wild side on the dance pole under multi-coloured lights or try some creative position on the tantric furniture.” Lemay says the Roman Room is also very popu-

lar with romantics. Nero would feel at home in its decadence — a round royal bed, a steamy Jacuzzi, marble pillars and velvet curtains. To really set the mood, add a Fantasy Package to your stay. “Petals and Passion” strews rose petals in your room and offers a sensual gift basket of bath oils, candles and other “appetizers;” the spa package includes massage and other relaxing treatments in WEM’s Rain Salon and Spa. For diversions beyond your room but still inside the mall, the entertainment package offers tickets to Jubilations Dinner Theatre or the Comic Strip Comedy Club. You can also set your pulses racing with a Wet & Wild Adventure package that includes riding Galaxyland’s roller coaster and splashing in the waves at the waterpark. Amidst the excitement, fuel your passion in the hotel’s L2 Grill and unwind over cocktails in its chic new L1 Lounge. And if, despite all this, you find yourself bored, we hear the shopping’s great in the mall. (780-737-3783, fantasyland

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Wonder Woman The founder of consulting firm EcoAmmo and her partners in crime arm themselves with fun, environmental sensibilities to clean the planet, one design at a time

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tephani Carter is not a pushover. She’s more of a pusher, in fact, and arms herself with an unapologetic do-good attitude. At the office of EcoAmmo (a retro-fitted three-storey home in Old Strathcona running on solar power), the 30-year-old Carter greets me in a goody-two-shoes sweater vest and a blue vintage tie that shouts ONE LESS CAR in block letters.

The self-professed “greenie” founded the consulting company EcoAmmo in 2006 after working in the construction and interior design industries for six years. Her mission — to advise product manufacturers on green practices and provide contractors with knowledge about sustainable building and design — has since taken off and grown. Carter brought in partners Brandy Burdeniuk and Andrea Pelland not long after starting the company. Now the team consults on the green details of a number of landmark projects, including developments on the University of Alberta main campus, the City’s Animal Care and Control Centre and ProCura’s overhaul of commercial spaces at 10830 Jasper Ave. All of these buildings are certified gold or silver by LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design rating system). As I interview her in the company’s “Fun Room” (the antonym of a boardroom), which is separated from the office by an open garage door, Burdeniuk and Pelland playfully hijack the conversation from their nearby desks.

What inspired you to start EcoAmmo?

When I was working as an interior designer, one day it overwhelmingly hit me that the contents of the paint was more important than the colour. To me, it was more important to know if the paint was going to kill you than if it was a certain shade of purple. I enjoyed researching products’ materials and asking tough questions. So I started my own company, because there was no company doing that.

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THE LOOK Steve Madden shoes and Mario Portolano gloves from gravitypope Belt from Robes & Relics Jacket purchased during Hawaiian excursion Dress from Cat’s Eye in Calgary Hairpiece by Brandy Burdeniuk

genuinely interested in making a difference in the world and excited about implementing green initiatives. They actually sought us out. They saw us in a magazine and they thought if they are going to have a green project they should get the green ladies of EcoAmmo to help them out. Honestly, I’m not making this up! They really were one of the most pleasant clients to work with. They asked us for recommendations and they implemented 99 per cent of them. We didn’t ever have to convince them to do something — they jumped at it all. Plus, they are a super fun group of people and really supportive. They always made sure to make us feel appreci-

ated and validated. We were at first skeptical about working with a giant company that does not have that good of a reputation in the green world, but after working with them, we would definitely do it again, and again. After all, if those companies making the biggest impact on the environment want to change, who will be there to help them transition? We will.

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is to help the transition from business-practicesas-usual to sustainable practices. We want it to be easy and fun and quick, and hopefully integrated, so it becomes ingrained into daily operations.

What is the atmosphere like when you go in and consult with a construction company?

When I was in the field, I was young. I was in my early 20s and managing construction projects. There’s always groups of men who are 50-plus that look at you like, ‘I know what I’m doing. What are you gonna tell me?’ We still get those guys, but now what’s fun to see is how they transform after we first meet them. By the end of the project, they’re championing what they’ve learned. They’re going around and making sure everybody’s not using disposable cups. It goes past the building and into what they’re doing on a life level.

“If those companies making the biggest impact on the environment want to change, who will be there to help them transition? We will.”

So how can people make green choices when they’re doing interior design?

Ask questions. Before anything walks through your front door, know what’s in it, if you can. Every product has it’s own environmental attributes that you should be aware of, and to expedite your search, look for third-party certification symbols like the ones on Green Alberta’s website. And just simple things, like if it smells bad it’s probably bad for you. If you’re just using everyday products, or oftentimes the cheapest product, you could be making a toxic soup for your family to live in. I’m not saying green costs more, but often the cheaper products have lower-quality materials in them.

Your business partner Brandy says you’re more “business fun” than “business casual.” Does that sound right?

That’s what we are, business fun. Part of this whole business is that it’s daunting. It’s like the world is ending and if I make a wrong move, will trees die in seven years? Brandy: So many people feel guilty all the time. They meet with us and feel like if they didn’t drive their bike to the meeting, they’re not going to be friends with us or something. There’s just so much doom and gloom on the news and we’re over that. We’d rather just do something about it. Get off your duff and do it. We try to make it as fun as possible, and then it makes our lives easier, too. It’s like, who wants to go to work and laugh versus going to work and crying?

THE LOOK Hat provided by the stylist Rag & bone coat, Band of Outsiders shirt and Filippa K belt from gravitypope Tailored Goods Steve Madden shoes from gravitypope

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THE LOOK Scarf, stole and gloves provided by stylist JNBY jacket from Front & Company in Vancouver Rings, a gift from her grandmother Leggings from American Apparel

FAVOURITES Film: Big with Tom Hanks Song: “Feeling Good” by Nina Simone Book: Ecoholic by Adria Vasil Website: Volunteer opportunity: Alberta Chapter of the Canada Green Building Council Event: TEDxEdmonton Beverage: Blueberry tea Sport: Darts Clothing store: Robes & Relics Clothing line: preloved




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So how do you not cry when you go out shopping? Fashion isn’t always so green.

THE LOOK Necklace, a gift from her grandmother Tea gown by Chapereux, from Cat’s Eye in Calgary

The fashion industry is lagging behind the construction industry [when it comes to environmental standards], for sure, but there are some specific green stores around. There’s one on Whyte Ave., Lucid Lifestyles, that screens everything that goes into the store. Look for organic cotton that’s been fairly traded or made with socially conscious materials. Also, think about cleaning, because most of the water that clothing uses in its life is from washing it after you buy it.

Where do you tend to shop?

Robes & Relics. Decadence, too. I actually don’t shop much. We do a lot of Bitch ’n’ Switches [clothing swaps]. If you’re done with something, it might be new to somebody else. Brandy: What about the craft shows where people manufacture what they’re selling? Yeah, the Royal Bison Craft & Art Fair is cool. It helps me put money back into the pockets of my peers in the city, versus some company I don’t know.

What do you like about consignment shopping?

I guess everything does have a story. When I travel, I always go to consignment stores so I’ll remember the trip that I was on when I bought it. It’s interesting to see how people dress differently as a reflection of the community. Brandy: We went on a retreat to Hawaii this spring and we hit a couple consignment stores and she got some awesome pieces. I got a good skirt, but Stephani got a whole suitcase full of clothes — all really bright, like bright yellow capris and stuff. Andrea: And she’s not afraid to wear really bright colours. She’s got lots of her grandma’s old jewellery that she accessorizes with. Brandy: I can tell you my favourite piece of hers — she’s got this awesome 1940s dress. Yeah, 1940s is my thing. If I could dress all in 1940s, I would. I love to swing dance and I love the music.

What about business attire? You have a lot of high-level corporate clients to impress.

We do suit it up, especially with new clients. So we do business, but it always has some fun to it, like No Sweat [the anti-sweatshop response to

“1940s is my thing. If I could dress all in 1940s, I would. I love to swing dance and I love the music.” Converse’s Chuck Taylor shoe] or a tie or jewellery. Oh, and I suppose it’s kind of embarrassing, but Brandy and Andrea always bug me that everything I wear matches. I don’t know if its a good thing or not, but I like the way it looks.

What about sustainable dead-of-winter wear? This is Edmonton, after all.

This is the thing: Winter boots are not so awesome [for the environment]. I really want to continue walking to work every day, but it’s a deterrent when your feet freeze three-quarters of the way there. There’s not a whole lot of choice unless you buy online, so last year I bought Simple boots. They’re made of recycled materials or tires — really cool, super comfortable, but not built for minus 40. Right now if I’m looking for something, it all depends: Can I find something locally that is not too expensive that will keep my feet nice and

warm, or do I spend more and buy from somewhere far away? Or do I just give in and buy something that will keep my feet the warmest because I’m tired of frozen toes?

What’s the most you’ve spent on a piece? The most I’ve ever spent on any article of clothing is $120. For shoes, well, boots — leather boots. It’s because when you go into a consignment store, everything is instantly 50 per cent off.

So you do wear leather?

Yeah, totally. It’s probably salvaged. I will wear leather, but it may not have been from a new place. See, if there’s something you really like and you don’t want to give up on purchasing that, then investigate that product specifically. So, if it’s leather, how is it being manufactured? How are the animals treated? Because tanning can be toxic, how is it tanned? Ask all the questions. You can still buy it, just buy the best one for you.

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Classic Canmore Quarters To create a mountain getaway tailor-made for their needs, the owners of this Canmore escape found a way to get everything they wanted, including two kitchens and an intimate space that can still host up to 50 guests




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When Janet and Leonard Traub considered their future retirement home, they spent a lot of time sifting through different choices. They knew the house would need to be close to a mountain park. It would need to be a place for their large family — spread between Calgary and Edmonton — to come together. And they knew it would need to be perfectly tailored to them.

“It has always been a treat for us to come to the mountains,” says Janet who, with her husband, now spends half her time in Canmore and half in Edmonton as the couple eases into retirement. After researching the area around Banff and Jasper extensively, they settled on Canmore and purchased the lot for their future mountain hideaway in 2004, eventually breaking ground in 2007. Janet says that, initially, she and Leonard sat down and made a list of the rooms they wanted in the home. In addition to the usual bed, bath and kitchen requirements, the list included an office, media room, painting studio and a separate bakery. However, the couple didn’t want to build a massive home. “We wanted it to be intimate for my husband and I, but also [be] able to open up for 50 or more,” she says. The team that answered the Traubs’ design challenge included architectural technologist Loren Harms and designer Lori Parker, both of Canmore. Parker describes the finished home on the Silvertip Golf Course as the embodiment of classic mountain elegance. “The house has been edited in so many ways,” says Parker. “It’s very simple. That was the goal.” Above: While the 4,500-squarefoot home can accommodate up to 50 people for a party, it is designed to feel comfortable and intimate for two. The fireplace’s locally quarried Rundle rock was hand fitted by local tradespeople from Apex Stonework. Two-storey windows ensure great views from the home’s living room.

Top:The home takes design cues from classic mountain looks, but without falling into clichés. Bottom: Two-storey windows ensure great views from the home’s living room.

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Right and opposite bottom left: The main kitchen, on the first floor, has classic school-house lights over the granite covered island, providing a perfect workspace.

Yet, when the five Traub children and their collected 10 grandchildren come to visit, there is space for everyone in the 4,900-square-foot home, which features four bedrooms and a den. Parker says many elements of the home were created in close partnership with the Traubs, and with Janet in particular, as she’s a painter and has a great design sense. “I was told that she may be a very challenging client, and I thought, ‘Bring it on,’” says Parker. “If she really cares about every single drawer and what’s in it — awesome.” In addition to a shared vision for the classic mountain home, Parker and Janet also hold a mutual reverence for mountain life. “It’s a different lifestyle. There is a larger focus on our recreational time,” Janet says, adding she and Leonard wanted the house to reflect that focus by keeping a casual feel. They also wanted a space where people would be comfortable, but without tipping into a clichéd mountain design esthetic. “We didn’t want horses and bears and twigs and things.” What the couple did want was something completely tailored to their needs. Parker, who approaches her work with the clients’ lifestyles in mind, says she often hears people say they like to cook. However, she began to understand that this was a little more involved than usual when she discovered that Janet ran the Bee-Bell Health Bakery in Edmonton until she sold it in 2006. “This is a woman who cooks,” says Parker. “This is a woman who spent six days a week, 10 hours a day, building a bakery in Edmonton.” To that end, the house has two kitchens. A spacious, modern kitchen, overlooking what Parker describes as one of the best views in the valley, is fitted with a central island set beneath simple school house lights, Bianco Antico granite counters and the creamy quarter-sawn oak used throughout the house, in everything from the 60


“I was told that she may be a very challenging client, and I thought, ‘Bring it on.’ If she really cares about every single drawer and what’s in it — awesome.” —Lori Parker, designer flooring to the cabinetry. A separate bakery, one floor down, has a maple table where Janet makes, among other things, breads and pizzas. “The lower kitchen is kind of a dream,” says Janet. “It’s nice to have work areas where you can be a bit carefree.” And she doesn’t confine her culinary magic to the indoors; the patio outside features a Le Panyol oven, imported from France and made of clay terre blanche bricks. “You have to heat it with wood to 800 or 900 degrees, and then let it decrease to whatever temperature you need.”


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Below: The downstairs pantry and dining room features an oversized table and 350-bottle wine cellar.

Designing, Mountain-style After 10 years spent designing mountain homes, interior designer Lori Parker has developed a point of view on the art form. To be successful, she says, this style of architecture should be as natural as possible. “I like colours and textures and layers to be brought in on that really good organic base,” says Parker. “Art is what starts to tell the story of the people.” In addition to complementing nature, she says, the simple esthetic for mountain homes grows out of the lifestyle. “These are casual homes. In the mountains, you have a different life. You are coming in with hiking boots and clothing that is jeans and fleece, and the house needs to accommodate that.” Above centre and right: The bakery on the lower floor has a maple-topped island perfect for rolling dough.

Following trends is unlikely to work for this type of design. Instead, Parker tries to create a look inspired by the area. She says the entire palette for Janet and Leonard Traub’s home can be found in the riverbed of Cougar Creek. Parker says humour is important, too. After all, the homes are getaways designed around play, and the design should reflect that. Visitors to the Traubs’ home will find whimsical and, at times, cheeky details throughout, including a tasteful “do not feed the bears” sign displayed on the lower balcony’s outdoor oven and gold-painted antlers on display in the upper hall.

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In addition to the bakery, the lower floor also features a spacious entertainment room that’s used as a dining and party space, particularly for larger family gatherings. And although it features a 350-bottle wine storage area behind sliding, glass double doors, Parker says the Traubs’ grandchildren can take over the space with no worry about spillage. While the house is built to ensure there will always be great food, it was also built to highlight art. The main floor’s open-concept living, dining and kitchen space is topped off with the couple’s collection of contemporary Canadian art. Janet says the collection represents artists from different geographic locations, age groups and career levels. The youngest is 23 and the oldest, 85. “It wasn’t about choosing it on that basis,” she says. “It’s just how it ended up.” There is also some stunning natural artwork. Idyllic views of Ha Ling Peak and Mount Rundle are framed by dramatic, twostorey windows that fill the entire west wall. Immediately adjacent is a classic Rumford fireplace clad in local Rundle rock that has all been fitted by hand. Parker says the rock was quarried near Canmore, including the 1,500-pound hearth. Between setting the concrete foundation and completing the masonry and rockwork, it took an entire year to install the home’s three fireplaces and outdoor oven. Upstairs, the master suite looks out on the east end of Mount Rundle. “It’s a beautiful, calm, serene, elegant bedroom,” says Parker. The ensuite is separated from the sleeping area by a wall that ends just before the west-facing windows, ensuring the view is never interrupted, whether it’s enjoyed from the bed, the free-standing soaker tub or the vanity. Parker and the Traubs are proud of having used local trades and artisans almost exclusively in creating the home. In addition to the masonry, millwork and wall plaster, many of the other finishes were locally sourced or produced, including the handforged spindles lining the oak railings. “As much as you can keep [the design work] in these homes to the people in the town, I think that’s the right way to go,” says Parker. 62


Left: The master suite is a serene space that looks out onto Mount Rundle. Below right: Even the master ensuite features a deep free-standing tub perfect for a long soak after a day on the ski hill.

Bottom far right: Throughout the home, the Traubs have displayed their Canadian art collection, including this still life by Daniéle Lemieux in the dining room. Bottom right: The master walk-in closet shows the same attention to detail as the rest of the home.

Left and right: The mountain getaway includes every opportunity for the Traubs to indulge their passions, including Janet’s painting studio. Bottom left and far left: The cozy family room features another fireplace and is a comfy spot to relax.


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Tour de Force With 3,200 active members, the 84-year-old Realtors Association of Edmonton is like its own battalion. Last Dec. 3, for its combined Christmas luncheon and 20th Annual Santa’s Silent Auction, it mobilized over 1,000 real estate troops to raise money for real troops, many of whom also attended the event. “Northlands is the only facility big enough to hold us,” jokes Jon Hall, the association’s marketing and communications manager.

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