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“The life you have led doesn’t need to be the only life you have.” ANNA QUINDLEN


reviously in this space, you’ve read about my recent bent toward minimalism and the thirst for owning less and having more space, time and energy. Having downsized from a home in Old South to an apartment downtown, I was able to understand the feelings of the folks I interviewed for our story on page nine. One of the many benefits of downsizing to a low-maintenance lifestyle is being able to travel and take time for daytrips on days that would have previously been spent doing yard work or cleaning windows. An early spring day full of hope and energy can now be spent exploring Ontario’s roadways, walking trails and villages. One of the best close-to-home jaunts I’ve experienced is a visit to Stratford, great any time for food or theatre but especially fun when it’s time for the Parade of Swans in early April. I’m a sunshine-and-summer person, so seeing these symbols of the Festival City waddle from their winter quarters behind the William Allman Memorial Arena, near the Tom Patterson Theatre, down Lakeside Drive and into the Avon River is a real ray of hope for me. There’s so much swan-involved fun that you can experience during swan weekend in Stratford. The parade itself is on Sunday, April 7 at 2 p.m., when the swans are led to their water embarkation by the Stratford Police Pipes and Drums Band. Get there early to get a good spot and so you don’t miss the pre-parade festivities and hoopla. Swans are everywhere on this weekend, decorating the streets of downtown and in the boutiques lining Ontario Street, with swan-inspired goods available. Boosting the fun factor are the carriage rides and street performers along downtown streets. Don’t miss a stop into Junction 56 Distillery to try their new Mint Smoothie Liqueur,

formulated in conjunction with another Stratford favourite, Rheo Thompson Candies. Around the corner is the newest craft brewer for the area, Job Site Brewing. If you’re stretching it to a weekend getaway, staying downtown at Mercer Hall is a good move. With excellent dining, drink and live music, it’s a bonus that some rooms in this boutique inn overlook the Avon River.

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Taking the time to enjoy life, smell the roses and take the road less traveled are some of the biggest benefits of downsizing. We’d love to hear where your adventures in the second act are taking you this spring and summer. Best wishes for a safe journey from the Lifestyle Magazine team!

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By Jill Ellis-Worthington

TOP The library is one of the luxuriously appointed common rooms on Azure’s 29th floor, where homeowners can relax and have quiet time high above the busy city. The fitness room is also located on this floor and affords panoramic views while working out.


he kids are grown and are embarking on adult life, so the house is big and the yard can be a lot to maintain when you want to be on the golf course or an airplane. As cliché as this sounds it’s a situation record numbers of boomers are in. A survey of 1,000 Ontarians last summer revealed half are considering downsizing.

Dave Staines, 55, and Rebecca Herrington, 60, decided to move from their family home in Dorchester to the RiverBend Golf Community 18 months ago. With their sons in university and wanting a home that readily adapts to their active lifestyle, the couple decided that purchasing a condo in this golf community was the perfect choice.  March/April 2019

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Whether the second act entails living in a culturally rich urban environment or quiet condo community, downsizing can free up time, money and energy to allow space to pursue new goals and dreams.

TOP A lush setting on the city’s edge, RiverBend is a vacant-land condominium development that features an 18-hole golf course as one of its amenities. This meshes with the active life sought by many of its residents, who want a low-maintenance, turnkey home.

ABOVE LEFT A popular feature for many homeowners at RiverBend is the special golf cart port built into the two-car garages of the homes. Those who don’t golf often use it as a workshop space or extra storage, according to Sharon Riopelle.

“We are very active,” explains Staines, “and use the indoor gym and indoor swimming pool year round. We like the fitness classes and walking on the Kains Woods Trail that is accessible from RiverBend.” The duo spends a couple of months each winter in Florida, so the low maintenance, turnkey character of a 50-plus community appealed. Sharon Riopelle, sales consultant for Sifton Properties at RiverBend, confirms that this is the demographic and lifestyle for most of its residents. “Some of our buyers are working couples, others are early retirees. Some are doing a downsize and looking for a certain type of lifestyle,” she says of the homeowners living

in this 400-acre gated community that is adjacent to an 18-hole golf course. There will be 450 homes, 390 of which are already sold, constructed by the time RiverBend is completed in the next few years. There are 10 different floor plans for the detached one-floor condominiums, ranging from 1,800 square feet to 2,500 square feet. Villas are clusters of attached homes. One aspect that Staines and Herrington enjoy is the social interaction of RiverBend. “Neighbours will email and say they are going to the clubhouse for dinner and there was Christmas caroling along the streets during the holidays. You’ll see clusters of people chatting by the

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ABOVE RIGHT This Sawdust model home has been personalized to the tastes of its owners. It’s a twoplus den with 2,541 square feet of living space.

mailboxes. It’s much more social than the suburban type of neighborhood we lived in before,” he illustrates. He also appreciates that neighbours are allowed to make changes to their yards unlike most condo situations. “They allow you to expand your exterior space, as long as its friendly to the deer and the plants are noninvasive,” explains Staines. When Robert Gwaichmai and Susan Prince (both in their 60s) decided to sell their rural property outside of Toronto and move to London, they were seeking a more urban setting and wanted to live downtown. They moved into Tricar’s Azure in November of 2018 and love 


dos and don’ts

MOVING FROM A HOME TO A CONDO or an apartment can be overwhelming, especially when trying to decide which items deserve to go with you into your new life. Professional organizer and downsizing specialist Tammy Hergott, of Do Right and Done, recommends the following steps for decluttering for a move. DO realistically determine the size of the space that you’re moving to with respect to the size of the space you’re leaving. This will tell you how much you need to get rid of. She says that many clients underestimate the amount that needs to be shed to facilitate easy transition to a new space and new life. DON’T try to do it all in one day. Hergott schedules sessions that are a maximum of four hours in length with clients, otherwise fatigue will set in. “You’ll get emotionally tired and one of two things happen: you’ll keep everything because you’re feeling pushed or you’ll be frustrated so you’ll get rid of everything and may have regrets later.” DO keep in mind that if you’re downsizing in anticipation of a change in lifestyle that you are shedding things that don’t enhance your new persona or your new style. DON’T go in without a plan. Hergott recommends the following process. Ask yourself ‘Does it bring me absolute joy?’ If the answer is no, donate it or throw it away. If the answer is yes, ask a second question: ‘Does it have a purpose in my new life?’ This helps weed out the purely ornamental and accumulated knickknacks. If the answer is yes but you have several of the same type of item, perhaps keeping one or two will suffice. You can gift the remainder to a family member who will value it. “Keeping things in the family or with friends often gives comfort,” says Hergott. Last question: ‘Do I have room for it?’ If the answer to this is also yes, then perhaps this item deserves to make the move to your smaller space. DO work with a professional or acquaintance to help you sift through it. Hergott explains, “Emotionally detaching from it is easier when a third party comes in.”

TOP The Azure building’s 29th floor is amenity space overlooking the city, with oversized windows to maximize the sweeping views that can be enjoyed while chatting or playing billiards with friends and neighbours.

MIDDLE One popular feature on the 29th floor is the golf simulator that allows homeowners to exercise and work on their swing year round when inclement weather prevents them from getting out on the course.

BOTTOM The Madison model is a two-plus den unit with 1,615 square feet of living space. This one is located on the 12th floor of Azure. With open concept living, homeowners can cook and enjoy the view at the same time.

DON’T look twice at items you’ve decided to cut. Place them in garbage bags or donation boxes and take them out of your home right away. DO give your adult children a deadline to come and pick up belongings that they want. Indefinitely storing them in the old bedroom won’t work when you’re selling the house and starting a new life. DON’T wait to start the decluttering process. “As soon as you’ve decided to sell, start decluttering. It helps with staging your home as well as prepping for your move,” says Hergott. “The process often takes longer than people anticipate.” FOR MORE INFORMATION: Do Right & Done • 519-778-0753 •


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THE SECOND ACT ~ Continued from page 11 that they are able to walk everywhere. “There’s a variety of cultural things to attend and lots of restaurants because we’re a block away from Richmond row. We’ve been to Budweiser Gardens for a concert, to the Grand Theatre and to the movies at Citi Plaza; we walk to the (Covent Garden) Market for a coffee and to buy groceries on the weekends.” The couple chose London because Gwaichmai grew up here and still has family here. Seeking the urban vibe, they also considered Toronto, London (England) and New York City. “We knew we’d be right downtown because we want to enjoy culture without having to drive an hour and without paying to park our vehicle,” he says. Purchasing a condominium in the Azure building fit the bill with its location and amenities. They both use the gym several times each week and are planning to use the golf simulator – both features of the 29th floor’s public space. Frank Clarke, of Oliver and Associates Real Estate, who, with Kim Toonk of Oliver and Associates Cornerstone Real Estate, is the sales representative for Azure, says that the amenities on the 29th floor, along with its views, are one of the biggest appeals to boomers who are craving a downsized upscale lifestyle. Of the 198 units in the building only five are still on the market. They range in price from $446,000 to $899,900, the latter representing the price for a penthouse on the 28th floor. “The 29th floor has the gym and golf simulator for indoor exercise but also a lounge with a television. I’ve seen five gentlemen who don’t know each other in there watching a hockey game,” he says of the social aspect. In the summer months, a large terrace area on this floor gives residents some of the best views in the city. “Outside there’s lots of seating, trees, barbecues and a fire pit,” says Clarke. Whether your next chapter lifestyle dictates life on the edge of the city or an urban setting, downsizing could be the answer to starting to live your best life. n

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PLANNING for perfection By Jill Ellis-Worthington


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f you fail to plan, you plan to fail. This old adage is true of many aspects in life and none more so than undertaking a garden overhaul. However the planning process looks different depending on the landscaping professional and the size of the project. When Bill Anderson and Purveen Skinner wanted to overhaul the yard of their Mount Brydges home last summer, they got quotes from four different companies and checked out their work. Looking for a “welcoming, natural, holistic feel” to the front and back yards and desiring a pool installation, they went with John C. Young Design to execute the big project. “We thought about it for two years and did a lot of homework,” says Anderson. “We talked to suppliers, went to home shows, did online investigations and were in and out of nurseries,” he adds explaining the process of getting ready to expend several months of time and energy, as well as a sizeable budget to get what they wanted.

Anderson and Skinner were attracted to Young’s style of implementing natural, graceful spaces but also were pleased that he could deliver the complete project, from planning to implementation, as well as the low-maintenance fibreglass pool they wanted. “Earlier is always better,” says John Young, of the planning process. “People want to enjoy the short summers we have.” He says starting out with a personal vision of what you want and goals for the area are vital to a satisfactory outcome. Outdoor renovations are much like indoor ones: start with removing the old and unwanted (overgrown plantings and decrepit hardscape), redo the infrastructure (water, hydro), install new surfaces (pool, deck, patio, shelters, flowerbed structures), add decorative flourishes (new plantings, outdoor furniture, lighting). Just as with indoor renovations, Chris Edwards, of Edwards and Sons Complete Property Maintenance Inc., says that researching potential companies is key. 

We thought about it for two years and did a lot of homework.” ~ Bill Anderson

OPPOSITE TOP The homeowners, Bill Anderson and Purveen Skinner, wanted a unified look in the front, side and back yards, as well as an easy-care pool and are delighted by the finished effect that John Young was able to deliver. CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT After planning comes preparation. Vegetation was cleared and the hole for the pool was dug. Because ground water was discovered, a platform was built to hold the pool structure. The pool – measuring 32 feet by 18 feet – was inserted in the hole. The natural looking landscape was continued from the front and side yards, providing important visual privacy barriers for the yard. A fence and wooden timber privacy panels were added. An existing shed had a pergola added and was converted to become the pool house. 







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“Get referrals, check them out with the Better Business Bureau and make sure they are reputable.” He also cautions that the size of your budget will determine the scope of the work. “Manage your expectations,” he says. “Many customers have elaborate ideas but the budget doesn’t match.” Doing the work in stages over a few years can mitigate strain on nerves and wallet. Managing expectations extends to thinking realistically about the size and work involved in a project, especially for DIYers. Ripping out and disposing of sod and old plantings, installing wiring for new lighting, obtaining machinery to do the project can be daunting for weekend warriors who undertake large projects. Edwards’ clients Bruce and Karen Sworik were two homeowners who knew they needed help when rehabilitating the landscaping around the century-and-ahalf old farm house they purchased near Thorndale. Their previous Old North home had more sculptured gardens, so they wanted this large yard space and pool area to have a more natural look and be easier to maintain. “It gets very dry in the summer and we have a lot of wind out here,” explains Karen Sworik. The former farm’s outbuildings were full of equipment and assorted agricultural implements, so clearing and sprucing them up with new gravel was


WINDOWS b DOORS b SIDING AFTER The Sworiks now enjoy the yard of their rural Thorndale-area home, including a bubbling rock feature that is easier to maintain than the pond at their previous house in the city’s Old North area. They appreciate that Edwards and Sons were able to take care of all aspects of the large, multi-year project.

the first step undertaken in the first year of work on the property. The rocks – some the size of boulders – were gathered and arranged around the driveway area, according to Karen. The following summer, trees were planted along the property line, landscaping was established around the house and pool and a bubbling rock was installed. The latter is a favourite feature of the couple. “We didn’t want the upkeep of another pond so this was a nice way to have a water feature,” she says. The Sworiks felt comfortable with Edwards and Sons’ interactive and collaborative planning style. They had ideas that were discussed and elaborated on by the landscapers. To ensure that his team and the homeowners are on track during a project, Chris Edwards suggests the following: “We get as much in writing up front as possible so that we make sure we’re on the same page. We touch base at the end of each day to make sure they are happy since many homeowners make changes to the plan after a day or two and seeing its development. Third, we often take the homeowner to the nursery so they can see the plants before putting them in the ground. Communication is the most important thing.” n


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FLOATING adventures By Kathy Rumleski

ABOVE View of Wat Arun – the Temple of the Dawn – from a cruise ship in Bangkok, Thailand. RIGHT View of The Forbidden City in Beijing, China.



hile many people have been on huge cruise ships traversing an ocean, a river cruise is a much different way to travel, especially to Southeast Asia. Doug Ellison, president and CEO of Ellison Travel & Tours, says these days the public is searching for more of an adventure, as well as a connection to some of the faraway lands they are visiting. A river cruise to the Far East will satisfy both wishes. “The river cruises in this part of the world are quite different from what you would see on a European river cruise,” Ellison says. “The homes, vegetation, temples and accommodations are a whole different experience entirely.” Two waterways that will make a huge impression on travellers are the 4.300kilometre Mekong River that will take you through Vietnam and Cambodia, and the Irrawaddy River that flows through Myanmar and has culturally diverse populations living along its banks. A river cruise will allow you to see and interact with some of the people living along the rivers, including farmers, fishers and shop owners selling wares at floating markets. It’s estimated that 70 24 Lifestyle March/April 2019

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million people live along the Mekong river basin region. “There are sections (of the Mekong) that are incredibly lush and very vibrant. At the same time, there are tiny towns and big cities,” says Gail Ducharme, vacation department manager at Ellison Travel. “There are lots of villages that seem untouched and like you’re stepping back in time. It’s incredibly interesting.”

Southwestern Ontario travel specialist Michelle Whalen says a cruise along the Mekong should include a stop at Angkor, a key archeological site in Southeast Asia and a UNESCO World Heritage Centre. Whalen says Angkor was the capital city of the Khmer Empire and has the famous temples of Angkor Wat and at Angkor Thom is the sculpturally decorated Bayon Temple. Along the Irrawaddy, she says you’ll want to see the Pyu Ancient Cities, which provide the earliest testimony of the introduction of Buddhism into Southeast Asia. Also a UNESCO site, the cities date back to 200 BC. “That’s mind-blowing when you think of it and humbling. Canada is a young country,” Whalen says. A river cruise will immerse the traveller into all that a region has to offer, says Ellison. “When you start going into Asia on river cruises, it’s more like a history tour or a cultural experience. You really do want to get off the boat and see something every day.” Ducharme agrees that experiencing history is a key element in a river cruise. “In Vietnam, there is the war history. Although you may not be specifically 



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ne of the first things you’ll notice about Jeffrey “Red” George is colour. It’s in his name. It’s in his beard. And it abounds in his artwork. Nicknamed “Red Dog” by his uncle as a youngster, Jeffrey George is an Ojibway artist from the Kettle and Stony Point First Nation, about an hour’s drive northwest of London. George’s struggle with addiction led him to picking up a paint brush for the first time 18 years ago. “I was in a treatment centre. I painted on a deer hide – a long winding road through mountains and the image of a young man,” said George. “For me, that was the start of my healing journey.” Clean and sober for many years now, George has continued to hone his craft, finding inspiration in nature and his culture. “Indigenous people, we are tied to the land. Nature gave me the strength to overcome my addictions. I live in a colourful world. The colours in my work reflect inner strength, the inner spirit.” As with a lot of Indigenous artists, animals have a large presence in George’s work – turtles, eagles, bears, wolves. “I take a real liking to the bear and wolf,” added George. “They give me courage.” “This story is a testament to how art can heal,” said Teresa Marie, coordinator of Paint Ontario, an annual art show at the Lambton Heritage Museum where

LEFT Jeffrey “Red” George speaks with vivid colours in his art work. Shown here with a piece entitled “Sacred Thunderbird,” acrylic on canvas, 36 by 36 inches, which is on display at the Gallery Indigena in Stratford. ABOVE “Buffalo Strength,” acrylic on canvas, 24 by 30 inches. BELOW “Great Thunderbird,” acrylic on artist’s paper, 36 by 40 inches.

George shows his work. “Art really did save Red. He poured himself into taking simple symbolism and morphing it into his own personal stories.” George is now sharing his story and his passion for painting with others. He holds paint jams at the Port Franks Community Centre every month, teaching others how to tap into their own creative journey. His work is on display at the Sunset Arts Gallery in Grand Bend and at Gallery Indigena in Stratford. His dreams include conducting

workshops with remote northern First Nations communities where struggles with addictions are widespread. “Art is therapy. Colour is therapy. I listen to the spirit of creativity. It helped me find my true path. I’d like to now help others find theirs.” n


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By Clare Dear


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Whether you’re thinking about shifting to a utility vehicle or remain content driving a sedan, automakers offer plenty of choices. They deliver unprecedented fuel efficiency, advanced technologies, comfort and connectivity features. Here’s a quick look at some of the interesting vehicles available.  March/April 2019

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➣ 2019 Acura TLX A-Spec

➣ 2020 Toyota Corolla Sedan

➣ 2019 Genesis G70 Sport Sedan

Performance-oriented A-Spec model enhances TLX’s sporty character

Dynamic design highlights all-new Corolla Sedan

Athletic, elegant G70 sport sedan delivers world-class driving experience

The Acura TLX sedan’s sporty look reflects the brand’s new design direction and the addition of an A-Spec variant pushes that theme, further broadening the performance luxury sedan’s appeal to more performance-oriented buyers. The 2019 TLX A-Spec Package amps up the sedan’s sporty character with exclusive design elements and enhancements to its chassis tuning and wheel/tire specifications. Up front, A-Spec models are fitted with a matte-black diamond grille with dark chrome surround, an aggressive lower front fascia, round LED fog lights and darkened Jewel Eye LED headlight covers. The wheels are an exclusive 19-inch alloy design fitted with Michelin Primacy 245/40R19 tires. At the rear, a black decklid spoiler has been added, along with “smoked” LED taillights and a lower diffuser accented by dual exhaust tips. Inside, the TLX A-Spec features include aggressively bolstered front seats with high-contrast stitching and piping, red LED ambient lighting, brushed aluminum-look instrument panel trim and a thick-rimmed steering wheel. All TLX A-Spec models benefit from a retuned electric power steering system and damper settings, while models equipped with SH-AWD also get a quicker steering ratio and a stiffer spring rate and rear stabilizer bar for improved body control. The TLX A-Spec packages are available on SH-AWD models and, exclusively to Canada, on the four-cylinder P-AWS grades as well.

The launch of the 12th generation of Toyota’s highly successful Corolla – more than 45 million have been sold globally since its introduction in 1966 – began last year with the introduction of the Corolla Hatchback. Now the all-new Sedan, Corolla’s best-selling body style, makes its debut. It’s based on the Toyota New Global Architecture, which brings together new approaches to engineering, design, assembly and materials, while bolstering the model’s renowned value and reliability. From behind the steering wheel, the sedan feels quite different. The driver’s hip point is positioned 25 mm lower and 40 mm further rearward, resulting in a driving position that not only improves comfort, but also helps to lower the vehicle’s centre of gravity and improves front/rear weight distribution. The cabin is noticeably quieter, thanks to revised drivetrain efficiencies plus expanded use of sound-absorbing materials. Safety continues to be a priority, with all 2020 Corollas equipped with Toyota Safety Sense 2.0, an advanced suite of integrated active and pre-collision features. The 2020 Corolla lineup also includes a new high-efficiency hybrid sedan. The Corolla Hybrid is expected to have a combined fuel consumption of less than 5.0L / 100 km, making it the most fuel-efficient Corolla ever offered.

The Genesis G70 compact luxury sport sedan, named Motor Trend’s 2019 Car of the Year, is available in six variations, ranging from the well-equipped 2.0T Advanced to the range-topping 3.3T Sport that encompasses all the model’s available luxury and highperformance features. Athletic elegance is represented in the exterior design, while the driver-focused interior features quality materials with excellent fit and finish. Two engines are offered, depending on the model – a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder or a 3.3-litre twin-turbocharged V6. The G70 2.0T models come equipped with the Theta-II 2.0-litre engine, while drivers seeking greater performance can opt for the Lambda II twin-turbo V6. With an exceptional power-to-weight ratio, the 3.3T Sport offers ferocious acceleration and a top speed of 270 km/h. All G70 models feature a launch control system. Engine output for all models is routed through a standard, rear-biased, all-wheel drive system and an eight-speed automatic transmission, with the exception of the optional 2.0T Sport package. It gets a sixspeed manual gearbox and rear-wheel drive. Pricing for the G70 is all-inclusive and includes a suite of ownership benefits: Genesis at Home concierge service, complimentary scheduled maintenance, Genesis Connected Services, map updates and more, all for five years or 100,000 km.



Price: Starting at $42,096 (A-SPEC) Powertrain: (Tech A-SPEC) 2.4L, i-VTEC, four-cylinder; eight-speed, dual-clutch transmission with sequential SportShift paddle shifters; (SH-AWD Tech A-SPEC) 3.5L, i-VTEC V6, nine-speed automatic with paddle shifters Power/torque: (Tech A-SPEC) 206 hp/182 lb.-ft.; (SH-AWD Tech A-SPEC) 290 hp/267 lb.-ft. Fuel consumption L/100 km: (Tech A-SPEC) 10.2 city, 7.4 highway; (SH-AWD Tech A-SPEC) 12.0 city, 8.2 highway

Price: TBA Powertrains: 1.8-litre four-cylinder in L, LE XLE trim levels; 2.0-litre four-cylinder with direct fuel injection (XSE, SE trims); transmission: six-speed manual or Direct-Shift CVT Power/torque: (2.0L) 169 hp/151 lb.-ft. Fuel consumption L/100 km: TBA


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Price: Starting at $42,000 Powertrains: 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder or 3.3-litre twin-turbocharged V6; six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission; rear-wheel or all-wheel drive Power/torque: (2.0L) 252 hp/260 lb.-ft; (3.3L) 365 hp/376 lb.-ft. Fuel consumption L/100 km: 2.0L manual, 12.8 city, 8.5 highway; 3.3L automatic, 13.3 city, 9.5 highway GENESIS LONDON • 300 Southdale Road East  • 519-649-7779 • March/April 2019

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It’s easy to see why the all new Genesis G-70 is garnering so much attention from auto enthusiasts in North America and around the world. This finely tuned sport sedan was developed on the world-renowned Nürburgring racetrack. Cloaked with advanced technology and plush, leather-wrapped comfort, the G70 marks more than just the arrival of something unique — it’s a stark departure from the ordinary. Already established as the Highest Ranked Brand in Quality in the U.S. by J.D. Power and MotorTrend’s 2019 Car of the Year®, the Genesis G70 is now North American Car of the YearTM. Call or email us today and experience it for yourself.







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➣ 2020 Lincoln Aviator

➣ 2019 Cadillac XT4

➣ 2019 Porsche Cayenne

Luxurious Aviator features effortless performance, unparalleled comfort

Cadillac jumps into hot luxury segment with XT4 compact crossover

Redesigned Cayenne delivers speed, handling of a sports car

The Aviator is a new entry in the Lincoln lineup that promises to elevate luxury to a new high in the premium mid-size utility vehicle segment. The Aviator slots in between the top-of-the-line Navigator and the midsize Nautilus. Unlike the Nautilus, however, the Aviator offers third-row seating. The 2020 Aviator will be offered in two trim levels and standard all-wheel-drive when it arrives in Canadian showrooms this summer – Select and Reserve. Later in the year an additional model, the Grand Touring plug-in hybrid, will join the lineup. The luxuriously-appointed cabin is roomy, with plenty of people space in all three rows of seating, while the cargo area, including a large bin below the cargo deck, is impressive. The Aviator will have a smooth ride, thanks to an airglide suspension that replaces the conventional coil spring/strut system. The suspension has a total travel of 80 millimetres, from its low, “kneeling position” that improves access and egress, to a maximum height setting for conditions that require added ground clearance. For added safety and drivability, five drive mode settings are offered to suit the conditions, including Normal, Conserve, Excite, Slippery and Deep Conditions. The Grand Touring model will have two additional modes – Pure EV and Preserve EV – to help manage the vehicle’s electric energy.

Cadillac is expanding its utility vehicle lineup with the introduction of the XT4, an all-new compact luxury crossover designed (and priced) to compete with other iconic brands in the industry’s fastest-growing luxury segment. The XT4 features expressive design, confident performance, spacious accommodations, new technologies and unrivalled connectivity. The XT4 is built on an all-new SUV architecture that’s exclusive to this compact model. This extremely rigid structure delivers ample space for a roomy, refined cabin, including segment-leading rear-seat legroom, and lots of space for cargo. An all-new turbocharged 2.0-litre engine drives all models. This four-cylinder engine is exclusive to Cadillac, sharing nothing with GM’s other two-litre turbo fours. It features new, efficiency-enhancing technologies, including cylinder deactivation, and is coupled with a nine-speed automatic transmission with next-generation Electronic Precision Shift. Cadillac is introducing its new trim strategy on the XT4. Distinctive Premium Luxury and Sport models build from the well-equipped Luxury trim, while specific content and styling cues tailor the Premium Luxury and Sport trims to different customer tastes and preferences. All models feature advanced LED lighting technology, front and rear, with front LED low- and high-beam headlamps and an LED-illuminated light blade for the daytime running lamps. Cadillac’s vertical L-shaped lighting signature is stretched horizontally, emphasizing the XT4’s confident stance.

Porsche’s all-new, third-generation “sports car for five,” the 2019 Cayenne, features a new chassis, new turbocharged engines, new gearbox, enhanced connectivity and even a hybrid model. This Cayenne is an evolution of previous designs, now longer, lower, wider and lighter, with its all-aluminum body contributing to the 65-kilogram weight reduction. Despite the lighter curb weight, the vehicle is still 20 percent stiffer than the outgoing model. The Cayenne rides on a new multi-link suspension system front and rear that delivers improved ride and handling. An air suspension system with adaptive dampeners, electromechanically active anti-roll bars, torque vectoring and, for the first time, rear-axle steering, is an available upgrade. The Cayenne, Cayenne S, and Cayenne Turbo models all feature new turbocharged engines mated to a permanent all-wheel drive system and new eight-speed Tiptronic S gearbox. The base Cayenne’s 3.0-litre turbo V6 will launch to 100 km/h in just 6.2 seconds, while the Cayenne Turbo, with a 550-horsepower, 4.0-litre twinturbo V8, can hit the 100 km/h mark in 3.9 seconds with the Sport Chrono Package. Sportiness aside, the Cayenne delivers versatility, too, with up to 1,710 litres of cargo space, 40/20/40-split folding rear seats and adjustability to ensure the comfort of all passengers – 160 millimetres of fore/ aft travel up front and 10 backrest angles (up to 29 degrees) for rear-seat occupants.

AT A GLANCE Price: TBA Powertrains: 3.0L twin-turbo V-6 and 10-speed SelectShift transmission; Plug-in hybrid: 3.0-litre twin-turbo V-6 and a modular electric motor; 10-speed transmission. Power/torque: (3.0L) 400 hp/400 lb.-ft.; (hybrid) 450 hp/600 lb.-ft. Fuel consumption L/100 km: TBA

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AT A GLANCE Price: Starting from $37,900 Powertrain: 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder with active fuel management, direct fuel injection, auto stop/start; nine-speed automatic transmission Power/torque: 237 hp/258 lb.-ft. Fuel consumption L/100 km: (FWD) 9.8 city, 7.8 highway; (AWD) 10.9 city, 8.2 highway MACMASTER CHEVROLET CADILLAC BUICK GMC • 1350 Driver Lane • 519-455-6200 •

AT A GLANCE Price: Starting at $75,500 Powertrain: 3.0L turbocharged V6 with direct injection, double overhead camshafts, variable valve timing; eight-speed Tiptronic S transmission; active all-wheel-drive Power/torque: 335 hp/332 lb.-ft. Fuel consumption L/100 km: 12.4 city, 10.1 highway, 11.4 combined

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➣ 2019 Audi A8 L Flagship A8 sedan gains more luxury, technology and sophistication The fourth-generation Audi’s flagship sedan, the 2019 A8, arrives with a new look and even more technology and sophistication. The wheelbase has been stretch 13 centimetres in the extended L version (the only model offered in Canada) and that added length enhances this premium vehicle’s already impressive proportions. With aluminum comprising 58 per cent of the vehicle, its curb weight is 2,155 kilograms, making such a large sedan impressively nimble. Powered by a turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 engine with direct injection (a 4.0-litre V8 will be an option), it can accelerate to 100 km/h in just 5.8 seconds and its overall velocity tops out at 209 km/h. Of course, Audi’s highly-praised quattro all-wheel-drive system is standard. This iteration of the A8 comes with a mild hybrid system powered by a 48-volt battery. The system, which combines the alternator and starter into a single unit that is connected to the engine by a belt, can boost total engine by 16 horsepower and 44 lb.-ft. of torque. It also delivers quicker restarts when re-firing the engine from its fuel conserving stop/idle mode. The A8’s cabin continues Audi’s tradition of luxurious, well-designed interiors. Premium-quality materials combine with flawless fit and finish to set a bar that many consider the highest in the segment.

AT A GLANCE Price: Starting at $97,800 Powertrain: 3.0L V6 TFSI; 4.0L V8 TFSI; eight-speed Tiptronic transmission; quattro all-wheel drive Power/torque: (3.0L) 335 hp/369 lb.-ft.; (4.0L) 460 hp/487 lb.-ft. Fuel consumption L/100 km: (3.0L) 12.5 city, 8.6 highway, 10.8 combined; (SH-AWD Tech A-SPEC) 12.0 city, 8.2 highway

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Across the London region, developers are launching new home neighbourhoods to meet a continuing demand. These communities are showcasing popular trends like vacant land condos (residents own the property but pay a monthly fee for outdoor maintenance) and natural surroundings: waterfront, riverside or adjacent to environmentally protected sectors. Here are some to consider.  March/April 2019

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Doug Tarry Homes The Brookstone, Doug Tarry’s 2,005-square-foot model home in Strathroy’s Amber Meadows neighbourhood, is designed for comfortable family living with myriad upscale touches. The main level of this two-storey home features an openconcept great room, kitchen and dining area. The latter accesses a large covered rear deck, ideal for outdoor entertaining. The kitchen is anchored by an eight-foot island and breakfast bar. It features quartz countertops and decorative backsplash details, as well as Doug Tarry’s signature walk-in pantry, fronted by frosted glass barn-style doors. A focal point in the great room is the cultured stone electric

fireplace. The main level also includes a spacious laundry and mudroom, with built-in cabinets. This area is accessed from an insulated two-car garage, which includes an additional storage bay. The upper level incorporates a front library, with built-in bookshelves and a computer area. There’s also a three-piece bathroom with a five-foot tub and shower, a walk-in linen closet and three bedrooms, including the master suite. The master exudes comfort and relaxation, with an oversized walk-in closet and ensuite bathroom with a large custom tile shower. Other upgrades include nine-foot ceilings and hardwood and ceramic flooring. The lower level offers the option of a finished recreation room, bathroom and hobby room. n


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Saratoga Homes Saratoga Homes will be opening a new model in west London’s Warbler Woods, a single-family neighbourhood in a natural setting, backing onto wooded areas yet close to major shopping districts. The new model will be a twostorey 2,408-square-foot Energy Star-certified home that will showcase granite and quartz counters in the kitchen, ensuite bathroom and powder room. LED lighting will be featured throughout, including under-counter valance lighting in the kitchen and butler’s pantry. The ensuite bath will be an oasis of comfort with a large tiled shower and a freestanding bathtub below a window.

Saratoga’s design features can be viewed at its Augusta model home in north London’s Uplands North community, where they only have three lots remaining. Located at 1995 Canvas Way, the Augusta showcases an open-concept main floor with butler’s pantry between the kitchen and dining room. It also features a two-sided fireplace between the den and dining area, creating a cozy space in both rooms. This model is 2,855 square feet and an ideal home for entertaining family and friends. Saratoga also has models at Woods Edge in Mount Brydges and Timberwalk in Ilderton. Woods Edge features The Edgefield model at 2540 Bond St. and Timberwalk showcases the Sedona model at 39 Violet Court. n

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Hayhoe Homes The Sharpton, Hayhoe Homes’ new presentation centre, in St. Thomas’s Orchard Park South neighbourhood, is a one-storey, three-bedroom family home. This model showcases the option of a finished lower level, including a spacious family room, third bedroom and three-piece bathroom. The covered front porch leads to a generous foyer and front bedroom or den. Across the rear, the open-concept great room, kitchen and dining area accesses a covered rear deck, ideal for summertime outdoor living. The large kitchen features a central island and breakfast bar, pantry and quartz countertops with a marble appearance.

The great room includes a gas fireplace with a decorative mantel. The main level also includes a three-piece main bathroom with tub, a laundry and mudroom adjacent to the two-car garage. The master suite features a walk-in closet and an ensuite bathroom with double basins and a tile shower. Other notable design features are nine-foot ceilings, crown mouldings and gold accents, plus walnut hardwood flooring. The Orchard Park South neighbourhood is set in the green space of St. Thomas’ southeast sector, with easy access to the open countryside and walking trails. It is also close to shopping and city amenities. n

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McMillan and Company Bruce and Dana McMillan, with their company of fine tradespeople and suppliers, have been building homes of uncommon character and quality for more than four decades. “Our team of professionals offers creative assistance in every aspect of decision making. We include all the time it takes to make dreams come true,” says Bruce. “Working closely with our clients, getting to know about their lifestyle patterns and preferences, help us to design floor plans that work, with the features they like best.”

Bruce focuses on architectural design and detailing. Dana brings her design expertise to the table to create warm and inviting interiors. Today they are adding more contemporary details to traditional stylings, Dana says. These features are on display in their model home on Jenna Road in Deer Run Estates, Grand Bend. Highlights include a distinctive gathering room with a cathedral ceiling, timber frames, hurricane braces and a stone fireplace, which opens to a state-of-the-art kitchen, including a step-in pantry. A luxurious master retreat features a well-appointed ensuite bathroom and his and hers closets. The lower level includes an additional bedroom and bathroom as well as an open concept media room/games room. n


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Westhaven Homes Westhaven Homes has opened its newest model in The Avenue at Warbler Woods in the city’s west end, backing onto a park and trail with mature trees. This model has a stucco exterior, large windows and extra-large glass doors offering scenic vistas of the highest point of the city. The oversize front porch leads to the front entrance or to a side entrance, accessing the large panelled mudroom/laundry room, pantry and powder room. The expansive kitchen boasts a 13-foot entertaining island. Warmed by a gas fireplace, it is open to the dining room and family room. Also on the main floor is a den/bedroom with an ensuite bathroom.

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The second level, accessed by an open staircase, incorporates four bedrooms, including the master suite. The master features a uniquely-tiled ensuite bathroom and an oversized walk-in closet with a decorative sliding door. Two additional bedrooms share a Jack-and-Jill bathroom. There is another bedroom with an ensuite. The walkout basement, with sizeable windows facing the park, has many possibilities. Interior design and decoration, executed by Susan Jory Interiors, features wide-plank wood flooring, crown moulding throughout and 10-foot ceilings. Westhaven has a selection of lots available in this forested neighbourhood, as well as models in Upper Richmond Village and Uplands in North London. n



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Rembrandt Homes Meadowlily, a neighbourhood of one- and two-storey single family homes adjacent to the Thames River and the Meadowlily Woods Environmentally Significant Area (ESA) in London’s southeast sector, is being developed by Rembrandt Homes. This locale is attractive for nature enthusiasts, with woodlands, marshes and rolling hills. It includes walking and biking paths and a pedestrian footbridge linking the area to the Thames Valley Parkway trail system. Rembrandt is currently building in phase one with a presentation centre on-site and models slated to be open this spring. There are 10 customizable plans to choose from and walk-out and ravine lots available. The homes, on minimum

50-foot lots, showcase open-concept designs with nine-foot ceilings on both the main and basement levels. The main floor living area features quartz countertops in the kitchen, a gas fireplace in the great room and terrace doors leading to the rear deck with covered porch. This level also includes a den, powder room and laundry/mudroom with built-in cubbies. Two-storey models have an oak staircase with decorative metal spindles. The master bedroom ensuite showcases a glass shower and free-standing bathtub. Other standard features include triple-glazed windows and a combination of hardwood and ceramic tile flooring through the main level. n

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Domus Developments Building on the success of North Point Lofts, London’s first modern loft condominium project, Domus Developments is launching a second boutique condo community in the Masonville district. North Point 2 will offer 43 suites on four floors, ranging in size from 920 to 1,600 square feet. A variety of layout options will be available with one-bedroom plus den, two-bedroom and two-bedroom plus den variations. “The second phase will look quite similar to the first, carrying on the modern design and premium building materials,” says project developer Mike Mescia. The exterior will be clad in commercial grade aluminum paneling with

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aluminum commercial windows and the setting, a bit further back from the road, is surrounded by trees, offering an additional degree of privacy. The building will have luxurious features which made the first building stand out: lobby lounge, guest suite, underground parking and storage, two elevators guaranteeing quick access to your suite, large glass balconies affording panoramic views of the city and the natural landscape that was once part of the Labatt family estate. Award winning standard design elements include 10-foot flat ceilings, custom kitchens, stainless steel appliances, quartz counters, LED pot lighting, wood or vinyl flooring, eight-foot doors and much more. Reservations have started and construction is slated to begin this spring, with occupancy planned for late 2020. n


Vranic Homes Vranic Homes’ Clear Skies community, a new single-family neighbourhood in the town of Ilderton, is ideal for family living. The municipality, just six minutes northwest of London, blends the advantages of a suburban neighbourhood with the convenience of city amenities. It boasts a variety of businesses, services and recreational opportunities. Vranic’s one- and two-storey homes, on 36- and 42-foot lots are priced from the upper-$400s. They feature covered front porches, double car garages and three-piece paving stone driveways. Exteriors are brick, combined with vinyl siding and Hardie board on the two-storey models. Bungalow layouts, starting at 1,300 square feet of living space, have an open-concept kitchen, dining area and great room. The kitchen features a working island with a granite

countertop. A two-bedroom wing includes the master suite with ensuite and a main bathroom. Two-storey plans, starting at 1,600 square feet, also showcase an openconcept great room and kitchen, with island and pantry. The main level includes a laundry room and two-piece

bathroom. The upper level has three or four bedrooms, including the master with generously sized ensuite bathroom and walk-in closet. The homes feature textured ceilings throughout, plus SPC vinyl flooring through the main floor. Great rooms can be upgraded with gas fireplaces. n

Clear Skies Clear Skies is a blossoming new single family neighbourhood located in the quiet town of Ilderton. This thriving community boasts a variety of businesses and services, recreations and much more. Great for young and growing families alike, you can be sure you’ll find a peaceful, communityoriented lifestyle. Priced from the upper $400’s. One-storey and two-storey home designs. Conveniently located 6 mins. north west of London on Hyde Park Rd. Lots are available to begin building your Dream Home. Reserve Now and call selling agent, Arthur Tkaczyk. Cell: 519-854-9333 or Email: The







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Graystone Homes Graystone Homes has opened a model home in The Eight at Warbler. This boutique condominium community of eight homes is in Southwest London’s Warbler Woods. The one-floor homes, with a loft option will feature upscale custom-designed interiors and uniformity in exterior colours and materials – stone, stucco brick and shingles. The open-concept model home showcases close to 2,400 square feet of living space on the main level and a 1050-squarefoot finished lower level. The formal dining room and study highlight vaulted ceilings and soaring windows. The custom kitchen features a butler’s pantry and walk-in pantry plus two

covered decks off the dinette, one for entertaining and one for barbecuing. An 11-foot trey ceiling in the great room and feature walls throughout provide a unique continuity. The master and guest wings are designed for comfort and privacy. As vacant land condominiums, The Eight at Warbler purchasers will own their homes and assume title of the lot but will enjoy maintenance-free living, with monthly condo fees covering grass-cutting, snow removal and irrigation. Five lots back onto a wooded, environmentally-sensitive area that will never be developed. It’s also just a short walk from the new West Five community, incorporating retail and commercial space, a central park, plus walkways, trails and green spaces. n

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Qwest Homes Queen’s Landing, an enclave of five homes backing onto the Thames River, is being developed by Qwest Homes in Victoria On The River, a master-planned community in East London. The one-storey homes take full advantage of the riverside location with basement walk-outs and panoramic window views, says Qwest Homes co-owner Scott Brown. As vacant land condos, the residents own their property but pay a fee for outdoor work like snow-clearing and grass-cutting in common areas. Qwest Homes will open a model home in the community this spring. The Riverview model will showcase an open-concept living

space with large windows overlooking the river, a spacious designer kitchen – sporting an island with a waterfall quartz countertop – wire-brushed oak wide-plank flooring and nine-foot ceilings on the main level and eight-and-a-half foot ceilings on the lower walk-out level. The master bedroom will feature a generous walk-in closet and an ensuite bathroom with double basins, a glass shower and in-floor heating. The home will also highlight Qwest’s high-performance energy package. “We’re a very energy efficient builder, Energy Star plus,” Brown says. One of the builder’s signature efficiency options is its AutoHot feature, bringing hot water to taps with the push of a button, eliminating water going to the drain and saving on monthly water bills. n

AUTOHOT’S recirculation system brings hot water to the point of use without sending litres of water down the drain. By pushing a button on a remote control, or triggering a motion sensor en-route to the kitchen or bathroom, you can wirelessly signal AutoHot to immediately send hot water to the faucet.

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Lighthouse at Seaside Lighthouse at Seaside, a waterfront enclave on the north shore of Lake Erie at Port Glasgow, is the first phase of a master-planned community by Seaside Waterfront. It features nine one-acre-plus lots along a 1,000-foot stretch of private beach. Homes will be surrounded by wooded areas, providing an added degree of privacy, and will offer breathtaking lake views. Developer Howard Culligan describes it as a “rural cottage-like setting, with greenery all around, with blue sky and blue water.” Purchasers can buy a lot and build their own home or select a design and build their dream home

with custom homebuilder Willow Grove Homes. This is a vacant-land condominium development, so residents will own their property but share expenses for outdoor maintenance. Four lots have been sold and five remain available with construction starting this summer. Future development phases will include other residential neighbourhoods and the Village at Seaside, an amenity and cultural hub with a unique character and a Mediterranean architectural style. Port Glasgow features a central marina and yacht club and offers myriad recreational activities such as birdwatching, fishing, sailing and exploring the trails of its Carolinian forests. Shopping and daily amenities are just minutes away in the villages of West Lorne and Rodney. n

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Here’s the scenario: you’re a prepubescent or early teen girl in the 1960s, ‘70s or ‘80s. You go with mom to a department store and she picks up some boxes of bras in varying sizes and hands them over the changing room door. You struggle with stiff straps that are adjusted to fit in a box not on your shoulders. You start to giggle and she starts to chuckle; pretty soon it’s a laugh fest of embarrassing proportions. You finally figure out how to get the darned thing on and somewhat adjusted. Since you’re beet red at the mortifying experience of having adults (because the sales clerk just has to hang around) see you in the nearly all-together, you say “It’s fine.” and grab a white one and a beige one in the least uncomfortable size. Hanging your head as you stand next to mom at the cash register, you promise yourself that it’ll be different when you have to do this with your daughter.

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The ultimate back smoothing bra and body shaper by Shapeez, available at My Top Drawer, is a camisole-like foundation garment. Preventing lumps in the back always starts with wearing a correctly fitted bra.

Shaping tape, available at My Top Drawer, comes in cup sizes A-C or D/E-G. Incredibly versatile, shaping tape is ideal for making the most inventive designs in formal wear work. Medical grade adhesive is used for optimal control. 1 Breast tape has an almost invisible cup and strap providing lift and support. 2 Used here around the nape of the neck to accommodate a décolleté V-neck halter top.

Solving fashion conundrums, Spanx has developed new lines of foundation garments featuring bodysuits that are cut lower in both the front and back.

The deep plunge front of this Spanx bodysuit allows the wearer to go braless, as it has light padding in the breast area.

Spanx Conceal-Her Open Bust Control Cami is an alternate for smoothing front and back. It comes up to the bra with straps over the shoulders to stay in place and meets the top of the panties to prevent demarcation.

Men want to look great, too. Spanx has a full line of foundation garments for gentlemen. The compression vest is not only slimming but is also great for posture, alleviating pain in neck and shoulders. SPANX GARMENTS THIS PAGE AVAILABLE AT MY TOP DRAWER.

3 Tape has been manipulated to hide under the straps which are now over the shoulder, complementing this plunging deep-V neckline. 4 A keyhole neckline takes a slightly more complicated process necessitating a crisscross maneuver.

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Now you see it, now you don’t. The Janira Vientre Plano Secrets Brief has an ergonomic cut and ultra-flat band to ensure invisibility of the garment. The Janira line uses the fabric baby terry for its gussets (the panel of fabric in the centre of the garment) to provide revolutionary comfort and is available a Linea Intima.

Most of us learned about foundation garments from our mothers, who learned from their mothers, and they from their mothers. And so it goes through the generations. Unfortunately, this has resulted in a cycle of misinformation that has left women unnecessarily relying on antiquated thinking about outdated technology. According to Liliana Mann, president and owner of Linea Intima, their independent research shows that 92 per cent of women don’t know their correct bra size. The technology used in manufacturing foundation garments has come so far in recent years that today’s bras would be unrecognizable to women of our grandmothers’ generation. Even the terms used, like shapewear and shaping tape, were unheard of a few years ago. The needs and wants of women of all shapes and sizes are finally being addressed, with comfort and confidence being the top priority. Foundation garments have made the move from being worn solely for special occasions and now are considered to be part of the ‘everyday’ wardrobe. Laser cut fabrics have effectively eliminated demarcation and have created invisible seams, Mann says to be cautious about garment care to ensure optimal performance and elasticity. “Wash Lycra garments after every use, on a gentle cycle. Never use a dryer, and don’t wear the same garment every day. Let it breathe.” Strapless bras are now available in larger band and cup sizes with versatile necklines, according to Lisa Robinson, co-owner of My Top Drawer. Gores (the centre of the bra between the cups) are being fitted closer to the breast bone. This, along with the use of silicone 

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linings, ensures that they stay in place over longer periods of time. “On a properly fitting bra with straps, 80 per cent of the (breast) weight should be (borne) on the band, with only 20 per cent on the straps,” says Robinson. Therefore, when professionally fitted, women of any size should feel supported and comfortable wearing a strapless bra. Just Between Friends specializes in options for women who have undergone cancer treatments and mastectomies. Their prosthetic breasts are silicone based, with cooling features – developed using technology borrowed from NASA – to help balance body temperature. “The prostheses come in all shapes and sizes, are completely safe, and they often play a huge role in helping women to feel like themselves again,” says Martha Hall, store manager. Initial fitting appointments usually last between 45 minutes to an hour and can completely change the outlook of these women who have already been through so much. Foundation garments are no longer the enemy. They can be a means of empowerment and our greatest fashion ally ensuring that our clothes fit well and we have the desired silhouette. Gone are the days of dressing room embarrassment over not knowing what to wear with your favourite slinky dress or body hugging t-shirt. We have definitely come a long way, baby. n

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ownsizing from an expansive home to one half the size can be daunting. That’s the challenge that faced Peter Groom and Stephen McClatchie when they purchased a home in Old North London a couple of years ago. They loved the location and the two-storey home’s vintage early-20th-century character. But they wanted to add some 21st-century design elements and create a space that, though smaller, still felt like “living large,” Groom says. Millennium Construction and Design took on the challenge with results that have the owners feeling they’ve achieved their dream home. The goal was to

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“create symmetry and a feeling of space flowing throughout the home,” says Millennium’s Mark Vaandering. Various design techniques were used to achieve this, such as repurposing spaces and painting the walls white throughout. Many large windows, affording a wealth of natural light, also added to the airy ambiance, Vaandering says. “There were so many details in that house to work with, and I just love how it all came together.” The open-concept main level incorporates a cozy front living room with gas fireplace and an adjacent dining area leading to the new ultra-modern kitchen. The kitchen received a complete facelift. Its size was 

OPPOSITE PAGE TOP Retaining the old world charm of this Old North home, while updating it to work for modern life, was the mandate for Millennium Construction and Design. OPPOSITE PAGE INSET The home is light and bright, with white walls reflecting the wealth of light brought in through the large windows. RIGHT The open-concept main floor incorporates the living room, dining room and kitchen. The latter was overhauled and expanded thanks to reformatting space formerly occupied by a pantry and bathroom.

ABOVE The kitchen’s window seat creates a cozy nook for reading and relaxing. RIGHT The kitchen is now a modern space for friends and family to gather to create meals. The two-tier island has working and seating areas, and the cabinetry is painted a dark finish to complement the other main floor finishes.


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TOP The master bedroom includes a library area, with shelving for books and a computer work station. TOP RIGHT The renovated bathrooms in the house sport modern fixtures, flooring and lighting. One has both a stand-alone tub and a glassed-in shower. FAR LEFT Denim coloured walls highlight the white cabinetry that lines both walls in the dressing area. LEFT The extra room allowed by the main level renovation resulted in the addition of an attractive, useful space that’s designated as a beverage centre and a laundry area.

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substantially increased by removing a pantry and a large bathroom. A two-tier island was added with a lower eating space and upper working counter. Existing cupboards were replaced with custom cabinetry that extends from floor to ceiling and is painted in a dark finish to blend seamlessly with the black stainless steel appliances. The cabinets are complemented by the lighter granite countertops and the glossy porcelain tile backsplash. The main floor living area was extended by an addition, adjacent to the kitchen. It includes a beverage centre and laundry area with garden doors to a small outdoor balcony. The addition also incorporates a four-piece bathroom with heated floor, a stand-alone bathtub, spacious glassed-in shower and granite-topped vanity, echoing the counters in the kitchen, and beverage centre. These combine to create a contemporary and luxurious space, Vaandering says. Flooring on the main level was replaced with solid oak hardwood. On the upper level, one of three bedrooms was converted to a spacious dressing room, with cabinetry lining each side and bracketing an end window. This is the only place in the house where colour was used on the walls, a punch of denim blue offsetting the white cabinets. The creation of the dressing room allowed for additional space in the remaining two bedrooms. The front-facing master bedroom now includes a mini-library with a computer desk and bookshelves along one wall. A small upstairs bathroom was also refurbished, replacing the bathtub with a glass shower to create space. Flooring in both upper and lower bathrooms is matte finished porcelain tile. While the home is becoming everything its owners hoped for, the renovation is still ongoing. Future plans will see the addition of an expansive recreation and entertainment room behind the kitchen at the rear of the house with a wrap-around covered porch. n


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Dr. Wei Jing Loo gives back to her community through her art. Her clinic, DermEffects, won a heritage award for her renovation of the former Hyde Park United Church. Dr. Loo applies her passion for art and aesthetics to support local charities by donating her own art. She uses watercolour and silk painting techniques as well as mixed media, incorporating tiles, sea glass, pebbles, driftwood and other found objects. On May 9, the public is invited to see the beautifully restored church and participate in the Art for Charity auction, which will feature more than 50 pieces of original art. Proceeds will benefit the United Way Relay for Life and the Montessori Academy of London.

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2. MUSIC Canada’s biggest night in music – the JUNOs – hits London March 17 when Corey Hart will be inducted into the Hall of Fame and the best in the business recognized. The awards gala takes place at Budweiser Gardens with special appearances and surprise moments sprinkled among the presentations. To name only a few nominees: Jan Lisiecki, Walk Off the Earth, The Weeknd, Post Malone, Whitehorse, Barenaked Ladies and Arcade Fire. CBC presents JUNOfest March 15-16 featuring more than 100 artists of all genres in 15 venues. The weekend kicks off with JUNO Cup, a celebrity fundraising hockey game March 15. Athletes and musicians face off to support MusiCounts, the educational charity associated with CARAS (Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences). Alan Doyle hosts the Songwriters’ Circle at Centennial Hall during which fans will get an inside look at the writing process and inspiration behind their favourite songs. To continue musical excellence in the future, the JUNO Awards and the City of London partnered to donate $1 from every broadcast ticket to MusiCounts to ensure children across the country have access to instruments and programs through their schools and communities. In addition, $1 per ticket from select shows at London Music Hall, Budweiser Gardens and Centennial Hall is being donated.


Indian Beats is an evening of festivities for all. “We will celebrate the feeling that brings us together,” said Bhavin Patel, president of Indian Culture of Southwestern Ontario (ICSWO). “Lip-smacking delicious vegetarian Indian cuisine for all you can eat food, along with heart-thumping music, dancing and Bollywood DJ.” ICSWO supports cultural programs, hospitals and cancer research. WHAT: Indian Beats WHEN: March 16; food 5 to 7 p.m., entertainment 7:15 to 9:30 p.m. WHERE: A.B. Lucas Secondary School, London COST: $15, 519-615-0678



Fences, both physical and literal, are built and torn down in this hallmark of American theatre. The Grand Theatre stages this award-winning play about family set in the 1950s. It explores family dynamics amidst race relations, mixing gritty reality with allegory. Artistic Director Dennis Garnhum said, “It leaves me both uplifted and devastated.” WHAT: Fences by August Wilson WHEN: March 19 to April 6 WHERE: Grand Theatre London



Noted local artist Erica Dornbush has authored a new work entitled Paint and Prose: A Way Finder’s Meander. The works and words for the book explore an intersection of visual art and poetry based on the artist’s exploration of London and parts of southwestern Ontario. Anticipated launch date of the book is April 30 and information can be found at March/April 2019

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SALT IS KEY TO HEALTH ABOVE Floating bathed in starlight in a silent and meditative state guarantees maximum relaxation and time for reflection. TOP RIGHT The manmade salt cave creates a cool, pure air environment that maximizes the user’s ability to breathe and relax. BOTTOM RIGHT Using infrared technology, the saunas at Quantum are cleaner and cooler than many others. They can be used singly or by two people as part of a couple’s package, with a float and salt cave treatment.

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enclosed dark womb-like enclosure – no light, no sound, no stimulation – floating, just floating. In this completely quiet, serene atmosphere I was able just let go and float into a meditative state. Being somewhat claustrophobic it could have been daunting but it wasn’t as the clean bright atmosphere outside the float tanks is welcoming, cheerful and professional. As a confirmed ‘water person,’ I’m game to try new types of aquatic activities and this outing proved to be relaxing, rewarding and enjoyable.

One of the city’s newest additions to the alternative wellness scene, Quantum Float and Salt Cave is owned by Luke and Asia Chmielewski. These determined entrepreneurs – ages 35 and 34 – are passionate about helping others through salt therapies. They each emigrated from Poland at the age of five and settled in London with their respective families. Asia worked as a crisis counsellor in Alberta and London, and Luke was a journeyman plumber and pipe fitter in Alberta before they opened their business in the Forest City. The couple has a five-year-old son, Christian. “We wanted to give people time away from cell phones and have time in silence to gain inner peace,” explains Asia, “and that’s not an easy thing to do in this busy life.” The 10-inch deep water in the four large bright, white float tanks is saturated with 1,000 pounds of the purest grade salt. “It’s three times denser than the Dead Sea,” says Asia. Before undertaking this solo activity, one disrobes and showers in a private room adjacent to the tank. After entering the tank and starting the float, there’s soft music that eventually fades to provide a completely quiet experience. The floater controls lighting, with variations possible: star-like lights above, illuminated water below or complete darkness. I preferred the latter as it gives the best opportunity for a meditative experience. “Laying in the warm water and taking away sight, sound and gravity lets the body go into beta when stimulants are removed. You can do the core inner work and get to your heart centre,” explains Asia. Frank Melo, 49, agrees. This Londoner, who is a general contractor, finds that his once a week floats for the past three months enable him to be more patient during stressful times in his demanding construction profession. “I’m able to just shut off everything, and I can’t do that at home,” he explains. “I’m calmer and have more clarity.” An important part of this new enterprise is the salt cave. The Chmielewskis have created it with 

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12 tons of salt lining its floor, walls and ceiling. It has the encompassing cool, still quality of a natural cave but with soft lighting and 10 reclining chairs. Spending a 45-minute session lying back in this tranquil atmosphere breathing in the fine salt provided by the halo generator repairs myriad respiratory problems. During my session, I dozed off under the blanket and had a nice nap, waking up breathing easier on a cold winter day. “Salt therapy was discovered in Poland in the 1800s by a doctor who noticed that salt miners didn’t have lung disease or colds,” says Asia. “It’s good for respiratory and skin issues.” Jordan Thomas, 37, agrees. The Londoner has asthma and often gets bronchitis and pneumonia. Traditional medical remedies haven’t resulted in the type of relief that she seeks and so she’s been taking twice weekly treatments at Quantum and is pleased that she’s been able to stop using her inhaler. She also appreciates the total downtime experienced in the salt cave. “You can only read or sleep, so I encourage women who are always busy and stressed out to go in there and relax because no one can get to you,” she says. Thomas also takes her three year old for sessions twice monthly as a preventative measure against colds and illness. “They have sessions where children are allowed and a toy box to keep them entertained.” For those seeking mental, physical and spiritual benefits and peace, trying the different forms of salt therapies at Quantum Float and Salt Cave could be the answer. n

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honeymoon in Italy was the genesis of a unique London shop selling a variety of European and Canadian products and giftware but built around its specialty items – Italian gloves and scarves. When Bettina Weber and Len Elliott married 12 years ago, they thought the Mediterranean country would be a romantic place to celebrate their nuptials. “We loved it,” Weber says. “Perhaps more than the average tourist. We loved it so much we immediately started thinking ‘what can we do to come here all the time?’” The answer was Boutique Firenze. It started as a part-time enterprise, importing and selling gloves and scarves. Weber says glove stores are common in Italy and carry a range of colours and styles not found in

Canada. And the quality in design and craftsmanship of Italian scarves is equally impressive. Her research indicates that Boutique Firenze is the only Italian-style glove store in Ontario and possibly in Canada. “We have dozens of colours, not just a few,” she says. “We have unlined, silk-lined, wool-lined, cashmere-lined, even rabbit-fur-lined.” For eight years, Weber operated the business from home while juggling two other jobs. She and Elliott travelled to Italy to source the products, which she then sold at fairs, women’s events, school sales and, in November and December in a pop-up store on Adelaide Street, where she ran a first-aid training business. In 2017, she closed the training business, repurposed the location as a full-time retail shop and expanded

TOP Bettina Weber, owner of Boutique Firenze.

her product selection. Much of it still comes from Italy – the gloves from Naples, toiletries, stationery and scarves from Florence, glass jewelry from Venice – sourced primarily from small or family-run businesses. In addition, she carries Canadiancrafted giftware. Several products are made locally – hats and purses from an area milliner, children’s toys by a London woodworker, placemats and aprons from refugee women at London’s World Tailors. Other items come further afield – blown glass from Fergus, gilded maple leaves from Waterloo, and scarves featuring Indigenous designs by First Nations artisans in the Pacific Northwest. Weber says these selections will continue to expand as she and Elliott explore more regions in Italy and beyond. n

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triking and stylish entryways and panoramic vistas from anywhere in the home, plus enhanced energy efficiency, is a combination that gives Catana’s premium products an edge. The company specializes in custom European windows and doors that provide functionality, security and efficiency. A demand for this type of upscale product sparked the launch of the business in Kitchener in 2010. The company moved its head office to London in 2015 to facilitate clients in this area, says partner-owner Augustin Bud. In 2017, Catana expanded back into the Kitchener region, opening a showroom in Cambridge. And this year it opened another in Vaughan to serve a growing client base in the Greater Toronto Area. It’s also in negotiation with dealers and contractors across the United States.

Catana offers a variety of product styles, including its German-engineered tilt and turn windows. These provide increased functionality with two opening positions, tilting in from the top – letting in fresh air with no draft – or opening inwards from the side. A multi-point locking system and steel reinforcements ensure added security. As well, a tightly sealed frame and glass 30 per cent thicker than standard provides enhanced energy efficiency. Its newest addition is aluminum-clad wood windows, combining the aesthetics of a wood frame and sash with an exterior aluminum covering to protect the wood against damage from the elements thus reducing maintenance. The company also offers European entry and patio doors. In addition to its product line, Bud says customers appreciate Catana’s

emphasis on quality service. “That sets us apart. We have great installation and great after-sales service,” he says. “We have our own service department, our own employees. And, we have in-stock inventory so that, if a problem occurs, we can fix it quickly and the customer doesn’t have a long wait time.” Catana serves both commercial and residential clients, the latter primarily new homes, working with builders, and vacation properties. It has been involved with a few of the London Health Sciences Foundation’s lottery dream homes. Its reputation is spread by satisfied customers as well as effective marketing, blending 21st-century technology, like social media, with old-school personal presentations and networking, Bud says. n

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More ways to play

Jeremy Slemko (left) and Jeff McColl, owners of Beachcomber Hot Tubs.

Beachcomber offers full array of backyard enhancement options

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growing trend for homeowners to trade vacationing for “staycationing” in their own back yards has been a bonus for London’s Beachcomber Hot Tubs. It’s something that dealership owner Jeff McColl and partner Jeremy Slemko are seeing in greater numbers. “With the price of vacation properties, the cost of fuel and travel on busy roads, people are freeing up some of their home equity to spend on their backyards,” McColl says. In response, Beachcomber is offering more outdoor living products. “Hot tubs are our main focus but we’re showing more gazebos and while we’ve sold barbecues for a while, we’ve gotten more into smokers and that sort of thing,” he says. They have a line of

indoor and outdoor saunas and have added fire pits and portable wood-fired pizza ovens to their product list. Another component of their business is servicing all brands of hot tubs, saunas and outdoor pools. “It’s a big part of what we do,” McColl says. The dealership has been serving the London region for two decades and, in 2016, had grown into a new and larger location and showroom on Wharncliffe Road. McColl says a commitment to customer service and offering quality products is a major factor in Beachcomber’s success. “We try to get as much Canadian or North American-made product as we can,” he says. Their hot tubs are manufactured in Canada and designed and built for year-round use, rugged enough

to withstand harsh Canadian winters and to stay warm through the coldest weather. The dealership has a strong focus helping customers choose the best products and options for their needs. When a client is planning a backyard project, McColl says, they offer free on-site visits, draw up sketches and assist in lining up contractors. “We do whatever we can to make their whole job as easy as it can be.” They also stand behind their products with a full money-back guarantee. Most come with a 30-day home trial offer. “If a customer isn’t satisfied with the product, we take it back and try to find something that will suit better or they’ll get a refund,” he says. n

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From ponds to patios

ABOVE Matt (left) and Chris Edwards, owners of Edwards and Sons Complete Property Maintenance.

Edwards and Sons build outdoor dreamscapes

By Ellen Ashton-Haiste


f it’s an outside project that’s required, London’s Edwards and Sons Complete Property Maintenance will have the men and women for the job. “Anything outdoors we can do,” says Chris Edwards, who operates the business with his brother, Matt. “We do lawn maintenance, full landscaping, and carpentry work like decks and fences, for residential and commercial clients.” They also work with home builders and have been involved with a few of the London Dream Homes. Their services include night lighting, garden rejuvenation, custom deck design, ponds, water features, patios, walkways and retaining walls, as well as snow plowing and removal. Edwards and Sons is a secondgeneration family business, started 25

years ago by John Edwards as a lawn maintenance company that transitioned into landscaping and then added snow plowing to create a year-round enterprise. Chris and Matt, started working with their father after graduating from secondary school, learning the necessary skills first-hand. Over the past several years, they have seen the business grow dramatically. Being family-run is an integral element of their success, Chris believes. “When a customer calls, they’re talking directly to Matt or me and they can see our attention to detail and that we care about their projects and homes as if they were our own,” he says. “Our employees realize that too and they like the feel and the culture we have here.” Chris also attributes the success to

the reputation they’ve built for quality work, as well as for treating customers fairly and at an affordable price. “We always work within people’s budgets, no matter how big or small,” he says. Another factor is a trend for homeowners to create more elaborate outdoor living spaces as an alternative to travel or cottage life. With an eye to this trend, the business has been starting to move into developing outdoor kitchens, something Chris expects to grow during the coming seasons. Edwards and Sons serves a wide region around London, including Strathroy, Mount Brydges, St. Thomas, Lucan, Ilderton, Exeter, Bayfield and cottage country. They’ve taken on projects as far afield as Sarnia and Toronto.n


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