Lifestyle Magazine - March/April 2017

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april 2017

A Time for Renewal


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Adding on to history

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Beauty and the beach

Reno blends past with present

Trending topics Dress up walls, windows and cabinets

Distinctive Grand Bend home

Showing off Gather ideas for indoors and out

Models on parade Check out what’s new and hot


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Getting real Skilled artists mimic life

Gastronomic quest A trek for taste buds


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Grand Bend greenhouse A Dutch horticultural treat

Colorado calling Mile high delights in Denver


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Spring into summer Venture outdoors in style

Get wet Splash into a new fitness routine



Get there in style Latest offerings from local dealers



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Tydan Story

Since 1998, award winning Tydan haS been exTending The wallS of homeS To creaTe ouTdoor living SpaceS ThaT reflecT and enhance people’S liveS.

MeMber of these professional associations

Tydan is renowned for their innovative design and build projects, and specializes in water features, rainwater collection systems and interlock paving.

recipients of the following awards

Family owned and operated by Paul and Anne Marie Rancourt, and their two children, Tyler (the Ty in Tydan) and Danielle (the Dan), the Rancourts are passionate about great design. Senior Design Associate with our company for landscape design assignments is Vince Long who provides valuable indepth experience and knowledge for our clients. Through a personal, interactive process they evaluate the site to see your vision then design a plan appropriate for your lifestyle and budget. Tydan employs experienced staff, seasonal workers, and a construction crew. Using leading industry technology, they work with you to create a professional landscape plan for your property, which illustrates all plants, structures, and gardens. Then they build the project from the ground up with help from their experienced and certified installers.

• Landscape Ontario • ICPI – Interlock Concrete Paving Institute • Aquascape Certified Contractors • Canadian Nursery Landscape Association

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LIFESTYLE PUBLISHER Lana L. Breier ASSIStAnt PUBLISHER/ SALES MAnAgER Wilma Van Vaerenbergh 519-476-5571 EDItOR Jill Ellis-Worthington WRItERS Ellen Ashton-Haiste Clare Dear Jill Ellis-Worthington Jason Menard John Milner Kathy Rumleski Beth Stewart Heather Toskan ACCOUnt MAnAgERS Annette Gent 519-200-0283 Lorraine Lukings 519-520-7676 Jan McGrath 519-243-2932 Elaine Norris 519-702-5583 EDItORIAL & AD DESIgn Wendy Reid Nancy Greenfield AD DESIgn Nancy Greenfield Bill McGrath Wendy Reid PRODUCtIOn Nancy Greenfield PHOtOgRAPHY Richard Bain John Morse PRIntIng Sportswood Printing WEB ARCHItECtURE Redding Design Inc.

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editor’s note BUILDING ORIGINAL HOMES FOR ORIGINAL PEOPLE We’ll make your next home as original as you are Why settle for a run-of-the-mill custom home when you can have an entirely original one? With a planning process that starts with nothing more than your dreams and a blank sheet of paper, you can be sure your Riverstone Original Home will be every bit as unique and remarkable as you are. We’ve been building original homes for well over 20 years now, and each one has been entirely different than the one before it. And that’s exactly how it should be. 519 . 666 . 3537 Mike Loyens • Travis Loyens

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O, wind, if winter comes, can spring be far behind? – Percy Bysshe shelley


ate winter or early spring – what term do you ascribe to this period where the world still slumbers in colder temperatures, while we welcome every sunny day as a promise of coming bounty, the thermometer climbing and snow disappearing? Soon our lawns will be verdant and green and we’ll be able to play and work on them. We’ll be plotting our plots with great concern about what grows where. For now, we wait and we ready ourselves. Part of that is ensuring that we’ll be strong and healthy to be ready to enjoy being outdoors. To ensure that I’m ready to take on spring and summer fun, I’ve made doing aquafit classes two or three times each week part of my fitness schedule. Writing the health story in each issue lets me explore interesting new concepts in wellness and this issue is no different. I discovered that I love to get fit in the water and, thankfully, many others are discovering that they are also taking advantage of this form of exercise. Great aquafit teachers sharing their passion and expertise is one of the reasons for this. I feel so lucky to learn from the likes of Theresa Carriere, who started the OneRun from Sarnia to London to raise money and awareness about breast cancer. Besides being a fitness guru, she’s an amazing fundraiser and last year she won the Pillar Innovation Award for community leadership. And no one is as passionate about what she does than Darlene Willie, whose aqua zumba classes are as fun as they are a good work-

out. While doing the research for this story, I took a variety of classes across the city and discovered that all of the teachers have this level of professionalism, enthusiasm and caring. I hope you’ll read the story on page 59 and consider getting wet to get fit. As temperatures climb this spring, your wardrobe will also need to get in shape to get you outside, so be sure to check out Heather Toskan’s story on page 54. You’ll look hot as you work up a ‘glow’ doing all those fun activities. Speaking of hot – how about that real estate market? Showing no signs of cooling off, it can be tough to find new homes for eager buyers. Builders are answering this call, so Ellen AshtonHaiste reports on the wide array of model homes starting on pages 43. Hot is also the word I would use to describe the new cars that auto journalist Clare Dear shows off on page 22. If a new ride is on your wish list, checking out these hot offerings will warm you up for spring. Get ready, get set and go…time to swing into spring!

Jill Ellis-Worthington

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Blended beauty

Historic renovation marries cHarm and convenience

By Ellen Ashton-Haiste

The historic Bishop’s Mansion – a century estate – has been restored as a gated condominium community. Since the exterior is clad in salvaged brick, with rain glass windows on the front door and side panels, the new addition, a home for Pat and Gayle Malloy, is virtually indistinguishable from the original building.


eritage and contemporary design are seamlessly blended in an innovative condo home, built by Duo Building owner Pat Malloy and his wife, Gayle, as an addition to London’s historic Bishop’s Mansion. The century estate, at the west end of Central Avenue overlooking the Thames River and Blackfriars Bridge and home to the city’s Roman Catholic bishops for more than 90 years, has recently been restored as a gated condominium community. “The opportunity to build here, in an area so rich in heritage, surrounded by nature, on the river, and yet in the heart of downtown London and close to all its amenities, was just too attractive to pass up,” Malloy says. The two-storey home, flows from the rear of the original house. Clad in salvaged brick, with rain glass windows on the front door and side panels, the exterior is virtually indistinguishable as a new addition. From the spacious foyer, a two-storey brick wall, matching the exterior flanks an open-riser oak staircase to the upper level. Continued on page 12

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TOP Expansive windows allow homeowners to enjoy the estate’s views and the vista of the Thames River Valley.

ABOVE LEFT Historic and contemporary touches have been seamlessly married to bring this heritage property back to life.

ABOVE A gas fireplace, set in floor-to-ceiling dark, rough cut pine surround, warms up the space and emphasizes the home's traditional ambiance.

ABOVE RIGHT The contemporary kitchen is the heart of the space, with a 12-foot, marble countered island. Its modern lines are balanced by the range hood, constructed from a beam reclaimed from the bishop's house.

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Blended Beauty Continued from page 10

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A wall of windows – that can be rolled up to blend indoor and outdoor living and entertaining spaces – divides the home’s interior from the wrap-around patio.

Mounted in its centre is a vintage Supertest sign from a former city business. “These add to the site’s historic ambiance,” Malloy says. Since the main living area is on the upper level, the Malloys have installed an elevator. A great room, dining area and kitchen stretch the length of the upper level, opening at the north end to an all-season sunroom and outside wrap-around patio. The kitchen is the heart of the space. A 12-foot island with a grey base and white, grey-veined granite counter is complemented by white cabinetry and black quartz on the perimeter with a backsplash of grey porcelain tile. A wooden beam, reclaimed from the bishops’ house, encases the range hood, another nod to the property’s heritage. The sunroom, featuring a gas fireplace set in a floor-to-ceiling dark rough cut pine surround, is an ideal place to relax and appreciate views of the estate and Thames River Valley beyond. A wall of windows can be rolled up to open the room to the outdoor patio. At the top of the staircase, a hallway leads to a two-piece bathroom and beyond that, the master suite with large walk-in closet and ensuite bathroom including a sizeable glassed-in shower, free-standing tub and private water closet. The lower level includes an office/ den, guest bedroom, three-piece bathroom and spacious mudroom lined with benches and storage cubbies. There’s also access to an expansive garage. The condo was built with energy efficiency in mind, Malloy says. “Most materials are low VOC.”

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Glass railings adjacent to reclaimed brick walls emphasize the blending of styles into an eclectic, livable home. Retro accents, like this Supertest sign, highlight the Malloy's respect for the history of the original building.

For example the lower level features marmoleum flooring, made with natural and renewable raw materials including linseed oil, jute and wood flour. Upper level flooring is engineered white oak plank hardwood. n

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Cody Symes (inset), owner of Advanced Masonry Techniques, created a patio bordered by two walls extending from a corner fireplace with an intricate brick pattern on the back, his most extensive project to date.

Brick and stone accents are popular on the exterior of homes and projects that Symes enjoys undertaking.

A passion carved in stone


hether it’s restoring a chimney, building a fireplace, or creating an outdoor living retreat, if the pro­ ject involves stone or brick, Cody Symes is up for the challenge. “Manufactured or natural stone, if it’s masonry­related I can do it,” he says. “I have a large range of skills.” Symes launched his Goderich­ based Advanced Masonry Tech­ niques business in 2014, after completing his apprenticeship through Conestoga College. He started out working primarily in residential new builds. But, in the past year, he has been lean­ ing towards more custom work, such projects as patios, fireplaces, accent walls. “I have a huge passion for that,” he says. “It involves more fine design work and provides an op­ portunity to be free and creative.” Fireplaces – indoor and out­ door – and other forms of outside living spaces are the most common custom projects Symes sees. His most extensive project to date is a patio, bordered by two walls extending from a corner fire­ place. The brickwork on the back of the walls and fireplace features an intricate pattern.

This type of project requires a variety of skills, Symes says. For example, accurate measurements are required to ensure that the walls are the perfect height and that everything lines up. “You really have to focus your mind and your energy. It’s difficult, but I enjoy that,” he says. “And I get to design these creative pat­ terns. That’s really exciting to do.” While custom work is his passion, he gets a lot of calls for restoration – fixing cracks in foun­ dations, replacing bricks, rebuild­ ing chimneys. And, he still enjoys working on new homes. No job is too big or too small for Advanced Masonry Techniques. Right now, Symes is a one­man operation and that’s fine with him. “I like to work by myself because I’m really picky about the way things are done.” But he realizes that may change as he continues to grow his brand and expand his territory. Even now, he can get overloaded at times, he says. When the time comes to bring in some assistance, he says, he’ll be looking for some­ one who shares his endeavour for quality and his passion for stone. b

A brickwork pattern, such as that framing the above garage, can add a unique touch to a home’s exterior.

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While he does a fair bit of restoration work, Symes also enjoys working on new builds.

Rolling in style SPRING LAUNCH OF NEW VEHICLES By Clare Dear

LUSTING FOR YOUR wheels to be lovely, luxurious and lean? Look no further than the autos covered the in the following pages. Manu­ facturers have answered the call for high­end vehicles that offer a plethora of options in well­made, well­presented packages. It is time to shop for a ride that will take you along country roads and city streets this summer.



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2017 AcurA TLX

2017 VoLVo Xc60

Acura’s impressive TLX opens the door to luxury segment

Volvo’s longtime passion for safety apparent in XC60

 The TLX is the gateway to Acura’s luxury sedan lineup. This handsome sports sedan, with such upscale appointments as Jewel Eye LED headlamps and richly trimmed interior, offers entry-level buyers a taste of the premium segment without breaking the bank. In return, they are treated to a spacious front-wheel-drive sedan with impressive handling dynamics and performance, excellent ride comfort and a well-appointed cabin that is as quiet as a library. Among the numerous standard comfort, convenience and entertainment features included on the TLX are automatic climate control, Acura’s premium sound system with six speakers plus a subwoofer, speed-sensitive volume control, Bluetooth streaming audio, heated power-adjustable front seats (10-way adjustment, two-way power lumbar support and two memory settings on the driver’s seat; four-way power adjustable on the passenger’s seat), tilt and telescopic steering wheel with controls for hands-free mobile phone interface, multi-angle backup camera and more. Acura also offers an all-wheeldrive version of the TLX. The SHAWD (Super Handling All-Wheel Drive) model, with a starting price of $40,690, includes an upgraded powertrain: a 3.5-litre aluminum V6 engine mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission with sequential shifting SportShift paddles mounted on the steering wheel. This engine produces 290 horsepower and 267 lb.-ft of torque.

 If you’re contemplating the purchase of a compact SUV, Volvo’s XC60 is an excellent choice, especially for anyone shopping for a family vehicle. It offers generous cargo space, a roomy cabin and seats that deliver the comfort and support that are essential on long family outings. There are even available integrated dual-stage booster seats that pop out from the rear outboard seats. Of course, Volvo’s passion for safety means the XC60 is loaded with technologies and systems that provide superb protection. Standard safety features include anti-lock brakes, traction and stability control, whiplash protection for the front seats, front-seat side airbags and full-length side curtain airbags, plus Volvo’s City Safety technology, which is a low-speed frontal collision warning and mitigation system. Not surprisingly, the XC60 earned a five-star rating for overall, frontal and side crash protection in U.S. government crash testing, plus a four-star rating for rollover protection. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the XC60 its highest rating (Good) for small- and moderate-overlap front crash protection. The XC60’s lineup of Drive-E four-cylinder powertrains delivers exhilarating performance while consuming less fuel and emitting fewer environment-damaging emissions. With all-wheel drive now available across the model range, drivers can drive with confidence, even in extreme conditions.



Price: Starting from $35,690 Powertrain: 2.4-litre, 16-valve four-cylinder with direct fuel injection, double overhead camshafts and i-VTEC; eight-speed dual-clutch transaxle with steering-wheel-mounted Sequential SportShift paddle shifters. Power/torque: 206 hp; 182 lb.-ft. Fuel consumption L/100 km (FWD): City, 9.6; highway, 6.6; combined, 8.3. Fuel: Premium unleaded 24 Lifestyle March/April 2017

Price: Starting from $42,000 Powertrain: 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder with direct fuel injection; eight-speed automatic transmission Power/torque: 240 hp; 258 lb.-ft. Fuel consumption L/100 km (FWD): City, 10.4; highway, 7.8; combined, 9.1. Fuel: Regular unleaded

2017 Best New Small Car

2017 HyuNdAi ELANTrA Redesigned Elantra earning high marks

 Hyundai has totally redesigned its hot-selling compact, the Elantra, and the result is a more stylish and refined sedan that’s earning accolades from consumers and reviewers alike. In fact, the new Elantra has been named by AJAC (Automobile Journalists Association of Canada) as the best new small car for 2017. It also picked the Elantra as a finalist for its prestigious Canadian Car of the Year title. This sixth-generation iteration of the Elantra is slightly larger than its predecessor – 20 millimetres longer, 25 mm wider and five mm taller. Broadening its dimensions has resulted in a roomier cabin with increased rear-seat legroom as well as more space for cargo in the trunk. The all-new chassis is wrapped in sheet metal that’s shaped in a more conservative, but still stylish design. The Elantra is offered in a wide range of trim levels (and pricing), although all are powered by the same new 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine. The base L trim includes a six-speed manual transaxle, but the rest of the lineup gets a new six-speed automatic transmission. The lineup tops out with the Ultimate Package at $28,799, which includes a host of high-tech features not typically offered in the compact segment.

AT A GLANcE Price: Starting from $15,999 Powertrain: 2.0-litre, 16-valve, DOHC, Atkinson four-cylinder with dual continuously variable valve timing; six-speed manual transmission Power/torque: 147 hp; 132 lb.-ft. Fuel consumption L/100 km (manual): City, 9.1; highway, 6.6; combined, 8.0. Fuel: Regular unleaded


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For those open to an entirely different ownership experience: introducing Genesis. Finely-crafted automobiles with an unparalleled suite of services that revolve around you and your schedule. Welcome to Human-Centred Luxury.

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2017 JAGuAr XE

Jaguar XE a prime contender in sporty luxury sedan segment  The Jaguar XE is a new product for the prestigious brand – and it’s leaping into the thick of the very competitive compact luxury sport sedan segment. To its credit, Jaguar did its homework before unleashing the XE and the result is a car that may become the leader of the pack. It’s cleverly stylish, with plenty of Jaguar DNA apparent, ensuring it is a head-turner, yet it’s unique in its own skin. It also shares its weight-saving, aluminum-intensive architecture with several other vehicles in the Jaguar-Land Rover family. The XE is offered in three trim levels, starting with the base Premium model. Next up the ladder is the Prestige trim, with the lineup capped by an R Sport model that includes a supercharged 3.0-litre V6 that cranks out 340 horsepower and 332 lb.-ft. of torque. The base engine is a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel. All XEs in Canada are fitted with an eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters and full-time all-wheel drive that in normal driving conditions directs about 90 per cent of the engine’s output to the rear wheels. That power split enhances the XE’s sporty-car feel, but if traction conditions warrant, the differential will shift up to 90 per cent to the front wheels to improve grip.

AT A GLANCE Price: Starting from $45,000 Powertrain: 2.0-litre, 16-valve, turbocharged, four-cylinder diesel; eight-speed ZF automatic transmission; all-wheel drive Power/torque: 180 hp; 318 lb.-ft. Fuel consumption L/100 km: City, 7.8; highway, 5.8; combined, 6.9. Fuel: Diesel

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Unique marketing, refined vehicles highlight Genesis challenge in luxury segment  There’s a new player in the premium brand market – Genesis Motors Canada – and it’s challenging the luxury segment leaders with world-class vehicles. But truly unique for this new offering is its “human-centred” purchase and ownership experience that empowers luxury vehicle customers in ways unique to the industry. For example, potential owners can schedule a “Genesis at Home” demonstration and vehicle test drive with a Genesis representative at a location of their choosing. They can even complete lease or finance paperwork, make a deposit, and place an order for a new vehicle through the digital platform from their home or office. Pricing for Genesis models is all-inclusive. It not only includes delivery and destination charges that other brands typically add on at purchase, but also provides complimentary scheduled maintenance and satellite radio subscription for five years or 100,000 km, plus up to 10 navigation software updates over five years. The Genesis at Home concierge service extends from the purchase process into the ownership period (five years/100,000 km.). Owners can have the vehicle picked up for scheduled maintenance, get a courtesy car and have their own vehicle returned when the servicing is complete. Currently, the Genesis lineup is comprised of two models – the flagship G90 full-size luxury sedan and its mid-size luxury sedan sibling, the G80, but the brand plans to expand to six models by 2021, including a sports coupe, smaller sedan and SUVs. All models will deliver outstanding driving dynamics and design and will come fully-equipped with standard technology and features expected in a luxury vehicle, including advanced safety systems, ultra-soft Nappa leather and HTRAC all-wheel drive. The G90 is already making its presence known. It’s one of five finalists – the others are the Bentley Bentayga, BMW 5 Series, Mercedes-Benz E-Class and Volvo S90/V90 – for the 2017 World Luxury Car title. The G90 - powered

by a new 3.3-litre twin-turbocharged V6 matched to an eight-speed automatic transmission and advanced HTRAC allwheel drive system - is spacious, refined and wraps its occupants in one of the quietest, most luxurious interiors in the segment. It is fitted with a comprehensive array of standard safety technology, plus every imaginable convenience, comfort, infotainment and connectivity feature. It’s also available with a more powerful 5.0-litre V8 engine. The mid-size G80 sedan also offers a choice of two engines – a 3.8-litre V6 and the 5.0-litre V8. Both connect to an eight-speed automatic transmission and HTRAC all-wheel drive. The G80 makes no compromises – its cabin is premium grade, while safety, convenience and comfort features abound. A G80 3.3T Sport, on sale this spring, adds a twin-turbocharged 3.3-litre V6 plus sport performance upgrades.

AT A GLANCE G90 3.3T – Price: Starting from $84,000 Powertrain: Twin-turbocharged 3.3-litre V6; 8-speed automatic transmission; HTRAC all-wheel drive Power/torque: 365 hp; 376 lb.-ft. Fuel consumption L/100 km: City, 13.7; highway, 9.7; combined, 11.9. Fuel: Premium unleaded G90 5.0 – Price: Starting from $87,000 Powertrain: 5.0-litre V8; 8-speed automatic; HTRAC all-wheel drive Power/torque: 420 hp; 383 lb.-ft. Fuel consumption L/100 km: City, 15.2; highway, 10.2; combined, 13.0. Fuel: Premium unleaded G80 3.8 – Price: Starting from $54,000 Powertrain: 3.8-litre V6; 8-speed; HTRAC all-wheel drive Power/torque: 311 hp; 293 lb.-ft. Fuel consumption L/100 km: City, 14.4; highway, 9.4; combined, 12.1. Fuel: Regular unleaded G80 5.0 – Price: Starting from $65,000 Powertrain: 5.0-litre V8; 8-speed; HTRAC all-wheel drive Power/torque: 420 hp; 383 lb.-ft. Fuel consumption L/100 km: City, 17.3; highway, 10.5; combined, 14.2. Fuel: Premium unleaded March/April 2017

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2017 CadillaC XT5

New XT5 well-equipped to be a worthy successor to SRX  Cadillac’s all-new crossover, the XT5, has a lot to live up to as it rolls into the hot mid-size luxury CUV market. The XT5 is replacing the SRX, which happened to be Cadillac’s top-selling vehicle in Canada and the U.S. To maintain that sales momentum, Cadillac has created a vehicle with a more refined exterior design, a well-crafted interior with plenty of premium features, numerous advanced technologies and good overall performance. The open, airy cabin of the five-passenger XT5 is all new, compared to its predecessor, with 81 mm more rear-seat legroom and a second-row bench that slides fore and aft 140 mm. The 40/20/40-split rear seatback also reclines. Rather than trim the interior with moulded plastic panels, there’s real stitching and quality materials, including wood, aluminum and leather, everywhere. It all combines to give the cabin a premium feel. The only powertrain offered is a 3.6-litre V6 borrowed from the ATS and CTS sedans and upgraded to deliver 310 horsepower and 271 lb.-ft. of torque – sufficient to move the XT5 along at a brisk pace. The engine has been fitted with fuel-saving technologies, including cylinder deactivation that shuts down two cylinders when power demand permits, and a stop/ start that stops the engine when idling at a stop light, for example, then instantly re-fires the motor when it’s go time. These features, plus an overall reduction Lifestyle Magazine XT5 2017.pdf 1 2017-02-10 11:51:10 AM of 132 kilograms in vehicle weight compared to its

predecessor, help boost the XT5’s fuel efficiency by 2.1 litres per 100 kilometres. The V6 engine is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission controlled by an electronic shift-by-wire gear selector. The base XT5 is front-wheel drive, although all-wheel drive is available as the buyer moves up the trim ladder. The top-of-theline Premium Luxury ($59,830) and Platinum ($68,595) editions

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ABOVE Greg and Sharon Vanhevel fell in love with the tall trees of this building lot, located near Pinery Provincial Park and Lake Huron’s sandy shores. LEFT The kitchen is both light and luxurious with a large triple-paned skylight and gracious appointments that include a large island, granite countertops and custom cabinetry. RIGHT Solar-power is in and this four-season sunroom allows homeowners to enjoy the outdoors in comfort year round. BELOW LEFT In-floor radiant heating makes each room of the home cozy and welcoming in cooler months, while nearby beaches and wooded trails ensure that it’s a wonderful retreat during the warmer seasons. BELOW RIGHT A circular staircase leads to the lower level with entertainment area – including wet bar, games room and walk out to the hot tub – as well as an exercise room.

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Building your own home can be challenging, but you always know the house is going to turn out just the way you want. For Greg and Sharon Vanhevel, the house they built at 10387 Pinetree Drive in Grand Bend is a beautiful home at an ideal location. Continued on page 30 March/April 2017

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They had their eye on the lot in Huron Woods for some time. It sits beside Pinery Provincial Park and is just steps from the gorgeous Lake Huron beach and its world-famous sunsets. "We fell in love with the tall pines and the proximity to the beach," Greg says. They built a couple of other houses in the area, inching closer to the dream lot, which was initially out of their price range. By 2011, the Vanhevels had the lot and the custom home to match the exquisite property. The four-bedroom single-storey residence has unique touches throughout - from beautiful custom cabinetry and wall units to hand-scraped engineered wood flooring. The home was designed and built with energy efficiency and the environment in mind. "I am a mechanical contractor and specialize in geothermal. Getting away from fossil fuels to help protect our environment is important to me for our children and grandchildren," Greg says. The four-season sunroom allows for solar power, no matter the time of year. The master bedroom has access to the sunroom and its private cedar deck. There's also a triple skylight in the large kitchen - where you'll find lovely granite counter tops and an island - and solar water heating panels on the roof. The circular staircase to the lower level leads to an exercise room, games room, family area, custom wet bar and more. A key feature in the lower level is the 8.5-foot ceilings and walkout area, complete with a hot tub. "There are a number of features in our house that we think are unique," Greg says, "but the one we couldn't live without is in-floor heat because of the comfort." As builders, Greg and Sharon finish one house and then start the design for the next, trying to be even more energy efficient as they go. They have a lot for the next residence and the plans are underway. While they hate to give up this beautiful home, they are excited about the next project. The property is listed with Ian and Trudy Bustard for $895,000. n


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By Beth Stewart Westland Gallery springs into focus with A Journey into Realism, running from March 28 to April 15. The exhibition features work by Denise Antaya, of Port Stanley, and Toronto residents Nancy Calder and Sandra Murphy.


The trio met at the Academy of Realist Art, a private institution teaching realism using classical techniques and methods. Realism in art has purpose. Danielle Hoevenaars, Westland’s associate director, says, “There is a sense of awe evoked when we are presented with an astounding representation of life, created by the careful hand of an artist. Realism can be an expression of superior craftsmanship or the celebration of an object of beauty.”

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“The work in this collection is of a very high calibre – captivatingly precise and elegant,” promises Hoevenaars. The opening reception is March 31 at 7 pm. Treat yourself to an artist talk April 5 at 7 p.m.

london Artists’ studio tour 2017, April 21-23. Various locations. this eagerly awaited annual event is bigger than ever, with 38 participating artists, including 12 that are new to the tour this year. View paintings, sculptures, and everything in between. Booklets with maps are at library branches or online at

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Each artist explores realism in her own way: Antaya through familiar local landscapes, and Murphy through romantic florals. Calder populates her still life paintings with antique objects that hint at a narrative and invite viewers to reflect on each object’s origins. Thus realism can be a form of historical documentation and storytelling as well as wonder.

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pring is traditionally the time when most people begin thinking about their gardens, but Paul and Anita VanAdrichem, owners of Westland Greenhouses in Grand Bend, think about gardening all year round. This is unique in an industry where most businesses shut down for the winter. When you hear the list of items they carry, it is no wonder they have become a destination for gardeners across southwestern Ontario. “We carry every plant you can think of,” Anita says. The lengthy list of products Westland Greenhouses carries includes an­ nuals, perennials, trees and shrubs, cacti and succulents, carnivores, herbs and herb planters, vegetables, a wide variety of indoor and outdoor décor, seeds, bulbs, fertilizers and pesticides. “No other garden centre carries as much selection as we do,” she adds.

With a petting farm, bird aviary and pond, Westland Greenhouses has also become a destination even for those not making a purchase. Many people come just to sit and relax. “There are always free cookies and coffee,” Anita says. Growing up as growers’ children prepared them for the hard work it takes to succeed. They came to Canada in 2000 after operating a similar business in their native Holland, which they ran for 10 years. The VanAdrichems invite everyone to attend their annual open house on April 29 to 30. Annuals and per­ ennials will be in bloom and tours of the wholesale greenhouses will be available. b

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The featured speakers for the event are Mike Holmes Jr., son of Canada’s renowned renovation and construction contractor, plus popular TV host and interior design expert Tommy Smythe. “We are very excited to have these two well-respected professionals from their industry take the time to come and speak to our London and area attendees,” says Kelly Marshall, director of shows and events. “Their home related tips will be well worth the visit to the show.”

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Mike Holmes Jr. (MJ) is a professional contractor, television host, public speaker, educator, guest expert and online personality. He started working with his father – celebrity contractor Mike Holmes – when he was just 14 years old on the set of Holmes on Homes®. Today MJ focuses on a holistic approach to proper homebuilding that supports healthy living and stars in the newest edition of the Holmes series franchise, Holmes + Holmes, in which he and his dad transform his modest bachelor bungalow into a two-storey masterpiece.

Holmes Jr. has been working with his famous father for more than a dozen years, learning the trade and sharing the television spotlight, in shows like Holmes Makes It Right and Mike’s Ultimate Garage, a 2014 mini-series, where Junior and his sister, Sherry, created a man-cave garage for their dad. “I started working with my dad when I was 14 and haven’t looked back. I’m passionate about what I do and doing it right,” Holmes Jr. says. This year, father and son have launched a new partnership in Holmes and Holmes, a DYI Network series following the transformation of Mike Jr.’s 750-square-foot bungalow into a two-story home. Smythe’s career in interior design spans more than 15 years and, today, he is regularly seen hosting décor programs on HGTV. He also works with Sarah Richardson as an integral member of her design team. He’s known for his penchant for mixing fine art, vintage, antique and modern furnishings, all pulled together with cutting-edge colour sense. “I strive to create a feeling of timeless elegance and gracious living in soulful environments,” he says. “Rooms should feel as though the furniture and art within them were collected over time and curated with a sense of personal history.” The inaugural Home and Outdoor Show is the second in the Western Fair District’s new Southwestern Ontario home show series, following

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last fall’s Décor and Reno Show. Held April 21-23, it will usher in springtime as thoughts turn to al fresco leisure and entertainment. There will be pool, spa and landscape exhibitors, as well as many featuring indoor renovation ideas, says Marshall. Early response from exhibitors from across southwestern Ontario has been encouraging, he says. “We’re expecting in the neighbourhood of plus-300.” Having a wide variety of exhibitors that attendees can connect with directly is at the core of the show. Talking with industry professionals about their renovation and landscaping plans allows consumers to hone their plans and ideas. A horticultural display will be an attraction for the gardeners and plant lovers in the crowd. And, in addition to the featured stars, there will be a speakers’ series, featuring local experts. “We’re working with community groups that involve the home,” Marshall says. Some will offer presentations. One of those is Habitat For Humanity, which has a longstanding relationship with Western Fair District. There will be an outside area, as well, featuring outdoor products and including a grilling area where attendees can watch presentations and get innovative ideas for cooking on the barbecue this summer. n FOR MORE INFORMATION sw-homeshow-series/events/home-outdoor-show

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Just mad about models With the local real estate market showing no signs of slowing down, the race is on to find a new abode for many couples, families and individuals. Brand new builds are the answer for many and our model home preview gives you a sneak peek at what you can expect to see on your journey in search of the perfect place to set up residence. From lofted living spaces to cozy condos to large and lovely domiciles, there’s something for everyone in and around London this spring.

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Domus Developments - Meadows of Sunningdale with second-storey lofts open to the main-floor living areas. Project developer Mike Mescia says this adds to the uniqueness of the contemporary design and expands usable space. Stone and stucco exteriors and flat roofs suggest a modern European style, while expansive decks enhance outdoor living, he adds. The interiors feature hardwood floors, porcelain tile, glass showers, custom kitchens and 10-foot ceilings that vault to 18 feet in the great rooms that are open to the lofts. Five layouts include master retreats with ensuite bathrooms and walk-in closets and an additional bedroom or den. But customizing is always an option, Mescia stresses. n

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The best of two lifestyles – urban and rural – is being discovered by residents in North London’s Meadows of Sunningdale. The neighbourhood of lofted bungalows, from Domus Developments, is located on London’s northern boundary. It is surrounded by natural areas, including ponds and ravines, yet is on the doorstep of Upper Richmond Village’s commercial district. The development is minutes from Masonville, with its wealth of shopping, dining and entertainment amenities. The community of 55 condominium units has pre-sold more than 70 per cent of its second phase and Phase 3 lots are being marketed. The homes range from 2,200 to 2,400 square feet,

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Domus Developments - North Point Lofts Londoners are loving lofty living, and Domus Development’s North Point Lofts, a boutique condo community in the heart of North London’s Masonville district, is more than 75 per cent sold. Perched on the heights of the city, the sprawling four-storey structure has expansive views of the surrounding residential and commercial neighbourhood, as well as the fields and forests of the countryside to the north. The open-concept suites, with soaring 10- and 12-foot ceilings, exude a spacious ambiance. Full-height windows and expansive outdoor living spaces - oversize balconies and ground-level fenced courtyards - blur the line between

indoors and out. Outdoor living is enhanced by gas service available for barbecues, as well as for indoor stoves and fireplaces. Standard interior features include granite counters, engineered hardwood and ceramic tile flooring and individual air handlers for heat and air conditioning. Amenities abound in the area. Shopping, theatre, casual or fine dining are all literally at the North Point doorstep. A pathway through a landscaped forest garden, developed as part of the project, leads directly into Masonville’s commercial centre. Several premier golf courses are just a short drive away, as is the University of Western Ontario and medical facilities at University Hospital. n

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The Tricar Group Luxury condo living is taking centre stage in Stratford as The Tricar Group launches its second boutique-style condominium community in the city. Inspired by the success of the developer’s recent project, Thirty Six Front Street, Villas of Avon, still under construction, is already more than 50 per cent sold. Occupancy will begin this spring. The community will include two four-storey buildings, each comprising 51 one- and two-bedroom suites, some with dens. “The building has a classic style that complements the existing neighbourhood and will look great for years to come,” says Linda Pepe, Tricar manager corporate administration.

The suites feature beautifully functional layouts, fireplaces, quartz or granite counters, energy-efficient appliances, porcelain and ceramic tile and engineered hardwood flooring. They also include in-suite laundry facilities and oversized balconies with tempered glass and aluminum railings. Common spaces encompass a fitness facility and a comfortable lounge, with dining area, wet bar and fireside seating that opens onto a terrace featuring dining and sitting areas for outdoor enjoyment. There is also a guest suite for overnight visitors. Located in Stratford’s west end, Villas of Avon is walking distance from downtown and the Avon River and just blocks from Stratford General Hospital. n

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Hayhoe Homes A new presentation centre is now open to launch the third phase of Hayhoe Homes’ Orchard Park South neighbourhood in St. Thomas. The home showcases both standard and upgrade features offered by the developer, says design and marketing assistant Shale Holden. At the rear of the house, an open-concept kitchen and great room include a gas fireplace with Hayhoe’s standard painted wood mantel. The kitchen features soft grey cabinetry with navy and gold accents and a glass tile backsplash. Patio doors from the great room open to an expansive rear deck. The master retreat includes a large walk-through closet

leading to an ensuite bathroom with a generous glassenclosed shower featuring some intricate tilework, Holden notes. A bedroom and adjacent full bathroom are accessed from the front foyer. The finished lower level, with extra-high ceilings, includes a recreation room with an electric fireplace set in a ledgerock surround. This level also includes an additional bedroom and three-piece bathroom. This new phase of Orchard Park South will include townhomes and a condo site in addition to detached bungalows and two-storey homes. The neighbourhood features an abundance of green space and mature trees. Some lots back onto a wooded area and walking trails. n


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Doug Tarry Homes Simply efficient: that’s the ideal description for Doug Tarry Homes’ Net Zero Energy Homes. They’re designed to produce as much energy as they consume and without overly complicated technology. By combining modern design with Net Zero efficiency, the developer has created a home that is both visually appealing and extremely comfortable, says Doug Tarry, marketing director and lead designer. “More importantly, we designed the specifications to be simple,” he says. “No spaceship in the basement, no complicated control systems, no high-tech components that no one understands.”

It incorporates a Dettson Right Sized Mechanical System and Smart Ducting to maintain a year-round uniform temperature throughout the home. Other Net Zero components include solar panels, increased insulation and an on-demand recirculating water system. With ‘set-it-andforget-it’ mechanical controls, the heating/cooling system virtually runs itself, Tarry adds. The Northgate design also conveys simplicity, with its open-concept great room and kitchen, featuring a central island and walk-in pantry and access to a covered deck. The bedroom wing includes a master suite with generous walk-in closet and ensuite bathroom. The plan also incorporates a separate dining room and laundry, plus a third bedroom off of the foyer - that can double as a home office. n



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new condominium community of one-floor homes is under construction in North London’s Upper Richmond Village. The Legacy of Upper Richmond Village is a collection of 31 detached homes, ranging from 1,500 to 1,800 square feet, being developed by Graystone Homes. These homes are to be built in a vacant land condominium community, notes Graystone President Derek Anderson”. The residents own the house and take title to the lot and then pay a nominal monthly condo fee that covers their exterior ground maintenance, including all landscaping, irrigation, and snow removal.” “It’s the best of both worlds for the empty nester/retiree, where they can enjoy individual home ownership and architectural conformity, while also having the flexibility to travel

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Westhaven Homes Westhaven Homes’ executive walk-out condos, on Sunningdale Road in North London’s Uplands neighbourhood, are proving a popular addition to the area, as already more than 50 per cent have been sold. The 1,500-plus-square-foot units are two storeys, with a third lower walk-out level. The latter features eight-footsix-inch ceilings, bay windows and terrace doors. Finished basements are an option. Exteriors feature brick fronts with one-piece stone window and door sills. On the main level, the entrance foyer leads to an openconcept kitchen, dining area and great room at the rear with

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nine- or 12-foot sliding glass doors accessing a wooden backyard deck. A gas fireplace in the great room, granite counters in the kitchen and nine-foot ceilings are all standard. An open staircase leads to the upper level with three bedrooms, a bathroom and laundry facilities. The master suite includes a generous walk-in closet and an ensuite bathroom with shower, free-standing tub and granite countertops. The Uplands neighbourhood is nestled within watershed and forested areas. The homes’ sizeable windows afford sweeping views of the surrounding nature, which residents can also enjoy via a network of paved walking paths. Shopping and entertainment amenities in the Masonville commercial district are just minutes away, along with some of the city’s finest schools. n

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McKenzie Homes McKenzie Homes is now selling new homes in the third building phase of its Victoria On The River community in south London. This phase includes a number of ravine and walkout lots in this natural oasis within the city limits. Victoria On The River is adjacent to the Thames River and the Meadowlily Woods Environmentally Sensitive Area. This development features ponds, ravines, creeks and parks, connected by miles of hiking and cycling trails. In this community, McKenzie is building two- and three-bedroom bungalows and two-storey homes in 15 customizable plans.

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The model home, named the Belmont, is a 2,473-squarefoot, two-storey home, showcasing an open-concept main floor with nine-foot ceilings and Canadian hardwood flooring. The kitchen features an oversize island, quartz countertops, extra-high cabinetry and a six-by-six-foot walk-in pantry. An oak staircase with wrought-iron spindles leads to the second storey with a cozy reading nook at the upper landing plus four bedrooms, a main bathroom and laundry facilities. The master retreat, at the rear of this level, features a generous walk-in closet and ensuite bathroom with a doublebasin vanity, freestanding tub and large glassed-in shower. All homes have the option of upgrading to a finished basement, including guest bedroom, bathroom and a sizeable recreation space. n

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Oke Woodsmith Building Systems kitchen and living area and steps down to a den behind the garage. An upper wing, along one side, encompasses two bedrooms, a three-piece bathroom and laundry. There’s also the option for a finished basement. Oke says they are using their usual hallmark high-end touches in these homes. Features include brick and stone exteriors, granite counters, engineered hardwood flooring, nine-foot main level ceilings and eight-foot ceilings on the other levels. The models will be open by late April or early May but may be seen during construction by appointment. n

Oke Woodsmith is building two model homes in a community it has developed, in the village of Zurich, to showcase affordable new homes suited to smaller communities. At just over 1,500 square feet, the models are a departure for the builder, known for grand, high-end, custom homes. Company president Randall Oke says there is a need for smaller, less expensive new homes in many towns and villages, possibly attracting young families or empty nesters. While the homes will complete the Zurich neighbourhood, Oke hopes they can “open the opportunity for us to build in other places in a similar style.” The models are side splits with an open-concept main level

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Eldorado Homes Eldorado Homes’ new model home in London’s Foxwood Meadows neighbourhood, just northwest of Hyde Park, showcases the developer’s wealth of high-end features and finishes. “We pride ourselves on providing standard features that would be upgrades in other new homes,” says company president Yasser Yanni. “It’s something that sets us apart.” Such features include granite or quartz countertops, custom cabinetry, engineered hardwood and tile flooring, oak staircases, nine-foot main level ceilings, exterior stone accents, coloured window trim and insulated garage doors.

In Foxwood Meadows, Eldorado is building two-storey, four-bedroom homes ranging from 2,200 to 2,700 square feet. The model includes a loft area on the upper level. The main level features an open concept kitchen, dining room and living room, with a gas fireplace set in a floor-to-ceiling surround of ceramic tile fabricated to resemble marble. A patio door from the kitchen accesses a covered space for a deck. The upper-level master retreat includes an oversize walk-in closet and ensuite bathroom with double-basin vanity, tub and glassed-in tile shower. The front loft area accesses a main three-piece bathroom and laundry room. The unfinished basement level has roughed in bathroom plumbing and 51-by-32-inch windows, allowing for the addition of another bedroom. n


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a yoga teacher at one of the city’s larger gyms, Jenny Hauser has access to many forms of fitness. After being diagnosed with osteoarthritis in her knees, the 56year old London woman decided that she “needed to find a more balanced exercise program that didn’t include any stress on the joints.” Hauser discovered deep water aquafit classes at the Canada Games Aquatic Centre, so she works out there twice a week in addition to swimming laps, teaching yoga three times each week and taking two 45-minute walks with her dog every day. Like many Canadians, she’s been active all her life, enjoying cross country and downhill skiing, running, cycling and describes herself as an “avid walker.” Aquafit is often thought of as an easy workout but with many younger, fitter people pursuing alternative types of exercise in their 30s, 40s and 50s, what’s offered today isn’t you’re granny’s aquafit. And even if she is a granny, she’s a fit


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and active one who wants a vigorous workout that pushes the limits without damaging her joints. Because of these changing demographics, the Aquatic Centre now offers a variety of new classes. “We started adding more intense classes a year and half ago because we saw more patrons who are younger coming back from maternity leaves and injuries attending aqua classes. They are bringing friends in who are getting back into exercise, too.” Several fitness centres in and around London offer both deep and shallow water classes. Both are kinder to ankle, knee and hip joints than land classes, but the deep water option puts no stress on these joints and can be a more intense core workout because of the need to stabilize oneself in the water. “I like deep water because it’s more challenging. You can’t cheat because you have to initiate movements with your body and can’t bounce off the (pool) floor,” says Timarra Milmine, who has been an aquafit instructor for

Since its inception in 1996, Aquafit Physiotherapy Clinic’s warm water has been key to healing. Yolanta Dobkowski’s pools are 33C (92F) and 38C (100F) and doing physio in this warm water promotes faster healing.

Her clients come because of injuries to their backs, limbs and shoulders, looking to recover from strokes, paralysis, from car accidents, work and sports injuries. “What is painful to do on land is easier here,” explains Dobkowski. There are stretching and workout stations - for spinal decompression and to work on balance, among others - in the pools and the staff is trained to work with clients in the water. Each client is fully assessed before starting treatment and some benefits packages cover treatments. A land gym adjacent to the two pools allows clients to start working toward getting back to regular workouts under the supervision of the two trained physiotherapists.

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20 years and presently teaches at the YMCA’s Centre Branch. While being comfortable in the water is required, one doesn’t need to be a good swimmer. Deep water class participants often wear flotation belts and in shallow water classes, it’s easy to touch bottom. Aquafit is an effective form of exercise because it builds both strength and endurance. When doing cardio “in the water, it’s easier to get your heart rate up,” says Angela Swalwell, who teaches aqua classes at the Fitness Forum and has been an instructor for 25 years, “and you burn a lot of calories.” Moving in the water provides natural resistance training. “Aquafit is as good as or better than land group exercise because water has more resistance than air and everything is reversible. For instance, a bicep curl moving down is also a tricep curl,” says Milmine. Some classes – like aqua zumba – involve dance movements, which also provide a mental workout, as participants learn new routines and move to the lively music’s beat. Classes are also very social, providing opportunities to form new friendships. This is the case for Hauser, who says she’s made many pool acquaintances that she talks with before and after class, as well as another classmate with whom she’s formed an out-of-pool friendship. “Aquafitness meets the person where they are,” says Angela Waterfield, a long-time aqua instructor who

teaches at Goodlife. “It relieves anxiety and stress, in addition to physical exercise.” It’s good for those just getting into exercise, according to Michelle Kerr, who teaches both land and water group exercise programs for Goodlife. “Aquafit has a growing popularity for people who are unconditioned and self-conscious. There are no mirrors like in a land class. You don’t stand out as much in a group setting if you aren’t coordinated.” A challenging workout or one that’s designed to get you back in shape, working out in the water offers both. Best of all, you can lose weight while getting in shape. “It’s great for people who want to get lean because nothing builds muscle like working out in the water,” says Swalwell. n



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he ability to travel at will is one of the boons of having spare time and money. But if the long winter has you feeling blue and short on both, London offers a plethora of options to take your taste buds on a trip to a different country every day of the week. If the cold weather has you craving filling comfort food then a jaunt to Poland is in order to take in some hearty fare. For the best perogies you may have ever eaten, a unique take on borscht (broth only) or succulent cabbage rolls, Unique Food Attitudes is

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serving up simply delicious Polish victuals in a trendy, modern environment. When you’re hungry for Hungarian fare, try the schnitzel with spaetzli or goulash at Budapest Restaurant. Cozy banquettes surrounded by red velvet curtains transport diners across the ocean and back in time. Travel to warmer climes of Greece with a stop at Mykonos Restaurant. There are both appetizer and main dish platters to try a variety of the fresh tastes of this island’s fare. Fire things up with a plate of flaming saganaki accompanied by a glass of tart Retsina wine. Across the Mediterranean Sea, Italians make their own pasta, just like Tuscano’s Pizzeria and Bistro. They serve it in a variety of forms with fresh, delicious sauces. Alternatively, try one of their enormous and tasty panzerottis. Heading to Asia, a stop into Mai’s Café and Bistro is a visit to flavour town. Mai’s Thai food – such as the green curry, pad Thai or mango chicken – are all taste treats. The tom yum and coconut soups warm up chilly spring lunches. You’ll be charmed by the atmosphere of this cozy eatery and its Thai-garbed servers. To taste the best of Vietnamese fare, enjoy dinner or lunch at Tamarine by Quynh Nhi. It is named for the tamarind fruit used in several traditional dishes that are served in clay hot pots. Start your meal with canh chua soup, also known as the Vietnamese version of hot and sour soup, to warm up from a chilly walk in the

core. The basil beef is also truly special. The elegance of regency India is expressed in the décor and stately manners of the waiters at Raja. Exotic offerings begin with a tray of spicy, savoury and sweet condiments are served with papadum, best consumed with a Indian Kingfisher beer. A little more adventurous? Ask for your butter chicken to be served extra spicy. The saag paneer is a vegetarian specialty that is delightful. Middle Eastern flavours are unleashed at Paramount Fine Foods. Dip enormous, football-shaped pitas - served right out of the oven - in fresh hummus to stave off hunger pangs. Try the mixed grill plate to enjoy a variety of meat offerings. The skewers of shish taouk and kafta will make your taste buds sing. The downtown fine dining scene has come alive with lively Latin American flavours at Che Resto Bar. The rib eye steak is pumped up with chimichurri sauce and is served with yucca fries, while the mole sauce on the roasted chicken is a savoury trip to South America. No trip around the world would be complete without heading to Africa for a safari of flavour. Using pieces of injera bread to scoop up spicy meat chunks or lentil and veggie mixes from the combo tray (order it to try a bit of everything) make dining at Addis Ababa Restaurant a kinetic experience. Ethiopian coffee beans are roasted, ground and served in a jebena; a wonderful way to top off your meal. n

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city of culture and counter culture, Denver is a study in contradictions. This makes it an exciting and interesting destination on its own or as a great side trip for your annual ski holiday. History, sports, art, politics and pot all fit seamlessly to define the mile-high city. If you have only two or three days to visit there, here are some not-to-bemissed highlights. Lodging within walking distance of the action when you’re on a limited time budget is smart and the Capitol Hill Mansion Inn Bed and Breakfast combines a gentle old-world setting with modern conveniences. Located in the museum

district – not far from the Molly Brown house – this B&B is operated by dynamic father/daughter duo Carl Schmidt and Bailey Claire. Originally from the Texas Gulf Coast, they bring southern charm and a strong sense of fun to one’s stay at their inn. With eight spacious, gracious guest rooms, the Inn was built in the late 1800s. Its beautiful stone façade is typical of the many splendid, historic buildings you’ll see as you stroll surrounding streets. In addition, Schmidt is a chef and breakfast includes southern specialties, such as jalapeno soufflé. Make your first stop just down the hill at the Colorado State Capital building to

see the gold-plated dome and marble and onyx accents – all mined in mineral-rich Colorado. Informative tours are free. Next stop is the 16th Street ‘Mall’. This open air shopping area features 42 outdoor cafes. Sipping some suds – there are many excellent local craft beers available on tap at the various eateries – while observing Segway-riding officers patrolling the car-free street provides great lunchtime entertainment. Housed in what once was Denver’s tallest office building and a former theatre, the Paramount Café offers a fresh twist on local favourites served in a retro cool atmosphere. Free, frequently running shuttles carry

TOP LEFT the historic capitol Hill mansion inn Bed and Breakfast coddles visitors in Victorian luxury and is a short walk from the heart of the city and many attractions.

TOP RIGHT the ‘unsinkable’ molly Brown’s home, like its owner, survived and is located a short walk from downtown. Visitors will be treated to a tour of the opulent lifestyle of the then rich and famous.

one end of the famous 16th street mall.

TOP CENTRE the colorado state capitol building is a must-see and looking up into the tall, domed rotunda reminds the visitor of the prosperity that this state’s natural resources provide.

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BOTTOM LEFT denver’s transportation hub is a multiuse facility offering commuters and visitors a hotel, a bar, a coffee shop and a beautifully appointed, well-lit central hall. grand central station anchors

BOTTOM RIGHT sports authority field (formerly mile High stadium) is home to the super Bowl champion denver Broncos. Visitors get a behind-the-scenes look

at the stadium, as well as field access. INSET When you’re hoofing it around the mile High city, drop into Voodoo doughnut for an eclectic range of donut creations and a coffee to recharge.

passengers between the array of eclectic shops, restaurants and boutiques that line each side of the street. Denver’s version of Union Station anchors one end of the Mall and is the transportation hub of the city. Take a break at the Terminal Bar, with 30 beers on tap or perk up with a coffee from the Pigtrain Coffee Company. Both great ways to replenish your energy for the hike back to the historic district to see Molly Brown’s house. Christened ‘unsinkable,’ her real name was Margaret Tobin. While Molly Brown did survive the Titanic disaster, her real fame was as an early suffragette and as one of the first women in the U.S. to run for public office. The historic home on display was one she and husband J.J. Brown purchased as they amassed wealth from Colorado’s silver and gold booms. It is open for tours Tuesday to Sunday and is located just one and a half blocks from the Capitol Hill Mansion Inn. Many food options are within walking distance of these lodgings, too. One of those is Prohibition, a 1920s-inspired speakeasy pub and contemporary eatery known for its cocktails. It was once featured on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives with chef Guy Fieri, and is only three blocks north of the Mansion. One of Denver’s favourite mustexperience food options is Voodoo Doughnut. This wildly popular bakery prides itself in fresh and eclectic doughnut styles featuring toppings such as M&Ms and Froot Loops. No visit to Denver is complete without visiting Sports Authority Field. Formerly known as Mile High Stadium, it is home to the 2016 Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos. The tour takes visitors onto the playing field and gives a good look behind the scenes, with a tour of the locker room, media box and VIP lounges. Maybe you’ll catch a glimpse of retired quarterback Peyton Manning. In 2014, Colorado legalized the use and possession of marijuana and visiting one of the several shops which sell different varieties could be an interesting part of your visit to the Mile High City. The shops are clean, bright spaces that one must prove age to enter. Products are labelled in display cases and staff persons are generally knowledgeable and helpful. n


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Approaching the summit A London Chamber of Commerce initiative plans to take local businesses to a new level of growth. The chamber has heard from members who own small- and medium-sized enterprises that it is sometimes difficult to expand. “Both the government and private sector agree that if we don’t find a way to scale up these smaller businesses, our economy is going to suffer as a result, and it’s suffering as we speak,” says local chamber CEO Gerry McCartney. The result is an event planned for April 4 called Summit. Touted as a first-of-its-kind event, Summit brings together business owners to hear success stories and to find both knowledge and inspiration. “So what our attempt to do here is, to not rely on government or blame government, or find solutions from government. Rather we want to put some solid examples in front of our business community of people who have done it already, in spite of what the circumstances are,” McCartney says. The event will be held at the Grand Theatre, which he believes is an ideal location for creativity to percolate. “If we’re going to do something unconventional - go to an unconventional location. Let’s go to a place where nobody expects to have a business event.” The keynote speaker is Paul Desmarais III of Power Corporation. “His talk will be all about innovation … to enable the smaller companies to become bigger,” McCartney says. The other speakers are: Brian Semkowski, serial entrepreneur and philanthropist; Paul Seed, of StarTech. com; Christine Jones-Harris, of Jones Packaging; and Michael Schmalz of Digital Extremes. The moderator of the event is Holden Rhodes, one of the founders of Carproof. McCartney says the speakers will be seated in what will resemble a fireside chat configuration. “It will be very interactive, very personal and allow the audience to ask a lot of questions.”


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New eveNt fosters climb to the top By Kathy Rumleski

“Both the government and private sector agree that if we don’t find a way to scale up these smaller businesses, our economy is going to suffer as a result, and it’s suffering as we speak.” local chamBeR ceo GeRRy mccaRtney

The Chamber is also hoping to provide about 75 to 100 complimentary tickets to business students from Fanshawe College and Western University. “There’s a particular body of students there that we want to have at this event, who can learn from these experts how they did it. Hopefully, we’ll be able to keep those students in London,” he says. It’s hoped Summit will become an annual event. “We’re putting the pieces in place to make sure it’s sustainable and we do it year after year.” n • 519-432-7551 • Summit – a Special event april 4 , 2017

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