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SUMMER 2019

L U X U R Y. L I V I N G . D E F I N E D .

A MUSKOKA COTTAGE ESCAPE DISCOVER B.C.’S DESOLATION SOUND

OUR (ALMOST) DEFINITIVE GUIDE TO ROSÉ

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SUMMER

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“Great design will forever change your perspective...” – Michael Pourvakil, President

Weavers Art has curated a collection of ten magnificent designs in a sophisticated palette. Made from natural fibers, being 100% wool or combinations of silk and wool, our carpets are sophisticated and elegant to charm any space with glamour and practicality. I would like to personally invite you to our showroom, located in the heart of the Castlefield Design District, to view this collection and be further inspired!

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CONTENTS

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60 IN EVERY ISSUE DEPARTMENTS 06 LETTERS 13  THE GOODS

Hello Yellow + Beauty Mists

58 WINE

Must-have guide to rosé

68 ON STAGE

Live performances and events

70 EVENTS

Butterfly Ball + The River Ball

72 COMMENT

Are you a good cottage guest?

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FEATURES

DÉCOR

20 THE DESIGNERS Luxe up your summer place with

TRAVEL

48 ESCAPE Explore B.C’s Desolation Sound

Colin McAllister + Justin Ryan

22 A LAKESIDE RETREAT One homeowner’s haven from city life

LIVING

34 THE CITY’S CHANGING LANDSCAPE The City’s new container shopping district

STYLE

40 DESIGNER PROFILE  Chelsea Chen’s resort-ready collection

FOOD

60 CRITIQUE  Maison Selby

CULTURE

64 ARTIST PROFILE Vanessa McKernan 

ON THE COVER: Swimwear by Canadian designer Chelsea Chen / Ciao Sea. See the story on page 40. SUMMER 2019 LUXE MAGAZINE CANADA

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EDITOR’S LETTER

THE SUMMER PLACE

For me, summer is a time to go home.

That is, wherever the place is that you feel most at home. The place where an afternoon well

spent is one in a cozy place with a good book. The place where digging into a flower bed is a leisure activity, not a task to master quickly. The place where making dinner can be the day’s work, if you are so inclined. Summer is time to go to the cottage, the cabin, the camp, the boat, the summer place or country house. It’s when we pile into cars and head “out of town.” It’s the time of year that we yearn for somewhere slower, greener and more relaxed. Wherever that spot may be for each of us, these short summer months are when invisible ties pull taut and bring us home, to our happy place. For this, our Summer issue, we asked our resident designer duo – Colin and Justin – to offer their best advice on bringing your cottage décor up a notch (page 20). They offer their musings to bring your summer place closer to the five-star resort getaway you (or your guests) may be dreaming about. This issue’s home tour too, takes us to the cottage (page 22). We get a peek inside one cottageowner’s newly designed dream getaway, custom-made to fit her multi-generational family for years to come. With Canada Day the next long weekend on the calendar, we were inspired to bring you a unique, Canadian destination to explore in this issue’s travel section. Writer Andrea Karr visited the remote area of British Columbia known as Desolation Sound (page 48) and returned wanting to share her experience with everyone; while secretly hoping they will never visit. In each issue of LUXE we try to bring you, our readers, the stories of people and places we think are doing beautiful, creative work who are also Canadian. This issue, we have to thank Canadian resort wear designer Chelsea Chen and her company Ciao Sea for sharing their work with us. Her swim and resort wear are featured in the Style section, as well as on our cover. We couldn’t be happier with the results. This summer, be sure to find some time to spend in your happy place.

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INTERIOR | EXTERIOR | KITCHENS | BATHROOMS | FULL HOME ARCHITECTURE | DESIGN


SUMMER FINALLY!!!

PUBLISHER’S LETTER

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OPEFULLY BY THE TIME you read this, you will have already had a few summer cocktails on an outdoor patio somewhere. As you are enjoying the long-awaited sunshine, get inspired by our Summer Issue. It’s time to shed our winter clothes and finally wear summer clothing: light, airy and

fresh.

It seems like everyone has a bounce in their step in summer. Especially the children. They are all so

excited that school is over and it’s time to play – all day! Time for water balloons, sprinklers and so much shenanigans in the name of summer vacation. My grandchildren are so very excited because now they get to spend more time with me. Which translates into now they can spend endless hours outdoors eating pizza and freezies, and running around uncontrolled through the sprinklers. Yes, that is summer! You may notice more polish and verve in this issue. That’s thanks to our new Art Director Jason Kang. Jason comes to us with a multitude of creative experience and we are fortunate to have such an experienced art director help us breath life and excitement into our pages. Now, with the addition of Jason to our already creative editorial team, stay tuned for even more exciting and dynamic issues to come. I don’t know about you, but I always long to lounge on my terrace on a hot Sunday afternoon with a cool cocktail and a good read. So, on a hot Sunday afternoon enjoy a cool cocktail and reach for our summer issue, get inspired and form a point of view! Let us know what your thoughts are about our new look and our articles. We are always interested in your input and ideas.

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CONTRIBUTORS Interior designers, style commentators, celebrity interviewers and lifestyle gurus COLIN MCALLISTER and JUSTIN RYAN split their time between Toronto, Haliburton and Glasgow. You may know them as hosts of Cabin Pressure (Cottage Life) judges on Game of Homes (W Network and Discovery Family) or experts on Cityline (City TV). Their eponymous decor line C+J Home is available at Homesense and Marshalls. Catch their latest program Great Canadian Cottages on Cottage Life.

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Editor-in-Chief

HOLLY CRAWFORD Art Director

JASON KANG Contributing Writers CHRIS CLAY, ANNE T. DONAHUE, WAHEEDA HARRIS, ANDREA KARR, COLIN MCALLISTER, MICHAEL PINKUS, JUSTIN RYAN, SHERRY SMITHER Contributing Photographers LARRY ARNAL, LISA CRISPO, NICK IWANYSHYN

ANNE T. DONAHUE is a writer and person from Cambridge, Ontario. Her first book, Nobody Cares, was published September 2018 with ECW.

Additional Contributors TARA ASHLEY, ANDREA CIABATONNI, KATARINA MARINIC, NICOLE FOR THE BEAUTY TEAM

WAHEEDA HARRIS has been a freelance journalist for 18 years. She writes about travel, design, culture, cuisine, style and people who are passionate about what they create.

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ORIANA MANTELLO Advertising Director MICHAEL PINKUS has a love affair with wine that goes back more than 20 years. He is a multi-awardwinning journalist, past president of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada and a national and international wine judge. His articles have appeared in numerous national and international magazines and he is the founder and sole contributor to MichaelPinkusWineReview.com (formerly OntarioWineReview.com).

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Accountant ARNINI STELLATO, LLP

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ANDREA KARR is a Toronto-based writer with a passion for style, travel and mental health. She has a master’s degree in Literatures of Modernity from Ryerson University and always has a book in hand.

As a widely published photographer both in Canada and the US, specializing in luxury interior design photography, LARRY ARNAL works with the best design the industry has to offer. “It’s a privilege and pleasure to have my work featured on the pages of LUXE Magazine Canada. Hopefully the beautiful spaces you read about in these pages can offer inspiration for your own home.”

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Hunter Original Moustache Bubble Umbrella, $60; hunterboots.com

HELLO SUNSHINE

“Sunny Yellow” crossover shirt, $79 and wide leg crepe pant, $69, by Icone by Simons; simons.ca

FROM SOFT BUTTERY TONES TO BRIGHT ELECTRIC HUES, YELLOW IS EVERYWHERE THIS SEASON. “Novella” chain drop earrings in 18K yellow gold with Madeira Citrine by David Yurman, $2,400; davidyurman.com

 annah Banana H (top) and Hawthorne Yellow paint colours by Benjamin Moore; benjaminmoore.ca

 unter Original H Lightweight Packable Shell Jacket, $150; hunterboots.com

Le Creuset new “Minimalist” dinnerware collection in “Soleil”. Set of four plates, $120; set of four mugs, $80; lecreuset.ca

Benjamin Moore x Alpha Workshops Capsule Collection of hand-painted wallpaper, shown in Kimono French Marigold. Made to order from $170/yard, available at select Benjamin Moore locations; benjaminmoore.ca

“Victor” chair in velvet fabric, $1,299; available at Zilli Home, zillihome.com

 didas Adillette A Slides, $45; adidas.ca

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THE GOODS

BEAUTY Lise Watier Magnifix Make-Up Fixative with White Tea $26/115mL; lisewatier.com/ca This fixative mist ensures longlasting makeup while protecting the skin against external aggressors thanks to White Tea and Chitosan marine extracts. Its softening and refreshing benefits provide an immediate sensation of well-being.

SKIN SPRITZ

MISTING ISN’T JUST FOR PATIOS IN SOUTH BEACH. THESE SKINCARE SPRAYS PACK A BEAUTY PUNCH.

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Graydon Face Food Mineral Mist $38/100mL; graydonskincare.com This mineral infused facial mist has a nutrient replenishing formula that helps refresh, tone, and hydrate the skin while reducing redness and inflammation. Use alone or after applying your serum or moisturizer for added hydration. This oil-free mist is formulated with four powerful active ingredients: magnesium, zinc as an antioxidant to help protect against UV radiation, silver to help ward off bacteria and copper to promote collagen and reduce fine lines and wrinkles.

Korres H2Rose Hydrating Mist $44/100mL; beauty.shoppersdrugmart.ca Harnesses rose water combined with hyaluronic acid and Imperata cylindrica extract to instantly moisturize skin while minimizing the appearance of pores and setting makeup. Also contains aloe vera to moisturize and soothe, and orange blossom flower water for a refreshing, citrusy aroma while toning the skin. Also ideal for setting makeup.

PÜR Lit Mist Illuminating Setting Spray $30/118mL; beauty.shoppersdrugmart.ca Deliver instant hydration to the skin with an all-day glow with Lit Mist. In seconds, this spray helps revitalize the look of dull, tired skin, leaving behind a light shimmer for effortless radiance. Infused with antioxidants to help protect skin against environmental stressors, perfect to refresh throughout the day. Volition Oil-Control Mattifying Mist $32; sephora.ca and volitionbeauty.com Refreshing, non-drying face mist to instantly absorb excess oil and mattify skin. This spray’s velvet, matte finish leaves skin powdery soft, hydrated, and refreshed, while stabilizing overall oil production. Contains a natural humectant powder to deliver hydration while drawing out excess oil. Contains an amino acid complex to promote a healthy pH balance while hydrating and moisturizing skin, and rose water for its anti-inflammatory properties for redness.

Dior Backstage Airflash Radiance Mist $62; available at The Hudson’s Bay and dior.com This long-lasting setting spray is inspired by Dior’s backstage makeup techniques. A genuine glow booster and skin perfector, Dior Backstage Airflash Radiance Mist gives radiance and vitality to the complexion.

Beautycounter 1, 2, 3 $44 each; beautycounter.com

of age spots, while lime pearl extract gently promotes a brighter complexion.

No. 1 Brightening Facial Mist This revitalizing mist preps skin, sets makeup, and refreshes throughout the day. Antioxidant-rich vitamin C helps reduce the appearance

No. 2 Plumping Facial Mist Replenishing peony root helps plump skin, while rye seed minimizes the appearance of fine lines. Perfect for all skin types, especially those concerned

with dryness, loss of elasticity, and fine lines. No. 3 Balancing Facial Mist Specially formulated with charcoal powder and kaolin clay, it absorbs excess oil, refines skin texture, and helps calm redness. Ideal for those concerned with clarity, calming, and balancing.

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L ongines Conquest VHP Flash GMT Watch; available at European Jewellery Yorkdale, Berani Jewellers, L’ORO Jewellery Sherway Gardens and Humbertown Jewellery; longines.com

THE GOODS

STYLE  ake on the tropical T print trend with the “Tygor” palm print cotton shirt or “Spunge” floral print by Ted Baker, $195 each; tedbaker.com/ca

 timeless travel A piece from Longchamp in cowhide. Longchamp Le Foulonné Travel Bag (shown in Cognac), $1,285; longchamp.com

 mega Speedmaster Limited O Edition 50th Anniversary Moonwatch, $12,000; available beginning in July at European Jewellery Yorkdale, Berani Jewellers, and Royal de Versailles Jewellers; omegawatches.com

SUMMER weekend ready CASUAL CLASSICS AND COLOURFUL PRINTS MAKE FOR EASY WARM WEATHER STYLE.

 ior “Chroma1” D sunglasses, $670, available at Holt Renfrew; holtrenfrew.com

 ith products designed specifically for men, W Counterman’s high-performance regimens offer a cleaner, safer approach to men’s grooming and shaving, from $26 each; beautycounter.com

Iconic Canadian company Tilley has been making their “Cotton Duck” hat for more than 30 years. Grab one in this summer’s new shade: Royal Navy. $85; tilley.com

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Bring your home to Life. NOW AVAILABLE

CARPETS, AREA RUGS & STAIR RUNNERS

The Missoni brand represents fine Italian styling at its best, captivating emotions and evoking curiosity through an oasis of vibrant colours. This iconic brand’s innovative and simple patterns from stripes to chevrons are perfect for a sophisticated or lighter setting and will blend easily into existing home environments.

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Home Light Maker Studio reimagines the

wall sconce

Toronto-based Lightmaker Studio, known for their vintage-influenced modern lighting, recently introduced their Parallel Sconce, redefining the wall sconce with an elevated scale and presence. Handblown-glass vessels extend gracefully on a brass framework. Bold but refined, Parallel creates an entirely new form of wall lighting. lightmakerstudio.com

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HOPSON GRACE OPENS COTTAGE COUNTRY LOCATION

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Shown here: Coast’s neutral, sandy background is dappled with soft pearl veining for a sophisticated, casual look. hanstone.ca

OPSON GRACE, the niche retail concept specializing in tableware and home accessories, opened a seasonal store in cottage country for the first time. Hopson Grace Muskoka is the Toronto-based retailer’s second store, having opened its doors in the Rosedale-Summerhill neighborhood in 2015. “From residents to cottagers and tourists from around the globe, Muskoka has established itself among the world’s most iconic summer retreats,” says Martha Grace McKimm, co-founder. “We’re excited to become a part of its vibrant community.” Located at 103 Maple Street in Port Carling, Hopson Grace will offer many of the same unique and exclusive brands sold in the retailer’s Toronto location, with a focus on more casual, seasonal offerings. This includes a new line of shatter-free dinnerware and glassware, along with other items perfect for lunch on the dock, cottage dinner parties and days out on the boat. New and exclusive to Muskoka is Mad et Len, a line of scented candles made in France’s Provencal mountains. The line’s hand-blended scents are derived from organic essential oils and encased in wrought-iron black steel apothecary bottles. Hopson Grace Muskoka will be open through the Canadian Thanksgiving weekend. hopsongrace.com

NATURAL INSPIRATION IN THE KITCHEN

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HANSTONE QUARTZ recently introduced their latest collection featuring a subtle palette and their new “Riverwashed” finish. Balancing sophisticated style with natural textures, the Unearthed Collection “captures the essence of our planet through touch.” The new finish delivers a distinctive, natural texture, but remains easy to clean and care for. Hanstone Quartz in manufactured in London, Ontario.

LOLLYGAG THE DAY AWAY THIS MODERN take on a classic by Loll Designs is made from 100 per cent recycled plastic, mostly from single use milk jugs. The company also donates one per cent of gross sales from the Lollygagger Collection to charity. All pieces are available in apple red, black, cloud white, driftwood, leaf green, sunset orange, sky blue, and navy blue. Lollygagger Adirondack Chair, $745, available at EQ3; eq3.com

CASPER is now made in Canada

CASPER RECENTLY announced made in Canada manufacturing of two of its most popular sleep products: the Casper and Essential mattresses. “Casper’s continued investment in Canada helps accelerate our vision of becoming the world’s largest end-to-end sleep company,” said Philip Krim, Casper co-founder and CEO. The sleep company has also opened a Canadian headquarters in downtown Toronto to support its rapidly growing local customer base. “Over the past four years, we’ve seen tremendous growth in Canada and amassed a loyal customer community,” says Nicole Tapscott, Casper Canada vice president and general manager. “With our Canadian headquarters officially open and Canadian-made mattresses now shipping, we’re excited to deepen our local roots and commitment to the market.” casper.com

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THE DESIGNERS

Luxe up

YOUR COTTAGE This open-concept kitchen matches pale hues and high style hardware to natural wood-toned floors and beams.

OF THE 35 MILLION PEOPLE who reside in Canada, approximately 6 million own (or have familial access to) a cottage. And that cottage will be visited, on average, by 17.2 people (family and friends) each year. Appraising these figures (courtesy of Blue Ant Media, owners of Cottage Life TV) it’s fair to suggest that cottaging has become a wildly popular pastime for urbanites who long for a furtive dalliance with Mother Nature. So, you’d better hope your guest accommodation is up to the challenge: because plus ca change… Aye, the days have long gone since cottages, cabins and chalets (or however you choose to label your second home, according to geography) were little more than glorified storage vaults for old sofas, sideboards and carpets. On our watch, they’re

valuable

getaways,

not

just

somewhere to stash the detritus that’s no longer needed in one’s principal residence. Holiday homes, as we appraise them, certainly, should be joyous respites, places in which to discharge the stresses of an ever faster spinning world. Seriously: shouldn’t we all aspire to dispense with “one star” categorization and beckon in a “five star” experience at every turn? Come on…. But hold it: before Canada’s cottaging fraternity throws up its arms in defiant protest, we’re not advocating the removal of all things past, rather a considered edit of less important (and less attractive) items so that a modern, rewarding platform can become your happy reality.

by COLIN MCALLISTER + JUSTIN RYAN

DOES RUSTIC HAVE TO MEAN ROUGH? COLIN AND JUSTIN, WHO REFUSE TO SLUM IT, SAY NO. HERE’S THEIR GUIDE TO LUXING UP YOUR CABIN TO CREATE THE ULTIMATE, ESCAPIST RETREAT…

So be brave: bid a fond farewell to dried flowers, kitsch wallpaper, brown tiled kitchen counters and flock detailed, wolf depicting artwork (“What a howl” said nobody in recent times) and prepare to move forward. Aye, if your cabin sucks, we insist you make it luxe…

Open the cottage to the outdoors with windows.

REDISCOVER THE KITCHEN

We’ve long since advocated that the kitchen is the heart of the home and, in the rural context, this seems especially

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relevant. With fewer nearby restaurants and bars to populate, the cottage kitchen is likely to be an important congregation point for family, friends and neighbours. But, of course, nobody wants to be shut away, so if possible – and in conjunction with a contractor and the local planning department – consider a little auspicious wall removal to create an open concept space. You know… one that provides the perfect stage upon which to showcase your Masterchef skills… while others gasp in veritable astonishment. Proffer a luxurious feel with quartz counters. Canadian-made HanStone produces some of the market’s best choices (hanstone.ca), matching brand appliances and, if you have space, a separate dry larder filled with gastronomic flights of fancy. The food prep zone shown here is part of an impressive project built by Discovery Dream Homes (discoverydreamhomes.com) that amply

A barrel sauna and cedar hot tub offer the ultimate outdoor spa experience.

demonstrates the way in which a fully fitted kitchen can blend into an overall scheme to create a prevailing sense of understated harmony.

(evw.ca). You get the gist, right? Yup, it’s time to

than a Western Red Cedar deck. Planned properly,

Remember: when it comes to rustic style, it’s

open up the cottage. Permanently…

the deck is just as important as any indoor room, so

generally best to whisper design rather than scream it from the cottage rafters.

BATHROOM MAGIC

enhance yours even further with useful additions such as pergolas and gas fires. And the best news?

The preferred cottage aesthetic, these days, has

A cedar deck can be left untreated – it greys

morphed into an eminently less suburban and way

beautifully – making it virtually maintenance-

Critters and summer go hand in hand, with black

more rustic vibe. Swan shaped, shiny brass taps

free. And hey, your conscience will be clear: Cedar

flies and mosquitoes greedily snacking on cottagers

have (thankfully) yielded to sexy steel, antique

forestation is amongst the timber industry’s most

across the delicious months of May, June and July.

brass or matt black faucets (Rubinet offer a custom

environmentally-managed and sustainable. What’s

So be on guard: add a screened sunroom to provide

colour service – visit rubinet.com for further

more, the evocative scent of the luxury lumber will

a safe, breezy escape from entomological attack,

information) and the popularity of shower curtains

serve as an everyday reminder that you’re outdoors

whilst increasing seasonal living space (and shoring

has been displaced by metal framed “factory glass”

in the great Canadian countryside. So, to get some

up real estate value) into the bargain.

style panels – try the Dreamline Toulon from Home

good wood in your life, check out realcedar.com for

What’s more, your new sunroom can be used

Depot (homedepot.ca) to get the look. And don’t

inspiration.

to problem solve indoor needs. Maybe you crave a

forget to add Warmup (warmup.ca) under floor

large dining room – or long for commodious living

heating, a barefoot luxury that more than comes

quarters – but internal square footage is frustratingly

into its own during colder climes.

YOU ARE THE SUNROOM OF MY LIFE

limited? Consider the Sunspace timber-framed masterpiece

shown

here

(sunspacesunrooms.

com). Multi-purpose, huh? At the end of the day,

OUTDOOR KITCHENS

SAY YA TO A SPA

Adding elements to enhance the good life will totally luxe up the cottage experience, making your holiday domain feel extra special. Consider adding

Canadian men love to barbecue. Period. Let loose

an outdoor hot tub (or sauna) and make sure it

designating room function is up to you. We once

in cottage country, their meat-loving repertoire

can be used all year round. Can’t you just imagine

constructed a screened room to serve as an indoor/

swells with the addition of smokers, pizza ovens

sitting in a steaming tub as the snow filters down?

outdoor gymnasium, and in doing so were able

and rotisseries. Consequently, a well-equipped

Ah, luxury! And even more so when you stick that

to run without the infernal buzzing of bugs as we

outdoor kitchen has become a must-have for any

bottle of Veuve Cliquot in the white stuff to keep

worked out.

self-respecting cook. This in mind, ensure yours

it perfectly chilled. Bliss! For the best in Canadian-

boasts ample refrigeration, plenty of counter space

made Cedar hot tubs visit canhottub.com and

and a convenient dining area so your meaty magic

for barrel saunas check out Dundalk Leisure Craft

If your cottage is on a beautiful Canadian lake or set

isn’t undermined by time in motion. Check out the

(dundalkleisurecraft.com).

within a wonderful forest, but doesn’t offer floor to

heavy metal style of Napoleon’s “Oasis” modular

Think about this for a moment – shouldn’t

ceiling vistas, then perhaps amplifying its glazing

kitchen (napoleon.com). Designed to complement

vacations be somehow better than your day-to-

quotient could make all the difference. Come on:

your barbecue, it’s the perfect way in which to

day existence? And, in that regard, shouldn’t

embrace the view, don’t interrupt it. Updating

create an outdoor kitchen vibe on a somewhat

vacation homes (in theory) be even more

fenestration won’t only flood your home with light,

moderated budget.

rewarding than your regular abode in the city?

THE VIEW

it’ll foster a greater connection to nature – whilst modernising your exterior – in one fell swoop. We’ve transformed many a cottage with custom glazing by industry leaders Euro Vinyl Windows

DIVINE DECKING

Of course they should. So go on, start ramping up that respite reasoning, and have a luxury

When it comes to wow factor – and the creation

vacation, every damned weekend. Now doesn’t

of useful outdoor space – there’s no better addition

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OPPOSITE PAGE Double height windows bring the outside in and offer great views of the lake. BELOW The living room is divided by a two-storey granite faรงade with a double-sided fireplace, flanked by multiple windows showcasing the view of the lake.

A LAKESIDE RETREAT THIS MUSKOKA COTTAGE AND BOATHOUSE MAKE A WELCOME HAVEN FROM CITY LIFE by WAHEEDA HARRIS

photography by LARRY ARNAL

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HOME

A

MUSKOKA

COTTAGE

was

a

room, bathroom, deck and lower level boat storage.

labour of love for Michelle Berwick

The family room’s interior includes a navy couch

of Michelle Berwick Design, thanks

from CB2, a pair of ottomans made by Tonic Living,

to a dream client and a builder

two side chairs from Lee Industries, a Gus Modern

who knows his luxe details.

coffee table and a pair of stools for the kitchen bar

Meeting with her client last

from Structube. The homeowner acquired two pieces

spring to work on a small design

of art while in Scotland, that Berwick paired alongside

project,

if

a colourful print from Minted. A Dash & Albert indoor/

Berwick would be interested in

outdoor rug makes for a perfect addition underfoot

another project, designing her new

for this lakeside abode, and through the sliding doors,

cottage in Muskoka. Purchased

several pieces picked from Hauser Furniture are perfect

from R-Star Developments, the

to enjoy the lazy days of summer outside.

she

casually

asked

was

Entering the modernist cottage, the multiple seating

a new build, rebuilt on the site

areas throughout the home encourage together time

of a former cottage, with an

inside or outside. A custom-made, circular table by

accompanying

650

Muskoka Living in a white-washed wood, with a set

square-foot boathouse. But then

of four charcoal gray swivel chairs made by Niche

the client asked, “could it be ready

Décor is a welcome spot for morning coffee or late

by the long weekend?”.

afternoon board games. The living room is divided

4,400

square-foot

cottage

renovated

Berwick quickly squashed the dream of a quick

into two seating areas thanks to an eye-catching two-

turnaround but the two immediately bonded on the

storey granite façade which sports a double-sided gas

design plan, thanks to a vision board, detailing her

fireplace, multiple windows showcase the trees framing

design plan for each room of the project. Within

the view of Lake Muskoka.

four months, the cottage had been primped and

Subtle shades of gray are seen in the rug, sofa and

styled, with custom made furniture and accessories

coffee table, sourced from Elte, and in striped accent

tapped from many local sources. “We built the

pillows from Tonic Living and Muskoka Living, also

home around fabrics. My client knows her style

the source of sleek side tables and two whimsical tufted

and is clear what she didn’t want – nothing fussy or

ottomans. Beneath the exposed beams, high on the

shiny,” explained Berwick. The home’s palette is a

wall is a cluster of four Petros Koublis photographs.

BELOW White shiplap is punctuated with a navy bench in the entryway. OPPOSITE PAGE A simple kitchen with an oversized island offers space for guests to pull up a stool.

harmonious combination of gray and white, with hints of pale shades of pink and blue and endless views of Lake Muskoka. This project was unlike many others says Berwick, as she was able to spend many uninterrupted hours with her client. “We would drive the five hours to the cottage, and she would tell me stories of her travels and adventures.” The Muskoka cottage is shared within the extended family, as the homeowners have four children and 11 grandchildren but still reflects the discerning eye of its matriarch. And thanks to the modern design taste of R-Star Developments’ Brent Armstrong, Berwick didn’t need to change details that usually need an upgrade, like overhead lighting and countertops. The revamped boathouse (aka guest house) offers a light-filled and streamlined design for visiting family or friends, taking a page from Chip and Joanna Gaines with the liberal use of shiplap on the walls. The white and gray two-storey space includes three bedrooms (the loft space is one bedroom accessed by a stair ladder, the other two are on the main level), small kitchen, family 24 LUXE MAGAZINE CANADA SUMMER 2019

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The cottage’s neutral palette includes pale pinks among creams and grays.

A living space on one side of a two-sided fireplace.

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“WE BUILT THE HOME AROUND FABRICS. MY CLIENT KNOWS HER STYLE AND IS CLEAR WHAT SHE DIDN’T WANT – NOTHING FUSSY OR SHINY.”

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The

opposite

side’s

gathering

area

introduces blush pink into the home, starting with an abstract print from Minted on the stone façade, patterned accent pillows on the gray Elte sectional and the Elroy arm chair, a midcentury modern piece designed by Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams. Ceramic accessories are from Niche Décor while vintage pieces adorn the custom-made coffee table from Muskoka Living. A glass walled wine rack is a practical and stylish option for a selection of vintages, created by R Star Developments. The centrepiece of the formal dining room’s is the Henley dining table from Bernhardt surrounded by a set of Tonic Living designed chairs featuring a combination of two linens – striped exterior paired with a denim blue for the interior. A custom white sideboard from Muskoka Living keeps all the tabletop items close, while windows are dressed in white linen curtains from Caroline Cecil Textiles make this area cozy at night. The simple and spacious kitchen was designed by the builder; an oversized island allows for prep work with a lake view and four stools to enjoy snacks or chat with the cook. The main floor deck is walled with glass panels; a discrete door allows one to jump directly into the lake. There are several seating

The boat house includes ladder access to a loft bedroom, a favourite of visiting grandchildren.

A small kitchen in the boat house makes guests feel at home, and leads onto a lakeside deck.

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A sliding barn door leads to an upstairs bedroom.

Bedrooms and baths are styled similarly, but in different palettes.

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areas to socialize, soak in the sun on a lounger or enjoy dining al fresco on furniture sourced from Hauser, accent pillows made with Sunbrella textile and a Dash & Albert rug, carrying the interior palette to the outside. The cottage’s lower level has a master suite featuring gray and pale blue hues, with Savannah

Hayes

textiles

and

Bernhardt

furniture, an ensuite bathroom with slipper tub, a Tonic Living Roman blind and a laid-back den in shades of cream and oatmeal, with a Crate & Barrel couch/hide-a-bed and accessories from Muskoka Living and Tonic Living. The upper level has three sleeping areas – a boys’ room, girls’ room and master suite. Both rooms include a lovable sheep sculpture with oh so soft Mongolian wool from Niche Décor. The boys’ room is styled in navy and white while the girls’ room is pale pink, oatmeal and white, both with modern ensuites – but the girls have bragging rights with a distinctive entry: a sliding barn door. The elegant master suite is a soothing combination of white, gray and lavender, featuring Savannah Hayes textiles, side tables by Niche Décor and accessories from Muskoka Living. The master’s ensuite, includes a show

ABOVE The master bath is finished with a touch of pale lavender. RIGHT A bedroom ceiling detail in rustic barn board.

stopping black clad Milano tub from Oceania, with a mini-gas wall fireplace to thwart any cool breezes at night. This family cottage’s polished and unfussy design, paired with contemporary architecture is a welcome sanctuary to indulge in the lazy days of summer.

Source list: MICHELLE BERWICK DESIGN michelleberwickdesign.com

TONIC LIVING tonicliving.com

R STAR DEVELOPMENTS r-star.ca/homes

NICHE DÉCOR nichedecor.ca

CRATE & BARREL crateandbarrel.com

MUSKOKA LIVING muskokaliving.ca

DASH & ALBERT annieselke.com/c/dashandalbert

ELTE elte.com

CB2 cb2.com

MINTED minted.com

GUS* MODERN gusmodern.com

HAUSER hauserstores.com

LEE INDUSTRIES leeindustries.com

SAVANNAH HAYES savannahhayes.com

MITCHELL GOLD + BOB WILLIAMS mgbwhome.com

CAROLINE CECIL carolinececiltextiles.com OCEANIA oceania-attitude.com/baths

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UBER ANNOUNCED Australia as the first international market for Uber Air, with Melbourne being selected as the third official pilot city. Melbourne joins Dallas and Los Angeles as pilot cities for the program, with test flights due to start in 2020. Taking Uber’s tech to the sky, Uber Air aims to open up urban air mobility, and help alleviate transport congestion on the ground. According to Uber, the vision is for safe, quiet electric vehicles transporting tens of thousands of people across cities for the same price as an UberX trip over the same distance. Susan Anderson, regional general manager for Uber in Australia, New Zealand and North Asia made the announcement at Uber’s global Elevate (Uber Air) Summit in Washington in early June. “Australian governments have adopted a forward-looking approach to ridesharing and future transport technology. This, coupled with Melbourne’s unique demographic and geospatial factors, and culture of innovation and technology, makes Melbourne the perfect third launch city for Uber Air. We will see other Australian cities following soon after.” Shown here: The Bell Nexus is one of several vehicles that will make up the Uber Elevate fleet. SUMMER 2019 LUXE MAGAZINE CANADA

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LIVING

DANCE WITH A FORMER PRIMA BALLERINA

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REMIERE DANCE ACADEMY Goh Ballet is set to open its first location in Toronto this summer, led by Chan Hon Goh, the company’s director and former principal dancer of the National Ballet of Canada. Opening within Bayview Village, the ballet academy will offer programs for all ages. “I have always wanted to bring my love of mentoring aspiring dancers to Toronto and give back to the community that was immensely supportive during my 20-year career with the National Ballet of Canada,” says Chan Hon Goh. “At Goh Ballet we offer world-class training with an individualized approach to nurture and develop each student’s talent.” Aside from children and pre-professional classes, you can add adult drop-in classes to your fitness routine. Classes include Dance Fit, Ballet Body Conditioning with Stretch and Tone, Adult Classical Ballet, and Golden Ballet 55+.

ONTARIO OPEN RETURNS THIS SUMMER GOLF ONTARIO announced that it is bringing back the Ontario Open in 2019 after a lengthy hiatus. The 2019 Championships will take place on August 26 to 29, 2019 at Woodington Lake Golf Club, in Tottenham, Ontario. The Ontario Open has a storied history dating back to 1923, making this championship one of the oldest in the world. Past champions of this event are a who’s who of Canadian and international golf, including the immortal Sam Snead, Canadian golfing legends George Knudson and Moe Norman, as well as seven-time champion Nick Weslock. More information about the Ontario Open, including qualifying information, can be found at theontarioopen.ca

NO SCREENS FOR KIDS UNDER 5 THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION (WHO) issued strict new guidelines recently on one of the most anxiety-producing issues of 21st century family life: How much should parents resort to videos and online games to entertain, educate or simply distract their young children? The answer, according to WHO, is never for children in their first year of life and rarely in their second. Those aged 2 to 4, the international health agency said, should spend no more than an hour a day in front of a screen.

INTERNATIONALLY ACCLAIMED, multidisciplinary contemporary artist Anthony Ricciardi is showcasing his latest collection at an interactive exhibit in Toronto. Dream Space at Yorkdale Mall – open to the public through the end of July – is a 2,500 square-foot immersive pop-up museum featuring Ricciardi’s original canvas work and sculpture series. The gallery acts as an entry point to a “secret and hidden” pop-up experience filled with 15 large-scale interactive installations and multi-sensory immersive spaces inspired by Ricciardi’s creations, including a pool of gold coins. Visitors will also have the chance to take one of Ricciardi’s pieces home with prices starting at $100, up to $7,000. Admission to the gallery is free with a $15 admission fee to access the pop-up art installation and immersive space (children under 5 are free). Ricciardi is known for his distinctive approach, which involves mixing colours and layering words and figures, often taken from pop culture and his life experiences. His emotion evoking pieces all convey his enthusiasm for life and thirst for creativity. ricciardipaints.com 32

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World-renowned Artist Anthony Ricciardi returns to Toronto

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CHANGING

The City’s

WEST END TORONTO’S LATEST HANGOUT IS FOUND WITHIN REIMAGINED SHIPPING CONTAINERS by WAHEEDA HARRIS SOUTH OF THE URBAN DEVELOPMENT boom of King Street West, a former parking lot at Bathurst and Front Streets has become the neighbourhood’s newest modernist hangout. The new hot spot – Stackt Market – is not easy to label. Just opened in April, it’s made up of 120 used and new shipping containers; the dark grey boxes painted, piled and styled, adding a human-scale addition among numerous high rises. Designed by LGA Architectural Partners and constructed by Ellis Don, the metal containers provide 30,000 square feet of commercial space enhanced with windows and retractable glass curious from near and far. Four-and-a-half years ago Matt Rubinoff regularly walked by this barren 100,000 square foot space. Owned by the City of Toronto, the plot of land is destined to become a park but it’s in remediation for its former life as the site of an iron smelting plant, closed in the 1980s. As one of a growing population of residents calling the King West area home, Rubinoff was inspired to create something for his neighbourhood, and made a proposal to the city to create a new community hub. “I could see the growing need for the community to engage and connect.” Thanks to past travel, Rubinoff had seen how these industrial creations had been retrofitted into hotels, housing and showrooms and that they can easily be assembled, altered and dismantled. Stackt Market is not the first to transform shipping containers in Toronto: in 2010, Scadding Court Community Centre opened Market 707, a street food and retail market located at Dundas & Bathurst. Now they’ve become a Stackt partner, overseeing the on-site greenhouse and the outdoor community garden. Another neighbourhood connection has Stackt hiring

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LIVING STACKT MARKET BY THE NUMBERS

120

The number of new and used shipping containers used in construction.

30,000

Square-feet of commercial/retail space

100,000 Square-foot property

LANDSCAPE maintenance workers from Fort York Residence, a nearby shelter. What to expect when visiting Stackt Market? It’s a little bit of everything from dining to shopping, art to exercise – and it’s evolving. Early adopters of Stackt include Belgian Moon Brewery, offering four brews on tap brewed on-site; plant-based butcher YamChops; Jomo Studio featuring DIY workshops; sustainable prescription eyewear from Dresden Vision and sweet treats from Hamiltonexport Donut Monster. Fair trade and organic java is served daily from Reunion Coffee Roasters. Adidas is partnered with Flow Alkaline Spring Water to offer complimentary strength classes while BMO hosts a speaker series at its newest branch. Rubinoff’s goal for Stackt was not like typical mixed-used spaces; he didn’t want to populate the market with a static list of tenants. There are areas that can be rented for events, four spaces dedicated to pop-up endeavours of 45 days or less. They have welcomed marketing projects like The Endy Lodge, where visitors can try out a mattress (and instragram the relaxing effects) as well as short-term partnerships with annual events like The Stop Night Market and hosting an e-sports tournament with NXNE. Stackt also includes retail studios like Carmel Floral and inkbox Tattoos, Canadian-designed furniture at COFO Design, fashion from Sense of Independence and Ellie Mae and a mini-outlet of Indigo Books. Opening in June, the Pavilion will offer another unconventional option at Stackt: a 5,000 square-foot space that will be a kitchen/dining space, hosting a schedule of local chefs for short-term pop-ups as well as cooking classes. But it doesn’t stop there – kids programming, outdoor movie screenings, community partnerships and programs – Stackt aims to become embedded with Toronto’s King West neighbourhood and a destination for locals and visitors. Easily accessible by TTC, there’s also a rarity for downtown Toronto: on-site parking. For more info: stacktmarket.com

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The number of retailers, with a few rotating pop-up locations.

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Onsite parking spots

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Square-feet dedicated to chefs and local food (Pavilion, opening June). Did you know there are 12 hotels across the globe constructed from shipping containers? There are shipping container markets popping up in places including London Shoreditch (Boxpark), two under construction in Warsaw, Poland and El Paso, Texas. The largest is Common Ground in Seoul, South Korea, constructed of 200 containers. SUMMER 2019 LUXE MAGAZINE CANADA

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Style

THE BEE’S KNEES LEADING CANADIAN luxury fine jeweller Birks Group, introduced the Birks Bee Chic Collection this spring, with all the pieces inspired by the subtle geometry of a honeycomb. The collection features the buzzworthy “Bee Chic For a Cause” bracelet which will donate 100 per cent of proceeds to the Nature Conservancy of Canada to help protect wild bees and other pollinators. “As a heritage rich Canadian brand, it is imperative we give back to our nation,” says Jean-Christophe Bédos, president and chief executive officer of Birks Group. “The Nature Conservancy of Canada is focused on preserving nature in our country, where we often look for the inspiration behind our jewellery designs. Together we hope to make a difference in protecting our country’s most vulnerable natural areas and the species, such as wild bees, that they sustain.” Shown: Birks Bee Chic Climber Earrings in 18KT yellow gold, $695; maisonbirks.com

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STYLE

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BE SUN SMART

ICONIC INTERIOR DESIGNER Barbara Barry partnered with Brave Brown Bag (BBB) to create the newest shade for summer: Pink Peony. Barry is a long-time lover of BBB and says, “pink is the new neutral.” This subtle shade of pink sailcloth shimmers in the light and is available in all three BBB sizes. In 1996, Canadian designer Charlotte McKeough reinvented the paper shopping bag, naming it “The Brave Brown Bag.” Careful to preserve the paper bag aesthetic, she added a touch of “bravery,” making the wax cotton carryall built to last, right down to its pinked edge. Seen in shops in London, Milan, New York, Paris, and Tokyo, the Brave Brown Bag is now a classic itself. Barbara Barry Grande Catchall, from $300; bravebrownbag.com

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GOTTA WEAR THESE SHADES

2. From skincare expert Clarins, snap up the Sun Kit with Body Oil SPF 30 ($42) that includes Sunscreen Care Oil Spray, a dry oil for body and hair with high UVA/UVB 30 protection and After Sun Gel Ultra-Soothing, a refreshing gel for moisturized and satin-smooth skin. clarins.ca

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3. Guard against the sun’s damaging rays with this innovative, continuousmist sunscreen. Formulated with non-nano zinc oxide and California poppy extract, this physical SPF 30 formula provides an effective shield from UVA and UVB rays while the tint helps camouflage imperfections and even out skin tone. Countersun Tinted Mineral Sunscreen Mist SPF 30, $51. After a day on the beach apply Countersun After Sun Cooling Gel $42; beautycounter.com

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1. Canadian-made LASPA natural mineral sunscreens offer a healthy alternative to traditional chemicalbased sunscreens. We are loving the texture of their SPF30 Moisturizing Mineral Sunscreen for Face and Sensitive Areas ($40) and the highly portable SPF50 Ultra Sun Protection Stick ($18). Contains 95.7 per cent certified organic ingredients to provide 98 per cent broad spectrum protection. Vitamin D and E are added for protecting and nourishing the skin. laspanaturels.com

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4. A  n enriched formula with antioxidants including vitamin E and sunflower oil, Vichy Ideal Soleil Ultra-Fluid Tinted Lotion SPF 60 offers complete protection against UVA and UVB rays. Lightweight, non-greasy and good for 80 minutes of water resistance. $30; vichy.ca

GET THAT SUMMER (FAUX) GLOW

1. T  his complexion-enhancing, light diffuser features warm shades with golden undertones and a soft velvety texture, perfect for a tanned glow. Charlotte Tilbury Glowgasm Face Palette, limited edition, $95; charlottetilbury.com

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moisture. St.Tropez Gradual Tan Watermelon Infusion Everyday Moisture Miracle Body Lotion, $38; beauty.shoppersdrugmart.ca

3. Diorskin Mineral Nude Bronze in Warm Sunlight is infused with golden minerals and captures the light for a unique, natural and luminous effect, $58; dior.com for retailers.

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GARDEN STATEMENT

STYLE

FROM ITS EMBROIDERED FLOWERS AND IMPRESSIONIST PRINTS TO RUCHING AND CORSET SILHOUETTES, CIAO SEA’S LATEST COLLECTION WILL LEAVE YOU LONGING FOR A BYGONE ERA by ANDREA KARR

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WOMAN SITS IN A LUSH CONSERVATORY surrounded by greenery, her hands clasped before her and her gaze softened toward the artist. Titled Madame Cézanne in the Conservatory, the artwork is a dreamy depiction of real-life muse Hortense Fiquet, wife to French post-impressionist painter Paul Cézanne, a man who crafted over two dozen of her likenesses in the late nineteenth century. The portrait now hangs at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, but its effects are far reaching, for it acted as a springboard for the third and most recent Ciao Sea resortwear collection, Le Jardin de Madame Cézanne. “The collection is inspired by the impressionists [and post-impressionists] who were so good at painting mood,” says Ciao Sea’s founder Chelsea Chen (Ciao Sea/Chelsea, get it?), who unveiled the brand in summer 2018. Chen first saw the portrait five years ago and it had such an impact that she and her team of designers conceived a range of swimsuits, cover-ups, skirts and tops overflowing with

turn-of-the-century

nods.

Hyper-feminine

in

aesthetic, the collection includes pieces such as a black mesh robe with corset detailing and floral embroidery, a swimsuit with sweetheart bustier and white lacing up one side and an intricate long-sleeved lace halter with cold-shoulder cutouts. Chen’s favourite item, the strapless bird-print body suit, is a pastel creation with painted florals splashed across a simple silhouette. The wow factor comes in the form of reflected fish that transform into birds along the torso of the suit. “The colour matching was a difficult task,” Chen says, but the final product was worth the effort and creates an effect similar to paint on the body. Plus, it seamlessly integrates the Asian motifs of Ciao Sea’s first collection, Femme Dynasty, into the European garden look of the most recent designs. Chen, who was born in China and moved to Canada when she was 16, travelled frequently as a child and became fascinated with culture, art and style from a young age. When assembling a vision board for Femme Dynasty, her debut collection, she looked to Chinese artwork and 42

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“I WANTED TO CREATE GARMENTS THAT COULD EASILY TRANSITION FROM TIME BY THE POOL TO DINNER.” garments – ultimately choosing to incorporate Chinese button knots typically found on cheongsams, koi fish and lotus flower prints, Chinese characters and kimono-style robes. Still available through ciaosea.com, the pieces offer a nod to Chen’s heritage and introduced the world to the theatricality of her luxe label. This cosmopolitan approach was central to the brand from day one. When Chen launched Ciao Sea in Toronto last year, she wanted to produce a line-up of clothing that provoked the feeling of “adventure and the excitement that comes with travelling,” she says. “Whenever I travel, the different kinds of cultural history that I encounter bring me inspiration for my collections. I hope that by wearing my pieces, women can feel transported to a different time and place.” Whether that be a garden in Aix-en-Provence or a stretch of sand on an island off China’s coast. In addition to Chen’s interest in infusing “modern design into classic styles” and “empowering wearers to take daring adventures through different cultures and eras,” Chen had a few other goals in mind. “My friends and I couldn’t find a brand that was suitable for different occasions,” she says. “I wanted to create garments that could easily transition from time by the pool to dinner.” As a result, many of the line’s beach cover-ups would look at home at a dinner party, while the swimsuits need only the addition of a skirt to move from pool lounger to cocktail bar. Chen also wanted every piece in her collections to have a level of detail not commonly seen in swimwear and resort attire. “The production facilities always tell us that we put in too much detail, which drives the cost up,” she says. “Obviously balancing quality with cost is very important, but I always work hard to keep all of those details in place.” ABOVE The strapless bird print bodysuit is one of Chen’s favourite pieces in the collection. OPPOSITE PAGE Ciao Sea founder Chelsea Chen. SUMMER 2019 LUXE MAGAZINE CANADA

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It’s that attention to each element of creation and production that sets Ciao Sea apart, as well as its unique placement as a luxury resort-wear line in Canada – a country better known for its outerwear and leather goods than swimwear. “Globally, Canada gives off this feeling that it’s cold and icy,” Chen says. “But I want to send the message that it also has a hot, summery side.” And just because many Canadians live far from the ocean, doesn’t mean they can’t enjoy the pleasures of elevated resort wear like the rest of the world. “Our collections don’t have to be worn at the beach or pool,” she says. “The lake is also a great setting.” In other words, whether you’re jet-setting to French Polynesia, sipping drinks next to a rooftop pool in Los Angeles or reading a book on your dock in Muskoka, it’s always a good time to journey afar through fashion. Though Ciao Sea is still in its infancy, Chen hopes to eventually broaden its scope to include menswear, kids clothing and resort-related products like hats and slippers. “I want Ciao Sea to become everybody’s go-to vacation wear for any destination close to a body of water,” she says. And more global inspiration is surely in the pipeline. For now, a delicate piece from Le Jardin de Madame Cézanne can transport its female wearers to a sunny garden in nineteenth century France – and impart the frisson of romance – no matter where they actually spend their summers.

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Accessorize THIS ENHANCE YOUR SUMMER BOARDWALK-TO-PATIO WARDROBE WITH THESE SLEEK FINDS FROM THREE BELOVED TORONTO BRANDS

MIDAS TOUCH

Awarded CAFA’s Accessory Designer of the Year in 2017, Jenny Bird has been making bold, contemporary jewellery – think mixed metal rings, geometric earrings and architectural cuffs – for more than a decade. Her pieces have been worn by the likes of Bella Hadid and Priyanka Chopra and are favoured for their cool-girl simplicity. Try the golden draped chain statement cuff with your bather for poolside-lounging perfection. Jenny Bird ‘Chloe’ cuff, $150, jenny-bird.ca.

LASER VISON

Elegance, thy name is Zvelle. Need sandals to complete your summer wardrobe? Turn to Elle Ayoubzadeh’s lovingly designed footwear line. Each pair of shoes is handcrafted by Italian artisans and many feature a laser-cut heart pattern inspired by the Persian symbol for five, which Ayoubzadeh uses to represent the five influential cities (from Shiraz, Iran to Sydney, Australia) that she’s called home. Zvelle ‘Monir’ heels, $405, zvelle.com.

BELT WAY

Opelle, a line of leather handbags designed by Amy Malcolm and Beth Nicholson is handcrafted in small batches in Toronto. Though the label often creates soft, slouchy silhouettes, the mix of permanent and seasonal collections allows for trendy new additions – like this python-printed suede convertible bag that can be belted around the waist, worn slung across the body or hung over the shoulder. Opelle ‘mISSA’ convertible belt bag, $350, opellecanada.com. SUMMER 2019 LUXE MAGAZINE CANADA

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THE NEW WALDORF ASTORIA MALDIVES ITHAAFUSHI will soon welcome guests to the heart of the South Malé Atoll. The all-villa resort spans three islands, providing secluded enclaves and a tranquil escape located just 30 minutes from Malé International Airport via the resort’s private yacht. The resort boasts 122 luxurious villas, each equipped with a pool and uninterrupted views of the Indian Ocean. Each reef, beach and overwater villa opens onto an indoor and outdoor deck featuring a swinging daybed, dining gazebo, an infinity pool, in-water lounge and an outdoor shower. In line with Waldorf Astoria’s legacy of culinary expertise, the resort offers 11 exceptional, specialty-dining venues. For those seeking the ultimate in exclusivity, the Ithaafushi Private Island features a two-bedroom overwater villa as well as a three-bedroom beach villa. The 32,000-squarefoot island sanctuary – accessible by yacht – comes complete with a dedicated chef and personal concierge team, as well as its own spa, gym, five swimming pools, entertainment center and beaches. Bookings from July 1, 2019. waldorfastoriamaldives.com

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BITE BEAUTY TRAVEL KIT PERFECT for travel near, or far, create succulent lips with this five-piece mini travel set filled with Bite Beauty’s original cult favourites. Includes Agave Lip Balm, Agave Lip Mask, and three mini Amuse Bouche Lipsticks in a travel pouch. $39; bitebeauty.com

Another reason to VISIT SPAIN FOLLOWING AN EXTENSIVE four-year refurbishment, the five-star Gran Lujo Meliá Sancti Petri hotel relaunched recently, as the new Gran Meliá Sancti Petri. Set on the beach front of La Barrosa, Cádiz, the hotel is surrounded by five golf courses. Located across three floors, rooms are spacious and decorated in traditional Spanish style with private terraces with incredible views overlooking the sea, the golf course, the gardens or the hotel pool. The hotel is recognised as one of the most beautiful buildings in the Andalusian province. It has been inspired by the most impressive architectural jewels of Andalusia, such as the Mosque of Cordoba and the Alhambra. Gran Meliá Sancti Petri stands in an authentic neo-Mudejar palace and maintains its Nasrid style with stunning marble courtyards, Arab gardens and swimming pools. melia.com

SLEEP WHERE A DUKE ONCE DID

FOUR SEASONS MONTREAL OPEN THE FOUR SEASONS HOTEL and Private Residences Montreal – also home to MARCUS, the first Canadian outpost of renowned celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson – opened just in time for summer visits. The focal point of Four Seasons Hotel Montreal is its “Social Square,” a sprawling space on the third floor that encompasses the hotel’s lobby and signature dining and drinking experience, MARCUS. The Social Square is a series of spaces that includes a restaurant, terrace, day bar, night bar and lounge, each with its own unique design, musical selection and atmosphere. Within the city’s luxury ecosystem, the Social Square at Four Seasons also offers a direct connection to department store Holt Renfrew Ogilvy. Interiors are enhanced by a carefully curated collection of works by local and international artists, including Pascale Girardin’s floral-inspired installation cascading down the building’s open-air atrium. fourseasons.com/montreal

THE LUXURY COLLECTION, part of Marriott International Inc., recently announced the opening of The Langley, a restored estate in the English countryside. Located just outside of London in the heart of Buckinghamshire’s vast Langley Park, The Langley offers 41 sumptuous bedrooms throughout two buildings: the grand and historic former hunting lodge of the third Duke of Marlborough and the adjacent Grade II-listed 18th century Brew House. Following an extensive sixyear, multi-million pound renovation, the property is now open as a hotel for the first time. Built between 1756 and 1760, the main Langley Park House is a grand Palladian mansion situated within iconic Lancelot “Capability” Brown-designed gardens. The refurbishment has allowed the historic, original features of the building to shine through, reflecting the natural setting of Langley Park alongside the refined elegance and grandeur of its heritage. The mansion house is home to The Langley’s most opulent accommodations, including the vast and exclusive Duke of Marlborough Suite. thelangley.com

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FOR A REMOTE COMMUNITY AT THE NORTHERN EDGE OF B.C.’S SUNSHINE COAST, SHARING THE REGION’S AWE-INSPIRING WILDERNESS WITH VISITORS IS A PLEASURE. FOCUSING ON QUALITY TOURISM OVER QUANTITY THOUGH, IS THE ONLY WAY TO PRESERVE A DELICATE ECOSYSTEM THAT’S ALREADY UNDER THREAT.

THE

WILD by ANDREA KARR

View of Prideaux Haven in Desolation Sound.

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variable

scenery,

IMMENSE there

SIZE are

and

certain

quintessentially Canadian landscapes that make our country a singular destination. We’re the land of rocky mountain peaks rising out of the sea, freshwater lakes circled by imposing old-growth

forests

and

undulating

waters broken by the backs of stately whales. And nowhere in the country

does reality so fully meet expectations as Desolation Sound, a secluded patch of deep water located at the northern part of British Columbia’s Sunshine Coast. The area is only accessible by boat or seaplane and has some of the most breathtaking views in Canada, while remaining unspoiled by large-scale business operations and overcrowding. But as word gets out about this hidden gem, a careful balance between growth and conservation are key to maintaining the pristine beauty that makes Desolation Sound worth the trek. Change to the Sunshine Coast, especially the northern end, may be slow due to limited accessibility, but the region has seen an increase in visitor numbers as more and more people seek out authentic experiences in the wild. John Hermsen, co-owner of Footprint Nature Explorations kayak and hiking tours, moved to the Sunshine Coast from the Netherlands 13 years ago because he fell in love with the “fjord-like landscape with steep mountain walls rising up from the ocean.” Now, he says that visitors are drawn to the quiet, as well as the element of surprise that being in the Canadian wilderness offers. “Of course, we have big whales and bears,” he says. “But I always find it rewarding that I can awe people with a sea star and show them the small things that matter.” Michelle Zutz, co-owner of Townsite Brewing in nearby Powell River, sees the growth in tourism as purely positive because it means sustenance for existing local businesses, as well as better opportunities for new boutique eateries, coffee roasters and breweries. Plus, she says that most of the tourists that visit are “like-minded to locals and respect our trails and beaches, businesses and people.” Whether they’re drawn to the scenic hiking trails, majestic wildlife or what Zutz calls the “relaxed coastal vibe,” the region is remote enough that “it’s not a place people stumble upon,” she says. “It’s a destination, planned and saved for,” which means that visitors tend to leave the place the way they found it. More tourism also translates to more jobs, plus potential support for the local First Nations population. Aleata Vanstone, a young Wet’suwet’en woman and grizzly guide with Khlahoose Coastal Adventures, learned of the many mutually beneficial relationships that exist between Sunshine Coast business owners and indigenous people when she was taking the Aboriginal Ecotourism Training Program through Vancouver Island University. “It’s very important to most local businesses to work with the First Nations because they feel like they won’t be ethical or successful if they don’t,” she says. SUMMER 2019 LUXE MAGAZINE CANADA 49

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“AS A STRING OF SMALL COASTAL COMMUNITIES WITH LIMITED INFRASTRUCTURE, OUR TOURISM OPPORTUNITY IS IN HIGH-VALUE “BOUTIQUE” TOURISM, NOT IN VOLUME.” Although many First Nations and Sunshine Coast locals welcome expansion of the tourism industry, higher volumes of people in an area with limited infrastructure can also pose problems. “The tourism industry puts a huge demand on our water supply in the summer when we just don’t have any to spare,” says Daniel Bouman, board director of Sunshine Coast Conservation Association (SCCA). The main source of water for the Sunshine Coast regional district is the Chapman watershed in Tetrahedron Provincial Park, which is protected by Class A park status. “The regional district undertook a drive to [revoke the status] and double the water supply by taking more water out of the park,” he says. “They wanted to degrade the source area by pumping the biggest lake by an extra 24 feet.” The region also sees large-scale businesses trying to take over swathes of land while showing little regard for the environment, so the SCCA has to spend a great deal of time fighting proposals that aim to commercialize the Sunshine Coast. “The public is going to have to be pretty on top of it if we’re all going to keep tourism from being exploited by highly industrialized operations,” Bouman says. To address some of these concerns, the Sunshine Coast Region, in partnership with Destination B.C., created a 10-year development strategy. “As a string of small coastal communities value “boutique” tourism, not in volume,” says Paul Kamon, Sunshine Coast Tourism’s executive director. “We want to make sure that, as we increase demand with marketing, we are also working with our local and provincial governments on infrastructure upgrades that support the higher volumes and enhance the visitor experience.” As a business owner, Hermsen is a huge supporter of this strategy. “We would rather have fewer visitors that have a good impression and become advocates for our region,” he says. “Of course we want to make a living, which means we need people here, but we can focus on the kind of traveller that we want to attract and aim for quality more than quantity.”

ABOVE A Steller’s Jay. OPPOSITE PAGE (CLOCKWISE) Mountain biking along the Powell River; The Pacific Bear, a vessel used by Pacific Coastal Cruises & Tours; sea lions lounging; view of fluke of humpback whale.

PHOTOS BY LARISSA RAND

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Desolation Sound sunset paddle.

WHAT TO SEE, DO AND EAT ON A VACATION IN REMOTE DESOLATION SOUND, B.C.

STAY

Book a three-to-five-day tour with Pacific Coastal Cruises & Tours (coastalcruises.ca) and call Homfray Lodge (homfraylodge.com) home. After a few leisurely hours cruising through secluded waters from Lund, you’ll be filled with awe when you reach the Homfray’s dock, which sits perched on the edge of a mountainous forest.

DO

Take a day to see the grizzly bears up close with Klahoose Coastal Adventures (klahoosecoastaladventures.com) at Toba Inlet – an excursion that’s included in some Pacific Coastal Cruises & Tours packages – then explore the area by boat or kayak and search for wildlife like orcas, humpback whales, seals, jellyfish and porpoises. After dark, head out to Homfray Lodge’s dock to stargaze and test the water for bioluminescence, which looks like fireflies flitting under the surface. Once back in Powell River, take a small-group hiking tour with Footprint Nature Explorations (footprintbc.ca) and behold the breathtaking vistas that make up the 180 kilometres of the Sunshine Coast Trail.

EAT

Though you may spend much of your trip at a wilderness lodge, plan for a little extra time to enjoy the food in Lund and Powell River. Stop at Nancy’s Bakery for fluffy cinnamon buns, Little Hut Curry for authentic Indian flavour and Coastal Cookery (coastalcookery. com) for an extensive menu crafted with local ingredients.

DRINK

Pop in to Townsite Brewery (townsite brewery. com) for a locally brewed beer like Tin Hat (IPA), Zunga (golden blonde ale) or Zwarte Wheat (Belgian dark witbier), then plunk down at the long table and visit with the local sitting next to you.

PHOTO BY BRIAN K. SMITH

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TRAVEL

Catch a 35-minute Pacific Coastal Airlines (pacificcoastal.com) flight from Vancouver to Powell River, then rent a car or board a shuttle to Lund. Alternately, charter a private seaplane or take a scenic five-hour drive from Vancouver up the coast with two ferries along the way.

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Killer whales surfacing.

a foggy shoreline at sunset.

Lund Harbour.

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A hike along the Sunshine Coast Trail.

But even though much positive work continues to be done to prevent over-

to preserve a precious ecosystem, outsiders might think that the best way to

tourism in the area, some species of wildlife are still at risk for other reasons.

prevent further damage is to simply close the region to tourism. But that’s

“After working with Klahoose First Nations last summer, it was clear to me that

not the solution, even according to conservation activists like Bouman. To

climate change is negatively affecting the salmon run,” says Vanstone. “We’re

illustrate, he mentions the Sunshine Coast Trail, a 180 kilometre-system of

getting less rain each year, which affects the surrounding ecosystem. Salmon

pathways, bridges and huts near Powell River that was built to attract tourists.

is literally the food for everything, from the bears to the eagles. Another issue

“If you can just get people into the forest, they’ll become a force,” Bouman

is the decreasing whale population. The water is becoming way too warm for

says. “Get the public out to the trail for a wonderful hike and they will act

whales to live here. We’re seeing smaller pods and more seals, which means

to protect it.”

less salmon come into our rivers to spawn because the seals eat them. It’s all a big circle.”

And that’s also true of the coast’s water sources, plant species and animals. Instead of shying away from a visit, individuals should invest in a trip to witness

For Bouman, the species of most concern is the Marbled Murrelet, a

the wonder of Desolation Sound – perhaps even during the shoulder season from

type of small seabird that can only nest in old growth and high elevations.

October to March – then add their voices to the thousands of people who fight to

“We recently nominated about 50 areas comprising about 6,000 hectares of

preserve it. “I want future generations to have the same chance I did to experience

documented Marbled Murrelet nesting habitat for protection,” he says. “We

something so magical,” says Vanstone. “As a young First Nations woman that’s

got 3,500 hectares protected that way, but they need about 30,000 more. The

reconnecting with her cultural knowledge and spirit, it’s awe-inspiring to see

question is, will the government protect the best land for the bird, or will they

the raw beauty and strong spiritual significance that all First Nations territories

protect a bunch of stuff that can’t be logged?”

possess. It’s important to me that we start actively reducing the damage that’s

With areas of the Sunshine Coast, including Desolation Sound, struggling

already been done and work together to keep our planet safe.” SUMMER 2019 LUXE MAGAZINE CANADA 53

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HE ICONIC FAIRMONT ROYAL YORK celebrated its 90th birthday with a celebration and relaunch of its spaces on June 11. The highly anticipated transformation of the hotel also marked the reveal of two new food and beverage venues: Clockwork Champagne & Cocktails and Reign Restaurant + Bar + Bakery. With a modern and intimate atmosphere, Clockwork is set to be the city’s next classic lounge for an elegant Champagne and cocktail experience, serving everything from bubbles and a wide array of international wines, to specially crafted cocktails and must-have culinary delights. Clockwork first greets guests with a statement timepiece in the transformed lobby: a specialty clock tower inspired by the hotel’s anniversary. Steps away from the grand lobby space is the hotel’s new signature dining venue, Reign. Home to a restaurant, bar and bakery, Reign delivers three unique culinary experiences, blending together daily must-haves and classic culinary techniques with modern food trends. thefairmontroyalyork.com

DESIGNER POUR-OVER CANADIANO ELEVATES the mindful experience of engaging in a daily ritual, one cup of coffee at a time. This ingenious object, hand-carved out of walnut, brews coffee in a simple and elegant manner without using a paper filter. Simply place it on your cup, add coffee grinds, pour hot water and enjoy a rich and smooth cup of coffee with a velvety texture. FSC certified Canadian walnut wood block and medical grade stainless steel filter. Creates zero waste, does not need paper filters or replacement parts. To clean, simply rinse it under the tap. Handmade in Toronto, each piece is unique. $79; simons.ca

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LAGOSTINA recently released a special edition stainless steel Dutch oven, made in collaboration with chef ambassador Giada De Laurentiis. An Italian-born chef, restaurateur, New York Times bestselling author and Emmy Award-winning television personality, De Laurentiis was a natural partner for the brand and infused her love of family-style cooking into the cookware design. “As a longtime fan of the brand, I was thrilled to collaborate with Lagostina to create this versatile Dutch oven,” says De Laurentiis. A stainless steel body is paired with a hammered copper lid, making it a perfect statement piece that easily transitions from stove to tabletop. $140; available online at The Bay; thebay.com

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WINE

Rosé ALL DAY by MICHAEL PINKUS

IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN. The weather is starting to get warmer, and we’re taking our favourite outdoor furniture outside, plunking it down where it’ll get the most sun exposure and readying ourselves for limited time outdoors. As Ontarians, we know July and August are our main outdoor months and they need to be savoured. That all said, every year I write in glowing terms about dry rosé, a real up-and-comer in the wine world. After years of living in a sad kind of limbo and obscurity rosé has found a new lease on life as the summer beverage of choice for many, and not just the female and trendy set, as has been depicted in popular culture. It has become a real summertime, sit on the patio of your choice sipper

but those wines are fewer and further between than they used to be.

without having to deal with the derisive gaze of onlookers thinking

Every year I subject my palate to countless bottles of rosé – I even

you’ve gone over to the sweet side (those looks are reserved for the

attend a 60-plus rosé tasting with my colleague of the Wine Writers

uneducated who have no idea how far rosé has come).

Circle of Canada – and over the past six years I have noticed the dry

Look, rosé has found a slogan – Rosé All Day – and has fans near

rosé trend is really hitting its stride and a majority of pink wines

and far. If you follow social media, it’s hash-tagged everywhere

fall into the dry and refreshing category, rather than the sweet and

from Provence to Providence as everyone raises a glass of the

syrupy camp. And trust me when I say, that’s a good thing.

personification of summer. I would even go so far as to say most

The advent of summer and rosé season has become such a

wineries now make at least one rosé; and that is because so many of

momentous occasion around my house that every year for the past

us have been turned onto the pink stuff and are fiercely proud of it.

three, my wife and I have taken a day off during the week in late

People have rosé parties throughout the summer, where every wine

April or early May to stock up on our favourites in preparation for

poured is of the blushing variety, and no one complains because

patio season. Nothing beats a hot day with a glass of rosé. By the

they don’t see a pure red or pure white wine on the table. At our

time you read this our boxes in the basement will be full and we’ll

liquor board they see a sizeable shift in buying habits over the

be sitting outside sipping (#RoséAllDay).

summer months. Rosé sales spike as Ontarians follow the rest of the

I also write at least one rosé article every year telling people

world’s trend in the drinking of pink wine over the hot months. The

about the best I have tried, up to that point. Throughout the

pride in drinking rosé is no longer shunned or looked down upon,

summer more hit the market and if you follow me on social media

in fact if you are still embarrassed pouring or ordering one, you

or my website you’ll discover more rosé to choose from; but I have

need to own it, jump on the bandwagon or start your own wagon.

to cut it off somewhere so that you can go out and start your own

I even know of one writer who has a “Men Who Aren’t Afraid of

collection of pink wines for you and your guests. Inevitably I get

Rosé” party, where everyone dons a pink shirt and sips Rosé All

emails and social media responses that ask if I have tried X or Y rosé

Day (#RoséAllDay). This is no longer a trend, when summer comes

– and without fail nine out of 10 of those requests are about sweet

along the love shown for rosé becomes a movement.

rosés. I always find it amazing that the people that say they drink

The reason rosé has such a bad reputation, or did, was because of

dry, are really suckers for sweet. To those people I say this: serious

a fluke in winemaking called white zinfandel. I don’t want to go too

rosé is dry, it’s refreshing and something you should be able to

far down the rabbit hole here, but white zinfandel was not planned;

drink all day. The sweet stuff is no better than a cooler and should

it was a mistake of winemaking that turned into a bonafide trend

be treated as such; with the sugar induced headache the next day

and damaged the profile of rosé. While still available, the good

that goes right along with it.

news is the heyday of white zin has come and gone, and dry rosé

So, hold your head up high dry-rosé drinkers and get ready for

(aka: serious rosé) once again rules the pop charts. Don’t get me

summer, below is my exhaustive, but sadly, never complete list of

wrong, the days of sweet rosé aren’t completely gone, they live on,

rosés for the summer of 2019.

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ROSÉS TO GET, SEARCH OR ORDER TO MAKE YOUR SUMMER BETTER …

CHATEAU DE BERNE 2018 ROMANCE

France; $19.99, consignment The name seems to be one of those hokey things you want to avoid, but actually this one really is a delicious little limeraspberry number with a hint of orange blossom on the finish. ✰✰✰ +

MAS DES BRESSADES 2018 CUVEE TRADITION ROSÉ

France; $16.95, #950576 A little deeper in colour than the trending rosés on the shelves, but that might explain the mainly strawberry and lime notes, and while it has a short finish, it is very tasty. ✰✰✰

BODEGAS IZADI 2018 LARROSA ROSÉ

Spain; $16.95, #490961 This was a real winner for me last year and it’s come around again this year: nice dry palate with orange, lemon-lime, raspberry and cranberry. Pick this one up by the six pack because it’ll go fast. ✰✰✰ +

REDSTONE WINERY 2018 ROSÉ

Ontario; $17.95, winery and available June 2019 at LCBO Two years ago, Redstone made my top rosé list and they’re back again. This fruity version ends dry, but has a mid-palate loaded with raspberry, strawberry and melon – great balancing act here. ✰✰✰ +

MALIVOIRE 2018 LADYBUG ROSÉ

Ontario; $16.95, #559088 What started out as a sweet rosé has been getting drier with each passing year, and that’s a great thing. Cherry, raspberry, lime with a bitter melon finish; cheerful and so easy to drink. ✰✰✰ +

HENRY OF PELHAM 2018 ROSÉ

Ontario; $14.95, #613471 This great value rosé from Ontario should be picked up by the case. Pretty and floral from the get go, then it adds in melon, raspberry and cherry – sweet fruit but there’s a lovely long finish hit with acidity that takes it to the dry side. ✰✰✰

✰✰✰✰✰ = Outstanding ✰✰✰✰ = Excellent ✰✰✰✰ = Very Good ✰✰✰ = Good + The wine offers a bonus but not enough to go to the next level.

WAYNE GRETZKY 2018 ROSÉ

Ontario; $16.95, winery only A first from Gretzky and something you should really make a trip to the winery for: lime, lemon, raspberry, strawberry, melon rind and even some herbal notes. ✰✰✰ +

MELDVILLE 2018 CABERNET FRANC ROSÉ

Ontario; $20, Legends Winery Huge strawberry with a subtle bitter-ish herbal note; good hint of lime on the finish … very summer. First rosé I tried this year and still memorable. ✰✰✰ +

CREEKSIDE 2018 ROSÉ

Ontario; $15.95, #48819 A real blast of refreshment with a hit of wild cherry, along with the balance of

beets, cranberry and citrus. The beet may be jarring, but it fits right in, trust me. ✰✰✰+

LEANING POST 2018 ROSÉ

Ontario, $20, winery only Not often do you get this kind of complex rosé, but this Leaning Post delivers on so many levels: herbal, melon, cherry and more. Very drinkable and refreshing. This is a ‘just can’t get enough’ rosé. ✰✰✰✰

WESTCOTT VINEYARDS 2018 PINOT NOIR ROSÉ

Ontario; $22.95, winery only A 100 per cent lightlycoloured pinot noir that’s dry with floral, cherry-raspberry and lime – even shows some stone fruit and grapefruit on the finish. Westcott’s new winemaker nails this one. ✰✰✰✰

SEVEN HILLS 2018 ROSÉ

Washington, order from winery Tried this while in Washington State and was blown away, considering the rest of the rosés during the trip were quite lackluster. Cherryraspberry with intense lime and a bolt of acidity that jars the palate awake – this is serious west coast rosé. ✰✰✰ +

CULMINA 2018 R&D ROSÉ

British Columbia, $19, order from winery Worth reaching out to the winery for delivery to your door. Floral, citrus, raspberry with a hint of grapefruit on the finish, and lime zest for freshness; don’t let this one pass you by. ✰✰✰ +

ORGANIZED CRIME 2018 ROSÉ

different red grape varietals, but mostly pinot noir, the others just add some much-needed depth. Strawberry, lime kick things off, adding in peach and some grapefruit pith on the finish plus a bitter note that helps dry out that fresh fruit. ✰✰✰ +

BANROCK STATION 2018 PINK MOSCATO

Australia, $11.95, #170134 For those who want to stray to the sweet side … in the past this has been a sweet mess, but this year they seem to have nailed that moscato d’asti vibe with ginger ale, sweet pear and pineapple notes that good moscato should have and because it’s rosé there’s a dash of raspberry too. ✰✰✰+

Ontario, winery Made using three

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CRITIQUE Beef Tartare with grilled baguette.

LOCATION: 592 Sherbourne Street, just south of Bloor FOOD: Modern French DRINKS: List of 35 hand crafted cocktails + a downstairs speak easy DÉCOR: Victorian charm with a dash of granny chic OWNER: Oliver & Bonacini Restaurants CHEF: Corporate Executive Chef Anthony Walsh and District Executive Chef John Horne maisonselby.com

SELBY

VINTAGE DECOR AND FRENCH BISTRO FARE BRING A HERITAGE HOME BACK TO LIFE.

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now home to Maison Selby, the latest offering from Oliver & Bonacini Restaurants (O&B). Built in 1883 by one of the City’ most wealthy families – the Gooderhams – this grand old Victorian has had a colourful past. It was for a time an all-girls school, and then – as The Selby

Hotel – home to Ernest Hemingway while he worked in Toronto as a foreign correspondent. During the ’80s it became a gay night club, hosting countless dance parties for the next 20 years. In the late ’90s, the party stopped when new owners converted the building into a Howard Johnson Hotel. The 136-year-old building was actually moved closer to Sherbourne Street a few years ago in order to become part of a new building project. It now stands at the base of a purpose-built luxury, rental apartment building. The folks at O&B (Leña, Canoe, Jump, Auberge du Pommier, Biff’s Bistro, Luma) kept the original features that remained – moulding, stained glass, original fireplaces and 12-foot ceilings – while renovating

PHOTOS BY OLIVER & BONACINI RESTAURANTS

Maison

HAT WAS ONCE the Gooderham mansion is

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Mussels served in Pernod Cream Sauce with a side of fries.

Escargot de Bourgogne.

the building into a unique restaurant space that

a classic dish, served in a fresh, herbal, vermouth

and bursting with flavour. Zucchini, tomato and

retains the charms of a heritage building.

sauce. It’s slightly garlicky, not overpowering.

olive tapenade top the dish sitting atop a bed of

The restaurant is spread over four rooms on the

We’re only left wishing there were more toasted

saffron couscous. It’s warm, comforting and doesn’t

main floor, each with its own unique character. In

baguette to sop up every last drop of the verdant

leave you missing meat on your plate.

décor terms, this could be a love it or hate it kind

green sauce. Seared Foie Gras is a lovely, balanced

The highlight: Boeuf Bourguignon. Absolutely

of place: bold hand-painted murals and custom

dish brightened by very seasonally appropriate

succulent, tender beef with rich potato puree,

wallpapers differentiate each of the restaurant’s

rhubarb compote. The Salt Cod Brandade (a classic

crowned with crispy onions. We could have licked

four rooms. Rich velvets, brass and antique accents

whipped spread with olive oil) is served with potato

the plate but do try to remember our manners

fill every corner.

crisps and radishes. The texture is sublimely velvet,

while dining in pubic. If you are looking for a richly

but slightly flavourless – we find all the flavour is

flavoured, delicious, satisfying in every way dish,

coming from the salty chip.

order this.

For me, it’s absolute love. I’ll take a sumptuous interior

with

monkey

wallpaper

(technically

mandrills, I think) over Swedish discount chairs and barn board accents any day.

On the entrees side of the menu, I could easily

Aside from the very nicely curated list of craft

find something to order here night after night.

cocktails – some featuring the Maison Selby line of

The menu reads like a list of French classics,

Mussels and Frites come in a fairly generous serving

products by Dillon’s Distillery – on the bar menu,

dishes that feel both casual (Beef Chuck Burger

(served in a Staub vessel) with a side of Frites. The

you can check out Sous Sol, an “underground

with Frites, $21) and right for a special occasion

mussels are swimming in a Pernod cream sauce

speakeasy” and cocktail bar tucked into the lower

indulgence (Tournedos Rossini, $78).

– again crying for more of that toasty baguette

level.

From the appetizer menu (or Hors d’Oeuvres as per Maison Selby) the Escargot de Bourgogne is

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Culture Toronto architect

on Royal Architectural Institute

of Canada shortlist

THE ROYAL ARCHITECTURAL INSTITUTE OF CANADA (RAIC) recently announced the shortlist for the 2019 RAIC International Prize for socially transformative architecture. One Canadian firm — Hariri Pontarini Architects, of Toronto — achieved a spot on the shortlist of projects. A six-member jury chose a university building in Peru, an artists’ residence and cultural centre in Senegal, and a Baha’i Temple in Chile. The biennial prize was founded in 2013 and is open to architects from anywhere in the world. “We see in these exceptional buildings how architecture can strengthen community, bring together diverse peoples, lift the spirit, and exist in harmony with the environment,” says RAIC President Michael Cox. “Each of these projects offers lessons that can be applied elsewhere, and we hope they will inspire architects around the world as they design for human well-being.” Hariri Pontarini’s project – Baha’i Temple of South America – is designed to be a place of welcome and meaning for everyone. Its design has attracted more than 1.4 million visitors since opening in fall 2016. The temple is composed of nine cast-glass and marble wings, achieving a sense of weightless movement, light, and at the same time permanence. At the edge of the Andes, it was built to withstand a rugged climate and an earthquake zone. Its 14-year realization involved hundreds of local volunteers and a global effort, including fabrication in Canada and Germany, marble from a Portuguese quarry, and Chilean tradespeople. The prize winner will be unveiled at a gala in Toronto in October. SUMMER 2019 LUXE MAGAZINE CANADA

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RIGHT Artist Vanessa McKernan in her Toronto studio. BELOW With Child and Roses, oil and graphite on Mylar.

ETHEREAL FIGURES FILLED WITH MOVEMENT AND WHIMSY DRAW YOU INTO THE CANVAS by SHERRY SMITHER

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A RECENT SHOW, VANESSA MCKERNAN

LEARNED something powerful about her painting and herself. When McKernan finished With Child and Roses, she hung it sideways to dry on her studio wall, without even looking at it. Even though the large three-feet by five-feet, oil and graphite painting was something she worked on throughout the course of two weeks, she really hadn’t thought about it. “I have a two-year-old and it’s the first time in my life being a mother and parenting, so I was always trying to make a piece of art about the experience, but it never worked out. Every time I went to do it, it just never fit,” McKernan says. With the Artist Project, an annual contemporary art show approaching, she framed the painting, and then hung it on display. On the fourth day of the exhibit, a woman came by to inquire about With Child and Roses. “We started talking about the piece. It was sort of unusual because she had the same last name as me, although we’re not related. I’m related to most of the McKernans in Toronto and I was surprised by that,” she explains. “The woman asked why I made this reflection on being a mother, and I was telling her a little bit about it and how I love painting big messy crowds in the background. In an off-handed comment, she said she saw something different; she thought my painting is about the woman carrying her inner child. She was right,” reveals McKernan. “I almost burst into tears because she really saw something that I could not, and I didn’t see: the truth in the piece, the under layer you’re not always aware of as an artist.” McKernan explores different parts of the self and mind in her work. She examines social interactions of people and observes behaviour on an unconscious level, as seen in her paintings Waking Up, Two Riders, Through Tall Grass, and Burial for a Cat. “I believe painters and creative people are connecting to something larger outside of themselves,” she explains. “This doesn’t always happen in the process of being in your studio and working and painting, but occasionally truths are revealed about yourself and about the world that you maybe wouldn’t get to any other way but through the piece.” Vanessa grew up in a family of eight children with music at the forefront of their lives. Her father was a musician and wrote musicals. He loved to play songs from musical theatre and from SUMMER 2019 LUXE MAGAZINE CANADA 65

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“REFERENCES TO DANCE APPEAR MORE THAN I THINK. MY EARLY WORK CAME FROM WATCHING MYSELF AND OTHER DANCERS. IT’S A VISUAL SOURCE OF MATERIAL IN MY MEMORY, SO WHEN I STARTED DRAWING BODIES, THE DANCER WAS ALWAYS IN THERE.”

ABOVE Deep in the Woods RIGHT Piano Children OPPOSITE PAGE Living Room

iconic singers like Elton John and Billy Joel. When her father

“References to dance appear more than I think. My early work

played, they sang. Most Sundays ended with a McKernan family

came from watching myself and other dancers. It’s a visual source

singalong around his grand piano.

of material in my memory, so when I started drawing bodies, the

Wanting to explore this dynamic in her childhood, McKernan

dancer was always in there,” she explains.

created Piano Children, depicting one child playing her father’s

Many of the figures in McKernan’s pieces are ethereal, evoking

grand piano, while the others are lying down inside of it, facing

a sense of movement and drama like Deep in the Woods. “There is

different directions. “I painted that piece as an explanation of my

definitely a theatrical element to those figures, as there’s a reference

relationship with my father and my family life, living with seven

to them being on a stage and taking a bow,” she says. “There are

siblings in a big family with a very artistic, creative, complicated

roses being thrown and the foliage on the sides frame the stage.”

father,” she says.

Originally, Deep in the Woods was larger with eight loosely drawn

From an early age, the McKernan children were encouraged to

figures on Mylar, a material that allows Vanessa to cut her work to size

study music, theatre and dance. Initially, Vanessa’s area of interest

and alternate between using a brush and pencil. When she decided to

was ballet and modern dance. After graduating from high school,

rework the piece, she cut out some of the figures and then everything

her focus became visual arts at Montreal’s Concordia University,

came together.

although dance continues to influence her work.

One common element in McKernan’s contemporary artwork

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is flowers. “This is an issue I have in my own life, as I have the

be seen on Partial Gallery’s website, offering art lovers opportunities

tendency to make things beautiful and cover-up whatever is there

to rent or purchase local artists’ work.

with something beautiful,” she says. “In a sense, flowers kind

When one of McKernan’s art collectors asked her to do a

of sweeten the deal. If I consider having a menacing crowd and

charity event supporting marginalized youth, she was all in. Her

there are roses, it’s partially that. I do love flowers and plants and

solo exhibition and fundraiser, Between Land and Water, raised

drawing those forms. I love their organic quality and I like how

thousands of dollars for SKETCH, a community-based group

when you draw them and get really loose and get messy, it still

engaging Canadian youth 16 to 29 years old to build skills to move

looks great, so I’m definitely a lover of that imagery.” Similar to

away from poverty.

the way she uses colour, the flowers contrast some of her darker somber images with beautiful elements, juxtaposing them to bring attention to her work. McKernan is hosting an Open Studio event at her Distillery District studio on Saturday, June 22, from 11am to 4pm. She is also

“Anytime people invest in arts programs for kids, is definitely one of the greatest things they can do!” For more information: vanessamckernan.com; info@vmckernan.com; @vainter; 416.707.7332

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The Book of Mormon will be on stage at the Ed Mirvish Theatre June 11 through 23. Here: Monica L. Patton, Kevin Clay and Conner Peirson.

ON STAGE

I

F YOU’RE A MOVIE FAN, you’re very familiar with

HUGH JACKMAN. He’s had a variety of great roles, most notably the rough-around-the-edges mutant Wolverine from the popular X-Men franchise. But, he’s also a musical talent and boasts quite a set of pipes. He’s taking his talents on the road for his first-ever world

by CHRIS CLAY

Other concerts include ALEXISONFIRE (June 15 and 16), Phish

(June 18), the Outlaw Music Festival featuring WILLIE NELSON

and others (June 21), LIONEL RITCHIE (June 27), BRYAN ADAMS

(July 4), DAVE MATTHEWS BAND (July 10), SARAH MCLACHLAN (July 29), SANTANA (August 6), IRON MAIDEN (August 9 and 10),

THE SMASHING PUMPKINS & NOEL GALLAGHER’S HIGH FLYING

tour entitled Hugh Jackman: The Man. The Music. The

BIRDS (August 13) and HOOTIE & THE BLOWFISH (August 29). And,

show rolls into Toronto’s Scotiabank Arena on June 25, when the

that’s not even the full list of shows happening there this summer.

Tony Award-winner will perform hits from The Greatest Showman

Tickets can be purchased through Ticket Monster.

and Les Misérables as well as other selections from Broadway and

Music icon and multiple Grammy Award-winner HERBIE

film with the backing of a live orchestra. Tickets can be purchased

HANCOCK is set to grace the Roy Thomson Hall stage for a concert

through Ticketmaster.

on August 6. Hancock is an innovator and one of the most respected

The Academy Award-winning film Bohemian Rhapsody has

jazz musicians in the world. His discography covers six decades

helped turn a new generation onto the music of British band QUEEN.

and, showing just how relevant he remains, Hancock won the 2008

Fans both new and old can enjoy their music live when the band

Grammy Award for Album of the Year for River: The Joni Letters.

comes to Scotiabank Arena for a concert on July 28 as part of their

Also performing at the concert is Kamasi Washington, who’s no

Rhapsody Tour. While Freddie Mercury has sadly passed away, Adam

slouch in his own right. The jazz saxophonist’s 2018 album Heaven

Lambert of American Idol fame has served as the band’s frontman

and Earth garnered critical praise and lots of positive reviews. Tickets

for the past several years. Get ready to dance to their impressive

cost $59.50 to $199.50 and can be purchased by calling the box

collection of hits including “Somebody to Love” and “We Are the

office at 416.872.4255.

Champions,” among many others. Tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster.

Whether you’ve seen the animated film or the theatrical performance, Disney’s THE LION KING has a special place in many

Just in case you missed them the first time around, flamboyant

people’s hearts. If you’ve never attended the live production, now’s

rockers KISS will bring their End of the Road world tour back to

your chance when it comes to the Princess of Wales Theatre. The

the Scotiabank Arena on August 17. The tour – that the band says is

Tony Award-winning show runs June 13 to August 4. It’s filled with

their last – had a stop in Toronto in March. KISS is enshrined in the

stunning costumes and vivid visuals and has been universally hailed

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and has scores of hits including “I Was

by critics and audiences alike. The show is filled with memorable

Made for Lovin’ You” and “Shout It Out Loud.” Tickets are available

songs that include “Circle of Life,” “Hakuna Matata” and “Can You

through Ticketmaster.

Feel the Love Tonight.” Tickets start at $79 and can be purchased by

Without a doubt, Budweiser Stage is going to be tops on many

calling the box office at 416.872.1212 or by visiting TicketKing.com.

music fans’ destination lists for this summer. There’s a slew of great

Meanwhile, the popular musical DEAR EVAN HANSEN is having

bands, singers, rappers and artists coming to rock the venue over

its run extended at the Royal Alexandra Theatre until September 29.

the coming months. WIZ KHALIFA has a concert on July 23. He’s

It’s about a young man with severe social anxiety who can’t find

enjoyed hits including “We Dem Boyz” and “See You Again” from

any common ground with his peers. Tickets start at $59 and can be

the Furious 7 sound track. The American rapper released his latest

purchased through the box office at 416.872.1212.

album, Fly Times, Vol. 1: The Good Fly Young, earlier this year.

The

wildly

irreverent

and

Tony

Award-winning

musical

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THE BOOK OF MORMON is coming to Ed Mirvish Theatre for a short run from June 11 to 23. Widely praised for its humour, the show has proven to be a commercial hit as well. It’s written by the guys behind the long-running animated program South Park plus one of the writers from Avenue Q. It follows a pair of Mormon missionaries who are sent to Africa to preach. But, the earnest missionaries find the villagers have more important issues to focus on instead of what religion to follow. Tickets start at $35 and can be purchased through the box office at 416.87.1212. THE

OFFICE!

A

MUSICAL

PARODY,

currently selling out the Jerry Orbach Theatre in New York City, lovingly pokes fun at the hit TV show The Office. Don’t miss this hilarious unauthorized musical parody featuring your favourite coworkers from Dunder Mifflin when it arrives in Toronto for a limited run. The Office takes the stage at the CAA Theatre from July 30 through August 25. Tickets start at $45 and can be purchased by calling the box office at 416.872.1212 or by visiting TicketKing.com. The formidable and talented NORAH JONES

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has a performance on June 26 at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts as part of this year’s TD Toronto Jazz Festival. She has won a staggering nine Grammy Awards throughout her career and sold tens of millions of albums around the world. Jones released her seventh studio album Begin Again earlier this year. Tickets cost $60 to $120 and can be purchased by calling the box office at 1.855.872.7669. Meanwhile, comedian TOM SEGURA brings his Take It Down Tour to the Sony Centre for a pair of shows on August 15. He boasts three Netflix specials, appearances at the renowned Just for Laughs Comedy Festival and has had roles in films including Instant Family. Tickets cost $49.14 to $79.14 and can be purchased through the box office. South Korean jazz vocalist YOUN SUN

NAH brings her soaring voice to the Toronto Centre for the Arts’ George Weston Recital Hall for a concert on June 29. She has performed at festivals around the world including the Montreal Jazz Festival and released her latest album, Immersion, earlier this year. Tickets start at $47 and can be purchased through

ITALIAN WRAPS

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Ticketmaster or by calling the box office at 416.250.3708. If you love the funky sounds of SLY & THE

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Sly High: A Tribute to Sly & the Family Stone concert on June 27 at Flato Markham Theatre. An 11-piece band will play some of Sly & the Family Stone’s greatest hits. Tickets cost $55. To purchase, call the box office at 905.305.7469.

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Boost CYAC Board Vice Chair Daniela DeGasperis.

Christine Simpson and Tamara Costa.

2019 Butterfly Ball committee member Sylvia Mantella and Suzanne Rogers.

Vanessa Mulroney and Jane Hanrahan.

2019 Butterfly Ball hosts Melissa Grelo and Lainey Lui.

2019 Butterfly Ball committee Co-Chair Candice Sinclair, 2019 Butterfly Ball committee Co-Chair Cleophee Eaton and 2019 Butterfly Ball Honorary Chair Shantelle Bisson.

2019 Butterfly Ball committee member Claire MacNamara.

TheBUTTERFLY BALL

The Butterfly Ball in support of Boost Child & Youth Advocacy Centre (CYAC) took place at the Four Seasons Hotel, Toronto in May. Under the leadership of new gala co-chairs, Cleophee Eaton and Candice Sinclair, the 22nd annual event raised more than $700,000. Funds raised will help to sustain the critical work of Boost CYAC; supporting children who have experienced physical or sexual abuse and exploitation. 70

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LEFT TO RIGHT Julie, Brock and Carter Chessell and Rylie Smith.

LEFT TO RIGHT Graham, Anne, Catherine and Sarah Meader.

Supporters of Ashley’s Angels.

ANGELS CATWALK LEFT TO RIGHT Jeff, Sherrie, Julia and Ashley Logan.

The RIVER BALL

The sixth annual Angels Catwalk in support of the SickKids Transplant Centre was hosted in April at Steam Whistle Brewing. The event has raised more than $1.1 million over the past five years in support of research, education and innovation at the Hospital for SickKids.

Hockey legends Darcy Tucker (Left) and Shayne Corson joined the fun and took photos with guests.

The Modern Gentlemen.

The Humber River Hospital Foundation hosted their annual event, The River Ball in May at Universal Event Space. The event raised more than $1 million to support the expansion of the orthopaedic surgery program at Humber River Hospital.

The River Ball planning Committee. Front row, left to right: Dina Longo, Enza Fierro, Cathy Baxter. Back row, left to right: Mary Mauti, Donna Battiston, Maria Bozzo, Nella Contardi.

Dr. Sebastian Rodriguez-Elizalde receiving his 2019 Doctor of Philanthropy Award from Pamela Wing, president & CEO of Humber River Hospital Foundation and Barb Collins, president & CEO of Humber River Hospital.

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Are you a good cottage guest? by ANNE T. DONAHUE

AM A TERRIBLE COTTAGE GUEST. It’s

suburban plaza. (See: a glimpse into my past.) For someone to invite

not because I’m messy or disrespectful, but

you to their home-away-from-home is a bigger deal than most of

because I would rather be anywhere than

us are willing to give credit for, especially since most cottages are

at a cottage. My heart belongs to hotels

remote and can’t be abandoned on a whim or without a car. To

and glorious access to one’s own private

invite someone to their cottage is to say, “I am vulnerable, we are

bathroom. I will never be relaxed enough

creating a memory, we are sharing time that stretches past brunch.”

to sit calmly – smelling of lake – and I will

And it must be reciprocated with enthusiasm. With excitement. Or,

always ask how long the hotdogs have been

at the very least, more than a shrug and comment about why there

sitting out.

isn’t any air conditioning. (Something I think is a fair question, but

I realize this is my own problem, and not

one I have been told is grossly out of line.)

one I developed as a result of the cottages

It also means that you pick up the slack. If the host has provided

I’ve visited. From 17 to somewhere in my

beds, blankets, towels, and the option of food or drink, it’s up to you

early twenties, I was a delightful (albeit

to make the meals, share your beverages, and clean up the kitchen

uncomfortable) cottage guest. I washed

mess you helped create. And for me, I prefer spending my days and

dishes, I didn’t cram toilet paper down

evenings this way. As someone who greets a forest with screaming

temperamental toilets, and while there’s

and tears, I much prefer to make myself busy by doing literally

no photographic proof, I swear I helped

anything that isn’t outdoor-centric. Which also works for regular

with dinner at some point, somewhere,

parties, too: need a break from socializing? Camp out in the kitchen,

for someone. In 2003 I refrained from

washing and drying. Don’t trust anybody else to prepare food in

complaining about the mosquitos swarming

a responsible and hygienic way? Thaw out the shrimp in the sink

me and my bed; and in 2004, I downplayed

and prepare the vegetables yourself. And then set the table indoors,

the rash that was the telltale sign of my inevitable tango with West

forcing everyone to come back inside to where you are in control.

Nile Virus. It was summer, there were Sea-Doos, and I refused to

Plus? More importantly, doing so ensures those you’re with are

be the friend everyone regretted inviting; even though I often just

under obligation to compliment you for working so hard. Especially

plopped down on the couch, suggesting to anybody who would

since they were all hanging outside, playing on some type of water

listen that a movie day (despite the sun) is always an underrated

trampoline.

activity.

Because that’s the secret to excellent cottage guesting: doing

And of course, all of these proved valuable lessons. First, that I’m

the least will always seem like the most. Getting up to make coffee

not meant for locations that necessitate bug spray. And second, that

(your way a.k.a. The Best™) will make you seem considerate. Plus,

by being a well-intentioned cottage guest, I was still one of the worst

sweeping and cleaning and washing and polishing will also ensure

guests of all. My obvious lack of enthusiasm outweighed any and

you are not the most responsible guest, but the one most deserving

all kitchen duties I took on, and my passive-aggressive responses

of praise. A factor I take into consideration every day, under every

to suggestions that we swim or boat or suntan gave me the air of

circumstance.

Dame Maggie Smith in Downton, inquiring as to what a weekend is.

Just remember that regardless of how comfortable you’re urged

I may not have wanted to miss out, but I just shouldn’t have gone

to be, the cottage is not your home. You can’t leave towels on the

anywhere. This is the first rule of cottaging: if you aren’t fluent in

floor, and you can’t waltz into the living room in a sopping-wet

nature or beaches or wherever cottages tend to be, avoid them at all

bathing suit as if you don’t know how expensive hardwood floors

costs. Or, go up for the day and book a hotel room. This way, you free

are. (And even if it’s stick-on tile: get a clue, man.) You’re an adult

yourself and your friends from having to entertain your whims of

in another adult’s living-ish space, and if you’ve committed to fun,

card games inside, silent reading inside, movie-watching inside, and

nature, and spending time among more people than I think make

shopping at the mall you passed 45 minutes away. This way, when

for a decent weekend, your fate is sealed: act accordingly. Bring a

they pile into the boat to watch what’s-his-name waterski, you’ll be

host gift. Splurge on the kettle chips.

spared from distracting what’s-his-name by endlessly offering him sunscreen.

Also, please avoid getting heat-stroke. You’re no less exciting for drinking a barrel of water every afternoon, and your sun hat looks

Which is the other thing about cottages: it’s important to remain

great. Plus, nobody wants their weekend ruined by someone in the

upbeat. Or social. Or any descriptor you wouldn’t assign to a surly

fetal position, crying about whether or not they’re about to perish.

teen, livid she’s got to spend an afternoon away from the closest

Or, as I like to call it: the Anne T. Donahue special.

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