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STYLE, THE TWEEN YEARS Understanding tweens: what they eat, how they think and what they wear

10 DESIGNER AT HOME A Westboro designer raises the roof for her own home renovation

51 STREET STYLE Local florists show off their stylish side

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COVER KITCHEN RENOVATION A young family dramatically changes their living space with a kitchen makeover

18 OUTDOOR KITCHEN Expert advice on creating a year-round outdoor kitchen 22 GARDEN DELIGHT The backyard oasis comes in a variety of sizes 25

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64 EVENTS Ottawa 2017 Event Calendar 66 FOOD SCENE The evolving ByWard Market food scene

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Evolution Oh, look at us grow! Our spring renovation issue is the largest to date, and while it’s a tribute to Jennifer Tackaberry and her success with sales, it is also a true reflection of what’s happening in the Nation’s Capital. As Ottawa is in the midst of celebrating Canada’s 150th anniversary with several grand-scale events, its evolution is becoming clearer. The city is making its mark on the global map and earning respect from the world at large. Ottawa is growing in multiple ways, from the development of an elaborate transit system to meet the demands of an increased population, to numerous lifestyle enhancements on the food, shopping, hotel and entertainment scenes. Our spring issue shows off the growth and development pattern of the city as we profile four visionaries who have each played a prominent role in the evolution of the National Capital Region. It was an honour for me to spend time with John Ruddy, Shirley Westeinde, Mayor Jim Watson and Barry Hobin, to learn about the city from their vantage points and understand the driving forces behind the decisions they have made that have left lasting imprints on the capital (pg 46). As a media partner with Ottawa 2017 for Inspiration Village, an exhibit showcasing the cultural side of each province in the ByWard Market, Ottawa At Home has created a section to highlight some of the events. Read about how Guy Laflamme, the driving force behind the Ottawa 2017 committee, became inspired to create the outstanding, year-long festivities that will impress both locals and tourists. Paula Roy checks out the buzz in the flourishing ByWard Market food scene, and Melissa Shabinsky taps into some artistic fashion. (pgs 60-66). Our renovation section fills the pages with ideas on how to transform space,

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Raise the roof BY MARY TAGGART PHOTOGRAPHY BY MARK HOLLERON

Having worked on many projects for friends and neighbours in Westboro, designer Jane Keyserlingk finally put her talents to work on her own home. While many people would have opted to tear down the modest bungalow, Jane and husband Tom decided to renovate the home they had raised their family in. Many elements played into their choice for working with the existing structure but Jane says the maple tree on the front lawn was the deciding factor. “We could not rationalize all the costs associated with tearing down the house and potentially 10 ottawaathome.ca SPRING 2017

losing the tree, not to mention that it seemed wasteful to destroy a solid foundation and first floor.” The objective was to gain size and increase living space and the solution was to add a second storey. The end result is an impressive family home in one of Ottawa’s most desirable neighborhoods. HOME IMPROVEMENT Interior walls were opened on the main floor to create a more livable space and bedrooms were moved to the second floor. The entire process took five months. Jane started the general layout OTTAWA 2017


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Facing page: The home office fits in perfectly in a space off the living room. This page, above: Carpet, bedding and bedside table, HomeSense. Below: ceiling fixture, Marchand Electric; bed, IKEA; bedding HomeSense. Left: Solano freestanding tub, Mondeau Kitchen & Bath.

“Much of the inspiration for this project came from our many summers on the east coast of Maine and Nova Scotia.” — JANE KEYSERLINGK

then worked with Steve Ardington, of Ardington + Associates Design, to come up with the working drawings. Fine Spaces was hired to do the build. Jane has developed strong ties with local trades and suppliers and worked efficiently with each of them to ensure that the renovation would be done on schedule. She believes 12 ottawaathome.ca SPRING 2017

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room, directly across the hall, has an air of formality dressed in white with a touch of glamour, but the large harvest table calls to an inviting entertaining style.

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vibe. “Much of the inspiration for this project came from our many summers on the East Coast of Maine and Nova Scotia” says Jane. The exterior offers a New England style with a combination of Malbec wood siding and eastern white cedar shakes. The look continues inside with a soft, neutral colour scheme throughout. The living room is dressed in warm cream and beige fabrics to create an inviting space. The dining CELEBRATING 150 YEARS

STYLE COMBINED Classic elements, like a centre hall floor plan, combine with modern touches like an open concept linear space on the main floor, to incorporate a clever home office for both Jane and Tom. The t-shaped Laurysen kitchen tastefully blends grey and white cabinets which are tied together by artful backsplash. Upstairs, the bedrooms each take on the occupant’s personal style. Daughter Megan is drawn to shabby chic style with a traditional bed and vintage décor detailing. Son Adam’s room falls into a more urban style of décor. Jane has created a calm oasis in the master bedroom, but the ensuite adds a glamorous component with a floating tub, spa like shower and crystal chandelier. BLENDING IN The family now has a home that not only meets their needs but also has the approval of their discerning neighbours. Blending in with the architecture of the area was the goal for Jane, who thinks that it’s crucial for an addition to look like it’s always been there rather than added on. “I am most proud when customers and neighbours comment that the additions and renovations I have designed on older homes look as though they have always been there and were part of the original home,” states the thoughtful designer. Contact Jane keyserlingk@rogers.com

When it comes to kitchen planning, cabinets play one of the most important roles in both appearance and functionality. Although there are many options out there, I’ve narrowed down our top five cabinet door styles. High gloss cabinetry has gained popularity and is here to stay. This finish can be applied in every color imaginable to a variety of materials, including wood. It reflects light and adds lustre and a sleek glossy texture to the cabinet. Shaker doors have been a favorite in design because of their versatility and wide appeal to offer both a modern and timeless look. Present-day shaker style cabinetry shows an elegant slim-profile. Clean contemporary lines are complimented with graceful detailing to create a simple, current and refined style of cabinetry. Inspired by rustic textures of factories and warehouses, the industrial door style comes in unexpected materials such as metal and concrete. A complex palette of neutral colors like gunmetal grey, smoke, rust, and cement, layered with a variety of unique textures, can create stunning visual results to express the personality of the home owner. While some wood cabinets are more subtle and uniform in appearance, there is always an option to add more contrast and drama by introducing wood rich in character and grain. The added dimension of depth and the feeling of rough texture can differentiate rough chic cabinetry from wood veneers. There is nothing like rich color and texture of wood to inject warmth and character into a space. By incorporating wood finishes into our homes, we are able to enjoy the soothing and invigorating effect of incorporating elements of nature into décor. SPRING 2017 ottawaathome.ca 13


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When scientists Andrea and Chris Howard purchased their four-bedroom home in Nepean, they knew that it had the right bones to grow with their family. Built in 1971, well-maintained and virtually free of cosmetic upgrades, the house provided a blank canvas for the couple to bring their collection of practical and aesthetic ideas to fruition, and was an ideal template for a first-time renovation. Before starting any improvements, the couple and their firstborn child lived in the home for two years, creating a wish list. Desiring kitchen, basement and backyard upgrades, they agreed to prioritize the more expensive kitchen renovation knowing that an unfinished basement would allow for unhindered access to electrical, plumbing and construction aspects of the project. Time spent living in the cramped eating and dining areas helped the little family to further define their needs. “The limitations we faced living in the old kitchen really helped to develop our list of musts. We knew we wanted something open concept, suited CELEBRATING 150 YEARS

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to living and entertaining, that would adapt to both growth and change,” says Andrea. A love of mid-century modern design and architecture helped flavour the plans with Andrea’s vision providing the focal point. “The whole renovation was built around my desire for the cathedral ceilings of my imagination, with windows that whooshed all the way to the top.” The Howards were ready to move forward with their kitchen project in 2015, using online research, personal recommendations and meetings to choose their renovation team of Astro Design Centre and Crossford Construction. They were thrilled with both. According to Astro Design Centre designer Dean Large, working with the Howards was a treat, “When I first met Andrea, she had a clear vision for her home. It was that vision, paired with her openness, that allowed us to create such a fantastic finished product. The design process was a real collaboration. Chris and Andrea knew what they wanted and I was able to guide and help them with space planning, design

Updating an existing bathroom can be fun, but challenging. The easiest updates don’t require removing tiles and changing plumbing fixtures but this means that you must stick within the existing footprint, and that’s where the challenges set in. For example, replacing your toilet with a sleek modern model might not be possible if your water supply isn’t coming from the back wall. The same thing would apply if you want a wall hung vanity, or recessed toe kick on a standard vanity, these changes would require modifications to existing tile. Consider changing your sink and faucet rather than the entire vanity, this brings a new look while sticking with the original layout. Updating your countertop to a solid surface, such as granite or quartz, or even updating your laminate countertop, to give an instant “refresh” to any dated bathroom. There are a few suppliers that have retrofit shower faucets that offer you the addition of rain head and hand shower, without changing the valve behind the wall or changing your tile. Changing a standard showerhead to a removable hand shower is an easy change and in seconds you have a hand shower that easily removes for cleaning, shaving legs, washing your kids hair, or even washing your favorite pet! Contact Cheryl channa@mondeau.ca

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and choosing finishes to create this fun and classic modern space.” Work began the following summer; with the Howards, now joined by a six-weekold second baby boy, lived in their sunken family room and basement throughout the five-month renovation.

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Walls were torn down to transform three small chambers into one large sunny room. Raising the roof by four feet made way for cathedral ceilings of clear cedar and theatrical windows extending to the roof. A generous island, warmed by a countertop of soapstone, showcases a stunning walnut butcher block measuring four by four feet. The industrial look of three pendant lights above is softened by unique curved-glass globes. Grey flat-slab cabinets, complemented by one row of high-gloss blue cupboards, offer ample storage space for now and later. The purposefully-wide passageway surrounding the island, bordered by counters and an industrial-size sink, serves as a perfect racetrack for energetic tiny children. In future years, this generous alley will allow the busy family to move comfortably when preparing and cleaning up meals together. Hickory floors, chosen for their grain and durability, support a handcrafted dining table made by Andrea’s brother using leftover boards and finished with a light pecan stain. Sets of modern blue and white stackable chairs were purchased in abundance to make room for visiting family and friends. A cozy nook featuring a vented gas fireplace with driftwood insert, a comfy couch and a plush rug in swirling, soothing colours complete the room. This space offers both owners and guests an opportunity to seek respite, conversation and relaxation. OTTAWA 2017


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Facing page, left to right: Joe Whitfield, Chuck Shabsove, Dawn Whitfield and Adrienne Shabsove enjoy cocktails by the pool. This page, clockwise: There is always plenty of variety when Chuck does the cooking; a cocktail centre from DCS is a fun addition; the Kamado Grill cooks Chuck’s ribs to perfection.

BBQ season is calling BY JANE WHITING PHOTOGRAPHY BY MARK HOLLERON

The sky is definitely the limit when it comes to designing and equipping today’s outdoor living areas. More and more, outdoor kitchens are a big demand feature in Ottawa and they being built for durable, year-round use. Not surprisingly, a customized outdoor kitchen takes pride of place in the pool and patio backyard of Chuck Shabsove, who owns Capital Appliance & BBQ. The impressive stone kitchen and bar, with an array of high-end elements, ramps up the entertaining level in an outdoor space that is enhanced by a fire-pit, accent lighting and an integrated sound system.

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When planning a renovation, whether a full replacement of every element from cabinetry to appliances or just replacing elements that have become dated, your countertop should always be at the core of the project, as the kitchen is the heart of your home. After all, it is where family and friends tend to gather and enjoy each other’s home cooking and company. That said, it is critical to select a countertop that is both functional and can stand up to crowds and spills, as well as beautifully reflecting your style. Quartz countertops have a range of colours and patterns that fit every style from traditional and transitional to modern. The stain resistant material is completely non-porous so more hygienic than other solid materials that may need continued upkeep such as re-sealing and disinfecting. While colours and patterns are plentiful it is important for the countertop to compliment the décor of the kitchen. Your beautiful selection will quickly look unattractive if all the materials are fighting each other for attention. Be sure to pull your selections together in the space before committing to your choices. Make sure that each component blends nicely with the other elements. The backsplash tile, counter top, flooring, cabinets and wall colour need to be coordinated for an impressive outcome. Contact Elizabeth: EMargles@caesarstone.ca

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“I use charcoal for low and slow cooking which is perfect for large pieces of meat, ribs and steaks.” — CHUCK SHABSOVE Built to last in lead stone with a distinctive granite worktop, the exspansive L-shaped kitchen has both a gas BBQ and a Kamado grill. “I use charcoal for low and slow cooking which is perfect for large pieces of meat, ribs and steaks,” says Chuck who is in charge of the outdoor kitchen and did most of the planning. He does thank his

wife Adrienne for her idea of adding a cedar roof with a heater so he can cook in all types of weather. Chuck’s biggest must-have feature is the sleek style of the DCS (Dynamic Cooking System) BBQ, which he says is the best on the market and will last a lifetime. The ceramic, convection-type cooking of the Big OTTAWA 2017


Green Egg was also critical for him, together with plenty of specialized drawers for storage, a fridge, sink and ice-chest. “I also enjoy having so much work space and a bar with high stools, which is great for getting the guys to hang out with me at the BBQ,” says the engaging cook. He credits landscape contractor Luc Ranger, for designing the space which includes patio heaters and Napoleon torches built into columns for warmth and ambiance. “Luc convinced me to go for the accent garden lighting and I’m so glad we kept it in the budget,” says Chuck, who adds that the spa lighting gives a very different feel to the area at night. Whether Chuck is entertaining for a crowd, relaxing with Adrienne or listening to music through the landscaped rock speakers, he loves to chill in their slice of paradise in the city.

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Facing page: Chuck pays careful attention to the grilling process. This page, top to bottom: Perlick fridge; black-mosaic granite counter; well thought-out outdoor kitchen gives little reason to go indoors.

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Chuck combined his BBQ business IQ with the expertise of his general manager and outdoor-kitchen specialist Joe Whitfield, who guided the process. Joe explained that the first thing he asks any client is how they envision using the space, its size, what type of cooking device they want and how they like to cook. “If you’re building an outdoor kitchen, obviously you want to stop going in and out of the house, so storage is a big factor,” says Joe, listing all the many utensils, tools and equipment needed for food prep, cooking and serving. With a wide range of gas, charcoal or wood-driven BBQs on the market in variety of stone, stainless steel or black finishes, deciding on the right cooking appliance is step one. They come with storage drawers, doors and countertops in a selection of styles and colours in durable materials that can withstand Ottawa winters. Next up is choosing accessory elements, says Joe. “People like the power burners for big-pot cooking, and often opt for two fridges to separate food and drink.” He adds that sinks are very useful, but can involve expensive plumbing challenges. Lavish features can include an entertainment area with a cocktail centre; margarita makers; cutting boards that drop down into a garbage chute; and BBQs with windows in an easy-lift lid, interior lighting, lit knobs and digital thermometers. Clearly, outdoor living is now a comfortable and convenient expansion of the home that promotes an easy, breezy entertaining style.

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Friedemann Weinhardt, Design First Interiors

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The internet is a wealth of inspiration for DIY projects for crafts and party planning but designing rooms for your home from website ideas is a mistake. There are many factors about your home and project that will make your space unique. It is very challenging to get the right feeling for how a design or even a decorating style will work in your space by looking at a computer screen. A designer will walk through not just one room of your home but every room to get a feeling for function, lifestyle, design limitations, sightlines, natural lighting and more. There are many components to coming up with a good design and none of these elements are addressed through a website. Your designer will be guided by the ideas collected in a portfolio on how you want your room to look, but that will only serve as inspiration. The final result of each project is unique to each client, to their space, and their personal requirements. An experienced designer’s precise eye for simple details are what makes him or her a valuable component to the successful outcome of your renovation. Besides the design itself, there is a wealth of knowledge and experience that a designer will bring to your project. You will be more likely to stay on budget when a designer is involved, they will help you to source the best options for the design and budget and a designer will be your best advocate in communicating with the contractors and trades to ensure the designs are built as designed. SPRING 2017 ottawaathome.ca 21


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For many, the idea of a backyard conjures up a place where on warm summer evenings, families and friends gather around the barbecue, tend to colourful gardens or take a swim in the pool. But, for Ottawa-based landscape architect John Szczepaniak, the idea of the backyard transcends tradition and provides an opportunity to create an original experience for each of his clients. Szczepaniak, a member of the Association of Landscape Architects and the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects, is fiercely passionate about enhancing his clients lifestyle with outdoor room designs that harmonize with the existing architecture of the home.”We are experiencing a newer style of living, where homeowners are 22 ottawaathome.ca SPRING 2017

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paying more attention to lighting and interesting plants, as well as looking for multi-functional spaces,” says John.

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seamlessly with the interior,” explains John. During the planning process, John noted that his clients were partial to the colour red and, as patrons of the arts, had an affinity for both sculpture and fine art. This inspired him to add colour to the outdoor space, using red and black detailing, pebbles and granite. A northern Ontario native, John has a natural appreciation for rugged, organic features, especially rock. For this project, he commissioned an interpretation of the homeowners and their three sons by Ottawa-area balanced rock artist, John Ceprano, as the focal point in this extraordinary space.

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Nearly 44% of all Ottawa home sales occurred in the four months from March through June in 2016. If you are thinking of making a move this year, you should consider capitalizing on this period when more people are looking for property; more buyers looking for homes typically means that sellers can obtain a higher price and a quicker sale. To ensure you do not miss the spring rush, consider the following steps: • Meet with a professional Realtor to receive a property evaluation and an assessment of the market potential for your home. • With your Realtor, put together an action plan to bring the home to market. This may include a quick paint job, simple repairs, or any other minor items that will help your home connect with the right buyer.

MAKING MAGIC Another one of his projects, a century home located in the heart of the Glebe, features a beautifully-designed garden that provides a serene space within the city. Building on the philosophy that a garden is a collection of experiences, the inspiration for his selfdescribed “urban pocket garden” came from an unusual place – a small, ornate stainedglass window. “When the homeowners approached me to help design their outdoor space, they brought with them a striking piece of glass that was original to the home. It immediately captured my imagination and I incorporated the feel and design of it throughout the garden and fence design.” John then got to work on the given task of creating a garden without traditional grass, and to maximize living possibilities and greenery in a tight space, as the homeowners had recently built an addition that took up a sizable piece of the yard.

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“In small spaces, the beauty is in the details,” he says. “For this space, it was of utmost importance that what we were designing was done with respect and admiration to the original house.” The close collaboration between John, the homeowners and a team of professionals yielded a creative, compact space that is usable for several seasons. Light filters in through the custom fence design to create a sense of magic as the brilliance of the stained glass interacts with plants and hard landscape materials. The unique approach to the driveway design gives visitors a sense of making a journey from the front yard to the back.

• De-cluttering is always a good idea when you are thinking of putting your house up for sale. Less is always more! Take advantage of the time before you come to market to create clean, open spaces. • If you are having difficulty getting your home ready for sale, consider hiring a stager who can help you develop a plan to present your home in its best light. A professional Realtor will have preferred staging contacts that can get your home in tip-top shape. Contact John King john.king@evcanada.com 613-422-8688 SPRING 2017 ottawaathome.ca 23


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Sometimes, the wow factor of a particular aspect of a home can seal the deal when deciding to buy. This was the case for Jean Spicer and her husband Mike Beun when they purchased a custom stone home on two acres in the quiet countryside of Dunrobin. An open-plan kitchen combined within an imposing great room was a major entertaining attraction for Jean, while the 10-car heated garage for all his outdoor toys was a must-have for Mike. However, CELEBRATING 150 YEARS

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Downsizing can be intimidating, especially when you look around your home and see all the features that you can’t imagine leaving behind. But take a closer look, and it soon becomes clear that many of those ‘features’ are the very things adding additional work to your life. You don’t have to compromise with apartment living – you can downsize and still have everything you need, plus some extra bonuses to make life easier. Pay close attention to the small details when seeking an apartment suite. For example, concrete construction is a detail that is often overlooked. Not only is it more durable, concrete also provides a great sound barrier when combined with quiet windows. You might also want to look for an apartment with suitable storage options, so downsizing doesn’t mean parting with your favourite recreational items such as bikes, skis, or tennis racquets. A spacious and efficient layout in your apartment suite is important, as is ceiling height. Open-concept layouts allow you to continue hosting friends and family for all of life’s special events. The thought of showing off the luxurious finishing touches like stainless steel appliances might lead you to volunteer to host the next dinner party, and the convenience of in-suite laundry will ensure clean-up is a breeze! It’s the little things in an apartment that turn it into a new home and make the thought of downsizing go from intimidating to intriguing. Contact Francesca: francesca@lepineapartments.com

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the 5,100 square feet of luxury space was designed for the lifestyle of a professional hockey player, not a family with a young teenage son. The solution was to brainstorm with interior designer Jennifer McGahan who has a classic approach to style. She worked for a year on the 20x40-foot space with 12-foot ceilings that was previously a party/ games room with a nightclub atmosphere, to create a comfortable family room with contemporary elegance. GREAT & GRAND STYLE The move was a big change for Jean and Mike, who had lived for many years in a restored farmhouse with only 1,800 square feet of living space. “We were going to build a new home on our waterfront property, but this house was the reason we didn’t. It just had everything we wanted,” says Jean. “It was really the kitchen that attracted me first. I knew the entertaining space would be great for hosting a thanksgiving buffet for over 30 people – and we wouldn’t have to eat in a barn anymore,” she laughs, noting that this annual event was often held in their very-comfortably renovated barn. “But the family room layout was so impractical, with the focus on a sunken area filled with a pool table and a 100-inch TV screen overhead.”

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Continued from page 27 SCALE & SPARKLE Jennifer explains that size and proportion are critical to decorating a big space. “The scale of furnishings is very important in a large room, and this one needed oversized sofas and club chairs that are big enough in scale to make them inviting. The lamps also had to be tall to suit the high ceilings.” The white walls were painted in a neutral grey, with a similar tone repeated in the furnishings, as well as the stain on the refinished, radiant-heat oak floors. “It’s a soothing and serene colour palette,” says Jennifer who added custom drapes, rugs and cushions with a lilac accent colour to warm up the space. She notes that the texture in the fabrics also helps to prevent the light-filled room from looking overly modern and cold. As the furniture pieces and grey palette are quite masculine, Jennifer says the room needed the sparkle of accessories. Her unique designer touch was to commission custom artwork to fit the wall space and complement the décor. “I gave fabric from the draperies and pillows, the paint colour and the wall size to the artist Lee Anne LaForge, and she had carte blanche to create whatever she wanted.” The result is a beautiful abstract painting that captures the grey and lilac tones of the décor and perfectly accents the room. As Jennifer tells her clients, “You often decorate the way you dress and you should look like you belong in your space.” This advice resonates with Jean who suits up in business attire for work as an investment advisor. She agrees with Jennifer’s less-is-more design philosophy which suggests that, “A simple, elegant style lets you relax and puts your mind at ease.”

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The calming effects of purple are similar to those of the lavender herb. An environment with purple in its midst offers a sense of calm and richness, depending on the depth of the shade. The regal colour lifts mood and spirits and stimulates creativity, but has been known to aggravate emotional issues and addictive personalities. It is ideally used within environments intended to promote calm.

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Yellow, the brightest colour in the spectrum, brings light and vibrancy to the room. The uplifting qualities of yellow aid depression, fatigue and mental strain. However it can also increase hyperactivity, promote fear and jealousy. Combine yellow with blue to strike a harmonious balance.

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Blue is considered to be magical with its combined uplifting abilities and power to inject a sense of calm and serenity. Blue is thought to aid insomnia, anxiety and low self-esteem. But this colour does live up to the notion of “feeling blue” with its cool qualities that can contribute to feelings of isolation and seasonal affective disorder.

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Green, the colour of nature, is symbolic to life, freshness and harmony. It is the most versatile of all colours and can easily work its way into any colour and décor scheme, depending on the shade. This fresh colour helps with breathing disorders, stress and poor circulation. Green can aggravate nausea, lethargy and resentment, so be wary of which spaces carry this nourishing shade that carries a hint of jealousy.

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LIVING Outstanding Canadians

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In a passion-driven business, Eric Alper is a Canadian music correspondent, blogger (thatericalper.com), radio host (SiriusXM) and media-relations expert who has passion in spades. “The love that I have for music is in my blood, literally,” states Eric. “My grandfather, Al, opened the doors of the iconic Grossman’s Tavern, Toronto’s first licensed blues bar, in 1943. It is hailed as the city’s longest-running live music venue. As a young boy, I understood that the love of live music and the essential socializing that goes with it, is universal.” After graduating from York University with a degree in English and mass communications, Eric started a record label, booking agency and PR company. He was also working a job with a small record label that had three artists – Patricia Conroy, The Nylons and Nickelback. From there he went on to handle PR for names like Ringo Starr, Jerry Lee Lewis, Ray Charles, Barry Manilow, Bob Geldof, Pete Seeger, Jerry Garcia, Monty Python, Randy Bachman, Sinead O’Connor, Steve Miller, and The Smashing Pumpkins – to name a few. Ottawa At Home caught up with Eric while he was in town for the 2017 Juno Awards to get insights on the Canadian music scene and how this plays out in Ottawa. DESCRIBE THE EVOLUTION OF MUSIC IN CANADA, AS SEEN THROUGHOUT YOUR CAREER. I started at one of the strangest times. It was only a year or so before the start of the digital era, so I got to see the tail end of physical formats and witness the emergence of the current presence of music streaming that is completely changing the music CELEBRATING 150 YEARS

industry. Online music streaming is the latest industry-shifting phenomenon— not unlike Payola in the 1960s, MTV in the 1980s, and Napster at the turn of the 21st century. Streaming music increased 93 percent in 2015, with 317 billion total streams, according to Variety. WHAT INFLUENCE DOES THE USA HAVE ON THE CANADIAN MUSIC SCENE? Living beside the biggest

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THEN The history of Westboro and Kitchissippi goes back to the late 1800s when the land was occupied only by farmers’ fields, forestry and a mill on the Ottawa River at current-day Westboro beach. This part of the city has seen many changes since then, and luckily one Wellington Village resident has been keeping a vigilant record of events. Thanks to Dave Allston’s research and his detailed stories about life that shaped Kitchissippi on his blog (sikitchissippimeuseum.blogspot. ca), we have some interesting notes on the neighbourhood history. Westboro is a perfect name for the neighbourhood, but the original title of the village was Skead’s Mill. Due to a fateful fire, 42 ottawaathome.ca SPRING 2017

the titular mill burned down in 1888 and by 1899 the residents – then numbering less than 200 – voted to change the village name to Westboro. Westgate Mall opened in 1955 as Ottawa’s first ever shopping mall. Although it has seen better days, the city of Ottawa billed it as a “March to The Future” when the revolutionary shopping concept first launched. Imagine a giant roundabout at the corner of Richmond Road and Island Park Drive – it was a reality from 1929 until 1957. The intersection, just as busy then as it is now, featured no lights or stop signs, only a massive traffic circle.

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WELLINGTON VILLAGE Moving east of Island Park, Wellington Village is quickly developing as a mecca for modern style in Ottawa. An impressive stable of boutique clothing shops mix with high-end salons and barber shops, wrapped around some of the finest restaurants in the city – all on a beautiful and walkable main street.

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WESTBORO Westboro is certainly the most recognizable and established part of the strip. Stretching from Golden Avenue eastward to Island Park Drive, Westboro has surpassed the “up-andcoming” label to arrive as a genuine paradise for the modern family. It boasts schools, a beach, a giant grocery store and Mountain Equipment Co-op, plus loads of green space and at least one coffee shop and/or yoga studio per block.

A bit further eastward past Holland Avenue is Hintonburg, a neighbourhood often associated with the hipster stereotype, but really a hotbed for art and creativity. Community art is huge with the bonus of neighbourhood artists Daniel Martelock and Arpi both being commissioned to paint everything from underpasses to store fronts to the street-side Bell service boxes. With a tattoo parlour, craft breweries and free concerts in the local record shop, there is no shortage of inspiration to be found in this ‘hood. Continues on page 45

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DEVELOPMENT Together, Wellington Village and Hintonburg are presided over by the Wellington West BIA, which includes over 500 commercial destinations, making it the single largest BIA in the city’s urban core. The Wellington West BIA is preparing for an increase in population and density in the area that will drive the commercial destination to new heights. BIA Exectutive Director Zachary Dayler offers a quick vision of the future, “When you look at what makes a neighbourhood, it’s very much the activity on the street – proposals on the table for the city, LRT, Lebreton Flats, Civic Hospital, a new library – you start to see a shifting of the downtown core westward,” he says. “We’re getting these substantial projects that create that cultural milling about traffic coming this way.”

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HOUSING Housing across Kitchissippi is a real mixed bag with ultra-modern infill nestled between bungalows and brick duplexes. Hintonburg is particularly littered with some truly unique housing designs (documented wonderfully by the @housesofhintonburg Instagram account). Condos have quickly become a major player with three major projects in various stages of completion from Westboro to Hintonburg, plus the now fully-operational condo canyon by Ashcroft, and another major build by Mizrahi to begin soon. While there is a fair supply of affordable housing to be found, mostly in the eastern end of Hintonburg, expect to pay a premium for the hot location. Kitchissippi Ward saw a 7% rise in assessed home values from 2012 to 2016, significantly above the 3.6% city average. CELEBRATING 150 YEARS

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Visionaries BY MARY TAGGART PHOTOGRAPHY BY MARK HOLLERON

Ottawa is an ever-evolving city that has seen a steady, multi-faceted growth pattern from industry to housing to transportation. The city limits have progressively expanded over the years, with the greatest growth occurring in 2001 with the amalgamation of all the municipalities of the Regional Municipality of Ottawa-Carleton into one city. Ottawa At Home reached out to four people with influential roles in the growth and development of the National Capital Region to get their impressions – past, present and future.

JOHN RUDDY As Executive Chairman of the Trinity Development Group, John Ruddy makes an impressive imprint on both commercial and residential development in Toronto, Calgary and Ottawa. John grew up in Ottawa, but started his career in Toronto. With the birth of his second daughter in the early ‘90s, he felt the draw to move back home to raise his family. Seeing a business opportunity for the big-box anchor retail market concept in Ottawa, John is credited for bringing the first of this successful form of commercial development into the Ottawa area. South Keys was the start of many such projects for Trinity. John has seen a steady growth pattern in the capital and says growth in Ottawa is more organic than in some other Canadian cities. “Ottawa is the most stable from a growth perspective; it doesn’t have the 46 ottawaathome.ca SPRING 2017

highs and the lows in the retail market.” However, he does see traffic challenges and experiences the effects of a busier rush hour, which he believes will be greatly alleviated with the new transit system. Trinity has moved progressively into multi-use development and has cleverly positioned itself for great success in Ottawa. As an instrumental partner in Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group with the development of Lansdowne, and a major player in the success of bringing CFL to the capital, John has established his ability to enhance quality of lifestyle by creating growth opportunities for sports, entertainment, shopping, dining and housing. Another project that John is involved with is Bayview Station, strategically located across from Lebreton Flats. Bayview Station will bring a multi-use development to the heart of the new transit hub where both transit lines connect. He is a firm believer in higher density development and states: “Mixed-use intensification creates less strain on municipal services and transit and will create all kinds of opportunities in Ottawa.” John continues to believe in the lifestyle opportunities in Ottawa. His professional time is divided with business travel to various cities, but Ottawa is home. “Ottawa lifestyle is improving with a greater variety of things to do – culturally, sports and entertainment-wise,” says the man who is credited with playing a strong role in generating this improvement.

SHIRLEY WESTEINDE Shirley Westeinde has watched the growth of Ottawa since the 1970s when she and her husband John settled in Kanata from London, Ontario. Kanata provided the Westeindes with an idyllic setting to raise their three children, and Shirley was a happy stay-at-home mom. That changed abruptly when John left his job and started Westeinde Construction in 1978. Shirley went to work for the general contracting business (an industry devoid of women) in a time before faxes, cell phones and the Kanata high-tech boom. She became the first and, to date, the only female president of Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA). Westeinde Construction has since been sold, but the multi-faceted business branched out and provided opportunities for the Westeinde children who continue to make a mark on the growth and development of Ottawa. Sons Jonathan and Jeff, founders of Windmill Development Group, are instrumental in the Zibi redevelopment project on Lemieux Island. The multi-use site is groundbreaking, and a further example of inner-city growth, bringing the Gatineau region into the expansion of the capital area. Shirley was a promoter of the amalgamation of Ottawa-Carleton, and a highly-respected volunteer who speaks about the positive influence the merger has had on affordable housing. “I was very involved with affordable housing and it was a challenge to get things done with 11 different cities.” She praises Councillor Marianne Wilkinson and former John Mlacak for playing a strong role in respecting the community aspect and the original flavour of the Kanata area. OTTAWA 2017


She sees the private sector making a greater impact on growth and development in the capital, which is also contributing to increased lifestyle opportunities. She credits Mayor Jim Watson for his vision for the city, plus the benefits of having several highlyrespected colleges and universities in the region. “We are fortunate to have Algonquin College and its restaurant program turning out so many talented chefs.” The downtown condo she and John now live in offers an impressive vantage point from which to observe the growth of the city. With views over Lebreton Flats, Zibi and spanning as far off as the parliament buildings, Shirley feels that she continues to share in the experience of a growing capital. “I see concrete evidence of the footprint we have left on the city, with office buildings and hospitals, and feel a sense of pride when I walk around the ByWard market and see buildings we have developed flourishing.”

JIM WATSON As the Mayor of Ottawa, Jim Watson is a selfproclaimed “just-do-it” man who gets things done! “When I came on as mayor in 2010, Ottawa was a stable market in growth and development, but things were slow to get done – there was talk but not a lot of action,” says the much-loved politician. That has all changed. Now, LRT is well underway, the Innovation Centre has opened, galleries have expanded and the city is flourishing and growing. The mayor says transit is one of the most significant influencers in the capital right now. “When a city reaches one million in population, it’s time to redevelop transit.” He affirms that we have reached capacity in many areas for transportation on the streets, declaring, “LRT is good for the environment and quality of life.” He seeks to avoid urban sprawl and CELEBRATING 150 YEARS

applauds developments like Lansdowne and the Rockcliffe air base redevelopment, Wateridge Village, another multi-use community within the city limits. Not being a fan of bedroom communities, he encourages growth and development inside the Greenbelt, and hopes that the Lebreton Flats development will serve the city well, pointing to Lansdowne as an example of good urban planning. Mayor Watson sees Ottawa as exceptional from other Canadian cities with the stability of the federal government supporting a consistent local economy. He cites the Greenbelt as a challenge for growth and development, while also contributing to the city’s unique identity. Another identified challenge is the struggle of small, long-standing businesses with increasing rents in desirable, established neighborhoods versus the influx of big, national-based corporations with deeper pockets. Mayor Watson continues to see value in the established areas and applauds the influence of rural communities, hoping that they can maintain their charms while the National Capital Region continues to grow and expand. As a man-about-town, he has noticed a vast increase in the Ottawa entertainment and fine-dining scene stating, “When I arrived in Ottawa in 1980, Swiss Chalet was our version of European cuisine, now we are world class!” He touts the example of the Ottawa 2017 world-class culinary event Canada’s Table that sold out in 12 minutes, as strong evidence to support the fact that we have come a long way since the days of fast-food, fine dining.

BARRY HOBIN As one of Ottawa’s most respected architects, Barry Hobin has a diverse portfolio that ranges from new home construction,

high-end luxury homes, condominium buildings and offices to churches, schools and community centres. It is difficult to find an area in the city that has not been touched by Barry’s talents. Most notably to date is the newly opened Innovation Centre. Barry started in the late ‘70s when design in local architecture didn’t seem to matter. “General designs were stolen from someplace else with design seen simply as a ‘product’ to be sold to civil servants. Our government buildings were devoid of community context, and have virtually destroyed the city. For example, Place de Portage, Tunney’s Pasture and Booth Street were all campus architecture efforts at odds with the granular of the city,” states the passionate architect. Being a relatively risk-averse city, Barry sees the architecture in Ottawa reflecting this mindset, but notes change is easing its way onto the landscape and a savvy market is welcoming the transformation. It is equally important in a government town for the business community to embrace this thinking. “People want vibrant places, not government campuses that go to sleep at 4:30 pm. and the government is starting to get it. There are now more leased government buildings, and newly- built offices are more pleasing work places,” he offers. Barry promotes the idea of multi-use development and is amazed by how much development land is still available within the Greenbelt. The world of design is now driven by a better informed and more sophisticated consumer. Architects like Barry are ready to answer the call for improvement and embrace the challenge to provide good design in well-planned communities that combine lifestyle with commercial services. He and his firm, Hobin Architecture, have played a strong role in the development of the touted multi-use projects like Lansdowne, Zibi and Lebreton Flats. When asked to compare Ottawa to other Canadian cities, Barry views the capital as a unique and very livable city. He thinks its greatest attribute is its size and notes, “It really is not a city at the level of Montreal, Vancouver or Toronto. Yet, the livability of the city makes it very desirable and easy to navigate. It’s an extremely walkable city, with a small-town feel and yet we can easily connect to Toronto or Montreal. From a personal business perspective, I can accomplish much more in my day. I work close to home and am accessible to all the services I need.” SPRING 2017 ottawaathome.ca 47


LIVING Tween Style

The mysterious world of tweens BY MARY CIANCIBELLO MARY_CIANCIBELLO PHOTOGRAPHY BY MARK HOLLERON

Ahhh, tweenhood . . . that time when your child limbos between a sweet, cuddly angel to a full-blown hormonal and moodswinging adolescent. It’s a peculiar time for both parent and child. Tweens are struggling with their anatomy and changing body odor, as mom and dad are left scratching their heads. If there is one distinct characteristic that all tweens have it is this: they are all attempting to find their independence, and that includes making their own food, music, and fashion choices.

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TWEEN FOOD Since many Canadian families are embracing a healthier approach to food, good food choices taught during childhood seem to follow kids into the tween years. With their disposable income (birthday money, allowances, side jobs), some tweens gravitate to your typical, greasy fast-food options, yet many choose healthier options like sandwich places and sushi. Tweens have also taken an interest in experimenting with cooking and baking. Shows such as Masterchef Junior and all kinds of DIY videos have made it cool to be in the kitchen. Many tweens have impressive culinary skills, mastering such delicacies as the omelet and the cupcake.

TWEEN FASHION In an age when kids are more socially aware and brand savvy, tweens are looking to create their own style as they aspire to become like their teen elders. Comfort is still important, but looking “sick” (not cold or flu sick, but SIIICK sick) is also up there on the list of priorities. Clothing is less about bows and sparkles, and more about t-shirts with catchy (and 48 ottawaathome.ca SPRING 2017

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Canadian! TWEEN MUSIC It’s undeniable that young sensations like Ariana Grande, Alessia Cara and Shawn Mendes are a big hit with this age group. The easiest way to get a tween girl and her friends squealing is by promising Taylor Swift concert tickets. It surprised me, however, to find out that some tweens also like to have older and more cultivated artists such as Bruno

Mars, Adele, and even Michael Jackson on their playlists. And, remember the days of watching Much Music all day waiting for your favorite music video to play? These kids have it made with apps like Vimeo and Youtube available at their fingertips (literally). So, if you are currently wondering if your 12-year-old has snuck on eye shadow, or if three hours of video games has turned your baby into a zombie – and if you’re trying to unravel the world of Snapchats and text that read POS, IDK, and RME – you are not alone. We’re all in this tween thing together! At least we have the teen years to look forward to . . . LMHO.

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Fashion’s love affair with floral is always at its peak in the spring. It’s also a very exciting time of year for florists as it marks the return of some of their favourite flowers to play with like muscari, ranunculus, daffodils and of course, Ottawa’s beloved tulips. These local florists not only help to bring life in to our homes, but also show us how to add a little fresh floral to your outfit.

“Growing up it was always instilled in me the value of keeping fresh flowers strewn about the home - flora never fail to breathe life into an otherwise stagnant environment & are ever reminiscent of the wild outdoors. WHO: Leah Gibson, owner of Bunches & Bunches FAVOURITE FLOWER: Protea

WHO: Carla Carbajal, owner of Capital Florist FAVOURITE FLOWER: White tulips

“There’s something about flowers that just make me happy. My tradition is to have fresh flowers at home all the time – on my coffee table, my bedside table or anywhere in the house. It doesn’t have to be a big bouquet, just a little something to put a smile on your face.”

“Flowers can enrich our lives in many ways. They gently remind us of the beautiful impermanence of life, teaching us with their unique energy to stay present. It’s a magical thing to bring nature into your home to observe and enjoy for just a short moment in time. We can really learn a lot from flowers.”

WHO: Kat Kosk, owner of Blumenstudio FAVOURITE FLOWER: Icelandic poppy

WHO: Vanessa Madely, florist at Bloomfields FAVOURITE FLOWER: Anemone

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“Having my dining room table and my car filled with flowers at all times is the best part about running my floral business from home. Flowers always make me smile, and when I’m getting someone’s order ready I think to myself ‘this arrangement will make someone else smile too!’ and that is a wonderful feeling!”

“Floral can change the whole look and feel of a room. It can be a focal piece or something that accents the décor. A single bloom is so beautiful, but when put together with purpose something special happens. Each arrangement is unique and ever-changing with time and for me, there is no better feeling than seeing a little slice of nature indoors.” WHO: Katherine McCloskey, owner of Pollen Nation FAVOURITE FLOWER: Ranunculus SPRING 2017 ottawaathome.ca 51


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As we prepare to switch gears with our wardrobe, and putting on sleeveless dresses, tank tops and t-shirts, it’s time to think about shaping up our arms and focusing on the triceps. TRICEP DIP: Find a stable elevated surface, like an ottoman, couch, chair or bench. The closer your feet, the easier the exercise; the further out, the harder it gets. You are looking to achieve a 90-degree bend at the elbow with full movement all the way up and down. TRICEP EXTENSION: Pictured here using a band, it can also be done with dumbbells, or a really heavy can of soup could also do the trick. You can chose to stand with feet shoulder-width apart, or if using the bands, in a split stance. With the band extended overhead, slowly bend at the elbow bringing the hand back to the shoulder, upper arms should remain stationary, extend back overhead. Repeat 8-12 times depending on resistance. Remember to breathe. GOAL: Wave to your friends without thinking about the loose skin waving along with you!

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Emily Rowe was fourteen when she joined the Dandelion Dance Company, and the experience marked a turning point for the now seventeen-year-old Ottawa high school student. “Dandelion has changed my life,” she says simply. Dandelion Dance is a local non-profit, charitable organization that uses dance to forge connection and inclusivity. It is set apart from other dance organizations in that it does not focus on ability, but rather creativity, approaching each member holistically and helping them to develop emotionally and socially. The girls who belong to the company create the dance pieces collectively. They conceive the work, produce, practice and perform it in front of live audiences and support each other throughout the process. CELEBRATING 150 YEARS

Almost all the dance pieces have a social message of some kind – about the environment, poverty, acceptance and empathy to name just a few – and Emily acknowledges that this is deliberate. “The most powerful project in my opinion is Unapologetic Beauty, where we worked to encourage a positive body image for young women,” she says. “We don’t just put on a pretty show, it’s not the dance you normally see in society,” continues Emily. “We are genuine social activists. We go out into the world to make change – through education, empowerment, volunteering, being there for someone else – our motto is that we are spreading the seeds of change through movement.” Diversity is a key element at Dandelion. “Everyone at Dandelion has had such different life experiences, living situations or family backgrounds,” explains Emily, who also sits as one of two youth representatives on the Dandelion Dance Board of Directors. The differing backgrounds allow the girls to raise awareness, both to each other and with their audience – about a variety of social justice issues that are important to them. Emily has a lifetime of opportunities ahead of her. She feels that the lessons learned through Dandelion Dance Company will help her make a bigger impact on her community, and on her world, than she ever would have imagined before she joined the group. “Dandelion has opened my mind and educated me about so many things I may not have otherwise had the opportunity to know about,” she says, adding, “And I’ve learned not to be afraid. I’ve learned to go after the things I want in life and to seek out opportunities – Dandelion is a great space which lets you wholeheartedly be yourself.” To learn more about Dandelion, their audition process or their performances, visit online at: dandeliondancecompany.ca.

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LIVING Step Inside responsible for creating major events. He followed with producing Canada Day celebrations, Winterlude, Mosaika, and the popular Sound and Light Show in a director general position at the Department of Canadian Heritage. Guy has also served as Chair of the JUNO Awards Host Committee, Genie Awards Host Committee, and Chairman of the International Festival and Events Association (IFEA) World Board. In 2014, Mayor Jim Watson approached Guy about forming the Ottawa 2017 Bureau as executive director responsible for the celebrations to commemorate Canada’s 150th Anniversary of Confederation. He worked with a dedicated team and used every ounce of his energy to create a year of 150 stunning events that will successfully rebrand Ottawa’s image.

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As a child, Guy Laflamme amused his family by saying he wanted to do something valuable and significant with his life. He dreamed about being many things, from a hockey player, astronaut, astronomer, science professor, to a radio announcer or television science commentator. His academic studies and university degrees (BSc and MBA from the University of Ottawa, and pedagogy degree from Laval University), were part of the journey to find where he could make the biggest impact. He started in 1999 as a special events director for Casino du Lac Leamy by producing a jaw-dropping, multimedia production for the millennium that attracted a massive viewing. Guy went on to become a senior VP at the NCC, 62 ottawaathome.ca SPRING 2017

HOW DID YOU CREATE THE VISION FOR OTTAWA 2017? Three years ago, while isolated in my home in the Magdalen Islands, I produced a detailed 400-page business plan encapsulating my ideas. I consulted with more than 500 stakeholders and reviewed the responses to a survey about Canada’s 150th that was conducted across the country. Pivotal events were analyzed. My plan outlined event concepts, the governance for the organization, the structure for the team, a working budget and a national advertising campaign. I hoped half of my ideas would be approved, but with the Mayor’s support we moved forward with them all.

HOW WILL THIS IMPACT OTTAWA TOURISM? The city is going through a massive transformation and Ottawa 2017 will be its heart and soul, showcasing the dynamic and vibrant new personality of Ottawa as a modern, technologically innovative city. We will attract in excess of 1.75 million more visitors, which will have a $320 million economic impact.

WHICH EVENTS WILL BE THE MOST POPULAR? The first was the Red Bull Crashed Ice Downhill World

Series Season Finale that took place in March, which utilized the Rideau Canal Locks (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) in a very eclectic way. The second features the LRT Confederation Line system, which will only be operational in 2018, but the Rideau Transit Group gave permission for us to access 350 meters of Lyon Station from mid-June to mid-September to set up Kontinuum, an underground science fiction multi-media time travel adventure with the theme of transportation. The third is La Machine from France, featuring a giant water-spraying mechanical spider and fire-breathing dragon that will stop at key Ottawa landmarks. The hope is to generate international visibility and create an exhilarating experience for spectators.

HOW DO SEA SHIPPING CONTAINERS MAKE INSPIRATION VILLAGE UNIQUE? The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) wanted to partner with us for a project during their May convention to create a public plaza on York Street. After meetings with the mayor, a city planner, the Rideau-Vanier councillor and the BIA representing businesses in the ByWard Market, we were given seventy-eight prime parking spots on York Street to install the forty artistically-modified shipping containers. They will showcase performing arts events and interactive exhibits highlighting Canada’s provinces and territories from May 20 to September 4.

AFTER OTTAWA 2017 WHAT DOES YOUR FUTURE HOLD? I will never be able to work on anything bigger and it is always good to leave on a high. I have zero guilt in retiring at fiftyseven years of age. When I was eighteen I started preparing a travel plan, and now have five cases of clippings of places and things I would like to do around the world. My Lonely Planet book shows the fifty countries I have visited so far as well as those still on my bucket list. I will spend half of my time in Ottawa, spend more quality time with my family, raise chickens at my Magdalen Islands home, travel the world and live a very peaceful, happy life. OTTAWA 2017


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Embassies and high commissions will mark their country’s national celebration with a series of worldclass free events at Lansdowne Park. Each country will celebrate their culture through food tasting, musical celebrations, artistic performances and more.

Rising in the streets of the historic ByWard Market district, Inspiration Village will be built of sea containers transformed into an aesthetic artistic installation – and will be a summer-long hub for special exhibitions and performances showcasing Canada’s provinces and territories.

Agri 150
 ALL YEAR Awaken your sense and indulge in the pure beauty of rural Ottawa with Agri 150. More than 20 unique outdoor events will take place over the course of the year.

Ignite 150
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This series of epic stunts and happenings will turbo-charge every corner of the capital in 2017. Examples include: Sugarlumberfest (April), Scavenger hunt (June), Chef Fest (July) Oyster Garden (September).

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 LATE-JUNE – MID-SEPT
This immersive multimedia production, created by Ottawa 2017 and Moment Factory, unfolds in Ottawa’s future Lyon Light Rail Transit (LRT) station. Visitors descend deep underground into an anomaly in the fabric of reality where invisible frequencies take on physical dimension. Elevate your senses and awaken your imagination in this journey where two realms collide.

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La Machine JULY 27-30


A North American first, La Machine will captivate audiences with its ambulatory urban theatre as a giant dragon and spider roam the streets of downtown Ottawa. It’ll be excitement on a giant scale!

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Above, left to right: John Borsten, Bob Firestone, Noah Firestone.

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Since its foundation in 1826, the ByWard Market has long been one of Ottawa’s destination neighbourhoods, and one that retains much of its heritage charm. This year, it’s also hosting a range of programs to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday with Inspiration Village on York Street being one of the biggest events, running from May 20 to September 4. Constructed out of sea containers, Inspiration Village will house a series of special exhibits and performing arts events that highlight Canadian culture from coast to coast to coast. Ottawa At Home asked several long-time area restaurateurs about this year’s birthday buzz in the ByWard Market. Bob Firestone, owner of the Blue Cactus Bar & Grill, has been operating businesses 66 ottawaathome.ca SPRING 2017

in the Market since 1984 and has witnessed the area’s evolution. “There used to be more retail, but recently the ByWard Market has turned into more of an entertainment zone and it’s been getting a lot of good press lately.” Excited about the planned 2017 events in the Market, from La Machine (giant mechanical creatures including a fire-breathing dragon) to Inspiration Village and more, Bob adds, “I think the ByWard Market is going to shine this year. People will come for the special programming and rediscover the area – I’m optimistic there will be some momentum into 2018 and beyond.” John Borsten’s history in the ByWard Market stretches back more than 30 years. He currently owns Zak’s Diner, The Grand Pizzeria + Bar, and the soon-to-open

Zak’s Cantina, as well as co-owning the Metropolitain Brasserie, just steps from the Market. “We’ve come a long way from live animals being sold on York Street when I first started working here. It’s become a little gentrified, yet the area is still really unique in that it offers amazing variety in four square blocks. The 150th celebrations are proving to have positive effects already.” Noah Firestone, owner of Luxe Bistro, got his start in the business over 20 years ago. His impression of the Market’s evolution is that there are not only more restaurants, but a greater variety of concepts among them. “I hope we can retain a balance of retail and food in the area; stores and restaurants work well together to draw people. The ByWard Market has a lot to offer and is close to so many other great attractions in Ottawa, including greenspace, theatres and tourism. I’m glad to see new things being tried here for 2017 – any event no matter how small or large, is worthwhile.” Steve Beckta opened Play, his second Ottawa restaurant, eight years ago in the ByWard Market. He recalls the area as once being the only food and beverage destination, whereas now the city has many vibrant neighbourhoods. He’s confident that the 2017 events, along with the Rideau Centre expansion and light-rail transit, will signal a rebirth of the ByWard Market for more foodies and shoppers. “There are so many great local merchants in the Market and we would love to see people re-explore our neighbourhood. The ByWard Market is an amazing, vibrant and unique place to come and shop or dine, and I expect 2017 to reignite the interest in our neighbourhood the way that it was when I was growing up here in my teens.” With nearly two decades working in the Market, Neil Gowe, owner of the newlyopened Sur-Lie, says the quality and value of ByWard Market restaurants has steadily improved, likely as a response to competition from other neighbourhoods. He is also expecting exciting things in 2017. “I hope all the events bring lots of people from across Canada and the world, to Ottawa for the first time so they can see how beautiful and great our city is. I think having great art and culture on display is the true spirit of the ByWard Market.” OTTAWA 2017


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Algonquin College shapes Ottawa’s culinary landscape BY PAULA ROY

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Peek into the kitchens of some of Ottawa’s best restaurants and you’ll find out they have something in common. Many are home to locally-trained graduates of Algonquin College’s culinary programs, and in some cases, those graduates are running the show. Over the last 40 years, Algonquin’s School of Hospitality and Tourism (SoHT) has evolved from its modest beginnings to become the most comprehensive and diversified hospitality management, tourism, travel, wellness and culinary training entity in Canada. Algonquin’s culinary program has grown and diversified, yet it continues to provide solid training in classical French culinary fundamentals, while also keeping pace with changing food trends, equipment and industry developments. Classes are held in the Hospitality Centre, a vibrant space that also includes the popular 150-seat Restaurant International, as well as a retail outlet called Savoir Fare where delicious takeaway meals produced by students are sold to the public. In the school’s labyrinth of classrooms, you’ll discover a busy training facility filled with learners of all ages and backgrounds, including international students from China, India, Korea and Vietnam. “Some arrive with zero cooking experience whereas others have lots,” says Cory Haskins, an accomplished chef who has been teaching at Algonquin for over a decade and now serves as the Coordinator of Culinary Programs. His fellow instructors are all local experts, ensuring students graduate with the skills, confidence and connections they need to succeed. CELEBRATING 150 YEARS

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ALGONQUIN CULINARY GRADUATES SHARE LESSONS LEARNED CHEF WALID EL-TAWEL (Fairouz) Be your best, don’t be late, be well groomed, there’s no shame in mistakes. CHEF CLAIRE TOMCHISHEN (Strawberry Blonde bakery) Top to bottom: Plated presentation for inspection; the finest details are taken into consideration with each dish served.

Minimize food waste to keep costs down. At the bakery we use things up in creative ways like leftover coffee in cakes, cake scraps in delicious rum balls. RESA SOLOMON ST-LEWIS (Baccanalle) Teamwork is key – you can only execute a great dish, offer an unparalleled customer experience and manage a kitchen operation with a great team. ADAM VETTOREL (North and Navy) I frequently refer back to what I learned about food and labour costs as a percentage of the businesses total sales; these are invaluable lessons. KYLE PROULX (Le Maçon et La Maison Conroy) If you are truly passionate about cooking then give it your all - don’t skip classes, learn food costing, spend time researching the latest food trends. Be sure to pick the brains of your instructors.

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The new Farm to Fork class is a good example of the program’s efforts to stay relevant. “Our advisory committee, made up of some of Ottawa’s most accomplished culinary professionals, recommended enhancing our instruction on local foods and sustainability,” explains Cory. “We now have four bee hives on campus and students process the honey. Our horticulture students plant produce for us and we harvest and cook with it, giving students a better sense of what’s local and seasonal.” At Restaurant International, students gain valuable real-world experience cooking for and serving guests. A timid host becomes an accomplished server by second semester, and touches of creativity start to appear on plates as students gain confidence. It’s worth a visit – the food is delicious and affordable with a lively environment thanks to the students’ enthusiasm. “I like to say that we want students to become technicians first and get all that under control before they try to get creative,” notes Cory. “There’s usually a tight deadline when you’re working in a commercial kitchen so we try to impart that sense of urgency. That’s not to say there’s no room for creativity – there are fun competitions here in which they can choose to participate.” Algonquin graduate Chef Michael Moffatt of Beckta, Play and Gezellig fame, sits on the advisory board for the SoHT. “I like contributing to the evolution of the culinary programs and helping keep the curriculum relevant to a new crop of chefs,” he says. “Having a good local culinary training program matters because it brings people to Ottawa who want to cook professionally – creating a base of skilled cooks for restaurants instead of trying to woo people from other cities.” Volunteer shifts at numerous local charity events add to students’ experience and networking. “Most graduates have no problem finding jobs,” confirms Cory. “It helps that Algonquin has so many great connections with area chefs and we teach more than just cooking skills. Students learn discipline, respect and professionalism too. As instructors, we enjoy a tremendous sense of accomplishment.”

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The Talisman Ottawa is full of distinct historical architecture, most notably in the downtown core. Yet, on the outskirts of the city there are some often-overlooked architectural gems that deserve more attention. Gaining in popularity over the last decade, Mid-Century Modern design is becoming more appreciated for its unique aesthetic, and Ottawa has a shining example of it on Carling Avenue. Once touted as Ottawa’s premier business convention centre and hotel, the Talisman Motor Inn was built in 1963, and designed by William Teron (who was also responsible for the conception and design of the suburb of Kanata). The designer incorporated a Japanese theme in the Talisman, which had low rooflines, cedar-plank siding and a very faithful replica of a tranquil Japanese garden situated in the centre of the motel. Built at a cost of 2-million dollars, the Talisman offered convention facilities and a relaxing pool area, complemented by nightly entertainment in The Beachcomber Room. 80 ottawaathome.ca SPRING 2017

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Flamboyantly decorated in a Tahitian motif and featuring a 90-foot mural painted by Count Alex Van Svoboda, The Beachcomber Room will be remembered by many Ottawa residents as the city’s number one hot spot for nightly entertainment. The Polynesian theme was in tune with the popularity of Tiki culture during the mid-century era, primarily based on Don the Beachcomber restaurant

in Hollywood. Enjoying almost three decades of popularity as Ottawa’s hottest drinking and entertainment establishment, the Beachcomber Room was THE place to dance, listen to live music and enjoy the quintessential Mai Tai. The Talisman Motor Inn also served as a place for wedding receptions, trade shows and seminars, but as the hospitality industry began to change in the 1990s, it lost its classic appeal to newer, more modern facilities in Ottawa. The Talisman name was dropped and it was extensively renovated with a water-theme park, losing its unique Polynesian elements as it was converted into a Travelodge. Remnants of the Japanese gardens are still visible today, along with some of its architectural details and Asian furniture – a quiet reminder of an illustrious past and its unique place in Ottawa history. OTTAWA 2017


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