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Beyond the Boundaries

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A stunning new home design that pushes the boundaries, both inside & out Downtown on the Rise Dynamic new projects add an exciting dimension to the heart of the city Homes & Neighbourhoods Builders & developers present their finest offerings at the Fall 2011 Parade of Homes

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Beyond the Boundaries A stunning new home design that pushes the boundaries, both inside & out Downtown on the Rise Dynamic new projects add an exciting dimension to the heart of the city Homes & Neighbourhoods Builders & developers present their finest offerings at the Fall 2011 Parade of Homes


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DEPARTMENTS 2 Style Was There 3 The Agenda 15 Your Thoughts

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67 Picture Perfect 68 Turning Ordinary to Extraordinary

19 Stepping Out With Style 34 On the Bookshelf 35 Styling the Stereo



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25 Delectable Dining 28 Noshing Out 30 Recipes


38 The meaning of self-control 39 Cosmetic Procedures Revealed 40 Autumn’s latest looks


46 A Week in Northern Spain


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74 Interior Expansion 89 Maximizing & Revitalizing Space

71 Brilliant products for indoors & out


125 Creative decorating ideas from the professionals


133 Show-stopping ensuites & delightful designer kitchens


All hands were on deck at the For Space Sake Blomus Party including: Back row- Jennifer Chapman, Kaitlyn Irvine, Leanne Glass & Catherine Normandeau; Front row - Shaunna Boychuck, Pauline Boisselle & Peggy Brooke

Members of Troubleshot pose for Style’s shutterbug at the Aaron Peters Screening held at Park Theatre. (L-R) Chris Fromme, Paul Mackie, Landon Kellar, Mike Smith and Derek Henderson.

Cre8ery gallery opened the “99 Pieces of Art on the Wall” to a packed house (L-R) Bazil (Artist), Robert Coulter (Artist), Shawn Berard (Gallery Manager), Jordan Miller (Gallery Director), and Kathleen Nelson (Artist)

Paulina Quiroz performing at the Forks as part of the Mexican Pavilion during Folklorama

J.P. Hoe performs on the observation tower at the Forks in a random act of culture sponsored by Travel Manitoba “Culture Days”

In attendance at the kick-off to this year’s Fringe Festival: (L-R) Brent Phillips (MTC Director of Marketing), Carol Szuminsky (Peanut Butter Press), Ringmaster Braggadoccio, and Chuck McEwen (Fringe Festival Executive Producer).

Hanging out at the VIP reception at Earl’s Polo Park the night before the Dale Hawerchuk 2nd Annual Celebrity Golf Tournament: (L-R) Joe Aiello (92 CITI FM), Dale Hawerchuk, Cheryl Longley and Derek Longley (Prairie Helicopters Inc.)

CJOB held their first annual family picnic at Assiniboine Park, with all proceeds going to support Hunger for Hope. Pictured (L-R) Alexis Teeple, Geoff Currier, Richard Cloutier, Brian Barkley, Kevin Wallace, Garth Buchko (General Manager), and Vanessa Mancini.

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Pausing for a preshow pic in front of Rainbow Stage’s stunning new mural by artists Mandy van Leeuwen & Michel Saint Hilaire: (L-R) Christian Peraza, Crystal Plett, Joe Potenza. Mandy van Leeuwen (muralist), Rita van Leeuwen, Lisa Lester, Michel Saint Hilaire (muralist) & Marc Roch.

The second annual Travis Price Golf Classic raised over $196,000 to benefit Variety’s Camp Brereton. Pictured at the event: (L-R) Taylor Ethans, Adam Coates, Wayne Rogers (Executive Director, Variety) and Connor McGarry.

In attendance at the Variety Hearts of Blue & Gold Bomber dinner: (L to R:) Alex Brink (Bomber), Trevor Mestagh (Connelly Signs), Lisa Lester (Style Manitoba), Joey Elliott (Bomber) & Lenny Baranyk (Pratts).

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the agenda Welcome to the Fall 2011 edition of Style Manitoba! Within this issue, we offer the best of the new season, including a perennial favourite with Manitobans - the Fall Parade of Homes, where once again, builders and developers will be bringing consumers their finest home designs set within thoughtfully planned residential communities throughout the city and beyond. This must-see showcase of homes and neighbourhoods runs from September 17th through to Oct 8th. Visit www.homebuilders.mb.ca for full details on locations. Fittingly, our autumn cover features a fabulous home constructed by one of Manitoba’s top tier builders. In Beyond the Boundaries, Artista Homes explores a full spectrum of possibilities, including some striking new design features that have never been seen before. A visit to

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We are also delighted to present Downtown on the Rise, Kelly Gray’s editorial highlighting dynamic initiatives and fresh projects that are sure to add an exciting new beat to the heart of our city. This issue also marks Style Manitoba’s 15th anniversary in the publishing industry, an accomplishment our team is extremely proud of. I’ve always attested that a successful team beats with one heart and still feel that sentiment as strongly today as I did when the first issue of Style Manitoba hit the streets in 1996. Although some have come and gone through our doors, our core group has been fairly consistent over time, particularly the past 10 years. Long time staff members include Paul Butters (Art Director), Eric Green and Lisa Lester (Sales & Marketing Executives), Mia and Ava van Leeuwen (Advertising & Editorial Coordinators); freelance writers Christine Hanlon, Ian Mozdzen, Kelly Gray, Randal McIlroy, Leigh Patterson and Quentin Mills-Fenn; and photographers Michael Roberts, John Johnston, Mike Sanders and Mandy van Leeuwen. Gone but not forgotten, our deeply missed Gary MacKay was also a pivotal force behind the magazine’s achievements. Indeed, without “team Style” and other occasional contributors, Style Manitoba would never be what it is today.

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Throughout the years, we’ve also been blessed with solid advertising support and an appreciative reading audience, and for this we are utterly grateful! Thank you to all who’ve been part of Style Manitoba’s publishing success; it’s been a privilege working with and for each and every one of you!

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the boundaries By Christine Hanlon

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At its best, building a new home should be about exploring the full spectrum

of possibilities, including the ones that have never been seen before. As a top tier Manitoba builder, Artista Homes is devoted to creating new design concepts that can fulfill the desires and needs of homeowners in ways they might never have imagined. Take this former showhome for instance. Why use a conventional wall when a glass panel or a lit aquarium can perform the same function with striking results? Atop a bank of functional cabinets, the iridescent seascape draws the eye upward to the loft, creating a stunning visual effect. Meanwhile, the home office or den is encased in glass, keeping out sound while allowing light to flow through unimpeded. Never content to sit on their laurels, the team members of Artista Homes have some new surprises up their sleeves. The 2011 Fall Parade of Homes will mark the unveiling of three groundbreaking designs, including a home built around a 16-foot tall interior tree. This New York loft style home at 42 Cypress Ridge in South Pointe is sure to elicit some well-deserved gasps of admiration. The point is to push the boundaries, both inside and out. “We consider the entire piece of land as our canvas,” notes Enzo Cotroneo, one of four brothers at the helm of Artista Homes. For every design, the builder takes into account the entire home, paying as much attention to the exterior as the interior. The strong statement the Alsip bricks make on this distinctive prairie style façade are a case in point. Brickwork, acrylic stucco, fountains, courtyards, bridges and landscaping take the home to the next level.

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Alsip’s Building Products & Services provided the brick that defines the prairie style façade. an Artista Home. She explains: “The interior design of this space reflects an innovative and unconventional representation, showing buyers the possibilities that are available to them.”

Interior Illusions worked with Artista Homes on the interior design that incorporates a fireplace from Alsip’s into the glass wall enclosing the den. “We feel that a presence should start at the street and carry through to the entire interior space,” explains Cotroneo, adding that the builder has developed a wonderful working relationship with the designers at Interior Illusions. “They work with every Artista client to carefully select colours, products and window coverings.” They are also involved in the interior design of all Artista showhomes, including sourcing finishes, furniture and accessories. Interior Illusions’ Michelle Zelickson points out how this former display home showcases the endless possibilities that come with building

Ordinarily, for instance, visitors would expect to find tile along a backsplash. Instead, paint and a glass overlay transform the backsplash into a focal point that mirrors the aquarium above. “It becomes about allowing the buyer to question what is standard or ordinary, getting their mind going in another direction, showing them that there are other ways of experiencing design,” adds Zelickson. To soften the bold architectural elements of this home, Interior Illusions selected furnishings and created window coverings that inject tactile and visual warmth by integrating textures and colours. Achieving that harmonious balance requires the careful selection of materials. Artista Homes scours the world to bring the latest and the best materials—including options many Manitobans might not otherwise know existed. The builder was among the first to introduce

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A painted wall glazed by Fort Rouge Glass provides perfect contrast to the cabinets by Kitchen Craft. Eurostyle kitchens and continues to push the boundaries in terms of their application, as is evident in this design by Kitchen Craft. Suppliers must meet Artista’s high expectation for quality and innovation. That is why the builder relies on Curtis Carpets for all its flooring. “They have the most innovative products and some of the best installers in the city,” says Cotroneo. He adds that Artista also decided to use a Kohler standard for the plumbing fixtures in all its homes. “A lot of their options have a European style to them,” notes Cotroneo. The builder sources these fixtures from The EnSuite because, like Curtis Carpets, the supplier schedules a one-on-one meeting with each client and

performs a walk-through to select products. Being on the lookout for new materials and designs does not mean that the builder eschews proven and popular products. “We often use materials in different ways in order to create the unexpected,” explains Cotroneo. Sometimes, the builder also takes today’s concepts and combines them in a new way with design ideas of the past. For instance, in this home, Artista preserved the open concept but added a sunken living room to create definition. And in its new Bridgwater Forest display home at 156 North Town Road, the builder has infused a retro style with new dimensions, including a floating staircase. Even today’s

An abundance of windows by Jeldwen captures the spectacular view of the lakes in Bridgwater Forest.

A sunken great room adds definition to the open concept. popular ribbon fireplace is pushed to its limits. This one is 10 feet long! The builder takes pride in helping clients explore what their home could be by taking them beyond the boundaries of conventional expectations. Whether it’s in their two showhomes in Waverley West or their third offering at 152 Blue Sun Drive in Sage Creek, Artista Homes demonstrates once again that it sets the bar high, only to surpass it. “Just when you think there’s nothing else you can do, we will show you ideas that are even bigger and better than the last ones,” says Cotroneo. “There’s a huge sense of pride that comes along with that.” And for Manitobans, that translates into a huge sense of excitement.

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About the Builder Tony, Enzo, Gino and Frank Cotroneo have taken their father’s legacy to the next level. For 60 years Antonino Cotroneo honed his construction expertise with a passion that inspired his sons. His pride in uncompromising workmanship built the foundation upon which Artista Homes was born. Vowing to carry on these traditions and values, his four sons continue to use quality craftsmanship as the groundwork for the innovative ideas and cutting edge designs they offer their clients. The brothers work closely with every client to explore the endless possibilities that can make dreams come true.

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Thoughts Wow! What a coup getting K.D. Lang for Style Manitoba’s summer cover story! I don’t normally go to Folk Fest, but made an exception this year to take in this amazing singer’s performance. If it weren’t for spotting her on Style’s cover, I wouldn’t have known she was playing here. Thanks for the heads up! Selena Kotira, Winnipeg My wife and I particularly liked the summer edition of Style Manitoba, as we’ve been on the lookout for landscaping ideas for our property. The last issue gave us some great ideas on what the possibilities are. There truly are some talented landscapers in Winnipeg, along with some excellent products available locally. We loved the outdoor patioflame featured in the Fab Finds section. Jon & Carrie Jessop, Winnipeg The fashion section in Style’s summer issue featuring bridesmaid gowns from HUSH was lovely! I’m in the midst of planning my wedding for next summer and was super excited to learn that this gem of a shop offers bridesmaid gowns. I know where the girls and I will be shopping! Jennie Fairlane, Winnipeg My husband and I recently moved to Manitoba and settled in Winnipeg. We were delighted to receive the past two issues of Style Manitoba while staying with family during our search for a new home. The coverage on homes and neighbourhoods was exceptionally helpful to newcomers like us. Thanks to your magazine, we found a fabulous new place to put down our roots. We loved the dining and entertainment section as well – it’s an excellent source for those who enjoy dining out and taking in the city’s cultural scene. Sara & Michael Johannson, Winnipeg

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Stepping Out with Style THEATRE FemFest 2011 - Staging inspirational work by women for everyone, the 9th installment of this theatre festival looks to take you through a journey of discovery. Local productions include Magpie by Katherine Koller as well as One Night Stand, and a line-up of readings from works in progress by Manitoba playwrights. Performances explore everything from maternity to class to friendship and even autism, and include Zena Edwards’ Traveling Light (London, England), Pyaasa by Anusree Roy (Toronto), MonaRita by Shannon Bramer (St. John’s), and Ducks on the

Moon by Kelley Jo Burke (Regina). Opening and closing cabarets, various readings / workshops, and youth programming fill out this enlightening extravaganza. Events take place at the Canwest Centre for Theatre and Film, University of Winnipeg (Sept 17-24). Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre Passion is at play! Opening the 2011/12 season, the world premiere of Grumpy Old Men: The Musical sees a film gem turned into a poignant, lively, and laugh-out-loud romp (Oct 13-Nov 5). Next up, the family rivalry in William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet gets a Jewish/Christian spin by director Steven Schipper (opens Nov 24). Royal MTC Warehouse - Hungry for naughty 19th century wit? Co-produced by Toronto’s Tarragon Theatre, Sarah Ruhl’s In the Next Room or the vibrator play is a real turnon - following the respectable Dr. Givings as he uses a newfangled electrical device to cure patients of hysteria (Nov 3-19). Prairie Theatre Exchange - The 39th season of this hot spot for thrillingly intimate performances opens with Daniel MacIvor’s latest! Bittersweet Comedy is a story of friendship, growing up, and the nice guy finally getting the girl (Oct 13-30). Manitoba Theatre for Young People - Old and new friends gather round to make for a world of theatrical wonder! The Hobbit radically transforms the entire theatre to put you in the middle of Bilbo’s epic quest (Oct).

Next, The Improvised Shakespeare Company’s Shake-It-Up mashes up classics with off-thehook improvisation (Nov). Celebrations Dinner Theatre - A feast for the imagination and the tummy! Original 3-act musical comedies matched up with a four-course meal will leave you filled to the brim. Jump for GLEE! puts a signature kooky Celebrations spin on TV’s slickest pop romp (opens Oct 14). Winnipeg Jewish Theatre - This small gutsy company opens the season with Juan Mayorga’s Way To Heaven, an astonishing story of an elaborate deception - a fake village constructed by Nazis to fool international inspectors and quell extermination rumours (Oct 26-Nov 6). Performances take place at Berney Theatre. Adhere + Deny - The newest work from the singular imagination of Grant Guy takes the stage! The Bedbug lets you take a serious nibble out of Russian futurist poet / playwright Vladimir Mayakovsky (Nov 3-12). Performances takes place on the 3rd floor of 70 Albert Street.

DANCE Royal Winnipeg Ballet - Chassés get chic this season! For a posh engagement, The National Ballet of Canada’s 60th Anniversary Tour brings proven excellence to Winnipeg for one evening with mixed repertoire by the

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likes of William Forsythe, Jerome Robbins, and Crystal Pite (Oct 4). Then, the next Dracula? Guy Maddin-inspired Svengali offers an explosive look at repression, expression, and the emotional grip of stardom with choreography by Mark Godden (Oct 19-23). Performances take place at the Centennial Concert Hall.

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OPERA Manitoba Opera - The 39th season opens with a shocker: Salome. Richard Strauss’ sensual and haunting adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s fanciful play is one of the 20th century’s greatest operatic achievements and should not be missed (Nov 19, 22 & 25).




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Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra Entering its 64th year, this orchestra’s legacy is its enrichment of Winnipeg’s cultural landscape. Under Music Director Alexander Mickelthwate, the 2011-12 season sees the WSO offer more than 80 concerts in a number of line-ups. MASTERWORKS A opens the season with Rachmaninov’s popular Piano Concerto No. 2 and the exuberant Dvorák (Sept 23&24) and continues with an all-Shostakovich program conducted by the composer’s own son, Maxim Shostakovich (Oct 28&29). Then, it’s all-Beethoven in Beethoven 5! (Nov 11&12). MATINEE lets you learn about a masterwork in open rehearsal - hear preparations for Silvestre Revueltas: La noche de los Mayas (Oct 14). POPS pays tribute to Paul McCartney and The Beatles in Live and Let Die (Sept 30), but then sends in the clowns with a celebration of the music of Stephen Sondheim (Nov 4-6). SOUNDBYTES reminds us that Rock Owes the Classics! (Nov 26). And CONCERTS FOR KIDS lets Cincinnati’s Madcap Puppets collide with LOST - A Memoir. Prairie theatre Exchange

the WSO for a thrilling program filled with giant puppets, and familiar family classics in The Phantom of the Music Hall (Oct 30). The Snowman follows with Raymond Briggs’ heart-warming holiday film performed with live music (Nov 27). Concerts take place at the Centennial Concert Hall. Canzona - Let a choral ensemble comprised of Manitoba’s leading voices enchant you with Baroque masterworks, German hymns, and contemporary compositions! Concert 1 at Westminster United Church features work by Handel under Guest Conductor Dr. Elroy Friesen (Nov 20). Winnipeg Philharmonic Choir - The oldest choir in Western Canadian has been serenading us with song since 1922! Join the “Phil Family” by attending A Mass Mosaic, featuring tenor PJ Buchan and bass/baritone Howard Rempel with organist Lottie EnnsBraun (Oct 30). Concert takes place at Crescent Fort Rouge United Church. Manitoba Chamber Orchestra - Delving into repertoire rarely touched by large symphonies, the MCO always brings a new dimension to listening habits. Ivars Taurins and The Winnipeg Singers do a baroque mash-up with Handel in the house (Nov 1). And talented composer / performer Stewart Goodyear wows with a concert including selections by Mozart and Haydn, as well as a world premiere! (Nov 23). Concerts take place at Westminster Church. Virtuosi Concerts - International sounds fill this top-notch recital and chamber music concert series. Radiant Sound marks the Gala Fall Opening with Borealis String Quartet, violinists Patricia Shih and Yuel Yawney, violist Nikita Pogrebnoy, and cellist Shih-Lin Chen performing Beethoven, Shostakovich and Grieg (Sept 24). South African pianist Anton Nel reminds us that The Piano Sings with his solid gold ivory ticklings of Bach, Brahms, Beethoven, Debussy and Granados (Oct 15).

Next, From Russia with Love showcases the blazing talent of Boris Andrianov and Alex Kobrin on cello and piano performing solo works and duos by Beethoven and Schumann (Oct 29). And From Mozart to Mahler lets celebrated Ensemble Made In Canada return with quartets by Mozart and Brahms, and Mahler (Nov 12). Concerts take place at Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall, University of Winnipeg. Groundswell - Contemporary music gets its dues with this new music series. Opening Groundswell’s 20th season is Luminico, a Mexican interdisciplinary project that combines new audio technologies with wind instruments and percussion (Nov 12). Concert takes place at The Rachel Browne Theatre. Camerata Nova - Taking over the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra’s MASTERWORKS B & C series, Camerata Nova offers an eclectic high with A Night of Song & Dance. This gala opener for the WSO’s Indigenous Festival features Wu Man, a renowned Chinese lute performer, Camerata Nova performing Andrew Balfour’s Wa Wa Tey Wak (Northern Lights), and Inuit throat/folk singing. Bolero Dance Theatre also gets accompanied by Mexican composer Silvestre Revueltas’ hypnotic film score for La noche de los Mayas (Oct 13-15). Concert takes place at Centennial Concert Hall. Then, a free holiday concert will not only include new and old works, but also see a partnership with the Winnipeg Boys Choir (Nov 26-27). Concert takes place at Crescent Fort Rouge Church. Jazz Winnipeg - The first three performances of the 2011-12 concert season look to be jumpin’ and jivin’ and boogyin’ with Los Angeles’ Dam-Funk at the Pyramid Cabaret (Oct 10), Canadian stars Jesse Cook and Jill Barber at the Pantages Playhouse Theatre (Oct 20), and Jill Barber’s dramatic orchestration at the Winnipeg Art Gallery (Nov 15).

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Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra - Go big band or go home! Pickin’ Winnipeg Blue showcases the talents of guitarist / vocalists Brent Parkin and Tim Butler (Oct 2) and For Dancers Only - Gems from The Big Band Era says it all - and sees Senator Tommy Banks on piano (Nov 13). All concerts take place at The Winnipeg Art Gallery. West End Cultural Centre - Continuing its tradition as an intimate place to experience the best in live music, the WECC presents a line-up of must-sees this fall. Highlights include the Irish stylings of The Daradanelles (Sept 24), Polaris and Juno music awardwinning Karkwa (Sept 29), alt-rockers The Besnard Lakes (Sept 30), charming singer / songwriter Danny Michel (Oct 1), hook-rich Yukon Blonde (Oct 2), critically-acclaimed chaos of atUnE-yArDs (Nov 14), Flamenco guitarist Juan Martin (Nov 17), and the melodramatic Austra (Nov 24). Burton Cummings Theatre - One of the best live performance venues in Canada boasts an exciting fall line-up of world-class musicians and entertainers including English indie rockers Arctic Monkeys (Oct 1), Swedish death metal band Opeth (Oct 8), Roll Play Live, a fun family stage show (Oct 15), and alternative favourite Matthew Good (Nov 7).


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Winnipeg Art Gallery - Approaching its centenary year, the Winnipeg Art Gallery inspires with a series of exhibitions in a wide range of mediums. Precise: Craft and Process brings together artists working in metal, clay, and fibre (to Jan 15). The inaugural opening of William Kurelek: The Messenger seeks to bring together the Manitoba-raised artist’s most important and engaging paintings and drawings (Sept 29 - Dec 31). And how does one extol the virtues of a fine glass of wine, a bag of greasy french-fries, the delectable promise of a shiny new lunchbox? Join the Feast (Oct 28-Mar 25). Long running exhibits also continue, including European Renaissance and Baroque Art: 1500-1700 (to Jan 30) and Modernist Traditions: 1870-1950 (to Jan 15). Plug-In Institute of Contemporary Art This hub for research and presentation brings the best of contemporary art to Manitoba and shares Manitoba’s unique artistic voice with the world. Afghanistan is examined through multi-media in Jayce Salloum’s (the heart that has no love / pain / generosity is not a heart) (to Oct 9). Also, a partnership between Plug

In and La Maison des artistes visuels combines a textile installation by Franco-Manitoban artist Colette Balcaen, French designer / embroiderer Pascal Jaouen, and visual artist / musician Sarah Houle of the Alberta-based Métis rock band Ghostkeeper (to Oct 9). And internationally acclaimed Canadian artist Lani Maestro exhibits a minimalist site-specific work: “her rain” (Oct 29-Jan 8). aceart - This culturally diverse artist run centre exhibits contemporary art made by a range of artists. Explore Bruce Lee’s fight scenes in Claire Hodge’s Bruce-O-Rama (to 30th Sept) and Send + Receive: A Festival of Sound founder Steve Bates brings us into Dead Air (Oct 6-Nov 10).  MTS Centre Exhibition Hall - Meet Da Vinci – The Genius the most complete and comprehensive traveling exhibition ever created on inventor / artist / anatomist /sculptor / engineer / musician /architect Leonardo Da Vinci. This is also your last chance to visit this amazing venue (to Oct 23).

SPECIAL EVENTS Thin Air Winnipeg International Writers Festival – For 15 years Winnipeg has welcomed writers from Canada and around the world for a spirit-lifting week of readings, lectures, interviews, conversations, and book launches. Expect dynamic programming for adults and children in English and French (Sept 18-24). For more details, check www.thinairwinnipeg.ca. WNDX Festival - Winnipeg’s 6th Festival of Film and Video Art will feature an international open call series, as well as programs of new prairie cinema and Canadian avant-garde. A major highlight is the Winnipeg debut of Guy Maddin’s HAUNTINGS, a large-scale, multiscreen installation (Sept 29-Oct 2). Culture Days - Join Canadians in hundreds of cities and towns across the country during the second annual Culture Days weekend (Sept 30-Oct 2). Free, hands-on, and interactive activities invite the public to participate “behind the scenes” and discover the world of artists, creators, historians, architects, curators, and designers at work in the community. Key events include a performance by singer/songwriter Scott Malcolmson while you eat in Prairie Ink Restaurant (Sept 30), the St. Laurent Fiddlers in concert at the Roland Pumpkin Fair (Oct 1), “Torturing Copper” - a studio demo by jeweler Cathy Sutton in Winnipeg Beach (Sept 30-Oct 2), and an exhibition of paintings and sculptures with mixed media workshops at Wood-McNeill Studio in Russell, Manitoba. Also check out Winnipeg’s two Nuit Blanche events: Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers’ cabaret-style variety show, and ARTCADIA! the Winnipeg Art Gallery’s program bringing together works by artists, hackers, musicians and game developers (Oct 1). Visit www.mb.culturedays.ca for more information. Indigenous Festival - Presented by the

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Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, the 3rd installment of this unique celebration takes you on a global musical journey with powerful performances exploring new and old music traditions from China, Mexico and North America (Oct 12-15). Concerts take place at Pantages Playhouse Theatre and Centennial Concert Hall. Manito Ahbee - The Annual Manito Ahbee Festival invites you to celebrate Aboriginal music, arts and culture! Festival events include the Aboriginal People’s Choice Music Awards, International Pow Wow Competition, Miss Manito Ahbee, conferences, and market and trade show (Nov 2-6). See www.manitoahbee. com for more details. Winnipeg Aboriginal Film Festival - The 3rd largest festival in North America dedicated to showcasing the best new indigenous film and video from across Canada, the US, and around the world (Nov 17-26). Visit aboriginalfilmfest. org for more details. Paul Rodgers

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Rock legends Bachman & Turner MTS Centre - Go big or go home! Rock legends Bachman & Turner join iconic Paul Rodgers and Blue Oyster Cult for a highoctane concert (Sept 24). Next, pop superstar Avril Lavigne hits Winnipeg with her Black Star Tour (Oct 14). Then clear the stage for Cirque du Soleil’s once-in-a-lifetime experience: Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour (Oct 26). And pinball wizards unite!

Roger Daltrey is performing The Who’s Tommy from start to finish (Nov 2). “How Time Flies”: An Evening with William Shatner - Beam us up, Scotty! Iconic Canadian entertainer William Shatner is warping across Canada to regale us with colourful stories and signature-style songs (Oct 25). Event takes place at the Centennial Concert Hall.

Delectable Dining Home-style Mexican Cuisine Ole! cries a sign on Henderson Highway north of the Disraeli Bridge. Tip your sombrero to JC’s Tacos and More - a dine-in and take-out Mexican / Salvadorian eatery that’s had hungry muchachos Mexican hat dancing through its doors since opening early 2011. Infusing life into an historic post office with vibrant colours, sights, and sounds along with the smells of peppers and tortillas, JC’s Tacos and More is not just a prime spot for Tex-Mex ... but more! “Eat the way we eat,” urges coowner Mayra as her amigos stuff burritos, shred meat, and mash avocado. “There’s no microwave, no can openers, little salt, and meat comes from naturally raised animals. Everything is made from scratch.” Home-style philosophy gets echoed in JC’s name - Mayra points to portraits of her children, Josue - “J” - and Corina - “C”. So pull up an artfully carved chair and treat yourself to wholesome Latino specialities! Tacos, tortas, quesadillas, fajitas, enchiladas, tostadas ... they’re all here! There’s even a mega burrito: “El Señor”. And make ‘em a “combo” - you get cowboy beans, mellow rice, crisp lettuce, and sour cream. Tacos, like most items, come in chicken, pork, or “barbacoa” variations. Barbacoa is original BBQ. Sensuously slow cooked beef gets shredded and folded into soft corn tortillas. Meanwhile, by-the-pound Arrachera sees thin tenderized cuts of zestily marinated beef served sizzling with onions, mushrooms, and green pepper. Get rippin’ at that steaming stack of tortillas! Pupusas! Yum! They’re loaded with bean, pork, and cheese, or cheese and loroco (an asparagus-like plant) and come hot and fluffy with crisp curtido and delicate tomato salsa. Love guacamole? Order it! It’s made lickety-split and is served chilled and creamy. For extra spice, house-made hot sauces add smokey accents. Jugo is a must because it’s real deal fruit juice. Big cups of syrupy tamarind and luscious watermelon are unforgettably quenching. For beer, there’s Sol, Corona, and XX. But a Negra Modelo bottle is a perfect lager for savoury meats dark but delicate. And frozen Margaritas are tart and salty! Wanna take it home? JC’s not only makes its menu to-go (including tortillas by the dozen) but also houses a mini-grocery store with racks of exotic snacks, beans, sauces ... and yes, more!

JC’s Tacos and More 187 Henderson Highway 414-9187

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“Fantastic! Best piece of fish I’ve eaten!” Need we say more? There’s a new eatery at the bustling intersection of Osborne and Wardlaw - Deadfish Café & Lounge and you’d be dead wrong not to visit. Part lounge, part artful eatery, wafting garlic, and entirely hip, Deadfish is the perfect place for rustic seaside style eatin’. Surrounded by a warm and funky mash-up of gallery, industrial, and aquatic styles, the bar serves up toast-worthy tipples. Deadfish’s icy Mojito is a bright Mexican concoction of rum, bubbly, lime and green mint, but with an extrarefreshing citrus twist - plump mashed grapefruit! And easily drinkable is a California Chardonnay Sauvignon Blanc called Chariot Gypsy. Creamy mouthfuls of honey are gulped down with spice and orange. Appetizers include saucy mussels and shrimp, hummus and flatbread, and fresh zesty lettuce wraps. Trinidadian-style empanadas - Aloo Pie – deserve a nod. These baked pockets are filled with fluffy roasted potato infused with savoury toasted cumin and are dipped in rich tamarind chutney. To the point! Stix let you choose from skewerings of Jerk salmon with mango salsa or Jeera chicken with cilantro and lime. We stick to a trio of bacon wrapped Manitoba walleye stix with a luscious roasted potato hash - and wow! Piping hot, juicy, and smokey, these tightly wrapped morsels are addictive! Salads, sandwiches, and noodles are also available, but mains that showcase Deadfish’s simplicity and flair for extravagance are Tuscan style pizza and Paella. First up, pizza: Fungi. This gourmet 12-incher has a buttery cracker-like crust richly adorned with garlic cream, mushroom, caramelized onion, feta, mozzarella, Parmesan, and fresh basil. Silky and flavourful, this pizza pie is a satisfying fill. Paella comes piled high and steamy. Great for sharing, it’s loaded with fresh walleye, salmon, mussels, shrimp, spicy Italian sausage, saffron basmati and toppings of plump tomato, scallion, herbs, and luscious pan seared scallops. Arrogant Frog to wash it down. This Cabernet Merlot flaunts smooth cassis and dry finish. Alongside a wet cappuccino, dessert is also a taste intrigue - Cardamom Cheesecake with toasted almond crust drizzled with thick dark chocolate rum sauce.

Deadfish Café & Lounge 167 Osborne Street 477-6609 Box 7 Warren, MB R0C 3E0 CANADA ph: (204) 322-5332 fax: (204) 322-5435

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More than a pretty name… This St. Boniface spin on Sicilian is named after the seductive-sounding Italian word for a casual eatery. But there’s more to La Trattoria than just a pretty name. Housed in digs hugging bustling Provencher Boulevard right across from its picturesque park, La Trattoria boasts a lounge, ambient dining room, private second floor, and expansive outdoor patio. Swaying to Dean Martin croonin’, you’ll contemplate refined lunch and dinner menus that are creative and classic. For starters, two Italian quenchers: Birra Moretti and OK Prosecco. Straw-hued traditional Moretti lager sips crisp and balanced, while a personal sized bottle of OK Prosecco is a nectary sparkle on the palate with pear. For Antipasti, expect simple spreads like Olive Marinate or a Grande Antipasto of cold cuts, cheese, foccacia, olives, and vegetables. Also expect surprise. Arancini hearken Ukrainian holopchi - saffron rice gets balled up with ground meat and mozzarella. But instead of a cabbage wrap, these balls are rolled in breading and fried golden. A thick bright tomato sauce playfully bites back.

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Mains range from pastas to mint-rubbed lamb to extravagant Chef ’s Specials, and all get paired with buttery biscuits and zuppa or insalate. (Salad tip: Di Cesare’s got plump sautéed proscuitto!) Baked Manicotti offers traditional comfort - tender tubes blanketed with tomato basil sauce and mozzarella are packed with herby ricotta and spinach filling. Under Secondi we order the Involtini alla Palermitana e al Marsala. This unique dish rolls tender veal around Pecorino cheese, almonds, salami and breadcrumbs. The crescent-shaped bundles are then braised tangy like they do it in Palermo - with Marsala and orange sauce. Chianti chaser! Senesi Arentini sips thin but robustly tastes of fruit and cinnamon. And for a little house-made Dolci - one slabby slice of Torta di Cioccolata alle Mandorle. Almonds and dark chocolate mingle with Amaretti biscuits in a dense torte encased by velvety ganache.






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190 River Road, Portage La Prairie Hey, Locavore! Set your sites on this unique 100-mile diet destination. With the help of innovative Chef Jeff Mialkowski, Horfrost makes friends with local farmers to nab ingredients for classic home-cookin’ with a twist. Corn and cauliflower fondue with fresh bread? Grilled maple pigs cheek? Dig in! Bread is made with flour from Elie. Maple syrup gets sourced from Neighborhood MB Maple Syrup. The butter’s from local dairies. Quark, a soft cheese from Notre Dame, also frequents. Catch the drift? The menu’s seasonal, so this fall expect pork, bison, and beef to get phenomenal with hearty produce like carrots, parsnips, beets, potatoes, corn, and cauliflower.

67 086 Heatherdale Rd, Oakbank Another great excuse to hit the road! Located just outside of Bird’s Hill Park, this prairie eatery resides in a turn-of-the-century style Carriage House surrounded by six acres of gardens. There’s a boutique, furniture showroom, and reception venue here too! Wholesome home-cooked meals are the standard for breakfast, lunch, and dinner - all made from scratch with the bounty of local producers. Must-trys include the Bourbon Street Vanilla BBQ sauce-smothered Bison Burger, pan-fired Manitoba Pickerel, and Trout Papillote prepared with trout from nearby Garson Sportfishing Park. For a sweet, go for Apple Crisp!

775 Corydon Ave Relaxed sangria sipping on Fresh Cafe’s patio may fade into summer memory, but don’t lose that feeling! Specializing in homestyle food made with mainly Manitoba-sourced ingredients all year, you can rest assured that when it’s cold outside, it’ll be fresh inside! All day breakfasts feature free run vita eggs and local delicacies. Hollandaise-lathered Bison Steak & Eggs is a hearty plate with garlic smashed hash browns. Lunch gets a little wild with the Elk Burger. Kickin’ coffee, mellow teas, fresh juices, and super smoothies are also staples. And word to the wise - extended summer hours continue through the fall!

303-99 Osborne Street North Making the ordinary extraordinary, this Winnipeg favourite dishes out a host of Keystone specialities. Start with “The Best Tomato Salad you ever had!!” piling up local Greenland Gardens vine ripened tomatoes and cukes, dressing them with St. Spiridon Greek olive oil, Kosher salt, and Danish blue cheese. Or go for “Bruschetta ‘Toba Style” with tomatoes, oranges, and lemons tossed in red wine vinegar, aged balsamic vinegar, fresh garlic, ginger, and parsley, then topped with creamy feta cheese. For entrées, Manitoba “Ménage a Trois” lets you have a little of everything Manitoba raspberry ribs, Chocolate Chicken Skewers, and Berkshire Pork Tenderloin with rhubarb chutney.

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631 Main Street “Corned is where it’s at!” exclaims Talia Syrie about autumn local eatin’ at this funky downtown breakfast ‘n’ lunch spot. And not only beef! Corned elk and bison, too! “With eggs, in hash, deli style, in a Reuben,” she lists, “with house-made sauerkraut, too!” But vegetarians don’t fret. Veggies are met with equal passion. “I’m obsessed with beets,” Talia admits. “The best food on the planet!” Armed with an Eat It! Organic Market “Spiralizer,” Talia turns out juicy ribbons of the hearty root for raw and cooked delights. The menu is always changing, so check in often. Sunday brunch is a necessity.


842 Corydon Avenue Everything is in its place here - especially with local fare! Provocative haute prairie cuisine gets served up thanks to Mise’s ambitious sourcing of local ingredients from growers like the Landless Farmers Collective. For lunch, feast upon the likes of grilled bison burger on red wine shallot bun. For dinner, firsts include bison with mushrooms in phyllo and maple blueberry compote. Seconds offer cornmeal crusted pickerel as well as pork tenderloin in maple bourbon sauce. Quenchers include local Half Pints beer. Desserts are killer too! Try the flourless chocolate torte with apricot compote and house made honey ice cream.

Boon Burger Café

79 Sherbrook Street The tofu is always organic here at Canada’s first all-vegan burger café! Grab a spot at the picnic table and bite into Winnipeg’s wholesome-est fast food. Boon’s plant-based grub is made with only quality ingredients, including local and organic when possible, so you can’t go wrong - even if you’re bent on burger and fries! And you simply can’t go wrong with burgers styled after the likes of Thanksgiving, Baja, and Salsa, nor with oven-baked fries - straight-up, topped with chili ‘n’ cheese, or poutineified. Feeling guilty? Skip fries - plunge into a fresh boon house salad with savory island dressing.

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550 Academy Road Quality produce, Canadian wines, and imagination make this eatery THE place to taste how luxurious prairie cuisine can be! Sourcing from top producers of meat, fish, fruits and vegetables, and specialty items, Chef Lorna Murdoch assembles one of the city’s most scrumptious menus. Lunch catches you munching on Premium North Pickerel fillets steamed in parchment paper with lemon Riesling butter. Dinner ups the ante. Starters include decadent Foie Gras Poutine of yam frites, local smoked Gouda and Quebec foie gras. Entrées keep you in the game with Pan Roasted Venison with wild mushrooms, Saskatoon gastrique, and pumpkin ravioli.

The Current Restaurant and Lounge

75 Forks Market Rd Located at the historic junction of the Red and Assiniboine rivers, this fine restaurant and lounge fittingly harnesses the many gourmet tastes of Canada. Admiring The Current’s local art collection, you indulge in breakfast, lunch, dinner, and after-dinner menus that are painstakingly planned and expertly prepared. While breakfast sports all the traditional Canadian maple syrup-smothered fixings, lunch and dinner let Manitoba favourites like pickerel, honey, ale, mushrooms, and wild rice find their way into a colourful array of cuisines. And head to the lounge every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evening for a lively helping of jazz!

Dandelion Deli

230 Osborne Street at Confusion Corner Located inside Organza Market, this deli doles out eats made from fresh and as-local-as-possible ingredients. What’s better? They’re all primed “to go.” That’s right - salads, wraps, sandwiches, roasted organic chickens, pasta bakes, fresh bread, and desserts - this deli has it all for completely satisfying lunch or dinner spreads. For something special - organic roast beef with horseradish and au jus, anyone? Head to the deli on Sundays for a locally sourced gourmet brunch created by Chef Tim Taylor. Looking for accents? Maybe some sipping? Organic spice rubs, sauces, dressings, teas, and fairtrade coffee are also stocked.

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Smoked Salmon Dream Appetizers

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Rice crust: 2 ½ cups (625 mL) cooked rice, cooled 1 egg Cooking spray 2 green onions, sliced ¼ cup (50 mL) chopped green pepper 2 tsp (10 mL) butter 1 ½ cups (375 mL) 1% cottage cheese 4 oz. (125 g) light cream cheese, softened 4 eggs 1 tbsp (15 mL) lemon juice ¼ tsp (1 mL) dried dill weed ¼ tsp (1 mL) pepper ¾ cup (175 mL) chopped smoked salmon (6 oz/150 g) ¾ cup (175 mL) shredded light Swiss cheese


Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C). Stir together rice and one whisked egg. Line a 9x13-inch (23 cm x 33 cm) baking dish with parchment paper. Grease paper or spray with canola oil. Press rice mixture into bottom and sides of dish. Set aside. Sauté onions and green pepper in butter for 2 minutes; set aside. In a food processor or blender, mix cottage cheese until smooth. Add cream cheese and blend again until smooth. Add eggs, lemon juice, dill weed and pepper; process until smooth. In a large bowl, combine egg mixture, cooked green onions and green pepper, salmon and Swiss cheese. Pour into prepared pan. Bake in preheated oven for 40 to 45 minutes or until set and lightly browned. Serve warm or chilled. Makes 18-24 appetizers.

Baked Custard

2 cups (500 mL) low-fat milk 4 eggs 1/3 cup (75 mL) sugar ¼ tsp (1 mL) salt 2 tsp (10 mL) vanilla Sprinkle (0.5mL each) ground nutmeg and cinnamon Seasonal berries for topping (optional) Preheat oven to 350°C (180°C). In a saucepan, heat milk to scalding until tiny bubbles appear around edge (do not boil). In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, sugar and salt until blended. Stir some of the hot milk into egg mixture. Slowly stir mixture back into remaining milk. Stir in vanilla. Place six custard cups in a 13 x 9 x 2-inch (3.5 L) baking pan. Pour custard into cups, using a fine mesh strainer, if available. Sprinkle tops with nutmeg and cinnamon. Set baking pan on rack in oven. Pour very hot water into pan to within ½ inch (1 cm) of top of custard. Bake for 40 minutes or until a knife inserted into custard centre comes out clean. Serve warm or cold. Sprinkle seasonal berries on top if desired. Makes 6 servings.

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Weekends Weren’t Made For Cleaning In-home cleaning services give clients peace of mind, and more free time. After an exhausting week, no one wants to spend their down time scrubbing toilets or vacuuming floors. Take Time Home Cleaning & Lifestyle Services takes the “luxury” out of home cleaning, and makes it an affordable necessity. With a variety of services, customized rates and highly trained reliable staff, you can have your weekends back. “Everyone really values their time. When they aren’t working, they want to be spending their time with the people they care about, or simply recharging their batteries so they can start fresh a new week. That’s one reason why I chose the name Take Time Home Cleaning & Lifestyle Services,” states Cindy Dayman, owner of the Winnipeg-based company. Take Time Home Cleaning & Lifestyle Services, which just moved in to their third year of business, services the entire city, and several communities outside of Winnipeg. “I had originally intended to stay in the south end of the city, but we were so fortunate in receiving referrals from our clients that we spread out in all directions very quickly,” she beams. As diversified as their locations, so too are the clients. Take Time Home Cleaning & Lifestyle Services has partnered with numerous realtors to provide thorough cleanings of showhomes and houses for sale, as well as offering assistance in home staging to attract more potential buyers and maximize the selling price. On the private end, the company attends to everyone from university students sharing a house to families, baby boomers and seniors, proving home cleaning services are

no longer an affluent frill. “I believe that home cleaning is now considered a necessary expense and no longer a luxury service. People are so busy with work and caring for others that taking time to enjoy life has become essential to good physical and mental health, and we can provide that,” she says. Cost aside, many people are reluctant to hire cleaners, as they feel uneasy about having a stranger come in to their home. As a former business education teacher, Dayman understands how to operate a successful business, and give her clients a sense of assurance about their services.  “I think people want to hire a service that is thorough, secure and affordable on a consistent basis, and that’s what I guarantee to my clients,” she says. “Peace of mind is worth a lot. That’s my personal and business standard.”  And those standards are very high. Every new client is given a free in-home estimate in order to provide a customized work order and an accurate price. They can also be rest assured about the people coming to do the work. “[Customers] want to have confidence in the company they hire and in the cleaner who enters their home. That is what I guarantee my clients,” says Dayman. “We are, of course, licensed, bonded and insured

and we put a lot of time and effort into training our staff. If they pass training, they are absolute professionals. They must have demonstrated consistency in detail cleaning and in providing excellent customer service before they can have their own schedule.” Depending on the size of the job, cleaners work either in pairs or as solo cleaners, and each job site will have the same assigned employee every service. “I love the accountability and consistency that this allows, and I know that my clients do too,” she says. Dayman states she appreciates the positive response from her clients and chooses to use that energy to give back. One of the company’s main charitable initiatives is providing free cleaning services for women undergoing cancer treatment. In the future, she hopes to use even more of her company and services to impact others. “People have been good to me and I just want to pay it forward.” Want to give someone the gift of time? Take Time Home Cleaning and Lifestyle Services offers professionally designed gift cards for brides, new moms, birthdays or whatever the occasion. Gift cards also make for great employee rewards and incentives.

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On the

by Quentin Mills-Fenn

Bookshelf Benevolence (Knopf Canada) by Cynthia Holz

A childless psychologist, specializing in clients with panic disorder, and her husband, a psychiatrist who works with organ transplant recipients and donors, aren’t happy, despite their interesting careers and no real problems. They’re the subjects of this accomplished novel about a marriage at a crossroads. Cynthia Holz examines her two not entirely likable people with surgeon-like precision and a healthy dose of sympathy. Sometimes, the doctors are sicker than the patients.

The Thirteen

(Random House Canada) by Susie Moloney A delightfully horrific novel about a literal suburban hell. Single mother Paula Wittmore returns with teenage daughter in tow to her old neighbourhood, Haven Woods, not realizing that her mother is a member of a coven. And the old gang needs another member. Things get scary and bloody and funny, too, with a weirdly understaffed hospital and plenty of overly familiar cats. (There’s a brilliant scene sure to creep out any ailurophobic readers.) Moloney’s come up with a great take on female friendship (it’s got it’s ups and downs, it seems) and a great villainess with a heart (when she still had one.)

Portraits of Winnipeg (Turnstone Press) by Robert J. Sweeney

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If you’re looking for a locally themed gift, or a nifty little souvenir for yourself, Robert J. Sweeney has put together a charming collection of full colour, pen and ink drawings of notable River City landmarks. The illustrations come with informative captions, and notes provide dates and architects. There’s Union Station, Thunderbird House, the Legislative Building, the new Manitoba Hydro Place and the Curry Building on Portage Avenue, and the St. Boniface Basilica, all carefully rendered. There’s nostalgia, too (the Eaton’s Building...sniff).



STEREO Reviewed by Randal McIlroy OMD History of Modern (Blue Noise) In their prime, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark co-founders Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys never let their innate talent for melody get the better of the experimentation, and vice versa. Each new single was a chance to clock not only the latest digital technology but also the newest turn on traditional pop lyrics. Following estrangement between the partners and the group’s fading, they return as OMD, and the opening “New Babies, New Toys” punches forward with big guitar, bass and drums as proof of life in the present tense. Soon, though, they return to pop songs by the Kraftwerk blueprint once again, with luxurious digital choirs and strings as upholstery for tireless keyboard motoring. And, here, the title track’s meditation on modernism becomes an opportunity to bid farewell to all things old, but to a singsong tune. The high water mark remains OMD’s own 1981 album, Architecture and Morality, which has the edge, frankly, in melody, mystery and texture, but History of Modern finds them returning with dignity. Kate Bush Director’s Cut (Fish People/EMI) Like Scott Walker, Kate Bush is forgiven for taking so long between new albums – it’s been six years since the splendid Aerial – when the results show the depth of craft without hurry. With Director’s Cut, however, she’s taken a graceful step sideways by revising songs from The Sensual World (1989) and The Red Shoes (1993). The greatest achievement is “Flower of the Mountain,” where finally she persuaded the James Joyce estate to allow her the use of Molly Bloom’s erotic soliloquy denied for “The Sensual World,” while “This Woman’s Work” – on the helplessness of a new father outside the delivery room – has been thinned to voices and angelic keyboards. The other tracks are, at the very least, reminder of a singular songwriter and singer. Brian Eno, and the Words of Rick Holland Drums Between the Bells (Warp/Opal) Scant months after the oceanic instrumental studies of Small Craft on a Milk Sea, Brian Eno returns to words. They’re the words of poet, Rick Holland, however, and they are spoken, rather than sung, by Eno, Holland and a variety of reportedly amateur guests, and in all the project seems to serve Eno’s desire to situate the voice in music without granting it dominance. Certainly, there is striking music in the set, whether the drill and pummel of “Glitch” – where he proves a master of funky rhythm programming – the rhapsodic country guitars of “Pour it Out,” or the treated female vocals over gaseous synthesizers in “The Real.” In this closeness, too, you’re drawn to the grain and the intimacy of the speaking voice, as much as to the words they speak. A version without words is available as part of a double set from Eno’s website store, but the contrast is the charm. autumn 2011 | STYLE MANITOBA | 35

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Get By Carly Peters

If it strums, bangs or toots, you probably got it at Quest Musique, one of Winnipeg’s choice destinations for music equipment, rentals, lessons and clinics. With over 15 years in the business, owner Sam Trachillis and his passionate staff have taken their love of matching people with music to the next level through new events and services. Keeping the rock alive in Winnipeg, Quest Musique is once again gearing up for Shredfest 2011 in October. This face-melting competition takes the top 20 guitar players in the city, voted in by Quest Musique fans, and pits them against each other for up to $10,000 in prizes and the title of Winnipeg’s Top Shredder. Local guitar heroes, such as Murray Pulver of Doc Walker, will be on hand to not only judge the competition, but also host clinics throughout the day.

Proud Supporter of Music in Manitoba 1308 Portage Avenue • 233 4151 166 Meadowood Drive • 231 1677 www.questmusique.com

Celebrity clinics and drop-ins are almost a monthly occurrence at Quest Musique’s Meadowood and Portage locations. Ben Smith, the drummer from Heart, recently hit the skins for a crowded clinic, while Brian “Head” Welch of Korn dropped by to meet fans in June. And lets not forget Trachillis’ smiling in-store photo op with Justin Bieber, who signed an acoustic guitar for a Quest Musique online contest. The music store’s online presence has been amped up by sister-sites Ticket Quest - a source to buy local, indie concert tickets, or sell tickets to your own event - and Quest Entertainment Services, where clients can book DJs, live music and light and sound packages for their events. Trachillis points to their latest social/wedding package, which features either a DJ or live music for both the social and wedding, a guitar for the silent auction and social ticket promotion on ticketquest.com. Keep up to date on all the latest gear, clinics, contests, video flyers and events through Quest Musique’s Facebook fan page, Twitter (@ QuestMusique), YouTube channel, and of course, www.questmusique.com. autumn 2011 | STYLE MANITOBA | 37

The meaning of self-control Tips from Dr. Darek Dawda of DAVDA Psychology* By Mathilda Waters

According to our expert on well-being, Dr. Darek Dawda of DAVDA Psychology, thinking can be both good and bad for you. MW: What is the best way to be in control of how you feel? Dr. DD: One doesn’t have direct control over one’s emotions. It is very common for people to attempt to directly change their difficult emotions by becoming upset with the way they feel or wishing they felt differently. This approach is not useful. Another very common coping strategy is to avoid difficult emotions through distractions or addictions. Avoidance of emotions might bring short-term relief, but won’t produce lasting improvements. MW: So are we at the mercy of our emotional whims? Dr. DD: No. The important point is that you have complete control over your actions, and it’s your behaviour that you need to exert control over. The way you feel does not have to dictate how you act. And changing what you do will definitely result in changes in how you feel. MW: So is the key to changing the way one feels to do the right things? Dr. DD: That’s right. Self-control doesn’t mean you should control your emotions but rather maintain control over your behaviour. It’s best to accept your emotions as they are, and to focus your energy on doing the right things. MW: What about people who are depressed? Isn’t it hard to do anything when you are depressed? Dr. DD: People who are depressed will frequently say ‘I know I should do it, but I just can’t.’ This is a selfdefeating way of thinking. True, it takes more effort, sometimes much more effort, for a depressed person to do what a healthy person can do effortlessly. But even a depressed person, with the application of some will power, can put one foot in front of the other and do what needs to be done.

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MW: What if you are confused and overwhelmed with your emotions, and not sure what the right thing to do is? Dr. DD: Feeling confused and overwhelmed is often a part of the path to clarity, so patience is required. However, if one is chronically overwhelmed and confused, one should seek professional help. MW: You said earlier one should accept one’s emotions as they are. How do you accept something that hurts you? Dr. DD: It’s a very useful skill to develop to be connected not only with what feels good, but also that which hurts or scares you. Emotions provide invaluable information about how well one is doing. Ignoring this information prevents learning and often perpetuates the trouble. Many people focus on trying to change their feelings, while continuing to do the same things that contribute to their unhappiness. MW: Why is that? Dr. DD: Unfortunately, in this culture, we are lead to believe that well-being comes in a pill, and that the attainment of well-being requires no effort. This is furthest from the truth. MW: So what is the prescription? Dr. DD: Work towards radical acceptance of emotions and radical control of behaviour.

* DAVDA Psychology is a psychotherapy and personal coaching clinic. For an initial consultation call 253-2832 (253-DAVDA). Visit www.davda.ca for free SLEEP QUIZ with SLEEP TIPS or for more information. To find other Manitoba psychologists, visit www.mps.ca

Cosmetic procedures revealed

put things back where they used to be,” Dr. Singh notes.

Nose surgery (Rhinoplasty)

By Leigh Patterson

With more women and men turning to surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures to enhance their physical appearance and as an extension of a healthy lifestyle, we asked plastic surgeons Dr. Gur Balbir Singh and Dr. Ken Murray of Plastic Surgery Associates about the Top Five most popular procedures they perform at their downtown Winnipeg practice. Here they provide revealing glimpses into what clients can expect before, during and after each procedure.

Breast augmentation “Most women who request this surgery do so because they feel that their breasts are not proportional to the rest of their body,” says Dr. Singh. “Others have breasts that never fully developed, or are mothers who after having children have seen their breasts become smaller and droop, so they desire a return to their pre-pregnancy state.” As with all surgical procedures conducted at Plastic Surgery Associates, clients take part in an initial consultation with Dr. Murray or Dr. Singh to ensure they are healthy, fully informed and have realistic expectations of the surgery. Clients can decide

among five different types of implant options, from silicon gel implants that Dr. Singh describes as having a “gummy bear” texture to saline implants. Implants are placed under or on top of the chest muscle, but overall, “we augment your own breast to make it as natural looking as possible,” emphasizes Dr. Singh. Recovery time following surgery is surprisingly quick, with most clients able to return to regular activity after one week and three to four weeks when they can return to an easy exercise routine.

Tummy tuck “Most clients who come to see us for a tummy tuck are moms or men and women who have lost excessive weight and developed an overhang of skin and lax muscles,” says Dr. Singh. “A tummy tuck removes excess skin and tightens the area.” Done under anaesthetic and on an outpatient basis, the surgery involves an incision in the bikini area, which “heals quite well to the point of near invisibility, even under a bathing suit,” says Dr. Singh. Clients experience a sixweek recovery period, but can usually return to an office job in one to two weeks.

Facelift Patients over 50 often feel healthy and confident but how they look in the mirror doesn’t match how they feel on the inside. “Our goal is to restore that youthful look by ten to 20 years, so clients look younger, healthier and rested,” says Dr. Murray.

Delicate and exacting, cosmetic and reconstructive rhinoplasty requires a great deal of surgical skill and experience. “Women typically want their noses to be smaller to fit their face, or made more feminine with a narrower tip,” says Dr. Singh, adding “male clients often require this type of surgery following a traumatic injury to the nose.” It takes six to 12 months for the nose to be fully healed and develop its final shape. A cast is worn on the nose for a week and swelling is evident but in two weeks most clients are presentable enough to resume their regular activity.

Non-surgical procedures “For those not quite ready for surgical procedures, but want to look their best, there are plenty of office based, non-surgical treatment options available,” says Dr. Murray. “New technologies are making it easier to achieve the desired look,” he adds. “Our philosophy is to be selective in what technologies we use and know it will produce a result. “ Dr. Murray says effective body treatments include fat removal and reshaping techniques such as liposuction, water-assisted liposuction and Cool Sculpt (www. coolsculpt.ca). Plastic Surgery Associates is the only clinic in Manitoba to offer Body-Jet Liposuction, which uses a spray

of fluid to gently dislodge fat cells then suck them away. CoolSculpt reduces the appearance of “muffin tops” and “love handles” by 20-30 percent by “essentially killing fat cells with cold therapy,” says Dr. Singh. Popular facial rejuvenation options like Botox, injectable fillers, chemical peels and laser resurfacing are also available at Plastic Surgery Associates, as well as the Ultherapy, which uses ultrasound to tone and tighten skin. “Most non-surgical techniques are relatively painless with little downtime,” says Dr. Murray. “They can be done on their own or as a complement to the surgical procedures we offer,” he adds. For more information about these and other procedures, visit www.plasticsurgeryassociates.ca

“We understand the aging process, so we want to essentially put things back where they used to be,”

The surgery consists of tightening skin, repositioning fat, tightening muscles and some skin removal leaving only a tiny scar behind the ear. “We understand the aging process, so we want to essentially

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e l y t S Fall

Green hair for fall? There has been such a buzz about the environment these days that the staff of Freshair Boutique got to thinking what is green hair and how could they encourage clients to try it?

They believe the best place to start is to accept the hair you were born with. By simply enhancing what your hair naturally wants to do, you will minimize the amount of products you need to use when styling it. This can be a difficult thing to do, but a good stylist can help you figure out what style works best for your hair type. Once you’ve checked in with your stylist to determine your hair type, try following Freshair’s three hair Rs:

Man-O-Cromatic Feeling a little grey? Gentlemen, do you have more salt than pepper in your life than you’d like? Try a colour that blends away those white hairs in only five minutes called Camo-Color by Redken to camouflage mature hair. The look is natural, grey blending that fades away gradually with every wash without leaving a brassy residue. Perfect for any man on the go, Jeff is coloured with medium and dark ash shades. He is peppered with a slick handsome haircut which can be worn tight, clean and classic or choppy, messy and casual! With his Camo-Color, Jeff is years more youthful! Hair & Photo: Candess @ Society

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1 Reduce the use of hot tools and products where you can. 2 Reuse your hair product containers (Freshair Boutique has a great recycling program that will save you money and help you to be good to the environment). 3 Recycle old jewellery and use it to fashion clips or pins to jazz up your hair. Freshair’s assistant Lisa went green with Essensity’s Autumn Leaf Red. Essensity is a colour / product line by Schwartzkopf that is made with organic essences. Vibrant, eco-friendly locks....everybody wins. Looking good starts with feeling good, and everyone can feel great about having green hair. It’s one colour that looks good on all of us. This fall, go green with Freshair Boutique. Stylist: Lisa King Salon: Freshair Boutique Photo: Brittany Hildebrandt Model: Lisa King

Simply Stated! The team at Rituals is a gifted group of hair, make-up and skin artists that are constantly striving to improve their craft. To do so, they invest in themselves, so that they can be the best at what they do for clients.

Classic Style This year men’s hairstyles have returned to the classics. Instead of the more structured looks we have seen over the past couple of years, we are now seeing a more casual yet classy ‘60s style. To achieve this look, keep your locks a little longer than normal with a simple side part, casually thrown back with a little gel. Salon: Sets On Fort Hair: John Graham Model: Paxton, Swish Model Management

Recently, the team at Rituals attended an inspiring class with Vidal Sassoon Academies in San Francisco. They focus on precision cutting, taking your time to really cut hair well, and finding the perfect cut for the individual. That was the inspiration for this cut and colour. “My model Zoë carries this look so well, which I call “20th Century Flapper”, says Kristina Poturica, owner of Rituals. “The clean, crisp, simple lines are so Sassoon and remind me that sometimes less is more, especially when it complements the individual and their facial shape in every way.” The colour was tailored to the cut and is again a simple design to show off Zoe’s milky complexion. Danusja’s make-up is also focused on bringing out the best feature on the model - the eyes. False eyelashes were used to bring them to the forefront - a great investment if you want to keep your make-up application simple, but with the biggest impact. Salon: rituals in hair and skin www.ritualsinhairandskin.ca (Check them out on Facebook) Hair Artist: Kristina Make-up Artist: Danusja Model: Zoë Stylist & Clothing: Julie Pedersen Designs Jewelry: Kaitlyn “In The Middle” Jewelry Designs (Can be purchased @ Rituals) Photography: Jerry Grajewski, grajewski fotograph inc. summer 2011 | STYLE MANITOBA | 41 autumn

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Casual Elegance Hooded zip-front grey tunic paired with leggings (yes – they’re still in this season!) Heavy knit zipper-front tunic with pink abstract print. Long sleeved striped tunic with front zipper detail. Three quarter length sleeve zipperfront puckered jacket with gold and silver animal print, paired with pencil skirt. All items featured from Joseph Ribkoff, available at spalifestyle fashion boutique, 2001 Henderson Hwy. autumn 2011 | STYLE MANITOBA | 43

FAB FINDS The perfect crystal clear example of contemporary simplicity - The Bling Chandelier by LBL lighting. Total Lighting, 347 William Ave.

Solid Beech chair features a curved back for superior comfort. Available in numerous stain colours and upholstered seat options. Faveri’s Unpainted Furniture, 625 Wall St.

Hand-painted zebra stool & a procession of villagers, both expertly hand-carved from Jacaranda wood by the artisans of Kaki Creations in Kenya. Unique painted giraffe sculpture handcarved from albesia wood by the Mitra Bali Artisan Group in Indonesia. All items featured are Fair Trade. Ten Thousand Villages, 2 locations: 134 Plaza Dr & 10-963 Henderson Hwy.

The only thing better than one sheepskin rug to sink your feet into is six rugs sewn together!  These beautiful Australian rugs offer a rustic and luxurious finish to any room in the house or cottage.  Wonderful World of Sheepskin, 250 Dufferin Ave. 44 | STYLE MANITOBA | autumn 2011

The Fascination Collection by Varaluz.   Recycled steel circles of varying sizes filled with recycled glass discs arranged so perfectly to capture the sunlight… rarely before has a design based on “old” seemed so powerfully new.  Total Lighting, 347 William Ave.

Snak Pak is the perfect waste-free solution for packing snacks on hot-lunch days, after-school sports, or visits to the park. Includes recycled cotton sack, cloth napkin, 2 small food-grade leak-proof stainless steel containers, food kozy and recycled aluminium name tag. Free of BPA, phthalates, PVC and lead! Available at Vita Health Fresh Market. For a location near you, visit www.myvita.ca

Fashion forward frames for those with discerning tastes. Available at Hakim Optical. Visit www.hakimoptical for a location near you. Java Metal & Wood Xylophone handcrafted from Indonesian wood and metal featuring a colourful batik design; Batik Fish Thumb Piano handcrafted using the batik process; Batik Bamboo Maraca handcrafted from bamboo and coloured using the batik process. Featured instruments are all Fair Trade items, crafted by the Indonesian Artisan Group: Pekerti Nusantara. Ten Thousand Villages, 2 locations: 134 Plaza Dr & 10-963 Henderson Hwy. autumn 2011 | STYLE MANITOBA | 45

Week in Northern Spain A

“Even on a hot day, San Sebastian has

a certain early morning quality. The trees seem as though their leaves were never quite dry.  The streets feel as though they had just been sprinkled.”   I recall reading this description from Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises as a university student and being rather jealous of the main character Jake Barnes, and his time in the coastal Spanish city.  While in San Sebastian, Barnes swam in La Concha Bay, took a night -time stroll by the harbour and listened to music in an outdoor cafe.  It had always been a dream of mine to visit this alluring place, and now, having just done that, I’m delighted to report that San Sebastian more than lives up to its glorious reputation of old.  The vibe of the city is very laidback, which is partly a result of it being somewhat off the tourist trail and slightly difficult to get to.  (It’s a major detour if you’re travelling from Paris to Barcelona, and about a six-hour train ride from Madrid.  There is still no fast train to the north in Spain.) 

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The question Hemingway avoids is why Jake rushed off to Lady Brett Ashley’s side, when he could have stayed and experienced more of San Sebastian’s charms. With beautiful sand beaches and a wide promenade framed by Belle Epoque buildings, the city is set like a string of pearls around the shell shaped La Concha Bay, considered one of the loveliest in the world.  From the moment we stepped into the art deco lobby of the Hotel Niza and checked out our balcony’s stunning view, we felt a calm washing over us.  The hotel’s location is perfect, right on the beach and about a 10-minute walk from the old town.    The first morning, we took a leisurely stroll to the far western end of the ocean boardwalk.  There, three extraordinary metal sculptures by Spanish artist Edouard Chillida grace the giant rocks on the shore.  Each weighs about 10 tons.  They seem to guard the entrance to the harbour, and collectively, they are named “the combs.”  A plaque quotes Chillida that his intent was to “comb the wind as it entered the city,” a poetic notion that somehow works in Spain, even if elsewhere it might seem pretentious.  The wind and waves create a

Photos & story by Greg Klassen

powerful energy in this place, and it is the perfect spot to stop and reflect about the synergy between art and nature.   As if the extraordinary setting weren’t enough, San Sebastian is considered the food capital of Spain.  We fall easily into the nightly ritual

When one walks into the bars, the counters are literally overflowing with plates of pintxos.  Everything is on the honour system.  You take whatever you like and when you’re finished eating, you try to recall how many you’ve had.  It’s not easy to say goodbye to the perfection of life in San Sebastian, but no trip to northern Spain would be complete without seeing the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao (about an hour by bus along the coast).  At first, we’re surprised by how much smaller the building seems to be than it appears in photos, but that’s only the perspective from the street.  In fact, the entire building is almost exactly the same size as a cruise ship.  Coated in an extremely thin layer of titanium, the building takes on the quality of light around it and shines even on a cloudy day.  It shimmers golden at sunset, is blue at midday and feels like it might sail away at any moment.

of going for a long walk down the beach boardwalk before joining the nightly tapas crawl that begins around sunset. There’s an art to eating here.  You have to remind yourself not to fill up in only one restaurant so that you will have room for more food later.  Ideally, you eat a maximum of two pieces of tapas (per person) at any one restaurant and drink a glass of wine and then move on.  This takes practice for North Americans accustomed to ‘super-size’ portions. In Basque country, tapas are known as pintxos.  And the chefs are considered gods.  There are hundreds of these bars in this relatively small city, and much debate about which ones are the best.  While it’s impossible to try them all, we get to about 10 over the course of five nights.  We fell in love with Ganbera in the old town and Bar Bergara in the Gros area.  At Bar Bergara, I set aside political correctness and enjoy foie gras with mango compote a little too much.  At Ganbera, we eat everything in sight and splash it all down with great wine at a fraction of the price we’re used to paying in Canada.  autumn 2011 | STYLE MANITOBA | 47

Opened in 1997, the Guggenheim has transformed previously industrial Bilbao into a tourist mecca and has become emblematic of urban renewal. It is, perhaps, the most iconic building in the world.  It looks like it just landed from another planet.  No photo can prepare you for the rush you get upon approaching it for the first time.

“Where bright ideas begin”

The challenge that the gallery has is for the art inside to shine as brightly as the exterior. The wide range of contemporary art inside does just that, and the space is designed to allow each individual to create his or her own experience.   There’s no set path to view the art.  For me, the highlight was Richard Serra’s epic steel sculpture, which dominates the largest gallery.  This is interactive art at its finest -- an experience that is puzzling, claustrophobic and exhilarating.  Walking amongst these huge steel walls offers a completely new perspective on art and, as it happens, on the world. We discover that Bilbao has much more than the Guggenheim.  Public art is everywhere.  The city has dusted itself off and even the bus shelters look like art.  At night, we head into the old town and search for Plaza Nueva and a tapas bar called Victor Montes.  We’re now accustomed to the delicious finger food that the Basques have made famous and enjoy watching darkness slip over this magical city in Spain. Greg Klassen is a Winnipeg based marketer who loves to travel.  This article is based on a 24-day trip he took with his partner Ian King in May 2011 to Madrid, San Sebastian, Bilbao, Genoa, Cinque Terre, Lucca and Venice.

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Downtown on the rise By Kelly Gray

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owntown Winnipeg is undergoing a breathtaking reformation. Just look at the numbers.

*Nearly a billion dollars in current development. *Hundreds of new hotel rooms in the works. *600 new condos built over the past five years. *1300 new residential units proposed. *Tens of thousands of square feet in new commercial space. This is all in contrast to where the city found itself just 15 years ago, when nay-sayers suggested the core was too much of a challenge. Fortunately, there were strong forces at work to counter this view. “Downtown Winnipeg is booming with construction projects and refurbishments worth more than $870 million,” says CentreVenture President & CEO Ross McGowan. He points to the Union Tower project currently being undertaken by Red River Community College as a home to its culinary arts program, and the Avenue Building project on Portage Ave. as good cases in point. Both are repurposing heritage buildings and greatly enriching the community in the process, he says, adding that both Union Tower and The Avenue Building were dark and unused spaces in prominent locations. “Now they are beacons that showcase the success of downtown Winnipeg.” This positive energy has McGowan seeing investors from pension funds to private individuals step forward to create exciting new food and beverage businesses, entertainment venues, impressive housing options and commercial spaces. “These companies and people are not here only because of the Jets and the optimism they created, but because of the solid and stable economic picture that is Winnipeg today. Downtown represents a very real opportunity for businesses that are in tune with current thinking,” he says. Winnipeg had been hit hard by core area exodus and suburban expansion in the ‘70s that was fueled by urban planners who wanted to ‘modernize’ the city, and by a regulatory environment that was tailored to early century

Engaging pedestrian experience

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Graham and Hargrave street enhancements

commercial development. The result was a downtown area characterized by a multitude of surface parking lots, street crime, and fewer retail and service centres. As the challenges continued, many suggested that positive change

was likely coming too late to help the crumbling city centre. Help came in the form of the Core Area Initiative (CAI), a tri-part agreement between local, provincial and national governments. The first agreement was inked in 1981 and came with almost $100 million in monies targeted to combat poverty and physical deterioration in the sector. Here, the creation of the North Portage Development Agency was a key point that provided traction to get things underway with policy direction. Next came a second CAI (1986), more money ($100 million), and the creation of the Forks Renewal Corporation. This initiative was followed with the Winnipeg Development Agreement that was citywide in its approach, but still involved greatly in core sector redevelopment. Under this framework, task forces were struck and further initiatives such as Centre Plan and CentreVenture were set in motion.

Strategic mixed-use infill developments

What has since transpired has been a renaissance of sorts. The core now features new condo development in the Exchange District’s historic buildings, exciting retail outlets and refurbished entertainment venues, not to mention a state-of-the-art sports and concert facility that is now home to Winnipeg’s new NHL team. More, the University of Winnipeg has added greatly to its inventory of buildings and programs, and Red River Community College has worked tirelessly to reform the historic streets in what was once an Edwardian warehouse and distribution district. There is also more employment with corporate headquarters such as Manitoba Hydro and Stantec moving into the area with stunning new build structures that scream confidence in the downtown.

Building on Successes CentreVenture, in collaboration with other downtown stakeholders, has played

a pivotal role in downtown’s progress. The organization was founded in 1999 following the recommendation of the Downtown Winnipeg Task Force that was seeking to implement the city’s Centre Plan Development Framework. To get it up and running, the city provided $10 million in seed capital along with several surplus downtown properties to CentreVenture’s Urban Development Bank. The idea was to create an alternate source of funding for commercial and residential development within the downtown core. Since those first years, CentreVenture has facilitated a remarkable number of projects. With its success, city council doubled its funding (2010) and renewed its mandate for an additional three years within a territory that continues to be one of North America’s largest urban development zones. To this point, the organization’s Urban Development Bank has provided gap financing and development

capital to assist 46 projects. “We step in where conventional lenders won’t,” says McGowan. However, the extent of investment in the downtown is far more substantial when examined in broader terms. For example, CentreVenture has hit home runs in a number of areas, thanks to its partnerships with private investors and businesses. Consider Waterfront Drive, a new street at the eastern edge of downtown that courses alongside the Red River in the Exchange District. Waterfront Drive features parkland and riverbank on one side and new condo developments on the other. CentreVenture was able to take its record of success to government partners and score more than $9 million in funding for the project, which was yet another catalyst and foundation for further development. Waterfront Drive got its start in 2004 with a request for proposals for a residential and autumn 2011 | STYLE MANITOBA | 51

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mixed-use development. Successful bidders included StreetSide Development, Sunstone Resort Communities, Sherwood Developments, Friesen Tokar Architects and Ship Street Group (an amalgam of StreetSide and Freedom Developments Ltd.). Together, the proposals equaled $48 million and would offer 217 new residential units in addition to 36,000 square feet of commercial space. Projects included Sky Waterfront Condominiums, The Excelsior, The Strand on Waterfront Drive, and Ship Street Village. “StreetSide is very excited to be downtown and we expect the addition of residential homes in the area to help continue the renewal due to many positive factors, such as the Museum of Human Rights, the Winnipeg Jets, Red River College and U of W growth, Sports Manitoba, and the MB Hydro building,” says Marty Maykut, StreetSide Development Corporate Manager. StreetSide is an example of a private developer that saw the value in the area, and came forward with dollars and expertise. Now the company is working on getting District

Condominiums off the ground. Maykut reports that StreetSide’s pending District Condominium project is located in the east Exchange, just around the corner from Waterfront Drive. “Upon completion, District Condominiums will include over 200 condominium units along Market and James Avenue, consisting of seven existing buildings that will eventually be five separate condominium corporations,” he says, commenting that all condos will feature exposed original brick and new double-pane windows, and most will have 100-year old timber beams.

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Commercial and public environments for year round events to create a distinctive streetscape. The plan calls for stunning entry point elements and enhanced lighting to animate the area. This project is expected to commence in Spring 2012. Also commencing in 2012 is Phase II of Sky Waterfront Condominiums. A Sunstone Resort Communities project, this development follows the near sell-out of the initial phase with the company reporting that Phase I and its 109 condos is almost completely subscribed. Now the firm will turn its attention to getting Phase II into the market with construction starting early next year. This building is a four-storey, 30-unit condo development that will offer 3000 square feet of commercial space in three units.

Keeping with the concept of inclusiveness and mixed-use communities, Sky Phase I is more of a luxury concept, while Phase II is targeted to those who seek something a little more affordable in a frontline condo. Amenities include a rooftop terrace as well as premium fittings and materials throughout. Views are stunning, with river and parkland at the front and sweeping vistas that include the St. Boniface skyline and the new Canadian Human Rights Museum in the immediate distance. CentreVenture was a catalyst behind the simplified and less restrictive downtown zoning by-law and streamlining of the City’s downtown development approval process that has since allowed the spate of condo construction. During the last century, the downtown core

was zoned for commercial and industrial uses. The Exchange District was populated almost exclusively with caretakers who perched atop historic office and warehouse buildings in small apartments. The idea to change the no residence by-law came about in 1988, and after considerable review, was rewritten in 2004, opening the way for the conversion of warehouses into the loft-style properties that now line streets like Bannatyne and Princess. “If you want people to live downtown, you have to create the kind of neighbourhoods in which they want to live. This means services, population density and appealing sightlines,” says architect Michael Scatliff, principal with Scatliff, Miller & Murray, an Exchange District based consulting, engineering and research firm

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that is working on the landscaping at CMHR as well as other projects. He suggests that one challenge is to establish the kind of population density in the area that contributes to commercial growth as well as property development. Currently, there are about 16,000 residents downtown, a population that is projected to grow between 1.9 and 2.4 percent over the next decade. “We don’t have to imitate cities like New York and San Francisco. Rather, we should develop in a Winnipeg context, and I believe this is being done,” he says. With this unique local development in mind, the city has been providing grants for residential construction since 2005. In 2010, the city and CentreVenture were successful in bringing the province to the table, and as a result, have been able to double the grants per unit with a total program worth $40 million. Of note is the fact that the first $20 million in funding was subscribed in just three months, and the new amount has attracted equal interest and is well on its way to being fully subscribed. “We will speed up downtown residential development by a decade and make downtown

projects competitive with those in the suburbs where land and building costs are cheaper,” says McGowan, who notes that in last five years, 600 condo units have been built. “With the new funding in place, there are now more than 1300 units proposed for construction in the next four to five years.” Now McGowan sees plans such as SHED (Sports Hospitality and Entertainment District) - an initiative of CentreVenture in collaboration with the Forks North Portage Partnership, Downtown BIZ and other downtown stakeholders, and supported by the Province and City - that will further propel positive development and help redefine downtown Winnipeg as a destination. SHED is a plan that seeks to have areas around prominent sports and hospitality venues such as MTS Centre, The Winnipeg Convention Centre, and the Metropolitan Theatre designated as belonging to a dedicated sports and entertainment neighbourhood. Under the plan, increased property tax revenues could be used in the district for further development. “The Portage Ave. Development Strategy includes SHED, and it is our goal to bolster business and the overall attractiveness of the street in such a way that people will want to

come downtown for those 100 nights the MTS Centre is not booked,” says McGowan, who states that the overall plan allows them to act on the street much as a mall operator would manage a retail facility. According to CentreVenture, the SHED plan has been instrumental in getting a new hotel, corporate head office, parking garage and commercial space underway on north Portage across from the MTS Centre. The development is a joint effort between Longboat Development Corporation and Groupe Germain Hospitality, owners of the ALT hotel marquee, who will jointly develop the $75 million project. The building will house Manitoba’s first ALT Hotel as well as the headquarters of Stantec’s Winnipeg office, in addition to a 400 spaceparking garage. When complete, it will offer 200,000 square feet of mixed-use commercial and hotel space in over 18 storeys. Stantec will provide full architecture and engineering services to design the mixed-use tower that will hold 154 hotel rooms on the top 12 floors. Once open in 2013, the property will provide facilities for 250 Stantec employees, who will have been moved from a number of the company’s offices around the city. The main

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“We are operating at close to capacity, and as such, we are shorting the city and destination in terms of maximizing their investment,” says Klaus Lahr, President and CEO of the Winnipeg Convention Centre (WCC). “With an enlarged centre, we can expand existing events like the popular Boat Show or Kitchen & Bath Shows. We can go after business we could not attract previously because we were too small. We would also be able to hold simultaneous large events, where now we can only do this with medium sized shows.” Under the framework of the WCC’s wish list is the enhanced size of the facility as well as a new 250-room hotel on site. Add to this Lakeview Hotels’ plan to exercise its option on lands adjacent to the center, and suddenly Winnipeg will have considerably more room inventory. “We were falling behind because we didn’t have the product, such as adequate four star hotel rooms. With the development, the old arguments no longer apply,” he says.

Bringing community together “There is an overall mood that things are moving in the right direction,” says Jim August, CEO of The Forks North Portage Partnership, a key stakeholder in the development of downtown with a responsibility for the ownership, management and renewal of both The Forks and North Portage sites. At The Forks, the site has become a huge success as a meeting place for all Winnipeggers and a location that is under continual progress. In fact, few would recognize the area from 30 years ago when it was a CN rail yard. Today,

The Forks sports a multi-building market and restaurant destination, as well as a recreational site with a world-renowned skateboard park, water attractions like docks and river walkways, and an outdoor stage that has been home to events from Canada Day celebrations to the revelry surrounding the recent announcement of the Winnipeg Jets’ homecoming. The site is also home to a television production facility, Manitoba Theatre for Young People and the Children’s Museum. Coming soon to The Forks will be the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR), a major national piece of cultural infrastructure that has been in the works for nearly two decades. This $310 million jewel will serve to draw visitors from across the country, the continent and around the world. The new museum will feature a wealth of programming within a structure that will stand as a signature example of modern architecture set along the banks of the Red River in the downtown core. The CMHR was the progeny of Izzy Asper, a prominent city businessman who dreamed of a place where youth could discover the optimism of the future as well as more greatly understand examples of historical cruelties that should never be repeated. His idea was to launch the facility as one of the pillars of a revived Winnipeg. On the 21st anniversary of the signing of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, April 17, 2003, he announced his private initiative in a move that he hoped would increase tourism as well as global understanding. The massive structure is set to

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open early in 2013, following funding from the federal government, the province, the City of Winnipeg and a vast array of private donors. According to August, the CMHR will certainly be a focal point within The Fork’s campus, but there is more, he says. Over the next five years, the site will house a selection of new residential options. “These are in the early planning stages, but our goal is for a wide demographic mix that will contribute to community in the area,” he says, commenting further that the plan will offer both public and private (residential) spaces with the goal being accessibility and inclusiveness.

Urban lifestyles Manitoba’s most numerate architectural firm, 5468796, is another player that is basking in the excitement of downtown renewal. Well known as the designers of the Cube in Market Square - a steel structure that operates as both stage covering and work of public art - 5468796 is also the firm working on the Avenue and Hample Buildings on the north side of Portage Ave. at Smith street, just a couple blocks from Portage & Main. Both these structures had sat vacant for years and constituted an eyesore on the city’s main drag. CentreVenture had taken the Avenue Building on as part of their property inventory in a plan where they sought to match up purchasers with distressed downtown

structures. Mark and Rick Hofer, brothers who came with experience developing apartments in the Exchange at 230 Princess Street, picked up the buildings. Reports peg the Portage Ave. project at $12.4 million, with the Avenue building alone receiving more than $8 million in upgrades. Altogether, the project will see 75 new apartments and 22,000 square feet of commercial space to tenants such as Employment Solutions for Immigrants. “A key project goal was to develop an intervention capable of changing the public opinion of the derelict buildings while maintaining a financially feasible project,” says 5468796 spokesperson Ken Borton. “Using the structures’ existing openings, the ground floor was carved out to draw people in and expand the public space of the sidewalk, while overhead chrome balconies project out over the sidewalk from the residential windows. This highlights the interplay between the 100-year old building, the new construction and the occupants. Inside, apartments are designed to take advantage of high ceilings, large windows and around existing columns, generating 75 units that range in size from 430 square feet to 1020 square feet over five floors. In addition to the individual balconies, a large rooftop patio and lounge is planned,” he says, adding that a new three-storey addition will be added on top of the Hample building and will house 15 units. “For us, the key is public life, and as architects, we want to contribute positively to how people live in urban settings. With projects like The

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Avenue and other heritage sites we work to maintain the best qualities of the building while delivering modern touches,” he says, noting that the property will appeal to a younger demographic and is all part of the move to increase the population density of downtown with fresh faces and a renewed attitude. Another building that is attracting attention, especially among a young urbane professional demographic, is a new apartment complex at 160 Smith Street. This building had previously been a luxury hotel that was decommissioned several years ago. Now Timbercreek Asset Management is working hammer and tongs to complete 185 premier apartments in one and two-bedroom configurations. “160 Smith provides choice in the market. In the downtown area there might be a growing selection of condos, but there is little in the way of luxury apartment options. We are glad to be involved in this area,” says Colleen O’Rourke, Regional Manager with Timbercreek, a company that purchased the building about a year ago. She suggests that the property is ideal for those looking for a downtown lifestyle that is upscale and inclusive. At 160 Smith Street, targets are young professionals and others, such as those in the sports field, workers at the new Canadian Human Rights Museum and academics. “Suites offer designer kitchens with five appliances and electric fireplaces, and every

unit is wired for surround sound. Some suites have sunken living rooms and corner windows. Some even have small home offices set just off the front door to help maintain privacy,” she says, commenting that sizes range from 721 square feet in a one-bedroom to 1250 square feet in a two-bedroom in a variety of configurations that even offer furnished units, a nice touch for long stay travelers. A further example of exciting community renewal is underway along the once hard blocks of Main Street. There, CentreVenture and partners have taken an urban zone with social challenges and breathed life back into the area. In fact, few would recognize the street today. Gone are many of the issues that held the street back, and in their place are state-of-theart offices (United Way and Winnipeg Regional Health Authority), refurbished housing like the Red Road Lodge and the Bell Hotel, as well as new commercial spaces like architects’ offices. Recently completed is The Bell Hotel renovation. This is a watershed project that has sought to lift the less fortunate to a better lifestyle. A heritage property with a storied past that includes its early ownership by the bootlegging Bronfman clan, the hotel was gutted and reopened this past August to house permanent residents in 42 suites. The cost was close to $5 million. “We managed to save a lot of the old lumber and aspects like stairways and other attributes of the building,” says Stefan Marinow, GM of Red lake Construction, the builder that worked on the project. He reports that they really started from scratch and over the course of 10 months replaced all the windows, gave each suite private bathrooms, and generally remade the building in such a way that it maintained its historic flavour while offering all the latest mod cons. Perhaps more important is the fact that The Bell Hotel will offer suites to people who call

Main Street home. In the past, refurbishment of an area like Main Street would have meant relocating its residents to some other part of the city. This served to break community and neighbourhood, and set things back in terms of social development and positive living. “Its part of a more comprehensive and responsible approach to development that looks to a mixed demographic as part of a healthy neighbourhood,” says CentreVenture’s McGowan. Colin Fast agrees. Fast is Communications Manager with Red River Community College. The college has been a pivotal force in redeveloping the area, thanks to its new downtown campus that runs along Princess Street, where it has utilized significant heritage structures to complete a campus for more than 2000 students and staff. Now the institution has embarked on a long awaited redevelopment of Main Street’s Union Tower Building, one of North America’s oldest tall office structures. Once completed, the $30 million project will become the Paterson Global Food Institute and will house the college’s culinary arts program as well as hotel and hospitality classes, in addition to residences for 100 full time students in 100,000 square feet of space. “We’ve worked closely with CentreVenture and others like the University of Winnipeg, where we were able to take over the Massey Building once the U of W vacated its Continuing Education division at that site,” he says, adding that Red River has been able to use its 220,000 square foot downtown Princess Street location, known as the Roblin Centre, as a great marketing tool that has served to attract more students to programs and help fill in the population density of the downtown. When Paterson Global Foods Institute opens its doors next year, the facility will be home to an additional 400 students, a number that reflects a not insignificant bump to the total downtown student population of 40,000.

Steady process working From his post as Executive Director of Downtown Winnipeg Biz, Stefano Grande concludes that the development approach appears to be working. Downtown Winnipeg Biz is a marketing body that is dedicated to enhancing the business equation for the more than 1600 merchants and services in the area. From his office, Grande has watched a steady line of construction equipment expand the University of Winnipeg, a leading force for change in the downtown. In fact, the growth of the institution has led to a blossoming of restaurants in the area, with one local newspaper announcing that in August 2011 there were nine new foodservice operators open or in the final stages of development in the area around the university. “This is exactly what everybody is talking about. Investment in facilities has tremendous spinoff effects. The more people that have access to downtown condos and apartments and the more employment opportunities mean greater density of population. It’s this density that is helping the urban complexity return and with it comes quality of life.” Thirty years ago, who would have thought that downtown would fight its way back to the forefront of Winnipegger’s thoughts? According to Grande, the process was not one that happened overnight, but took decades, the vision of movers and shakers, and plenty of money. The payback is huge, with an improved tax base already starting to make positive additions to city coffers. “It wasn’t easy, but hey, we all just kept swinging. The result is that we are seeing people back on the sidewalks and in the stores and restaurants in the area. Now all this hard work has taken the city centre off the ropes and is putting us back on the map.”

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stately home in West St. Paul was sitting adrift on a two-acre sea of flat prairie. That was until Jason Woznesensky of Bedrock Custom Landscaping transformed the front and back yards into the picture perfect landscape befitting a home built on a grand scale. Woznesensky first set out to break up the featureless surroundings with over 200 semitruck loads of fill to create rolling hills with dips and crests to add movement and visual interest.

“This home is set back from the street, so I wanted to add levels to the yard along with features that would enhance the home’s curb appeal,” Woznesensky says. This included planting a row of mountain ash trees along the driveway. “These small trees reflect the clean architecture of the home,” he notes.

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trees at night and acts as a safety feature as well. The front yard is a study of unity and balance. There is no shortage of textures and colours in each of the front yard garden beds, where groupings of Colorado blue spruce, Black Hills spruce, ash and elm trees mingle with a variety of shrub and perennial underplantings, all set into beds of crushed black granite that match the stone walls of the home. To achieve similar continuity in the backyard, Woznesensky needed to bring a number of elements together into the overall design,

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which included an existing in-ground pool serving as the yard’s focal point. Making a bold statement in one corner of the backyard is a massive waterfall feature that Woznesensky designed to be seen and heard from any point in the yard. “I needed to keep the waterfall in tune with the scale of the home,” he explains. He installed large granite boulders and created flat granite outcroppings that allow visitors to get closer to the waterfall, which starts from the main feeder at the top, cascades over the rocks below, then flows off into different directions before ending up in a pond area. The water then is recirculated back to the top via a pump system. Hostas, daisies, grasses, sumac and coral bells are among the plants Woznesensky incorporated to soften this feature and blend it into the rest of the yard. The sights and sounds of the waterfall can be enjoyed poolside. Here, Woznesensky greened up the pool by installing low maintenance rock garden beds on either side, and planting perennials, shrubs and small trees to add privacy. “My clients have a large family and requested a large firepit area for entertaining,” Woznesensky says. He certainly delivered, with a large semicircular retaining wall and bench made of Barkman quarry stone that surrounds a patio of interlocking brick and a firepit feature. Hugged by a lovely perennial bed accented with shrubs, trees and large boulders, this is a sheltered, intimate retreat entirely in keeping with the scale of the home and yard. These outdoor living spaces - waterfall feature, firepit and garden beds - are all impressive unto themselves, but when tied together thanks to Bedrock Custom Landscaping’s expertise, they are a unified whole. Now, this home is anchored firmly into surroundings that suit it beautifully.

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Turning ordinary to extraordinary By Leigh Patterson Photography Michael Roberts

By pushing the boundaries and including a few signature touches, Kyle Thibeault of Silver Stone Landscaping is growing a word of mouth reputation for his landscaping abilities.

installed Geo-Grid and a drainage system behind the wall. This prevents the wall from heaving due to any moisture trapped behind the wall,” he says.

Thibeault’s flair for design, professional installations and attention to detail is evident in two recent projects he completed in the Pritchard Farm development in northeast Winnipeg.

The retaining wall extends around the pool, mirroring the pool’s contours. The narrow band created between the retaining wall and the edge of the pool is a garden bed filled with crushed black granite for a modern, clean look. Locally sourced boulders were incorporated to add visual interest, along with plantings of juniper, “Annabelle” hydrangea and grasses for greenery.

Homeowners of a Southlands Drive residence enlisted Thibeault to complete the landscaping around their newly installed swimming pool in the backyard. “These clients have a busy family, so they wanted something low maintenance, contemporary and functional, with enough green space to soften the look of the pool and give the kids extra space to play,” Thibeault says. Because of the steeply sloped yard, Thibeault needed to build a Barkman retaining wall around the back end of the pool. “To ensure longevity we

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Attractive Colorado blue spruce trees were strategically planted for privacy. “I used evergreens around the yard because they don’t shed leaves that can get into the pool,” Thibeault notes. For the poolside patio area, Thibeault installed Roman pavers in both a circular and random pattern – the irregular shapes and changes in texture

add a subtle and soft visual counterpoint to the harder edges of the concrete pool decking. Polymeric sand was used to stabilize the pavers and to prevent weeds and insects from making their way between the stones. “This sand is a really neat product because rain doesn’t wash it away. The patio can simply be hosed down and contributes to the overall low maintenance aspect the clients asked for.” At another location, Thibeault redeveloped a homeowner’s front yard, starting with a twotiered Barkman “Belvedere” stone retaining wall, anchored in several places with large boulders that he artfully “cut in” to seamlessly blend with the wall.

Thibeault uses boulders extensively in his landscapes and this yard is no exception. “The mix of black granite boulders and lighter coloured boulders sourced from the Bissett area tend to balance each other out – even though they’re different, they work together because of how they’re placed.” Large, wide irregular step stones lead down to a semi-circular patio consisting of “Old Town” flagstone pavers with a “Desert Buff” Roman stone border. Undulating garden beds filled with crushed black granite showcase a selection of ornamental and unique trees, shrubs and perennials including silver maple, birch, ornamental cedar and hydrangea. “There is a variety of colours and textures in the plantings, so the yard will always change

with the seasons,” Thibeault points out. Oversized pots contribute additional colour and height with the addition of showy annuals and bamboo spikes. “The idea for this yard was to make everything work by incorporating random patterns and variety in height, depth and architectural stylings, so it looks more rustic and natural, not overly tailored,” Thibeault says. Thibeault strives to ensure every Silver Stone Landscaping client achieves the yard of their dreams by working closely with them every step of the way, from planning through execution. In doing so, Silver Stone Landscaping is turning ordinary yards into extraordinary yards…and turning heads at the same time.

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Building quality

The word concrete is rooted in the Latin “concretus,” meaning “compact,” as well as “concrescere,” which means “together” and “to grow.” In the case of Keystone Patio, a small family-owned and operated manufacturer of pavers, patio stones and other landscape products, a commitment to concrete is helping steadily grow the company one brick at a time. Word is already spreading about Keystone Patio’s customer service and attention to quality. “Our goal with all of our products is to make them CSA (Canadian Standards Association) quality or better,” says Keystone Patio owner Frank Hofer, who adds that the company works with EngTech Consulting Limited to conduct rigorous testing of each concrete product to ensure they are engineered to withstand Manitoba’s harsh climate. From the simple, classic Holland style interlocking paver to easily installed, naturally textured patio blocks, to retaining wall stones and beyond, personalized service is the cornerstone of Keystone Patio, which offers delivery directly to residential and business job sites. Located a stone’s throw from Winnipeg in a small community near Warren, Keystone Patio invites residential, wholesale and retail customers to view indoor and outdoor displays of the concrete pavers and patio stones, as well as statuary, fountains, birdbaths and other landscaping items. For more information, visit the company website at: www.keystonepatio.com

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Warmth & Ambiance An outdoor fireplace is the perfect way to add warmth and ambiance to a deck or patio. As temperatures dip, this 55,000 BTU unit will transform exterior living spaces into a comfortable place to linger well into the evening. “It extends your enjoyment outdoors,” confirms Helen Peters of Classic Fireplaces. Available with a traditional or herringbone refractory liner and a satin black or stainless steel cover, the Aurora fireplace is both elegant and modern. Homeowners can also choose between natural gas and propane. Interior options include decorative glass, rocks or traditional log burner sets. “This fireplace is made by Kingsman right here in Winnipeg,” Peters points out. She adds that the Aurora is also suitable for screened in porches. When located completely outdoors, this zero-clearance unit is entirely vent-free. Classic Fireplaces offers a wide selection of outdoor products, including standard radiant patio heaters as well as exciting linear and circular patio flames. These are available with various options, including lids, tables, logs and crystalline ember beds. Traditional wood burning alternatives are also available.

A family run business, Classic Fireplaces has been in operation for approximately 28 years, building a solid reputation for providing Manitobans with excellent service, fine

workmanship, and an ever-growing array of quality products. Says Peters: “When it comes to outdoor products, homeowners have more choice than ever.”

The company also offers various styles of railings in white, black and walnut. Thanks to lighting incorporated into posts, risers or post-caps – as seen here – creating the right ambience has never been easier. Spend more

time relaxing – and less time working – on a high quality outdoor living space. Visit their website at www.timbertech.com to explore the endless possibilities TimberTech can offer.

Less Work, More Life Imagine never having to paint or stain the deck again! That dream is now a reality thanks to TimberTech low maintenance decking. A leader and innovator in decking products for more than 12 years, TimberTech offers a wide selection of wood-plastic composite and PVC decking materials, along with railing and lighting systems. When combined in a complete package, these components can create the ideal exterior space to enhance the value and enjoyment of any home or vacation property. TimberTech decking products are available in a wide choice of colours and a range of price points perfect for any application. Unique shapes, large sizes, multiple levels and curved transitions are no problem. Thanks to an innovative clip system, there are no visible fasteners. TimberTech deck planks feature the look of wood without the splinters, screws or need for continuous care. With superior scratch, stain and fade resistance, TimberTech decking comes with a 25-year warranty. Products maintain their colour and beauty for years.

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At Grand Lyon Terrace you will find the ideal mix of quality, convenience, location and value. These luxury apartments are ideally located just steps away from a bustling new business district, shopping, entertainment, and other fabulous amenities. The one and two bedroom apartments vary in size, and are all appointed with high ceilings and sweeping views. Phone: 204.475.1423 Email: info@crystalproperties.com

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A New Option in Luxury Living

Those who are looking for luxury living without committing to significant investment have an exciting new alternative. Ideally located in one of Winnipeg’s newest hubs for business, shopping and entertainment, Grand Lyon Terrace offers 130 superbly finished one and two bedroom units ranging from 796 to 1460 square feet. The spacious suites come in 11 different layouts designed to give tenants maximum choice of size and quality of finish, including granite. All suites feature a recessed entry, full kitchen, dining space, living room, in-suite laundry and storage. Each modern kitchen has a full height pantry, built-in range hood, and stainless steel appliances, as well as valance lights, dishwasher and double stainless sink. Some units also have an eating counter and open or glass corner shelves.

Residents can enjoy the abundant surrounding green space while sitting on their private fully covered balcony with aluminium railings and safety glass inserts. While large balconies, high ceilings and sweeping views grace every unit, the top floor suites offer even greater ceiling heights with curtain wall glazing and a larger exterior space. During the winter, tenants will particularly appreciate the heated underground parkade. Each stall comes with a storage area. Combining convenience and security, the parkade is equipped with both wireless key fob entry and 24-hour security cameras. Grand Lyon Terrace projects its high standard of luxury living right from the striking front entrance, a theme that continues into the large lobbies on each floor. Residents have access to a fireside common room overlooking fully landscaped grounds. Or for those early

morning workouts, there is a large, centrally located exercise room. A communal kitchen completes the shared amenities. All suites are constructed from premium soundproofing materials to maximize comfort and privacy. These same high standards will apply to all four phases of this project. Grand Lyon Terrace is the first of four luxury apartments that will form Sterling Gates in the area adjacent to Sterling Lyon Parkway between Kenaston Boulevard and Waverley Street. The elegant building sets the tone for this superb development managed by Crystal Properties Ltd., one of Winnipeg’s premiere property management firms. The family-based company takes pride in assuring the ongoing maintenance and upgrading of its properties, not only to extend the lives of the buildings but also to provide tenants with a consistently comfortable upscale lifestyle. Built on a 50-year tradition of family, honesty and pride of ownership, the Crystal family of companies has developed and managed a number of high profile properties throughout the city. These include the iconic commercial/ residential Rideau Towers complex in downtown Winnipeg, as well as Meadowood Gardens, located at the corner of St. Anne’s and Meadowood. This latest addition to the extensive collection of Crystal Properties provides discerning tenants with an exciting new alternative in luxury living.

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A Place to Call Home.

Carefree, Independent, Comfortable and Safe.

NO LEASIW NG! Quietly nestled on the banks of the historic Red, River Ridge will feature panoramic river views unique to retirement residences in Winnipeg. Residents and their families can expect to enjoy a safe and active lifestyle both within the building and throughout the neighbourhood. Providing enhanced independence, greater peace of mind, and higher quality of life throughout the years at this beautiful community are all part of our commitment to Age-In-Place living.

For Your Comfort • Well-designed spacious suites • Spectacular river walking paths • Full service dining with panoramic river views • Daily activities and outings • And so much more!

50 Ridge Crest Ave, Winnipeg, MB CALL TODAY TO BOOK A TOUR

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PRouDly CAnADiAn

Naturally welcoming By Leigh Patterson

Imagine sipping your morning coffee on a balcony overlooking a nature corridor and the scenic, historic Red River beyond, all while knowing that your comfort, safety, peace of mind, dining and healthy lifestyle needs are being looked after - right where you live. Welcome to River Ridge Retirement Residence, the newest All Seniors Care Living Centre currently being built on a quiet cul-de-sac off Main Street just past the Chief Peguis Bridge in north Winnipeg. Set to open in October 2012, River Ridge will feature 173 one and two-bedroom suites available in a variety of layouts, as well as warm and caring staff, plus all the services needed to enjoy a carefree, comfortable and independent life. River Ridge offers an opportunity for new tenants to build and nurture the sense of community inherent to other All Seniors Care residences in Winnipeg – Sturgeon Creek, Seine River and Shaftesbury Park – all while enjoying the beautiful park-like setting. “The south facing suites at River Ridge will have balconies overlooking the river where the views will be second to none,” says Bruce Lillie, Regional Marketing Director, All Seniors Care. “And the huge windows in the main dining room will offer one of the most panoramic and spectacular views in the city.” Landscaped gardens and walking paths along

the river will enable River Ridge residents to enjoy the outdoors just steps away from home. A warm, modern décor will further lend to the comfortable atmosphere and amazing amenities available at River Ridge. Leased on a monthto-month basis, the spacious and wheelchairaccessible suites will be well appointed with balcony or patio, kitchenette, state-of-the-art bathrooms and individual climate controls. Safety features in all suites include emergency call systems, sprinkler systems and smoke detectors, and bathroom grab rails. Staff will be available onsite 24 hours a day, and a staff nurse is available on a regular basis. Residents will enjoy perks like weekly housekeeping, and yes, pets are welcome! A tranquil, well-stocked library and Internet lounge, movie theatre and main floor bistro are among a number of opportunities for residents to relax or socialize. Nutritious, delicious and balanced meals prepared onsite by a Red Seal Chef will be served daily in the spacious dining room with the stunning river views. Residents can also host their families for special events in the elegant private dining room. The onsite hair salon and aesthetician will pamper residents or help them prepare for a special night out. A peaceful, non-denominational chapel will ensure residents’ spiritual needs are met, too. In keeping with All Seniors Care credo of achieving continuity and balance in residents’

lives, a full time Health and Wellness Director will oversee a variety of fun activities for residents that will engage new and healthy interests and develop camaraderie among the participants. A fitness centre, billiards/games room and multi-purpose hobby and crafts room will keep residents active and their social calendars full. In addition to River Ridge’s dynamic social atmosphere and many services, residents will enjoy keeping their wider community connections, thanks to a wealth of local amenities including Seven Oaks Health Centre, Concordia Hospital, shopping centres, Kildonan Park, Kildonan Golf Course, and religious and spiritual centres. River Ridge shuttle buses will embark on scheduled day trips and cultural excursions that residents are sure to enjoy. A private car will also be available for appointments. Residents will be encouraged to continue to donate their time and talents to their favourite charitable pursuits. Designed to meet the highest expectations of the community and its residents, River Ridge will make an exceptional choice for living an independent lifestyle after retirement. The River Ridge display office is located at 2450 Main Street. Lillie encourages those interested in learning more to drop by the office or the visit the website at: www.allseniorscare.com

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Assisted Living for Independent Seniors Homestead South - Morden Manitoba

Devonshire House 667-2412 Dakota House 663-4983

Kildonan House 338-8182

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Sterling House 489-4745

At the heart of the community By Leigh Patterson Over and above the warm and friendly atmosphere, one of the first things you’ll notice at Devonshire House are the large black and white photos displayed on the walls on the main floor. The historical photographs of Transcona are a small tribute to both the community at large and to the residents living at Devonshire House, many of whom hail from this storied Winnipeg neighbourhood. Such thoughtful touches are the norm at Winnipeg-based Homestead Manitoba Ltd. properties, and Devonshire House, which opened in 2009, is no exception. Now, with the addition of Kildonan Green Apartments and Devonshire House II right next door, there is a trio of living options for those entering their golden years. This unique complex reflects Homestead Manitoba’s focus on sensitive community development for independent seniors. Conveniently located on Kildonan Green Drive just off of Plessis Road, Kildonan Green Apartments and Devonshire House II are now welcoming their first tenants. Kildonan Green Apartments is a 55-plus-rental apartment building designed for people who would prefer to pay rent on a self-contained suite with all the amenities instead of dealing with the everyday upkeep required of a house and yard. If their needs change down the road, Kildonan Green tenants have the option to move across the parking lot into one of the two Devonshire House assisted living facilities.

“At Devonshire House and now at Devonshire House II, we’re committed to putting people first,” says Faye Marcynuk, Leasing Administrator. “Our priority is to make residents feel safe, secure and right at home.” Being right at home at a Devonshire House location means enjoying a bright, one or twobedroom suite that is wheelchair and walker accessible, features individually controlled heat and air conditioning, large in-suite storage room and a kitchen equipped with a full fridge and stove. Sunlight streams in through the big low-set windows, and a glassed-in balcony gives residents a clear view of the surroundings and an opportunity for green thumbs to putter in their container gardens. “We encourage residents to personalize their spaces and so there is a huge sense of pride and of ownership,” says Marcynuk. Additional perks include weekly light housekeeping, as well as daily garbage collection and complimentary laundry facilities on each floor. Maintenance staff ensure the building and grounds are well looked after, with snow removal and de-icing of the parking lot a priority. A library, hair salon and banking services are conveniently available onsite, and residents can reserve a private suite for their out-of-town guests. From sandwich wraps to steak, one of the daily pleasures of living at a Devonshire House suite

is the delicious dining. Residents can enjoy fresh, balanced and nutritious meals in the informal comfort of the central dining room, where brunch and a three-course dinner is served daily by friendly and attentive staff. With all meals prepared from scratch onsite, the professional kitchen staff are able to accommodate dietary restrictions and allergies. A private dining room is available for residents to entertain gatherings of family and friends. There is no shortage of things to do, with a full slate of activities to keep residents as active and socially connected as they choose. Weekly exercise classes conducted by certified instructors, tai chi, bingo, theme dinners, card and video games are offered in the multipurpose room. Shuttle excursions are offered to nearby shopping and various events. Marcynuk raised her own family nearby and understands the importance of maintaining ties to the surrounding community. “We nurture that community spirit and help facilitate residents’ support of local causes they feel strongly about. And with so many opportunities to socialize, it’s wonderful to see residents form some of their deepest friendships here,” she adds. As at other Homestead Manitoba Ltd. properties, suites at the newest Devonshire House are sure to fill quickly. Display suites are now open, and additional information can be viewed at www.homesteadmanitoba.ca

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A FRESH NEW LOOK Now that our transformation is complete, come and experience the vibrant new look at Revera – The Wellington!

Visit our renovated common areas & suites • spacious 1 & 2 bedroom suites with full kitchens • elegant dining room & meals with menu options • fireside lounge, theatre room & wellness centre

Call today for more information about our upcoming grand opening!

The Wellington Retirement Living 3161 Grant Ave 204-831-0788 reveraliving.com Revera: Canadian owned for 50 years with over 250 locations.

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Spectacular new look, still the place to be By Leigh Patterson

A spectacular renovation has transformed The Wellington into a refined jewel in the heart of Charleswood. From October 2010 to April 2011, Revera Retirement transformed this landmark retirement residence into an elegant, spacious and cheerful complement to The Wellington’s vibrant community of residents. “In keeping with the goals of Revera to help our residents live life to its fullest, we’ve upgraded the décor to the current decorating style, enhanced the physical environment and added numerous features for their day-to-day enjoyment,” says Geri Lowe, Senior Executive Director, Revera Retirement, Manitoba. Thanks to the local talents of Winnipegbased Adeleine Design Group and Olafson Construction Ltd., residents and visitors to The Wellington are now greeted with a well-lit and elegant foyer and corridors. The remodelled common areas are gracefully enhanced with details like Art Deco fixtures and lovely traditional wainscot paneling. Resident Ernestine Fenny loves the new look, noting the up-to-date décor makes her feel young and the spaces accommodate her active Bridge Club very well! The spacious renovated one and two-bedroom suites are well sized to accommodate both living room and dining furniture; and the full kitchens make preparing light meals and snacks a breeze - for those so inclined - thanks to new stainless steel appliances including dishwasher, range, full-sized fridge and microwave. Modern styled walnut cabinets include convenient and accessible pullout shelves and offer abundant storage. Spacious washrooms feature large showers with safety accessories; individual central air and baseboard heat provide year round comfortable, quiet climate control.

choices and options suited to our residents’ lifestyles.” The Wellington residents are most excited about the changes to the main activity space, the Chalfont Room. With improved access to the walking paths of the surrounding acreage and delightful views of the deer that visit from the nearby Assiniboine Forest, this space is the focal point for many varied activities and events. Fitness classes, indoor lawn bowling, bridge and movie nights, teas and weekly Bingo are just a sampling of the programs residents enjoy here. “ The Chalfont Room hosts lecturers from the University of Winnipeg as part of our distinguished speaker series,” says Lowe, who notes that the room accommodates larger groups so it’s perfect for parties, birthdays, anniversaries, and community events and celebrations. The new fitness area features up-to-date equipment for physical exercise as well as an interactive, touch screen computer brain fitness program. With daily on-line updates to the program, this new technology provides a popular challenge! Safety enhancements, as part of the renovations, include new sprinklers in every suite and corner of the solid concrete residence, in addition to the 24-hour staffing and emergency system already in place.

“We’ve made The Wellington prettier, but our focus continues to be on the same high quality services,” says Sharon Loewen, The Wellington’s Lifestyle Consultant. These services include shuttle bus transportation available for shopping and outings, as well as to Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra concerts and the Manitoba Theatre Centre throughout the winter months. With Revera’s recent upgrades, The Wellington is still the place to be. Over 130 independent and active residents continue to define The Wellington’s inherently warm, welcoming spirit and culture. “Resident involvement has created a breadth of programs including our active gardening club that beautifies the grounds during the summer months,” says Lowe. The Wellington’s culture of volunteerism is strong; volunteers knit and and make IV boards for the children’s hospital, card makers raise funds for the Sunshine Fund and other local worthy causes. The Wellington is holding their official grand opening of their renovations with a special event on October 6. “While our space is limited on that day, we look forward to touring our community friends at any time,” says Loewen. Please call Sharon at The Wellington for more information or visit www.reveraliving.com.

Residents can enjoy their morning coffee and muffins while visiting with neighbours in the renovated main floor lounge. A new fireside lounge replete with fireplace is a cozy place to enjoy a casual game of cards or cribbage. The dining room is a beautiful escape for residents to socialize over lunch or enjoy a Sunday prime rib dinner with friends and family. “Our culinary service is excellent,” says Lowe. “We continue to offer flexible meal plans with

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Annex Richmond West Perfectly Placed

With emerging new developments and nearly every amenity within easy reach, Richmond West is one of Winnipeg’s most progressive lifestyle hotspots. It’s altogether the right place. It’s the right time for Annex.


See it for real. Visit our Presentation Centre at 1325 Markham Rd. Hours open: Tues, Wed, Thurs, Sat, Sun 1:00-5:00 pm

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When condominium units in the Annex sold out in unprecedented time, developers Marc Kipnes and Myles Kraut knew they had something special. Now, with construction of the first two phases sold (Aura Tower’s 98 units, plus 56 bungalow and 28 townhouse condominiums) Karma Development is launching the third and final phase, Lumen Tower, one year ahead of schedule. “Richmond West’s Annex development has become the most sought-after condominium community in South Winnipeg,” says Kipnes. Each unit in the new Lumen Tower will once again feature upscale design, construction and finishes without the upscale price. In fact, many of the apartment-style condominiums are available for under $200,000 – great appeal for first time buyers. All 28 of the 720-square-foot units in the 98-unit Aura Tower sold out in the first few days. In the Lumen Tower, Karma has set aside 70 of the 112 units for the 720-squarefoot designs, each featuring a den and spacious bedroom with walk-in closet. Condominiums of up to 1057 square feet will be available in a number of different configurations, including three new twobedroom floor plans. Regardless of size, all units will feature nine-foot ceilings, with penthouse ceilings extending to 10 feet.

Designed by Ernie H.A. Walter Architects Inc., the towers are embraced by a curtain wall of glass allowing for abundant flow of natural light. “One wall of each corner unit is made of glass right from floor to ceiling,” notes Kraut. The glass adds to the airy feeling. Every condominium features an open concept design, creating a spacious feeling that belies square footage. “Visitors to our presentation centre can’t believe the full-scale unit on display measures 720 square feet,” says Kraut. “Each inch of space was scrutinized and allocated judiciously.” Interior finishes were selected just as carefully. “What other developers charge as upgrades, we include as standard in our units,” notes Kipnes, adding that this represents a $25,000 to $30,000 value. Every unit is finished with stone counters and vanities, ceramic backsplash, stainless steel appliances, Kohler fixtures, window coverings and a ceramic tile bathroom floor. There are six appliances, including a front-loading washer and dryer.

to maximize both energy efficiency and soundproofing. The second tower will be joined to the first by an expansive Internet Café equipped with WiFi. Other shared amenities include a large fitness centre and a rooftop patio. Residents have easy access to shopping, restaurants and rapid transit. Annex is also a stone’s throw from the University of Manitoba, the Victoria Hospital and the upcoming football stadium. With attractive pre-construction pricing and demand continuing to be strong, interested buyers should act quickly to avoid disappointment. See it for real at Annex’s Presentation Centre, 1325 Markham Road, open 1-5 PM, except Mondays and Fridays. Or call marketing representatives Newman and Greenberg and Associates for an appointment.

“Karma’s mantra is value,” says Kraut, noting that their highly successful Mosaic condominiums and Centennial Park bungalows also sold out in record time. For Lumen Tower, Karma has once again engaged Pre-Con Builders to ensure quality construction. PreCon is again using concrete and steel featuring Insulated concrete form (ICF) construction autumn 2011 | STYLE MANITOBA | 81

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Custom Living

This bare land condominium development offers residents the opportunity to select a custom, single-family home from three premiere Manitoba builders - Arlt, Maric and Irwin Homes. Clients can select from various options of walkout or lookout style homes, set along either the Southlands’ naturalized creek system or with a striking view of the sculpted creek bed garden. Jason Arlt of Arlt Homes says they have seen many residents choosing the walkout option, as well as opting to create a more open space concept inside. “We’re seeing people really making use of the square footage by having open kitchen, dining room and great room areas,” he says. “Another trend we’re seeing is people creating two main floor bedrooms, usually a sweeping master bedroom with a smaller secondary one, which might serve as a guest room or office.” He points to 2 Hearthstone Grove, the company’s showhome, which features a large master suite with walk-in closet, two sinks, custom glass shower, soaker tub and heated

floors, along with unique light grey stained cabinetry and accent millwork, a travertine mosaic tiled fireplace, built-in media walls in the great room and larger than standard basement windows, just to name a few exquisite design elements. Irwin Homes’ 5 Shadowwood Court, a 1,757 square-foot bungalow, also makes use of the open space concept with the great room opening to a fantastic kitchen featuring dark stained maple cabinets, granite countertops, and custom tile backsplash. The focal point of the great room features a stunning cultured stone display wall with entertainment unit and contemporary stainless steel gas fireplace, while the unique oak hardwood floors contrast with a “distinctive weathered look.” “Irwin Homes is great at blending traditional ideas with timeless contemporary elements. Their designs are unique in the sense that they effectively combine the two, which allows customers to feel like they are in an upscale home they can visualize living in versus a ‘showhome.’ Their floor plans are smart and functional yet unique and memorable, which also applies to some of the trends we have seen in terms of what our customers are asking for,” says Mark Penner, the Royal LePage Prime Real Estate agent for Irwin in Southlands Village.

children, or children who have already moved out, as well as people that have secondary winter homes that might not require a large house. And here, homeowners need not worry about the outdoor work. Pritchard Farms Southlands Village provides worry free living where all aspects of property management are attended to, making it ideal for those who travel or have things to do beyond cutting grass and shoveling snow. It is expected that the final 36-lot phase, offering creek lots and forested sites, will be in high demand. The last two cul-de-sacs in this phase will be serviced and released by the Parade of Homes. Eric Vogan, Land Development Manager for Pritchard Farm Southlands Ltd. says people will be highly impressed with the builders’ Parade offerings, as well as Maric’s home on Silverside Drive for the HSC Hospital Foundation Lottery, and the final lots. “The last two cul-de-sacs will offer some beautiful home sites. Pilgrims Point in particular because of its full view of the creek will be highly sought after,” he says. “As the landscaping behind the homes adjacent to the dry creek bed gets done, the picture becomes complete.”

Dan Rolfe of Maric Homes suggests that these floor plans, upper-scale designs and elements are popular considering the demographics of buyers have tended to be couples with no

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homes and neighbourhoods

Your home is an outward reflection of style and taste, so why settle for something that’s cookie-cutter? Pritchard Farm Southlands Village, a rural residential condominium community of luxury single-family homes, blends custom style with the benefits of condo living.



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Our Home Designs are as Individual as our clients.

Best of Both Worlds Maric Homes’ brilliant design at 4 Willow Landing in Pritchard Farm Southlands Village was drawn from its unique location. Condominiums are rarely set in an environment like this of both manmade and natural beauty. The setting, coupled with Maric’s characteristic flair for inspired architectural design, creates a wonderfully unique living space. This opportunity truly represents the best of both worlds: a private, fully custombuilt home along with the convenience that maintenance-free condominium living offers. An efficient use of space, the 1684-squarefoot layout incorporates abundant natural light and stunning views of the surrounding beauty. From the foyer to the ensuite, the home’s exquisite aesthetic is anchored by Maric’s trademark build quality and fine finishing details. Details like built-in niches, floor to ceiling tiles and hardwood floors infuse elegance into every space. A ledgestone wall, glass dividers and ribbon fireplace grace the great room, while the huge double island in the kitchen leaves no

doubt that homeowners will have ample space for storage and food preparation. This is condominium living without giving up anything—except for property maintenance. All upkeep – including landscaping and snow removal for the driveways and front steps – is

handled through a property management firm. Together, Maric Homes and Pritchard Farm Southlands Village offer a unique luxury in today’s busy world: a fully custom home and carefree lifestyle in one beautiful package.

homes and neighbourhoods

Condominium Living at Its Finest Among the most coveted carefree lifestyle home options in the city, Irwin Homes’ Condominium Collection in Pritchard Farms Southlands Village features the builder’s renowned craftsmanship and attention to detail. Distinctive exteriors combine with interior designs that offer innovative lifestyle plans along with exquisite options in finishes and décor. Residents can count on high quality standard specifications with many additional options to personalize their detached condominium. Irwin Homes provides exceptional personal attention through every step of the process. The builder’s keen sense of form, space and function guides the process, transforming visions into homes that surpass expectations. In Pritchard Farms Southlands Village, Irwin ensures each condominium captures the best of the community’s natural beauty, capitalizing on scenic views of the park-like setting. This brand new community is set in an unbeatable location, combining a lush rural setting with an established neighbourhood. Pritchard Farms Southland’s Village is an enclave of luxury homes that enjoy all the advantage of a distinctive landscaped

architecture, with a naturalized creek system and sculpted creek bed. Surrounding each condominium, professionally maintained yards are superbly landscaped. The tranquil setting

belies the community’s proximity to both the city and cottage country. Irwin Homes has chosen carefully, determined, as always, to offer its clients the best of everything.

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Legendary A stone’s throw from the meandering Seine River, a legend is starting to take shape. Against the backdrop of the forest, the Legend at Creek Bend is rising, its exterior elevation blending into the natural setting as if it were always meant to be. Irwin Homes have used their extensive experience and expertise to create a condominium community that honours the beauty of the area, with a chaletlike exterior that is truly timeless. Inside, style meets grandeur with a majestic fireplace at the heart of a lounge area, next to a grand spiral staircase sweeping upwards to the second floor. On the main floor, residents will enjoy all the advantages of an on-site fitness centre, sauna, games area and multi-purpose room. All these amenities come with the possibility for residents to have the home of their dreams. Irwin Homes is offering residents a choice of 10 different floor plans and a high quality package of standard features with multiple upgrades available on most specifications. The result: attainable luxury in an idyllic setting, just minutes from all conveniences.

The Legend at Creek Bend is located just two minutes away from the grocery store, pharmacy and restaurants of Southglen Mall, and only

five minutes from St. Vital Shopping Centre. A hospital, library, recreation centre, seniors club and golf course are also nearby.

Now pre-selling Phase 3 at the Legend at Creek Bend Luxury condos – 10 floor plans heated underground parking Large common room Two fitness rooms pool tables Four guest suites

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The Legend continues...

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Display homes open for viewing on Baltic Bay For information on available lots contact the participating builders or Genstar

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Amber Trails Abundant green space and convenient proximity to all amenities continue to make Amber Trails very popular with families looking to build a new home. Genstar, the developer for this community, is wrapping up Phase 11, with lots in Phase 12 available for building at some point during the fall. The 113 single family lots in Phase 12 surround a 10-acre green space reserved for a future K-8 school to be built by Seven Oaks School Division. The developer will be extending the community’s ample system of trails into the next phase, integrating the pathways into the planned schoolyard. The property’s large size will provide abundant space for playing fields and recreation. “These are community assets,” points out David Boles, Development Manager at Genstar. He notes that the trail system has been very popular with residents, as have the three lakes and nearly 30 acres of green space, landscaped parks and recreation areas under development.

The community is also in close proximity to all amenities including an extensive shopping area, the Seven Oaks Hospital and a number of schools. The neighbourhood is fully serviced by Winnipeg Transit, with easy access to stops and convenient routes. Already a new school has been built to service the neighbourhood with a second one forthcoming, as indicated in the description of Phase 12. Restaurants, recreation facilities and numerous amenities are near at hand. Residents enjoy all the advantages of an established community

while living in a family-friendly neighbourhood ideal for walking, cycling and other outdoor activities. The trail system connects lake to lake and park to park, dotted with playgrounds and plenty of open space. Residents can take in the scenery while enjoying the quality landscaping Genstar has developed to take the setting in Amber Trails a step above. These advantages have not gone unnoticed. “Demand is really high,” confirms Boles. “It’s an extremely vibrant development. We can barely keep up.” Some of Manitoba’s best homebuilders are involved in the community and are very excited to take advantage of the opportunities presented by the new phase. All six builders – Randall, Qualico, Ventura, A & S, Silverton, and Gino’s Homes – will have showhomes in Amber Trails during the Fall Parade. When the 400-acre community is completed, Amber Trails will include a total of 1600

single-family homes along with multi-family construction, including high-end rental apartments. “We have a number of years of activity left in Amber Trails,” says Boles. “Watch for Phase 13, which will be ready for building sometime late in 2012.” Genstar is known for bold initiatives. The company unveiled its first master-planned community in the 1950s. Since then projects have only grown in scope and creativity. Throughout Genstar’s history, the company has excelled at acquiring large tracts of raw land and pioneering communities that offer innovative leisure amenities, lasting value, community pride and a significant enhancement in homebuyers’ quality of life. Genstar has transformed tens of thousands of acres into some of the most desirable residential communities across North America – bringing timeless value to both families and investors. Amber Trails is a fine example of this dedication to creating healthy, vibrant communities. autumn 2011 | STYLE MANITOBA | 89

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This fall, Genstar will also be paving further portions of Templeton Avenue and the rest of Pipeline Road. The northern boundary of Amber Trails is a future transportation right of way that will eventually become the extension of Chief Peguis Trail. Amber Trails is perfectly situated for easy access both to downtown and to cottage country. “If you have a cabin in Gimli, you could be there in less than 45 minutes,” says Boles.

Embrace nature all day, every day Come see our new 2011 show homes. Monday to Thursday Saturday and Sunday Friday by appointment Hours will vary by builder. Please check builders’ websites.

Enter off Waverley Street at Arbour Meadow Gate.

Live the life you’ve always wanted

With more than 80 per cent of all homes in Bridgwater Forest already purchased, it’s clear this neighbourhood answers the needs of today’s homeowners. The overwhelming popularity of Bridgwater Forest is now expanding into even more wonderful housing opportunities in Bridgwater Lakes. With homes for everyone, the beauty of the Neighbourhoods of Bridgwater include lush natural green spaces, kilometres of scenic pathways, and an exciting variety of home designs that include visitable housing options. To add to the charm of the neighbourhoods, included in the future plans is a spectacular town centre. The Neighbourhoods of Bridgwater are close to quality schools, numerous retail shops and big box stores and the new football stadium – plus there’s convenient access to major transportation routes. Check out the new show homes in Bridgwater Forest during the 2011 Fall Parade of Homes. You’ll be inspired to be part of this vibrant community and to create a new home that fits the unique needs of your family.

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Bridgwater Builders A & S Homes 256-0863 Arlt Homes 669-3394 Artista Homes Ltd. 415-6625 Bentley Homes 222-3825 Discovery Homes 231-8118 Dowalt Custom Homes 204 326-6048 Gino’s Homes 488-2581 Greentree Homes 477-6950 Hearth Homes 487-4122 Hilton Homes 254-8790 Huntington Homes 949-3870 KDR Design Builders 261-8728 Kensington Homes 792-9805

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A beehive of activity continues in Bridgwater Forest as builders prepare for the Fall Parade of Homes. A total of 17 new showhomes are preparing to open on North Town Road and Bridgeland Drive North in the third phase of what continues to be the fastest growing new community in Winnipeg. Back in 2010, growth surpassed all other new residential developments, with 264 building permits—114 more than in 2009. With 214 already issued in the first six months of this year, Bridgwater Forest is on pace to finish the year at an unsurpassed 400 building permits.

Everything a Neighbourhood Should Be

“We’re elated by the success of the neighbourhood to date,” says Dwayne Rewniak, Director of Land Development for the provincial government’s Manitoba Housing and Renewal Corporation. “Things are certainly moving faster than anticipated.” He credits the unprecedented draw of the community to a vision that includes reserving 25 acres of mature forest and 25% of the land for green space and water features. “It creates the ambiance of an established neighbourhood,” notes Rewniak, adding that amenities such as the extensive pathway systems were developed right from the start so residents could enjoy them early on.

As for the Town Centre, it is at the heart of what will one day be four residential neighbourhoods. The centrally located site will include commercial, retail and professional space, as well as 1000 units of multi-family housing. Servicing of Phase I of the Town Centre has recently begun and is already generating interest from potential buyers.

point,” says Rewniak. “You can really get a sense of the project when you drive into the neighbourhood through Arbour Meadow Gate. It’s certainly what we envisioned as a focal point when you first enter the development.”

“We are receiving calls from businesses who see the opportunity and want to be first in line,” confirms Rewniak. He explains that the idea for the Town Centre is to provide pedestrian access by locating services within walking distance for residents of all four neighbourhoods.

Construction has also commenced on 46 units of 161 apartment-style condominiums on Streetside’s Bridgeland Drive N. site. In addition, there are a total of three multi-family sites in Phase III of Bridgwater Forest that will be undergoing construction by the end of this year.

Another element of the vision for Bridgwater Forest is to offer an attractive mix of housing types, including laned lots, amenity lots abutting forests or lakes, and a variety of multifamily sites. In fact, Streetside Development has nearly completed construction on 85 two and three-bedroom townhome condominiums on Bridgeland Drive S., 25 of which are already occupied.

At the same time, lots are already being sold for a second neighbourhood, the 312-acre Bridgwater Lakes, launched earlier this year. Plans are for 1150 single-family lots to be available through four phases, with Phase I encompassing 395 lots.

“We’re very excited to see multi-family sites being integrated into the community at this

“We feel that the momentum generated in Bridgwater Forest will spill over to Bridgwater Lakes,” says Rewniak. In fact, during the neighbourhood’s initial lot draw held in May, all 263 lots made available to builders sold out.

Half of all lots in Bridgwater Lakes will be set aside for the construction of visitable homes, with a no-step front entrance to facilitate access for wheelchairs, walkers and strollers. Providing the opportunity for residents to age in place, the homes also feature wide doorways and hallways, as well as an accessible main floor bathroom. Several of last fall’s showhomes in Phase II of Bridgwater Forest featured the visitable design. “Visitors were able to see how nicely they blend in with the other homes,” notes Rewniak, adding that 15 lots in Phase III have also been designated visitable. “Already, the feedback we have been receiving has been very positive.” All in all, the overwhelming response to the entire development has paid substantial dividends, with $7.3 million in profits from both Royalwood and Bridgwater Forest reinvested in neighbourhoods in need throughout Winnipeg. “That reinvestment will only continue to grow as we continue development,” says Rewniak. “There are a lot more exciting things to come.” autumn 2011 | STYLE MANITOBA | 91

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Similarly, while the final two phases of the 375-acre community will be made available to builders in 2012, the extension of Kenaston through the neighbourhood and into the future Town Centre is already starting this fall. Phase I of the extension will be completed by 2012 and will provide a second entry point into Bridgwater Forest off North Town Road.

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Personalized Process

At its best, the building process should allow people to customize a new home to their taste and needs while providing the quality and craftsmanship they expect. It is a mandate Arlt Homes takes very seriously. By concentrating on a limited number of homes a year, the master builder provides personalized service and consistent quality that every homeowner deserves, while keeping the customized process within reach. “You get a real consistency of craftsmanship,” notes Jason Arlt. “The level of quality you see in our showhomes is what you get in your own home.” He adds that the family-owned company offers highly personalized service, with clients having direct contact with those actually involved in the building process. “You can really talk to the very people who are going to determine how your home is built and what it will look like,” notes Arlt. “You have a better degree of control over the finished product when you can directly influence the process through a handson approach.” Arlt Homes is happy to build not only on one of their premium subdivision lots, but also on client owned land as well. At the same time, homeowners have an abundance of choice

when selecting products and finishes from suppliers. “You are not limited to picking from a display. We give you the flexibility to find exactly what you’re looking for in order to personalize your space,” explains Arlt. “As a client, the more you put into the process, the more you get out of it,” he adds.

These are all features integral to Arlt Homes. Visitors to the Fall Parade can sample the results firsthand with a visit to the Arlt display homes at 172 North Town Road in Bridgwater Forest, 2 Hearthstone Grove in Pritchard Farm Southlands Village and 156 Blue Sun Drive in Sage Creek.

As the dream comes alive, clients are encouraged to communicate with the Arlt team who then communicate directly with the trades to realize that personalized vision. Growing up in a company that has almost 35 years of home building experience, Arlt knows that trust is the very cornerstone of the building process. “As a potential client you should have the right to ask to speak to past customers,” notes Arlt. “A good builder is going to be proud of the homes they have built and their clients will support them.” Other features to look for in a builder include experience, third party warranty, membership in the Manitoba Home Builders Association and Master Builder status, which requires ongoing education and training to ensure the builder is on top of the latest technologies and trends.

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Exactly as Envisioned

It is this “no surprise” process upon which brothers and business partners Sheldon and Rob Swan have built a reputation for efficiency and integrity over the last 25 years. Add to that a plethora of stunning home design options and choices, and it’s not hard to see why Huntington Homes has a winning recipe. Using a computerized multi-media database, Huntington allows clients to view a portfolio

of hundreds of finished homes and floor plans from which to generate ideas. Huntington also uses an extensive questionnaire to help clients determine precisely what features they want to include in their new home. “It is essential for us to communicate effectively with our clients so we know exactly what they are expecting in their new home,” says Rob Swan. Using computer-aided design (CAD), Huntington’s full-time architectural team then transforms these ideas into a unique design. Then, instead of having to turn the plan over in their mind and try to imagine the final product, clients are presented a 3-dimensional view of their future home.  Having access to sightlines, bird’s eye views, elevations and windows makes it easier for clients to see exactly what they are getting. As specification choices can become overwhelming, Huntington has done years of extensive research to develop unmatched building specifications, which all Huntington Homes are constructed to.  Huntington also retains consulting engineers to review structural specifications and soil reports for each home, ensuring the quality will always remain unchanged.

Once the design has been completed, an extensive list of possible options and decorating choices are offered, ensuring that nothing is overlooked and all will be included before final pricing and the start of construction. Timelines are also generated, ensuring accurate trade scheduling and possession.  “Our home designs are not an approximation of how your home will look when it is finished, but a precise prescription for custom home building,” notes Swan.  Huntington leaves nothing to chance. As Huntington has never built the same home twice and use the same sub-trades on every job, they have developed a sophisticated costing program that prices each sub-trade contract and ultimately the entire home with extreme accuracy.  This meticulous approach to planning allows homeowners to precisely select the features they want and can afford for their home, and that is exactly as they envision it. The Huntington team is pleased to respond to inquiries.  You can contact their office, view them online or visit their display home during the Fall Parade at 164 Northtown in Bridgwater Forest.

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When clients build with Huntington Homes, Huntington provides the tools to create exactly the home they want and can afford. And that is precisely what Huntington delivers.

Discover More The first thing visitors to this fall’s Discovery showhome will notice is a repeat of the beloved wraparound porch that was so well received when they unveiled their former Bridgwater display home last fall. After that, features start moving in a different direction. Take the James Hardie siding for instance. In their new showhome, Discovery Homes used two different colours to bring depth to the façade. Unique accents such as keystones over the windows inject further detail. Two tall columns supporting the canopy are made of trim-clad stone. “It really draws attention to the entrance,” says Joshua Rist, General Manager of Discovery Homes. Inside, a double tray ceiling distinguishes the dining area, while a rise of 16 feet emphasizes volume in the great room. Flanked by vertical columns clad in Richelieu Form-Art decorative panels, the entertainment unit includes a fireplace in stainless steel with glass beads. Meanwhile, the kitchen features an apronstyle sink and island with waterfall countertop, granite flowing right to the floor.

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Then there’s the second floor laundry room, everyone’s dream feature. The upper floor also includes three bedrooms and a desk area with a view out of the front windows. “This house is

really different from what we’ve done before,” notes Rist. He invites visitors to see firsthand just how Discovery Homes lives up to its name.

City Meets Countryside For those looking for the ambiance of country lifestyle set amid easy access to urban amenities, the wait is over with the announcement of Countryside Crossing. Located inside Winnipeg’s Perimeter, but with a postal code that says East St. Paul taxes, this new 77-acre community is conveniently positioned just off Henderson Highway in East St Paul, MB. Once complete, the site will offer 154 singlefamily estate-sized lots with minimum 70-foot site widths. All lots will be fully serviced with sewer and water from the RM of East St Paul. “These lots are consistent with and go aboveand-beyond what you would expect in East St. Paul, a municipality that is well-known as a location of top tier developments,” says Nolan Ploegman, Concord Projects’ Vice President of Project Development and Land Development Manager for Countryside Crossing. He reports that no lot is smaller than 10,000 square feet with the average size exceeding 13,000 square feet. “This means there is no problem building homes with three-car garages or pools, and lots will provide ample space between neighbours.”

” The majority of the lots are on the water or along the park with three naturally landscaped creeks, accompanied by walking paths coursing through the development.“ A key feature of Countryside Crossing, suggests Ploegman, is the fact that about 70% of lots will be available to individual purchasers, offering them the freedom to select a builder of their own choice. The remaining 30% of lots will be offered to a selection of top tier homebuilders in Manitoba. “This will result in a unique look and feel to the development through the introduction of various custom architectural styles,” he says. Wayne and Mark Penner of Royal LePage Prime Real Estate will be driving the sales and marketing efforts for Countryside Crossing. The Penners have been critical to the success of numerous other East St Paul subdivisions in recent years. The pre-sales process will be commencing Fall 2011 and lots are expected to fly off the shelf, given this is a purchaser driven subdivision and the attractive nature of the large lots located within the Perimeter. “We are excited to offer young and growing families access to the benefits of East St Paul’s

picturesque urban-rural setting, all within a 15 minute drive to the amenities of downtown Winnipeg,” says Ploegman, inviting those in the new home market to take the short drive to discover the excitement of Countryside Crossing.

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Leading-edge Living Sage Creek offers the possibility of a more holistic lifestyle, in a pedestrian-friendly place where nature is part of the plan. Set amidst a serene landscape of wetlands and parks, with trails throughout, a home here is a welcoming retreat. Choose from a diversity of homes designed to suit a variety of lifestyles, tastes and budgets. All trails will converge on a future Village Centre with the warm, friendly feeling of a small town. This will be the social centre of the community, where neighbours gather and shopkeepers know their ‘regulars’.

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Diversity and Serenity Define Sage Creek

by Lynne Mustard

A more holistic lifestyle amid natural beauty is the promise of Sage Creek. With over 700 lots sold and almost 500 homes completed and occupied, the promise is now the reality for Sage Creek residents.

“The trails get a lot of use, as they’re a delight to explore on bike or foot. So we’ve been enhancing the quality of our trail network, by improving drainage and general maintenance of the permeable surface, which is best for longterm sustainability,” Vogan adds. While the trails and wetlands are a real attraction for families, the city is reviewing plans for a Sage Creek recreational area with a playground, soccer and baseball fields. Qualico Communities hopes to begin work on it this fall, adjacent to the proposed school site on Sage Creek Boulevard. Village Centre News All trails will converge on the Sage Creek Village Centre where construction has begun on a new branch of RBC, one of Canada’s leading chartered banks, and on a multi-tenant building that would accommodate up to three other businesses for Sage Creek.

Construction of the new fire station is currently underway; it will serve Sage Creek and the southeastern areas of the City. Striking Style The diversity of home styles on offer is another attraction drawing residents to Sage Creek. Architectural guidelines have ensured there is harmony in the overall appearance of the community, as well as quality and attention to detail in each home. Eight showhomes by builders Arlt, Artista, Foxridge, Gino’s, KDR, Maric, Hearth and Sterling Homes on Blue Sun Drive are conveniently grouped together in a spectacular showhome village; six are on the wetlands and feature walkouts, with two other homes opposite. These builders are known for doing some of the most dramatic and appealing custom home designs in the city.

Homes,” Vogan notes, “including two in the popular Boulevard style.” Display homes by quality builders Broadview, Kensington, Qualico and Randall Homes on Moonbeam Way will be part of the Fall Parade; they feature beautiful finishing throughout and front-attached garages, a perennially popular design. “These homes are fine examples of how the builders have embraced the architectural guidelines,” says Vogan. “Their efforts result in a very rich streetscape.” Public Art Qualico Communities is also continuing the installation of public art throughout Sage Creek, with a second roundabout sculpture by artist David MacNair and a new trail obelisk. Interest and investment in Sage Creek is increasing each year, and this year is its best yet. The natural appeal of this unique neighbourhood resonates with people of all ages and in all stages of life.

“The ideas they’ve brought to Sage Creek are really inspired,” Vogan says. “Their inventive variations on entries and garages are well worth a look. One standard-appearing garage is double-deep, with a storage room underneath, on the backyard. This handy space can be a workshop, a potting shed or simply storage for lawn furniture or garden tools.” “With 14 striking showhomes completed by several of Winnipeg’s finest builders, there will be lots to see here during the Fall Parade of

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The serenity is inherent in the sweeping wetland vistas and the call of red-winged blackbirds among the reeds. “It’s such a pleasant tour through the knolls and curves of the wetlands,” states Eric Vogan, Land Development Manager of Qualico Communities. He notes that the patience necessary for the native grasses to mature has been well rewarded with lush, graceful grasses framing the extensive network of trails.

Vogan adds that the popular Tim Hortons will open in the Village Centre in 2012, and that a conditional agreement has been signed with a national grocery chain, which would commence construction in 2012 and open in 2013.

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Just like this house, the new display homes at 19 and 27 Lakebourne Drive in Amber Trails feature hardwood and ceramic floors from Curtis Carpets, along with granite countertops and other luxurious materials throughout. All three have walkout lower levels. What made the display on Wood Sage so unique was the fact that Gino’s raised the home 48” above ground level to create rear access via a landing area between the main floor and the lower level. “It gives people the ability to have a walkout lower level without the cost of a lake lot,” notes the builder. Gino’s Homes is always on the lookout for new options to offer its customers. Take for instance the new showhome planned for 160 North Town Road in Bridgwater Forest. The “visitable” design replaces steps with ground level entry, ideal both for elderly parents and

young families. Meanwhile, the lower level windows at the back are huge, letting in plenty of light. Gino’s two display homes in South Pointe showcase another array of exciting possibilities. The showhome at 154 Brookstone Place

features a large maintenance-free rear-facing Duradek and a private balcony with glass railings that faces the front of the house. Like in its Sage Creek showhome with its crisp white cabinetry and brick-style glass tile backsplash, Gino’s is using this display home to highlight exciting kitchen options, such as coloured cabinetry and a unique island. The focal point of the home, however, is a threesided fireplace in the centre of the main floor. Visitors will also be treated to a serving bar separating the great room and dining room, as well as a second floor loft. Meanwhile, 38 Cypress Ridge is built to entertain. A fully equipped theatre room features fibre optic lighting in the ceiling and 7.1 surround sound. “You’ll never want to go to the cinema again,” jokes the builder. With a two-tiered balcony at the back, built-in hot tub and a spectacular view of the lake and path system, whoever snaps up this beauty may never want to leave the house! Those who can tear themselves away from these should also see 160 Blue Sun Drive in Sage Creek, yet another example of why Gino’s Homes are a must-see at this year’s fall parade.

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All those who delighted in the exquisite design, construction and styling of this Gino’s display home at 19 Wood Sage in Sage Creek will be thrilled to hear the builder has no less than six showhomes in the Fall Parade. The wraparound wall that continued from the great room to the dining room received plenty of attention and so will the features of these exciting new offerings.

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Southern Exposure

South Pointe itself is a 480-acre master planned mixed use community that will offer roughly 1500 single-family homes in addition to 25-acres of multiple family housing, which will see some 2000 homes in total when completed. Moreover, South Pointe features 64 acres of parkland and lakes in a public reserve designed to create a natural, relaxed ambiance throughout the community. Also included in the area is approximately 55 acres of commercial land that may host a wide variety of services such as retail, office space, and entertainment. The new neighbourhood is a creation of Ladco (www.ladcocompany.com), one of Winnipeg’s most successful and respected property development firms. Over the years, Ladco has built some of the city’s best-known communities such as Windsor Park, Southdale and Royalwood to name just a few.

“We are in the process of servicing Stage lll and Stage lV of South Pointe,” says David Borger, Vice President of Land Development with Ladco. He remarks that sales have been strong with 693 lots sold, and anticipation for the coming lot draw is that the remaining 138 lots will be quickly snapped up by a slate of top tier builders. Michael Carruthers, Ladco’s Development Officer, remarks here that they have added the next phase of parks. “These parks will add on to our existing network of common areas and will hook up to the pathway system,” he says, commenting further that South Pointe will now

offer a soccer field, playgrounds, and a newly completed toboggan hill and play structure. Another key feature of the development is the participation of 13 of Manitoba’s leaders in new home construction. Indeed, the list comprises a Who’s Who of homebuilders. “Designs are flexible and very contemporary,” says Carruthers. “The builders have really come forward with winning concepts that have proven to be extremely popular with the home buying public,” he says, noting that Ladco approves designs in an effort to maintain consistent elements throughout the community. “By and large, however, we try to not get in the way of a good design. We look mostly at maintaining home size and the character and appearance of the street view,” he says. South Pointe has also been designed as a neighbourhood attractive to a wide range of Winnipeggers. While the community would not be described as an entry level development, it is designed for mixed use with multi family properties, locations ideal for seniors, young families and premier homes all working together to create a thriving social fabric. “South Pointe is a great example of community building and sustainable residential development. Here was an opportunity to create a cohesive neighbourhood that brings together a lot of current thinking in mixed use planning, landscape design and infrastructure,” concludes Borger.

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Location is at the top of any new homebuyer’s checklist of must-haves. It is this desire for the right address that has a lot of Winnipeggers looking south and to premier developments such as South Pointe. Situated off Waverley Street in what has become the fastest growing sector of the city, South Pointe offers a considerable menu of location attributes. For example, there is close proximity to the University of Manitoba, first class shopping opportunities, as well as entertainment facilities and great dining options, not to mention healthcare and recreation. Indeed, many suggest that the south section of Winnipeg is the city’s best bet for gracious living.

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Details that Defy Expectations

Parkhill’s superlative attention to even the smallest fine finishing detail is evident right from the front door. In the foyer, a striking hardwood/ceramic inlay bridges the transition between the ceramic tile and the maple hardwood. To their left, visitors will immediately notice the bulkhead that defines the dining area without restricting the potential for expanding the table to seat a larger crowd.

But it’s the adjacent great room that really commands attention. Framed in stainless steel, a gas-burning fireplace exudes a sophisticated modern appeal. In the nearby powder room, a stainless steel accent is ingeniously inserted between black ceramic tiles to lend the floor a stunning look. The detail picks up on the stainless steel mosaic backsplash and coordinating square hardware of the cabinetry. On the granite countertop, the vessel sink further emphasizes the rectilinear lines. In the kitchen, the island continues the square motif while pulling together the two colours in the surrounding cabinetry. Divided in the same black and brown tones, a wet bar services both the great room and dining area.

In this showhome, the suite features a fireplace and access to a private covered deck. Parkhill decided to position the walk-in closet and bathroom on either side of the hallway leading into the bedroom. Once again, the ensuite is superbly finished, with tile from floor to ceiling, including in the huge 5 X 5’shower with its glass tile detail. Meanwhile, an innovative ledge creates a visual break in the large framed mirror above the double vanity. The same focus on detail was applied to this bungalow’s walkout lower level. Even the bi-fold doors are solid maple in a shaker style, just like every door in the house! At the bottom of the stairs, a built-in computer station is conveniently configured for laptop use. Obviously, this is a builder that pays attention. And the results are nothing short of fabulous!

Having the wine rack and fridge close at hand is not the only way Parkhill paid heed to functionality. A mudroom off the garage is strategically located next to the pantry, with the fridge positioned nearby as well. The builder makes a point of listening carefully to homeowners and their lifestyle needs. Over the years, one message that has come through loud and clear is how much people appreciate Parkhill’s ability to create master suites rather than just bedrooms. autumn 2011 | STYLE MANITOBA | 105

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Just when visitors think they know the high level of detail they will see in a Parkhill showhome, the builder once again surpasses expectations. Those who come to 32 Cypress Ridge in South Pointe should be prepared to have their eyes opened to new and exciting possibilities.

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The home’s aesthetic theme is immediately evident from the coloured concrete exterior, with its Tyndall stone and smooth acrylic stucco details. This theme carries through past the threshold of the custom front door. A fresh contemporary look, spacious layout, and cutting-edge materials create a perfect, flexible living space, just as ideal for a career couple who enjoys entertaining or for a new family who plans to grow into their home.  The design unfolds right from the entrance, with a series of linear spaces and details connecting the front foyer through to the ultramodern kitchen and spectacular great room.  The entire main level carries the contemporary theme through to every room. Bedrooms, bathrooms, and closets have all

been intelligently conceived, using the most up-to-date materials and details. Besides 43 Highland Creek, Maric will have five other showhomes open during the Fall Parade. Visitors will be delighted by the variety of offerings, starting with a detached condominium at 4 Willow Land in Pritchard Farm Southlands Village. The builder also has three two-storey homes on display: at 168 Northtown Drive in Bridgwater Forest; at 8 Cypress Ridge in South Pointe; and at 142 Blue Sun in Sage Creek. Visitors can also see Maric’s latest bungalow at 29 Aspen Drive in Oakbank.

will be both surprised and delighted. As for those visitors to the Parade who have yet to see the builder’s outstanding work, this is one discovery they will not want to miss. Maric’s unparalleled workmanship and materials have merged with a bold new design direction, creating a truly astonishing take on the modern home.

Ranging in size from 1600 square feet to almost 4000 square feet of finished space, each showhome highlights in a unique way this master builder’s approach to creating a modern living space. In addition to these showhomes, Maric is once again the builder of choice for the Health Sciences Centre lottery home and cottage. In an ongoing fulfillment of its motto “We Build to Astonish,” Maric is using the Fall Parade as a platform to take Manitoba’s contemporary home to new heights.  All those who have followed the builder’s work for years

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With every new design, Maric Homes strives to create a fresh and innovative living environment. Marrying a creative approach with the highest quality workmanship and materials, the builder’s latest showhomes demonstrate once again how exciting and fresh an inspired custom-built home can be.  The home at 43 Highland Creek in Bridgwater Forest is a crisp, clean design that combines an intelligent use of space on the inside with stunning curbside appeal. 

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Stone Ridge Meadows Offering relaxing country living only minutes from the city, Stone Ridge Meadows is truly the best of both worlds. Designed to complement the surrounding community, this pristine 50 acres of land is truly a place like no other. A special focus was made to preserve mature trees when the neighbourhood was first developed, and that promise has created a true haven for all residents of this quiet community. A network of pathways provides opportunities for cycling and strolling through the rolling landscape where two ponds attract an abundance of indigenous flora and fauna. The pathways are being extended into the second of this three-phase development, where

48 lots will be ready for building this fall. Once again, properties from 60 to 75 feet wide and 125 to 150 feet deep will be available at attractive prices. “Every single lot in this community backs onto a public preserve of some sort,” notes David Boles, Development Manager for Genstar. “No one has a rear yard neighbour.” Some of the more popular lots back onto large stands of trees, with a few more of these choice properties available in Phase II. This sense of being immersed in nature is accompanied by an easy commute into the city via a twinned highway. At the same time, all the homes in Stone Ridge Meadows are within walking distance of Stonewall’s popular Quarry Park. During the Fall Parade of Homes, visitors will have a chance to see showhomes from all the developments premiere builders – Warkentin, Discovery, A&S, Hilton, Kensington and Ventura – while exploring the natural wonders of this delightful community. The community is accessible from 12th Street West, adjacent to an existing upscale development in the northwest corner of Stonewall.

There is comfort in having professional guidance throughout the entire process of creating a truly custom home and knowing the result will have the consistent quality of a Warkentin home. The master builder has been specializing in building quality custom homes for three decades now. During that time, Warkentin Homes has brought together a team of talented tradespeople, some who have been with the company for more than 20 years. “They know what we expect,” says Melanie Snow of Warkentin Homes. “Everyone, no matter what size of home they build with us, gets the same high level of consistency and quality.” Warkentin prides itself in having an on-site supervisor continuously monitoring the building process and inspecting even the smallest details. The owners of the family-owned business always deal directly with their customers for a personalized approach that ensures a smooth, customized process. Clients can bring their own plan ideas or modify an existing Warkentin plan to meet their personal needs. A professional interior designer guides them

through the process of selecting finishes and interior details.

are undeniable. See the results firsthand by visiting 28 Stone Ridge Drive in Stone Ridge Meadows.

Whether it is in their display home or in the private Warkentin home seen here, the benefits of the builder’s one-on-one process

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Personalized Service It starts with a dream – that vision of a perfect home to fulfill all our needs and desires. Then there’s the search for a builder we can trust. That search has brought many Manitobans to the door of Milne Homes, a custom builder who has earned a reputation for integrity, perfection and value. Milne takes the time to determine exactly what a client envisions and then concentrates on realizing the dream, down to the smallest detail. The result is a homebuilding process that is straightforward, fair and worry-free. It was a little more than 20 years ago that Doug and Janet Milne launched Milne Homes. Today, the family-owned and operated business also includes their two children, Brian and Tanis. The Milnes have devoted considerable time to building a dedicated team of highly skilled craftspeople that deliver the consistent quality construction for which Milne Homes is renowned. Personalized service means that Doug Milne personally oversees every project. A perfectionist at heart, the builder has a keen eye for detail and prides himself on never settling for second best. The results are outstanding.

Milne Homes has been recognized numerous times in the Parade of Homes with Gold and Silver medals. An accredited Power Smart and R-2000 builder, Milne is committed to

developing sustainable building practices. The Master Builder is continuously researching new building techniques and materials to ensure each Milne home is the best that it can be.

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People Person A house is not a home without a heart. And those who live there make the heart of a home. Norm Mayer, a realtor with Sutton Kilkenny Real Estate for over four years, understands that the real estate industry is similar - it’s not about the homes he sells, but rather the people he meets. “I got into real estate because I like dealing with clients. I’ve been in the ‘looking after people’ business for over 30 years, ” he says, pointing to his prior careers in information technology healthcare and homecare. Mayer currently specializes in Parkhill Custom Homes’ South Pointe properties, a four-year old development in south Waverley that blends natural beauty with modern living. Mayer has already helped numerous families build their dream homes in this 480-acre master planned, mixed-use community with single-family homes, multi-family developments and a large portion of public reserve, which will include more than 30 acres of park space. Under the Sutton banner, Mayer serves clients looking to buy or sell in Winnipeg’s resale market equally well. Using his family cottage

in Winnipeg Beach as a secondary base, Mayer also loves to showcase the resort properties and cottages of the Lake Winnipeg Beaches area. He considers the satisfaction of his clients to be his greatest achievement, and takes pride in his high volume of repeat business and referrals. “I’m very old school. I think it’s very important to be honest, make sure people have all the right information to make a decision and are looked after properly,” states Mayer. “Purchasing a home is the biggest investment of a lifetime and I’m always interested in clients needs, whether they’re selling or buying.” To complement his client support, Mayer is passionate about supporting the community he serves. As a diabetic himself, Mayer is very involved with the Manitoba chapter of the Canadian Diabetes Association. He is especially proud to be a part of the Manitoba Real Estate Shelter Foundation, an organization that distributes agents’ donations to Habitat for Humanity, women’s shelters and other groups in need of a little heart and home. “It’s important to give rather than just always taking or asking.” autumn 2011 | STYLE MANITOBA | 111

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Fit Your Lifestyle Sometimes visualizing your dream house is hard to do in the vast space of an empty showhome. That’s why more and more builders are choosing to create a living environment in their display homes, filled with the items clients may never have seen in person. Krevco Lifestyles has those items, and the experience to help further the vision of consumers and the homebuilders. “I’m proud that so many custom homebuilders trust us with their valued customers,” says Don Carson, president of Krevco Lifestyles. “Showhomes today are getting filled with lifestyle products so people can see what a fitness room, rec room, hot tub or pool actually look like in real life,” says William Lyburn, general sales manager with Krevco. “They may change colour or design, but now they do not have to try to imagine it, they can actually see it.” And there is plenty to see. Krevco Lifestyles has a focused range of products from hot tubs and swimming pools, to fabulous patio furniture, fire pits and a huge offering to homebuilders with its Embers Fireplace division. Before

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“We are seeing a trend to making the backyard an extension of the house,” says Carson. “A place to relax and unwind at the end of a busy day. As a result, we’re seeing barbecue islands with fridges, sinks and smokers. Patio furniture that is as comfortable as anything inside the house. Hot tubs with full massage features, stereos and lighting, and pools with waterfalls.” Lyburn states swim spas are a new trend in backyard water features. Krevco Lifestyles is proud to provide Michael Phelps Signature Swim Spas, designed by Michael Phelps and his coach Bob Bowman for both physical and therapeutic purposes. Unlike other swim spas that contain hard currents, the H2X features a wide, deeper current making a smoother swimming experience, and less interference for others using the Xtreme Therapy Seat (XTS), which is ergonomically designed to wrap users in comfort while delivering the ultimate hydrotherapy. Lyburn adds, that unlike a pool or larger hot tub, swim spas require very little maintenance, and if the homeowner was to move, the swim spa can move too. For those looking to stay put and create the getaway of their dreams at home, waterfall features are the latest trend to be added to pools and hot tubs. “Listening to that soothing sound of the water cascading over the waterfall is amazing,” he says. “This outdoor living can be described as After

owning 800 to 1,500 square feet of waterfront property right in your own backyard, and without all the expenses of maintaining two homes.” Beyond water, Krevco Lifestyles can offer builders all the pieces to make a complete backyard hideaway with high-quality patio sets, gazebos, barbecues and fire pits, as well as torch lights and modern fireplaces. Krevco Lifestyles has definitely been bringing the heat into the house as well. And we’re not just talking about the hot games played on the company’s billiard and bar offerings. The company’s merger with Embers means Krevco can offer builders the largest selection of gas, wood and electric fireplaces on the market today. “From a fireplace perspective, we are seeing a huge shift to more contemporary fireplaces,” says Kerry Johnson. “Linear gas fireplaces with glass media, stones and interior lighting are becoming very popular. Trims are also important, with brushed nickel, copper and a variety of other accent trims to make the fireplace the focal point of the room, even when it is not running. People are also asking for more control of their fireplace with remotes that offer up to 70 percent turndowns, and


automatically modulate to meet the heating requirements of the room.” If you’re still looking to take off the chill and relax, Krevco has bathroom options to warm the body and calm the soul. But not as many people are soaking their cares away these days, says Lyburn. “Bathtubs are a little bit of the older trend, people are moving to tub/shower with steam option, or moving to steam showers instead of the jetted bathtub,” he states, highlighting that all-in-one units offer a superior level of style, comfort, and practicality that enhance both a person’s home and overall well being. For those who still want the jetted bathtub, there is a must-have upgrade - in line heating systems. The same mixture of air and water that makes a jetted tub so inviting also causes the water to cool 60 to 80 percent faster than a traditional bathtub without jets. A tub with a bath heater eliminates the rapid cooling of the water, providing a constant balance of soothing hot water. Whether it’s a steam in the shower or a swim in the spa, Krevco Lifestyles can add the ultimate vision to any showhome.

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The Beauty of Stone without the Mason.

a newer and larger Easyrock display is set to be unveiled this summer at Form Design centre (693 Taylor avenue, across the street from the Round Table on Pembina), while a partnership with Durabuilt Windows has opened another display across town (Durabuilt Windows & Doors Design center, Unit 2 - 1600 Regent ave. corner of Regent & Lagimodiere). Fort Distributors Ltd. is now also a Durabuilt Windows & Doors Distributor for the Interlake region.

With EASYROCK you are limited only by your imagination... Easy Rock offers a variety of decorative stone panels, profiles and colours that can be used as alternatives to real stone. a fantastic Do it yourself product that can be installed with the greatest of ease. No mason required!

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Great Looks & Easy Installation

Easyrock, an instant star on the home décor and finishing scene, continues to be the favorite faux-stone product to homeowners, business owners, contractors and others in the industry. “We have seen tremendous growth and diversification with its use,” says Grant Jehle, president of Fort Distributors ltd. He notes that many are initially attracted to Easyrock for its amazing real-stone look, but soon appreciate how easy it is to work with and its versatility. “People suddenly start realizing all the different places they can use it, you can see the wheels turning with excitement!”

Easyrock can be used on walls, back splashes, around fireplaces and bars, bathrooms, kitchens and offices. “It really is without limits - Easyrock brings a very earthy, authentic feel and look to a given space,” says Jehle. “It can really change a room and make it look and feel very sophisticated.” He also notes there is a wide variety of colours and types to choose from depending on your taste. Jehle and the staff at Fort Distributors invite everyone to visit their offices, see the product firsthand, and if need be, receive “Easyrock training” to ensure a successful do-it-yourself project. With a fulltime carpenter on staff, customers can get an explanation and demonstration right on the spot. “Our product is available, in stock and ready to go home with you. You can be working on your project the same day!” says Jehle.

Easyrock has been a steady winner with homeowners and cottagers. It has also gained popularity with architects, contractors and developers who are opting for a beautiful product they can easily work with. “We’ve seen a huge increase in use for condo development projects and rec rooms,” says Jehle, adding that Easyrock is readily available, easy to apply, and that contractors/ developers don’t have to wait on skilled masons (or good weather) to finish a project (as with culture stone which can only be applied in summer months).

Fort Distributors Ltd is located just North of the perimeter at 938 McPhillips Road in St Andrews MB (visit www. fortdistributors.com for more information). Showrooms are conveniently located in Winnipeg at Durabilt Windows & Doors Design Centre, Unit 2 – 1600 Regent Ave; and Kesay Design Centre, 693 Taylor Ave. Easyrock can also be seen at the Star location at Lagimodiere & Springfield.

It has gained in appeal, especially for indoor projects that people like to do themselves. Because Easyrock looks so much like real stone, consumers are very impressed with it. And it’s so simple to install – you can walk away with a great deal of pride over the job you did yourself.


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Natural Stone, Green & Easy The trend of adding natural stone to your home has many homeowners excited about the endless new design possibilities, but can be intimidating to those who are new to the masonry world. Realstone Systems proves it needn’t be, as the affordable stone panels are 100% natural stone, easy to install, and can be used to enhance any design features. Like any veneer, Realstone Systems can be adhered virtually anywhere; interiors, exteriors, and even as part of a water feature. Realstone Systems are particularly easy to install as the natural stone slices are glued together to form panels and cover one square foot each. Corners slide together seamlessly. Additionally, the linear look and its small scale make it a great choice for tighter spaces or areas with a lot of design detail. “I-XL and Realstone Systems provide one of the largest collections of stone options in the industry. Homeowners, contractors, masons and DIYs alike love Realstone for its quick, easy and clean application. Unlike engineered products, natural stone needs little maintenance and can last a lifetime,” says Murray Alston, regional sales manager for Manitoba and Saskatchewan at I-XL Masonry Supplies. Because Realstone Systems panels are made of natural stone, issues that might

otherwise plague wall coverings, like chips, fading or scratches, are not a problem. Worried about your ever-changing tastes? “Whether choosing the saturated darker tones of a Terracotta, or the lighter neutrals of a Sierra Sandstone, natural stone contains so much variety within each single piece that it will complement virtually any future colour choices in paint, flooring or furniture,” explains Sue Andre, residential sales representative for I-XL. For those seeking a little more dazzle and glamour, there are also white and black options infused with the natural sparkle of quartz.

A definite added bonus in Realstone Systems is that environmentally conscious buyers can feel at ease knowing that, regardless of the colour they choose, each stone panel is green. “Realstone is proud to offer products that contain pre-consumer recycled content, providing green benefits and possible LEED points,” says Murray. “Made of reclaimed natural stone, the thin stone veneers are ideal for use by architects, designers and homeowners looking to incorporate responsible and beautiful materials into their projects.” To learn more about Realstone Systems or to take home a sample, visit the I-XL Masonry Supplies showroom at 717 Lagimodiere Blvd. or www.ixlmasonry.com.

It Pays to Go with a Name you Know There are many reasons Nisby Home Renovations has been in business for 28 years. Flawless installation of Storm-Tite windows is one of them. “We do the homework for you,” says Vice President Dan Walker. “We have selected the best quality manufacturer, one that is in keeping with our reputation.” StormTite windows come with a labour and material unconditional lifetime non-prorated warranty, and now, Air Miles reward miles. Constructed from high grade PVC that will stand the test of time, the triple-pane windows are competitively priced and maintenance free. The PVC returns to its original lustre with a simple washing. Windows and doors can be painted to match any colour inside or out. “Quality products and pride of workmanship are your twin guarantees of satisfaction,” says Walker. He warns that not all PVC is created equal, which is why Nisby screened various products to be sure they offer only the best. “We want to be the one you can trust for all your exterior renovation needs,” he explains.

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How is it possible to create more space without an addition? For these homeowners the question related to enlarging their kitchen and dining room. All Canadian Renovations (ACR) had the answer. The first step involved opening the wall between the two spaces, previously separated by a door. “The way the house was originally constructed, we had to have a steel beam engineered into the upper floor,” explains Marcel Verrier of All Canadian. “That way, the ceiling on the main level would be uninterrupted and the cabinets would all fit.” This also involved removing bulkheads containing the ductwork for the heating to the second level. As a result, ACR had to install electrical heat in the upstairs bathroom and reroute the plumbing. This allowed for a full bank of wall-to-wall, flooring to ceiling cabinets to be installed in the dining room. A recessed

section of cabinets is flanked by banks of lit display cabinet showcasing the homeowners’ stunning collection of glassware. Crown moulding finishes the look, extending along the ceiling and wrapping around the corner into the kitchen. Subtly detailed with the same plinth blocks and columns as the dining room, the kitchen also features the same high-end cabinetry, but only in the off-white glazed finish. The darker stained maple cabinetry below the granite countertop in the dining room was used to tie the island into the entire theme. Because the kitchen was too narrow to accommodate the island within its own space, ACR took advantage of room created by removing the wall and set the island in between the kitchen, dining room and great room. The entire design ties together very nicely. “It took a lot of computer work and designing to have it all fit properly,” recalls Verrier. “The homeowners knew what they wanted in their space but they left it up to us to figure out how it would work.” He adds that ACR presented the owners with three-dimensional colour designs so they could truly visualize the final product. That kind of design capability also makes it easier to fine tune even the small details and take every aspect of the existing space into consideration. For instance, the location of all the potlights could be included so the homeowners would have a better appreciation of the lighting layout. 121

It was also easier for ACR to show the homeowners how the island could be shaped to allow easy access to the adjacent basement door. The result is not only practical but attractive as well. Creating a fresh updated look was as important as meeting the homeowners’ requirements for additional space. In the island and the kitchen countertops, undermount sinks contribute to the clean modern lines, as do the built-in appliances and the integrated fan hood. At the same time, the renovated spaces had to coordinate and flow with the existing space. For the kitchen and dining room, ACR sourced and stained oak hardwood to match perfectly with the existing great room floor. They also replaced doors to the basement and bathroom with solid oak doors and installed all new casings throughout the main floor. As part of the renovation, ACR also installed new cabinets and a Dura Ceram floor in the laundry room. At the same time, they reinsulated the wall and reinstalled the washer and dryer. ACR also opened an exterior wall in the kitchen when upgrading the electrical. This provided the homeowners with a costeffective opportunity to upgrade to a higher R-Value. In order to keep wall thickness to a minimum, spray foam insulation was used, addressing once again, both the functional and aesthetic needs of the project. The overall result: a larger space created by reconfiguring an existing space that meets all the homeowners’ needs.

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It’s nice and rare to work with people you feel you can completely trust. This is how I felt about Angstrom Builders during the renos they completed on my 100-year-old house. The work was excellent quality and showed great concern for details and for the ultimate look of the entire project. I would have total confidence relying on them for future projects.”

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and Revitalizing Space

Before assuming its fresh and spacious persona, this home had a typical 1980’s layout of closed rooms and restrictive transitions, all finished according to the era’s now-faded décor. To open up the space and bring the interior design into the 21st century, the homeowners turned to Angstrom Builders to execute what Everett Design had conceived. Angstrom worked closely with interior designer Jean-Marc Blanc to transform this vision

into a flawless reality. “The homeowners felt the spaces did not communicate well with one another,” recalls Angstrom’s Cliff Dyck. “The kitchen was outdated in terms of both aesthetics and functionality.” During renovations that encompassed the entire main floor, the builder removed walls and added beams and posts to create an open concept. “Once we took out the walls, there was not a lot of continuity in the level of the floor,” says Dyck, adding that Angstrom devoted extra effort to make the surface secure for new flooring. He notes that challenges and surprises are common during renovations. Angstrom takes the time to set out the process for the homeowner, ensuring clarity and continuous communication. “The onus is on us as the building company to be forward thinking and lay everything out well,” explains Dyck. All adjustments and modifications are documented via change orders and price change notifications. The project schedule is updated accordingly. This process allows Angstrom to mitigate any time delays and ensures there are no surprises in terms of cost increases to the homeowner. In this renovation, no cost overruns meant the homeowner did not have to compromise on the high end finishes and millwork specified for this project. A stunning recycled glass countertop graces the island, a centerpiece further accentuated by the ceiling-mounted hood fan above the gas 123

range cooktop. The cabinetry’s flat panel doors clinch the contemporary design. Built in the same modern styling, two pieces of custom furniture were created to fulfill both an aesthetic and functional purpose. The banquette in the dining area maximizes seating space while emphasizing the clean sleek lines of the décor. Meanwhile, a built-in loveseat provides a perfect visual and functional transition between the dining room and den without obstructing sight lines. This proved to be the perfect solution to the fact that the den floor is 10” lower. Innovative solutions like these are a benefit of using a design-build service such as Angstrom’s. “We realize the value of being part of the design process,” says Dyck. “And the designers see the value of being involved during the implementation process. It makes for a project that runs more smoothly and is more economical.” Angstrom works hand-in-hand with interior designers Jean-Marc LeBlanc and Rick Wiebe to offer homeowners renovations that increase functionality and maximize space while meeting aesthetic needs as well. Experienced in both residential and commercial renovations and new builds, the team is looking forward to becoming increasingly involved in new home projects. Watch for the Angstrom sign in the Corydon area where the design-build company will be erecting a unique loft-style single family home.

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Best in Show By Christine Hanlon

The outstanding beauty and enduring quality of this Mirage hardwood floor is a testament to The Floor Show’s commitment to bringing a new level of flooring to the Manitoba market. In surveys of retailers and industry professionals, Mirage has consistently rated first for quality over the past nine years. “The attention to quality that Mirage practices is second to none,” states the Floor Show’s Paul Rivington, who has personally toured the Mirage mill, which is located just outside Quebec City. “During the manufacturing process, all Mirage hardwood products experience over 312 quality control tests. It’s because of these quality controls that we can ensure such a high level of quality.” All Mirage flooring is produced using the finest quality hardwood from certified responsibly managed forests. The company uses only hypoallergenic finishes that are free of volatile organic compounds [VOCs] and formaldehyde, resulting in floors that are safer and healthier for today’s families. At the same time, NanolinxTM, a nano-

technology-based finish, makes Mirage floors five times more wear-resistant than the competition. Combining beauty and durability with exceptional versatility, Mirage also offers an extensive selection of colours, widths and wood species. “There are over 2000 possible combinations,” notes Rivington, adding that custom stains are also available on larger orders. The wood specialists at both Mirage and The Floor Show provide detailed information on each species and style of flooring so that customers can make the best choices for their home. Whatever flooring they ultimately choose, customers are assured the same uniformity, stability, durability, better air quality, added value and lifelong good looks. “What we are committed to at The Floor Show is only bringing premium products to the market,” Rivington points out. “Our focus is that everything in our showroom be of top quality, so we know that we can stand behind it. Mirage hardwood flooring represents this philosophy.” As Manitoba’s premiere flooring specialist, The Floor 125

Show researches and seeks out suppliers who share their commitment to outstanding style, quality and value. Twice a year, The Floor Show sends sales staff to the Mirage mill in St. Jean, Quebec to see the production process for themselves. “You can see them firsthand, inspecting each and every board several times through the manufacturing process,” notes Rivington, adding that the next trip is scheduled for the third week in September. “These mill tours really make you understand why Mirage is among the finest milled hardwood flooring in the world.” It is that kind of dedication to fully knowing the products they sell that makes The Floor Show stand out from the rest. This and The Floor Show’s selection of other premium flooring and finishes means that Manitobans with discriminating taste no longer have to visit Toronto or the U.S. for superior home décor. For homeowners, architects and designers alike, The Floor Show brings the ultimate showroom experience right to our own backyard. autumn 2011 | STYLE MANITOBA | 125






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design&decor Time for a Cool Change

Some designs and colour schemes are timeless. Take, for instance, the beautiful combination of cool and warm tones used in the seventies, manifested by classic mahogany cabinets and Carrera marble countertops. “That was the inspiration for this home,” says Carolyn Giese of OUR-DESIGN-STUDIO. COM. “It’s an enduring colour scheme that will still be fresh, even after many years.” With trends shifting towards a cooler colour palette, she adds, finishes and furnishings are moving beyond the limitations of the warmer hues, opening new possibilities for creating timeless looks. OUR-DESIGN-STUDIO.COM offers complete interior design and décor services, including designing custom window treatments, flooring, furniture, accessories, art and greenery. “We hand select every sample that goes into our design studio so that all of our products are only the best quality,” notes Giese. “For instance, our hardwood floor installer recently told us that he has never seen a better milled product.” The team at OUR-DESIGN-STUDIO.COM is comprised of a number of experienced designers and decorators, including Giese, who has been working closely with two of Winnipeg’s master homebuilders since 1997. “Visit our web site and book an appointment with us and see what is new and exciting,” she says. “We will be more than happy to help you with your project.”

Style and Stability

Innovative construction ensures that this rich floor will retain its beauty and integrity for a lifetime. Vintage Prefinished Hardwood offers a structured solid sawn option for superior strength and dimensional stability, along with the best warranty in the industry. “The floors are fully warrantied for humidity levels between 30 and 80 percent,” notes Robyn Goldstine, Sales Manager at Bill Knight Flooring. She adds that the flooring can be installed in any environment, including concrete and radiant heat applications. “They have a product for every type of installation,” confirms Goldstine. Meanwhile, the hand-scraped natural black walnut in this great room is only one of many species and colours available. Vintage Hardwood is continuously expanding its array of domestic and exotic woods. Hard Maple, Hickory, Ash, Brazilian Cherry, Tigerwood and Merbau are only a small sampling of the exciting selection. Like Winnipeg’s Bill Knight Flooring, Toronto-based Vintage Hardwood is renowned for their exceptional quality and service. Vintage will custom-stain any of their products to meet a customer’s specific needs. The company also offers a unique line of 15” by 15” solid sawn wood architectural tiles. “And once you have your hardwood flooring, we have the perfect area rug to go with it,” says Goldstine, noting that Bill Knight has the city’s largest selection of area rugs. 127

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design&decor Expanding Possibilities

Possibilities for creating a fresh new look have never been more exciting. In this vignette at Interior Illusions, shades of grey create a dramatic effect, punctuated by a subtle wash of colour in the original tableau by artist John Butler. Additional contrast is provided by white lacquer, both in the dual drawer coffee table with bent tempered glass, and in the freestanding fireplace. A clean burning ethanol unit, the fireplace provides an innovative way to inject a warm flame without having to worry about venting or clearance. The white centrepiece sits in a brushed stainless steel reservoir that ties in perfectly with the rest of the décor, including the Condo sectional in buttery grey leather. The combination of sharp contrast and soft tones is both striking and inviting. One would expect nothing less from Interior Illusions, which over the years, has expanded beyond custom window coverings to build a reputation for consistently bringing fresh ideas to home décor. As the company prepares to move into its new design centre, Manitobans can expect even more exciting possibilities. This design centre will provide services that will take a client from start to finish to achieve their desired look – with beautiful furniture, accessories, and a Window Covering Gallery that will be sure to excite our city.

World Class Original

With treads that just touch the central stringer, the wooden steps of this staircase seem to be virtually floating on air. “We designed the attachment hardware and constructed it in our factory to provide the unique solution that made a project like this possible,” says Aleem Khan, Executive Sales Director at SSG Notion. Instead of placing a bracket underneath each tread, SSG Notion created and concealed a specialized metal support inside the step to firmly attach the tread to the stringer, and used the glass structurally to support the end of each tread. “The stringer is an 8”x 8” square stainless steel tube,” notes Khan. “It becomes a showpiece on its own.” Substantial yet sophisticated, trendy yet timeless, this staircase design creates a stunning focal point for the home. Sourced locally, the high quality glass and durable stainless steel is a maintenance and worry-free combination that will never look old or used, retaining its integrity for a lifetime. The architect of this home wanted to create a staircase with a bold visual presence that would still allow the rest of the home design to shine through. Thanks to the glass panels and the open design, light filters through uninterrupted to preserve the bright open space. “We don’t shy away from challenges,” says Khan. “We work closely with clients to come up with an original concept that will fulfill their vision.” 129

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design&decor New Life

Whether it involves breathing new life into a worn chair or creating a brand new sectional, That Furniture Guy is where homeowners turn for furniture that fits their particular space and style. For damaged upholstered furniture, the shop’s repair specialists strip seating down to the frame, replace springs as necessary – with eight-way hand-tied coils where warranted – and add fresh down or foam padding. “You can have it plush, firm or whatever way you want,” notes Justin Dueck of That Furniture Guy. Customers can then choose to have their seating reupholstered in any fabric imaginable. Sourcing from 25 different suppliers, That Furniture Guy boasts Winnipeg’s largest fabric gallery, including designer fabrics, Turkish silks and linens, Belgian velvets, kid-proof and eco-friendly products and hand-woven cottons from India. “We also have a repair division that can restore wood furniture to its original condition,” says Dueck, adding that salvaging veneers and hand-carving to reproduce details are no problem. One popular option has been taking old world frames and introducing modern fabrics. That Furniture Guy can also design and create entirely new custom furniture. All sofa frames are handcrafted from solid hardwoods to last a lifetime and beyond. “We build it so it looks like it belongs in the space,’ says Dueck. “So you don’t have to settle for something on a showroom floor.”

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design&decor Painting Perfection

The contrast between the crisp white wall and black-stained wood plank ceiling emphasizes the volume of this stunning great room. The homeowners turned to Colour Design Decorating to ensure the painting was executed to perfection. They knew that on such a large expanse only the finest quality work would do. Colour Design Decorating painted the interior of the entire home, including the 22-foot wall in this great room. The company employs only fully trained professional painters, accredited through a community college apprenticeship program. At the helm, contractors with decades of experience in the industry coordinate all projects to ensure flawless and timely execution. After building a reputation for their commercial work, on such projects as a Superstore, a Home Depot and a MainStay Suite Hotel, Colour Design Decorating is becoming renowned for its residential work as well. A glimpse of this home makes it easy to see why. Along with interiors, the company is fully equipped to handle exterior finishing and specialty projects, for both new home construction and renovations. Colour Design Decorating has extensive experience working with designers and architects. At the same time, their close association with SJ Construction facilitates coordination with a number of complimentary services, from concrete to tiling, making it easier than ever for homeowners to fulfill all their finishing needs.

Transforming the Garage

Imagine having a garage where everything has its own dedicated space, out of sight behind closed doors. That is exactly what Bernie Clement wanted when he contacted For Space Sake’s Pauline Boisselle and her team. “We went to her and said, ‘here’s the space, here’s what we envision,’” recalls Clement. “She configured a design based on her experience and it fit us to a T.” Everything from central vac to Christmas decorations to golf clubs now has its own cabinet. “There are tons of options,” notes Boisselle. Components include specialized storage units for winter tires, dividers for hockey sticks, and pullout wire baskets for smaller items such as golf balls. For Space Sake can also create a garden centre or a workbench with easy, organized access to tools. Homeowners can even hide their blue bins inside a recycling centre, as seen here. Flat walls at the front of the garage are perfect for installing systems to hang ladders, shovels and larger tools. For Space Sake also offers hoists to store bikes on the ceiling and a pulley-controlled 3’X 4’ heavy lift, ideal for storing patio furniture. Meanwhile, cabinets available in grey, white and now wood tones protect equipment from dust while creating a sleek furniture look. Homeowners have even installed televisions, transforming the garage into what Clement calls “a really fantastic space.”


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design&decor Slounging Around

Why lounge when it’s possible to slounge instead? The unique Lexi line features a retractable back that can ratchet up or down to accommodate any position. While the back moves, the seat advances and retracts as well, allowing the sitter to slide forward. Moveable lumbar support completes this line’s versatility, for the ultimate in comfort. “It’s a new reclining system that doesn’t take up much space,” notes Richard Mandarano of Contessa Home Decor. A low profile and contoured arms maintain the clean lines, while semi-rounded stainless steel legs add a nice contemporary touch. “Tight stitching creates a truly tailored look,” Mandarano points out. The sleek elegant seating is available in several sizes and configurations, including a sectional and chaise lounge. Customers can choose from a wide variety of colours in fine Italian leather. “We like buying Canadian,” notes Mandarano, “but there are some products you can only find in Italy.” The Lexi line is on display in Grigio Gray at the Contessa Home Décor showroom, as well as on the company’s extensive website. Serving Manitoba for more than 40 years, Contessa has entered a new phase in its evolution with the opening of an exciting second store. Contessa Home Décor is located at 103-3000 McGillivray Blvd in the new Fort Whyte Business Park, 1 km west past Costco, across from Fort Whyte Alive.

Sensational Shutters

Crisp white shutters create the striking contrast that takes this home to the next level. “Shutters are becoming very popular,” notes James Friesen of Budget Blinds. “It’s the only window covering that will actually increase the value of your home.” Shutters exude a sense of substance and permanence while offering an abundance of options. The Shade-O-Matic PVC shutters in this home have 3 ½ inch slats but are also available in 2 ½ and 4 ½ inch widths. Budget Blinds also offers a selection of wood, composite and plantation shutters in different styles and colours, with tilt rod or motorized operation. “We completely customize for size, style and colour,” notes Friesen. “We are the only company in Winnipeg that will custom stain shutters and wood blinds to match any trim or furnishings in the house.” Budget Blind’s new showroom on Henderson Highway has more than 60 blinds, shutters and shades on display, along with hundreds of drapery fabrics. Comfortably furnished, the showroom is an ideal place to explore options. “Anything you can imagine, we can make or order,” notes Friesen. He recommends starting with a visit to the showroom, then booking a free in-home consultation, at which point setting and lighting can be taken into account when making final selections. Budget Blinds can also arrange additional consultation with interior designers.

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Shower Bliss By Christine Hanlon

North Americans are discovering what Europeans have long known: how to have the perfect shower experience. Available at a price-point within easy reach, Grohe’s Euphoria delivers all the benefits of a fully customized system, including separate temperature and volume controls. Unlike a pressure balance system that requires users to adjust the temperature by feel every time they shower, a thermostatic system allows users to lock in a precise temperature setting. “The system is constantly mixing hot and cold water to deliver a preset temperature,” explains Astrid Bergstrom, Showroom Manager at Robinson Bath Centre. “The water comes out at that temperature within 30 seconds and will consistently do so until someone changes the setting.” Easy installation of this one-piece external system makes it an ideal upgrade for bathroom renovations. “It looks very urban,” adds Bergstrom, noting the sleek styling. The system combines a 6-inch rain showerhead with a convenient hand shower. The rain showerhead can be swivelled for optimal positioning. Meanwhile, the handheld unit offers the option of a 2½-gallon spray or an ecospray that uses 40% less water. The high quality and durability of the Grohe line is emblematic of Robinson’s mission to bring the best of bathroom and kitchen fixtures to Winnipeg consumers. The 4500-square-foot showroom has a vast selection of products to meet all plumbing needs.


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Kitchen&Bath Magic in the Details

A mocha glaze magnificently brings out the details of this kitchen cabinetry, finished in an off-white stain. “It was not something we usually do, but it’s what the client wanted,” says Andy Schultz of Kitchen Craft. “And I knew it was something we could do.” Working closely with the homeowner, he turned the concept into a design, which was then manufactured into reality. The result was a combination so spectacular that Kitchen Craft now offers this option – known as Alabaster Mocha Glaze – as a standard part of its repertoire. Here, the glazing defines not only the raised panel door but also decorative details such as corbels, fluted columns and rosettes, as well as an appliqué that sets off the fridge just perfectly. Staggering the heights and depths of the cabinets created further interest and dimension in this very large kitchen space. A furniture base moulding at the bottom of each column injects yet another finishing touch, echoed by details in the crown moulding. Because the homeowners wanted additional time to decide on the design, the island was added a year later. “We built it to meet the specifications of the granite slab the homeowners had pre-selected,” notes Schultz. The island includes a wine bar, microwave and the opening for a bar fridge. Kitchen Craft also created cabinetry for the home’s three bathrooms, laundry room and entranceway.

Custom Quality

Created to fill the exact space, this kitchen cabinetry features a unique design that capitalizes on the airy, open space. A border of elegant backlit display cabinets spans the entire kitchen, continuing uninterrupted over the window frame. “The kitchen looks bright and fresh,” says Mark Hamm of Rosehill Woodcrafters, pointing out the shaker style maple doors. The solid lacquer finish provides superior stain resistance and durability. The lacquer can also be tinted to any colour and is one of the many finishes available. Customers can choose from clear or natural to espresso or black, and everything in between. “There is no limit to what door styles we can provide,” adds Hamm. Based in MacGregor, Manitoba – where the company has its own factory – Rosehill Woodcrafters recently opened a showroom on Century Street in Winnipeg. During its 18 years in business, Rosehill has built a solid reputation for taking on projects both large and small, with a focus on custom manufacturing, quality construction and personalized service. “We use state-of-the art cabinet drafting software to ensure cabinets and accessories fit a kitchen perfectly, incorporating all the customer’s ideas and choices, without the need for any fillers,” notes Hamm. Servicing the entire province, Rosehill Woodcrafters offers both fully custom and semi-custom lines in a full range of price points to fit all budgets. 135

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Kitchen&Bath Marvellous Modern

The sleek unfettered lines of this kitchen design are further accentuated by the high gloss enamel finish of the cabinetry. Designed and executed by VIP Millwork Ltd., this 21st century kitchen is only one example of the fresh new look the company is bringing to Winnipeg, after 17 years in Europe. Homeowners can also choose from a wide selection of thermo-foil, wood veneers, metallic and high gloss finishes in many different colours. Here, the black and white colour scheme creates a crisp contrast in keeping with the modern look. A bank of drawers seamlessly surrounds the islands. Using an easy touch system to open and close the doors eliminates the need for hardware, thus preserving the clean lines. LED lighting turns on automatically with opening. A step above built-in, the dishwasher and fridge are all behind closed doors. VIP Millwork installed the cabinets on a stainless steel frame, topped with a black stone countertop. Granite, marble, quartz and travertine are just some of the available choices. Possibilities are limitless. Using ComputerAided Design, VIP Millwork Ltd. can transform visions of the perfect kitchen into a fabulous reality. This exciting modern example will be on display in their Fife Street 700-square-foot showroom, adjacent to their new 3,000-square-foot factory. VIP Millwork Ltd. creates cabinetry for all applications, including kitchens, bathrooms, entertainment units, and residential and commercial offices.

Cosmopolitan Kitchen Design

The contrast of the white island against the backdrop of darker cabinetry imbues this contemporary kitchen with a cosmopolitan elegance. “In the contemporary kitchen, it’s all about the bold simple lines and the quality of materials,” explains Gino Vadacchino, Sales Manager at Norcraft Canada. Unlike a traditional design, it is the interplay of shape, form and materials that creates drama. “There are fewer details but each detail has to stand out a lot more,” says Vadacchino, adding that a simple touch like stainless steel handles adds sparkle and shine. “Less is more, but you need to ensure you have some unique focal points.” For instance, in this kitchen, a quartz countertop flows down the sides of the island in a striking waterfall effect. This unique application reappears in the built-in desk area, crowned by distinctive open shelving. The modern design uses thicker “floating” shelves to divide the showcase into four equal portions while letting the underlying wall show through. Vadacchino points out that today’s homeowners are demanding that their kitchen be exceptional on the interior as well. Deep pot and pan drawers, built-in spice racks and convenient pullout storage units are all popular options. At the same time, Norcraft is increasingly installing high-end hardware, such as chrome- finished lazy susans for kitchens that are aesthetically pleasing both inside and out. 136 | STYLE MANITOBA | autumn 2011


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