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Polished Elegance

Spring 2010 $4.75

Fine finishing details & a stellar design are featured in a perfectly proportioned home Homes & Neighbourhoods Fabulous new designs abound at the Spring 2010 Parade of Homes Legendary North Dakota Our friendly southern neighbours have more to offer travellers than just great deals

Volume 14, Number 3 Spring 2010

In this issue


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8 Polished Elegance Fine finishing details & a stellar design are featured in a perfectly proportioned home 44 Legendary North Dakota Our friendly southern neighbours have more to offer travellers than just great deals 60 It’s Better in the Backyard Taking the plunge into pool ownership 68 All About the Details An appealing landscape design that literally leaves no stone unturned


17 Paradigm Shift 19 Stepping Out With Style 34 On the Bookshelf 35 Styling the Stereo 40 Charity in the works


33 Talking the Walk: One on one with Fresh IE

CUISINE DU JOUR 23 Delectable Dining 26 Noshing Out 28 Recipes


30 The key to a longer, healthier life 31 An interview with Dr Dawda 32 Yoga for everyone 36 Spring’s new looks


38 Cool new things for the season ahead



111 Creative decorating ideas from the professionals 123 Are you floored yet?


130 Show-stopping ensuites & delightful designer kitchens

2 Style Was There 5 The Agenda 7 Your Thoughts


47 Housing Options for Seniors 73 Fabulous choices at the Spring 2010 Parade of Homes

RENOVATIONS 107 A Clear Decision 120 Rebuild, Renew


59 A New Stone Age 67 Gotta have the Best 119 One hot product, three great displays


City TV’s Jon Ljungberg emceed & auctioned items at the Alzheimer Gala – A Night to Remember in Jamaica held at The Fairmont.

The planning committee poses for Style’s shutterbug at the Jamaican themed gala.

The Fairmont’s Jacques Lavergne & Indu Brar at the Alzheimer soiree.

At the Beyond the Beat premiere with James Rewucki; documentary director / producer Leona Krahn; rapper Fresh IE; Sheila North-Wilson & Michael Sanders.

Rapper Fresh IE signs autographs for fans at his documentary premiere.

Variety’s Camp Brereton comes to town for a fundraising evening at The Assiniboine Hotel. Pictured here: Doug Walker, Kyle Banting, Wayne Rogers, Don Banting & Susan Stobbart

A pre-concert performance by the Nunavut Sivuniksavut group was appreciated by all at the WSO’s New Music Festival.

Steven Stucky (2005 Pulitzer Prize winner); Alexander Mickelthwate (WSO Music Director); Derek Sharke (composer) & Vincent Ho (WSO Composer in Residence).

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Representatives in costume from winter festivals across North America helped kick off Festival du Voyageur at the Governor’s Ball.

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Benefiting multiple Manitoba charities, Mardi Gras 2010 held at the Wpg Convention Centre was a visually stunning event.

Wendy Cameron, Doug Achorn & Dameon Styles

Owner Arnold Carreira hosts the annual Polar Bear lunch at Orlando’s Seafood Grill.

A moment backstage with Blue Rodeo’s Jim Cuddy, Style’s Lisa Lester & Doug MacKenzie.

Pictured here (l to r): Terry Beck & Selina Malko with Cara & Vince Potenza

Aurora Celeste Lamour, Joelle Foster & Foxy Boots

In typical Winter Wassail style, guests and organizers attended in medieval attire.

Cici Gorlich, Lois Weidman & Doug Warkentin were in attendance at the fundraiser.

Renee McQuarrie, Jacquie van Leeuwen, Jim Cuddy & Cam Butler at the after show reception for Blue Rodeo.

Dining alfresco at the Polar Bear lunch was a chilly affair for Gordon Sinclair, Joanne Watts & Style’s Lisa Lester!

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the agenda Our winter was actually bearable this year – much warmer than usual and a pleasant prelude to spring. Just as the new season lurks around the corner, many people will begin planning their moves to a new neighbourhood or contemplating home decorating, design and renovation projects. In fact, the mere thought of the warm weather ahead is enough to jumpstart your creativity, particularly when it comes to outdoor projects and landscaping plans. Those looking for a new home generally start their search this season, making the MHBA’s Spring 2010 Parade of Homes a timely event for Manitobans. Consistently evolving, this year’s event sees an even higher level of innovative design ideas and outstanding showhomes, demonstrating once again the remarkable level of talent in our homebuilding industry.

Add the annual Homes Expressions Show to your date book this month as well. Perfectly timed with the end of cocooning season, it is an excellent venue for researching creative landscaping, remodelling and decorating products and ideas. Whether scoping out the best kitchen, bathroom and renovation companies, or looking for clever products and innovations, it’s a wonderful source of inspiration. There’s something there for everyone. Style Manitoba’s spring edition also offers something for everyone. Our fabulous home story this issue, Polished Elegance, features a stellar design and superb finishing details, proving yet again the topnotch skill of our custom builders. Also well worth reading is It’s Better in the Backyard, Christine Hanlon’s coverage on how a pool can become the heart of the home. Speaking of the yard, our spring

issue would not be complete without a beautiful outdoor space to share with readers. Thankfully, Leigh Patterson leaves no stone unturned when it comes to her coverage of the appealing landscape design in All About the Details. Seniors seeking a new residence will appreciate Style’s excellent overview of Manitoba’s finest living centres and what they have to offer. On another note, A Clear Decision offers consumers a current view on the world of windows and what’s available locally, while Are You Floored Yet? gives the lowdown on the latest products. Yes – our first issue of 2010 is loaded from cover to cover with editorials of all kinds, including travel, dining out and so much more. Happy reading!

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Thoughts Excellent coverage on the WSO’s Alexander Mickelthwate in the Winter 2009 issue! I read the story while waiting at the doctor’s office recently, and was impressed with Style Manitoba in general. More than that, I am delighted that arts groups get the positive press they so richly deserve in such a well laid out magazine! - Cecilia Ramoris, Winnipeg Various of my business associates and I were very impressed with the well-presented article on Manitoba Hydro’s new downtown building in Style’s latest edition. It truly is a remarkable structure with many incredible features – a construction accomplishment that Manitobans should be extremely proud of. The environmentally conscious aspects of the building alone show what a marvellous construction feat Hydro’s new space really is. Kudos to the innovators responsible for putting Manitoba on the world stage! - Jeremy Owens, Winnipeg In today’s high waste society, it’s always refreshing to learn of new products recycled from old – like the new flooring featured in Real Hardwood for Real Life in your last issue of Style. Reclaiming old oak wine barrels to create unique flooring options for consumers is a wonderful idea that not only looks great, but also proves that big manufacturers might have an environmental conscience after all.



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Picking up the warm grey tones from the hand-scraped maple hardwood by Bill Knight Flooring, the drapery panel realized by Changes by Design combines contemporary pleats with a button detail.

Fine finishing details and a stellar design set this Parkhill showhome apart in Waverley West’s South Pointe. Like a work of haute couture, the design is perfectly proportioned. Just as the seams and detailing of a Christian Dior or Versace are flawlessly finished, so is every corner of this home. This is apparent even before entering the fabulous foyer. Stamped concrete, virtually indistinguishable from paving stones, leads up to the front covered landing framed with ledgestone pillars and glass railings. The front door itself is attractively surrounded by a bank of rectangular windows in various sizes. As with a tastefully sophisticated garment, a first glance is not enough to capture everything that works together to give this home its subtle polished elegance. The artistry is in such details as the beautiful tile border around the porcelain tiles in the front foyer. But it is also in the symmetry of the windows across the front landing, the balance between the spaces allotted for the great room, dining room and kitchen. Parkhill Homes knows how to use symmetry and subtlety to allow the bolder elements to shine. In the kitchen, for instance, the hood fan is hidden behind a valance so as not to compete with the superb stainless steel subway tile of the backsplash. For the cabinets, Kitchen Craft used a Berkeley door style with a hand rubbed weather slate stain. The island is in a contrasting Portobello stain that coordinates with the stainless steel of the Coast appliances.

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To match the island with the ceiling bulkhead, Kitchen Craft wrapped a 12-inch tube in a veneer skin. The colour scheme is only one aspect of the superb interior design by Fenwick & Co, with Lynne Fenwick selecting and designing all the finishing details to work with the builder’s vision. “The muted blue walls in the kitchen are a great match with the finish on the cabinets,” notes Lori Thorsteinson, coowner of Parkhill Homes with her husband Derek. Staking its own space but still part of an open concept, the kitchen is just the right distance from the dining room for easy serving. Defined by a bulkhead with potlights, the dining room is nonetheless open to the rest of the space making it possible to accommodate any size of table and a large number of guests. Meanwhile, the wet bar is strategically positioned to serve both the dining room and the great room. The raised counter in the kitchen also makes an ideal stand-up bar, extending the entertaining area from the great room and allowing guests

to socialize with hosts even as they are involved in food preparation. In fact, the layout of this entire area is roomy enough for entertaining, yet still a comfortable size for just two or three people. It takes both vision and experience to accomplish this feat. A Master Builder with 24 years of experience, Derek Thorsteinson has a firm grip on these two qualities. The ensuite is another fine example, with its mosaic backsplash and cabinetry display tower dividing the two rectangular sinks. Crown moulding gives the framed mirrors a truly finished look. The bathroom is across from the walk-in closet down a short hallway to the master suite. Both private and spacious, the bedroom includes a lounging area and a gas fireplace from Hearth and Patio. Two-tone drapery panels executed by Changes by Design draw from the warm palette of the

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colour scheme. To the right of the fireplace, a door opens to the covered deck, also accessible from the kitchen and by an outdoor staircase from the yard below. In fact, the deck doubles as a roof for the patio that comes off the walkout lower level. Thanks to large windows from JeldWen, the lower level is just as bright as the main floor. Another element unifying the two spaces is the use of the same family of lighting fixtures throughout the entire home, including the lower level. Robinson Lighting supplied everything, from the wall sconces to the chandeliers to the pendant lights over the pool table in the lower level. Pot lights in various sizes complete the layers of lighting. Along with the surround sound throughout the home, having layers of lighting on separate switches will allow the future homeowners to create any ambience they desire. This combination is also ideal for the entertainment area, with its

built-in wall unit that provides ample room for audio-visual equipment.

A handsomely crafted pool table from Krevco Lifestyles is at home in this elegant setting.

Nearby, a bar rounds out the full range of amenities with a full-sized fridge, granite countertop, open display shelving and weather slate stained cabinetry to match with the rest of the home. A plush cream square-patterned Saxony from Bill Knight Flooring throughout the lower level keeps the entire area bright and warm. It is obvious that nothing has been forgotten or left unfinished. Parkhill Homes has paid meticulous attention to every corner of this elegant bungalow. For example, the cabinetry-clad post framing the bar is actually the top of a supporting telepost for the house. Yet, it simply seems a natural part of the design.

In the master bedroom, a bay window with units from Jeld-Wen, looks out onto the lake.

This only proves once again that it takes more than a glance to see what makes this home work so well. Visitors will want to take their time as they go through this Parkhill display home at 83 Autumnview in Waverley West’s South Pointe. It will be time well spent.

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About the Builder Over the years, Parkhill Homes has built a solid reputation for uncompromising dedication to quality and excellence. Extensive experience and personal attention to detail have elevated Parkhill to an enviable position as one of the finest custom homebuilders in the province. Building homes for 24 years, owners Derek and Lori Thorsteinson have always taken a hands-on approach, working closely with customers to build their dream homes. As President and General Manager, Derek ensures the end result is exactly what clients envisioned by involving them from the planning and creation of the initial floor plan right through to the smallest finishing details. Everything is executed using a combination of old world craftsmanship and leading edge technology. When it comes to fine finishing, no detail is too small to merit attention. This approach is what has earned Thorsteinson a Master Builder designation and saw him assume the helm of the Homebuilders Association in 1993 and 2003. It’s a confidence in his abilities that every client can share as they rely on Parkhill to make their house a home.

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Paradigm Shift For most of us, the path of least resistance is one that is travelled most frequently. Trevor Nott wants to show that when it comes to the car buying experience, the frequently travelled path is likely not the best road to quality, selection and value.

“We try to do things a little differently here at Nott Autocorp,” says company president and GM Trevor Nott. “We realize buying a car is really making a financial investment, and we understand that a car is typically a depreciating asset.” He explains that at Nott they consider the Long-term Total Cost of Driving (LTCD). “Our goal is to get our clients a car that both meets their needs and doesn’t empty their pocketbook when it’s time to remarket. We are all about obtaining the best ride for the best value. At Nott, we offer a new way to buy a car that lets people drive the car they want for as little money as possible,” says Nott.

“Would we advise selling you a brand new $55,000 Honda Pilot or Odyssey? At Nott Auto Corp we would rather locate a really nice nearly new Pilot or Odyssey that could be close to half the original sticker price. Let someone else pay that huge chunk of depreciation. This is called buying SMART. At Nott the advantage is that we try to sell SMART as well.”

How does this work? Step one - Clients are advised regarding vehicles that may be a better investment in terms of their current value and their resale value later. Nott explains that they generally purchase vehicles directly off lease from the manufacturer at a

true wholesale price. Further, the vehicle is fully inspected at auction before any money changes hands and is then inspected again (160 points) once Nott has it home in their service department to make it Nott Family Certified. “This is a level of comfort that gives us confidence in what we are selling,” he adds. Step Two - Nott then works with the client to establish the length of time they want to hold the vehicle. He suggests that this timeframe is typically 12 to 24 months. At that time they advertise the vehicle and sell it at a retail price to the public. “While we are listing your vehicle for sale, we are also actively sourcing a replacement ‘SMART’ vehicle at a wholesale cost. Our clients get retail for their trade through a consignment sale, and because the car was bought SMART initially, our clients are not getting stuck with paying for the depreciation. The result is a dramatically reduced price to drive a new and exciting car.”

Smart Economy According to Nott, the advantages represent a win/win scenario for all parties. Consider, he says, that as a dealership they know the vehicle is sold when we approach the auction house to buy it. “Here our costs such as interest and carrying charges are reduced. We also don’t need to advertise the car. As well, the vehicle doesn’t require continual clean-up after test drives because it is already sold,” he says, stating simply that the custom ordered car has less overhead attached to it, allowing them to sell it for less. “Also, because the first car a client bought from us was picked up at wholesale with resale value in mind and the trade cycle is so short, its depreciation is far less.” Really, the Nott experience is similar in some respects to a lease, except that there is greater control over the buy-out or re-trade value. “There are also no mileage restrictions, you won’t be locked into a contract for four to five years and stuck with a bunch of lease-end charges.” The best part, he says, is that there are no terms. “You can choose to sell or not to sell

anytime. And what really makes this work is having a boutique-style dealership that you can trust and guide you through the process.” Nott Autocorp is in its fourth year of business at the Lagimodiere Automall. They have grown and adapted through their fledgling years and have now expanded to offer a complete full service auto centre that includes Autocare and an Autosports division.

“We are working hard to change the way people look at buying cars altogether. We are doing this by offering real personal auto investment advice that ultimately enables our clients to drive more car for less money.” Is this style of dealership a paradigm shift? For a steadily growing slate of clients the answer is yes. For the staff at Nott Autocorp it is all in a day’s work. For more information, visit

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Stepping Out with Style MUSIC The Winnipeg Folk Festival – Check out Canadian cultural icon Hawksley Workman on his biggest national tour to date. With 12 albums to his name and a live show that is second to none, Juno Award-winning Workman will delight his fans with fresh material from two new albums (Mar 20). Concert takes place at the Burton Cummings Theatre. Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra – The Masterworks A Series continues with Canadian conductor Julian Kuerti’s WSO debut with a program of American and French music from the early 20th century. Daria Rabotkina shares the bill, performing Ravel’s celebrated piano concerto (Mar 19 & 20). In Pines, Fountains & Festivals be prepared for a riveting experience from the dynamic percussionist Haruka Fujii performing one of Tan Dun’s creative and visual works (May 14 & 15). The Masterworks B series concludes with Missa Solemnis,

Beethoven’s greatest choral work (Apr 3). Go on a Classical Mystery Tour with music by the Beatles, concluding this year’s WSO Pops Series (May 7 & 8). Finally, Sundays with The Family provides a fun-filled interactive concert, featuring Canada’s Juno Award-winning children’s entertainers Judy & David Gershon (Apr 25). Concerts take place at the Centennial Concert Hall. Jazz Winnipeg – The Nu Sounds series continues with pianist Will Bonness and his newly formed trio with Julian Bradford and Curtis Nowosad. The trio loves to blend new and old sounds - from bebop to hip hop to avant-garde (Mar 14). Fresh from her extended trip to Cuba, Amber Epp will make her Nu Sounds Series debut, combining original compositions and instrumental standards adapted for voice with original lyrics and vocalese (Apr 18). Check out a first-time collaboration between Winnipeg’s women jazz composers Janice Finlay, Michelle Grégoire, Lianne Fournier and Danielle Baert. This unique concert presentation entitled Collaborate... Create... Compose! will feature new music from each composer, including at least one piece inspired by and incorporating a communal collection of musical elements contributed by the individual performers at the start of the project (May 16). All performances take place at the Park Theatre.

Virtuosi Concerts – Violinist extraordinaire Jonathan Crow concludes the Virtuosi season with a program that includes Bach and Prokofieff (Mar 20). Concert takes place at Eckhardt Gramate at the University of Winnipeg. Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra – Experience West Side Story like you’ve never heard it before as the WJO continues a tradition of introducing unusual repertoire into the jazz realm. While the story unfolds through colourful narration, guest narrator Ron Robinson and the orchestra transform Leonard Bernstein’s masterpiece into Big Band magic (Mar 21). Next, the WJO goes global for its season finale! Belgian trumpeter Bert Joris has toured and recorded with Joe Lovano, been a featured guest of the Village Vanguard Orchestra, and performed with a long list of Europe’s top-tier jazz musicians. Hear one of Europe’s bright jazz stars in a thrilling season finale that shines the spotlight on the orchestra’s brass section (May 9). All performances take place at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. Women’s Musical Club of Winnipeg – Don’t miss this delightful concert that showcases the incredible talents of flutist Lydia Yu-Lun Yang and pianist Peter Vinograde (Apr 25). Concert takes place at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. spring 2010 | STYLE MANITOBA | 19

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Camerata Nova – Don’t miss Medieval Inuit, an exciting collaboration between Camerata Nova and the Inuit songwriter and folk/throat singer Madeleine Allakariallak. The concert offers a fascinating range of elements, including traditional Inuit songs and throat singing by Madeleine and her partner Celina Kalluk (Mar 13 & 14). Concerts take place at Église Précieux-Sang, 200 Kenny Street. Venice, Vespers and Viols present Italian Renaissance and Baroque music written for solo and choral voices, strings and continuo. Performers include the internationally known Spanish baroque soprano Maria Luz Alvarez, top American lutenist and theorbo player, Phillip Rutavina, and a music string quartet composed of players from the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra led by Claudine StArnauld (June 2 & 3). Concerts take place at St. Mary’s Cathedral, 353 St. Mary Ave. Manitoba Chamber Orchestra – The MCO’s annual Chamber Night includes selections from Bach, Vivaldi and Dvorák (Apr 7). Don’t miss the Danish recorder vistuoso Michala Petri. For this concert, she reprises a work created especially for her by Canadian composer Gary Kulesha, along with a beautiful work by Chen Yi called ‘Ancient Chinese Beauty’ (May 4). Next up is local violinist James Ehnes who will be conducting and performing The Four Seasons. Be sure not to miss these massive works played by a Manitoban superstar (May 25).

THEATRE Moving Target Theatre Co. – Local playwright Daniel Thau-Eleff presents Remember The Night, a story with equal parts murder-mystery, dark comedy and a bittersweet love song to Winnipeg. Directed by Arne MacPherson and starring an all Winnipeg cast, Remember The Night is presented in an innovative venue located on the 4th floor of 290 McDermot Ave (until Mar 14). Adhere & Deny Theatre – Check out Still Walking, the latest offering from avant-garde object/puppet theatre director Grant Guy. Still Walking, featuring Chris Sabel and Mia van Leeuwen, is a microscopic portrait of a relationship where even entropy has become inertia (Mar 17-20, 24-27). Performances take place at 320 (3rd Floor) Albert Street. Manitoba Theatre Centre – The theatre season continues with the “painfully funny” and “passionately serious” Educating Rita, by Willy Russell. Frank is a poet and a professor of English literature whose disillusioned outlook on life drives him to the bottle. Rita is a hairdresser from the wrong side of the tracks, hungry to find some meaning to life. The resulting clash of expectations, assumptions and social class leads to a funny, honest and heartfelt examination of the ups and downs of formal education – and of life. (Mar 18 – Apr 10). The theatre season comes to a close with Robert Harling’s Steel Magnolias. Set in Truvy’s beauty salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana, where all the ladies who are “anybody” come to have

illustrated by Clement Hurd. Both tales feature endearing rabbit characters, and the soothing rhythms of bunny banter and dreamlike imagery. Whimsical puppetry and original music will bring a new sense of appreciation to stories that have delighted several generations (Apr 7 – 25).

Les Parfaits Inconnus (The Perfect Unknowns) their hair done, Steel Magnolias is a beautiful, bittersweet comedy about the relationship between six indomitable southern women (Apr 22 – May 15). MTC Warehouse – Check out the Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival hit, Girls Only. Written by Winnipeg born actor Barbara Gehring (formerly Melnyk) and Linda Klein, the play celebrates the honour, truth, humour and silliness of being female. With a two-woman cast and audiences full of raucous laughing ladies, the show is a unique examination of all things girly (Mar 20 – Apr 3). Prairie Theatre Exchange – Witness Peter Quilter’s box office blockbuster- Glorious. Based on a true story, this hilarious and heartwarming comedy invites us into the world of Florence Foster Jenkins (1868-1944), widely acknowledged as the worst singer in the world, yet who became the must-see artist in New York in the early 1940s. Spinning from charity recitals before groups of devoted friends to extravagant balls, Florence’s enthusiasm and joy more than made up for her imperfect pitch and she culminated her unconventional career as the “First Lady of the Sliding Scale” in a triumphant sell-out concert at Carnegie Hall, New York (Apr 8-25). Theatre Projects – Be sure not to miss local playwright Carolyn Gray’s premiere of North Main Gothic, a darksome fairytale of class warfare and government machinations played out below the hotel bars and pawnshops of Winnipeg’s Main Street strip. In a VLT filled labyrinth of uncertain origin, Winnipeg’s problem gamblers seek freedom from those who control them; but one man - middle manager Ian Trelkovsky - enters seeking justice and his missing Blackberry (Apr 8 – 18). Performances take place at the Canwest Centre for Theatre and Film at the University of Winnipeg. Manitoba Theatre For Young People – Find out how much fun five guys in suits can be in Les Parfaits Inconnus (The Perfect Unknowns).  Mixing many years of circus training with rock & roll and fancy acrobatics, out pops an amazing hour of unbridled fun. The whole family will love the teeter-totter, just one example of their genius-level zaniness (Mar 25 – Apr 3). The Mermaid Theatre production of Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny beautifully evokes the vivid setting and the gentle characters of these two classic children’s books, written by Margaret Wise Brown and

Winnipeg Jewish Theatre – Check out Some Things You Keep, a new play by local writer/actor Alix Sobler. New York meets the Prairies in this comedy that examines the struggles of finding out the meaning of family and the evolution of our relationships after a loved one has gone. Some Things You Keep was commissioned by WJT in 2007 and developed with the assistance of the Babs Asper New Play Development Fund (Apr 29 – May 9). Celebrations Dinner Theatre – Rock & Roll music supplies the soundtrack for Greased, a light-hearted romp back to the 1950s! You are invited to join Celebrations at the very first dance of the year, the Sadie Hawkins Dance at Rydell High! Remember girls - you have to ask the boys! (Mar 19 – May 22). Did you ever wonder what happens at a museum when the crowds have gone and lights go out? In Night at the Museum of Rock & Roll, all the legends are on display and something strange is happening when the sun goes down. All of the icons that defined popular music for the past 50 years are coming to life, ready to Rock and Roll one more time (May 28 – Jul 31).

DANCE Winnipeg Contemporary Dancers – Don’t miss Bingham & Boivin, two of Canada’s most accomplished men of movement. The show opens with Marc Boivin, associated with numerous choreographic voices for 25 years, taking to the stage with Impact. Then Peter Bingham takes the stage with Slip, a beautifully crafted quartet inspired by the music of Johann Sebastian Bach (Mar 18-20). Next up is the

Goodnight Moon & The Runaway Bunny

Les Parfaits Inconnus (The Perfect Unknowns) premiere of Brent Lott’s new full-length work - Between the Sycamore. Arising out of the interest in humanity’s attempt to make sense of our place and function in the universe, Between the Sycamore conjures a world that blurs the lines between sacred narrative and natural law.   Join the WCD for a bird’s-eye view into a community of individuals organized by imagery drawn from Egyptian mythology and the lifecycle of the Scarab Beetle (May 5-9). Performances take place at The Rachel Browne Theatre. Royal Winnipeg Ballet – Don’t miss A Cinderella Story, featuring Ron Paley’s liquid jazz arrangements of Richard Rodger’s music. This classic fairy tale with a 1950’s groove has been performed across Canada to fabulous reviews since its Winnipeg premiere in 2004 (Apr 28 – May 2).

GALLERIES & MUSEUMS Winnipeg Art Gallery – Witness one of Canada’s most respected photographers in Richard Harrington: Arctic Photographer (until Mar 14). Check out one of the most provocative contemporary practitioners of encaustic painting in Canada in Tony Scherman: A Major Acquisition (until Mar 14). Due to the generosity of local collector Mrs. Ruby Ashdown, the public will be able to peruse this major collection of 18th and 19th century British porcelain in Delicate Beauty: The Ruby Ashdown Porcelain Collection (until Apr 18). Don’t miss The Art of Warner Bros. Cartoons, an exhibition that explores the elaborate creative process that supported the making of the classic Warner cartoons (until May 2). Through the Eyes of a Child is an eagerly anticipated annual event that highlights the creations of the young people who attend fall and winter art classes at the WAG. The 800 or so young artists range from 5 to 17 years of age, and reflect a wide array of cultural and socio-economic backgrounds (Mar 27-May 2). aceart – Nathalie Daoust presents a series of hand-tinted, black and white images taken with a pinhole camera. Each photograph reveals a pervading sense of introspection, a desire to spring 2010 | STYLE MANITOBA | 21

escape reality by reinventing the truth (Mar 19-May 1). Next up is the exhibition Night Shift by Emily Rosamond. Rosamond will receive a one-ton truckload of used building supplies, domestic coverings, furniture and clutter, collected around town over the past few months by the local junk removal company Working the night shift, Rosamond will transpose the materials into new temporary situations, using them to construct new subjunctive furniture and temporary architectures. At the end of the show, these will be hauled away again; but before they go, audience members will be invited to take home a piece of the show! (June 1-30).


Manitoba Museum – The Beatles are coming to the museum! The Beatles! Backstage and Behind the Scenes provides a rare opportunity for music lovers to see 84 previously unpublished photos of the Fab Four’s first North American tour. This is the very first time these photographs will be accessible to Manitobans. Local bands will perform within the exhibit most Saturdays during its run, and the popular Beatles Wii RockBand™ game will be available for those who really want to get into the swing of things (until Apr 11). Costume Museum of Canada – Try on Wartime Weddings, a display of bridal wear from the years of the First and Second World Wars, when weddings offered happy reprieve from hard times (until Apr 4). The Urban Shaman Gallery gets involved with Native/ American Apparel, bringing together artwork by Contemporary Aboriginal artists, Lita Fontaine and KC Adams, alongside pieces drawn from the collection at the Museum (until Apr 4).


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Indigenous Festival – The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra’s Indigenous Festival seeks to create and share unique musical experiences by creating a meeting point for Indigenous and Western cultural traditions. Showcasing music from Manitoba’s Aboriginal peoples and the Chinese community, special guests include George Gao (playing the Chinese ehru) and Eagle & Hawk. The exciting world premiere of Andrew Balfour’s Manitou Sky, as well as a special collaboration by young dancers from the Manitoba Aboriginal School  of Dance & School of Contemporary Dancers makes this a festival not to miss! (Jun 21-25). Events take place at the Centennial Concert Hall, Burton Cummings Theatre and the West End Cultural Centre. The Jazz Winnipeg Festival – Check out the largest downtown music festival with innovative artistic programming and outstanding performances. This popular event draws more than 40,000 music fans to Winnipeg’s historic Exchange District. Featuring today’s best jazz, blues and urban music, the festival offers exceptional local, national and international acts (June 25 – July 4). Concerts take place at various locations.

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Delectable Dining

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Gem in the Park

Grant Park Shopping Centre 475-6735 6-200 Meadowood Drive 253-9557 3143 Portage Avenue 889-1786

Embraced by Assiniboine Park greenery in the famed Pavilion Building is Wow! Hospitality’s newest culinary hub: Terrace Fifty-Five Food and Wine. Approach by way of Portage, and you’ll enjoy strolling the river bridge, basking in open sky and admiring the Pavilion’s early English design. The horizon looks even brighter with Terrace Fifty-Five’s menu - showcasing local ingredients and Canadian fish and seafood. Seated beneath the dining room’s stunning glass ceiling, we toast two summery cocktails: Sea Breeze and Tootsie Rio. The pink and lightly pulped Sea Breeze stirs together quenching grapefruit and cranberry juices with smooth Banff Ice Vodka. And a Tootsie Rio is a clean sip of bubbly Sprite and cranberry juice spiked with thick crème de cacao and tequila. For appetizers, Lobster & Shrimp Corn Dogs astonish. These guilty pleasures see fried cornbread batter coat a puree of lobster and shrimp. Served up with truffle oil-infused ketchup along with Cajun and Ballpark mustards, these dogs put a posh accent on the poor man’s pogo. Another marvel is the Wild Mushroom Tart. This layered affair is part salad and part pie with crisp lettuce, fresh tomato and herby goat cheese dollops piled high on flaky puff pastry. Entrées see a marriage of regional ingredients and classic recipes. Leek and Goat Cheese Crepe is a satisfying vegetarian dish. Mingling with soft fingerling potatoes and lazy leaves of wilted spinach, fluffy crepe folds sandwich leeks smothered in goat cheese. A classic orange juice and vodka Screwdriver cocktail brings mellow tang. The Deja Vu pasta bowl prompts a double take with its seafood treasury – shrimp, salmon, scallops, and the plumpest mussels I have ever tasted. A favourite of our attentive servers, the Déjà vu’s ocean bounty exotically tumbles in bands of black squid ink linguine lathered in a rich chili lime butter sauce. Wafts of smoke tickle the palate thanks to draughts of 2006 Smoking Loon Merlot. This dark garnet-hued Californian varietal, heavy with herby aroma and notes of blackberry and light oak, pairs sumptuously with the pasta. To finish, frothy cappuccinos and ... deception! Chocolate Raspberry Deception, that is. This moist chocolate beet cake is dabbed with cream and surrounded by a saucy beet-infused pool of raspberry and vanilla. Garnished with a candied beet chip, this clever Deception lets you have your veggies and eat your cake too!

Terrace Fifty-Five Food and Wine Unit B - 55 Pavilion Crescent

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Authentic Tapas Experience The flag of Spanish cookery flies high in Osborne Village thanks to Segovia, the hottest stronghold for an authentic tapas experience. Cocktails are swift in Segovia’s bustling uptown digs. A Buenos Dias martini layers whipped Bailey’s Irish Cream upon a frisky shake of vodka, espresso and Kahlua. And Sangria will pour by the pitcher all summer long with its quenching blood-red blend of crème de cassis, cinnamon, strawberry and lemon. Crafted for sharing, Chef Adam Donnelly’s inventive small dishes capture the best of European taste and tradition. Nibbling on smooth Marcona almonds, we munch the likes of Salted Cods Croquetas and Patatas Bravas. Croquetas are golden fried and plunged into a Romesco sauce of roasted red pepper and almond. And Patatas are as dreamy as poutine, piling slices of fried potato drizzled with creamy aioli and spicy sauce.


From “Charcuterie & Cheese,” we carve into the Three Manchego Cheese. This rustic board is decked out with aged sheep’s milk cheese accented with raisins, crackers, and tangy dense quince preserve. Roasted Quail and Lamb Stuffed Piquillo Peppers showcase Segovia’s meatier side. Quail soaks in an orange gastrique swimming with ham bits, black beans and fleshy fig. So luscious is this fowl we abandon forks for hands-on degustation. Meanwhile, sweet roasted Piquillo peppers embrace juicy morsels of lamb and are immersed in chunky corn and bean succotash. Vegetarians will rejoice with the vibrant Beetroot salad – elegantly adorned with whipped goat cheese dollops and pine nut scatterings.


Our server bubbles over “Cava” – Spanish sparkling wine. A flute of Segura Viudas Brut Reserva offers sips alive with apple, spice and minerals. And a sultry glass of red 2006 Tempranillo vintage – Domino Dostares Estay Castilla Y Leon – splashes velvety on the tongue, smells of leather, and tastes of blackberry. For dessert, a tidy pink scoop of rhubarb ice cream crowns sugar encrusted Rice Pudding Brulée. And truffle-like Dark Chocolate Torte sees dense dry cake moistened with exotic Cardamom Ice Cream and bristled with crunchy Pine Nut Brittle shards.

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Capitalized with espressos – cortado with steamed milk and carajillo with hot water and brandy – we leave Segovia conquered by Spanish flair and flavour.

Segovia Tapas Bar and Restaurant 484 Stradbrook Avenue

Exceptional French Quarter Dining Want an out of the ordinary dining experience? If so – say yes to Beaujena’s French Table. After being seated and deciding upon either a five or seven-course French/Mediterranean themed dinner, you needn’t worry about anything except conversation. Beaujena’s teases the sommelier within us all by way of a flight of premium wines, but the cocktail list also intrigues. An aperitif! A fittingly French glass of Kir. Made with crème de cassis black currant liquor and topped with white wine, the ruby red Kir is a syrupy treat. And a martini concocted by Madame Beaujena herself is a purple shake of red wine, vodka, triple sec and tart pomegranate juice that drinks clean and juicy. Sipping thus, the restaurant’s drapery, soft lighting and fresh flowers ensconce us as we anticipate our surprise five courses. First up: bites of fruit-topped pâté en terrine. Presented on soft grainy crackers, these pâtés range from chicken with diced apple, to wild boar and elk with blueberry, to turkey with zesty orange. Nutrient-rich and chilled, the fowls sport mild flavour and velvety texture while the hunter meats are bold and exotic. Second is a delicate bowl of Roasted Butternut Squash Soup. Flecked with crunchy fresh green onion, this silky heart-warming soup is tangy and tinged with a touch of smoke. In preparation for the Third, wines are uncorked. The white - a California House Chenin Blanc - is a crisp semi-sweet vintage, blooming with floral flavours and a grassy bouquet of honey and melon. And herbaceous raspberry fills the mouth with French Georges Duboef Beaujelais Villages, a medium-bodied red. Poached Salmon Fillet pairs perfectly. Moist and fleshy, the fish is smothered with a striking citrus cream sauce and rests upon lightly dressed fresh herb pasta. The Fourth is the meal’s meat – medallions of firm Veal Scallopini in a sweet Marsala sauce reduction of drippings and red Italian wine. Accompanied by scalloped potato and ginger candied carrots, the apex sates with its comforting palate. And the Fifth’s the finale. Chef Randy Reynolds emerges offering classic chocolate cake. This flourless brownie-like delight is crowded with hazelnuts and drenched with thick cinnamon brandy sauce.

Beaujena’s French Table 302 Hamel Avenue

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Noshing Out

Top Spots for Swanky Spring Eats

Sydney’s at The Forks

Provence Bistro

Lobby on York

Fusion Grill

215-One Forks Market Road Spring to Sydney’s Forks Market location for Chef Michael Schafer’s renowned cuisine. A la carte in the day and table d’hote in the night, Chef Schafer’s “no limits” cookery draws on Asian, French, and Italian traditions to transform freshly sourced fixings into artful edibles. Fixed price monthly menus are always imaginative, and have included starters of Elk Carpaccio and appetizers like Szechuan painted Wild East Coast Bay Scallops. Entrées see apple crumble playfully plated with Pork Tenderloin accented with burly double smoked bacon. Celebrating its 5th year, Sydney’s is devoting April to donating $6.00 from every dinner sold to Winnipeg Harvest.

295 York Avenue Part groovy lounge, part fine dining, and part upscale sushi-bar, Lobby on York has all the right ingredients for dynamo spring and summer wining and dining. Immersed in the comfort of its contemporary stylings, the eclectic fusions of the menu will tantalize with starters like Tuna Tataki Tacos, herby spaetzles of Veal Chop lathered with porcini mushroom sauce, and catches of Cedar Plank Salmon accented with corn crème brûlé. Swing by weekdays between 4 and 7 and indulge in the Lobby Bar’s Happy Hour offerings of drinks and sushi. On weekends, enjoy live music in the lounge while mingling with friends.

Hermanos Restaurant & Wine Bar

179 Bannatyne Avenue “Stylish. Sexy. Delicious.” Three words for this hip Exchange District steakhouse. Hermanos tables quintessentially South American cocktails, tapas, mains, and desserts for an unforgettably themed dine-out. For tapas, stuffed fried Empanadas are deeply satisfying. For mains, The Argentinian Strip’s 12oz Angus Reserve New York strip loin is topped with a creamy coriander-infused crab and chevre topping. Drizzled with housemade Chimichuri, this thick and decadently accented cut is a marvel. Hungry for a new spin on lunch? Swing in all day for “fast action lunch.” And enjoy live Latin sounds from Winnipeg favourite Papa Mambo Trio on Fridays and Saturdays.

The Velvet Glove

2 Lombard Place This Four Diamond CAA-AAA studded restaurant has everyone talking with its distinctive seasonal selections that are healthful, ecologically friendly, and delicious. Early mornings find you at Chef Eric’s Eggs’ Benny Bar and lunch lets you plunge forks into tender Lobster Ravioli. For dinner, appetizers like Bison Carpaccio accented with black truffle aioli and mains like Elk Strip loin with roasted butternut squash port reduction will satisfy, especially when accompanied by wine from Winnipeg’s sexiest wine list! Three-course dinners are also available, and for an inclusive price, let you choose from many refined preparations.

Oui Bistro & Wine Bar

100-283 Bannatyne This Exchange District eatery revamps classic Parisian bistro fare. Begin your French-capade in the Old World-styled wine bar sipping effervescent French 75’s. Then immerse yourself in the soft lighting, art-adorned walls and plush leather banquettes of the quaint dining room. Hors d’oeuvres recall countryside and coast. The Country Pâté is a romantic picnic bite of pork and duck confit terrine garnished with arugula and cornichons. From the coast, Crevettes see wild trap-caught tiger prawns sautéed in brown butter sauce and served with fries. For Plats Principaux, an array of expertly prepared meats and fish await you! For dessert, the profiteroles are dreamy.

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620 Niakwa Road This top French restaurant plates a savoury seasonal menu that’s offered prix fixe Monday to Friday. Offerings include baby field greens dressed with honey lavender vinaigrette, pickled grapes, almond granola, and grapefruit followed by wine braised chicken with vegetables, bacon, and cabbage. To finish? Dark chocolate ganache tart gets crowned with Baileys banana ice cream. Wine dinners every second Thursday of the month guide patrons through food and wine pairings, and April pays homage to truffles! Lobster crab tortellini, squash soup, and chicken pot pie all get infused with this elusive tuber – specially flown in! House-grown wild mushrooms will also be plated.

550 Academy Road Chef Lorna Murdoch’s hip Regional Cuisine has impressed at home and beyond. Celebrating 14 years of inventive cookery, Fusion Grill sources from top local suppliers for some of the city’s most stylish flavours. Inspired by our cultural mosaic, plates range from Lake Kisseynew Pike fillets steamed in parchment with lemon Riesling butter, to abundant entrees like Paella packed with spicy house-made sausage, prawns, chicken, scallops, mussels, artichoke, red pepper, broad beans, arborio rice and saffron. Fine Canadian wine pairings suggested with each selection, Fusion Grill takes the care to table tastes that’ll make you fall in love with food all over again.

Wasabi Sabi

1360 Taylor Avenue The third Wasabi location vaults taste and style standards. Stacked with traditional and new wave sushi cuisine selections, the menu sees everything from tuna to tortillas to olive oil getting signature treatment. Sipping from an Earl Grey Fizz cocktail, prep chops sticks for stunners like the New Style Roll. Filled with creamy chopped scallops, wrapped with soy sheet, and topped with thin slices of seared seafood and bubbly roe, this maki is complete unto itself and needs no soya to enjoy. Sweets include Mexican sipping chocolate with ginger sesame Thai chilli truffle and vanilla dream cookies. Up for adventure? Dine like an Emperor at the Chef ’s Table.

529 Wellington

529 Wellington Crescent Ranking among our most prestigious steakhouses, 529 Wellington has set the benchmark for fine food and wine for years. Pampered by sumptuous furnishings and exceptional service in a restored historic mansion, you indulge in impossibly flavourful meat and seafood. Lunches include Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail and prime New York and beef tenderloin steaks. Dinner offers appetizers of Grilled Homemade Beef Sausage with coriander chutney as well as Tuna Tartare. For entrées, the best beef in Canada abounds, in addition to Rack of Lamb, flame-grilled fresh fish, and Atlantic Lobster. Complete the extravaganza with a vintage from Manitoba’s highest rated wine list.

Mise Restaurant

842 Corydon Avenue Diners ain’t sayin’ “Wowza!” about Mise for nuttin.’ Chef Terry Gereta whips up cuisine that thrills the senses, pulling all the stops with firsts like zesty Cumberland sauce lathered Roasted Quail stuffed with bison, sundried blueberries, and rosemary. Seconds feature regional ingredients with plates like Manitoba Pork Tenderloin Scallopini with maple bourbon sauce and roasted potatoes. And Sue Gereta’s Deep Dish Pecan Pie with Screech rum and vanilla ice cream is killer! This spring, look out for special wine tasting events, and to best experience Mise’s seasonal menu items, be sure to sit out on the patio.

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Spiced Apple Crêpes 6 medium apples, finely chopped ¼ cup (50 mL) lemon juice 4 eggs 1 cup (250 mL) brown sugar 1 tsp (5 mL) cinnamon 10 – 12 six-inch (15 cm) crêpes* Mix apples and lemon juice. Set aside. In a large glass bowl, beat eggs thoroughly. Stir in brown sugar and cinnamon, then apples. Microwave, uncovered, with full power for 7 to 8 minutes, stopping to stir four times. Apples should be soft and mixture somewhat thickened. Spoon the filling down centre of crêpes. Roll crêpes and place on serving plates. Garnish with sprinkling of cinnamon, if desired. Microwave with full power 30 to 40 seconds for each crêpe. Top warm crêpes with ice cream, whipped cream or chopped nuts, if desired. *To learn how to make crêpes, visit Makes 5 to 6 servings.

Egg n’ Bacon Dip 6-8 slices crisp bacon, crumbled 6 hard-cooked eggs 2 tsp (10 mL) Worcestershire sauce 1 tbsp (15 mL) soft butter 4 drops Tabasco sauce 1 tsp (5 mL) mustard 2 tbsp (30 mL) chopped green onion ½ cup (125 mL) mayonnaise 1 tsp (5 mL) lemon juice Cut each egg into four pieces and mix with bacon and other ingredients. Chill in the refrigerator for four hours. A few minutes before serving, remove from refrigerator and whip in blender or food processor until creamy smooth. Serve as dip with crackers, tortilla chips, or any fresh raw vegetables.

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Expectation is the leading cause of disappointment Tips from Dr. Darek Dawda of DAVDA Psychology* By Mathilda Waters

Having conflicting emotions is not only a normal but also valuable part of life, according to our expert psychologist, Dr. Dawda of DAVDA Psychology.*

MW: I am frustrated with one of my friends, who, as far as I can see, has everything one might need in life, yet constantly complains it’s not enough. Any advice for him? Dr. DD: It might be useful to tell your friend that expectation is the leading cause of disappointment. Ask your friend to make this sentence his mantra. It is the most obvious thing to say, but if we did not have expectations, we would not be dissatisfied. MW: Sounds good, but my friend would tell you his expectations are reasonable. Dr. DD: If in fact they are reasonable, maybe he is not doing enough to realize his expectations; hence the disappointment. Alternatively, maybe he does expect too much. MW: So essentially you are saying that expectations are in the eye of the beholder? Dr. DD: Absolutely. Expectations arise when we believe that our needs should be met. The greater we perceive our needs to be, the more inflated our expectations become. MW: OK. Why does he expect so much? Dr. DD: Expectations are created in many different ways. Your friend might simply be prone to seeing the cup half empty. Did he always get his way growing up? If we grow up having our every whim instantly gratified, life’s inevitable limitations will be very difficult to bear. On a broader scale, our entire consumerist culture artificially raises the bar on our expectations, creating a general sense of emptiness to be filled with ever-new products and lifestyles. Without expanding expectations, the bubble of our consumerist economy could not expand.

MW: So, is the solution to get rid of expectations? Dr. DD: Of course it is unreasonable to propose that we eliminate expectations altogether. If you wake up without expectations, it probably means you are dead, or more likely that you are very depressed. Expectations drive all our actions. MW: So how do you strike a balance? Dr. DD: There is always a discrepancy between what psychologists call the Actual Self and the Ideal Self. This discrepancy is a good thing that drives us to creativity, achievement and growth. The problem is when this discrepancy becomes too large. When it does, two things happen. Emotionally, you live in a constant state of tension between what you have and what you want. And behaviourally, you get paralyzed by this tension, and become less capable of doing what you need to do to. Perfectionists are notorious for procrastination and inability to complete tasks. MW: So the solution would be? Dr. DD: The solution is to curb your expectations down, and to stop demanding so much of yourself and others. Drag the perfectionist out of you into the open, and don’t let it control your thoughts and actions. Instead, practice gratitude, and be compassionate towards yourself and others. We are all imperfect creatures living in an imperfect world. At the same time, remember that life wants to expand in you. So keep your healthy expectations alive. Continue to participate in making your life more fulfilling, and making this world a better place.

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Ryann Doucette was hooked on Moksha Yoga after her first class, because she quickly began to enjoy its many benefits, including flexibility, muscle strength and endurance, better sleep and less stress. Doucette and her husband, Phil, are passionate about the positive impact it can have, and want to share that experience with Winnipeggers. As co-owners and directors of Moksha Yoga Winnipeg (MYW), they’re thrilled to see the popularity growing. “It’s really interesting to see the mix of people, like a young hockey player in a class with his Grandma – they’re both getting the same benefit, but working at their own ability and pace,” says Ryann. It’s not unusual, she adds, for people to come looking for help for one thing, and leave with improved skill or ability in another area. For example, hockey players may come to improve their balance and become more aware of their body movement and therefore prevent injuries. Runners may come to stretch their hamstrings and develop better breathing techniques. Those who suffer from back pain can also find relief. Moksha Yoga, which is a set series of 40 postures, was designed by two people in Toronto to alleviate back pain – one suffered from Scoliosis and the other from chronic lower back pain.

Something for Everyone

MYW has introduced online signin to reduce congestion. They’ve also purposely staggered class times so that if you can’t get in to one class, you can take a 10-minute drive to their other location. That leads to their commitment to make yoga accessible to all. The Doucettes built their two Moksha Yoga locations (7-2 Donald Street and 1090 Waverley Street) with three fundamental pillars in mind: Accessible to everyone: There are at least 100 classes available between both locations with prices to suit any budget. Beginners can choose an introductory one-week pass for $20 or one-month pass for $40. Passes and drop-in fees for regulars are also incredibly reasonable. Supporting the environment: The facility itself is about as green as it can get. The hot yoga studios are heated with radiant heat, the flooring is cork, the countertops are reclaimed concrete, and they only use non-toxic cleaning products. The café on Waverley uses compostable products, which allows it to boast about near zero waste.

“It’s about mindfully opening hips and spine properly without injuring yourself,” explains Ryan.

Commitment to the community: Moksha Karma is a 90-minute class that’s run on minimum $5 donations with all proceeds donated to local charities. In the last three years, they’ve donated $60,000 to charities. The majority of them are local, such as Siloam Mission or Challenge for Life, but some such as Free the Children, or Red Cross relief for Haiti are more global in their reach.

Regardless of the reason, it’s obvious Winnipeggers are addicted. Classes are so well attended that

“It’s the best thing ever,” sums up Ryann. “All I can say is you have to try it!”

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g n i k l Wa the Talk Fresh I.E., Winnipeg’s best-known rapper, uses his talent and influence to give youth a voice.

It’s the day after the 2010 Grammy’s and rapper Fresh I.E. is talking about his favourite moments. “Did you see the Michael Jackson tribute? That was the best.” It wasn’t long ago that the Winnipegger found himself in the audience at the music awards in the presence of MJ’s dad, Joe Jackson, who didn’t do much to dispel the rumours about his notorious mean streak, as Fresh recalls. But Fresh, whose real name is Rob Wilson, didn’t have time to focus on Jackson then. As the first Canadian Christian artist nominated for a Grammy (His Red Letterz CD was up for Best Rock Gospel Album in 2004), his stomach was turning and he was too nervous to enjoy the experience. (He was also nominated in 2006 for Truth Is Fallin’ In Tha Streetz.) “It took me back watching the Grammy’s,” says the 36-year-old. “I was pointing out where my wife and I were sitting. We were right up front. I told her that we will go next year, even if I’m not nominated.” He didn’t win the award either time, which led him to question why his Maker brought him there only to lose. But he says he now realizes it was the beginning of a long and humble search to discover his real calling. And it was also the spark that ignited the idea for a new documentary about his life, Beyond the Beat, which premiered at the IMAX Theatre in January 2009. Fans can check it out for free on MTS Winnipeg on Demand. Local documentarian Leona Krahn was fascinated with the rapper’s 180-degree

transformation, and how he traded in a life of drugs and prostitution for one filled with divine intervention and youth groups. It was two weeks before the 2006 Grammy’s and she knew she had to be there to start filming. She convinced Wilson to let her tag along, and so with no financial backers, she cashed in reward points to catch a flight to L.A. For the next year, Krahn and her small crew followed Winnipeg’s best-known rapper, and watched him use his talent and influence to give youth a voice. “I would like viewers to get a sense of hope, and that life can turn around no matter what obstacles you face,” she says. “There are scenes that will make you cry, laugh, and have you in disbelief that things like that happen,” adds Wilson, who has received death threats for venturing into well-known gang territory in an effort to reach out to misguided youth. But that hasn’t stopped him -- in March, he’ll make a trek to Nunavut to help settle a longstanding gang war. He hopes the fact that he’s walked the talk, so to speak, will give him street cred to reach young people who really aren’t much different than him - Grammy nomination or not. “These kids are looking for their own identity. They don’t have a voice – I want to give them a voice,” says Wilson, who’s now an ordained minister and runs the Joshua House drop-in centre and Education Direction Inspiration for Youth (EDIFY) mentorship program at the Waves of Glory Church on Furby Street. And that’s the biggest lesson viewers will learn from the documentary. More than anything, it shows Wilson’s unwavering commitment to his faith. He’s deeply religious, and as the new tattoo on his forearm confirms, is unashamed of his beliefs. There’s no doubt in his mind that divine intervention helped him turn his life around. Wilson was heavily involved in drugs and crime, did a 14-year stint in prison, and there are still some parts of his life he’d like to remain hidden. He was looking for a reason to change,

and found it on his way home from a liquor store on Main and Selkirk one night, when he saved a blind man from being hit by a car. When he later found the blind man sleeping on his front step, he says he thought he was going crazy. “Two weeks later, God spoke to me and said ‘that blind man was you – you’re walking through life blind.’” From that day on, his desire to swear, drink or do drugs was gone; it was replaced by a stronger wish to mentor young people and encourage them not to follow in his footsteps. After years of his own brand of preaching, it seems to slowly be working. One of the most powerful scenes in the documentary takes place in Wilson’s old neighbourhood, Gilbert Park. He returns with a couple of his protégés, the Lil Disciples, to give a concert. “You get the sense his performance was one of the more positive events to happen in this troubled community and for the youth that live there in quite a while,” says Krahn. “You can see the impact he has on these kids, and how he inspires them to think ahead and think big.” For Wilson himself, that could mean another trip to the Grammy’s next year as a nominee. He’s preparing the release of a new CD in March that’s rock with hip hop, jazz and even a bit of country. “It’s not about the awards,” he confesses. “I use my music to get through to young people who struggle with the same things I struggled with. They’re just looking for an identity. They don’t have a voice, but I’m giving them a voice.” spring 2010 | STYLE MANITOBA | 33

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While saxophonist Jan Garbarek’s work in the past two decades found him working on simpler, folkloric music (albeit one increasingly dependent on his sequenced keyboards and drum machines) that drifted all too close to New Age piety, it never left him completely becalmed; surging moments of tenor saxophone authority were a reminder that, circa 1970, the young Norwegian was a ferocious player with a sound to worry the stoutest concrete. He’s not that young lion now, but the live double, Dresden, honours the man in rude health in the vital company of redoubtable old mates Rainer Bruninghaus (keyboards) and Manu Katché (drums), along with resourceful fretless bassist Yuri Daniel. The music in these two concert suites is punchy, curvaceous and surprising, with roiling rhythms cutting back smartly for solo moments, including the leader’s soprano soliloquy in “Twelve Moons.” Eyes and ears open even wider in the last stretch, with “Maracuja” reveling in the electric piano grooves of early jazz-rock a la Passport before the band embraces Spanish passion in “Voy Cantando.” King Crimson In the Court of the Crimson King – 40th Anniversary Edition (Discipline Global Mobile) For some of us, the collectors’ jibe about fanatic completists buying their favourite old records again and again seems less a joke with every new special edition. Here, at least, is a revival that does its work with passion and dignity. King Crimson’s 1969 debut blew wide the early perceptions of what was becoming known as progressive rock. The title track and “Epitaph” were grand in their gloom, “21st Century Schizoid Man” was ferocious in its virtuosity, and “I Talk to the Wind” proved they could play pretty when they wanted. Guitarist Robert Fripp has returned to this set several times, in part to exhume details obscured in overdubbing. The 2009 remastering by Fripp and Steven Wilson hits harder, with Ian McDonald’s multiple instruments benefiting especially. The double version includes the 2004 edition along with marginalia and a few treats, including a hitherto lost BBC take of “Schizoid Man.” Even more elaborate packages are available. Jon Balke/Amina Alaoui Siwan (ECM/Universal) The deep and quietly ravishing music of Siwan began as a project to explore baroque improvisation in the context of its modern flowerings. The meeting of Norwegian keyboardist/composer Jon Balke and Moroccan singer Amina Alaoui led beyond that to the Gharnati music of Muslim Iberia, from an era (730 to 1492) when Arabic and European music and poetry mingled. The gauzy result, set on new music for period texts, crosses not only cultures but also time, with sinuous Arabic violin playing and Jon Hassell’s unmistakable electrified trumpet contributing as much as the baroque orchestra to a world revived. Alaoui’s singing is lovely and honest; the Spanish mystical poetry of “Toda ciencia trascendiendo” is a siren call across the centuries.

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New Playpark for Children at Forks National Historic Site By Aileen Goos Bérard

Six thousand years ago, children played on the banks at the forks of the Red and Assiniboine Rivers. Now - Variety, the Children’s Charity and Parks Canada - want history to repeat itself. Wayne Rogers, Executive Director of Variety, is partnering with Parks Canada to create the Variety Heritage Adventure Park at the Forks National Historic Site, which will be located on a beautiful greenspace just northeast of the Manitoba Children’s Museum. “It’s going to be spectacular,” he says. “It will be fun, educational and interactive - we want children to use their imaginations. And best all, the park will be accessible to children of all abilities.” The plan is to break ground this spring, with an anticipated completion date later this year. Covering half the size of a professional football field, the 50 x 55 metre space will be open year-round and include one-of-a-kind play structures primarily for children two to 12 year old.

The playpark site was secured after Rogers had a conversation with Ida Albo, who as a Centre Venture board member, was involved with the groups’ efforts to revitalize city parks. She asked Rogers if Variety would be interested in The Forks National Historic Site as a potential location for a playground. At that point, Variety was introduced to Parks Canada, and it didn’t take long for the wheels to start turning. The park will pay homage to Manitoba’s rich culture and history. Design plans call for play zones featuring a First Nations settlement that will include a 22-foot tall tipi and a fort with a trading post. There will also be a play zone recognizing the Metis community including a depiction of the river lot system and a Red River cart play structure. Other park structures will feature replicas of a paddlewheel boat, freighter canoes and a York boat, and facades depicting the French Quarter of St Boniface and the city’s rail history. “We want to make sure that we’re portraying everything correctly,” says Rogers, who notes that focus groups were held with a wide range of participants, including First Nations and Metis representatives, educators, children and new Canadians. There will also be a water spray park, picnic area and a small performance area with seating for approximately 40 to 50 people, where Parks Canada, Manitoba Theatre for Young People, the International Children’s Festival and other groups will be able to stage interpretative programs. In the winter, a small section will be flooded and used for parents to safely teach their little ones how to skate. The Manitoba Moose

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Yearling Foundation, one of the key donors to the project, is planning to host an annual event at the park where members of the Moose will meet and greet children and teach them how to skate. It’s important, says Rogers, for the activities to be all-inclusive so that all children, including those with various challenges, can learn and play together in the same environment. Safety is obviously paramount, and the design team has taken every issue into consideration – the majority of play areas will be developed to include safe rubberized surfaces, and the structures will be low to the ground so that children can safely climb aboard and explore. “One of the cutest comments came from an eight-year-old boy who said he thought we should name it the Variety Hostage Park instead, because he said he’d never want to leave!” laughs Rogers. Variety was established in Manitoba in 1978, and through that time has raised in excess of $24 million to meet the tangible needs of children of all abilities throughout the province. Variety is about to begin a grassroots fundraising campaign to give everyone an opportunity to contribute to the VHAP and be a part of history. “I think we are creating something very special here,” says Rogers. “It’s a place where all children and children at heart, can learn, play and have fun.” To make a donation or for further information, contact Variety at 1-204-982-1050 or visit the website at:

Gwen Repeta remembers sitting on the floor of a Ugandan home made out of clay bricks. The homeowner, Dorothy, was a single mother of four who used the money she made selling her handmade raffia baskets to build the home, brick by brick. It’s one of the many stories Repeta, manager of Ten Thousand Villages in Fort Garry, can share as an example of how Fair Trade changes the lives of artisans in developing countries. It’s that hand-up, not handout attitude that the people of Haiti can use now, as they try to get back on their feet after the devastating earthquake in January. And Ten Thousand Villages is front and centre of the relief efforts through the sale of Haitian Fair Trade artwork, and by collecting donations for their parent organization, the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC). MCC has committed an initial $103,420 for immediate needs, such as food, water filters, tents, tarps, blankets, sheets and medical items; and an anticipated response of at least $1.03 million over multiple years for medium and long-term plans that are currently in development. “They have lost their homes, their tools; we need to be there for them,” says Repeta, who adds that she’s been in touch with the Director of Comité Artisanal Haitien (CAH) who has assured her that most of the artisans whose work they sell live outside of the worst hit areas and are alive. CAH is a non-profit marketing cooperative that represents more than 800 Haitian artisans in 170 workshops who create stunning cut metal art, river rock sculptures, carved wood crafts, and more. Those works of art eventually find their way to Fair Trade-inspired stores like Ten Thousand Villages, which has now dedicated its storefront at 134 Plaza Drive to Haitian-made items. “It’s not just about the money. It’s about building long-term relationships that provide an income for these people to pay for housing, education and medical supplies.” Repeta says these items were popular before the quake brought attention to the area. But these days, she’s having trouble keeping items in stock. Socially minded consumers are picking up some traditional pieces made out of cut metal oil drums, palm leaves and river rock. Artwork includes Children of the World and Tree of Life cut metal wall hangings, river rock motherand-child statues and heart-shaped paperweights, and Obeechi Wood divided bowls. They are handmade items crafted by people like Jhonson Augustin. At 11 years

Hand-up for Haiti old, his father walked out on the family, leaving Augustin to care for his 11 siblings. He apprenticed with a master metal cutter and learned how to fashion old metal oil drums into inspiring pieces of art. Now he’s not only helping his family, he’s also helping to teach other young Haitian apprentices. The workshop supports more than 50 families, who will rely on this type of income even more as the nation rebuilds.

Distress before the storm

Even before the quake, Haiti had its share of challenges. Decades of deforestation, natural disasters and political turmoil contributed to an unstable economy. Although education is technically compulsory in Haiti, explains Repeta, only about 40 percent of children can actually afford to go to school. Product sales through Ten Thousand Villages help make schooling possible. But it doesn’t end there. Repeta, who has been on learning tours in Kenya, Uganda and Pakistan and hopes to one day visit Haiti, explains that Ten Thousand Villages creates long-term partnerships with the people in these villages. These partnerships go far beyond placing orders and selling product, to working with locals to offer AIDS testing, organize youth activities and women’s support groups. Making substantial change takes time, she notes. And it also takes a fair amount of awareness and education on the part of the consumer. It’s become a topic of conversation in schools, and Repeta, who is occasionally asked to speak at schools, says children are becoming more familiar with the concept and influencing their parents’ choices.

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“People want to know the story behind the products, so it becomes more than a napkin or a notebook,” she explains. “I encourage people to try buying Fair Trade products first in an effort to give developing countries a chance to become self-sufficient.” Repeta has seen firsthand how powerful the transformation can be. She remembers walking through a village with streets lined in huts. The school, which was sandwiched between the slums and the garbage dump, offered children one meal a day. For some, it’s likely their only meal. “The feelings of helplessness were overwhelming,” Repeta recalls. But then she met Joseph, a jeweller, who went from those slums to a three-storey home by selling homemade jewellery. She also met a remarkable and determined mother who put her daughter through school by selling dried fish. “It helps put things into perspective,” remarks Repeta, who estimates it will take a couple of years for the people of Haiti to get back on their feet. “We probably won’t see a lot of pieces from that area as they try to rebuild,” she adds. “But it’s important for them to know that they will have an income so that they can focus on the bigger issues, like housing, education and healthcare rather than wondering where they’re going to get their next meal.”

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Legendary North Dakota By Ian Mozdzen

Manitobans have been flocking to North Dakota thanks to a high flyin’ Loonie. Bargains are a big hook, but there’s more to our friendly southern neighbour than just a great deal.

as well as stellar entertainment draws tens of thousands. This year’s concerts include country superstars Alan Jackson and Vince Gill, as well as Motown favourites The Temptations.

North Dakota extends from picturesque Red River Basin farmland to the majestic Badlands to quaint townships and hip cities – and you betcha – there’s more to do than knöpfle dumplings in a big bowl of steaming Knoephla soup.

West of Minot golfers are invited to putt like a pro at The Links. Majestic Lake Sakakawea setting and immaculately manicured greens make this highly ranked course a must-play.

Whether it’s hunting treasure, discovering pioneer history, hitting scenic trails, festival revelry, or indulging in great hospitality, North Dakota’s adventures make for legendary allages-fun. Hold onto yer horned hats! We’re crisscrossin’ North Dakota’s four compass corners. NORTHWEST What would a visit to Uncle Sammy’s be without the State Fair? Hosted by micropolitan Minot, The North Dakota State Fair (July 23-31) takes you on a wild ride with car racing, ranch rodeo championships, and demolition derby! Concerts include Brooks & Dunn, Eric Church, and a line-up of rockers. Festivities in Minot pick up again in Autumn with Norsk Høstfest, North America’s largest Scandinavian Festival (September 29 to October 3). Gourmet and home-style cooking 44 | STYLE MANITOBA | spring 2010

But take time to smell the flowers! The International Peace Gardens is a 2,339-acre botanical garden that’s home to the Peace Chapel, a fleet of fountains, a memorial designed with World Trade Center wreckage, and gorgeously manicured flowerbeds. And keep your boots laced for a hike into history. On the shore of Lake Sakakawea near New Town is the unique destination of Earth Lodge Village. Boasting authentic Native American semi-subterranean buildings, this village gives a glimpse into life before European exploration. SOUTHEAST Heading east, you can’t miss Jamestown – it’s home to the world’s largest buffalo monument! This is the hometown frontier to prolific and award-winning Western writer Louis L’Amour, jazz singer Peggy Lee, and three rare albino bison: White Cloud, Dakota Miracle and Dakota Legend. Points of interest are the authentic pioneer site of Frontier Village, a live buffalo herd, and the scenic Louis L’Amour Trail, which features inspiring historic buildings. Also on exhibit are American explorers Lewis & Clark and natural history at The National Buffalo Museum. Outdoor attractions include the Jamestown and Pipestem Reservoirs of bird watching, trails, and beaching. Meanwhile, breathtakingly scenic byways reveal unparalleled beauty. Panoramic

And 2010 lets golfers rejoice too! Bismark’s world-class course at Hawktree Golf Club joins Bully Pulpit Golf Club and The Links to create “The Triple Challenge” – daring golfers to enjoy three North Dakota golf courses for one low price all summer. NORTHEAST Small-town hospitality gets infused with lively energy in Greater Grand Forks. Surrounded by the quilted landscape of Red River Valley country, you can savour delights like chocolate-covered potato chips, find rare bargains or simply ride a bike along the winding Greenway river trail. Dive into shopping! Options include the openair environment of sport outfitter Cabela’s and shopping mecca Grand Forks Marketplace. But the “ultimate” is still Columbia Mall with its vast array of department, local and national stores. views dominate the James River Valley’s Chan SanSan Scenic Byway with winding rivers, tall grass prairie, and Aboriginal sites. Tree-lined Sheyenne River Valley National Scenic Byway is speckled with quaint towns and farmsteads. So we arrive at the “always warm” city of Fargo, located amidst rolling farmland. This city plays host to exciting events, elegant dining and luxurious accommodation. The newly renovated Hotel Donaldson is a smart choice for accommodation – fusing urban and down-home style. Key features include posh suites designed around artwork by local artists, the HoDo Restaurant and Lounge’s menus of signature plates and quality libations, and nights filled with eclectic live performances.

Pinot Noir Sauce. For a casual munch Boots Bar & Grill is a satisfying local favourite. The North Unit of the Badlands, located near Watford City, features a 14-mile scenic drive detailed with tall buttes, diverse grassland, and heavy forests. A highlight is the panoramic vista at River Bend Overlook. East of the Badlands is Bismarck, the state capital and its sister city, Mandan. Touted as “the most fun you can have with your boots on!” – the Mandan Rodeo Days Celebration saddles you up with action-packed professional rodeo performances, concerts, and the biggest Fourth of July parade and fireworks display around (July 2-4).

The Northeast is also ripe with adventure. Devil’s Lake, the state’s largest natural body of water, makes a winning vacation with its fishing and hunting. Plan a stay at Woodland Resort, a luxurious full service resort and fishing destination. Highly recommended for dining is Eagle’s Crest Grill. Overlooking the King’s Walk Golf Course, you’ll savour lunch, dinner, and brunch specialities seated next to a fieldstone fireplace or on the patio overlooking the greens and a serene 10-acre lake. Flickertail March it down to North Dakota and discover a legendary adventure for yourself! Check out for more information.

Up for a challenge? The 2010 Fargo Marathon will get your heart racing as over 20,000 runners hit the streets for full and half marathons, team relays, 10k and 5k races, and the youth run (May 22). SOUTHWEST The most mysterious and beautiful place on Earth, The Badlands are North Dakota’s jewel. Carved out by rivers millions of years ago, the arid terrain of standing rock is comparable to the Grand Canyon. The Badlands are subdivided into three distinct “units”: South, North, and the Elkhorn Ranch. The Old West town of Medora buttresses the South Unit, and activities here include visiting the cabin of Teddy Roosevelt, horseback riding and golfing at the majestic Bully Pulpit Gold Club. A summer-long extravaganza of live music, fireworks, horses and outstanding entertainers awaits with Medora Musical (June 2-September 5). The newly renovated and expanded Rough Riders Hotel in Medora is a charming historic accommodation. The adjoining Theodore’s Dining Room reopens this spring to table stunners like Herb Crusted Lamb Chops with spring 2010 | STYLE MANITOBA | 45

The Seine River Retirement Residence has created a stimulating, fun and active environment for seniors! Located on the scenic banks of the Seine River it offers: • • • • •

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well-designed spacious suites a spectacular inner courtyard full service dining daily activities and so much more!


(204) 256-8877

All Seniors Care Living Centres are the next evolution in outstanding retirement residences and lifestyles, brought to you by the executive team who manage and created the largest seniors’ housing company in Canada. Their newest living centre — the Seine River Retirement Residence — is located on the banks of the Seine River in a prime location at the corner of St. Anne’s Road and Warde Avenue in Winnipeg, complete with sprawling lawns, scenic views and a serene environment. Thoughtfully designed and styled, the Seine River Retirement Residence offers 168 firstclass accommodations in a variety of suite layouts, plus a full range of services intended to create a stimulating, creative and active community-based lifestyle for residents and their guests. These include a small theatre, a spa, workout gym, health and wellness centre, and an Internet lounge - modern amenities to support the needs of today’s most discerning and active seniors. “Seine River Retirement Residence is a vibrant and active place to live a healthy life,” says marketing director Bruce Lillie. “Seine River opened in September 2009, and has been well-received ever since. This residence offers beautiful accommodations.” Caring is the number one concern, and various levels of assistance are available to residents depending on their needs. As an All Seniors Care Living Centres development, the Seine River Retirement Residence will exhibit the same high quality features, services and furnishings that are hallmarks of their commitment to excellence in providing gracious, retirement living. The suites are comfortable and spacious, with kitchenettes, four-piece ensuite bathrooms, climate controls, and connections for phone, cable and Internet. There is weekly housekeeping, with linen and towel service, laundry facilities on each floor, plus dry cleaning pickup and delivery. “Small pets are welcome, so you can have a dog or a cat or a bird to keep you company,” says Lillie. “There’s a beautiful central courtyard with gardens and a deck under a pergola.

Seine River Retirement Residence encourages active and vibrant seniors People come live here, and they find their health and nutrition improving, thanks to the cuisine cooked by our wonderful chefs.” The beautiful common areas are often likened to those on board a cruise ship. The building features a main floor Bistro coffee lounge with a fireplace and grand piano. There is a library, movie theatre, beauty salon and barbershop, a chapel, tuck shop and more. The building is secure, with staff on-site 24 hours a day. A nurse is on staff, and there is an emergency call system in all suites. Each of the suites also has safety features in the bathrooms, non-slip floors and grab rails, and heat and smoke detectors. Suites are wheelchair accessible, and tenant parking is available. In terms of activities, the full-time director of health and wellness provides a calendar of games, exercise classes, hobbies and outings. There is a billiards room, hobby and crafts rooms, along with a dedicated shuttle bus for shopping and other trips. The Seine River residents recently took part in the All Seniors Care Living Centres Senior Games, held from Jan. 25 to 29 at all 12 centres across Canada. The Games featured opening and closing ceremonies, five days of events, medal presentations, guest appearances by local dignitaries, and best of all, inspiring performances from the competitors, some of whom were getting active for the first time.

dominated the Wii bowling competition, sweeping the national medals. On day three, card and board games, including bridge, euchre, skip-bo, Scrabble, cribbage, Uni, and canasta, were fiercely contested. Wii golf tested participants’ skill on day four, and CITI TV’s Breakfast Television broadcast the games live at Winnipeg’s Seine River Retirement Residence. “We hosted these Games as part of our commitment to provide seniors with innovative ways to stay active,” said Lily Goodman, COO of All Seniors Care Living Centres Inc. “The week exceeded our expectations.” In addition to the Seine River Retirement Residence, the company manages three other retirement residences in Winnipeg — Shaftesbury Park, Sturgeon Creek I and II — and the Victoria Landing Retirement Residence in Brandon. For more information and to arrange an appointment, look online at

Each day’s competition told an inspiring tale. On day one, the Opening Ceremony at the Seine River residence in Winnipeg featured an actual 2010 Olympic Games torch, much to everyone’s delight. On day two, Manitobans

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a fresh look. Great things are happening at Portsmouth Retirement Residence and they’re going to knock your socks off! We’re talking new colours. New fabrics. A fabulous new décor and design… essentially we have re-invented our look from top to bottom. Now that our renovations are complete, why not come in and experience our vibrant new look for yourself? Call today for a tour and see our exciting changes!

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Beautifully Renovated Residence By Aileen Goos Bérard It’s been a home renovation like no other that the residents of the Portsmouth Retirement Residence have ever seen - and on March 18th, the doors to the newly renovated seniors’ complex will be open to the public. From 3:00 to 7:00 pm, guests are invited to attend a ribbon-cutting ceremony with Mayor Sam Katz, enjoy refreshments, entertainment and door prizes, and enjoy a tour of the beautifully renovated residence. “We’re really excited about showing off our renovations,” says Executive Director Patti Ferguson. “Everything looks fresh, and I think the renovation experience helped to create a stronger community atmosphere here – it was like doing a home reno and we were all in it together.” It would appear that residents are excited to show off their new digs to friends and family, too. Since construction started last summer, they have been giving their visitors tours of the refurbished areas. Although the residence itself is only 10 years old and is well situated in a beautiful parklike setting, it was time for an update, says Ferguson. All of the common areas have received a facelift -- from the grand entrance with new wood flooring and accents, to the bistro lounge and the grand dining hall on the main floor, to the hallways that act as a photo gallery of great moments in Winnipeg’s history. The second floor features the renovated games area, housing a pool table, an open area for daily exercise classes, a separate fitness room with essentials such as bikes, treadmills, and a wall-mounted television, and an internet lounge that has touch-screen computer monitors and senior-friendly software preprogrammed for each guest with email, photos and games. The third floor offers an updated library and card room. The piece de resistance is the renovated theatre room, which features an enormous flat-screen TV, theatre-style seating, an old-fashioned popcorn machine and a surround sound system. Patricia Mulcahy, Director of Marketing, says they took their cues from the residents themselves, based on resident survey results and informal feedback. For example, residents said they wanted the library to be a place where they could choose a book from the extensive

selection of titles and then find a comfortable chair in which to read. They asked for and have received just that -- a homey library with oversized armchairs and soft lighting. The suites are also being renovated to make them “warmer and more inviting,” she says. Colour selections are more modern, but cozy; the bathrooms all feature both a low bathtub and a well-lit walk-in shower with secure handrails throughout for safety. The kitchenettes have had the countertops upgraded and enlarged, more modern cabinetry and a larger in-suite fridge/freezer - large enough to hold a couple of pints of ice cream, which is important to the residents, notes Mulcahy. Although Portsmouth includes lunch and dinner service, as well as snacks in the bistro lounge, residents can also enjoy breakfast and snacks in their own suites. The project came in on time and the key to its success, says Ferguson, was making sure the residents were always informed of the progress. From initial meetings with the design team in 2008 to determine the “vision,” to weekly Resident Construction Meetings (complete with chocolate hammers and screwdrivers) and even more immediate forms of communication like nightly postings of work to occur the following day.

level of service, right down to linens and china on the tables. And although the dining area on the main floor, which is open to the second storey, had to be boarded off to prevent dust and debris from spreading, it didn’t take long for residents to make peepholes in the plastic so they could view the transformation for themselves. “Some of the residents acted as unofficial site foremen – they’d monitor different areas of the building and report the progress to us,” says Ferguson. “This is their home. We wanted to ensure that their voices were heard, and that their input was part of this process. I think we’ve achieved that.” Now all that’s left is the celebration Portsmouth’s residents and staff are looking forward to hosting Winnipeggers at their March 18th gala celebration, and are happy to arrange appointments for personal tours as well.

Mulcahy, who often spoke with residents to get their take on the project, says they were generally more interested than inconvenienced, and appreciated the effort staff made to minimize disruption to service. For example, when the dining area was briefly closed off to accommodate renovations, meals were served on the second floor and staff took every consideration to ensure residents felt they received the same

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The choices are yours

Westcan Developments Inc. introduces High Value Life Lease in Gimli Manitoba 55 plus independent living Amenities include: Wall to wall carpeting or hardwood | Choice of cabinet style and countertops | Emergency call system Ensuite storage | 6 appliances | Air conditioning | Greenhouse | Heated underground parking For more information or to reserve a Life Lease Suite call Gord Gray, 467-5632 50 | STYLE MANITOBA | winter 2009

New Lease on Life Gimli has certainly grown over the past 25 to 35 years. Now, with a proposed 96-suite life lease project slated for the Lake Winnipeg community, it will again broaden its range as a place that is so much more than just a beach town. The new centre is a project from Westcan Developments Inc., a Winnipeg-based firm that will be breaking ground soon on a similar undertaking in Thunder Bay with Compass Square. Alongside project manager Gordon Gray, the company president Jack Goods suggests that the life lease concept is growing in popularity among those looking for lifestyle, security and value. “Life lease projects are no longer simply wellappointed apartment blocks for seniors housing,” says Goods, commenting that the Gimli and Thunder Bay projects represent the next generation of life lease options with buildings that offer ‘community within community.’ To achieve this goal Westcan has packed the project with a lengthy list of amenities. Inside the eight-storey building, residents would find gym and spa, private dining room, chapel, games and activity rooms, a greenhouse area, and a carpenter’s workshop. There are even hotel-like guest facilites proposed. “Seniors want to be active. The days of just sitting on the porch and putting in time are over. With Westcan’s life lease projects, we can offer a lifestyle where residents can have many of the active living options they need right in the building. And when the weather gets cold, there is no concern about just packing a bag and heading off to a winter residence or holiday destination. The life lease option adds simplicity to the mix and it does so in a very cost effective manner,” he notes.

Typically, the entry fee for Life lease is 46 percent of the cost of the unit, and since the projects are sponsored by community organizations and are non-profit, costs are kept to a minimum. For the average couple considering downsizing, this can be a huge factor in their overall financial plan. For many, investing in a life lease unit will mean that only a portion of their available capital is tied up in housing, leaving them with savings to sock away for a rainy day or to simply to enjoy life. High-value life lease projects such as Westcan’s Thunder Bay and Gimli projects spread the cost of the many amenities over the whole project. “Since the project is a non-profit, these costs are kept to a minimum, and the bulk financing of the project keeps financing costs low as well,” explains Goods. “When the choice is between a Westcan high-value project or an apartment down the street, Westcan always comes out on top.” For more information, visit

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Assisted Living for Independent Seniors

Dakota House 663-4983

Devonshire House 667-2412

Kildonan House 338-8182

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Sterling House 489-4745

Warm, Friendly & Family Focused Residents at any one of Homestead Manitoba’s assisted living for independent seniors’ homes in Winnipeg can rest assured that they will be treated with care and respect. Yes, they offer a lot of the same things many other 55-plus projects do, such as meals, excursions and activities. But what sets this Winnipeg-based company apart is the deep pride they share in creating a warm, friendly and family-focused environment for all of their tenants. “Because we have such a personal relationship with our tenants, you can just feel it the minute you step in the door. And it’s always that way because we love what we do and are focused on providing a home-like, family environment,” says Julia, Property Manager. “And because we are a 100 percent Winnipeg-based company, we understand the needs, wants and financial considerations of Winnipeggers.” Whether it’s Kildonan House, Sterling House, Dakota House or Devonshire House, Julia says it’s important for tenants to feel comfortable and know that it’s more than just a suite; it’s their home. Staff members work hard to add to that family atmosphere - it’s that personal attention and relationship building that has created significant positive changes in residents, who can often otherwise feel isolated or lonely. Recently, residents of all four locations had the chance to get together in one central location, Dakota House in St. Vital, for a little friendly competition. Staff staged the Nintendo Wii Olympics during the Vancouver Winter Games. There were teams representing each of the four buildings - all competing against each other for valuable bragging rights and a jersey signed by all of the participants that will be displayed in a common area of the winning team’s building - and will be passed on to the next winning team.

“It was a sight to see!” says Julia. “They were all cheering each other on, and clapping their thunder sticks. They had such a fantastic time, and they got to interact with one other,” she adds. “There was the nicest little lady who was having the time of her life. She wasn’t competing; she came just to cheer on her teammates. She came up to me after and whispered that she used to be shy and quiet, and now the other tenants call her ‘the rowdy one’. It’s that kind of thing that makes me love my job!” But it’s not only the residents who come out of their shell and find a whole new network of friends. Julia recalls another occasion just before Christmas when one of their teen-aged serving staff told her how excited she was to be with her new friends, the seniors, for the holidays.

Devonshire House (75 Kildonan Green Drive) sixth months ago. The first three locations are at full capacity, but there are just a handful of suites still available at Devonshire House. Julia credits their success to their attentive, caring, and professional staff - approximately 180 employees between the four buildings who make it a personal commitment to make the tenants feel like they are home. “They are all very caring people who bring that to work every single day,” she says. “We all have grandparents, and we treat our tenants the way we’d want them to be treated - with dignity and respect. I think that makes the difference.”

“Our goal is to provide the best possible service in support of our residents and to deliver that service in a secure and comfortable residential setting in which a sense of community is encouraged,” says Julie. “You see that in every one of our buildings.” It was just nine years ago that the first building - Kildonan House at 216 Edison Avenue opened in 2001, and was “fantastically well received in the community,” says Julia. Decisions were then made to build on that success and open Sterling House (909 Wilkes Avenue), which recently celebrated its fifth anniversary with a fireworks display on the pond behind the grounds. Dakota House (1145 Dakota Street), which is close to the St. Vital Shopping Centre, opened its doors three years ago, and most recently Homestead introduced

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Welcome to Mapleton Lane

Located on the Historic River Road 1192 River Road, St Andrews, Manitoba

• Close to major shopping facilities and bus service • 2 minutes to Selkirk and 20 minutes from the Perimeter • Heated enclosed parking, with car wash bays • Individual Storage Rooms on each floor • Large Multi purpose room with full kitchen • Rental Suite for visitors

Our display suite is Open Sunday, Jan. 24th from 1-3 pm and every Sunday after that from 1-3 pm

Occupancy April 2010

• Therapy room • Spacious Floor Plans 1143 to 1508 sq ft • 4 season solarium in each suite • 6 appliances, includes in suite laundry • Geo Thermal heating/cooling system

Open House Sundays 1:00 - 3:00 pm 55 Plus Life Lease Building - Currently under construction

• Each Suite has individual heating and cooling controls

Contact Leslie Ferguson 204-785-9359 to set up an on site appointment

• Insulated Concrete Framework Building with an insulation rating of R 45

• Sound Proof Suites


MANOR Morgan Manor features spacious, one and two bedroom suites, completely renovated in a location that can’t be beat.





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Completely renovated suites in a park-like setting set in the heart of River Heights. Open concept suites with modern finishes throughout.






Safe, Sound & Sustainable You could call it the future of condo construction, but residents of Mapleton Lane, a 55-plus life lease condo project, will simply call it home. The unique construction of the 49-unit building makes it the utmost in sustainability, durability and safety, according to Christopher Daly of MMP Architects. “My goal was to create a sustainable building, while reducing its life cycle maintenance costs and the impact on the environment, “says Daly, principal architect and owner of MMP Architects who were responsible for the project. “I think we’ve come up with the right equation for an economic solution of high quality.” That starts with exterior walls fashioned out of 10-inch insulated concrete formwork, which is slowly gaining popularity outside of residential home construction. It offers higher insulation levels and soundproofing than traditional plywood and concrete forms. It also boasts an R-value of 24 with the additional advantage of thermal massing; the ability of the concrete to hold and maintain heat for long periods of time once the source has stopped, thereby reducing long term heating costs. For example, says Daly, during construction the second floor didn’t have any additional heat source but still

registered ambient temperature of around 20 degrees. The building, which was constructed mainly using materials that were locally made or manufactured, also features a geothermal system with individual controls in each suite, and PowerSmart building requirements throughout. Above the eco-friendly components, safety was a large priority due to the demographic nature of the residents. We wanted to provide a safe building so naturally we looked at concrete throughout. This was done via two directions; one was accomplished by building a firewall

that essentially splits the building in two so that if there’s a fire in one half of the building, it can be contained. Secondly, we used a pre-cast concrete double tee section for the floor assemblies, which provide a two-hour fire separation between floors, double that of the National Building Code requirements. In addition, by using pre-cast concrete double tee sections, the contractor was able to eliminate concrete columns in the parkade making parking much easier, as well as the ability to remodel the suites easily since there are no interior load-bearing walls.

Luxury Renovated Apartments Those looking to lease rather than buy will be pleased to know that two great new options have recently hit the rental market. Tower Realty Group is proud to present a pair of renovated luxury apartments in River Heights and Crescentwood. The first is Lanark Tower, located at 555 Lanark Street, just off Corydon Avenue. This building features open concept suites with 9 ft ceilings that have been completely renovated to include new kitchens, bathrooms and plank flooring. The Lanark Tower suites range in size from 722 sq. ft. one-bedrooms to 1,000 sq. ft. twobedroom units. The kitchens are brand new with all new appliances (including dishwasher), and a centre island with an eat-at breakfast bar. Modern plank flooring runs throughout the entrance, living room, dining room and kitchen. The bathrooms have also been completely renovated in each suite, with a new soaker tub and surround along with new fixtures and an oversized medicine cabinet.

air in their apartments, and do not smell their neighbours’ cooking. Other amenities include smart card laundry machines on-site, surface and/or covered parking, an elevator, electric heat, air conditioning, an on-site caretaker, plus an exercise room. This building is in close proximity to major bus routes and schools. Rent includes heat, water and one storage locker. Lanark Tower is now renting Phase 1 suites, and has limited space still available. Phase 2 leases start July 1st, and Towers Realty Group is already accepting applications on those units.

bedrooms have luxurious pile carpeting. The bathrooms have been updated with new soaker tubs, surrounds, vanities and toilets. All suites have large concrete balconies featuring smoked glass panels along with new energy efficient windows and doors. The building offers new smart card operated laundry machines on each floor, outdoor and/or covered park¬ing, a brand new front drive allowing drop off or pick-up of residents right from the front door, security entrances, two elevators, a new air make up system, an on-site caretaker and a seasonal pool.

Morgan Manor, located at 1205 Grant Avenue across the street from Grant Park Mall, is offering completely renovated one and two-bedroom suites. Sizes range from 705 sq ft one-bedrooms to 915 sq ft two-bedrooms.

This fantastic building has concrete construction, which will reduce noise transference from neighbours. All suites have central air. Rent includes heat, water and one storage locker.

The suites feature brand new kitchens – new flooring, new cupboards, new appliances (including a dishwasher), and new countertops. The large living and dining rooms in most of the suites have either gorgeous refinished hardwoods or brand new flooring, while the spacious

For more info and to view an online photo gallery with a 360-degree viewer for the above two properties, visit the following two websites:

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Affordable Condos starting at





• Concrete construction with heated indoor parking • Fantastic location along the Seine River • 1 & 2 Bedroom units with open concept suite designs & 9’ ceilings • Elevator • Lockers and indoor bike storage available • Including 5 appliances, window coverings, in-suite storage room • Possession in Spring 2011

CALL 255.8436 DISPLAY SUITE NOW OPEN! Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 1-4 Saturday & Sunday 1-4

The RossSisters & Associates Located at 100 Creek Bend Road, on the corner of St. Anne’s and Creek Bend Road (LOOK FOR THE LITTLE BLUE HOUSE JUST BEFORE THE PERIMETER)


The Oxbow on the Seine

Towers Realty Group is proud to present the natural style of the Oxbow on the Seine. This new condominium complex on Creek Bend Road, located off St. Anne’s Road, will be built in three phases, with phase one ready for possession date in the spring of 2011. Phase one will be located at 80 Creek Bend Rd, near the scenic Seine River, which is greatly loved by people who canoe and hike its length. The Oxbow on the Seine will be built with concrete and steel, including concrete piles, hollow core floors supported on insulated concrete walls, and large concrete balconies supported on concrete columns. This ensures the building will be quiet, fire-resistant and energy efficient. There will be excellent air quality, thanks to the constant inflow of fresh air. All units feature triple pane, low-E argon-filled

exterior windows and balcony doors, plus PVC window frames. There are three different floor plans available, from the 742 sq ft one-bedroom units to the 1,105 sq ft two-bedroom units. Each of the units feature nine-foot high ceilings, large storage closets, and open concept designs. Suites also include five appliances (refrigerator, washer and dryer, dishwasher, stove and range hood), blinds, and one outdoor parking stall. All purchasers have a pre-construction choice of light or dark colour schemes for paint, cabinetry and flooring.

The location of the condominiums is fabulous - it’s only three minutes away from the Perimeter Highway for those who want quick access to cottage country routes, and minutes from the Victoria Hospital and the University of Manitoba. Downtown is a quick 15 minute car trip away. The show suite is located at 100 Creek Bend Rd. on the corner of St. Anne’s Road and Creek Bend Road (look for a little blue house). For more information on Oxbow on the Seine, visit the website at

The third phase of construction will include a gymnasium and common area that will be accessible to all three buildings. Small pets under 35 lbs are allowed. There are many upgrades available to purchasers: heated indoor parking, suite upgrades such as stainless steel appliances, tile backsplashes, adding a garburetor, plus flooring upgrades to ceramic tile or hardwoods and more. Condo fees range from $163 to $235 a month, which includes water, hot water, landscaping, snow removal, building insurance, and management fees. The condominiums themselves range in price from $166,400 for a onebedroom on the second floor, to $274,900 for a 1,105 deluxe two-bedroom penthouse unit that includes heated parking and many upgrades. (All prices are subject to GST.) This is a fantastic value, as it’s very hard to find a concretebuilt condominium at this price level.

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Landscape & excavation contractors 3280 St. Mary’s Road 204-256-5000 Toll Free 877-256-5200


St Mary’s Nursery & Garden Centre Ltd 2901 St Mary’s Rd, Winnipeg, MB Phone: 255-7353

A new stone age Just as winter-weary Manitobans start planning their landscaping projects for spring, Barkman is introducing an exciting new precast concrete product that will give homeowners a timeless, naturally beautiful and versatile option to help them build the yard of their dreams. Manufactured exclusively in Manitoba by Barkman, the “Belvedere” stone offers the strength and durability inherent to precast stone, but with a number of unique features making it a welcome addition to the company’s extensive line of precast concrete products. “The Belvedere has the rough look of natural stone but it has a more uniform quality, making it much easier to install,” says Wayne Wiebe, Winnipeg Sales Manager for Barkman. “It also looks good from all sides, making it an ideal stone for use in areas where aesthetics are a consideration, such as in dividing walls, as a focal point or in an outdoor entertainment area featuring a built-in barbeque grill, for example.”

By Leigh Patterson

Belvedere stones can be used in all types of hardscaping projects, from extensive retaining walls of varying heights to simple flowerbeds. Water features or windows can be easily accommodated as well. Barkman will be manufacturing cap blocks to add the finishing touch to the tops of pillars built of Belvedere stone, as well as “Rosetta” concrete steps and “Grand Flagstone” patio stones to complement the rugged character of the Belvedere stone. Currently available in an appealing neutral colour blend of grays, browns and beiges called “Fond du Lac,” the stone “is as much at home in a River Heights yard as it is in a Lindenwoods yard,” Wiebe says, noting that the colour is added during the manufacturing of the product so that it becomes integral to the stone. Wiebe adds that Barkman expects to add more colour options in the future as expected interest in the new line grows.

stones can be incorporated into straight or curved designs. Of course, the stones are made to withstand our harsh Manitoba climate. The Belvedere stone will be showcased at the Barkman exhibit at the upcoming 2010 Home Expressions Show but already the response to the new product has been “great” according to Wiebe, who is receiving many enquiries from professional landscapers and architects looking for an affordable, attractive and easy-to-use product to use in their clients’ yards.

Ideal for do-it-yourselfers, Belvedere stone projects can be easily constructed by stacking and bonding the stones together using a landscape adhesive readily available at any big box hardware store or garden centre. The

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It’s Better in the Backyard By Christine Hanlon

No matter what their age, people love water. There’s nothing more inviting on a summer day than plunging into the pool for a swim or lounging in the crystal clear water beneath a sunny sky. “Having a pool changes everything,” says Jason Kemp, who purchased an in-ground pool from Aqua-Tech last year. “In the summertime you want to make the most of every day. Parents of 10-year old triplets, Jason and Krystal Kemp are happy to see their sons

spending time at home with their friends. By asking Aqua-Tech to install a hot tub as well, they have made their back yard into a desirable destination both summer and winter. “We used to spend very little time in our backyard,” says Kemp. “Now in the summer we’re there every day.” It’s a sentiment echoed by Tracy Chernick, who purchased an in-ground pool and hot tub from Aqua-Tech last year as well. In the summer, her boys aged six and ten, were spending more time indoors than outside. All that changed last summer. “They spent plenty of time in the pool,” recalls the Linden Ridge resident. “When they had friends over they had something to do other than watching T.V. or playing video games.” And because the pool is heated, the temperature didn’t need to be blazing hot for swimming. The entire family enjoyed their new leisure space well into the fall, socializing with friends, sitting by the pool or diving in for a dip. “We probably spent more time in the backyard last year than all the past years put together,” says Chernick. Because their yard is a strange dimension with lots of unusable space, the Chernicks were

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glad to find that Aqua-Tech had many different shapes from which to choose. “We picked a shape that would enable us to get the largest pool into the backyard that we could,” recalls Chernick, adding the company was also able to deal with the challenges of the sloping landscape. She was surprised at the speed in which the pool was installed. “They were very efficient in getting the pool in,” she recalls, “which was good, because the quicker we got it in, the more quickly we could use it.” Like the Kemps, the Chernicks relied on Aqua-Tech to create a pool deck in coloured and stamped concrete. The Kemps also had the company complete all the retaining walls around the pool. In fact, Aqua-Tech is fully equipped to complete an entire backyard installation, from a concrete, stone or tile deck to retaining walls and fencing. In the industry, many companies use sub-trades when asked to deliver a complete project.

“At Aqua-Tech, all our people are in-house so we can have full control over the quality, timeline and overall installation experience,” says owner Glen MacGillivray. A leader in the pool industry since 1977, the company prides itself in providing pools that are built well and serviced well. Each leisure space is customized specifically to the homeowners’ wants and needs. No one knows this better than John and Mabel Garcea. This is the second time they have had a pool built by Aqua-Tech - a 22 x 44-foot

basin large enough to swim laps. “This time we had the luxury of building the yard around the pool,” says John Garcea, adding that the company was involved during the new home’s construction. As owner of S & J Construction, he recommends Aqua-Tech both to his clients and to his friends. “I think in Manitoba they’re the best in the business,” says Garcea. “A business is built on reputation, and they’ve got a good name and the expertise to back it up.”

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Aqua-Tech combines the latest in pool building technologies with a skilled team of industry leading professionals for pools that remain beautiful and provide enjoyment for many years to come. Across the province and beyond, the company has designed and installed a vast number of pool environments with a virtually endless array of features. “We do a lot of waterfalls,” notes MacGillivray. Also popular is underwater lighting, sun ledges, and water features such as laminars (a rope of water with fibre optics) and fireflies (an eightfinger spray with fibre optics). Auto-closing covers, grand Roman entrances, glass tile water feature walls, sheer descent waterfalls, diving rocks, shallow deepened steel and vinyl staircases—there’s no limit to the possibilities. Aqua-Tech has three designers each with 10 years of experience. “We sit down with clients and go over the possibilities,” explains MacGillivray. “Then for those who are committed to moving forward, we do a 3-D yard design.” Technological innovations extend not only to the design process but also to the pools themselves. The Kemps, Chernicks and Garceas all have mineral salt pools that add softness to the water and are easier to maintain than pools

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that use raw chlorine. They represent 90 percent of Aqua-Tech installations. “If you’re spending more than a half hour on maintenance we haven’t trained you well,” advises MacGillivray.

That kind of easy maintenance is important to people like the Kemps, who as the owners of Kemp Hearing Centre, want to spend their precious free time relaxing and enjoying their leisure space. And as spring arrives, that is exactly what they plan to do.

“Having a pool changes everything,” says Jason Kemp. “It’s the best money we ever spent.”

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We Beautify Your Concrete HUGE SAVINGS | LESS AGGRAVATION | 3 YEAR WARRANTY Most installations completed in under 2 days. Concrete is repaired and covered in an epoxy stone finish. Phone for estimate 204.422.8247 Toll Free 1.866.828.4868 64 | STYLE MANITOBA | spring 2010

All Access Pass for Your Own Backyard It is now easier than ever to create a theme park right in your own backyard. “We’re a full resort store,” says Jason Lawrence of Oasis Leisure Centre. With everything from spas to gazebos and villas, above and in-ground pools to waterfalls and grottos, there is no need to go anywhere else. Start with a pool. Then add a slide, maybe a rock waterfall, a diving board, a sun ledge, a basketball hoop and a cave. Finish with some lighting and a couple of water features such as deck jets. “The sky’s the limit with your pool,” says Lawrence. “Come to Oasis and we can show you a lot of ideas within whatever budget you have that can transform your backyard into your personal resort.” For a one-time investment, homeowners obtain an all-access pass to a lifetime of enjoyment. Add a barbeque island, firepit and patio furniture—all available from Oasis—and the setting is complete. “The best thing about our summers is that we get five months of beautiful weather,” notes

Lawrence. “People want to make the most of every day.” And with a wide range of products as well as convenient financing, Oasis can

bring that “Home Resort” lifestyle within reach for everyone.

Superior Surface The natural sand coloured area around this swimming pool creates the perfect setting for this outdoor oasis. Natural Stone Arts also used the same decorative stone and epoxy overlay to cover the steps from the house in the non-slip surface. Coordinating well with the exterior of the house, the warm tone of this overlay is only one of 16 available colours. “It’s easy to match colours with the surroundings,” notes Kirk Gorham of Natural Stone Arts. In business for over 27 years, Gorham has witnessed the durability and longevity of Sierra Stone firsthand. On this porous material, surface water drains downwards, eliminating the delamination problems present with some other overlays. Repairs on cracks are easily made. With borders and patterns as an option, Sierra Stone is ideal for everything from driveways to pool decks, patios and steps. Stain resistant, it is unaffected by salt, oil or gasoline, etc. “The big advantage of our product is that there isn’t any need to remove the old surface,” says Gorham. Natural Stone Arts will repair any cracks in the underlying concrete before applying the overlay. Gorham adds that work is usually completed in less than two days. Less costly to install than stamped concrete or interlocking brick, the Sierra Stone application comes with a three-year warranty. spring 2010 | STYLE MANITOBA | 65

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Gotta Have a Complete Lifestyle Krevco Lifestyles is the only company in Manitoba to provide a complete array of “gotta have” lifestyle products and services. Now encompassing the Embers Fireplace division, Krevco offers everything to make a home a haven of comfort and enjoyment. Two new locations in Brandon and another on St. Anne’s Road make it even easier for western Manitobans and South Winnipeggers to enjoy those lifestyle amenities they just “gotta have.” As spring follows a record 2009 spa season for Krevco Lifestyles, the company is expecting demand to continue growing. The reason has a lot to do with the company’s selection of fantastic hot tubs, especially those featuring patented Eco Pure technology that polishes the water while cutting down your need for as many chemicals. “What that means is that you don’t have to be a mad chemist to balance the water,” says Don Carson of Krevco Lifestyles. After all, having a hot tub should be about all about relieving stress. When it comes to relaxation and recreation, Krevco has it covered! It’s not difficult to see why Krevco Lifestyles was voted Consumer’s Choice winner a third year in a row for Hot Tub products.

Other popular stress-free products include Krevco’s new pellet stoves. As spring arrives, more and more people are starting to think of heading back to their cottages. For those who don’t feel like chopping wood, pellet stoves are a worry-free solution that burn cleaner and leave less residue. An automatic refill option even eliminates the necessity of tending the fire! Carson invites consumers his Sargent and Berry and Brandon locations to see all their working fireplaces on display. The increase in pool construction bookings for 2010 is yet another vote of confidence in the growing company. “We do it right and we build them to last,” says Carson. Krevco certainly has a proven record for reliability and service, recognized for a third year in a row with The Consumers Choice Award for swimming pool contracting. In fact, many homeowners have come to rely on the company’s Renew-a-Pool division to get their pools looking and working like new for the summer season. “Our team can help you do that in short order,” notes Carson. “Call and book early so we can be there as soon as the snow is gone.” Krevco has one of the largest parts departments in Manitoba, with the experience and expertise to rebuild pumps and heaters and replace liners for all pools.

Carson adds that aboveground pools are a popular alternative. One advantage is that homeowners can take the pool with them if they sell their home. Krevco Lifestyles supplies to the do-it-yourselfer but can provide an installation team as well. Another exciting option many homeowners are finding they just “gotta have” is the swim spa. A patented propulsion system creates a one way current that offers a realistic swimming experience and workout. These compact units can be installed indoors or outdoors for year-round use. Why go to the public pool when, summer or winter, it’s so easy to swim at home? While some stores focus on seasonal lifestyle products, an active, healthy and enjoyable lifestyle is always in season at Krevco. Selfcontained steam showers can transform an average bathroom into a luxury spa, while jetted bathtubs continue to be “gotta have” lifestyle additions. Add a tanning bed and you’ve got it covered. Not surprisingly, the company won the Consumers Choice award for bathroom fixture selection for the third year in a row as well. And as more people decide to custom build, they are looking for way to “do it right” in their new homes. Krevco Lifestyles has all the amenities to fully equip a fitness room or a games room. Its American Heritage Line includes bars, card tables and pool tables, ideal for active families who like to entertain. At the same time, Carson knows that as soon as the snow starts to melt, homeowners are dreaming of living outdoors. Krevco Lifestyles experienced record sales of its patio furniture in 2009. In response, Carson has made sure that the 2010 complement of patio furniture will arrive in plenty of time for all of those eager to outfit their decks and patios in time for those first warm days. “We’re making sure we have some of the newest trends and colours available,” he adds. After all, responding to customer needs is what Krevco Lifestyles is all about. Doing that consistently and doing it right is what has made Krevco the go-to store for Manitoba’s lifestyle needs.

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All about the details When it comes to attention to detail, pride of workmanship and superior customer service, landscaper Kyle Thibeault literally leaves no stone unturned. Thibeault, owner/operator of Silver Stone Landscaping, is also blessed with a creative eye and a degree in environmental science that gives him a solid understanding of the soils and topography that anchor his projects. This combination of art, science and quality goods and services come together in showpiece properties that have earned Silver Stone a solid word-of-mouth reputation. One example is a large landscaping project built last year in Oakbank. “The yard was off-grade, about 12” to 16” lower when we started, with poor drainage. Standing water was an issue. We had to build it up properly before we could start,” Thibeault says. He enlisted the help of experienced skid steer owner/ operator Walter Demski. “Walter is as detail-oriented as I am, and goes above and beyond, so he made sure the yard was correctly sloped and had the proper grades according to municipal guidelines. When you use the right equipment, the job gets done properly and efficiently.” With drainage issues addressed, Thibeault and his well-trained crew could go on to create a beautiful property for the client, including a patio oasis in the backyard. Wide, curvilinear stone steps lead from the rear of the home down to a sunny, interlocking stone patio featuring a raised preformed Barkman stone firepit. To create a consistent look and feel, the same Barkman stone treatment is carried into the retaining wall anchored by several large natural boulders. And, as an example of the unique detail that Thibeault likes to bring to all Silver Stone projects, he shaped the retaining wall stone to mould around the boulders. To soften the hardscaping, Thibeault incorporated spruce and maple trees, various shrubs such

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By Leigh Patterson as global cedars, junipers, and ninebark, and grasses set into an easy care, dark crushed stone base. Thibeault and his team worked diligently through wet, cold conditions to complete the yard, and as he does with every project, he kept his client informed every step of the way. “I’m passionate and excited about what I do, so I like to let clients know what I’m doing and why I’m doing it and to flag problems if they come up. At the end of the day, there are no surprises and they know they are getting the best possible outcome.” Thibeault adds that since ensuring his customers’ satisfaction is paramount, “we never cut corners and in fact always exceed the required standards in the work that we do.” The same attention to detail extends to Silver Stone’s small customized projects, such as two water features Thibeault constructed for a Pritchard Farm yard. Boulders sourced from northern Manitoba were chiselled and split into concrete slabs that form rustic steps of a backyard waterfall. Released from a retaining pond at the top, water cascades softly over the textured stone. The stone’s soft hues of grey, purple and blue are illuminated at night by special water lights, which extend the enjoyment of the water feature into the evening. In the front yard Thibeault created another striking water feature by drilling holes into large boulders and channelling water up and through to bubble out at the top. Thibeault is not only growing a business, he is growing a clientele. Silver Stone clients are impressed with Thibeault’s work, and the personal connection he establishes with them from consultation through planning and development means, “by the end of each job, my clients are my friends, too,” he says. “When you do good quality work, and you’re honest and hard working, people recognize that.”

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Phase Two lots with lake view now available! Bridgwater Forest in Waverley West combines the charm and character of mature neighbourhoods with the best in today’s building design and materials. You and your family will love Bridgwater Forest’s wide sidewalks, paved bicycle paths, walking trails and community fountain. Set in 70 acres of open space and picturesque forest, yet only minutes away from health care services, shopping, restaurants, grocery stores and schools, Bridgwater Forest is the neighbourhood where, with the help of our designated builders, you can create the home of your dreams. You will find a variety of floor plans and design options including town homes with geothermal systems for improved energy efficiency, and homes with disability access. With new homes starting at $250,000, you’ll find a new home that’s right for you at Bridgwater Forest. Find out more at

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Bridgwater Forest – the picturesque and popular neighbourhood set in 70 acres of open space in Winnipeg’s southwest – has expanded its new home offering this spring with the opening of 248 single-family lots in phase two of the development, including many with a lake view. “Bridgwater Forest is Winnipeg’s most popular new neighbourhood, and we’re gratified to see that people looking for new homes are drawn to the features and characteristics of both the neighbourhood and the home designs,” says Dwayne Rewniak, Director of Land Development for Manitoba Housing. A total of 18 designated Bridgwater Forest builders are working with new homebuyers to create a neighbourhood that combines the charm and character of mature communities with the latest in today’s designs and building materials.

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active lifestyle. Within the next year, planning will begin on a town centre, another feature designed to bring more sought after traditional neighbourhood amenities to Bridgwater Forest.

as geothermal townhomes, visitable housing, and additional lake view lots, add more opportunities and a broad range of choices for those who are looking for a new home.”

Nearby, all conveniences are within easy reach. A wide array of shopping and restaurants are close at hand. Health care and education facilities - including the Victoria Hospital and the University of Manitoba - are minutes away. The Richardson International Airport and the future Ikea development are easily accessed on nearby major routes.

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“The community continues to grow into a neighbourhood,” said Rewniak. “There are already over 150 families enjoying their new homes and all the amenities of the open space, lakes and mature forests. New features, such

Arlt Homes, Artista Homes Ltd., A&S Homes, Bentley Homes, Discovery Homes, Gino’s Homes, Greentree Homes, Hearth Homes, Hilton Homes, Huntington Homes, KDR Design Builders, Kensington Homes, Maric Homes, Qualico, Randall Homes, Signature Homes, Sterling Homes, and Ventura Custom Homes. Manitoba Housing is proud to be a Gold Sponsor of the 2010 Spring Parade of Homes.

Designated geothermal lots help provide new options in heating and cooling technology and the community’s laned lots provide even more options for home designs. Award-winning visitable housing designs combine easy access for people with limited mobility or those who want the convenience of no stairs living. Visitable homes also include wider hallways and doorways, along with a wheelchair accessible bathroom on the main floor. New visitable show homes will be opening up in phase two this fall. Wide sidewalks, paved bicycle paths, walking trails and acres of open space set against natural greenery and trees make Bridgwater Forest an ideal location for those who value an spring 2010 | STYLE MANITOBA | 71

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Constant Design Evolution The new South Pointe showhome built by Huntington Homes “represents the latest step forward in an evolutionary design process,” says Rob Swan, co-owner of the prestigious Winnipeg-based custom homebuilding firm. Huntington Homes has continually been in the vanguard of new design concepts among Winnipeg custom homebuilders. Almost 20 years ago, they introduced the great room concept to the city after having observed the success of the concept in the United States. Swan recalls the positive reception their great room received in 1993, when Huntington won the Gold medal with their showhome in the Parade of Homes - the first builder in the Manitoba Parade of Homes to feature the concept. “I remember smiling as I watched people walk through our display home and then at some point, stop and do a room count and suddenly realize that there was no formal living room,” Swan recalls. People were very excited and made comments like: ‘it’s about time, it makes so much sense!’ The great room design concept has been embraced by Manitoba homebuyers ever since.” Huntington’s latest showhome unveils the new Semi-Formal Dining area, which reflects buyers’ more relaxed, casual lifestyle. This new concept has been well received in their latest

display home. It features a great room, which is delineated from the rest of the open living area by flooring variation and ceiling bulkheads that highlight the area. That bulkhead ceiling design is echoed in the shape of the lighting area over the table in the Semi-Formal Dining area. “People have often told us they don’t use their formal dining room enough to allocate so much space to that room, and that having a second dining area in the kitchen makes no sense.” The Semi-Formal Dining area flows off the open kitchen, which features an eating area forming part of the island. A family can choose to eat in the kitchen or the Semi-Formal Dining area. The rest of the main floor is devoted to a master bedroom with an ensuite featuring luxurious spa-style amenities, a large second bedroom and an office/den.

efforts and flair for design in the creation of this impeccable floor plan,” notes Rob Swan. “Huntington Homes takes pride in creating homes that are as beautiful as they are comfortable,” he adds. “Whether you are choosing a design with the Semi-Formal Dining area or with the formal dining area, your Huntington home will be built meticulously and to our superior building specifications.” This Huntington showhome at 87 Autumnview Drive in South Pointe Development is open Wednesday and Thursday from 5 until 8pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 5 pm, except during the Parade of Homes, when it will be open six days a week for the scheduled Parade hours. For more information visit: www.

At the rear of the home, large striking windows offer spectacular views of the lake, the park and the forest beyond. The walkout lower level boasts two spacious bedrooms, a three-piece bath, a bar area, sitting area, billiard table and a projection TV viewing area. “Families with teenagers living at home love the lower level walkout as it allows them to have their own separate space,” says Swan. “I credit my brother Sheldon, who is my partner at Huntington Homes, for his tireless

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Visit this spectacular Artista Show Home at 55 Wood Sage Crescent in Sage Creek Visit Artista Homes at their 2 other Luxury Show Home Locations: 123 Bridlewood Road (Bridgwater Forest - Waverley West) 79 Portside Drive (Van Hull Estates)

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Fresh New Looks The winds of change are blowing fresh ideas into the realm of custom building in Manitoba. These exciting new looks come courtesy of Artista Homes, a builder that continues to revolutionize the new housing industry. Take their showhome in Waverley West. A gold award winner at the fall 2009 Parade of Homes, the design is refreshingly innovative both inside and out. Light-coloured stone, horizontally paneled James Hardie siding and straight rooflines with wider soffits lend the exterior the look of a Frank Lloyd Wright design. In the foyer, knotty pine boards sprayed with a whitewash treatment are embedded in a rock base inset with uplights. The effect is dramatic. So is the hand-scraped maple flooring that runs throughout the main floor. It gives a bright warm feeling to the space, which in this staging, is used as a music room but could just as easily serve as an open and airy dining room. In the kitchen the bright contemporary look continues, with the lighter tones of the floor and countertop contrasting with the dark cabinetry and punches of lime green that serve as the accent colour throughout the home. But what visitors will find even more striking is the bank of Euro-style lift-up aluminum upper cabinets with tinted glass.

Or could it be the loft floating over the kitchen that makes this space so remarkable? Most likely it’s both. Ideal for lounging and relaxing, the raised loft enabled the builder to give the lower level exercise room a 12-foot ceiling height. At the same time, sheets of tempered glass bring in light from the main floor. But the builder’s fresh new ideas don’t stop at home design. Artista is also renowned for being an early adopter of technology that improves the lifestyles of homeowners, no matter what style of home they desire. This state-of-the-art construction features geothermal heating and cooling. Artista combines a cutting edge approach to building with old world craftsmanship based on 60 years experience in making customers’ dreams come true. The evidence can be found in every detail of the exciting two-storey display home at 123 Bridlewood Road in Waverley West’s Bridgwater Forest. Not surprisingly, response to this amazing showhome has been resoundingly enthusiastic. All those who have not yet had a chance to experience this exquisite design will be pleased to hear that the showhome will be part of the spring 2010 Parade of Homes. This location will remain open until the end of August.

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Located at 7 Eddington Point in Bridgwater Forest, this Kensington showhome makes an impact even before visitors open the door. The posts and rooflines framing the grand entryway set the tone for the entire design without having to compete with the garage, which is recessed to be level with the rest of the house. The exterior is a prelude to a magnificent interior design, which begins with a spacious twostorey foyer overlooked by a second-floor loft. On the main floor, the great room opens to the kitchen with its built-in appliances and mosaic tile backsplash. The ceiling in the great room rises two storeys to capture the abundance of light from the wall of windows. This well-designed layout is coupled with distinctive architectural details. Columns separate the great room and kitchen, while in the master bedroom a coffered ceiling provides an attractive option for this home design. On the other hand, features such as window grills and a cultured stone exterior are standard rather than optional.

After 40 years in business, Kensington Homes continues to have a solid reputation for providing the best possible value. The builder showcases these talents in a wide variety of display homes throughout the city.

Rediscovering Affordable Quality Discovery Homes’ display home in Bridgwater Forest was so popular that customers quickly bought up the lane lot design. “It has been our most popular seller,” confirms General Manager Joshua Rist. “There are only a certain number of lane lots in the development and once those are gone, we will be sold out.” The lane lots allowed the builder to place the garage at the back of the house so the front could be fully devoted to windows and living space. But this was only one of the fabulous features that made Discovery’s showhome design so popular. From the living room to the kitchen, high quality imitation walnut laminate combines with a stunning light fixture that adds some shadow play to the dining area and dark-stained maple cabinets beyond. Balancing openness with privacy, a hallway connects the ensuite, walk-in closet and master bedroom. A fully developed basement harbours a fourth bedroom, a bar and a rec room with pool table area. On the exterior, a private covered deck is bordered by the house and the garage, while the front features arched windows reflecting the curved wall with art niche in the front foyer. All those who fell in love with this 1,429 square foot bungalow will be relieved to hear that Discovery Homes is developing a bungalow with similar features in the next phase of the development.

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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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Growing Up Located just south of Bishop Grandin and Lagimodière in Winnipeg’s steadily growing southeastern quadrant, popular Sage Creek is among the largest of new communities currently under development. Already some 250 families have settled in, with expectations for over 600 new homes to be occupied over the next couple of years. When complete, it will be home to approximately 3,500 to 4,000 families, making it equivalent in population to a small town. That small town feel coupled with big city amenities is what makes Sage Creek unique, says Eric Vogan, Land Development Manager, Qualico Communities. “This is a pedestrianfriendly community, with nine kilometres of trails that weave through the wetlands and converge on the future Village Centre. There is a rural spaciousness here that residents appreciate but also easy access to major urban amenities, and downtown.” Vogan describes Sage Creek as a mixed community, with empty nesters living alongside young and established families. There are singledetached residences as well as multi-family dwellings, and in the Village Centre there will be a full slate of commercial services, such as grocery and drug stores, and other retail and service businesses. “Once we get the critical mass of families in, we can start developing the retail options in the Village Centre. This is all part of our vision to make Sage Creek as complete and multi-faceted as possible,” he says, noting that Qualico has already completed its 68,000-square foot stateof-the-art LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Head Office in the community, with several employees already electing to make Sage Creek home. Vogan adds that the company is in discussions with a number of retail and service providers.

As Qualico rolls out its latest phase in Sage Creek, Vogan says we can expect more luxury and mid-market lots to become available. “Already we have some great looking homes nestled onto some very beautiful wetland and trail lots. With participation from top custom homebuilders, such as Arlt Homes, Hearth Homes, Gino’s Homes and Artista Homes, to name just a few, we will see even more interesting designs on lots through the community as it grows. Attractive condominium homes, constructed by Randall, are also available.” Vogan happily reports that with spring approaching, Sage Creek is experiencing a strong surge in activity and interest. “It’s gratifying to see Sage Creek growing into such a vibrant, friendly community,” he states.

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Creating homes as individual as you are...

Show Homes Bridgwater Forest: 2 Ashgrove Point Sage Creek: 111 Blue Sun Drive Pritchard Farm Southlands Village: Coming Fall 2010 For more information please call (204) 669-3394 Preferred Suppliers for Arlt Homes

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Homes that Make Sense The Arlt showhome in Sage Creek is a fine example of how the builder combines cutting-edge style with designs made for comfortable living. A two-storey great room makes a dramatic focal point to this home. At the same time, the media wall - with its fireplace and entertainment unit - keeps the space warm and inviting. The open concept is just as comfortable for a couple as for a crowd. “It’s not only a great home for family life but also for entertaining,” says Jason Arlt. He points out that locating the den/office at the front of the house makes the design ideal for a homebased business. “When you meet with clients, they don’t have to go through the entire house,” he notes. It’s this kind of versatility that makes sense in a home. With more than 30 years of experience in the industry, Arlt Homes takes pride in creating designs that meet homeowners’ needs. “Rooms are situated to make the house suit your lifestyle,” confirms Arlt. Take, for instance, their showhome at 2 Ashgrove Point in Bridgwater Forest. The laundry room is located upstairs along with the four bedrooms. No more running up and down the stairs with the laundry hamper! The home also includes a fully finished basement with a bathroom

and a fifth bedroom. “We’re finding now that families sometimes include more than one generation,” says Arlt. Or the lower level could be used as a comfortable guest suite. It’s all about flexibility. This ability to customize a house to meet exact needs is an important consideration for empty nesters as well. After retirement, many people would rather have a library and a den than extra bedrooms. Arlt Homes offers the perfect solution via its detached bungalow condominiums in Pritchard Farm Southlands Village. The bungalows marry the flexibility of single-family home ownership with the advantages of condominium living. No more shovelling the driveway or mowing the lawn. This turnkey lifestyle simplifies summers at the cottage and winter travel plans. Condominium owners can also depend on Arlt Homes’ longstanding reputation for taking care of products and customers. The builder also maintains quality by using a consistent group of trades in all its homes. “So the quality of your home is the same as the quality you see in the showhome,” says Arlt. With this kind of reliability, it’s no wonder that many people are building for the second or third time with Arlt Homes!

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Van Hull Estates 6 Marine Drive Waverley West (South Pointe) 43 Autumnview Drive

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Anything but Ordinary Gino’s Homes is renowned for creating homes that stand out from the rest. This award-winning South Pointe bungalow at 77 Autumnview Drive is a case in point. Using the fine linear grain of bamboo flooring to emphasize the open spaces, the builder drew from the two tones in the floor to combine natural maple cabinetry with an espresso-stained island. The same dark stain carries into the great room entertainment unit with its custom, built-in speaker boxes.

“We can build them on-site for any sound system,” notes the builder. On the left, a twosided fireplace stands alone, commanding attention without competing with the entertainment unit or the art niches above. Mirroring the glass and stainless steel backsplash in the kitchen, the niches feature an ingenious system of steel clips, allowing homeowners to insert glass panels or remove them, as they wish. Again, these types of niches can be customdesigned to suit specific artwork. Etched or coloured glass inserts are yet another option. It is going that extra step that distinguishes a builder like Gino’s Homes. Take, for instance, the walkout lower level. Usually, even with clear span construction, a lower level ceiling will have several bulkheads to accommodate beams and ducting. Thanks to innovative construction methods, Gino’s Homes was able create a uniform nine-foot ceiling with no drop-downs. The result: a lower level that looks exactly like the main living area of a home! Visitors to the Parade of Homes will find this same distinctive feature in Gino’s new showhome at 43 Autumnview in Waverley West. With an uninterrupted 40 by 33-foot space, this lower level has no limitations. The builder certainly took full advantage of this fact, with numerous windows on all sides. A wet bar, plasma television and a 7.1 surround sound system are among the amenities.

The home also features a three-car garage and a completely covered deck off the main floor. Built with a Duralek floor and glass railing, the deck is completely maintenance free. “We’ve been building high quality custom homes in this city for 42 years now,” says the builder. “With this sort of home and location, customers are looking for something out-of-the-ordinary.” Besides being beautiful, the home is ideal both for living and entertaining. “We’re always considering these factors when designing our homes,” adds the builder. “We want to create not only something stunning and extraordinary, but also something comfortable and functional.” During the Spring Parade of Homes, more examples of Gino’s fine artistry will be on display at 6 Marine Drive in Van Hull Estates, 11 Elstree Court in Royalwood and 31 Lakebourne Drive in Amber Trails. spring 2010 | STYLE MANITOBA | 83

More than design, It’s a way of Life.

Cap Doré Properties For more information on available lots call:

Simple. Natural. Timeless

Gord Gray 467-5632 Diane Dubé, St. George C.D.C. 204-367-9970



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A better way to bank

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Vision of Beauty Thinking of a new home or vacation getaway? If so, most Manitobans have likely not considered the village of St. Georges, a picturesque community along the shores of the Winnipeg River just east of Pine Falls. “Its one of the province’s best kept secrets,” says Gordon Gray, project manager for the Cap Doré development, a single family housing project that will see 26 new homes built along the shores of Cap Doré at St. Georges. “I fell in love with the community the first time I saw it. The well-kept homes, the maritime look, the natural setting, and the people. What a beautiful place to visit, what a great place to live,” he says. St. Georges and the Cap Doré project (visit for more information) is situated an hour and 15 minutes from Winnipeg, and four miles up stream on the river from Pine Falls. The area boasts a full slate of amenities that includes a hospital, golf course, good schools, an indoor pool, hockey, curling, and a variety of restaurants and businesses in the Pine Falls area. The village itself boasts a new regional library, as well as bank and financial services, post office, and a deli that is famous throughout the district for its menu. The list goes on with boating, swimming, sailing, fishing, snowmobiling, skiing, snowboarding and more. Gray reports that he and partners were approached last year by the village. They were looking for a non-profit housing project on town held lands that would help stimulate the local economy. Now with the homes under construction, there is work for local trades, and new families are moving into the community. Cap Doré will site 26 new homes on ample country-sized lots that look onto the waters of the Winnipeg River. Already two properties are under construction, and Gray reports that the group has sold five lots. House sizes will range from 1,300 to 1,700 square feet. “Let us design and build your dream home on the beautiful shores of Cap Doré,” invites Gray, suggesting that with low interest rates and easy access to building trades, now is the time to take advantage of “Manitoba’s best kept secret.” Cap Doré will offer a luxuriously appointed 1,691 square foot showhome on site that will open in time for spring viewings.

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Professionalism • Integrity • Customer Satisfaction

Trikor specializes in all forms of construction, from additions and custom homes, to incredible interiors for all rooms in your home

Contact us today for a consultation! Trikor Builders 65101 Pine Ridge Road, Winnipeg, MB Tel: (204) 663-3818 • Fax: (204) 488-8980 • • 86 | STYLE MANITOBA | spring 2010

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Personalized Service When homeowners decide to build with Trikor Builders, they can be assured that one of the three partners will be on-site every day. “We pride ourselves on being a smaller builder,” says Brian Arnold, who has partnered with Fred and Victor Giesbrecht to form Trikor. “We’re hands-on through every phase of a project.” This allows the company to keep a close eye on construction as it develops. When issues crop up, they can be addressed immediately. It also makes it easier to maintain a more precise timeline. Ensuring that their new home was built on schedule was an important consideration for the owners of this 1,542-square-foot bungalow. Having sold their former house, they had a specific move-in date. This made Trikor—a company accustomed to building homes in four months from start to finish—a good fit for the family. Equally important was the builder’s reputation for innovation and quality combined with a focus on meeting specific needs. As a blended family, the homeowners needed a design that could accommodate several children while still feeling comfortable when only two people were living in the house.

The kitchen in this open concept is a perfect example of how Trikor was able to strike that balance. Self-contained by the full-width granite island, the kitchen is open to the great room thanks to the open layout. The island doubles as the perfect gathering place for a large crowd.

Bank, the company is also available to build homes throughout Winnipeg and the surrounding areas.

Meanwhile, the hardwood floor extends throughout the entire main floor to unify the space. The cabinetry is another common element throughout the home. Another feature that was important to the homeowners was maximizing the advantages of their beautiful third-acre lot. An abundance of large windows capture the view while letting in plenty of natural light. Trikor was also able to take full advantage of the extra wide property by carefully planning the orientation of the home. “We built the house more width-wide than length-wise,” explains Arnold. “That way they can still have a large backyard and the garage doesn’t have to cover three quarters of the façade. It can be off to the side for better curb appeal.” Personalizing a home to meet a client’s specific needs is foremost among the many talents that the Trikor team brings to every project. Very much in demand in their home base of Oak

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Live Naturally StoneRidge Meadows is the newest chapter in Genstar Development Company’s long standing tradition of creating distinctive communities in superior locations.


Follow the Signs, development located off 12th Street West For information on available lots contact the participating builders or GENSTAR DEVELOPMENT COMPANY: 488-6537 or visit our website:

Genstar takes great pride in partnering with these fine home builders:







Building custom homes for over 25 years Please visit our show home located at 12 Stone Ridge Drive-Stonewall 88 | STYLE MANITOBA | spring 2010


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offered in Stone Ridge Meadows in Stonewall, at a price that buys you much more than you could afford in the city. Developed by Genstar, Stone Ridge Meadows is located on 12th Street, adjacent to an existing upscale development in the northwest corner of Stonewall, and within walking distance of its premiere attraction, Quarry Park. Landscaping has been completed in phase one, which consists of 50 lots that already have full underground services including sewer, water, gas and hydro. The development will see a total of 94 lots sold, which range in size from 62 to 75 feet in width, and 125 to 150 feet in depth. Prices for the lots range, starting at $85,000 and going up to $105,000 on the lake. “You will not find a comparable lot in the city for this price,” says Genstar’s David Boles. “In the city, you’d be looking at $200,000 and up for a comparable lot on the lake. This is an alternative to the city, with a great small town atmosphere. You can build a beautiful home here in a community with great schools and shopping.” The lot price isn’t the only selling feature for Stone Ridge Meadows. Every lot has a pathway or green space or the lake behind it, and homes will be situated so as to conserve as many of the trees as possible. The pathway winds

Stone Ridge Meadows through the neighbourhood, and will be a great place for walking, biking and other rolling sports.

Custom Homes and Hilton Homes; all of which have reputations for quality and professionalism.

A number of well-known homebuilders have showhomes on Stone Ridge Drive, including A&S Homes, Discovery Homes, Warkentin

For more information on Stone Ridge Meadows, visit Genstar’s website online at:

Personalized Service Large windows capture the beautiful water feature and mature trees that create a beautiful natural setting for this Warkentin display home in Stonewall’s Stone Ridge Meadows. The focal point of the great room is a contemporary gas fireplace clad in stone from the floor to the 10-foot ceiling. The maple hardwood picks up the colour notes both in the stone and in the rich finish of the Norcraft maple cabinetry. Expertly designed by Karen Zapp, the interior highlights some of the latest trends in tones and materials to create a warm and welcoming décor. “Having a professional designer involved with every project ensures that the home will be tailored to every customer’s exact needs,” notes Melanie Snow of Warkentin Homes. A family run business, Warkentin Homes is proud to be able to offer personalized service to all the people who build with them. “Many people comment that they appreciate dealing directly with the owner of the company,” says Snow. This is the approach that her father, Walter Warkentin, has always taken during more than 25 years of building homes in Manitoba. Well known in the northern outskirts of Winnipeg, Warkentin Homes is also involved in projects in Winnipeg and surrounding areas. spring 2010 | STYLE MANITOBA | 89

55+ Bungalow Condominiums

Monterey Park Located just 5 minutes west of Winnipeg in Headingley, Manitoba • Large fully landscaped lots • Fully detached bungalows personalized to your taste & budget • 2 car attached garage, central air, deck

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Now Selling the final phase Located just north of Chief Peguis Bridge Off Main Street Some lots backing onto a natural forest and the Red River Surrounded by parks & all amenities

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Down by the Riverside People have long been attracted to the natural beauty of McBeth Landing. Nestled next to a mature river bottom forest along the Red River, the area was first settled in 1815 by Selkirk colonist Alexander McBeth.

same time, a system of pedestrian trails allows residents to explore the picturesque landscape of a nature preserve adjacent to the river. Leading to McBeth Park, the trails will eventually connect to the Red River Parkway and the Kildonan Park trail system.

Nearly two centuries later, much of this magnificent land remains unchanged, with whitetail deer and fox still inhabiting McBeth Park. Residents of McBeth Landing can enjoy a peaceful walk through the woods or along the river, reveling in the bounty that only nature can bring.

In fact, with its privileged location east of Main Street, off of Red River Boulevard, McBeth Landing is far enough from the bustle of the city but close enough to all amenities. Both shopping and the new West Kildonan Collegiate are within walking distance.

Encompassing only 60 properties, the closeknit community is now entering its third and final phase of development. Since the first phase was launched in January 2008, lots have seen steady demand.

Yet, with its ample green space, the community is an oasis of calm and natural beauty. Accordingly, the development’s four quality builders are taking full advantage of the spectacular setting in their home designs.

McBeth landing features larger-than-standard properties with an average width of 50 feet, including a large number of pie-shaped lots. Located closer to the riverside, lots in the final phase are slightly larger than in the first two.

Dynasty Homes, recently opened its display home in Phase Three, a luxurious 2,698 twostorey on a pie-shaped lot at 203 McBeth Grove overlooking the river. Maple hardwood floors, cabinets and trim are paired with granite countertops and stainless steel appliances for a home that’s built to last. On the exterior, coloured brick mold cladding embraces the tripane windows. This is classic Dynasty Homes quality.

“There are a number of properties with wonderful river views,” notes Abe Friesen. A flood protection dike protects McBeth Landing and the surrounding area. At the

The same Dynasty standards can be seen in Monterey Park, their premier 55 plus community of detached bungalow condominiums. The new 1,460-square-foot show home at 4 Britton Bay features abundant windows plus hardwood floors throughout. A fireplace with built-in cabinetry in the great room is paired with maple cabinetry in the kitchen and a three-season sunroom overlooking the park-like setting. “With a starting price of $349,000 and low condo fees of $130 a month, Headingly’s Monterey Park brings Dynasty Homes awardwinning craftsmanship within reach,” says Dan Thiessen.

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Condominium living in Pritchard Farm Southlands Conveniently located off Henderson Highway in East St. Paul, the condos of Pritchard Farm Southlands provide an enclave of luxury single family homes in a relaxed atmosphere. You’ll experience comfort and privacy in a natural setting all within the well established community of Pritchard Farm Southlands. The naturalized creek system allows for a number of lower level walkout homes while the distinctive landscape architecture provides striking views for lots overlooking the sculpted creek bed garden. Imagine the convenience of condo living in a custom built home by some of East St. Paul’s most prestigious builders. Enjoy an independent and carefree lifestyle with an absolute minimum of maintenance responsibility in a community designed for active adults.

~ See how easy life can be.

For home site information contact:

ARLT HOMES (204) 669-3394

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IRWIN HOMES (204) 661-5159

MARIC HOMES (204) 339-2035

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Big Things in Smaller Packages How fast time flies! It was not that long ago that developers launched Pritchard Farm Properties as a premier luxury residence destination just north of Winnipeg’s Perimeter Hwy in East St. Paul. Over the years the lots and homes offered a distinction that few sites could match. Now this tradition of luxury is being made easier to obtain with unique bare land condominiums in the community’s Southlands area. According to Pritchard Farm Southlands Development Manager Eric Vogan, the beauty of the condominium program is that buyers can select their lot, their builder and their design much as they would approach a custom home project. “This is worry free living in an upscale residential setting where all the aspects of property management are attended to, making it ideal for those who travel or have things to do beyond cutting grass and shovelling snow,” he says, adding that Pritchard Farm Southlands is an active adult community targeted to empty nesters who seek a sophisticated simplicity of lifestyle. Vogan reports that altogether there are 83 lots available with 12 homes already complete or under construction. “We have the participation

of some of Manitoba’s leading home builders, like Arlt Homes, Maric Homes and Irwin Homes, all of whom can deliver a custom home on a condominium title.” At this moment Maric Homes is constructing its first condo inside the development. According to Caroline Maric, the home is one that ties in perfectly with the lifestyle and luxury aspects of the community. “We are known as a builder that specializes in craftsmanship and innovation. This condo property is filled with custom woodwork and other aspects that highlight Maric’s unique building style. We are a builder that is all about the details and Pritchard Farm Southlands is a community that really allows us to show off what we do best.”

Wayne Penner agrees with Jason. Penner works with Irwin Homes marketing their new condo options in the East St. Paul community. “Those who decide to have a bare land condominium built in Pritchard Farm Southlands can maintain the quality they have become accustomed to, but at a size commensurate with their changing needs. The concept here is all about choice,” he says, pointing out that buyers can select lots such as those on the waterfront or the recently opened dry creek bed and pick a home design much as they would with a larger custom built residence. Concluding, Eric Vogan states, “This bare land condominium option represents an opportunity to get into the Pritchard Farm community in a relatively compact format without having to sacrifice any of the traditional upscale attributes of the neighbourhood.”

Describing the community further, Jason Arlt of Arlt Homes comments that options are many. “The condos of Pritchard Farm Southlands are geared to those who have transitioned in their family needs and now seek a home that is smaller, yet offers a high level of luxury in materials and layout. The designs offer fewer bedrooms, but in their place are dens and entertainment rooms,” he says, commenting that Arlt Homes is well placed to deliver, given their reputation as a highly experienced builder in the community that is well known for their craftsmanship and home designs.

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Irwin difference Our Home Designs are as Individual as our clients. Catering to those with discriminating tastes. 94 | STYLE MANITOBA | spring 2010

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One-of-a Kind Homes When asked about Irwin Homes’ objective as a custom builder, Krista Koop gets right to the point. “We pay attention to detail in order to create beautiful homes,” she explains. “We listen to our customers and what works for them. That’s why our houses are all so different.” To bring this point home, the builder decided to clad this display home with James Hardie siding on all four sides as a reminder to prospective clients that this is always a possibility for their own home. Just as distinctively, the flagstone exterior at the front of the house provides a gradual entrance of multi-level steps and landings. “It creates a nicer flow,” Koop points out. She adds that her husband and business partner, Andrew Koop, has a real talent for using a creative approach to achieve appealing designs. Meanwhile, the equally inspired interiors are mainly her doing. This showhome at 34 Prairie Oaks Cove in The Oaks is an excellent example of this partnership. Square windows around the oversized front door not only allow abundant light to flow in but also create an eye-catching detail both inside and out. Then, just off the entrance, the builder combined drywall cutouts and spindles rather than opting for the standard railing to the lower level.

The design also offers a seamless transition to the bar area, framed by two dry-walled pillars. The cabinets in the bar, great room entertainment unit, kitchen and island are all in maple with a rich chocolate brown stain, tying the open space together. Norcraft Cabinetry used a shaker style door and subtle hardware to create a contemporary look. Dressing the display cabinets is striated water glass, one of dozens of glass options offered by the cabinetry specialists.

builder that demands only the best from its tradespeople and partners. And the best is what Norcraft has provided, not only in the kitchen and bathrooms, but also in the lower level with its superb bar area. The maple cabinets match those on the main floor while

Built-in features such as wine bottle storage in the island and wine glass storage in the bar show other ways in which the cabinetry can be customized according to individual needs and desires. The bar is strategically placed between the great room and the kitchen with its abundance of storage space and fine finishing details. On the backsplash, the ceramic subway tiles are installed vertically instead of horizontally for a truly unique look. “A display home gives us the opportunity to showcase the different products to which we have access and show different ways in which they can be used,” notes Koop. In this home, the builder used a solid surface quartz product instead of granite to highlight a material that at a comparable price point offers different options in colouring and pattern. The counter’s finely finished edges say something else about Irwin Homes. This is a

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a change-up in the hardware adds a distinctive twist to the final effect. But, most of all, nothing was downgraded in this lower level. The bar features a combination of open shelving, built-in wine storage and glass-in cabinets that rivals the cabinetry on the main floor. This is all in keeping with Irwin Homes’ philosophy of maintaining high standards throughout every square inch of their homes. Accordingly, the lower level entertainment unit and fireplace combination are just as exquisitely designed and finely finished as the main floor counterpart. No detail is overlooked. Woodclad posts match those on the exterior of the house, windows are large and evenly spaced and the stain on the entertainment unit—both upstairs and downstairs—matches the cabinetry perfectly. It’s this kind of attention that homeowners can expect when they build with Irwin Homes. And because the builder truly knows how to listen to his customers needs, tastes and ideas, clients know they will get the home they want. Working closely together, the Irwin team takes pride in realizing perfectly everything the homeowner envisioned, down to the very last detail. “It’s not a house, it’s a home,” notes Koop. “We take care of everything as if it were our own.”

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Custom Building’s Full Potential For most visitors to this former K Streu display home, the tigerwood flooring was something new. For many, the hood fan over the island was also an option they had never considered. Some might never have thought of having a two-sided fireplace, or eschewing a mantel for a wooden frame. This is only a sampling from a whole world of possibilities Kurt and Heather Streu bring to the table for their clients. When building a custom home, the possibilities are endless. But only when clients know what options are available can they fully maximize the potential of this process. That kind of knowledge and expertise can only be gained through years of experience working with different products and creating inspired designs. And, as Kurt Streu points out, possibilities are always changing as new materials and technologies come onto the market. But after 20 years in business, he knows better than to jump onto the bandwagon before something has proven itself. And most importantly, every option must be evaluated according to how well it fulfills a client’s tastes, needs and lifestyle. It is this combination of inspiration and insight on which homeowners can rely when K. Streu Homes guides them through the process of building their custom dream home.

If you can dream it, we can build it.

Kurt Streu t: 663-2170 e: f: 663-4987

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Ahead of the Curve It was not only a curved stone wall that wowed visitors to the last Health Science Centre Lottery home. It was the way that Maric Homes always manages to be ahead of the curve. In fact, the home proved to be a winner in more ways than one. Anyone who had the opportunity to visit the home knows that the design was all about “luxury and innovation.” It’s the company’s tagline and something Maric Homes takes very seriously. Just ask the people at Superlite. “Maric is always trying to do something different that will make a house unique,” says Kari Knight. She and the Maric team put their heads together to select the stunning spun crystal orbs in the stairwell of the HSC Lottery home. “Whenever one of the professionals from Superlite and I sit down together, we’re always looking for something fresh that will make a dramatic statement,” says Caroline Maric of Maric Homes. Staggered at three different heights, the light also creates an interesting pattern on the wall while bringing out the tones of the cultured stone. Always innovating, Maric Homes was not satisfied with repeating the cultured ledgestone wall in their next showhome, no matter how successful it had been. Instead, the team took the concept a few steps further. In their 127 Bridlewood two-storey in Bridgwater Forest, the builder vertically applied real stone, flat with a drywall detail for a more modern look. In the kitchen, the chrome and tall opal glass of the light fixtures are consistent with the contemporary design of the home’s interior. “It’s not what you expect when you walk up the drive,” says Maric. In keeping with Bridgwater Forest’s architectural guidelines, the exterior exudes a Prairie Style, complete with cultured stone, exposed rafters and James Hardie siding.

But the interior tells another story. In the entrance two maple pillars are a telling introduction to a space that veers from transitional to modern. And in true Maric fashion, the second and lower levels are as impressive as the main floor. Each area features the same builtin fireplaces, Caesarstone and maple cabinetry.

Another striking feature of this home is the punches of apricot orange that accent the colour scheme. In the ensuite, a wide-open vanity with double vessel sinks sits below a wall finished with large rectangular orange tiles. A trio of unique light sconces is affixed right to the mirror, with polished nickel traversing the etched linear glass shades. “We wanted to do something different from placing lights across the top,” notes Knight. Equally distinctive is the choice of lighting in the bedroom, a shade within a shade that goes by the name of silver organza. It is just the right translucent complement to the bold orange backdrop of the bed. Brick orange is the accent colour for the 2190-square foot bungalow at 71 Autumnview in Waverley West’s Southpointe. The builder once again used a vertical stone application, this time for the cultured stone surrounding the fireplace. The effect is nothing short of stunning.

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A sleek maple detail completes the design without competing with the striking look of the stone. Meanwhile, huge windows flood the room in natural light keeping the open design of the home bright and airy. In the kitchen, the cabinets’ clean lines continue the contemporary design. Pantry doors and the hood fan over the island combine glass and stainless steel to create crisp accents. Superlite drew from this combination when selecting the chrome light rail above the sink. The two ribbed glass pendants throw bright light on this working area, while undercabinet lighting illuminates the Caesar countertops and recessed lighting brings out the chocolate brown of the cabinetry. Nor does the creative design stop here. The very heart of this home is in the lower level, where a walkout leads to the lakeside property. In parallel to the large, open concept of the main floor, another beautiful fireplace is situated close to a stunning bar. All the elements create a comfortable family-oriented home perfect for entertaining. But it is what the builder does with these elements that never ceases to astonish. Always pushing the limits, always pursing a higher level of excellence, Maric Homes has earned a reputation as a trendsetter in the industry. It is no wonder that Manitobans are consistently eager to see what this innovator has to offer. A visit to a Maric showhome starts with

anticipation for the unexpected and ends with the satisfaction of seeing the realization of yet another ingenious design.

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Seize the Opportunity! New Lake Winnipeg Cottage Lots A unique opportunity to build your new lakefront dream cottage to exactly fit your personal taste, imagination, and requirements. SunSet Bay Estates is a well-situated, fully serviced new Lake Winnipeg cottage lot development featuring large private well-treed lots and a great location near everything, including Grand Beach. A wise investment made affordable by a unique financing plan.

Designed for your needs • • • • •

Large, private lots – minimum ½ acre Lake access from every lot Only 60 minutes north of Winnipeg 4 golf courses, walking trail and casino nearby Close (but not too close) to Grand Beach and Grand Marais • Professionally planned community • Every lot backs onto greenspace • MTS high speed internet to the lot line

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SunSet Bay Estates is a new cottage community on the eastern shore of Lake Winnipeg, just south of Grand Beach. This new community will be built on what was formerly privately owned land. The expected total lot count is anticipated at 166, with 75 lots already sold in phase one of the development, according to Perry McDonald, one of the three developers who are experienced cottagers themselves. “This is a fantastic area, with sandy public beaches and lots with established trees. And thanks to the rise in the land, even the back lots have spectacular lake views,” says McDonald. “In Manitoba, cottages are usually handed down from generation to generation, so a development like this where you can buy a lot and build your own cottage is priceless. You can build your dream cottage here, and then watch it increase in value over the years.” SunSet Bay Estates is an easy one-hour drive north of Winnipeg up Highway 59. It is an ideal base of operation offering the best of all worlds — lakefront property, west sunsets, privacy, serenity and close access to the full spectrum of conveniences, amenities and activities in the eastern beaches of Lake Winnipeg. It’s a great location for health-conscious individuals with many healthy activities nearby and close access to medical facilities. There is an excellent golf course close at hand, and a planned extension of the Red River North walking trail will see it stretch from Beaconia to Grand Beach, which means cottagers will be able to walk to Grand Beach and back. McDonald says every lot backs onto green space and has beach access, something young families will adore. There is a nearby boat

launch for those with boats on trailers. The development will have an environmentallyfriendly low pressure sewer system, which operates by having a holding tank on your property connected to a lagoon by means of a pipe and pump network. This allows for year round cottage use. MTS high speed Internet services will be available to the lot line. There will be a number of building requirements for cottages so that the quality and ambience of the area is assured over time. Bungalow cottages must be 1,200 sq. ft. or larger, while

two-storey designs must be 1,450 sq. ft. or larger. No cottage may be higher than 35 feet off the ground. All cottages must conform to building code standards and fire regulations. Garages can be 30 by 30 feet, large enough to accommodate a vehicle and a boat on a trailer. “There is no time limit to start construction of your new cottage, but once you do start building, you will have two years to completely close in the exterior,” says McDonald. “We know that many people will enjoy building their cottage as a weekend project, so there is no time limit on when they have to finish the interior.” The development falls under the umbrella of the R.M. of St. Clements, and McDonald expects the area cottagers to form an association. A site map of SunSet Bay Estates, lot prices and information on financing plans are available online at:

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A Clear Decision By Kelly Gray The choice to go with replacement windows over keeping those old existing units is an easy one given the simple math and the number of reputable manufacturers. With the cost of natural gas expected to rise and a variety of incentives now on the market, this could be one of the best times to consider replacing your old windows. Indeed, windows have come a long way since many of Manitoba’s houses were first constructed - the energy savings and the aesthetic upgrade can be substantial. In my own home - a 1,600-square foot 100-year-old wood frame structure - we realized an immediate 20 percent saving when we ditched the old single pane units and their accompanying storms for double pane, PVC casements and single hung units. The payback has taken place over the past five years, with huge non-monetary benefits like comfort and upgraded appearance just icing on the cake. Looking back, we can’t see why we didn’t do it sooner. How easy can it be? Consider that Manitoba Hydro offers a program of low interest loans to get new windows into older housing stock. Under the PowerSmart initiative, homeowners who are customers of the utility can borrow up to $7500 with no money down. Payments are made on your monthly bill for work performed by your choice of contractor or even if you do it yourself. The options on windows are nearly as varied as the housing styles they grace. For example,

manufacturers and their distributors offer wood, metal-clad wood, fibreglass and PVC, the most popular window product in the Manitoba market. There are also products that feature double pane and triple pane glass with gas inserts to reduce temperature conductivity between glass panes.

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Local manufacturers understand Manitoba’s unique climate “The spacer bar is also highly important,” says JELD-WEN Canada’s Winnipeg-based Territory Sales Manager Paul Lanteigne. He points out that while a window is 80 percent glass, the remaining 20 percent of the product is no less important. “Our spacer bar (Super Spacer) is the warmest on the market, a good thing given the extreme temperatures we have to endure in Manitoba. It also means a low incidence of condensation between the panes,” he notes, adding that if this should happen, JELD-WEN has crews that will make it right. In the market, JELD-WEN is known as a global manufacturer with facilities in 22 countries. In Canada they have three window manufacturing facilities, including one in Winnipeg where JELD-WEN’s plant employs more than 350 people. “By being local, we can produce products made with an understanding of our unique climate conditions. These windows aren’t made in spring 2010 | STYLE MANITOBA | 105

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Canada’s largest private window manufacturer, All Weather operates plants in Edmonton and Mississauga with branches from coast to coast. Indeed, the company’s maxim “ All Canadian made for all Canadians” reflects the commitment they have had to the market over the company’s more than 30 years in the business. “We don’t just build windows, we build trust,” says Bob Neufeld, a Sales Entrepreneur at All Weather’s Winnipeg operation. He reports that when the BC government looked for a window company to tackle the leaky condo challenge facing hundreds of residents on the lower mainland a few years back, they called All Weather Windows. The same is true of customers high up in the Arctic who call for All Weather products that can meet the needs of an environment where poor windows can result in catastrophe. “Our plants are CSA Certified. This means that inspectors routinely show up to do random audits of the manufacturing process and the finished products. When we say these windows will perform, we have respected third parties that make certain it is so.” tion to signify JELD-WEN’s compliance with the very best standards in manufacturing, distribution and marketing of Energy Star rated products. JELD-WEN has a complete line, from casements to specialty products, as well as a complete selection of entry systems to meet the unique needs of home architecture. Moreover, JELD-WEN products come with well-considered hardware features that keep the seal tight and secure to minimize air leakage and infiltration. Lanteigne reports that JELD-WEN also offers a great selection of industry leading wood windows. These come in a variety of species with 41 colours, as well as three copper clad finishes. “Wood is still considered a high-end product that delivers a lot of quality,” he says, noting that wood is ideal in settings where customers want not only a warm feel, but want to match interior decor features as well. The company even offers a sill mat and blue skin system to keep windows looking as good as the day they were installed. “We are well known as a company that stands behind our products. In fact, JELD-WEN vinyl windows carry a limited lifetime warrantee with a full two years on labour. The Warrantee is also transferable up to 10 years. Builders continue to choose JELD-WEN as their product supplier because of our willingness to develop relationships that don’t leave contractors with empty promises. We simply make great products and then stand behind them.” Committed to the Canadian market Another name to know when considering replacement units is All Weather Windows.

Innovative is the company’s range of HyDystinction PVC units that are vinyl on the interior and metal clad on the exterior for great looks and maximum durability. “These look good with stonework and stucco,” notes Neufeld. “We also offer innovations like Drip Lip, a product that was of special interest to BC when it was discovered that hundreds of condominiums had sustained considerable water damage. With Drip Lip, water is drained off and won’t come back inside.” Further innovation has been brought to the market with Apex, the company’s latest introduction. Over the years, All Weather saw that spring 2010 | STYLE MANITOBA | 107

According to Yarrow president Michael Neufeld, the idea was to add a line that provided a fresh element to their customers who have been looking to the company since 1946 for quality and craftsmanship. “The availability of aluminium clad wood materials means a low maintenance exterior finish that is part and parcel of the options that homeowners can choose. We chose the Marvin line because of its build-to-order capability and the fact that Marvin offers the affordability that the majority of the public values, not to mention the quality of its products and the selection,” he says.

traditional window systems had their limitations. They developed V-weld Technology as a response. With this new technology, all joints are welded together, meaning no need for gaskets or silicone to seal the windows, virtually eliminating air and water leaks from combination windows. With V-weld, each window opening performs as an individual window even though V-weld windows are built in combination.

“The V-weld is also easier to install, offering an advantage to dealers and contractors,” says Neufeld. Affordable build-to-order capability Yarrow Sash and Door of Winnipeg is creating news with its addition of Marvin Windows and Doors to its product line. New will be wood and extruded aluminium clad doors and windows from the Warroad, Minnesota-based industry leading manufacturer.

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He points to Marvin’s venting picture window and the fully accessible Ultimate Casement window as real innovations in the market. Consider the Ultimate Casement that features a revolutionary wash mode that makes cleaning the exterior simple and effective. As well, all Marvin Windows meet or exceed federal Energy Star ratings with features such as Low E II coatings and argon filled insulated glass. According to Yarrow’s Neufeld, the choice has never been more clear for homeowners, architects or designers who can look to window products to deliver an edge like never before. Whether its energy efficiency, great looks or economical replacements in older housing stock, new windows do it all.

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Graceful oval shapes artfully draw the eye upward or downward depending on the orientation of the satin etched opal glass. “The chandelier is also available in a nine or 24 light option,” notes Brett Robinson, Branch Manager at Robinson Lighting in Winnipeg. He adds that the unique arched supports that cradle the curved glass come in olde bronze as well as chrome. The dining room is not the only possible setting for these elegant yet contemporary light fixtures. Thanks to their versatile styling, they are ideal for any room in the house, from the foyer to the breakfast nook to the bedroom. In fact, this collection encompasses 22 different options, including wall sconces, mini-pendants, a desk lamp and a table lamp. “It’s one of our fullest families of fixtures,” says Robinson. He adds that it is one of the newer families to join the vast selection on display in Robinson Lighting’s 10,000 square-foot Winnipeg showroom. Every year the family-owned company scopes out the newest crop of lighting to be introduced in the spring. “It’s amazing how many people drop in to see what’s new,” says Robinson. By keeping their selection fresh, Robinson Lighting continues to provide its customers with the widest possible options for lighting their home.

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Flexibility & Choice The beautiful clean lines of this Juno sectional combine with the modular options of the Elements collection to offer the ultimate in functional solutions for the home. “With Dufresne, you have flexibility and choice,” explains Damon Martin, manager of the Ellice location, one of Dufresne’s six Manitoba stores. The Elements collection offers such a versatile array of components that the homeowner can

virtually design a sectional themselves, to meet their personal taste as well as space and lifestyle needs. The collection offers myriad pieces to mix and match in any configuration. The modular components have been engineered to connect together seamlessly. “And you can choose from 300 leathers and fabrics,” adds Martin. The results are stylish and personalized. And with knowledgeable and experienced sales

people as well as an on-site Design Centre, the process is easy. Plus, customers can feel confident that they are buying a Canadian product. In fact, more than half of the furniture Dufresne offers is made in Canada, including a range of stationary sofas from Toronto’s Decor-Rest. “You can really change the look of a sofa depending on the fabric application,” notes Martin. “At Dufresne, we’re all about custom order.”

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design&decor The Wow Factor

The dramatically curved back and distinctive arms of this recamier-style sofa by Bugatti will inject a wow factor into any home. “It’s one of those pieces that will make quite an impact in a room,” agrees Richard Mandarano of Contessa Fine Furniture. “It really stands out.” Chrome legs subtly set the sofa off the ground, for a floating look. “It’s finely tailored and very detailed,” adds Mandarano. “It looks great from every angle.” Also available with wooden legs and in hundreds of domestic and imported leathers, fabrics and detailing, this piece can just as easily project old Hollywood glamour as it can complement a modern setting. In fact, the version to be featured in Contessa’s showroom will combine coordinating charcoal and slate fabrics with a Swarovski crystal in place of a button. Created by in-house designers and handcrafted using traditional Italian workmanship, Bugatti Design furniture is made in Canada by a company that knows how to marry quality, comfort and style. “We’re opening a Bugatti gallery in our showroom in late spring,” notes Mandarano. He adds that this will allow customers to see a wider range of the company’s sectionals, sofa and chairs, in all sizes and styles.

Proper Placement

In lighting a home, proper placement is just as important as selecting the right bulb and fixture. “The recessed lights in this kitchen are placed just close enough for the light to graze the cabinets,” says Norm Secter of Total Lighting. He adds that today’s homeowners tend to make a substantial investment in beautiful cabinetry but then place the lights too far away to bring out the grain and colour. At the same time, improper placement creates shadow on the workspaces. Here, the counters receive additional lighting from undercabinet lighting. “We used xenon lights because they are cooler and last a lot longer than halogens,” notes Secter. Highlow switches give the option of full illumination or a muted setting, perfect for late evening forays into the kitchen. On the other hand, the pendant lights overtop of the island are as much decorative as they are functional. “They define this space as an eating area,” explains Secter. Or, he adds, they can be used as situational lighting for such purposes as reading the newspaper. Placement is important. That’s why just like for this Discovery display home, the professionals at Total Lighting sit down with builders and/or homeowners to create a lighting plan that works with each particular home.

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design&decor Outdoor Kitchen Oasis

Perfect for the outdoor gourmet, this Napoleon grill is available with a selection of modular components and cabinets. “You can just have a grill,” says Helen Peters of Classic Fireplaces. “Or you can mix and match to build your own outdoor kitchen.” Options include different configurations of under grill drawers, fridge, propane or universal storage cabinets and a waste drawer with paper towel holder. All components are made of powder-coated galvanized steel with stainless steel doors and drawers. The modules are compatible with a number of Napoleon grill heads including side burners available with or without roll-top lid. A sizzle-zone option offers very intense heat from 0 to 1800 degrees in seconds. “It’s great for searing,” says Peters. “Then you can move it to the regular burners to finish it off.” Like the side burners, the grills can also come with a bottom infrared burner or sizzle zone, as well as infra-red rear burners for rotisserie. Other Napoleon accessories for the outdoor kitchen include charcoal trays, stainless steel griddles and smoker tubes for the grills. “The more features you have, the better the taste!” notes Peters. She adds that Classic Fireplaces offers a full range of grilling products from wood chips and barbecue accessories to seasonings and sauces.

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Since opening on the original homestead in 1992, Pineridge Hollow has been committed to offering guests not only great home-cooked meals, but also strong quality and value in every product sold in the store. October 15, 2009 marked the grand opening of Pineridge Hollow’s 2000-square-foot furniture showroom, and the dedication to quality and positive guest experience has only grown stronger. Each furniture supplier Pineridge Hollow showcases has been carefully selected to ensure every furniture piece, from a luxurious down-filled sofa to a solid hardwood Canadian-made dining set, meets both high-quality and high-value expectations for staff and guests alike. In addition to showcasing Canadel, Statum, Broyhill, and Dash & Albert, Pineridge Hollow is the exclusive Manitoba dealer for LEE Industries. LEE furniture is well known for its unparalleled craftsmanship, unique shapes and styles, and strict commitment to the environment. No sofa, chair, ottoman or loveseat leaves the LEE plant unless the craftspeople themselves would put it into their own home. The family and pet-friendly LEE sofa in this vignette comes with a slipcover for easy care. Biobased upholstery and fabrics made from recycled materials make this line an eco-friendly option. Pineridge Hollow is extremely proud to include LEE in their complete furniture, accessory, lighting and floor covering collections for every style and setting.

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The Advanced Residential Technology (ART) a division of Advance Electronics, specializes in Custom Home Entertainment & Home Automation for new & existing homes. The electronic system of your dreams may be as simple and inexpensive as music throughout the house, a fully customized Home Theatre or even total control over all of your home’s electrical functions – all with the touch of a button. ART’s experienced and professional staff works closely with builders, designers & homeowners to meet customer’s expectations in all respects. For more information on Advanced Residential Technology, please read the editorial on the following page.

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We rely on technology to enhance our lifestyle. The cellular phone and IPod in our pockets may be an essential part of that, but in the end, nothing is more important to us than our home. But because every home and every family is different, there is no one-size-fits-all solution to a household’s electronics needs. That’s where ART comes in. An acronym for Advanced Residential Technologies, this division of Advance Electronics is devoted to providing custom home entertainment and automation – everything from properly installing a television over a fireplace to providing a fully integrated home audio-visual and automation system. “Basically, anything that is wired in a home, we have the ability to control,” says Joel Bouvier, Manager of ART. “We will meet with clients, review their needs, give them a list of possibilities and then design and install a system that does what they want.” Lighting, thermostats, motorized shades, whole home sound systems, gas fireplaces, garage doors and more can be controlled from a simple key pad on a wall anywhere in the house or remotely by computer or Smart Phone. Bouvier points out that even something as simple as automating light control can drastically improve lifestyle. Imagine never having to come home to a dark house. The system automatically turns certain lights on after the sun goes down, no matter what the season. Or think of the convenience of being able to turn off all the lights in the house simply by pressing one button.

ART recently installed a system for a homeowner whose family always forgot to lock the doors before turning in for the night. Thanks to a system of specialty locks, one button is now all it takes for the home to be secured. Some people even elect to have their home alarm systems, lighting and thermostat tied into the system. When they leave the house, all they have to do to lower the temperature and secure the home is to lock the door. “And anyone knows how to do that,” says Bouvier. He adds that like television remote controls, home automation systems have become increasingly easy to use. “They allow you to do complicated things at the touch of a button because all the complicated technology is already done by us in the background,” Bouvier explains. The specialized staff of ART make the installation process seamless. At the same time, the use of wireless technology has opened up the options for developing systems in existing homes. “All of our installation staff are very experienced,” adds Bouvier. “Even when we’re not using wireless, there are very few places that we can’t get wired.”

home automation a lot more affordable,” confirms Bouvier. The trend started with the home theatre. And as the media room became something more accessible, homeowners began to change the way they invested in audio-visual technology. Today, says Bouvier, many families are installing a scaled down system in the master bedroom so that parents can watch movies in bed while their children enjoy themselves in the home theatre room. With life as busy and stressful as it is today, homeowners are looking for comfort and convenience. They want to know that their home audio-visual and automation system is reliable and works as it should. Says Bouvier: “Prompt and efficient customer service is very important to Advance Electronics, especially to the ART team and its customers.” The ART team prides itself on being leaders in electronics.

Of course, in a new home build, the options are almost limitless. And with all components hidden except for the television and the DVD player, interior design is unaffected. Meanwhile, thanks to advances in electronics over the past three years, the options for automation are more exciting than ever. Pricing has changed as well. “Costs have come down significantly in the last few years, making 117

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The Beauty of Stone without the Mason.

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Easyrock is the hottest building and renovation material going these days. The synthetic but extremely authentic-looking rock face has been moving off shelves at an overwhelming rate this summer, says Grant Jehle, president of Fort Distributors Ltd.

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“We’re really impressed with this product and so are our customers!” With Easyrock being so popular, Fort Distributors has partnered with Durabuilt Windows & Doors Design Centre, where they have opened an additional showroom in Winnipeg so Manitobans can have easier access to view product styles and colours. “The showroom at Durabuilt is wonderful,” says Jehle. “You can really see the Easyrock up close and how it works with the windows, doors and frames. It really gives the customer a great idea of what it will look like on their home or cottage.” Determined to give Manitobans even easier access to Easyrock, Jehle has also built an impressive showroom display at Form Design Centre. Customers can also see and purchase Easyrock products right on site at Fort Distributors. “We can’t say enough about Easyrock,” says Jehle, who remarks that most of his customers are installing the product themselves very successfully. “It’s easy to do, it’s affordable, and it looks amazing!” Easyrock panels weigh only two and half pounds each, and require just eight screws to fasten to walls. Each panel is joined with a lap indent to make portions seamless in appearance. Screws are covered with caulking (Fort Distributors offers a selection of eight colours), making them virtually invisible when the installation is complete. Jehle comments that the product is also extremely forgiving, making it an excellent choice for all skill levels, from the earnest novice to professional tradesmen. Fort Distributors also offers a variety of accessories, such as ledger, trim, 90-degree corners, and keystones to provide custom touches. And Easyrock can be applied directly over existing stucco, lap siding or brick.

also been tested to have an R-value = 5.7. That means the lightweight polyurethane panels also insulate your home, something cultured stone can’t do. The panels, which are almost impossible to differentiate from real stone, also fully meet the Canadian building code requirements for interior use.

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“From kitchens and living rooms, to dens, bars, restaurants and lobbies – Easyrock can definitely suit them all,” says Jehle. “We’re really excited. Our partnership with Durabuilt Windows & Doors takes it to another level where customers can preview more options and come away with products that work perfectly together,” he adds. Jehle notes that many have found it extremely beneficial to see the windows and doors within the Easyrock panels and get a firsthand look at how they seam together. The Durabuilt Windows & Doors showroom has numerous examples of various Easyrock colours with win119

dow and door styles. In fact, this is a great one-stop shop for those who are building or renovating any type of structure. It’s worth the trip to see any of the three Easyrock display showrooms. The product at all three locations is professionally displayed and very impressive in person. Visit the following locations to view Easyrock: Fort Distributors Ltd. 938 McPhillips Road, St Andrews Wpg: 284-6647 Durabuilt Windows & Doors Design Centre Unit 2 - 1600 Regent Ave. corner of Regent & Lagimodiere. Form Design Centre 693 Taylor Avenue, across the street from the Round Table on Pembina

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Rebuild, Renew Devin and Keri Latimer knew that rebuilding the entire main floor of their centuryold home would be a big project. But when they met All Canadian Renovation’s Marcel Verrier at a home renovation show, they had a good feeling. In fact, after interviewing several other companies, they returned to Marcel and entrusted him with the project. “We sat down with Marcel and discussed what we wanted,” says Keri. She adds that they have several friends whose renovation projects ran far over budget. Verrier assured them that All Canadian always stays close to their original estimates. And that is exactly what happened. “It was really close,” says Keri. “There were no surprises.” In fact, the Latimers got exactly what they wanted: a new main floor that meets all their needs. Today, a kitchen sits where the bedroom used to be, and a bathroom fills the space previously occupied by both the former kitchen and bathroom. Marcel listened carefully and then provided a sketch of the new layout, recalls Keri. Initially, the couple had planned to hire a designer, but they soon decided this was unnecessary. All Canadian Renovations (ACR) created the design and referred the Latimers to a number of suppliers where they selected the materials and finishes for the renovation.

Meanwhile, ACR brought in an engineer to determine whether the renovation involved any load-bearing walls. After receiving the go-ahead, work was underway. A fireplace in the middle of the working area was removed, all ceilings were leveled and the plumbing and electrical were brought up to code. The reconfiguration also involved the removal of several interior walls and the reinsulation of at least one exterior wall. ACR then built new walls to enclose the bathroom and laundry room. More than twice the size of the original bathroom, the new space accommodates the six-foot bathtub the owners preferred over the standard five-foot size. A heated tile floor brings the comfort level up another notch, while a blue jean coloured countertop and tub surround complete the attractive décor. As important as it was to have this new bathroom, the kitchen was an even greater priority. The original galley kitchen was just over six feet long! “The house really needed a new kitchen,” says Devin Latimer. “I hated being at the sink when there were no windows there,” Keri joins in.

an abundance of storage, built-in appliances and well-designed corner cabinets that maximize the use of space. There is even room for an island with an eating counter, as well as a separate more formal dining area. A new hardwood floor was installed throughout. While the renovations were taking place, the Latimers and their two children ate upstairs on the second floor where they kept a mini bar fridge. The main floor was sealed off but the family could still come and go or head to the backyard to the barbecue. As members of the band Nathan, the couple was on tour at one point during the summer of the renovation. “We had a good sketch of things beforehand and things seemed to be going according to plan,” says Devin, adding that he had no qualms about leaving the renovators to do their work. “We were really comfortable with the process.” Comfortable also describes how the Latimers now feel on their main floor where the couple and their two children, aged one and a half and three and a half, finally have room to move around. As they sit at the kitchen island looking out onto the maple shaker-style cabinetry, they can’t help but smile. They now have the home that works for them.

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Inspired by popular reclaimed wine barrel designs, we created a floor with this vintage appeal. A deep color wash enhances the grain and gives the wood an aged appearance. Complete with authentic cooperage stamps on solid 2-1/4� strips of premium rift and quartered Oak, Barrel Creek is a unique way to bring a touch of wine country ambiance into your home.

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When we changed the flooring in our home this summer, little did I know what a profound difference it would make. Suddenly, everything from the furniture to the paint on the walls took on a new—and definitely more appealing—look. Who would have thought something we walked all over would make such an impact? Yes, we had taken our floor for granted all these years and now we wondered why the epiphany had taken so long to arrive. To this day, I can’t help but look down on our new floor and smile. It continues to give me pleasure months after it was installed. Now that we have the floor that’s “right” for us, I realize the importance of this omnipresent backdrop to our everyday lives. Fortunately, Manitoba is replete with excellent flooring specialists who are continually expanding their offerings and perfecting their craft. The following are among the best in the business. A Step in the Right Direction When homeowners decide to have a new solid surface floor installed, the steps are often an afterthought. Yet, nothing makes a home look more finished than when the steps match the flooring. Nor do the steps have to be a complicated or costly addition to the project. Thanks to ReadyStep’s one step stair system, that finishing touch has never been easier, says Tim Pariseau of Curtis Carpets. In fact, the system is better than using traditional hardwood flooring on stairs. Each tread is custom-made from a ¾-inch glued up solid wood pane. This allows the top and nosing to be one solid piece, which resists squeaks and movement. Furthermore, Ready Step can be installed in a quarter of the time it takes for hardwood planks to be applied to stair tops. “It makes it look cleaner and better,” says Pariseau. “And it’s less expensive than putting hardwood on the steps and buying the nosings.”

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He adds that ReadyStep can custom colour any species of wood to match perfectly with the hardwood flooring. And for those who still prefer the plank look on their stairs, the company offers a micro-bevelled routered design that won’t compromise stability. Wave designs are also available for a truly unique appearance.

Along with tread caps, the Manitoba company can provide risers as well as stringers, both capped and uncapped. The system also works for other products besides hardwood. When homeowners come to Curtis Carpets for a carpet, ceramic tile or DuraCeramic floor, they can have the stairs finished to match. The product is inserted into a wooden pan that frames the tread and is capped with the desired nosing. “It makes the house look a lot more finished,” says Pariseau, who has arranged this feature for many clients over the years. He adds that ReadyStep also manufactures a range of flushmounted registers that can be stained in any colour to match the flooring. All products carry a 10-year warranty on the finish and manufactured parts. While tiles and planks are an integral part of the flooring equation, the team at Curtis Carpets knows that there is more to creating a truly finished home. Knowledgeable salespeople with expert advice guide customers through the process while experienced installers ensure that everything turns out just as it was meant to be.


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A World Class Flooring Experience The Floor Show opened its new showroom a year ago with the intention of bringing to Winnipeg a design center that provides a level of products and a service that had previously not been available in our fair city. At the dawn of its first anniversary, this mission is successfully unfolding. Designers and discerning homeowners need no longer look to Toronto or the U.S. to source unique and/or leading edge flooring and tile. “There’s nothing that they can’t get here anymore,” says Dan Rosenblat, Vice President at The Floor Show. “Sophisticated consumers that value style are looking for something different. We wanted to offer Winnipeg one solid, well-staffed and managed design centre with interesting, higher end materials.” It’s not just wide plank hand-scraped hardwood, it’s materials such as hand-made cast concrete tile like the one pictured here embracing this entertainment unit and fireplace surround. Available in virtually every imaginable colour,

each slab arrives at The Floor Show in pieces as large as four feet by three feet. “They are cut and installed with diligent care on site,” says Rosenblat. All members of the staff, from sales people to installers, have been selected for their specialized expertise and their ability to meet the expectations of a discerning clientele. “Even our delivery staff has been brought up to speed on how to handle these specialty products and understand the expectations of our clients,” notes Rosenblat. The Floor Show also offers an exclusive and ever-changing selection of natural stone, including quartz, travertine, limestone, marble and slate. Seen in such applications as feature walls, these exquisite products are an increasingly popular investment for homeowners wishing to make a fashion forward statement in their homes.


“We certainly have products available at all price points, however, one of our strengths is offering products to a discerning segment of today’s market,” Rosenblat points out. “These are people who want something unique that hasn’t been seen before.” Natural slate ledgestone is one ideal candidate for creating this “wow” factor. But it’s only one of many possibilities now open to designers and homeowner, thanks to The Floor Show’s relentless pursuit of the latest in trends and leading edge designs. It’s all part of a commitment to settle for nothing less than being an industry leader in all product categories. This combination of exclusive products and the best team in the business makes a visit to The Floor Show a truly world class shopping experience.

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Ultimate Shopping Experience Despite owning the longest-running flooring store in the province, Bill Knight has never been content to sit on his laurels. Now, Western Canada’s largest showroom is renovating to accommodate an expanded hardwood and tile area. “Most homes are putting in more hard surface flooring,” notes Robyn Goldstine, Sales Manager at Bill Knight Flooring. “So we’ve added more hardwood and more tile. We also have the largest area rug selection in Winnipeg.” She adds that as people pay more and more attention to their ensuites, the demand for tile and accenting listello is also increasing, and Bill Knight Flooring has been responding accordingly. Nor has carpet been neglected, a product that is still the number one choice for bedrooms and lower levels. In response, Bill Knight Flooring is launching a new StainMaster Flooring Centre. “We’re going to be able to offer carpets that were not available to us before,” says Goldstine. “At the same time we’re creating the ultimate shopping experience for customers.” With its simple good-better-best buying system, the StainMaster Flooring Centre makes it easier than ever to understand performance so homeowners can focus on finding the right colour and style for their home. At the same time, showroom sales associates will be professionally trained to assist customers with expert advice and extensive product and installation knowledge. Bill Knight Flooring is among a select group of retailers chosen by StainMaster for their high standard and commitment to customer satisfaction, shopping experience, selection and service. StainMaster insists its customers have an exceptional shopping experience and they knew they could count on Bill Knight Flooring to deliver.

In a Class of Its Own Model Hardwood does not want to be the largest; they would rather be the best. That is why the Quebec-based manufacturer has always focused on quality over quantity. From the start, Model has been committed to delivering a unique product of consistent quality in compliance with very strict environmental standards. Inspired by top creative designers, the Unique Collections by Model offer a wide selection of flooring to discerning customers looking for new trends. Sustainability and style work hand-in-hand to produce some of the most daring flooring available. Take the metallic flake Akoya, the red Geisha, or even the green Andalucía hardwood floor. Why settle for the ordinary? Meanwhile, the award winning E Series combines the inherent characteristics and natural beauty of wood with state-of-the-art manufacturing that reduces waste by 15 percent. All material is sourced within 200 km of the mill and is 85 percent quarter sawn, ensuring maximum stability. And for those with more traditional tastes, the manufacturer offers classic domestic wood

species with the largest choice of stains and finish options in the industry. After all, every floor should be as unique as the people who


walk on it. Model hardwood flooring is available in Winnipeg at Curtis Carpets, Provincial Floorcraft and Heartland Wood & Cork.

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says Maggie Berthiaume, Residential/Builder Manager for The Floor Show. Clearly visible overhead signs indicate separate categories of flooring, allowing consumers to effortlessly locate products of interest. The layout is enhanced by abundant lighting and the easily manoeuvrable flow of the showroom. Every sample contains all the necessary information about each product, while the Colour Visions Trend Wall showcases examples of mixing and matching by colour and texture. The showroom is punctuated by zones where consumers can sit down to consult with a salesperson. Over the past year, the Floor Show has added a number of specialized sales staff, carefully selected from the best in the industry. “They are extremely knowledgeable and experienced,” notes Berthiaume. They will provide advice, guiding homeowners to the right products for their unique project.

Centre of Excellence The Floor Show’s Shaw Design Centre is revolutionizing the shopping experience for Manitobans. Catering to the middle and high-end homeowner as well as designers, the centre is divided into large comprehensive

areas of hardwood, ceramic, tile, laminate, carpet and vinyl. “We’re always upgrading our classics and continuously bringing in the latest trends,”



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This is an experience unlike Manitobans have seen before. Judging from the response over the past year, more and more discerning consumers are making this Shaw Design Centre their go-to destination for their home design needs.

Flooring for a Lifetime When speaking with Paul Friesen of Heartland Wood & Cork Floor, you never quite know where the conversation is going to go. Not because he is as scatterbrained as his wife accuses him of being, but because few have the breadth of experience he has with flooring, having literally been “raised on rolls of carpet and vinyl.” “My Dad was taking me to work when I was 7 years old and I loved it because coffee break meant I got a bottle of Hires Root Beer with the “get one free” under the cap. I had a run of six in a row,” he reminisces. “But how Dad managed to remain sane, teach me to work, and keep me from destroying the jobsite was beyond me. Looking back I can only admire his work ethic, patience, and love.” Thirty-five years later, Friesen has just about figured out how to keep from “destroying the jobsite” and now leads Winnipeg’s only dedicated hardwood and cork flooring company, Heartland Wood & Cork Floor Co. Unlike many in the industry, Heartland focuses its attention solely on hardwood, cork flooring, and refinishing hardwood. Friesen’s staff is among the best the industry has to offer and many of Heartland’s craftsmen specialize in only one aspect of the flooring process. “I have people who only install hardwood, people who only stain and refinish hardwood, and people who specialize in glue-down cork flooring,” he explains Word gets around and Heartland’s reputation has attracted the attention of flooring suppliers from around the world. “I like to brag that we have companies approaching us to promote their product, not because we have a huge market share, but because they want to be associated with a company that has a reputation as positive as ours,” says Friesen. “I love Heartland,” he continues, “we truly care for our clients, we are capable of just about anything to do with a wood or cork floor, and we try hard to have our clients enjoy the overall experience.” The long list of client referrals certainly attests to Heartland’s success in living up to their motto “Craftsmanship and service you thought were history.”


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True Custom Cabinetry By Christine Hanlon

When the homeowners of this stunning contemporary home wanted truly custom cabinetry, they turned to Heirloom Cabinetry to execute the project. Having hired Barry Penner and Larry Koop in the past, they knew that Heirloom was more than up to the task. One of the cabinetry experts’ preoccupations was to tweak and adjust the designers’ concept drawings both to site conditions and to changes wanted by the homeowners. “Considerable time and energy had been spent on the design,” recalls Penner, adding that in adapting the design, they always stayed very close to the original vision. The designers had developed a palette of colours and textures that would coordinate with the other materials in the home. “We helped to develop that too,” notes Penner. 130 | STYLE MANITOBA | spring 2010

“We showed the designers and homeowners what we have to offer and which materials look better with certain finishes.” For instance, Heirloom worked closely with the customers to develop the right sort of tone in the kitchen cabinetry. “We probably went through four or five samples during the development process,” Penner recalls. The result – a deep brown, almost black, lacquer with a low sheen – coordinates perfectly with the flooring and the granite. Throughout the development of the design, Heirloom offered many other suggestions, ideas and options to assist the designers in their work. Door heights had to line up with the top of the refrigerator, and the built-in wall ovens and warming drawers had to align perfectly as well.


“It is important to know what appliances are being used before the design process even begins,” notes Penner.

Then, upon moving into the actual space to implement the design, it became apparent that certain alterations would have to be made. In the end, the shape of the island was modified considerably. Although the design called for a table extension, when Heirloom and the homeowners took a serious look at the actual space, they decided that this configuration would be much too large for the room. “It’s an evolution,” explains Penner. “It’s not just a cut and dry process.” In accordance with the adjustments, the island includes a two-sided eating counter without sacrificing storage space. The area under the seating area features working cabinets for storing infrequently used items. Even in this less visible space, Heirloom Cabinetry carefully aligned the grain of the rift cut oak so that it would flow continuously from left to right. This is accomplished by custom-ordering sequenced veneers from the manufacturer. In the ensuite a different approach was used to create the same effect. This time, Heirloom was working with a textured veneer product so the result is even more obvious. One continuous herringbone pattern flows over the fronts of the drawers and doors. Above the recessed portion of the vanity, a tall tower cabinet features stainless steel and acid etched glass doors. On the bar unit in the lower level, the custom cabinetmaker was again able to control the sequencing of the veneers in order to enhance the flow of the technically enhanced wood fiber product used to complete the cabinets. “A lot of these products we brought to the table as options to help the homeowners achieve what they were looking for,” notes Penner. For those desiring to obtain precisely what they want, true custom cabinetry is the only suitable approach. Heirloom Cabinetry can even create custom furniture for homeowners who cannot find exactly what they need from a retail store. In this home, the modern storage unit below the television features a metal flake automotivetype finish with glass sliding doors back-painted in the same metal flake. Created by Heirloom Cabinetry, this sleek piece of furniture proves, once again, that when working with true custom craftsmanship, anything is possible.


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Kitchen&Bath Custom Showers

With the ever-increasing popularity of large European-style bathrooms, more and more homeowners are looking for products to showcase their design ideas. “One thing they may want is for their shower to be the focal point of the bathroom,” notes Jason Wells of Wellstyle. With more than 12 years of experience in the bathroom industry, that is exactly what Wells and his team provide. Wellstyle installs custom frameless shower doors for the ultimate in finishing details. The team also advises clients on the best layout/design for the shower glass, as well as the proper glass hardware to complement their bathroom fixtures. “Sometimes the little details get missed, and that’s where our experience comes into play,” he notes. Wells points out that the company can provide shower doors ranging from standard kits to custom steam enclosures. In addition to the shower glass, Wellstyle is also certified in the fabrication and installation of acrylic solid surfaces such as Corian. Used for both countertops and vertical application of shower/tub walls, acrylic solid surface is a great choice for the bathroom. “The beautiful thing is its sense of warmth,” says Wells. He adds that because acrylic solid surface material is non-porous, it doesn’t promote the growth of bacteria, mould, or mildew, making it a great choice for the bathroom.

The Perfect Kitchen Sink

It’s hard to beat a combination that can fill a pot and wash a dish of virtually any size. “This sink is great if you have a large item to wash,” says Gord Graveline, Manager of the Robinson Bath Center. Because the two basins are separated by a divide that is lower than the upper ledge, Kohler’s Indio double sink can be filled as one for maximum capacity. Or use the basins separately, one for a custom colander and the other for a cutting board. These two accessories are even included with the sink! Constructed from durable cast iron, the Indio is available in 23 different colours, including high fashion vapour shades and bold tones such a Rousillon Red. Guaranteed not to chip, crack or burn, the surface is highly resistant to stains. Decks are available for a one or two-hole faucet including this specialty Karbon articulating unit, which also comes as a wall mount. Ideal for filling tall pots and precisely directing water flow, it folds into a compact configuration when not in use. Originally only in chrome or vibrant stainless, the Karbon is now available in chrome with stainless joints and vibrant moderne brushed gold with vibrant moderne polished gold joints or vibrant brushed bronze joints.


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Kitchen&Bath Culinary Revolution

Imagine bringing a spaghetti pot filled with water to a boil in three minutes. That’s the power of induction, an electromagnetic technology that is faster, more efficient and more responsive than any other cooking method. “Induction cooktops combine the benefit of gas and electric technology in a single unit,” explains Derek Faraci, Director of Sales at Midland Appliances. Instantaneous temperature changes mean superior results in food preparation. Thermador now offers PowerBoost™ to bring food to its highest temperature in the shortest time. At the other end of the spectrum, 10 micro-power increments enable the most precise simmering possible. “Every cooktop will get hot,” notes Faraci. “It’s the simmer that makes the difference in the quality of the food.” And since induction only heats the cookware, no radiant heat is wasted, no matter how small the pan. This also makes cleanup a breeze, as spills will never bake or crust on the cooktop. “It will change the way you cook forever,” says Faraci. He points out that at 13 inches, Thermador offers the largest induction element on the market, as well as an attractive silver mirrored finish option. These and many other induction cooktops are on live display at Midland Appliances.

Greenwich Time

Featuring a Greenwich door style from Craftpoint Cabinetry’s Architect Series, sleek profiles and built-in appliances give this kitchen a crisp contemporary look. “It’s a very popular style,” says Design and Sales Consultant Janice Galbichka. Craftpoint prides itself in the ability to build fabulous kitchens to fit every budget. The company offers a Designer Series with all the popular looks at very affordable prices, as well as the Architect Series which takes the design a step further. All cabinets can be custom-tailored according to individual needs. “Our main goal is to really listen to what the customer has to say,” says Galbichka. “We take their ideas and make them work.” In this kitchen, the homeowners wanted plenty of open shelving and cabinets that extend right to the ceiling. The granite countertop contrasts perfectly with the smoke stain of the maple cabinetry. Craftpoint offers a wide variety of countertop options, from man-made laminates to solid surface to quartz, granite and eco-friendly recycled glass. Behind the scenes, all drawers and rollouts feature Blumotion’s full extension soft close technology. “And there are many accessories you can add that you don’t see until you open the door,” notes Galbichka. From built-in double waste systems, pantry units and spice racks, the possibilities are endless. 135

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Kitchen&Bath A Range of Possibilities

Imagine cooking a perfect turkey with barely more than a touch. Then, while the potatoes and buns stay warm, finish the gravy and let it sit on the stove without fear of burning. It’s all possible thanks to the Electrolux electric wavetouch slide-in range. With an “invisible” control panel on top of the glass cook-top, the built-in unit has a sleek clean look. “The wave-touch controls stay black until you touch them,” says Curtis Penner of Coast Wholesale Appliances. Then the magic begins, with options that include defrost, slow cook, convection, dehydrate, bread proofing and perfect turkey paired with a meat probe - all preset to turn on with a single touch. “And when that turkey is ready, you can pull it out of the oven with one finger,” says Penner, referring to the luxury glide oven racks with their ball-bearing system. He adds that the storage drawer doubles as a warm and bake oven for a two-in-one option. Meanwhile, the cooktop is just as flexible. There are five elements in total, three expandable to the size of the cookware. All elements have a low setting, which allows for simmering gravy and sauces at the perfect temperature. And at a more attractive price point than a separate cooktop and wall-oven, taking the guesswork out of cooking has never been more affordable.


Square meets curved in this profiled door style from the newest addition to the Kitchen Craft family. Available in maple or cherry, the Napoli is one of five door styles in the exciting Euro Collection. “We now have the European styled line of cabinets to satisfy even the most contemporary design needs,” says Gordon Guenther of Kitchen Craft. Encompassing white oak and bamboo, as well as white, red and black high gloss cabinets and a stainless steel looking thermofoil, the collection is perfect for lofts and homes aiming for that distinctive contemporary flair. Kitchen Craft has also added a new array of contemporary handles to complement the cabinet. Always expanding its wide selection, the company manufactures over 100 different door style and wood species combinations, and offers more than 100 stains and colours. There is literally something for everyone. Furthermore, Kitchen Craft’s Aurora, Integra, and Euro lines are all made right here in Manitoba. Homeowners need go no further than their own province for the best that cabinetry has to offer. Adds Guenther: “Come down to our showroom on Regent Ave West to see our new Euro Display. Our experienced sales people and designers can help you realize the kitchen of your dreams.” 136 | STYLE MANITOBA | spring 2010


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