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6 Organized for Living Tons of storage, natural flow & high style define custom- built home 36 Outdoor Living Think spring! A peek at the latest looks & products for outdoor spaces 54 Homes & Neighbourhoods Outstanding homes, condos & communities to visit during the Spring 2016 Parade of Homes


15 Stepping Out With Style 26 Styling the Stereo 27 On the Bookshelf 49 Housing options for seniors

CUISINE DU JOUR 19 Noshing Out 20 Delectable Dining 24 Recipes


22 The ultimate experience in oil & vinegar 33 Exotic art for a modern world




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28 Stylish spring looks 31 Taking beauty to new heights


34 Fashion, accessories, home décor & more

DEPARTMENTS 2 Style Was There 3 The Agenda


45 Sunrooms, windows & overhead doors 91 Innovative technology for the laundry room


94 Creative decorating ideas from the professionals


100 Delightful designer kitchens & bathrooms


On hand at the groundbreaking of Winnipeg’s True North Project (L-R): Jim Ludlow (President, True North), Mayor Brian Bowman, Premier Greg Selinger & Angela Mathieson (CEO, Centre Venture).

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RCMP Constable Randy Ledrew, Style’s Lisa Lester with son Presley, Jeff McWhinney (Keeper of the Grey Cup), and Staff Sargent Major Wayne Foster pose for a photo with the Grey Cup.

Nafiya Naso speaks about the plight of the Yazidi people in refugee camps in Syria, as Shaarey Zedek launches Operation Ezra and sponsors two refugee families.

Kudos to Team Einarson as they head off to the National Scotties Tournament of Hearts! (L-R): Coach Patti Wuthrich with team members Briane Meilleur (fifth), Kristin MacCuish (lead), Liz Fyfe (second), Selena Kaatz (third) and Kerri Einarson (skip).

A family moment at the sendoff for Team Einarson at the East St Paul Curling Club: Kerri Einarson with twins Khloe & Kamryn, husband Kyle and uncle Brad Haas.

Whoot! Whoot! Canada beat the Finns in 2 games in a best of 3 series to capture the Gold & bring home the Presidents Trophy from the World Ringette Championships held in Helsinki, Finland.

Manitobans played a major role in winning the 2016 World Ringette Championship. (L-R): Ryann Bannerman, Keyona Tomiuk, Talia Gallant & Sam Renooy made up the Manitoba contingent of Team Canada U21.

Cheering on “Dallas The Viking Thorsteinson,”who wins in 3 at the ‘Clean Fight,’ raising money for improved sanitation in Ghana.

In attendance at Soul Gallery’s Pop Up Gallery at Warehouse Artworks: (Front, L-R): Artists Hugh Rice, Eberhard Renner, Marianne Gopalkrishna, Julie Walsh (Owner & Curator, Soul Gallery) & Pat McCullough. (Back, L-R): Artists Phil Brake, Jane Gateson, John King, Darrell Baschak & Chris Brown.

Also on hand at the exhibition: (Front, L-R) Artists Debora Cardaci, Curator and Owner SG Julie Walsh, Pat McCullough, Sherry Glanville and Brigitte Dion. (Back, L-R) Artists John King and Chris Brown.

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cities we love the most.” Be proud fellow Winnipeggers! Others in this elite group of seven included Paris, Rome, Buenos Aires, Cape Town, Esfahan and Los Angeles.

Spring 2016 Parade of Homes (check out our Homes & Neighbourhoods section, and don’t miss the Parade – the home designs are stunning!) And of course, our cover story features yet another fabulous custom home built by one of Manitoba’s top builders.

the agenda Bring on the spring! At writing time, we’ve just come through a cold snap, and like everyone else, I’m more than ready for the new and warmer season waiting just around the corner. On that note, we’re hoping our Spring 2016 issue will get you in the mood for heading outdoors again (and not to shovel snow!) Among the editorials featured, Style’s latest edition offers readers a chance to ponder fresh new looks, ideas and products for the landscape or perhaps consider a sunroom installation (peruse Outdoor Living for the latest trends). Other reading includes a preview of the many housing options available for viewing during the

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As for entertainment, our food aficionado reports a few new gems have popped up on Winnipeg’s vibrant dining scene; there’s also plenty to take in this season where arts and cultural activities are concerned. You could say our city is bursting with life.

Second, Winnipeg was ranked among the top seven “smartest” cities in the world for 2016 by the Intelligent Community Forum. The non-profit think tank is based in New York, and recently announced the winners of the world’s seven most gifted metropolises. Two other Canadian cities hit the list as well: Montreal and Surrey. Other cities to make the list this year included Hsinchu County, Taiwan; Muelheim an der Ruhr, Germany; New Taipei City, Taiwan and Whanganui, New Zealand. One of the seven will be named ICF’s Intelligent Community of the Year in June 2016. Keep your fingers crossed Winnipeggers – let’s hope it’s us!

But back to winter: Yes – it’s a given; we’ve all been ravaged by Winnipeg’s bitterly cold winters, and we’re all completely aware of how living here during the cold season does take some fortitude. And yes – we are located on the prairies – no majestic mountains or expansive ocean views to take one’s breath away here. One might think we only have one season in Winnipeg, and that there’s nothing really exciting about living here, much less travelling here for a vacation. Apparently, nothing could be further from the truth!

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In fact - on a worldwide scale, our fine city recently made it onto the Top Seven List from two different sources, for two different reasons.

Top seven in two categories – now that’s something to be proud of! Just one more reason to love Winnipeg!

First, in a Traveller editorial, Australian writer Julietta Jameson gave Winnipeg top marks in her piece “Seven of the world’s best


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“That binder was a great starting point for all of us,” says Lori Thorsteinson, sales manager with Parkhill Homes. “We were able to gain important insight into our clients’ personal style, tastes and budget, as well as their vision for their home. It made it much easier to start the design process.” Lots of storage, large living areas and easy flow between spaces were the main requirements for these homeowners, who worked closely with the Parkhill Homes team to come up with a Craftsman-inspired, two-storey design that would meet their needs—and then some. Starting from the curb, it’s clear that this house is all about form and function. There’s a three-car garage that extends like a wing off of the front of the home. A covered veranda is the perfect place to greet guests, host family gatherings or to enjoy a cooling breeze. The attractive, maintenance-free façade is clad in James Hardie Board cementitious siding, brick, and white “smart” trim supplied by Gentek and Springhill Lumber. The exterior exudes classic warmth that extends to the interior. Once inside the front foyer, the home opens into an expansive great room with gleaming, wide-plank, hardwood flooring stained a rich shade. These vintage, hand-scraped hardwoods installed throughout the main floor are a gorgeous underpinning for the creamy-beige walls and 4-inch white painted baseboards. The great room features built-in bookshelves and maple cabinetry by Kitchen Craft, which align with the homeowners’ desire for “a place for everything, and everything in its place.” A gas fireplace with a simple mantel built by Parkhill Homes’ finish carpenter of 30 years, Krest Carpentry, is another nod to Craftsman

style. A bank of floor-to-ceiling windows brings abundant natural light into the space. Set into a recessed nook is a built-in bar, which provides more storage and a convenient serving area. French doors open from the great room into a spacious den. Once again, loads of natural light enters the room via large windows surrounded in 3-inch white wood casing. Storage was an important consideration here, accomplished with a large walk-in closet and dark-stained cabinets. The kitchen is easily accessed from the great room / den area. “Flow was important to this couple,” says Thorsteinson. “We designed the home so each room flows naturally from one to the next for entertaining and everyday family life.”


ow does a 3-inch binder filled with home décor magazine pages, photos, swatches, handwritten notes and paint chips evolve into a beautiful, 3,700-square-foot, custombuilt home in Headingley’s Deer Pointe community? The answer lies in a strong, trusting relationship developed between client and homebuilder. And many conversations. When the owners of this Craftsman-style home decided they were finally ready to entrust their binder of wishes, dreams and ideas to a builder, they chose Parkhill Homes.

This house is all about form and function. There’s a three-car garage that extends like a wing off of the front of the home. A covered veranda is the perfect place to greet guests, host family gatherings or to enjoy a cooling breeze. The attractive, maintenance-free façade is clad in James Hardie Board siding, brick, and white smart trim supplied by Gentek and Springhill Lumber. SPRING 2016 | STYLE MANITOBA | 7

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5A study in beauty and function, the kitchen is every home chef’s dream, complete with 5’ Wolf range and built-in stainless steel SubZero fridge and freezer unit. Abundant Kitchen Craft cabinetry maintains a classic connection to the rest of the home, with sleek, brushed steel handles adding a contemporary touch.

A study in beauty and function, the kitchen is every home chef ’s dream, complete with 5-foot Wolf range and built-in stainless steel Sub-Zero fridge and freezer unit. Abundant cabinetry maintains a classic connection to the rest of the home, while sleek, brushed steel handles add a contemporary touch.

More storage is found behind a discreet glass door leading into the 11-ft long walk-in pantry adjoining the kitchen. A clever telephone desk tucked just around the corner shares the same wall with the great room bar on the other side. Two doors leading from the dining room area open onto a large covered patio that overlooks the green space and has stairs leading to the pool area below. Replete with fireplace, outdoor kitchen, ceiling fans and heaters, this outdoor space is enjoyed on all but the coldest winter days.

Rounding out the main floor is a two-piece powder room and a laundry room with—you guessed it—even more storage.

6The large kitchen island serves up many conveniences, like a food prep and eating area and more great storage underneath. It also provides visual separation between the kitchen and informal dining room. A gorgeous solid quartz countertop from Carrara Tile & Marble graces the top of the island. Lighting fixtures from Robinson Lighting grace the kitchen/ dining areas, as well as other rooms throughout the home.

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5The master bedroom occupies an entire side of the upstairs and is appointed with plush carpeting and a gas fireplace.

3A wide carpeted staircase leading up to the second floor is flooded with light during the day, thanks to four large windows on the first landing.

A wide carpeted staircase leading up to the second floor is flooded with light during the day, thanks to four large windows on the first landing. The second floor is devoted to bedrooms, with four bedrooms, including the master. The master bedroom occupies an entire side of the upstairs and is appointed with plush carpeting and a gas fireplace by Alsip’s. The homeowners enjoy the comfort of heated ceramic tile flooring in the huge ensuite. A glass shower door from Shodor opens to an

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The home’s lower level provides more living room. Here, texture and technology mingle to create a comfortable place in which to relax or entertain. A completely open rec room features a gas fireplace, TV and more Craftsman-esque builtins. Visitors and homeowners alike can cozy up to the well-equipped wet bar. Entirely insulated and with a raised floor and theatre seating, the media room is a great place to enjoy movies and video games. The home design accommodated a separate exercise room complete with flat screen TV and more storage. There’s a three-piece bathroom with 36” by 48” shower right next door, to use post-workout. Here, as in the whole home, the lower level is wired for sound and light so the homeowners can set the mood. Horizontal windows in nearly every room means natural light can filter into the entire space in the daylight hours. It’s hard to imagine that this impressive home emerged from the pages of a modest binder. Working closely together with their clients from design through execution, the Parkhill Homes team successfully built a home that is a balance of openness, coziness and modernity. “No detail was overlooked,” says Thorsteinson. “We were happy that it accomplished everything they wanted.”

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DANCE Royal Winnipeg Ballet - Don’t want to grow up? Take a flight of fancy! The season continues with Peter Pan. Get lost in the adventurous story of Peter, who invites Wendy to the enchanted world of Neverland - where even Captain Hook can pirouette (May 4-8). Performance at Centennial Concert Hall. And the fun doesn’t end there! Head into the unknown when Peter Quanz presents another innovative installment of Q Dance choreography (Apr 1-3). Performance at Burton Cummings Theatre for the Performing Arts. Gearshifting Performance Works Light your sparklers! Enter Happyland. Be warned, though; happy isn’t always what you think. Jolene Bailie’s newest creation sees her dynamic ensemble of movers and shakers run through a gauntlet of cold repetition, broken expectation, shock, satire, outright war and a whole lotta Hubba Bubba (Apr 15-17). Performances at Rachel Browne Theatre. Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers It takes two to tango! This seasoned dance company presents an evening of Duets. WCD Artistic Director Brent Lott remounts past work and gives a sneak peek of what’s cooking for next season; former WCD dancer Lesandra Dodson sets a new character-driven dance with company dancers Ali Robson and Aaron Paul; and co-presented with Alexandra Elliott Dance, a new work created by the iconic Tedd Robinson is set on dancers Alexandra Elliott and Ian Mozdzen (Apr 21-23). Performance at Rachel Browne Theatre.

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School of Contemporary Dancers See works by renowned local and national choreographers danced by the next generation of movers in Dance Reflections, the Senior Professional Program’s annual year-end showcase at The Gas Station Arts Centre (May 12-15).

THEATRE Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre - The John Hirsch MAINSTAGE searches for truth as the season continues with Lucy Kirckwood’s Chimerica. Experience thrills when a photojournalist who captures an iconic moment on film gets a tip that jeopardizes career, community and ethics (to Mar 19). A laugh-a-thon comes up next! Paul Slade Smith’s Unnecessary Farce sees an embezzling mayor, bumbling police officers, a neurotic security guard, an accountant who can’t keep her clothes on and a bagpipe-wielding Scottish hitman go into a tailspin (Mar 30-Apr 23). Finishing the season is Rick Miller’s BOOM, a journey through the music, culture and events that defined the baby boomer generation using cutting-edge multimedia technology and tour-

de-force storytelling (Apr 27-May 21). The Tom Hendry Warehouse season closes with Matt Murray’s Myth of the Ostrich. Follow a wildly unpredictable afternoon of lifechanging consequences upon the arrival of an unannounced visitor (to Mar 26). Prairie Theatre Exchange - Your stories take center stage here. The season closes with Rick Chafe’s Marriage: A Demolition in Two Acts, a comedy that promises to take you to the edge of domestic sanity as a young couple attempts a kitchen renovation (to Apr 3).

Theatre Projects Manitoba - The season ends with Steven Ratzlaff ’s provocative Reservations - tracking a dispute between foster parents and CFS, as well as the decision of a Mennonite farmer to gift land to the Siksika First Nation (Mar 10-20). Performance at the Rachel Browne Theatre. Cercle Molière - French theatre at its best in Manitoba (with English subtitles). Contamination! Government! Press! It’s a crisis all in the tradition of Henrik Ibsen; it’s a choice of loyalty and integrity, morality and


pragmatism; it’s L’ennemi du peuple, a new Cercle Molière creation (Mar 3-19). Winnipeg Jewish Theatre - 10 days of premieres in the Berney Theatre in So, Nu? A Festival of New Winnipeg Jewish Plays. New local works will be presented alongside Shiksa, an autobiographical play by Cairn Moore about choosing between the love of parents and the love of your life (to Mar 19). Next, Kayla Gordon directs Buyer & Cellar -- a sophisticated comedy offering an unconventional glimpse into one of the most idolized Jewish icons - Barbra Streisand (May 7-15). Manitoba Theatre for Young People Unleash your imagination when Scotland’s Visible Fictions hilariously ushers you into Sherwood Forest for The Adventures of Robin Hood (Mar 30-Apr 10). The season closes with In This World, a potent drama about two high school girls confronted with issues of culture, trust, class and race (Apr 20-30). Winnipeg Studio Theatre - Enjoy a darkly delicious story. Heathers: The Musical lets you delight in Veronica Sawyer, the brainy beautiful misfit who hustles her way into her high school’s most powerful clique (Mar 31-Apr 10). Performance at Tom Hendry Warehouse. Manitoba Opera - A literary classic takes to the stage! Expect a faithful retelling of Of Mice and Men by one of America’s most celebrated composers. The powerful and tragic story follows two ranch workers in 1930’s California who are forced down a fateful path (Apr 23, 26 & 29). Performances at Centennial Concert Hall. Celebrations Dinner Theatre - Fun and food! Hey, Pretty Woman! puts some new twists and turns into Edward and Vivian’s romance all set to a late ‘80s and early ‘90s soundtrack (to Mar 26). Then, Rock Around The Clock follows couples as they fall in love and dance away the night to great music from stars like Fats Domino, Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Buddy Holly and Jerry Lee Lewis (Apr 1-May 28). And, in The Big Boom Theory 3: The Early Years, you get flashed back to 1998 high school for a series of serendipitous events (opens Jun 3). Rainbow Stage - It burns, burns, burns! Ring of Fire is a raucous celebration of the man in black himself, Johnny Cash, by eight talented performers. Get a surprising glimpse into his music, spirit and life (opens Jun 23).

MUSIC Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra - It’s still play time during Alexander Mickelthwate’s 10th season. CLASSICS SERIES: A continues with the return of an audience favourite - get ready for the love, lust and theatrics! Carmina Burana, known for mixing medieval-Latin lyrics, Christian piety and earthly delights reaps a Golden Harvest, an oratorio celebrating the 125th anniversary of Ukrainian settlement


in Canada (Mar 18 &19). Next, in Russian Fireworks, magic, melody and drama come to the fore with Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff and Liszt performed with pianist Alain Lefèvre and The Winnipeg Youth Orchestra (Apr 15-16). CLASSICS SERIES: B concludes with Beethoven, Mendelssohn and a New Virtuoso, which puts the spotlight on Swiss pianist Louis Schwizgebel (Apr 1&2). POPS showcases some singular talent. First, with acclaimed singer/songwriter Rufus Wainwright (Mar 11-13) and then when Andy Maize (Skydiggers) and Craig Northey (The Odds) join forces with the Art of Time Ensemble to lead the WSO in reimagining of The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Apr 8&10). Lastly, Cirque Mechanics dazzles with acrobatics done to music by Tchaikovsky, Strauss, Copland, and Ravel (May 13-15). Want to see behind the scenes? MATINEE SERIES lets you take in Tchaikovsky with a conductor’s introduction and comments to the orchestra (Apr 15). CONCERTS FOR KIDS lets Maximus Musicus, Iceland’s bestloved musical mouse, discover the wonders of the symphony orchestra through Beethoven, Bizet and Ravel (Mar 20). And two full-length features from Disney round out the season in SOUNDBYTES. Hear the live scores of 1940’s and 2000’s Fantasia while enjoying big screen HD projection (Apr 30 & May 1). Concerts at The Centennial Concert Hall. Virtuosi Concerts - This compelling concert series presents artists and ensembles of national and international renown. Passion and Joy features prize-winning Calidore String Quartet’s fiery brilliance, mature depth and cohesion when playing Beethoven, Tenebrae and Mendelssohn (Mar 22). And Soaring with Poetry showcases pianist Christopher Taylor’s extraordinary talent playing Goldberg Variations and Beethoven (Apr 12). Concerts at The University of Winnipeg’s Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall. Izzy Asper Jazz Performance - This jazz series echoes New York’s famous 92nd Street Y and features jazz greats. In Rising Stars: The Aaron Diehl Quartet, one of the world’s most promising jazz artists, come to Winnipeg (Apr 17). And In the Key of Stevie brings together the best talent in town to pay tribute to legendary Motown artist Stevie Wonder (May 14). Concerts at Berney Theatre, Rady Jewish Community Centre. Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra - Canada’s best jazz composer and arrangers are found here. Coast to Coast features Winnipeg singer / composer Monika Wall singing national treasures and original works alongside Phil Nimmons, Rob McConnell and trumpeting special quest Brad Turner (Mar 20). The season then closes with Besame Mucho, a Spanishinspired concert with a nod to cultures further north such as Iceland, the homeland of guest composer / saxophonist Stefan Stefansson (May 8). Concerts at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. Winnipeg Folk Festival - Hear it all year! Legendary Irish group De Danan bring their

matured sound and immense catalogue to the West End Cultural Centre (Mar 11). Then, say goodbye to one of Canada’s most stalwart and beloved musical groups - Spirit of the West. Savour their original blend of folk, Celtic, rock, pop and punk at Club Regent Casino (Apr 2). GroundSwell - Heightened elemental experiences have marked GroundSwell’s 201516 season and it all comes to a conclusion with Earth, Sea and Sky. Yuri Klaz conducts a torrent of elemental repertoire in collaboration with The Winnipeg Singers; Diana McIntosh performs a solo for extended vocal techniques, spoken text, live electronics and tape; and emerging composer Scott Jodoin combines choral and electronic sounds (Apr 10). Concert at Crescent Fort Rouge United Church. The Winnipeg Singers - The last concert of the season, Icons & Incense V: Music Of The Russian Orthodox Tradition, features a spectacular 100+ voice performance of Rachmaninoff ’s Vespers by The Winnipeg Singers, the Winnipeg Philharmonic Choir and the Arrowhead Chorale from Duluth, Minnesota (May 15). Concert at Westminster United Church. Manitoba Chamber Orchestra - Nourish a long-time friendship with Janina Fialkowska and her exquisite pianism as well as Canadian composer John Burge’s strong and endlessly intriguing compositions (Mar 23). Then see what kind of fresh talent is out there! MCO heads to Europe for Eurovision Young Musician Lucie Horsch, an extraordinary prodigy at only 18 years old. Hear Lucie play works by another prodigy: Mozart (Apr 27). Next, Grammy Award-winning James Ehnes and Andrew Armstrong bring their nation­wide recital tour to Winnipeg - get excited, they are a powerhouse duo (Jun 9). Concert at Westminster United Church. The Women’s Musical Club of Winnipeg - Our oldest musical organization continues to present talented young artists about to embark on international careers. Concert Four showcases critically acclaimed pianist Maxim Bernard playing with finely tuned technique, maturity and boundless imagination (Apr 3). Concert at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. And, in partnership with the WSO, a new competition for local musicians has arrived! The WMC McLellan Competition for Solo Performance will feature three finalists in one evening of great music, Manitoba talent and suspense (Apr 22). Event at Jubilee Place Concert Hall. The Winnipeg Chamber Music Society - A Winnipeg classical music tradition! The season continues with Concert 4 - a delightful trio by Haydn, the introspective music of Schubert, a miniature by Randolph Peters and Dvorák’s most beloved quartet (Mar 13). Concert 5 then brings back Beethoven in quartet form with performances of his first and last string quartets, all prefaced by sophisticated compositions for solo piano (Apr 24). And Mozart lovers will rejoice for Mozart

and More! This program is created especially for Mozart lovers and chamber music fans and presents masterpieces of the repertoire (May 29-May 31). Concerts takes place at Winnipeg Art Gallery. Camerata Nova - Celebrate the mosaic of Winnipeg’s North End, Ukrainian, Aboriginal, Filipino, Jewish, Russian, Scottish and Polish music in NORTENDLUVSONGS. Also expect guest artists and storytellers, including Katherena Vermette, Danny Schur, Vince Fontaine and children string players from the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra’s Sistema Winnipeg program (Mar 12 &13). Concerts at Ukrainian Labour Temple. Next, absorb the music of modern mystic John Tavener in British Mysteries (Apr 30 & May 1). Concerts at Crescent Fort Rouge United Church. The Winnipeg Classical Guitar Society - Dedicated to the advancement of classical guitar in Winnipeg, two concerts are prime to dazzle with artistry. First, from Poland, Łukasz Kuropaczewski plays at Precious Blood Catholic Church/Église du Précieux Sang (Apr 3), and as a part of Fretz Alive, a local guitarist series, Ryszard Tyborowski appears with guests at Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall, University of Winnipeg (Apr 23).

GALLERIES & MUSEUMS Winnipeg Art Gallery - Continuing exhibitions foreground WAG’s Inuit and First Nations art. We Are On Treaty Land provides reflections on treaty relations in painting, print and photograph (to May 22); The Inuit Art Centre Project outlines the vision of the new Inuit Art Centre and the history of Inuit art at the WAG (to Sep 1); and Highlights of Inuit Sculpture features a few of the outstanding sculptures by Inuit artists in the permanent collection (to Mar 15). A retrospective opens, too! Oviloo Tunnillie surveys the finely crafted birds and animals, exploration of social issues and autobiographical themes in the work of Oviloo Tunnillie (1949-2014), one of the most respected Inuit sculptors from the Canadian Arctic (opens May 14). Also continuing is Abstract Objectives: Painting and Sculpture, 1950-Present, which brings together works that mark the shifting parameters and motivations that have shaped abstract art (to May 15). Plug In ICA - A laboratory for research and a space for presentation, all mediums of art converge here to bring the best of professional contemporary art. In Further Than I Can Throw A Stone the immeasurable is explored in a group exhibition featuring Jeremy Blake, John Bock, Cécile B. Evans, Erica Eyres, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster and Tristan Bera, Lisa Jackson, Karrabing Film Collective, John Knight, Kelly Mark and Erika Vogt. Next, L’homelette presents a commissioned installation by Krisjanis Kaktins-Gorsline; stenciled body marks inscribed on the surface of the canvas track intentions and labour (to Apr 3). Cre8ery Gallery & Studio - In addition

to ongoing workshops, Cre8ery also hosts bimonthly openings of new exhibitions by a range of local artists. Five Directions sees Helen Lyons drawing together a diverse group of artists for an exploration of new possibilities in sculpture, painting and pottery (Mar 18-29). Russ Henry’s Frozen features a series of paintings, drawings and photographs that depict real and imagined moments in time (Apr 1-12). Next, a precarious journey into changing climates through paintings, sculpture and mixed media by Michele Campbell and Lori Zébière in On Thin Ice (Apr 15-26). Jocelyn Rushworth’s Abstract Minded basks in wonder, fluidity and ease in contrast to our world of information overload (May 12-24). And Nicholas Burns’ MB Landscapes: Beauty & Hope treats us to feelings of solitude when immersed in nature (Jun 9-21). Manitoba Museum - In addition to regular programming, 10 national museums pull together for a unique exhibition of the mystery of the Franklin Expedition and the evolving discoveries around it. Expect pop-up displays and programming about how, under Sir John Franklin’s command, ships departed England on an expedition of scientific research and the final discovery of the Northwest Passage, but were never seen beyond the Bay of Fundy (opens Mar). Also, come explore five of the planet’s most spectacular eco-zones in National Geographic Presents: Earth Explorers (to Apr 24). aceartinc. - An artist run centre with some serious art! Hamilton-based Colin Lyons fuses printmaking, sculpture and chemical experiments in A Modern Cult of Monuments (to Apr 1). Next Karen Asher’s The Full Catastrophe showcases her obsession with stress, absurdity and the human condition (Apr 15-May 20). Alexis Dirkes then reveals new work (open Jun 3). Assiniboine Park Zoo - In collaboration with The Winnipeg Art Gallery, an impressive array of Inuit sculpture is exhibited on an ongoing, rotating display in Inuit Art at Journey to Churchill. The carvings are featured in a 20-foot long case in the Journey to Churchill’s Gateway to the Arctic building (to Dec 2020). Actual Gallery - This new and dynamic independent art gallery in the Exchange District is quickly becoming known for pushing the envelope. Arbor Vitae by Grace Nickel investigates natural forms pitted against artificial construction as well as surfaces separated and reintegrated. PLUNDER DUPES by Ian August works to identify and create replicas of the 3000 Mesopotamian artifacts that were looted from the Baghdad Museum during the 2003 Invasion of Iraq. And Planned Parenthood by Erica Mendritzki dissects history and presence within the canon by deconstructing economic value, gender and geography (to Mar 19). Soul Gallery Inc at 163 Clare Ave offers the unique experience of viewing contemporary fine art in the context of a home. The gallery showcases a diverse selection of sculpture,

paintings, monoprints, and photography from Canadian and international artists. A must see among the best galleries in Winnipeg. Open every First Saturday of the month 11am-4pm, and by appointment Monday to Saturday 204. 781.8259. Upcoming SPRING EXHIBITION: March 12 & 13, 11 am to 4:30 pm. Visit

FESTIVALS Cluster New Music + Integrated Arts Festival - Winnipeg’s most dynamic take on contemporary art and sound! Hear what happens when the tone shifts to “DISMANTLE/SOLO.” Expect experimentation and innovation (Mar 12-20). Events at various venues. Winnipeg Comedy Festival - The Gas Station Arts Centre’s 2016 edition of this popular festival is stacked with crazy-funny comics from near and far, including Kevin Nealon from Saturday Night Live (Apr 4-10). Performances at The Gas Station Arts Centre. Winnipeg Wine Festival - This extravagant annual wine tasting event supporting the Special Olympics features tempting food and 149 wines from 40 wineries. This year’s theme: California dreamin’ (Apr 24-30). Event at the Winnipeg Convention Centre. Asian Heritage - This month-long May celebration highlights the contributions of Asia to Canadian society. The Asian Heritage Society of Manitoba embraces Japanese, Chinese, Indian, Vietnamese, Indo-Chinese, Korean and Filipino cultures and has planned a variety of activities to share their rich history and traditions. Check out for more details. Winnipeg Pride - Join the thousands! This 10-day festival celebrates the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, two-spirit and queer communities. Activities kick off with a rainbow flag-raising at City Hall then follow-up with sports tournaments, barbecues, dance parties, shows by queer artists, a rally and much more. The final two days take place at the The Forks with incredible live entertainment and PrideMart (May 27-Jun 5). Winnipeg International Jazz Festival - Jazz, blues and urban beats! Hear it all in downtown Winnipeg from local, national and international performers. Check out free concerts in Old Market Square or choice artists at various venues throughout the city (Jun 16-26).

SPECIAL EVENTS Dancing In the Streets - Celebrate Motown’s Greatest Hits with this spectacular and critically acclaimed show from London’s West End (Mar 11). Performance at Burton Cummings Theatre. Ed Kowalczyk - Experience Live’s hits from the massively successful Throwing Copper album and even Ed’s own songs when this SPRING 2016 | STYLE MANITOBA | 17

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ball handling wizardry and basketball artistry (Apr 17). Dribbling at MTS Centre. Rihanna - A global sensation! The Anti World Tour offers up everyone’s favourite fashionista with trademark glamour, glitz and grooves (Apr 18). Concert at MTS Centre. The Who - 50 years old! Hear the hits, savour the memories and get pumped up by all the virile macho swagger (May 4). Concert at MTS Centre. Hedley - Hello hello! This state-of-the-art stage production promises to wow not only with spectacle, but also with Carly Rae Jepsen, who’ll have us fall in love all over again with her infectious hit “Call Me Maybe” (May 7). Concert at MTS Centre. Stars on Ice - Figure skating icon Elvis Stojko returns to Canada’s premier figure skating tour extravaganza (May 11). Event at MTS Centre. The Piano Guys - This multi-media production showcases innovative music, cutting-edge technology and loads of humour all for renditions of famous pop, classical and soundtrack compositions (May 16). Performance at Centennial Concert Hall.

unplugged tour hits the Burton Cummings Theatre (Mar 12). Jeff Dunham - Bringing his Perfectly Unbalanced tour to the MTS Centre, this internationally acclaimed comic / ventriloquist promises to serve up a cast of carefully crafted characters, from Walter the Grumpy Retiree to Ached the Dead Terrorist to the manic purple creature Peanut to the spicy pepper Jose Jalapeno to Jeff himself (Mar 16). Heart - These Rock & Roll Hall of Fameinducted sisters showed the world that women can rock. Hear chart-storming hits like “Crazy on You” at the MTS Centre. Visionary special guests include Joan Jett & The Blackhearts and Serena Pryne and Nick Lesyk from The Mandevilles (Mar 17). The Nylons - It’s time to bid farewell to the illustrious and legendary a cappella group best known for their covers of pop songs such as “Happy Together”, “Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye” and “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” (Mar 18). Concert at Club Regent Event Centre. World of Wheels - Manitoba’s premier car show returns for a 42nd time! Car enthusiasts will enjoy days of hot rods, cool rides, customs, trucks, muscle cars and motorcycles (Mar 1820). Event at the Winnipeg Convention Centre.

your best ripped acid wash, and get ready to join the fight to make dancing legal once again.” Pop-rock it out at MTS Centre (Mar 25). Metric - This iconic indie rock band hits the MTS Centre with Death Cab for Cutie on their Lights on the Horizon tour (Mar 27). ZZ TOP - Legendary Texas Rockers come to Winnipeg after more than 46 years of raising hell! Concert at MTS Centre (Mar 29). Koba’s Great Big Show Live! - Magic, mischief and mayhem take to the stage with a cast of beloved characters (Apr 3). Performance at Centennial Concert Hall. Louie Anderson - One of the greatest standup comedians of all time takes to Club Regent Event Centre for a laugh fest like no other (Apr 3). A Night With Janis Joplin - Celebrate the events, the music and history of one of the greatest rockers in history (Apr 5-10). Terri Clark - This award-winning vocalist unites her distinctive passionate and spirited voice with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra (Apr 13). Concert at Centennial Concert Hall.

The Watchmen - Rock out to the homegrown sound of this favourite Winnipeg band at Burton Cummings Theatre (Mar 24).

Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage Concert Tour - Beam us up, Scotty! Revel in some of the greatest music written for this popular franchise at the Burton Cummings Theatre (Apr 16).

Marianas Trench - On the Never Say Die tour you MUST do as the front man Josh Ramsay says: “mousse up that hair, throw on

The Harlem Globetrotters - This world famous team celebrates its 90th anniversary with a star-studded world tour. Get ready for


Selena Gomez - Revive yourself! This multiplatinum singer and actress hits the road again with new material and a new outlook (May 20). Concert at MTS Centre. Justin Bieber - Have a sense of purpose! Join the millions who adore the mystique and music of this young pop icon (Jun 11). Concert at MTS Centre. City and Colour - Sturdy pop weaves through dreamy indie folk, pastoral Americana, and soulful alt-rock when this master takes the stage (Jun 14). Concert at MTS Centre. Red River Ex - Indulge in the thrill of Manitoba’s largest summer fair, featuring nightly concerts, the world’s largest travelling midway, family-friendly attractions, free concerts, competitions and engaging agricultural exhibits (Jun 17-26).

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Noshing Out


Mona Lisa Ristorante Italiano

Amici Restaurant and Bombolini Wine Bar

Pizzeria Gusto

Bellissimo Restaurant & Lounge

Ristorante Dona Onesta

Monticchio Ristorante

Teo’s & Mano A Mano Restaurant + Lounge

Colosseo Ristorante Italiano

1697 Corydon Avenue It doesn’t get more Italiano! Since home is where the heart is, this newly renovated family-run restaurant hosts you like one of their own - greeting you at the door, pouring the wine, serving up authentic southern cuisine and offering sweet Italian treats. Share-friendly Antipasti fire up the appetite with favourites like Salsiccia Calabrese Sausage sautéed with potato and peppers. The pizzas are a work of art, too! Especially with combinations like the “Canadese,” loaded with mushrooms, pork belly, onions and maple syrup. Likewise, signature Mezzo / mezzo - marrying Italian flavour to sushi - rolls up the likes of razor clams, shrimp, pine nuts, avocado, tobiko and spicy roasted red pepper.

404 Academy Road Florentine wood-fired delight! What started out in 2008 as a tiny spot for gourmet pizza has taken Winnipeg by storm. Inspired by tradition and realized with fresh local ingredients, you don’t have to be a gourmand to appreciate the flavours here - but it helps! That’s because, for starters, marinated olives are wood fired, brussel sprouts are roasted with pancetta and chili oil, and calamari comes with roasted garlic and fennel salad. And Gusto’s smokin’ pizza pies come with everything delicious, from caramelized onions, to fig jam, to roasted wild mushrooms, to Manitoba bacon, to arugula pesto and even truffle oil. To pair, 150+ wines hit every Italian compass point!

177 Lombard Avenue Some things should never change - especially when it comes to Italian food! This new spot in the Exchange District is owned by Venetian chef Adriano Bakhit and promises to gracefully take your taste buds back in time. Antipasti include classics like ham with melon, mussels and clams in white wine, and shrimp in olive oil and lemon. For pasta - spaghetti with meat sauce, gnocchi in four-cheese sauce, and seafood risotto are all prepared with traditional care. Still hungry? Romanesque plates include Veal Liver with onion and red wine sauce on polenta. For dessert, Tiramisu is a must.

691 Corydon Avenue Corydon’s “Little Italy” is getting a new lease on life with one of the city’s tastiest new spots for Italian. Immersed in sleek ultra-urban design you get to enjoy a fun but refined menu that’s lovingly prepared with fresh ingredients and dished out generous. Fritto Misto is how calamari ought be; a decadent mound of plump breaded shrimp, scallops, cauliflower and zucchini get deliciously dipped in fiery diavolo tomato sauce. For pasta, the house-made gnocchi is highly recommended. Wood-fired pizza’s also a must, with crust that’s crispy, smokey and chewy. To wash it down, cocktails are bang-on. Try the playful ‘n’ boozy Aperol Spritz!

Carbone Coal Fired Pizza

1580 Taylor Avenue & 260 St. Mary Avenue Coal oven? Sound crazy? Think again. Carbone Coal Fired Pizza will flip how you feel about coal cooking and pizza pies. That’s because of their coal fired oven - quick at making crisp homemade crust that’s got chew and a little char. The spacious and modern pizzeria often gets packed with family and friends. Carbone’s thin crust is appetizingly tossed up with organic prairie flour and adorned with fresh toppings in classic or creative combinations. But that’s not all; dips, soups and salad classics, sandwiches, and even chicken wings get the Carbone treatment for lunch, dinner, and take-out.

326 Broadway Avenue Tuscan-style Italian since 1986! Nestled in Amici’s inviting split-level dining room, you’ll relish romantic flavours for lunch and dinner. Mouthwatering Antipasti include gnocchi in herbed Brie cream topped with sliced beef tenderloin. Primi includes a divine Linguine con Frutti di Mare loaded with lobster, shrimp, scallops and mussels in bright tomato sauce, as well as the intriguing Sweet & Sour Cherry Duck. And get ready to lick your fingers! Finishing sweets include espresso-laced Tiramisu and a Floating Island of baked meringue on crème Anglaise. Feeling flirtatious? Head down to the newly renovated wine bar! Bombolini serves smart cocktails with casual Amici fare.

1-877 Waverly Street Contemporary Italian is made here with delicious ingredients and inspired cooks. You won’t find dining like this elsewhere - every recipe is unique and house-made. Mac ‘n’ Cheese lover? You’ll die for the Lobster Mac and Cheese. Chorizo sausage, macaroni and lobster are tossed in a four-cheese béchamel then topped with breadcrumbs and baked golden brown. For something a little more traditional, Cioppino, the classic Italian seafood stew offers up fresh mussels, hard-shell baby clams, king crab and tiger prawns in a spicy marinara bouillon. Gourmet pizzas made with handtossed dough are also irresistible. Monday’s are prime - mac n’ cheese and pizza go on special.

684 Osborne Street Savour the history - 30 years of it! That’s how long this gem has been serving authentic Italian in South Osborne. Must haves? Lemon Veal and Penne Vodka; the same goes for the Seafood Sambuca and Lemon Chicken. Mostly everything here is house-made, generously portioned and plated piping hot! Feeling adventurous? The Fusilli Alla Pistacchio will inspire with tender chicken breast and pasta lathered with creamy ‘n’ bright pistachio sauce and accented with sundried tomatoes and goat cheese. House specialities include the hearty Stromboli, a bread stuffed with cheese, sausage, ham, salami, capicollo, pepperoni, ham and garlic.

670 Corydon Avenue Over 43 years in the biz! That’s amore! And what’s even more? Colosseo is perfectly placed in the heart of Winnipeg’s little Italy! Embraced by rich classical Roman era style and treated to old-fashioned Italian hospitality, you’ll enjoy a wide range of modern and classic plates - all amply portioned. Antipasto includes the Eggplant Rotini rich with tomato sauce, ricotta and mozzarella. Cozze Pepate sees spiced mussels bathed in extra virgin olive oil, white wine and garlic sauce. Carne highlights veal in black olive. Raveworthy pizza gets tossed and sliced in a variety of combinations. And alongside the pastas, both are available gluten-free.

The Mitchell Block Restaurant and Lounge 173 McDermot Avenue Named after its 19th century Exchange District digs, this dine out is equal parts classic and contemporary. Inside, white stucco walls, table linens, sparkling glasses and discrete lighting promise something to be savoured. Meanwhile, Chef/owner Sean McKay cooks up creative starters like Bison Carpaccio elaborately garnished with capers, yolk shavings, parmigiano and puffs of crackling flash-fried beef tendon. For mains, fresh pastas get rave reviews; fettuccine is no exception, tangling up spicy dense chorizo and plump prawns with peppers and roasted corn in creamy saffron sauce. And cocktails are what the doctor ordered! Try the “Prairie Penicillin” - an invigorating honey-lemon blend of whiskey and ginger liqueur.


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A spirited dining experience It’s hard to imagine that Winnipeg could not claim a First Nations bistro. Now, thanks to Peguis First Nation-born Christa Bruneau-Guenther, and investors like famed Dog Creek First Nation-born Hollywood actor Adam Beach, when an eagle flies over the intersection of Ellice & Sherbrook, it flies over Feast Café Bistro. Over 15 years of research into Indigenous foods has blessed Christa with the chance to craft a spirited dining experience that’s creative, approachable and tasty. Most of Feast’s bounty is sourced close to home; sunflower seeds, wild rice, berries, bison and beans are all foundational ingredients. And bannock, too - which comes irresistibly fried, crisp and chewy.

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Try that with pizza: Feast’s personal-sized Bannock Pizza comes with a crisp thin crust topped with rustic meaty accents like smoked bacon, grass-fed bison sausage or maple ham. Our vegetarian variation sees savoury oven-roasted butternut squash mingle with toasted pine nuts, green onions and white sauce, then covered with gooey mozzarella and cheddar, and drizzled with spicy chipotle cream. Dreamy. Indian Tacos take us on a Tex-Mex turn. Served up tostada style on fry bread or gluten free alternative, tacos are themed by the likes of Pow Wow (bison) and The Gatherer (vegetarian chili). Our selection, The Sundance, features mouthwatering slow-roast shredded maple chipotle chicken and piles on lettuce, cheddar, onion, roasted tomato, corn salsa and chipotle lime cream. And since Feast’s focus is breakfast and lunch, expect to be tempted with an amazing line-up of creative bannock sandwiches and burgers. Take the Bison Dip. This reinvention of a classic sees tender shredded bison get paired with melted Bothwell cheese, sautéed peppers, red onions, mushrooms, Feast BBQ sauce and horseradish mayo. Dipped in jus, this comfort is moist and warm. For a side, go for the house salad; it’s lively with field greens, peppers, cucumbers, feta cheese and red onions. Some crunch and sweet comes thanks to dried cranberries and Saskatoon dressing. Bannock for dessert? Why not? Pour on a coulis of Saskatoon berries and dollop some whipped cream - and presto - the perfect finish! But don’t forget the espresso bar! A creamy maple latte and classic Americano wash down our wholesome meal and get us soaring into the rest of our day. Keep your eyes on this cozy spot; one-of-a-kind feasts are in the making -- Buffalo Lasagna or Elk Stroganoff, anyone? 431-999-2712 (Winnipeg #)


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Japanese cuisine is prime for fusion. Having a clean palate of fresh ingredients, it seems to welcome international twists.

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That said, Lisa and Chris Taing (masterminds behind celebrated Asahi Sushi), have dreamed up a new concept: Fusian Experience. Prep your chopsticks for some marvellous interpretations of classic eats.

Warm up? Beer and sake. Kirin Ichiban Beer doesn’t translate into “Number One” for nothing. Brewed in a “first press process,” which extracts the purest flavours, this barley malted beer boasts smooth full-bodied gulps. For sake, a hot Gekkeikan Traditional is a herby citrus sip with a weighted mineral finish. Ready for the best nachos in the city? Hawaiian Shrimp Nachos see crispy wonton chips tousled with sensuous tempura shrimp, juicy pineapple and mango, smooth avocado and jalapeño, and cilantro accents. Smoked gouda melts it all together. Jaw dropping good!


Not to be outdone, a Chef’s Special takes traditional sashimi to the tropics. Delicate Kanpachi (Amberjack) is served “tiradito” (thin) and sauced with jets of refreshing mango and passion fruit. Stunning to behold and sweet to bite. But did you know that Fusian’s got a beef? Wagyu beef: This Japanese speciality is famous for flavour and texture. Basically, it melts like butter in your mouth. And you can get Wagyu any way you want - as nigiri, sliders, grilled, sashimi or surf ‘n’ turf. Either way, red meat calls for red wine. Argentina seems apt; a deep purple Mixtus Shiraz/Malbec Mendoza brings on the plum and blackberry. Perfect match for our torched Wagyu Beef Roll - bundling soft snow crab and crunchy asparagus, and juiced up with fruit sauce. Another Chef’s Special, Mama Mia Roll, is full of surprises. Spicy Tuna is paired with cucumber and green onion, spiked with tempura flakes, layered with avocado and then topped with tasty torched sockeye salmon and hamachi. Smooth, crunchy and satisfying. Thirsty? Asahi Super Dry’s elegant bitterness and crisp taste clears the deck. Dessert gets adventurous with Matcha Anmitsu: A big green scoop of energizing matcha ice cream tops moist Japanese sponge cake. Delights like chewy rice cakes, azuki beans, condensed milk and coconut syrup also get tossed into this unique sweet bowl. Reservations recommended!

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Specialty store wants families back in the kitchen A family-owned specialty store has made its mission to bring families back into the kitchen. The owners are so committed to their mission, they have posted it on the wall of Perfect Pairs, a new specialty store that bills itself as the “the ultimate experience in oil and vinegar.” “Getting together with family and friends over a meal is special, “says Mike Deneka, who along with fiancé and business partner Giselle Riegel, own and operate Perfect Pairs. “We want to teach families and friends they can have a great meal at home, and have fun cooking it.” Located at Unit C, 2450 Main Street, Perfect Pairs features a variety of tastes and diversity of flavours that only the best extra virgin olive oils and premium aged balsamic vinegars can capture. “We have a tasting bar that features over 40 different flavours of extra virgin olive oil and flavoured balsamic vinegars,” Mike explains. “We will learn a customer’s flavour preference and then help choose the ‘Perfect Pairs’ to go




with it. We also have a pairing list that provides information on suggested pairings of olive oil and vinegar.”

Olive oils are stored in rows of stainless steel fusti, which are designed to keep the products fresh.

Perfect Pairs also offers private tasting parties where customers can invite their family and friends, Giselle points out. “When we hold a party, we pair plates for bread dipping and encourage the host/hostess to bring other foods such as fruits, veggies, cheeses and other foods to make up that unique flavour combination.”

Mike adds they were confident about their decision from the outset. “We grew up in this area, so we knew the community needed a store like ours.” He says their customers are primarily from the local area as well as surrounding bedroom communities such as St. Andrews, Lockport, Selkirk, and Oak Bank.

The Perfect Pairs olive oil and balsamic vinegar products come in four different sizes, ranging from 60 ml to 750 ml. “The 60 ml bottles are ideal and unique as a wedding favour,” Giselle says. Gift baskets, custom made or premade, start at under $25 and are suitable for any occasion. The store also offers boxed pairings, gift certificates and hostess gifts.

Most of the products at Perfect Pairs are locally sourced. They carry pastas from Steinbach, mustards made right here in Winnipeg, sea salts and a rub/dip line from Vancouver Island. Even the bread they use for dipping is from a nearby bakery, Giselle points out.

Stringent standards While Perfect Pairs is their own brand, the ultra-premium olive oil and balsamic vinegar come from a supplier in California, Mike explains. “Our supplier has been endorsed as having the highest quality extra virgin olive, and has stringent standards about where its product is sold.” The couple recalls their introduction to this concept. “It was an oil and vinegar tasting bar in Fargo. We were blown away by the variety of flavours and the freshness,” Mike says. “Giselle turned to me and said ‘we need to bring this concept back home’.” That’s when the idea for Perfect Pairs was born.

“If we can’t order from a local supplier, we will order form a Canadian one,” she says, noting the Olive Oil & Vinegar Lovers’ cookbook they carry is written by an author from B.C. “We support local business,” Giselle adds, “but our mission is to teach family and friends how to have fun making a great, quick meal at home.” After visiting the store and sampling the products, this writer was inspired to do just that! More information about Perfect Pairs can be found on their website at or follow them on Instagram and Facebook. Watch for the Grand Opening of Perfect Pairs on March 12, 2016.

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Extra-virgin olive oil, for brushing 16 large eggs ¼ cup (50 mL) all-purpose flour 3 tbsp (45 mL) chopped fresh thyme leaves 2 tsps (10 mL) salt 1 ½ tsp (7 mL) pepper 1 tbsp (15 mL) Dijon mustard ½ tsp (2 mL) garlic powder 1/3 cup (75 mL) finely chopped sundried tomatoes in oil 3 cups (750 mL) baby kale 1 cup (250 mL) red onion, thinly sliced Preheat oven to 325° (160°C). Brush a rimmed baking sheet with olive oil. Line baking sheet with parchment paper; brush parchment paper with oil. Beat eggs in a bowl until combined, then beat in flour, thyme, salt, pepper, mustard, and garlic powder until smooth. Stir in sundried tomatoes. Pour into prepared baking sheet. Tuck in kale and top with red onion slices. Bake until puffed and golden, about 20 minutes. Broil top for 2-3 minutes until nicely browned. Serve warm or room temperature, cut into squares. Makes 8 servings or 16 appetizer portions.

Mayan Pudding Cake 1 ½ cups (375 mL) semi sweet chocolate chips ½ cup (125 mL) butter ¾ cup (175 mL) sugar 4 eggs 1 cup (250 mL) all-purpose flour ½ tsp (2 mL) cinnamon ¼ tsp (1 mL) baking powder ¼ tsp (1 mL) cayenne pepper ½ tsp (2 mL) salt, divided ½ cup (125 mL) sliced almonds 2 tsp (10 mL) olive oil 1 tsp (5 mL) brown sugar Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Grease a 9x9 inch (22 x 22 cm) pan. Microwave chocolate chips and butter in a large microwave safe bowl, on high, for 1 to 1 ½ minutes or until mixture has melted. Stir at 30 second intervals. Beat in sugar until incorporated. Beat in eggs, one at a time, just until blended. Beat in flour, cinnamon, baking powder, cayenne pepper and ¼ tsp (1 mL) salt. Pour batter into prepared pan. In small bowl, combine almonds, olive oil, brown sugar and remaining salt. Sprinkle almond mixture over batter in pan. Bake at 350°F (180°C) for about 25 minutes. Center should be soft. Cool on a wire rack for 5 minutes and serve warm. Makes 9 servings. For nutrient analysis visit




STEREO Reviewed by Randal McIlroy BLACKSTAR David Bowie (ISO/Sony) The magician died two days after his new album’s release, and the amateur forensics began. This time, though, don’t blame public sorrowing – Blackstar isn’t the album some of us want it to be, but its many brilliant moments honour the artist who was always more than his persona, and make this the most entrancing David Bowie album since Station to Station. The 10-minute title song is every whiff as mysterious, without the assurance of rock and a guitar solo at the end. Instead, over a vaguely Spanish theme, electronically massaged vocals coo and lure us to reflect upon a hidden village, a day of execution and a solitary candle. Soon, the mist breaks, nudged open by saxophones and flutes and another mystical turn (“On the day he died”), with the ghost choir singing, “I’m a Blackstar” – an obscure gambit of undeniable beauty, deserving days of immersion. Additional days and nights may be invested in confidence with the frantic enigma of “Sue (Or in the Season of Crime)” and the heavy-gravity pull of “Girl Loved Me,” and there’s a wink to followers on the last track, “I Can’t Give Everything Away,” where a wayward harmonica flourish recalls one of Bowie’s most wistful moments from the past. The name of that song? “A New Career in a New Town” – he will surprise us yet.

THE NAMES Swimming (Factory Benelux import) The Names idolized Joy Division, so it was a coup when the Belgian band was signed in 1980 to the Manchester band’s label, Factory, and producer, Martin Hannett. Swimming, their 1982 debut, was singular, nonetheless. Singer/bassist/songwriter Michael Sordinia preferred cool to Joy Division’s cold, and his yearning singing was matched perfectly by keyboard player, Christophe Dan Tandt, who set frosty layers of organ and synthesizer, and rare, thrilling tumbles of piano (listen to his almost weightless solo against the magnetic pull of “Leave Her to Heaven”). The original album has been extended smartly with radio sessions and a few non-album singles, including “Calcutta” – a rush of a song with echoes, oddly enough, of early U2.

BONZO DOG BAND A Dog’s Life – The Albums 1968-1972 (Parlophone/Universal import)


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In the curve of absurdist British humour, the Bonzo Dog Band sits happily with The Goon Show and Monty Python, with more saxophones and better tunes. If there really was a pub called the Fool and Bladder, as late and gifted frontman Vivian Stanshall proposed, then this was the house band. Packing five albums into a budget-priced triple-disc set has left no room for liner essays or many extra tracks, but this is a rush, from the early Music Hall jazz and novelty songs, all brawling trombones and zany clarinet, through the increasingly sophisticated song writing of Stanshall and Neil Innes. For starters, try “My Pink Half of the Drainpipe” for its dizzying take on suburban propriety, the bizarre social tableau of “Ready-Mades,” or the wicked seaside sketches of “Postcard.”

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BOOKSHELF Fifteen Dogs (Coach House) André Alexis

This Giller-winning novel asks, “What would happen if dogs had human consciousness?” A group of dogs magically get this gift, or curse. Now able to communicate complex thoughts, the pack’s members get into dogfights both lighthearted and serious. Beautifully written (Alexis can sure write gorgeous, thought-provoking sentences), this is an original, thought-provoking, tragic, and heartbreaking book.

The Road to Atlantis (Turnstone Press) Leo Brent Robillard

A moving portrait of family grief and the aftermath of tragedy that’s never maudlin or sentimental. David and Anne Henry, with their kids Matty and Nat, spend a day at the beach, when a moment’s inattention brings catastrophe. Over the years, each survivor is left to find a way to continue on his or her own. Marriage, careers, and childhood are only some of the things that can be irrevocably lost.

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(Biblioasis) Anakana Schofield

Anakana Schofield is one of the most interesting writers in Canada. Her follow-up to her bestselling, prize-winning novel Malarky introduces you to a man you will not want to meet, but be happy to read about. Martin John gets up to some bad things, the kind of things many women have to put up with every day of their lives. An exploration into the mind of a complicated, sad, even pathetic, but fascinating character.

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Karyotype (Brick Books) by Kim Trainor

Karyotype refers to the chromosomes characteristic of a species, but you don’t have to understand any genetics to read this powerful poetry collection that explores tragedies of ancient and recent history. The last poem, “Nothing is Lost,” based on the International Red Cross “Book of Belongings” and the 1995 massacre in Srebrenica, Bosnia-Herzegovina, is one of the most moving things I’ve read in a long time. Wrenching and gorgeous.

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Bronde Bombshell Yes, you read that right! The latest hair colour trend is a blonde and brunette hybrid and the pros at The Loft are absolutely mad for it!

Subtle Beauty Beauty is sometimes at its best when it is understated and subtle. Randee’s hair was finished with soft curls and her make-up done in shades of grey with a smoky finish. Perfect finishing touches include soft pink lips, and shaded brows to show off her eyes. For your next special event, think of Kirsten and book for a blow dry and make-up. Visit the rituals website and check out the gallery to see some of Kirsten’s work along with looks by the rest of the rituals team. Hair Artist & Make-up: Kirsten Model: Randee Photographer: Doug Ritter, Envision Photography rituals in hair and skin 159 St Anne’s Rd 204-452-1182


Bronde hair combines the highlights and sun-kissed hues of blonde with the rich, caramelly goodness of brunette. Bronde hair is completely versatile and can be adjusted to look great on literally any skin tone. Is she blonde? Is she brunette? Nope! She’s bronde and she has more fun than anyone! And what do the stylists at The Loft love more than the look of bronde hair? The name! Buh-bye ”dirty blonde” and good riddance to the worst name for a hair colour ever. Book an appointment with a colour specialist at The Loft to go bronde today. The Loft 111 Fort St 204-942-7387

Captivating Colour This spring, it’s cool to walk around with colourful hair. In fact, a sexy new hue might be all you need to liberate your look. No matter what shade or brightness, all colour is beautiful. The team at Tantrum Salon & Spa LOVE colour, and are always up to date on technique and style. They are trained and experienced in colour correction, and love the challenge. Whether you’re going blonde, red, or back to blonde, the pros here can help you achieve whatever colour you are feeling for this season. They also offer make-up, skin and nail services. If you’re overwhelmed by the logistics of transporting yourself and the bridal party to and fro on the wedding day, or even trying to book appointments for hair and make-up, Tantrum Salon & Spa is the right place for you. Just tell them the date and they’ll do the rest. Tantrum Salon & Spa offers one the best Pure Mineral Base Makeup lines, along with the expertise of one of the city’s finest makeup artists. Stylists at this locale are highly trained and experienced in creating the perfect curls and updo for your special day, and can work with you on establishing a basic timeline. Come in for a Microdermabrasion, or have a couples Manicure and Pedicure before your special day. Tantrum’s talented trained professionals continue to raise the standards of excellence, and are devoted to treating clients to the finest services and products available. Make-up: Sarah Young Hair: Kaitlyn Martin Photography: Krista Ledohowski (Kaydee Luxe Inc) Tantrum Salon Spa Unit 204-1750 Plessis Rd 204-222-2393

Spring Breeze Awaken out from under the dark winter blues and lighten up for spring. Lara’s hair has been lifted 10 plus levels to an ultra-light blonde. This is created with a 3-step process, sometimes requiring two or more visits to the salon, depending on the status of the hair’s health and quality. Using treatment additives such as Olaplex or Ultra Bond Seal help to preserve the integrity of Lara’s hair, preventing damage. After reaching this stage, many other popular colour choices are now possible, such as smoky pastels in silvers, pinks, blues and lilacs. Chunky and messy curl trends remain strong this season. Use a curling wand in various sizes for a variety of looks, or for the natural, tousled and windblown effect, try a Society favourite…a sea salt spray. So light, so breezy, so fresh. Hair: Susie Cross @ Society the Salon Make-Up: Sam Raymundo Photo: 4EverFrozen Photography Society the Salon 120 Donald St 204-947-3766


We believe your eyecare is a very personal experience. We, at the Focal Point Optician, are professional, understanding and focused. We pride ourselves in choosing the perfect frame and lenses. Our spectacular selection makes us, The Optician of choice, for you, our fashion conscious customer.

We invite you to our Annual Spring Trunk Sale Thursday, March 17th, 2016 20% off frames 9:00 am to 7:00 pm Masunaga - Meticulous craftsmanship, high grade pure Titanium & Custom Japanese acetate frames, designed for asian bridges.

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Taking beauty to new heights B Y L E I G H PAT T E R S O N

You could say that Gerald Pankiw has set the bar high, in many ways. Pankiw, owner of The Loft, a full-service salon, spa and bar, is elevating the salon experience to a whole new level. On your initial visit, you receive a warm greeting and special welcome package from The Loft’s friendly client services staff. Your stylist or esthetician takes you on a comprehensive tour of the newly renovated space before you settle in to sip a glass of wine and enjoy your service(s).

A renovated spa area now includes two service rooms devoted to skin repair treatments administered by highly trained estheticians. The popular Loft Signature Lift achieves amazing, rejuvenating results by using ingredients such as retinol, hydroxy acids and enzymes to help speed up cellular renewal, resulting in a healthy glow. Zero-gravity “Perfect Chairs” installed in the spa area let clients fully recline and enjoy a relaxing pedicure.

Welcome to The Loft, indeed.

Following their service, clients can extend their star treatment via the new in-house photography studio.

“We want our clients to have a great experience on their first, and every visit, from the time they walk in until the time they leave,” says Pankiw.

“Our guests can take beautiful photos of themselves – it’s fun and makes them feel fabulous!” Pankiw says.

Built in 1910, the salon’s 111 Fort Street location has a unique history. The building was first the Hudson’s Bay Company Mail Order Building and underwent several iterations before its conversion into a salon in 1989. Pankiw worked as a stylist for 15 years at this location. An entrepreneur at heart, he purchased the business in 2015 and gave it a beauty treatment of its own.

The Loft is home to a diverse and talented team of stylists and estheticians who are channelling Pankiw’s passion and vision to deliver high-end services in a fun, unpretentious atmosphere.

Among his updates in the open concept space is a gorgeous wine bar, where clients can relax over a full menu of beverages for purchase, including wine, beer, champagne and mimosas. “Adding the bar really changed the whole environment,” says Pankiw. “It’s a great place to sit, relax and people watch. Or you can set up your computer at the bar and work away while your hair is processing.”

Pankiw, with a background in education, leads ongoing training, mentoring and coaching sessions to help the team stay on top of industry trends and styles. They, and their clients, reap the rewards. A professional team, a stylish space and an enjoyable experience: it’s no wonder that The Loft has clients of all ages, from Winnipeg’s downtown to the suburbs and beyond.


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• Keep bathtubs and showers free of mold and mildew, wipe dry after use and clean often. • Pet sensitivities? Limit their access to certain parts of the home only. • Change air filters every month or so if you have pets. • Vacuum twice a week with a HEPA filter vacuum. You may want to invest in a high quality vacuum. • Shampoo your carpets regularly. Do not over-wet carpets. • Clean your kitchen sink daily. • Leave windows shut during high-pollen season. • Spread aquarium gravel over the dirt if you have potted plants in your home, this will help reduce mold build-up. • Check your dryer’s vent to make sure it is venting the air outside the home. Reducing allergens will help you sleep better, breathe better and live better! Take Time Home Cleaning has a system called Hygienitech Mattress Cleaning for eliminating allergens in your home. Call us today to schedule a free in-home evaluation. 204-770-7103


Exotic art for a modern world By Leigh Patterson

Rubia Darya Traditional Rugs & Textile Art Specializing in hand-woven rugs from weaving groups in central and west Asia. Unique collection of antique tribal rugs. Create a new look in your home with their warmth and beauty. 102-132 James avenue 204.223.5177 In The exchange DIsTrIcT

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The Moroccan-born artist, who now lives in Niverville, grew up among the red sandstone coloured houses and vibrant souks that characterize his home city of Marrakech. It’s where, at a young age, he apprenticed in the art of Zouaq; a decorative style of painting that originates from Mediterranean and Middle Eastern countries and is used to decorate homes.

The geometric patterns in Zouaq can include organic shapes and elements like leaves, flowers and intertwined vines. Laarissa creates his own stencils to help sketch his initial pattern. Then, using acrylics, he painstakingly paints the design with controlled movements using a special brush of donkey hair (from the mane).


Like most of us, when artist Ahmed Laarissa enters a home or business, he sees doors, walls, ceilings, tables, mirror frames and other everyday materials. But unlike most of us, Laarissa sees beyond their ordinary uses. He can reimagine their potential as canvases— and as works of art.

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The Pennyloaf Bakery is quickly becoming famous for its signature sourdough bread - moist & chewy on the inside with a crunchy crust on the outside. The bakery also creates a wide variety of baked goods, including scrumptious scones, flakey croissants & delicious biscuits! The Pennyloaf Bakery 858 Corydon Ave

For the ultimate experience in oil & vinegar, visit Winnipeg’s latest speciality shop, where flavour infused olive oil & balsamic vinegar are expertly paired. Experience the tasting room, shop for special gift items & more! Perfect Pairs Unit C-2450 Main St

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This unique cement inspired ceramic LED pendant would be a great foundation to any space. Total Lighting Sales 347 William Ave

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Rubia Darya’s James Avenue gallery showcases an exquisitely beautiful collection of old tribal rugs & textiles, many of which range in age from 40 to 140+ years. Also featured are small beautifully woven pieces that were once the bags tribes used for storing goods, but now make lovely table or wall art. Even though each rug is dated in years, these pieces put a fresh spin on wall & flooring textiles - bringing together art & history. Rubia Darya 102-132 James Ave

Winnipeg artist Jane Gateson works in Cold Wax and Oil to create this colourful textured series called the Barn Series. “Good Old Days,” “Yesteryear,” and “Beautiful Red Barn” are shown in this triptych. Sold separately or in groupings, there are 8 delightful “barn” paintings available, which will be showcased at the upcoming Spring Exhibition, Mar 12th & 13th, 11am - 4:30 pm. Soul Gallery Inc., 163 Clare Ave, 204-781-8259, SPRING 2016 | STYLE MANITOBA | 35


Outdoor spaces come in myriad shapes and sizes. Some homeowners prefer to leave their backyards in a simple state, while others prefer an elaborate, exotic, private oasis. Despite their variety, yards all have one thing in common: they connect homeowners to the natural world. Pedro Gomes, CEO of Prelude Landscaping, understands his clients’ individual needs. A leader in landscape production, Gomes and his team excel in designing and developing beautiful open-air living “rooms.”




“We all have a passion for creating exciting and easy-to-maintain outdoor living spaces, and it shows,” says Gomes. Prelude Landscaping offers a full suite of services for any size project. The company can provide complete landscape design and installation of interlocking driveways, stone patios, retaining walls, fire and water features, steel and stone sculptures, and more. With an infinite selection of products available to homeowners, the Prelude Landscaping team

is proud to help their clients choose what’s perfect for their dream yard.

“The first step in helping someone achieve their personal oasis is to have them define their likes and dislikes about style, plants, trees, colour schemes, accents, hardscaping materials, and other landscaping elements,” says Gomes. “Then, we figure out a budget that works for them. Once the client is happy with their plan, we go for it - creating the backyard ambiance they’ve always wanted.” Whether you plan to transform your backyard into an elegant showstopper, a play area or a paradise, Gomes offers these helpful suggestions to bring it to life: 
 Fan the flames: Adding a fire pit or fireplace lends heat and ambiance to an outdoor space. An outdoor kitchen complete with built-in burners, barbecues and cutting stations enables you to enjoy the ultimate outdoor gourmet cooking experience. Water down stress: The sights and sounds of moving water are known to promote relaxation by lowering blood pressure and improving mental health. Professionally installed water features lend a therapeutic, spa-like tranquility to any yard. These can range from an exotic waterfall made of huge natural boulders to a pond, a fountain, or a bubbling planter.



“Falling water releases negative ions into the surrounding atmosphere,” says Gomes. “And these ions have a profound positive affect on your physical wellbeing.” Another bonus: water features can also attract wildlife to your yard. Add art for the heart: Metal and stone sculptures are gaining popularity this season and can add signature flair to any yard. Gomes is constantly on the lookout for these unique art pieces when he travels, so he can make them available to Prelude Landscaping clients for their custom landscape projects. Modern, whimsical or traditional, these elemental sculptures visually harness the imagination to turn a landscape into a masterpiece. Enhancing your yard with some or all of these features will create a multi-dimensional space to lure you, your friends and guests outside. Prelude Landscaping is there to help you make the best of everything nature has to offer. Because Prelude Landscaping is a one-stop shop for all landscaping needs, clients can enjoy the benefits of working with one experienced and dedicated team to create outdoor extensions of their home. And they can do it quickly. “We can complete a yard soft scape and hardscape project in less than two weeks in some cases,” says Gomes. “So you have more time to entertain, relax and enjoy your investment.”


People You Know Winnipeg-based Lawn Boys do it all. They offer a year round package of services designed to take the hassle out of lawn care and snow clearing and offer the best in landscaping. They even do light installations for Christmas and Diwali. But there is more. Owner Brant Boychuk is committed to making a difference in the community. He reports that over the past 27 years they have been in property service, they have worked to take the business to the next level. “As an old school business owner, I take pride in keeping and developing customer relationships for a lifetime. I actually lose sleep over the possibility of losing even one customer,” he says, adding that nothing feels better than when a customer returns after discovering the grass is not greener with other companies. “It’s inevitable in life for us all to come across challenges. It’s how we react to them that defines us and maintains stability and longevity for life and in business as well. I have learnt a lot over the years from my relations with my customers. When I was younger, I had the tendency to overreact when problems did arise. I started to grow and change after observing a customer, a prominent Winnipeg businessman, handle a crisis situation in his own organization by calmly saying, “We will deal with it.” Hearing and seeing that changed the way I observe and handle any issues in all aspects of my business and personal life,” notes Boychuk. “My vision for Lawn Boys is to give back to the community. As one of my long-term customers said to me many years ago “you have to give to get.” This is how I try to live my life as well as run my business,” he says, noting that he has never been one to reject a donation prize request for an important cause like the Heart & Stroke Foundation or a community’s sporting teams. “We are currently planning a couple initiatives to help increase safety in our communities.” Lawn Boys have been around for nearly three decades and Boychuk sees this as a great calling card. “I know this can be a very transient industry in regards to new businesses popping up and disappearing every year. This may be difficult for potential customers who may wonder if a company will be around for the long haul. We have staff that have been with us for years, and even university students who graduate come back for jobs till they get traction in their respective fields. At Lawn Boys we are people you know.” 38 | STYLE MANITOBA | SPRING 2016

OUTDOORL I V I N G Fitting in B Y L E I G H PAT T E R S O N The appeal of older, established neighbourhoods is undeniable. Large trees, expanses of lawn and a complementary blend of architectural styles are just part of their allure. Rebuilding a new home on a mature lot that’s in keeping with the neighbourhood’s character can be tricky. In the case of this impressive River Heights property, a new home design unites with thoughtful landscaping to strike the perfect balance. The homeowners enlisted the help of 3 Seasons Landscaping early in the homebuilding process. The 3 Seasons Landscaping team developed a full landscaping plan complete with hardscaping elements, to ensure the whole yard was in keeping with both the neighbourhood and homeowners’ vision. Hardscaping elements consist of a driveway set in Roman pavers, a travertine front landing, retaining walls and a large elevated travertine patio. Landscape lighting illuminates sculptures placed throughout the yard to further beautify and complement the architecture into the evening hours.

To connect the home to the yard, 3 Seasons prepared expansive garden beds planted with traditional varieties of shrubs and low maintenance perennials.

colour and texture to help nestle the home into its surroundings. Underground irrigation and mulch help to reduce any maintenance requirements.

Selections of juniper, cedar, ligularia, spirea, hydrangea and hosta add dimension, height,

The end result is a picture-perfect home that stands out, while fitting in, beautifully.


OUTDOORL I V I N G Tune in to outdoor fun B Y L E I G H PAT T E R S O N It’s hard to ignore the allure and distraction of electronic screens. They compete for our attention, leading many of us to spend more time on the couch than outside. But what if you could look out your window to your own backyard and get excited about being active? Athletic Flooring Systems has the answer with their multi-purpose game courts by Sport Court®. As the exclusive dealer in Manitoba and northwest Ontario, the company installs game courts for residential clients looking to bring fitness closer to home. Installed over any hard surface, a Sport Court provides a suspended play area to enjoy year round, without any maintenance. The specialized playing surface and robust components integrate together making it possible to play dozens of games. Homeowners can flood the surface in the winter, allowing the fun to continue with ice skating or hockey. While families enjoy their Sport Court and its many options for keeping active, adults and

seniors have also been using the courts for pickleball, a popular game well suited to the average size of residential installations. The patented, “ortho cush” and “lateral forgiveness” characteristics makes Sport Court one of the safest outdoor playing surfaces available.

Athletic Flooring Systems makes it easier to compete with the small screen with an exciting, safe, play area where you always know what your kids are up to. And when a basketball, hockey net, or tennis racquet are convenient alternatives to electronics, the whole family wins.

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OUTDOORL I V I N G Site lines B Y L E I G H PAT T E R S O N When as much attention to detail goes into the design of a yard as it does into the home, the results can be beautiful and dramatic. That’s certainly the case here, where the clients entrusted Silver Stone Landscaping to transform their mature city lot and showcase their newly built home to its fullest advantage. Silver Stone owner Kyle Thibeault and his team created a seamless transition from yard to home, thanks to a smart, contemporary, lowmaintenance landscape that mirrors the home’s design. The Silver Stone team removed a number of mature trees to open up the yard and make way for spruce and amur cherry trees and a lush green lawn. They used linear hardscaping to anchor the yard and tie it closely to the home’s architecture. A Barkman “Dimensional” flagstone sidewalk, the square, two-tiered front planters and the concrete driveway inlaid with “Boardwalk” pavers mimic the shape of the home’s windows.

Subtle texture and colour add rich layers of dimension and softness while complementing the home’s façade. Chocolate brown mulch in the planters and crushed black granite along the sidewalk anchor perennials like grasses, hydrangea, barberry and spirea.

Filled with showy tropicals and other plants, huge planters flanking the entrance serve to naturally draw the eye up to the front door.

complete interior package installations which includes supplying and installing a fireplace or stove, and finishing off the front of the fireplace. The family-run business has certified

technicians on staff to ensure your fireplace or stove is installed correctly both for safety, as well as a proper burning flame.

Thibeault says the homeowners were involved in the yard’s design and installation every step of the way, and love the end result of the twomonth long project. .

Get Bowled Over The beauty of a spring evening can be elevated by the dazzling light and warmth of the perfect flame. The Bola by Marquis is the ideal way to enhance the enjoyment of any outdoor space, whether on a wood deck or patio. The concrete fire bowl comes in either a black or smooth grey finish, while customers can choose from lava rocks, decorative stones, or five different decorative crushed glass options, to enhance the flame display. The outdoor fire bowl can is fuelled by either natural gas or propane, no need to gather messy and smoky firewood. As long as you have two feet of clearance on all sides and any kind of roof or overhead cover that is at least seven feet above the top of the fire bowl, the Bola is the perfect way to have an open fire on your patio or outdoor deck. Classic Fireplaces is proud to carry The Marquis Collection, a manufacturer with over three decades of experience in fireplace construction, as well as numerous other reputable names in fireplace, patio flame, and heater products. Along with numerous outdoor and patio products, Classic Fireplaces specializes in


OUTDOORL I V I N G Project Proud When details matter, Geller’s has you covered. From property maintenance to landscape design and build, Geller’s Year Round Property Service is a one-stop shop that gets the job done. “We do custom patios, outdoor BBQ’s, and retaining walls. In fact, we do everything from bare earth to finished yard repair,” says Geller’s President Matt Bell. He suggests that many think Geller’s is just about lawn cutting and snow removal, but they are about so much more. “We started in maintenance. When we come in to do a landscaping job, we understand what happens when the job is not done properly at the outset. We are also a company that can build your dream yard and then look after all the details throughout the year to keep your property looking great.”

Bell reports that all their crews are certified landscape builders with team members holding the ICPI (Interlocking and Concrete Paving Institute) designation. “We offer a full range of manufacturers including Barkman, and import Borgert Products from the US for interlocking stone,” he says, remarking that Borgert offers granitebased stones rather than the limestone varieties commonly found in Manitoba.

At Geller’s, we take pride in providing year round services for all of your properties needs, with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Operating in the property maintenance and landscape industry for over 10 years has given us the experience, equipment, knowledge and work ethic required to ensure your property always looks it’s best. From spring cleanups and weed control, lawn mowing and snow removal, hardscape patio design to a completely new landscape install, just get Geller’s! 204-795-9490


And when it comes to performance, Geller’s is also tops in property maintenance. “Our equipment is the latest available. Our trained crews are all uniformed - when we show up to work on your site you see the same workers till the job is done.” Want the best in property maintenance and landscape construction? Better get Geller’s.

OUTDOORL I V I N G For the past 15 years, Robert Pankiewicz and his team at Target Construction have been making a considerable reputation for themselves. Treading a fine line between art and craft, Target has excited the marketplace with projects from paving stone driveways, patios, walkways and retaining walls to constructing ponds and waterfalls to handling concrete work and repairs. The company also specializes in repairs to existing paving stones, patios and walkways. They can extend the life of a paving stone project by redesigning it, or reusing existing stones and incorporating newer ones. An all-season company where no job is too big or small, Target Construction also has a snow removal service. Located at 3000 McGillivray Boulevard in south Winnipeg, Target

On Target offers clients a 3,000-square-foot area to showcase the full range of Borgert interlocking stone styles and designs. Robert remarks that they also offer other manufacturers in an effort to provide as broad a range of stone products as possible to give customers the best in choice.


“We will do what it takes to create happy satisfied customers. Their recommendation to family and friends tells us we are taking the right approach.” See what Target can do. Visit

“We work hard to get away from ‘cookie cutter’ designs and products. You can spend a lot on a new driveway or patio. Why have it look like everyone else’s? We have the products to make every job stand out. And, we can get just about anything,” he says, remarking that many times customers ask them to match something found on a design website. Ninety percent of Target’s business is from word of mouth referrals.


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fter the long winter season, many Manitobans are itching to get outside. But often they find that rain, wind, and insects prevent them from truly enjoying springtime on their patio.

Glass sunrooms provide a trendy and flexible way to take control of your outdoor living space. One particularly popular product is a retractable sunroom from Lumon, a global company that specializes in versatile sunroom products for detached homes, condos, and high-rise buildings. Lumon’s sunrooms feature frameless glass walls, which provide unobstructed views and bright natural light while protecting the patio from dust, snow, rain, and wind. In perfect weather, the fully retractable walls give people the flexibility to have an open patio. Additional elements like screens and blinds are also available.

“A patio without a sunroom is controlled by any number of unpredictable factors, like the weather or mosquitoes,” says Lumon consultant Kazwel Levandoski. “With a sunroom, those things no longer determine how homeowners can use their outdoor space.” The company’s customizable sunroom options allow homeowners to have full control of the space. Parents can send their children outside to play in the sunroom even when it’s raining, and summer barbeques never need to be cancelled because of mosquitoes. Lumon’s retractable glass is also an ideal option for condo balconies. Adding the frameless glass creates an enclosed space that can be enjoyed more days of the year, and Lumon’s glass is the only balcony enclosure option on the market that meets zoning and construction regulations


for condos, making it easier for owners to receive strata approval. For all of their products, whether for detached homes, condos, or high-rise buildings, Lumon prides itself on quality design and customization to ensure each outdoor living space suits every homeowner’s unique style and needs. Their consultants offer no-obligation design consultations, and they can also draw up 3D design plans of the outdoor living space to help people visualize many different options. For homeowners who are craving better use of their outdoor living area, this spring is a great time to take back your patio space. Lumon is currently offering zero percent financing for 12 months, and only requires a $1,000 deposit to make those dreams a reality.




Pay attention to entranceways. Doors should be welcome openings to the inside of the home. Here brass or wood accents can make a positive first impression that can carry through to the style of the interior. Consider painting the front door to lend additional character.

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Clean up the drive. As simple as just filling in the cracks and ruts or repaving with new Roman stones, the front drive is an opportunity as an eye-catcher. Carry this through to the doorway on the garage. It’s the biggest single opening in the home and a huge surface. If it needs replacing, there are plenty of stylish options available, from contemporary to traditional. At the very least, keep overhead doors clean and looking fresh.

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Upgrade those old stair and porch railings and install new ironwork. Look to local metal shops for design innovation that can make your house stand out from the crowd. Green things up. Plant new sod on bare patches and edge the lawn. Look for a few areas that could use a plant or two and consider adding a tree for shade. Small well tended front veggie gardens can also add a unique touch to a home’s curb appeal as well as feed the family.


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Give your home an accent. A simple touch such as a contrasting colour on window trim or the addition of shutters is a time-honoured way to pump up exterior appeal. If new windows are required, think aesthetics and function at once. Not only should performance be considered, street facing windows should also provide an abundance of curb appeal. Remember - first impressions are usually lasting ones!

Best Face Forward Here in Manitoba, exterior doors are a big deal. Indeed, a new or existing home’s street facing garage door is typically a property’s biggest single opening. With this in mind, it makes sense to pay attention to aesthetics and engineering attributes of entryways. Creative Door is here to help. Based in Edmonton, Creative Door is Canada’s leading dealer of access solution products. They offer a virtual one-stop-shop for everything from overhead doors to security gates to the very latest designs in garage doors. “The aesthetics of garage doors have changed over the years, “ says Creative Door Director of Sales and Business Development, Daryl Laprade. “Once the standard was colonial design. Now, homeowners have so many more choices that really work with the look of the house and offer significant benefits such as better security and more effective insulation,” he says, commenting that Creative Door offers the largest selection of colours and designs to satisfy any customer need. “The great look of new doors is one that really lasts over time. This means better curb appeal as well as low maintenance costs. The engineering has also stepped up with improvements that have motorized systems operating with less energy, more reliability

and more digital interfaces to Smartphone applications that allow homeowners to discover if doors have been opened and allow them the ability to remotely operate entryways.”

Want your home to show its best face? Look to Creative Door for the cutting edge solutions that bring entryways into a new era.

or gaps in the product and windows last longer. The company warrantees its fiberglass windows for 25 years.

windows can actually result in a net gain in energy.

A Lasting Innovation For more than 60 years Accurate Dorwin had been helping Winnipeggers see the light. A leading manufacturer and installer of fiberglass window products, the company has been offering innovation in a range of products designed to deliver energy efficiency alongside great looks. According to Doug Nowlin, Director of Operations with Accurate Dorwin, the fact that the glazing and the frames are made from the same materials means consistent expansion and contraction across the entire window. Gone are the days when wood windows swelled with moisture becoming difficult to open and close during certain times of the year. The fact that the window frame and material expand and contract at the same rate results in less stress on the sealed unit, which results in less seal failures (glass becomes foggy). This also means no cracks

Windows are typically seen as a source of heat loss. Accurate Dorwin’s high performing fixed

“Accurate Dorwin has many glazing options available depending on what is important to the individual homeowner. Some people opt to take advantage of the UV light to help heat their house during winter, others prefer to block the heat coming into the house as much as possible,” says Nowlin. “We manufacture as well as install our own products. Our guys do the work and we stand behind our skilled installers. This is why we have become a ‘go to’ company for both residential and commercial work,” he says, inviting people to visit for more details on this homegrown innovator. SPRING 2016 | STYLE MANITOBA | 47

Let the Sun Shine In When Manitoba new homebuilder Hearth Homes needed to add a three-season sunroom to a showhome, they knew whom to call. Sunshade is a Winnipeg company that has been building the very best in exterior rooms for decades. Over that time they have also been building a reputation that is second to none in the industry. It’s engineering excellence that has attracted the attention of both homebuilders and homeowners. Consider that Sunshade is the only company in North America that can obtain permits to build sunrooms on un-piled decks. Indeed, Sunshade has perfected a unique floatation system that works seamlessly with older homes and new properties to keep sunrooms looking great for years and years.

“Our objective is to create a space in the house that is as much like the outdoors as possible. Once installed a Sunshade sunroom typically becomes the most used room in the house,” says company president Steve Sarens. In the Hearth Home’s showhome pictured here, Sarens had his skilled crew create a sunroom over the existing covered deck. Using extruded aluminum and tempered safety glass,

the crew created a three-season addition that was tailored to meet the changes in our climate. “We have noticed rainfall is becoming greater in our region so we adapted our design with tracking to accommodate more water. Now torrential rains are no problem and homeowners have a great place to sit and watch the storm in comfort,” says Steve, suggesting that a new Sunshade sunroom delivers a surprising amount of lifestyle for an outdoor area.

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Easy Living By Kelly Gray Prairie Landing Apartments is working hard to simplify the lives of those 55 years of age and older. A growing demographic, these people are now seeking out less complicated living arrangements where the old family home might be sold off in favour of a smaller footprint lifestyle without grass to cut and attics to clean. Burnett Management is ready for this group with properties such as Kildonan Green Apartments, and their new Prairie Landing, a 152-suite, seven-storey apartment facility ready this summer in West Transcona at 20 Cal Gardner Drive off Peguis Street. “We were able to take our experience from the development of our Kildonan Green Apartments and use it to create something we knew would excite our target demographic,” says Rya Janzen, leasing manager. Here she mentions attributes such as large suites, convenient location, community and modern design as key elements that went into the planning. Suites at Prairie Landing range in size from 786 square feet for a one bedroom to 1119 square feet for a two bedroom.


“Everything except TV and phone is included,” she says, adding that nearby attractions include Club Regent, Kildonan Place Shopping Centre and Costco. In addition the “Shops of Kildonan Mile” on Reenders Drive, which will bring over 340,000 square feet of new retail to East Winnipeg. Kitchens feature luxury finishes as well as the latest in household appliances. Windows are oversized to let in lots of light, but they are also environmentally sensitive to keep apartments warm in the winter and cool in the summer. All suites are fully visitable for those with mobility challenges with wide doors for wheelchair access. More, the building is concrete construction - another plus that keeps suites quiet from any outside noise.

“The look of the building is unique. We used Kingspan insulated metal panels to clad the exterior and create a modern design that is unlike anything else in the Winnipeg apartment rental market,” says Janzen. The attraction to Prairie Landing, she says, is the ease of living. For example, the building features not just common areas where residents can gather, but has a fully equipped exercise facility and a multi-purpose room as well. There is an on-site theatre room in addition to two hospitality suites for visiting guests. “The idea has been to create a space for people age 55 plus that offers a sense of community in a comfortable, well appointed setting. We know that as people age and their children move away from the family home, there is a desire to make positive changes in lifestyle. People want to simplify and downsize, but they also want amenities. At Prairie Landing they can enjoy services such as 24-hour security and property maintenance, as well as the benefits of a live-in property manager.” Display suites will open this spring, and possession of suites will take place mid to late summer of 2016. For more information visit

Helping Hands For Manitoba seniors looking for assisted living solutions, Homestead Manitoba has the answers. In fact, Homestead has you covered with a slate of five properties located in every sector of Winnipeg as well as in Morden. “We take the bumps out of the road for seniors who require a little help to get on with their days,” says Homestead Manitoba Marketing Director Rya Janzen. She reports Homestead’s assisted living residences are fully equipped with everything you would expect. There is chef prepared dining where kitchens take individual dietary needs into account. There is housekeeping service and activities, from shopping trips to Christmas light tours. There are exercise programs, onsite banking, a hair salon, and guest suites for out of town visitors. What’s new this year in two of the residences is the addition of certified healthcare aides that are on duty over night. “This adds a level of peace and security for the residents who know that there is someone to look in on them if they have a health concern during late hours,” she says, not-

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NOW PREVIEWING PHASE 2 OUR BIGGEST OXBOW YET, STARTING FROM THE MID 200’S Located along Sterling Lyon Parkway, The Oxbow is minutes from Winnipeg’s best retail and recreation. Put down roots in a community that caters to an active, family-friendly lifestyle and discover why Tuxedo Point is the natural choice for your new home. VISIT US AT 775 STERLING LYON PARKWAY DURING THE 2016 PARADE OF HOMES FOR A FULL PREVIEW PHASE 2.

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A Beautiful Place to Call Home In a market where “not included” and costly upgrades are the norm, at Oxbow of Tuxedo Point on Sterling Lyon Parkway, high-quality construction is a given, and the most in-demand features are standard. “Our resolve for quality and excellence is as unwavering as the foundations that support our buildings,” states Jason van Rooy, marketing and customer service manager for Towers Realty Group. “Because we believe that a building is more than just an address; it’s a reflection of who you are. These condos are literally perfect for anyone - from first time homebuyers to empty nesters looking for a simple and hassle free home to enjoy their retirement.

Oxbow condos are not only beautiful; they’re a beautiful place to call home.” Oxbow of Tuxedo Point’s 793 to over 1,500-square-foot suites are designed to complement the way you live, featuring 10 unique layouts ranging from one-bedroom units with or without dens, to twobedroom and den units with two baths. Nearly all have both ensuite baths and walk-in closets, and every suite has a generously sized balcony or oversized terrace. It’s easy to express your style with the condo’s multiple finishing options, which are all included in the price. These include finishes such as five backsplash tile choices,

five colours of cabinets, four different hardware options, and granite or quartz countertops. Add in name-brand finishes and engineered hardwood flooring at no additional cost, and you have some of the best value on the market today. Every unit also comes with on-site storage and either heated indoor parking or covered outdoor parking included in the purchase price. While you may not want to leave your beautiful condo, there’s too much to see in the surrounding area. Oxbow of Tuxedo Point is truly in the middle of it all, as it’s steps away from Fort Whyte Alive and the Assiniboine Forest.

It’s also situated right next to Winnipeg’s newest and fastest growing shopping development. Just to the east, work has begun on Winnipeg’s first premium fashion outlet mall, which joins neighbouring Seasons of Tuxedo, home to destination stores like Cabela’s and Western Canada’s biggest IKEA. With phase 1 units available now and phase 2 planned for possession in fall 2018, Oxbow of Tuxedo Point has something for everyone. Visit the condo’s show suite at 775 Sterling Lyon Parkway. Whether you’re looking for right now or down the road, these condos are a definite must-see.


OVER 140 SOLD Experience life elevated in Winnipeg’s only vertical village where you can live, work and play without ever having to go outdoors. Interest is high and suites are moving fast. SkyCity has it all; inspired combination of downtown vibe, contemporary suites, amenities and ground floor retail! Visit our stunning ‘million dollar’ Presentation Centre today to view our 8ft scale model, touchscreens, floor plans - and tour our designer Model Suite!

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A Place in the Sky Winnipeggers who want to reach for the stars will soon have their chance with the coming of SkyCity, a $175-million, 45-storey city centre tower that is expected to house 388 residential units, 60,000 square feet of office space and 20,000 square feet of retail. “The idea,” says Fortress Real Developments President, Jawad Rathore, “is to create a mixed use high rise that offers residences and offices alongside commercial and light retail in a setting that is more in keeping with the needs of new urbanites who seek a live, work, play arrangement.” “When we looked at downtown Winnipeg we saw Toronto years ago, with its surface parking lots and empty buildings. We also saw a lot of opportunity in a great city with a lot happening. We wanted to be a part of the change.” Interest in the condos has been strong. In fact, SkyCity’s presentation centre sold 60 residences to its VIP guests on opening day of the public offering last September. This has been followed by still more sales as awareness and excitement has built. Today sales teams have inked agreements on over 35 percent of


available units. Condos range in size from 529 square feet to 1,609 square feet, and are priced from $196,000 to over $700,000. The design will create an iconic structure that will be the tallest building between Toronto and Calgary. Not surprisingly, buyers are drawn to the opportunity for tremendous views. They are also highly interested in the design innovations and amenities that are part of this masterplanned project. Plans call for an 8-storey commercial and service podium, which will offer retail on the ground floor, including plans for a grocer. The 8-storey podium also includes dedicated indoor parking for the residents, guests and commercial patrons. There will also be guest suites, a grand lobby, a dedicated fitness amenity floor complete with a basketball court, fitness centre, weights room, yoga studio, and spin room, as well as club style locker facilities. On the expansive rooftop, architects have drawn in a ‘Sky Lounge’ with indoor dining facilities, a games room, large screen theatre and an outdoor terrace overlooking the city. Given the breadth of the development, Fortress turned to the best and brightest for the design team and partners. For example, condo interiors are designed by Union 31, an award winning Toronto-based multi-disciplinary design firm that specializes in hospitality and condominium developments. The on-site gym will be a Movement Haus fitness centre that is created by another ‘best in class’ firm, The Benchmark Group, a nationally renowned company that specializes in a holistic approach to health and fitness. Scatliff + Miller + Murray are the landscape architects on the project, and sales

are being handled by Royal LePage Dynamic Real Estate. The guiding vision is one where people who live in the building will have a complete ‘under-oneroof ’ collection of services to make downtown urban living as convenient and service oriented as possible. Consider that for SkyCity residents a trip to the gym or grocery store could be done in the middle of a Winnipeg snowstorm without the use of a parka or car window ice scraper. As well, the new building would be attached to Winnipeg’s expansive skywalk system, making a coatless run out to attend a play at Prairie Theatre Exchange, take in a Jets game at the MTS Centre, or attend a business meeting a simple matter even amid the harsh realities of a Winnipeg winter. With available condos moving well, Fortress and their partners invite Winnipeggers to reach higher and get involved in this dramatic downtown Winnipeg concept by dropping into the sales offices at 275 Garry St. or visiting




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The emerging transit-oriented development in South Osborne is something new to Winnipeg, so multi-family builder StreetSide Developments knew they needed to introduce a product to match.

Celebrating something special? Deseo Bistro is a regular on the list of the top restaurants in Canada, and is the flagship offering from celebrated local chef Scott Bagshaw.

Enter Parkline Townhomes, a series of upcoming two-storey townhomes with basements to grace Hugo Street South, right next to the Fort Rouge Rapid Transit Station.

The up and coming area has exemplary walkability and some of the best transit access citywide. Downtown commuters may find it easier to hop the neighbouring transit line to avoid costly parking fees and the routine hassle.

Unlike any other condo development in the city, some Parkline homes are equipped to have the basement finished as a self-contained suite, meaning you can use your desirable location and brand-new home as an income generator.

From the start to finish of your day, Parkline townhomes make everyday living easier. With no yard or home maintenance to take care of, there’s more time for the people and things you enjoy.

And the ease of upkeep doesn’t come as a sacrifice – the townhomes give the feel of a detached home, and come with many of the same perks. The townhomes present the opportunity for fenced-in private yards, which is ideal for pet owners or nature buffs to indulge in some backyard stargazing. StreetSide Developments anticipates an early 2016 launch for the first phase of its townhomes. Be first in line for the release and learn more details about Parkline townhomes, including floor plan information and availability at

With thoughtful floor plans making exceptional use of space, the energy and cost savings of living in an attached townhome, and potential for cost and time savings on your everyday commute, Parkline makes home ownership more affordable and accessible than ever. Locals to the area already know about the neighbourhood’s draws – some of the city’s top-tier dining destinations reside in South Osborne, along with longtime entertainment venues like the Park Theatre and Park Alleys bowling centre. Lose yourself in the decadence and anonymity of a ‘20s speakeasy at Blind Tiger, or pop into Vera Pizzeria for delicious Neapolitan-style pizza in a cozy environment.


At Home in Transcona This spring, Porchlight Developments Ltd. wants to raise the bar for residential lifestyle offerings in West Transcona with their newest development, Unison. Located in Starlite Village off Fiorentino Street and El Tassi Drive, Unison is a 71-suite condo project that offers much to those seeking a well-appointed new home in West Transcona. Targeted at young singles and couples who want to live near where they work and play, Unison offers condominiums from 625 square feet to 1051 square feet. Prices range from the $160,000’s to the low $200,000’s. What’s in the new home package? Unison’s modern exteriors showcase the latest in contemporary exterior architecture with low maintenance building materials. Homes include open concept floor plans, covered balconies, 9-foot ceilings, air conditioning and parking.

Interiors offer loft-style barn doors and an attractive selection of colour collections, counters, and cabinetry. Kitchens include a full appliance package and urban-inspired cabinetry with an eating bar. Each home offers the

quiet privacy of double insulated walls and engineered wood floors. Professionally designed green spaces are poised to grow alongside the development.

Unison’s on-site sales centre will be ready mid-March, just in time for the Spring 2016 Parade of Homes. For more information, visit



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SOUTHLANDS VILLAGE PRITCHARD FARM Custom luxury bungalows, gorgeous scenery and the natural beauty and privacy of this special location truly sets Southlands Village apart. With stunning lots still available, now is the perfect time to get your share of the luxury lifestyle, where high-end landscaping is included with every home and maintained year-round so that you have more time for the things you love.


Southlands Creek flows through the community and is bordered by natural prairie grasses and wildflowers.

LIVE LIFE TO THE FULLEST IN SOUTHLANDS VILLAGE Claim your place in this unique community where every home is custom and your dream lifestyle is the focus. CUSTOM LUXURY BUNGALOWS Take a quick drive through Southlands Village and two things become immediately clear: the homes are stunning and no two designs are the same. There is no “standard model” here – every home is custom-designed with the style, detail and precision you expect from Manitoba’s top builders. In Southlands Village, all designs must meet strong quality control guidelines and every property is landscaped to the same high standards. The absence of two-storey homes and fencing gives the community a spacious, open-air feeling, adding to its rural charm.

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A GREAT INVESTMENT RIGHT FROM THE START When you buy in Southlands Village, you get incredible value. Starting from $125,900, every lot includes upscale landscaping, a deck and in-ground sprinkler system. This gives you the freedom to invest more into your home and ensures peace of mind that every house on the street will be finished to the same high standards. When you consider the uniqueness and maturity of the community and the quality and style of the homes, Southlands Village promises to be a great long-term investment.

THE SOUTHLANDS VILLAGE LIFESTYLE Say goodbye to your lawnmower and shovel! In Southlands Village, your entire yard and driveway are maintained year-round to the highest standards. For busy executives, frequent travelers, or retirees, it’s the perfect community because you get a detached 1,300-2,000 square foot luxury bungalow plus all the lifestyle benefits of a managed property. Whether you have a cottage, travel often for work, love golf or want to spend more time with your family, the Southlands Village approach gives you more time to focus on the things you love.

“I believe you will see an increase in your investment down the road. Plus, as availability diminishes, the value will go up.” – DAN ROLFE, PRESIDENT OF MARIC HOMES

“These are true luxury properties, with many lots right on the water or backing onto trees. Because these are all custom builds, it allows residents to plan and design their dream house” – JASON ARLT, VICE PRESIDENT OF ARLT HOMES

THE SOUTHLANDS VILLAGE ADVANTAGE Southlands Village is an 83-unit bare land condo community. What sets this apart from traditional condo developments is that you get to choose your detached bungalow design, custom builder and landscaping plan. This gives you the freedom to build the home of your dreams, while the community’s Architectural Guidelines ensure a quality aesthetic across the board. On top of that, your common element fee ensures that your yard is maintained year-round by a professional property management firm. This adds up to a gorgeous private community of single family homes where no individual property will affect the value of the rest. It’s a great place to live and an amazing investment.

Left: The view from this spacious show home interior – Arlt Homes, 29 Silverside Drive


The community is built and maintained in such a professional manner – and that’s what people are looking for.”– LARRY DAVEY, SOUTHLANDS VILLAGE RESIDENT

Top: Custom home interior – Maric Homes; Left: Show home exterior and interior – Irwin Homes, 10 Willow Landing; Right: Wetland view overlooking Southlands Village.


“What sets this apart from traditional condo developments is that you get to choose your detached bungalow design, custom builder and landscaping plan.”

Many homes feature bright, walk-out basements overlooking private patios, some with waterfront views. Custom home interior – Maric Homes.

IN SOUTHLANDS VILLAGE YOU’RE CREATING BOTH A CUSTOM HOME AND LIFESTYLE. A selection of these prime lots are still available. This is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to own your share in this exceptional community. CHOOSE FROM THREE OF MANITOBA’S MOST PRESTIGIOUS BUILDERS:

ARLT HOMES Established in 1976, the awardwinning team at Arlt Homes has built an impeccable reputation based on strong service and exceptional quality. From craftsman homes to a more contemporary look and feel, they are here to bring your vision to life. 204.669.3394

SHOW HOMES OPEN YEAR ROUND SATURDAY & SUNDAY: 1:00pm - 5:00pm or by appointment


JUST MINUTES FROM THE CITY Located just north of the perimeter in East St.Paul, Southlands Village offers quick access to downtown, dining, shopping, the Whiteshell and the area’s top golf courses.









IRWIN HOMES Irwin Homes was founded with the core principles of honesty, integrity, passion and pride. A third-generation family business, their hands-on team is ready to help dream, design and deliver your ultimate home.

“I really think it’s unique in the way you don’t have to maintain your property, but you don’t sacrifice privacy and luxury. You get everything you want in a brand new luxury bungalow, and you gain easier living.”

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Bonavista captures the art of modern suburban living within a landscaped community of parks and lakes in proximity to Bois-des-Esprit and the Seine River. Bonavista is built on a foundation of modern design and environmental sustainability. CONTACT PARTICIPATING BUILDERS FOR LOTS, AND EXPERIENCE FOR YOURSELF THE ART OF MODERN SUBURBAN LIVING A&S Homes

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One of Winnipeg’s newest communities is ready when you are. Developed by Genstar, Bonavista is a 243-acre master planned community that will offer close to 1100 singlefamily homes at its site in southeast Winnipeg. Located just west of Lagimodiere Blvd on Warde Avenue, plans call for 20 acres of public reserve that includes a 14-acre recreational hub, as well as 30 acres devoted to a variety of multi-family developments. “We have finished servicing of Phase I, which means everything is ready to go for home building on these first 119 lots,” says Marc Brown, Development Manager, Genstar. He reports that the community will feature eight phases over the seven to 10 years it will take to build out the new neighbourhood. Now, with the completion of the first phase the lots have been released to Bonavista’s group of new home construction companies. “Interest has been strong from the public who have been excited by the premier location and the modernization of the traditional suburb,” he says. The neighbourhood will offer a variety of lot types including

conventional front drive lots, laned lots, and park and lake lots. According to Brown, they expect the first showhomes to be ready for viewing by this fall in time for the Parade of Homes. He suggests that there is much to be excited about. For instance, Bonavista will be a community oriented, life cycle neighbourhood with a variety of housing options where people can grow up, start a family and retire with all the modern amenities, services and facilities they need in close proximity. As well, the community is designed to promote neighbourhood wellbeing through healthy environment and lifestyles.

Bonavista’s grid layout gives homeowners the potential to reduce heating and cooling expenditures and emissions. Bonavista also supports healthy living by providing various opportunities for active transportation, recreation and leisure activities. Green spaces offer a desirable balance of active and passive recreation opportunities, and Bonavista’s central Recreation Hub creates a focal point for a connected, healthy community. Along with walkable streets provided by Bonavista’s grid layout, multi-use pathways create scenic linkages between green spaces and naturalized wetlands,



giving you the space to enjoy fitness, relaxation and peace of mind. “Expect to see the most modern of new home designs alongside more traditional plans,” says Brown. “There are opportunities here for the full range of new home experience, from estate homes to starter properties to move up homes to 55+ homes. Bonavista will offer it all, and it will do it with a unique modern style that will make it one of Winnipeg’s character communities.” Visit for more information.

Key elements such as the use of low impact development infrastructure, healthy and active lifestyle amenities, and modern architectural design percolate through Bonavista and are foundations of the new neighbourhood. For example, four naturalized wetlands provide filtration for storm water runoff, minimize impact on downstream waterways and create a significant habitat for wildlife. As well, the maximized solar exposure homes receive due to




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Instant Classic B Y C A R LY P E T E R S Sometimes when you walk into a showhome, it’s difficult to envision your family living there. However, that is not the case with Discovery Homes’ most recent showhome at 141 Willow Creek Road in Bridgwater Trails. This two-storey, urban-style farmhouse was recently honoured as a Parade of Homes Gold Award winner, and features details and a design that makes an almost instant fit with families. Inside the four-bedroom home, the atmosphere is light and airy, with an open concept great room, dining area and kitchen. This relaxed comfortable style is experienced through the kitchen’s painted cabinets, granite-topped island, tiled backsplash, and extra-large farm-

style sink. The great room takes on an urban approach with a floor-toceiling natural stone wall fireplace. The large space feels even bigger with ample windows that allow for the prairie sky to shine through with great views of the lake and trails.

second floor also houses a large laundry space and the master suite. Designed to feel like a spa, the master ensuite features a custom shower made up of four different varieties of natural stone and tile, as well as a soaker tub and quartz countertops.

In keeping with this family oriented home, the main level has a large mudroom with custom designed cabinets and cubbies, perfect for the children’s coats and shoes, as well as a two-piece powder room.

Discovery Homes, a Master Builder, has received numerous awards by the Manitoba Home Builders Association over the years, garnering the company three bronze, three silver and two gold awards from the Parade of Homes for their designs that have been featured in Winnipeg, La Salle, Stonewall, and custom built properties.

The second storey, which boasts a loft where the family spends time relaxing, features garden doors opening onto a covered deck. Along with the home’s four bedrooms, the

The building team’s relationship with their clientele is as strong as the company’s award-winning designs. Many clients have built more than once with Discovery Homes, and consistently refer the builder to their friends and families. “We, as a company, feel truly blessed to have many return customers and referred customers, which may account for our current sales success in 2016,” states Gord Gray, general manager, Discovery Homes. “Our corporate vision has always been to serve our customers with respect and care, and we continue to work with this goal in mind.”


Building in: Countryside Crossing, East St Paul. Stone Ridge Meadows, Stonewall. Quarry Ridge Park, Stonewall.

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Country Living, City Style


Realtor® Mark Penner wants people to know they have choices. Penner is marketing Countryside Crossing, a new development located just inside Winnipeg’s Perimeter but with an East St. Paul postal code. Unlike most new home developments, Countryside Crossing allows buyers to choose the lot and then decide on home design and builder. “This site offers the best of both worlds. You get close proximity to all the attributes of Winnipeg, yet you are located inside the municipality of East St. Paul where taxes are lower and lot sizes tend to be more expansive,” says Penner. Countryside Crossing offers 154 country-sized fully serviced lots ready to be built on. All infrastructure including parks, landscaping and fencing is complete. Currently, Penner and his team are working to sell the remaining properties in the second phase. “The community is 75 percent sold, but there is still a good selection of very desirable lots,” he says, noting that many of the properties on offer feature water access and look across to established custom homes that have creek front walkouts.

While Countryside Crossing offers a slate of four of the province’s leading new homebuilders - Maric Homes, Warkentin Homes, K.Streu Homes, and Irwin Homes buyers have been excited to discover they are not restricted to just these builders. In fact, if designs meet the architectural guidelines and building codes, buyers are free to develop as they see fit. And, says Penner, purchasers are looking to designs that utilize the large lot size to create country living masterpieces.

“Here the lots are large, with averages around 10,000 sq. ft. This means lots of privacy and room to develop a new home that has space for families to grow, and space for all the toys that make country living so much fun.”

space, while the glass doors on the upper level keep the space feeling open.

The main floor is completed by a master suite that boasts a seating area, as well as an ensuite, additional bedrooms, which all feature walk-in closets, and a mudroom with custom shelves, hooks, and cubbies perfect for family members to stash their things.

Visit or visit the open showhomes for more information.

Family Friendly In today’s market it may be tough for a family to find a home that meets all their needs maybe the house is the right size, but the yard is too small; there might be enough bedrooms, but not enough kitchen. Warkentin Custom Homes was keeping families in mind with their Stoneridge Meadows showhome at 3 Barnes Place in Stonewall. The home is located on a quiet cul-de-sac - great for front yard play without the worry of traffic - and also sits on a treed lot with green space in the back. The exterior of the craftsman-style house features James Hardie siding in an evening blue that’s complemented by natural coloured stone accents, as well as a front verandah. Inside the three-bedroom, 1,700-squarefoot bungalow the kitchen makes for a great gathering space to cook or just enjoy time together. The oversized walnut island with white quartz counters offers up plenty of seating and a great cooking prep area with a large farm-style sink. The floor-to-ceiling cream cabinets offer plenty of storage and pantry

The 10-foot ceiling in the living area, along with the large windows, keeps the airy ambience, while the oak old-world flooring and custom walnut entertainment unit give the space an inviting feel


If you can dream it, we can build it. FOUR TIPS TO PICK THE PERFECT LOT Kurt Streu t: 663-2170 e: f: 663-4987


Research the communities you’re interested in and zero in on the ones that offer the best blend of lifestyle and location. Do you want bike paths and nature or is it urban convenience and luxury that interests you? Where is the lot in relation to work and social life? Is there access to transit and main auto routes? Develop a checklist of must-haves and keep a score as you tour nieghbourhoods.


Get a bird’s eye view. Technology now allows us to access satellite images of locations. Get on the Internet and have a look at the lay of the land. Satellite shots help lot / new home buyers better understand where the forests are, how traffic would impact their new home, and show area development density. Is the new development close to industry or active agriculture operations that can impact quality of life? A view from the sky can help answer these and other questions.


View the property at different times. A lot for a new home is just too important to leave it to a simple single drive by. The lot should be viewed at least three times and each of these occasions should be at different times of the day to give a good idea about what is happening in the development in terms of light, traffic, and activity.


Consider the lot with an eye to the other homes in the community and what your lifestyle demands in terms of square footage. Do the existing homes take up lots of property space and leave little in privacy between neighbours? Would the lot you consider allow you to fully enjoy your lifestyle in relation to those next door?


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Details, Details Without those added details, a house isn’t truly a home. That’s why K. Streu Homes puts points of interest into each design they create, ensuring a unique experience for every homeowner. The pictured 1,600-square-foot bungalow in East St. Paul features just a few of those custom touches. Light filters through the entryway, thanks to a glass front door flanked by large windows, as well as a large window over the basement stairs allowing sunlight to flow into the lower level. The large living room is divided from a cheery sunroom by a twosided fireplace surrounded by floor-to-ceiling high-gloss white tiles. The modern materials continue into the kitchen with high-gloss white European cabinets, stainless steel kicks to match the appliances and stove hood, granite countertops, and a nine-foot island which houses a professional-grade sink and a wine rack.

ensuite with double sinks, custom shower, and freestanding tub.

Along with a laundry room and two-piece bathroom, the main floor hosts the master suite, which features a walk-in closet and

The lower level houses a second bedroom, as well as a flex room perfect for an office or den. The unique feature wall with walnut wood

detail, which hosts an electric fireplace, boasts coloured lighting under the hearth for an inviting glow in the entertainment area, which also includes a walk-up bar and extra space for additional seating or a home gym.

Styled by Design What defines your style? Contemporary, classic or a combination of both? When building a home, or renovating a space, style doesn’t always have to be one thing, or be the thing that’s “right now.” Looking beyond what’s been done before ensures that your home not only stands the test of time, but also becomes uniquely you. Over the past 35 years, Pine Creek Homes have seen and built every style of home. While they are well known for creating rustic details, the company has also created contemporary designs based on a blend of models. The renovated kitchen in this East St. Paul home utilizes a mix of contemporary, clean lines with the warmth of natural accents. The rift-cut cherry cabinets are enhanced with modern, sleek hardware, while the earth-tone glass tiles ground the stainless steel appliances and modern light fixtures. The highly functional space was also opened up so that people in the dining room could share in the experience of what was happening

in the kitchen. The L-shaped quartz-topped island beckons guests to pull up a seat in front of a gas fireplace, while the lower portion offers up a perfect place for preparation. Pine Creek Homes specializes in both new builds and major renovations, such as

this kitchen, which may require structural elements to be modified. They also focus on personalized service when developing a new home design, or renovation plan to ensure that whatever your style is, it will be timeless to you.






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Building your home on wider-than-average lots gives you a deep front lawn, more privacy, increased interior light and a surprising amount of design flexibility. Plus, you’ll get a good deal more for your investment – from excellent lot value to lower property taxes. PARADE OF HOMES SHOW HOME HOURS: Monday to Thursday – 3:00 to 8:00 pm Friday – by appointment only Saturday and Sunday – 12:00 to 6:00 pm




Escape the Boundaries in Oak Bluff West



Leave the rush of the city behind and explore a community with natural beauty as far as the eye can see. Oak Bluff West offers the wideopen charm of country living while keeping close ties to the city. Large lots, beautiful wetlands, luminous prairie sunsets and quiet streetscapes are all part of the community’s appeal.

Kenaston Common and Seasons of Tuxedo, 15 minutes from the MTS IcePlex, and about 30 minutes away from downtown Winnipeg.

“Our realtor brought us to Oak Bluff West and at first, we thought it felt so far away, but what we found when we kept going back is that it’s a quick drive to all amenities; shopping, entertainment, banking, you name it… all within 10 minutes,” explains Karen Geist-McNeill, who moved to the community this past July.

“It’s not like River Heights where you look out your window into your neighbour’s house,” she explains. “Everybody has busy lives, whether you’re a family or professional, so it’s a great place to go and feel like you have downtime in the beautiful country space around you. We find that we spend less time at our cottage, which we never thought would happen! We just really love our home and love the area and its peacefulness.”

“Qualico Communities had an open house and we got a look at their plans for the future of the community – we were quite impressed. We also had a chance to speak to the landscape architect; looking at the different ponds and natural grasses, you really get the sense of being in a rural community.” Oak Bluff West is located by the town of Oak Bluff, where McGillivray Boulevard meets the Perimeter Highway. It’s a 10-minute drive to

Making the move from River Heights, Karen was wowed by the sense of space and fresh air in Oak Bluff West.

The area’s wider lots mean you get more space to grow, more privacy, and also the opportunity to build a custom home with incredible views. Working with the community’s select builders, residents are finding creative ways to take advantage of the wide frontage and side yards.

feeling of light and space.” For Jason, it’s the overall attention to detail and a fantastic location that make the community so special. Along with the larger lots, the area features a fantastic trails system, a K-8 School, and easy access to the town of Oak Bluff. “It’s a planned community by Qualico Communities, so it’s laid out really well with a great sense of flow. The location is amazing as you’re so close to the city, but you’re outside city limits so you get that country charm and a strong sense of community.” With all of these advantages, it’s no surprise that people from Winnipeg and surrounding communities are taking a closer look at Oak Bluff West. If all of this sounds like a breath of fresh air, visit for a full list of builders and showhomes.

For Jason Jaquet of Avanti Custom Homes, the wide lots have proven perfect for larger custom bungalows. With a showhome already on Big Sky Drive, Avanti is building their next showhome for the Fall 2016 Parade of Homes. “The Avanti showhome is a new 1,700 square foot bungalow with a split design. Bedrooms for the kids are on one half, and the master bedroom is on the other half,” he explains. “It has a huge great room, open concept plan and a three car garage turned to its side to give you a really good look from the street. You can expect nine foot vaulted ceilings and a great


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Home with a Purpose 45 East Plains Drive in Sage Creek truly represents Artista Homes’ style - both aesthetically and socially. The home is currently the St. Boniface Mega Millions Lottery’s top prize, and features a uniquely styled living space that encompasses the whole home. The 3,500-square-foot home features multiple levels to give each area a sense of its own space, but still keep the open-concept feel with high ceilings, ample windows, and glass partitions. A particular focus on the main floor is the home’s kitchen, which features a unique mix of materials and coloured cabinets - one in flat olive, and the other in a medium wood grain. The extra large island, unlike most designs, has been left without a sink or cooktop so homeowners can use it to its full potential. The kitchen overlooks the living room, which boasts 19-foot ceilings, walls of windows, and a linear fireplace with Tyndall stone surround. On the same level is an impressive floor-toceiling custom wine rack set along a Tyndall stone wall and enclosed in glass.

Two sets of stairs reach the second floor; one being dedicated solely to the master bedroom. The suite has its own balcony overlooking the lake, as well as a stunning ensuite with standalone soaker tub, and custom tile shower with a body spray system. Boasting custom millwork, the suite’s walk-in closet is as visually appealing as it is functional.

Along with two additional bedrooms, the second level features a glass catwalk, a sitting area, and a large front balcony.

The homes hosts three bedrooms, including a master bedroom with walk-in closet and an ensuite, which features heated flooring, dual sinks, a soaker tub, and five-foot tiled shower. The main floor also features a separate laundry room with sink.

Pageantry Homes continues offering building options in new exciting developments within city limits, including lots in Scotswood Meadows, as well as rural options in Kingswood South.

The lower level rounds out the luxury experience with 10-foot ceilings, modern fireplace, games area, wet bar with a custom wine rack, and another bedroom.

Rural Living, City Life If you want to live a dual life, the development of Whistler Hollow is perfect. Large lots, green space, and public access to the adjacent Red River make it feel rural, but homeowners living in the development still benefit from City of Winnipeg sewer, and its close proximity to neighbourhood amenities and downtown Winnipeg. Pageantry Homes’ bungalow at 237 Loganberg Drive in the West St. Paul development features 1,813 square feet of living space, made to feel vast and open with high ceilings, ample windows, and natural colouring and materials throughout. The living room features a floor-to-ceiling stone face wall with an inset linear fireplace, while the large dining area in the open concept space offers enough room for an eight to 10-person table. Guests will be further wowed by the bar area included in the kitchen. Two rows of wine racks flank frosted glass, lift-up cabinets, while below, two pullout drawers offer more space for additional bottles. Along with a seven-foot island, the kitchen also boasts a walk-in pantry and stainless steel appliances.


Explore ! k e e r C e g a S n i life Learn why more than 1,200 families have moved to Sage Creek since 2006 – and are loving every minute of it! Explore this vibrant growing community where comfort, convenience and natural beauty are all part of the plan.


STUNNING SHOW HOMES With houses of every size, style and budget, your dream home awaits you in Sage Creek!








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NEW WARDE AVENUE ENTRANCE A new entrance is now open – giving easier access to this growing community!

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Sobeys, Liquor Mart, Shoppers Drug Mart, restaurants and more – only a short walk away!




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PLAYGROUNDS Enjoy basketball courts and ball diamonds as well as playgrounds designed for kids of all ages.











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This brand new dual-track, early-learning to Grade 8 school is under construction and expected to open in 2017!

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WETLANDS AND TRAILS FOR ALL Walk, run, bike or ski through more than 9 km of year-round nature trails.



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Sage Creek Has a Style All Its Own B Y: K I K I N N O VAT I O N Sage Creek is a new kind of neighbourhood. It looks different, it feels different and it’s changing Winnipeggers’ perceptions of what a residential development should be. Aaron Hirota, Senior Landscape Architect at McGowan Russell Group and a Sage Creek resident, has played a key role in the design aesthetic of the community. “Our office was brought in at the inception of Sage Creek. We began working on early concepts with Qualico, and then, as the project moved ahead, we worked on entrance features, the aesthetic development of Sage Creek, as well as construction drawings for the trail system and park areas,” he explains. “First and foremost, the design comes from the theme of going back to nature. From the beginning we set about honouring that vision by incorporating a simple palette of design elements including native plants, stone and woods that repeat throughout the development; these natural materials give the feeling that the community has been there for a long long time.”

This dedication to creating and maintaining an innovative look and feel doesn’t stop at the pathways and trails; it continues into the design standards Qualico has set for the community’s builders. To ensure diversity in terms of design and the types of homes available in the community, Sage Creek boasts a wide assortment of builders offering single family homes, sweeping estate homes, townhouses, condos and even luxury laned homes with rear three-car garages. “As a resident, I like the fact that this is a development with such an assortment of housing types,” he explains. “There’s a wide range of architectural designs and they try to keep the controls pretty high. What this means is that there is a lot of detail going into the housing stock and that the community as a whole is nice to look at. It’s not a constant repetition of cookie cutter housing. Qualico is trying to keep the area as architecturally rich as possible.” Going back to nature is the vision; this has been honoured through a dedication to nature conservation and walkability. Sage Creek is home to 27 acres of wetlands and 66 acres of native grasses, wildflowers, shrubs and trees serving as habitat and shelter for native birds and animals. These native grasses absorb carbon from the air, purify the soil, and also make for unbelievable sunset walks. “The goal is to have a complete community with a variety of housing types and commercial spaces – a community where residents have the ability to walk to the grocery store, shop and dine in the community or play in the park with their kids. It’s a special community as you can

do all kinds of different activities without having to get into your car and go somewhere.” Liveability and walkability are the hallmarks of life in Sage Creek, and new commercial ventures continue the evolution of the community. What was a simple plot of land 10 years ago now boasts over 1,200 homes, as well as commercial amenities including grocery shopping, banking, gas, veterinary services, a dentist, restaurants, coffee and more. 2016 will see even more retail ventures open in the community, with the addition of a family friendly bar and grill, dance studio, fitness studio and medical practice.

“Part of what I like the most is that it’s a Qualico development,” explains Rob Wickstrom, President of Hearth Homes. “They’re a company that stands beside their builders in keeping their residents happy. I like the fact that it’s maturing now, with a new school and playground coming soon, shopping, and all the necessities you need. It’s really coming into its own.” SPRING 2016 | STYLE MANITOBA | 79




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Showhome skillfully styled by Labossiere Divine Interiors Even though he makes his home in Manitoba, Heinz Albers, owner of H. Albers Builders, likes to travel the globe. His favourite destination for inspiration is Europe, where home design trends are very different from the North American market, taking romantic luxury and pairing it with contemporary simplicity. The company’s current showhome at 10 Water Lily Lane in Sage Creek offers some unique elements unseen in the Manitoba market, thanks to his eye for European style. It’s apparent from the exterior, which features cultured stone and textured acrylic stucco, the design is unlike any other in the province. From the mahogany garage door to

the curved front entrance awning, the two-storey showhome offers some innovative and interesting visual elements. As you step into the 2,400-squarefoot home, you’re greeted by large windows, soaring ceilings, and modern cream tile flooring, outlined by blue-grey ceramic tile inlays which create a border before moving in to the main area of the home. Rows of inset LED lighting, provided by Super-Lite, line the top of the two archways that define the dining area from the living room. Additional lighting fixtures, such as the pendants above the island and bedroom recessed lighting, are also energysaving fixtures - something

Albers says is very much a part of European homes - provided by Super-Lite. Cappuccino-coloured maple floors flow throughout the open concept dining and living space, as well as the kitchen. This area pulls in a real European influence with a mix of high gloss white and walnut cabinets, which feature grains going in all directions for visual contrast and interest. The eight-foot island also features walnut detailing with a cream-based granite countertop, while more high gloss can be found on the ceramic tile backsplash. The same ceramic tile surrounds the inset fireplace in the living room’s custom-designed entertainment SPRING 2016 | STYLE MANITOBA | 81

centre. Here again the walnut accents draw the eye in different directions for unique definition. With massive windows, and a 14-foot ceiling, the space is filled with natural light. A glass railing staircase leads up to the second floor, which features four bedrooms, two baths, and the master suite. The master bedroom’s vast ensuite boasts a soaker tub, complete with chandelier, double sinks, granite countertops, and a custom-built, four-foot-by-four-foot tiled shower which offers a granite slab for sitting and enjoying the adjustable showerhead. The master suite also boasts an ample-sized, carpeted walk-in closet.

While other showhomes may employ a certain style, application alone is not enough.

Knowledge, know-how, and skilled craftsmanship are also required. H. Albers Builders are able to show that homes with solid design, free of fads and trends are a smart investment for years to come. The craftsmanship complies with the company’s high standards, which includes a fantastic selection of colours for exterior and interior applications, as well as multiple precious wood options.


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Framing Dreams, Building Relationships Summerview Homes was founded by the father and son team comprised of Carlos and Danny Neta in 2007. Between the two of them, they have over 40 years of homebuilding experience, and a wealth of knowledge, which allows them to work closely with clients to make their dream custom homes a reality. A unique part of the Summerview process is that clients deal directly with Carlos and Danny every step of the way - from design to delivery, and even after. “We go beyond your average builder-purchaser relationship,” states Danny, adding part of creating that bond is open communication with clients throughout the building process. “We’re not just here to build your house – we want to make it an enjoyable experience. By the time you take possession, you will feel comfort knowing that your life’s investment was treated with the utmost quality and care.” The company focuses on quality, producing a smaller amount of showhomes throughout the

year to ensure each project is completed with superb attention to detail, inside and out. One of the company’s newest showhomes 6 Park Springs Bay in Waterford Green, a 1,700-square-foot, three-bedroom bungalow features some unseen standard materials and

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specs that may be extras to other builders, such as spray foam in joist cavities and triple-pane windows, as well as more visible focal points, including a custom entertainment unit with tiled gas fireplace, and tiled jetted soaker tub in the ensuite. Upgraded flooring and lighting package are included as well.

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South Pointe The way home.

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Winnipeg’s South Pointe community has stood out as one of the city’s most popular new home developments. The reasons are many. Master planned by Ladco, South Pointe offers parks and walking paths as well as wetlands that contribute to the community’s highly liveable lifestyle. More, the neighbourhood is home to great new home designs from Manitoba’s leading builders that work to create a contemporary setting. South Pointe is also well connected to fabulous shopping areas, points such as the University of Manitoba and Victoria General Hospital, as well as offering quick access to roads out to cottage country. South Pointe is also home to stateof-the-art education facilities. The Pembina Trails School Division reports École South Pointe School will open for the 2016 / 2017 academic year with a new Kindergarten to Grade 8 facility. The school will service up to 800 students and offer 74 preschool spaces. Located on an 8.8-acre site at 615 Kirkbridge Drive, residents of South Pointe can expect to find facilities for special needs, a resource centre and library, music room, PhysEd and health

facility, outdoor learning area as well as practical arts classroom. According to David Borger, Ladco’s Vice President of Land Development, the popularity of South Pointe has been consistently strong. He reports that of the 1,400 lots on offer in the completed first phase only 130 are still up for sale. “We have completed all the servicing. This section has a very finished, mature neighbourhood feel to it,” he says. With the completion of Phase I of South Pointe, Ladco is moving west across Kenaston to develop 640 acres in its new Prairie Pointe community. According to Ladco’s Development Officer Tyler Smith, they are working on the first 200 lots in the first phase.

At 640 acres, Prairie Pointe will be a slightly larger than South Pointe at build-out. According to Smith and Borger, the new section will offer about 2,200 lots and will include facets such as 75 acres of space for multi-family properties such as condos and townhomes. And like South Pointe, the new development will hook up to the Active Transportation Network and its myriad of bicycle paths, as well as transit and main auto routes. “We will also offer a full slate of parks and ponds, as well as walking

paths,” says Smith, who adds that they have planned for 50 acres of commercial space to offer key services, such as light retail and professional. Here David Borger concludes that with South Pointe now largely behind them, they are taking what they learned and using it to create yet another successful new home community amid a long list of development masterpieces. Stay tuned for more excitement as Ladco ramps up the action in southwest Winnipeg.

“We will also offer a full slate of parks and ponds, as well as walking paths”

“We started sales in November 2015 and have already sold 70 lots,” he says, noting that they will utilize a 13-company new homebuilders’ group of which members comprise the Who’s Who of Manitoba residential construction firms.


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Setting the Bar BY TODD LEWYS For nearly 30 years, Huntington Homes has earned the reputation for setting the bar to the highest level for building top-quality custom homes. “That reputation is no accident,” said Rob Swan, who co-founded the company with brother Sheldon in 1987. “From the start, our personalities – we’re both very detailoriented, and are perfectionists by nature – defined our building philosophy. It hasn’t changed one iota in the last 29 years. Our goals are still the same: to build homes to the highest possible standards, and to develop a systemized approach to help clients enjoy building their new home from start to finish.”  

Today, Huntington’s building specifications are second-to-none in the industry. Consequently, it’s a given that every Huntington home will be fashionable, functional, last for a lifetime and be a great investment. There’s another intangible that Huntington brings to the table every time they build a home - the uncanny ability to make the entire building experience an enjoyable one. “I believe that no other builder incorporates the type of systems and checks that we have to ensure a smooth, seamless process which yields a positive experience for our clients. Our finely tuned systems take the stress out and put the fun

in,” said Swan. “Our proprietary Quotemaster pricing / scheduling software ensures accurate pricing that will keep you on budget and on time,” Swan said. How is that achieved? “By guiding clients from the design stage through the building stage and beyond. At the outset of every project, we provide a design questionnaire that enables us to quickly zero in on client wants and needs,” he explained. “Our clients are involved in every part of the design / build process. They’re even given keys so they can access their home to see how it’s progressing, and dream about how it will look and feel when they move in.”

While many builders disappear once clients move in to their home, that’s not the case with Huntington Homes. “Clients can call or email us any time after their home is completed, for even the smallest questions. Clients not only have our reps’ cell numbers, but they have mine as well,” Swan said. “After all, this is their dream home. If it isn’t perfect in every way, we haven’t finished our job.” For more information on Huntington Homes’ fun, seamless building process, visit or call (204) 979-3870.


Cutting edge designs – uncompromising standards Maric Homes has built a legendary reputation over 40 years using a simple formula: unparalleled attention to detail, cutting-edge design and technology, and luxurious touches all executed with uncompromising standards. This simple approach to a complicated task is on full display at their four spectacular showhomes located throughout the city.

28 Waterstone The flagship showhome in South Pointe is a full expression of Maric Homes’ design principles. The interaction of light and space is the fundamental component of this home’s theme – bright and airy, but never overwhelming or cold. By blending structural components with the beautiful finishing materials Maric is known for, a rare aesthetic balance is achieved. Steel beams and fir timbers share space with glass, maple, ceramic tile, quartz and bamboo.

100 Lake Bend Road Beautiful Bridgwater Lakes is the inspiration and backdrop for this home’s exquisite aesthetic and clean layout. The kitchen and living room are flanked by two separate outdoor decks, bringing the beauty at hand right into the home. A one-of-a-kind, custom-made steel, glass, and wood staircase frames the view from the modern, expansive, galley-style kitchen. The master bedroom’s walk-in closet and ensuite truly evoke a spa-like setting, and the professional-grade HD golf simulator in the lower level only emphasizes the unique nature of this residence.


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Sage Creek is the perfect neighbourhood for families – the strong sense of community and spectacular prairie beauty are the perfect setting for Maric’s stunning walkout bungalow design. This home was built with family in mind, focusing on many features overlooked by a conventional builder – miles of storage, an oversized mudroom and laundry room on grade with the garage floor, five bedrooms, and multiple large, separate entertaining spaces on both main and lower levels. Gorgeous finishing touches are present in every room: from the master walk-in closet, to the detail walls separating the dining room from foyer and kitchen, the subtly beautiful entertainment wall in the living room, and the incredible bar millwork in the lower level.

15 Willowside Bend Countryside Crossing in East St Paul is a coveted address as it affords the homeowner the charm and quiet of rural life, while never being further than a couple minutes away from all the amenities of the city. Maric Homes incorporated its trademark beauty and attention to detail into every corner of this spectacular two-storey showhome. The mudroom and kitchen have an incredible amount of storage, the double-height great room lets in sunshine aplenty through all four seasons, and the fully finished lower level creates a third level for the kids to feel like they have a space of their own. Although Maric’s approach to building is simple, the dedication to these principles has resulted in some of the most beautiful and uncompromising homes in the country. All four of these astonishing showhomes are open for viewing and available for purchase. Please call to set up an appointment today.


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Does it seem like that pile of dirty clothes never gets any smaller? With LG’s latest Twin Wash system and companion appliances, all available at Dufresne, ensure you’ll spend less time on clothes and more time on life. LG has created the innovative Twin Wash to help you divide and conquer your laundry by letting you wash two loads at the same time. Do a big load in the frontloading washer up top while the smaller LG SideKick unit simultaneously washes a second load down below. Save up to 30 minutes per load with the TurboWash, cutting the wash time by half without shortcutting cleaning and performance, even on larger loads. With a combined capacity of up to 6.6 cubic feet, Twin Wash not only washes more laundry faster, it’s also easier to use. It boasts an

ergonomically elevated and angled door that makes loading and unloading faster, as well as a control panel located on the door, right at your fingertips. Not looking for an entire new system, but maybe an upgrade to your frontload washer? The SideKick pedestal washer can be added to almost any LG frontload washer from 2009 or later. With the capacity of one cubic foot, the SideKick is perfect for smaller or delicate loads. When combined with your LG frontload washer, you can watch those seemingly unending piles of laundry disappear. A great timesaving feature is LG’s steam technology located in the dryer. This option refreshes up to five garments in as little as 10 minutes to revive clothes, remove odours, and reduce wrinkles without washing.

For hard to wash garments, or items that just need a pop of freshness, the sleek LG Styler relaxes wrinkles and removes odours in minutes. The LG Styler takes special care of suits, dresses, shirts, knitwear, and more. TrueSteam technology combined with the Styler’s Aroma Kit reduce stale odours that cling to fabric, while remaining gentle enough for delicate materials. “The Styler can save time - ironing will become a thing of the past with fewer trips to the dry cleaner too. The other benefit is being able to protect from allergens, which is a big concern for many people these days,” adds Bryan Cripps, Dufresne’s appliance category manager, adding customers can take the LG Styler, SideKick, and Twin Wash for a “spin” in Dufresne’s showroom.





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GOOD FIT FOR FLOORING The team at Design Shop understands the need to pay attention to flooring, and how materials, palettes, and surface textures work together with the overall plan. This is why they turned to local supplier, The Floor Show, on a recent project in Tuxedo where their drawings called for select flooring, tile and specialty finishes. According to Design Shop’s Debbie Golub, they do a lot of preliminary work on materials and products from each project they engage. It was after doing a lot of homework that they selected The Floor Show as a supplier. “We love the way they do their installs. They are meticulous,” she says, noting that this is just one of the reasons Design Shop works so closely with the Winnipeg-based flooring contractor. “We get their advice on how to best


install the finishes and they introduce us to new exclusive lines that will help distinguish our work. They’re very helpful in our process.” In a recent Tuxedo project, Design Shop’s design called for five-inch wide brushed white oak engineered wood flooring that was laid throughout the home’s main floor. On the second level, the family room, and on the stairs, the team at The Floor Show laid premium quality Arabesque carpet with a top-of-the-line 22 lb. underlay. Together with the client, the design team chose a high-end commercial premium patterned metallic vinyl sheet flooring for the mudroom / laundry room. In the kitchen, Design Shop specified an impressive handmade crackle finish glazed ceramic tile that was used for the

backsplash. For the living room fireplace, they installed 12 x 24 Tyndall stone and a decorative 3D custom stained wood block on the feature wall beside it. Behind the success of the reno / design project was a team that offered the kind of information and feedback that help remove some of the anxiety that is so often present in home construction projects. Golub reports that staff at The Floor Show were not just knowledgeable on product, but were able to discuss material price points, lead times on deliveries as well as scheduling and more. “Good communication and experience are the groundwork we’ve laid for success,” says The Floor Show Sales Associate and Project Manager, Derek Turland. Derek worked on the

DESIGN&DECOR Tuxedo project and suggests that the installations went so smoothly because of the synergy between players such as himself, the designer, and the contractors. “We work to get to know each other and establish a relationship based on understanding of the job’s unique needs. Then it’s up to us to perform,” he says, remarking that he is involved in every step of the project, from measuring to providing a quote, from the sale through to the delivery and management of materials. Both Turland and Golub remark that with every job come challenges that require special solutions. For example, the fragile handmade Arabesque tiles for the kitchen backsplash were difficult to cut. Here, everyone was informed quickly and a new plan was set in motion to create a minor change to the pattern. In another example, one of the chosen flooring materials was unavailable from the factory. “As soon as The Floor Show knew, we knew,” says Debbie, who points out that the substitute had already been discussed, but was sidelined over price. “The Floor Show worked with us to stay within the original budget,” she says.

L-R Debbie, designer, Darren, sales rep, and Suzy, client

Golub suggests they see their relationship with The Floor Show as being part of a winning team where customer focus and satisfaction is the end result. “We never feel like we are getting a sales pitch. The information is transparent. If there’s ever an issue, they work with us promptly and proactively. They don’t have a short-sighted perspective, which is why they’re a good fit for us.” For more information on great flooring and design solutions, visit: and The Floor Show 1042 Waverley St. Winnipeg 204.956.9720 Design Shop 204.999.5253



In most places, stairs function as a means to get from floor to floor, but in a home, they are more of a focal point; an element of design that can give a space unique distinction. Jake’s Fancy Stairs Ltd., with their beautiful craftsmanship, skill and attention to detail, have created many stunning staircases and railings for very satisfied customers who wanted something just a little more. A family-run business started back in 1987, this company has enjoyed serving Winnipeg and surrounding areas for the past 29 years. Jake Kornelsen, along with brothers Gerhard and Henry, and father Jake Sr., have almost 120 years of experience between them. They work together with builders, designers, renovators, and homeowners to create beautiful stairs ranging from standard stairs to curved, spiral and anything in between. The company works with customers to not only create a design that works with the physical space, but with the materials and styles that will complement the home’s overall ambience. A staircase can set the whole tone of the house and is equal in importance to a good kitchen or master suite. Jake’s Fancy Stairs Ltd. not only builds amazing stairs, but great relationships. Most of their business comes from customer referrals. Whether building a new home, or renovating an older one, Jake’s Fancy Stairs would love the opportunity to work with you.

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At a distance, some wooden bedroom furniture may appear to be the real thing, but up close the grain is not the same. The Zoe bedroom collection by Dine Art is made in Canada with solid birch wood for undeniable quality construction and visual appeal. With a wide range of finishes and stains, this transitional-styled set can also be customized with a selection of handles - from modern to contemporary - depending on your application. Pictured here in Smoke, the grey/brown stain allows the beauty of the wood’s grain and unique knots to be visible, making each piece a unique item. The same stain colour is featured inside the drawer linings of the chests, armoires, and bed frame to keep a consistent visual appeal. The headboard storage system and accompanying pieces feature the Quadra-glide drawers system for smooth opening and closing. Frames can also feature additional side storage, or be kept with regular side rails. And there’s no need for a boxspring - frames can accommodate full to kingsized mattresses. Along with an armoire and five-drawer dresser, the Zoe collection features occasional pieces that can be utilized in the bedroom, complement the Zoe dining set, or fit in other areas of the home. View the Zoe line at Contessa Home Decor / Contessa Fine Furniture’s showroom at 103-3000 McGillivray Blvd. 96 | STYLE MANITOBA | SPRING 2016

DESIGN&DECOR Flooring Satisfaction & More Vinyl plank is a high-demand product right now. Winnipeg homeowners especially like it because of its resiliency, dent resistance, and it being waterproof - all perfect for homes with children and pets. Luxury vinyl plank, like the example pictured here from Shaw Flooring, is always changing to meet the new textures and colours of today’s trending wood and tile options. Customers can select from a number of different styles that appear anywhere from rustic chic to timeless traditional options. Hard surfaces, which are prevalent throughout every area of the home these days, while hardy can sometimes leave a space feeling a little cold. Adding area rugs can really help to soften a room, such as living rooms and bedrooms, and Ken’s Carpets carry a wide variety of in-stock rugs to choose from. You can also visit Ken’s Carpets for more than just your flooring needs. They offer free in-home consultations for custom window coverings and draperies. Choose from brands such as Hunter Douglas, Shade-o-matic, and Graber for hard treatments, or Joanne, Maxwell, and Soletex fabrics for soft treatments such as custom draperies. Looking to add a feature wall in your home? Try some wallpaper to help decorate your space. Book an appointment to meet with Ken’s Carpets’ knowledgeable sales staff or take advantage of their in-house residential decorators to help make selections for your project.

Not your Grandmother’s Chandelier

The world of lighting has changed immensely in the past 15 years. What we knew of light bulbs primarily dictated the designs. Now, with the use of small halogen and even better, LEDs, the world of lighting design has been opened up. Lighting has become a statement of style and creativity far beyond what we were used to and chandeliers are now the statement pieces of modern times. Featured here is the Romanelli from Eurofase Lighting. It is a stunning piece that is offered in a variety of shapes and sizes depending on your application. The satin-finished metal band is available in white or black with cascading coloured crystal strands. Although the faceted cut of this crystal can be found on many traditional style chandeliers, the sheer quantity and colouration gives it a unique and modern spin. The fixture becomes a statement piece that can fit into transitional or ultra contemporary interior to provide interest. These days, design rules have been pushed to the extreme, and the lighting industry has responded with focal point pieces perfect for any space. Widen your ideas and stretch your imagination and have some fun with your choices at Robinson Lighting. Their lighting specialists are here to assist you on this journey of creativity.


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Vinyl floors continue to be on point this spring in every area of the home from kitchens to basements to bathrooms, vinyl offers superior style coupled with a sturdy performance. With hundreds of vinyl varieties to choose from, Curtis Carpets can have your floors looking good and working better. The store’s latest offerings come from TORLYS Inc., a leading Canadian flooring company. The brand’s EverWood and EverTile are revolutionary new luxury vinyl floors that offer beauty and brawn for home installations. These floors are built tough to withstand the high-traffic demands of today’s busy households, as well as being 100 percent waterproof. “This is especially ideal for areas like the kitchen and bathroom,” states Tim Pariseau, operations manager at Curtis Carpets, adding TORLYS’ flooring will not expand or contract since they utilize Uniclic® joint technology for the ultimate in gap resistance, and feature an ultra-stable plastic core. On the surface, EverWood and EverTile have a thick, durable .5 millimetre wear layer, which are available in multiple low-gloss realistic wood and tile textures, as well as being hypoallergenic and carry the FloorScore® certification.

TORLYS even ensures that what’s under the flooring performs properly to keep the surface in superb condition. TORLYS CorkPlus™ attached underlay with Microban® antimicrobial protection inhibits the growth of bacteria, mould and mildew and nasty odours, as well as making the flooring quiet underfoot. Installations against a brick wall, fireplace hearth, or a curved surface like a staircase can be an issue with other floating floors because they may shift and move. Utilizing TORLYS Smart Tape to anchor the first rows of planks in place will stop any movement of the planks. Pariseau adds this is also ideal for flooring that will have a lot of sunlight on it. When sun hits vinyl for long periods the flooring can warp, but with TORLYS Smart Tape in those specific areas it will secure the flooring. Should a TORLYS smart floor become damaged the company’s patented tool, the Bulldog™, can easily fix major mishaps quickly by replacing the damaged plank, not the entire floor. The brand also features a 25-year residential warranty to ensure your floors are in their best shape for many years.


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Over 36 years ago, Seine River Cabinets started in Lorette before later relocating to Winnipeg. Right from the start, quality craftsmanship has been drilled into the core of the brand. Time and technology have brought many changes to the company, however, one thing remains true: Seine River Cabinets’ commitment to building a reputable brand. “We love the art of cabinetmaking, and we stop at nothing to ensure our clients are beyond satisfied. This is why we strive to bring the latest in cabinet designs, materials, and production processes to the marketplace,” states Wes Baker, president of the company, adding they combine old world craftsmanship with modern production processes to deliver unparalleled quality. “Our company uses the words ‘Absolutely You’ to communicate to our customers that they can truly get what they want out of their cabinetry.” Many brands have gone a long way to try to convince cabinet shoppers that custom and expensive are tied together, but anyone that comes into Seine River Cabinets while they’re looking for their dream cabinets will be pleasantly surprised.

We believe in design and getting what you want, and those shouldn’t be things our clients should have to sacrifice,” he states. The process to production starts with a discovery session that lets the individuality of clients show.

professionally as possible, and being responsive to clients’ schedule needs. “We put in that extra effort because our clients deserve nothing less,” concludes Baker.

“We believe that being a design-focused cabinetmaker means being a customer-focused cabinetmaker. This is where we leverage our designers and their expertise to bring our clients’ visions to life,” explains Baker, adding that custom cabinets aren’t just for kitchens, but can be designed for bathrooms, bars, storage areas like closets, and entertainment units as well. Utilizing a high-quality C&C machine at the company’s local plant, cabinets begin to take physical shape, but it’s during the finishing stages that clients’ visions become real. From painting and staining to elegant hardware, Seine River Cabinets’ quality control processes ensure that all aspects of the cabinets are just right. The final phase, of course, is installation. A big part of that is making sure the right people are installing the product as efficiently and SPRING 2016 | STYLE MANITOBA | 101

ArtifactsŽ Pull-Down Spout Kitchen Faucet & Wall-Mount Pot Filler The task-oriented faucets of Kohler’s Artifacts collection bring an eclectic elegance into any kitchen. The PullDown Spout Kitchen Faucet displays vintage style with its high-arch spout and turned lever handle, while the Pot Filler allows you to conveniently fill large pots directly on or near the stovetop. The Artifacts collection displays a vintage style while bringing professional convenience to home cooks.

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Transcend Time With Vintage-Inspired Fixtures

Taking design inspiration from the Edwardian period, the Artifacts® Collection from Kohler embodies a timeless style that brings elegance to the modern home. Classic elements blend with high performance, reflecting Kohler’s commitment to producing fixtures that meet at the intersection of style and quality craftsmanship. With vintage flair, the Artifacts® collection evokes a sense of nostalgia while catering to the needs of a fastpaced kitchen. A new take on a classic look, the Artifacts® PullDown Spout Kitchen Faucet is a versatile fixture with advanced features, allowing you to tackle a variety of everyday tasks with ease. The high-arc spout and turned lever handle is reminiscent of the past, demonstrating the faucet’s innovative design. This faucet features a 3-function sprayhead; its BerrySoft™ spray maintains the quality of your delicate produce by producing a gentle stream that washes fruits and vegetables. When it comes time to clean, its unique Sweep™ spray completes the job quickly and efficiently by turning the regular aerated stream into a powerful angled blade of water. Once washing up is done, the DockNetik™ technology secures the sprayhead to the spout using magnetic force.

The Artifacts® Wall-Mount Pot Filler brings needed convenience combined with striking, old-world design to the cooking enthusiasts that spend countless hours in the kitchen. Gone are the days of carrying heavy pots and spilling as you attempt to carry a full pot over to the stovetop. With 22” reach, 360-degree rotation and an impressive flow rate of 3.2 gallons per minute, this pot-filler is an understated treasure. When not in use, the fixture folds seamlessly out of the way but being mounted above the burners means it is accessible for when you need it. For the days when there are too many cooks in the kitchen, a pot filler can become your kitchen’s best accessory. With a pot filler mounted conveniently beside the stovetop as a secondary water source, there is no need to compete for valuable sink space when sharing the kitchen with others. A high spout and an articulating swing allow you to effortlessly fill up pots at various ranges or quickly refill when necessary liquid starts to evaporate.

offers unparalleled design. Optimal functionality is at the core of this line, with each piece bringing turn-of-the-century allure to spaces of any design style from traditional to modern or transitional. Curating the perfect fixtures that resonate with your personal taste is how Robinson Lighting & Bath Centre brings your dream home to reality. With 75 years of experience, you can rely on Robinson’s experts to help you select premium fixtures to meet your lifestyle needs. Visit one of Robinson Lighting & Bath Centre’s nine showrooms for quality products and expert advice.

Whether you’re looking to create a home that embodies a bygone era or to incorporate hints of vintage charm, the Kohler Artifacts® Collection SPRING 2016 | STYLE MANITOBA | 103

KITCHEN&BATH Eye on Detail

Stone for the Modern Age

When you run your hand over the edges of a counter or ledge of an island in a showhome, you may not fully appreciate the skill needed to perfect those lines. Western Marble Granite & Tile Ltd. (WMGT) is the most technologically advanced granite, quartz and marble fabrication company in Western Canada, ensuring that whatever the project, it will be smooth. The miter waterfall gables on the island of this Artista Home’s kitchen in Oakbluff are a prime example. While miter edges provide a more modern fluid look, it’s technically more difficult since the top of the leg and the top of the island have to match up to appear almost seamless. It’s with laser-precision and attention to detail that WMGT continues to lead the trend in hard surface installation, product selection, and customer service. One of only three certified Marble Institute of America Accredited Natural Stone Fabricators in Canada, the company also recently became members of the Baeumler Approved list of reputable professionals. Members not only have liability insurance and regulatory certification, but are also independent and have confirmed references along with a great product and a proven track record. WMGT’s relationships with their suppliers also means having handpicked, in-stock slabs at exclusive pricing, which customers can view in person. The showroom offers a variety of hard surfaces to suit anyone’s design needs.

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