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Local builder sets a gold standard for quality custom home construction in Manitoba OUTDOOR LIVING Gorgeous landscaping ideas, plus a fabulous inspiration source for indoor & outdoor projects HOMES & NEIGHBOURHOODS Builders, developers & industry suppliers bring on their best at the Spring 2020 Parade of Homes

Volume 24, Number 3 Spring 2020

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6 Built Like No Other Local builder sets a gold standard for quality custom home construction in Manitoba 36 Outdoor Living Gorgeous landscaping ideas, plus a fabulous inspiration source for indoor & outdoor projects 42 Homes & Neighbourhoods Builders, developers & industry suppliers bring on their best at the Spring 2020 Parade of Homes


19 Stepping Out With Style 32 Styling the Stereo 33 On the Bookshelf


HEALTH & BEAUTY 30 Get your spring look on 31 Beauty procedures


34 Home accents, gifts & collectibles

DEPARTMENTS 2 Style Was There 3 The Agenda


64 Renting is the new black


67 Creative spaces & trending design ideas

22 Delectable dining 26 Recipes


Tyson & Kim Hiebert of Hammerdown Renovations manning their booth at the Winnipeg Renovation Show.

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Live on Global TV with Peri Maric (Maric Homes), Lisa Lester and host Kahla Evans promoting the HSC fundraiser.

It was smiles all around for the team at the luxurious Carrara Tile & Marble booth.

Aynsley Dueck shows off her new little babe at the Duxton Windows display at the show.

Also at the Winnipeg Renovation Show: Style’s Lisa Lester with Kristin Hayward of idesign Inc at the Design Studio sponsored by Style Manitoba.

Carson Shields of Wingman Player Consulting with Byron Spriggs at the Bronx Park Play 4 More hockey tournament raising awareness for mental health in conjunction with Project 11, the MJHL and Mood Disorders.

On hand at the HSC Foundation Hope to Life Radiothon: Natasha Havrilenko (Marketing & Communications Officer), Lisa Lester & HSC’s Monique Levesque-Pharoah (Director of Sponsorship & Events)

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the agenda In the poem “Spring, the sweet spring,” Thomas Nashe refers to the spring season as “the year’s pleasant king.” This is likely because no other season can rival the beauty of nature during springtime or rejuvenate the soul more effectively. Spring is a time of renewal and inspiration – as nature shakes off the long cold hold of winter, flowers begin to emerge, birds sing sweetly and the world starts to feel entirely new again. It’s a mood elevating time of year and I’m looking forward to its arrival.

Along with the promise of warmer weather and bright sunshine, the new season kicks off with events guaranteed to draw people out of the house. Looking for a new home or seeking design inspiration for your existing space? Jumpstart your search at the Spring 2020 Parade of Homes which runs from February 29nd to March 2nd in locations throughout Winnipeg and beyond. With 122 new homes on display, consumers can expect to find design excellence at each stop along the way. It’s a great chance to visit showhomes featuring cutting edge designs, the latest trends in home décor, products and innovations. It’s also a great opportunity to get a feel for the communities these homes are sited in – there are many superb locations for singles, families and professionals out there. In fact, this issue we have a sampling of what builders and developers are offering at the Spring Parade in Style’s Homes & Neighbourhoods section. And our cover story Built Like No Other, features a

fabulous showhome also on display at this season’s Parade. Next up, The Winnipeg Home + Garden Show comes to the RBC Convention Centre from April 16 to 19. Here, attendees can expect to find inspiration from displays featuring the latest in home and garden innovations, along with insights and advice from leading industry pros. It’s an inspiring environment perfect for homeowners, designers and builders who want to be in the know about interior and exterior projects. Don’t miss this event – it will get your creativity flowing! I’ll leave you with a cheerful quote that reminds me of spring in Manitoba: Spring is when you feel like whistling even with a shoe full of slush. - Doug Larson

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Built Like No Other Local builder raises the bar on quality custom home construction in Manitoba BY TODD LEWYS PHOTOGRAPHY: MICHAEL ROBERTS 6 | STYLE MANITOBA | SPRING 2020

How would you as a builder, choose a builder to construct your new home?” This was a question posed to Rob Swan, owner of Huntington Homes, by a leading new home publication. His answer suggests getting to the starting point and work out from there. “Choosing a custom builder can be a bit of a daunting task for people,” he says. “Most builders advertise themselves as custom builders, but what does that actually mean? A custom design? Superior specifications? How does one go about choosing a builder that is right for them?” Rob shares some solid advice for those seeking a custom builder. “Make a list of things that are important to you,” he says. “Then work toward ruling out builders that don’t meet that criteria, effectively creating a short list.” From there, prospective homebuyers need to drill down further. “People often choose a builder based on the layout of a floor plan they like. Or, the builder has a lot that they like,” he says. “So, I’d pick my builder, or at least a builder from my short list, and see what lot choices they have that will work for them in addition to the floor plan.” Buyers must ask questions that will allow them to determine where each of the builders fit in. Doing this will help create a short list more efficiently. Once a short list of three to four builders is created, it’s time to pose questions to each of them to reduce the size of the list, as it can take a lot of time going in depth with too many builders.

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Here are some guidelines: 1) Jot down several points that are important to you; see how each builder stacks up. 2) As all builders don’t build in all developments, look only at builders that build in the one or two developments you are considering building in. 3) If you want a walkout basement, further narrow the list by removing builders that don’t have walkout basement lots. 4) Wanting a superior quality home and knowing that all builders will likely build on piles if you ask them to, ask this question: ‘What percentage of your homes do you build on piles?’ If the answer isn’t 100 percent, strike them from your list. With our soil conditions, you must build on piles in Winnipeg. 5) Once you reduce the list to two or three builders, pose even more direct questions to each builder to reduce your list further.

Here are some things to think about:

Also bear in mind that when you walk through a showhome, there are many important things to consider that aren’t visible but need to be discussed in order to make an informed decision. That being the case, research each builder. Then, ask a few more questions in order to narrow your search and reduce the number of builders to consider.

1) How many homes do they build in a year? If they’re building more than 15 to 25 homes, strike them from your short list. Controlling consistency and quality is critically important. Don’t choose a builder who builds 30 or 40 or more homes a year, as they would have to use multiple trades, something that would adversely affect the quality of your home. 2) One sure sign of a reduced (deficient) specification is an eight-inch thick grade beam

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and foundation wall instead of a nine-inch thick wall to withstand side loads of our moving soils. It’s illogical to reduce the thickness and strength of the foundation wall on your home to save $1,000 or $1,500 dollars. The entire structure depends on that foundation wall being sound. To reduce the integrity of the home’s foundation makes no sense. 3) Many builders use allowances rather than budgets for lighting, cabinetry, flooring, and plumbing fixtures. This approach can cause you to go tens-of-thousands of dollars over budget. It’s not unheard of for people to be $50,000 or $100,000 over because the allowances were based on the size of the home rather than a client’s expectations. In other words, hardwood flooring typically costs a lot more than carpet and tile, so if your allowance is the same throughout, how is that going to work? It won’t. That means you’ll probably go way over your signing budget.

signing budget and not done later by way of a change order. Put in the features and finishes you truly want from the outset – it will save you money!

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“Here’s a simple concept,” adds Swan. “The main reason people go significantly over budget is that the budget wasn’t on par with their expectations.”

Spending so much more money can create stress and take the fun out of building.

In other words, don’t be fooled by a lowerquoted price as you could spend as much as $50,000 to $100,000 dollars more than you signed for if everything isn’t included at signing.

Remember, builders who leave things out at the beginning do that to quote a lower price to make it easier for them to sell you a home. Get the actual price!

4) Builders will often price in the electrical to code rather than having an electrical plan. You’re going to have to do an electrical plan at some point, so why not do it before you sign the contract to build? That way it’s included in your

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“Here’s another key thought,” says Swan. “If a builder is leaving things out to reduce the cost of the house, you have to think that’s not only going to affect quality, but how much more is a client actually going to have to spend in the end?” Rest assured, that won’t happen when you enlist Huntington Homes to build your custom home. “Our goal is to have the client happy when they sign, happy throughout the build, and happy when they move in,” he says. “On-time and on-budget is the best way to keep clients happy. We don’t include budgets that aren’t in line with your expectations, as that would cause you to spend a lot more money throughout the build. This is often the case with other builders.”

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About the Builder For over 30 years, Huntington Homes has been the gold standard in Winnipeg’s homebuilding industry. Their three-plus-decade reign at the top can be attributed to the fact that the company – which was founded by brothers Rob and Sheldon Swan – has always strived for perfection. That endless pursuit of perfection started the moment the company opened its doors in 1987. Noting that most builders didn’t follow a defined building process, they decided to create a set of building guidelines that were far and above industry standards. Those new guidelines started with a meticulous approach to planning; no detail is too small not to be considered. With that in mind, they instituted rigid quality standards, strict cost controls, and their in-house design team utilized the latest technology to design their homes.

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Swan says there are several benefits associated with employing a highly detailed, systematic approach. “It not only allows us to build our clients the best quality home, but also ensures they have fun building it. We have systems in place to ensure the build is always organized, on budget, and that an efficient approach is taken to meeting timelines and budgets each time we build a home.”

Why choose Huntington Homes? Simple: they use specifications – and high-quality fixtures like Grohe and Kohler – that will achieve the desired result in an elegant, yet cost-effective way, ensuring your home will be on budget, stand the test of time and be an awesome investment. What’s the difference between Huntington and other builders? “Just about everything,” says Swan. “From design, specifications, timelines, and process to budgeting, absolutely nothing is left to chance. That’s what I would look for in a custom homebuilder.”

To ensure consistent quality, Huntington uses the same trades with every home they build. This was a marked departure from the industry standard of giving the lowest bidder the work. Then came another departure from standard industry practices: adopting a customer-driven approach to doing business. Now, as then, Huntington’s design team meets extensively with clients prior to designing their home, a custom that allows them to determine their exact needs and wants. “It’s the only way to get a true feel for the type of home a client is looking for,” says Rob Swan. “It allows us to come up with an exact representation of the type of home that will best fit their lifestyle.” Essentially, an approach to building that’s like no other paves the way for the creation of a home that’s like no other – a home that personifies a client in every conceivable way. “Our goal with each home we build is always the same – to build a near-perfect home. And we do everything in our power to achieve that goal.” That unending pursuit of perfection will continue to drive Swan and his staff moving forward. “We’ll never stop trying to improve,” says Swan. “That’s what’s made us the best, and what will keep us there.”

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Mortgages made easy Once upon a time, a couple looking for a mortgage would have to take time off work and go cap in hand to the bank. Today’s banking is much more customer responsive and Palmina Thomson is a good case in point. Palmina works with Scotiabank and when mortgages are needed, she comes to the client.

she can offer advice on a down payment, payment schedules, risk avoidance, rates and terms. “We typically use a person’s gross income (before taxes) to determine the amount they can borrow. For most people, this means 39% of income can go to a new home purchase,” says Palmina.

“My approach is a personal one and I’m available when clients are. This helps makes things easy at a time when a new home purchase or renovation can cause a bit of stress. We understand and work to take out the bumps,” she says, commenting that she is available seven days a week, and mobile – so she can arrange financing in the comfort of her customers’ home or office.

“And, we are about more than great rates. It’s important to discover where the comfort level is in a lending package,” she states, noting that a well-tailored loan never stretches the client beyond their means. “We find solutions around the kitchen table that make mortgages easy.”

She reports that spring is a busy time for home purchases. “I advise clients to get their documents in order and get a preapproval before heading out into the market. This lets people look for properties at the right price point and it avoids disappointments and wasted time looking for homes that are beyond their means,” she says, mentioning that preapprovals are part of her services. “We have a wide range of packages designed to fit the lending situation. This includes financing products for new home purchases, home renovation and improvement, and refinancing.”

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MUSIC Have you been celebrating Beethoven’s 250th birthday?  The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra is putting on a piano extravaganza – all of Beethoven’s Piano Concertos and his Choral Fantasy over two evenings as part of their (A)bsolute Classics series. Daniel Raiskin conducts Alexei Volodin, piano, and University of Manitoba Singers and Canadian Mennonite University Chorus over two nights (Mar 6 & 7). A pre-concert chat will begin on the Piano Nobile approximately 45 minutes before the concert. Then, DA DA DA DUNNNNN, plus the rest of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, along with Messe solennelle by Berlioz, plus a new work from Canadian-Finnish composer Matthew Whittall. Daniel Raiskin conducts (Apr 24 & 25). Meanwhile, WSO’s (B)eyond Classics series has Tchaikovsky’s romantic Violin Concerto,

performed by soloist Vadim Gluzman on the very Stradivari violin that Tchaikovsky had in mind when writing the work. Plus Shostakovich’s Sixth Symphony and Rhapsody on Moldavian Themes by Mieczysław Weinberg. This concert will feature EnCue technology during Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 6, which provides real-time program notes on smart phones while the orchestra is performing the music. The WSO is the first symphony in Canada to use this technology. A pre-concert chat will begin approximately 45 minutes before the concert starts. Daniel Raiskin conducts (Mar 20-21). If you’re tired of winter, enjoy Summer Nights in South America with Pacho Flores, trumpet, and guest conductor José Luis Gomez performing music inspired by the fragrant and exciting sounds of Venezuela, Brazil, Argentina, Cuba, and Spain. A pre-concert chat will begin approximately 45 minutes before the concert starts (Jun 24). BMO Night at the Movies presents Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire™ in Concert. Watch the film on the big screen with a live symphony orchestra performing Patrick Doyle’s score. Julian Pellicano, Conductor (Apr 4-5). Looking for something spectacular? Try WSO Pops. Formed by Cirque du Soleil alumni, Troupe Vertigo creates spellbinding performances in an eclectic mix of circus-dancetheatre. Julian Pellicano, conductor (Mar 13-15). The Pops Series continues with Crazy for You: In Concert, adapted from George and Ira Gershwin’s 1930 musical Girl Crazy, in a concert version full of memorable melodies, including “I Got Rhythm,” “They Can’t Take

That Away from Me,” “Embraceable You” and more, brought to life by the WSO and an allstar cast of actors. Daniel Raiskin conducts (Apr 17-19). Moving from the Great American Songbook, it’s the Song Remains the Same – The Music of Led Zeppelin, a symphonic homage to the legendary band. The Jeans ‘N Classics band and singer Michael Schotton perform all the classics, including Stairway to Heaven, of course. Julian Pellicano, conductor (May 15-16). Canada Life Kids Concerts gets noisy with Wall-to-Wall Percussion, a show with everything, including the kitchen sink. Percussionist Vern Griffiths explores the percussion instruments of the orchestra and the musical possibilities of objects found in every household. Naomi Woo, conductor. (Mar 8 at 2:00. Pre-concert activities begin at 1:00 pm on the Piano Nobile). Then, The Aboriginal School of Dance presents Te’Pakohp (Seven) which celebrates the seven traditional teachings of the First Nations People – love, respect, honesty, courage, humility, wisdom and truth – weaving inspiration and imagination to bring people together through dance and music. Naomi Woo, conductor. (Jun 21 at 2:00, Pre-concert activities begin at 1:00). All WSO concerts at the Centennial Concert Hall. Head to the University of Winnipeg for Virtuosi Concerts. Fresh from his marathon performance of all 5 Beethoven concerti with the WSO, Alexei Volodin presents a matinee recital (Mar 8). Next, Colin Carr, cello, and Thomas Sauer, piano, do their bit for Beethoven@250 with the Complete Cello Works Part I. (Apr 4) Part II will be presented this fall. The Beethoven Bash continues with the Dover Quartet. The prizeSPRING 2020 | STYLE MANITOBA | 19

winning ensemble demonstrates the influence Beethoven had on every subsequent composer who wrote string quartets, in a programme of works by Beethoven, Britten, and Shostakovich (May 2). All concerts at Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall at The University of Winnipeg. Chain of Fools, Natural Woman, Freeway of Love. The Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra pays tribute to the Queen of Soul with Respect The Music of Aretha Franklin, featuring Ego Spank and vocalists Jennifer Hanson, Heitha Forsyth and Andrina Turenne (Mar 15, Bonnie and John Buhler Hall, Canadian Museum for Human Rights). Then, it’s time for some Carpathian Blues, an exploration of folk music in jazz with pianist John Stetch (Matinee and evening shows, Apr 26. Pauline-Boutal Hall , Centre Culturel Franco-Manitobain). Manitoba Chamber Orchestra collaborates with Cluster Festival to present Golden Thread, showing the different sides of what new music can be with Alexina Louie, Gabriel Dharmoo, Keiko Devaux, and Canadian Folk Music Award winner Raine Hamilton. Conducted by Mathieu Lussier (Mar 24, with the pre-concert Pizzicato Pizza Club). Next, it’s Moderns, Mozarts, and Mozart Imposters, with a “fake” Mozart symphony (actually by Carl Friedrich Abel), the Toy Symphony by Leopold Mozart (literally written for toy instruments), plus modern works by Sid Robinovitch, Julian Grant, and Kevin Lau. Even some light-hearted music from Wolfgang Amadeus himself. Anne Manson, conductor, and Victoria Sparks, percussion (Apr 22, with a matinee that afternoon). Then, it’s a Baroque Double Bill with a pair of Bachs (J.C. and CPE), Mozart, and Hayden, featuring Aisslinn Nosky, violin, and Guy Fishman, cello (May 13, with a matinee that afternoon). THE MCO’s busy season concludes with Cleopatra of Armenia, a oneof-a-kind recital showcasing arias by Gluck, Hasse, and Vivaldi, based on the libretto by Silvani about the Armenian King Tigran II and his wife who just happened to be named Cleopatra. Who knew there was more than one? Isabel Bayrakdarian, soprano, and Anne Manson, conductor (Jun 9). All MCO concerts at Westminster United Church. The same venue is also home to the Westminster Organ Series. The next concert features organist and composer Denis Bedard. Organist and music director at Holy Rosary Cathedral in Vancouver, he has given concerts throughout Canada and in the United States, France and Brazil, and has composed over 150 works, which have been performed in more than 25 countries. (Matinee concert, Apr 26) Manitoba Opera presents Carmen, the sexy thriller that seduces the audience with every note. Carmen can have any man she wants and discards them as easily as she does the cigarettes...With Nora Sourouzian, David Pomeroy, and Lida Szkwarek. Tyrone Paterson, Conductor. (Mar 28, 31 & April 3, Centennial Concert Hall) Manitoba Opera also presents lectures and even a preshow dinner leading to


a complete Carmen experience. Check their website for details. Groundswell always has something intriguing lined up. Mama Africa: Miriam Makeba!, a copresentation with Winnipeg Film Group, traces the life and music of the South African singer and anti-apartheid activist, using rare archive footage of her performances, interviews and intimate scenes filmed over the years (Mar 13, and a matinee Mar 14 at Cinematheque, 100 Arthur Street). Another co-presentation with Winnipeg Film Group follows the next month. Trimpin: The Sound of Invention is an amusing exploration of the sonic world of an eccentric creative genius, artist/inventor/engineer/ composer Trimpin (Apr 3, at Cinematheque). Then, it’s a farewell to Diana McIntosh in a finale to her last season with GroundSwell. The Original McIntosh: A Celebration of Diana McIntosh is a retrospective sampler of new and old works showcasing the many facets of the trailblazer’s unique musical voice (Apr 19, Winnipeg Art Gallery, free admission). Jazz fan? Every Tuesday evening until June, great jazz musicians from Winnipeg and around the world perform at Antoine-Gaborieau Hall, 2nd floor, Centre culturel franco-manitobain. Drop by!

DANCE Is Canada’s oldest ballet company really 80 years old? Where has the time gone? 80 Years – A Retrospective, illuminates three artistic directors whose vision each had a momentous role in the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s history. Agnes de Mille’s exuberant and amusing Rodeo celebrates Arnold Spohr, Mark Godden’s oneact masterpiece Angels in the Architecture pays tribute to John Meehan, and Toer van Schayk’s Seventh Symphony honours Henny Jurriens. (May 6-9, and a matinee May 10, Centennial Concert Hall). And don’t forget, the RWB Ballet Ball: 80 Years, ‘80s Style (Apr 4, Fairmont Winnipeg). Winnipeg Contemporary Dancers presents New Work by Jolene Bailie, WCD’s newly appointed Artistic Director, featuring an ensemble of dancers. (Apr 24-25, matinee Apr 26, Rachel Browne Theatre). And the WCD Social Night and Season Launch is May 8!

GALLERIES AND MUSEUMS The Winnipeg Art Gallery presents Prayer, an on-going project, remade around the world since its first iteration in 2000. Experimental musician and visual artist James Webb initiated Prayer in his home city of Cape Town five years after South Africa ended its practice of apartheid. The work consists of recordings of prayer from individuals who belong to dozens of faiths and spiritual affinities, combining the austerity of a work of Minimal Art and the enveloping richness of a choral concert (to May 3). Salon Style: Reimagining the Collection continues its throwback to the way pictures used to be presented, bringing together nearly

200 paintings by artists ranging from Lucas Cranach to Emily Carr (to May 3). Meanwhile, subsist brings together a selection of works that reflect political, economic, and social systems of subsistence in cultural practices for survival, exploring the controversy of the seal hunt, western globalization policies, and the impacts of colonialism on land and health determinants for Indigenous peoples in Canada, including pieces from the WAG’s extensive Inuit art collection (to May 3). Nuliajuk’s Story explores one of the most important aspects of Inuit culture, passed down by elders through generations to enrich and enlighten. Among the most famous of the vast array of oral storytelling traditions, are those related to the sea spirit known by different regions throughout the Canadian North as Nuliajuk, Taleelayuk, Takannaaluk, Arnajuinnaq, Uinigumasuittuq, Sedna. This exhibition serves to explore the multiple legends surrounding Nuliajuk and how artists from different communities have expressed them (to May 10). A creative space for creative people, Cre8ery Gallery uncovers artistic gems in all media and genres with biweekly exhibitions of both emerging and established artists (2nd floor 125 Adelaide Street). You can find contemporary fine art in a unique environment at Soul Gallery, where national and international artists are showcased. (Open every Saturday, noon - 4 pm and daily by appointment. 163 Clare Avenue). When was the last time you were at the Science Gallery at the Manitoba Museum? A mix of new exhibits and old favourites, The Science Gallery’s entertaining hands-on atmosphere lets you become the scientist. Each exhibit offers operating instructions (what to do) and a short explanation of the science at work (what’s going on). Take the (grand) kids. You just might learn something yourself (Manitoba Museum, 190 Rupert Avenue). Built in 1895, The Dalnavert Museum is a small Victorian mansion in the heart of Winnipeg’s downtown. Visit the house, and also make time for the Exploring Victorians Lecture Series, with talks on Manitoban Woman Artists (Mar 8), Form and Function: Cultural History of the Corset (Apr 5), and Sir Hugh John Macdonald and the History of Manitoba (May 10). (Dalnavert, 61 Carlton Street). Urban Shaman is an Aboriginal artist-run centre dedicated to meeting the needs of artists by providing a vehicle for artistic expression in all disciplines and at all levels. The current exhibit is Endurance…..Patience, featuring work by Carrie Allison, Catherine Blackburn, Ruth Cuthand, and Nadia Myre. Runs to Mar 21 (Urban Shaman Contemporary Aboriginal Art, 203-290 McDermot Avenue). Pulse Gallery in the Johnston Terminal showcases local work. Stop by the next time your visiting the Forks and see what Manitoba artists and artisans are creating (Johnston Terminal, 25 Forks Market Road).

The Canadian Museum for Human Rights lets you explore Canada’s proclamation through the immersive world of augmented reality. Proclamation 1982 is an augmented reality (AR) experience that takes you on a journey to a historic moment on April 17, 1982, when Queen Elizabeth II signed the Proclamation of the Constitution Act, 1982, which established Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms as part of the country’s new Constitution. Come and see an original version of the Proclamation of the Constitution Act, 1982, plus other rare and influential documents that shaped the course of rights protections in Canada, including the Quebec Act of 1774 and Treaty 4 signed between First Nations and the federal government. Visit in person or download the app to explore the 1982 Proclamation (to February 2021).

THEATRE The RMTC Mainstage presents an adaption of A Thousand Splendid Suns by Ursula Rani Sarma. The story of two remarkable women brought together by heart wrenching oppression during one of the most difficult times in Afghanistan’s history is based on the bestselling novel by Khaled Hosseini (Mar 18 - Apr 11, John Hirsch Mainstage, 174 Market Avenue). Next, it’s The Legend of Georgia McBride by Matthew Lopez. A desperate Elvis impersonator must fill in for a drag queen on a bender. Dazzling performances, killer outfits and epic drag show anthems: the New York Times says it’s “Full of sass and good spirits” (Apr 22 - May 16, John Hirsch Mainstage). Winding up at the Warehouse is Women of the Fur Trade by Frances Koncan, an awardwinning comedy mixing humour and history to show shifting perspective on women’s power in the past and present (to Mar 14, Tom Hendry Warehouse Theatre, 140 Rupert Avenue.) At Prairie Theatre Exchange, By Grand Central Station combines music, dance and poetry in one immersive experience, with songs by Tom Keenan and Matt Peters (of local band Heavy Bell) and words based on By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept by Elizabeth Smart, one of Canada’s most revered poets (Mar 11 - 29). Next, it’s The Gingerbread Girl by Sharon Bajer. Equal parts whimsical, funny and poignant, The Gingerbread Girl explores the very real challenges of family, expectations, love, and loss (Apr 15 - May 3). Finally, it’s the PTE Festival of New Works, with staged readings of new plays and presentations of interdisciplinary works-in-progress, performed by some of Winnipeg’s most talented professional actors and companies. Discussions with the playwrights will take place after each reading, while the Playwright’s Hat is passed (May 28-30, all shows at Prairie Theatre Exchange, 3rd Floor, Portage Place). Loved ShakespeareFest and want more Bard? Shakespeare in the Ruins and Théatre Cercle Molière come to the rescue with a bilingual production of The Winter’s Tale. The cultures of Sicily and Bohemia are reimagined as Anglo-Franco relations in modern day

Manitoba. When two cultures collide: it can be wonderful, confusing, reaffirming, and divisive, all at once (May 28 - Jun 20, Trappist Monastery Provincial Heritage Park, rue des Ruines du Monastere). Kids need to be entertained? Check out the Manitoba Theatre for Young People. For the wee ones (ages 3-7) it’s Beep. When Beep crash lands in Mort’s village, the robot disrupts the comfortably predictable life the villagers lead. Yet, when Beep’s power source starts to drain, it will be up to Mort and the villagers to help her. A Windmill Theatre Production, Adelaide, Australia (Mar 20-29). For older kids (5-12), there’s Spelling 2-5-5 by Jennifer Overton. Two brothers share a room, a love of comic books, and a rather strict routine. Jake is on the autism spectrum; his older brother Simon has to adhere to that routine to help Jake get through the day. When a televised spelling bee contest is announced, Simon sees an opportunity to be the centre of attention for a change (May 1-9, all productions at MTYP, 2 Forks Market Road). Theatre Projects presents the premiere of Five Moments by Rick Chafe, a hybrid of domestic fabulism, time travel, and story theatre that experiments with new forms in a “what if” scenario of love and loss. Featuring Sarah Constible and Arne MacPherson. (Apr 23 - May 3, Théâtre Cercle Molière, 340 Provencher Boulevard). It’s a rootin-tootin down-home country music time with Country Star at Celebrations Dinner Theatre (to Apr 19). Then take those old records off the shelf and let the nostalgia trip begin with Old Time Rock ‘N Roll. (Apr 24 - Jun 28, matiness on May 5 & 26. All performances at Celebrations Dinner Theatre, in the Canad Inns Fort Garry, 1824 Pembina Highway.)

AND MORE MUSIC There’s music happening at venues all over town. For example, Matthew Gilsenan, James Nelson and Daryl Simpson have performed together as the Celtic Tenors for over 15 years (Mar 23, Burton Cummings Theatre). Alice Cooper’s Ol’ Black Eyes Is Back Tour rolls into Winnipeg with guest Lita Ford (Apr 11, Centennial Concert Hall). Celine Dion brings her Courage World Tour to Bell MTS Place

(Apr 27). The same venue presents a different sonic experience with Rage Against the Machine and Run the Jewels (May 7, Bell MTS Place). Country music legend, Charley Pride, first appeared in Canada in 1968, and now, over 50 years later, continues to visit (Apr 27, Club Regent Casino Event Centre). Looking for local talent? Hearing Trees present their thoughtful rock, along with art rocker Blue McLeod and three spoken word poets (Mar 25, Park Theatre, 698 Osborne Street). And JUNO Award Winners The Bros. Landreth bring their roots rock (Apr 4, Burton Cummings Theatre).

MORE TO DO AND SEE Looking for some home and landscaping design inspiration? Meet the experts at the Winnipeg Home + Garden Show, headlining contractor Brian McCourt of HGTV Canada’s Backyard Builds alongside partner designer Sarah Keenleyside. Both appear on the Main Stage at the event, as well as the ensemble cast of HGTV Canada’s Home to Win. Expect to find the latest home and garden innovations, insights from leading industry professionals and so much more! (Apr 16-19 at the RBC Convention Centre.) The stars of the wildly popular award-winning Crave Original Series LETTERKENNY are bringing “LETTERKENNY LIVE!”  on Tour in 2020 in an all new, comedy experience featuring beloved cast members in never-before-seen sketches and more (Mar 31, Club Regent Casino Event Centre, 1425 Regent Avenue West). The Manito Ahbee Festival and the Indigenous Music and Arts Program are a celebration of indigenous arts, culture, and music with events for the whole family throughout the city, including one of the largest powwows in North America, an Indigenous Marketplace and Trade Show, as well as a Jigging and Square Dance competition. Check their website for full detailed schedule (May 13- 17). The Pride Winnipeg Festival runs from May 22 – 31 and consists of an array of cultural events at venues in the city. Dress up and join the celebration!




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Gusto goes north Pizzeria Gusto on Academy is well known as a local mainstay of inspired Italian cuisine. Now, owner Bobby Mottola has taken this concept and moved it downtown to True North Square where he has opened Gusto North, his second location for wood-fired Napoli pizza, rustic pasta dishes, and intriguing salads, appetizers and main plates.

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Gusto North is the only full service ‘sit-down’ portion of the Hargrave St Market (second floor, 242 Hargrave Street in True North Square). Inside the restaurant, diners will find about 90 seats amid an upscale urban décor. Service is characteristic of the Academy Road location where attention to detail is the norm. The room is a calm window-lined oasis within the Hargrave St Market food hall that can be very active during Jets’ game days. The kitchen at Gusto North is admirably helmed by executive chef Jesse Friesen, a Winnipegger with considerable culinary chops who has designed a menu that is both inspired by the Academy Road operation and unique in its own right. The menu is based on local, fresh ingredients that get a traditional Italian twist at the hands of award-winning Friesen and his team. What’s popular? It would come as no surprise to discover that pizza is king at Gusto North, where two pinewood-fired ovens can crank out pies in 90 seconds. This means no waiting, a considerable achievement on game days when the food hall is often packed to its 600-guest capacity. Beyond pizza, the dining experience is filled with opportunities to discover fresh taste. We tried out the Chioggia Beets salad that came with pickled fennel, parsnip, frisee, basil, orange, serrano vinaigrette, and mascarpone zabaglione. We teamed this with the local boar chop and the short rib ragu, and discovered big flavour and satisfying portion size on both dishes. The wood-fired mushrooms were a nice touch in the ragu and the light smoky taste did not dominate the flavours of the dish. The boar chop was cooked to perfection with just a hint of pink, allowing the flavour to rise above the parsnips and roast lemon. According to Mottola, he sees the placement of Gusto North at True North Square as a marriage made in heaven. “The team at True North is well known for professionalism and dedication to detail. This is what we strive to do with every dish and with every customer,” he says, adding that tables are open for drop-in and by reservation seven days a week.

Gusto North Located in Hargrave St Market 2nd Floor, 242 Hargrave St



innipeg’s new Hargrave St Market is proving to be a tasty addition to the city’s already abundant restaurant scene. Opened early December 2019, the Market is a 30,000 square foot, 600guest food hall. The facility is located on the second floor of 242 Hargrave, a mixed-use office tower that is part of a total development featuring some 1.5 million square feet of office, hotel, residential, retail, parking, and public plaza space set amid the five towers of the True North Square project. The décor of Hargrave St Market is urban modern and features six foodservice operations: Gusto North, Yard Burger, Saburo Kitchen, The Good Fight Taco, Miss Browns and Fools & Horses. These are joined by Rose Bar and Lake of the Woods Brewing Company to complete a package that makes the second floor of 242 Hargrave an upscale, quick service dining paradise. The concept is familiar and approachable. Similar in many respects to The Forks culinary experiment in food-hall dining which has become one of the city’s great attractions, Hargrave St Market has taken the approach a step further with more seating and overall space, and more service. We tried a wide selection from the restaurants that are arranged around the seating areas. These areas include banquettes as well as tables and chairs. Staff is quick to clear spaces, an important attribute especially on Jets game days and other functions at MTS Centre when patrons create a very lively room. First up was pizza from Gusto North. We ordered the Mercato, a pinewood-fired pizza created using herbed olive oil, roasted garlic, roasted red peppers, wild mushrooms, winter greens, basil, and chilli oil. The crust was a thing of beauty and slices easily folded New York style to offer up flavour

heaven. The size was ample for sharing, and the quiet at the table indicated it was a hit. We also tried Saburo Kitchen, where we ordered the Vegetarian Ramen Soup, a delicious combination of crispy tofu, shitake and wood ear mushrooms, corn and veggie assortment in a shoyu (soy) broth. Also sampled was the Hakata Ramen. Made with a very light pork broth, this dish features chashu (Japanese braised pork belly), corn, wood ear mushrooms, veggies and an egg. The dishes were prepared at lightning speed and served piping hot. Overall, delicious and well varied in flavour. The tacos at The Good Fight Taco were too good to pass by. Here, we ordered the Camarones (shrimp) and the Amigo Vegano (Vegan). Both came on authentic corn mini tortillas and were packed with flavour. The Amigo Vegano was loaded with pickled cactus, avocado and cabbage along with salsa roja and refried beans. The Camarones came with a generous portion of crispy shrimp on a bed of lettuce with chipotle aioli and pico de gallo. Our Negronis from Rose Bar were splendid. A popular classic cocktail, Rose Bar staff created a balanced drink with the right amount of very good ice. The tartness of our Negronis easily cut through the spice of the tacos. Coming soon to the lower level will be Mottola Grocery, a food retail operation that will service the residents of the new development as well as others in the downtown core. For more information visit

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Lime-Ginger Cake


Ingredients: 3 cups (750 mL) all-purpose flour 1 tsp (5 mL) baking soda ½ tsp (2 mL) salt 1⁄ cup (75 mL) lime juice 3 1 cup (250 mL) sour cream 1 cup (250 mL) butter 2 1⁄3 (575 mL) cups sugar 6 eggs 2 tbsp (25 mL) lime zest 1⁄ cup (75 mL) minced candied ginger 3 Clear Sugar Glaze ¾ cup (175 mL) sugar ¼ cup (50 mL) water Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C). Butter a Bundt pan and dust with flour, tapping out excess. In medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and salt. In a separate bowl, combine lime juice and sour cream. In a large bowl, with an electric mixer, beat together butter and sugar until pale and fluffy, 3 to 5 minutes. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in lime zest and ginger. On low speed, add flour mixture in 3 batches, alternating with 2 batches of sour cream mixture. Beat just until incorporated (do not overmix). Transfer batter to prepared pan; tap pan on counter and smooth top with an offset spatula. Bake until light golden and a cake tester comes out clean, 55 to 60 minutes (tent with foil if top begins to brown to quickly). Transfer pan to a wire rack to cool 10 - 15 minutes. Turn out cake onto rack to cool. Meanwhile, combine sugar and water in small saucepan. Set over high heat and stir continuously while heating. Remove from heat as soon as all the sugar has dissolved. Poke holes in cake with toothpick and spoon sugar mixture over cake as it cools. Makes 10 – 12 servings

Scrambled Egg Muffins ½ lb. (227 grams) bulk pork sausage 12 eggs ½ cup (125 mL) chopped red onions ½ cup (125 mL) chopped green bell pepper Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and ½ tsp (2 mL) salt stir in sausage; cook and stir until sausage is ¼ tsp (1 mL) ground black pepper crumbly, evenly browned and no longer pink, ¼ tsp (1 mL) garlic powder 10 to 15 minutes; drain. Beat eggs in a large bowl. Stir in onions, green pepper, salt, pepper, ½ cup (125 mL) shredded cheddar cheese and garlic powder. Mix in cooked sausage and cheddar cheese. Spoon into prepared muffin Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C). Lightly grease tins, about 2/3 full. Bake in preheated oven 12 muffin cups, or line with paper muffin liners.

until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean, 20 to 25 minutes. Makes 12 servings For nutrient analysis visit


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Clever Cleaning Hacks Here’s a list of cleaning hacks for those of us looking to save time, money and of course, sanity.

1. Buff surfaces with olive oil Olive oil has many nutritional benefits. Turns out it can also help you clean the house. Olive oil is a great option for cleaning stainless steel, such as pots, pans and appliances. Put olive oil on a soft cloth and rub in a circular motion to buff out any dirty spots.

3. Sanitize the garbage disposal The garbage disposal does a lot of dirty work on a regular basis, so it’s important to keep it clean and clog-free. “To clean and deodorize garbage disposals, use a fresh lemon or lime,” says Franken. “Cut the citrus fruit into quarters, and while you have the water running put the lemon pieces one by one into the disposal.”

4. Remove carpet stains with vodka

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Rubbing alcohol, vodka, and even white wine can be used for this cleaning hack. First blot the stain. Second, pour any type of clear alcohol (rubbing alcohol, vodka, white wine) onto the stain. This is better than any over the counter product.

4. Eliminate water stains with shaving cream Who’d have thought that shaving cream could be used to clean? It is a great way to remove water stains from shower glass. Apply the shaving cream and let it sit for 15 minutes, then wipe off.

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Mix one cup of vinegar, half a cup of baking soda with hot water and pour into an empty tub, allowing it to sit for five minutes. Start filling the tub with hot water until it is approximately one-quarter filled, and let it sit for an additional five minutes. Then release drain and rinse thoroughly.

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The Power of Pork Pork is a complete, high quality protein, providing all the essential amino acids or ‘building blocks’ needed for optimal health. Every bite delivers energy, and key vitamins and minerals, including vitamin B12 which is naturally found only in foods of animal origin like lean meats, fish, dairy products and eggs.

Mexican Pork Tostadas 1 Tbsp / 15 mL canola oil


1 pork shoulder blade roast, boneless, 2-2½ lb / 1-1.25 kg

In large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add roast; brown on all sides.


Meanwhile, place onion slices on bottom of slow cooker. Sprinkle garlic over onion. Place roast on top.


Drizzle vinegar over roast; season with oregano, cumin, salt and pepper.


Add bay leaves. Cover slow cooker and cook roast on LOW until meat is tender, about 8 hours.

1 tsp / 5 mL ground cumin


Remove roast from slow cooker onto a clean plate.

1 tsp / 5 mL salt


Strain cooking liquid to remove onion and bay leaves. Skim fat from cooking liquid, if desired.


Shred meat with two forks; return to slow cooker. Moisten pork with desired amount of cooking liquid. Cover and cook on HIGH, about 15 minutes more.


Serve pork on tostada shells along with your favourite toppings.

1 medium yellow onion, thinly sliced 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 Tbsp / 15 mL balsamic vinegar 2 tsp / 10 mL dried oregano leaves

½ tsp / 2 mL ground black pepper 2 bay leaves 10-12 tostada shells

Topping suggestions: Diced tomato, chopped avocado, shredded lettuce, thinly sliced red onion and chopped cilantro for garnish. Serves 10-12 March is Nutrition Month! To learn more about the power of pork, go to

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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 ultralight 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, a sea salt spray. So light, so breezy, so fresh. Hair: Susie Cross Crown + Beauty Boutique 288 McDermot Ave 204-947-3766


A touch of whimsy Stylist Katie started with Brandyn’s level 6 brunette, which needed a double process. To create a whimsical look, the haircut was done as a razor shag cut and pixie fringe, then finished with Unite Tecturiza spray. Stylist: Katie Tennant Model: Brandyn Balness Fox & Doe Studio 128 Lipton St 204-417-5626 @thefoxanddoe 30 | STYLE MANITOBA | SPRING 2020



ow old do you feel? Do you feel younger than your age? When you tell someone how old you are, are you as surprised as they are? As the Canadian lifespan increases – in just four decades, life expectancy has gone up from 75 years in 1980 to 82 years today – it is common for people to be seeing more and more birthdays, but not feeling like they’re so-called “that old.” Sometimes the way we feel is not exactly the way we look and we want our outward appearance to match the way we feel inside. “Every patient has their own reasons for seeking medical treatments such as injectables. Maybe it is a new mom looking to restore a well-rested appearance or a retiree who wants to regain a youthful look, not to necessarily ‘change’ their appearance but to have their appearance match how they feel,” says Heather Russell, clinic administrator with Winnipeg’s Sterling Cosmetics. “I am nearing 50 years old, but I don’t feel that way. Personally, I decided to have treatments because what my appearance was saying and who I am didn’t equate.” Sterling Cosmetics is a specialized injectable clinic. Located on Lorimer Boulevard, the skilled team focuses on anti-wrinkle and volume restoration to help patients keep their natural and youthful beauty with the appropriate products and safe practices. While people are inspired to get injectables for a variety of reasons, it’s often about more than just changing their appearance – it can positively impact a person’s self-esteem and their outlook on life. Injectables are now one the most common cosmetic procedures done in Canada, as more people have begun to see the value in investing in themselves.

Uplifting and empowering clients is just what Sterling Cosmetics strives to do for each patient. “Our focus is to provide each patient with the best options to reach their aesthetic goals by ensuring they have appropriate medical procedures provided by well-trained, caring professionals,” says Russell. While treating fine lines and wrinkles is the common reason that people consider when they think of injectables, treatment plans can also be created for softening undereye areas, lifting cheekbones, enhancing lips and adding youthful volume. To ease any fears or doubts, each Sterling Cosmetics’ client gets dedicated time with both the nurse injector, Leslie, and surgeon, Dr. Richard Gall. Consultations are completely complimentary and this time is yours to discuss areas of concern and treatment goals. Together, an individualized treatment plan is prepared to achieve those results.

service, great people with artisan skills, using needles as their paintbrush. I highly recommend them, you will love your results. Dr. Gall and Nurse Leslie make an excellent team. A+++.” “This patient had the experience that we want for each patient,” says Russell. Sterling Cosmetics strives for that each and every day, and clients are seeing the difference it makes. “I had consults with other clinics, but Nurse Leslie was the only nurse who said she wants to keep me natural. I was sold because of her nurturing energy and she is incredibly genuine,” raves another patient. The world of injectables can seem daunting. There are many different types and what is best for you and your needs is not always what is going to be right for your friend, just like the reasons why you want to get it done are different than anyone else’s. The staff at Sterling Cosmetics will see you, inside and out, and help to make sure the two match.

“We want patients to be well educated and prepared for treatments,” says Russell. “We want patients to feel comfortable to ask any questions they have regarding treatments. We will ensure that we have discussed how to best prepare for treatments and what to expect afterwards.” Follow-up treatments are also tailored to the individual. Typically, to maintain optimum results, anti-wrinkle treatment patients should return after three to four months, and up to a year or more for dermal fillers. A recent client had nothing but good things to say about Sterling Cosmetics: “Sterling Cosmetics is in a class of their own. Top notch SPRING 2020 | STYLE MANITOBA | 31



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(Columbia/Sony) Rage against the dying of the light as you will. Leonard Cohen’s final album released in his lifetime, You Want it Darker, was a stirring twilight dispatch, his ailing voice lifted at times by a choir from his Montreal synagogue. Thanks for the Dance collects half an hour of his last recordings, arranged with deep care by his son, Adam Cohen, and it bears the weight of the inevitable, from dark humour to erotic reverie, delivered mainly in a raspy speak-sing voice that’s more speaking than singing. “The Night of Santiago” is best, with guitars, handclaps and the story of a torrid affair spurring his voice at last. “The Hills” is set inarguably in the shadowed present (“I’m living on pills/For which I thank God”), but the thermal lift of organ and female backing vocals recalls the sound that lured people in the beginning. Approach with reverence or with caution; sample it first.

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The Pink Floyd history dig continues, with another hulking box set – look at $425 for the full, 18-disc array of audio and visual material, hardcover book, etc. – and a more manageable single-disc distillate. Judged by the latter, it’s a slim business compared to the previous box, The Early Years 1967-1972, which studied the band’s younger phases via much previously unavailable music. With few unreleased studio tracks, the emphasis is on remixing/rerecording to vindicate drummer Nick Mason and keyboardist Richard Wright, who were off their chops when this era began, but that’s for forensic listening. While most favourites are here. odd choices intrude. The early version of “High Hopes” is weak without its later orchestral grandeur. Live recordings of “Us and Them” and “Shine on You Crazy Diamond” are weaker without Dick Parry’s robust saxophones. Call this a footnote.

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Fancy an adventure? How about a bizarre little operetta that could well have come from (to lift a phrase) “the offshoots of Jupiter?” The enigmatic Residents recorded this oddly alluring music in 1974 according to a theory that counselled its release only after the musicians forgot about making it. Fortunately, they were overruled, and Not Available remains one of the most welcoming entries into a sprawling catalogue. Instrumentation does the job, from a rattling piano straight from a Victorian drawing room to glossy synthesizer lines, mournful alto saxophone and booming tympani. A story set on a love triangle remains mysterious, even with the libretto available on the band’s website, and the mannered singing may jar, but craft and discipline make this a fantastic journey worth taking. The hitherto unheard related material on the second disc opens new windows.

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Montreal’s Kaie Kellough is not only an accomplished writer, he’s also an internationally recognized poet and sound artist. In these smart and clever short stories (a character called Kaie Kellough pops up in more than one story), we’re introduced to vengeful slaves and a onetime spy who runs an African artifact shop, in times and places like the October Crisis and a South American rainforest. Kellough remixes history, race, geography, and music in this exciting collection.

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Divorced and unhappy in her career, Julia Zarankin auditions hobbies to get through a mid-life crisis. She didn’t expect that sighting an ordinary red-winged blackbird would change her life. As we learn in this light-hearted memoir, her newfound colleagues offer the absolute beginner gentle corrections (it’s not a merganser duck, just a merganser). Meanwhile, her sensible, old country grandmother doesn’t get why anyone would stand outside for hours looking for a bird. Share Zarankin’s joy when she spots a Deerkill. Err, a Killdeer..

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“Untitled #011” by acclaimed Manitoba encaustic painter Keith Wood (1944-2018), is just one of an extensive collection of this artist’s work at Soul Gallery. This dramatic 31” x 38” framed piece shows Wood’s characteristic line work, layered and wonderfully textured with the encaustic medium. Soul Gallery 163 Clare Ave SPRING 2020 | STYLE MANITOBA | 35

Nature’s Calling By Lea Currie


he beauty of nature – besides the obvious – is that there is something for everyone. Whether you prefer the smell of a freshly cut lawn, wild flowers in a rainbow of colours, the smooth surface of a pond or the bright blue sky shining

through a pergola, the environment that surrounds us is beautiful to everyone in different ways.

design team will work with you and your budget to create an extraordinary outdoor space that suits your vision. 

Whatever pleases your eye can be created by the team at 3 Seasons Landscaping. Their

“We work to ensure that 3 Seasons’ projects are an extension of our clients’ tastes, and that the resulting work is the exact image they had in their minds. The focus is heavy on client communication, discussion and identifying what they truly like. And often they don’t actually know at first or are unable to describe it. We get there though,” says Paul Szakacs of 3 Seasons Landscaping. “Many other companies have a ‘look’ that they’re known for and that’s what their clients are steered towards and what they ultimately get. But if you spend some time on our website, you’ll see an enormous range in product, scale, style and look. And that comes directly from the customer.” The team of experienced builders at 3 Seasons can realize all kinds of fantastic ideas to set your yard apart. From custom woodwork and detailing to masonry to outdoor fireplaces or kitchens. They can source and install metalwork, screens and lighting. The types of materials used and the executions are limitless.  One memorable project (pictured here) started with a multi-level wood deck, sized to fit the homeowner’s new furniture perfectly. A lounge



space and dining area extended out from the home on a 45-degree angle, creating a unique, contemporary aesthetic. The space was finished with lighting in all the wrap-around stairs, and a small outdoor kitchen with built-in BBQ, fridge, stonework and granite countertop. In the following two years, 3 Seasons added extensive backyard garden beds and a new patio, wood pergola and outdoor fireplace opposite the now well-used deck. The work was staged over time to help with budgeting, but followed a master plan to ensure a cohesive look. Szakacs, a landscape designer who created each of the pictured projects, keeps the clients’ needs in mind beyond the look and feel – function and maintenance are key when planning the space. Each project is designed in a way to be accessible, easy to enjoy and easily maintained by the client. Before a shovel is ever put into

the ground, the care of various materials and flora are discussed.   “These projects are an investment in your home and your lifestyle. The most important aspect is to educate clients on any future maintenance ahead of time, so that some of the smaller decisions that are made can help minimize any unwanted future work and upkeep,” says Szakacs. “Nothing needs to be difficult, so long as the planning process is clear and thorough, and everyone is on the same page.” For the landscaping firm - one of the longest serving in Winnipeg - it’s this level of customer service that is vital and has become their hallmark. Clients are as involved as they want to be and 3 Seasons’ management is always present on the job site and available for discussion, questions or advice. 

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OUTDOOR LIVING The Art of Landscape Lighting When designing an outdoor space, the importance of lighting can often be overlooked. Not only is light a necessity, it also sets the mood and acts as a decorative highlight. “When planning a home’s lighting, both outside and in, it’s important to create three layers – ambient, accent and task lighting – to add visual appeal,” says Donna Welz, project sales team member for Robinson Lighting. Using layers of light is the key to any successful landscape lighting installation. This photograph, provided by Kichler Lighting, illustrates how effective landscape lighting can be in a snowy location such as Winnipeg. “The path lights draw you to the front entry providing safety and security, illuminating any icy patches. Floodlighting highlights the beauty and texture of the trees and shrubs above the snowline, while the wall washers highlight the architecture of the home and reflect off the snow, creating an ethereal glow,” says Welz.

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MEET the EXPERTS The Winnipeg Home + Garden Show is where interior renovations and outdoor projects start. From April 16th-19th at the RBC Convention Centre, expect to find the latest home and garden innovations, insights from leading industry professionals and cutting edge hospitality. “There are a lot of renovation and design resources available online but nothing compares to the face to face experience you get with the professionals at the Winnipeg Home + Garden Show,” says headlining contractor Brian McCourt of HGTV Canada’s Backyard Builds. Brian appears on the event’s Main Stage alongside his HGTV Canada partner designer Sarah Keenleyside, as well as the ensemble cast of HGTV Canada’s Home to Win. “Being in the know of everything from new products, trends and technologies will allow you to make big design decisions upfront that will ensure that your project stays on budget and on time,” he says. Sarah mentions that they plan to take a deeper look into some of their favourite Backyard Builds projects to date and outdoor living trends. “We’ll be talking

about low maintenance materials, environmentally conscious building and the blend of interior/exterior living,” she says. Features of the Show include Ask a Renovator, where local pros offer advice on your home plans with free 15 minute consults; the Style Manitoba sponsored Design Studio where industry leaders advise on décor trends and help with home makeover plans; a Pop-Up Market where Winnipeg’s emerging makers show off their one-of-akind creations; and the always tasty Sidecar Bar, a perfect pit-stop for those looking for a luscious libation and a place to gather to discuss show insights. “There’s something for every skill set and project. Whether you are planning to just spruce up your home or have a full home and garden renovation planned, the show features an inspiring environment dedicated to educating homeowners, designers and builders on what’s new and time tested in the world of building and renovation,” says McCourt, inviting people to make a date with design destiny at the Winnipeg Home + Garden Show this April.

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Here comes the sun Winnipeg-based Glastar Sunrooms by SunShade Products Ltd. has been the local industry leader in sunrooms for more than four decades. Over this time, they have earned their reputation by crafting products that add beauty to existing homes and working with new home builders to bring the outside indoors. Their products add value to properties as well as provide considerable lifestyle improvements with full three-season designs. Small wonder that for a third year in a row they were accorded the 2020 Consumers’ Choice Award for Best Sunroom Company. “Creating the right sunroom for both older homes and new homes can be a challenge, but we have learned a lot over the decades we have been in business,” says SunShade president Steve Sarens, mentioning that their advantage is that Glastar Sunrooms by SunShade are the result of a custom approach where everything is done in-house by craftspeople who understand the renovation market. And, SunShade is the only sunroom manufacturer in North America that can obtain permits to build sunrooms on unpiled decks. “Our unique flotation system works both seamlessly with older homes and is compatible with new home construction and design,” he says. Want to discover the beauty of a three-season sunroom? Plan to make a date to visit the

Winnipeg Home + Garden Show (April 16-19, RBC Convention Centre). SunShade has been exhibiting at prominent home renovation events for years and this year they will again bring their ‘A’ game to the floor of this exciting home design and renovation show. Steve invites people to

drop by booth # 130 to discuss plans and discover how easy it is to get into a new Glastar Sunroom.

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A solid game plan Finding the motivation to stay active can be difficult. There are often more reasons not to go to the gym. But it’s easy to stay healthy and fit – and a lot harder to find excuses – when the gym is right at home. From the backyard to basement and everywhere in between, Winnipeg’s own Athletic Flooring Systems can create a space for your family to stay active. Have an all-season, multi-sport game court installed outside or transform any indoor space into a court or personal gym or yoga studio. You could even keep your golf game on par with a synthetic putting green or let your family practice their shots on net on your private skating rink. Whether you prefer lifting weights, doing yoga or playing one-on-one, the right flooring can take your workout to the next level. “Our flooring options offer shock absorption, sound deadening and can be your main flooring or overlaid over your existing floor to protect the existing finish of your home,” says Athletic Flooring’s Gary Weinberg. Athletic Flooring can install any sports floor. They also work with commercial gyms, so

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or more than four decades, Manitoba has been a leader in showcasing new home innovation. This year is no different as the Manitoba Home Builders’ Association (MHBA) hosts another Spring Parade of Homes (February 29-March 22). As in past years, the Spring Parade will feature properties from million dollar estates to moderately priced single-family residences to smaller footprint condos. According to MHBA president and CEO Lanny McInnes, the 2020 event will highlight the largest range of new home excitement yet outside the city of Winnipeg. “Altogether, we have 32 new communities featured in the 2020 Spring Parade. These locations include not just Winnipeg, but Brandon, Birds Hill, Niverville, Stonewall, and Selkirk as well as East Selkirk, La Salle, St. Adolph, East St. Paul, Ritchot, Oak Bluff, West St. Paul and Headingley. This is truly a Manitoba Parade,” he says, remarking that the showcase is the largest of its kind in Canada with thousands of attendees taking in the month-long opportunity. Expect design excellence at each stop along the way with 32 premier new home builders represented and 122 new homes on display. “This is a great chance to see the latest in home décor and technology, as well as investigate the designs of our leading homebuilders. Our parade gives Manitoba homebuyers a unique opportunity to see and experience the widest variety of homebuilding options in an actual home setting,” he says, commenting that The Parade is where you can see firsthand the recent advances in flooring, fittings and lighting, as well as view the attributes of neighbourhoods themselves. “There is a display for every price point and every family need. For those looking to update existing properties, this is an ideal way to discover the latest design trends. For those in the market for a new home, The Parade is also the most convenient way to ‘kick tires’ and discuss designs and options with onsite professionals.” Just follow the flags. Locations are well marked and the MHBA website offers lots of information and direction to display homes. Hours for Winnipeg properties are Monday to Thursday 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Friday by appointment, and Saturday and Sunday noon to 6:00 PM. Whether you are looking for design inspiration or a new home in a master-planned community, The Spring Parade of Homes is where it all happens. 42 | STYLE MANITOBA | SPRING 2020

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he neighbourhoods of Bridgwater have a lot going for them. Located in the south end of Winnipeg between Waverley and Kenaston, Bridgwater is a multi-neighbourhood community that has captured the attention of new home buyers since the first days back in the early 2000s. Today, the neighbourhoods of Bridgwater include Bridgwater Forest, Bridgwater Lakes and Bridgwater Trails, as well as its Town Centre. Altogether these sites offer a wide range of new home opportunities amid one of the most sought after residential destinations in Winnipeg. What is exciting Bridgwater’s new home buyers? Follow-up research undertaken by the developer shows four features - trails and trees, close and convenient, families and friendship, and amazing architecture as aspects that are reported again and again as key reasons for making a new home investment in the community.

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The neighbourhoods of Bridgwater will again showcase their attributes at the Spring Parade of Homes (February 29 - March 22). According to Manitoba Home Builders Association CEO and President Lanny McInnes, Manitoba’s Parade of Homes continues to be the biggest and best parade in Canada. Indeed, tens of thousands of people attend the Parade each year as they seek out the latest trends in new home and interior design, the hottest new home technology and building materials.

This year Bridgwater will showcase its considerable portfolio of design-forward properties from some of the province’s leading builders. Gino’s Homes is presenting 651 Bridge Lake Drive, a lakefront stunner located in the Bridgwater Trails community. Built with families in mind, this property features a visitable (extra wide) entryway, open plan gourmet kitchen and massive great room. The expansive lower level features a full walkout to a landscaped backyard with views of the impressive lake and adjacent park. This residence also comes with a second level coffee bar as well as two maintenance-free decks. Director of Sales and Marketing for Gino’s Homes, Robert Cotroneo suggests Bridgwater is a location that has ticked all the boxes. “There are more trails and sidewalks than anywhere else in Winnipeg. You can walk 5 minutes from your house and you’re in a park or the middle of a beautiful treed forest,” he says. StreetSide Development Corporation is also showing locations at this year’s Parade. The Rise Condominiums at 300 Centre Street feature concrete construction, an aspect that adds to privacy and interior quiet. Suites are move-in ready and come in one and twobedroom footprints. Sweetening the package is a common lounge, a fitness center and an outdoor pool.

At 325 Park East Condominiums, StreetSide has built a property with a stacked townhouse design. These are available in one, two and three-bedroom configurations and the building features covered parking. Huntington Homes is showcasing 661 Bridge Lake Drive in this year’s Spring Parade. This Manitoba Home Builders Association Gold Award property is a 3,305 square-foot fourbedroom contemporary bungalow. Inside there is an ample 1,881 square-foot main level as well as 1,424 square feet of developed space downstairs where a walkout opens to lake views. Features include a gourmet kitchen, spa-inspired ensuite and fully covered front porch. Construction utilizes an engineered piled foundation and custom steel beams with wall sheeting built using plywood rather than less expensive oriented strand board. “The level of detail in Bridgwater is what makes it stand out from other new home communities,” says exclusive agent for Huntington Homes, Realtor® Jason Topnik of Royal Lepage Alliance. He points to attributes such as the wrought iron railings throughout the neighbourhoods and the numerous architectural guidelines that will help Bridgwater stay ahead of the equity curve over time. Join the Parade! Visit for more information on this Winnipeg new home leader.



This gorgeous 3-bedroom, 2.5-bathroom house highlights the variety of unique elements that are possible, from floor-to-ceiling windows, 18-foot great room ceiling height, double-sided linear fireplace and modern glass railings. The grandeur of the home is striking, but also surprisingly cozy with secluded areas for those much-needed moments of rest, like enjoying a bath in the soaker tub or quiet time on the backyard deck.


The Cotroneo brothers credit much of their company’s success to their focus on high-quality products, exceptional employees and trusted supplier partners, such as Matix Lumber, B.A. Robinson, Kitchen Craft Cabinetry and many more. “Fifty-two plus years of quality reputation in the business does not happen by accident. Fifty-two years of quality, service, value and reliability that you will not see anywhere else.”

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that they wish they could change? Well, with us, you can have the home exactly the way you want it!” say Frank and Robert Cotroneo, brothers and co-owners at Gino’s Homes.

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These local homebuilders have been in business for over 50 years and the reason for their longevity is the company’s focus on custom designing and building each home to clients’ exact standards. Gino’s Homes remains true custom builders – whatever you conceive, they will construct.


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Yes, it is possible to get a newly built home that doesn’t look like all the other houses on the street. The luxury residential subdivision of Countryside Crossing is dedicated to choice, allowing individuals to find the right homebuilder who can design the home of their dreams. “Our philosophy is one of choice. There is no monopoly on individual lots by specific builders. While some of the city’s top homebuilders have an established presence in the area, individuals can purchase a building site directly from the developer and then go ‘builder shopping,’” says Mark Penner, realtor with Royal LePage Prime Real Estate. “There is also a developer approved self-build option people can take advantage of. This range of unique architecture combined with well thought out development guidelines gives Countryside Crossing a distinctive identity.” Located inside the North Perimeter in East St. Paul, Countryside Crossing is just 15 minutes from downtown Winnipeg. The neighbourhood is well established, with over 140 lots sold, and rich with parks, green spaces and waterscapes. A gorgeous walking path spans the entire development, while a large creek offers the perfect setting for walkout basements.

“The low taxes, large lots and building freedom keep people coming from all over the city,” says Penner. In addition to the beautiful, calm setting, homeowners will appreciate the nearby amenities, including convenient access to Henderson Highway, transit and Bunn’s Creek Trail. “New purchasers in Countryside Crossing will be greeted with a warm sense of community. This already established neighbourhood is thriving with families, area events and a real sense of homeowner pride,” says Penner.

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reen space is not just nice to have – it’s a must-have. The benefits of green spaces in an urban setting are limitless. The World Health Organization states that urban parks and gardens improve overall well-being, aid in the treatment of mental illness, encourage physical activity, form a refuge from noise, help filter harmful air pollution and encourage relaxation. Prairie Pointe, a new subdivision in Winnipeg’s southwest corner, has not just included parks and green spaces within its development plans, but has made them a focal point of the upand-coming neighbourhood. Eaglewood Park, a 5.5-acre space, opened in 2019 to neighbours’ delight. It includes a distinct playground, covered picnic shelter and large sports field, as well as a firepit with gathering area, which is fairly unique in a community space and has already been attracting a lot of attention. A large native grass space will offer a distinguishing colour palette, and close to 100 trees were planted to give it a true natural parkland feel. “It’s already heavily used. Eaglewood is full of people most evenings in the warmer months and it is becoming the place where the community gathers. We know the park will only grow in popularity as the neighbourhood develops,” says Sean Gallagher, development coordinator for Ladco Company Ltd., the developers of Prairie Pointe.

As well, a walkway, approximately one kilometre long, is being planned along the water behind Berry Hill Road, to allow residents to enjoy all the benefits of the neighbourhood’s natural beauty. “Prairie Pointe is one of the premiere masterplanned communities in the city. Well-planned amenities such as park and green space, proximity to the University of Manitoba, Kenaston shopping area and so much more make this an exceptional place to build a new home,” says Spencer Curtis with Hilton Homes. Prairie Pointe has found a way to blend natural beauty with modern living, with its carefully considered green spaces, close proximity to amenities and a flexibility in design that builders want and homeowners need. “Since 2015, Prairie Pointe is surpassing our expectations,” says David Borger, Ladco’s vice president of development. “We’re extremely pleased with the way things have been going. One of our biggest advantages, I think, is our flexible design for the builders in terms of the architecture. We allow our builders to be innovative with design – we don’t restrict them – so they come up with exciting new plans every year.” Curtis agrees: “Customers have the utmost freedom to build a home that suits all their needs, style, function and value. We love building in Prairie Pointe because of the design freedom we

have and because there is such great value in the subdivision.” Hilton Homes has taken advantage of this flexibility with an innovative floorplan that is unique to Prairie Pointe. Their showhome at 92 Skyline Drive has a fresh design with a fourth bedroom on the main floor and a loft on the second floor, as well as a sprawling kitchen. “These features were easy to work into a new plan for Prairie Pointe because of the freedom we have for design that’s simply not an option in all areas of the City,” says Curtis. Free of limitations, builders can truly create the homes – inside and out – that homeowners are asking for. The types of homes available range from multi-family homes, such as townhomes and duplexes, up to million-dollar lake houses and a variety of single-family homes in the middle, which means everyone can find their dream home here, says Borger. More than 550 building lots have now been sold. As the next stage of development continues, new lots are available, including those backing onto the lake or park. Growth in Prairie Pointe will continue to be strong for many years as the 640acre community will eventually be home to more than 2,000 families. Learn more at or visit during the Spring 2020 Parade of Homes.



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Outside, the acrylic stucco and stone exterior provides an ageless look. A charming front porch is perfect for Adirondack chairs or a cozy bench, while a sprawling view of the golf course can be enjoyed from a future back deck. For a country feel within the city, Pageantry Homes is also building a new showhome in Winnipeg’s Scotswood Meadows in Charleswood. Pageantry Homes understands that building a home is an exciting but stressful time, and they make the process as easy and worry-free as possible. The team works hard to ensure what you envisioned at the start of construction is what you see in your home at the end.

Building Beauty Getting out of the city is just what a family needs to grow. Pageantry Homes has created a contemporary home that balances the pastoral setting of Kingswood South in La Salle. The peaceful, quiet community, only a seven-minute drive to Winnipeg, is close to amenities and ideal for families.

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a modern enough contrast that we were able to make a statement with it.”

hen Carol and Grant Danielson were choosing a look for the exterior of their custom-built home in RidgeWood West, they had one overriding objective. “I’m a traditionalist in most ways so I wanted a look that was timeless,” Carol says. “If you look at a lot of homes, the patterns repeat, the styles repeat. I didn’t want that. Everything that we chose we wanted to love it forever.” After much deliberation, the Danielsons went with a fusion of new and traditional elements that included Teton Shadow Rock, a manufactured stone with a distinctive texture that complements both contemporary and rustic architectural designs. “In the first year and a half we had so many people ring our doorbell or leave us notes asking if they could take pictures and where we got it from,” Carol says. “We were quite tickled about that.” Three years later, the Danielsons’ home on Peregrine Point hasn’t lost any of its curb appeal, and they’re still happy with one of the easiest decisions they made in the homebuilding process – choosing a location. RidgeWood West, located in Charleswood, is close to their former home in St. James and is convenient for many of the clients Carol works with in her home-based massage therapy

practice. RidgeWood West is also an ideal fit with their aesthetic values. The architectural guidelines for the community were designed to achieve a consistent standard of craftsmanship while encouraging innovative use of materials and styles. Carol says the entire build experience was “phenomenal,” thanks in large to the relationship she and Grant enjoyed with their builder, Maric Homes. “We interviewed builders for over a year before we made our decision. It was not a quick, impulsive decision,” she says. Maric Homes has built several homes in RidgeWood West. Peri Maric, vice president of architectural design, says they’ve tried to strike a balance that is rooted in visually familiar elements but also new and progressive components, especially in terms of exterior looks.

Broadview Homes has also built several homes in RidgeWood West. Its current showhome at 125 Kestrel Way features a board-and-batten look with vertical panels in the front and acrylic stucco on the sides and rear. Vice president of Broadview Homes, Dave Wooden, says these materials are increasingly popular choices because they offer a wide range of colours and increased durability compared to other types of stucco or traditional vinyl siding. “Vinyl used to be more affordable but the price of these alternatives has come down a little bit and it really makes the house stand out,” he says. “Adding coloured PVC window trims is another in-demand feature that can really make your house pop.” Qualico Communities’ design administrator Alaina Saper says encouraging builders to use different materials, colours and exterior designs sets each home apart in RidgeWood West. “There’s still a level of cohesion in terms of quality and design, but it’s not a cookie-cutter approach,” says Saper. “The guidelines allow people to choose things that express their own individuality and aesthetics while maintaining that overall, comprehensive designed look.”

The current Maric showhome at 116 Creemans Crescent is a perfect example of that balance. It features James Hardie cement panels placed vertically and tied together with narrow wooden strips called battens. “The house is meant to be a very modern take on what a Manitoba cottage would look like. Because of the nearby forest and the west facing, you get some beautiful sunsets. We thought this house would fit in perfectly with that but offered



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place for everything and everything in its place. It’s a nice sentiment but when life gets busy, the actual execution can be a bit difficult. Unless you come home to 100 Creemans Crescent – built by Foxridge Homes – which was designed with the busy lives of today’s family in mind. This gorgeous 3-bedroom, 2.5 bathroom showhome has everything to help keep life on track without sacrificing style. “Our design team created a home that is edgy and chic, but also spacious and practical for families. A bold look stands out immediately in the kitchen with dark cabinetry and wood accents and complements the other selections and finishes in the home,” says Courtney Uruski, marketing specialist for Foxridge Homes. The stunning and durable cabinetry was designed with trusted partner Two30Nine by Décor Cabinetry. The kitchen, laundry room and bathroom cabinetry were all custom fit and the warm colours tie the rooms together beautifully. From bulkhead to shelving and

everything in between, these well-designed spaces and materials will serve any family well. Throughout the rest of the home, each space is thoughtfully crafted, including a spacious foyer with a large closet and private powder room for welcoming guests, and a mudroom, which is essential for any busy household. The master suite is fit for a king – bed that is – with a generous walk-in closet. The stunning one-ofa-kind ensuite has a large vanity, soaker tub and custom tiled shower. The second bathroom upstairs is perfect for a growing family with plenty of cabinets and drawers, and a bathtub with subway tile surround.

with a transom window. The landscaping features gorgeous rocks, boulders, greenery and an in-ground sprinkler system. This home is not just beautiful – it’s smart too, with smart home automation including security with cameras, smart thermostat and enterprisegrade networking that can be controlled on your smart phone or the touch screen in the kitchen. Foxridge Homes, part of the Qualico family, prides itself on the details and building homes that are customized for the life you lead - and this shines through in this gorgeous home.

“Our design team is so talented, with an eye for architecture and unexpected focal points in every room. They have years of experience delivering the most functional, beautiful spaces,” says Uruski. The exterior is also thoughtfully crafted, boasting Hardie panels, vertical siding and a beautiful front door flanked by an oversized sidelight


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t’s no accident that Sage Creek is one of Winnipeg’s most desirable neighbourhoods. Creating a diverse community with a variety of housing options to meet the needs of every family was part of the plan from the start.

Today, Sage Creek is home to more than 2,000 families who enjoy its thoughtfully planned wetlands, pedestrian-friendly streetscapes and walking trails, as well as the many conveniences of its Village Centre. Along with a new selection of single-family lots coming this year, Sage Creek is about to welcome two new multi-family developments. “We’ve gotten to a place where Sage Creek has now grown into its vision and is starting to achieve what everybody hoped and planned for when we started,” says Qualico Communities’ vice president Bryan Ward. “We’ve been sticking to that vision and making sure there are places to build multi-family dwellings and to build townhouses or duplexes. We want to make sure we have very diverse housing options for anybody who wants to live in Sage Creek.”

One of the new options is Lafrance Condominiums, being built by Randall Homes. This unique complex will have 10 two-storey, three-bedroom units with 1,531 square feet of living space and detached two-car garage. Along with a generous master suite, each condo will have nine-foot ceilings on the main floor, with a large kitchen and a great room off the foyer that’s perfect for entertaining.

Denis Jones, president and CEO of the Deveraux Group of Companies, says 398 units will be available in six separate buildings, all linked together by walking paths and communal spaces.

Randall Homes’ vice president Jason Jaquet says Lafrance Condominiums will be located just a short walk from the Village Centre and all of its amenities, including a grocery store, bank and a growing variety of restaurants and services.

Just a stone’s throw from the Village Centre, Latitude 49 boasts a full slate of amenities, including a clubhouse with an outdoor swimming pool and an area with barbecues and fire pits, as well as a fully furnished outdoor kitchen that will be available to all tenants.

“Location makes a big difference with a project like this,” he says. “A lot of people nowadays like to walk about their neighbourhood instead of having to get into the car all the time.” For people who prefer to rent, the Latitude 49 apartment community will be an attractive option. Units will range in size from 450-squarefoot one-bedroom apartments to 1,100-squarefoot three-bedroom suites.

“We’ve really focused on a strong community to create a village feel within the neighbourhood,” Jones says.

One 150-suite building will feature a large fitness area on the penthouse floor, with a gym, juice bar and a panoramic view of southeast Winnipeg. The first apartment building is expected to open in May 2020, followed by staggered openings of the five remaining buildings over the next year. Designed to embrace diversity, promote interaction, and build a sense of community, Latitude 49 is an ideal fit for Sage Creek.


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anitobans love the aquatic lifestyle. Whether it’s a dip in the backyard pool, a weekend at the lake or boating on a river, we can’t seem to get enough time on the water. A recent study by University of New Brunswick researcher Dan Crouse confirms our love affair with waterways and suggests that folks who live near a river or lake may enjoy a greater quantity, as well as quality, of life. The results of the study, published in Environmental Health Perspectives, indicates Canadians who live within 250 metres of water enjoy benefits such as reduced stress and improved cardiovascular health, as well as greater “life satisfaction.” That comes as no surprise to Trevor Markevich, owner of Mannington Custom Homes. His company has built several custom riverfront homes in and around Winnipeg, and Markevich has seen first-hand the transformative effect they can have on the lives of the people who own them. “What better place could you live than on the river? Your backyard is the next best thing to being out on the lake,” Markevich says. “It’s spectacular.”

Manitobans have a rare opportunity to experience river life in a rural setting just minutes from Winnipeg. Taylor Farm, a Qualico community in the RM of Headingley, is currently selling serviced lots in its first two phases of development. The first phase is comprised of 94 lots, including a limited number of riverfront lots on Curry Drive, along the banks of the Assiniboine River. Markevich, whose company will begin construction on a riverfront home this year, says Taylor Farm’s country feel is a major part of its appeal, along with the fact that it’s located less than 10 minutes away from all of the conveniences of the city. Plans for future phases include a host of naturalized amenities such as wetlands, a winding trail system and access to a mature basswood forest. Taylor Farm’s expansive lots — including some as wide as 100 feet — give buyers more land at a lower price than is possible in the city. The extra space also gives builders more leeway to design one-of-a-kind homes that express the homeowners’ personal style.

“Mannington Homes works very hard to build one-off, character homes that enhance the community,” Markevich says. “When you’re building homes in a place like Taylor Farm, that’s what people want. They want their home to stand out — not necessarily be bigger and better than their neighbour’s, but just stand out so that when you drive down the street every home has its own curb appeal and its own great look.” To date, construction has begun on 34 homes in Taylor Farm. Qualico Communities’ sales and development manager, Tara Reid says that number will grow to 585 single-family homes by the time development is complete. Markevich expects the riverfront lots to be snapped up quickly. “It’s getting really tough to find river properties,” he says. “Especially large enough ones where people want to put a nice home and where they’re getting good value.”

He adds that nothing compares to natural landscapes and the wildlife habitats that come with the territory. “For people that haven’t lived on the river and haven’t experienced river life first-hand, they don’t realize the diamond in the rough that we have in this city with two rivers going through it. Alberta doesn’t have anything like it at this price. In B.C., if you try to build a home on the river you’ll pay 10 times the price for a property if you can even get one.”




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Winnipeg-based Hearth Homes has built its reputation on a simple concept. For over 35 years, they have made their name by stressing quality over quantity. “We don’t build 200 homes a year. We build 15 properties at most,” says Liam Milne, Hearth Homes’ Design and Marketing Manager. “And because we build a limited number of residences each year, our clients find that we are available when they call to ask questions or to make suggestions during the building process. Our clients are never left to walk alone during the stages of a new homebuilding project.” According to Milne, clients can expect to meet a project coordinator, site supervisor and an interior designer that stays with them through

the build. “We know there will be questions and we want to be there to answer them and not add stress to what can be a challenging and expensive undertaking for a family. Our clients are never just a number. For us, it’s about creating relationships.” Hearth Homes are well known for functional plans with great ‘bones.’ Their homes work for families, stand up to the rigours of day-today life, and maintain their quality of design and appearance over the years. “We do this

by listening to our clients and then following through with a group of highly skilled trades and craftspeople. Some of our tradespeople have been with us since the ‘90s,” he says. “Customer referrals are what helps to grow our business. Keeping our promises earns us those referrals,” says Milne, inviting people to visit for more information on how Hearth Homes can make your custom building dreams come true.

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Views that go on forever. When views like this greet you every morning, you want to keep them forever. At 390 on the River, you can. This is the only luxury high-rise in downtown Winnipeg where you can buy instead of renting. And for a limited time, Steinbach Credit Union is offering custom financing solutions exclusively for 390 on the River condominiums. Find out how affordable it can be to own spectacular views and style.


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Renting is the New Black Rent or buy? This is becoming a far more difficult question to answer than it was in the past. Both options certainly have their benefits but with the rise in popularity of luxury apartments and changing market conditions, you may be surprised by your friends, neighbours’ and even family members answer. For generations, we were taught to save up and buy a starter home early in life; and then to sell and make the move to a larger family or forever home. This was the trend in housing across every market in North America, and the goal of most people for decades. But with the passing of time, trends change, and this trend is no exception. 64 | STYLE MANITOBA | SPRING 2020

Owning property is certainly still an attractive proposition. A house or condo can appreciate with time and make a sound investment, particularly in Winnipeg where our housing market remains stable year after year. Home ownership can also provide us with a feeling of financial stability as we make our payments and see a real increase in our home equity. But despite these valid pros there appears to be an ever-growing group of people who are choosing to rent instead of buy property. More and more people are placing value on experiences over possessions. Some say it is a millennial thing, claiming millennials would rather have the freedom

to travel than be tied down to a mortgage, or spend years squirreling away money for a down payment. But it’s not just millennials who would love to travel or enjoy nights out with friends and good food as much as possible. It’s literally everyone! This shift in attitudes toward living a life full of experiences is clearly evident in the rental housing market. Developers are building more apartments now than ever before with amenities like rooftop terraces, huge party rooms, guest suites, car washes and fitness facilities. New construction projects include luxury features like in-suite high efficiency laundry pairs, and finishes and fixtures

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straight out of your favorite HGTV house flipping shows. Finishes which the average first-time homebuyer couldn’t get in your standard resale starter home. Renting allows people to afford to have all the high-end quartz counter tops and designer cabinets they see in the magazines, without hiring a contractor and inconveniencing their families for six to eight weeks with renovations. Add to that the extra costs associated with home ownership: property taxes, maintenance and repairs, higher utility bills, and the time it takes to cut your grass and care for your lawn, and shovel snow all winter. Renting starts to look better and better to those

who just want to enjoy life without worrying about lawncare, replacing broken appliances and paying school taxes. Flexibility is also fast becoming a deciding factor for people considering whether to rent or buy. Not only the flexibility to move or explore career options in other locales without feeling encumbered by having to sell a property (and maybe lose money), but also to move to newer and nicer properties with different amenities; allowing people to change their lifestyles up from time to time. Maybe you like the idea of living downtown for a while, but then you want to spend a few years in a townhouse on the river in the south

end. Renting allows you to try living in different areas to truly experience what those neighborhoods have to offer before putting down the kind of roots that come with buying a house. All of these great features can be found at apartments managed and developed by Towers Realty Group. From brand new buildings to stately character apartments, Towers Realty Group provides Winnipeg renters with many options for finding the perfect, worry-free place to call home. With apartments available all across Winnipeg, it’s easy to come home to Towers Living. Find out more at











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ast fall, Durabuilt Windows & Doors opened their new Winnipeg Design Centre at 455 DeBaets Street in the St. Boniface Industrial Park. The approach is novel for Winnipeg, and joins the company’s other design centres in Edmonton, Calgary and Lethbridge. The facility features a total of 10,000 square feet of space and offers a 3,000 square foot showroom that highlights Durabuilt’s complete product line with full-scale displays and insightful staff.

homebuilder community,” says Jeff, commenting that the centre frequently hosts new home buyers and their dealers’ customers who can come in and discover the benefits of this hands-on custom approach to window and door purchase.

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hen you have kitchen dreams, Winnipeg’s Kitchen Craft can make them a reality. One of the best-known names in cabinets and kitchen décor options, Kitchen Craft has been making the dreams of home chefs come true for decades. “We do it all,” says Kitchen Craft Designer Sherri Russell, pointing to a recent project they did for Arlt Homes as a great example. This kitchen offered on-point attention to detail, a perfectly placed center island and a custom range hood that was set symmetrically between tall cabinets that extended to the 10’ ceiling height. “It was designed in the Craftsman style with Shaker doors that came with double detailing,” she says, noting the mitred corners. Drawers were constructed of hardwood for durability and joined using dovetails rather than staples to make them extra strong. Surfaces were custom painted, a touch that is indicative of Kitchen Craft’s well-noted attention to detail where every

aspect from the design to the materials to the construction is created with an eye to perfection. “Customers come in and we work together to take their ideas forward. For us, it’s all about the details. We know about materials, fittings, and appliances, as well as designs that make kitchens work and work beautifully,” she says, remarking that for most people a major home renovation or a new home build is a once in a lifetime experience. “We take the guesswork and stress out of projects big and small, and bring all the details together in a package that makes kitchen dreams come true.” Kitchen Craft offers competitive pricing and full service that includes the assistance of designers that take the bumps out of the road. For more information on finding kitchen greatness visit



A natural beauty

Carrara Tile & Marble is a company with options. Certainly, Winnipeggers have been coming to Carrara for the beauty of natural stone and décor innovations from one of the city’s largest selections of tile, but they offer more. Neolith is a perfect example. At the recent renovation project at Fort Garry Place, Carrara was front and center with product innovation that helped save cost as well as meet tricky design and engineering specifications. Rather than using natural stone for wall cladding and countertops in the facility’s new Furnished Suites reception area, Carrara turned to Neolith, a glazed manufactured stone product that replicates marble.


“It’s lighter and less costly,” says salesperson Matt Vaccaro, who mentions that this sintered stone product is fabricated to specification in the city, and that Carrara is Winnipeg’s exclusive dealer for Neolith. For this job, Carrara replicated Calacatta marble and then mitred edges to create a seamless appearance on 63” x 126” slabs. The wall cladding was just 6 mm thick, while the reception counter was double the width. “If this was a natural stone, the weight would have been significantly more, and this can create demands on walls and floors. This is just one of the reasons Neolith has been so successful in the market,” notes Matt, adding that Carrara has developed a lot of expertise using Neolith for the past 10 years.

DESIGN &DECOR Local supporting local

Shop local is a sentiment many consumers follow, which can do amazing things for the economy. But it’s also incredible and very beneficial when local businesses are supported by other local companies. The family-run Classic Fireplaces has been supplying and installing fireplaces and stoves for Winnipeg clients for over 30 years, and one of their pillars is to support other Manitoba businesses. Marquis Fireplaces is the local creator of many of those elegant fireplaces. This Vantage freestanding stove by Marquis was installed by Classic Fireplaces, keeping the transaction 100 percent local. “This contemporary take on a classic woodstove adds warmth with three-sided glass and sleek charcoal finish. The freestanding stove allows you to accent any room with ambiance and warmth, no finishing required,” says Helen Peters, owner of Classic Fireplaces. “Every angle gives you a beautiful view of the flames.” Available in natural gas or propane, you can create the right impact for your home with a choice of flat black, powder coat or stainless steel accents, as well as log sets, decorative stones, rocks, cannonballs or even ember glass. Plus, with two strong local businesses working together, you get great quality and great service. Classic Fireplaces have certified technicians on staff to ensure the fireplace or stove is installed correctly for safety and for a healthy, properly burning flame.

End of the Spectrum

What side are you on? This season’s lighting is all about polar opposites. Where once transitional pieces brought together the contemporary and classic, current fixtures are choosing to go far right into formal, or the opposite end to modern. This Artcraft fixture is a good example of lighting that leans further off transitional to a more traditional look. The company’s Harmony Collection features a mix of black and satin brass finishes, along with multiple pendent sizes for different areas of the home. This look is also keeping in line with the current trend of “dressing up” casual spaces and open floor plans, particularly in home layouts that do not have formal dining rooms. On the other side of the spectrum are highly contemporary pieces that border on ultra-modern. Think exposed bulbs, varied shapes, muted finishes, and swirling LED constructs. One finish that transcends all styles is black, which is particularly hot for bathroom lighting fixtures. For fixtures in other areas of the home, black is also being paired with satin brass, satin nickel, or polished chrome for depth and distinction. However, soft gold is coming up quickly behind this distinct finish to possibly become next season’s favourite metal. Whether you’re on the formal side, or like it a little more modern, Super-Lite’s showroom offers a wide variety of shapes, models, metals, and finishes to put your space on the right side of the spectrum. SPRING 2020 | STYLE MANITOBA | 71

THE CLEAR-CUT CHOICE Whether it’s adding natural light, opening a room or offering a unique accent, glass can provide a new aesthetic to any room. We spoke with Monica White, Sales and Business Development Manager for Fort Rouge Glass (FRG), to talk about how glass can enhance a home in a pure and simple way. What are some new and interesting ways homeowners can incorporate glass? Glass can be used in countless ways in every setting. A painted backsplash in the kitchen or bathroom is a beautiful way to accent these commonly used rooms. Glass instead of stub walls for stair railings can add a modern touch to any home or office space. There are also the typical uses people think of, like display cases, wine cabinets or showers, but these can be done in innovative ways. Mirrors can have light cut outs incorporated. Coloured glass could be used. Frosted glass (matelux) or patterned glass can offer a subtle detail. Or you can get privacy glass that, with the flick of a switch, provides instant privacy.

FRG has always believed “quality is job one.” What does this mean to you and your customers? If we didn’t believe this, we would not be in business. Our customers are what keep us motivated. We put our customers first and our repeat business shows that’s true. We strive to always make our work the best possible.

How does being family owned and operated set FRG apart? FRG is in its third-generation ownership. The company has maintained the same core values but has modernized in how we do things. Brendan Berntt bought FRG from his father, Terry Berntt, and it is his pride and joy. Brendan went on to become the sole owner of SSG Railings in 2012 and began offering custom stainless railings, a trend in the industry that is still maintained today. You know a company has a lot to offer when the owner is not only working at his company, but he is often found sweeping the back shop!



204-475-2774 WWW.FRG.CA

58 South Landing Drive, Oak Bluff, MB R2G 0C4

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Showroom & Manufacturing 61 Airport Road, Winnipeg, MB, R3H 0V5


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