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Volume 18, Number 4 Summer 2014
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6 Details, Details, Details Simple, yet innovative elements add tangible appeal to new home design 16 Still In the Making: The Royal Winnipeg Ballet turns 75 49 Destination Urban Winnipeg hits its stride with downtown redevelopment 76 Outdoor Living Pools, landscapes, the latest outdoor products & more
19 Stepping Out With Style 36 On the Bookshelf 37 Styling the Stereo
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22 Delectable Dining 26 Recipes
40 Luv ND Celebrating North Dakota’s 125th birthday
FASHION & BEAUTY 44 Simple summer style
47 Accessories, home décor & more
39 Pet care with the personal touch 46 A stroke of beauty
DEPARTMENTS 2 Style Was There 5 The Agenda 32 Your Thoughts
HOMES & NEIGHBOURHOODS 15 59 65 71
Join the neighbourhoods Right track thinking Aloft on Portage Southern Manitoba assisted living options
PRODUCTS & INNOVATIONS 87 Let the sunshine in 89 Dream Maker
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DESIGN & DÉCOR
91 Creative decorating ideas from the professionals
On hand for the big condo reveal at 238 Portage Avenue: (L-R) Shawna Balas (Shawna Balas Design); Will Wong (Owner, Wasabi Sushi) & Monica Brooks (Sunrex Management Ltd.)
Raymond Bayes (Aikins Law) with Phil McAmmond (V.P. Sunrex Management Ltd.) enjoying a moment at the event.
Kenny Boyce (City of Winnipeg Film & Special Events) taking in the luxurious display condo with Style’s Eric Green.
In attendance at the official launch of Streetside Development’s third historic conversion in the East Exchange District at 132 James Avenue: (L-R) Jessica Willis (Streetside), Pamela Roz (103.1 Virgin Radio) and Jennifer Opsahl (Streetside).
Rebecca Copping, Jessica Willis, Tammie Bennett & Dustin Bennett share a moment at the Streetside launch.
Centre Venture CEO Ross McGowan, Style’s Lisa Lester & Jim Ludlow of True North at the Centre Venture AGM Meeting discussing the great things in store for downtown Winnipeg.
Stylists from the trendy Bob and Page Blowdry Bar on Academy Rd pause for a picture at their 100% charity event for Osborne House. (L-R) Kirsten Coy, Angela Wood, Samantha Curtis & Kristen Kologie.
At the Sport Manitoba “Night of Champions,” Jade Ledochowski was awarded with Youth Volunteer of the Year. Pictured here: Jade with presenters Gurmit Sandi and David Devine.
Official Ground Breaking at the new Mercedes Benz flagship store at Kenaston & Rothwell. (L-R) Bruce Danylchuk, Robin Lee, Rob Scaletta, Jeff Hawryluk, Brian Lowes (President, Mercedes Winnipeg), Tim Reuss (President & CEO, Mercedes Benz Canada), Grant Nordman, Robert Wissenz & Doug Danylchuk.
David McLeod (2014 Honorary Chair for Vision Quest) pictured at the NCI booth at the 18th Annual Vision Quest Conference promoting Aboriginal Business & Economic Development at the RBC Convention Centre.
Bonnie Rockthunder and Arlene Mousseau pose for Style’s shutterbug at the APTN booth at the Vision Quest Conference.
On pointe at the RWB’s “Mad about Ballet” fundraising gala at Delta Winnipeg: (L-R) Dancers Ryan Vetter, Luzenberg Santana Kylie Duggan, Anna O’Callaghan with Savitrah Balciunas (Gala Chair) & Tara Birtwhistle (Ballet Master).
A conglomerate of artists from Africa stand united, creating & performing their own song at the RIGHT HER FUTURE event at the Pantages Theatre.
Natasha Dujiriri & Dorothy Kabali from Winnipeg’s Congolese community came out in support of the Panzi Event.
At the Graffiti Gallery exhibit “Peace should not be Fragile” in support of the Panzi Foundation with former Governor General Michaelle Jean, Dr. Mukwege (founder of Panzi Hospital), Darcy Ataman (Make Music Matter), Lisa Lester & Peter Frantz.
Pictured at the 2014 Junos: (L-R) Michael Paterson, Gail Asper (National Campaign Chair, Friends of the Canadian Museum of Human Rights), Dr. Mukwege (Democratic Republic of Congo), Stuart Murray (CEO Canadian Museum of Human Rights) & Darcy Ataman (makemusicmatter.org).
Style’s Lisa Lester chatting with Juno Host Serena Ryder at the MTS Centre prior to the 2014 Juno awards.
Enjoying Juno festivities: (L-R) Kate Yacula, Jeffery Stewart, Barry Richards, Heather Stewart (Lilyfield Cakes), Kenny Boyce & Kelly Parker (FAB 94.3).
At the Juno Awards Chairman’s Reception held at the Canadian Museum of Human Rights Museum, local music teacher Jeff Kula was honoured with the Musicounts Teacher of the Year award. Pictured here: Jeff Kula (award winner) with Gord Bamford (Country Singer).
Jim Cressman of Invictus Entertainment Group flanked by Kate Yacula and Lisa Lester.
Kenny Boyce, Carole Vivier and Stuart Murray take advantage of the comfy TD chair.
Derrick Ross (Slaight Music) and Lisa Lester pose for Style’s shutterbug at the Junos.
Wayne Rogers, Clare McKay (The Forks), Kim Jasper (RRC), Helen Halliday (Delta Winnipeg), Susan Stobart (Lawton Partners) sharing a laugh at the Junos.
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the agenda Summer has finally arrived, and with it comes all the pleasure of spending quality time outdoors. After that freakishly long, cold winter and virtually non-existent spring we just endured, it’s an especially welcome change for Manitobans. At writing time, our city is bursting into all its leafy splendour; apple trees and lilacs are blossoming, and the grass is finally greening up. Time to get outside and do a little yard work, dig into the garden and tend to the lawn. Speaking of which, many readers have written in about the Outdoor Living section of Style Manitoba, telling us how much they enjoy the coverage on landscape designs, pool ideas and other products for enhancing their outdoor spaces. We thought you should know that we love running those editorials as much as our audience delights in reading them! Check out the section this issue, which is chockfull of even more inspiring landscape ideas. Our feature stories this time around include Details, Details, Details - Carly Peters’ coverage on a fabulous home design, and Destination Urban, a special piece in which Kelly Gray gives an update on the ongoing rejuvenation of downtown Winnipeg, along with extra coverage on two new residential options for those seeking an urban lifestyle in the heart of the city (Right Track Thinking and Aloft on Portage). Last but not least, we are extremely proud to dedicate our cover story to the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and help celebrate their 75th year with them. Written by Ian Mozdzen, Still in the Making explores the history and highlights of our city’s world famous dance company. Enjoy!
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t’s fitting that it may have been an architect who coined the idiom “the devil is in the details.” German-American architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, who was widely regarded as one of the pioneering masters of modern architecture, found appeal in perfecting simple, clean lines, yet adding elements of the unexpected.
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Much like Mies, Gino’s Homes are well known for their fine finishing details. These simple, yet innovative elements make for a tangible appeal that has been leaving homeowners extremely satisfied, and their friends asking for the custom homebuilder’s number. The company’s showhome at 180 Lake Bend Road is a prime example of the turn of phrase. The walkout, lake view home with 3,700 square feet of living space, takes on a more classic approach with an exterior that’s subtle enough to make it stand out, yet coexist with the neutral tones of the neighbourhood. The large paving stones that make up the driveway pull out reddish tones from the rouge Hardie board siding. Natural stone, which also comprises the covered entryway pillars, lightens up the facade around the attached garage’s classicstyle carriage doors, and under the peaks of the roof. The hip roof installed by Roofmart, unlike any other on the street, is a simple style that provides a gentle slope and symmetrical centerlines. The home features a visitable, no-step entry that has a combination of covered entry over the front doors, and trellis roof in front of the dining room windows. “It’s the perfect spot for a small patio set in the summer,” states Phil Mosher from Realty Executives Diamond Group. Inside, soaring 18-foot ceilings in the entryway are accented by a large, geometric, wrought iron chandelier from Robinson Lighting. A scaled-down, steel version of the fixture can be found hanging just to the right in the formal dining room, which boasts large front windows,
The exterior of 180 Lake Bend Road features a traditional look with Hardie board siding and tile stone, and a unique hip roof installed by Roofmart.
a tray ceiling, and 3/4-inch tongue and groove distressed oak flooring from Curtis Carpets, which continues throughout the main floor. One of the home’s most unique first floor features is a butler’s pantry that acts as a gateway between the formal dining room and kitchen. The linear space hosts a secondary fridge, a wine fridge, and a full wall of floorto-ceiling custom cabinetry that offers pullout drawers for trash and recycling, as well as cabinets large enough for varying sizes of staple goods. On the opposite side, glass fronted cabinets are set over the Quartz countertop, making it easy to either move food from the kitchen’s oven into the prep area, or plate items to take to the dining room. The modern thermofoil style doors are also featured prominently in the large kitchen, this Summer 2014 | STYLE MANITOBA | 7
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5The lighter hue of the distressed oak flooring from Curtis Carpets gives the formal dining room a modern edge. time in the slightly lighter hue of Karena Rose. Norcraft Cabinetry designer Peter Harms, who was trained by one of Germany’s top kitchen designers, brought a European flavour to the space, which is innovative, trendy and edgy, making it a memorable yet functional design. A rich rouge backsplash is lightened by a silver range hood with European style, liftup glass doors on either side. Stainless steel, professional grade appliances make cooking an enjoyable task, along with keeping the contemporary look of the space. Harms intended the two-toned, nine-foot island to be the focal point of the kitchen. A solid
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set of Prairie Grass-coloured drawers face one side; while a dishwasher is set in the back, and dual sinks sit inside the Quartz countertop. The innovative waterfall feature offers a solid, smooth contrast and allows for at least four guests to pull up a seat. Unlike a lot of open concept kitchen/living room layouts, this design offers ample space for a kitchen table in front of a large set of east
3The butler’s pantry is a unique space between the kitchen and formal dining room that offers a secondary fridge, a full wall of cabinetry, and prep area.
facing windows, affording an unobstructed view of one of the neighbourhood’s three lakes. Substantial windows in the living room flank a gas fireplace encased in a cultured stone accent wall. Running from the top of the house to the bottom, this unique structure can be seen on both the interior and exterior - an innovative detail unseen anywhere else in the development. “One will also be hard pressed to find a divider like the one that separates the living room from the mudroom hall,” notes Mosher. Here, several frameless planks of glass are staggered to create a barrier between the two spaces, yet keeps the open and airy atmosphere of the design. Summer 2014 | STYLE MANITOBA | 9
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The master ensuite offers a large freestanding tub from Robinson Bath Centre, as well as a unique open shower with seamless glass door by Shodor Industries Ltd.
The glass wall ushers into the home’s mudroom, which features a vast closet with racks for multiple seasons of coats, shoes, and potentially sports equipment, a large powder room, and an area dubbed the “family info centre.” Cabinetry with a long Quartz countertop could serve as a computer desk, or the perfect place to organize the family’s week with the help of an oversized
bulletin board on the wall that cleverly looks like a piece of art. A floating oak staircase with wrought iron rails will take you to the second floor, which overlooks the living room. The master suite is on its own side of the house, allowing for extra privacy. Here, Norcraft offered their cabinetry skills once again for the walkthrough closet, which also features a small vanity area with bright lights, and a full-length mirror. The master ensuite bathroom features fixtures from Robinson Bath Centre, including dual sinks and a freestanding tub. A unique, stark white lighting fixture that almost mimics the body and tentacles of an octopus hangs above. “It seems a fitting choice for a water feature,” laughs Mosher. The water closet is separated from the main space by a frosted glass barn door. The most luxurious element of the ensuite is the eight-foot open shower that features a seamless glass door by Shodor Custom Shower Doors. One can turn on the tap for either the large rain showerhead, or enjoy a full-body experience with a handheld option. The second floor is finished with two large bedrooms, a bathroom with surround tub, and laundry room with washer, dryer, and small sink.
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Moving back down the flights of stairs you’ll find yourself in the fully-finished, walkout basement which boasts a two-sided fireplace that can be controlled via remote whether inside or outside,
a small wet bar with two wine fridges, and a large space for an entertainment centre. While surround sound is a given in this area, the whole house features distributed audio from K & S Electronics and Security. The lower level features another three-piece bathroom, an extra large storage closet, and an additional guest room with access to a stone tiled patio in the fully landscaped backyard. With homes in Bridgwater Forest, Bridgwater Lakes, and the newest development, Bridgwater Trails, which will have lots available in the next few months, Gino’s Homes will continue to showcase their extra attention to details, and have homebuyers expecting the unexpected. To schedule a visit to 180 Lake Bend Road, or learn more about Bridgwater home and lot offerings, contact Phil Mosher at 204-333-5759, email@example.com or visit www.philmosher.com
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About the Builder Gino’s Homes is comprised of the Cotroneo family - Gino, Frank and Robert – who have been custom building homes in Winnipeg and surrounding areas since 1968. In the beginning, Gino built just a handful of homes for friends and family. As word spread about the quality and value Gino was known for, his skills became more and more in demand. Over the years, Gino taught his sons, Frank and Robert, the old world craftsmanship that he had learned. As young men, Frank and Robert joined with their father, and sticking strictly to his principles, have taken Gino’s Homes to where it is today with projections of between 80 and 100 new home starts this year. The Cotroneos strongly reject any notion of turning their family business into a corporate assembly line. They remain true “custom” builders, and as Gino’s sons both say, “Quality workmanship, integrity, and value never go out of style.” If you can conceive it, they will construct it. Their extensive library of building plans is ever evolving to keep Gino’s Homes at the leading edge of design and customers’ demands. From the traditional to open great room designs, from bungalows, two-storeys, cab-overs to bi-levels, Gino’s Visitors are warmly greeted at a fully glassed builds them all. Whether large or small, simple or elaborate, at Gino’s you front vestibule featuring dramatic slate get what you want. The only thing they won’t change is theirimbedded high quality, slab flooring. Here, cleverly in a and that’s a promise. timber knee brace, is a single back lit and labeled keypad that controls the Lutron Homeworks lighting system installed by Advance Electronics in the home.
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The Bridgwater banner is flying high these days, becoming one of the most sought after set of new neighbourhoods in Winnipeg. And with good reason. From varied architecture, to matured natural features, to future new schools and a potential community centre, putting down roots in the Forest, Lakes, or Trails feels like home.
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Bridgwater Forest, which will be host to 1,103 single-family dwellings, was the first area to be developed, starting in 2007. Today, the six phases of the neighbourhood are fully serviced, and Dwayne Rewniak, Director of Land Development for Manitoba Housing, predicts all lots will be sold and fully built out by 2016. The unique neighbourhood features mature forest, 70 acres of open space, and an abundance of scenic paths for walking and cycling. Rewniak states they are continuing to expand the existing forest to ensure there is increased green space in the development -mixing a natural environment with modern conveniences. Bridgwater Forest was also the pilot project for introducing visitable housing into the neighbourhood, which entails elements such as no-step entry, wide doorways and hallways, and a wheelchair accessible bathroom on the main floor. These features make it possible for homeowners to remain in their community of choice over the years as they age, are ideal for people with mobility issues; and are even good for young families with strollers. “Manitoba Housing thought it was an important concept that needed to come to fruition, so we started with 14 visitable homes in Bridgwater Forest,” states Rewniak. “The pilot went very well, so we decided to incorporate a higher percentage of visitable homes in Bridgwater Lakes.” About 50 percent of the 1,190 homes in Bridgwater Lakes will be visitable, making it one of Canada’s first ever visitable neighbourhoods. Currently, the development, which began in 2010, has over 400 homes built, and 850 lots sold. Here it’s the water features that are making waves with homebuyers. Residents can enjoy a stroll by one of the three naturalized lakes, or the serenity found in a waterfront lot. The architectural guidelines of Bridgwater Lakes, such as an exclusion of repeated housing designs, the encouragement of varied exterior elements and recessed garages, promotes diversity and character, and ensures the uniqueness of the neighbourhood. The newest neighbourhood in the Bridgwater trifecta, Bridgwater Trails, will see its first home built this year, with showhomes coming available in 2015. The first phase will offer 282 single-family homes, including lots with back-lane access, and smaller lot options for affordable entry pricing.
Yet, the heart of the three neighbourhoods will be Bridgwater Centre. The mixed-use area will feature 1,000 multi-family units, office space, and commercial development. Red River Coop has already signed on to be one of the first businesses in the centre, with a gas bar and car wash slated to begin construction later this year. Rewniak states Bridgwater Centre is meant to be a walkable area, where residents can shop and visit within a short walk or cycle from home. Once complete, the Bridgwater neighbourhood will feature a network of 80 kilometres of
scenic paths and sidewalks, making it the largest pedestrian focused network in the city. The developer has also identified areas in the three neighbourhoods for potential school sites, and there has been talk about a future community centre in the neighbourhood as well. “With the Bridgwater communities, many of the amenities are upfront - parks, paths, fencing, trees, lakes - they are all there,” he says. “Unlike other new developments, you get a sense you’re moving into an established community.” Summer 2014 | STYLE MANITOBA | 15
years represents an entire life; a long life of twists and turns, of leaps and bounds, of falls and of recovery. Such has been the dance of our celebrated Royal Winnipeg Ballet. Naturally, stepping into RWB’s headquarters on Graham Avenue (the Company’s home since 1988), the enduring vitality of the place is undeniable. Former and current Company dancers rub elbows with aspiring students as they glide from office to studio and from class to rehearsal, accompanists shuffle by, and staff busily orchestrate the administration of it all. Hard to imagine that it started with a small club of six dancers in the late 1930s - The Winnipeg Ballet Club - helmed by two English dance teachers, Gweneth Lloyd and Betty Farrally. They miraculously laid the foundations in Winnipeg, a decidedly non-ballet city in the 1930s, for what was to be a number of firsts for Canada’s dance scene: first professional ballet company, first to receive Royal charter by Queen Elizabeth II, first to tour South America, first to perform in the Paris International Dance Competition ... the list goes on and on.
And much of it all thanks to a towering figure: Arnold Spohr (b.1923 d.2010). Leading the company from 1958 to 1985, Spohr’s accessible mixed bills and attention to detail primed the RWB to really shine; under his Artistic Direction the company went on to be consistently ranked among the best in the world for balletic performance, creation and training. “You must be a leader,” advises current Artistic Director André Lewis. “You can’t stick with a formulaic approach.” André was named Artistic Director in 1996 and has since worked to continually challenge the company by commissioning mixed repertoire works pushing creative boundaries as well as full length story ballets; all while striking balance between tradition and game-changers; a balance that has become RWB’s signature style. “We must always find new ways to move forward, to sustain and express,” André affirms. And just a glance at RWB’s prolific history reveals that the Company has indeed gone to the moon and back. Not only do they regularly bring to
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Former Principal dancers and current Ballet Masters, Vanessa Lawson and Jaime Vargas as Romeo & Juliet. Photo by David Cooper. 16 | STYLE MANITOBA | SUMMER 2014
This doesn’t mean a line or two hasn’t been skirted! The Company went can-can style in Jorden Morris’ Parisian-sanctioned Moulin Rouge ® - The Ballet (2009), and gaga for gothic in choreographer Mark Godden’s crowning achievement of Dracula (1998).
RWB Artistic Director, André Lewis. Photo courtesy of RWB Alumni Archives.
life Tchaikovsky’s masterpieces like Black Swan (Oops! Correction Swan Lake! Yes, if you go all aflutter for Aronofsky’s 2010 ballet thriller of a dying swan, you already WANT to go to the next season’s production!), Nutcracker and The Sleeping Beauty, they also dream up family favourites like Anne of Green Gables (1989) and Peter Pan (2006). RWB’s adaptations have also proven to be pivotal cultural moments; standouts include The Ecstasy of Rita Joe (1971, after George Ryga’s play), Wonderland (2011, after Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland) and the dystopic The Handmaid’s Tale (2013, after Margaret Atwood’s novel). Icons of the dance world regularly make their mark with the RWB, too. For example, Twyla Tharp has taken up residence to premiere two important contemporary works: The Princess & The Goblin (2013) and In the Upper Room (2011).
Gweneth Lloyd immersed in choreography. Photo courtesy of RWB Alumni Archives.
Both heavily toured sold-out shows would also leap onto the silver screen. Celebrated local director Guy Maddin created the Emmyaward winning Dracula - Pages from a Virgin’s Diary (2001) with the impeccable RWB dancer Tara Birtwhistle. And the high-kicking Moulin Rouge ® - The Ballet just recently appeared in cinemas across North America. Speaking of touring. It’s a shock we even see them in Winnipeg! In 1954, the company only toured to the U.S., but today, spends up to 20 weeks a year on the road, performing everywhere, including South America, Europe, the Middle East, Russia, Japan, and beyond. “We’ve been through a lot,” nods André, who is also putting the final touches on plans for an upcoming tour of China. Now, we cannot forget the dancers, for it is their passion that makes the ballet THE ballet! The first name on our lips? Evelyn Hart - she evokes a plethora of emotions. Just watch Hart dancing the immortal “Dying Swan” (2000) now on YouTube and you’ll see what I mean. Uniquely expressive, intense and lyrical, Hart joined the company
in 1976 and quickly rose in the ranks to become internationally beloved, imprinting stunning interpretations on tour-de-force ballets like Giselle. Another iconic RWB name: David Peregrine. Alongside Evelyn Hart, Peregrine’s unwavering conviction when dancing classic and modern roles alike earned him the reputation for being as noble as he was romantically unmannered. And his partnering with Hart is legendary. YouTube their award-winning “Belong” duet in 1980 from Mornert Vesak’s What to Do Till the Messiah Comes (1973). “What has made the RWB special is our eagerness to communicate rather than dazzle with technique,” André says, conceding that “technique is only a means to an end.”
Easily said, but when it comes to technique, RWB is not only among the best in town, but the best in the world. Students from everywhere flock to the RWB School’s professional and recreational divisions in order to receive exceptional experience and comprehensive instruction. Founded in 1970 under Arnold Spohr and lead by dancer/teacher David Moroni, the RWB School is unique because it rubs elbows daily with the Company in the facility and sometimes even on-stage. In fact, many RWB dancers were themselves trained in the RWB School. Look no further than recent graduate of the program, Peter Quanz. His choreographic work is a testament to this relationship. Quanz’s Q DANCE company has worked intimately with the RWB and its dancers to create a number of new and exciting works. Want to step out into the footlights yourself? Recreational Division classes throughout the year allow dancers of all ages to stretch, lengthen and indulge in ballet’s joy and beauty. David Moroni and Christine Hennessy.
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The Faerie Queen – A Ballet Based on A Midsummer Night’s Dream Second Soloist Elizabeth Lamont
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Swan Lake. Photo courtesy of RWB Alumni Archives
And as for the classic RWB experience, a fleet of ballets old, new and renewed make the 2014-2015 season one of homage, provocation and sheer entertainment. Opening the 75th? A timely work: A Story of Truth and Reconciliation. With storytelling by 2008 Giller prize winning author Joseph Boyden, choreography by Mark Godden and music by the likes of the extraordinary Tanja Tagaq, this new full length ballet bridges art, culture and justice to contribute an important voice to the evolving conversation around our country’s dark history with First Nations Peoples (Oct 1-5). Next, a favourite returns! Nutcracker wows adults and kids alike with a wondrous world of mouse kings, sugar plum fairies and pond hockey! An acclaimed production to complete the holiday (Dec 20-28). Then, Canada’s Ballet Jörgen presents innovation on a classic: Cinderella takes human and magical looks at a fairy tale predicament (Feb 7). Speaking of classics! As promised, Tchaikovsky’s stunning Swan Lake returns to astound with towering emotional power, intricate choreography, and endlessly fascinating story of a princess turned swan (Mar 4-8). The Faerie Queen transforms Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream into a dance extravaganza of love, magic, and (gasp!) deception (Apr 29-May 3). Encore! Petipa makes a second appearance when the RWB School Professional Division Students present La Bayadère, a journey into the legends of India. Love, murder and gods converge grandly (May 21-23). Bringing the season to a close? The new kid on the block: Q Dance -- well known for stellar aesthetics and innovation (Jun 10-12). But it’s not over yet! A not-to-be-missed meet and mingle follows; The 75th Anniversary Gala on April 15th, 2015 pays tribute to the company’s rich history with performances, delectables, a silent auction and jaw-dropping prize draw. New to the ballet? Head out to Assiniboine Park this summer for Ballet in the Park; free outdoor shows at The Lyric introduce audiences young and old to the RWB and its undeniable talents (July 23-25). “Watching dancers moving to music is extraordinary,” André affirms, wisely advising us to “live vicariously through them.” Join André and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet as they dance a season that’s been 75 years still in the making. For more information, check out www.rwb.org. (Want to audition for the RWB School’s Professional Division? Look out for the annual International Audition Tour held in Winnipeg, across Canada and in the United States. Can’t appear in-person? Auditions by DVD are accepted, too!)
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Stepping Out with Style
Winnipeg Folk Fest, Bur Oak stage. Photo: Heather Clark
SUMMER FESTIVALS Winnipeg Folk Festival - Escape to Birds Hill Park for a magical folk music experience! This year sees legends and icons take to the stage. Bonnie Raitt, Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite and Joan Baez headline, while international stars like Mexican Institute Of Sound (Mexico) and Ross Ainslie & Jarlath Henderson (United Kingdom) mix it up. And some long-time favourites are back for an encore, like Ani DiFranco and Buffy Sainte-Marie. Canadian breakout acts are also featured, including Chic Gamine, The Sheepdogs and Scarlett Jane (Jul 9-13). Soca-Reggae Festival - Old Market Square transforms into a hot spot for the colourful tastes and sounds of the Caribbean when local and international Soca & Reggae entertainers take to the Cube in Old Market Square! Fun for the whole family (Jul 11-13). Winnipeg Fringe Festival - See a wild variety of theatre, dance, and performance at one of North America’s largest gatherings for fringe entertainment. Independent companies from all over the world will present a plethora of performance genres for adventurous audiences young and old. Performances take place at various locations in and around the historic Exchange District (July 16-27). Folklorama - Hungry for tradition and diversity? Over 20 cultural-themed pavilions open their doors to thousands of visitors over two weeks and showcase a wealth of world-scoped performance, storytelling and cuisine (Aug 3-16). Manitoba Electronic Music Exhibition (MEME) 2014 - This 5th annual offering of local and international electronic musicians has Winnipeg on the music map! In addition to free techno concerts at The Cube in Old Market Square, MEME features highly anticipated and world-class “After Cube” events, as well as workshops for full-day learning experiences (Aug 14-17). Events at various venues. Winnipeg BBQ & Blues Festival - The best in local, national and international blues performers are served up with a BBQ competition! Get to a picnic table pronto! Other events include a Gospel Brunch, an artisan’s village, food vendors, beverage gardens, and cooking demos (Aug 16&17). Event at Shaw Park. ManyFest - North Broadway closes for a downtown street party! Many events over this fun weekend romp, including music, dance, wine, film, food and kids’ activities (Sept 5-7).
MUSIC Live on the Rooftop - The Winnipeg Art Gallery’s long-running concert series, formerly known as “Jazz on the Rooftop,” continues on the stunning rooftop garden with an array of musical talents (Jul 3, 31 & Aug 14, 28).
and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet have to offer (Jul 23-25).
GALLERIES & MUSEUMS
Winnipeg Art Gallery - Highlights of Inuit Sculpture features outstanding sculptures by Inuit artists in WAG’s permanent collection (to Dec 2015). In Between Something and Nothing the unique photography of ‘readymade’ spaces by award-winning artist Lynne Cohen is traced over the past 40 years (to Jun 29). Also, Professional Native Indian Artists go “Inc.” when they do some “Group of Seven” style cultural/political ground-breaking for new ways to think about First Nations. The 85 works on display focus on a period in the 1970s when the 7 were active as a group (to Sept 1). A number of exhibitions also continue: The Academic Tradition in Europe & Canada, 1700-1900 surveys the art and artists who supplanted the Medieval and Renaissance guild systems of overseeing and regulating art instruction (to Jan 2016); Modernist Traditions: 1900-1950, shows artists abstracting from reality and pushing away from pictorial illusion (to Dec 2015); and European Renaissance and Baroque Art: 1500-1700, exhibits northern Renaissance painting and art originating from leading European centers (to Jan 2016).
Ballet in the Park - Take in outstanding form and musicality when this summer tradition gets staged at The Lyric Theatre in Assiniboine Park. Plunk down on the grass and enjoy this great free introduction to what treasures dance
Cre8ery Gallery and Studio - In Grass Matters, photographer Douglas Fast is drawn to the science of the majestic prairies (Jun 28-Jul 8). Then, in Between Earth & Sky, Charles Putnins captures the beauty, power, and spiritual
Aboriginal Music Week 2013 - Native, Métis, Inuit, and Indigenous artists intrigue and enlighten with hip hop, electronic, traditional, world, folk, rock, country, tropical bass and blues (Aug 20-24). Performances at various outdoor and nightclub stages throughout the city. Downtown Concert Series - Get a sample of what’s happening at some of our largest music events with these free outdoor shows every Wednesday at noon in Air Canada Park and Millennium Library Park from June through August. Manitoba Music Live at The Cube - The Exchange District BIZ & Manitoba Music present a noon-hour concert series at the Cube Stage throughout August. Take in live performances by musicians from all over Manitoba.
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qualities of Nature through a series of landscape images from the Canadian Rockies (Jul 10-22). A group exhibition follows; in Up 7 to the Right 2 sees a Red River College Digital Multimedia Technology class creating work in different styles and different mediums (Jul 25-Aug 5). Next, Kaleidoscope lets Glenn Penner and Dan Gregg showcase paintings of realism, abstraction and impression (Aug 7-19). Art in the Park - Test the limits of imagination amid the beautiful surroundings of Assiniboine Park! The Pavilion Gallery Museum, Leo Mol Sculpture Garden, and Conservatory Foyer Gallery brim with works by renowned Manitoba artists. There’s also a permanent collection of Winnie the Pooh art, artifacts, and memorabilia! The John P. Crabb Gallery in the Pavilion Gallery Museum sees Walter J. Phillips’ encounters with the west coast represented in Totems - Life in British Columbia (to Jan 2015). And in Through the Eye of the Figure, the Ivan Eyre Gallery presents the artist’s “figurescapes” -- silhouettes revealing landscapes beyond (to Oct 2014). Wayne Arthur Gallery - In Bob and Clay Hainstock’s Related Landscapes: Twins Find Different Paths in Landscape, twin brothers living thousands of miles apart exhibit radically different approaches to the form (to Jul 2). For animal lovers: Garth Palanuk’s For The Love Of Animals reveals a collection of animals in their natural surroundings painted in watercolour (Jul 5-30). Next, the natural beauty of Canada and the rich culture of India are captured photographically in Travels with Quidam (Aug 1-27). And, in Return of the G.A.W.M.Y.S. -- Journeys
of Diversity, seven kindred spirits continue decades of keeping in touch by exhibiting playful works in many media (opens Aug 29). The Manitoba Museum - Partnering with the Treaty Commission of Manitoba, We Are All Treaty People exhibits colonial-rooted materials from the Museum’s collections that have not been previously on display (opens Jun 25). And in commemoration of World War I, Victoria Cross medals given to the courageous men of our city’s famed Valour Road will also be on display (opens Aug 6). Oak Hammock Marsh - This hot spot for birds and critters offers restored prairie marsh, aspen-oak bluff, artesian springs, patches of tallgrass prairie, and trails galore. Workshops, fun activities and nature surveys are all the rage this summer. But be sure to mark some important festivals on your calendar: The (first!) Water Festival encourages learning the many facets of water with fun games and other activities (Jul 19 & 20); The Dragonfly Festival lets the whole family discover the fascinating world of dragonflies that inhabit marshes and other wetlands (Aug 16 & 17); and Labour Day Weekend lets you visit the marsh as preparations are underway for the arrival of thousands of geese and ducks (Aug 30-Sept 1). Martha Street Studio - This communitybased printmaking facility in an Exchange District heritage structure boasts production space, studio, sales area and gallery. In All In the relationship between print and community is examined and includes a collaborative poster installation, print work and zine publication (Jun
27-Aug 8). Next, INKubator features student work created through programming (Aug 20-29). And presenting a selection of print works Sheila Butler has done throughout her career, on a continuous roll (part I) is the first of a two-part retrospective (Sep 5-Oct 17). Artist Talk will take place at aceartinc (Sep 6).
THEATRE Celebrations Dinner Theatre - Dine with drama and drollery! Pirates of the North Saskatchewan III mashes up pirate lore with ‘70s classic rock for some prime swashbuckling (to Aug 9). And the greatest detective in the world retires! In Sherlock Holmes, attend the farewell party thrown by Dr. Watson and rendered mysterious by a shocking crime. No one is free of suspicion in this romp set to the best “killer” tunes of all time (opens Aug 16). Shows at Canad Inns Destination Centre Fort Garry. Shakespeare in the Ruins - A new installment for the Trappist Monastery Provincial Heritage Park on the Bard’s 450th birthday! The promenading band of thespians presents Comedy of Errors - get ready for some madcap adventure! (to Jun 28) Rainbow Stage - Celebrating its 60th Anniversary, a line-up of killer musicals come your way. Mel Brooks’ multi Tony Award-winning The Producers follows a failing Broadway producer set out to make millions by producing the worst show ever written (Jul 4-19). The season then closes with Hans Christian Andersen’s beloved fairytale with Disney’s The Little
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Mermaid. This Winnipeg premiere comes with classic songs from the famous animated film (Aug 13–29).
OUT OF TOWN ADVENTURES
Manitoba Passion Play - The 15th installment of this scenic and inspiring experience! Oak Valley Productions presents the iconic drama of the Passion Play at its outdoor theatre near La Rivière (Jul 11-13).
Dauphin’s Countryfest - Canada’s longest running Country Music Festival celebrates its 25th anniversary! Mainstage performances include the likes of Blake Shelton, The Band Perry, Rascal Flatts, and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band! Favourites like Michelle Wright and Lisa Borkop are also sure to impress. Antics too! Thank the Trailer Park Boys and Calgary’s Cow Puncher (Jun 26-29).
SPECIAL EVENTS Michael Bublé - He’s back! And To Be Loved! Bublé shows off new original songs and hits by the Bee Gees, Dean Martin, the Jackson 5 and even Elvis! (June 26). Concert at MTS Centre. Canada Day - Celebrate with the whole family all over Winnipeg! Hot spots include Osborne Village, old Saint-Boniface, Esplanade Riel, Manitoba’s Legislative Building, and The Forks National Historic Site. Also, expect a great big patriotic picnic in Assiniboine Park on the Lyric lawn (Jul 1). Don’t miss the fireworks! Ai-Kon 2014 - This convention of all things Japanese animation, video game and live gaming features masquerading, tournaments, vendors, artists, panels and demonstrations (Jul 11-13). Event at the Winnipeg Convention Centre. Beyonce & Jay-Z - Two music megastars in one shot when the On The Run Tour hits Investors Group Field (Jul 27). Bruno Mars - Grab a little more o’ that Bruno-moonshine! Mr. Mars extends his Moonshine Jungle World Tour to Winnipeg with Grammy-winning #1 smashes (Aug 2). Concert at MTS Centre. Rod Stewart & Santana - Two of the world’s most influential hit makers join forces at the MTS Centre! Get ready for some trailblazing of rock, soul, world rhythms, funk, jazz and blues (Aug 8). Arcade Fire - This extraordinary Canadian music export hits the MTS Centre in support of their celebrated and top-selling REFLEKTOR album (Aug 14). Wicked - Before Dorothy dropped in, two other girls meet in Oz: one ambitious blonde and the other green and misunderstood. Find out how they become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good (Aug 20-30). Performances at the Centennial Concert Hall. Katy Perry - The teenage confection continues! This international superstar brings her colourful Prismatic World Tour to the MTS Centre with hits like “Roar” and a one-of-a-kind set (Aug 26) Linkin Park & 30 Seconds to Mars Multi-platinum bands unite for The Carnivores Tour! Whet your big appetite for rock and alternative radio hits (Aug 27). Concert at MTS Centre.
Oak Point Music Festival - Some of Manitoba’s finest musicians converge by Lake Manitoba. The festival also has a slo-pitch tournament and a mud bogging competition (Jun 27-29). Manitoba Stampede and Exhibition 2014 - The Canadian Pro-rodeo Circuit charges into Morris! Top rodeo names thrill audiences in bull riding, bronco busting, tie down roping, bareback riding and steer wrestling. Watch out for chariots, chuck wagons and uproarious rodeo clowns! Chill out with the Agricultural Fair’s dairy shows, horse shows, kid’s pig scramble, and Youth Stars of Manitoba Talent Competition. Balloon art, outdoor stage entertainment and a petting zoo provide the family fun (Jul 17-20). Manitoba Threshermen’s Reunion and Stampede - The 60th installment of this family-friendly event in Austin has something for everyone. To commemorate the 100th anniversary of WWI and the 75th anniversary of WWII, Manitoba’s military heritage will be highlighted alongside the museum’s fleet of exhibit buildings. Also, the grandstand features vintage farm equipment, contests, threshing, rodeo and an open-air dance floor (Jul 24-27). Neepawa & Area Lily Festival - Head to the World Lily Capital for three days of flowers, food and family. Highlights include live entertainment, quilt show, fiddle contest, parade, Miss Lily Queen Contest, street vendors, bus and horse tours, cabarets, auto show, collectible sales, family “Old Tyme” dance, and even 5K and 10K walks and runs! (Jul 25-27).
Islendingadagurinn - The Icelandic Festival of Manitoba celebrates 125 years in 2014, making it the longest running ethnic festival in Canada. Trek out to Gimli for everything Icelandic: culture & heritage pavilion, midway rides, sports, children’s entertainment, alternative folk music, crafts, art show, parade, fireworks and even Viking warfare demonstrations (Aug 1-4). Great Woods Music Festival - This annual indoor-outdoor Blues/Rock/Roots music festival unfolds in a beautiful 120-acre park and campground on the banks of the Brokenhead River. This “little festival that could” is garnering a growing reputation for presenting high quality music. Performers include Pigeon Park Band, Randall Bramblett, and Peter Karp & Sue Foley (Aug 7-9). Dirty Donkey Mud Run - In support of the United Way, this “anything goes” Mud Run Obstacle Course racing event is the wildest party you’ll find this summer. And it ain’t just a down and dirty run in the park! It’s about music, food, and crazy costumes (Aug 16). Event at Spring Hill Winter Sports Park. Morden Corn & Apple Festival - Thanks to the region’s long growing season, Modern’s been the official “Corn and Apple Belt” since 1925. You are invited to indulge in the bounty with this free festival’s days of good food, wholesome entertainment, unique shopping and relaxing atmosphere. Canadian Country Music Star George Canyon takes to the Main Stage on Friday (Aug 22-24). 13th Interlake Artists Wave Tour - Ride the wave of creativity! The Winnipeg Beach Art & Culture Co-op Inc. continues to present self-guided studio tours of over 40 artists. Meander Lake Winnipeg’s scenic western shore and discover the likes of Blue Door Studio’s eclectic glass and mixed-media creations, Gordy Driscoll’s exhilarating watercolours, and Raye Anderson’s “Woodshed Show” drawings and paintings (Aug 30 & 31). Arcade Fire - MTS Centre, August 14th.
Rockin’ the Fields of Minnedosa - Solid as a rock, they say! Big names like Three Days Grace, Danko Jones and Econoline Crush treat rock fans to killer tunes, great friends and beautiful Lake Minnesdosa. When not head-banging, take a swing on the golf course, hit the beach, visit the Farmer’s Market, or saddle up for the rodeo (Aug 1-3). Canada’s National Ukrainian Festival - Taking place on the edge of Riding Mountain National Park, this celebration of all things Ukrainian is an unforgettable experience. Amazing countryside, authentic flavours, adventurous culture, and generous hospitality ... this festival has it all. This year’s big “must-see” headliner: Ruslana (Aug 1-3). Event held in Dauphin.
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Delectable Dining Photography: John Johnston
Happy people happy making food! As simple as that: Chew. Opened summer 2013 by Toronto-bred Red Seal Chefs Kristen and Kyle Lew, Chew has quickly become a darling in Winnipeg’s foodie scene. And squeezing into their bite-sized dining room, you’ll feast your eyes on an ever-evolving contemporary menu that won’t just have your mouth smiling, but watering! Everything on the menu is focused on local Canadian and responsible products for lunch, dinner, dessert and drinks (although these folks can’t pass up truffles and octopus whens they see ‘em). We all know what that means: fresh and flavourful! But first, clear the pipes with cocktails! A hot tumbler of the boozy “Chimney Sweep” fires up steamed milk thanks to two ounces of whiskey and smokey chai sweetening. The rim smolders with peppercorns and torched meringue. Chim-chim-charoo! Mexican holiday! A tall & bubbly “Zihuatenejo” spiked with tequila, gingery Domaine de Canton liqueur, soda, vanilla, cinnamon and dried cranberries is a perfect summer sip. A diverse menu yields plates featuring everything from rabbit to ravioli to Lobster Risotto. Appetizers make us go :-0. Grilled Asparagus is a gourmet brunch of dark green spears topped with delicate poached egg, truffle vinaigrette-splashed greens and pieces of smokey Italian bacon. Seared Scallops are some kinda sexy - melt-in-your-mouth and matched with airy lemon preserve, smooth saffron-infused cauliflower and lively beet chips. In love yet? A scatter of flower petals seals the deal. Wine to the table: classic white and New World blend. Simonsig’s South African vineyard Sauvignon Blanc-Semillion holds to French tradition with crisp grassy notes. Hacienda Lopez de Haro’s Spanish Tempranillo blend is a passionate palate of dusk, tart and herb. Mains pack scrumptious texture, sensuous meat and silky flavour. A Manitoba must: Crispy Pickerel. Blackened, buttery and salty, pickerel comes with sides of crispy caramelized chickpeas, crunchy collard greens and lemony hummus. “Takes you to the shore of Lake of the Woods,” my dining partner proclaims. And we’ve never had so tender (or so exotic) a Lamb Loin, crowned with baby arugula on cumin quinoa, riddled with dried fruit and accented with cool pomegranate yogurt. For dessert, shortbread shoulders perfect “O” scoops of cool and leafy basil gelato and cakey lemon ricotta ice cream. This treat also gets a smile-inducing accent of vanilla beet coulis.
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Riverside Gem Stroll along Waterfront Drive and you’ll see Cibo, our newest café moderno. It’s hard to miss - hugging the stylish new Mere Hotel and hovering over the water! That’s because Cibo’s home is a former boathouse perched along the Assiniboine River since 1904. Extending funky east-side Exchange culture even further east, Eatz Enterprise, which also helms Moxie’s and Shark Club, has repurposed this historic building for charming urban-style drinks and dining. Working with gorgeous brickwork, soaring ceilings and magical riverside views, Cibo lives up to its Italian namesake; Cibo is “cibo” in form and function; that is to say, jazzed - especially about food. The menu offers a streamlined selection of (mainly) Italian drinks, appetizers and bigger plates for breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night snacking. Classic Cuppa Jo to start: latte. Hot ‘n’ creamy. Perfect. For appetizers, Arancini features moist risotto rolled up with herbs and cheese, then fried golden crisp. A trio of the hardball-sized delights are gobbled up. And Bruschetta, bruschetta, bruschetta! The third is the charm! From a selection of share friendly taste combinations, you select three. Our choices: soft blue cheese, pear and candied walnut, and grilled vegetable and Trappist cheese, and Buffalo mozzarella, tomato and basil. Generously topped with cheese, chunky fruit and vegetables and leafy herbs, these crisp poppers are a major highlight. For mains, the lure of comfort fare is irresistible. First: THE Burger. The “THE” status is apt: a hefty charbroil-style beef patty is sandwiched in a bun loaded with lettuce and tomato, with accents of pickled shallot and supple cheesy reggiano aioli. Everything stays down to earth, thanks to a pile of classic shoestring fries. And no Bolognese regrets. Cibo’s interpretation is supple and satisfying. Fine ground beef and pork mingle with vibrant tomato and then get twirled up in soft fettuccini. Unifying this wholesome dish is a rich veal jus. More jus? A juicy Montalto Pinot Grigio; Blossoming with notes of pear and honey, the Italian vintage pairs easy with almost everything on the menu. To finish: “Chocolate 5 Ways.” Flourless, creamed, crumbled, shaved and brittled, it’s a jazzy taste and texture rollercoaster that will leave you hungry for more. (Cibo looks to have the best patio spot in the city, too! Hint! Hint!)
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As the season heats up, there’s nothing better than dining alfresco. Here’s a sampling of this summer’s best patios.
Rudy’s Eat & Drink
In Ferno’s Bistro
375 Graham Avenue As Elizabeth Taylor says, “Pour yourself a drink, put on some lipstick, and pull yourself together.” Then saunter down to Western Canada’s largest downtown street-side patio! 1950s good life design, happy hour-spirited sips and high-end home-style sups are extra yummy on this sunny urban patio. A host of house preparations, from bread to pickles to meats, are both building blocks and main features. The likes of Mac ‘N’ Cheese and Meat Loaf and House Smoked Sausage get genius accents like Bacon Jam and Red Eye gravy. Saturday date night? Two dine for $50.
312 Des Meurons Street This St. Boniface-spirited city favourite boasts a patio that’s got it all: spacious comfy seating, elegant outdoor lighting, a fire pit and lush greenery. And their celebrated plates of wholesome and creative International French fare provide the fait accompli! Chef Fern Kirouac orchestrates contemporary fusions like Bison Springrolls, classics like Card Confit à L’Orange, and traditions like Maple Sugar Pie. For something coastal, the Mussels done Madagascar style (cognac, cream and green peppercorns) are perfect for our summer heat. Also check out In Ferno’s on Academy, where you’ll find a unique menu and stellar entertainment.
Corrientes Argentine Pizzeria
The Current Restaurant & Lounge
137 Bannatyne Avenue This happening patio basically popped out of nowhere! Thanks to a cutting-edge experiment with parking and temporary boardwalks, this fabulous pizzeria has one of the city’s most lively and comfortable spots for dining alfresco. Surrounded by magnificent Exchange District architecture, experience the best of Italy and Argentina. Salmon Ahumado pizza combines pesto, red onion, smoked salmon, goat cheese and sunflower seeds, while Epanadas are stuffed with the likes of cream corn, mozzarella, bechamel sauce and caramelized onion. Cuban Melts are classically stacked with pork, provolone and pickles. Meet and eat here!
75 Forks Market Road Amazing riverside views have long been a feature of this Inn at the Forks signature restaurant patio. Adjacent to the Human Rights Museum, no spot out in the sun could be hotter than this one for summer 2014! The infectious energy extends into the menu of from-scratch and oft local-sourced ingredients. Small plates like Crispy Pickerel Cheeks with caper remoulade appetize. To follow? Everything from Lamb 2 Ways to a Portobello Wellington to refined cuts of Prairie Beef. A la carte Sunday brunch features bison sausage, vita eggs, latkes and bannock with blueberry preserve. Live jazz on the weekend!
The Forks Market Promenade Cafe and Wine
130 C Provencher Boulevard Incredible riverside views of The Forks, The Human Rights Museum and the greater Downtown is this patio’s claim to fame. And luckily, they’ve got the go-to French comfort food to make outdoor breakfast, lunch and dinner a real “St. Boniface” treat. Lots of local and oft organic ingredients feature in both Promenade’s seasonal a la carte menu and their signature four-course prix fixe. For regional flavour, the salmon is smoked Fort Gibraltar-style; and Manitoba Chicken scaloppini gets local with Peak of the Market parsnip, as well as Bothwell Truffle and red wine cheese. Live music Saturdays!
Mona Lisa Ristorante Italiano
1697 Corydon Avenue Among the first of Corydon Avenue’s great outdoor patios, Mona Lisa’s recently restyled street-side patio is among the largest in the city. Italian must-tries include the Mezzo Mezzo (a zesty Italian spin on sushi), creative home-style pizza like the Italiano Hawaiiano’s fresh pineapple, rosemary prosciutto, coconut and roasted almonds. Want to design your own dining event? Mona Lisa also opens up its new and private dining rooms or neighbouring La Cantina for all sorts of family and friend celebrations. They’ll even bring the party to your place! Live music Tuesday nights.
Resto Gare Bistro and Train Bar
630 Rue Des Meurons Hugging a 100-year-old train car and station in St. Boniface, this expansive ambient patio is in a class all by itself. Thanks to owner Linda Love’s modern take on French bistro dining, summer never tasted so good! The seasonal menu adds some new plates, like fresh lobster and shrimp summer melon salad, alongside trusted classics and reinterpretations. And Manitoba ingredients are used whenever possible. Sound good? It gets better: Thursdays feature live jazz by the likes of The Tim Cummings Trio, Brian Chipney, Helen White and others. Sommelier-selected wines wash it all down. 24 | STYLE MANITOBA | SUMMER 2014
@ The Forks 2014 is all about The Forks! No wonder! There is no better place to dig in than at this historic river junction. While summer really sees The Forks come alive with a dizzying array of events and shopping, be sure to nab a spot at one of the site’s various expansive and picturesque patios. Big contenders for patio pleasing include Old Spaghetti Factory for everything Italian flavour, The Beachcomber & BaJa Beach Club for southern island flair, and Muddy Waters Smokehouse for hearty meats. Also, sporty pub-style Finn McCue has a balcony patio with an impressive outlook. Or go simple: Grab a treat from one of the smaller market vendors like Tall Grass Prairie Bakery before heading riverside to picnic in community and natural beauty.
Santa Lucia Pizza
4 St. Mary’s Road At the foot of the Norwood Bridge and its triumphant River Arch symbolizing modern Winnipeg by international artist/designer Catherine Widgery, Santa Lucia Pizza is indeed in good company. First opened in 1971 as a little take-out pizzeria in Thompson, this “little pizzeria that could” has since gone on to become an icon for Manitoba’s taste. And that’s all thanks to their indulgent home-style approach to Italian and Greek favourites. The rooftop patio at the St. Mary’s location is the perfect place to enjoy it, offering gorgeously green and blue views of St. Boniface, downtown and the Forks.
Pine Ridge Hollow
67086 Heatherdale Road Located in Springfield near Bird’s Hill Provincial Park, this turn-of-the-century style Carriage House is a dream! Acres and acres of peaceful gardens embrace you as you tour the grounds, shop fine furniture and clothes, and experience a menu celebrating seasonal and wholesome prairie flavour. For breakfast, Lemon Ricotta Pancakes are served with house-made lemon curd. For lunch, wild mushroom perogies wow with ample mushroom filling; and for dinner, a garlicky 8-oz field raised Manitoba strip loin comes with parsnip puree. Enjoy it all on their peaceful patio outfitted with solid wood tables and chairs.
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3 large egg whites ¼ tsp (1 mL) cream of tartar ¾ cup (175 mL) sugar ¼ cup (50 mL) toasted ground hazelnuts 1 lb (500 g) strawberries, sliced (reserving 8 berries for garnish) 2 – 3 tbsp (30 – 45 mL) sugar 1 quart (1 litre) strawberry ice cream 1. Heat oven to 275ºF (135ºC). Line baking sheet with parchment paper. 2. In large mixing bowl, beat egg whites and cream of tartar on high speed until foamy. Beat in sugar, 1 tbsp (15 mL) at a time. Continue to beat until egg whites are stiff and glossy. Do not under-beat. Fold in ground nuts. 3. Drop meringues by 1/3 cupfuls (75 mL) onto parchment paper. Shape into eight circles, building up the sides using the back of a spoon. 4. Bake for 1 ½ hours. Turn off oven and leave meringues in oven, with door closed, for 1 hour. Finish cooling at room temperature. 5. Combine sliced strawberries and sugar in medium bowl and let sit for 20 minutes. To serve, spoon some sliced strawberries into each meringue. Add a scoop of ice cream to each meringue and garnish with a whole strawberry.
Leek Flamische Dough 1 cup (250 mL) all-purpose flour ¼ tsp (1mL) salt 1 ⁄3 cup (75 mL) shortening 2 – 3 tbsp (30-45 mL) cold water Filling 3 eggs 1 cup 2% milk 2 tbsp (30 mL) all-purpose flour Pinch nutmeg Salt and pepper to taste 1 tbsp (15 mL) butter 3 medium size leeks, white and tender green parts only, finely sliced 1 cup (250 mL) grated old, white Cheddar cheese 1. Place flour and salt into the bowl of food processor. Add shortening and pulse until mixture forms pea size pieces. Add cold water and pulse again until mixture combines to form soft dough. Add more water if necessary. Roll into ball, wrap in plastic wrap and chill in refrigerator.
2. In large bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, flour and seasonings. Set aside. 3. In large non-stick frying pan, heat butter over low heat. Add sliced leeks and cook until softened, without browning them. Cool. 4. Roll out dough to 1/8 inch (4 mm) thickness. Line a 9 inch (23 cm) pie plate with the dough. Prick all over. Pre-cook crust for 5 minutes at 425ºF (218ºC). Remove pie shell from oven and reduce oven temperature to 350ºF (180 ºC).
crust is done and flamische puffs up and turns golden brown. Let stand 5 minutes before serving. Makes 6 servings Tip: Store bought pastry shell can be substituted for dough recipe. For nutrient analysis visit eggs.mb.ca.
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Keep the shower doors clean It can be really tricky to keep shower doors clean, and if not attentive, you can easily clean them leaving spots. It’s best to clean using a glass cleaner, and when finished, dry the doors with a damp cloth. Using a glass cleaner increases water repellency; therefore the water and soap will run off the glass. Auto glass cleaners work best since they’re formulated to withstand and repel rain.
Use microfiber cloths Replace cotton cloths and paper towels with microfiber cloths, which are made of ultrafine synthetic fibers that rub together during the cleaning process, creating a static charge that attracts dirt and dust. They can also be used for computer monitors, drying dishes, on your Swiffer or even washing windows.
Eliminate pet hair Put away the vacuum and get out man’s best friend: duct tape. The sticky side is a great way to pick up stuck-on pet hair and can be used in hard to reach areas like car seats and couch corners. These amazing tips will save you time and money, leaving you with a cleaner house. Send your cleaning questions to cindy@ taketime.ca or firstname.lastname@example.org to have them answered in our next Ask an Expert column.
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Thoughts I don’t usually write to magazines, but made an exception this time if only to say how beautiful that timber frame home was that you featured in the Spring 2014 issue of Style Manitoba. Outstanding craftsmanship on the part of Pine Creek Homes, as well as all the suppliers who worked alongside them on the construction of this home. Its rusticity really resonated with me from a style perspective, and clearly it has all the modern bells and whistles where function is concerned. Great home, and nicely located, too!
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Turkey Drumsticks with Lime-Ginger BBQ Sauce
Prep Time 15 min
Directions PREPARE AHEAD 1. Simmer vinegar, water, cloves, black pepper, chilies, and ginger in a saucepan until reduced by half. Strain reserving the liquid only. 2. Sauté onion & garlic in 1 tbsp olive oil until golden brown then add tomatoes and cook for 2 additional minutes. 3. Add reserved cider vinegar liquid, brown sugar, molasses, salt and lime juice and simmer for 10 minutes. 4. Puree in a blender; if sauce is too thick add water.
BBQ Time 1 hr
Ingredients 3 lbs | 1.5 kg ...............Granny’s turkey drumsticks (2 packages) 1/ cup | 125 ml ............cider vinegar 2 1/ cup | 125 ml ............water 2 1/ tsp | 1.25 ml ............ground cloves 4 1/ tsp | 2.5 ml .............freshly ground black pepper 2 1/ tsp | 2.5 ml .............dried red chili flakes 2 (or more if more heat is desired) 1/ cup | 60 ml .............fresh ginger, chopped 4 1 cup | 250 ml .............onion, diced 1 tbsp | 15 ml ..............garlic, chopped 2 tbsp | 30 ml .............olive oil 1 - 796 ml can ............whole tomatoes, seeds and juice discarded 1/ cup | 125 ml ............dark brown sugar 2 1 tbsp | 15 ml ..............fancy molasses 1 tsp | 5 ml .................sea salt 3 tbsp | 45 ml .............lime juice
5. Preheat BBQ to medium-high. 6. Season drumsticks with remaining oil, salt and pepper to taste and roast over indirect heat on the barbecue until fully cooked, 45-60 minutes. Cook to a minimum internal temperature of 170°F (77°C). 7. Coat drumsticks in sauce turning and adding more sauce. Continue cooking for 10 minutes.
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Honey-Mustard and Tarragon Glazed Turkey Breast
Prep Time 5 min
BBQ Time 1.5 hrs
Ingredients 1 ................................Granny’s Seasoned, Boneless Turkey Breast 1 tbsp | 15 ml ..............fresh tarragon 1 tbsp | 15 ml ..............Dijon mustard 1 tsp | 5 ml .................olive oil 1 tbsp | 15 ml ..............honey 1/ tsp | 1.25 ml ............fresh black pepper 4
“Turkey itself is packed full of flavour and nutrition. The addition of a simple and delicious sauce will be sure to impress!” –CHEF JASON WORTZMAN
Directions PREPARE AHEAD 1. Pick leaves from tarragon and discard stems. 2. Chop tarragon leaves and mix with Dijon mustard, oil, honey and pepper to form a paste.
Recipes courtesy of Chef Jason Wortzman
3. Preheat BBQ to medium-high. Place turkey roast directly on grill (skin-side up) over indirect or low heat with the lid down. 4. If the roast is frozen, cook for approximately 90 minutes. If thawed, cook for approximately 45 minutes. Cook to a minimum internal temperature of 170°F (77°C). 5. Brush generously with Honey-Mustard and Tarragon glaze, turn and brush on bottom as well. Cook for an additional 2.5 minutes on each side. 6. Remove from grill, cover loosely with foil and let stand for 10-15 minutes before slicing.
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Miriam Toews proves she’s one of Canada’s most powerful storytellers with her latest novel. Elfrieda escaped her repressive small town life and now seems to have it all, including a glamourous career and a devoted husband, but she still has her demons. She wants to die, and asks her sister Yolandi to help her. No one balances on the knife-edge of tragedy and comedy like Toews, and she’s at her best here as she explores the limits of love in this heartbreaking, but still terribly funny, novel.
(Douglas & McIntyre) by Peter Norman Lance Blunt can’t read, but for some mysterious reason, he’s offered a job by a dictionary publisher. That’s the start to this wildly imaginative debut novel by Peter Norman. But on his first day on the job, our hero discovers that Emberton Dictionary is a strange workplace indeed, as co-workers disappear, marketers don’t sell anything, and a beautiful young etymologist whispers about dark goings on. Soon, Lance and the reader become enmeshed in an outlandish, delightfully disturbing gothic horror story.
Independence (Harper Collins) by Cecil Foster
In this, his first novel in 12 years, Cecil Foster returns to his birthplace, Barbados, soon after it gains independence from Britain. Young Christopher Lucas’ mother went to Canada to find work but no one has heard from her for a long time, and his father isn’t around either. His best friend Stephanie King is in the same situation, so both are raised by their grandmothers. It’s a touching, witty story, full of the voices of Caribbean English and two wonderful characters in Mrs. Lucas and Mrs. King.
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A powwow is a gathering of North American First Nations people featuring dancing, music, and eating. This charming counting book takes the powwow as a starting point to introduce Cree numbers from one to ten. It’s always a good idea to learn another language, especially one so close to home. Penny Thomas will get your child and you counting peyak, niso, nisto in no time. Featuring colourful illustrations by award-winning artist Melinda Josie.
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King Crimson Red (Inner Knot) The 24-disc live/studio overview, The Road to Red, daunts fans with mortgages and busy weekends, but the remixed, two-disc CD/DVD edition of King Crimson’s 1974 album is a stunning reminder of the band’s drama and fearless improvisation. Singer John Wetton’s bass and Bill Bruford’s drums all but grab your throat in the live, free-form “Providence,” yet deeper thought is honoured in the long, closing “Starless,” haunting and romantic until the corkscrewing tension of the middle section, where Bruford adds startling detail to leader Robert Fripp’s brooding guitar pattern.
Opposites Biffy Clyro (14th Floor/Warner Bros.) The recent reacquaintance with modern rock via the car radio is a dispiriting business of dumb hooks and novelty, leaving no country for grumpy old men. Scottish trio Biffy Clyro doesn’t claim the solution, but their first U.K. Number One for this, their sixth album, is promising. Coldplay minus piano is the quickest reference; like them, the band crafts stadium-sized guitar choruses without self-importance, and guitarist Simon Neil’s vocals are too downcast for heroics. Within that mix they craft good songs, musing but not ponderous, and there are odd but right touches of unusual colour – mariachi brass and urgent strings on “Spanish Radio,” bagpipes on “Stingin’ Belle.” Summer 2014 | STYLE MANITOBA | 37
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Pet care with the personal touch For many pet owners, going to the veterinarian is right up there with a trip to the dentist. Dr. Patricia Danko from Arrowwood Animal Hospital plans to change that mindset. Her new state-of-the-art facility, located at Arrowwood Plaza, Unit 1- 925 Headmaster Row, opened its doors on April 30th. From the outset, Dr. Danko has set her sights on making a visit to the vet a positive experience for both the pet and their family. ”I wanted to open a hospital in my community to develop lasting relationships with my clients and their pets,” Danko states. “I would like to get to know each pet from when I meet them as puppies or kittens through to their senior years. It is much easier to provide that kind of personal care in a smaller facility.” Danko encourages clients to stop in with their pets anytime, just for a visit and some treats. That way their pet can become familiar with the hospital. “Cats especially often find a vet visit very stressful. We have a separate cat exam room equipped with a calming diffuser, catnip toys and treats to help cats feel more at home,” she explains.
Long appointment times allow the animals to feel more comfortable during their exam. An examination is required before any kind of treatment is scheduled – from spaying and neutering to dental procedures and administering vaccines. Vaccinations are tailored to the pet’s lifestyle. “Will the dog or cat be going to a kennel or be outdoors at the lake? These circumstances determine which vaccines will be appropriate,” Danko says. Arrowwood offers a full range of veterinary services including blood tests and x-rays, surgical and dental procedures. Specialists are consulted as needed to ensure that pets
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receive the best possible care. Referrals are also offered for alternative therapies such as acupuncture or chiropractic. The pet health care team at Arrowwood includes Kaylee Trach, RAHT (Registered Animal Health Technologist), and Colleen Ormiston, B.Sc. (Agr) Veterinary Assistant. A graduate of Red River College’s Animal Health Technology program, Kaylee assists with examinations, treatments and surgeries. She is also qualified to administer anaesthesia prior to surgery. “I’ve always had a passion for animals, so this is a lifelong dream for me,” Kaylee says. Colleen has training and experience as veterinary assistant, and while her primary role is to manage the office, she also helps out with patient care. “I’m the first person to greet clients and their pets when they arrive, so it’s my job to make them feel comfortable,” Colleen adds. To learn more about Arrowwood and the services it provides, go to their website at www.arrowwoodanimalhospital.com or call (204) 334-9306.
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Luv You don’t turn 125 years old every day, so when you do you have to throw a big party. North Dakota, which became a state in 1889, is celebrating the major milestone with events honouring its heritage and telling the story of North Dakota. Two statewide signature events will be held on the North Dakota Capitol Grounds, one on August 16, and the official “birthday” on November 2. The August event will showcase the best of North Dakota with homegrown
entertainment, food, crafts and games. The commemoration of the state’s official birthday on November 2 will coincide with the grand opening of the expanded State Museum at the North Dakota Heritage Center. Beyond big celebrations, there are hundreds of reasons to visit North Dakota. North Dakota Department of Commerce has launched a new website that lists 125 of them (www.luvnd. com). Here are a few summer highlights: Have Some Good Eats Make a stop or two on North Dakota’s Beer and Wine Trail: The state boasts 24 wine producers
and eight breweries. Each trail location has its own personality and flavour. Many wineries and breweries incorporate North Dakota agricultural products like wheat, honey and fruit, along with other unique local ingredients (dandelion wine, anyone?) into their beverages. Visit noteworthy restaurants: A&B Pizza in Bismarck has one of the 50 best pizzas in the U.S. according to Food Network Magazine. Have a grinder at the Grand Forks’ Red Pepper, which was named one of Esquire’s best places for late-night food. Dine at 10 North Main in Minot, a restaurant owned by actor and Minot native Josh Duhamel. Have a taste of summer: Sample Juneberry ice cream at Pride Dairy in Bottineau or Fort Stevenson Marina. Try a slice of Juneberry pie at Lund’s Landing near Williston. Fall in love with Chippers (chocolate covered potato chips) from Widman’s in Fargo. Or roast a marshmallow while camping at Lake Metigoshe State Park near Bottineau. Learn a Little Wander the museum: The State Museum at the North Dakota Heritage Center, the state’s largest museum located on the capitol grounds in Bismarck, is undergoing a $52 million, 97,000-square-foot expansion. When completed in time for the November 2 celebration, it will include new exhibits like the Geological Time Gallery, showcasing the great Ice Age, saber-toothed tigers and dinosaurs, a First Peoples Gallery telling the 13,000-year story of developing culture, and children’s
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galleries and learning labs with high-tech interactive exhibits. Visit the landmarks: Take a picture with the World’s Largest Buffalo in Jamestown. Drive down the Enchanted Highway and stay in the Enchanted Castle in Regent. Visit Amidon, North Dakota’s smallest county seat, or see Theodore Roosevelt’s cabin site at Elkhorn Ranch in the Badlands. Travel a historical: Have a Corps of Discovery experience in Washburn at the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center and Fort Mandan. Return to the Cold War era at the Ronald Reagan Minuteman Missile State Historic Site. Go back in time at the Dickens Village Festival in Garrison. See how George and Libby Custer lived in the Custer House at Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park near Mandan.
Get Outside Hike, bike, trek: The Maah Daah Hey Trail, one of the premier single-track trails in the northern Great Plains, has been extended 45 miles from Sully Creek State Park to Burning Coal Vein Campground south of Medora. It makes the entire trail 140 miles long. Climb to North Dakota’s highest point – White Butte (elevation 3,506 feet) near Amidon – or hike the hill to the Fort Ransom Viking. Cast a line: Catch “Wally,” the state’s largest walleye in Garrison and shove off in one of North Dakota’s many fishing derbies. Make sure to return for some ice fishing in the colder months.
Just For Fun Festivals: Experience North America’s largest Scandinavian festival at the Norsk Hostfest in Minot. Attend the North Dakota State Fair in Minot. Fly a kite at one of North Dakota’s kite festivals or get a dose of cowboy culture at Mandan’s 135th Rodeo Days over the Fourth of July. Arts: Paint an egg at the Ukrainian Festival in Dickinson. Visit 62 Doors Gallery and Studios in Minot. View the Rosenquist Mural at the Plains Art Museum in Fargo.
Or you can just stand at the Geographical Center of North America in Rugby, tube the lazy river at Raging Rivers Water Park in Mandan or feed your inner motorhead at Buggies-n-Blues in Mandan and the Devils Run Car Show in Devils Lake. To view or download the complete list of 125 Ways to Luv ND, visit www.luvnd.com or visit www.ndtourism.com for more North Dakota destination ideas.
Get on the greens: Golf a round at Hawktree Golf Club in Bismarck, Bully Pulpit Golf Course at Medora or the Links of North Dakota near Ray. Or try Gateway Cities Golf Club in Portal, the northernmost golf course in the contiguous U.S., with holes in this country and Canada. Nature up close: See more than 370 species of birds on North Dakota’s prairie. Visit the albino buffalo in Jamestown; see one of the largest white pelican colonies in North America at Chase Lake.
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Effortless Romance If you are looking for wedding and party hair inspiration - look no further! The trend for ethereal, dreamy up-dos is IN – this summer’s biggest trend is laid-back, fuss-free mermaid waves. The more randomly placed and tousled, the better! Rough beach waves or soft and sleepy, the key is making this look undone, but well done!
Nothing adds an extra summer twist to your hairstyle like a pretty hair accessory. Just by adding some soft and simple florals in Jaelan’s hair, it changed the look completely. Other hot accessories trending from the runways are leather wraps around ponies, clips for that extreme side parting, bejewelled and floral head bands/head pieces and a Bob and Page favourite: bold bows!
Celebrate with glamorous, tidy, sleek and sexy hair styling. This sultry look can take you from indoors to out. Whether you are on your way to a party, wedding, graduation, out on the town or even to the beach; your inner diva is coming all out!
For everything from blow-outs and on-trend runway style braids, ponies and up-dos, visit Bob and Page to experience the new Blowdry Bar and choose from their signature looks for one flat fee! Online booking is available at Bobandpage.com
Angie’s hair colour has a soft ombre effect by using a special highlighting technique - just the right amount of contrast for a warm, dimensional sun kissed feel. Her long locks have been strategically curled with a hot barrel iron using a thermal styling aid, then brushed out to smooth perfection and sprayed to stay.
Most loved Redken products at Bob and Page: Pillow Proof Blow Dry Express Primer and Two Day Extender- the first and last step for any style!
Hair Styling: Lattisha Model: Angie Salon: Society the Salon 120 Donald Street www.societythesalon.com
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Salon: Bob and Page Hair: Kristen Kologie Makeup: 2 Chicks and a bag of makeup Photographer: Modern Pixel Photography Model: Jaelan @ Swish Model Management 580 Academy Road 204-505-0111 www.bobandpage.com
Wedding Ready If you are getting married this summer or fall and want you and your bridal party to look their best, then come and see the hair, make-up and skin artists at Rituals. Leticia’s approach to Samara’s bridal look was to set the hair in larger pin curls, using curling and clips to set, then brushing out into this beautiful, voluminous and romantic look. Proper setting techniques are essential for this style to last all day. And proper consultation will help you narrow down the finish for your wedding hair. Look to book your services for the big day at least five to six months in advance, with a trial run at least two weeks prior to ensure your expectations are met. Call Rituals at (204) 452-1182 to plan and book appointments for hair, make-up and esthetics services needed to get you feeling beautiful for your wedding day. Salon: rituals in hair and skin email@example.com Hair: Leticia Photography: Pearl Angelini Photography Studio: Aspire Professional Studios Makeup: Rachel Okot (Artistry of Rachel) Jewellery: Sharon O’Leary (SlyGems Vintage) Model: Samara
Cool Summer Style When a man has a beautiful head of hair like Andrew does, it would be a shame to cut it all off when the summer heat rolls in. This year, Andrew’s summer style will serve to keep him looking and feeling cool with a strong tapered cut that allows his neck and head to breathe. This sexy crop also leaves Andrew with a full head of hair on top so he can take total advantage of his beachy waves. With a style like this one, the summer months will be a breeze! Salon: Salon One 11 Stylist - Lesley Regehr Model- Andrew Oliver Photographer - Dano Tanako
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A Stroke of Beauty By Carly Peters Photography: Michael Roberts Kristina Poturica, owner of Rituals in Hair and Skin, states stylists can be a lot like artists, approaching cutting and colouring hair like a painting, where shading and form are important to the masterpiece. And, of course, every artist needs a gallery. Rituals recently moved from their Pembina location to their own building on St. Anne’s Road. Poturica worked with a designer to create an airy, studio-like space, with clean lines, and a cheery atmosphere full of natural light.
“It feels like a mini-gallery, it’s a very nice space, very artistic,” she smiles, adding the building was just part of breathing new life into the business. Rituals re-branding also includes a visual gallery - a new website, social media pages, and additional marketing - to showcase the services they offer, and their results. “It’s great to look at media and celebrities, but not everyone has the budget or time to create those looks. So we show what we can do with real people,” says Poturica, pointing to a popular product - Hotheads Hair Extensions, which help customers achieve the long locks everyone is lusting after this season. Summer colour trends are moving away from 2013’s ombré look to sombré, a more natural version of the trend. Poturica adds that “splash” colour is another style hitting the hair scene. Much like ombré, it’s a transitional colour, but with the lighter shade in the middle. “Stylists can be a lot more artistic. It’s like free form painting - how are you going to shade that style?” states Poturica. Pairing with like-minded partners and products, such as Aveda, and Yonka, the all-natural skin care line used at Rituals, has also helped the salon stay successful over the past 11 years. She also states that everyone at the salon continues to keep up-to-date on education,
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whether it be a class on the latest in hair, skin care, make-up or fashion, to ensure they can offer customers the best services, the latest products, and the most knowledgeable staff. “Our attention to detail and excellent service is our number one priority. We take great pride in ourselves and our space.”
Tiffin - Pack up salads, sushi, curry & other tasty morsels in this handy, spill-proof metal lunch tiffin from India. Goblet & carafe – Crafted from recycled glass, these delightful pieces from Bolivia will add verve to any setting. Items featured are Fair Trade products, providing vital income to artisans from more than 30 countries & work for nearly 60,000 people around the world. Ten Thousand Villages 2 locations: 134 Plaza Drive & 10-963 Henderson Hwy.
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here is positive change afoot in downtown Winnipeg. Just look around. Cranes dot the sky, people walk the streets, buzz fills the air. This is the result of significant efforts to reverse a trend that started in the ‘70s when Winnipeggers began making a mad dash toward the suburbs, leaving the city’s core for the green lawns and high fences of new outlying subdivisions. The troubles with downtown population actually started in 1919 with a bylaw that designated property use in the core. While most cities looked to a mixed model of ground level retail and upper level residential alongside commercial properties, Winnipeg parceled these activities into their own separate areas. When sectors like the garment trade, hardware or wholesale left, so too did the people, leaving buildings and streets empty. Other needs removed apartment buildings and residences in favour of surface parking lots and interior retail. This too pulled population from the core. According to the American Planning Association, population density and walkability are key components to healthy neighbourhoods and satisfied urban residents. Today, downtown population is on the upswing, thanks to efforts from organizations such as CentreVenture Development Corporation, an arms-length agency of the City of Winnipeg that is an advocate and catalyst for business investment, development and economic growth in the downtown area.
“The acceleration of development is palpable. You can see it everywhere and you can feel the excitement,” says Loretta Martin, Development Manager, CentreVenture. She notes that the Province and City both got behind development with forward thinking regulation as well as money.
And, says Martin, people have stepped up to buy in, with condo properties filling almost as fast as they go up for sale. The population downtown has now climbed to some16,000 people, a gain that has shown the downtown area to be moving ahead faster than the City as a whole.
“Without the commitment of the two levels of government we would not be where we are today. I think they have moved downtown development ahead by 10 years with their initiatives, like the $40 million Downtown Residential Development Grant, and the $25 million in Tax Increment Financing (TIF) that was used to help develop the SHED (Sports Hospitality Entertainment District) area,” she says, adding that some $72.8 million has been spent in TIF to improve neighbourhoods all around downtown, from Waterfront Drive to Assiniboine Avenue. The idea here is to spend civic funds for public realm improvements with an eye to recapturing them as property taxes later on new developments.
Downtown is divided into a number of zones – Broadway/ Assiniboine, The Exchange, East Exchange/Waterfront Drive, and the Sports, Hospitality, Entertainment District (SHED). Every area has development going on. For example, in the Broadway/ Assiniboine residential zone, where about 45 percent of residents live in a neighbourhood of apartments that has been a center of housing since the 1920s, there are developments rising on Assiniboine Avenue on prime riverfront real estate.
The numbers don’t lie. Since 2005, private investment in collaboration with government and other partners have come forward with more than $2 billion in downtown development to help repurpose the area. Today, this money has created 111 new developments since 2005. Downtown is now home to 1817 new housing units, 2.75 million square feet of new office/ commercial/ institutional space, and 221 new hotel rooms are currently under construction.
At 390 Assiniboine Avenue, Sandhu Developments have launched D-Condo, a 24-storey tower on the banks of the river overlooking downtown Winnipeg. The idea here is to add a contemporary and luxurious touch amid some of the city’s oldest residences. Located at 300 Assiniboine Avenue is Heritage Landing. Developed by Crystal Construction, this tower features 215 units in a 28-floor format. Like D-Condo, this new structure represents a move to offer new-build residences in a very established neighbourhood that has remained popular, thanks to its urban attributes – live, work, play.
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Historically, this urban mantra of ‘live, work, play’ was a given. People didn’t have cars in the ‘20s and ‘30s like they do today. As such, folks worked close to home, and when they needed to let off some steam, chances were they walked to entertainment venues like a neighbourhood movie theatre or nightclub. Along the way they met up with others in the community. The result was a greater feeling of
belonging and civic engagement. This is the idea around the moves to develop downtown now - more people equal more interactions – more interactions engender a greater sense of community – a greater sense of community creates more worthwhile urban life. Consider the work of True North and its partners with the MTS Centre on Portage Avenue. Their effort kick-started a rebirth of the main commercial area by bringing people back to the downtown area to engage businesses after working hours. Following the moves to the suburbs in the 1970s, downtown was left like a hole in a donut where daytime residents (office and factory workers) left in droves for greener home pastures at 5:00 PM. Now, with the Jets and venues like MTS, people have returned (albeit for short periods during game and event times) to discover interesting restaurants and watering holes, as well as retail destinations. Certainly one retailer that has helped raise the bar is Interior Illusions. This design house has been at home in the downtown area for more than 30 years, and recently upped its presence with a new location on Princess Street in the heart of the Exchange District. According to principal Magda Zelickson, the reasoning behind locating downtown was easy for them. “Because we do business in all areas of the city, we need to be central, and downtown offers this for us. Downtown is also seeing a lot of rejuvenation and with this comes a need for good interior design,” she says, noting that she has seen a greater willingness to come downtown now from people who had been concerned about things like parking in the past.
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“The positive buzz about downtown with the new developments and other things has Winnipeggers thinking in a fresh way about the area. This is where interesting things are happening and people want to be involved,” notes Zelickson.
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To be sure, interesting things are going on all over. A prime example is Centrepoint on Portage Avenue. Here, Longboat Development and Artis REIT joined with others such as Toronto-based Urban Capital Property to develop a site on the north side of the street across from MTS. Centrepoint offers 370,000 square feet of space. There will be a 154-suite Alt hotel, Milestones and Chino Libre restaurants, as well as a 195-unit condo called Glasshouse. Stantec, one of Manitoba’s largest integrated architectural and engineering practices, will also be present as the anchor tenant in a 100,000 square foot office space development when they move in later this year. The site will also feature 420 stalls for parking. According to Art Martin, Practice Leader and Principal for Stantec Architecture, the catalyst that impelled them to action regarding the move downtown was the realization that many of their clients were either already downtown or were moving there.
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“As a company we wanted to be part of this exciting regeneration of the city,” he says, noting that Stantec employs some 280 professionals and support workers who will bring much to the area in terms of economics, as well as crucial new population for the
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core. “Several members of our staff have put down deposits on condominium properties in Glasshouse. This represents a leading edge in urban development where people can live where they work, and play where they live,” he says. Martin comments that Winnipeg is now seeing its third wave of development. The first wave occurred in the early 1900s when Winnipeg saw its boom times and massive downtown expansion. The next wave happened in the 1950s and 1960s with the modernist movement that sought to bring forward thinking change to buildings and the downtown environment. “We are seeing the third wave now with the rebirth and regeneration of the downtown area with new buildings like Centrepoint, and repurposed buildings such as those in the Exchange that are becoming condos and live / work studios. The excitement is in evidence all across the downtown area and we are thrilled to be a part of it.” Another major undertaking is Sky City. This project is getting underway at Graham and Main on a site that has been vacant since the tower at 360 Main Street was built in 1979. Developed by Fortress Real Developments and MADY Development Corp, Sky City is breathtaking in its scope. When complete, the 56-storey building will be the tallest structure on the prairies. The idea, says Fortress Real Development President Jawad Rathore, is to create a mixed use high rise that offers residences and offices alongside commercial and light retail in a setting that is more in keeping with the needs of new urbanists who seek a live, work, play arrangement.
a lot happening. We wanted to be a part of the change.” What Rathore and others envision is a $110 million project that will feature 400 condos in the 600 to 800 square foot range where buyers can live or have them managed as rentals by on-site concierge services. The group is hoping to get as many as 50 percent of these sold before shovels hit the ground next year. As well, the design calls for a 10-storey commercial and service podium at the base, where Rathore’s team is working to attract a national grocer to the site. He suggests that their vision is one where people can really live in the building. “If you have to step out to the grocery store, there would be no reason you couldn’t walk over in your bedroom slippers – even in February,” he says, reporting further that Sky City will be fully attached to downtown’s interior walkway system that offers climate controlled strolling over vast stretches of the area from Memorial Blvd. to beyond Portage and Main.
According to Rathore, Sky City is a project designed to offer excitement at every level with an eye to creating a new community within the downtown urban context. “We want to get away from the car culture where you must drive to do everything. At Sky City our plans are for everything under one roof, and easy connectivity to walkable downtown neighbourhoods,” he says. Certainly one neighbourhood that is an easy walk from Portage and Main is the East Exchange. Here, StreetSide Developments has become a major player in new housing with a wealth of interesting properties on James Street and Market Avenue in historic warehouse buildings. Termed the Cultural District, thanks to its number of major establishments such as the Centennial Concert Hall, The Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, The Warehouse Theatre and others that include small venues like Union Sound Hall at 110 Market, the area is now a hive of residential activity with century old commercial structures repurposed into condos. Photo: Mike sanders
“When we looked at downtown Winnipeg, we saw what Toronto was years ago with its surface parking lots and empty buildings. We also saw a lot of opportunity in a great city with
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“The Cultural District is becoming more enriched every day with new restaurants, nightlife and shops opening to make the area even more active and exciting,” says StreetSide’s Sales and Marketing Manager Jessica Willis. She points to Cibo on Waterfront Drive as a good case in point. Located on the riverside in the old James Street Pumping Station and just behind the new 67-room Mere Hotel, Cibo is a dining destination for the neighbourhood where people can step out their front doors and simply stroll over.
“This creates a more developed sense of community and contributes greatly to the new urbanism that is showing itself with the popularity of our condo products on James and Market.” StreetSide has properties at both 110 and 132 James Street, with plans for 139 Market Avenue. Willis reports that the character-rich lofts have been popular with young urban professionals, as well as students who attend programs at RRC and downtown university campuses.
“These homes are perfect for first time homebuyers or people who just want to get in on convenient accessibility to a downtown lifestyle,” she says. Speaking of lifestyle, 132 James offers a common rooftop patio, and condo pricing starting at $143,000 (including GST) for a 451 square foot studio. No two plans are alike among the 32 floor plans, with living area ranging from 451 to 1420 square feet. StreetSide’s property at 110 James Street won the 2014 Preservation Award for Excellence from Heritage Winnipeg for its work on what was the historic Ryan Brothers Building. Here they have condos ranging from 628 to 1140 square feet that feature all the modern upgrades, as well as huge windows, and exposed brick and woodwork. Willis remarks that 133 Market has been highly successful and is sold out. Coming soon, she says, is a larger property at 139 Market on the corner adjacent to MTC. “We have price points for everyone. This is part of community building and creating real neighbourhoods where teachers and artists live next door to DJ’s and bankers. By enhancing the community element with civic improvements like streetscaping, adding street level retail and hospitality services, and driving population density through well designed new residences that maintain character and local history, we are moving in the right direction. This is our time to hit the mark with urban development. The momentum is here now, and we can see that Winnipeg is embracing new urbanism like never before,” she concludes.
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Winnipeg engineer, entrepreneur and property developer Michael Mark is working to create change. Mark owns H2O Waterfront, a 43-suite apartment complex at 500 Waterfront Drive at the northern gateway to the signature street. His vision is one of inclusiveness and contemporary living amid one of Winnipeg’s oldest neighbourhoods - the historic Exchange District. H20 is a four-storey property with one and two bedroom units that range in size from 724 sq. ft. to 1100 sq. ft. What makes them unique is the access to incredible river views and the fact that these are rental apartments, a point that distinguishes them from the other residential developments in the area that are largely condominium projects. Another key factor is Mark’s hands on approach where he has been designer, engineer and owner, a facet that has given him the ability to really get what he wants – an environmentally sensitive structure that works to create urban community.
He reports that his plan was one that maximized available sunlight and river views into the suites, and utilized the very latest in sustainable design. More, he wanted to offer the suites in a package that was the most value laden – an aspect that had him move from condo sales to apartment rental in an effort to make this view and access to lifestyle as inclusive as possible. Amazingly, he has been able to keep rents between $1000 and $1600 a
month for suites that have been largely snapped up in record time. There are currently only ten units left un-leased. “This is an incredible property on an incredible site,” says Mark. “The view is spectacular. Across the river is Whittier Park in St. Boniface, and to the south is a view of downtown, the Canadian Human Rights Museum and the Esplanade Riel. We
The project took wings back in 2010 when Mark responded to Centre Venture’s request for proposals (RFP) for a parcel of land that they had collected and cleared for development. “I won the RFP, thanks to the best design and a willingness to pay the most for the property,” says Mark, a longstanding Winnipeg-based engineer who operates M2 Engineering.
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designed the building to give residents the best opportunity to see this view from suites,” he says, adding that there are only a few units that do not offer a total river view. Mark is nothing if not enthusiastic about the Exchange and its opportunities. He suggests that the area is an ideal setting for those who seek to get back to more traditional urban lifestyles where people can live, work and play in an area that is walkable and filled with attributes from restaurants to theatres to training facilities like RRC and the University of Winnipeg. And he points out that Exchange area residents don’t have to live amid just buildings and streetscape. The area is one of parks and green spaces, river vistas, and biking trails. “There is a growing connectivity in evidence everywhere in the Exchange, thanks to a freshening of population and an expanding base of services.” This said, Mark is proposing a new grocery store be built on properties close to his address on Waterfront Drive. Towards this end, he has sent proposals to a number of players for discussion. His idea is one that follows along his views of urban development, where a ground floor grocery store is teamed with a second level medical centre and a third floor coffee shop that would provide great river views and a place for area residents to gather.
He suggests there is a lot of room for sensitive commercial development along Waterfront Drive, and he is well positioned to help this need on its way. Indeed, he is now readying his land parcel for Phase two of H20, a project he has largely underwritten himself. “Both Mark and downtown development organization, Centre Venture, had a list of specific criteria that had to be addressed in the
final design solution,” says architect Chris Daly of MMP Architects, a well-known full service boutique firm with a portfolio that extends from small commercial to massive institutional and public buildings. “For example, the architecture had to address the street front and pedestrian movement in and around the building,” says Daly. This is to say, Mark wanted a building that was an interesting addition to Waterfront Drive, complementing the street. “The building had to be welcoming and interesting to the eye. It had to utilize the urban elements of the area, and residents had to have good views of the surrounding lands and riverscape,” he says. What Mark got was a building where it was indeed pleasing to the eye. H20 sports a two-tone colour scheme that creates a point of difference between it and other nearby structures. More, there are no stacked balconies. This means that the appearance of H20 differs greatly from typical residential properties where balconies are lined up in what can only be termed design monotony. Residents also have more outside privacy on large roomlike spaces thanks to the design. As well, 80 percent of Phase I residents get a full river view, and those who rent in Phase II will see 90 percent of suites offering water views from suites in the two storey building that is just now readying for construction.
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Mark reports that Phase II will see construction start September 2014. The design is for 21 units on two levels. As mentioned, the idea is to capture as much of the stunning river views as possible. To achieve this, floor plans mirror those on floors one and four in Phase I. And because the new section is only two levels, it does not interfere with the views already enjoyed by residents of the existing property. Residents simply get more says Daly. “Where else can you find rental accommodation in Winnipeg where you have in-suite washer/ dryer, 10 foot ceilings, massive windows with stunning views of the river and the new museum, and a New York loft style feel for less than $1600 a month?” Indeed, residents also find an on-site gym with Nordic Trak and Bowflex equipment systems, one piece Fiat shower units in bathrooms, and walk-in closets to name just a few of the design attributes. There is even a choice between cable and Internet suppliers with H20 offering hook-up from either Shaw or MTS. Mark turned to some of Winnipeg’s finest suppliers to assist with the development. For example, he looked to Kitchen Craft to get a modern touch for the cabinetry. Kitchen Craft offers visionary style in cabinetry that gets easier and easier. “We have many new ways to help ideas come to life,” says Kitchen Craft Design and Sales Consultant Tom Scott, pointing to H2O Waterfront as a good example of their leading edge style. What they provided was a flat panel Soho cabinet that offers a clean look with contemporary grey colour tones. Surfaces are thermafoil and feature a maintenance free
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In the parking lot, a space well hidden off Argyle Street at the rear of the building, Mark specified a need for energy reduction. The building features an ILPC (Integrated load power controller) to handle the needs of cars in Winnipeg’s frigid winters. Mark reports that the system represents a saving of as much as $7000 a year in power costs, thanks to dramatic reduction in usage. Exterior areas are all lighted with LED to further maximize savings and keep the building as green as possible. “I’ve worked hard to think of everything,” he says, looking over cabinets of electrical breakers and nests of fibre optic cables that deliver the fastest Internet possible to suites. “We even take garbage and recycling seriously. Currently, we are about 50/50 garbage to recycling. I hope we can improve this ratio as we move forward,” says Mark. “This project has been more a labour of love than a moneymaking proposition. I really want to see this city succeed, and the Exchange District and Waterfront Drive are great places to start. We need to get people into the area, and to do this, there must be the right type of accommodation and attractions. I think H20 Waterfront represents a vision of what can be done when you step outside the box,” he says, concluding that the success of the property has told him he is on the right track.
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New York living is closer than you might think. Winnipeggers seeking the enjoyment of a downtown loft experience similar to NYC’s SOHO or Chelsea districts need look no further than 238 Portage Avenue, a site just a block off Portage and Main that was once home to the city’s main post office. Today, developer SUNREX has taken the mid century structure and given it a rebirth as five full floor condos that are ideal locations for exciting urban living.
Bryk and the SUNREX team have partnered with the city’s best to create a stunning show suite to reveal the level of lifestyle available in these condos. Located on the fifth floor, the 2050 square foot display suite opens up to a wall of windows that showcases a view northward off Portage Avenue looking toward the Exchange and its stock of historic buildings.
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“When you enter, you will see we have placed a room that is perfect for an office,” he says, commenting that the designers included a large sliding barn door to create a barrier between the private areas of the home and what could be a public office. Here, professionals such as an architect or web designer, could close off the condo’s more personal areas to enhance privacy
“It doesn’t get any better than this,” says SUNREX President John Bryk. For over two years, his company has been busy gutting the structure and transforming it into five bright airy residences that offer location, versatility and style. SUNREX is one of Winnipeg’s most accomplished developers, with some 1000 rental units inside a portfolio that has seen $40 million in recent condo development. “The properties at 238 Portage Avenue are ideal as places where residents can have a real balance between life, work and play. You are only a block from Portage and Main, two blocks from the MTS Centre and a short walk to the Exchange and all its entertainment venues. This site is possibly the best located condo development in the city, but few people know about it, even though it’s on Portage Ave,” he says. Summer 2014 | STYLE MANITOBA | 65
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The open kitchen features high gloss foil finish cabinetry from Altima Cabinets, gorgeous gleaming countertops from Creative Granite Works and high end stainless steel appliances from Midland Appliance.
while business is being conducted in the large area adjacent to the front entrance. The loft style condo also features two bathrooms, a large open kitchen, and massive living room, as well as a contemporary designed bedroom with sliding glass doors and ensuite. “The construction is fantastic,” enthuses Realtor® Gary Bachman, who together with Tom Hayward are marketing the properties from their offices at Century 21 Bachman & Associates. He points to concrete in the floors and walls throughout, granite in the kitchen, and engineered hardwoods in the display as examples. Large sliding glass doors from Fort Rouge Glass add plenty of wow factor to the master bedroom entrance and other areas of the display suite.
Indeed, a perfect example of the attention to detail can be seen in the large open kitchen where designers have included an impressive countertop flaming hearth to add to the décor. Here countertops are milled in Winnipeg by Creative Granite Countertops, a small local company that prides itself on its ability to craft unique one-off designs such as those found in 238 Portage. “For us, it’s all about being responsive to the needs of the design. We are doing several condos in the building and each has its own individual look designed to bring the kitchen to life,” says Creative Granite Countertops’ Scott Thompson.
Altima Cabinet Works Ltd., a company that prides itself in its semi-custom approach, manufactured the kitchen cabinets. “We build to fit and are known for quality. This is why SUNREX came to us for cabinets that met the needs of the high-end design of the display,” says Altima Cabinet Works General Manager Kevin Hourd. He reports they built cabinets that featured high-gloss foil finishes to provide the right accent for the kitchen and the right blend of wow factor to work with the rest of the open design. Another local company that is adding its input to design at 238 Portage is Midland Appliance. This Winnipeg-based distributor supplied the stainless steel appliances that help give the kitchen its clean well-balanced feel. The company reports that they are the exclusive distributor to SUNREX projects. “They buy higher end products for their projects to help them stand out from the competition. If your condo developer buys lesser quality appliances, where else did they cut corners?” suggests Derek Faraci of Midland Appliance, who comments further that condo buyers like having appliances from Midland because they offer a full welcome package to new owners to let them know all about their new kitchen equipment and who does the service. “The building also offers great privacy,” says Bachman. “Certainly the concrete construction adds to the quiet, but the fact that each residence is on its own floor is a big plus.”
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John Bryk points out that people are amazed to discover the building comes with adjacent underground heated parking, as well as a connected multi-storey garage that is itself one of the most iconic buildings in Winnipeg. To be sure, residents will not have a concern about where they can store vehicles. Guests can even drive right up to floor level and enter the building almost at a condo’s front door from the 375-car circular garage located on Garry Street just behind the Denman Building at 238 Portage.
design, an approach indicative of quality and design consistency.
“We sought to build in wow factor,” says Bryk. “This is why we kept ceiling heights to 10 feet.” Indeed, the combination of high ceilings and window wall contribute to the jaw dropping open feeling of the condo.
A beautiful free-standing tub installed by Parson’s Plumbing adds a luxurious touch to the master ensuite, as does the custom shower and water closet glass from Fort Rouge Glass.
The people at Fort Rouge Glass also offered their skills to make the display condo sing. Well known as a point company for unique glass products, Fort Rouge supplied all the custom shower glass and water closet glass, as well as mirrors, a glass partition in the ensuite, and large sliding glass doors to the master
suite. What this achieved was a continuance of the openness and loft feel of the residence. According to Bryk, the idea was to create a display condo to show people just how great the concept could be. “Everything in the building is completely new, from the wiring to the plumbing to the heating systems. We completely redid the building from the ground up. Buyers can now decide between
The flooring in the fifth floor display was all handled by Curtis Carpets, a Manitoba firm that specializes in higher end finishes with carpeting and hardwood materials. “It was important to offer products that worked with a design that was anything but cookie cutter,” says Curtis Carpets’ sales associate Ron Ivsek. “We could see that these condos were targeted to the urban professional, so we came up with a colour palette and material selection that would say contemporary,” he states. Ivsek comments further that while many customers turn to them at the end of the design stage, the team at 238 Portage considered the finishes early on in the Summer 2014 | STYLE MANITOBA | 69
Each door opens to exclusivity. Consider that the elevator takes you virtually to the front door of each suite. “Our experience is such that we have been able to truly reshape this building and make it into this exciting loft concept,” says Bryk. He remarks that from the outset he was surprised at the residential opportunity available on the south side of Portage Ave.
a finished unit available at $599,000 or a bare unit at $350,000 where creative designs are only a matter of creativity.” Inside, buyers will find each unit comes with separate HVAC, dedicated wiring for communications and a range of safety bells and whistles like temporized core doors and smoke egress vestibules. “The developers had a need to maintain the high-end appearance of the properties while
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offering the safety of fire doors. Often this is not a possibility with standard finishing,” says Justin Anderson, Project Manager with Penner Doors & Hardware, a company that takes pride in being the ‘go to’ guys for a great looking entrance. “The doors have to look good. It says so much about the residence or business. If your entrance door and hardware are low quality, what does this say about the rest of the condo? We took this need to heart on the project at 238 Portage,” he says.
“Our downtown is undergoing a rebirth with a lot of energy and excitement going on in every area. When we looked at the location and its close proximity to a wide range of amenities and so close to the key business and entertainment players, it was a project that just had to be done. I think 238 Portage Avenue represents the next step in Winnipeg’s downtown where there are more people living in the area, more people working in the area, and more people taking advantage of the ability to play so close to home.” Style File Developer – Sunrex Flooring – Curtis Carpets Glasswork – Fort Rouge Glass Cabinetry – Altima Cabinet Works Countertops – Creative Granite Works Appliances – Midland Appliance Plumbing – Parson’s Plumbing Realtor – Century 21 Bachman & Associates Doors - Penner Doors & Hardware
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Six years ago, Homestead Manitoba was approached by regional community leaders to consider building an assisted-living residence in Southern Manitoba. After many months of consultation and planning, construction was started and Homestead South opened in the summer of 2012, nestled between the cities of Morden and Winkler, a few minutes west of the Boundary Trails Health Centre. Homestead South features 81suites in four layouts that offer one and two- bedroom formats. In addition, there are two guest suites intended for visitors to spend a few days, or to accommodate family and friends if residents are hospitalized for a period of time. Amenities include full dining room service for both brunch and supper times. Homestead Manitoba’s Marketing Director points out that the food service component is an important aspect to the greater health of the residents, who can sit with the kitchen team to tailor a menu unique to their dietary needs.
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“Sometimes it’s hard for seniors to take the time to prepare meals that offer the right balance of nutrition. We make this easy with a comfortable well appointed dining room and a great menu.” Suites all feature balconies with either residential town views or vistas to expanses of farm lands. Suites come with weekly housekeeping where even the linens get done, a service the community told Homestead was a ‘must have’ feature. And something new to the Homestead residences: a weekly on-site clinic where a registered nurse is available to attend to primary care needs of residents. “At Homestead South, residents make the choices and we do the work,” the Marketing Director says, concluding that it’s all about being able to relax and make the most of life in a comfortable environment surrounded by friends and community. Homestead South is located at 400 Loren Drive in Morden. Visit www.homesteadmanitoba.ca for more information.
Relaxed Residential Much has changed in residential living for Winnipeg seniors. A good case in point is Sterling House at 909 Wilkes Avenue in the heart of Linden Woods. Built about a decade ago, this facility is all about choices and easy lifestyle options. “We make it simple by removing the heavy lifting from people’s lives,” says the marketing director for Homestead Manitoba, the locally based company behind Sterling House. “Forget the snow shovel and pot scrapers, we take care of the details that let our residents get on with the things they enjoy.” The building offers 117 suites in five layouts that feature one and two bedroom formats with square footage from 600 sq. ft. to over 900 sq. ft. Each suite comes with balcony, storage and on floor laundry facilities, as well as weekly housekeeping. They also provide senior specific exercise programs and a multi purpose room where residents have the opportunity to come down for things like a movie night with friends or a morning Wii bowling match. Important is the well-considered meal program. At Sterling House, residents may decide to opt out of this service, choosing to dine only a few time a month and pay cash like any restaurant patron. However, if they elect to take advantage of the brunch and dinner program, what they find is not only delicious, but nutritious
and tailored to their individual needs and tastes as well. “Having the option to let us do the cooking and the dishes is just one more way we make life a bit easier,” says Homestead Manitoba’s Marketing Director. “We have a highly seasoned team in our kitchens that understand seniors and can adapt menus for things like
reduced sodium, gluten sensitivity, blood sugar and other health related dietary aspects. Often families tell us that the program has helped put mom or dad back on the right track with solid nutrition. Our residents tell us the menus are delicious.” Visit www.homesteadmanitoba.ca for more information.
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Diverse riverfront property offers unique landscaping opportunities B y D o n n a M i n k us
When Rob and Susan Small decided to develop their River Edge Estates property in West St. Paul, Rob knew the project would take three phases to complete. The Small’s home is on a river bend, so while they have a beautiful view, they wanted to use the river front property as well.
“Our property runs about 200 feet from the house, with a 12 foot slope to the river bank, so the problem was finding a usable way to transition our yard to the river bank area,” says Rob. “I had definite ideas about what the phases of the project needed
to accomplish,” he explains. “And I wanted a contractor who would bring new ideas to the table, as well as have the experience to know what would work.” Rob also wanted to find a landscape contractor that would work with him through all the phases
to provide continuity in design and workmanship. After receiving proposals from a few contractors, the Smalls opted to work with Hardscapes Inc., owned and operated by Doug Loeppky. With more than 20 years in a landscaping/construction business that specializes in paving stone and retaining walls, Rob was convinced that Hardscapes was the right contractor for his project. “We hired them initially for the first phase, which involved installing a paving stone patio and decorative walls around our sunroom and hot tub,” Rob says. Doug proposed an integrated plan for the project phases and was very competitively priced. “That was in 2011, and we were so happy, we’ve been working with him ever since,” Rob adds. Personal service Doug is involved in all aspects of his company’s projects – from initial contact with the client to providing detailed quotes to ideas and drawings. This is unique in the industry as many contractors
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have divisions that handle different aspects of the job, and even subcontract work for completion. “Hardscapes specializes in personal service,” Doug emphasizes. “We do one job at a time. That way I can ensure quality work and provide personal service from start to finish.” That innovative approach to customer service became evident in the plan for retaining walls that anchor the tiered patios leading down to the riverbank area on the Small’s property. “Doug recommended the outcropping boulders for the retaining
walls,” Rob explains. “We fell in love with the look of the boulders. They not only look natural, but I knew their size and weight would create solid retaining walls that would never look out of shape, even if there was minor shifting over time.” “The Small’s property is large and diverse, offering many opportunities for unique features,” Doug points out. “For example, an old chimney that looked like it was from an original homestead was incorporated into the lower level patio, along with a multi-drop waterfall that empties into a small pond.”
The design includes a unique pathway and steps that wind down to the lower level, and also includes a putting green on the second tiered level, which overlooks the river. Cus t o mi z e pla n t o n eed
is available. “We can create a functional, beautiful outdoor living space, regardless of the size of the yard,” Doug says. “It’s fun to be creative and customize a design that will help clients achieve their vision.”
Whether it is an elaborate, multiphase design like the Small’s project, or a garden path from the back door to the garage, clients can rest assured they will receive great ideas and expert workmanship from the team at Hardscapes.
Hardscapes is committed to supporting local suppliers when purchasing materials for its projects. “We buy the best products, and we purchase them locally because we want to ensure our clients get materials that stand up to Manitoba weather,” Doug says.
Doug and his skilled staff of dedicated employees will customize a plan that works in whatever space
For more information about the range of services Hardscapes Inc. offers, visit www.hardscapes.ca
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Making Waves By Carly Peters
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Whether it’s 30 above or 30 below, you can swim all year long with swim spas from Krevco Lifestyles. Ranging from $20,000 to $40,000, swim spas come in 12, 14, 17, 18 and 19-foot lengths. “My favourite is the Michael Phelps momentum swim spa,” gushes Don Carson, president. “I love the fact that people can swim outside yearround on the pool side with temps set at say 88 degrees, and hop over to the hot tub side set at say 104 degrees. It’s the best of all worlds and is fully insulated for our winters. And if you sell your house, you can take it with - it’s an investment for life.” If it’s an above ground or in-ground pool you want, then Krevco’s Consumers Choice award winning pool builders are standing by to help create the backyard escape of your dreams, or an indoor, year-round pool like Garry McBurney’s shown here. Man caves are common in a lot of homes, but real caves, now that’s unique. Different is certainly something that McBurney, and Krevco were going for with this fully customized home pool addition that was set in a handmade cavern. Chad Kozody, lead designer from Krevco, looked at a hand-drawn sketch and went to work to create a 3D view of what McBurney had in mind. “When Krevco came to lay the steel framework and concrete for the pool, they were very open to the customization I was going for,” states McBurney of the roughly 1,000-square-foot addition to his home.
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“The hand-done concrete work surrounding the pool, which is meant to look like prehistoric stalactites, probably equaled to a year and a half of man hours,” explains McBurney. He says such a unique space required a customized pool and hot tub selection, which Krevco worked alongside the designers at MX Renovations to design and create. The salt-water pool, which is roughly 28 feet long and five feet deep, features inset lighting, a
spill over hot tub, and several innovative water features. At one end of the pool a waterfall pours from the glowing red ceiling stalactites; on the other side, there’s a gentle grotto waterfall; and behind the bar, a slow stream trickles between the bottles mounted on the wall. Carson says if you can dream it, Krevco can help you achieve it. “When you just gotta have it, we will help make it happen.”
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Maintanance free decking has been on the market for over 15 years, and over time, the quality has improved substantially. Azek/ TimberTech has developed a wide selection of PVC and composite decking products which are not only safer, but will not splinter, and offer superior scratch, stain, and fade resistance. Installation is made easy with an innovative hidden clip system that enhances the look with no visible fasteners. New for 2014 is the Azek/ TimberTech Legacy collection. Available in three exotic tones (Tigerwood , Pecan and Mocha), the collection echoes the beauty of handcrafted hardwood flooring and gives the appearance of hand-scraped hardwood that is unique to any other decking. This timeless style will adapt to any décor, from rustic relaxed to elegant and modern. Complementing the decking, TimberTech offers railing systems in several colours that can be customized to give a more personalized look, further enhanced with this year’s new glass infill lighting options incorporated into the posts, post caps and risers to create an even more appealing space. Designing your space can be made easier using the Timbertech Design-A-Deck feature on the compnay’s website, which allows
Tigerwood and Moch decking from the New Legacy Collection. changes to decking colours and railing configurations that help take the guesswork out of the end result by giving a general colour depiction of your design.
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Classic Fireplaces offers numerous other outdoor products, including patio heaters, either free-standing or tabletop, wood burning fire pits, patio flame tables, gourmet grills by Napoleon which include portable options, as
well as built-in with modular components, and barbecue grilling and fireplace accessories. Visit their showroom in St. Boniface to see a diverse sampling of these products and more.
A Ribbon of Fire What once was called a backyard is now an outdoor living space, and fireplaces are just as sleek as interior models. Utilizing stainless steel, coloured glass, and contemporary shapes, fireplaces have become a focal point, and the perfect gathering place during the summer season. A truly unique outdoor fire pit with a slim, modern design, the GPFL48MHP Patio Flame from Ontario-based Napoleon® comes complete with a Hammertone pewter powder coated cabinet and exclusive Topaz CRYSTALINE™ ember bed. Additional media kits in multi-coloured, or grey river rock, or coloured glass can change the look of the fire pit to suit your taste and decor. The convenient piano hinged door allows easy access to the control panel and features a safety valve that turns off the gas if the flame goes out. The burner, burner chassis, and convenient cover plate, complete with handle, are made from durable weather resistant brushed stainless steel. With 60,000 BTUs, and electronic ignition, the GPFL48MHP Patio Flame is easy to use
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outdoorliving Urban Oasis As the warm weather arrives, Manitobans flock outdoors determined to spend as much time as possible relaxing with family and friends. In fact, an increasing number of savvy homeowners are turning their backyards into urban retreats that can be enjoyed every day, all season long. A strong word-of-mouth reputation has clients relying on Samson Pools to make their dreams a reality. “We offer custom designed backyards that expand indoor entertaining experiences to the outdoors,” says Samson Pools co-owner Jonathan Kreviazuk. “Since we know that our summers are short and that clients want to enjoy their yards quickly, we can professionally design and install a fully landscaped yard including pool in as little as two weeks.” Samson Pools offers complete, convenient, turnkey inground pool packages with everything included. This means that once installed, the pool is ready to use with nothing required on the part of the homeowner – just jump in and enjoy! And contrary to popular belief, there’s very little maintenance required. “I would say that if you spend a half hour a week on maintaining the pool, that’s a lot,”
Kreviazuk notes, adding that Samson Pools sells automatic pool cleaners, as well as a single chemical package that lasts all year. “It takes a lot of the guesswork out of it.”
free backyard renovation experience possible to their clients is a commitment that both Kreviazuk and co-owner Blair Irwin have held since Day One.
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The Total Package Seventeen years ago you would have seen Brady Smikles toting around his father’s lawnmower to neighbours’ houses to do simple yard work - an enterprising task by the 11-year-old. As his ambitions grew, his dad, Larry, would drive Brady and his lawnmower to jobs further away from home. By the time he hit high school,
Brady added snow removal to his resume. As he plowed away at those ventures people would ask, “Can you do some landscaping as well?” What was once a single, borrowed lawnmower has since turned into a frontend loader, excavators, and a small fleet of dump trucks
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under the banner Smikles Enterprises Ltd. The tasks – well, they’re the same - just a lot bigger. “Kingston Row has been a consistent project, with us doing a piece every year,” states the now 28-year-old business owner. The first task was to create a new driveway and steps for easier access to the front door, and run landscape lighting from the main door to the back deck. “The client really likes to entertain and the lights create a beautiful walkway for guests in the evening,” says Smikles, adding that landscape lighting is very popular as the sets are high-grade, low-wattage, and can be seen year round. The following year, Smikles Enterprises Ltd. moved to the backyard, which was a river lot and had some grading issues that needed to be addressed before the hardscaping could begin. Once that was corrected, they created a unique, multilevel pathway that combined a variety of stone, such as rosetta and roman pavers, as well as some timber. Smikles states it was great to have an ever-evolving project in an established yard. Other projects started from the ground up. At South Drive the original home had been torn
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down, and the client had a complete rebuild on the land, which was also a river lot that needed some TLC. “We did a full excavation of the yard, and addressed some of their drainage issues by adding a French drain for a cleaner look,” explains Smikles. Along with sodding the yard, the team looked after the greenery, which included bringing in established trees with the help of their in-house arborist. “There were a lot of mature trees around the yard, so we brought in trees that would match the surrounding landscape. This also meant the client didn’t have to wait years for the trees to grow,” he says, adding they also laid down a Barkman Concrete walkway as a final touch to the project. “We can take clients from the planning stage right to a finished product. We have an inhouse designer and estimator, Hillary Proctor, who graduated from Red River College’s Greenspace Management Program. We meet with clients to determine their needs, and the proper plan of execution. We like to keep all our services in-house, everything from lawn care to hardscaping to decking, so customers can access the services they want with just one phone call.”
Many of the company’s projects started with the manual labour side of the business and moved into more. Such was the case at Victoria Crescent - another new build where the company was hired to maintain a river lot. Over the course of several seasons, they incorporated eco-turf between a stone walking path, and created a paved extension to the hot tub, which was located further out in the yard, to make all the elements cohesive.
Along with residential jobs, Smikles Enterprises Ltd. does commercial landscaping, hardscaping, and maintenance. Last year, the company won the contract to landscape the new City of Winnipeg’s Rapid Transit Station. “All of our work has been through word of mouth,” he explains, adding the company is going through a rebranding process to ensure clients know about all of Smikles Enterprises Ltd.’s services, and to remember their name for each piece.
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Let the Sun Shine In B y For decades Winnipeg-based SunShade has been delivering lifestyle upgrades to Manitobans looking to get more enjoyment from their homes and backyards. Simply, Glastar Sunrooms by SunShade offer the very best in three-season coverage with a custom product range that works beautifully to bring the outdoors inside. According to Steve Sarens, a principal in the family business that got its start with aluminum awning products back in the ‘70s, nobody does sunrooms like they do. For starters, SunShade is the only company in North America that can obtain permits to build sunrooms on un-piled decks. More, their technology and experience is such that they have built their business almost exclusively on customer referrals.
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“A key focus for us is building to match any style or age of home. Our goal is to make an attached sunroom that is so blended with the existing home style and character that people will wonder if it was an original feature. Older homes come with unique challenges and we are especially skilled at addressing these,” he says, commenting that sunroom installs alongside bathroom and kitchen renovations are leading sources of equity uptick. Sarens comments that it all starts with a visit to the home where the owner and the designer decide on design and size. “Because we were the first in the market we have more than 3000 examples to show homeowners. In fact, there is a good chance one of your neighbours has a Glastar Sunroom product.” Once the design is selected, Sarens himself drops in to make sure everything is perfect. He double checks the measurements and readies the factory blue prints.
and checked again for quality, consistency and conformity to the design.” The crews themselves come with Sarens’ quality guarantee. His teams work directly for SunShade, not as subcontractors. As well, workers are highly experienced and most have been with the company for years. “We train and promote from within. Installers start as assistants and we would never raise them to site leaders until they have been with us for at least two years,” he notes. “We are about creating a lifestyle upgrade and a new positive feeling about a residence customers may have lived in for years,” says Sarens, inviting people to discover just how simple it is to bring a new world of light and fresh air into established homes.
“So many people have had experiences where a contractor doesn’t meet expectation. We have established systems in place where our checks and balances ensure everything is correct before anything happens in the factory. Our goal is to be in and out in as little as two to five days. When our crews arrive they have a complete package that has been checked
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Dream Maker B y K elly G r a y When you walk into a new showhome or a neighbour’s renovation project, the wow factor is most often in the details. It’s the attention that went into the crown mouldings, the trim, the wainscoting or the curve of the formal staircase that blow us away. Most of us can see the beauty of these design elements, but getting the job done often means having to know people in the trade or rely on the experience and connections of your builder. Walter Frischbutter wants you to know that creative woodworking is only a call away. Walter Frischbutter operates Winder Woodworks Inc., a quality stair and railing company that he purchased a couple of years back in an effort to bring more to the local market. Already, Walter had been well known as the operator of Fairview Improvements Inc., a company with a solid reputation built over 20 years as finishing carpenters where details were their stock in trade. With Winder Woodworks, he was able to expand his scope into manufacturing, giving him an opportunity to control more of the quality elements that have made him the one builders and contractors call first. Walter’s portfolio is large and impressive. His customers are among the Who’s Who of the building trades and his projects are found in some of Winnipeg’s best addresses. Want to create a home theatre that is all Hollywood or a man cave that screams TSN? Want to make some design changes to that new home after you’ve taken the keys from the builder? How about a home reno where you replace the old staircase with a craftsman built stairway that is more spectacular than simple treads and railing spindles? “The unique and extraordinary are our every day,” he says. “If you can imagine it, we can make it. We have the unique skill sets and the
Artista Homes 43 Bridge Lake Drive technical expertise to bring even wild concepts to life.” He points to examples such as a recent project where a builder asked them to help construct a sports themed home entertainment room. Walter and his team created the room to resemble a hockey rink, complete with board advertising and a replica four sided score console to hang from the ceiling. The end result was the ‘best hockey media room on the planet’ decor package that is a signature of the new home. “Recently, we have had many requests as to whether it is possible to remove stair stubwalls and reinstall wood railing with glass panels or metal spindle inserts, which creates a more open feel to the space. This is absolutely possible,” he says.
“When we see things that are old and tired, we seek to improve the design. A case in point is stairways and railings where there has been little in the way of innovation over the years. In some of our new designs, we have married wood and stainless steel for a new look in railings. When it comes to stairs we have been able to work with architects and homeowners to help them realize their design dreams that at first might appear impossible. Our experience and skill with wood allows us to go that further step that can make a sweeping curve or airy feel without compromising structural integrity.” Walter Frischbutter invites people to bring him their dreams. “I’ll turn them into reality,” he says. For more information visit www.winderwoodworks.com
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July 1st may officially be Canada Day, but at Dufresne, they like to celebrate Canada year round. Partnering with Canadian manufactures such as DeFehr and Palliser, Dufresne offers exclusive products that are innovative in solving customer’s problems. “We work hand in hand to develop each piece, and find that when we do, they rocket right off the showroom floor,” states Kelly Krentz, case goods and motion buyer for Dufresne. The contemporary styling of the Milano series, created with DeFehr, certainly has a presence on the floor visually, but it’s the little extras that really sell the set. From soft-close drawers on the dresser and bedside table, to four-drawer storage under the bed frame, the series offers superior functionality. The headboard hosts a command centre with two flush USB ports and two outlets along
each side, allowing users to plug in their smart phone or tablet, as well as lamps. A standout piece in the series is the chiffonier - a hybrid dresser and mirror that offers 30 percent more storage capacity, but takes up 20 percent less space. The mirror, which runs the full length of the case, slides to one side to reveal five drawers. The second drawer contains a secret, felt-lined panel, which pops out to reveal space for jewellery or other small goods the user wants hidden.
“You’re not going to find pieces like this anywhere else,” states Krentz. This includes the latest in motion furniture, which Dufresne partners with Palliser to produce. With the simple touch of a button, users can recline to infinite positions.
The newest frame, Jasmine, is the ultimate in compromise between T.V. lovers and book readers. One of the end sections hosts a recliner great for watching shows, while the other side features a chaise lounger with built-in storage for books, magazines, and blankets.
Storage is certainly something that the new San Marino set addresses. This solid oak veneer series features a unique six-inch thick, illuminated storage mirror with felt-lined compartments on each side, as well as hooks for necklaces. It also includes many of the technology rich features referenced in the Milano.
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design&decor Healthy Oils For Floors B y C a r ly P e t e r s Oils have been used to finish hardwoods for years, but many of today’s manufacturers utilize an acrylic or polyurethane variety instead. The finish that oil provides cannot be matched in terms of warmth or refinement, and will still hold up to every day wear and tear without losing its luster. Jen Derrett, Business Development Manager for The Floor Show, explains that there are two types of oiled hardwoods - air-dried, pre-oiled and UV-cured oiled. “The big difference is air-dried woods have oil that has impregnated the wood and will provide the best protection but still allow the wood to ‘breathe’ because it will have open pores,” she explains. “Wood that is UV-cured oiled is flash cured with a UV light so it gives the look of oil, with a matte finish but the oil isn’t given a chance to absorb into the wood.” Because of this, the UV-cured option will require a little more TLC when it comes to scratches, while air-dried provides less hassle. “Air-dried is perfect for families since scuffs and scratches can be fixed in minutes. You can clean these floors with a broom, vacuum or a damp mop daily without causing damage. And the floor never requires a full re-sand. Just apply the oil refresher in the spots needed,” states Derrett, adding that because of the woods natural appearance, these blemishes often are very hard to notice in the first place. The oils that are used on the line The Floor Show sells are all-natural, environmentallyfriendly, and made from 100 percent natural vegetable resin in compliance with Canadian regulations on VOC emissions. The newest line of air-dried oiled hardwoods comes from 35-year old Alexandra Fortier, founder of Parquets Alexandra, a Canadianbased company. Featuring species such as birch, larch, and maple, the line is sleek, ranging from smaller planks of three to four inches, in tones of gray, and other fashionable colours. For a more European, wide-plank look, flooring powerhouse DuChateau Floors offers a textured, wire-brushed line of air-dried hardwoods that provide a more rustic flair.
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design&decor A graceful spin on a classic fabric shade Decorating today is more about enhancing one’s own standard of living than keeping up with the Joneses, yet it seems all eyes are still on the window. Media rooms require room darkening window fashions, while the expansive views so coveted by today’s homeowners pose a different set of challenges. The personality of a window shading has been enhanced with a totally new concept in light control: Pirouette® window shadings from Hunter Douglas, the leading name in custom window fashions. Featuring soft adjustable horizontal fabric vanes attached to a single sheer backing, proprietary Pirouette® window shadings control light in an entirely new way. With the gentle pull of the operating cord, textured fabric in a palette of delightful colours transforms from what appears to be cascading folds to contoured vanes, allowing an enhanced outside view through the sheer backing. More specifically, when opened, the top and bottom of each vane shift closer together in the back, creating a soft outward fold and allowing light to filter gently through the fabric sheer and offering a softened view of the outside. When closed, the vanes slide into a flattened position for excellent light blockage and a smooth look similar to that of a classic Roman shade. Vanes can also
or who just want to harness the power of natural light in their homes. Seven beautifully textured fabric styles are offered in a variety of fashion-forward colours. All fabrics in both vane sizes come in semi-opaque and room-darkening opacities. This versatile product beautifully complements virtually any decorating style, from casual settings to more formal designs.
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Innovative Operation, Countless Choices The Invisi-Lift™ system is at the heart of Pirouette® shadings, allowing the horizontal fabric vanes to float elegantly and providing unobstructed views or complete privacy all in one. Available in two vane sizes – 4” Petite and 5” Grande – and for windows up to 10-feet wide by 12-feet high, Pirouette® window shadings are ideal for homeowners who have beautiful views
Pirouette® window shadings boast high energyefficiency ratings while also offering superior protection against the sun’s harmful UV rays, which will eventually fade floors, furniture, upholstery and treasured artwork. While still allowing for a softened outside view and gentle light filtration, the sheer backing reduces a significant amount of glare and damaging UV rays when the vanes are open. When the vanes are closed, the product offers almost complete protection against UV rays.
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Effective May 1 until August 31, 2014. † Purchase 3 Pirouette® Window Shadings and receive a $200 rebate. Also, when you purchase any number of these additional shades, you’ll receive an extra $40 for each. Valid at participating retailers only. The rebate will be issued in the form of a Hunter Douglas Prepaid American Express® Gift Card. THE PROMOTION CARD is a trademark of The Hunt Group. All Rights Reserved. THE PROMOTION CARD is a Prepaid American Express® Card issued by Amex Bank of Canada. ® Used by Amex Bank of Canada under license from American Express.
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design&decor Light Up My Life
If you’re looking for a piece of décor that serves as function and fashion, portable lamps are sure to shine in both areas. “Portable lamps not only provide the necessary task lighting, but can also be an interesting accent piece in a room,” states Alison Demaré, brand manager for Robinson Lighting Ltd., adding the latest trend is moving back to ceramic lamps. “The trend is toward bold, brightly coloured ceramics which can add a fantastic pop of colour to any room.” Colour trends in decorating always carry over into lighting design, she states, therefore this summer will see colours such as navy, orange, lilac, and coral appearing in the designs. Aside from the base, shades are also changing hues. Demaré urges people to consider how much light they’re looking for when selecting a shade colour. “Lighter colour fabrics provide more general light in a room,” she explains, adding that it’s key when shopping for a portable lamp to know basic information, such as the table height on which the lamp will sit, seat height next to the portable, and the amount of light required for your task. Each lamp will have recommended bulb wattage, often due to lamp design and shade size. Whatever your need, the experts at Robinson Lighting Ltd. can help with finding the perfect portable for your space.
Be Clutter Free
A For Space Sake Custom Garage Storage System can transform an untidy garage into an organized, efficient and enjoyable space. From simple cabinet storage and hardworking workbenches, to a decked-out space complete with all the bells and whistles – For Space Sake’s home organization options are sure to fit your space, style, and budget. Shown here in Copper Blaze, this system is available in a large selection of wood grain finishes from light maple to the darkest espresso. Additional custom storage systems make staying organized simple. Wall mounted systems with hooks and baskets allow you to store ladders, hoses and bikes, as well as gardening and hand tools. “Passion Centres” can be created for golfers, gardeners, wood workers, sport enthusiasts and anyone who enjoys the great outdoors. “We customized cabinets for clients for skis, and specifically sized cabinets for snowshoes, skates and other equipment,” says Peggy Brooke, Manager at For Space Sake, adding they can also implement pull-out drawers, which are great for heavy tools like saws. “It makes it easier to get these up on the counter, and you don’t have to go digging around in a deep cabinet.” To top it all off, countertops can also be customized – from wooden workbench materials and even granite – finishing an organizational system that is functional and looks great.
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The Perfect Position By Carly peters
There is a time when a countertop takes center stage, and a time when it needs to be more subdued. Whatever its position, the material and colour choice ensures the countertop either complements or competes with the overall design. In this kitchen remodel from dated to traditional-transitional design, the homeowners added numerous eye-catching elements including two-tone cabinets, detailed woodwork, and beams. In this case, the job of the HanStone Quartz countertop was to fit in and play its own role without taking too much away from the rest of the room. “If you look very close, you can see there is a lot of detail in the countertop. Yet, because it is neutral-based it flows seamlessly and complements the colours of the room,” states Karly Ganczar, Business Development Manager/Sales for Western Marble Granite & Tile. “It just fits in nicely and gives the look of an even, unified surface.” She notes that the colour, Sahara, has been discontinued, but similar hues are available. While Ganczar states more people are looking at uniformed patterns in beige, taupe, and soft grays, quartz can come in a variety of patterns and 96 | STYLE MANITOBA | SUMMER 2014
colours. Western Marble Granite & Tile offers four quartz suppliers, with the Samsung and Quartzforms lines stocked in Winnipeg so countertop projects can be completed quicker. Quartz, which has become just as popular as granite, not only offers aesthetic appeal, but is also highly practical. Its non-porous surface is ideal for bacteria and stain resistance, and its lustrous surface requires no polishing. It also lends itself to numerous other applications beyond kitchen and bathroom counters. Ganczar says they’ve created insets for dining room tables, side tables, hot plates for warm dishes on the table, and cutting boards out of the versatile material. Western Marble Granite & Tile, which is now under new ownership, has one of the province’s largest selections of granite, marble and tile in their showroom, and professional associates to help you make the right selection for your needs.
The Best Sleep of You r Life S
Sleep is vital to a healthy lifestyle: a good night’s sleep improves your ability to concentrate and rejuvenates your body. Your sleep needs are as individual as you are, so it’s important to find the right fit for your mattress, and pillow. Our certified Dream Experts help you discover your sleep system comfort level by using advanced pressure mapping technology and correlating it to mattresses we test using calibrated equipment in our labs.
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