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A Perfect Fit

Alexander Mickelthwate & The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra A New Tradition The Craftsman exterior of a fabulous home belies a contemporary interior featuring the best of modern living

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Holiday Gift Guide A treasure trove of gift ideas for everyone on your list

Volume 14, Number 2 Winter 2009

In this issue


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8 A New Tradition The Craftsman exterior of a fabulous home belies a contemporary interior  featuring the best of modern living 37  A Perfect Fit Alexander Mickelthwate & The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra 45 Holiday Gift Guide A treasure trove of gift ideas for everyone on your list 61 Lighting the Way The largest building in down town Winnipeg, Manitoba Hydro’s new head office offers some of the biggest changes in construction thinking the city has ever seen





40 The key to a longer, healthier life 41 Dealing with conflicting emotions 42 Glamorous holiday style 2 Style Was There 5 The Agenda 7 Your Thoughts

57 Embracing Community A wonderful new place for seniors to call home 59 Bridgwater Forest Moves to Phase Two




33 A Life Rife with Art: Doug Melnyk

CUISINE DU JOUR 23 Delectable Dining 26 Noshing Out 30 Recipes

83 Show-stopping ensuites & delightful designer kitchens



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

68 Real Hardwood for Real Life 79 Creative decorating ideas from the professionals

72 Expanding Living Space in Style 75 Delivering Peace of Mind

77 Gotta have the Best


Steen Team of Celebrities pause for a picture at the Steen Classic golf fundraiser.

Lisa with Wayne Babych, Thomas Steen, & Mike Ford.

The Malbranck family cuts the ribbon at the grand opening of their new store location.

The Stomp for Human Rights– Enthusiastic participants stomp grapes at a fundraiser for the Canadian Museum of Human Rights held at Mona Lisa.

Kenny Boyce, Joe Grande & Gail Asper at The Stomp for Human Rights.

Style’s Lisa Lester along with band mates Mike & Renee Jones, John Hoeschen and Rod Hussey perform for the crowd at The Stomp.

Matt Dusk takes a break from crooning to dip 102 Clear FM’s Karen Bannister at the Martini Mingle breast cancer fundraiser.

Marlene and Scarlett Solomon join owner Connie van Reenen at the grand opening of Signature Floral Gallery.

The Cotroneo boys of Artista Homes pose with interior designer Michelle Zelickson after winning several Gold Awards at the Fall Parade of Homes Gala.

Style’s Ava van Leeuwen, along with Michelle & Magda Zelickson of Interior Illusions enjoying a moment with Tom Haines of Maric Homes at the gala.

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Artist David Roberts poses with owner Jacquie Richardson at the reopening of Framing & Art Centre on Portage Ave.

Jason Kendall (Armstrong Flooring) and Francine Curtis (Curtis Carpets) launch the Barrel Creek hardwood flooring line.

Tim Pariseau, Jeff Klimaw, Eric Green, Jason Kendall & Cheryl Gagnon join in the festivities at the Curtis Carpets launch.

Team Maric at the opening of the HSC Lifestyles Lottery Million Dollar Home.

HSC officials open the HSC Lifestyles Lottery Million Dollar Home with homebuilders Cathie & Steve Maric.

Councillor Justin Swandel with Joe Bova (Manshield), Bruce Lillie (All Seniors Care) & Councillor Gord Steeves at Seine River Retirement Residence ribbon cutting ceremony.

Hon. Christine Melnick, MLA holding the ribbon with Julie Dubuc (Seine River), Mayor Sam Katz, Michael and Joshua Kuhl (All Seniors Care), and tenant Violet Mundt.

Mia van Leeuwen with event organizer Nicole Verin-Treusch at Glitterati, a Moulin Rouge inspired cabaret held at Republic Nightclub.

Irka & Walter Mendela with Lesia Szwaluk (Executive Director, Taras Foundation) & Chrissy Troy (Hot 103) at the Night of Taras, a fundraiser in support of the Kobzar Literary Awards Endowment fund presented by the Shevchenko Foundation.

Burlesque performer Lizzy La La wows the crowd at Glitterati.

Fun was had by all at the Night of Taras gala.

An aerial performance by Liz Cooper injects a note of drama to the evening.

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the agenda Welcome to our holiday edition! In this issue, we are proud to feature Lighting the Way, a special editorial penned by Kelly Gray on the new awardwinning Manitoba Hydro building that graces Winnipeg’s downtown. We are also delighted to present our cover story - Ian Mozdzen’s profile on the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra’s charismatic Music Director, Alexander Mickelthwate. Also included in this edition is Christine Hanlon’s excellent coverage on a fabulous home design in A New Tradition, along with Style Manitoba’s annual favourite – a Holiday Gift Guide that offers readers page after page of great giving ideas for the festive season ahead.

social functions. Many of us stress over gift buying and shopping far more than we should, whether seeking that unique item for a loved one or madly searching for the perfect dress to wear to a holiday soiree. Is it really worth all the angst?

Speaking of giving, it’s easy to lose sight of the important things at this time of year – what with Christmas shopping, festivities and a calendar chockfull of

In fact, oftentimes it’s not the gift that counts at all. The simple pleasure of one’s presence can bring more joy to the heart of a loved one than anything material ever

What we should consider more throughout this season are the simple but rewarding things it brings – like enjoying quality time together with family and friends. Or giving one meaningful gift rather than an armful of expensive items that will be forgotten all too soon after the holidays come to an end. After all, it’s not about the quantity or the cost – it’s about the spirit with which a gift is given.

could. Communing with those we care about at Christmastime – particularly those who need us most, like elderly parents or a lonely family member or friend – is a gift beyond compare. Instead of coming and going in that typical holiday heated rush, wouldn’t it be wonderful to visit in a leisurely manner and really enjoy the time spent together? Remember - long after the wrapping is off the present and its contents forgotten, a heart made glad with pleasant company will hold a lasting treasured memory. May peace be with you all this season and into the New Year! .

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two storeys from the main floor. Popular in today’s homes, this kind of volume in the great room is accompanied by a unique combination of features that places this home in a category of its own. For instance, the builder decided to completely clad the home on all four sides in James Hardie siding. “This gives the home a warm and traditional feel to it,” explains Wickstrom. “It is also a virtually zero maintenance product, which is important to homeowners.” When he first relocated the company from British Columbia, Wickstrom was surprised by the lack of colour on the exterior of new homes in Manitoba. Over the years, he has seen this anomaly come full circle with the advent of everything from coloured stucco to coloured concrete for driveways and steps, thanks to companies such as Northland Ready Mix Concrete. But in this three time award winning home at 63 Wood Sage Crescent, Hearth Homes decided to forego stucco and instead, pulled out all the stops to create an exciting, welcoming home.

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Every detail was carefully designed to work with the whole. Above the garden doors, the transom continues the shape and dimension of the pinhead glass display cabinets to tie the room together. Above the sink, the window extends all the way down to the countertop. “It’s something we’ve been doing ever since we started using PVC windows,” notes Wickstrom.

It’s a move that was much appreciated by Qualico Developments, which was looking for distinctive designs to match its innovative subdivision. In fact, the developer and Hearth Homes share a similar vision. Appreciating the prairie landscape is an important element of Sage Creek, one that is aptly captured by the stunning vista of a naturalized pond from all three floors of this 2,400-square-foot home. Matching windows continue in the walkout lower level, not only extending the view but also enhancing the wonderful symmetry of the rear façade. “It’s not often that people are attracted to a home by its appearance from the back,” notes Wickstrom. “Thanks to our computer-assisted capabilities, we can play around with the design until we have it just right.” The partially covered deck adds yet another plane of interest. Offering the possibility of a three-season sunroom or simply a shaded area, this option provides the best of both worlds. Again, just like Sage Creek, Hearth Homes makes a point of being at the forefront of new ideas and concepts. Hearth Homes likes to buck the trend. Instead of maple, the builder opted for oak hardwood flooring from Curtis Carpets. “It’s a wood that will maintain its look,” notes Wickstrom. “We try to use what we’ve learned over the years and select our materials based on reliability and durability.” The kitchen cabinets are done in cherry, another material that ages nicely. Over time, the naturally stained wood takes on its own personality, becoming richer in colour. Meanwhile the shaker door style preserves the clean contemporary look of the kitchen, accented by luminous glass subway tiles.

Hearth Homes is always on the lookout for advances in materials and technology that enhance the design of a home. For instance, the side-by-side refrigerator and freezer units take advantage of a trim kit that makes them look like one unit. “It’s an affordable alternative to gourmet fridges,” Wickstrom explains. In such a large space the combination looks just right. After all, the area is probably twice the size of any kitchen in a home with this square footage, a feature that clients and visitors repeatedly praise. Hearth Homes is known for having a keen sense of scale, which is why the builder also ensured the staircase to the second level is extra wide and has a deeper tread. It leads to a loft that is both private and open. Unseen from the foyer, the area separating the upstairs bedrooms delivers a stunning view out the back windows while providing a convenient location for a computer or reading area.

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Situated on one side of this loft, the master bedroom should more rightly be called a suite. The ensuite bathroom itself is more than spacious. Across from the sweeping vanity with its double sinks, a 5’ X 7’ shower features body sprays, a rainhead shower and a standard showerhead. A jetted tub and separated commode complete the amenities. To unite the bathroom with the overall design, the builder dressed the floor in the same ceramic tile found in the foyer and in the fireplace surround. Once again the 18” X 18” foot tiles appropriately reflect the scale of the home. The interplay of all these features demonstrates Hearth Home’s ability to combine beautiful designs with the form and functionality of a well built home.

Kohler undermount sinks and faucet sets from the Robinson Bath Centre attest to Hearth Homes’ commitment to quality. It’s an approach Qualico has applied to the Sage Creek development as well. Having a Village Centre to provide shops and services within walking distance fosters a feeling of community while encouraging people to leave their cars at home. It is a refreshing change from commuter communities and box stores. At the same time, it allows residents to take in the full beauty of the prairie landscape.

Striking this balance is fitting in a community that itself has proven adept at combining a vast network of walking trails with an abundance of parks and meeting places. “Qualico is doing a great job with regard to Sage Creek’s development,” says Wickstrom. And just as convincingly, Hearth Homes is doing a fine job in establishing new traditions for building custom homes.

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Stepping Out with Style MUSIC Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra – The Masterworks A series continues with The Creation, performing Haydn’s greatest choral work with an all-star line-up of Canadian soloists, to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the composer’s death (Dec 4&5). Next the WSO welcomes back former music director Andrey Boreyko, who will conduct a striking Russian program featuring Shostakovich’s epic Symphony No. 10 (Feb 19&20). In Bernstein, Gershwin, Ravel, Canadian conductor Julian Kuerti (Assistant Conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra) makes his WSO debut with a program of American and French music from the early 20th century (Mar 19 & 20). The Masterworks B series continues with Rhythm & Heat, a program full of exotic flavours from Mexico, Spain and Egypt (Jan 23). Next is One Thousand and One Arabian Nights featuring Scheherazade’s exotic colours and sensual washes of sound (Mar 6). The

Musically Speaking series warms up the New Year with Fiesta, a winter program that looks at five composers who fell in love with the colourful music and dance traditions of Mexico, Spain, Egypt and Argentina (Jan 22). The pieces featured in the Dangerous Liaisons program include Lehar, Prokofiev, Bartók and Webern (Mar 5). The POPS series continues with John McDermott’s Holiday Special. An original member of the Irish Tenors, McDermott has recorded nine Scottish and Irish rooted albums (Dec 11-13). Don’t miss The Nylons, renowned for their dazzling harmonies, smooth arrangements and tight choreography in performing classics like The Lion Sleeps Tonight, Up on the Roof and Time of the Season (Jan 15-17). Fans of the WSO’s Classically Hip series will not want to miss the return of Jeans ‘n’ Classics, as they pay homage to Freddie Mercury and Queen! Michael Shotton teams with the orchestra to perform all the hits, including We Will Rock You, Under Pressure, Somebody to Love and Bohemian Rhapsody (Feb 26&27). Sundays with the Family brings back Raymond Briggs’ heartwarming holiday film, The Snowman (Dec 6). Next is The Magic Orchestra, a magical concert for kids with comedy par excellence (Jan 24). Finally, How The Gimquat Found Her Song offers an adventure that takes audiences from monasteries to Mozart and from rap to Ravel (Mar 7). All performances take place at the Centennial Concert Hall.

New Music Festival – Take a journey with this NMF season’s theme of EARTH. For seven nights audiences are invited to celebrate the beauty of our planet with music from all over the world. From the distant lands of the Arctic to the urban sounds of our city, the NMF brings you music that reflects our connection with nature. This year the NMF is proud to feature new works by Vincent Ho, John Tavener, and this year’s distinguished guest composers John Psathas, Derek Charke, Tim Brady, and Pulitzer Prize-winner Steven Stucky. Performances take place at the Centennial Concert Hall (Feb 6-12). Jazz Winnipeg – The Jazz Innovators Series (presented by CKUW 95.9) continues with the Toronto quintet Drumheller (Feb 25).  Nu Sounds Series (presented by UMFM 101.5 FM) starts off the New Year with an appearance by bassist Steve Hamilton (Jan 10). Next is bassist Jesse Dietschi and his Double Quartet (Feb 7). All concerts take place at the Park Theatre. The Jazz Winnipeg Concert season rolls on with internationally renowned Nuevo flamenco guitarist Jesse Cook returns to Winnipeg with the release of his new album The Rumba Foundation. Concert takes place at The Burton Cummings Theatre (Mar 9). Virtuosi Concerts – Don’t miss another exciting collaboration between Virtuosi Concerts and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra in a performance called Bach winter 2009 | STYLE MANITOBA | 17

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Baroque Family (Dec 12 & 13). Witness the breathtaking pianist Serhiy Salov in the program From Scarlatti to Skoryk (Jan 9). In The Passions of Spain, soprano Maria Luz Alvarez and the WSO Baroque Chamber Players bring the glorious music of the baroque era to the stage (Jan 30). Join in on a journey with words and music through a life of love, obstacles, happiness and tragedy in The Schumann Letters (Feb 6). Take in pianist Kevin Kenner’s illustrated lecture – Chopin, Warsaw and Me (Feb 19). Kevin Kenner returns to perform an evening that celebrates Chopin’s 200th Birthday (Feb 20&21). All performances take place at Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall at The University of Winnipeg. Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra – Check out an afternoon and evening of classic Nat King Cole favourites with Canadian vocalist and Verve recording artist Denzal Sinclaire (Dec 13). Take in Masters of Melody with trombonist/ bandleader Dave Mcmurdo and vocalist AnnaLisa Kirby (Feb 14). Performances take place at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. Groundswell – Don’t miss the renowned Molinari String Quartet, one of Canada’s premiere ensembles in the field of new music. Performance takes place at the CrescentFort Rouge United Church (Dec 10). Next is a concert dedicated to two cutting-edge composers in Live Electronic Spaces, featuring works by Hans Tutschku and Jacopo BaboniSchilingi. Performance takes place at The Winnipeg Art Gallery (Jan 13). Women’s Musical Club of Winnipeg – Check out topnotch performances of the five winners of the 2009 scholarship auditions Daniel Tselyakov, Ariel Carrabré, Joshua Peters, Dawn Bruch, and Charmaine Bacon (Dec 27). In Artistry Embraces Innovation, expect to find a unique and varied performance by faculty students from the University of Manitoba’s Marcel A. Desautels Faculty of Music (Feb 21). All concerts take place at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. Camerata Nova – Stir your soul anew with a wonderful range of repertoire from medieval carols and early motets of Praetorius, Gabrieli, Morales, Bach and Flecha, to early American carols from the 1700s, new arrangements by Andrew Balfour, and four different arrangements of the Huron Carol, from traditional to modern. Bright Day Star Concert takes place at the Gallery of Manitoba Hydro Place (Nov 28). Witness a truly unique experience with Inuit songwriter and folk/throat singer Madeleine Allakariallak in a concert entitled Medieval Inuit. Performance takes place at Église Précieux-Sang (Mar 13). Manitoba Chamber Orchestra – Ring in the New Year with Kurt Weill’s The Seven Deadly Sins. Soprano Measha Brueggergosman is welcomed back by Anne Manson as the MCO gets into the cabaret spirit! (Jan 6). Next up is Anne Manson conducting Copland, and Vaughan Williams. This orchestral concert

features three towering works of the repertoire for chamber orchestra, including one that started out as a quartet! (Jan 19). Winnipeg composers Jim Hiscott and David R. Scott premiere new works inspired by Canada’s evolving North (Feb 16). All concerts take place at Westminster Church.

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THEATRE Manitoba Theatre Centre – Begin the holiday season with It’s A Wonderful Life: A Radio Play. This version is cleverly recreated as a 1940s live radio broadcast, in which a cast of talented actors brings the classic tale of George Bailey’s journey of self-worth to captivating life (until Dec 19). Have fun with the Tony awardwinning The Drowsy Chaperone, a toe-tapping tribute to the Jazz Age and the golden era of musicals (Jan 7-30). Next is Bertolt Brecht’s Mother Courage, one of the most inspiring plays of the 20th century (Feb 11 – Mar 6). MTC Warehouse – The theatre season continues with Hannah Moscovitch’s East of Berlin, a compelling story of a young man bracing himself for a fateful encounter with his estranged father (until Dec 5). Next up is Caryl Churchill’s Top Girls, one of several productions being staged for the upcoming Master Playwrights Festival (Jan 21-Feb 6). Don’t miss the world premiere of Looking Back West, a captivating adventure by Robert Lewis Vaughan (Feb 18-Mar 6). Master Playwright Festival – This year the Master Playwright Festival pays homage to Caryl Churchill, considered one of the greatest female playwrights of all time. Caryl Churchill’s prolific and award-winning career has spanned over three decades. Her list of works includes 24 full-length plays, a number of radio and screenplays for BBC, and a collection of highly regarded translations. Known for playing with form, Churchill’s works betray an unrelenting political inquiry into a variety of issues, such as feminism, capitalism and colonialism. Performances take place at several locations. Check festival guide for more details (Jan 20Feb 7). Prairie Theatre Exchange – Be sure not to miss Michael Redhill’s Goodness, an intricate knot of flashbacks and storytelling by a six-person cast, delicately interweaving South African and Central European folk music as laments from around the world. (Jan 14-31). Next up is Lawrence & Holloman, a wicked comedy about unlikely friendships and the hazards of wreaking revenge that will have you asking, “Is that what friends are for?!” (Feb 10-28). Theatre Projects – In the Chamber is back with playwrights Steven Ratzlaff and Gordon Tanner - two of Winnipeg’s stage intrepids that are sure to inspire! Performances take place at the Rachel Browne Theatre (Jan 14-16). Winnipeg Jewish Theatre – Check out

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Harold Pinter’s Betrayal, the winner in New York of the Drama Critics Circle Award as best foreign play, and in London of the West End Award as best play of the season (Jan 28-Feb 7). Manitoba Theatre For Young People – Prepare to be amazed with The Forbidden Phoenix, a martial arts meets Peking Opera experience. Stunning costumes, incredible acrobatics, and a live percussive score are all elements that earned this production rave reviews (Dec 9-20). Next is Holy Cow, a madcap musical detective story with ‘cow-mical’ puppets! (Jan 7-17). Be mesmerized with Black Violin, an inspiring combination of virtuosic string skills and hip-hop (Feb 9-14). Get a sneak peek of Rick: The Rick Hansen Story, a MTYP production that will take centre stage at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics (Feb 25-Mar 4). Celebrations Dinner Theatre – Experience a theatrical trip to the musical past of The Beach Boys in Good Vibrations: Summer of ‘68 (until Jan 9). Prepare to laugh and sing with Law & Order, a spoof on one of TV’s most popular crime show (Jan 15 – Mar 13).


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Royal Winnipeg Ballet – Take in the holiday season with the ballet classic, The Nutcracker. The RWB’s Nutcracker preserves the best of Russian ballet and spices it up with uniquely Canadian traditions, like playing hockey on an outdoor pond and watching the Northern Lights (Dec 19, 20, 22, 23, 27, 28, & 29).

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Young Lungs Dance Exchange – The annual No Idling choreographic series of fresh new works hits the Gas Station Theatre (Jan 8 & 9).


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


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Winnipeg Art Gallery – In Yousuf Karsh: Regarding Heroes, 100 of his favourite photographs from his personal collection will be exhibited (until Jan 3). Also, Cuba AvantGarde: Contemporary Cuban Art from the Farber Collection encompasses the full scope of contemporary Cuban art beginning with the crucial period of the early 1980s (until Jan 10). Take in EUROfix, a three-part exhibition comprising over 150 works that explore key movements in the development of European art from 1450 to 1950 (until Feb 7). Witness one of Canada’s most respected photographers in Richard Harrington: Arctic Photographer

and drawing (Dec 12–Feb 21). Ten years in the making, Ice Fishing in Gimli is an 8-volume image/ text montage bookwork by Winnipeg artist/writer Rob Kovitz (Dec 12-Feb 21). Manitoba Museum – Discover a place where humans meet machines in Robots + Us, a fun and educational journey to the world of artificial intelligence. Take a playful look at what machines and humans are learning from each other, and see how biology and engineering come together to close the gap between reality and robot dreams. More than 24 fun exhibits provide hands-on opportunities to see, touch and explore the amazing world of robots (until Jan 17).

The art of Warner Bros. cartoons. (until Mar 14). Due to the generosity of local collector Mrs. Ruby Ashdown, the public will be able to peruse this major collection of 18th and 19th century British porcelain in Delicate Beauty: The Ruby Ashdown Porcelain Collection (Jan 23-Apr 18). Check out one of the most provocative contemporary practitioners of encaustic painting in Canada in Tony Scherman: A Major Acquisition (Jan 9-Mar 14). Don’t miss The Art of Warner Bros. Cartoons, an exhibition that explores the elaborate creative process that supported the making of the classic Warner cartoons (Feb 6 – May 2). Medea Gallery – Peruse the work of local artists in the following exhibitions: Amanda Graham (Jan 3-16), Mable Huber, Photographer (Jan 17-30), Noni King, Watercolour & Mixed Media (Jan 31-Feb 13), Helen Lyons, Sculpture and Ceramics (Feb 14-27) and Lesly Dawyduk, Glass (Feb 28-Mar 13). aceart – Winner of the prestigious Grange Prize 2008 and Sobey Award runner-up 2009, local photographer Sarah Anne Johnson will be exhibiting in her hometown (Feb – Mar). Next, Nathalie Daoust presents a series of hand tinted, black and white images taken with a pinhole camera. Each photograph reveals a pervading sense of introspection, a desire to escape reality by reinventing the truth (Mar 19-May 1). Plug In ICA – Check out FAX, an exhibition that invites a multi-generational group of artists, as well as architects, designers, scientists and film makers, to conceive of the fax machine as a tool for thinking

Manitoba Children’s Museum – Have you heard? The Manitoba Children’s Museum is pleased to be the home of the last original Eaton’s Santa’s Village display from the ninth floor annex of Eaton’s Downtown Store - fully restored and open to the public for a limited time only! Visitors of all ages will be enthralled with the spirit of the season invoked by 15 fun fairytale vignettes, including classics like Cinderella, Humpty Dumpty, Three Blind Mice and more. A visit to Santa’s Village is a holiday experience for all generations (until Jan 10).

Special Events Guns N’ Roses – Don’t miss the much anticipated Chinese Democracy World Tour from rockers Guns N’ Roses with special guests Sebastian Bach and Danko Jones. Concert takes place at the MTS Centre (Jan 13). Tegan & Sara – Check out Indie-rock twins Tegan & Sara on tour with their latest album – Sainthood. Concert takes place at The Burton Cummings Theatre (Jan 14 & 15). Joe Pug – Folk Festival sensation Joe Pug returns to Winnipeg warming the crowd with his lyrical melodies. Concert takes place at the Park Theatre (Jan 23). Steve Earle – Witness an American singersongwriter known for his rock and country music as well as his political views. Known as “the hardcore troubadour,” Steve Earle is also a published writer, a political activist and has written and directed a play. Concert takes place at The Burton Cummings Theatre (Jan 29).

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Searching for the perfect gift or gift card this holiday season? Look no further than Inn at the Forks, the prairie destination for beauty, rest, and simple pleasures. Situated on the Red and Assiniboine, Inn at the Forks fuses natural splendour with swank accommodation, gourmet dining, and cutting-edge spa service. “Inn at the Forks is at the heart of all the action,” General Manager Denis Smith enthuses. “It’s a wonderful place for getaways and indulgence.” And the laurels prove it - including the highest ranking in the Green Key Eco-Rating Program for environmental performance. Also, thanks to the Riverstone Spa, the hotel boasts membership in the Leading Spas of Canada listing, as well as the nod from the Canadian Tourism Commission’s Unique Spas in Canada. No surprise, then, that everyone seeking escape from stress has been flocking to the Riverstone Spa.

Make Your Escape stones. Another unique choice is the Indigenous Hot Stone Massage. Created with Thunderbird House, this balancing experience incorporates smudging rites, sage, cedar, and sweet grass for purification, and hot and cold marble stones for revitalizing body work.

“We are very busy on the weekends,” affirms Spa Director Janice Colatruglio. “The spa has treatments that are unique to the city, and many of our massages are covered by employment benefits.”

A plethora of experience packages let friends and loved ones pamper themselves properly. The Spa for Two Package lets couples relax with an overnight stay, 60-minute massage, and breakfast in the celebrated Current Restaurant or in the comfort of their room.

Rejuvenating massages include the exclusive Jade Stone Massage, which combines traditional stone techniques with the therapeutic intensity of hand-shaped jade

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cameras. Add to this romp a spa gift card, inroom drinks, fruit platter, chocolate truffles and a scrumptious hot breakfast. “The OPP is a lot of fun,” chuckles Denis. Seeking privacy? The OOdena package welcomes couples to enjoy services in one of the hotel’s luxurious rooms. Relaxation time, massage therapists, drinks, and decadent treats sweeten this deal. Since gift cards can be used throughout the hotel, you can rest assured that there’s a satisfying something for everyone at Inn at the Forks. For more information visit

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South American Gem “Great mood, delicious food” - the motto of Hermanos, Winnipeg’s newest South American eatery. Add great digs, too. Located in the Exchange District’s historic Ashdown Warehouse, Hermanos’ expansive upscale space is dressed with white linens, imaginative lighting, hardwood flooring, and exposed brick walls adorned with photo art conjuring South American vibrancy. Two quintessentially South American cocktails come first to the table – Pisco Sour and Caipirinha. The tartest, the Pisco Sour, is a Chilean standard shaking pisco, a grape liquor, with lime, egg whites, sugar syrup and bitters. Sips smack of citrus zing. Heralded the national cocktail of Brazil, a goblet of premium Caipirinha stirs in rum-like cachaça liquor and bursts with sugared lime.

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For tapas, a sextet of Mulatto Chicken Skewers get right to the point with plump strips of chicken glazed with sticky date and coffee mole. Meanwhile, a trio of stuffed fried Empanadas – spicy ground beef and black bean, tangy chicken and sausage, and vegetable and cheese – are deeply satisfying. Mains are a selection of beef, fish and pork. Our choices, Baby Back Rack pork ribs and the Argentinean Strip are presented upon sturdy wood cutting boards accompanied with savoury roasted potatoes, beets and asparagus. Slow roasted, the pork ribs diffuse orange, brown sugar, cumin and thyme. Encased in fruity apricotanise glaze, juicy meat morsels tumbling from the bones are a rustic epicure’s dream. The Strip, a medium rare 12oz Angus Reserve New York strip loin, is topped with a creamy corianderinfused crab and chevre topping. Drizzled with house-made Chimichuri, a pesto-style Argentinean sauce, this thick and decadently accented cut is a meaty marvel. A chilled half litre carafe of Anakena Cabernet Sauvignon Rose is a crisp wash for hefty meats. Smooth and sophisticated, this aperitif-like Chilean quenches with flavours of plum and cherry, while wafting hints of spice. For dessert we go for the gold! Black Gold – a super dense and moist Peruvian dark chocolate cake lathered with dolce de leche. An immense icy dollop of house-made coconut crème Anglaise complements. CANADIAN OWNED | CANADIAN MADE

Hungry for a new spin on lunch? Visit Hermanos for its all day “fast action lunch.” This speedy menu features hearty items like corn chowder and a cheesy Uruguayan beef stew.

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Quintessentially Mediterranean New to the St. Boniface culinary scene is a North African bistro that is quintessentially Mediterranean – Les Jasmis de la Tunisie. Ornately decorated with curtains and hooka pipes, and filled with swirling traditional music, this utilitarian but intimate spot offers intriguing Provençal eating.

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Tunisian cuisine is influenced by the tastes of Italy and France, but also incorporates exotic African preparations. Those tempted by Tunisian fare but fear its fiery flavours need not worry. Les Jasmis leans towards tomato bases, herbs, pastry and simple cookery.

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Against a backdrop of the majestic Esplanade Riel Bridge, we muse over a menu rich with meats, vegetables, couscous and rice. For starters, two small bites: Brik and Hissou Soup. The Brik is a sensuous fried filo pastry parcel. Buttery and flaky bites of parsley-laced tuna, smooth cheese and boiled egg are both decadent and satisfying.

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Chef ’s Specialities include the national dish of Tunisia: couscous. We order the popular Lamb spin. The tender meat is garnished with squash, onions, carrots, potatoes, green pepper and chickpeas, and moistened with a delicate vegetable sauce.

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Refined wine selection yields a glass of Chateau Defleur’s Pedro-Ximénez Chardonnay. This blended Tunisian wine is dry but sweet tasting, with notes of sweet raisin, fig, citrus and oak.

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Piping hot Hissou Soup is served in a handsome clay bowl. This flour and vinegar based concoction offers thick gravy-like spoonfuls of bright broth infused with herbs, garlic and cool mint. Dense meatballs make this rustic bowl a hearty one. For Mains, Tajine is a quiche-like oven baked egg-based casserole. We order the eggplant variation, rich with grated cheese, parsley and plump purple eggplant. A Tunisian favourite, Koucha, takes traditional meat and potatoes to whole new level – featuring baked marinated potato strips seasoned with rosemary and turmeric, and garnished with fresh sliced tomato, onion, peppers and lemon. Our variation boasted well-done beef tenderloin.

Desserts are enjoyed with a romantic brew of floral café Tunisian and soothing mint tea. The Sample Plate features a range of flaky baklava-style pastries. Tunisian cake filled with creamy custard, mellow banana and almond is a fittingly light finale.

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Named after the Japanese “health,” and flowering with bamboo, palm cutout reliefs, and paper lanterns, Kenko’s plates are indeed infused with passion and creativity. Drinks are expertly concocted. While a classic vodka martini refreshes, Kenko’s lively Saketinis are compulsively drinkable. Play with Fire is a citrusy teal-hued shake of sake, syrupy blue curacao, melon liqueur, and orange juice. To begin, Kenko offers hot and cold appetizers, tempura, sashimi, and sushi. Intrigues include Sushi Pizza, as well as Kaki Fry’s deep fried oysters breaded in panko. Our sushi bites range from Zen to Hedon. Shiso Leaf is a vibrant green Japanese mint leaf resting upon sticky rice and offering tender foliage chews. Soothing Inari wraps glistening bean curd around rice. And Unagi Tempura offers a smoky mouthful of crisped fried BBQ eel. Vegetarian rolls include everything from avocado maki to the elaborate Yaki Yasai, a bundling of grilled red pepper, zucchini, and asparagus with tempura crumbs and sesame.


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The spectrum is sampled with the A.A.C. Roll and the Veggie Kamakaze. Standing for Asparagus Avocado and Cucumber, the A.A.C. Roll is a refreshing green-centred crunch. Conversely, the Kamakaze’s adventurous chopped cucumber, pickled radish, avocado, buttery tempura crumbs, creamy mayo, and spicy sauce would intrigue any meat-devotee. A chilled Sapporo Premium Beer, with its refreshingly light and crisp flavour, is a perfect chaser. Special and House Rolls promise intense flavours and rich satisfactions. Choices include Mango Paradise, a saucy roll of crabmeat and avocado with smoked salmon, mango, and tobiko. Our Special roll, the provocative Sexy and City is a lusciously warm little number of marinated deep fried crabmeat, green onion, soft mussel, and bubbly tobiko drizzled with tangy sauce. Lastly, a spicy and creamy Volcano House Roll majestically heaps crabmeat, avocado, cucumber, and fine masago (Capelin roe) with an eruption of octopus, tempura crumbs, and special sauce. Saketini gets an encore with candied sips from the Tropical Night’s blend of sake, Malibu, Amaretto, cranberry, and pineapple. Want to see the casual side of Kenko cuisine? Maybe more sake? At 631 Corydon Kenko Niwa you can slide up to the sake bar to get your fill. Or order in from either location to enjoy Kenko’s creativity at home.

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Noshing Out Chocolatier Constance Popp 1853 Portage Avenue

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What’s winter hibernation without bonbons? Renowned for her wildly exotic spins on fresh, Manitoba-made chocolate, Chocolatier Constance Popp is a must for holiday decadence and gift giving. Using only premium Belgian chocolate, this Montreal-trained cocoa wizard concocts a dazzling array of contemporary and classic treats spiked with everything from lime to maple to sea salt. Popp’s plenty also includes barks, bars, extreme chocolate cake, mousse cups, and a luxurious chocolate drink.

Lilac Bakery

920 Grosvenor Avenue

Dig into desserts you only thought Grandma did best at this sleekly styled family bakery. Sweet classics are Lilac Bakery’s forte, so expect homemade delights like apple pie, espresso glazed hazelnut shortbread, classic strawberry cheesecake, and a cruelly tempting line-up of bars like the signature Pumpkin Praline, featuring spicy pumpkin custard layered over crunchy oatmeal and topped with candied pecans. Cupcakes are also all the rage, with retro selections like the Red Velvet’s mountainous cream cheese frosting and buttery moist red cake.

Dessert Sinsations Café 505 St. Mary Avenue

Unique. Exquisite. Exclusive: The mantra of Dessert Sinsations Cafe. Chef Barbara O’Hara’s line-up of 100 percent made-from-scratch desserts includes tempting cakes, tortes and pastries. The Chocolate Raspberry torte is sacrilegious combination of plump raspberries, whipped cream and layers of fudge. But for something more nourishing, fresh entrées range from panko encrusted Filet of Salmon with maple jalapeno and garlic tartar sauce to fresh Rigatoni. Special Occasion “haute couture” cakes make celebrations extra sweet.

Eat! Bistro

274 Garry Street

A downtown favourite, Eat! Bistro’s vegan-friendly menu is a scrumptious mix of fusions and old favourites. Chef Candace Hughes whips up plates like hummus with snap peas and wonton crackers, grilled vegetable fritters, and crab cakes with spicy avocado sauce. And if you can’t eat it, read it. Housed in Aqua Books, a trip to Eat! means you’ll get to browse the shelves of what Toronto Star’s Noah Richler called “one of the craziest, most amusing and well-ordered second-hand bookstores I have ever frequented.”

Luxalune Gastropub 734 Osborne Street

Whether you’re mixing with co-workers or shooting pool with friends, Winnipeg’s first gastro pub will wow with inspiring grub, quenching spirits, and stylish design. Sipping from an alluring variety of premium hops and cocktails, indulge in Luxalune’s finger foods or entrées. Selections include crunchy Spicy Beef Tostadas with refried beans and crisp vegetables, as well as Salt-link Dry Ribs tossed with sea salt and cracked pepper. Or bring home some of Luxalune’s signature flavour with their take-out and delivery menu of gourmet pizzas.


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Part upscale bistro, part market, and part burger ‘n’ fry takeout – this is a one-stop shop for gourmet wining, dining, and shopping. The menu offers imaginative and robust delights like the poached egg crowned Veal Shank Ragu. For a tangy sweet try the creamy Fresh Fruit Zabaglione. Late night cravings get satisfied with Fazzo’s notched up takeout fare - pulled pork sandwich nightcap, anyone? And for the holidays, Fazzo gift cards promise your friends an exciting culinary adventure.

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The Brit Café & Raging Brits British Market 2615 Portage Avenue

Bring home a little bit o’ Brit for the holidays. In the café, starters include spicy Pakoras, Sloppy Joes, and yes … Haggis. For main munches, traditional Fish and Chips are a must, but savouries like Cottage Pie or Battered Sausage and Chips also hit that Brit spot. With the market stocked to the hilt with fresh-baked Cornish pasties and sausage rolls, as well as Steak and Kidney Pie, Yorkshire Sausage and imports galore, you won’t scrounge for that brilliant gift this season.

Sydney’s at The Forks

215-One Forks Market Road

Global tastes unite at Winnipeg’s historic meeting place. Chef Michael Schafer’s kitchen prepares a “no limits” experience for diners hungry for creativity. Absorbing stunning views of downtown and the Red and Assiniboine Rivers, you’ll savour a 5-course fixed price menu of elegant Asian, French and Italian specialities. Entrées include fruity Crusted Dover Sole replete with lemon gastrique, tiger prawns, and caper berry jus. To give a gourmet gift, Sydney’s offers gift certificates in a variety of denominations.

Terrace Fifty-Five Food and Wine 55 Pavilion Crescent

Regional cuisine made with local ingredients as well as Canadian fish and seafood is the focus at one of WOW! Hospitality’s newest culinary ventures. Embraced by Assiniboine Park, Chef Scarcella whets appetites with starters like Pan Seared Chicken Livers bathing in veal jus, and sandwiches like the Winkler BLT of naturally smoked bacon, sliced Roma tomatoes, and bib lettuce. Giving or getting a WOW! gift card this season? They are available at any WOW! restaurant or online and are redeemable at any location.

Lobby on York 295 York Avenue

Winnipeg’s newest gourmet destination, Lobby on York, is a knockout nosh with cutting edge style, mini-sushi bar, distinct culinary fusions, and weekend live music. To begin, Pulled Duck Confit Quesadilla is worth flocking to with its tortilla roll of tender duck, peppers, smooth brie, hoisin sauce, and cilantro sour cream. For Mains, Herb Crusted Rack of Lamb is braised and prepared Moroccan-style with spiced gravy. Holiday catering sees Lobby on York offer spreads including Lumpia Chicken Crepes with lemon dip.

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Putting tasty twists on everything from hummus to pickerel, Fude’s menu is as creative as it is fresh. Appetizers to share include Hyper Seared Tuna (it’s hyper ‘cause it’s seared with espresso!) and the award-winning Toadstool Puffs. For entrées, additions to the menu include the Hoi Sinfully Delicious Portobello and Tofu, which sees grilled hoisin glazed mushrooms, vegetables and tofu served with coconut basmati. Keep an eye open for monthly Wine & Dines.

Resto Gare

630 Des Meurons

Recently reinvented Resto Gare lays tracks into casual upscale dining with bistro-style French fare in historic train station digs. Key offerings include Starters like Yukon gold frites with chipotle mayo, as well as garlicky PEI mussels in white wine and herbs. Mains flaunt Manitoba muscle with Bison Manitobain’s lathering of braised shot ribs in sundried blueberry bbq sauce. For a romantic rendezvous, the Fruits de Mer Royale is perfect for sharing with its grilled lobster tails, seared scallops, prawns, and mussels.

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725 Osborne Street


Famous for its boisterous house party atmosphere and the theatrical open-concept kitchen, Bistro 7 ¼ is the perfect escape from winter chills. The menu here changes with the seasons. If fall is any indication, with its Gnudi Bar offerings of squash, sage, and brown butter, and Large Plates including pumpkin ravioli in curried cream topped with apricot chutney, almond, and raisin ... the winter menu will certainly boast yummies to put a little love in your tummy.

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Fusion Grill

112-2025 Corydon Avenue 487-2896

160 Provencher Blvd 982-7298

550 Academy Road

Winnipeg is a fusion city and this chic spot on Academy is at its heart. To begin, seared Digby sea scallops get wild and herby with local capsicum pesto, sautéed cherry tomato, wild boar bacon, spinach, and smooth apple butter sauce. The Interlake steals the spotlight with grilled Arborg grass-fed beef with Cabernet infused demi-glace. And just in time for the holidays, the 4th annual Fusion Grill gift certificate sale lets you purchase a gift certificate and get one for free!

In Ferno’s Bistro

312 Des Meurons Street

Plating irresistible culinary creations since 2003, this St. Boniface gem offers French and Mediterranean indulgences. For the gift-giving season, nothing can match a gift card from In Ferno’s Bistro. The holiday menu showcases the kitchen’s finest offerings. Groups can sit down to spreads including the Inferno Fusion soup of caramelized onion, roasted apple, diced chicken, blue cheese and pernod. Entrees boast Pork Tenderloin stuffed with pear, spinach and havarti all topped with a pear and fig cream sauce.


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The haute European dining at this Exchange District restaurant has garnered rave reviews for its charming environment and elegant cookery. Hors d’oeuvres include Cured Ham and Quebecois Foie Gras. For mains, Rack of Lamb sees tender sweet lamb in silky and exotically spiced Ras el Hanout jus. In preparation for the holidays and other special occasions, Mirlycourtois’ cooking school will let you enjoy preparing and tasting sumptuous delights with Chef Bernard, as well as let you cook up a spectacular five-course dinner.

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Garnering accolades for its imaginative spins on fire-baked pizza (fig jam, prosciutto, gorgonzola, arugula, and lemon juice pizza anyone?) this bustling eatery with its open-concept pizza prep and contemporary style is a must-visit. Primo plates include hearty Meatballs and Grilled Calamari. A perfect vegetarian selection is “The Commish,” decorating thin handmade crust with herbed olive oil, roast potatoes, pine nuts, sharp Pecorino cheese, brown butter and crisp sage leaves.

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Cozy up to Canadian Regional Dining at this hub for herb infusions and delectable savouries. Firsts range from the favourite Warm Buche Riblaire with sambuca poached black mission figs to the adventurous Grilled Wild Tiger Prawns with braised boar belly. Meaty Seconds like Pan Seared Lamb with Bison and Sundried Blueberry Stuffed Quail are sure to satisfy. For holiday gatherings, cold and hot canapés, in addition to elaborate platters, make Mise an elegant choice for catering.

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Strata-Various Pie ¼ cup (50 mL) chopped onion 1 clove garlic, crushed 1 tbsp (15 mL) butter 1 pkg (10 oz/284 g) spinach, washed and stems removed 3 eggs 1 egg, separated 2 deep-dish pie shells, thawed for 20 minutes 1 pkg (175 g) cooked ham 1 pkg (200 g) Swiss cheese slices Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C). In a large frying pan, sauté onion and garlic in butter. Add spinach. Cover and cook until spinach wilts. Drain very well; set aside. In a separate bowl, whisk together 3 eggs and 1 egg white. Place one pie shell layer in the bottom of a 9-inch pie plate. Layer half of the ham, cheese and spinach on top of the shell. Cover with half of the beaten egg mixture. Repeat layers. Place second pie shell on top; crimp edges. Mix remaining egg yolk with a bit of water; brush pastry top. Slit surface to vent. Bake pie on cookie sheet 30 to 35 minutes or until golden. Serve warm or cool. Makes 8 servings.

Rice Pudding 3 eggs 2 cups (500 mL) low-fat milk ½ cup (125 mL) granulated sugar 1 tsp (5 mL) vanilla ½ tsp (2 mL) ground nutmeg or cinnamon 2 ½ cups (625 mL) cooked rice ¼ cup (50 mL) dried raisins or currants Preheat oven to 325°F (160°C). In a large bowl, beat eggs and blend in milk, sugar, vanilla, and nutmeg. Stir in rice and raisins. Pour rice mixture into lightly greased 9-inch (2 L) round baking dish. Bake at 325°F (160°C) for 45 to 50 minutes or until edges are puffed and center is almost set. Let stand 20 minutes before serving. Makes 6 servings.

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“I have faith that good things will happen.” Comforting words from one of Winnipeg’s most pre-eminent artists, Doug Melnyk. And what Doug says, Doug lives. “A life rife with art and art-making,” he chuckles in the downtown apartment he shares with photographer Larry Glawson, his partner of over 30 years. “Art-making is central to my life. It’s an ongoing conversation with myself that I couldn’t have in any other way.” The red walls of the apartment are an immense collage of photographs, drawings, art objects and performance artefacts, like an imposing man-sized Christ doll. “You get a chance to live in your daydreams,” Doug muses. Poetry, performance, installation, drawing, and video – this East Kildonan boy turned graphic designer turned University of Manitoba Fine Arts grad keeps himself on his toes by plunging into every artistic discipline imaginable. “I prefer being a novice,” Doug admits. “It’s a position wherein I have a lot to learn.” Over the course of three decades, Doug has developed an intensely personal and hulking body of solo and collaborative work that has

“There’s a kookiness to most artists. I enjoy it.” Rambunctious images of Eden also abound, namely by way of gigantic African head sculptures floating in the night, nude male angels, and bookish psychotherapists philosophizing about pornography from the grave. “I don’t know if I would like to live in these worlds ... but I want to see that they have a chance,” confides this self-proclaimed romantic. Doug has also invested his creative energies into the community. He is a co-founding member of Ace Art Inc., a fixture on the gallery scene for over 25 years, and has been teaching art at the Winnipeg Art Gallery for almost a decade.

Nippon Maru emerged from time spent swimming in the YMCA downtown pool. “What struck me was the pointlessness of swimming. That’s when the image of the sinking ship came to me with people swimming helplessly around it.” Web surfing for cruise ships, Doug encountered Nippon Maru, a real-life (and still floating!) Japanese cruise ship. The rest is Doug’s vibrantly-coloured, intricately detailed and whimsically animated tale. “Of the 47 passengers, two humans survive on an island, but only for a short time. When they are gone the island becomes a much more lively and vivid place.”

“Winnipeg is important to my identity as an artist,” Doug affirms. “People are willing to help each other. There are a lot of big accomplishments, but not a lot of big egos.”

In the wake of Nippon Maru’s fall 2010 premiere, Doug also anticipates 27 x Doug, Gallery One’s retrospective of Larry Glawson’s work capturing the couple’s decades together. 27 x Doug will feature images of Doug that cover a span of 27 years.

Doug’s newest commission, Nippon Maru, a short animation about shipwreck, survival, and island life, continues his search for humility.

For this optimist adrift in a life rife with art, that’s just business as usual. “All of your experience is part of your project,” he affirms.

“My normal frame of mind is that I see people as being a very small part of the world,” Doug confides.

Doug Melnyk’s work is represented by O’Connor Gallery in Toronto. (

A Life Rife with Art: Doug Melnyk By Ian Mozdzen titillated and inspired generations of Winnipeg artists. His creations are found in local, national, and international collections, including the National Gallery of Canada and New York’s Museum of Modern Art. “Every kind of art project that I’ve been involved with is about inventing a new world,” Doug remarks. “I keep getting further and further into situations where I don’t know what I’m doing. I guess that keeps me authentic.” Not just authentic - singular. Doug’s various cross-disciplinary creations are notorious for being as preposterous as they are profound. Naked Croquet (1987), his first publication, is a melancholic collection of poetic anecdotes providing meditation on everything from Spiderman to Las Vegas to root canals. The internationally toured Gorilla (1989) is a multi-layered ensemble performance piece sprung from the classic 1932 film Blonde Venus and features a man-sized (you guessed it) gorilla. Then there is the extravagant Fruits (2005), a floridly playful queer comic, as well as the beguiling Adam & Steve (2006), an experimental animation that continues Doug’s ongoing flirtation with masculinity, the animal kingdom and the genesis story.

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Bookshelf Ah, the ‘60s! Winnipeg’s Gerry Kopelow was selling photos to the National Film Board while still in school. In 1969, the NFB commissioned him to document the youth movement. Now decades later, he’s published those photographs in All Our Changes: Images from the Sixties Generation (University of Manitoba Press), a collection of more than 150 photos taken between 1967 and 1975. They’re all here: peace symbols, flower children, student activists brandishing their Che posters, Peter Gzowski in paisley, a relaxed Joni Mitchell surrounded by fans, Burton Cummings setting up his own equipment. Kopelow photographed the rock festival in Niverville, Manitoba’s rained-out version of Woodstock, and police brutality at a political protest. With this vivid documentation of a society in flux, Kopelow takes you for a ride on the Man-Pop Express. Bonnie Burnard from London, Ontario, writes about regular people and everyday occurrences, the stuff of her acclaimed Giller award-winning first novel, A Good House. This is a writer who focuses on people you wouldn’t think twice about if you saw them at Costco. Her new book, Suddenly (Harper Collins) continues with the commonplace, but Burnard’s writing is so strong and she knows her characters so well, her readers are reminded that ordinary people aren’t so ordinary after all. This is the story of a close-knit circle of three women nearing retirement age, and their husbands and their families. Taking as her subject friendship among women and how people survive when faced with crisis, and avoiding extremes, Burnard again demonstrates just what a graceful and remarkably generous writer she is. Houseboat Chronicler Jake MacDonald rambles into the woods with his new book, Grizzlyville: Adventures in Bear Country (Harper Collins) about grizzly bears, black bears, and polar bears. MacDonald has a long held ursine fascination and travels from interior British Columbia to suburban Vancouver and northern Manitoba, talking to park rangers, scientists, and backwoodsmen. He is an accomplished storyteller, even when writing about terrifying grizzly attacks or the threat of climate change in the Arctic. After wiping out most of the North American bear population, people are now trying to live with the bears in their midst, MacDonald writes. (Hint: Don’t be the shortest person in a group of bear watchers.) The author asks why normally shy black bears sometimes become man-eaters and reveals why kids in Churchill shouldn’t dress up as seals for Halloween.

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“Music is in my DNA,” professes the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra’s Music Director Alexander Mickelthwate. He is speaking to me over the telephone from a hotel room in summery Johannesburg, South Africa.


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“Looking at all the arts, music is the most powerful. Rhythm and harmonies create emotion. Music goes right into your body.” Born into a family rich with musical history, this notoriously charismatic and fearless conductor is just at the end of a two-week stint conducting the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra to the likes of Mozart, Dvorak, and the Hollywood concert inspiration Erich Wolfgang Korngold. Alexander is now set to come back home to Winnipeg, his wife and two sons, and the celebrated symphony he has been helming for the past 3 years. “I love it,” he marvels about life with the WSO. “It’s a perfect fit. The WSO is a fantastic orchestra.” Now on the tender cusp of 40, did Alexander foresee his destiny as a highly sought-after globetrotting conductor? “In my teens I never thought I would be a professional musician,” Alexander remarks of his early years in Germany studying voice, cello, piano and organ. “At that point, the options were ‘stock broker or pianist?’ because there was this whole ‘wonder child’ syndrome from genius composers like Mozart and Beethoven.” And if that were not discouraging enough, he adds, “I thought my friends were more advanced.” Even further from his mind was being a conductor. “It had never occurred to me,” says Alexander. “To be a conductor is like being a star hockey player or the CEO of a big company. It’s something you don’t think you would ever become.” At the formidable age of 17, it would take a fateful conversation with a trusted music teacher to change his life forever. “He asked me if I had ever considered becoming a conductor,” Alexander recalls, “and the moment he asked that question, it hit me – yes, that’s exactly what I want to be.” Alexander would go on to immerse himself for years in conducting, studying in Germany and Hungary. Then, after winning a scholarship from Baltimore’s reputable Peabody Institute of Music, he took up the

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“Conducting is a very complex job. On the one hand it’s the music ... and then you have 80 or a 100 musicians in front of you.” The imposing reality would hit Alexander when climbing the podium for his first professional gig – conducting works including Duke Ellington’s Harlem for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. “I realized I was still not prepared. We played through and it was flawless. But that was because the musicians were all professional. I still had to learn to bring in my own interpretation.” But years of experience have since prepared Alexander for anything, including indulgence in a certain guilty pleasure. “I love to move my hands,” he confesses. “And that’s a good thing for a conductor!” “Conducting is like learning to play tennis. You have to really practice the different swings and learn how the muscles work. It took a long time to learn to create clear and expressive gestures the musicians can read.” And it’s a good thing for the innumerable orchestras he’s fronted: Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Nashville, Los Angeles, New York, Hamburg, Monte Carlo, Stuttgart ... the list can (like his hands) go on and on.

the WSO’s Composer-in-Residence Vincent Ho. Vincent’s piece synthesizes science and art. Following a trip to Canada’s arctic aboard a scientific research vessel, Ho has created music that expresses a spiritual connection to a land described as “wondrous and full of angelic beauty untouched by utilitarian society.” And as for Alexander, he affirms that the New Music Festival is quite close to his heart. “Sound is the highest thing the human species can concoct,” he states. In Atlanta, Alexander co-founded a new music ensemble – Bent Frequency – a group that haunted industrial spaces to host events featuring experimental approaches to conducting and improvised sound. Composers like Pulitzer Prize-winning David Lang, the prolific and influential John Zorn, as well as a host of composers who went mad were among Bent Frequency’s specialities. “Really cool stuff,” Alexander simply puts it.

“I am really excited about what I do. That’s what makes the difference. I bring myself to the music.” Alexander’s excitement extends to all aspects of the WSO’s 2009-2010 “New Ground” season. Promising to whisk audiences away from the everyday, offerings have already included Alexander conducting Tchaikovsky’s emotive Symphony No. 4, Dvoràk’s popular multicultural New World Symphony, and triumphant masterpieces by Brahms and Beethoven.

And, of course, come February 6-12, the innovative New Music Festival shows off another line-up of avant-garde sound that can’t be heard elsewhere. This year, the festival celebrates the beauty of planet Earth. From the distant lands of the Arctic to the urban sounds of our city, the WSO offers music intensely connected to nature. Opening night of the festival sees Alexander conducting the premiere of a dynamic work by

In anticipation of summer 2010, Alexander and the WSO also look forward to the upcoming Indigenous Festival on National Aboriginal Day (June 21). This festival will see the creation of a colourful new musical connection with First Nations that incorporates events at the Concert Hall, Burton Cummings Theatre, West End Cultural Centre and the Cinematheque. But in the meantime, it’s another adventure for Winnipeg’s beloved conductor: a special fundraising event for the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. “I’m home for 12 hours ... then host a cruise in the Mediterranean for two weeks,” he says. Sounds like a perfect fit to me.

Another major highlight was the immensely popular Cirque de la Symphonie. This visionary venture saw renowned Cirque de Soliel acrobats, aerialists, jugglers and strongmen join forces with WSO musicians for an unbelievable evening of spectacle and sound that Holly Harris of the Winnipeg Free Press called “some serious eye candy.” For the upcoming holiday season, December 4th and 5th sees Alexander keep with Winnipeg’s strong choral tradition by conducting Haydn’s oratory masterpiece The Creation. This vivid work will commemorate the 200th anniversary of Haydn’s death with the Mennonite Festival Chorus and an all-star line-up of Canadian soloists. Then, January 22nd and 23rd, Alexander conducts two exotic programs - Fiesta and Rhythm & Heat – both of which showcase music inspired by the colourful traditions of Mexico, Spain, Egypt, and Argentina. winter 2009 | STYLE MANITOBA | 39

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Dealing with Conflicting Emotions: Tips from a psychologist: Dr. Darek Dawda By Mathilda Waters

Having conflicting emotions is not only a normal but also valuable part of life, according to our expert psychologist, Dr. Dawda of DAVDA Psychology.* MW: Last time, we promised our readers that we would continue on the topic of difficult emotions. How does one deal with conflicting emotions? For example, my friend is unhappy in her relationship, but is terrified to even consider an alternative. DD: The following are some general tips one can use when dealing with an issue that triggers complex emotional response. Accept the complexity of your emotional response Your friend’s reaction is a normal complex emotional response to a difficult situation, and the first thing your friend might want to do is accept the complexity of her emotions. It is cliché advice, but too often we deny ourselves the right to simply feel what we feel. Be it a result of our belief about how we should be feeling, or the fear of what would happen if we let ourselves be honest with ourselves, we often feel anxious when faced with conflicting emotions, and we strive to resolve the ambivalence as quickly as possible. This might be a good way to lower anxiety short term, but we will typically arrive at a better long-term solution if we properly consider all aspects of our emotional response. Explore the complexity of the issue and your response to it It is best to put the issue and all your emotional responses to it on the table. For example, your friend might feel excited about the prospect of a new life, meeting new people, doing things she’s always wanted to do, not having to argue or be accountable to anyone, and so on, all of which pulls her towards separation. On the other hand, she might feel protective of her partner, guilty about hurting him, worried about people casting judgment on her, or overwhelmed by a sense of loss of a companion or a dream, and so on, all of which makes her want to forget the whole thing and continue on with the relationship. Each of these emotions can give your friend valuable insight into her situation. It would be a good idea to take advantage of the richness of her emotional response.

Get it out of your head Rather than ruminating about the issue, it might be more useful to put it all on paper. Your friend might write all her responses down on a list, or in a diary, or a bubble diagram. If she likes being more playful with her internal life, she might imagine herself as consisting of several characters, each having different desires or fears. For example, your friend might imagine one part of her as an adventurous young traveller who is fearless and thirsty for exploration and new experiences. She might imagine another part as more fearful, stability and safety-oriented. Another part of her might be a highly caring and compassionate creature who has no difficulties sacrificing her own needs for the well being of others. And so on. She can generate as many characters as there are facets of her emotional response imagination is the limit. Then the question becomes, how can these characters get along? Which one is most important for her? If this was a theatre show, and your friend was a director, what would she need to do to make this show happen? Consider alternative courses of action Naturally, your friend will consider her possible courses of action. There are essentially three possibilities here: 1) continue the status quo, 2) work on improving her relationship, or 3) separate. Your friend might want to write down the pros and cons for each of her options. Shelve the issue and wait for clarity If your friend feels emotionally overwhelmed, she likely does not have sufficient clarity to decide on what to do next. In which case (if there is no urgency to act) it is usually better to shelve it all to provide time for clarity to mature. Clarity is a sublime experience, but it can’t be forced. Emotional processing is organic, it involves both conscious and subconscious processing, and it takes time. So your friend might revisit the issue from time to time, clarify what she can, and let other parts of her brain do the thinking for her. Sometimes all that is needed to know what one needs to do is a good night of sleep. * Visit to get more information on DAVDA Psychology or for our free Sleep Quiz with Sleep Tips. To find other psychologists, visit

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Glamorous ‘30s Style Going to a Christmas Party or getting married this holiday season? Cynthia’s retro ‘30s finish could be applied to either occasion. Getting this look requires going back to good old standard techniques, like finger waving and pin curls. It takes a little more time and technique, but the end result is so glamorous!  Add some hair accessories – either make them yourself or purchase something pretty – for that perfect final touch.   Makeup is returning back to glamour as well - that Hollywood appeal is very sexy.  Invest in some red lipstick, such as Inflame or Kore Red from the Kore makeup line, and pick up Kiss Me non-smudge black eyeliner and some false eyelashes to finish the look. Salon: rituals in hair and skin Hair Artist:  Cynthia Makeup artist:  Mariana Models:  Joanna (bride) & Raunora (bridesmaid) Photographer: Blondine McRonald

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Simply Elegant The holidays shouldn’t be imagined without an evening out in your favourite gown and a beautiful holiday hairstyle. Loose curls define the glamorous look of the season with a hint of Aveda Hair Color for shine and texture. Catherine’s hair was set with Confixor, Glossing Straightener and rollers, and touched up with an iron. For a natural look, Aveda Air Control was used to finish her style.   Salon: Oxfords Salon Spa Hair Dressing: Amber Casselman Makeup: Tara Suffield Photography: Marien at Hey Kiddo Photography


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Give the gift of music this season! Electric Guitar Package: AXL Headliner Guitar & Vox Pathfinder Amp $249.98. Quest Musique, 2 locations: 1308 Portage Ave & 166 Meadowood Drive

Gorgeous Histyle holiday ornaments in a plethora of finishes and colours. St Mary’s Nursery & Garden Centre, 2901 St Mary’s Rd.

The magical meeting of perfume and skin - L’artisan Parfumeur. Explore the luxury of difference. Available only at Perfume Paradise 253 Vaughan St. (across form the Bay)

Exercise equipment, fireplaces, tanning beds, pool tables, saunas, hot tubs and more! Krevco Lifestyles Inc, 4 locations in Winnipeg: Sargent at Berry, Lagimodiere & Grassie, 596 St Anne’s Rd., Waverley & Scurfield

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giftguide Luxurious chinchilla stole for glamorous holiday style. Sydney Gitterman’s Eagle Furs Ltd, 46 Princess St.

Silver birds, nuts and all things ornamental for the holidays. Beyond Flowers, 163 Lilac St.

Locally crafted jewellery by Canadian designers, contemporary watches from axcent, plus the Keyring of Hope, a great stocking stuffer that raises funds for Breast Cancer awareness Small Indulgence Gift Shop, 105-1700 Corydon Ave

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Sparkling nail colours by China Glaze, plus Bio-Maple matte moisturizer (spf 15), day lotion (spf 15) and vegetable skin cleanser from the B. Kamins Chemist line. Soul Haven, 301-99 Osborne St.

Adorable children’s clothing and accessories for the little ones on your list. Toto ‘n Dot, 112-2025 Corydon Ave

MGA Entertainment stirs up excitement this holiday season with the launch of a new fashion doll brand: Moxie Girlz™ available in three themes – Art-titude™, Jammaz™, and Magic Hair. Dolls and accessories available at major retailers and department stores nationwide.

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Gifts for connoisseurs of fine spirits from William Grant & Sons: Glenfiddich, the world’s most awarded single malt scotch whisky, and Sailor Jerry 92-proof blend spiced navy rum. Available at liquor stores nationwide.

Creatively woven bamboo centrepiece with seasonal flair. Signature Floral Gallery, 160 Provencher Blvd.

For the pet owner on your list – Best selling book, Potential Within: A Guide to Nutritional Empowerment, plus BiologicVet nutritional supplements for dogs and cats. Available at pet stores nationwide.

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Embracing Community By Leigh Patterson Nestled against the scenic backdrop of the meandering Seine River, the Seine River Retirement Residence embraces community in every sense of the word. It’s a culture nurtured by both staff and tenants at Winnipeg’s newest All Seniors Care Living Centre. “We take a holistic approach to ensure tenants’ needs are met – from our full slate of Health and Wellness options, to the delicious food prepared by our Red Seal Chef, to social activities,” says Bruce Lillie, Regional Marketing Director, All Seniors Care. “We are their community and we’re here to provide the services they desire,” he says, adding that monthly “town hall” meetings are among the many opportunities tenants have to suggest activities or events that residents might enjoy. A full time Health and Wellness Director oversees a variety of fun activities for residents. According to Seine River’s Marketing Director Barbara Rach, “Winnipeg has deeply rooted communities, so socializing, and maintaining and developing our tenants’ new and healthy interests is key to achieving continuity and balance in their lives.” One of these exciting events eagerly anticipated by the Seine River tenants is the “All Seniors Care 2010 Seniors Games” being hosted nationally with all events running simultaneously at each of the four Winnipeg-area All Seniors Care residences in late January. Competitive events will include bocce, billiards, card and board games, Wii Golf and Bowling, and a hallway walk - all held in a friendly, supportive environment. Complete with keynote speeches from political and community leaders, participation by other local groups, award presentations and opening and closing ceremonies, it is truly a neighbourhoodinspired event. “The Games promote social activity and spiritual, mental and physical wellness among our residents and it’s a big part of their community,” Lillie notes.

enjoy some pampering at the spa or beauty parlour. A lovely, non-denominational chapel ensures tenants’ spiritual needs are met, too.

With its warm, modern décor and amazing amenities, the Seine River residence enhances the community feel. The building encircles a beautifully landscaped outdoor courtyard where residents can unwind and mingle in the summer months. The one and two bedroom all-inclusive suites are well appointed and spacious, with safety features and perks like weekly housekeeping.

In addition to Seine River’s dynamic social setting, tenants continue to enjoy their external community activities by taking part in shuttled day trips and cultural excursions – from fall suppers to summer festivals. Lovers of the Arts are encouraged to keep up with their memberships to attend plays, galleries or concerts, and to continue to donate their time and talents to their favourite charitable pursuits.

A games room and well-stocked library and lounge replete with fireplaces invite residents to relax and socialize. The onsite bistro is the perfect place for conversation over muffins and coffee, and two nutritious meals are served daily in the spacious dining room. Tenants can

Rach says that given the level of services, wellrounded programs, community connections and camaraderie that exists here, many tenants have told her “they’ve felt more independent and free than they have in years.”

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Bridgwater Forest, a 330 acre neighbourhood of the Waverley West area of Winnipeg, is rapidly selling out on phase one of its offered lots, and is gearing up to start selling lots in phase two.

people back to homes with back lanes.” New showhomes for phase two will be built in time for the autumn of 2010, and will be located on Highland Creek Road, Hunterbrook Drive and Bridgeland Drive.

Bridgwater Forest is part of the Waverley West neighbourhood plan by the City of Winnipeg, which will see seven neighbourhoods and 11,000 single-family homes and 500 multifamily units built. Named in honour of Arthur Bridgwater, who served as chief of the thenFort Garry Police Department from 1945 to 1974, this new neighbourhood features 25 acres of mature forest, open spaces, four lakes, and energy efficient homes, some of which will use solar energy or geothermal heating and cooling. There will be a traditional neighbourhood feel, with home designs regul ated by a well-known Winnipeg architectural firm.

“A unique feature in phase two will be 15 lots designated as ‘visitable,’ which refers to their accessibility by anyone using a walker or wheelchair to move around, or parents with young children who need to use a stroller,” he says. The 15 visitable lots on Highland Creek Road will have homes built on them with features such as no-step entrances, wide doorways and halls, plus bathrooms to accommodate wheelchairs, and an accessible bathroom on

the main floor. The home lots are graded and engineered to accept the no-step entrance. This type of accessible home will be showcased as part of the 2010 showhomes. The Town Centre of the community is currently in the planning phase, and Manitoba Housing plans to have consultations with the public on what shops and services they would like to see featured. Building activity is expected to begin in 2013 on the Town Centre. Phase one of Bridgwater Forest has a community fountain, while phase two will feature a bridge plaza over lake number two. For more information on Bridgwater Forest, please visit the website at

Phase one has 459 lots in total, out of which 80 percent have already been sold. Bridgwater Forest is number one in the number of building permits being taken out with the City of Winnipeg, with an average of 10 to 12 a month. There are close to 200 homes in phase one already built or under construction, says Dwayne Rewniak with Manitoba Housing. Phase two will see construction of 248 single-family homes. Services such as water and sewer are already in place, and Rewniak expects to see building permits available by December for these lots. “Despite the slowdown in the economy, we are quite pleased with the way lots are being sold and homes constructed at Bridgwater Forest. One of the features in this neighbourhood are the homes built on lots which have a back lane,” says Rewniak. “There are 143 of these in phase one, and we expect them to all sell out soon. The builders are offering a great price on this type of home, which has a garage in the rear, not on the front of the home. There are showhomes with this layout, and it is winning winter 2009 | STYLE MANITOBA | 59

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At 690,000 square feet, Manitoba Hydro’s new head office is the biggest structure in downtown Winnipeg. It also offers some of the biggest changes in construction thinking the city has ever seen. The new 22-storey, $278 million high-rise is a showpiece for the crown corporation’s drive to environmentally sustainable building options. It is also a model office space that delivers comfort and collegiality to its 1800-plus-worker cohort. Taken together, all the pieces in this awardwinning structure allow Hydro to really walk its conservation talk. Manitoba Hydro has been a strong voice for energy conservation over the past several decades. The recently opened Manitoba Hydro Place at 360 Portage Ave shows that the utility has been listening to its own advice. The result is a state-of-the-art podium and tower structure that proclaims a kindness to the earth as well as its office worker residents. But the most significant aspect of the new building is that people the world over will learn that environmental construction options can work on a massive scale as well as for individual homes and small business. Not surprising then is the pride of President and CEO of Manitoba Hydro, Bob Brennan, who can look at the seven years of development as proof in not only their commitment to conservation, but a

watershed example of technologies and thinking that are making a vast positive contribution to global environmental and economic challenges. Brennan reports that the planning actually went back to the 1990s and the acquisition of Centra Gas. At that time, the CEO and his team could see the need to consolidate its office space. He recalls that they had workers in updated warehouse facilities, rental units and a myriad of Hydro-owned buildings throughout Winnipeg. The other shoe dropped in 2002 when the utility acquired Winnipeg Hydro from the City. During negotiations, Mayor Glen Murray discussed using the deal to help downtown revitalization.

“We wanted to deconstruct the existing buildings on the block and donate the materials,” says Tom Akerstream, a team member who was the Energy Advisor on the project and who is now the Building Manager. “We were told it couldn’t be done within our budget and timeframe. In the end, the job we were told could not be done was completed for half the cost of the traditional method,” he notes, adding that properties from old bank buildings to retail shops were pulled

“We saw that a downtown location would benefit both ourselves and the city,” says Brennan, adding that the timing and fit was perfect. The result is an architectural gem that has become an icon structure along the city’s skyline.

It Can Be Done One thing Hydro’s project managers were told from the outset was that much of what they wanted to accomplish was impossible. Consider the site preparation prior to construction. In a traditional building demolition job, teams arrive with their D9 Caterpillars, Drotts and Bobcats to smash existing structures and cart debris away to landfills. The team suggested a defter touch.

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Manitoba Hydro Place Designed for our climate Energy from the sun Manitoba Hydro’s head office at 360 Portage Avenue takes full advantage of the passive and natural energy systems in our environment, particularly the sun. The building’s due south orientation and unique triangular shape utilizes Winnipeg’s abundant solar energy by maximizing exposure to the south, while minimizing exposure to cold north winds.

Ventilation – a solar chimney and operable windows

Fresh Air

Fresh air that enters the building travels through the south winter gardens, where it is conditioned by a 22 metre waterfall. This pre-conditioned air travels through the building via the raised floor system and enters workspaces from floor vents to provide fresh air, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

In winter, the air in the building is warmed by the sun in the south winter gardens and gathers additional heat from electronic equipment and the building’s occupants. In the warmer months, the mechanical ventilation systems are turned off and the building is ventilated by operable windows and the natural “stack effect” of the solar chimney draws exhaust air up and out of the building.

Natural and Energy-Efficient Lighting

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The building envelope uses low-iron glass which improves natural light transmittance. This unique glass in combination with floor-to-ceiling windows ensures maximum exposure to daylight and reduces the need for artificial lighting systems.

The building’s east and west facades consist of a glazed double curtain-wall that creates an energyefficient buffer zone between the building interior and the elements.

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Many of the materials used at Manitoba Hydro Place have been recycled from the former structures on this site.

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Terraces with a living carpet of mosses, grasses, and lichens form an insulating mat that lowers the heating and cooling requirements in the building, absorbs water run-off and reduces ambient greenhouse gases by absorbing carbon dioxide.

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apart piece by piece saving all usable materials, like stone work, lighting fixtures and old timbers that were redirected to other projects. Indeed, 95 percent of materials on-site were reused or recycled. Akerstream and others on the team, such as Dudley Thompson of Prairie Architects, had seen the Mountain Equipment Co-op project in Winnipeg and learned how builders could have their cake and eat it too by using recycled materials and conservation techniques to create a Class A structure that was not more expensive or more time costly to construct. Importantly, they knew the value of Integrated Design (ID) where all parties sit at the table from the beginning. “In a typical process, the architect takes control of the project and parcels out work in sequence. What can happen is that design aspects that are high on the client’s wish list can fall away as resources dwindle when a project nears completion. We did not want to compromise our goals and saw IDP as the best method to make sure all aspects were understood from the beginning by everyone, and we committed to these aspects as a group,” he explains, adding that a lot of thought and time went into the placement of the IDP team. The drive for the Integrated Design approach originated with the project’s Professional Advising Architects - Prairie Architects of Winnipeg, a firm that had handled the Mountain Equipment Co-op’s new building and its state-of-the-art conservation approach. The architects had utilized Integrated Design Planning on the MEC building and saw how this could benefit Manitoba Hydro Place. “We developed the protocols on how to proceed and saw that IDP was the best way to go. We then set about hiring the team of professionals to sit around the table to create a concentrated mass of know-how to discuss and define the design according to the client’s needs and available technology,” says Dudley Thompson, a Principal with Prairie Architects, a company that has become the go-to group for sustainability in design in Manitoba.

Here 360 Portage Ave. Principal Architect Rick Linley of Smith Carter comments that the design took the Integrated Team a year to complete and was the result of a distilling process that saw them start with 16 schemes that boiled down to three and then one plan over a six-month period. He reports that as many as 50 people from PCL to the client to architects to construction managers all sat around the table. Architects from Smith Carter, architects of record, and Toronto-based KPMB (Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg), the designers, comprised a group of 30 to 40 people alone.

Energietechnik GMBH, showed how the structure could use the environment rather than repel it like most buildings.

“The client wanted an energy efficient building that would make a positive contribution to Winnipeg’s downtown,” says Linley, noting that the form of the building is the result of the integrated design process that allowed everyone to look at the project much differently than in a traditional arrangement. For example, the team’s Stuttgart, Germany energy engineers, Transolar

Similar to the site decommissioning, they were told more than few times that their wish list was unattainable. For instance, the glass curtain that shrouds the eastern and western exteriors had been done in other climates. For Winnipeg’s extreme weather, the challenge of a glass curtain wall was deemed too unrealistic. The team determined that glass could be utilized if the technique was reversed. What they did was use double panes on the exterior with single panes on the inside. The exterior walls also used low iron crystal clear glass (iron gives glass its characteristic green hue) to maximize solar gain. Problem solved.

“We had many sessions as a team where we had to rethink the traditional and consider techniques that were uncommon in a project of this scale.” According to Tom Akerstream, they started by coming up with a list of everything that was an energy sustainable feature. “We then investigated all of them to see what would work here.”

Impressively, the building uses an innovative solar chimney, an iconic 24-storey structure topped off with a black stack of tubes filled with sand, to assist in airflow and ventilation in 360’s low velocity fresh air delivery system. In this building flow and ventilation is a passive system that works without massive HVAC equipment so common in today’s commercial buildings. The air in Hydro’s new head office is taken directly from the outside and conditioned via the south facing natural Winter Gardens and then permitted to flow under raised floor plenums to rise up to staff. Once used the air continues to rise winter 2009 | STYLE MANITOBA | 63

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and is exhausted via the solar chimney. In winter once the air enters the solar chimney it is drawn down to provide all of the heat required for the underground parkade. The remaining heat is also used to preheat the incoming fresh cold air as it enters the south Winter Garden. Division Manager of Corporate Services, Tom Gouldsborough, the overall Project Manager, comments that in most buildings 80 to 90 percent of air is recirculated and comes from ceiling vents well away from people. At 360 Portage Ave., all the air is fresh and is directed to people and then vented. There are also windows that can be opened, a rarity in modern buildings where air-conditioning creates something like a submarine shell that must remain closed to the environment. Gouldsborough remarks that for him the most significant aspect is the quality of environment for the building’s residents. “This building is designed in such a way that productivity is actually enhanced. For example, workers breathe completely fresh air that is brought into the building two to three times per hour. Our staff can also reach over and open a window for additional fresh air or temperature control. Workers also enjoy natural lighting through the massive windows. Desks have individual desktop lighting sources to give still more control over personal spaces, an important aspect to workplace satisfaction. As well, people can control sunlight through manual shading by overriding the building management system.” As to the building management system, Gouldsborough notes that much of what happens at 360 Portage Ave. is preprogrammed for efficiency. He explains that inside the structure are two weather stations as well as systems that monitor the sun’s position and feed the data into the building’s property management system. “As daylight approaches, lighting begins to dim thanks to photo cells, and give over to natural sunlight,” he states, remarking further that the weather stations inform systems that determine the amount of sun shading necessary to maintain ambient temperatures around 23 degrees C. “The building is like a living entity with 20,000 control points and weather centres determining how it reacts to the environment,” adds Akerstream. Helping the building stay at the right temperature is a subterranean vault of 280 geothermal loops that extend below the building nearly 400 feet. According to Akerstream, the Manitoba Hydro building is the only structure downtown to utilize this form of heating and cooling system, which is the largest of its kind in the province. He notes that in most scenarios a geothermal ground source heat exchange is installed under lands adjacent to a structure. At 360 Portage, the system was built directly below. “Over the course of a typical year, the geothermal system is a balanced energy exchange. This is to say that heat extracted from the ground in

the winter is replaced in the summer when the process is reversed and heat from the building is sent underground to be stored. In this way the system is highly sustainable over the long term,” he says, adding that the system contributes 65 percent of the heat and all of the cooling to the facility. Further, the building uses its considerable wealth of exposed concrete to create surfaces that provide radiant heat. The challenge to designers was to use the concrete, but do so in such a way that the aesthetics were not cold. Here KPMB used natural materials to warm up the design. Evidence of this abounds, but is perhaps nowhere more noticeable than in the main level gallery where wooden slats climb the three storeys, and cascading waterfall wall treatments splash and gurgle beside massive stands of grey concrete. The water features - there are six installations - also condition the air with humidity as it passes through the gallery and Winter Gardens on its way up to offices.

“This allows us to move staff around easily as new project groups form.” Here Glen Klym, an architect with Smith Carter who was the Project Manager for the design team, points out that a criteria was to create a design that facilitated a three-floor department movement. In this scenario, workers with commonality can develop community through incidental meeting. Klym mentions that the building features the largest green roof in Winnipeg. A green roof is one that is completely or partially covered with vegetation or soil. The design at 360 Portage Ave. offers three roof terraces to which workers can look out from above the third floor. “The green roof on the podium provides storm water management as well as reducing the heat island effect in the downtown,” says Klym, adding that it also makes a positive contribution to the local ecology by offering a habitat for birds.

The materials used on each floor are also as ecominded as possible. This means that paints have no volatile organic compounds (VOC’s) and carpets are free from noxious backing glues. In fact, the carpeting is know as a cradle to cradle product where worn pieces can be returned to the factory where they are remade into new floor coverings.

Human Scale

Office areas have built-in flexibility to help make them worker friendly. Gouldsborough reports that while Hydro does not have a lot of staff turnover, a fact that indicates a highly satisfied workforce, they do have a lot of churn. To accommodate this, all offices and meeting rooms have demountable walls. Office cubes are serviced from below through the raised plenum flooring, and according to Gouldsborough, each unit is completely plug and play.

“In most large cities, tall buildings extend from the ground level upward without a human dimension. Just look at Portage and Main and you can see what I mean.”

On street level, the new centre also helps make downtown more habitable for people who find small shops and businesses a good place to roost. According to Klym, the group’s idea has been to enhance the human aspects on a pedestrian scale with individual retail and foodservice units tucked into units on the main drag.

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Creating Sustainable Futures Congratulations on the New Headquarters

outside plaza on Graham. On the Portage Ave. face, there is room for a number of shops as well as banking to create an approachable feel to what might otherwise be viewed as an imposing office tower. To further soften the imposing nature of Winnipeg’s largest office tower, Hydro has worked with Manitoba artists to fill the building with a very impressive collection of contemporary works. Under the guidance of Hydro’s Leona Herzog and architectural design consultant Ben Wasylyshen, the building now houses more than 200 recently acquired pieces from some 80 local artists. “Our idea was to deal directly with the artists,” says Herzog, who reports that she and Wasylyshen traveled the province visiting studios to obtain the right mix of art for the space. “We looked at works from the 1970s to 2009, and have included many of the leading practitioners in our collection, which will continue to grow.” Artists include Bruce Head, William Pura, Tony Tascona, and Ewa Tarsia to name just a few. The challenge was to find art works that would not be overshadowed by the dramatic building design. According to Herzog, the structure was not created to house art, and as such, they had to alter lighting in some hallways and find ways to hang items without placing fasteners in concrete walls.

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“We have been able to turn long hallways into galleries and offer unique vistas with artwork as a focus. Some items, such as the ground level Bruce Head and the office level Aliana Au have come with controversy, but we have been able to use this as an opportunity to discuss the work with building staff, who have been wonderfully onboard with the process and the selection.” The collection is augmented by the corporation’s existing store of art that Herzog moved over from other Hydro offices. “The acquisition of art for a facility such as this will continue as a work in progress,” she says, remarking that they are currently looking at a large sculpture placement for the main floor space that will come as a loan from the Winnipeg Art Gallery.

LEEDing the Way “At the outset we had five goals,” says Tom Gouldsborough. “We needed to address our business needs, create a signature piece of architecture, and it had to be energy efficient and sustainable. We also wanted to make a positive impact on downtown and have a project that made financial sense,” he says, commenting further that an energy efficient building can require five to seven percent more capital up front, but these buildings then require less to operate over the long haul. Consider that a typical office tower costs about 500 kilowatt hours (kWh) per meter of space to energize. An energy efficient building costs owners a lot less. In fact, a PowerSmart tower can run costs down to 200 kWh per meter. The new Hydro facility goes a step further with costs that are even lower in the range of 90 kWh. According to Tom Akerstream, there are efficiencies everywhere you look. “The green roof contributes a 20 to 25 percent reduction in energy that would have gone to air-conditioning in a typical building,” he says, injecting that the design for the structure was rotated 15 degrees on its block of land to maximize the southern solar input and give a proper orientation to the Legislative building. Even the concrete used in the structure offers a conservation aspect. Handled by Crosier Kilgour Partners, the structural engineers for the project, concrete was made using 30 percent fly ash. “Cement is a product with a huge carbon footprint. By using less we can help the building with its demand for sustainability and conservation,” says Crosier Kilgour’s Tom Malkiewicz, the Lead Structural Engineer. “Our challenge was to determine the right percentage for the mix. Too much and the setting time would increase beyond acceptable limits for PCL’s construction schedule. We found 30 percent to be the optimum level,” he reports, noting that in the end workers poured enough concrete in the building to construct 39 kilometers of roadway.

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To obtain the best from the sun and provide ambient heat for this concrete, Hydro’s team turned to industry leaders like Winnipeg’s Border Glass, a local company with decades of experience and valuable expertise in the construction of glass curtain walls. As mentioned, 360 Portage Ave is clad in a glass skin that is comprised of a double-walled outer layer and a single pane interior wall. According to David Borys of Border Glass, there is in excess of 350,000 square feet of window product surrounding the structure. Border Glass completed the interior glass wall in a portion that saw them install 130,000 square feet of single pane glass around the building, and another 9000 square feet of triple glazed, argon filled, low iron glass units on the main level “What makes the glass unique is the low iron content. This makes it more conductive by allowing more solar energy to pass through to the building, a major aspect in the heating. It also contributes to the quality of the sunlight. With low iron glass, there is just more natural light coming into the building. Yes, it costs more

up front, but the payback is made over the long term with lower heating bills, not to mention a better quality of life for workers who can enjoy more natural lighting, as well as fresh air from the operable windows in the curtain wall,” says Borys. Taken together these innovations have earned Manitoba Hydro considerable kudos from the design and energy conservation sectors. Manitoba Hydro Place was recognized by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat as the number one office tower in the Americas with regard to design, quality of space, urbanism, sustainability and energy efficiency. It was one of only four buildings in four geographic regions selected in the Best Tall Building awards for 2009, sharing recognition with outstanding tall buildings in Beijing, London and Doha (Qatar). The property also walked away with Gold for its excellence in building development at this year’s Brownfield Awards in Vancouver. The project is targeting LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum, and has extensive use of passive and natural ventilation, geothermal systems and heat recovery, day

lighting, building automation, and hi-performance envelopes. According to Akerstream and Gouldsborough, the new building has achieved the necessary 60 percent reduction in energy use from buildings that conform to the national building code requirements. “We will likely go beyond 65 percent as we move forward and the building systems find their groove,” says Akerstream. “As a provincial utility it is important for us to show the way in energy conservation. It is also important for us to show how costs can be removed and business can benefit by being sensitive to the environment. This building will provide significant savings in greenhouse gasses as well as operational expenses,” says President and CEO Bob Brennan, who concludes by pointing out that with this saving and leadership comes a heavy injection of pride for Manitobans in a new Winnipeg landmark.

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Real Hardwood for Real Life The rewards of making a fine wine are no longer only in the glass. Now, thanks to an ingenious new approach, homeowners can enjoy the unique look of reclaimed oak barrels in a captivating collection of hardwood flooring. “It’s something incredibly unique and no one else is doing this on a global scale,” says Jason Kendall, the Western Canadian Distribution Manager for Armstrong Flooring. “We’re getting a big reaction.”

Armstrong begins with solid 2 ¼ inch strips of premium rift and quartered oak, some of which is rescued from the tops and bottoms of barrels constructed by coopers for the wine industry. Vintner’s marks and cooperage stamps are burned onto random strips for an authentic look. A deep colour wash enhances the grain and the wood’s aged appearance, picking up natural variations and markings created when the coopers char the inside of the barrels in preparation for wine storage. The result is an incomparable floor created while rescuing wine barrels otherwise destined for the landfill. This is good news for today’s savvy consumers who demonstrate not only exquisite taste but also a strong sense of environmental responsibility. Whether it’s a fine wine or a stunning floor, they demand something out of the ordinary, something bold and captivating, with depth and robust variation. At the same time, they want ecologically friendly options. A while ago, Armstrong Flooring made a commitment to fulfill both these needs and, in the process, take hardwood flooring to a whole new level. In fact, Barrel Creek is only one

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of Armstrong’s new collections that combine industry-leading designs and sustainability. The results have both consumers and retailers more than a little excited. “It’s about time,” says Francine Curtis of Curtis Carpets. She notes that although hardwoods have been increasingly popular with homeowners for many years now, it took Armstrong’s ingenuity to make the leap to some truly different offerings. With products that look as good in a contemporary setting as in a rustic one, textures that span from sleek to handscraped, and colours that range from natural to cognac to charcoal black, there is indeed something for everyone. Launched at Curtis Carpets, Armstrong’s innovative new collections fit right into the store’s philosophy of providing clients with something unique. It’s not surprising, then, that the flooring manufacturer approached the retailer when it came time to introduce the new product lines to Manitoba. “We’ve been in the industry a long time,” confirms Curtis. “We always want our clients to be happy and excited about their new floor.

When I meet clients, I treat their home as if it were my own.” She points to the broad selection in the Exotic Fusion collection as a good example of the beautiful colours and textures Armstrong has available for homeowners to personalize their space. The distinctive markings and variegations of these hardwoods are what make them so popular. “People still love the look of tropical species,” confirms Kendall, “but they are concerned about the environmental impact.” These concerns include the potential depletion of the rainforest and the heavy carbon emissions produced when transporting lumber from as far away as South America. In response, Armstrong has developed an innovative process of treating domestic species with thermal fusion to create the look of exotic wood. A combination of temperature, pressure and humidity caramelizes the natural sugars in woods such as ash, birch, elm and maple resulting in three natural shades without stains or pigments.

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Curtis notes that this variation in colour is exactly what people want. When hardwoods first became popular she had customers who asked for a uniform appearance much like a furniture top. They soon realized this look was undesirable. Today, variation in wood is a prized element that has made the look of exotics very popular. In the Exotic Fusion collection, selection of the right domestic species provides grain patterns with multi-dimensional visuals similar to certain tropical woods. The process brings out the hidden beauty of domestic exotics, which then undergo the same rapid and pronounced colour variation as their tropical cousins once they are exposed to light. At the same time, the natural colouring ensures that marks, scratches and imperfections are less visible. In fact, one of the reasons that certain families are hesitant to embrace hardwoods is the fear that active living will lead to scuffing and damage. Armstrong has found a solution – one that uses only domestic woods. “We’re taking hardwood and making it harder,” says Kendall. To accomplish this feat, Armstrong infuses the top layer of genuine engineered hardwood with liquid acrylic. As a result, even cherry, the softest of the hardwoods, becomes stronger than oak. The Premier Performance collection includes a wide variety of colours and species, all made to resist the dents, scratches and scrapes of an active lifestyle. Like the three options in the Barrel Creek collection, Premier Performance floors are all commercially rated. “Some people like the look of walnut and cherry but are concerned about durability,” says Kendall. “This is a perfect floor for them.” “They’ve got beautiful colours,” adds Curtis. She points to the weathered mineral look of the black-stained maple Premier Performance floor. Encompassing more than two dozen colours, four wood species and three different plank widths, the collection offers plenty of options. The widths range from 3 inches for a more traditional look to an ample 5-¼ inches, ideal for a more contemporary setting. Certain collections even have planks as wide as 7 inches. In fact, that is the standard width for the Regent collection while the Century Estate has a standard width of 6 inches. Both collections feature hand-sculpted hardwoods, thereby combining old world craftsmanship with modern design. The stain is also applied and rubbed by hand to give each plank a depth of colour and warmth no machine could create. “They truly have the look and feel of a fine piece of hand-crafted furniture,” says Kendall. A special treatment of the knots enhances the character of the wood, resulting in some unique visuals.

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For the Century Estate collection, Armstrong has subtly hand-sculpted the finest walnut, maple, hickory and oak. Each plank is defined by gently undulating details and soft-pillowed edges. A wide selection of colours enables homeowners to personalize their floor to their particular taste and setting. “There is something for everyone,” says Curtis. One of her personal favorites is the Gatsby, another hand-sculpted collection in oak and birch. Or for those who still prefer true exotics for their hand-sculpted floor, the Regent collection offers beautifully grained sapele in four different stain options. Armstrong has not excluded exotics from its new collections. Instead, the company has decided to demonstrate environmental leadership through several measures.

First and foremost, Armstrong requires all its suppliers to verify their adherence to international regulations protecting exotic hardwoods. The company uses no endangered hardwood species in its products. At the same time, Armstrong has partnered with the Tropical Forest Foundation to continue to support and promote sustainable forest management and harvesting practices. And by producing quality hardwood flooring with less lumber, the international flooring leader is reducing consumption of all wood species, both exotic and domestic. Consumers can rely on this commitment to sustainability whenever they purchase Armstrong flooring. They can be assured that not only is the hardwood on their floor of a fine vintage, but that source of quality is also being preserved for future generations to enjoy.

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Expanding Living Space in Style When Leanne and Rick Swanarchuk learned that they were going to have a baby, they knew the family was not the only thing that was going to expand. As their family grew, so would the need for living space in their twostorey home.

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“The upstairs office became a nursery,” laughs Leanne, explaining that a half wall now defines the new office space in the basement. “We knew we wanted to keep the space open. It’s not a big area.”

For instance, it was the Swanarchuks who suggested that the entertainment unit be clad completely in stone. Referring to a picture the couple had found in a magazine, ACR created a customized version of the unit, incorporating the family’s television above the fireplace. The slate is combined with rustic maple cabinets and display shelving.

To ensure they could fully maximize the potential of their lower level, the Swanarchuks decided to hire a professional renovator. They turned to All Canadian Renovations (ACR). “We called them and they came down the next day,” Leanne recalls. They were immediately impressed by the professionalism of ACR’s Mike Kerr and his team. All Canadian brought in a designer to

“We had a lot of input,” explains Leanne. “With their expertise and our ideas, we got just what we wanted.”

“We designed, built and stained the cabinets ourselves to they could have exactly what they wanted,” says Mike Kerr. “We wanted to create a lodge look,” says Leanne, adding that the rest of the house is painted in rustic colours. The warm earth tones of the lower level continue this theme as well. As the basement evolved, the plans were continuously perfected. Originally, the homeowner had thought they might want carpet in the basement. Now they are glad that All Canadian suggested vinyl plank flooring as an option. The result is superb. It was also Mike and his team who pointed out the possibilities of the v-shaped area at the bottom of the stairs. Instead of covering the space with dry-wall, the design takes full advantage of the unusual shape with a combination of drywall display shelving and storage. In fact, the basement incorporates plenty of space for storing everything from CDs to liquor bottles. “We worked very closely with the homeowners for the placement of such features as the cabinetry,” explains Mike.

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Around the bar area near the window, cabinets are strategically placed in the corner to maximize space. Similarly, ACR carefully zoned the potlights according to the homeowners’ needs. Dimmer switches make it easy to adjust lighting for any eventuality, whether that be working, playing or watching movies.

To facilitate the entertainment aspect, the basement was wired for surround sound with hidden speakers installed in the ceiling. Meanwhile, a remote control turns the electric fireplace on and off at the touch of a button. “Everything is fantastic,” says Leanne, adding that before hiring a renovator, the couple had been leery of entering into what they had expected

would be a complicated and challenging undertaking. “The whole process was so smooth.” She notes that the workers were at the home every weekday during the six-week process. When they would come home from work, the Swanarchuks would walk down to the basement to see how the project was progressing.

“They were really professional and organized,” she recalls. “It was nice to have everything done before the baby arrived.” Now that her little boy is here and that there are three people living in the house, she is glad for the extra room, space she knows will continue to serve the family well for years to come.

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This Halloween I watched as streams of neighbourhood children came to the front door. There were the usual ghouls and Star Wars guys. Spiderman dropped by and so did Cruella de Ville. I was surprised when a 10-year old showed up with a hardhat and tool belt with a Freddy Kruger mask over his face. “Who are you?” I asked. “I’m a scary carpenter,” he said. I laughed and then I remembered my recent roofing experience where my contractor left for a bigger job before finishing the shingling. I was left with a nightmare that had me scrambling to find another tradesman, not to mention extra cash for the new workers. If I had called CS Link in the first place my home repair horror story could have been a romance instead. CS Link is a Winnipeg-based service that seeks to take the surprises out of a reno project. What they do is manage the job on behalf of the home or business and make contractors live up to the terms of the building agreement and perform with the right tools, materials and skill sets to get the job done the right way the first time and on time. “We use our experience to get contractors to say what they will do and then do what they say,” says Garret Wong, who alongside business partner Mark Makarovsky and construction pro

Sonny Macaluso operate the company that is just celebrating its first year in business. Wong and Makarovsky came up with CS Link after years of managing a large portfolio of apartment buildings through their company Garamark Properties. After working with Macaluso they saw the fit and brought him on board to oversee the day-to-day management of CS Link from a builder’s perspective. According to Wong, they saw just how hard it was to find contractors, come to terms and then get a job completed to satisfaction. “We knew that homeowners and businesses were having a lot of issues with building projects and saw that we could help by bringing our experience and industry contacts to the table. We could see that people didn’t like hunting for a contractor or negotiating the terms. At CS Link we do this. We also work directly with the contractor so homeowners and business people don’t have to get into arguments when things don’t seem to be going smoothly. We take the bumps out of the road and it doesn’t cost the home or business property owner anything. The service is paid for through the contractor side, where they appreciate the steady stream of work we deliver to build their companies,” he says, commenting that CS Link is a one-stop-shop where those looking for a reno or repair can get the ball rolling simply by picking up the phone. “We have a network of pre-qualified contractors in which we already know their dependability

and quality of workmanship. We will make the recommendations and set up the appointments for the contractors to come by to discuss the work and provide a written estimate. We advise the homeowner, who ultimately decides who they would like to work with, and we manage the job. For example, in consultation with the homeowner we arrange for the start date and the timeline and then make certain this is followed. We inspect the ongoing work and ensure it is being done to the highest standards,” says Wong. Wong suggests that contractors also like CS Link. “We speak to the client on the contractor’s behalf, saving them time and money. If the work gets done, we pay the contractor without argument. We are also a great prospecting resource that can mean a lot more work that is more trouble free than most contractors would typically find. Basically, a contractor is allowed to do what they do best – the work.” Overall, Wong remarks that CS Link will help the industry weed out the fly-by-night companies that have given the building trades a number of black eyes over the years. “Our goal is to make a positive change in the way renos are done,” says Wong, pointing out that the most common thing they hear from homeowners is, “I wish I had heard of CS Link before I started that last project.”

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Gotta Have the Best “When only the best will do, you’ve gotta have it,” says Don Carson, merging the taglines from Krevco Lifestyles with the newest addition to the family: Embers Fireplaces and More. In keeping with the company’s commitment to offering everything that makes a house a home—and a place of relaxation and enjoyment—Krevco now offers a full range of wood, gas, electric and propane fireplaces under the Embers label. Whether it’s that special warmth only a real fire can bring or the look of an authentic flame without the heat, the right fireplace or stove is conveniently available at all six Krevco locations. “Many people who purchased new homes are now looking to finish their basements,” notes Carson. He adds that a stove or fireplace is often a starting point for developing a lower level. From there, homeowners can personalize their space to meet their lifestyle needs. Krevco Lifestyles has everything they need to make those dreams come true, including premiere tanning, fitness and recreation equipment. “We have a complete line in every category of products they’ve gotta have,” says Carson. The company recently expanded its selection of bar stools to complement its bars and pool tables from American Heritage. Thanks to some innovative additions, they have also grown their plumbing department. “Our steam showers are perfect for do-it-yourselfers wanting to turn their bathroom into a spa,”

Carson points out, adding that others prefer to relax in an easy-to-install hot tub or sauna. “We also have some of the best saunas in the business.” Or homeowners might decide to add a tanning bed to their complement of healthy lifestyle enhancements. The demand is growing all the time and the ESB tanning systems are definitely top-of-the-line. By doing the research for the customer, Krevco takes the guesswork out of finding the best brands for each type of product. For instance, the Berry Street showroom not only has the largest selection of patio furniture in the city, it also has the best brands, including Malin, Rene Corriveau and Kettler. No wonder the new line of fireplaces is a perfect addition to the Krevco family of product offerings. Brand names such as Vermont Castings, Osburn and Valour speak volumes as to quality, reliability and proven performance. The alliance with Heat Saver Distributors, which supplies Embers products, brings with it 25 years of experience in fireplaces, stoves, outdoor grills and more. Kerry Johnson of Heat Saver is one of the foremost experts in the fireplace industry. “This acquisition was one of the most exciting things I’ve done since I’ve taken over Krevco,” says Carson. “Heat Savers’ focus has always been the same as ours. They offer the same level of expertise and customer service as we do.”

And the product selection is phenomenal. Embers not only offers a huge variety of indoor fireplaces and stoves but also an exciting collection of outdoor fireplaces as well as charcoal and gas grills. It all fits well into the Krevco philosophy of creating a great escape—right in the backyard. “It’s almost like having a living room outside,” says Carson, adding that the durability of everything from the patio furniture to the barbecues ensures that the investment is well protected. “Everything we sell is meant to last for the long term.” He adds that Krevco Lifestyles is in business “for the long haul” as well, which is why he continually reinvests in the company so as to expand its range of products along with the number and size of its showrooms. Spring will see the launch of solar lighting products and other accessories for entertaining outdoors. At the same time, the company will be completing the expansion of its newest location, the showroom on 596 St. Anne’s Road. “There are so many people coming in to look at our fireplaces that had never been in a Krevco store before,” notes Carson. “When people walk in to see what we offer they are going to be surprised. Whether they are visiting our main showrooms on Berry and in Brandon, or our satellite locations in Winnipeg and Kenora, we’re hoping they will see something that will make their lifestyle all that much better. After all, that’s what we’re here for!”

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design&decor Blown Pyrex glass spheres appear to float above this dining room table in an ethereal display of untraditional elegance. “I call this style crystal for people who don’t like crystal,” says Simon Simkin, President of Superlite. “It’s not at all a traditional chandelier. Instead, it allows you to make a design fashion statement.”

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A choice of red, black and crystal clear bubbles allows the arrangement to be punctuated with a contrasting hue. The globes are positioned at different heights along very thin rods creating an airy open look. “It’s a distinct style of fixture,” says Simkin. “We have many different lines of these from various manufacturers.” Instead of spheres, other versions use textured or rippled glass or even faceted crystals. And while this fixture is illuminated by small halogen peanuts on a stainless steel frame, other variations use low voltage floodlights or directional lamps. It all depends on the application. For instance, aircraft cable with lights hanging at staggered lengths would work well in a two-storey stairwell or other large space. “It’s a very versatile look,” adds Simkin. “It can work just as well in a transitional as a contemporary setting, and in certain traditional environments as well. For many fixture styles, that’s not a very easy thing to do.”

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design&decor Modern Elegance

With its crystalline ember bed and elegant black frame, this electric fireplace is a contemporary alternative to a traditional hearth. “It’s like a piece of art, but it’s a fireplace at the same time,” says Helen Peters of Classic Fireplaces. “You can hang it like a picture frame.” The wall-mounted unit can be placed at eye-level for maximum effect. It works equally well by itself or in combination with a flat-screen television. A remote control makes it easy to turn the fireplace on and off. “It’s great for any room,” notes Peters. Because the unit does not require venting, it is ideal for an apartment, condominium, office or even a spa. Classic Fireplaces offers a variety of wallmounted electrical units in different styles and frame colours, as well as a unit with a sand bed alternative to the crushed glass. A heater option is also available. A family run business in operation for 28 years, Classic Fireplaces supplies and installs a wide selection of both modern and traditional fireplaces, including electric, wood burning, propane and gas, for both indoor and outdoor use. The company is also known for its quality stoves, barbecues and water features, fireplace and barbecue accessories. In-home consultations, quality workmanship and professional installation round out the full-service approach.

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Manitobans can expect to see a significant increase in the selection of hardwoods such as this one in the showroom at The Floor Show this winter. “We’ve just finished redesigning the product mix in the design center to reflect the demand in the market,” confirms Vice President Dan Rosenblat. Accompanying growth in ceramic tile and natural stone signals a shift from soft surfaces such as carpet to the hard surface flooring consumers increasingly want. This includes exciting new options in slate, limestone, marble and travertine. The showroom opened this spring with a 60-40 proportion of soft to hard flooring, a ratio now reversed to better meet mid and upper flooring needs. The move confirms The Floor Show’s unrelenting commitment to providing Manitobans with a premiere shopping experience. “Once people have been here, they’ll understand that we have a unique offering, the likes of which have not been seen in the city,” says Rosenblat. Products are carefully selected for their quality, manufacturing integrity, price and reliability of service. It’s an approach based on more than a decade of experience supplying new homes and condominiums while developing a full complement of specialty sales people, each focused on a particular niche. This highly honed expertise is now at the service of all discriminating homeowners who are ready to take their shopping experience to the next level. 80 | STYLE MANITOBA | winter 2009


Designers Light Up Showroom Electricity was in the air at Robinson Lighting on October 26th when the design community gathered to mingle with home fashion gurus Steven Sabados and Chris Hyndman. Stars of the hit television show Steven and Chris, they recently launched an exciting new lighting collection in partnership with Artcraft. Robinson Lighting is the exclusive distributor in Winnipeg, and among the first in North America for the collection. “We wanted to create something with clean contemporary lines that would still work in a traditional home,” says Chris. He and Steven both grew up with classic lines and aim to produce transitional pieces that are both versatile and timeless. The S&C Steven and Chris lighting collection follows on the heels of their highly successful lines of furniture, textiles and accessories. “Lighting was one of the hardest lines for us to design,” admits Steven. Fortunately, he adds, Artcraft provided them plenty of assistance with the technical aspects of the designs.

‘We knew the look we wanted and the pieces we wanted,” explains Chris. “Artcraft worked very closely with us to ensure the pieces were of a scale that would work in all settings. We wanted to make sure they appealed both to people in smaller apartments and in larger homes.” In fact, many of the fixtures are available in three different sizes or levels. The largest, a modernized coach style fixture measuring 19” X 44”, is one of the designers’ favourites. It is one of 40 different pieces in a collection that includes a variety of pendants, chandeliers, sconces, ceiling mounts and floor lamps. “We are very impressed with Artcraft,” adds Chris. “They took the quality we wanted and surpassed it. That kind of quality and design at such a good price point is very rare.” Steven adds that they wanted to avoid the price premium certain brands immediately command as soon as a designer puts his name on a product. Their approach has always been to make premiere design and quality affordable. It’s a philosophy that meshes perfectly with Robinson Lighting. Says Steven: “I’m really glad that we’re affiliated with such a strong retailer. For us, it’s great!”

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The linear look of the carpet creates the perfect setting for the long lean furniture in this contemporary room. “One of the most popular emerging trends is tone-on-tone design,” notes Phil Yetman, Director of Marketing at Carpet One Floor and Home. “The idea is that when you walk into a room, you should notice the dimension in the carpet without being overwhelmed by the effect.” Subdued colours are also in vogue, with tendencies veering towards white and light beige. Those worried about stains need not fear. Carpets with superior stain resistance are the norm at Carpet One. Their Relax, it’s Lees® line even offers an unsurpassed 25-year stain warranty, which covers everything from mustard and grease to coffee and cola. “The stain guard is not just on top of the carpet but all the way through,” says Yetman. The warranty is backed by the reliability of North America’s largest floor covering retail chain, with more than 100 stores in Canada and 1,100 across the continent. Carpet One translates its buying power into savings for the consumer as well as unparalleled selection. “We have exclusive products and designs made only for us,” notes Yetman, adding that the company also offers a full range of hardwood, laminate and vinyl products.

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Higher Latitude By Christine Hanlon

Performance. That’s what we want

in our home décor and our home appliances: products that not only look great but also fulfill their promise, meet our current and future needs and stand the test of time. All of these attributes describe Whirlpool’s new Latitude refrigerator. “It’s the perfect fridge,” says Bryan Cripps, Appliance Manager for Dufresne. With a capacity greater than any other French door bottom-freezer refrigerator, the Latitude has what we all want: more space for fresh food. An extra wide storage drawer can store platters of up to 30 inches across. Recessed ladders and a flush wall mount also increase available space while making the fridge easier to clean. Meanwhile, each bin in the doors is deeper than ever, with room for twogallon jugs and more. And by housing the ice compartment in the other door rather than the fridge itself, Whirlpool even created room for an extra shelf. At 4 lbs, the refrigerator offers the largest available ice capacity around. There is an exterior dispenser for cube or crushed ice, as well as a tilt-out removable ice container on the inside. “You can take the ice bin right out of the door to fill up a cooler,” notes Cripps. The fridge also has an exterior filtered water dispenser featuring Whirlpool’s industry-first measured fill technology. At the touch of a button, the system dispenses a precise amount of water ideal when adding water to a recipe. The dispenser is taller than average, with a rotating faucet to accommodate larger containers such as pots.

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This is partly due to the use of LED lighting, which also improves visibility when the refrigerator is full. The bright interior is matched by a sleek exterior

“It matches with any kitchen,” notes Cripps, adding that this is only one of 10 French door bottom-freezer models on Dufresne’s showroom floor.

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Clean rectilinear lines define the contemporary look of this Euro style kitchen in Artista Homes’ 123 Bridlewood showhome. “There are no curves here,” says Billy Reimer, General Manager of Kitchen Craft’s Winnipeg stores. “But there’s a lot of symmetry and balance.” Spring-loaded to stay open, lift-up doors in aluminum and frosted glass are flanked by two vertical iterations of this flat-panel door. The interior is in the same maple veneer with charcoal stain as the exterior of the remaining cabinets. This high contrast between the floor, cabinetry and blizzard Caesarstone countertop creates a stunning look, appropriately accented by the green backsplash. Covered in tempered glass, the wall behind the backsplash can be painted in any colour to coordinate with a home’s particular décor. Stainless steel pulls repeat the linear theme while tying in with the appliances. To maintain this continuous sleek look, Artista used a low profile range hood that it is barely perceptible. “You pull it out and it automatically turns on,” notes Reimer. He adds that this is only one of the many contemporary looks available at Kitchen Craft. In fact, with the recent launch of an entire line of European style door styles available in high gloss finishes and horizontal wood grains -homeowners have more options than ever before.

Imperial Influence

Inspired by the bold imperial attire of China’s Qin Dynasty, this fluid™ Emperor faucet exudes a sense of sweeping vitality. “It’s a very unique design,” acknowledges Gord Graveline, Showroom Manager at the Robinson Bath Centre. He points out that the Emperor is one of fluid’s eight comprehensive lines of faucets. Inspired by nature, art and architecture, the collection includes everything from a playful Penguin line to a graceful fan design. “Each line has matching accessories and comes as a complete series,” notes Graveline. “We have a number of fluid products on display in our showroom.” Along with a roman tub set, consumers can choose between a wallmounted lavatory tap or a sink-mounted option available at regular and extended height, with dual handles or a single lever as seen here. Along with their innovative designs, fluid faucets feature a mirror-like finish and the durability of brass parts rather than plastic. This combination recently earned the Emperor line a CIDF (China Innovation Design) Gold Award and the iF (International Forum) Product Design Award. The eco-friendly faucet also qualifies for Watersense certification when equipped with a low-flow aerator. In fact, fluid is part of the Sustainable Solutions International (SSi™) family of companies, producing green products eligible as part of a project’s LEED certification.

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Solve Your Humidity Hassles Does your home have a winter humidity problem? We all need a certain amount of humidity inside our homes for comfort and health reasons. Too little humidity can lead to occupant complaints, while too much humidity can result in problems ranging from condensation on windows to mould growing on surfaces. For some people, mould can cause a variety of problems, including minor irritation, allergic reactions, and illness.

You can also have your home tested for air leakage and overall energy efficiency. Contact your local Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) office or visit the NRCan website at www. and follow the “ecoENERGY Retrofit” links to find out who the qualified EnerGuide for Houses service providers are in your area. If your house is too damp in the winter or there is excessive condensation on the windows, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) has a number of practical tips to help solve your humidity hassles, including: 1) Identify excessive sources of moisture, such as a leaky or damp basement, or a crawlspace with a dirt floor, and fix it as soon as possible before the coldest weather sets in.

The most reliable way to measure the humidity in your home is with a hygrometer – a small, inexpensive and easy-to-use tool available at most hardware, department, building supply and electronics stores. In general, your indoor relative humidity should drop to about 30 percent in very cold weather.

2) Run your bathroom fan during your shower and for 15 minutes after. Operate your vented range hood while cooking. Consider replacing noisy or inefficient bathroom fans with a small, quiet and energy-efficient model that can run almost unnoticed, while also saving you money.

If your house is too dry during the winter, it’s probably leaking too much air. You can reduce air leakage by caulking cracks, weatherstripping doors and windows and sealing attic hatches.

3) Adopt practices that help dry the house, such as hanging clothes to dry outside rather than inside, using a vented clothes dryer, storing firewood outside and using a dehumidifier in the basement during the summer months and into the fall.

4) You may need to raise the temperature you keep your house at, because cold surfaces in unheated or poorly heated spaces are prone to condensation. 5) If your house is still damp, it means a major source of moisture has not been corrected. Try increasing the ventilation by leaving a bathroom fan running, and then check your hygrometer in a couple of days to see if the relative humidity decreased. 6) Finally, for some homes, installing a heat recovery ventilator (HRV) can be a good solution to winter dampness. While the installation costs for an HRV will be high, they can result in significant savings over the long run and can improve overall indoor air quality. For more information or a free copy of the “About Your House” fact sheet Measuring Humidity In Your Home or other fact sheets on virtually every facet of owning, maintaining or renovating your home, visit www.cmhc. ca or call CMHC at 1-800-668-2642. Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) is Canada’s national housing agency and a source of objective, reliable housing expertise.



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Kitchen&Bath The Next Generation

The next generation of Jenn-Air appliances has arrived. “The whole line has been redesigned,” says Janelle Robin, General Manager at Coast Wholesale Appliances, “from dishwashers and refrigeration to cooktops and wall ovens.” The heart of the line - the new wall ovens - will be available in 3 configurations: single, double, and a dual wall oven microwave combo. Key is the new intelligent 7-inch full-colour touch anywhere LCD display which controls the Jenn-Air Culinary Centre, automatically adjusting settings to perfectly prepare 50 foods to selected doneness, even adjusting for cookware. Thanks to the industry’s most powerful convection system -13,200 available watts - the oven also offers the first ever ‘no preheat option’ and provides consistently superior cooking performance. “It rivals some of the highest end wall ovens at a price that’s within reach,” notes Robin. When not in use, the display panel features a clock on a selectable coloured background. Using new technology, Jenn-Air also updated their industry-exclusive downdraft cooktop, making it virtually invisible while adding a ductless re-circulation option. Jenn-Air appliances are now available in stainless steel, floating white or black glass, and in oiled bronze for a warm burnished look. Sleek modern handles and LCD displays join flat-front flush-to-cabinet designs in everything from built-in trash compacters to ice makers.

Modern Country

Combining a wide rail door style with glass and stainless steel, this Norcraft kitchen delivers the best in modern country living. Painted in a Fawn finish, the Broadmoor door style fits in perfectly with the wide baseboards of this Malibu showhome in The Oaks. Meanwhile, around the microwave, a wide frame mimics the door style. “We can customize a kitchen to fit your needs,” says Norcraft’s James Friesen, who worked closely with the builder and interior designers from Plush Home & Design throughout the entire design process. Instead of stacked units, the cabinets flanking the hood fan incorporate glass uppers right into the solid door. As for the open display shelving, Norcraft inserted glass into the frame and turned it on its side. “That way you get the effect of the light shining all the way through but still get a more pronounced profile,” explains Friesen. Pulled forward, the entire unit looks like a piece of furniture. Likewise, Norcraft lent a table look to the island’s raised eating counter by using posts instead of brackets. Stained in a darker hazelnut finish, the cabinetry coordinates with the Café Imperial granite and the gingham-style mosaic backsplash. The island also incorporates a centralized dishwashing area, which like the slide-out trays in the pantry renders this kitchen as functional as it is beautiful. winter 2009 | STYLE MANITOBA | 87

Kitchen&Bath Custom Kitchen

The staggered heights and depths of the cherry cabinetry combine to give this kitchen its superb functionality and striking visuals. “It’s not your basic kitchen,” notes Dorothy Janzen of Kitchens Plus. Distinctive details include German antique glass inserts, under cabinet lighting, and builtin appliances. Kitchens Plus also created space for a television and DVD player above the built-in microwave and wall oven. Next to the fridge, a full-length pantry features five pullouts, while Blumotion soft-close drawers and doors add yet another element of functionality. Topped in Giallo Veneziano granite, the twotier L-shaped island contains a cooktop and a large raised second level counter. Kitchens Plus coordinated the entire kitchen renovation, including the countertops and the 4”x 4” tile backsplash. “We always want the customers’ input in designing the kitchen because it has to meet their functional needs,” Janzen points out. “The cabinets are all custom-built for each particular home.” In this house, because the kitchen is open to the living room and dining room, it was important that the island be clad in decorative panels to match the cabinetry. The raised panel motif is only one of a broad variety of available door styles. Combined with a wide selection of stains and wood species, the possibilities are virtually endless.

Superb Surrounds

The natural look of stone embraces this tub and shower combination in a warm inviting style. “We specialize in various solid surface materials,” says Jason Wells of Wellstyle. He notes that this particular bathroom was finished in Corian®, a durable non-porous material that comes in a wide variety of colours and two different thicknesses: half inch and quarter inch. Recently, Corian® added to its selection a number of new colours, several with veining patterns such as this one. “Installations can be virtually seamless,” notes Wells, “which makes this an ideal product for bathrooms.” Extremely durable, it is also very easy to clean and maintain. Another advantage is the ability to use the same material and therefore the same colour in the countertops. Wellstyle is one of the few to specialize in the vertical application of these products. Certified in the fabrication and installation of solid surfaces, the company’s specialists can work very closely with designers and contractors to expertly execute all of a bathroom’s finishing details. In fact, Wellstyle also installs custom 10 mm glass shower enclosures such as the one pictured here. And with its wide selection of tubs, faucets and shower fixtures, Wellstyle can provide the complete package for new bathroom construction or renovations. 88 | STYLE MANITOBA | winter 2009

The Family Friendly Refrigerator Whirlpool knows that you want more room in your refrigerator to help manage the varying tastes of your family. With that in mind, Whirlpool has designed the Latitude refrigerator to not only hold several jugs of juice and milk in each door bin, but to help make daily life just a little bit easier with smart solutions like an exterior dual pad filtered water plus ice dispenser with measured fill. You won’t find a French door refrigerator with more fresh food space and door bin space than this 27 cu.ft Whirlpool Latitude refrigerator.

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In-Door Ice System. The ice bin is in the door creating room for an entire extra shelf in the refrigerator. The bin also tilts out and is removable for easy ice access.

Filtered Water and Ice. Easy access to filtered water for the entire family plus the rotating faucet allows you to fill any size container.

Storage Space Galore. Easily fits large items like veggie trays and party platters. Now, playing the balancing act with groceries, leftovers and gallons of milk are a thing of the past

Energy Star. The Latitude refrigerator is so energy efficient it uses less energy per year than a 75-watt light bulb.

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