Style Manitoba Winter 2011

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The Puck Drops Here

Winter 2011 $5.50

Win, lose or draw, The Jets’ return means so much more than hockey

Defining Moments Inspired ideas & fantastic design details abound in a condominium style home Holiday Gift Guide Ready, Set, Shop!

Award Winning Contractor

Kitchens Bathrooms Rec Rooms Additions

Craftsmanship & Integrity

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Volume 16, Number 2 Winter 2011

In this issue



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26 The Puck Drops Here Win, lose or draw, The Jets’ return means so much more than hockey 6 Defining Moments Inspired ideas & fantastic design details abound in a condominium style home 70 Holiday Gift Guide Ready, set, shop!

LIFESTYLES 19 23 25 29 64 65

Estate planning strategies The Evolution of the SUV An uncommon experience Stepping Out With Style On the Bookshelf Styling the Stereo



62 A relationship is a cake 58 Cool looks for the season ahead

DEPARTMENTS 2 Style Was There 5 The Agenda 17 Your Thoughts

homes & neighbourhoods 19 Living life to the fullest, today & tomorrow

products & innovations

61 Glamorous goodies Delivering the one-two punch in fitness

37 Delectable Dining 38 Noshing Out 40 Recipes




63 Two Worlds, One City - Sandi Altner on Ravenscraig 67 Artistic Evolution – Stefan Aarnio 68 Sharing the Journey with Yisa Akinbolaji


54 Lucca: Off the Beaten Track in Tuscany

76 Design Evolution

87 Show-stopping ensuites & delightful designer kitchens


79 Creative decorating ideas from the professionals


Between sets with the band at The Pyramid (L to R) Johnny Winter, Front: Scott Spray (Bass), Back: Doug Kyle, right: Paul Nelson (guitar), Paul Butters (Style Manitoba).

CBC Dragon’s Den star Kevin O’Leary stops in Winnipeg on tour with his new book COLD HARD TRUTH. Pictured here with Style’s Lisa Lester at McNally Robinson Bookstore.

Backstage with the Strawbs (from left to right): Dave Lambert (vocals, guitars), Randal McIlroy, Dave Cousins (vocals, guitars), Style’s Paul Butters & Chas Cronk (guitars, vocals).

WSO’s director of marketing Lisa Abrams chats it up with Anna Lisa and Steve Kirby.

Pausing for a pic at the Chicks & Chocolate fundraiser for the WSO’s outreach programs: (L-R) Brenlee Carrington-Trepel, Lesley Hughes-Pasuta, Leah Katz and Alexander Mickelthwate.

Chocolatier Constance Popp presented her fresh premium artisan chocolates at the event.

Winnipeg’s best chefs competed at the 2011 Gold Medal Plates: (L-R) Michael Dacquisto (Gold Medal WinnerDacquisto), Terry Gereta (Mise, Haute Prairie Cuisine), Cameron Huley (Silver Medal Winner -12 Resto Bar) Östen Rice – (Wasabi Sabi), Adam Donnelly (Segovia Tapas Bar), Chris Fougere (Fude Inspired Cuisine & Wine Bar) & Michael Schafer (Bronze Medal Winner-Sydney’s at the Forks).

Judges for the 2011 Gold Medal Plates included Mary Jane Feeke, James Chatto, Jeff Gill, Christine Hanlon, Chef Makoto Ono, & Arvel Grey.

Keynote speaker Brittney Fox (Children’s Hospital 2011 Champion) didn’t leave a dry eye in the house with her powerful heart wrenching speech. Brittney Fox and her mother, Betty Scott.

Presented by Chown of the Children’s Hospital Guild of Manitoba, the annual event features fashions exclusively by Holt Renfrew.

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Bear Essentials – the Children’s Hospital fashion show & dinner was held in The Fort Garry Hotel Ballroom jam packed with supporters. Fashion Show Committee (L-R) Karen Diamond, Margaret Brett, Francine Panagapko, Pattie Moore (Co-chair), Diane Kubas (co-chair) and Donna Holm.

On hand at the Guardian Angel Fashion Show, the 20th Anniversary Committee (L-R) Front Row sitting: Alexa Yakubovich, Juanita Giesbrecht (Chair), Trish Wood, Back Row: Stephanie Lockhart, Pat Ahmad, Mandy Yakubovich, Sean Giesbrecht, Candice Freed, Marian McLennan, Inga Sheane and Bernie Schwartz.

In attendance at the MHBA awards gala: (L-R) Pauline Boisselle (For Space Sake) Bonnie Chomiak (Maric Homes), Marci & Tanya Maric, Francine Curtis (Curtis Carpets) & Cathie Maric.

Bonnie Chomiak, Style’s Eric Green & Pauline Boisselle sharing a few after dinner laughs.

Doug Mackenzie, guest of honor Bobby-Jay Garrison & son Jay Garrison, Legendary Bomber Ken Ploen & Style’s Lisa Lester at the Hearts of Blue & Gold Bomber dinner.

Pictured at the ribbon cutting ceremony for the grand reopening of the Wellington: l-r - Lisa Kachur - Vice President Western Operations, Geri Lowe - Senior Executive Director, Jean Doern Resident Council Past President, Heather Stefanson - MLA Tuxedo

This year marked the 20th anniversary of the Guardian Angel Fashion Show. Keynote speaker, Sherry Abbot (Executive Director at Canadian Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association (CCTFA) Foundation) shared her personal journey through ovarian cancer.

Variety children huddle with the Blue Bombers at the Hearts of Blue & Gold Bomber dinner in support of Variety at Earls on Main.

Wellington employees pose for Style’s shutterbug (L-R) - Audrey Naldrett, Robyn Barry, Gail Richter

Guardian Angel Fashion Show special models (L-R) Lesly Katz, Linda Cardinal, Benji Harvey, Oksana Semotiuk, Karen Nelson, Sharon Rubel, Jan Delmonico Gibson, Sandie Pigden, Penny Kelly, Elizabeth Stevens and Alexa Perez.

Artista Homes celebrates their multiple gold awards night. (L-R) Tony Cotroneo Sr, Frank Cotroneo, Fabio Imbrogno, Enzo Cotroneo, Kate Bakker Pentrelli, Elliot Didomenicantonio, Jennifer Gulay, Phil Amero, Gino Cotroneo, Tony Cotroneo.

(L to R) Eric Vogan (Qualico Land) with Wayne & Francine Curtis & Dave Puddifant (Curtis Carpets) at the HSC Lottery Home launch.

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the agenda ‘Tis the season to be jolly, and we’re hoping to add a little joy to your holidays with Style Manitoba’s winter edition (my favourite issue of the year!) Filled from stem to stern with fabulous gift giving ideas, inspiring home designs and renovations, travel coverage, recipes and entertainment, there’s reading aplenty throughout its pages. But the icing on the cake this time around is our cover story on the return of Manitoba’s beloved hockey team - The Winnipeg Jets. Never in recent history has an event reached such a fever pitch in our province! In The Puck Drops Here, Kelly Gray captures some of that enthusiasm, along with how The Jets are boosting more than just morale in Manitoba. Like many other Manitobans, I grew up in a family of hockey lovers (my father, five brothers and my tomboy sister were huge fans), all of who could never get enough of the game. In fact, my memories of growing up with Hockey Night in Canada are still vivid today - it was Saturday night ‘TV law’ in our home. In my mind’s eye, I can still see the old black and white TV and all of us kids laying on the living room floor, Dad lounging on the couch – just waiting for the opening chords of that iconic Hockey Night in Canada song. (My brother Brad says he still recalls the shivers running up his spine at the beginning of each game when the organ hit those notes).

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Like everyone else, my family was delighted when The Winnipeg Jets hit the scene in the ‘70s. In fact, hockey became even more of a religion for the fans in our household. But it also created a dilemma. Dad, a Toronto Maple Leafs supporter; Gerry a Boston Bruins fan; Brad a NY Rangers diehard; Larry, a Philadelphia Flyers boy; Len, a Chicago Blackhawks fanatic; and sister Bernie, who was all about the Montreal Canadiens - all had to rethink their loyalties. In the end, I believe they all became dual fans, with a special fondness for their home team. The rest is history. To this day, one or more of us often get together with my father (he’s over 90 now) to watch a hockey game. And over the holiday season, a larger group of us will join him to take in a game or two. (Right now, I’m kind of wishing we still had that old black and white TV!) Having an NHL team back in Winnipeg has been an amazing coup for the province, but for families, it means so much more. If your kinfolk are anything like mine, watching the game is all about bonding and enjoying time spent together – just like the holiday season. Go Jets, go!

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Defining Moments By Christine Hanlon Photography: Michael Roberts

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Life is punctuated with memorable moments - some small and fleeting, some so large they take your breath away. The announcement of the grand prize ticket for the HSC lottery will certainly be a defining moment in the lives of those who win this

spectacular bungalow condominium by Maric Homes, located in beautiful Pritchard Farm Southlands Village. So many of our treasured remembrances take place within our own home, the place where

Functional sheer draperies, custom toss cushions and contemporary furnishings – all from Interior Illusions – elegantly dress the great room.

we spend such a great part of our lives. In the mind’s eye, memories of friends and family are framed by walls, warm woodwork, flames in the fireplace, and a glass of wine poured at the downstairs bar. This is the backdrop of our lives.

There’s that magical memory of cradling your first child on the sofa in the great room, or perhaps it was your daughter or son bringing their precious baby to your home for the first time. What about that unforgettable dinner with friends in your dining room before they

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A 52-inch two-way fireplace from Alsip’s graces both the great room and master bedroom.

memorable moments in elegance and grace, designing settings that never cease to delight us as we carry on from day to day. This home is no exception. Just like our activities flow from one moment to the next, so do the spaces in this stunning design, transitions unimpeded by walls or visual obstructions. Yet, at the same time, each space is clearly defined by a change of flooring, the subtle staggering of a wall or a lofty bulkhead set off by two pillars. “The concept of keeping a very open design in harmony with defined living spaces was a contrast we wanted to explore with this condominium,” explains Peri Maric. “All the rooms exist on their own but are also a seamless part of the whole.” This results in some fantastic design details. A centrally located glass-panelled staircase creates a sense of continuity with the glass panels that separate the den and the kitchen from the foyer. The combination perfectly captures the open/defined philosophy. “We wanted to keep all the rooms on both levels interconnected yet separate,” notes Maric. “Simultaneously sharing and specifying space allowed the house to achieve a remarkable balance of intimacy and openness.” This approach is apparent both on the 2183-square-foot main floor and the walkout lower level, which adds another 2050-square feet of living space to the home.

Condominiums are often intended as smaller spaces, but this home feels grand, open and well planned. Inspired ideas, such as situating a stone fireplace shared between the great room and master bedroom maximize the use of space while introducing fresh and exciting concepts.

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Maric Homes also took full advantage of the natural location by placing windows with optimal creek views in almost every room of the house. A total of three sets of patio doors

“The lot truly inspired our design process,” says Maric. “Since the design is lot-specific, we focused our attention on the surroundings to inform the layout of the house.”

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The natural setting is defined by a creek that wraps around half of the lot. To maximize the stunning view, Maric constructed one entire length of the home on an angle parallel to the creek. Taking this approach one step further, the builder then constructed adjacent decks off the great room/ master bedroom and off the dinette (one being a barbecue deck). The master bedroom/great room deck is connected by a spiral staircase to the covered walkout patio on the lower level, with its sitting area and hot tub from Oasis Leisure Centre. The result is a home that is perfect for entertaining. Inside, the kitchen is fully equipped with designer grade Viking appliances, including a 36-inch state-of-the-art induction range. The entertainment potential continues into the lower level, where a well furnished bar stands guard outside a spacious, three-tiered media room. Fully equipped with an overhead projector, custom theatre seats and 10-foot ceilings, this media room creates the ideal movie- watching environment. The same standards of quality and design excellence were used throughout the home. In the master bedroom, the builder turned to For Space Sake to create a custom designed walk-in closet as well as components for the storage and laundry rooms. In the master

ensuite, a heated tile floor, freestanding tub, and crisp, clean white colour palette create a spa-like atmosphere, perfect for relaxing after a hectic day. And, in keeping with the consistent quality throughout, Springhill Lumber supplied all the door handles and locks. The theme of beauty and luxury continues to the condo’s exterior where St. Mary’s Landscaping – the landscapers for all of Pritchard Farm Southlands Village– ensures consistency of quality and design. It is obvious that once again, this condominium is a fine example of why Manitobans continue to seek out Maric Homes to build their dream homes. Each aspect of design and construction demonstrates Maric’s reputation for unparalleled excellence, craftsmanship and solid partnerships within the building industry. Every component of the home, from layout to building materials, from finishes to furnishings, was brought together to do the one thing for which Maric is known: “build to astonish.” The lucky winners of this lottery prize will most certainly agree.

One of the home’s many eye-catching Super-Lite fixtures accents the master bedroom. A freestanding tub from Robinson Bath Centre is ideal for this luxurious ensuite, as is the glass shower door from Shodor. Glass panels from Fort Rouge Glass enclose both the den and staircase railing, maintaining both continuity and an open feel. Next to the lower level bar, a door leads into the media room.

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About the Builder A family-run business, Maric Homes draws upon 40 years of experience as Manitoba’s premier custom homebuilder. By continuously researching new products and techniques, the renowned builder has consistently remained one step ahead of the rest of the industry.

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Maric Homes’ commitment to relentlessly pushing the boundaries of innovation while incorporating the most effective and time-proven methods underscores the reasons why the builder continues to set the standard for custom built homes in Manitoba. Caroline and Martin Maric/Tanya Maric and Dan Rolfe

“Maric Homes has an incredible team that takes pride in providing the best service, unequalled building techniques, and the most innovative products on the market,” says Peri Maric.

These strengths have all been honed in service of the clients, the very people at the heart of every Maric home. “The customer’s input is absolutely the most important component when we build homes,” notes Maric. “We believe the partnership driven building process we engage in with our customers is truly unique in the industry.” The builder integrates customer input at literally every step, so clients can fully realize the home of their dreams.


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Where Winnipeg gets engaged

Greg Klassen’s editorial A Week in Northern Spain, which ran in the Fall 2011 edition of Style Manitoba, has inspired me to renew my passport and take a trip abroad once again. Spain is a country I have yet to visit, and Klassen’s coverage left me itching to travel there. Thanks for running this and other travel columns in Style – it’s a great source of information for wannabe world travellers like myself. Jeremy Stoneham, Winnipeg Downtown on the Rise was an excellent read in your fall edition! Kudos to Kelly Gray for his insightful editorial on the revitalization of Winnipeg’s downtown area. There’s so much Winnipeggers don’t know about what it has taken to rejuvenate the heart of our city. First there was the MTS Centre, and now we have our beloved Jets back, too! Winnipeg can only get better from here on in!

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Donald Lalonde, Winnipeg The coverage in Style Manitoba’s fall issue on homes and neighbourhoods was great! My wife and I went to visit many of the showhomes featured, where the talent of Manitoba builders was abundantly clear at every display. As newcomers from BC, we were deeply impressed by not just the superb home designs, but also the communities in which they are situated. It will be tough to choose between neighbourhoods, let alone builders when we finally put down our roots in this super friendly city! George & Elle Leander, Burnaby There’s nothing like flipping through the pages of a well-produced magazine, and Style Manitoba is no exception. The cover story featuring Artista’s latest masterpiece was exceptional – from the home layout and décor to the great photography and well-written editorial. I look forward to seeing future issues! Gina Daniels, Winnipeg

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With more than 80 per cent of all homes in Bridgwater Forest already purchased, it’s clear this neighbourhood answers the needs of today’s homeowners. The overwhelming popularity of Bridgwater Forest is now expanding into even more wonderful housing opportunities in Bridgwater Lakes. With homes for everyone, the beauty of the Neighbourhoods of Bridgwater include lush natural green spaces, kilometres of scenic pathways, and an exciting variety of home designs that include visitable housing options. To add to the charm of the neighbourhoods, included in the future plans is a spectacular town centre. The Neighbourhoods of Bridgwater are close to quality schools, numerous retail shops and big box stores and the new football stadium – plus there’s convenient access to major transportation routes. Check out the new show homes in Bridgwater Forest. You’ll be inspired to be part of this vibrant community and to create a new home that fits the unique needs of your family.

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Living Life to the Fullest, Today and Tomorrow Bridgwater Forest introduced Manitobans to a new concept in development, one which built a new neighbourhood among 25 acres of mature forest, with scenic pathways connecting both buildings and green spaces. At the same time, the developer presented a novel notion of home design, one which would allow homeowners to live in their residence longer and more comfortably while receiving a wider range of visitors. “We’re trying to have homes that make life easier for people of all ages and abilities,” explains Dwayne Rewniak, Director of Land Development for the provincial government’s Manitoba Housing and Renewal Corporation. The concept, known as visitable design, ensures that entering and getting around the main floor with a stroller is just as easy as it is with a wheelchair. Three criteria define a home as visitable: a one-level front entrance with no steps; wider doorways and hallways; and a wheelchairaccessible bathroom on the main floor. Bridgwater introduced the visitable concept in Phase II of the development, where a total of 15 lots were set aside for homes constructed to visitable design standards. Lots must be pre-engineered for a visitable design. This requires rear yard drainage flowing to the back of the lot. This fall, of the 22 showhomes that opened in Phase III of Bridgwater Forest along North Town Road, 10 were visitable homes. A total of 15 visitable lots were created for this phase. “Whether people require a visitable design or not, they really like the idea of having no front steps,” says Rob Swan of Huntington Homes, whose visitable Bridgwater showhome won Bronze at this year’s Parade of Homes. Doug Kliewer, Sales Consultant with A&S Homes notes that many visitors to their visitable Bridgwater display home did not even realize there were no front steps. “It is easy to convert our plans to those suitable for visitable lots,” he notes. “We make it work without any compromises.”

standards. A system of meandering pathways will once again grace the neighbourhood, with a wide active transportation corridor replacing what would have been the back lane behind the visitable lots. This will allow for the land to be graded for split drainage both front and back. “The two concepts are complimentary,” says Emeka Nnadi, principal at Nadi Urban Design, the firm involved in developing the architectural guidelines for Bridgwater Lakes. He adds that a visitable home design allows homeowners to age gracefully in place without ever having to add ramps to improve accessibility. Instead, the homes blend in beautifully with the other designs in the neighbourhood. Nnadi has been involved in designing communities with visitable components in places such as Chicago but says he has never seen such a large emphasis. “I don’t know of any other subdivision in North America devoted to delivering half the homes as visitable,” he explains. A focus of the Bridgwater group of communities has always been to offer a wide variety of housing options. “We feel that the visitable

homes are an important part of those options, one which focuses on providing easy access to everyone,” says Rewniak. Bridgwater already offers a mix of laned lots, amenity lots on forests or lakes and multi-family properties. Demand continues to exceed the 264 building permits issued in 2010, with 300 building permits issued in the first nine months of 2011, on target for a total of 390 by the end of the year. Meanwhile, servicing of Phase I of Bridgwater Lakes is virtually completed. Building permits will be made available by the end of this year for construction beginning in 2012. Phase I has already started on the extension of Kenaston, which will eventually run through the town centre, a nexus of shops, services and multi-family housing around which the neighbourhoods will revolve. With easy access to amenities, green space and their own homes, Bridgwater residents can enjoy a lifestyle like no other. Thanks to careful planning and a long-term vision, they will be able to live life to its fullest, not only today, but for all the years to come.

Swan points out that, from a design standpoint, a visitable lot offers interesting possibilities. “It changes the look of houses from the front and I think it changes them for the better,” he explains. “There were lots of positive comments.” With this latest foray, the developer is building momentum towards the development of Bridgwater Lakes, an adjacent community where 50 percent of the approximately 1150 lots will be designated for homes built to visitable winter 2011 | STYLE MANITOBA | 19

Do You Invest With Emotion?

Doug Warkentin, B.A., ECON, CFP Vice President, Senior Investment Advisor BMO Nesbitt Burns

Ongoing market volatility in recent years has made it difficult for some to keep their emotions in check. The predisposition to act emotionally is often triggered when the brain becomes excited or fearful and may lead to poor decision-making. Have your financial decisions been based on your long-term best interests, or have they been influenced by the turbulence within the short-term? The study of “behavioural finance” has helped to explain how emotions influence the decision-making process for investors. This contrasts traditional economic and financial theory that assumes that investors always act rationally, and that as a result, markets are efficient. Take, for example, the concept of recency bias. Although most investors recognize that markets are cyclical and will experience highs and lows, this bias causes investors to believe that recent patterns or events will continue into the future. Anchoring may cause an attachment to a particular investment. As an example, investors may hold on to an asset for longer than is prudent, despite changes in fundamentals, believing that the asset will reach or return to a certain price level.

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Overconfidence, or the belief that one is above average, may also influence investment decision-making. Why is it that most of us claim that we are above-average drivers? Studies have shown that most people consider themselves to be above average performers. This translates into many aspects of life, including investing. Prominent economist Robert Shiller, who teaches behavioural finance at Yale University, notes that during recent market turbulence, most investors were surprised to have suffered losses although they should not have expected otherwise, especially given that most portfolio management is based on longer-term investment strategies. Are emotions getting in the way of your decision-making? We’re here to help provide an alternative perspective when needed. We can assist you in reviewing your financial goals and remind you of the investment strategies that will guide you to make decisions without letting your emotions take charge. This is the perfect time to start thinking about year-end strategies to minimize tax. As always, tax considerations should not be the primary motivation for investment decisions.

Tax Planning for an Inheritance and the Use of Testamentary Trusts

Having a valid Will and keeping it up-to-date is important. A valid Will enables you to protect the value of your assets, choose the manner and timeline in which your estate will be divided and to whom. If you die without a valid Will, the rules of intestacy would govern the administration of your estate and the distribution of your assets. In that case, your assets may pass to individuals who are not your intended beneficiaries. Furthermore, if you die intestate, you may expose your estate to family law or dependants’ claims. Having a valid Will in place at the time of your death enables your estate to utilize probate tax and income tax advantages under the Income Tax Act, to ultimately benefit your beneficiaries. Understanding the possible tax benefits of a testamentary Trust requires the skill of a professional who specializes in estate planning. As a Senior Investment Advisor, Vice President at BMO Nesbitt Burns, Doug Warkentin can help you take your estate planning that “extra mile.” Well known across Manitoba for his advanced tax planning and advanced wealth building strategies, Warkentin brings 20 years of industry experience to the table. “As an estate planning professional, I can discuss opportunities for your spouse, children or grandchildren, to save taxes in the future through the use of testamentary Trusts,” says Warkentin. “The inclusion of Trusts in your Will can give your beneficiaries a greater after-tax return on the investment income earned from their inheritance. Likewise, if you are expecting an inheritance from your parents, you may want to involve them in a conversation regarding the inclusion of testamentary Trusts in their Wills to reduce your family’s tax bill in the future.”

A Testamentary Trust is a Trust created on death, usually by way of a written document such as a Will or a Trust Declaration, with respect to proceeds of a life insurance plan, providing the opportunity for a unique tax advantage: the testamentary Trust is taxed as a separate individual taxpayer at the graduated tax rates. Income earned in the Trust, which is paid to beneficiaries, can be taxed at the lower marginal tax rates of either the Trust, or a particular beneficiary. Depending on the province and the income earned in the Trust, the tax saving on the Trust’s lower rate can be up to approximately $13,000 every year. The maximum tax saving applies primarily to the first $30,000 of income, where income is taxed at the lowest marginal rate. Greater savings can be generated by further income splitting, where multiple Trusts for separate beneficiaries are set up, or where a Trust permits income to be paid, or sprinkled on a discretionary basis, to other family members who themselves may be taxed at lower rates. These can include the deceased’s spouse, children and grandchildren. An advantage of a Testamentary Family Trust is that the distributions from that Trust can be made at the discretion of the Trustee, providing maximum flexibility, tax savings and creditor protection.

result of inheriting from you, will also be taxed at the highest rate. If this income is earned in a testamentary Trust you have set up in your Will, the overall tax your child would be subject to may be reduced significantly. If your beneficiaries receive the inheritance directly, they cannot create the Trust themselves to access this tax saving and creditor protection; it must be done in your Will.

This type of planning could be a useful strategy if you expect that the inheritance you leave might be more than your children or family members will (or should) spend on debt reduction and lifestyle. To determine this, you need to estimate the approximate value of your estate and the financial position of your children or other beneficiaries.

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There are many technical details involved in using testamentary Trusts to reduce income tax for surviving beneficiaries. For example, unless the Trust is for a spouse, unrealized capital gains will be taxed immediately upon your death and then every 21 years while the Trust exists. The final distribution of the Trust property can be set out in your Will, to avoid the 21-year deemed disposition, in order to ensure the smooth succession of your property to your beneficiaries, tax free. “As a BMO Nesbitt Burns Investment Advisor, I can help with your estate planning and review the possible benefits of using a testamentary Trust in your personal estate plan,” says Warkentin.

Remember, by the time your children receive their inheritance, their income may already be at or close to the highest marginal tax rate. Additional investment income, which they receive as a

Opinions are those of the author and may not reflect those of BMO Nesbitt Burns. The information and opinions contained herein have been compiled from sources believed reliable but no representation or warranty, express or implied, is made as to their accuracy or completeness. BMO Nesbitt Burns Inc. is an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of Bank of Montreal. MemberCanadian Investor Protection Fund. If you are already a client of BMO Nesbitt Burns, please contact your Investment Advisor for more information. The comments included in the publication are not intended to be a definitive analysis of tax law: The comments contained herein are general in nature and professional advice regarding an individual’s particular tax position should be obtained in respect of any person’s specific circumstances. ® “BMO (M-bar roundel symbol)” is a registered trade-mark of Bank of Montreal, used under licence. ® “Nesbitt Burns” is a registered trade-mark of BMO Nesbitt Burns Corporation Limited, used under licence. BMO Nesbitt Burns Inc. and BMO Nesbitt Burns Ltée are indirect subsidiaries of Bank of Montreal.

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An Uncommon Experience A Mercedes Benz is well known for its safety, its technological edge and its classic beauty. Perhaps less well known is the fact that it’s a lot easier to get behind the wheel of a new Mercedes-Benz than at any other time. Indeed, Mercedes-Benz Winnipeg has models from $29,900 to $230,000 in a range that fits virtually every lifestyle and driving need. This is to say that whether you seek a tasteful family car or a vehicle suitable for a visiting Royal, Mercedes-Benz has you covered. According to Roger Man, sales manager at the west Winnipeg dealership, the GLK, ML and ‘C’ class lines are the bread and butter of the store. “For example, a nicely equipped ‘C’ class sedan can be had in the $39,000 range, a figure that is comparable in price to other vehicles that are not a Mercedes Benz. Our question to those that are shopping for a new car is – why compromise? We know that many people have dreamed and strived for driving the best, but thought these cars were outside their budget. Nothing could be farther from the truth.” The Portage and Moray dealership prides itself on its full line of innovative offerings as well as second to none customer service that is remarkably approachable and down to earth. “In fact,” says Brian Lowes, President, Mercedes-Benz Winnipeg, “our goal is to constantly push the envelop with customer care that is as impressive as the cars we offer in the showroom. We take innovation to the next level with not just the world’s most technologically advanced driving experience, but extend

this to the team members at Mercedes-Benz Winnipeg that are innovative in their own rights. Our people are leaders in what they do and they bring this caliber of challenge and excitement to everything they tackle, just like the cars we sell.” According to Lowes, the company is active in forward thinking staff development. For instance, technicians are not just trained, they are coached and mentored and they then take this approach of collegiality to the service centre and their dealings with Mercedes-Benz customers. “Our people - from the reception area, to the sales team to our award winning service professionals - are much more than staff, they are members of the Mercedes-Benz community and they bring this level of commitment to every task. At Mercedes-Benz continual improvement is a standard by which each car is created and we bring this home to the dealership with each member striving to be the very best, just like the cars we represent.” To be sure, continual improvement has been the guiding principal at the German car company since they invented gas-powered automobiles in 1886. Certainly, today after 125 years of excellence, the ‘C’ class, GLK, ‘S’ or ‘E’ class vehicles are a long way from the Benz Patent Motorwagen, but the heartbeat of innovation still pumps. “We have a lot of leading edge new technology, some of which may be unapparent to drivers,”

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says Roger. “For example, when it comes to safety, our Pre-Safe system alerts the car to an impending collision with the result that seat belts are prepared for impact, reclining seats are adjusted, windows are quickly closed and air bags are readied for firing. Sensors also communicate with the Electronic Stability System and Brake Assist to help control skids and deter rollovers. This all happens in the blink of an eye as sensors continually scan road conditions while you drive.” “Our models have something for everyone. For example, the AMG line of performance Mercedes-Benz comes with aggressive styling as well as engines up to a massive 6-liter V12 Bi-turbo. Of course we also offer cars and SUVs that are perfect for taking the family to the movies or a weekend at the cottage, and they do it with uncompromising quality. For instance, leathers are hand stitched, steering wheels are custom manufactured and all the wood paneling is real wood - even the timepieces on board are made by jewelers. This is all part of a total automotive experience unlike anything else in the industry and it can be had for prices that are very competitive with all other makes.” Here, Brian Lowes concludes that whether it’s a drive in a Mercedes Benz or a visit to the store, it’s all about taking things to new heights. “Our goal is to offer a level of excellence uncommon in the car industry,” he says, inviting people to drop in to Mercedes-Benz Winnipeg to test drive the uncompromising experience.

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I don’t own a pair of Jets tickets and have yet to attend a game. Still, I have been able to go downtown on play night and with a hand held against the west wall of the MTS Centre feel the energy throb inside. Admittedly, it makes me feel a bit like John Dafoe, the iconic one-time editor of the Free Press who reportedly felt the pulse of his ground floor presses from his sixth floor office. This downtown energy has charged the city like nothing in the past several decades. In fact, game night puts such a big city feel to the zone that one could be excused if Winnipeg was mistaken for a much larger centre.

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Happy are parking lot operators like Forks North Portage and Impark, not to mention food and beverage companies like Tavern United, Moxies, and 4Play, all of which have benefited greatly from both Jets’ action and the MTS Centre itself. Perhaps happiest of all is True North Sports & Entertainment, a company minted in 2001 to bring a new arena to the downtown. After an expenditure of roughly $135 million, the group opened the doors to a 15,000-seat class ‘A’ facility that has meant night after night of downtown throngs who come to see everything from Cirque de Soleil to Meatloaf. The NHL franchise has proven to be the icing on a very tasty cake. According to Winnipegger Mark Chipman, Chairman of True North and Governor of the team, “Back at the beginning, we could not have imagined the facility (MTS Centre) would have this kind of power to invigorate the downtown. Now with the Jets in the house, we are looking on in amazement at the same kind of power, but this time, it’s the entire city and province that is filled with positive energy and pride. I think it’s historic.” Certainly, 15 years ago, who would have thought there would be traffic jams and lineups to get into the Portage Place parking lot at 7:00 on a Tuesday night? Most would have been surprised to consider that in 2011 it would be

tough to get a midweek dinner table at a downtown family restaurant or get a beer at one of the several new establishments that have popped up adjacent to the arena. Today, fans are not surprised at the level of team support and the positive changes to downtown. Jennifer Reimer is seated at a table at Boston Pizza in City Place with her two young sons. All three are wearing Jets gear and all three are stoked for the coming contest against Carolina (the Jets hammered them 5-3). Looking around the big room, I’m hard pressed to see a single table where at least someone doesn’t have a jersey or a cap emblazoned with the logo of the Winnipeg team. All that is missing is the familiar cheerleading organ chords and a cowbell or two. Certainly the energy is palpable. 26 | STYLE MANITOBA | winter 2011

a fully revamped menu to go along with the team. Featured will be themed beverages and food choices on two new menus. The bar also features a wealth of sports memorabilia that has fans coming in just to gawk. “The fans are amazing and the city is a true home of hockey,” adds Jets forward Eric Fehr. A native of Winkler who came up playing for the Brandon Wheat Kings, Fehr played for Washington since 2005, and tells that this city is one that stands behind its team - win, lose or draw. “In Washington when you aren’t winning, you aren’t selling tickets. Here, the Jets are about more than hockey and the fan support shows this,” he notes. Across the street from the rink sits 4Play Sports Bar, an establishment licensed for 500 patrons that opened a couple of years ago. No big surprise that business is great on game night. This bar has also hooked up with TSN and while the forwards and defense squads deliver the hits inside MTS, fans at 4Play watch the action live on a 24-foot projection screen or the maze of 32 televisions. “The Moose nights were great, but nothing compares to the energy of a Jets’ game day. People are really, really enthusiastic. They are spending more on everything on the menu and generally having a fabulous time in the process,” says Elysa, one of the managers at 4Play Sports Bar. She states that business has been so good that the bar hired an extra 30 staff to accommodate the extra traffic. New as well will be

Fehr likes what he sees in the city. “There have been some big changes here besides a new hockey team. True, Winnipeg has a smaller town feel than Washington, but this just makes everything more approachable. I’m liking the range of restaurants and activities available here, and am looking forward to being part of the community,” he says, commenting that his quiet nature seems a custom fit for the city. Another local boy is Derek Meech. This defenseman came up the ranks from the St. Vital community club leagues playing out of the Dakota Arena before heading to the Canadian and American Hockey Leagues with time in Red Deer and Grand Rapids. From 2006 till last year he suited up for Detroit, and like Fehr, he’s pumped about the prospect of bringing the game to Winnipeg.

“I like the way the city has really picked up. Downtown is certainly more vibrant with people everywhere on game day. And while I was a bit young for clubs when I left, there is an obvious buildup of good bars and restaurants in the downtown area and through the city,” he says. One thing that impresses Meech is the fact that people love the team and are willing to take their pride on the road. “I was surprised to see so many Jets’ jerseys in Toronto on the 19th and then in Ottawa the next night. These jerseys were right at the glass in Ottawa and this type of fan support is so Winnipeg. It’s all part of the great vibe here.” Dave Angus agrees. Angus heads up the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce and it’s no surprise that he has seen a lot of positive indicators regarding the second coming. “Putting the arena downtown was a stroke of brilliance. It has served to bring people into the area like nothing else in recent memory. It is steering the further investment and development through SHED (Sports Hospitality Entertainment District) and helping more people than ever to discover and experience the area,” he notes. Angus goes on to mention the employment that the Jets have brought. “Just consider the media outlets like CJOB and 1290. Both are offering robust coverage and have had to bring more staff on board to do this. There are more

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hospitality operators in the zone around MTS and every indication is that they are successful. This business enthusiasm extends right through the city, with people meeting up at restaurants on Corydon or in Kildonan before the game. Even taxis are busy,” he adds. Both Angus and Chipman remark that the team is a great opportunity for the city to build its brand. Indeed, there are not too many times in a city’s history that it has the opportunity to make the pages of newspapers around the world on a near daily basis. With the Jets a household word among the sports minded, the opportunity now exists for Winnipeg.


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Here Mark Chipman remembers a recent trip where a man approached him at Pearson Airport in Toronto. “This fellow was from Winnipeg and he was between planes coming from Glasgow. He recognized me and came over to tell me that the cab driver had asked him where he was from, and when he told him Winnipeg, the driver asked about the Jets. I think this story and others like it are very telling about what the team is doing for our city and how others view us around the world.” Says Dave Angus, “This branding of Winnipeg is something unique that business can leverage. It is a factor in helping attract and retain workers, as well as helping to keep our youth here at home. This is all part of the new excitement that is Winnipeg.” Certainly, with a payroll of some $36 million, the Jets are bringing much to the city. And while the Manitoba Moose did a lot to contribute to the excitement of downtown around the MTS Centre, they had a crew that earned just over $4 million. Angus remarks that these NHL-sized pay cheques translate into bigger house and condo deals, more furniture sold, and more luxury cars leaving retail lots. As well, businesses such as hotels are seeing a greater number of room nights with less discounting. Add to this the amount of licensed merchandise on the backs of Winnipeggers both native and would-be, and an idea of the economic scale of Jets fever can be gauged. Will I attend a game this year? Likely not, given the fact that I was too stupid and lazy to get in on the initial rush. If only I had had an infusion of Jets energy before the tickets were all snapped up. Until I have an opportunity to sit in a seat, I have to be content standing on Hargrave Street with my hand against the building channeling game day action.

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Royal Winnipeg Ballet – Dancing mice! The Sugar Plum Fairy! Toy soldiers and a mischievous dessert-stealing bear! Sound familiar? The Nutcracker is back to bring joy and warmth to your winter season. This classic yuletide tale is wrapped in festive Canadian imagery and adorned with delightful ribbons of fantasy and fun (Dec 23 & 28).

Winnipeg Studio Theatre - Don’t miss Spring Awakening! Winner of eight TONY Awards, this musical celebrates the unforgettable journey from youth to adulthood with a power, poignancy, and passion that you will never forget. Performances take place at the Tom Hendry Warehouse (until Dec 4).

Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers – Don’t miss an exciting evening of contemporary dance brought to you by two choreographers - Roger Sinha (founder of SinhaDanse in Montreal) and WCD Artistic Director Brent Lott (Dec 1-4). Next up is VERGE, showcasing gifted dancers who step from the school to the stage. See what WCD’s Brent Lott conjures up with five weeks to create with eight of Canada’s most talented emerging dancers (Mar 2-4). Young Lungs Dance Exchange – The annual No Idling choreographic showcase will feature fresh new works by Johanna Riley and Alexander Elliott. Performances take place at the Gas Station Theatre (Feb 24 & 25).

12th Annual Master Playwrights Festival – This year the spotlight is on George Bernard Shaw, an Irish author and playwright known for his role in revolutionizing British drama by replacing sentimental melodrama with issue-driven plays. Be sure to check out his body of work being produced locally with various performances throughout the city (Jan 19 – Feb 5). Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre – Director Steven Schipper re-envisions Shakespeare’s classic tragedy Romeo & Juliet by setting the tale in the imagined Verona district of present-day Jerusalem. Muslim Capulets, Jewish Montagues and Christian friars bring the world’s greatest and enduring love story to a heightened relevancy (until Dec 17).

For Shirley Bradshaw, maiden name Valentine, the years have gone by far too quickly, and she is now mired in an “unused life.” Unhappy in her marriage, taken advantage of by her children and ignored by pretty much everyone, Shirley jumps at the chance to escape. Shirley Valentine (by Willy Russell) is a heart-warming and inspiring play that speaks to everyone who has ever wanted more (Jan 5 – Jan 28). Next is The Fighting Days (by Wendy Lil), a story about winning the vote for women and finding one’s self in the process. Powerful and shocking, this Manitoba story will leave you looking at this volatile time in a whole new way (Feb 9 – Mar 3). Tom Hendry Warehouse – In Mrs. Warren’s Profession, George Bernard Shaw pits mother against daughter to expose the corruption and hypocrisy of Victorian society. Will their relationship survive a battle about sex, love, money, career and morality? A sparkling comedy, Mrs. Warren’s Profession is also a scathing indictment of the social conditions for women of the era (part of the 12th Annual Master Playwright Festival, Jan 19 – Feb 4). Next up is the Pulitzer Prize-winning tragic comedy that has audiences riveted and critics raving. August: Osage County (by Tracy Letts) is rich with insight and crackling

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MUSIC Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra – The MASTERWORKS A series continues with a program that features the work of Mathieu and Sibelius (Dec 2 & 3). Next is a showcase of North American composers that features Augustin Hadelich in his WSO debut, along with Larry Rachleff, a worldrenowned conducting teacher (Feb 17 & 18). MASTERWORKS B moves on with a WSO tradition! Handel’s Messiah welcomes the return of conductor Yuri Klaz, the Winnipeg Singers and a splendid group of soloists for this annual Holiday happening (Dec 17). Next up is a Mozart concerto-times-four and a chance to hear the WSO’s fabulous principal wind players in one of his most delightful compositions! This evening will also feature Schubert’s mighty Symphony No. 9 (Jan 13). Don’t miss an exciting evening of music that features Kjartan Sveinsson, keyboardist of the Icelandic band Sigur Rós, and fellow Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson (Feb 3). Canadian pianist Jon Kimura Parker plays Brahms’s Piano Concerto No. 2 (Mar 2). The MASTERWORKS C series gives you another chance to hear the music of Mozart & Schubert (Jan 14). The WSO is excited to present Kaija Saariaho’s monumental work Graal Theatre for violin and orchestra (Jan 28). Canadian pianist Jon Kimura Parker again plays Brahms’s Piano Concerto No. 2 (Mar 2). The MATINEE series includes Sibelius’ Second Symphony (Dec 2), Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante in E-Flat Major (Jan 13), and Schumann’s Symphony No. 1 (Mar 2). The POPS series kicks of with A Judy Garland Christmas: Songs My Mother Taught Me, performed by Garland’s daughter Lorna Luft (Dec 9–11). In HOT! HOT! HOT! A Night of the Copa, you will be dazzled by the husband and wife team of Andrzej and Jennifer Przybyl. Expect to see the cha cha, mambo, the Latin hustle and more! (Jan 20-22). For Michael – The Music of Michael Jackson is a show that will have you reaching for your white glove and sparkle shoes so you can dance up a storm in the aisles (Feb 10-12). The SOUNDBYTES series brings you the acclaimed multi-media presentation of Dvorák’s New World Symphony created by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (Feb 25). The CONCERTS FOR KIDS series continues with Beethoven Lives Upstairs (Jan 15), and Symphonic Sorcery: The Music of Harry Potter (Mar 4). New Music Festival – This exciting festival will feature some of the most compelling composers from Iceland, Finland, USA, and Canada. Highlights include distinguished guest composer Kaija Saariaho and superstar cellist Shauna Rolston. All performances take place at the Centennial Concert Hall (Jan 28–Feb 3).

Winnipeg Philharmonic Choir – Concerts Magnificat will express all the joy and glory of the season with four uplifting Magnificats by Vivaldi, Pergolesi, Pärt and Stanford. The second half of the concert will also feature well-known Christmas music on the theme of Mary as well as great singalong carols. Concert takes place at Bethel Mennonite Church (Dec 11). Manitoba Chamber Orchestra – Regular guest and New York Times Critic’s Choice winner Scott Yoo is coming back to Winnipeg to conduct a programme that includes Serge Arcuri’s Episodes and Richard Strauss’ Metamorphosen for 23 Solo Strings (Jan 10). Opera meets chamber music in Dido & Aeneas (Feb 7 & 8). Spanish musician Asier Polo will delight audiences with his mastery of the cello (Feb 28). All concerts take place at Westminster Church. Virtuosi Concerts – In Liszt Bicentennial Celebration you will witness the gorgeous piano playing of Adam Aleksander (Dec 3). WSO Baroque & Beyond I: Mozart and His Mentors is an evening that will showcase the captivating talent of pianist Peter Vinograde (Dec 11). From Beethoven To Brazil features an international trio of musicians from Canada, Brazil and Japan (Jan 21). Violinist Rolf Schulte and pianist James Winn will perform a program of works by Janácek, Ravel, Stravinsky, Schubert, and Beethoven’s Sonata in G (Feb 4). In Lyricism and Passion, the celebrated pianist Cyprien Katsaris will perform works by Haydn, Schubert, Liszt and Chopin (Feb 25). All concerts take place at Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall at The University of Winnipeg. Jazz Winnipeg – Check out Pianist Bert Johnson’s new project that highlights the freeword poetry of Winnipeg’s T’ai Pu and the jazz stylings of his quintet. Concert takes place at The Park Theatre (Dec 11). Don’t miss the experience of Reactive, a dynamic cause and effect “reaction” between three distinct performance elements that combines Random Interference’s conceptual audio-art, McLoud’s musical hyper-jazz free flow, and Murray Toews’ spoken-word combined with randomly generated live drawings, animations and video. Event takes place at The Park Theatre (Jan 22). Raul Midón returns to Winnipeg with his silky, soulful tenor and dazzling percussive guitar style. Performance takes place at the West End Cultural Centre (Jan 25). Next up is Al Simmons, best known to audiences in Winnipeg and around the world for his oneman, multi-prop, music-filled, off the wall performances. Performance takes place at The Park Theatre (Feb 18). Burton Cummings Theatre – The unmistakable voice of Dallas Green, better known as the man who writes, records and performs under the moniker of City and Colour, is touring with his latest album, Little Hell (Feb 3). MTS Centre - From love songs to depictions of Canadian history and wilderness, Gordon

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GALLERIES Winnipeg Art Gallery – The collection of William Kurelek: The Messenger chronicles the experiences of various cultural groups in Canada, devoting entire series to Ukrainian, Jewish, Polish, Irish, French Canadian, and Inuit peoples (until Dec 31). The exhibition New Art from Cape Dorset features drawings and sculptures created by second and thirdgeneration Cape Dorset artists in recent years (until Apr 8). WAG educators join forces to dish out Feast, a unique and tantalizing exhibition featuring a smorgasbord of art from the permanent collection that explores a variety of fascinating issues and ideas surrounding food and the daily act of eating. Sure to satisfy art lovers and foodies alike (until Mar 25). For the first time ever an exhibition of the work of Norman Rockwell is coming to Canada! One of the most popular North American artists of the past century, Norman Rockwell (1894-1978) was a keen observer of human nature and a gifted storyteller (Mar 1 – May 6). Plug-In Institute of Contemporary Art – “her rain” by Canadian artist Lani Maestro uses minimal and simple visual language and addresses the complexities of human nature and dignity in the conditions of the social, cultural and political realities we experience in everyday life (until Jan 8). A Moon or a Button is a solo exhibition of new and existing work made by Michael Dumontier (Winnipeg). Dumontier’s inventive, reductive works are at once sculpture, painting, collage, and drawing (Jan 28 – Mar 25). aceart – Witness the otherworldliness of the exhibition haunted / talisman by Montreal based interdisciplinary-artist Marigold Santos (Mar 2 – Apr 5).

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SPECIAL EVENTS Prince – The world renowned pop artist Prince will make his second ever Winnipeg appearance when he plays the MTS Centre as part of his coast-to-coast Welcome 2 Canada tour (Dec 8). Canad Inns Winter Wonderland - Be dazzled by Manitoba’s largest drive-through light show. See the sights and a million lights from the warmth and comfort of your vehicle. Now in its 12th year, Winter Wonderland features over 25 theme areas and displays as big as 125 feet wide and 40 feet high. Event takes place at Red River Exhibition Park (Dec 2-24 & Dec 26-Jan 7).

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Jay and Silent Bob Get Old - Remember Jay and Silent Bob from the film Clerks? These two characters, played by Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith, hit up Winnipeg with Jay and Silent Bob Get Old. Performance takes place at Burton Cummings Theatre (Dec 11). The Amazing Kreskin – He has been reading minds for six decades! Check out The Amazing Kreskin and his comedic dramatization of the unique facets of the human mind. Performance takes place at the West End Cultural Centre (Dec 13). Winnipeg Wellness Expo – Back for its 18th consecutive year, the Winnipeg Wellness Expo features nearly a 100 companies that will show you products or services that may provide ways to enhance or improve your personal wellbeing. Event takes place at the Winnipeg Convention Centre (Jan 13-15). Kitchen Bath & Renovation Show Whether you’re currently planning a home renovation or just looking for inspiration, come prepared to make the most of your time at the 11th annual Kitchen Bath & Renovation Show. Tommy Smythe of HGTV’s Sarah’s House returns as a featured guest for this event held at the Winnipeg Convention Centre (Jan 13-15).

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Escape to Inn at the Forks Nestled at the junction of the Red and Assiniboine Rivers, Inn at the Forks is an inspiring setting for rest, rendezvous, and relaxation. Gifting season is the perfect time to treat that special person to the unforgettable luxuries offered by this unique boutique hotel. And a gift from the hotel’s Riverstone Spa is indeed the gift of a memorable experience. Received by a stone archway, water wall, and fireplace, guests indulge in elemental treatments tending to whole body needs. Massage, Reiki, body wraps, hydrotherapy ... everything “well-being” can be enjoyed at Riverstone Spa. New to the treatment menu is Oxygen Infusion. This vitamin-infused airbrush of pure oxygen plumps and rejuvenates the skin. Incorporated into all of the spa’s anti-aging regimens, this specialty has become a new essential; but it can also be added to any treatment as an enhancement, much like Aroma Steam, Fruity Peel Exfoliation, or even reflexology session. Other treatments include signature massages. Resonant with grounding traditions, a sage and cedar-scented Indigenous Hot Stone Massage eases tensions with smooth volcanic basalt stones.

The Riverstone Signature Facial is another rejuvenator: skin is nourished with botanicals, eyes are soothed, and lips are softened. Next, an invigorating arm and leg massage, followed by light application of mineral makeup. But men shouldn’t feel left out. Highly recommended are sport facials, and hand and foot treatments. And all services and products are unisex. In fact, the spa is releasing an exclusive unisex scent by di erbe, a local maker of organic vegan skin products.


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Hotel overnight stay packages give couples a fleet of sensual retreats. “Spa for Two” sees relaxing and unwinding with massage, overnight stay, and a full breakfast. “Aaaaaaahhh” is a luxurious escape of massage, sweets, flowers, and breakfast. And “Dine and Stay” promises gourmet three-course dining at The Current Restaurant and elegant overnight accommodations. (Hint: If you plan to catch the Jets, you get a voucher for free heated parking at the game!) For more information visit

Delectable Dining Local Fave Moves to the Village Winnipeg’s dining scene took a hit last summer when Deseo Bistro on Albert Street closed. The culprit? A water main break. Originally opening in an Exchange District punk music venue with a “no budget” big dream, Deseo stunned everyone with unique style and boundary-pushing Spanish cuisine. And after hiatus, they’re back - and better! Owners Alejandro Mora and Scott Bagshaw snapped-up prime South Osborne digs, gave it a face-lift, and have now been filling it with foodies since September. Imaginatively decked out with antique-style swag light bulbs, exposed brick, wood, as well as horns, gnarly branches, and local artwork, this two-storey eatery and bar flaunts rustic elegance. Bebidas! A classic Hail Mary Caesar is stiff and luscious - horseradish, tequila, and rich clamato crash together on rocks. A crowning skewered Thai pickled pepper gives extra kick. And a spiced tropical blend - Loca Limonada - playfully slacks thirst with tangy mango limonada, gold tequila, and smokey chili. A quartet of tapas accompany: Classic Patatas Bravas is silky prepped in duck fat; golden IIberico Croquette is packed with potato and ham, nestled in stewy lamb ragout, and drizzled with orange aioli; Chorizo & Figs are juicy dressed in tangy sweet and sour sauce; and Buffalo Sweet Breads are a dream of delicate meats, creamy Buffalo sauce, sharp cheese, and pickled celery. “Crunch” is a must-have salad. Crisp jicama gets tossed with celery, romaine, edamame, candied nuts, and spiced peanuts, then dressed with Mojito vinaigrette and drizzled with lime crema. Mains include faves, traditional items, new offerings, and the special. Zarzuella is a zesty stew of immense scallops, plump prawns, mussels, and potato accented by tomato, thyme, wine, and garlic. The sauce is so yummy, my dining partner laps it up from the plate, exclaiming “Wowza!” To pair: Chateau Mas Neuf ’s Cuvee Tradition Rouge. This varietal adds a soft touch with cranberry haze and pebbly cinnamon. The special also gets a nod: Veal Cheeks. Buttery meat buttons rest on pillowy almond cauliflower purée accented with chili and salsa verde. Vina Tabali Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon from Chile accompanies with ripe plum and strawberry notes. A simple sweet: The Deseo Dulce. Carvable peaches and pears are roasted then lathered with caramel-y Dulce de Leche.

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Noshing Out Unamas

(Deseo Bistro, 696 Osborne Street) Their custom tailored spreads flaunt Latino flare and fit any fiesta. “Let’s sit down together!” invites Alejandro Mora of Unamas, “How can food enhance your experience?” Just a peep at what Chef Scott Bagshaw’s cookin’ up will make you cry “Olé!” They never repeat themselves, but imagine Adobo-rubbed bison with hempseed crustini and Saskatoon compote or cherry tomato lollipops stuffed with balsamic herb ricotta or zesty tacos with fresh chimichurri. How about elegant 9-course food and wine pairings? And when they worked their magic at the Aviation Museum, the serving team dressed up in pilot uniforms! Expect the extraordinary with Unamas.

Urban Prairie Cuisine Catering

200 River Avenue “Rumor has it we make really great food,” jokes award-winning Chef Craig Guenther. And it’s true! Craig’s former Academy grocery now turned catering, deli, and retail hub at The Winter Club awakens the senses with artful fresh-made cuisine gleaned from Canadian bounty. “Let’s make something special,” Craig promises. Weddings, meetings, extravaganzas, corporate shindigs, or simple meals, Urban Prairie Cuisine will work with you to plan the perfect spread. Craig will travel to you, too - and doesn’t even need a kitchen! But be sure to ask about the smoke BBQ. Craig’s smoker is workin’ overtime dishin’ it out Kansas City style!

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East India Company

349 York Avenue “People look to Indian for that extra bit of spice and flavour,” affirms Sachit Mehra, Owner/Manager of this celebrated eatery. Catering any function on any budget (they’ve served everything from intimate in-home meals to a city block of set tables and buffet lines for 1,400), East India Company’s authentic spreads are always crowd pleasers. “The caterer needs to know that the food is the main event of any event,” Sachit notes. And accordingly, a sommelier, cordon blue chef, and fleet of talented Indian cooks and servers are standing by to dish out an exotic array of buffets, bites, and sit-down meals.

Mise Restaurant

842 Corydon Avenue Thanks to the endless creativity of Sue and Terry Greta, Mise has been plating unforgettable cuisine for years. And what could be more delightful than bringing Mise’s haute prairie menu to your event? Imagine cold canapés like puff pastry with Sambuca poached figs or hot pickerel cakes with lime chipotle aioli all gracing your reception table! Seeking simplicity? While a Mediterranean platter offers an assortment of smooth dips - including hummus, eggplant caviar, and tapenade served with baguette and pita - the rustic Canadian and Imported Cheese spread sees an array of special cheeses paired with dried fruit, nuts, and fine crackers.

Tall Grass Prairie

1411 Main Street Something for everyone, that’s Naleway’s promise. Offering catering options for gatherings big and small with buffets, platters, plated meals, barbecues, and bulk ordering, Naleway’s got everything covered. Crowdpleasing buffets come dropped off hot and ready to serve or with full detailed service. The meal that made Naleway famous, The Ukrainian Dinner, is a must: garlic sausage, dill accented butter-tossed perogies, tomatoey cabbage rolls, sweet and sour meatballs, and crisp coleslaw. Thinking low-key? Hors d’oeuvres include temptations like empanadas and bacon wrapped water chestnuts. Everything is made to order with no preservatives, so it’s always guaranteed fresh and flavourful.

859 Westminster Avenue Got a tall order for fresh and nutritious baked goodies? Morning meetings and snack-time are Tall Grass Prairie’s territory. They’ve catered meetings from 30 to 3000 people with their famous cinnamon buns and wholesome line-up of muffins, scones, squares, and cookies. And as all their organic treats are made with daily milled organic grains, fresh-pressed oil, and certified organic ingredients, you can definitely have your organic cake and eat it too! But while baking is their passion, Tall Grass also offers platters of fruit, cheese, or veggies. Hungry for savouries? Head to Grass Roots Prairie Kitchen at The Forks.

Bergmann’s on Lombard

950 Portage Avenue Winnipeg’s favourite for everything Italian since 1968. International imports, Mediterranean treats, meats, and cheeses, as well as De Luca’s own sausages, pastas, sauces, and “always fresh” in-store bakery are this outfit’s claim to fame. Aside from homemade products, like De Luca’s Alba Brand of vegetable marinades and olive oil, ready-made pizza, pasta, and sandwiches are perfect for on-the-spot purchase and presentation. They also provide catering services for just about any kind of event with delectables like lasagna, Italian style roasted potatoes, veal and chicken parmigiana, fresh salad, lively antipasto, and hearty panini platters.

620 - 167 Lombard Avenue Imaginative global tastes made with Canadian ingredients are Bergmann’s signature. And the kitchen doesn’t close. “We’ll relocate to your home or wherever you wish,” attests Chef David Bergmann. So, whether it’s your place, their place, or a city site, and they’re serving up hors-d’oeuvres like pickerel cheeks with Pernod cream or any style of savoury carvery, Bergmann’s works with you to create the perfect menu and presentation. One-of-a-kind spaces in the historic Grain Exchange Building are also prime for entertaining. And no detail will be overlooked. As David says, “We want you to be a guest at your own party.”

The Gates on Roblin

6945 Roblin Boulevard One of Winnipeg’s finest restaurants also boasts one of the finest catering services. Dale Yule and his team are standing by with full service on and off premise catering for parties and business gatherings alike. Also, a 400guest state-of-the-art Ballroom and Conference Center is perfect for onsite indoor events. Refined menus and impeccable customized service let you and your guests relax and enjoy! Traditional favourites and inspired new creations grace each distinct menu - from hors d’oeuvres of smoked Goldeye mousse on pumpernickel to the indulgent fondue food station. Jewish cuisine also gets a hearty hat-tip.

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Amaretti 1 lb (450 g) bulk sausage 2 cups (500 mL) frozen hash brown potatoes, thawed 1 cup (250 mL) grated Swiss cheese 4 eggs 1 2/3 cups (425 mL) milk ½ tsp (2 mL) salt Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). In a pan, fry sausage until well browned. Remove with slotted spoon and drain on paper towel. Sauté potatoes in drippings left in pan. Spread drained sausage in bottom of a 2-quart (2 L) casserole dish. Cover with sautéed potatoes and sprinkle with cheese. In a bowl, beat eggs, milk and salt. Pour over ingredients in casserole. Bake 45 – 50 minutes, or until set in center. Serve immediately on warm plates. Makes 6 servings.

Coconut Macaroons ½ cup (125 mL) egg whites (approx 4 large eggs)

¼ tsp (1 mL) salt ½ tsp (2 mL) cream of tartar 1 tsp (5 mL) vanilla 1 cup (250 mL) sugar 2 cups (500 mL) shredded sweetened coconut Preheat oven to 325°F (160°C). Prepare three large baking sheets by covering with foil or heavy brown paper. In a medium bowl beat egg whites, salt, cream of tartar and vanilla until soft peaks form. Gradually beat in sugar, 2 tbsp (30 mL) at a time, beating well after each addition. Continue beating until stiff and glossy. Fold in coconut. Drop small spoonfuls 1 ½ inches (4 cm) apart onto prepared baking sheets, and bake for 20 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from oven and allow to cool 5 minutes before transferring to cooling racks. Store in a tightly covered container. Makes approximately 6 dozen cookies.

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Trudeau introduces Resistech, an evolution of European technology in the way fine glassware is made. Available in various wineglasses and tumblers, the Resistech line features perfectly transparent lead-free crystal glass with ultra thin rims and contemporary tapered shapes. Chip and scratch resistant, with reinforced stem and base, they retain their clear brilliance over time and are dishwasher safe. The collection comes with a Certified 25 Year Replacement warranty against chips and discolouration.

How Charming

Add a subtle burst of colour and whimsy to your wine glasses with delightful silicone floral wine charms. Helps keep track of whose glass is whose. Available in a set of 12 in assorted colours and designs that are adjustable to any stemware.

Keeping it Together

These cleverly designed plate clips easily attach onto most plates with flexibility that adapts to the stem of any glass, making it easy to carry both with one hand. Featuring a non-skid body for added stability, the clips come in several colours to suit existing dinnerware.

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The Trudeau Professional Series of pepper and salt mills combine design, function & precision, meeting professional food industry standards with ultra-resistant and razor sharp carbon steel grinder for peppercorns and specially designed steel mechanism for sea salt crystals. Available in 3 sizes and 3 finishes: stainless steel, acrylic and dark wood. Lifetime Warranty.

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The revolutionary ‘no more mess’ system of the No-Mess adjustable mill promises to eliminate pepper or salt dust left on the counter or the table. The precise carbon steel grinding mechanism will stay sharp forever and offers a 5-level adjustment base from very fine to coarse. Modern sleek design features stainless steel finish top and base, and a clear acrylic body. Lifetime warranty.

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Introducing for a limited time, Granny’s Orlopp Bronze Heirloom Turkey.

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Holiday entertaining recipes from Granny’s Poultry

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Granny’s Turkey Boneless Skinless Breasts, cut into 1/4 inch cubes olive oil mango, peeled & diced into 1/4 inch cubes jalapeno, diced red onion, diced asiago, shredded sea salt fresh ground black pepper french baguette, sliced into 1/4 inch rounds

DIRECTIONS: Preheat oven to 375 F. Saute turkey and onion in oil over medium heat until just cooked. Add mango and jalapeno and continue to cook for 2 minutes. Cool, then add cilantro, asiago and seasoning. Place baguette on a baking sheet and top generously with mixture. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes and serve warm.

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Granny’s Turkey Boneless Skinless Breasts, cut into 1/4 inch cubes garlic, finely chopped fresh raw spinach, chopped sundried tomatoes packing in oil or soak in hot water, chopped pine nuts, toasted soft goat cheese french baguette, sliced into 1/4 inch rounds olive oil sea salt fresh ground black pepper

DIRECTIONS: Preheat oven to 375 F. Saute turkey and garlic in olive oil until over medium heat until almost fully cooked. Add spinach, stir and continue cooking until fully cooked and liquid is gone. Cool and add, sundried tomatoes, pine nuts, goat cheese and seasoning. Mix well. Place sliced baguettes on a baking sheet and top generously with mixture. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes and serve warm.

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Appetizing recipe from Manitoba Turkey Producers

Turkey Wontons INGREDIENTS: 1 lb (500 g) 2 1 tsp (5 mL) 1 pkg (250 g) 1 1 pkg To taste 3 cups (750 mL)

ground turkey cloves garlic, minced dried thyme light cream cheese bunch green onions, chopped wonton wrappers salt and pepper oil, for frying

DIRECTIONS: In a large non-stick skillet, cook turkey, stirring and separating until pink disappears. In a separate bowl, combine garlic, thyme, cream cheese, green onions and salt and pepper. Add turkey and stir to combine. Put 1 teaspoon of filling in center of each wonton wrapper. Wet edges with water; fold to form a triangle. Press around edges to seal. Wet both side points and pinch together over centre. Heat oil to 375°F (190°C). Fry wontons, a few at a time, until golden brown (about 2 minutes). Drain on paper towels. Serve with dipping sauces. * For a healthier version, try baking open face wontons. Preheat oven at 350°F (180°C). Lightly grease muffin tin, and place a wonton wrapper in each muffin tin cup. Bake wrappers for 2-3 minutes, until very lightly browned; remove from oven. Spoon 1 tablespoon of filling into center of each wonton wrapper. Bake for an additional 10 minutes, or until wonton wrappers are golden brown and filling is heated through. Garnish as desired. Makes approximately 50 wontons.

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Don Carson is known for being ahead of the curve when it comes to offering the latest “gotta haves” at his Krevco Lifestyles stores. Now, Carson is building on his extensive knowledge of the fitness equipment industry to deliver a one-two punch for men and women looking to begin or enhance their workout experience. Carson says he went back to his roots as the former successful Canadian distributor of the Bowflex brand when he decided to go in search of this next fitness revolution. “I didn’t want to source just a ‘me too’ product, I wanted a real winner… and in the process, I found two,” he says. As president and CEO of North American Lifestyles Direct, the exclusive Canadian distributor of the Body Action System and Nexersys, Carson is “extremely excited” to launch these unique exercise systems this season. Both systems coincide with the growing popularity of the Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC), mixed martial arts (MMA), boot camps, personal training and increased use of technology. “Keeping fit means staying motivated in a way that is constantly challenging and fun. These two systems do that and more, forcing you to work your core, upper and lower body at the same time in an intense, effective program that gives you quicker results,” Carson notes. The Body Action System (BAS), endorsed by MMA/UFC world champion Bas Butten, is like having a personal coach and sparring partner. “The BAS offers a phenomenal routine where you’re actually striking the targets through a combination of boxing and kickboxing,” Carson says. The compact, freestanding equipment comes complete with a number of adjustable soft interactive targets on the torso pad to ensure proper form and aim with punches, kicks, elbows and knees. An accompanying instructional DVD featuring the powerhouse Butten himself makes this an

Delivering the one-two punch in fitness By Leigh Patterson affordable, full body workout regime that provides up to 30 times more muscle activation than more traditional strength training methods. Customizable for all sizes and configurations, the Body Action System equipment stand can be easily folded and stored when not in use. With a promise to deliver a “Hard Body. Sharp Mind.”, the interactive and intelligent Nexersys iPower Trainer is a more advanced training device designed to take fitness to the next level. “It’s like a supercharged fitness video game,” Carson says. Beginner to advanced Nexersys users can pick from a huge number of options to personalize their training routines. Nexersys provides striking, core and cardio training

through a perfect combination of high intensity video training rounds and avatar gaming. Continuous performance feedback comes courtesy of an onboard computer that measures the force behind every hook, cross jab and roundhouse kick. This progress report can help you adjust your training to get the maximum from your workout. The avatar experience is a fun and engaging way to keep motivated either on your own or via a wireless function that allows you to connect with an interactive fitness community; enabling you to test your fighting skills against other Nexersys users from all over the world. The Nexersys provides a unique combination of cardio, strength, endurance and mental acuity

training in a single, revolutionary piece of equipment. “The Nexersys is truly in a category in itself, and no routine is ever the same, so you are continuously motivated to improve,” Carson says. And this tough, smart and goodlooking iPower Trainer packs a lot of punch in a small footprint – just four-and-a-half feet of clearance and six feet of floor-to-ceiling height is enough space to enjoy a complete workout in the comfort and convenience of home. Better yet, Nexersys comes pre-assembled so you can get started on your advanced fitness journey right away. A Nexersys is on display at the Krevco Lifestyles Sargent and Berry store. To learn more about these exciting systems or to order, visit and winter 2011 | STYLE MANITOBA | 51


If this is your first encounter with Fernie, British Columbia, prepare to fall in love. The dramatic Canadian Rocky Mountains completely encircle this small, charismatic community and stellar ski destination. An authentic mountain town complete with turn-of-the-century buildings, engaging history and legends, Fernie has evolved into a vacation destination attracting sightseers and adventure goers from around the world. Fernie is known primarily as a ski and snowboard hotspot thanks to 4,800+ hectares of skiable terrain over three ski operations and the consistent hefty snowfalls (2010-11 season recorded over 37ft). The iconic ski destinations of Fernie Alpine Resort, Island Lake Lodge Catskiing and Fernie Wilderness Adventures Powder Catskiing may be the primary reason visitors come to

Fernie in winter, however, Fernie is so much more with activities such as snowshoeing, crosscountry skiing, snowmobiling, dog sledding, visits to the spa, shopping and exceptional dining. A visit to Fernie this season is not to be missed. Fernie Alpine Resort proudly celebrates 50 years of legendary skiing and riding with the addition of a new chairlift up Polar Peak. The new Polar Peak Lift will provide access to some of the most spectacular terrain and scenery in the Rockies, while elevating Fernie’s already impressive vertical to a whopping 1,082 metres. Combined with 22 new runs, Fernie now boasts the most vertical, the most runs and the most snowfall in the Canadian Rockies.

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LUCCA: Off the beaten track in Tuscany Photos & story by Greg Klassen

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As the first snowfall of Canadian winter bestows a picture postcard charm to what remains of my garden, my mind wanders back to the last two days of May and another garden far away - a European one - that stole my heart with all the enchantment of early summer in Italy. The memory begins with us on a train heading to Lucca, a historic walled city of about 90,000 people at the foot of the Apennine Mountains on the northwest fringe of Tuscany. We are looking forward to a few days of calm after hiking the cliff-side villages of Cinque Terre, and prior to beating back the madding crowds of Venice. Lucca is not totally off the tourist trail, but it is much mellower than nearby Florence, Siena or Pisa. As our taxi drives through the city’s ancient gate and meanders over pedestrian filled cobblestone streets to our hotel, our first glimpse reveals a small city that hasn’t changed much since Roman times. It is an enchanting blend of Puccini kitsch, Romanesque churches and hidden gardens, built by the Romans and virtually unaltered since its beginnings. Only a handful of the streets allow cars; most of the city is accessible only on foot or bike. We stay at the Hotel Piccolo, a very comfortable small inn with a great location

and a second floor room with a sweet view of the street below. Just down the street is one of Lucca’s most magical sights – the Saint Michelle church – a building with a facade that looks like a giant layer cake. After our initial passeggiata, we wander the streets in search of a place to eat where we can sit outdoors and continue to watch people. The Via Fillungo is the city’s main drag and is definitely the street to see and be seen on. This is where to come for fashion, pastries and accessories. It’s a wonderful street to stroll in the evening as locals head out to dinner. The narrow cobblestone road occasionally broadens into piazzas and behind the largest one, the quaint piazza Anfiteatro, we come across the alfresco restaurant, Vineria I Santi. I have a delicious Caesar salad followed by pesto ravioli in a rich tomato sauce with warm mozzarella on top. Everything is simple and fresh, and the wine is a very smooth sangiovese. One of the best ways to get one’s bearings is by walking the glorious Renaissance wall that circles the city. It’s 39 feet tall, 98 feet wide and 2.5 miles long. Writer Henry James called it “a circular lounging place of a splendid dignity.” As the sun sets, it feels like the entire city is either walking, cycling or jogging down this ancient garden path. It’s hard to know which views are more bewitching, the ones

down into the city or the panoramic views into the surrounding countryside. As I’m exploring Lucca, I decide I would like to see this gem of a city from an aerial perspective. Fortunately, Torre Guignini, one of only four medieval towers that remain, is easy to spot. It’s the highest tower in the city and has oak trees growing on its roof. I’m slightly claustrophobic as I climb the 200 steps and through the narrow cracks in the stone, I can see the town fading away and the sky coming through. Finally, I arrive at the top. I have the entire platform to myself. The Tuscan sun warms my skin as a beautiful breeze tempers the hot day. I hear the strains of Vivaldi from a window below. I lean over the tower rail, almost expecting to look down and be starring in my own feature film. Ah, Tuscany - a place that promises delicious food and wine, and delivers so much more. Food is where Lucca shines. The local cuisine is considered among the finest in Tuscany. In the morning, I would recommend dropping into Di Simo to enjoy the same delicious pastries as Puccini. For lunch, a favourite is Trattoria De Leo, where locals and tourists alike revel in the locally grown and cooked cuisine. I have vegetable soup that’s more like a stew, along with tortellini. In the evening, one of the classic places to dine is Buca de winter 2011 | STYLE MANITOBA | 55

17th century, but they ran out of money and the development was taken over by the newly ennobled Controni family towards the end of the century. They installed most of the external embellishments and a sign of how their stock had risen was that they gave hospitality at the palazzo to Prince Frederick of Denmark when he was making his Grand Tour of Italy. The Pfanner family became involved with the century-old history of the Palazzo Pfanner towards the middle of the 19th century. It was indeed Felix Pfanner, a local brewer from Austria, who progressively acquired the entire structure after having set up his brewery there in 1846. The Pfanner family is still involved in the preservation of this beautiful estate. The highlight of this magnificent villa is its garden. We’re early, so we have the entire place to ourselves and I engage in the fantasy of pretending this is where I sit every morning. This is a small but perfectly formed garden with an octagonal pool in the centre of the path leading from the Palazzo, and providing a perfect symmetry to the view from the door of the Palazzo. It is a beautiful treasure hidden behind thick Tuscan walls. The pond and its ornate fountains are decorated with four allegoric statues symbolizing the elements: Vulcan, Mercurius, Dionysus and Ocean. The effect of this is an instant calm. I particularly enjoy the incongruity of the bamboo grove, which is lovely, but seems slightly out of place in an Italian garden full of statuary. Almost all of this garden can be viewed from above on the pastoral ramparts of the city of Lucca. If we’d had more time in the area, I would definitely want to rent bicycles and take in some of the villas to the north of the city. I’m sure we’ll be back. And even if we’re not, Lucca is one of those perfect places you can always return to in your mind.

Sant’Antonio, which has been open for more than 200 years. As a lover of Italian wine, I am obliged to visit Entoca Vanni, a legendary wine store. The tiny storefront barely hints at the riches below. Creaky stairs take us down into a cave-like basement that must stretch under most of the city. Room after room of expensive antiquated wines covered in layers of dust call out with names like brunello, barolo and amarone. For me, this is nirvana, and I’m so excited that I’m likely to drop a couple of hundred dollars on a bottle of wine just because I will never find it in Canada. I sensibly reign myself in, settling on a relatively inexpensive Talenti. The next morning, our mission is to find the Palazzo Pfanner, an 18th century palace where Jane Campion filmed scenes from Portrait of a Lady (with Nicole Kidman and John Malkovich). The original owners were the Moriconi family in the second half of the 56 | STYLE MANITOBA | winter 2011

FIVE THINGS YOU REALLY MUST DO IN LUCCA! Villa Reale The gardens of this villa are one of the best reasons to leave the lovely city of Lucca. Created by Napoleon’s sister, its 17th century gardens survive to this day, with a marvellous open-air theatre and many grottos, streams and lakes. Unfortunately, the villa itself is not open to the public. Palazzo Pfanner This palace is not the easiest place to find. In fact, it’s rather frustrating, because you can pick it out clearly from the wall above, but once you’re in the maze of the city, it seems to disappear. An excellent example of a baroque garden, there are enough variety of plants to keep even the most cynical green thumb happy. Magnolias, peonies, camellia, laurel, lemons, and yes, even two ancient thickets of bamboo! Guinigi Tower The reward at the top of this tower are the eight oak trees which will shade you, if so desired, while taking in the spectacular 360 views of Lucca and the surrounding alps. Trattoria Da Leo We ate lunch here two days in a row. The wine list is good, but not spectacular. However, the food was very fine. Their vegetable soup may be the best soup ever. If the weather is pleasant, eat outdoors. The Wall If you miss this beautiful path around the city, you haven’t really been to Lucca. This is the most fun way to see it all. The towers, gardens and winding streets take on a special beauty from above. The quickest way to feel like a local!

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Cross-Tressing Simple Holiday Style In a decade of racy fashion and sleek sexy styles, there’s no need for long locks to achieve great looking holiday hair. Well-manicured updos for short or long hair can set the mood for a casual night with friends or attending a work function. A fresh vibrant colour adds just the right finish to this sleek but simple style. Salon: Root 37 Hair Designs Hair Stylist: Lynne Mestdagh Makeup/Esthetician: Kayla Leigh Lerch Model: Emilia Sidorowski

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This season’s colour trend is all about getting back to our roots, so to speak. Creating subtle, yet substantial dimension through a client’s natural base colour with shades only 1-2 levels lighter can add much needed “razzle-dazzle” to lifeless locks as well brighten a dull complexion. Somboun’s look was achieved by slicing in a toffee shade in a crisscross placement with only 20 foils. (Yes, they were counted). Focusing on the hairline, ends of the hair and the part encourages a very flattering look, enhancing what nature gave her. Salon: Society Haircolour / Styling: Steven Mathew Makeup / Model: Somboun

Ginger, the new Blonde! This beautiful Ginger Red is from rituals’ new Essensity Red Collection from Schwarzkopf. This colour line has no ammonia, is odorless and naturally driven, provides coverage on white hair, and leaves the hair healthy and shiny. This season, the trend is towards warm shades of colour in hair, makeup and clothing. Look for golds, ginger hues and strong lines. For more trend vision, look to rituals’ website and check their newsletter for fall/ winter. For the month of January, book your Essensity color with the salon’s New Talents and you will receive an Essensity home maintenance package (shampoo & conditioner).

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goodies By Leigh Patterson

Tucked into a small strip mall in the Southdale Square Shopping Mall off Fermor Avenue is every fashionista’s dream and gift giver’s delight. Unassuming from the outside, spectacular on the inside, Great Finds Fashion Accessories is Winnipeg’s best-kept secret. It’s an amazing little place chock full, floor to ceiling, of funky fashion accessories mixed with delightful and unexpected home décor and gift items just waiting to be discovered by the right person for the right person. “We’re definitely all about fashion,” says Great Finds storeowner Laurie Carey. To keep above and beyond the latest trends, Carey frequently goes on buying junkets to ensure her store is well stocked with fashion-forward clothing, accessories and gifts. Even Canadian fashion maven Jeanne Beker visited the Great Finds booth at the Lights, Camera, Fashion with Jeanne Beker fundraising event held in October in support of the Children’s Wish Foundation to snap up several of this season’s hottest gift items: glamorous, high-heeled shoe cellphone holders. These fun shoes are available in a multitude of colours, bringing new meaning to the phrase “hold the phone.” Perfect for home or office, they make a great gift for a stylish girlfriend, as do the shoe wine bottle holders and bottle stoppers. The store is especially well known among local fashion circles for its whimsical, out-of-theordinary and price conscious clothing lines for women of all ages. Cute, swingy tunics that

can be paired with leggings, washable leather jackets in a variety of colours, shimmery cowl neck tops and rhinestone embellished jeans “for the real woman” are among the distinctive formal and casual looks available. Great Finds also specializes in plus-sized clothes, carrying lines from U.S.-based SWAK (Sealed With A Kiss) and Zoe of Canada. Carey says that comfortable Shapeez bras continue to be very popular for every shape and age – they help to keep problem areas like the dreaded muffin top smooth underneath the clingiest clothes. In keeping with its name, Great Finds Fashion Accessories has the perfect accessory to go with any outfit. If you are attending a wedding in the near future, Great Finds makes it possible to channel your inner Kate or Pippa Middleton with the fashion statement of the moment: the fascinator. These fetching little headpieces are available in a number of styles and colours, adorned with delicate feathers, lace and ribbon. “Fascinators are an absolute must-have, especially if you’re attending a European wedding,” Carey notes, adding that her store is a popular destination for brides-to-be and their bridesmaids seeking affordable hair accessories. Great Finds carries a great selection of purses, ranging from practical cross-body purses ideal for shopping and traveling to little glitzy purses perfect for a night on the town. The store also features a line of unconventional ESPE wallets, purses and backpacks. Make an entrance at a party or resort with a pair of dressy shoes

and sandals with “bling,’ or dazzle them on the dance floor with red cowboy boots. An array of belts, hats, sunglasses and scarves make it easy to accessorize and complete your look. A trip to Great Finds is not complete without a peek at the extensive jewellery collection lining one wall of the store. Big chunky rings, earrings, necklaces and bangles in all styles and colours imaginable can be found here. “Cuffs, bracelets and watches are big this year,” Carey notes. Handcrafted, one-of-a-kind designer pieces by local artists Tannis Wilson of Covet Designs and Gina of Gina’s Gems are also extremely popular. Wind chimes, photo frames, birdhouses, and canvas art prints are among the many home décor options to suit every budget and taste. Great Finds carries colourful Romero Britto art collectibles including travel mugs, teapots, and an adorable Britto Bears Collection. Great Finds has tons of ideas to make gift giving easy, such as locally produced “Soy Harvest” candles, lip gloss chocolates and other stocking stuffers, seasonal ornaments and of course, gift certificates. While it’s possible to drop in, choose a gift, have it wrapped and head to a holiday party, Great Finds is best explored and appreciated at your leisure. Browse to your heart’s content as gentle and relaxing nostalgic music plays in the background. Enjoy the exceptional customer service offered by friendly and helpful Great Finds staff, and unleash your full fashion potential.

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A relationship is a cake Tips from Dr. Darek Dawda of DAVDA Psychology* By Mathilda Waters

According to our expert on well-being, relationships are like layered tortes, the bottom layer being the foundation of the whole structure. MW: How do you maintain healthy intimacy in long-term relationships? Dr. DD: When people come to me wanting to work on their intimacy, I suggest to them that they think of their relationship as a three-layered cake, with sexual intimacy being the very top layer. If the two bottom layers are not solid, there is no point focusing on sex life. It’s best to start with the foundation and work your way up. MW: What is the bottom layer? Dr. DD: I call the very bottom layer BUSINESS, and this is the first layer I encourage people to sort out. Think about you and your loved one as business partners. The goal here is to accomplish a mutual sense of fairness. Who does what at home, where does the money come from, who drives kids to sports, where do you leave your tooth brush, who cleans the countertops, etc., etc., is all a part of everyday business that needs to be run well.

Dr. DD: I call the middle level of the relationship FRIENDSHIP. Personally, I consider friendship to be the most important part of any of my close relationships, intimate or not. To me, business is something that I need to get out of the way to create a strong foundation for a sustainable friendship. MW: What can you say about friendship? Dr. DD: Friends unconditionally accept, support, and respect each other, care for each other, and are honest with each other. It is unfortunate how often people become dishonest and disrespectful with each other when they get into so-called intimate relationships. Or think about how often people try to change each other so that the other fits their expectations, instead of accepting and supporting the other as they are. Those same people would never treat their friends this badly.


MW: So ideally, everything should be balanced on the business level? Dr. DD: Not necessarily. Relationships are rarely balanced. One person may be bringing more money, whereas the other might be doing more housework. One person might be going out with friends more, while the other might stay home with the kids more. One person might take care of the garden, while the other does all the cooking. One person might be a more giving person and be OK with it. Nothing has to be equal, as long as both parties feel they are getting a fair deal. MW: What happens when the business level is out of balance?

Friendship Business MW: And then on top you have intimacy? Dr. DD: There is a great degree of intimacy in any friendship, but SEXUAL INTIMACY is the icing on the cake, something that makes relationships complete. MW: I can think of at least two long-term couples I know who seem to have good friendships but very little sex.

Dr. DD: One or both partners start growing resentments. And the resentment is what kills relationships. There is no point talking about intimacy if you are angry with your partner for not contributing enough to the day-to-day well being of your relationship.

Dr. DD: Sexual intimacy is the most emotionally complex part of relationships, especially when it comes to long-term relationships, which might be the topic for one of the upcoming articles. The important point to remember here is that lots of relationships can actually function superbly well without sexual intimacy if they have a strong friendship and a fair business foundation.

MW: So this level has to be fixed first?

MW: So to summarize?

Dr. DD: Absolutely. And the important thing to realize is that there is no need for much emotional processing when you deal with the business level. All you need is to be in touch with your needs, aware of the other’s needs, and able to communicate openly with the other to figure out a system that will work for both of you. If one of you feels things are unfair, you’ve got to go back to the negotiating table and make necessary adjustments to make the business level of your relationship work well.

Dr. DD: Instead of stressing out about having a poor sex life, make sure you get the day-to-day minutia figured out first, and then work on becoming good friends with your partner.

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Two Worlds, One City By Quentin Mills Fenn

After a lengthy career in journalism, Sandi Krawchenko Altner found herself in Florida, writing and blogging. When she decided to investigate the history of her family - Ukrainian immigrants who settled in Stuartburn, Manitoba in 1896 - she found it easy to find documents and facts. Still, she wasn’t satisfied. “I enjoyed a long and interesting career in television and radio news, so I am truly a journalist at heart,” Altner says. “But what I craved was the social history about the daily lives of the people who had arrived in Manitoba 100 years ago like my family did. How did they get here? What was waiting for them when they got here? How did they manage to survive with almost nothing?” Altner enjoyed going through the materials she collected, but the pleasure she experienced while exploring led her to an unexpected place: her first novel - Ravenscraig. “I read widely from letters, diaries, scholarly works, and endless newspaper accounts and let my imagination run free,” says Altner. “Eventually these characters emerged and the idea of a novel just evolved. I became hooked and Ravenscraig became a part of my life.” Her debut novel tells the story of two different Winnipeg families. An ambitious city alderman - charming, but callous - heads the tony Willows family – a man keen to conceal

the truth about his past. They’re contrasted with the Zigmans, who fled Russia and found a home in Winnipeg. Orphaned in England, young Malka Zigman joins her uncle’s family in the North End. As the novel progresses, Malka Zigman crosses the city and reinvents herself as Maisie Rosedale. These two family sagas combine when Malka/ Maisie gets a job as a maid at Ravenscraig, the Willows family mansion. “As much as we like to think that we are all one big melting pot in Canada, I think the great divide is an unspoken truth of our history,” Altner notes. “I love the idea that triumph is not exclusive to those who happen to have been born on the right side of the tracks. There has always been this reality in Winnipeg of North End and South End. Two worlds in one city.”

Ravenscraig is set at the beginning of the last century, a time when Winnipeg was the fastest growing city in Canada. Altner’s novel takes in money, disease, poverty, even one of the greatest disasters in the history of the industrial world. “When I was a child, my father told me there was a Winnipeg family by the name of Fortune on the Titanic, and that there were survivors among them who had returned to the city. It was an astounding story that caught my imagination. It was only years later, when Dr. Ballard discovered the Titanic that I began studying the stories of the Titanic in earnest. This is when I found the Encyclopedia-Titanica website and it was not long after that I became a Titanic fanatic,” says Altner. “What greater story than the Titanic?” winter 2011 | STYLE MANITOBA | 63

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More than a decade ago, Winnipeg Free Press reporter Bill Redekop got tired of saying no, so he accepted an offer to become the paper’s rural reporter. Since then, he’s spent years travelling the province searching out people and places for his Open Road column. “My initial reaction when the Free Press offered me the rural beat was to refuse,” Redekop says. “Two years later, the offer came up again, and again I refused. In part, I refused because I wanted something more important. But the other reason I declined was that the rural reporters kept quitting because editors weren’t letting them do the job. If I took the job, I wanted it to be treated like a real beat.” Redekop has met and spoken to more Manitobans than any gladhanding politician up for re-election - from Betty Gates, sister of bank robber Ken Leishman, to Art Martens, who rents guard donkeys to cattle ranchers. “And nobody could be more colourful than Henry Makinson,” Redekop says. “He raises bison and then rides them. He has pet bison. The particularly tame ones he’ll let inside his house. He’ll tell you they love carpeting. One of his bison, Cathy, gets on the carpet and just wants to sit down and sleep. Bison hate linoleum because it’s too slippery. Another thing he demonstrated for me is how bison love having their armpits rubbed. They go into a trance - it’s amazing. Who would ever think of even trying something like that? Bison aren’t cattle. Bison are bad-tempered and will kill you.” The best of the Open Road stories have just been published as Made in Manitoba (MacIntyre Purcell). It’s a book about the rich, fascinating world outside the perimeter.

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Van der Graaf Generator A Grounding in Numbers (Esoteric Recordings) Van der Graaf Generator seared an indelible signature 40 years ago in British progressive rock, with Peter Hammill’s existential howl and the band’s instrumental ferocity scaring and thrilling in equal measure. Passing years have tempered the vehemence, but not the passion. While David Jackson’s saxophones are much missed, their absence opens new space for former cathedral organist Hugh Banton’s understated, interlocking keyboard parts. Hammill the songwriter is keen as ever – “Bunsho” muses on a writer’s agony when his dross is regaled as genius, and vice-versa, while “Your Time Starts Now” signals ongoing encouragement for those of a certain age to hold to youth’s North Star. Room remains for intelligent musicians of a certain age; sympathetic listeners saving for the latest Pink Floyd reissues should consider diverting their funds accordingly. Neil Diamond The Bang Years (1966-1968) (Legacy/Sony) “Can’t stand still when the music’s playing,” he sang, and there was nothing idle to that thought. The scrubbed guitars, the tambourines and the handclaps – the best of Neil Diamond’s early music turns any listening room into the folk club you should have known, with the irresistible likes of “Cherry, Cherry,” “You Got to Me” and “Thank the Lord for the Night Time” making dancers of all of us. “Solitary Man” and “Girl, You’ll be a Woman Soon” capture the romantic in early bloom. The man’s roots in acoustic guitars and directness are thrilling in these 23 original mono tracks – even in the odd, duff cover version – and presenting these songs apart from later, more deeply upholstered work is cause for gratitude.

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From student to songwriter/ professional musician to real estate developer and entrepreneur, modern-day Renaissance man Stefan Aarnio has already reinvented himself several times over. This constant evolution is necessary “to become the best you can be,” he says, adding, “it takes a fire to burn a forest down and let new trees grow.” Mindful of this mantra, Aarnio has branched out yet again, with a bold foray into the world of art. In just a few short months and with no formal training, Aarnio has already sparked interest in his wildly coloured, textured, high contrast acrylic artwork. Taking cues from his love of aggressive music, Aarnio relies mainly on pallet knife and spatula to aggressively lay down the hardedged lines that define his work. He occasionally incorporates other media, such as crushed bottle glass or sand to add further texture and dimension. Always experimenting, Aarnio likes to work quickly. “Speed is important. I need the velocity, even if it means I make a lot of mistakes. I just paint over it. As creator, you can be destroyer, too.” This is how buildings became instead a colourful collection of bottles, and how sailboats emerged from a failed canvas after he turned it on its side to gain a different perspective. For Aarnio, intuition and creativity are inseparable. “You know how for a child a box can be a spaceship? I still listen to that voice,” he says. “We’re all born artists, but we judge ourselves too quickly and harshly,

and we end up blocking that innate flow.” Harnessing the power and viral potential of social media, Aarnio uses his networking skills on Facebook to successfully promote his work. He’s also taken the old-school approach of pounding the pavement, which has led to opportunities to display and sell his artwork in a several popular Winnipeg restaurants, including a selection currently at Edna Fedya

at the University of Manitoba. He dedicates a percentage of his sales to Siloam Mission, his favourite charity. Art lovers from all walks of life have been drawn to Aarnio’s artwork. For his part, Aarnio enjoys the reaction and is fascinated that in this digital age people find it exciting to own original art. “I believe in doing what excites you. If it excites me, hopefully it excites you. That’s what life should be about.”

What is Aarnio’s next phase of da Vinci-esque personal reinvention? “I know I’ll always want to build, sell and work,” he says. Right now, Stefan Aarnio the artist is currently working on series of panels that will come together in one large work, while developing other collections on various themes. “Like music, I’m playing off a riff, which turns into a song, which goes into an album. Then you start the process again.”

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Sharing the journey By Leigh Patterson Photography: Mike Sanders By deciding to give back to a community that greeted him with “open hands,” Nigerian-born visual artist Yisa Akinbolaji has provided Winnipeggers an opportunity to fully experience his artistic ideas and vision – through sight and touch.

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The internationally renowned Akinbolaji recently donated his impressive and dynamic mosaic installation entitled Peace and Purpose to the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB). Valued at $25,000, the massive piece is made up of 10,080 glass tiles in 42 brilliant colours. It describes the artist’s personal journey but is an experience that is truly meant to be shared with others. Akinbolaji found it difficult working to his full potential as an artist in his native Nigeria, where power failures, frequent violence and political struggles made creativity difficult. When he moved to Winnipeg in 1997, Akinbolaji found his creativity renewed, thanks to the stability and availability of materials that made creating his artwork easier. “Even in the cold here, I found warmth in the people,” he notes. The mosaic, which took Akinbolaji five months to complete, conveys “the peace that I found here and the purpose of humanity,” he says.

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Reading the mosaic installation from left to right, the viewer experiences Akinbolaji’s journey, starting with his life in Nigeria. He illustrates life in less-developed countries with light and hope-filled symbols amongst dark tiles. As he points out, “though the West sees the African continent as a place of darkness, we still see stars there.” To the right side, a stylized dove represents the peace that he found in Canada, “a country with the environment that is depicted with bright yellow, orange and red tiles symbolizing abundance,” he explains. The mosaic originally spent two years on the front lawn of Akinbolaji’s Winnipeg home, to be enjoyed by

the neighbourhood residents. “Each tile represents different people and cultures, “ he says. “I tried to communicate the idea that we don’t have to be part of the same family, culture or religion to live in peace. You can’t appreciate the tiles apart but when you look at them together they communicate to you.” “I didn’t know at the time of creation that I was providing for the future,” Akinbolaji says of his eventual decision to donate the mosaic to the CNIB. The artist had donated his artwork to CNIB’s annual Eye on the Arts campaign for the past five years, and decided to donate the largescale mosaic piece so that “people challenged by blindness could enjoy it as well.” Wanda Mills, Associate Director, Corporate and Community Development for CNIB, says Akinbolaji is a “passionate and humble” person whose “tactile artwork challenges everyone to see beauty.” This is especially true of blind and partially sighted people, who can explore the mosaic through touch. “Our clients can ‘see’, just differently,” Mills notes. “They visualize an image based on their experience and knowledge; colours are often attached to an emotion.” Mills acknowledges that Akinbolaji’s mosaic has not only revealed its story to CNIB clients, but CNIB has benefited from the increased public awareness of its services. “We’re grateful to Yisa that he chose CNIB for his significant gift. It has allowed us to share our building, our staff, volunteers and clients by opening our doors and inviting members of the larger community to learn more about us. We hope this will lead to future opportunities.” The mosaic is available to view

during business hours at the CNIB’s Gupta Centre at 1080 Portage Avenue. Along with the unveiling of the mosaic at a special ceremony and reception in October, CNIB showcased Akinbolaji’s new textural art collection, Unconventional, which will be displayed in a solo exhibition at the New Art Center in New York City in May 2012. Featuring Akinbolaji’s “layering and revealing technique,” the vibrant, mixed media works in Unconventional evoke organic, technological, even celestial patterns and tribal designs that tie into his African roots. In remarks delivered at the unveiling ceremony, His Honour, the Honourable Philip S. Lee, Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba, said “Both the movement for the rights of people with disabilities and the growing recognition of the benefits of multiculturalism have helped to make our mosaic a beautiful one. Building this mosaic has strengthened the cause of peace and given many Canadians a greater sense of purpose.” Nigerian High Commissioner Iyorwuese Hagher, also present at the event, acknowledged how Canada and Winnipeg had given life to Akinbolaji’s career. “Canada offered for him an ambience, an atmosphere and climate that helped his art to blossom from his conceptual Nigerian roots to become a global phenomenon, “ Hagher said. “I believe in unveiling the creativity and talents we have,” Akinbolaji notes. In releasing his own talents, his adopted community will no doubt be inspired to do the same.



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Original design earrings in 18k yellow gold featuring chocolate coloured pearls, garnet and quartz druze $3,390 Diamond Gallery, 1-1735 Corydon Ave

Unique picture frame, curio box & candleholders adorned with repurposed bangles from the Ashirwad artisan group in India. Items featured are Fair Trade products, providing vital income to artisans from more than 30 countries & work for nearly 60,000 people around the world. Ten Thousand Villages, 2 locations: 134 Plaza Dr. & 10-963 Henderson Hwy

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When the homeowners purchased this home, they knew they liked the neighbourhood and the character of the two-storey house, but also knew they wanted more space, an updated décor and a more open layout. What they did not know was how to make it happen. That’s where All Canadian Renovations came in.

At that point, it was possible to situate the gas fireplace in the great room, design the island in the kitchen and plan out the cabinetry. “You can’t order the cabinets before you know the dimension of the space,” explains Verrier. “It’s not like a new house where you can just tell the carpenter to build a 10-foot wall.”

“We drew up a plan based on what they told us they wanted,” says Marcel Verrier, adding that, as is often the case, this was only a starting point. “Then there was lots of going back and forth to ensure that everything was exactly how they wanted it.”

All Canadian replaced the existing lime green cabinets with painted white wood units finished in an antique glaze to complement the character of the home. “The original house was in very good condition,” recalls Verrier. “It looked brand new but right out of the ‘60s.” ACR suggested contrasting cabinets for the island to inject interest and further clinch the more contemporary styling. A double-basin apron sink completes the look.

In other words, the design evolved as the renovation process moved along. The first step was to construct the addition. This involved removing the exterior back wall on the main floor and extending the space by 12 feet along the entire 42-foot width of the house. “We couldn’t do a final plan until the extension was constructed,” explains Verrier. “You never know what the renovation might involve until you start tearing down the walls.” As it turned out, the exterior wall contained most of the ventilation to the second level. But in order to capture the spectacular view of the large back yard, there would now be more windows than wall. Another solution had to be found for the new space. All Canadian proposed the creation of an ingenious bulkhead that would enclose the ventilation while framing the windows and creating a decorative accent. The solution worked, as did installing a metal beam to support the new back of the home while maintaining an open concept. “There’s a huge beam hidden in the ceiling,” Verrier points out. At the same time, ACR removed the wall that had previously separated the kitchen from the rear-facing family room and replaced all the flooring, cabinets and baseboards. Once the open concept was created and the addition was in place, the homeowners felt ready to continue with the design process. “They couldn’t visualize it until they were standing in the new space,” recalls Verrier.

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The new kitchen features a walk-in pantry as well as built-in appliances, including a gas cooktop crowned by a stainless steel fan hood and flanked by a pot-filler. A glass subway tile backsplash and quartz countertop unite the kitchen space, tying in the bar area, complete with wine fridge. Meanwhile, new hardwood flooring throughout the main floor creates continuity between the kitchen, great room and dining area. “Their main focus was having a wide open space for entertaining,” explains Verrier. All Canadian also renovated the area at the front of the house, dividing the original living room into a den and a sitting area, which is now open to the dining room. A new staircase railing, spanning the basement to the second level, ties in all the elements on the main floor to the entire home. ACR matched the handrail to the hardwood floor and added white spindles for an updated look. On the second floor, All Canadian completely rebuilt the master bedroom and ensuite – except for a previously renovated shower area – adding a new walk-in-closet and air tub. A large 24’ x 12’ deck with aluminum railing was also constructed off the master bedroom. Then, with a final re-stuccoing of the home’s entire exterior, the evolution was complete.

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Taking it to the Next Level By Christine Hanlon

A home is not a static setting. As our needs, tastes and capabilities evolve, as the world and its styles, shapes and colours continue to change, we modify our living spaces to adapt to new realities. “Design is something that is continuously evolving,” says Michelle Zelickson, “as is Interior Illusions.” Since breaking onto the Manitoba design scene in 1983, Interior Illusions has never stopped evolving, growing into what many homeowners and designers regard as today’s premier destination for interior design and décor. In early 2012, this Winnipeg institution will take things to the next level in their new location at 100 Princess Street. “While it feels like we just made the move into our current space, we have already outgrown it,” says Zelickson. “I think our continued growth truly demonstrates Winnipeg’s strong desire for unique design, and a store that can service all aspects of this. Interior Illusions is committed to meeting this demand.” The new location will allow Interior Illusions to expand its design/resource centre which is

open to the public and professional designers. Encompassing a complete range of products from the exterior of your home into the interior, the design centre also gives homeowners access to interior designers, who are available for consultations as well. Thanks to the larger space, the showroom’s impeccable selection of lighting, accessories, artwork, furniture, area rugs, designer fabrics, blinds, etc. will be greater than ever. Interior Illusions is also looking forward to introducing several exciting new lines. “It is important for our clients to know that we are constantly searching for new ideas, new designs and unique expressions that will inspire anyone,” says Zelickson. Whether it’s a particular piece to complete a space, the décor for a particular room, or the interior design for an entire home, Interior Illusions has the experience and expertise necessary to achieving the perfect result. From colour and design consultation to home renovations to new construction, design consultants are on hand to assist clients in creating the home of their dreams.

The company started as a specialist in custom window coverings, draperies, bedding and upholstery. These services continue to be one of the many reasons Winnipeg homeowners return to Interior Illusions time and again for home décor customized to their tastes and needs. The new location will continue the tradition of an on-site workroom that ensures unparalleled customization and quality control. Another tradition that Interior Illusions has espoused during this move is a commitment to downtown Winnipeg. “By staying in the Exchange District and continuing to support downtown, we are staying true to who we are,” says Zelickson. “We are different and unique, and it is an honour for us to be surrounded by other stores and businesses that share these same ideas. It is a great area, an area that is also constantly evolving and becoming a true gem within this city.” She could have just as easily been talking about Interior Illusions. As they open their new doors, one thing is evident: this is one gem that has never shone brighter.

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Prepare to be Floored Over the last few years, more and more Manitobans have been discovering the difference of the Shaw Design Centre when selecting flooring for their home. Four years ago, The Floor Show decided to bring to the province a level of products and service unlike anything this market had seen before. “Once people have been here, they understand that we truly have something unique to offer,” says the Floor Show’s Paul Rivington. As part of the commitment to provide Manitobans with an outstanding experience in flooring, The Floor Show decided to partner with Shaw, a Warren Buffet company and the world’s largest flooring manufacturer.

they want, from carpet, hardwood and ceramic tile to cork, laminates and vinyls. Products are then separated by subcategories such as colour and texture. “Buying flooring can be overwhelming,” says Rivington. “Here, products are laid out in a very user-friendly way.” He adds that the ANSO colour wall, for instance, is a great program for anyone looking for a mid to upper end cut or frieze carpet. Take-home samples are available so that consumers can truly evaluate each selection in the target setting.

“We’re striving to be a local leader in flooring,” Rivington points out, “so it makes sense for us to partner with the number one company in the world.”

The Shaw Design Centre also features colour trend boards, prepared by professional designers and updated every six months. The colour palettes coordinate Benjamin Moore paint colours with tile, stone, laminate and wood selections, as well as two carpet options.

In the Shaw Design Centre, flooring is dividing into categories, identified by large clear overhead signs. Immediately upon entering the showroom, people can easily locate the product

While samples of every product include detailed information about the product, consultants are always on hand to help customers with their selection. Decorators on staff have the

experience and expertise to guide consumers to the best selection. “We are dedicated to excellence,” says Rivington. “Our commitment is to serve mid to high end consumers with a complete range of top levels products and services.” The affiliation with Shaw endows the Design Centre with several exclusive products, including the Kathy Ireland Collection, a line only available at The Floor Show. Products are carefully selected for their quality, manufacturing integrity, price and reliability of service. Customers also have access to sales and promotions not available outside the Design Centre. “There is a certain level of confidence when buying flooring from a company that is so closely connected to the world’s largest supplier,” notes Rivington. Shaw also provides ongoing training and product updates to the experienced consultants at the Floor Show. This highly honed expertise is now at the service of all discriminating homeowners, many of whom have already experienced the many benefits of taking their floor shopping experience to the next level. winter 2011 | STYLE MANITOBA | 81

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Memorable Sleep Increasingly, people are seeking out the pressure relieving properties and outstanding motion isolation of memory foam for their sleeping comfort. Fortunately, the latest generation of memory foam is better than ever. Now thanks to Serta’s revolutionary Cool Action™ material, heat is whisked away from the body while the foam reacts more quickly to movement. “With traditional memory foam, customers felt warmer than normal and found it difficult to move around because they would sink too deeply,” explains Bryan Cripps, Bedding Manager for Dufresne. “iComfort® from Serta solves both those issues.” The open cell structure of the MicroSupport gel dramatically increases airflow for a cooling touch that also delivers superior pressure relief and more targeted support than traditional memory foam. Consumers can choose from three models, with comfort levels ranging from cushion firm to luxuriously plush, for a customized sleeping experi-

ence. At the same time, antimicrobial and dust mite resistant properties protect the mattress from potential allergens.

on the remote is the massage function, with varying levels of intensity to relax both mind and body before sleep.

Further customization is available thanks to the Serta Motion Perfect® Adjustable Foundation option. “More and more people of all ages are seeing the benefits of the Motion Perfect base,” Cripps points out. He notes that we do more than just sleep in bed. We watch television, we lounge, we use the computer, we read, etc.

The beds look great too. The Serta Motion Perfect® Adjustable Foundation is equipped with an upholstery-grade slipcover that matches seamlessly to the mattress for a sleek and stylish finish. The mattress is discreetly attached to the base with a durable zipper, thus eliminating the need for bulky metal bars.

“More and more customers are making a lifestyle choice and selecting the Motion Perfect base because of the variety of positions it offers,” says Cripps. He adds that couples who want to experience the benefits of this option but need a king size bed can place two Twin Extra Long sets together. This allows each sleeper to adjust the bed as they like, independent of the other. Adjustments to the head and foot of the mattress are made using a wireless remote. Another option

“The reaction from our customers has been overwhelmingly positive,” says Cripps. This has been Dufresne’s most successful new product launch in years. Cripps attributes this to the fact that “the beds feel amazing and they solve the key issues that customers are looking to solve: reduce motion transfer between sleep partners, relieve pressure points, sleep cooler and provide proper back support.”

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For Space Sake offers outstanding storage solutions that are as elegant as they are unique. “The doors are our own design,” notes owner Pauline Boisselle, adding that the exclusive motif was crafted by the millwork expert for the store. “You won’t be seeing a closet like this anywhere else.” The doors are flanked by fluted columns that pull out to reveal a mirror on one side and jewellery storage on the other. Another option is a jewellery drawer such as the one in the adjacent cabinet, which features a soft pale blue interior. Meanwhile, the bottom drawer in this unit is actually a tilt-out laundry hamper. Another drawer has a pull-out ironing board, which comes out and swivels into position. “We also have hidden laundry hampers with two compartments, as well as baskets for holding dry cleaning,” Boisselle points out. Behind the upper doors on the left, a pull down rod moves down and forward to give easy access to clothes and accessories. As functional as these components are, it is important for the storage to be beautiful as well, with staggered design options, open display areas and distinctive crown moulding. For Space Sake also has the latest hardware on the market, including these handles with the delicate filigree detail. “Come in and see for yourself how we can transform your home,” says Boisselle, adding that the store is continuously bringing in new and exciting products.

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The sight and sound of a waterfall never fails to calm the spirit and soothe the soul. “It’s a living work of art,” says Helen Peters of Classic Fireplaces. “It creates a certain ambiance.” Now anyone can enjoy the serenity of falling water right in their own home with a tranquil accent from Napoleon’s Waterfall Collection. “It provides a fresh, relaxing addition to any room and any décor,” Peters points out. “The adjustable water flow allows you to create your desired waterfall effect.” The water flows over a slim wave of contoured liner down to a bed of black decorative rocks. In the stainless steel frame, a recessed light adds an element of shimmer to the rippling water. In the evening, the lighting augments the effect. Along with this elegant freestanding waterfall, consumers can also choose from built-in, see-through and hanging models. Regardless of the design, every Napoleon waterfall attracts airborne particles and provides cleaner humidified air. “They reduce static and make the home more comfortable,” says Peters. She adds that an optional UV sterilizer can be added to keep the water pure. The high quality of Napoleon products has made them a favourite with customers. In its showroom, Classic Fireplaces has four indoor waterfalls on display, as well as a wide range of fireplaces, stoves, barbecues and accessories. 84 | STYLE MANITOBA | winter 2011

design&decor Go Bold and Go Home

Who says kitchen lighting has to be tame? With homeowners spending so much time cooking and entertaining in their kitchens, there’s never been a better time to go bold. “In more and more design magazines, we’re seeing people installing chandeliers over their islands in lieu of standard pendants,” concurs Brett Robinson, President of Robinson Lighting. With its iron finish and seeded glass panels, this 24-inch chandelier from the Monarch Collection by Authenticity Lighting combines the airy look of a butterfly with strong definitive lines. In keeping with the classic look, each bulb is the flame atop an antique dripping candle sleeve. “The manufacturer takes painstaking care with every detail,” notes Robinson. The chandeliers are available in three sizes as well as a wall sconce. Consumers can choose between rustic iron and an antique gold leaf finish to coordinate with their décor. Suitable for any room in the house, the Monarch Collection is perfect for injecting visual impact into the dining room, bedroom or foyer. “This is a new line that has just come out during the last year,” Robinson points out, adding that the Authenticity line is exclusive to Robinson Lighting. The showroom is continuously bringing in new lines and collections to offer the widest possible selection of lighting fixtures in styles from classic to modern and everything in between.

Innovative Interiors

The design of the entertainment area injects a fresh and innovative look into the great room of this Kensington showhome on 3 Moonbeam in Sage Creek. “We really wanted to create something that would allow homeowners to enjoy the fireplace without having to strain their necks while watching television,” explains Tara MacTavish of Changes by Design. In today’s great room it’s common to see the television above the fireplace. But this can create a sense of competition between the two elements. To resolve this dilemma, MacTavish selected a boldly framed electric fireplace and placed it at centre height, away from the television, under floating shelves that diminish the impact of the screen. An accent wall colour further emphasizes the fireplace as the focal point. The darker hue draws from the drapery panels, layered with different textures of fabric. “Because we didn’t use a lot of colour in this room, we used texture to keep the room interesting,” notes MacTavish. Changes by Design not only handled the home’s entire interior design, including finishes, but also provided all the furniture and décor. On the table, a custom mirror-based centrepiece adds glamour and sparkle without obstructing sightlines. The furniture was arranged for easy television viewing from every angle while keeping the space large. Concludes MacTavish: “It’s always about functionality and how to make the room work while keeping it beautiful.” winter 2011 | STYLE MANITOBA | 85

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Kitchen&Bath Timeless Appeal

Catching the light from the open space, the warm hue of cherry in a Monterrey stain lends this kitchen its timeless appeal. “The craftsman-style cherrywood cabinets have a vintage look,” says designer Karen Neufeld of Norcraft Cabinetry, “but the open design of the room adds a contemporary look to the kitchen.” Above the gas stove, the hearth area features a plate ledge supported by unique brackets above a curved valance. Along with the Yorkshire door style, crown moulding and textured glass, these are all details that reference the past. A farm style sink in the island completes the look. The island also encompasses a double waste bin pullout and seating for two. This kitchen is just as well equipped for entertaining as it is for everyday living. The tall pantry units surrounding the built-in microwave provide ample storage, while the decorative display cabinets with their glass insert doors create an elegant atmosphere for lingering with a glass of wine or beer in hand. The cabinets are conveniently located near the bar fridge and an ingenious pullout cabinet that houses wine bottles. Says Neufeld: “It’s a great area from which to serve guests while entertaining.” The components and design in this fabulous space are only some of the many options and ideas Norcraft has to offer homeowners for creating the kitchen of their dreams.

The Right Treatment

The treatment created for each window in this adjoining space is a perfect blend of functionality and aesthetics. “We wanted to do something for the patio doors that tied in with the kitchen while looking modern,” explains James Friesen of Budget Blinds. To create a sense of continuity, a 5 ½-inch maple natural cornice creates an oversized valance over the panel track solar shade. A keystone detail adds the final touch. Available in a range of sheer to tighter weaves, solar shades block heat and UV rays to protect furniture and hardwoods while allowing light to filter through. The shades are available in two hundred different colours, as well as a variety of patterns, including foliage and stripes. This wide range of options makes them easy to coordinate with any décor. In this kitchen, real wood blinds are the perfect choice. When open, the 2-inch slats provide an excellent view. This Signature Series also offers a 1-inch option, as well as 2 ½-inch bevelled louvers, ideal for a shutter-style application. “We are the only company to paint the holes and cut-offs on our wood blinds,” Friesen points out. Another advantage is Budget Blinds’ sheer range of products. From roller, roman and cellular shades to custom shutters, draperies and motorized applications – plus much more – they have the right treatment for every window.

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Kitchen&Bath Wishful Thinking

Incorporating a homeowner’s wish list into a functional, attainable design was a goal certainly achieved in this renovated Westwood kitchen. Designed and installed by Kitchens Plus, elegant custom-built shaker style maple cabinets in a bright and airy “Wheatfield” colour maximize the available space. The cabinets hide conveniences like deep drawers that keep pots and pans neatly stowed and the pullout shelves in the pantry that keep dry goods within easy reach. Meanwhile, the glassed-in display cabinets above the window are perfect for showcasing glassware or favourite objects d’art. Soft-close hardware was used on all the drawers and doors so they close quietly and smoothly, a feature that is becoming increasingly popular, especially in open-concept kitchens according to Kitchens Plus co-owner Dorothy Janzen. Kitchens Plus installed an elegant Cambria natural quartz countertop in “Nottingham” that exudes richness and warmth thanks to hues of gold, brown, black, silver and red that work beautifully with the cabinetry and the kitchen’s overall colour scheme. Task lighting mounted in a light valance underneath the upper cabinetry illuminates the workspace and enhances the overall décor. Not shown is a kitchen island and a built-in china cabinet in a contrasting “Sierra” colour, which features a wine rack and glass doors, all making it easier to locate and use stored items.

Pretty in Pink

Make a statement with a freestanding Pink Martini tub by Maax. “This isn’t your grandmother’s tub,” says Astrid Bergstrom, Showroom Manager at Robinson Bath Centre. “At the same time it reminds me of the classic claw foot designs.” Inviting, yet avant-garde, the tub is made from light acrylic rather than the heavy cast iron of its iconic ancestors. At 66 x 36 inches, the compact Miles design is still larger than average, with a full 23 inches of depth. “It’s a fabulous soaker,” says Bergstrom. The Miles also comes as an airtub or with chromatherapy. Homeowners can choose between a floor mounted filler and a more cost-effective deck mount set. But it’s the visual impact that really sets this beauty apart. In addition to Pink Martini, the skirt is also available in white, thunder grey and glacier blue. The freestanding concept allows the sleek lines to be seen from every angle, making the tub the centrepiece of any bathroom. “We get a lot of requests for freestanding tubs,” notes Bergstrom. Homeowners are also increasingly drawn to soakers, hearkening back to a time when the bathtub was a haven of relaxation. At the same time, we expect our tubs to be eye-catching. That’s exactly the superior combination of style and function consumers can expect as Robinson’s exciting showroom selection continues to evolve.

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