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An interview with Winnipeg-based folk/pop group Sweet Alibi INDUSTRIAL AGE Modern, custom built home perfect in a traditional setting DESIGN DIVERSITY Home & condo design options abound in popular Winnipeg neighbourhood



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In this issue




6 Industrial Age Modern, custom built home perfect in a traditional setting 13 Sweet Low Down An interview with Winnipeg- based folk/pop group Sweet Alibi 35 Design Diversity Home & condo design options abound in popular Winnipeg neighbourhood


14 Stepping Out With Style 24 On the Bookshelf 25 Styling the Stereo


18 New Directions


FASHION & BEAUTY 27 Be Your Best 28 Hot looks for the cool season 30 A Season of Renewal



32 Fashion, accessories, home décor & more

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DEPARTMENTS 2 Style Was There 5 The Agenda


41 Foundations for success

RENOVATIONS 56 Building Trust 61 Q&A with the Pros


43 The Lowdown on Flooring 53 Creative decorating ideas from the professionals


49 Delightful designer kitchens & bathrooms


was there...

Dignitaries & organizers gather for the grand reveal of the Nelly McClung mural commemorating the 100th anniversary of some Manitoba women’s right to vote. The mural was commissioned by the West End Biz & painted by local artist Mandy van Leeuwen.

The D’Arcy & Deacon Dragonboat team from this year’s races raised over $11,000, earning them the right to fly a bronze flag on their boat. Over their three years of participation, D’Arcy & Deacon has raised over $36,000 for the Cancercare Manitoba Foundation & the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Winnipeg.

The Discovery Homes gang celebrates their Gold Award win at the 2016 MHBA gala.

Style’s Eric Green with Bonnie Chomiak (Maric Homes) & Don Henzel (Springhill Lumber) enjoying a moment together at the MHBA gala.

Proud award winners Jason Arlt (Arlt Homes) & Melanie Snow (Warkentin Homes) with her husband Ed.

Jerry Klein (Genstar) with Eric Green pausing for a picture between speeches.

The multi-award winning crew from Maric Homes gathers for a group shot.

Qualico’s John Daniels & Ken Braun with Eric Green, taking in the festivities.

MHBA Coordinator Janet Constable gets a big hug from Eric Green.


The Artista Homes team showing off their wins (three gold & one silver award) & hanging out with Joe Aiello (4th from right), emcee for the MHBA event.

Also in attendance at the function, Wayne Curtis (Curtis Carpets) with Eric Green.

Crowds flocked into the Grant Park MLCC recently for The Johnny Reid wine launch. Pictured here: Johnny Reid & Style’s Lisa Lester with the star of the show in hand… Red Tartan.

On hand at the function (L-R): MBLL team members Kelly Berehulka, Paul Rogers, Tannis Butters & Jason Horechney with Lisa Lester.

MBLL chefs Andy Arjoon & Jamie Briones pose for Style’s shutterbug after serving up tempting hors d’oeuvres at the Johnny Reid event.

In town for the NHL Heritage Classic Weekend (L-R) Jets Alumni Anders Hedberg, former NHL Calgary Flames Carey Wilson & Jets Alumni Ulf Nilsson with Style’s Lisa Lester at The Pint. Anders & Nilsson were also inducted into the Winnipeg Jets Hall of Fame.

Teemu Selanne, who set a record-breaking 76 goals in his rookie season with the Winnipeg Jets, greets fans Shay Woytowich, and James and Grace Rea, after scoring the Winning goal at the NHL Heritage Classic Alumni Game.

Style’s Lisa Lester welcomes Winnipeg Jets Dale Hawerchuk back to our city. Dale was selected as captain for the Winnipeg Jets Alumni team at the NHL Heritage Classic. Captain Hawerchuk took one for the team!

16-time Grammy winner David Foster hosted an unforgettable evening in Winnipeg at the Miracle Gala & Concert in support of Canadian transplant families. Pictured here with Style’s Lisa Lester after receiving a key to the city from Mayor Brian Bowman.

Hartley & Mary Richardson were honoured recipients of the David Foster Visionary Award at the Miracle Gala & Concert.

The Canadian Tenors were also in town to perform at the function. Pictured here (L-R): Victor Micallef, Clifton Murray & Fraser Walters with Lisa Lester.

Singer Carly Rae Jepsen arrives at the Miracle Gala & Concert to perform Call Me Maybe.

Also spotted on the purple carpet, Michael Bolton, yet another top-notch performer to take the stage at the event.

John & Bonnie Buhler, also honoured recipients of the David Foster Visionary Award, pause for a pic on the purple carpet with one of our men in red!









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Great design lives here.

the agenda Welcome to the winter 2016 edition of Style Manitoba! At writing time, Winnipeggers were enjoying an uncharacteristically balmy November complete with sunny skies and warm temperatures - jackets barely required! In fact, one would hardly think the holiday season is just around the corner. With that thought in mind, this issue offers a touch of holiday flair - including the great gift and home accent ideas shown in Fab Finds, and the exciting entertainment suggestions found in Stepping Out with Style for the season ahead. Also on the entertainment front, we are pleased to feature the up and coming Winnipeg-based folk /pop group Sweet Alibi as our cover story. Check out Carly Peters’ interview with these talented ladies of song in Sweet Low Down. And to find out more about the trio, where they’re playing or to purchase their music, visit

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On the design front, the fabulous home featured this time around in Industrial Age is nothing short of spectacular. Minimalists will truly appreciate the clean lines and industrial vibe found in this unique custom build, which was designed around the trees on the property. And in Design Diversity, readers will discover a full range of distinctive home and condo options set in one of Winnipeg’s newer and most popular neighbourhoods. Yes - winter is coming. While the cold might keep you inside, it is a great season for planning and executing indoor home renovations. With no outdoor distractions, it’s easier to focus your time and energy on that project you’ve been dreaming about. Check out our renovation coverage in this edition, and for a wealth of ideas, inspirations and connecting with professionals, visit the Winnipeg Renovation Show from Jan 13-15 at the RBC Convention Centre. In the meantime, warm wishes for a happy holiday season from the team at Style Manitoba!


Industrial Age B Y L E I G H PAT T E R S O N




racing Winnipeg’s oldest, most prestigious residential streets are beautiful, traditional homes. Built decades ago, most of these homes have stood the test of time. Some have not. But in their place, new homes are emerging to breathe life and energy into established neighbourhoods. This is one such infill home that successfully bridges neighbourhood character and modern design.


Custom built by Trademark Homes, it’s clear from the outset that the design team has given great care and consideration to the location.

be there, nestled amongst the trees, rubbing shoulders with older style homes sharing the block.

“We saved all the healthy, mature trees on the property,” says Trademark Homes’ president Manni Dhaliwal. “We designed the home around the trees.”

The home’s natural assets outside can be enjoyed from the inside, thanks to an abundance of large, well-placed windows installed by Duxton Windows & Doors. The windows also let lots of daylight in, creating a delightful interplay with the muted industrial finishes used inside, starting at the front entrance.

The home’s linear architectural profile is the perfect complement to the surrounding landscape. It looks like it was always meant to

The entryway features a 12-foot-tall, black fiberglass door complemented by a floor-toceiling window (both from Duxton Windows & Doors). Heated concrete tiles in the foyer and throughout the main floor introduce a decidedly industrial vibe from the get-go.

Made for entertaining, the kitchen is ultramodern yet understated with its blend of sleek cabinetry from M Concept, stainless steel appliances and concrete flooring. Honed granite countertops with a matte finish reduce glare and adds a casual tone.

One enters the home through a 12-foot-tall black fiberglass door complemented by an adjacent floor-to-ceiling window. Heated concrete tiles in the foyer and throughout the main floor introduce a decidedly industrial vibe from the get-go. To the left of the foyer is a sunken formal dining room or home office, warmed by 7.5-inch-wide planks of engineered hardwood flooring. Straight ahead is a central, open concept kitchen replete with a wall of stainless steel Thermador appliances: a wine preservation column, refrigerator, freezer and convection oven. Flush with the countertop is a smooth induction cooktop with a fully usable cooking surface that heats up only where the pot is placed on it. It’s one of the many high tech features incorporated into this home.

The home’s natural assets outside can be enjoyed from the inside, thanks to an abundance of large, well-placed windows installed by Duxton Windows & Doors. Keeping clutter at bay while entertaining is a butler’s kitchen, where meals can be prepped and dishes washed – completely out of sight. There’s even a chef style gas range and hood. Tons of storage and clean lines even here is typical of the level of detail that goes into a Trademark Homes custom build. The design team deliberately designed the kitchen island to be standing room only to allow for easy traffic flow and to maintain visual continuity. With no seating area, storage is available around the island. In keeping with the linear feel is the black rectangular sink and handy stainless steel trough sink where ice, utensils and beverages can be kept close at hand – perfect for entertaining.

Yet, this ultramodern kitchen is understated. Trademark Homes’ designer Carmen Dhaliwal chose honed granite countertops with a matte finish to reduce glare and add a more casual tone. Off the kitchen is a laid-back lounge area complete with bar and lighted black cabinetry. Reclaimed red-brown brick used for a feature wall lends an aged, warm look to the space, keeping it from feeling sterile. A full main floor bathroom includes a unique floating wall shower stall open to both sides, as well as a slim trough sink. A bank of vertical fiberglass windows with motorized blinds extends along the rear of the main floor, which overlooks a covered patio and the backyard pool. At the midway point WINTER 2016 | STYLE MANITOBA | 7

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is a casual dining area, the perfect setting for a massive acacia wood table sourced from Indonesia. An expansive, sunken living room is a great place to relax and enjoy the outdoor view or watch TV. This room and the entire home are wired for sound and light, and more. “This home is fully automated, so everything – temperature, lighting, sound, alarms, electronics – can be controlled from anywhere in the home, or in the world, with just a smartphone or tablet,” says Manni Dhaliwal. Rounding out the main floor highlights is its central focal point: a two-sided gas fireplace with a cor-ten steel surround that will age to a rusty-orange patina. Trademark Homes took their attention to detail and design one step further, literally. The staircase leading to the second floor looks like bamboo, but is made of compressed sheets of plywood. A wealth of space, storage and style continues upstairs. Here, there is a large laundry room with gleaming white porcelain tiles, light grey cabinetry and a large window. It elevates the mundane chore of doing laundry to a nearpleasurable experience. Three bedrooms come equipped with an Italian wardrobe and closets with sliding barn doors, and their own bathrooms. The traditional walk-in closet is reimagined as an entire room devoted to clothing, shoes

and accessories. With nine-foot high closets, oversized mirrors, unique lighting, drawers and cubbyholes for shoes and purses, the room is both a functional and stylish space all its own.

5An expansive, sunken living room is a great place to relax and enjoy the outdoor view or watch TV.

The huge master bedroom is simple but stunning, with more engineered hardwoods underfoot and a large picture window with a view of the surrounding tree canopy. Touches of technology are found in the master bedroom’s ensuite, where water flows from a ceiling mounted tub filler, which empties into a freestanding lava rock tub below. The porcelain tiled steam shower features a DTV system that uses technology to control and customize the

6The huge master bedroom is simply stunning, with engineered hardwoods and a large picture window with a view of the surrounding tree canopy.


stucco, PVC soffit, cedar-look industrial siding and 18-guage steel cladding. “Your home is your sanctuary,” says Dhaliwal. “We pride ourselves on building unique and innovative homes, so if it’s peace of mind you’re looking for, you’ve found it with the Trademark team.” Trademark Homes is committed to sustainability, craftsmanship and liveability in all of their custom home builds. A pedigree like that ensures this home will stand the test of time…and become a future classic.

5Touches of technology are found in the master bedroom’s ensuite, where water flows from a ceiling mounted tub filler, which empties into a freestanding lava rock tub.

6His and her lava rock vessel basins, The traditional walk-in closet is reimagined as an entire room devoted to clothing, shoes and accessories. shower experience. It eliminates the handles and knobs of a manual shower for a clean, uncluttered space. His and hers lava rock vessel basins match the freestanding tub, while identical mirrors and streamlined, Kohler wall mounted fixtures from B.A. Robinson are incorporated above a floating vintage oak vanity from Blu Bathworks. Like all Trademark Homes, this home is as solid as it is stylish, inside and out. “We used engineered studs, and open web joists with 24-inch spacing to absorb weight and sound, and we used R22 value insulation, all sourced from Springhill Lumber,” says Dhaliwal. “There’s LED lighting throughout the whole house, and tripane windows.” The home has strong bones and beauty, too, thanks to its maintenance free exterior of 10 | STYLE MANITOBA | WINTER 2016

identical mirrors and streamlined, Kohler wall mounted fixtures from B.A. Robinson are incorporated on top of a floating vintage oak vanity.


About the Builder

An upstairs loft area with walkout deck is a perfect place to relax and enjoy Windows & Exterior Doors – Duxton Windows & the outdoor views.

Doors Exterior Steel Siding – Hardie Boyz Construction Exterior Stucco/Acrylics – Advance Acrylic & Stucco Roofing – Amano Roofing Interior Fireplace – Prairie Fireplaces Interior Fireplace Metal Cladding – Metal Depot Custom Millwork – Zira Wood Works Appliances – Coast Appliances Garage Doors – Creative Door Winnipeg Ltd. Custom Garage Flooring – Swainers Concrete Flooring/Tile/Tile Work – Tad Flooring Plumbing Fixtures – B.A. Robinson Cabinetry & Custom Closets – M Concept Drapery/Window Coverings – Aone Blinds & Drapery Audio-Video Home Automation/Electronics – Mendez Home Automation Building Supplies – Springhill Lumber Concrete – All Star Concrete/Able Concrete Lighting Fixtures – sourced by Carmen Dhaliwal Central Vac Systems – Vacuflo Manitoba Interior Railings – Fort Rouge Glass Countertops – Granite Mountain Stone Design Furnishings & Accessories – sourced by Carmen Dhaliwal

Trademark Homes has many reasons to celebrate this year. 2016 marks its 10th anniversary as a custom homebuilder. The company has branched out into the commercial market with several condo builds. And, most importantly, Trademark Homes has hundreds of satisfied clients, thanks to its ongoing commitment to creating positive relationships. Manni Dhaliwal and his professional team: Jon Bertie, Amitt Kumar, Carmen Dhaliwal and Greg Grewal, help make the homebuilding process as painless as possible by guiding clients at every step of the decision making process. “We encourage our clients to become part of their home by visiting the site as much as they like during the build,” says Dhaliwal. “And we’re always happy to educate them along the way, especially if they are a first-time homebuyer.” No matter the budget, the team is dedicated to creating an exceptional home environment for every client, and for every lifestyle. Trademark Homes has built a variety of single-family homes in both newer and established Winnipeg-area neighbourhoods. Each home is carefully and thoughtfully constructed to provide exceptional quality, value and comfort. Every home they build is registered with the New Home Warranty Program of Manitoba. More recently, the company has completed townhome condominiums in Waterford Green, and has more condo builds planned in the River Heights area. Guided by a vision based on high levels of integrity, craftsmanship and design, Trademark Homes continues to evolve, grow and innovate.

Building the builder’s future.

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Will Your Retirement Security Be Threatened by an Unfunded Shortfall in Your Defined Benefit Pension Plan?


housands of pensioners have seen their retirement incomes reduced and millions more are seeing their benefits squeezed or threatened. For example, look at the defined benefit plans of U. S. Steel Canada (formerly Stelco) or Nortel, the once-mighty telecom firm that went bankrupt in 2009. Both groups of pensioners are still waiting to see what they will receive. One thing is for certain - the pensions they will receive will be smaller than originally promised. Shortfalls can occur because the employer didn’t put in enough money, because employees didn’t put in enough money, because investment earnings were lower than expected, because retirees are living longer than expected, because the inflation rate is higher than expected, or any combination of these factors. In other words, with defined benefit pension plans it’s really easy to get some projections made decades in the past wrong and end up with a shortfall. Who could have foreseen 30 years ago how low interest rates would be today? A high profile example of this issue was the recent threat of a postage service work stoppage this past summer. The major concern was that Canada Post wanted new employees to receive a defined contribution pension while existing

Plan needs to pay pension benefits, by making assumptions about future investment returns, future inflation rates, future increases in salaries, retirement ages, life expectancies and other factors.

workers retain the unaffordable defined benefit pension. The reported shortfall for Canada Post’s defined benefit pension as of the 1st quarter of 2016 was approximately $6.1 billion, up from about $3.4 billion only two years ago. With interest rates likely to remain low, the shortfall could continue to grow exponentially. Only in the province of New Brunswick does there seem to be an understanding and recognition that promises of retirement income are only as good as the savings that back them. New Brunswick now allows defined benefit pension plans to convert to shared-risk plans; this means that if projections show inadequate funds, benefits can fall. The actuaries provide a mathematical analysis of the financial condition of a pension plan. This report determines how much money the

When the actuary determines that current contribution levels combined with future investment income will be inadequate to provide the benefits promised by the Pension Plan, one of 4 things must happen: • Increase contributions • Increase investment returns which could increase risk • Delay the age at which unreduced benefits can be taken • Decrease benefits Members of defined benefit pension plans can no longer simply expect that the pension promised at age 60 or 65 on their annual pension statement is guaranteed to be there when they reach that age. It is more important than ever before in history to ensure that you understand your options as it relates to your pension entitlement.

ATTENTION MEMBERS OF DEFINED BENEFIT PENSION PLANS! Do you know if your pension plan has adequate funds to provide the pension benefits promised? Do you know how the lowest interest rates in history are affecting your pension entitlement? Do you understand what all your retirement options are regarding your pension entitlement and which one is best for you and your family? Most pension plans were designed decades ago when life expectancy was shorter and when interest rates were higher. Both of these things have changed significantly and have had a dramatic effect on your pension entitlement.

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We would like to explain your options to you in a no nonsense, objective manner so that you can make an informed decision regarding what might be the biggest financial decision you make in your lifetime. We will assist you in gathering all of the information required and explain that information to you in a manner that you can understand. Then we will provide you with a written pension analysis based on your specific information and your stated objectives.




Jess Rae Ayre, Amber Rose, and Michelle Anderson, collectively known as Winnipegbased folk/pop group Sweet Alibi, squish together on a backstage couch, trying to fit everyone in the frame of our FaceTime call. Soon the three ladies will be playing to a Saskatoon crowd as part of their cross-Canada tour with Jadea Kelly. But for now, we’re just trying to get the audio to work. Even when you can’t hear what’s being said, the chemistry of the trio is visually apparent comfortable conversation and smiles being had. Ayre and Anderson have been friends since high school, and met up with Rose while jamming over eight years ago. Loving each other’s sound, the ladies began singing together, and at the behest of their listeners, decided to form an official group. “We were going to go play an open mic show and thought we should probably make up a poster, but we didn’t have a name,” explains Rose, adding they asked for suggestions from friends. “Everyone just kept coming back with the word ‘sweet.’ But we felt like we needed something to balance that out, and came up with ’alibi.’ We felt it was the masculine to the sweet.” The group’s first album, a self-titled debut in 2011, was produced by Mitch Dorge, formerly

of the Crash Test Dummies, and sent them touring Canada, tightening up their writing skills, and perfecting their stage performance. As they gathered fans across the country and garnered more radio play, they embarked on a second album, We’ve Got To, in 2013. The record wasn’t defined by a genre, pulling elements of country, folk, pop, and even Motown into their textured harmonies. Perhaps what resonated with listeners the most were the group’s raw lyrics that pulled from themes such as addiction, cancer, and battling death. “We like to take struggles and turn them into songs,” explains Ayre, adding that the name of their third album, Walking in the Dark, comes from a song Rose wrote for her mother who had passed. But what might be one person’s darkness may be another’s light. Fans have told the trio that many of their songs have helped them through tumultuous times, and that it’s meant a lot to know they’re not alone. “That’s why we do it,” confides Anderson. Sweet Alibi has seen a lot of faces, spending more time on the road over the past five years than being home in Winnipeg. And, while sometimes tour life can be a little confining, they’ve learned a few skills along the way to help them cope.

“When we roll into a city we find the nearest thrift store,” says Rose, adding they actually do like to find off-stage experiences to do together to ensure it’s not all business all the time. “We’re a team of girls, it can be hard not to step on each other’s toes, but we’ve learned to realize when everyone needs their quiet time or space.” Back on stage, Sweet Alibi has built a reputation for both their stripped-down three-part harmony sets, as well as their toe-tapping musical performances that include some of Manitoba’s best backup musicians. All of these elements have culminated in several award nominations and wins, including a Canadian Folk Music award and Western Canadian Music awards. “Growing up I never won awards,” laughs Rose, admitting she didn’t even go to the first ceremony when they were nominated because she didn’t think they’d nab the honour. “Being appreciated feels good. Of course, it’s not why we do what we do; it’s just the cherry on top.” The call’s audio drops again, leaving just an image of all three ladies grinning at one another. That’s okay; the stage is calling.


by Vasyl Barvinsky along with other seasonally themed works. Also, Mark Morash from the San Francisco Opera Center will join as a first time guest conductor with the MCO (Dec 7). The Frontier Fiddlers represents la crème de la crème of young fiddle players in the province. Expect to hear a spectacular medley of Red River jigs and traditional folk music (Feb 14). All performances take place at Westminster United Church.

Stepping Out with Style

The Women’s Musical Club of Winnipeg - Formed in 1894, the WMC is the oldest continuously operating musical organization in Winnipeg, and continues its long tradition of providing a stage for talented young Canadian artists about to embark on an international career. The 2016 WMC Scholarship Winners will be showcased at The Winnipeg Art Gallery (Dec 29). Westminster Concert Organ Series Now in its 28th season, the series continues and welcomes back Isabelle Demers, Professor and Head of the Organ Program at Baylor University in Texas (Feb 19). Performance takes place at Westminster United Church.

AIR CANADA POPS welcomes Canada’s own Jann Arden to a holiday season extravaganza!

MUSIC Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra - The season continues with love as Classics Series A brings you Romantic Melody with Max Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1, a Romantic showpiece filled with dashing themes and virtuosic writing (Feb 10-11). In Classics Series B the holiday season is ushered in with a rendition of Handel’s Messiah (Dec 2-3). In the New Year, the series continues with Papa Haydn – master of masters and the man Mozart referred to as ‘Papa.’ (Jan 13-14). Next, come hear music from both Gershwin & Shostakovich, featuring a WSO debut from pianist Sara Davis Buechner (Feb 24-25). AIR CANADA POPS welcomes Canada’s own Jann Arden to a holiday season extravaganza! Her sensational voice will lift the tunes Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree, Silver Bells, It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year and more! (Dec 9-10). Experience E.T. – the Extra Terrestrial, Film with Orchestra. This classic family fantasy will be on the big screen with the WSO performing the music live (Dec 11). The theme continues into the New Year with Soundtracks Live, including the score to Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Jan 20-22). In Once Upon a Dance, Five of the province’s leading dance companies: McConnell Irish Dancers, Odette Heyn-Projects, Sarah Sommer Chai Folk Ensemble, Rusalka Ukrainian Dance Ensemble, Ça Claque! and W. Darling show off a few of the cultures woven together here in Manitoba (Feb 17-19). KIDS CONCERTS presents Presto, Mambo!, a journey through the music of the Americas 14 | STYLE MANITOBA | WINTER 2016

led by Max – an energetic but impulsive young boy – who makes his way onto the stage to “help” the orchestra (Jan 15). Also, be sure to check out the various Specials and Matinees that the WSO has in store for you. All concerts take place at the Centennial Concert Hall. Virtuosi Concerts - The pianist Madeline Hildebrand is the featured artist in this season’s all-Manitoban concert, performing major chamber works of Bach and Schubert with the leading string players of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra (Dec 10-11). Bach To The Future with FLÛTE ALORS! RECORDER QUARTET (Montreal) promises to be a dynamic and versatile evening (Jan 21). Death and the Maiden features the Cecilia String Quartet with a programme that includes Mendelssohn’s String Quartet in D major and Schubert’s String Quartet No. 14 in D minor, D. 810 “Death and the Maiden” (Feb 4). All performances take place at Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall at The University of Winnipeg. Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra - Mother Goose & Other Sweets features original arrangements by resident master Jeff Presslaff. He will focus his wit and writing skills on a uniquely WJO interpretation of Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite (Winnipeg Art Gallery, Dec 11). Next up is the Valentine’s concert La Vie En Rose, showcasing the accomplished vocalists Andrina Turenne and Ariane Jean (Winnipeg Art Gallery, Feb 12). Manitoba Chamber Orchestra - Soprano (and former Winnipegger) Andriana Chuchman returns to her roots, performing The Great Miracle, a favourite Ukrainian Christmas carol

Winnipeg Philharmonic Choir – Trumpets sound and angels sing at Christmas with the Phil featuring guest artists The Winnipeg Brass Quintet, Donna Laube (piano), Wes Elias (organ) and the École Laura Secord School Choir (Dec 11). Performances take place at Westminster United Church. Winnipeg Folk Festival - Hawksley Workman is celebrating the 15th anniversary of his Christmas LP “Almost a Full Moon” with a tour of the same name hitting the West End Cultural Centre (Dec 5). The Funk Hunters, a Canadian electronic music act and DJ duo based in Vancouver, are coming to Funk The Halls at the Park Theatre (Dec 14). Now an annual tradition 10 years in the making, the JP Hoe Hoe Hoe Holiday Show resides at the Burton Cummings Theatre (Dec 16). Starting January 14th, Folk for Families features local family performers that will have little ones singing, dancing, and learning, all while having fun. Another fun series - In The City - starts on January 28. Come and check out a festival-style workshop in the heart of our city. Both WFF events take place at the Millennium Library. GroundSwell - Check out GroundSwell’s exciting exchange with the Berlin-based ensemble mosaic; founded in 1997 by a group of instrumentalists and composers in Berlin and has developed over the intervening years into a multifaceted and adventurous formation. They are now one of Germany’s most renowned ensembles for contemporary music (Feb 10). Performance takes place at EckhardtGramatté Hall.

DANCE Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers WCD’s Artistic Director Brent Lott premieres the much-anticipated As Though I Had Wings.

This new full-length work gives a voice to the censored, securing their place in history (Jan 5-8). The season continues with VERGE, wherein recent graduates and graduating dancers of the professional school program create with Brent Lott for only 5 weeks – an exciting WCD initiative! (Mar 3-5). Royal Winnipeg Ballet - What would the holiday season be without the RWB’s Nutcracker? This year, additional animal characters will be introduced that will add even more magic and excitement to this annual event (Dec 22-30). Next up in the ballet season is a Mixed Programme that includes Angles in the Architecture, set to the music of Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring and choreographed by Mark Godden. Also in the programme is Celts, choreographed in 1995 by Lisa York, the year before the Riverdance phenomenon hit North America (Jan 27-28). Acclaimed by audiences and critics across North America, Jean Grand-Maître’s Love Lies Bleeding is a mesmerizing multimedia ballet that fuses the joy of pop/rock with the breathtaking physicality of ballet. Featuring 14 classic songs by rock legends Sir Elton John and Bernie Taupin, this show is not to be missed! (Mar 1-5). Young Lungs Dance Exchange - 2016/17 is all about RESEARCH for this consortium of dance artists. Experience research in progress, in workshop form, in essay presentations or in roundtable conversations. Research Series events are quarterly throughout the season. Check out for more details.

GALLERIES + MUSEUMS Winnipeg Art Gallery - In celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary in 2017, the WAG and TakingITGlobal present Maplewish Mosaic. The project brings together wood pieces painted by 13 different artists and collectives, one from each province and territory, to form a diverse Canada 150 mosaic (until Oct 2017). The Man Who Made Time Stand Still presents the iconic photography of American artist/engineer Harold “Doc” Edgerton, a visionary who experimented with strobe lights to lead to the invention of a new flash device that captured stillness in motion (until Apr 9). Also, Our Land: Contemporary Art from the Arctic provides the first opportunity to view an outstanding selection of works that were acquired upon the establishment of Nunavut (until Apr 9). For information on continuing exhibits, visit the website at Canadian Museum for Human Rights - The CMHR is the realization of a dream by the late philanthropist Israel Asper. Come and discover the many exhibitions including Empowering Women: Artisan Cooperatives That Transform Communities, featuring beautiful handcrafts by women artisans that reach new markets, claim rights and raise living standards (to Jan 8). Girl of Courage: Malala’s Fight for Education profiles the youngest person ever to receive the Nobel Peace Prize (to Mar 14). Freedom of Expression in Latin

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Dalnavert Museum America uses compelling works of art, powerful personal accounts, and augmented reality technology to tell the stories of people who have used art to expose truth and motivate action (until July). Dalnavert Museum - Every Sunday in December the Dalnavert presents A Child’s Victorian Christmas Story, classic Christmas tales for children told in the parlour with the Victorian trimmed Christmas tree as a backdrop. Next up is A Dickens Christmas Carol told by a variety of local talent who will engage you in the classic tale of Ebenezer Scrooge’s famous change of heart. The line-up includes Ian Ross, the award-winning Manitoba writer and playwright (Dec 8-10), the popular radio personality Ron Robinson (Dec 15-17), and performer/producer Charlene Van Buekenhout (Dec 21-23). RMTC’s Master Playwright Festival (Agatha Christie) makes another appearance at the Dalnavert Museum with several offerings including The Inscrutable Fugue of Agatha Christie by Leigh-Anne Kehler (Feb 17-26), and many other ‘mystery’ themed events. Check out upcoming-events for more information.

THEATRE Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre - The theatre season continues with the cautionary tale 23.5 Hours about the grey areas between courts and our conscience, and about the limits of our own loyalty to each other (Tom Hendry Warehouse, until Dec 3). In The Audience, Fiona Reid (Calendar Girls, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike) returns to the Royal MTC stage to don the crown of Queen Elizabeth II as she meets with each of her Prime Ministers for a private audience every week for more than 60 years (John Hirsch Mainstage, until Dec 17). Million Dollar Quartet is a show inspired by a recording of an impromptu jam session involving Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Johnny Cash made on December 4, 1956, at the Sun Record Studios in Memphis, Tennessee (John Hirsch Mainstage, Jan 5-28). And don’t miss the provocative new comedy Hand to God starring a Hand Puppet, along with a messed up family, a girl who just wants to help and school bully who always gets his own way (Tom Hendry Warehouse, Jan 26-Feb 11). Royal MTC’s Master Playwright Festival’s offering is Agatha Christie’s mystery drama Black Coffee (Feb 9-Mar 4).

Pulse Gallery - Head to The Forks for an eyeful of modern Manitoba-made art! Situated in the historic Johnston Terminal, this gallery showcases a wide variety of original works, including acrylics, watercolour, mixed media, photography, glass, sculpture, jewellery and art cards, as well as metal, fibre and ceramic arts. Indulge in colour and craft!

Prairie Theatre Exchange - Don’t miss out on the Manitoba holiday family tradition -The Stories of Robert Munsch! This year, get ready for tons of surprises, with lots of energy and loads of laughs. You’ll see much-loved classic Munsch stories, including Alligator Baby, The Dark, Mud Puddle, and The Boy in the Drawer - all presented with the larger-than-life, kid-friendly entertainment our young audiences have come to expect (Dec 22-Jan 8). The P.T.E. theatre season continues with Winnipeg playwright Ginny Collin’s The Flats, described as a mystery on the frozen edge of Hudson Bay (Jan 26-Feb 12). Next up is Elle, adapted by Severn Thompson from the novel by Douglas Glover. Based on a true story, the play chronicles the ordeals and adventures of a young French woman deliberately marooned on a desolate island off the coast of Newfoundland in 1542 (Feb 23-Mar 12).

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Manitoba Theatre for Young People Follow Mowgli throughout The Jungle Book as he races toward an inevitable confrontation with the tiger, Shere Khan (Dec 8-30). Two siblings - Dib and Dob - have been lost in the

Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art - This free gallery brings the best of contemporary art to Winnipeg. Check out the fall program Superimposition: Sculpture and Image with a major group exhibition presenting multiple works by eight artists in each of the galleries: Nadia Belerique, Valérie Blass, Ursula Johnson, Kelly Lycan, Ursula Mayer, Kristin Nelson, Dominique Rey and Andrea Roberts (until Jan 1).


Celebrations Dinner Theatre -30 years later, Ferris finds himself back in high school with Ferris Bueller’s School of Rock but this time he’s the teacher! With the help of an unlikely substitute teacher Dewey Quinn, they show the people what Rock music can teach their kids (until Jan 7). Another Flashdance is a hilarious tale of mistaken identity filled with crazy nightclub characters, snooty dance school judges and lots of great music from the ‘80s! (Jan 14 to Mar 18).


Theatre Projects Manitoba - HUFF woods so long that they have made up their own language, and march along an unknown path towards a place called home (Jan 26 to Feb 5). A play about obsession, addiction and not wanting to get out of bed - Mess also includes songs from UK entertainer Caroline Horton (Feb 15-26). Le Cercle Molière - Le long voyage de Pierre-Guy traces the journey of a passionate percussionist returning home after having travelled the world (until Dec 3). In Moi, monsieur, moi!, a woman narrates the fate of a girl born in Senegal. Written and performed by Patricia Gomis, she dances, sings and bites into a dozen characters with humility and an authentic voice, transcending suffering and causing a whirlwind of laughter (Jan 12-28). Theatre Projects Manitoba - Written and performed by Cliff Cardinal, HUFF is the wrenching, yet darkly comic tale of Wind and his brothers, caught in a torrent of solvent abuse and struggling to cope with the death of their mother. With biting humour and raw, vivid imagery, Cardinal expertly portrays over a dozen characters in his captivating solo performance (Feb 16-26). Performances at The Rachel Browne Theatre.

New Music Festival - One of Winnipeg’s coolest festivals is back with another exciting line-up! Highlights include the American experimentalist and avant-garde minimalist Meredith Monk, Tajik-Canadian composer Farangis Nurulla-Khoja’s whirlwind “L’infini de l’instant”, Metis composer Eliot Britton’s world premiere commission for orchestra and electronics, and WSO composer-in-residence Harry Stafylakis new work for orchestra. Plus the special “Ghosts of the Hudson’s Bay Building” concert! The New Music Festival continues its exploration of alternative spaces and local histories, this time at the iconic Hudson’s Bay Building (Jan 28 – Feb 3). Festival du Voyageur - It’s that time of year again! Join in western Canada’s largest winter festival meeting historical characters from Fort Gibraltar, admiring snow sculptures created by artists from around the world, dancing and jigging to lively music, tasting delicious FrenchCanadian food and so much more! (Feb17-26). RMTC Master Playwright Festival - It all began in the winter of 2001 when the Royal MTC chose to honour Samuel Beckett at its first annual Master Playwright Festival. Every year since, the Master Playwright Festival provides opportunities for both professional and emerging artists from a variety of organizations and independent companies to produce work under the umbrella of a larger festival. This year the spotlight is on the English crime novelist, short story writer and playwright - Dame Agatha Christie (Feb 8 - 26). Various locations throughout the city. For more information visit:

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SPECIAL EVENTS Canad Inns Winter Wonderland - Be amazed by Manitoba’s largest drive-through light show. See the sights and all the lights from the warmth and comfort of your vehicle. This annual event features more than 25 themed areas and displays as big as 125 feet wide and 40 feet high. Open daily 6 to 10 pm, closed Christmas Day. Free horse-drawn sleigh rides every weekend (Dec 2 - Jan 7). Celtic Thunder - Delighted to be returning to Winnipeg, Celtic Thunder offers up LEGACY, a live show featuring a mix of upbeat songs that represent the fun-loving nature of the Irish and slower classic ballads like “Danny Boy,” “Noreen,” and “Buachaille On Eirne” that portray a more nostalgic and romantic side (Dec 3). Performance takes place at Burton Cummings Theatre. Jerry Seinfeld - Don’t miss seeing Seinfeld live! The American comedian, actor, director, writer, and producer is best known for portraying a semifictional version of himself in the sitcom, Seinfeld (Dec 17). MTS Centre. New Years Eve at the Forks - This annual and FREE family event has activities galore – all day long! Stop by the Arctic Glacier Winter Park (weather permitting) where the Canopy Skating Rink, Skate Trails, Toboggan Slide and Snow board Hill will be open to enjoy. Hop on the wagon between 3:00 - 7:00 pm in front of Explore Manitoba and enjoy the festive lights as you take a trip around the site. Also, stick around for live entertainment on the Main Stage in The Forks Market between 5:00 – 7:00 pm (Dec 31). For more information check out new-years-eve Blue Rodeo - This beloved Canadian country rock band is on the road again with new music on their 1000 ARMS’ TOUR! (Jan 14) MTS Centre.

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hen it comes to music, Winnipeg is in an enviable position for a city of its size. We have extraordinary talent, we have appreciative audiences, and we have respect from performers the world over. Helping to earn this respect are events such as the incredible New Music Festival (NMF), a ‘must attend’ series that occurs in the dead of our frozen prairie winter to headline the city’s January / February cultural calendar. “It’s so unique. The Festival is a once a year exploration of the vibrancy of new works by the world’s leading contemporary composers,” says Alexander Mickelthwate, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra (WSO) Music Director who conducts the 65 member ensemble over its 80 date yearly schedule. He suggests the NMF takes contemporary music a step further. Consider last year when the event hosted a performance that took place at the Pan Am Pool where musicians from the WSO were placed on the diving tower and synchronized swimmers plied the waters under a cloud of vapour. The piece was part of an evening themed “Music and Trauma” that featured Gavin Bryars’ The Sinking of the Titanic, a stunningly beautiful world-class work that few will forget.  This year promises to take just as many artistic chances. “It’s all part of connecting the dots between more traditional classical works and the material that is being created now that speaks to us in a current context that is highly relevant,” says Mickelthwate. “Over the years, many of the works have been performed here first on stage in Winnipeg. This has been exciting for composers as well as audiences and performers. It’s part of the energy of the event.”

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Building on last year’s concert at the Pan-Am Pool, the New Music Festival continues its exploration of alternative spaces and local histories, this time at the iconic Hudson’s Bay Building. Here, Winnipeg-based Sony Classical recording artist and Continuous Music pianist Lubomyr Melnyk will be presenting a new live music and film collaboration with Canada’s National Ballet based on the paintings of Group of Seven artist Lawren Harris. Organizers have also confirmed appearances by American experimentalist and avant-garde minimalist Meredith Monk and her singers. Icelander Hilmar Hilmarsson will present a world premiere based on the idea of the creation of the universe and the birth of language. Ben Shemie of Suuns will present a new work involving audience participation using multiple radios, and Festival Curator Matthew Patton will present a new work for strings and voices. More, former bassist of grunge band Hole and co-founder and director of Basilica Hudson, Melissa Auf der Mar, will bring a 12-hour Drone piece to the Duncan Arena (55 Duncan Street in the Exchange). Expect to discover a number of headliners contributing here to Auf der Mar’s immersive happening that starts at midnight following the close of the last performance at the Centennial Concert Hall. Women composers will also have a strong presence at this year’s New Music Festival. The Cecilia String Quartet will perform two new commissions and Alexina Louie will give the world premiere of her new Piano Quintet.  According to Mickelthwate, this year’s series percolates around the celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday. “Canada is a country of many cultures and we will show this off with a range of new works by Canadians who originated elsewhere. For example, there is work from Tajik-Canadian composer, Farangis Nurulla-Khoja, who will offer “L’infini de l’instant,” and Sri Lankan-born Canadian, Dinuk Widjeratne, who scored for table, a rarely heard solo instrument,” he says, adding that there will also be new music by Canadian Cree composer Andrew Balfour, as well as Metis composer, Eliot Britton, who will present a world premiere commission for orchestra and electronics.

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Prairie Theatre Exchange Welcomes New Education Director -- Loc Lu I sat down with Loc Lu, the new School and Outreach Director for Prairie Theatre Exchange’s Theatre & Film School located in the heart of Winnipeg’s downtown. The program, geared towards both adults and children, offers a variety of classes that range from acting for stage, film and T.V., to improv to theatre production to musical theatre, to movement and more! It turns out that the school has been running as long as the theatre –44 years! Loc Lu, what can you tell us about the history of P.T.E.’s longstanding education program? The last 10 years was under the leadership of our previous school director John Lowe. [He] came in and established a really great foundation for recreational and pre-professional training. We have some of the best space here coupled with some of the best artists and teachers. We bring in a wide range of students. Some come here to have a wonderful two-hour experience per week in a specific class, others come here to learn about how to break into the film scene or how to prepare for an audition. We certainly have the calibre of programming and teachers to help with both recreational and professional streams. What is your background in theatre education programming? This is my 17th season as a drama educator. I taught as a private contractor for many places, including Manitoba Theatre for Young People. I found I had a mind for programming; that I could see the bigger picture, and how certain classes could tie into a whole philosophy of theatre education. I was fortunate to work with MTYP as an outreach drama coordinator for five seasons. That was a huge part of my growth. I picked up a lot of skills and knowledge about the community, and worked with a lot of school and community groups. All that experience carried me forward to be able to step into this position here at P.T.E. Who teaches at PTE Theatre + Film? Something we really pride ourselves on is bringing in artists who are fully working and considered professionals in the community. For example, we have Hope McIntyre teaching playwriting, Arne MacPherson conducting our Young Company and Shakespeare classes, and Erin McGrath is doing her Musical Cabaret classes. (The list goes on!) These are all artists producing in their field and students get to have direct access to them - it is a beautiful cycle. What sort of future developments would you like to see for PTE Theatre + Film school? I definitely want to continue building upon the foundation and quality that John Lowe has set. I am also excited to get into work that I am passionate about, like Physical Theatre and Devised Theatre. I think these forms are really engaging for new audiences and can carry us forward into a new generation of theatre producers and patrons.

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“At Live Right, we believe that a healthy lifestyle means taking care of yourself on an ongoing basis, and that’s why we developed our VIP membership program,” says owner Daryn Chernick. “Our membership has no fees, but brings many rewards. All we ask is that you prepay for one 60-minute treatment each month ($65 plus GST), and in return, we will provide you and everyone in your household with discounts on each and every service they come in for.”

With focus on the individual, treatments are customized to clients’ needs, he adds. “Unlike most spas where clients preselect a treatment, at Live Right, clients let the therapist know what their concerns are, and the therapist creates a treatment plan based on their specific needs.“

While you don’t have to be a member to use Live Right’s massage and spa services, membership offers many advantages, Chernick points out. “It reduces the price and allows you to get more massages. Also, if you’re not able to make it on any given month, we simply roll over your treatment into the next month so that you never lose your prepaid service.” In addition to the advantages membership offers, it reminds you to come in for your regular massage or facial. Clients usually book their next appointment before they leave, he says, or they can book online.

“All of our therapists are registered and have many years of experience,” Chernick says. “They offer therapeutic as well as relaxation massages, and each therapist has his or her own style.”

The aestheticians at Live Right have a combined total of 51 years of experience, Chernick notes, and they are fully trained in the Dermalogica professional line of skin care products. “Their skills allow them to tackle any skin condition and get quick results,” he says, adding that the Dermalogica line, unique to Live Right, has a wide range of products and is affordable.

BY DONNA MINKUS the city, and offers parking right outside the front door. Two years later, Chernick is confident he made the right decision. “We have a first class facility that offers a wide range of therapeutic services. We have been growing a dedicated clientele since we opened our doors, and it’s been primarily through word of mouth.” Live Right’s commitment to customer convenience extends to its hours of operation. The spa is open from 9 a.m. – 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 10 to 5 on Sunday. “We understand the importance of providing convenient and timely treatments that fit seamlessly into your schedule,” Chernick says. “There is no waiting. You have your treatment and you are out on time, and our clients appreciate that.” For more information, please visit


Chernick opened Live Right Massage & Facial Spa November 2, 2014. Having worked in a family business for years, he wanted to branch out on his own. “I saw membership-based massage as a unique opportunity that I wanted to bring to the city,” he says. He chose the Taylor location because it is convenient for anyone going downtown or anywhere in



Winter is coming… The days are getting colder and with the cooler temperatures come frizzy hair, dry skin and chapped lips. That’s why SST Cosmetic Tea Tree Moisturizing Primer was used on Tiara first before applying makeup. This makeup is one of the best as it features a Pure Mineral Base - your skin deserves nothing less. The stylists at Tantrum Salon & Spa love the look of this Silver/ Grey hair – definitely a desired colour this season. But there is no doubt that this can be a tricky one to achieve. If your hair is Jet Black, you’re probably not going to get this colour anytime soon. You have to be fairly light to begin with.

Ocean blue It’s starting to feel like we all just need a holiday! J’s beautiful ocean blue is perfect for the vibrant fashionistas out there. Styled messy but elegant with flowers to brighten up the next few months of colder weather. Nails styled by Jen Williams from Royalty Beauty in Lac Du Bonnet. Hair colour & style: Kaitlyn Martin Instagram & Facebook: hair by Kaitlyn Photography: Kassie Donaldson Kaitlyn Martin 204-390-0287


There are two parts to going silver, and the first step is getting hair as blonde as possible – meaning platinum Blonde. There can be no signs of warm tones, as it will turn to a khaki colour. Secondly, you will probably need to think about sacrificing some length, as your hair will not be in the same condition after all the bleaching. That’s why the pros at Tantrum recommend using Olaplex to minimize the damage and a Keratin Mask by Lanza to help rebuild and restore the strength of your hair. Tantrum’s talented and experienced team can help you achieve any colour desired, using only the best products to help bring out the beauty of your hair with any cut and style. Model: Tiara Loewen Hair: Jessica Wilson Makeup: Meghan Michaud Photography: Kaydee Luxe INC Photography & Design Tantrum Salon & Spa Unit 204-1750 Plessis Rd 204-222-2393

Seeing red! Red heads are so wonderfully rich, and when done right and maintained well, so beautiful!

Girl on Fire!

The trick with maintaining reds lies in the approach of the colorist, followed by a maintenance program the client needs to follow diligently, and the use of proper maintenance products at home.

The long cold winter ignites the return of the fiery red heads. Brunettes spice up their locks with beautiful tones of red, violet, or cherry colours and blondes are turning up the temperature in shades of gold, copper, pink and strawberry. While ombres and balayage are still a hot trend continuing to lead the hair colour industry, the shift to a warmer colour for fall and winter is a welcome variation.

Tiffany is a fiery redhead. To achieve her look, Kristina used a low volume developer in the colour formula, and added extra tone with concentrates and pure pigments. Permanent colour was used to retouch the new growth, and demi-permanent colour was used on her ends. For dimension, Kristina wove in rich golden and copper hi-lites, adding extra warmth and interest.

Serena’s hair had previous blonde ends and a dark root. Her regrowth was pre-lightened with the balayage highlight technique and then coloured all over for her ideal tone of a scorching redcopper. The casual elegance of the “undone” look is on point this year. Serena gets a choppy, blunt lob, styled big and messy using a flat iron to heat up and set her waves. Then back it up with a brush or finger combing and a great hair spray. Now that’s HOT! Hair & Make Up: Candess for Society Instagram: @candexx_l Photography: Michael Roberts Society the Salon 120 Donald St 204-947-3766

To maintain colour properly, shampoo and conditioner formulated for colour treated hair is necessary; washing hair less often will also help slow fading. When thermal styling, use a heat styling product to further protect the hair from fading, using a lower temperature with heat styling tools, and sealing the hair with leave-in conditioners and hair sealers. Colour: Aveda Full Spectrum and Deposit Only (PPD free, plant derived colour) Styling products: Wet hair: Damage Remedy Daily Hair Repair and Spit Ends Repair, Smooth Infusion Style Prep, then Confixor. When Dry: After curling Tiffany’s hair using a large barrel 1 1/2 –inch curling Iron, Kristina used Light Elements Texturing Cream with Brilliant Emollient together to define the curl, give it shine and reduce frizz. Hair artist/ Colorist: Kristina Model: Tiffany rituals in hair and skin 159 St Anne’s Rd 204-452-1182 WINTER 2016 | STYLE MANITOBA | 29

A season of renewal PICTURE THIS: it’s a cold, snowy day,

and you’re on a mini-vacation. So far, you’ve enjoyed a soothing massage, relaxed in steam rooms and saunas, immersed yourself in warm water pools, reclined on heated stone benches and dozed by a blazing fire. You’ve sipped on a never-ending supply of delicious teas and fruit-infused waters. And you’ve dined on delicious food while sipping a glass of wine. Ahhh.

You’ve enjoyed all of this while wearing a bathing suit, a plush robe, and…a toque.

of Winnipeg residents eager to discover the joys and benefits of thermotherapy.

Welcome to wintertime at Thermëa, Winnipeg’s Nordic spa.

In turn, Winnipeggers have warmly embraced Thermëa’s unique take on the spa experience.

Thermëa is nestled into a quiet forested area adjacent to the Crescent Drive Golf Course in Wildwood. Since it opened in 2015, Thermëa has welcomed thousands

“We have had a great response from the people of Winnipeg,” says Marianne Trotier, public and press manager for the Nordik Group based in Quebec. “When I visit Winnipeg and I wear my Thermëabranded jacket, friendly people approach me to tell me how happy they are to have the spa here.” Like all Nordik Group spas, Thermëa offers its clients a unique relaxation experience in a natural setting. Alternating hot and cold followed by a period of relaxation provides numerous health benefits, known for centuries in Europe. For $50, guests benefit from world-class thermotherapy facilities: three outdoor baths (hot, cold and temperate), three saunas, as well as many warm and cozy indoor and outdoor relaxation areas. The spa also offers a range of massages and body treatments, and a restaurant. Thermëa is open 7 days a week, year round, rain or shine. If these aren’t reasons enough to go, Thermëa has several experiences and updates to create a winter retreat like no other.


A UNIQUE RITUAL Thermëa offers Aufguss (German for “infusion”) rituals in its Finlandia sauna. This method follows the ancient Finnish practice of generating bursts of hot, humid air by pouring water on heated stones. The Aufguss ritual heightens the effects of this traditional vaporization technique by using water enriched with natural essential oils in the form of a snowball (in winter). As soon as the snowball melts onto the stones, a burst of vapour with health enhancing properties is released. One of Thermëa’s two German-trained “sauna meisters” uses a towel to agitate the air, fanning guests who enjoy the scent and pleasurable benefits of essential oils. Offered four times daily, the Aufguss ritual “is a fun activity and the experience is different every time,” says Trotier. “It might be a quiet meditation, or we might play jazz, alternative or pop music to liven it up.”

NEW PLACE TO DINE Fresh, local produce is always on the menu at Thermëa’s restaurant and bistro. This winter, guests can enjoy the expanded restaurant facilities via a new large heated lounge terrace overlooking the spa pool areas. Here, you can enjoy drinks and share tapas while relaxing on extra comfy couches or seated at a bistro table.

NEW YEAR’S EVE Thermëa’s “no talking” rule will fall to the wayside on New Year’s Eve, when the spa will be turned into fun social scene. From 6:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. guests can ring in 2017 with a thermal experience, food, and sparkling wine at midnight. A DJ will provide an exciting, musical backdrop to this special, once-a-year event. More

details and purchase options for the New Year’s Eve package are available on Thermëa’s website.

GIFT CERTIFICATES TO RENEW THE SOUL You can never go wrong with a Thermëa gift certificate for the holidays. Gift certificates are available online at “Clients can select the right gift by creating packages tailored to him or her, dad or mom, couples, or anyone on your gift list,” says Trotier. “We’ve designed it to make the gift buying experience easy.”

Thermëa continues to seek ways to provide their guests a one-of-a-kind retreat to renew soul, body and spirit. As only one of two Nordik Nature Spa locations in Canada (a third is set to open in Whitby, Ont., in 2018), isn’t it time to treat yourself or a loved one to a winter getaway, that’s only 8 kilometres from downtown Winnipeg?

Just don’t forget your toque.



This exquisite glass sculpture called “Autumn Day� is by UK Sculptor Johannes Von Stumm. The elegant design of amber, purple & clear glass is infused with gold flecks that glisten in the light: a perfect gift of sophisticated fine art for the holiday season. Call 204.781.8259 to arrange viewing or visit the gallery. (Open Saturdays Noon- 4pm)

Shop local this Holiday Season at The Forks Market, with a variety of one-of-a-kind gifts for everyone on your list. Check out the full gift guide at

Perogy Planet (2 locations) 11-845 Dakota St 1411 Main St

Soul Gallery 163 Clare Ave

Help your loved ones look & feel their best this season with a Signature Package Gift Card ($125) that includes: 15-minute Aromatherapy Steam, 60-minute Signature Massage, 60-minute Signature Facial & 1 Dermalogica Travel Product. Live Right Massage & Facial Spa 1-1190 Taylor Ave


Make entertaining easy this season with a wide selection of scrumptious gourmet perogies & other tantalizing fare for your holiday feast! Shop the store or book ahead for pick-up; catering services also available.

Sophisticated and undeniably beautiful, the 22 precisely executed metal stems of the Patrona chandelier each bear a sleek crystal shade illuminated by a gently diffused LED, creating a stunning, modern interpretation of the classic crystal chandelier. Total Lighting Sales 347 William Ave

Give the perfect gift - from the new Autumn 2016 collection from Trollbeads, including several new beads in Murano glass & sterling silver. Global Connections (The Forks) 230-25 Forks Market Rd

Holiday home accents - Aluminum bending reindeer ($36); white lacquer & mirror napkin rings (set of 6 - $24); holiday ornament ($10). All from Noah’s Ark Group in India. Featured items are Fair Trade products providing vital income to artisans from more than 30 countries & work for more than 60,000 people around the world. Ten Thousand Villages (2 locations) 134 Plaza Dr & 1-963 Henderson Hwy

Treat yourself or someone you love to this exclusive Holiday Collection, Ginger Snap. Creamy smooth eggnog & warming ginger swirled together to surround you in the spirit of the season. Available for a limited time. Rave Massage 1220 St Mary’s Rd

Step out in style this season in high quality footwear from one of Winnipeg’s top shoe shops! European Shoe Shop 436 Academy Rd

Great for holiday entertaining or as a gift for the whisky connoisseur on your list! Choose a product from the Forty Creek Whisky brand – one of the most awarded Canadian whiskies in history. Enjoy the plush warmth of 100% shearling sheepskin. Visit the store for a wide selection of slippers, hats, gloves, mitts, outerwear & more!

Forty Creek Whisky For product info, visit Available at Manitoba Liquor Marts.

Wonderful World of Sheepskin 250 Dufferin Ave


Winnipeg’s Fastest Growing Neighbourhoods

More Design Value Experience the difference of truly meaningful design guidelines. Bridgwater’s design guidelines mean MORE attention to detail as each home design is carefully considered; MORE memorable streetscapes as Bridgwater’s streets showcase your home instead of your garage; and a MORE distinctive community than any new neighbourhood in Winnipeg.

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Design Diversity


Neighbourhoods of Bridgwater features designs from range of builders


hen buying a home, most homeowners look for a design that meets their needs. Some want to create a design that is reflective of their personal style. The Neighbourhoods of Bridgwater offer those options and more because Manitoba Housing has not only included a range of builders that specialize in distinctive designs, but has also incorporated meaningful design guidelines that offer more attention to detail. “When we were envisioning what the Neighbourhoods of Bridgwater would look like, the idea was to create a new kind of neighbourhood that would promote healthy living, which we have done through our extensive park trails that connect the neighbourhoods,” says Dwayne Rewniak, Executive Director, Housing Delivery/ Land Development, Manitoba Housing. “At the same time, we wanted to offer diversity in the style and design of the homes that are available in the four neighbourhoods. We have done that through a complement of 17 designated homebuilders.” Bridgwater Forest, the first neighbourhood to be developed, features striking architectural detailed homes built on a variety of lots, including back lanes. Interspersed through 25 acres of mature forest, the neighbourhood includes a mix of single and multi-family dwellings. “We’ve sold 1,090 single-family homes in Bridgwater Forest, and only have a few lots remaining in this neighbourhood,” Rewniak says, adding that he expects this neighbourhood to be fully occupied by 2017.  

Homes in Bridgwater Lakes blend traditional style with modern architectural features. This neighbourhood also offers a variety of lot types, which include large laneless lots that feature custom homes with lake lots and walkout basements built by builders such as Arlt, Artista, Gino’s, Hearth, Huntington, KDR and Maric; regular laneless lots, which are constructed by volume builders such as A&S, Discovery, Hilton, Qualico, Randall, and Kensington; and smaller lots on back lanes, built by builders such as Signature and Ventura, Rewniak explains. “The smaller laned lots provide a more affordable price point, as well as diversity that ranges from single-family homes to a mixture of multifamily homes that include rentals, townhouses and condos,” he says. To date, 875 single-family lots have been sold in Bridgwater Lakes, and about 700 homes are occupied. Bridgwater Trails, with its extensive park and trail system, is the newest residential neighbourhood and offers the largest number of singlefamily and multi-family units. “Bridgwater Trails consists of 1,031 single-family homes, with some lots in Phases 3 and 4 being converted to duplex lots,” Rewniak says. About 380 singlefamily lots have been sold, and more than 200 occupied. A total of 22 new showhomes have opened in Bridgwater Trails. The showhomes include nine laneless showhomes on Del Monica Road, eight

laned showhomes also on Del Monica Road, and five custom showhomes on Rose Lake Court. “Each one of the 17 designated homebuilders has a showhome in at least one lot category in Bridgwater Trails,” Rewniak points out, adding that the Neighbourhoods of Bridgwater had a total of 28 showhomes, and all were represented in the Fall 2016 Parade of Homes. The 50-acre park in Bridgwater Trails is still under development, and it is expected that the hilltop lookout will be completed in 2017, Rewniak states. The sports field for baseball and volleyball and basketball courts are all in, and the Phase 1 children’s play area is also complete. The fountain, located at the centre of Bridgwater Trails, is situated on a hilltop so it provides a good vantage point for the neighbourhood, Rewniak notes. “We expect it will be like the fountain at Bridgwater Lakes, which is a gathering point for the neighbourhood.” Bridgwater Centre’s residential and commercial developments continue, with showhomes ready for viewing, Rewniak says. Hilton’s showhome is located on Park West Drive and A&S Homes has two showhomes in Bridgwater Centre located on 243 and 247 Park East Drive. Save-On-Foods, scheduled to open its doors in November, offers grocery and produce ranging from meats and vegetables to baked goods. Since the grocery store will be central to all the Bridgwater neighbourhoods, residents will be able to walk or bike there.   A Manitoba Liquor Mart is also scheduled to open in December, as well as RBC Financial, Rewniak states, indicating he expects an announcement will be made regarding plans for additional commercial ventures by year’s end.


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Lakeside Luxury Set on one of the most exclusive streets in Bridgwater Trails, KDR Homes’ contemporary, 2,300-square- foot walkout-style bungalow is packed with special features and meticulous attention to detail. The grand front entrance features a large custom door with glass inserts and a soaring ceiling. A stainless steel under-lit sculpture separates the front entrance from the formal dining room and ushers guests into the open concept space. The expansive great room is bright and beautiful, boasting 12-foot ceilings and offering magnificent views of the lake. The customdesigned entertainment centre comes complete with acrylic panels with chrome reveals, a large fireplace, and a tiled feature wall that extends the full height of the home. The kitchen’s acrylic, scratch-resistant cabinets were made extra tall to enhance the soaring ceiling heights. As the main focal point of the home, the kitchen also features a glass backsplash, quartz waterfall countertops, walkin pantry and black stainless appliances with induction stove and dual oven. The master bedroom caps off the elegance on the main level, complete with a wall of

windows to view the lake, LED lighting, and a sun deck to enjoy your morning coffee. The spa-like ensuite includes dual sinks, floating cabinets with quartz countertops, a soaker tub and large walk-in shower with body sprayers and seamless shower door.

An ultra-sleek floating glass and stainless steel stairwell connects the main and lower level, which boasts two oversized bedrooms with walk-in closets, two bathrooms, an office, personal gym, and media room with fireplace and entertainment centre.

The second floor features a laundry room, which is easily accessed from all three large bedrooms. The master bedroom suite is set apart from the rest of the home and offers a built-in, walk-in closet with custom cabinetry

and a spa-like ensuite with a standalone bathtub, and a glass and tile shower.

Dual Style Discovery Homes has created the Kelsey model home with the functionality and style of both Bridgwater Trails and the modern family in mind. This two-storey, 2,060-square-foot, urban-style loft design has great architectural appeal with a carriage-style garage door, concrete fibreboard exterior, and a stone entrance flanked by modern columns. Upon entering the home, visitors are welcomed by an intricately patterned tiled foyer, and a L-shaped staircase aligned to the sidewall, allowing for maximization of floor space on both levels of the home. The main floor double-entry closet with barn-style doors and two-piece powder room provide easy flow into the living area. Engineered hand-scraped hickory wood flooring runs throughout the main floor, while a two-sided energy efficient gas fireplace straddles both the dining area and great room. The bistro-style kitchen opens on to the main room, and features black-painted maple cabinets, brick tiled backsplash, and Cambria quartz counters. The mains floor is rounded off by a large mudroom with built in closet and shelves which can be accessed from the garage.

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YOUR FUTURE IS BRIDGWATER TOWN CENTRE Steps from all the current and upcoming amenities of Bridgwater Town Centre, The MIX Condominiums invites you to revel in the convenience and natural beauty of Bridgwater Forest. Offering style in every suite, The MIX’s modern interiors feature upgraded finishes like vinyl plank flooring, quartz kitchen counters and stainless steel appliance packages. Private balconies and parking also complement every MIX home.

Move-in-ready 2 & 3 bedroom condos starting from $245,500 incl. GST Myles Viklund Rancho Realty Services (Manitoba) Ltd. 204.793.1000


StreetSide is nearly sold out

of condos in Bridgwater, but its development in the area isn’t even close to over. At writing time, the proposed name for its newest project - Elevate Condominiums - was pending approval. It is StreetSide’s largest endeavour in the area to date, and will be the highest peak in Bridgwater once it’s complete. Aptly named for its impressive height and the upscale lifestyle it will offer, Elevate will be a seven-storey concrete and steel building, offering 218 luxurious homes in the heart of Bridgwater Town Centre. Perfectly positioned to take advantage of the retail and walkability of the neighbourhood centre, Elevate will offer the easy urban lifestyle the area was designed for. A fitness room, outdoor pool and large private terraces will complement the condo development, allowing owners to soak up the most out of their brand-new homes. Launching for pre-sales and beginning its rise in 2017, Elevate is currently expecting to welcome residents in the spring of 2018. Also on the horizon is StreetSide’s first-ever stacked townhome development in Winnipeg. The townhomes will mimic single-family homes while enjoying the energy savings and security advantages of shared living. Going up across the street from Elevate in Bridgwater Centre, the townhomes’ ground-breaking designs will be

Heart of the Neighbourhood

launched to the public in 2017. Keep an eye out for this unique new community from StreetSide. With a final phase of move-in-ready suites now selling, StreetSide’s The MIX Condominiums offers the advantages of a Bridgwater Forest location while edging the shops and services of Bridgwater Centre. The location offers the best of both neighbourhoods: convenience with a side of stunning natural scenery. Built to a higher standard, The MIX offers included upgrades like vinyl plank flooring, quartz kitchen counters, parking, and stainless steel appliance packages. With amenities like heated underground parking, a fitness room, resi-

dents’ lounge and private balconies, The MIX covers your wish list for contemporary condominium living. Its two and three-bedroom suites

are among the only remaining new condominiums ready for immediate possessions in Bridgwater. Acting quickly on any of the pre-sale opportunities in Bridgwater or the chance to purchase a stylish, readyfor-you home is encouraged. Although so much more is ahead, StreetSide can also look back on successful sold-out projects in Bridgwater, namely its Bridgwater Forest Townhome Condominiums and North Town Condominiums. The unshakable popularity of the area and the condominium lifestyle in Bridgwater has led StreetSide to commit to an active future of building within its master-planned communities. Wanting to provide more choice to homebuyers, StreetSide continues to contribute innovative home plans and condominium types to the Bridgwater neighbourhoods. WINTER 2016 | STYLE MANITOBA | 39

Experience you can trust!

Eagle Custom Homes design professionals will provide you with a modern, elegant home. Your dream home is just a call away! Phone:204-615-HOME (4663) 40 | STYLE MANITOBA | WINTER 2016

Foundations for success Strong. Noble. Keen vision.

presented, and even beyond — the Eagle Custom Homes team is there for their clients.

We use these terms to describe a majestic bird. But what about a homebuilder?

“We will modify any of our standard designs to suit our clients’ homebuilding needs in Genstar communities, or on any lot in Winnipeg,” says Eagle Custom Homes’ president/ owner David Gurvey.

In the case of aptly named Eagle Custom Homes, those same words apply. Except the company’s strength lies in a commitment to building quality homes, its nobility comes from professional integrity and the team’s vision is focused on client satisfaction. At every stage of the home build — from the first meeting, to when the foundation is poured, design selections made, walls erected and keys

“We take a very hands-on approach to building houses,” says Gurvey, who established the company three years ago following successes in the Winnipeg commercial market developing apartment and condominium homes. Gurvey’s commercial background has given him an extensive knowledge



of building codes and processes. In total, the Eagle Custom Homes’ team has a combined 50+ years of construction experience. Clients benefit from this experience when the team brings this attention to detail and superior finishings to their single family home builds. To ensure quality, Eagle Custom Homes has its own concrete crew for concrete foundations. They also have standard specifications that are usually considered upgrades, such as painted ceilings, 60-gallon water tank, keypad garage entry, basement perimeter plugs and more.

In addition to single residential units, Eagle Custom Homes is building a 55-unit townhome condominium community in Transcona’s Devonshire Village. These popular three-bedroom units are phased in and built as units are sold. With every type of build, ultimately, Gurvey says, “we work closely with our clients to make sure they get the home they want.”

“We also have an optional upgrade to Polar Windows for all our homes,” notes Gurvey. Eagle Custom Homes builds modern, practical family homes that are also made for entertaining. They offer many outstanding floor plans to choose from, all featuring lots of light and windows. The three-bedroom, two-storey showhome at 204 Bonaventure Dr. E. is a perfect example of an Eagle Custom Home, with its open concept floor plan, glass railings and soaring ceilings. The master bedroom has a large covered balcony where the homeowners might enjoy their morning lattes.


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What’s Laid Down As one of the city’s leading flooring centres, Curtis Carpets is continually adding cutting edge products to keep customers up to date on the latest functional and fashionable flooring trends. The newest addition to the Pembina Highway showroom is Vinyl2Go by Beaulieu Canada. Luxury vinyl planks have become a staple product in many flooring stores, thanks to not only their superior durability, but their aesthetic appeal as well. Available in 12 different styles, Vinyl2Go features a carpenter hand-scraped texture and four-sided micro bevel to capture a pure hardwood appearance. But unlike hardwoods Vinyl2Go can be laid down in high-moisture areas such as the kitchen and bathroom. Along with being waterproof, the planks are stain resistant, act as a ther-


mal insulator, reducing your home energy costs, as well as being a sound insulator. Beaulieu’s luxury vinyl flooring is also coated with a wear layer unique to the market, which is formulated to add anti-fungal, antimicrobial, and anti-bacterial properties. Installation is simplified, thanks to the brand’s loose laid design. The thick planks provide stability and only need to be glued around the perimeter of the space. This ensures that if a plank is damaged it can be removed and replaced easily. While hardwoods have had a reputation for being high maintenance, that is no longer true thanks to the trend towards low-lustre finishes and wire-brushed varieties. With more oak and ash species being released, the natural grains and added texture of hand-scraping or wire-brushing tend to

hide imperfections better than semi-gloss dark maple planks. And, without the semigloss, touch-ups that are required are much easier to complete. Curtis Carpets is the only flooring showroom in Winnipeg and the surrounding area to stock Stanley Cooper Hardwood. Stanley Cooper is dedicated to the strictest quality control with many features such as boil/freeze tests, marine grade adhesives, and very few defects compared to other hardwoods. Available in three unique colours and 15 styles, these hardwood floors also follow strict environmental guidelines, making it a good choice for the earth and your home. Visit Curtis Carpets’ showroom to see the latest products, as well as multiple other brands to meet any flooring needs.


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Superior Sales, Quality Installation You could say that Ward Friesen’s path was laid out for him from early on. Along with his father and another business partner he owned two building supply dealerships, with Ward looking after the flooring division in both stores. When the one partner bought them out in 1998, Ward knew he wanted to continue his flair for flooring through his own business, Friesen Floor & Décor Inc. Almost 20 years later and in their fourth location, Friesen Floor & Décor resides at 1080 Waverley Street in Winnipeg. The company’s showroom offers a large selection of carpet, vinyl, porcelain-ceramic tile, hardwood, laminate, vinyl plank, vinyl tile, and floor care products. “We have seen flooring evolve more in the past 10 years than it has over the last 50 years,” explains Ward.

Although carpet and sheet vinyl are still good sellers, the market has seen more demand for hard surface products. Consumers are looking for ease of maintenance, floors that offer hide ability; often distressed in appearance. There are more flooring products available to withstand an uncontrolled environment, such as in seasonal cottages and sunrooms. Many of these floors are made with water resistant materials and can be used in bathrooms, foyers, and laundry rooms. “Many of our customers are looking for the natural beauty of real hardwood, and Friesen Floor has a large selection of Canadian hardwood suppliers that offer many styles and colours,” he states. “We also have many customers looking for porcelain tile, glass tile or natural stone. Friesen Floor offers custom tile work, including custom showers, kitchen backsplashes, and also installs electric floor heat systems.” “In the end, it’s about getting the right product for each individual’s lifestyle and budget,” states Ward. “We have a great sales team that are passionate about the products we offer. Friesen Floors’ niche would certainly be residential remodels, and we also offer many commercial flooring products.” The company works closely with many homeowners, designers, renovators, and custom homebuilders. “Most of our work comes through referrals,” notes Ward, pointing to his exceptional installation team as one of the reasons customers keep coming back. “You can buy product anywhere, but if the project is not handled with attention to detail, or done in a professional manner, the whole experience will be negative. Our installers are real craftsmen and it shows.” WINTER 2016 | STYLE MANITOBA | 45

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The Real Thing Hardwood floors are equated with luxury and quality, and while inexpensive look-a-like options are gaining some traction because of cost, the benefits of the real thing are hard to ignore. “Luxury vinyl planks, laminate, or carpet add no long-term value to a home,” explains David Warrenchuk of DMW Hardwood Floors. A solid, 3/4-inch thick sand on site hardwood floor retains or increases in value from the day it’s laid down, and also has the benefit of being adaptable to change without having to be removed or reinstalled. “That is one of the great advantages of wood, you can change the look of a room by changing the colour of your floor, like changing paint colours. The options with wood in custom work or to fit any lifestyle and décor are endless. Now that’s real value, ” he states. One of the biggest changes to hardwoods over the years is the quality of VOC compliant finishes. These new finishes not only help with the floors durability but also offer ease of maintenance and repair. For over 30 years, DMW Hardwood Floors has specialized in sanding and finishing of existing

hardwood floors, and installation of raw hardwoods. This second-generation flooring company works closely with customers from the

wood and stain selection, all the way through sanding or installation to ensure they’re happy with their real woods.

five colours of the new LVP and housing 20,000 square feet of the product at all times.

down a deposit on any flooring offering from Ken’s Carpets prior to December 25, and receive 10 percent off the labour costs in January.

Strong, durable & authentic looking Luxury vinyl planks have been today’s hard surface of choice for many homeowners, thanks to its low maintenance features, while being highly durable and aesthetically pleasing. But Shaw Floors have taken LVP to the next level with their newest offering Floorte™. The line’s waterproof qualities make it ideal for high moisture areas like basements, bathrooms, and mudrooms, as well as being strong, durable, and flexible with the ability to conceal imperfections of the floor beneath. What makes Floorte™ truly unique is its highdefinition printing for a hardwood or tile look that is authentic. It’s designed to emulate the top species and colours of hardwood, as well as a variety of fossilized wood, stone, and concrete visuals. “You can actually feel the grain and embossed finish on LVP floors,” explains Ryan Nemis of Ken’s Carpets and Urban Home Style Centre, the only Shaw Floors gallery dealer in Winnipeg. The company is also the largest Floorte™ retailer in sales in the prairie region, offering

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The professionals at Robinson Lighting & Bath Centre understand that the way your shower looks impacts the entire bathroom design. So if your shower walls are dingy, full of cracked grout and old tile, it can bring down the appearance of your entire bathroom. No one wants to bathe in an old, dingy shower, so why not update your shower and give a facelift to your entire bathroom in just one weekend with Utile by MAAX. TRADITIONAL SHOWER PROBLEMS OVERCOME Until recently, you had two real options for updating your shower. You could opt for tile, which is expensive, difficult to install, and which has inherent issues surrounding the grout and caulk. You could also opt for a onepiece shower surround, which was easier to clean, but devoid of any style. Utile solves all of these issues, and does it with a great sense of panache at the same time. Utile is a shower wall system with a unique installation and the look and feel of real tile. The panels lock together securely at the corners with MAAX’s Ulok system, giving you the

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look of a tiled shower with the same ease of cleaning and watertight design as a one-piece shower surround. Rather than installing the tiles one at a time, you’re putting up an entire wall at once, making the entire installation faster and easier than you may have ever thought possible. And with over 20 different styles to choose from, it’s easy to update your shower in way that also complements the look of the room as a whole.

PERSONALIZE YOUR LOOK Every bathroom design needs a focal point, a place where all the other styles and materials in the room come together in one, eye-catching location. With Utile, you can create that focal point right within the shower itself using a variety of different panels and designer styles. Utile comes in over 20 diverse designs and colour options. Choose from classic subway tile and the clean lines of a modern shower, or something more avant-garde such as an ombreeffect hexagon shower. There are even intricate patterns within the tiles themselves, giving another level of depth and detail to the design, as well as panels with the look and variation of natural stone.

Opting for a one-piece surround is faster, but means that you lose out on style and design. Utile can be installed in just one weekend, and doesn’t require the specialized tools and knowledge necessary to put in an intricate tile design. So you can quickly update your shower with the look of subway tile, natural stone, or even mosaics with just a few days of work – perfect for getting your guest bathroom in shape before those holiday guests start arriving. Utile from MAAX gives you a way to get the look and style of a tile shower without the hassles that so often accompany the material. Now you can have your design and your ease of cleaning, too. When you’re ready to get started on your shower makeover, stop into a Robinson Lighting & Bath Centre showroom where expert staff can help you find the right shower walls and designs for your home. Whether you want to redo your whole bathroom, or just your shower, their design savvy staff is ready to help you achieve the new bathroom of your dreams. Stop in today to get started and see how easy it is to get a fresh new shower with Utile.

If you’re looking to redo your entire bathroom at once, you can also use your Utile shower walls as the starting point to create a cohesive, clean and stylish look for the whole room.

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The mix of contemporary material and natural wood gives this Kitchen Craft custom-designed kitchen the warmth it needed to blend seamlessly with H. Albers Builders Ltd.’s new showhome at 119 Coneflower Crescent in Sage Creek. The space combines modern stainless steel pieces, such as the hood above the stove, metallic lights, and gloss white thermofoil cabinets with warm accents of real walnut veneer. Kitchen Craft’s installer book-matched the veneer on the island, the backsplash on the right wall, and also covered the walk-in pantry, including a custom-built pantry door, for a unique look. “The main direction was to keep it simple but also bring in some warmth by the addition of the walnut with new design details,” explains Alexander Scheiermann, design and sales consultant with Kitchen Craft. “In my opinion, the design and colour selection is on mark with the current trends. It is combining modern cabinetry with the warmth through the natural design details and colours.” The kitchen is also highly functional with its seven-foot island, which includes a sink, dishwasher, wine fridge, dropped decoration area with cabinets below, and also a seating area.

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Short, tall, big, or small - we’re all unique. So why should cabinets, counters, kitchens, and bathrooms be one size fits all? Two30Nine by Decor takes individuality in to account for a highly customized design experience. “We design to the person, not the place,” explains Gord Wall of Two30Nine by Decor. “The standard counter might be 36 inches but we create all different sizes. Why not design a kitchen or bathroom that’s functional for you?” The customized design experience starts in Two30Nine’s showroom with a unique lift table that moves up or down depending on the height of the person. This helps customers get an idea about what level of counter, appliance, or sink feels best to them. “People can finally experience what it feels like to have something designed specifically for them,” he states, adding proper sizing reduces having to bend over a sink or stove, and eliminates the need for a stool to reach high cabinets. “We’re not just about selling beautiful cabinets, we’re about finding solutions for your home.” Even elements such as knobs versus handles are addressed. And once customers are comfortable, they can move on to creating the space to their style taste. Find your function at Two30Nine by Decor’s Morden showroom or the new Winnipeg design centre opening at 552 Academy Road in December.


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Authentic. Cultured. Rustic. Rooted in classic style, the new Heritage Road lifestyle collection is warm and welcoming, and found exclusively at Ashley HomeStores. The collection, which includes elements for the living room, dining room, and master bedroom, features nature-inspired colour schemes that bring a love for the outdoors to life inside your home. Earthy hues, nautical sands, and briny blues are paired with upholstery fabrics of plaid, chenille, herringbone, and supple leather. Add the accent pieces and accessories that reflect a well-traveled lifestyle for a look that’s instantly rich and inviting. Movie marathons and lingering conversations are all the more comfortable on deep spacious seating. Sink into the Ilena sofa’s herringbone pattern and sandstone hue, which sets a relaxed casual tone with toss pillows in lieu of traditional back cushions. Or share a cozy evening with the whole family

on the Amandine sectional. Living room sets include sofas, sectionals, love seats, and chairs set in fabrics ranging from a chenille-like texture to supple nutmeg leather. Scrolled arms and deep-coloured wooden legs complete the classic look. Solid hardwood end and coffee tables set in cherry wood or darker hues are perfect pieces to complete the room, or try an upholstered ottoman in place of a cocktail table.

Create a dining space where family and friends will gather to share meals and memories for years to come. Mix an upholstered armchair, bench, and side chairs around a solid wood dining room table. Try the counter height option for a more casual, intimate setting. The rough milled pinewood offers up a timeless look for the table and complementary pieces such as servers, buffets, and hutches, which all feature an undertone of grey.

Choose from the detailed wood of the Townser set, the wooden panels of Windville, or an upholstered button tufted headboard with a dramatic scrolling footboard. The complementing craftsman-style nightstands and dressers dotted with gold tone hardware are what dreams are made of. Rustic character, lasting charm, and natural warmth are exclusively yours at Ashley HomeStores this season.


DESIGN&DECOR Light with a View

Get a “city view” no matter where you live with Hubbardton Forge’s stunning pendant titled Cityscapes. This handmade, hand-forged pendant’s visual concept is meant to evoke the image of skyscraper silhouettes situated on the waterfront (an LED platform) and reflected off the water below. The transitional-styled fixture comes in two sizes - large (as shown here) and small - in a variety of finishes. The body is available in either burnished steel or bronze, while the “towers” come in either vintage platinum or soft gold for just a warmer touch. A wash of beautiful up-and-down light graces this elegant fixture and creates soft ambience, as well as a statement piece in any dining area. “It’s a really pretty piece; it’s so different,” states Simon Simkin, president of Super-Lite Lighting Ltd, adding it hits the Winnipeg marketplace right on the head in terms of what’s trending now. “Mixed metals, mixed colours, and multi-finished products are quite a trend. You’re seeing things like soft gold over soft silver for a warmer, more transitional look.” The small version of Cityscapes, part of Hubbardton Forge’s 2016 collection, is just one of the many unique LED fixtures featured on SuperLite Lighting’s showroom floor. From classic to contemporary, Super-Lite’s professionally trained lighting designers can help find the right lighting solution for you.

Comfort and Ambience

It used to be that fireplaces were meant purely for heat. A black stove filled with soot and ashes didn’t bother homeowners as long as it was producing heat. But not with today’s technology. Electric fireplaces offer both comfort and ambience, and the Prism Series by Dimplex is the perfect example of blending the two. A combination of technology, artistry, and craftsmanship, the patented LED Dimplex flame technology creates the illusion of a true fire, while the diamond-like acrylic ice ember bed chunks sparkle with the reflected light. Users can choose from a variety of brilliant colour themes or cycle through a range of colours using the prism mode, freezing on the hue of choice for a show-stopping effect. This linear fireplace is equally as functional. The system includes a powerful and efficient fanforced heater designed to heat a room up to 400 square feet, providing supplemental heat when required. And since the fireplace emits no flame heat, the glass front remains cool to the touch making it the safe choice for your home. The electric fireplace comes in three sizes 34, 50, and 74-inch wide systems - and can be installed as a wall-mount, fully-recessed into new construction, or retrofitted into an existing wall. Check out the Prism Series’ dazzling display in Classic Fireplace’s showroom and learn more about this versatile fireplace.






home renovation can be a daunting process where details determine the success of the project. This is the view of Certified Master Renovator and owner of Harwood Design Builders (HDB), Wayne Sage. Wayne has been building fresh excitement into established properties for over 40 years. It is his detail-oriented quality first approach that had him launch Winnipeg-based Harwood Design Builders (HDB) more than a decade ago.

special job - their home. We have done a lot of work in River Heights on the aging heritage housing stock, as well as newer properties in Lindenwoods and Charleswood. When details matter, people tend to call us first.”

“With Harwood Design we have been able to take things to another level with a design build approach from a team of highly skilled carpenters and apprentices, as well as in-house designers,” he says, pointing to their one-stopshop business model where the team handles everything from concept to completion. Wayne reports that the company has been built on referrals.

“Our two in-house designers regularly work with leaders in the local market to source items. Our relationships with our suppliers not only helps when it comes to pricing but gives us the assurance that a product ordered will arrive on time at the site. This is a common complaint people tell us when they discuss past experience with renovation contractors. They tell us about fixtures not installed or hardware that is still not available. We look to locals like Fort Rouge Glass for things like shower doors and they don’t let us down. This means our customers let others know Harwood

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Working with industry leaders is all part of the drill. For example, HDB turns to best-in-class suppliers such as Robinson Lighting for inputs on new products or unique design attributes that make clients smile.

is a company you can trust. We do what we say, and we have been earning the trust of our clients this way for just over 10 years.” Harwood is also celebrated by its peers. Looking over an impressive list of awards and industry accolades, Harwood Design Builders stands out as Manitoba’s most decorated renovator. For example, the company has been a recipient of the Manitoba Home Builders Association (MHBA) Renomark Gold Award for excellence seven years running. They were also this year’s finalists in the Canadian Home Builders Association (CHBA) National Awards for Housing Excellence, where they scored in categories for Whole Home Renovations under $250,000 and Whole Home Renovations Over $250,000. In total, HDB has earned 16 MHBA Gold awards and 8 CHBA Sam awards, including best renovation in Canada. According to Wayne, people look to them for a long list of home reno projects that includes: interior design; kitchen renovations; basement renovations; bathroom renovations; whole house renovations; home additions; heritage renovations and restorations. To accomplish these requests the company uses unique design tools such as 3D rendering. “With this design capability we can walk clients through a fully rendered drawing in three dimensions that make conceptualizing the project a lot easier than staring at old style blue prints. This is a capability others in Winnipeg’s home renovation trade do not have. It allows us to really stand out and it gives our clients even more confidence in the project.” HDB also stands out for its good citizenship. Towards this end, Wayne formed the Harwood Foundation, an organization where the primary focus is to help children live a healthier, happier more joyful life.

“We do what we say, and we have been earning the trust of our clients this way for just over 10 years.”


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“The Harwood Foundation has been set up to help support smaller, local charities and causes that often have needs that may not be addressed by the bigger foundations. Causes like helping families pay for sports equipment they would not otherwise be able to afford; medical emergencies for families whose kids require costly medical treatments or need to travel for medical care; helping families get back on their feet after a devastation like a fire or loss of parents,” he explains, adding that most of the funds for the Harwood Foundation are acquired by removing and selling the demolished and salvaged materials from the homes they work on. Other funds are generated from an annual charity golf tournament and unsolicited donations. “Our goal is to give away 100% of the funds we raise.” Concluding, Wayne puts Harwood Design Builders’ service oriented package into perspective. “Our goal is outwardly simple, but in reality it takes a lot of commitment to achieve. Every day we work to fulfill our clients’ residential construction and renovation dreams with unparalleled quality and workmanship. We promise the highest level of professionalism and build trust through commitment, fulfillment and integrity in everything we do.”



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Designer Mia Parres and Master Contractor Rob Evans of HGTV’s The Expandables are real world renovation pros that take home projects to higher planes. Look for them at this year’s Winnipeg Renovation Show. Make a date to attend Rob & Mia’s appearance on The Lifestyle Stage at the Show, Friday January 13 @ 7PM and Saturday, January 14 @ 12 noon. We asked Rob and Mia a few questions to help set the tone for their date here in Winnipeg. Here’s what they told us. Q: Why should the public attend events such as Renovation Shows? Mia: Renovation and design shows are a fabulous way for the public to connect with real vendors, trades, like-minded people and most importantly, professionals. It’s the best way to streamline the questions that you may have for your own personal projects, or upcoming dreams, and have professionals guide you in the right direction. Rob: The average homeowner doesn’t know a lot about the build and renovation world, especially when it comes to new products and services that aren’t carried in their local big box store. Renovation shows are a tremendous opportunity for them to see all these things in one location, while having an informed spokesperson explain the product or service to them.

Q: Where does the public find the most challenge in home reno projects? Mia: I find most of my clients get stuck in the planning process, which is where budget and design meet. They have big dreams for their renovations, and are too overwhelmed by the process and the tiny details and planning. That’s where it is great to integrate a professional contractor and designer and have someone help guide them in the right direction.

Rob: Weirdly, I tell me clients to dream big, realistically of course, but big. I would rather try to rein them in than stifle the process in the beginning. Yes, budgets have to be kept in check, but I want clients to be wowed by their new space and excited with the finished product.

Rob: Homeowners tend to neglect the communication skills of their contractor. This is a person that you are trusting with your biggest investment in an area where you may have very little expertise. You need to be able to voice any concern to your contractor, be heard, and get resolution to the issue or question. You need to trust and get along with your contractor. Q: Head or heart - When you start on a project from where should the inspiration come? Mia: With my clients, I always start with my head. I love to be inspired by their dreams, but I also want to be practical with what they need and how they want their lives to function. Once the practical and budget sides have been put into motion, I let my heart take over and guide the overall process. WINTER 2016 | STYLE MANITOBA | 61


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HASSLE-FREE RENOVATION All Canadian Renovations is a good company to know when you are thinking about a home renovation project. These pros offer a one-stopshop where everything is under a single roof. This means consistent work that is a team effort. With many satisfied client come many positive comments: “They are as hassle-free as you will ever find in the home renovation trade.” “They have their own designer, carpenters, plumbers and electricians. We dealt only with their renovation consultant, making it as stressfree as possible.” Central to their philosophy is getting the job done properly from the beginning. And, while this might seem like a given, they may take a portion of the job beyond code requirements to insure the reno you get done today lasts into the future. Their reputation has been earned by not accepting lesser quality solutions when their experience tells them otherwise. Their crews of trade professionals and sales people have an incredible breadth of expertise that is rolled out to every job they do. They don’t claim to be the lowest priced renovator, but their value equation is pretty hard to match. All Canadian Renovations is a Certified Master Renovator, a member of the Manitoba Home Builders Association (MHBA), and was


awarded the Better Business Bureau’s Torch Award in 2011. “We work with many of Manitoba’s top architects, designers, developers and engineers, and specialize in bringing your dream home to reality. Whether it is a bathroom renovation, kitchen update, rec room or addition, we assist

our customers through all decisions. From design and colour to cabinetry and tile, we will ensure that the final result reflects our clients’ vision.” Look for All Canadian Renovations at the Winnipeg Renovation Show in January. For more information, visit their website at

your awning, casement or bay window,” says Doug, mentioning that a good measurement at the beginning helps keep costs and timelines in check. “We work with your décor budget and

provide all the options to make your choice of new window coverings a choice that lasts and delivers value for years.”

A CHANGE FOR THE BETTER “You talk, we listen,” says Doug Sanders of Change of Blinds, a leader in Winnipeg’s window covering trade. Doug and his team offer a vast assortment of blinds and shades in a wealth of colours, fabrics and materials from North America’s top suppliers. “We come right into the home with a free consultation where we discuss your window covering needs. We then select the correct type of window treatment with just the right options. This process allows customers to have a better understanding of what proper window coverings can achieve with much smaller costs in comparison to many other home renovation projects,” he says. These days, people are looking for simpler solutions that are low maintenance with easy clean features. His customers are also looking for products that prevent harmful UV rays from damaging furniture and help keep homes cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Even technology has stepped in to take window coverings to a new level, where integrated software allows homeowners to operate motorized blinds and shades with Smartphones and other mobile devices. Change of Blinds has the solutions with expert advice on all fronts. “We can look at your existing windows and discuss the right type of product to work with


KEEPING COSTS IN CHECK A challenge typically faced by those buying new homes and those looking to renovate is the upward cost spiral caused by options and plan changes during the design and building process. Now, Alair Homes offers an innovative approach to both new home construction and renovation projects that takes out the guesswork and keeps costs in line. Alair Homes is a new franchise concept from BC that made its debut in Manitoba earlier this year. According to Alair’s Renovation Specialist, Warren Koop, the concept has been welcomed by the public because of its transparency. “We offer a unique customer focused approach where the client is able to see all the documents, quotes and prices that we get. This gives people the assurance that they are paying a fair price without any gouging. Along the way we are also able to educate our clients so that they better understand the complexity of a project and how costs are determined. They also learn to ask the right questions,” says Koop, pointing to their proprietary ‘Client Control’ software. Here, customers are able to make selections and see timelines and costs themselves rather than having to call someone to ask. This means budgets that are built before the project starts remain intact during construction. “No one likes surprises. We define everything so that they can be properly costed.”

According to Koop, Alair Homes has been able to remove a lot of the risk associated with home projects. “Runaway costs can be a project killer. Our concept is one that leaves in the excitement of a home project while removing

the nasty stress caused by costly overruns and compromises. No wonder we have become the fastest growing new home builder in Canada.”

Springfield Woodworking offers a complete cabinet selection as well as a full assortment of stone counters from a wide range of manufacturers. “Come to our showroom to see the difference our approach can make to your project.”

Visit for more information on products and promotions such as free upgrades to soft close drawers. Stop by Springfield Woodworking’s booth at the Winnipeg Renovation Show this January.

A GREAT FIT Old world craftsmanship meets new age technology at Springfield Woodworking. Located near Anola with a full showroom in Winnipeg at 893 Redonda St. in Transcona, Springfield Woodworking has become a local leader in new kitchen cabinets and countertops, thanks to their approach where they team hands-on workmanship alongside the accuracy and speed of stateof-the-art machinery. According to Springfield’s General Manager, Pauly Kleinsasser, they offer a custom touch that few can replicate. “We make cabinets that actually fit the opening. When a customer stipulates a size, we make that size. This means carpenters don’t have to fill in the gaps when they build your kitchen like they do with cabinets from big box stores.” Kleinsasser remarks that word of mouth has been their best advertising. “To this point we have grown the business on referrals from satisfied customers. Now we want to encourage the public and others, such as designers and contractors to come down to our showroom on Redonda Street to see what we can offer,” he says, pointing to the UV water-based top coat that customers see as a key difference between Springfield’s cabinets and the competition. “We spent close to a million dollars to create a high tech spray line for this process. This top coat provides maximum durability with no solvents in the formulation.”


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