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6 Site Lines Inspired by nature, custom home is clearly built with precision 17 A Joyous Christmas Chill The Tenors come to town with best-loved yuletide standards, modern classics & original work 44 Fantastic Footprints Churchill murals leave residents, artists & tourists inspired for the wild 53 Homes & Neighbourhoods Stunning new home & condo designs beckon, along with an exceptional residential community
19 Stepping Out With Style 36 Styling the Stereo 37 On the Bookshelf 41 Falling Under Sicily’s Spell
33 Canadian Whisky: The New Potable Expert
CUISINE DU JOUR 23 Delectable Dining 26 Recipes
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48 Gifts, collectibles, home décor & more
DEPARTMENTS 2 Style Was There 5 The Agenda
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The Qualico team at the launch for Taylor Farm (L-R): Lyne Jones (Communication Manager); Eric Vogan (VP of Communities Development); Sarah Anderson (Communications & Neighbourhood Liaison) & Tara Reid (Sales & Marketing Manager).
Style’s Eric Green shares a moment with Erin Penner (MHBA) at Qualico’s Taylor Farm reception.
A fabulous outdoor luncheon was served at Qualico’s Taylor Farm launch, kicking off the Fall 2017 Parade of Homes for the wellrespected development company.
In attendance at the MHBA Autumn 2017 Parade of Homes Awards Gala: Lanny McInnes (President, MHBA) & Erin Penner (Member Services, MHBA).
The Paragon Design Build crew taking in the festivities at the MHBA soiree.
It was smiles all around for the Artista Homes’ gang, who took home two Gold & two Bronze Awards at the MHBA Fall 2017 gala.
The Gino’s Homes team happily poses for Style’s shutterbug after snagging a Gold Award.
Streetside Development’s Anna Truong, Tammie Bennett, Jonathan Osachuk & Cindy Petric proudly display their two Gold Awards at the MHBA Award Gala.
Gord Gray & Wes Rist of Discovery Homes – the happy recipients of a Silver Award.
Dallas & Derek Thorsteinson of Parkhill Homes, proud winners of a Gold Award.
Blair Holm accepts a Gold Award for Avanti Custom Homes, who were also presented with a Bronze Award at the ceremony.
Louis Trepel with WE Movement founder Craig Kielburger & WT Grogan enjoying the action at WE Day in Winnipeg.
Lyle Bauer signing his book “What Doesn’t Kill You - The Lyle Bauer Story” at Chapters, with Style’s Lisa Lester & fellow Bomber Alumni James West.
Well-known & respected Winnipeg writer Christine Hanlon launches her new cookbook “Out of Old Manitoba Kitchens” at McNally Robinson.
Springfield Chamber of Commerce Business Award winners: Cheryl Sanclemente & Stacey Walterson (Oakbank Pharmasave); Kim Riddolls (Tim Horton’s); Jan Regehr (Pineridge Hollow); Vince Rattai (Deer Meadow Farms) & Pat Catellier (Pat’s Marine).
Backstage on WE Day in Winnipeg with Brad Altman, George Takei, Louis Trepel & WT Grogan.
Pictured at the Never Alone Foundation Luncheon: proud speaker Missy Penner, who lost her brother Mike McNeil to cancer, with Never Alone founder Lyle Bauer.
Over 500 people participated in the ‘Ride for Refuge’ on September 30th in support of 31 charities in Manitoba, including ‘Rising Above,’ which seeks to bring healing through educating, equipping & empowering Aboriginal people in Canada.
Also In attendance at the SCC event (L-R): Dan Lester (SCC Director of Development Plan); Nicole Chabot (President, SCC); Martin Gurtman & Lisa Lester.
Burton Cummings takes a moment to check out the new marquee at the Burton Cummings Theatre, illuminated for the first time the evening of his Homegrown concert in September.
Blue Bomber Alumnus Chris Walby & Clint Black with Lisa Lester out in support at the event. The foundation, conceived by Lyle Bauer after his own battle with cancer, is a charity committed to improving the lives of people affected by cancer.
Ultimate Fighting Champions (UFC) Robbie Lawler & Rafael Dos Anjos preparing for the upcoming event Dec. 16 at the Bell MTS Arena.
At the MMF 2017 Annual Assembly in Winnipeg, RCMP Deputy Commissioner Kevin Brosseau & MMF president David Chartrand signed a memorandum of understanding for the return of artifacts connected to Metis leader Louis Riel to the Metis people.
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the agenda Welcome to the Winter 2017 edition of Style Manitoba. At writing time, the snow is swirling and drifting, covering the world outside my window in a blanket of white – a gentle reminder that the holiday season is almost upon us. Hopefully, we’ve captured some of that seasonal magic on our pages this issue. On that note, Kelly Gray’s cover story on The Tenors - A Joyous Christmas Chill – is sure to put readers in the mood for all things yuletide. The well-loved Canadian group comes to town just on time to kick off the festive season ahead, treating Winnipeggers to two nights of best-loved Christmas carols, modern classics and original work. If you don’t have tickets yet, get on it! A testament to The Tenors popularity here, Winnipeg is the only two-night stop on their North American tour – and this is a trio that should not be missed.
Another must-read this issue is Site Lines Leigh Patterson’s coverage on an incredibly well designed 6200 square foot contemporary home that connects beautifully with nature. And so it should. Custom built in the middle of a forest, the setting influenced every part of this home’s design (especially the floor to ceiling windows, which play a huge role in its connection to the outdoors.) It is a perfect example of how a dream home comes together - from its lush, verdant site and the homeowners’ vision to its exceptional design and masterful build. Other good reads include Fantastic Footprints by Jason Syvixay (on the lasting impressions of Sea Walls Churchill, an exciting mural festival that brought artists from around the world to transform Churchill buildings and other public spaces into colourful works of art), and Falling
Contemplating things to do during the holidays? Stepping out with Style offers some great entertainment suggestions, and Delectable Dining serves up two new locations you may want to try. And if you’re looking for something special to put under the tree or simply want to jazz up your space, check out Fab Finds for some creative ideas. There’s also great coverage in Style’s regular columns on homes, condos and neighbourhoods, along with creative decorating and renovation ideas. As for renovations – mark your calendar. Those looking to update their homes should hit the Winnipeg Renovation Show in January 2018 at the RBC Convention Centre. Here homeowners will come face to face with leading experts in home renovations, including an impressive line-up of builders, designers and even chefs, as well as HGTV’s Bryan Baeumler, host of Bryan Inc. In the meantime, Happy Holidays from the team at Style Manitoba!
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osh Veenstra spreads out a series of blueprints on Pine Creek Homes’ boardroom table. He knows them well: he spent hundreds of hours poring over these plans for this 6,200-square-foot, custombuilt home in south Winnipeg. As the chosen homebuilder, Veenstra understood that Pine Creek Homes’ attention to detail was absolutely critical to bring the homeowners’ vision to crystal-clear reality. 6 | STYLE MANITOBA | WINTER 2017
That’s why planning started long before the shovel met the ground for the physical build. “Design happens first,” says Josh. Secter Architecture + Design designed the home and collaborated closely with Pine Creek Homes and the homeowner at the initial stages and beyond.
“For us, getting involved early on in the design was important,” says Josh, who, along with brother Glen and parents Lori and Jasper Veenstra, own and operate Pine Creek Homes. The homeowners were familiar with Pine Creek Homes after working with the builder on another project. Father and son architects Lloyd and Dovide Secter of Secter Architecture + Design say
The home’s fresh, clean and modern good looks start from the outside. A smooth expanse of driveway by Superior Asphalt leads to the low profile home with three-car garage that boasts quiet operation doors. Northland Ready Mix supplied the concrete used at the front door entrance. A lowmaintenance white stucco and porcelain tile exterior, combined with dark bronze aluminum frames and trim, yields a refined façade.
to design. But the Veenstras pulled it all together in their build.” Because so much steel was used in the structure, specific electrical and heating requirements needed to be established at the outset. “All the details were so precise and needed attention right from the beginning,” says Josh, who sourced many of the products and materials used in the home. Pine Creek Homes and East Side Ventilation were able to find the whisper-quiet furnace desired by the clients, for example. “We weighed all the different options for looks, cost, and feasibility for our climate, to help us make a decision on what products to use,” says Josh. The sunken living room is a cozy retreat on the open concept main floor. The builders found a way to incorporate a marble slab into the fireplace feature wall. A giant table served as a jumping off point for designed elements like the side planters. Black granite slabs from Carrara Tile used on the fireplace surround were cut to the same dimensions as the other tile work and installed with the same elevation lines.
the clients’ choice of the heavily treed site influenced every part of the home’s design and build. “This location is in the middle of the forest. To experience this surrounding environment wherever you chose to be in the house was one of the drivers of our design,” says Lloyd. “The second decision was a modern, clean look with
lots of glass, so our design needed to minimize the structural elements.” Less interior and exterior wall space meant the partners had to be creative. “This was one of our more challenging projects,” says Dovide. “Sometimes the most simple structures in appearance are the most complex
Secter Architecture provided extensive 3D modelling plans to the client so they could get a better sense of the space. Then, in some cases, Pine Creek Homes created physical mock-ups to help the client visualize concepts in real life. Josh’s brother Glen Veenstra managed the physical build and organized the trades that could provide the skills necessary to create the stunning, one-of-a-kind home. A beautiful floor-to-ceiling gas fireplace from Heat Savers serves The home’s fresh, clean and modern good looks as both a central focal point and a start from the outside in. A smooth expanse of divider between the dining room asphalt driveway leads to the low profile home and great room. The interlocking with three-car garage that boasts quiet operation vinyl flooring installed by Curtis doors. A white stucco and porcelain tile exterior, Carpets helps unify the entire combined with dark bronze aluminum frames main floor. and trim, yield a refined, understated façade. WINTER 2017 | STYLE MANITOBA | 7
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A close collaboration between homeowner, architects and builder led to this home’s near flawless execution. It reflects the homeowners’ desire to experience the outdoor surroundings from anywhere in their modern home build. This focus on detail is so strong that even the lighting and tile patterns line up perfectly, indoors and out.
The homeowners and their guests make an easy transition between outdoors and in, with the option to enter the home through the front door or through the garage to a mudroom area. Carpet tiles inset into the threshold are easy to maintain. Carrara Marble & Tile supplied and installed the porcelain tiles used on the exterior of the house, foyer walls and throughout the home’s interior.
An unexpected visual treat, this custom display unit with glass shelving showcases objets d’art. LED lighting is built in to illuminate the sculptural qualities of this piece.
Cozy and casual, the family room features a wood stove and a custom-built display area that houses a treasured whalebone carving.
It’s clear that bringing the outside in was important for the client. Even the colour palette evolved from the white poplar trees on the property. The surrounding tree canopy inspired the use of floor-to-ceiling windows in most of the home, including the entranceway.
installed by Carrara Tile & Marble, the 18” X 36” tiles were meticulously chosen and placed. Glen worked closely with Carrara to ensure that the tiles’ horizontal lines aligned perfectly throughout every elevation for harmonious visual flow from one end of the home to the other.
The homeowners and their guests have the option to enter the home through the front door or alternatively, through the garage to a mudroom area. Inset into the threshold are carpet tiles that are easy to clean.
In the entrance hall, Heirloom Cabinetry built a custom display unit with glass shelving to showcase objets d’art. They incorporated LED lighting to illuminate the sculptural qualities of this piece.
Porcelain tiles used on the exterior of the house continue onto the walls of the foyer and throughout the interior. Supplied and
The homeowners had a lot of input into the living room area, which was sunken to create a feeling of coziness in the open concept main
floor. “We built a subtle two-inch raise into the ceiling to match the sunken floor,” says Josh. Many found objects from the homeowners’ lifetime of travelling have made their way into this space, including the marble slab incorporated into the fireplace feature wall. A giant, heavy, steel-riveted table served as a jumping off point for elements like the side planters. “We tied them to the curves of the table to have it speak that language,” says Dovide. “Everything was designed to feel part of the space.”
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Soapstone. The countertops on the double islands flow into seamless waterfall edges and extend down the sides. Lloyd designed the ingenious suspended ceiling bulkhead, which hides lighting and ventilation for the gas range. A casual dining table and adjacent serving area are topped with reclaimed wood that has meaning for one of the homeowners. It’s yet another example of the builder’s ability to expertly blend unusual elements into the design to create a truly personal living space.
A full appreciation of the details found in the home can be well appreciated from the formal dining room area in the foreground.
Black granite slabs used on the fireplace surround were cut to the same dimensions as the other tile work and installed with the same elevation lines. A display unit clad in the same black granite provides a separation between the living
room and kitchen area, while maintaining a connection to the ceiling line. Designed in close concert with the homeowners, the kitchen features white matte melamine cabinetry from Heirloom Cabinetry and soapstone countertops from Greensville
The formal dining room, with its large commercial-glazed glass panels, makes it “look like you can jump off into the landscape,” says Lloyd. Pine Creek Homes achieved this seamless look by sinking the window mullions into the floor. The high volume of glass required the installation of a continuous air diffuser to keep humidity and temperature levels constant along the glass surface. A recessed wood slat ceiling keeps the room intimate while tying it to the outdoors. Two LED light fixtures lend delicate, unobtrusive sparkle to the space. Though it’s only used for part of the year, the screen room benefits from the same care and attention the architect and builder have given to the rest of the home. Here, composite wood decking was chosen to complement the handscraped hardwoods supplied by Carlisle Wide Plank Flooring used elsewhere.
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MIDDLE LEFT – The large commercial-glazed glass panels in the formal dining room afford incredible views of the outdoors. A recessed wood slat ceiling and hand-scraped Carlisle Wide Plank Flooring help warm the space. Two LED light fixtures lend delicate sparkle and ambiance. MIDDLE RIGHT – Low-maintenance composite wood decking was used in the spacious and airy screen room. The architect and builder applied the same attention to detail here as they used in the rest of the home, even in unseen areas. Pine Creek Homes relied on local companies like Dominion Drywall, Jake’s Fancy Stairs and Balcaen & Sons to deliver the high quality workmanship and plumbing required of this one-of-a-kind build. RIGHT – A casual dining table and adjacent serving area are topped with reclaimed wood that has meaning for one of the homeowners. Yet another example of the builder’s ability to expertly blend unusual elements into the design to create a truly personal living space. WINTER 2017 | STYLE MANITOBA | 11
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The gas fireplace in the master bedroom is accented with black granite. The porcelain tile surround, with its perfectly aligned striations, mimics the bark of the poplar trees outside the massive windows. Details abound in perhaps what is the most personal area of the home - the master bedroom, ensuite and his/her pass-through closets.
was used on the cabinetry for an unexpected touch.
The gas fireplace is accented by a strip of black granite to give it the illusion of length. The porcelain tile surround, with its perfectly aligned striations, mimics the bark of the trees outside.
The ensuite is private, yet sky and forest are still within sight. Light is everywhere. Natural light streams in through the windows. Lighting was installed in the mirrors and even in the curbless shower stall, which is completely glassed in.
“We chose this stone because it looked like travertine, but it is made for our climate,” says Josh.
The phrase “a place for everything and everything in its place,” holds true for this custom home, completed in fall 2016.
The two homeowners each have access to their own pass-through closet, complete with more windows. A veneer of reclaimed bird’s eye maple
“There were a lot of requirements and we needed to maintain aesthetics at the same time,” says Dovide. “Everything is there for a reason. We all wanted to build towards the same vision.”
Porcelain tile walls in the ensuite’s massive, curbless, glassed-in shower stall by Shodor help maintain the visual continuity found throughout the home.
“We enjoyed working with the Secters on this project,” says Josh. “The close collaboration between homeowners, designer, builder and trades allow it to function as a home in this environment.” Today, the homeowners are thoroughly enjoying their nature-inspired retreat. And even though the much-reviewed blueprints are now rolled up and stored away, Josh and Glen Veenstra are still clearly pleased with the near-flawless execution of this extensive project. “ I could talk about this home forever,” says Josh.
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hristmas comes early this year for fans of The Tenors, a Juno Awardwinning Canadian vocal group that is slated for dates at the Winnipeg Concert Hall this December 8-9. The trio Clifton Murray, Victor Micallef and Fraser Walters - is undertaking a North American tour to celebrate the season and support their new album, Christmas Together, a 10-song reprise of some of the best loved yuletide standards with side trips to modern classics and original work. “We have a strong base of fans in Winnipeg, and we have a fantastic relationship with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra (WSO),” says Tenor’s member Clifton Murray, noting that the city will be the only two-night stop for the group. He reports that the evenings will be ones where they open big boxes of musical gifts for attendees and toss out songs in a wide range of stylings, from pop to folk to rock to classical to spiritual. “We plan to really stretch boundaries with these shows that will allow the audience to discover a fresh group with a broader musical styling,” he says, remarking that the arrangements with the symphony is the glue that holds everything together in a nice Christmas bow. “The audience should expect more joy, more playfulness and more fun. The show is filled with energy that combines with an amazing Christmas themed stage to create an incredible seasonal spectacle,” he adds. Christmas Together, the album that was released this past October, is a perfect tie-in to the show. Over the years, the voices of The Tenors have become a familiar lilt in the holiday air. Their first seasonal album, The Perfect Gift (2009), went triple Platinum [in Canada] and they are hoping people will turn to their new Christmas Together album as a backdrop to celebrations, as well as quiet nights at home beside the fire. “The Tenors and Christmas seem to go hand in hand,” says Murray, a native of BC who earned his musical chops singing pop and working with gospel maven Marcus Mosely. He suggests that the harmonies and vocal marriage that characterizes the sound of The Tenors is one that really lends itself to the season. “We all grew up in musical and festive homes where the joyousness and inspiration of Christmas was something that seemed to make miracles possible. At this time of year, kindness is on the lips of everyone. Our music resonates with these glad messages,” he says.
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A Joyous Christmas Chill Opening with a glorious rendition of “O Come All Ye Faithful”, the Christmas Together album features 10 tracks offering well-loved traditional classics, contemporary faves, and original works. For example, the Tenors teamed with Juno Award-winning artist Johnny Reid on a powerful a cappella rendition of “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen.” The Tenors also show off their writing capability with “When We Are Together,” a song that flew up Billboard magazine’s Christmas charts to hit #1 when it was released a couple of years ago. They will also introduce a new single, “Santa’s Wish,” inspired by the classic jingle “I’d Like To Teach The World To Sing.” Clifton comments that the story of the song is one of a young boy and a street busker. “We worked hard to capture the feeling of a child’s magic view of Christmas,” he says.
create a fresh edge to the show that Clifton promises will be more youthful and playful in its homage to the season. Expect as well a stirring rendition of Lenard Cohen’s contemporary hymn, “Hallelujah,” as well as a Christmas medley and room for lots of audience participation.
On stage, there promises to be lots of excitement with this year’s Christmas show. The symphony, under the leadership of conductor Alexander Mickelthwate, will not disappoint with a full court press from the WSO’s impressive ranks. As well, performers will turn to modern masters such as Nat King Cole and Frank Sinatra to
“This show will bring a fresh vibe, energy and look to the group. Expect Christmas to come early with these shows,” he says, inviting people to visit their website www.tenorsmusic. com for more information about the event and the album.
The Tenors stand out as one of the country’s best-loved vocal groups. Starting back in 2008 and quickly rising to the attention of leading media personalities such as Oprah Winfrey, the group has since sold in excess of one million albums, played to packed houses around the world and performed for HRH Queen Elizabeth II at her Diamond Jubilee. Their current 17-date tour starts November 18 in Los Angeles and finishes up in New York on December 22 with lots of stops in Canada.
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MUSIC Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra – The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra continues to celebrate its 70th anniversary with an oratorio of triumph and joy, otherwise known as Handel’s masterpiece – Messiah (Dec 15+16). The Classic A Series moves into the new year with genius guest conductor José Luis Gomez guiding us through the works of Schumann and Beethoven (Feb 9+10). Next up is the epic majesty of Bruckner, set against the detail and precision of a Bach concerto featuring the talents of Gwen Hoebig and Karl Stobbe (Mar 9+10). The Classic B series brings us Strauss, Ravel and More (Dec 1+2), the unique worlds of Nielsen and Mozart with the young Canadian violin virtuoso Alexandre Da Costa (Jan 12+13) and A Night in Spain with guest conductor Yaron Traub (Feb 23+24). The playful Air Canada Pops series brings the award-winning and multi-platinum selling band The Tenors, who have a knack for blending
classical music and contemporary pop (Dec 8+9). Join radio host personality Ace Burpee for A Christmas Celebration, where seasonal music goes together with storytelling, singalongs, comedy and plenty of good cheer (Dec 10). In the new year, join world champion, Olympian and Canadian icon Kurt Browning, as he hosts an evening of figure skating tunes, taking audiences on a behind-the-scenes journey into the figure skating world (Jan 19-21). Next up is Charles Chaplin: City Lights Live; this classic film will be presented alongside the WSO performing its superb soundtrack (Feb 16-18). Great-West Life Kids Concerts brings back by popular demand The Snowman, Raymond Briggs’ heart-warming holiday classic film (Dec 17). Based on a traditional African folk tale, The Twins and The Monster tells a triumphant story through beautifully carved masks, costumes, singing, and movement, sweeping young audiences to a faraway land (Jan 14). The title says it all – Mr. Mark and Manny Tuba go to the Birds! Children’s enter-
tainer Mark Cameron will guide audience’s imaginations to great heights (Feb 25). Looking for something fun to do in the afternoon? The Matinees Series include Strauss and Ravel (Dec 1) and Robert Schumann’s Symphony No. 3 (Rhenish) (Feb 9). Finally, don’t miss out on the Specials Series with Steve Bell’s Christmastide (Dec 12), and an enchanting evening of Broadway love songs in Valentine’s Day: Broadway in Love (Feb 14). Virtuosi Concerts – Artists of Manitoba: Smiles of a Summer Night will keep you warm with the talents of soprano Lara Ciekiewicz, pianist Madeline Hildebrand and the fabulous Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra String Ensemble (Dec 9 +10). The heat continues with the virtuosity and passion of pianist Ilya Poletaev (Jan 20). Next up: after more than a quarter century together, the Borromeo String Quartet is a fearless ensemble not to be missed (Feb 10). All concerts take place at the Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall at The University of Winnipeg. WINTER 2017 | STYLE MANITOBA | 19
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Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra – You are invited to celebrate the holidays with the WJO special one-concert performance of swinging, festive music that follows with drinks and delicious hors d’oeuvres (Dec 17). In City of Stars, the WJO will take you to Hollywood and dip you in the memorable sounds of the Big Band era along with current sonic darlings from the films Whiplash and La La Land (Feb 11). Events take place at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. Manitoba Chamber Orchestra – Prepare to be astonished by Guy Few, the outrageously gifted pianist, trumpeter and consummate showman. The Baroque Pageant will feature Bach’s second Brandenburg Concerto and Neruda’s E-flat horn concerto (Dec 13). Next up is the exciting Canadian premiere of a new work by Philip Glass, an American composer widely regarded as one of the most influential musicians of the late 20th century. The MCO will be performing Glass’ third piano concerto, including pianist Simone Dinnerstein who will perform the commissioned work’s solo (Jan 23). Routinely touted as one of the world’s greatest living pianists, Marc-André Hamelin will grace MCO audiences once again with selections of Franz Liszt, Samuil Feinberg, Claude Debussy and more (Feb 20). All concerts take place at Westminster United Church. Westminster Concert Organ Series – Don’t miss Raúl Prieto Ramírez, the first Spanish organist in recent times to establish himself among the elite of the international pipe organ scene. Ramírez’s performances have been described as “sizzling” and “transcendent” (Feb 18). Concert takes place at Westminster United Church.
Winnipeg Philharmonic Choir – Be sure to add Christmas Festival with The Phil to your list of seasonal activities. The evening promises angelic voices, brilliant brass, and Christmas music and sing-alongs (Dec 10). Concert takes place at Westminster United Church.
DANCE Royal Winnipeg Ballet – The holiday season would not feel complete without the adventure that is the Nutcracker. With choreography by Galina Yordanova & Nina Menon and music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, this ballet uncovers something new and wondrous with each performance (Dec 21-30). Did you know that it is the 100th anniversary of the magical story of the Russian Grand Duchess Anastasia? To celebrate, Canada’s Ballet Jörgen brings Anastasia, created by acclaimed choreographer and Artistic Director Bengt Jörgen and performed at the Pantages Playhouse Theatre (Feb 2). Next up is The Sleeping Beauty, a glorious and glittering production from the RWB’s classical repertoire (Feb 28-Mar 4). Performances of The Sleeping Beauty and Nutcracker take place at the Centennial Concert Hall. Winnipeg Contemporary Dancers – The World Premiere of Danielle Sturk’s new full evening work Flesh + Machine was created in residence with dancers Johanna Riley, Natasha Torres-Garner, Ali Robson, Zorya Arrow, and Mark Dela Cruz. Expect to see a production that integrates dance and camera, exploring inter-relationships, intimacy and public space (Nov 30, Dec 1+2). Next up is Verge, a showcase of Stephanie Ballard’s research and creation on emerging and professional dancers (Feb 8+9). All performances take place at the Rachel Browne Theatre. Young Lungs Dance Exchange – 2017/18 is all about research for this consortium of dance artists. Experience research in progress, in workshop form, in essay presentations or in roundtable conversations. The Research Series events are quarterly throughout the season. Check out younglungs.ca for more details.
GALLERIES + MUSEUMS Winnipeg Art Gallery – What’s on at the WAG? Plenty! Highlights of current and upcoming exhibitions include INSURGENCE/ RESURGENCE, an exhibition that brings together 29 emerging to established Indigenous artists who are pushing boundaries with their work. Artists include KC Adams, Dayna
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Danger, Earthline Tattoo Collective, Ursula Johnson, Kent Monkman, Caroline Monnet and many more; curated by Jaimie Isaac and Julie Nagam (until Apr 22). Artist Teva Harrison was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer at the age of 37. In-Between Days: Living with Cancer features Harrison’s 40 ink on paper drawings from her inspiring graphic memoir, which documents through comic illustration what it means to be living with cancer (Nov 11-Jan 13). Pitaloosie Saila has contributed to the Cape Dorset print collections for over 60 years, creating a prolific body of work: roughly 1,450 drawings and over 165 prints. A Personal Journey features 32 prints that center around themes of women and family, shamans, birds, and life experiences (until May 13). The National Gallery of Canada brings the work of David Altmejd to Winnipeg. The Vessel (2011) is a large scaled plexiglass sculpture that represents movement, transformation and the act of creation. The work brings together various materials, including plaster casts of the artist’s hands, which serve as heads of graceful swans in flight. Montreal born Altmejd represented Canada at the Venice Biennale of Visual Art in 2007, and was the winner of the Sobey Art Award in 2009 (Nov 25-Apr 29). Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art – Curated by Jenifer Papararo and Sarah Nesbitt, Entering the Landscape is a group exhibition featuring 21 artists from Canada, the USA, Denmark, and Berlin. The multi-disciplinary works represent a breadth of politicized contemporary and iconic historical works that place the female or queer body in the landscape (until Dec 31). Soul Gallery Inc. – Ready for a new art gallery experience? Imagine visiting “An Art Gallery in a Home” filled with contemporary fine art by local, national and international artists. This one-of-a-kind gallery in Western Canada showcases a vast array of paintings, sculpture and monotypes, presented with sophisticated style and finesse. Open: Saturday Noon – 4pm. Or by Appt. Monday to Friday (204-781-8259). Gallery located at 163 Clare Ave. Visit the website: www.soulgallery.ca
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sonalities, actors and live sound foley! (Dec 15-16). Finally, the Dalnavert tradition of A Dickens Christmas Carol will once again engage you with the classic tale of Ebenezer Scrooge’s famous change of heart (Dec 21-24).
THEATRE Prairie Theatre Exchange – Another holiday season, another high-energy mash-up of the stories of Robert Munsch brought to you by local favourite Debbie Patterson. This year’s The Good, the Bad & the Munsch line-up includes Andrew’s Loose Tooth, Pigs, David’s Father, Mmm Cookies and Swamp Water (Dec 21-Jan 7). In the new year check out David French’s beloved Canadian classic Salt-Water Moon, as re-imagined by Ravi Jain. This timeless tale about love and hope under the Newfoundland moon is not to be missed (Jan 25-Feb 11). Next up is the world premiere of Joseph Aragon’s How the Heavens Go, a play that searches for wonder where science and the soul collide (Mar 1-18).
Cre8ery – If you’re seeking the pulse of Winnipeg’s gallery talent, you needn’t look much further than the Cre8ry. Featuring a fresh rotation of excellent local and international artists in a number of mediums, there is just about always something to experience here. Future exhibitions include All Things Included by Michael Bridgford-Read, also known as Bazil. His artworks are primarily sculptural assemblages, using natural materials and exhibiting influences of prehistoric and tribal cultures. More recently, Bazil has added painting to his repertoire of art (Dec 1-19).
Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre: John Hirsch Mainstage – It’s that time of year again! The classic A Christmas Carol returns with an adaptation by Bruce McManus. The cold-hearted and greedy Ebenezer Scrooge and all of his ghosts are sure to be there (Nov 22 – Dec 16). With the new year comes a new musical - Come From Away is a work that is set in the week following the September 11 attacks. It tells the true story of what happened when 38 planes were ordered to land unexpectedly in the small town of Gander, Newfoundland and Labrador (Jan 4-Feb 3). Next up is Once, a play based on the motion picture written and directed by John Carney. Once captivates audiences with charm-filled melodies, haunting lyrics and a moving tale about second chances from two unlikely souls (Feb 15-Mar 10).
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and rivalry that has set the Reillys and the Muldoons apart (Feb 1-17). Amelia Bullmore’s feel-good story Di and Viv and Rose explores the evolution of friendship through humour, wit and sentiment (Mar 8-24). Winnipeg Jewish Theatre – We Keep Coming Back, co-created by Michael Ruebnfeld and Sarah Garton Stanley, tells a story about a mother and son, both descendants of Polish Holocaust survivors, who decide to return to Poland in hopes of finding their lost identity and reconnecting with each other. The quest, however, takes an unexpected turn (Mar 6-17). Manitoba Theatre for Young People – In A Charlie Brown Double Bill, our beloved Charlie finds inspiration when asked to direct the Christmas pageant (Dec 8-30). Next up is an adaptation of C.S. Lewis’ The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by le Clanché du Rand (Jan 26-Feb 24). Without using a single word, It’s Dark Outside tells a beautiful and emotional story of an old man’s journey. Puppetry, mask, animation and projections brought to you by the Australian based theatre company The Last Great Hunt (Feb 16-24). Le Cercle Moliere – In Dehors, after a war correspondent learns of his father’s death, he returns to the family farm after a 14-year absence. This is a new play by Fransaskois playwright Gilles Poulin-Denis in collaboration with Productions Hôtel-Motel (Nov 23-Dec 9). The glorious return of clowns Tubby et Nottubby in Tempus extraordinarius, take a spin on Shakespeare while reminding us of our strength and the frailty of love and dreams (Jan 11-27). Next up is Le Wild West Show, a variety cabaret that explores the struggle of Canada’s Metis to reclaim their rights. This tour de force is hosted by Gabriel Dumont and includes 10 Western Canadian playwrights, seven theatre companies and marks Le Cercle Moliere’s first collaboration with the Festival du Voyageur (Feb 17-21). In Les Allogènes, Canada 150 is reflected upon through testimonies, confessions and heart-felt memories of actual community members (told through a cast of seasoned and amateur actors), who reflect on how they came to be in Canada (Mar 1-7). Celebration Dinner Theatre – Bewitching Elvis proves to be a curious combination and comedic romp into a sing-along performance of the great songs of the sixties, sung by a bewitched Elvis! (until Jan 6). Next up is Runaway Bridesmaids, a tale of four gals who are off on a bachelorette party trip never to be forgotten (Jan 13-Mar 17).
FESTIVALS 2018 Winnipeg New Music Festival – One of Winnipeg’s coolest festivals is back! The world renowned New Music Festival has showcased a wide range of eclectic works including the multi-faceted Meredith Monk, the Sony Classical recording artist and Continuous Music pianist Lubomyr Melnyk
Philip Glass and Icelandic-Canadian composer Fjóla Evans. This year, the American composer Philip Glass, who is widely regarded as one of the most influential musicians of the late 20th century, will be headlining this prestigious annual event (Jan 27 to Feb 2). 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 French-Canadian food and so much more! (Feb 16-25). 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 this 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 Irish-American playwright John Patrick Shanley. His extensive body of work includes an Oscar and Writers Guild of America award for Moonstruck and Pulitzer Prize for Doubt (Jan 30-Feb 18). Performances take place at various theatres.
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. Canad Inns Winter Wonderland will be open daily from 6PM – 10PM from December 1, 2017 to January 6, 2018. Wawanesa Insurance Family New Year’s Eve – This annual and FREE family event has activities galore – all day long! Also, stick around for live entertainment on the Main Stage in The Forks Market between 5:00 – 11:00 pm (Dec 31). Winnipeg Renovation Show – Mark your calendars for this huge three-day convention where homeowners come face to face with leading experts in home renovations. Attendees can expect an impressive line-up including builders, designers and even chefs, as well as HGTV Canada ‘s Bryan Baeumler, host of Bryan Inc. Event takes place at the RBC Convention Centre (Jan 12-14).
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Calling all Vikings One experiences the Viking ambiance at The Brazen Hall Kitchen & Brewery before even trying the food. When we came through the door, young Jeremy Wells, the Head Brewer was standing on the bar blowing a Viking horn to garner everyone’s attention. He was announcing the keg opening of a new brew, which we understand is a typical Thursday night tradition. Tonight’s new brew was Oatmeal Blond Ale and everyone was encouraged to try a sample. Needless to say, the keg was empty in about 15 minutes. The décor at this locale has been clearly designed with a bold look for a fast paced fun restaurant. Everything has been well thought out, from the combination of long tables for large gatherings, to bar stools for quick refreshments after work or to catch the latest game on one of the four flat screen TVs. If a more intimate setting is preferred, there is a row of cozy booths on the side. And if privacy is required for special gatherings, there is even a separate room just off the main area with a door featuring a wonderful wooden inlay representing the symbol of Viking Valhalla. We found owner Kristján Kristjánsson tending the bar on our visit, in deep conversation with a customer, explaining the finer points of brewing the perfect beer in the heart of Winnipeg. After all, Kristjánsson certainly knows the hospitality industry. He grew up helping his father Thrainn in the old Round Table on this very site. As anyone can tell you from the ‘70s, it was a Winnipeg steakhouse institution. Now completely remodelled, the large fireplace is perhaps the only recognizable feature remaining from the old Round Table. The addition of soft leather wing backed chairs is a nice touch and makes the entrance feel very warm and cozy. “Being successful in this business means doing your research and staying ahead of trends. We noticed that people didn’t dress up for dinner anymore; the trend was becoming more casual,” says Kristjánsson. After researching establishments throughout the U.S. and Canada for more than a half-decade, he found that the emergence of local craft breweries with complementary menus and uniquely themed décor were on the rise, and wanted to bring this vision to life in Winnipeg.
Kristjánsson’s first step was to purchase the building from his father and rather than leasing the land as his father had done, he bought it. He was now in a position to launch his vision for an entirely new concept. Thus, The Brazen Hall Kitchen & Brewery was born. Since the Kristjánsson family is from Iceland, the strong bold Viking name was a natural choice. The menu has something for everyone, including items that younger family members would enjoy, such as upscale Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, Mac & Cheese with bacon, and handmade Ravioli. My favourite snack item before dinner is the Brew Nuts with Chilli Pecans, Smoked Walnuts and Buttered Cocoa Almonds. Being in the brewery business has its advantages when it comes to creating some of the culinary delights in the kitchen. Blond Ale is used in the Tempura and some of the sauces. Our table ordered the Cauliflower Tempura in a sweet and spicy soy sauce. It was so good some of us could have made a meal of just this item! Having won the top award at Winnipeg Burger Week for 2017, we needed to try the Farmer Jon, and we were not disappointed. The Farmer Jon offers a savoury beef patty, complemented with two items made right here in Manitoba - a flattened summer sausage from Winkler and Manitoba Trappist Cheese. It also came with a wonderfully delicious homemade condiment called Blueberry Maple Ketchup. What a great combination! We were told that the restaurant orders over 200 pounds of locally caught Manitoba pickerel per week, so we had to try the ‘Edwards Escovitch’ entrée. This is a creation made with a bed of black bean and Caribbean brown rice, and pickerel lightly breaded with a sweet chilli lime coating topped with julienne cut Jamaican pickled vegetables, providing just the right amount of zest. Other excellent entrees include the Smashed Steak, a seared flat iron steak on garlic buttered sourdough toast with warm potato salad and collard greens. The menu also offers items for Vegan and Gluten Free diets. And perhaps as a nod to his father and the old Round Table, Prime Rib is featured on Saturday and Sundays.
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hen people talk about Lockport, they will undoubtedly tell stories that include classic cars, hotdogs, hamburgers, shakes and fries. For more than a couple generations, it’s been the destination of choice after a nice slow drive along the river on a sunny weekend afternoon.
(Camelee’s mother) helps out with the paperwork and ‘back of house’ duties. There is a wealth of restaurant experience in this family, as she and her husband ran restaurants at The Forks for several years, where Camelee and her sister Ashlee grew up waiting tables, preparing food or doing whatever else was needed.
Camelee Vitt grew up in Lockport and worked at most of the local summer establishments – and she has a plan.
“It’s been made clear that this is the girls’ plan and we are just helping out, while trying to stay out of their way,” says Cheryl. “My husband and I were ready to retire, winding up the business, downsizing at home and doing all the things retired people get ready for. Both girls had fulltime careers outside the hospitality industry, and everything seemed to be on track. That is, until they came up with a plan of their own.”
“I believe that Lockport is ready for a little finer fare - if it’s presented right,” she shares. “People from the city need something a little higher end for casual dining, intimate date nights or larger groups that need some space. Likewise, people from this area shouldn’t have to drive to the city to find a place where they could be pleasantly surprised by the choices on the menu, but still be comfortable with nice background music, pleasant surroundings, and good food. And experience it in a place where they wouldn’t be rushed.” That dream came together with the opening of The Red River Steak Company in October; conveniently located on Highway 44 between Highway 59 and the Red River Floodway. Everyone in the family shares the same passion for this new venture. Cheryl Swarath
The sisters found they weren’t being challenged enough. They missed the adrenaline charged restaurant business where critical decisions are made instantly, and you live with the consequences, good or bad. “My sister and I both worked at Rembrandt’s when it was a going concern,” says Camelee’s sister Ashlee Swarath. Ashlee runs the in-house bakery called Cinnamon & Spice, which is conveniently located as the first thing a patron sees when they enter the restaurant. “We saw the potential firsthand, so it didn’t take a lot of convincing for the entire family to take on the challenge. And with no bakery in the Lockport area, we saw the additional business potential and one that naturally complements the restaurant.” Most of the 25 staff members are from the Lockport area, and the restaurant tries to buy locally as much as possible. Selkirk is only a short drive away and is the main source for the restaurant’s meat supply - AAA grain fed Western Canadian beef, and farm fresh locally grown vegetables. The steelhead trout is sourced from Watersong Farms, located just 20 minutes away in Warren, where their state
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of the art facility features a very large indoor simulated river, teeming with thousands of steelhead trout. Chef Paul Frazao has created a Starter called Smoked Meat Charcuterie and along with the featured Burger called the Manitoba AAA Beef Burger, uses unique condiments from Smak Dab, a company in Winnipeg that creates small batch gourmet mustards of various flavours made with locally sourced products. The all-natural cheese is from the village of New Bothwell, Manitoba and complements the dishes nicely. This establishment is a steakhouse at heart and our group tried the Ribeye and New York cuts. Both were cooked to the requested temperature and the result was a butter-soft steak lightly seasoned to perfection. Other entrees tried included the Jerk Chicken, and Wood Fired BBQ Chicken, featuring a hint of the Caribbean from the traditional recipes of Trinidad and Tobago - an influence that no doubt comes directly from their father, Jerome. Of particular note to us was a selection of tender diced carrots, slim green beans and quartered baby beets. Firm but not overdone, this colourful vegetable medley made the perfect side for our meals. The wine list offers a nice selection of popular and reasonably priced brands, and there is a good choice of draught beer on tap to accompany steak dinners. We’re already looking forward to a visit next summer, when the Red River Steak Company opens their oversized patio, where patrons will enjoy wood fired pizza made in the outdoor oven.
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2 cups (500 mL) white chocolate chips, divided ½ cup (125 mL) butter 2 eggs ½ cup (125 mL) sugar 1 cup (250 mL) all-purpose flour 1 tsp (5 mL) lemon extract ¾ cup (50 mL) raspberry jam 1⁄ cup (75 mL) slivered almonds 3 Preheat oven to 325°F (160°C). Grease an 8 x 8-inch (20 x 20 cm) baking pan and set aside. In a small saucepan, over low heat, melt 1 cup (250 mL) white chocolate chips with butter, stirring until melted and smooth. In a small bowl, beat eggs and sugar until thick and light, about five minutes. Stir in melted chocolate, flour and lemon extract and mix until blended. Spread half of the batter into the prepared pan. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until lightly golden. Cool for five minutes. Spread jam on top. Stir the rest of the white chocolate chips into remaining batter and drop small spoonfuls of batter evenly over the jam. Gently spread out the batter and sprinkle with the almonds. Bake for 40 minutes, cool and cut into squares. Makes 24 squares
Candied Bacon Devilled Eggs 12 hard-cooked eggs, peeled ½ cup (125 mL) Mayonnaise or salad dressing spread 2 tbsp (25 mL) grainy mustard 8 strips candied bacon*, finely chopped ¼ cup (50 mL) sundried tomatoes, finely chopped ¼ cup (50 mL) basil leaves, finely chopped 1 tsp (5 mL) pepper Slice each egg in half lengthwise and remove yolk. In a small mixing bowl add egg yolks, salad dressing and mustard until well combined. Fold in bacon, sundried tomatoes and basil. Spoon filling into centers of egg whites. Makes 24 appetizers. *Candied Bacon 1 lb (500 g) sliced side bacon ½ cup (125 mL) maple syrup ¼ cup (50mL) brown sugar ½ tsp (2mL) cayenne pepper Preheat oven to 350° (175°C). Line a baking sheet with non-stick foil. In a pie plate,
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Pork: 2 tsp / 10 mL EACH garlic salt, ground black pepper and dried marjoram leaves
Spiced Pork Tenderloin Crostini with Apple Cranberry Chutney
1 tsp / 5 mL ground sage
For the pork:
4 tsp / 20 mL canola oil
Preheat oven to 425°F.
2 pork tenderloins, well-trimmed, about 12 oz / 0.375 kg EACH
In small bowl, combine garlic salt, pepper, marjoram and sage with oil.
Rub mixture over all sides of pork. Place pork on parchment-lined, rimmed baking sheet. Roast 20-25 minutes or until instant-read thermometer registers 155°F.
Remove pork from oven onto a clean cutting board. Tent loosely with foil and let rest 5 minutes.
Carve pork into ¼-inch thick slices. Store in refrigerator until ready to use.
1 baguette, cut on diagonal into ¼ - ½-inch thick slices and toasted Dijon mustard for spreading cup / 80 mL crumbled blue cheese Chutney: 2 Royal Gala apples, peeled, seeded and diced into ½-inch cubes 1 cup / 250 mL frozen cranberries ½ cup / 125 mL lightly packed brown sugar 1 cup / 250 mL water ½ cup / 125 mL chopped yellow onion 1 Tbsp / 15 mL ground ginger ½ tsp / 2 mL ground cinnamon
For the chutney: 1
In large saucepan, combine apples, cranberries, sugar and water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and cook until all the cranberries have popped, 8-10 minutes.
Stir in onion, ginger, cinnamon and cloves. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until the onion is tender and the sauce is reduced, about 20 minutes.
Add orange zest; stir to combine.
Remove saucepan from heat. Cover and let chutney stand to thicken, about 15 minutes.
Once cooled, spoon chutney into a container with a tight fitting lid and refrigerate until ready to assemble crostini.
¼ tsp / 1 mL ground cloves 1 Tbsp / 15 mL orange zest Makes 20-25 crostini
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To assemble: 1
Spread each toasted bread slice with a small amount of mustard.
Top each with one or two slices of pork, a dollop of chutney and about a ½ tsp of crumbled blue cheese.
3 cloves garlic, slivered
Maple Glazed Rack of Pork
1 tsp / 5 mL finely chopped fresh thyme
Preheat oven to 325°F.
Coarse salt and ground black pepper
With sharp knife, cut small slits in rack of pork. Insert garlic slivers and chopped thyme into slits.
Season roast with salt and pepper. Place roast on rack in shallow roasting pan. Roast, uncovered, for 45 minutes.
Meanwhile, in small saucepan, combine remaining ingredients. Bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat to low. Simmer until mixture is reduced by half and almost thickened, about 10 minutes.
Brush glaze all over outside of roast. Continue roasting until instant-read thermometer registers 155˚F. Insert thermometer into meaty center of rack, making sure that it does not touch any ribs. Take several readings to ensure temperature is even throughout. Baste occasionally.
Transfer roast to a large serving platter. Tent loosely with foil and allow roast to rest 5-10 minutes before carving. Drizzle with pan juices if desired.
1 rack of pork, 3-4 lb / 1.5-2 kg
½ cup / 125 mL pure maple syrup ¼ cup / 50 mL EACH grainy mustard and cider vinegar
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Buy Local. Support Local Farmers. OVEN ROASTED WHOLE TURKEY
COOKING TIMES AND TEMPERATURES
Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C).
1 1 Tbsp (15 ml) 3 Tbsp (45 ml) 1 Tbsp (15 ml) 1 Tbsp (15 ml) 2 Tbsp (30 ml) 1 tsp (5 ml) 1 1/2 tsp (7.5 ml) 1/2 tsp (2.5 ml)
whole turkey garlic, finely chopped butter, softened olive oil fresh poultry herbs, chopped onion, finely chopped Dijon mustard sea salt cracked black pepper
DIRECTIONS: Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Remove neck and giblets and lift skin away from the breast and thighs carefully, not tearing it. Combine ingredients: garlic, butter, fresh poultry herbs, onion, Dijon mustard, sea salt and black pepper. Tuck seasoning mixture between skin and meat, spreading it as much as possible; put any extra seasoning inside the cavity. Rub the skin with olive oil. Place turkey on a wire rack in the roasting pan so the juices are able to drain. Cover the top of the turkey loosely with foil. Place in oven. Remove foil after 1-2 hours. A meat thermometer will read 170°F (77°C) when it is done. Recipe courtesy of Chef Jason Wortzman, Granny’s Poultry
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6 – 8 lbs (3.0 – 3.5 kg) 8 – 10 lbs (3.5 – 4.5 kg) 10 – 12 lbs (4.5 – 5.5 kg) 12 – 16 lbs (5.5 – 7.0 kg) 16 – 20 lbs (7.0 – 9.0 kg)
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2 ½ – 2 ¾ hours 2 ¾ – 3 hours 3 – 3 ¼ hours 3 ¼ – 3 ½ hours 3 ¾ – 4 ½ hours
NOTE: Cooking times are for planning purposes only – always use a digital meat thermometer to determine doneness.
Turkey is fully cooked and safe to eat when a meat thermometer reads 170°F (77°C) for an unstuffed turkey and 180°F (82°C) for a stuffed turkey. Once cooked, cover the turkey with foil and let rest for 20 minutes before carving.
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Canadian Whisky: The New Potable Expert By Quentin Mills-Fenn | Photography: Michael Roberts
he world is going crazy over Canadian whisky. Almost from its very first days, spirits distilled in Canada garnered an international reputation. Now sold in over 160 countries, Canadian whisky is neither scotch nor bourbon. Nor did it descend from Irish or Scotch whisky, or in parallel with American whiskies. It’s a distinctly Canadian concoction. You can learn all about this distinctive Canadian product in Canadian Whisky: The New Potable Expert (Appetite/Random House), just published in a new edition. It’s written by Davin de Kergommeaux, Canada’s unofficial whisky ambassador. Davin de Kergommeaux didn’t set out to be the Canadian Whisky Guy, even though he’s been writing, talking, and teaching about whisky in all its forms and flavours for over two decades. “It happened little by little,” he says. “In the late ‘90s, I started writing about whisky. For a long time, The Maltmaniacs was the only noncommercial whisky site. It was really popular and I just kept going. We started our own whisky competitions, and the companies started sending us their best stuff. I started drinking Canadian whisky,” he adds, “because it was so much cheaper than single malt Scotch, and it wasn’t difficult to find really great stuff.”
So, he worked on his private archives, digging away and gathering data. (Tough life, right?)
“There’s a Seagram’s museum in Waterloo, and the Seagram family is still involved in it.”
“I wasn’t intending to write a book,” he says. “I was just gathering information. And then my daughter told me, ‘You’re writing a book.’”
It’s also interesting to learn about a very profitable sideline of Canadian distilleries: food for cattle. In fact, the two products, spirits and cattle feed, have always gone hand in hand in Canada.
The result is a collection full of data, detail, and opinion. There’s a map of Canadian distilleries, over 100 tasting notes, and a checklist. A sip of Canadian whisky, he points out, typically gives three consecutive tasting experiences: first sweet, then hot and peppery, then bitter like a grapefruit. That’s the result of the grains - wheat, corn, barley and rye - combined in a distinctly Canadian way. There’s a major difference in the method used by Canadian and American whisky distillers. “We generally distill and store grains separately, unlike Americans,” de Kergommeaux explains. “The blending comes later. Americans blend and then store their whiskies.” The rye comes from German and Dutch immigrants to Canada. He mentions the history of Waterloo, Ontario, and the village that used to be called Berlin, and is now Kitchener. The area has a big German population. And when Seagram’s was based there, they started distilling rye.
“When you take the starch out, you get high protein feed. Cattle can’t really digest starch, but they thrive on this,” says de Kergommeaux. It’s also useful to know that Canadian distilleries store their spirits in barrels made of oak. Aging the product in barrels smooths out the harshness, and introduces new flavours and complexities. A lot of that has to do with oak. (Now for a little bit of science.) Most of the mass of oak is made up of complex carbohydrates. The most important of these are cellulose, hemicellulose, and something called lignin. A complex molecule, lignin is the primary source of wood - and grain based flavours. A lot of the distinctive flavour profile of Canadian whisky comes from the lignin. (Who knew?) Davin de Kergommeaux knows. He’s aware of what goes into Crown Royal, J.P Wiser, Forty Creek, or Capital K. “Physics, but a lot of chemistry, and engineering, too,” he says. Then he has a sip. WINTER 2017 | STYLE MANITOBA | 33
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Often cited as the original “cocktail,” the Old Fashioned today is one of the most-called-for “Classic” drinks. Sweet and strong, the Old Fashioned never really gets old as long as the recipe includes Maker’s Mark® Bourbon. INGREDIENTS 1-1/2 oz Maker’s Mark® Splash of water 2 dashes Angostura® Bitters 1 teaspoon sugar Orange slice Maraschino cherry for garnish
INSTRUCTIONS Dissolve or muddle sugar with a splash of water in an Old Fashioned glass. Fill glass ¾ full of ice. Add Maker’s Mark® Bourbon and bitters and stir. Garnish with orange slice and maraschino cherry.
Maker’s Mark Eggnog
This classic holiday drink only gets better when you add Maker’s Mark® to the mix. The best eggnog you’ll ever serve? We suggest you taste for yourself. Makes approximately 24 servings. INGREDIENTS 1 liter Maker’s Mark® 1 quart milk 1 quart heavy cream 2 dozen eggs 1-1/2 cups sugar Nutmeg for garnish
INSTRUCTIONS Separate eggs and beat yolks until creamy. Whip sugar into yolks. Beat whites until they stand in peaks. Beat yolks and Maker’s Mark® together. Add whites. Beat cream. Add cream and milk to mixture. Add nutmeg to taste, garnish each cup with nutmeg.
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As a new box-set series shows how Pink Floyd stretched songs and moods through improvisation, David Gilmour stays truer now to proven blueprints. His third live album since 2007 cheers more than it excites, frankly, but his devotion to quality has few peers, and fewer yet have such a catalogue at their command, or such a resourceful band. It vindicates songs from his recent studio album, Rattle that Lock, from the stirring tributes to his mother (“Faces of Stone”) and late Pink Floyd partner, Richard Wright (“A Boat Lies Waiting”), to the punch of “Today.” He draws on concert favourites too – “High Hopes” soars higher with every edition – and his guitar playing lifts and stings. Expanded audio-visual editions, not reviewed, should make the most of the Pompeii setting, where he first played in 1971.
MARK KNOPFLER AND EVELYN GLENNIE Altamira (Mercury/Universal) In a break from his handsome string of song albums, Mark Knopfler returns to soundtracks, with a 26-minute EP of instrumental music for a recent movie, Finding Altamira, about the Spanish cave and its remarkable ancient drawings. Understatement is key; Knopfler holds to acoustic guitar before a graceful string section, while percussionist Evelyn Glennie, despite her co-billing, is often a whisper in the background, offering subtle shading on marimba. More exotic flavours rise in “Farewell to the Bison,” where Glennie conjures shadowy figures on vibraphone and bowed instruments, while “Marcelino’s Despair” makes keen use of cello and English horn. Michael McGoldrick’s flute and low whistle insinuate Celtic flavour. These short but evocative pieces charm even without hearing them in the context of the movie..
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JOHN STEVENS AWAY John Stevens Away/Somewhere in Between/Mazin Enni (BGO, import) “Technique before tunes” was the common complaint with jazz-rock. Masterful drummer John Stevens reset the balance, which was the first surprise. The second was the presence of Stevens himself in electric context, for he was one of the crucial craftsmen in English improvised music, where deep listening encouraged an almost telepathic music. This marvellous set revives three fantastic, long-gone albums and two impossibly rare singles from the ‘70s. The first, cut live with long-time partner Trevor Watts on saxophones, excels in the slow, sexy burn of “It Will Never be the Same.” The second two set saxophonist Robert Calvert and keen guitarist David Cole against the knotty undertow of two bass players – Ron Herman on double bass, Nick Stephens on bass guitar, with snappy melodies amplified by tight editing and thoughtful pacing. The irresistible “Away” could be the theme music to the radio show you’d sacrifice all to hear.
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BOOKSHELF Out of Old Manitoba Kitchens (MacIntyre Purcell) by Christine Hanlon
The story of some of Manitoba told through the food, from pemmican to vinaterta. Winnipeg’s Christine Hanlon considers the landscape and needs of the province’s early inhabitants, and shows why the bannock you might happen to taste in Scotland is different from the delicious treat you pick up at Neechi Commons. With dozens of photographs and over 80 recipes of culturally diverse dishes, from tourtiere to rollkuchen.
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Rise of the Necrofauna (Greystone) by Britt Wray
Science writer and podcaster Britt Wray writes about de-extinction (no, not dinosaurs because there’s no usable DNA, but maybe Woolly Mammoths and Passenger Pigeons). The push to bring lost species back to life is real, as well as a tool for species at risk. She explains the latest technology (gene technology and surrogate wombs) and ethical, even legal questions (who would own de-extinct animals?) in a book that’s accessible and fascinating, even for the science-shy.
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The Unravelling (Freehand) by Clem Martini and Olivier Martini
Brothers writer Clem Martini and artist Olivier Martini (who was diagnosed with schizophrenia over 30 years ago) collaborate on this graphic memoir of a family living with mental health issues and dealing with a seemingly antagonistic health care system is powerful and moving, the follow up to their prize-winning, Bitter Medicine. Olivier and his mother lived together for decades, caring for each other, when she started exhibiting signs of dementia. Powerful and moving.
(Arsenal Pulp) by Lydia Kwa
The author of This Place Called Absence and The Walking Boy has a new novel, set in 7th Century China, full of ghosts, demons, and nuns who practice martial arts. Evil Empress Wu Zhao takes control of the Imperial Tang court, with the help of her mysterious lover Xie. Meanwhile, young orphan Ling is rescued by Qilan, a Daoist nun who is also not what she seems. Everyone is after the oracle bone, an object with secret powers. Lydia Kwa turns ancient Chinese myth upside-down in this fascinating, eerie tale.
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B Y L E I G H PAT T E R S O N
everal decades ago, Devica Bhairo abandoned her plans of becoming an engineer. Instead, she engineered a successful retail business. In 2018, her store, Diva Lingerie, celebrates its silver anniversary at the Grant Park Mall location. Diva Lingerie is renowned for providing high quality underfashions and essential bra fitting services to generations of Winnipeg women. The store’s evolved greatly from its small beginnings, expanding to a second location at St. Vital Centre three years ago. The Grant Park store recently had a modern makeover. There have been many changes, but Bhairo and her staff keep their focus on their most important asset: their loyal clientele. Convenience, selection and customer service are Diva Lingerie’s greatest strengths. The store is open on evenings and weekends to accommodate busy schedules, for example. Gift certificates and registries also make shopping easy. “We are an all-around store,” says Bhairo. “We carry high-end fashions right down to the basics, and at a variety of price points.” Diva Lingerie’s undergarments, designer swimwear, cruisewear and sleepwear are carefully selected to ensure the most comfortable fit for all shapes, sizes and ages. The store’s experienced staff help clients choose from the array of beautiful fabrics, styles and colours available. Among Diva Lingerie’s fashion-forward offerings are designer bras by Empreinte of Paris and luxury swimwear by Quebec-based SHAN. Diva Lingerie is proud to feature fine silk sleepwear and loungewear by Christine, another top Canadian designer. The store’s Grant Park location also carries popular Saxx Underwear for men. More recently, Diva Lingerie has introduced made-in-Germany Anita breast forms. These are high-quality prostheses with soft silicon inserts, so clients can feel complete and comfortable wearing lingerie and swimwear. When it fits, it shows. For 25 years, Diva Lingerie has proven to be a perfect fit for scores of women, with new “Diva devotees” introduced every day. That’s staying power worth celebrating.
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Blonde at Heart? Maintaining blondes, whether all over the head or the latest techniques such as balayage or colour melts, does take some time and effort. Sussan’s model sports balayage hi-lites with darker demi-permanent colour applied to the root to blend into her natural colour as it grows out, which means less maintenance during the year. A toner was also applied to achieve this beautiful icy blonde result. This technique can be done two to three times a year. The professionals at Rituals offer clients the following tips on how to best maintain their blondes and keep them looking good: * Not over washing or thermal styling the hair is very crucial to your hair staying in good shape. We recommend washing every three days, not every day. * Always use colour treated shampoos and conditioners, whether wash and rinse out or leave in, preferably using both together. * Always use thermal protectors on your hair before and after using heat styling tools. *To maintain cooler blondes, use violet-blue shampoos or conditioners on a regular basis, and leave them on to do their job for five minutes or more, on either dry or wet hair. This will depend on how cool your want your blonde to be or how brassy it gets. * For optimal results, come into the salon and get a toner service for your blonde to keep it looking its best. You can book this service on its own and leave with wet hair, or book it with a blow dry. * Apply a deep treatment at least once a week that you leave in for 20 minutes or more (or overnight if you are strapped for time.)
Winter Whites The ever so popular light white hair remains strong into the fall and winter seasons. Pre-lightened and toned to be any shade of light, from white, platinum, silver, champagne, grey to rose tone or any shade of pastel - the choice is endless. Bangs or fringes are making a steady comeback - this shattered shag and choppy short bang is super cute, yet edgy at the same time. Especially when paired with the smoky eye and that stylish dark lip, it lends to the very dramatic look of dark meets light. So warm up to the idea of wearing a shade of white this winter!
*These techniques take time, so allow at least three hours or more for proper application, and also budget at least $180.00 and up depending on the length, amount and weight of hair, and the amount of hi-lites and colour products applied. (This would not include the haircut). *Come with a picture in hand and get a consultation, which is necessary to get the end result you desire, especially if you are going to do a big change in your colour or colour corrective. It’s important to discuss and decide on a budget for your hair up front. Check out the website gallery at www.ritualsinhairanskin.ca and on their instagram or Facebook pages for examples of Rituals’ work.
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UNIQUE EYEWEAR THAT MAKES A STATEMENT BY DONNA MINKUS
f you want your eye glasses to make a statement, you need to check out nv eye care eye wear - a new boutique in Corydon Village that features exclusive, unique frames by independent designers from across the globe. Located at Unit 100-698 Corydon, nv eye care eye wear offers styles that range from funky to retro to vintage – high-end designer frames that you are not likely to find anywhere in Winnipeg or Manitoba, according to co-owners Nadine Shelton, O.D. and Victor Lopes. Derived from the first letter of their names, nv eye care eye wear opened its doors in May, and have been adding designers to their collection since. Partners in business and life, Nadine and Victor wanted to start a tradition to carry a collection of frames that is not only unique, but created by independent frame designers. “Our research indicated that there was a demand for unique eye wear, and we wanted to stand out from other Winnipeg markets,” Lopes says. “We wanted to offer statement style glasses,” adds Dr. Shelton, who says she has worn glasses “forever” and likes to think of the frames as “wearable art.” The nv eye care and eye wear collection offers frames from designers in Australia, Italy, Budapest, Michigan, and Portugal. The collection 40 | STYLE MANITOBA | WINTER 2017
includes names like Ganeko Unit from South Korea, which carry a range of plastics and metal frames; Monoqool 3-D printed glasses from Denmark; and Vinylize, featuring frames that are made from recycled records - each pair unique because the frames are made from a different record.
Helps, an online mechanism for funding registered charities. “For example, if you were to purchase eyewear for $410, and you decide to donate at least $20, you would pay $390. That $20 you donate will go to the charity of your choice, and you will get a receipt for tax purposes.”
Dr. Shelton, who has practiced optometry in Winnipeg for nearly a decade, delivers exceptional eye care and can also provide service in French and Portuguese. In addition to performing regular eye examinations, she can treat minor conditions such as an infected or scratched eye. If more urgent care is needed, she can put the patient in touch with an ophthalmologist.
Used frames can also be dropped off at nv eye care eye wear shop, and your donation will go toward providing eyewear for people in need.
As business manager, Lopes handles the marketing for their boutique and is also involved with the design of the shop. He even built the cabinetry that showcases their eyewear, all of which is made from recycled, repurposed wood. That commitment to social and environmental responsibility is reflected in a pay back program, which is also unique to nv eye care eye wear, Lopes points out. “We’re proud of our pay it forward program,” he says, explaining that when customers pay for their eyewear, they have the option to donate a “savings” of $20 from their purchase to Canada
“There are a lot of charitable groups doing good work that require financial assistance,” Lopes says. “We can support them simply by doing our part.” As the business evolves, Lopes and Dr. Shelton plan to add to their existing team, which currently includes two opticians. “Our shop can accommodate two more optometrists but that will be in the future,” Shelton says. “Right now, we are just keeping up with serving our clients and walk-ins that live and work in the Corydon community,” she continues. “We want to maintain a long term relationship with our existing patients, and offer the same quality service to our new clients.” For more information, visit the website at www.nvmyeyes.com
Falling Under Sicily’s Spell BY GREG KLASSEN
icily is often represented in popular culture through depictions of organized crime, so when tourists arrive on the island, they could be forgiven for casting a wary eye here and there for hints of sinister people and activities reminiscent of scenes from The Godfather. Happily, what they get is warm people, delicious and fresh cuisine, verdant landscapes, spectacular sea views and enchanting ancient ruins. It’s no wonder many tourists are happy to lay aside preconceptions, relax and simply enjoy the typical Sicilian lifestyle in its many facets.
The 18-room, 16-hectare olive farm and hotel has been transformed into a paradise of calm after nearly a decade of renovations. The idyllic vistas here remind one of the movie Enchanted April. Breakfast is served on an elevated grassy knoll overlooking terraced olive and grape fields. Lunch is al fresco on a deck with a view of the nearby pool, and dinner takes place in the elegant main villa.
with Italian cuisine, Sicilian food also contains influences of Greek, Spanish, French and Arab cultures. It’s almost impossible to have a bad meal in Sicily. You’re more likely to have a completely memorable one. Menu items like Nero D’Avola risotto and impossibly juicy steaks, and penne with wild mushrooms will have you changing your favourite menu item at every meal.
Organic and fresh are the key food themes. Tomatoes are direct from the branch, as are oranges and lemons. The hens really did just lay your eggs. Although it has a lot in common
At breakfast we found ourselves outdoors, perched above the rolling vineyards, as we enjoyed fresh eggs, Roma tomatoes and Burratta cheese alongside coffee and fruit juice
The sub-tropical island is a tonic to the stress of everyday Western life. The pace of life is languid. Time really does slow down. It’s an island with a rich history that needs time to be taken in. If you rush around Sicily, checking off a list of must-sees, you are seriously missing the point. As we prepared our May trip, it became clear it would be impossible to see all of the sights in two weeks, so we had to make some tough choices. We decided to focus on the eastern part of the island, arriving in Catania and fanning out to Taormina, Siracusa and a small olive farm in the shadow of Mount Etna, before taking a bus across the island to its largest city, Palermo. My husband Ian and I began at Monaci Della Terre Nere, formerly a 19th century monastery used by priests to store wine, now a luxurious farm that seems magically suspended between lofty Mount Etna and the tranquil Ionian Sea. WINTER 2017 | STYLE MANITOBA | 41
that we had squeezed ourselves. The landscape reminded me of the elegant undulations of a Balinese rice paddy. Afterwards we hiked the farm, stopping to admire cacti, palms, and kiwi plants, taking in the scent of almond and cherries and peach blossoms alongside fig and grape vines that populate the sloped acres of the farm. A tropical scent, like frangipani, followed us everywhere as we swam, read, explored and tasted local wines on the terrazzo. After three nights at this resort, I felt a little overwhelmed by Sicily’s impossible beauty. I liked to wake before sunrise to photograph the sea that shimmered in the distance. Having smelled, strolled and tasted the fruit of this land, I considered how rich this island earth from which such abundance grows. My senses were in overdrive. We caught a ride to the legendary hilltop town of Taormina, Sicily’s most famous resort town, built into the side of a cliff and frequently overrun by tourists. In spite of its popularity, its essential charm remains. This place has lured literary figures such as Truman Capote and D.H. Lawrence to live, work and write here. You have to consciously slow your pace to keep from falling over down the steep streets, past funky shops, fruit stands, trattori and the more formal restaurant where we felt completely at ease seated in narrow, cobbled alleyways teaming with strollers. The ancient Greek theatre is the star attraction, featuring incomparable views stretching to Etna. You can still find a solitary moment to reflect here, despite the throngs of tourists. 42 | STYLE MANITOBA | WINTER 2017
The views over the sea stretch for miles along the mountainous coast, allowing the viewer to imagine discovering them for the first time. At dinner, we met a waitress named Laury. With one friendly eye roll, she became our buddy, despite the fact that we couldn’t speak each other’s languages. We visited the restaurant twice, and on the second night I requested a ‘selfie’ with Laury, which she sprinted to, leaving two American women stunned, as she abandoned them mid order. We ate the seductive food and lost track of time while making a beautiful new friend. We will go back and find our favourite waitress someday.
The next day, we took a two-hour train ride south to the small seaside city of Siracusa. Notable for its rich Greek roots, and once a rival to Athens, the now faded city is full of ruins, amphitheaters and ancient buildings. The oldest part of the city, Ortygia, juts out like a balloon into the sea. As with so many European places, the historic areas are now hip and popular, which inevitably leads to revitalization and (dare I say?) gentrification. I’m glad we saw it in its charming state of semi-decay. The circular walk around the old city’s seawall revealed Greek and medieval churches, Moorish domes, narrow alleys and a very exuberant, colourful market. The scale is so human. Cars are allowed in limited areas but pedestrians are everywhere. Consequently the narrow streets feel alive. We wandered the streets with a sense of wonder and palpable excitement, imagining the passionate events and maybe even crimes that have happened in these streets over time. Why do some places feel so much like home, even as we delight in their newness? On our final evening stroll through Siracusa, we finally made it to the southern side of Ortygia. There’s even more magic on this seaside boardwalk, which immediately reminded us of Venice. Dotting the landscape were pop-up restaurants serving beverages with complementary food and very hip music. We planned to keep walking, but ended up lingering in this very relaxing scene. The drive across the width of the island, from Siracusa to Palermo, put us into a blissful trance with its sheep and cattle dotting the farm landscapes, baroque towns and rolling hills with abundant May wildflowers and prickly pear cactuses. Palermo, when it arrived three hours later, seemed dirty and gritty by comparison. Although the Sicilian capital has traditionally been merely a jumping off point to access the lovelier sights of the island, Palermo is worth a closer look.
The old part of the city revealed its charm slowly. Throw your map away and get lost in its winding alleys. This is a town with a seedy past. The markets, like the boisterous Ballaro, are the loudest and liveliest I’ve ever visited, with vendor stalls selling fish, produce and apparel culminating in the world’s largest garage sale. If you really looked, you would find markets tucked into many alleys and open-air plazas. We got a little lost looking for Capella Palentina, but when we did find it, it was worth the hassle. One of Palermo’s famous attractions, the Byzantine church, is known for its splendid mosaics. While the religious subject matter is not to my taste, the tilework is jaw dropping. Light dances across the surface of the mosaics putting the viewer into a spiritual state. But then reality intervenes, because with so many tourists looking upward, we have to be careful not to bump into people. We sat in the golden light of a small piazza, nursing wine spritzers, and feeling warm all around. The old walls have stories to tell. Why budge when everything is so beautiful? Sicily has a reputation for being a little rough around the edges and not as tourist-friendly as the rest of Italy. And while that may be true, particularly the more rural you get, it’s also the reason why Sicily remains so charming. To visit Sicily is to dream of returning. And if we did, the southern Baroque towns of Ragusa, Noto and Modica would make the list, along with a visit by boat to the breathtaking Aeoleon Islands. First stop Salina, which came to fame in the 1994 Italian film, Il Postino along with nighttime cruise to the active Stromboli volcano. Goethe wrote, “To have seen Italy without having seen Sicily is not to have seen Italy at all, for Sicily is the clue to everything.” And once hooked, Sicily might just become a lifelong obsession. Greg Klassen is a Winnipeg writer, bon vivant and traveller. Next stop Ecuador!
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Churchill murals leave residents, artists & tourists inspired for the wild As city planners, we often consider and discuss our footprints in a city. We think about our ecological footprint, and ponder ways in which we can balance the nature deficit with increased and enhanced green spaces. We think about our carbon footprint, and devise strategies to reduce our waste and consumption, and add sustainability features and technologies to ensure our resources can be enjoyed for the many generations to come. We think about a development’s footprint in terms of size and scale, and use plans and policies to ensure these projects fit within a neighbourhood’s existing form and function. We think about our historical footprint, and the ways in which a neighbourhood’s heritage can be preserved and celebrated, and retain our individual memories of the spaces we grow up in. Polar bears, too, leave footprints. In Churchill, Manitoba, these footprints are celebrated and feared. The footprints of these apex predators, as they traverse sea ice into town, stir curiosity and caution – with tourists and residents seeking safe refuge to avoid close encounters and sturdy posts to sneak even just a slight glimpse of these arctic marvels.
Emergency Transmission by Pat Perry (US) Photo: Tre Packard
Peace + Circumstance by Kal Barteski (Manitoba) Photo: Tre Packard
These same predatory footprints made for an exhilarating and inimitable mural festival, Sea Walls Churchill, as 18 artists from Canada, U.S., Brazil, New Zealand, Germany, U.K., Spain, Australia, and Japan travelled to Churchill to dramatically transform vacant buildings and business facades into colourful pieces of art. For 10 days outside, accompanied by armed polar bear guards, these acclaimed artists laboured away on their brick-and-mortar canvasses – both in awe of the tundra lands surrounding them and uneasy about the potential for a confrontation with the revered and formidable arctic white bear. Born and raised in Winnipeg, emerging artist Storm Angeconeb has become a recurring contributor in local mural festivals, having recently collaborated on an art installation in the North End of Winnipeg. Nonetheless, Sea Walls Churchill, for Angeconeb, added an element of surprise uncommon to the experience of typical mural events – a fear of the wild. “Residents keep their homes and cars unlocked – just in case polar bears roam town and people need to get to a safe space,” says Angeconeb. Her art could not keep residents away. Standing four feet above ground on what seemed like rickety scaffolding, Angeconeb invited community members to share their insight on her mural, which depicted bird species native to Churchill.
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The Rope by Case Maclaim (Germany) Photo: Tre Packard
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“When students visited, it was obvious they knew a lot about the birds in the area. I learned more from the community about the birds and wildlife in Churchill then I had discovered on my own before coming here,” she recalls. The opportunity left a significant impression on the young artist. “I learned so much from the artists, but also from the community. While we may have left a footprint in this remote community, the experience has left a larger one for me,” shares Angeconeb.
Human Nature by Askew One (New Zealand) Photo: Tre Packard
Manitoba’s Mandy van Leeuwen, a contemporary realist painter known for her countless urban murals, had a very similar collaborative experience with the community. While creating her piece – which depicts footwear of varying types – moccasins, hunting boots, and polar bear foot prints – van Leeuwen relied on the advice and feedback from passers-by. “I was smack dab in the busiest section of town. Many community members came through to watch and become part of my design process, whether it was to lend advice about my painting or to share stories and insight about Churchill. Some people even jumped in to help paint background colours. One woman showed me one of her bead designs, which I mimicked and added to the moccasins in my mural. These types of connections draw the community into the end result of the artwork, and give an artist’s painting purpose, depth, and authenticity.”
Footprint by Mandy van Leeuwen (Manitoba) Photo: Tre Packard
The beauty of van Leeuwen’s piece is in its loose interpretation: people can decide for themselves if they are all walking together, and walking forwards or backwards. She was inspired to tell this story after having learned about the tension between human and nature in Churchill. “My wall was created with the aim to spotlight the diversity of the community, and the shaky times we arrived to – the uncertainty of the rail line and the conservation of the wild,” says van Leeuwen.
Know I‘m Here (Climate Change) by Georgia Hill (Australia) Photo: Tre Packard
When the artists arrived in Churchill, they participated in tours led by residents, retracing the footprints of the curious and furry creatures they were about to paint. More importantly, they learned about the community they were about to impact. Community barbeques and early morning painting parties (Churchill becomes dark around 3 a.m. in the summer) provided rare opportunities for artists and the community to gather and connect. These occasions to educate about the project influenced and shaped many of the artists’ artwork, and by WINTER 2017 | STYLE MANITOBA | 45
We Swim in the Same Waters by Charlie Johnston (Manitoba) Photo: Tre Packard from Churchill’s Mayor and Council, businesses, and residents ranged from rentals of trucks and trailers, scaffolding, paint and other supplies. This type of buy-in, in my opinion, made the project relevant and community-owned. While the murals have provided a long lasting artful reprieve for residents during, it has left an ongoing impression and footprint for participating artists. “After this festival, I set my sights on engaging in more meaningful work. Art is uplifting for communities, and they contribute positively to spaces. I love how art can bring so many people together in a universal way,” says van Leeuwen.
The Final Destination by Storm Angeconeb (Manitoba) Photo: Tre Packard the end of the week, their projects took very different shapes and forms from what they had originally envisioned. As a city planner, this type of community involvement was exceptional to witness and be part of, and it is credited to the process undertaken by the festival’s director, Kal Barteski. Barteski, who travelled to Churchill at minimum a dozen times a year prior, involved residents in the project from the outset, hearing their aspirations and hopes for the community, and incorporating their ideas on how to go about revamping and beautifying the neighbourhood.
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This type of process aligns with existing planning policies, like the City of Vancouver’s mural guidelines, which stipulate how murals should enhance the community’s identity. The intention of the Sea Walls Churchill mural festival matched with reality: celebrating the wild of the arctic while fostering a sense of pride for residents. Canada’s mural guidelines state how murals should not only be for economic gain, they “must be meaningful to the community” and encourage collaboration, goodwill, community awareness, support, and input. The artists provided their services pro bono, a collective value of $600,000. In-kind support
This past summer, van Leeuwen travelled to The Pas to undertake the first of four anticipated mural projects. “This year was a great struggle for most farmers in The Pas. Because of the flood, most could not seed their crops. These hardships on the community often go unnoticed,” notes van Leeuwen. “The mural was a collaboration between Councillor Alan Gibb, a photographer, Andre Brandt, and myself. Brandt took photographs of features unique to The Pas like the Aurora Borealis, hay bales, a sunny aerial view of community pastures, and the warm sunset over unseeded fields.” Working up north is a way to learn about the experiences of others.
Carrot Valley, a mural in The Pas painted after the Churchill festival, is a collaborative piece between photographer André Brandt and artist Mandy van Leeuwen. Photo: André Brandt “I have found that when I work in remote communities, I become ultra focused, work hard and immerse myself in the environment. I enjoy this way of working and welcome more opportunities like this. The opportunity to spend time in the boreal forest and arctic is uplifting and adventurous,” states van Leeuwen. “Learning and being sensitive to issues that may exist in a town and being adaptable so I can contribute and lead projects as they develop is so meaningful to me. I love the transformations of spaces and positivity that surrounds the work. I find it works so well to build on inclusion and spread the love of this work. Art is good for community.” Upon her return, Barteski undertook another community-driven initiative, Back Alley Arctic. Initially, she painted her own garage. But just like the curious and furry polar bears that are enticed to the town of Churchill when the sea ice melts, her neighbours approached Barteski to also paint their garages – which she happily gifted to them. What was supposed to be one painting of a polar bear, turned into an assembly of 135 arctic animals along the public back lane of Evanson and Canora St., offering locals an opportunity to respectfully embrace and celebrate art and the wild of the arctic.
As an artist, being outside, painting outdoors, connects you with the community in a way studio painting cannot do. The conversations and connections that transpire are powerful and meaningful – affecting the art, the artists and the community. Sea Walls Churchill inspired new and deep friendships and new ideas. It defied my expectations of what a small, passionate community like Churchill can do – but also what art can do to our hearts when we give ourselves to such a worthy cause.” These types of mural initiatives have been intriguing to me as a city planner. What footprints should we leave behind? How can art impact a neighbourhood and a community, and who should do the art making? Artists, like city planners, leave behind a footprint – through their physical presence when making the art, but also the long-lasting occupation of space that the artwork invades. Perhaps the two disciplines need to work in tandem.
As Barteski comments, “Art can leave many footprints on a community. Art can communicate the values of a community. Art can form meaningful friendships. Art can enhance public spaces.” Mural photography and a virtual tour can be found online at www.seawallschurchill.com Jason Syvixay holds a Master of City Planning from the University of Manitoba and is an urban planner at HTFC Planning & Design. Born and raised in Winnipeg, he has a passion for people and places. His research interests include downtown renewal, Indigenous activism and capacity building, creative community engagement, pedestrian and cycle accommodation, tourism infrastructure planning, and way finding. For more information, visit www.jasonsyvixay.com
EN MASSE is a collaborative piece Storm Angeconeb worked on with Jason Botkin, MC Baldassari, Takashi Iwasaki, Jade Rennie-Harper, Matea Radic, Jay Cabredo & Charlie Johnston. Photo: Simeon Rusnack
“I painted in my back lane because after Churchill, I was drawn to the nature of painting outdoors and in a public setting. I was achingly inspired by the coming together of artists and community members to work together for something that would benefit so many people,” Barteski said. “I paint my feelings and I was overwhelmed by the power of the Sea Walls Churchill project.
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Colour your holidays with Canadian Art! The holiday exhibition at Woodlands Gallery features small works and affordable treasures by several gallery artists. Shown: Ceramic Ornaments by Tara Tuchscherer; small paintings by Tracey Kucheravy, Peter Wyse & Connie Geerts. Woodlands Gallery 535 Academy Rd www.woodlandsgallery.com WINTER 2017 | STYLE MANITOBA | 49
When Dinosaurs go Dancing by Winnipeg author Judy Cook has everything to delight young palaeontologists - from fossils to foxtrot. Dig up new facts, then pirouette to the next page to learn about fossil finds throughout history. (Bronze Moonbeam and Silver Mom’s Choice Award winner.) Order online: ISBN: 978-1-4602-5678-7 (Paperback) ISBN: 978-1-4602-7725-6 (Hardcover) Ordering info: Ingram, Amazon, Friesen Press
Shop local at The Forks Market this holiday season. You’ll find something for everyone on your “nice” list here, and if you don’t, The Forks has gift cards so they can decide themselves! Check www.theforks.com for hours and @theforkswinnipeg on Instagram for gift-giving inspiration.
Add a special flavour to your holiday menu this season with a wide selection of delectable gourmet perogies & other delicious fare guaranteed to please the guests at your table! Shop the store or book ahead for pickup. Catering services also available. Perogy Planet (2 locations) 11-845 Dakota St & 1411 Main St www.perogyplanet.com
Whether it’s holiday décor, an extra special gift or a handmade home accent, this shop features artisan-crafted items from around the world. Ten Thousand Villages is a non-profit, fair trade program, creating opportunities for artisans in developing countries to earn income by bringing their products & stories to our markets through long-term, fair trading relationships. Ten Thousand Villages (2 locations) 134 Plaza Dr & 1-963 Henderson Hwy www.tenthousandvillages.com 50 | STYLE MANITOBA | WINTER 2017
A new selection of Trollbeads featuring a beautiful faceted strawberry quartz bead and the Trunk of Treasures lock. Explore these selections and hundreds more, exclusively at Global Connections. Global Connections Upper Level, The Forks 230-25 Forks Market Rd www.globalconnections.ca
Celebrating traditions and modern living with gorgeously crafted paper placemats, napkins and matches from Grace & Company. Curating a Graceful Life. Grace & Company Ltd 556 Academy Rd www.graceandcompanyltd.com
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ocated in southwest Winnipeg, the Neighbourhoods of Bridgwater consist of Forest, Lakes, Trails and Centre. Just minutes from a major shopping centre, University of Manitoba, and the perimeter, the neighbourhoods offer homebuyers stunning homes that combine charm and sophistication of the past with amenities of the future. With themes like Colonial Revival, Georgian Revival, Cape Code, and Victoria, many homes feature wide doorways, front porches and tucked away garages. Buyers can choose from a wide selection of Winnipeg builders, pick the lot and be part of the design process. Builders adhere to strict design and architectural guidelines, which mean your home will not only be unique but quality assurance is guaranteed. The guidelines also ensure a high level of detail and a high degree of variation that sets the homes apart from each other, according to Jaime Patrick, Director, Land Development, Manitoba Housing. Multi-family units are part of the mix in the Neighbourhoods of Bridgwater. Combined, Bridgwater Forest, Trails and Centre will hold more than 2000 multi-family units, providing options to suit a variety of needs. Duplex or triplex townhomes with front drives and attached garage are perfect for the budget conscious family. “Those looking to downsize may be interested in the new condo or apartment buildings located throughout the community,” Patrick suggests. “Two new multi-family projects are currently being developed: rental housing units in Bridgwater Trails, and condominiums in Bridgwater Centre,” she adds.
Deveraux Developments is in the process of constructing three buildings, totalling 176 apartments in Bridgwater Trails, with the first rental housing units nearing completion. Being developed in partnership with Manitoba Housing, 20% of the units in their project will be affordable rents. Suites feature upscale finishes like granite countertops, in suite laundry and full size appliances. Emphasis will be on building a vibrant apartment community with modern amenities and services, including a 24-hour health and fitness centre, outdoor grills and a fire pit, and a community centre. StreetSide Developments is constructing The Rise Condominiums in the heart of Bridgwater Centre. This development is a collection of one and two bedroom apartment style condominium residences. At seven storeys, the concrete constructed condominiums will be the highest peak in Bridgwater. The Rise features eye catching architecture, luxurious interiors, prairie views, and retail shops and essential services within walking distance.
Neighbourhood of Bridgwater. A gathering place for the community, Bridgwater Centre features wide sidewalks, large storefronts and pedestrian plazas. Shopping, dining and a variety of community services are all within walking distance for Bridgwater residents. “With acres of communal space and seven playgrounds, Bridgwater is a friendly relaxed neighbourhood that has a sense of community,” Patrick says. To ensure the neighbourhoods are accessible to all, half of the homes in Bridgwater Trails and Bridgwater Lakes are visitable, which means they have no step entrances, wide doorways, spacious main floor bathrooms and generous hallways, which provide easy access for everyone. For more information, go to www.bridgwaterneighbourhoods.com
Featuring an abundance of trees and trails, Bridgwater has more walkways, parks and green space than any other development in Winnipeg. Designed for those who want an active lifestyle, more than 30 kilometres of park trails wind through mature forest so there’s plenty of room to roam, Patrick notes. “Whether walking, jogging or biking, residents won’t run out of new routes to explore.” The network of trails connecting the neighbourhoods provides easy access to Bridgwater Centre, located in the heart of the WINTER 2017 | STYLE MANITOBA | 53
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he tallest building in the Bridgwater neighbourhoods is now on the rise. The Rise Condominiums, a collection of luxury concrete-constructed apartment-style condominiums built by StreetSide Developments, will soar seven storeys high in the desirable Waverley West neighbourhood of Bridgwater Centre.
Located at 300 Centre St., the first phase will feature 109 one and two-bedroom units, featuring eye-catching architecture, luxurious interiors, prairie views, and lively retail shops and essential services within walking distance. Unbeatable resident amenities will include a lounge, fully equipped gym and outdoor courtyard with pool, elevating the condominium lifestyle in the popular southwest neighbourhood. Those who call The Rise home will also enjoy perks like private balconies and heated, underground parking.
On the Rise home weren’t enough, just outside of Bridgwater, it’s an easy commute to major destinations such as Investors Group Field, the shops of Kenaston, and Winnipeg’s brand new outlet mall. Besides a thoughtful location and resident amenities, all Rise interiors will be outfitted with designer finishes to impress at every step. Ranging from 604 to 1,198 square feet, every square foot at The Rise has been carefully considered. “Our starting point for suites is higher-end, so quartz is standard in kitchens and bathrooms, as well as vinyl plank flooring in the main living space. We’re also doing black stainless steel appliances and soft-close, thermofoil cabinetry,” says Coates. “We’re really aiming to make a statement with those wow factor touches.”
Offering one-bedroom, one-bedroom and flex room (which could function as a second bedroom or office) and two-bedroom units, there’s room for luxury in various price points at The Rise. And nothing will quite compare to your unique panoramic views of the city and new luxurious lifestyle at The Rise. “All residents will have access to our outdoor lounge area with a pool to hang out at and meet their neighbours,” says Coates. “It promises to be a high-end luxury lifestyle right in a trendy new neighbourhood.” Pre-sales are now underway at The Rise, beginning with private appointments. Browse therisecondos.ca for more information.
As The Rise begins its ascent, would-be residents can look forward to a slew of new retail and excitement surrounding the area. “We’re excited to be building for the first time right in Bridgwater Centre,” says Brenlee Coates, marketing coordinator for StreetSide Developments. “It’s definitely starting to come together as the walkable community that it was designed to be.” At its completion, Bridgwater Centre will be loaded with all the amenities you need, forming a pedestrian-friendly community with large boulevards and trails leading you to the heart of it. As the neighbourhood developer Manitoba Housing puts it, the “wide sidewalks, stylish central clock tower, and pedestrian plazas with street furniture will make Bridgwater Centre a natural gathering place where residents can shop, stroll and eat.”As if all the action close to WINTER 2017 | STYLE MANITOBA | 55
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ust as its name implies, Avanti Custom Homes is a custom builder with a forward thinking attitude. Indeed, this attitude has won it both awards such as Gold at this year’s Parade of Homes, as well as kudos from clients who have appreciated the company’s experience and head for details. A partner with industry leading homebuilder Randall Homes, Avanti Custom Homes has been making a difference in the local market for years, thanks to its approach where complete planning upfront translates into a lack of surprises along the way.
that lands them on a higher tier than other custom homebuilders. “We have the backing of a service department and we can offer clients the benefits of a complete design studio.”
“We use our experience to get the most accurate upfront costing before we start building,” says Greg McDonald, Manager, Avanti Custom Homes. “Our clients go into the project with solid financials in hand. This creates a culture of confidence and takes a lot of worry out of a process that can be stressful for families.”
In Oak Bluff West, realtor Blair Holm is showing 4 Prairie Grass Lane, an Avanti Custom Home that demonstrates much about the builder. The three-bedroom property is a 1,814 sq. ft. design that features vaulted ceilings and an open floor plan. The kitchen offers a walk-in pantry and the master bedroom really delivers with an ensuite with five-foot shower, vanity with double sinks, make-up desk, and private water closet.
McDonald reports that being part of a larger organization such as Randall Homes means they have access to a broad range of services
Avanti Custom Homes are currently found in premier locations such as Taylor Farm, Sage Creek and Oak Bluff West, as well as North River Heights. And, while custom homes can be nearly anything a customer dreams up, most Avanti projects are in the 1400 to 6000 sq. ft. range.
“People tell us the designs are warm and inviting. In fact, a recurring comment from those who step into one of Avanti’s designs is that they can see themselves living there on a day-to-day basis,” says Blair, mentioning that Avanti’s custom homes typically go a step or two beyond what one might expect from a custom builder. McDonald points out that Avanti is flexible as well. He reports that they can handle a client’s imaginative design or work with people showing them plans from an established catalogue that is continually tweaked and upgraded. “Our skill is in taking the bumps out of the road and making the new custom home experience one of joy and discovery rather than a lot of unwanted surprises,” he says, inviting new home buyers to consider the custom option by visiting properties such as 4 Prairie Grass Lane in Oakbluff West or checking out their website at www.avanticustomhomes.net
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Austwell Collection Trends may come and go, but plaid done to perfection is here to stay. The loose back cushions and flattering low-track arms give the Austwell sofa a sense of casual coolness—while a richly neutral herringbone upholstery and t-cushion design are so classic. Factor in the added pleasure of UltraPlush seating—designed to stay loftier longer—and you have a signature piece sure to work.
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n the hectic pace of everyday life, it’s nice to come home to something relaxing and casual, yet still sophisticated. When it comes to home décor this ambiance has been dubbed vintage casual - the wonderful merging of old and new. “The fresh and timeless feel of vintage casual imbues a relaxed atmosphere with a sense of subtle sophistication, simply perfect for relaxed living and casual entertaining with cherished friends and family. It’s not too fussy; it’s not too proper; it’s just right,” explains Leanne Ryan, Merchandising Manager with Ashley HomeStore. “Those who identify with vintage causal seek to have their home reflect a slower pace than perhaps the world outside their four walls.”
The bed is available with a sleigh-style headboard or traditional-style panel headboard with profiled crown moulding, while the footboard options include a traditional panel or storage option. If you love the look and feel of the bedroom, the Flynnter dining room gives that same warm, welcoming feel, and will be available at Ashley HomeStore in early 2018.
This important décor trend for 2018 features neutral colours that include tone-on-tone fabrics and lovingly burnished woods, finished with a worn easy personality for a casual lifestyle echoing an era past. The Flynnter bedroom set reflects this weathered, easy-living style with its acacia veneers and hardwood solids with a rich, light brown finish. Sold individually, or as a five-piece set with complementing additions, Flynnter features a fresh, new take on traditional style. Unique elements of the set are the dresser and nightstands, which meet today’s design tastes with beauty and grace. The tobacco brown finish allows the natural grain to show through in an organic way, while aged brass-tone knobs dress the fronts of the roomy drawers. Both pieces feature a hidden pullout tray behind the top middle drawer for storing small valuable items. The bed also features a look you can appreciate for years to come, along with being versatile, and can be individualized based on taste and needs. WINTER 2017 | STYLE MANITOBA | 61
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DESIGN&DECOR Crystal Clear
Not many materials can boast the timeless appeal that crystal has. Passed down from generation to generation, crystal holds a significant statement of quality and beauty that can stand the test of time. This season, brighten up your home with a traditional crystal chandelier or update a space with a more modern look by including something enchanting and whimsical such as the Volare Collection by Eurofase Lighting. The chrome and gold plated spirals are accented by delicate pear-shaped crystals, which mimic the random flight of the hummingbirds that inspired the design of this collection. Each adjustable pendant is accented with metallic amber or piped in chrome with hints of champagne. And just like the hummingbird’s flight, both the 10 and 25-light pendants are minimalist and effortless, yet magical in its execution. Crystal, traditional or modern in mode, will always be a statement piece, and the higher the clarity and lead content, the more refractive the crystal - think the more it sparkles. The high refractive quality of true crystal is the perfect media to play with and dance light throughout a space. If you are looking for that family heirloom piece that will hold the test of time or a budget-friendly playful piece to fit that special place in your home, Robinson Lighting’s experts can help you find the right crystal creation.
Trim2Trim® prides itself for its innovative design and creative redesigns of ready-to-install, highquality interior finishing building products to facilitate installation and reduce on-site labour. This offers major value to builders, designers, finishing contractors, as well as DIYers. The company’s products eliminate the need to use nails. Instead, a hidden screw anchoring system, covered by innovative cover strips, allows for easy installation, removal, or realignment. Currently, the company is focusing on the removal of what haunts staircase systems durability and ease of installation. Trim2Trim’s innovation has offered up custom-designed, durable, powder-coated aluminum treads and risers with a warm solid wood nosing. Using a hidden anchor system, the staircase finishing kit installs in hours, not days. Ease aside, this kit also offers up something a little different – an inset LED dimmable lighting system that provides a soft glow as users ascend/ descend the stairs. This unique LED system can be applied to all products, including crown moulding, half-wall capping, railings, and trim, giving any space a soothing glow and unique atmosphere, and eliminating the need for additional lighting, such as pot lights. All Trim2TrimTM products complement each other, offering endless design potential. The company keeps its product line fresh by designing or redesigning products according to market demand.
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DESIGN&DECOR Floors on Trend
There’s no question luxury vinyl solutions are taking over floors everywhere - from kitchens to bathrooms to bedrooms. Their realistic look paired with unparalleled ease of maintenance and affordability will keep LVT as fashionable floors for the foreseeable future. What better company to bring on-trend options to design-conscious consumers than Ames Tile & Stone Ltd? Manufactured exclusively for Ames, the company’s lines of LVT are made with pure vinyl, so it is recyclable, as well as being phthalate free, making it a safe choice for healthy homes. Ames offers their luxury vinyl solutions in varying grades: Vytec Reliant 2.0, Vytec Energy 2.5, and Vytec Ultra 5.0 which boasts an overall thickness of five mm, a high sound transmission class of STC67, and an IIC rating of 73, one of the highest in the industry. The newest addition is the Vytec Versa 7.5, a click option, which makes installation a snap. With functionality and high performance under control, Ames turned their attention to style. Customers looking for realistic wood grain, texture, and colours can find both rustic and traditional options with their luxury vinyl solutions. Ames also features wider planks and longer boards which are becoming the dimensions of choice for chic homes. Visit the company’s Winnipeg showroom at 970 Lorimer Blvd. and be inspired to design to the next level.
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DESIGN&DECOR Taking it to the Edge
An interior fireplace is all about the flame. The visually stunning IgniteXL™ series from Dimplex, with its edge-to-edge glass and clean-face design, offers flawless panoramic views of its lifelike blaze. The patented Multi-Fire XD™ flame effect accurately reproduces a natural flame, while the diamond-like acrylic ice ember bed chunks sparkle with the reflected light. Users can also 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. Homeowners can also enjoy the ambiance of the flame with or without the heater. For those who want the warmth with their flame, the electric linear fireplace quickly warms a room by delivering maximum heat output for a predetermined amount of time. The patented Comfort$aver™ ceramic heating system uses 11 percent less energy than the leading quartz infrared heater by automatically adjusting fan speed and heater wattage to safely and precisely match the requirements of the room. And, with no flame heat or emission the glass front remains cool to the touch, making this fireplace a safe choice for homes. Fan the flames at Classic Fireplaces’ showroom, which also features leading fireplace brands for both interior and exterior applications. And be sure to check Classic Fireplace’s website for the latest winter promotions at www.classicfireplaces.ca
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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 ambiance, 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 multifinished 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. WINTER 2017 | STYLE MANITOBA | 65
When you’re building your dream space, why not be part of the design process? These hands-on homeowners had a good sense of how they wanted their new house in south Winnipeg, built by Foxridge Homes, to feel - a modern day farmhouse that featured warm finishes blended with contemporary conveniences. Nothing embodies this reflection more than the home’s kitchen. As one of the hubs of the house, the kitchen needed to be large enough so everyone could gather together to cook and entertain, but also still hold a warm inviting feel. The eight-foot island meets this need, providing ample seating space for guests to gather around, as well as offering storage for pots and pans on one side, and a microwave on the other. Along with being visually inviting, the kitchen is highly efficient. The back wall features a large five-burner cooktop with pot filler tap, and is flanked by pullout spice racks on either side of the stove below. The six-foot fridge and freezer combination offers enough room for the family, wood dovetail drawers 66 | STYLE MANITOBA | WINTER 2017
feature full extension and soft close, while the stacked cabinets closed to the ceiling provide additional storage, something that was part of the family’s wish list. “The homeowners were very involved with the design of the cabinets. They had pictures from Pinterest and Houzz of concepts and ideas that they wanted to try and incorporate,” explains Dennis Gerbrandt, commercial sales manager for Kitchen Craft, adding the door style is Pearson Maple in the company’s Millstone finish. “We also met them on site to walk through all the details. This also helped them visualize what could and could not work in the space.” Along with the kitchen, Kitchen Craft supplied the same cabinets for the home’s four bathrooms and bar area, which were complemented by reclaimed bridge timbers as floating shelves. They also designed cabinetry for the laundry area in a textured wood grain melamine for a warm and rustic feel.
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“Nothing I make comes out of a box,” says master artisan German Pastora-Zeledon, owner of Pastora Custom Furniture. A native of Nicaragua where he learned his wood artistry, Pastora-Zeledon has been creating pieces here for the past 29 years. Today he works alongside his son, German Pastora, who is also a craftsman of considerable talent. Their fine art pieces can be found in an array of high-end homes and commercial establishments, as well as locations such as The Fort Garry Hotel and the Manitoba Legislature, where German senior is responsible for the reception desk that was created to match the age and detail of the building.
The door shown above, carved from a solid slab, is another example that speaks volumes about Pastora’s single-minded approach to quality and appearance. “Everything I do takes time. I don’t cut corners. I only buy the best wood,” he says, pointing to a stunning coffee table where the burls on the surface compose two perfect eagles, an excellent accent to the intricate carving of bird heads that grace the corners. Indeed, beautiful carving work is German Pastora-Zeledon’s calling card. Find out more about this artisan. Visit www.pastorafurniture.com
German comments that he is frequently disappointed with society’s ‘throw-away’ culture where mass-produced wood products are hastily made from materials that are neither well-sourced, nor created with an eye to beauty and durability. “Where are the heirlooms that one passes from generation to generation?” he asks. Here, he points to the details and painstaking artistry in tables, chairs and bedroom furnishings he created, along with the beautifully considered kitchen cabinets shown here. Known as the most stunning wood for showing its lovely grain, these cabinets are crafted from crushed walnut. Special features abound in this kitchen, including corner drawers and a pullout spice drawer.
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For three days in January, The RBC Convention Centre will be the place to get inspiration and top advice from leading experts in home renovation. January 12 to 14, 2018 is the date, and the heart of downtown is the location for this year’s edition of The Winnipeg Renovation Show, the best bet for those considering a change to their residential environment. Each year, the show opens its doors to thousands of attendees who come out amid the snows of winter to discover the latest in materials, techniques and design for the home renovation market. Expect to find the biggest names and the most innovative players in the industry all under one roof. This year attendees should plan to be impressed with a presentation line-up that includes builders, designers and even chefs, as well as HGTV Canada personality and Gemini-award winner Bryan Baeumler, host of Bryan Inc. - a program where Bryan and wife Sarah buy, renovate and sell luxury properties. Baeumler, an industry pro who cut his teeth building the family cottage from the ground up, is well know as a personality behind television shows such as Leave it to Bryan and House of Bryan. Known for his quick wit and engaging style, Bryan sees events such as The Winnipeg Renovation Show as highly valuable for the general public. “Renovation
shows are the best place to get ideas, meet local suppliers and contractors, and hear experts speak,” he says. “It’s a great family outing event, lots to see, learn, and of course, eat!!” Baeumler is a regular at Canada’s home reno events, thanks to his entertaining manner and educational approach. “I always like meeting people that are interested in maintaining or upgrading their homes. I’ll share some funny stories from behind the scenes, and there’s always lots of questions to be answered.” What can people expect as a take-away? According to Bryan, it’s all about being prepared. “I like to make people laugh, but more importantly, I want people to really think about where the real value is in their homes — behind the walls. I want to give people the information they need to be prepared before they start ripping apart their home, and teach them how to properly plan, budget and execute a renovation.” Considering a rethink of your current home design? Whether it’s a total redo or just fixing a tired bathroom or looking for new window treatments, The Winnipeg Renovation Show is a great place to start. Get your new plans moving with a date this January at an event that can really create positive change in your residential lifestyle.
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Bring the outside in DUXTON Windows and Doors is ramping its presence at this year’s Winnipeg Renovation Show with a larger 20 x 20 foot booth. According to DUXTON Windows & Doors Marketing Manager, Aynsley Dueck, the bigger exhibition space means more room to showcase big glass such as their new Ultra Sliding Door, with capabilities up to 18 feet wide for a very large unobstructed view that really brings the natural world right into your home. Aynsley reports visitors to the booth will also get a close look at their innovative window products for the renovation market. These include items that feature natural wood interiors for warmth in décor with tough fibreglass exteriors for low maintenance great looks. This extends to doors as well. For example, DUXTON will highlight a Craftsman-style door that is made using weather resistant fibreglass that offers arguably the most realistic wood grain finish available today. As well, DUXTON’s display will present a contemporary design entrance door that shows off its German engineered hardware where a three point multi-locking mechanism takes it to another level. “We like to participate in events such as The Winnipeg Renovation Show because it gives us an opportunity to enhance public knowledge and understanding about windows and doors. We also really enjoy the personal interaction with homeowners and designers, which allows us to continue developing and launching new products that respond to their needs. We launch new products on a regular basis, which makes it exciting each year to see what’s new,” says Aynsley, inviting attendees to drop by their booth this January.
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Designs to Wow Sorin Pop wants to talk to Manitobans about their bathrooms. Sorin is principal at SPR, a leading design builder that will be present at this year’s Winnipeg Renovation Show. He reports that SPR tends to see clients who come to them with broad interior design ideas that they help shape into workable dreams. “Our team understands materials, colour palettes, and costing. By having a designer and contractor as one company we can look at what clients want and make it happen. And, we have been doing this since day one,” he says, noting that SPR offers design solutions in all areas of the home, from kitchen to bath. At this year’s Winnipeg Renovation Show, SPR will spotlight a cutting edge bathroom design. “We will be showing fixtures that are very modern. The design itself features great lines and uses large format porcelain tiles for a very clean look,” he says, noting that using large tiles means less grout. “Bring us your colour palette and let us surprise you,” says Sorin. He notes that SPR spends the time to get everyone clear on how they plan to do the job and why they are doing it in a particular way. “This creates a much calmer approach where our clients can relax and we can work on wowing them with service.” SPR has been impressing customers with their attention to details for more than 10 years. Can’t make it to the Winnipeg Renovation Show? Plan to visit SPR at their new design centre located at 521 Hargrave Street in the Exchange or visit their website www.spoprenovations.com
Hibernate in Style Forget Jamaica. With a three-season sunroom, families can holiday at home in comfort for a cost less than heading to the Caribbean. “We let Manitobans hibernate in style,” says Jon Billings, General Manager, SunCo Sunspaces, a Winnipeg-based company that has made sunrooms its mission for nearly 20 years. To date, SunCo has manufactured and installed over 2,500 of these units at properties around the province. Helping them get the job done is a growing network of dealers that offer services throughout Winnipeg, Portage la Prairie, Steinbach, Rosenort, and The Interlake. According to www.vacationkids.com, the average family spends $150 per person per day on winter vacations, 70% more than the average cost per day for a three-season sunroom. With a SunCo SunSpace, families can enjoy 300 days a year in their three-season sunroom, without fear of weather or bugs. “We want our customers to embrace Mother Nature, not spend five months avoiding her,” says Billings. Never having to pack up the lawn furniture in September, BBQ under an umbrella, or count the days until the snow melts are just a few of the benefits of a three-season sunroom. Sunrooms are known to deliver significant upticks to property values as well.
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Find Your Inspiration With Pinterest, HGTV and racks of interior design magazines, homeowners seem to know what they want in a kitchen. But there’s nothing that can beat seeing the real thing. Springfield Woodworking’s showroom on 893 Redonda is an amazing idea centre and a great place to start your kitchen-planning project. With multiple kitchen setups, the showroom highlights how styles can come together and how interior accessories can help make a kitchen more efficient to use. It also features every one of Springfield’s door styles and colours, along with a wide selection of granite and quartz counter tops. Another thing you’ll notice when looking at a Springfield cabinet in person is the quality. The company boasts the best durable UV finish in the industry, thanks to state-of-the-art equipment. They also build every cabinet with a full 5/8-inch back that is ridged and durable. Springfield is constantly updating the showroom with the most current colours and textures. It is a valuable resource for designers and customers alike. Once you’ve picked your perfect Springfield cabinet, the site is measured to make to custom fit the customers space exactly - no use of ugly wide filler strips to make standard box sizes fit. A perfect example is cabinetry finished up to
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A Real Show Luxury vinyl planks have been today’s hard surface of choice for many homeowners, thanks to its low maintenance capability while being highly durable and aesthetically pleasing. Shaw Flooring’s LVP collection, Floorte, is created using high-definition printing, providing a look that’s highly authentic, whether it’s the top species and colours of hardwood, a variety of fossilized wood, stone, or concrete visuals. The line’s waterproof qualities make it ideal for high-moisture areas like basements, bathrooms and mudrooms. Floorte is well known for being strong, durable and flexible, and is great for concealing the imperfections of the floor beneath. The hard floor underneath is softened by LVP’s latest addition – an attached cork backing, which allows comfort underfoot and cushion compared to hardwood, which, as its name implies, is hard underfoot. Ken’s Carpets & Urban Homestyle Centre is the largest Floorte retailer in sales on the prairies, and will be giving customers the chance to win a luxury vinyl floor at the upcoming Winnipeg Renovation Show. Visit the store’s booth and receive a 10 percent off voucher to use in store on a flooring purchase,
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