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76. LAND OF PUCCINI In Lucca, Italy, the famous composer reigns supreme

64. DESIGNERS' CORNER Meet two talented Greater Victoria designers

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uilding a luxury home can have its challenges. And we’re not only talking about footing the final bill. Sometimes it’s the location and the lay of the land that present the highest hurdles — and achieve the loftiest results. Take the stunning cliff-hanger home on the waterfront at Deep Cove featured by writer Grania Litwin and photographed by Geoff Hobson. Christopher Developments and KB Design combined to create this absolute gem that cleaned house at the recent CARE Awards, taking the Project of the Year and Best Single-Family Home among other accolades. The finished product is indeed a winner. The waterfront site is less than 15 metres wide and sloped to the beach at a 45-degree angle. Tight quarters and dizzying drops challenged the designer and the builder and his crews. There were neighbours’ concerns, archeological

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delays and ocean currents and tides to contend with at this restrictive but beautiful location. In the end, ingenuity by some of the best designing and building minds in the business paid handsome dividends to the owners who now enjoy a unique living space in our beautiful corner of the planet . Capital Home gives all involved, including Zenith Developments Landscaping, an extra accolade — the Sheer Willpower Award — for taking an impossible site and turning it into a luxurious place to call home. There are other fantastic houses and features inside our latest edition, including a Central Saanich home on the Dunmora Estate, where a spec home turned out to be a dream home for a globetrotting couple eager to set down roots. It also won multiple CARE Awards, for its smart overall design and many interior features such as bathrooms and kitchen. And on the horizon, there’s the Customs House project at the corner or Government and Wharf streets downtown. Take a tour inside of what will become the city’s most prestigious address, where pre-sales of $2,000 per square foot have already set the bar as the highest residential price per square foot in Victoria’s history. The location is certainly envious, with unprecedented views of the B.C. Legislature, Empress Hotel and the timeless Belmont Building at the gateway to Victoria’s downtown. Our cooking extraordinaire, Eric Akis, sets a luxurious table in this edition, bringing you the classic steak and lobster and divine Bananas Foster dessert straight out of New Orleans. And pack your bags. Angela Mangiacasale is taking us to Italy and the Tuscan city of Lucca, land of legendary composer Giacomo Puccini and home to music festivals,

charming landmarks and museums and, of course, the cuisine that makes Italy famous. Mangiacasale, a Victoria resident whose parents emigrated to Canada in the 1950s from Italy, sets the stage for Puccini’s La bohème, one of the composer’s best works being staged by Pacific Opera Victoria. It will run for five nights in February at the Royal Theatre, featuring ItalianCanadian soprano Lucia Cesaroni as Mimi under the baton of conductor Giuseppe Pietraroia. Consider Mangiacasale’s entertaining article the perfect primer for what will surely be an entertaining show. Enjoy.

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TEXT: MARY ROGERS PHOTOGRAPHS: ROSS HAILEY

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STUNNING HOME PAYS HOMAGE TO GEOMETRIC DESIGN, FUNCTION AND FORM â&#x20AC;&#x201D; AND SYMBOLISM


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ith its smooth stucco walls, circular auto court and blood-red metal sculpture at the entrance, this home is a love letter to international modern design. It’s also a psalm to minimalism and open-concept living. It is the dream and design of Wail Majeed, a man with an unabashed devotion to geometric form and a romantic who appreciates the power of symbolism. “The sky is the artwork here,” he says as he leads the way into the gleaming white living room. Sunlight fills the room, and outside glints the blue water of a large negative-edge pool that hugs the base of this enormous wall of glass. The grand space is defined on either side by matching, chimneyless, linear fire burners installed in raised black granite hearth stones. Powered by biofuel, these “eco fires” are a sleek and green replacement for a traditional fireplace. The fire element is essential to the way Majeed hopes the space is experienced — Earth, sky, water, fire. It is meant to be a visual concert — each a separate instrument, but together a comforting symphony of the familiar, and a reminder that within even everyday elements there is potential for the spectacular.

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SPLASHES INSPIRAT OF RED

THE SPACE FLOWS FROM THE FORMAL LIVING ROOM TO MUSIC ROOM AND DINING ROOM. MATCHING CHIMNEYLESS FIREPLACES ON EACH SIDE OF THE ROOM BURN BIO FUEL. THEY ARE A GREEN ALTERNATIVE TO THE TRADITIONAL FIREPLACE BUT PROVIDE ALL THE DRAMA THAT A FLAME BRINGS TO A SETTING.

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A music room with a baby grand piano is on one side of the living area, a dining room on the other. The dining space flows into a kitchen with glossy white lacquered cabinets, a breakfast area and a family room where a few family photos are displayed on otherwise almost empty shelves. Beyond the music room, on the other side of the living room, is a guest suite, a powder bath with stunning red fixtures and offices. An elevator and two grand staircases, one from the east side of the entryway and one from the west, serve the top floor. The garage is below the house, and the third level is devoted to bedrooms and baths for this family of four, as well as a game room. The blue silicon sink with LEDs in his son’s bath is the sort of unique find the Majeeds appreciate. >

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SSPLASHES OF RED ...A N D A FEW MOR E C OL OURS TOO! They have lived in this Texas house about a year, but it has been a part of their conversation and central to their dreams for much longer. They bought the oddly shaped, sloping lot in 2007, and began the hard work of planning the home they imagined. He relied on his friend and architect, Ken Schaumburg, for project support. As they explored floor sketches, the house began to wiggle out of its cocoon of imagination and into the world of possibility. And then one day it came to life. From that moment on, Majeed says, he called the house by a name: Villa Quantum. That center is marked now by that defining red metal sculpture set in the approach to the house. “It’s called ‘Couple,’ ” says Majeed. He likes the idea that he and his wife are the couple at the creative center, the quantum point, of the home. The Majeeds envisioned a brilliant white interior for the entire house: floors, walls, ceilings. Working within that dream and with a list of how

Majeed wanted upper and lower kitchen cabinets to function, they forged plans for an ultra-modern kitchen: Italian-made white lacquer cabinets, electrical outlets hidden in pop-up towers tucked into the Caesarstone countertops, a generous roll-out spice rack, refrigerator and freezer camouflaged by this gleaming custom cabinetry, and more. Their favorite space is the living room, where the graceful curve of custom white leather couches balances the sharp angles of the architecture. Because Majeed’s favorite color is red, the color of life and passion, he added red pillows and a bold red stripe at the back of each linear fire burner. “Throughout the house there is a mark or stripe of red. It starts outside with the sculpture and moves into the entry and into the living room and radiates through the rest of the house,” she says. In the dining room, that signature splash of red is found on only one leg of the otherwise white dining table. CH

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“This location is, I think, one of the greatest locations in North America. I don’t know if there is a more beautiful setting than being on our Inner Harbour,” says developer Stan Sipos. “For us, it has been an extremely difficult and diligent process to ensure this building is replaced with something that will be here for hundreds of years. “This is the gateway to our inner core. And having a beautiful building as a gateway, next to the Belmont building [across the street at the corner of Humboldt and Government streets] is like a couple of pillars inviting you down into here.” The new configuration of the Customs House project will see 57 high-end condos built in what was the Canada Customs building at 816 Government St. and the adjoining heritage building that faces Wharf Street. The heritage facade will be maintained while the interior will be gutted and renovated. And inside its walls, Sipos promises nothing but the best. He intends to establish lush, inviting living spaces with high-end finishes with painstaking attention to detail in all things. And that will command top dollar. Selling prices for the units range from $800,000 to more than $10 million. Some sales have been for more than $2,000 >


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per square foot, which Sipos says is the highest residential price per square foot ever recorded in Victoria. The price seemed only to fuel interest in the project. While the marketing program launched only a month ago, nearly half of the 57 units have been spoken for — including a 4,000 square foot penthouse suite which sold for $10 million. Details in the suites include kitchens boasting imported Italian cabinets, high-end appliances and engineered stone countertops, bathrooms in porcelain and marble and living spaces with ceilings as high as 13-feet with wide-planked engineered hardwood and imported cabinetry. Architect Paul Merrick promises the design of the project will etch the building into people’s consciousness. “This place was never really strong in anyone’s mental map. One of the most meaningful things this new place is going to do is make it a contributor to this part of the city, and by doing that it will contribute to the whole city,” he said. So far, the work on the building has included interior demolition and remediation work. Demolition of the building that faces Government Street could be completed by Christmas, and construction of the new building will take just over two years. CH

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TEXT: GRANIA LITWIN

PHOTOGRAPHY: GEOFF HOBSON

C U B E CLIFF HANGER WEST COAST MODERN HOME PERCHED ON ROCKY SHORE WAS NOT AN EASY BUILD. BUT THE FINISH IS A CELEBRATION OF ARCHITECTURE, VIEWS AND PURE PERSEVERANCE THE EXTERIOR RESEMBLES A PAINTING BY ABSTRACT MASTER MONDRIAN, WITH ITS SERIES OF BOXLIKE SHAPES, GRAPHIC BLACK OUTLINES AND STARK COLOUR CONTRASTS.

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his attractive waterfront cottage may look as if it was conceived by celebrated 20th-Century abstract artist Piet Mondrian, but its visionary vocabulary and contemporary aesthetics are pure WestCoast modern. And while Mondrian was partial to primary colours such as red, yellow and black in his piles of cubes, this home employs a crisp, palette of sophisticated white, grey and brown — all outlined in slender strands of black. Built by Christopher Developments, the award-winning home’s bold exterior is complemented by an equally distinctive interior. One of the most eye-catching details is a large, honey-grained slab of Mexican parota wood inlaid into the kitchen island. Hobson Woodworks meticulously merged the reddish-brown block into a solid piece of white Caesarstone quartz: “We modified the slab so that it would replicate a live-edge look then perfectly married it together with the stone,” said Geoff Hobson. It took a plenty of hand fitting and sanding to a minute level, but the result is a strong physical feature, a standout look. It is just one of many details that earned the North Saanich home four golds and three silvers at the recent CARE awards, and why the owner-wife said: “This house is more than a dream house, it’s a dream come true. We have a piece of paradise here and especially love how bright the interiors are.”

CASCADING DOWN THE WATERFRONT SIDE, THE HOME FEATURES TWO STOREYS AT STREET LEVEL, A LARGE STORAGE AREA UNDER THE PATIO, PARTIALLY SCREENED BY HORIZONTAL ALUMINUM BOARDS THAT LOOK LIKE WOOD, AND A LOWER LEVEL STUDIO WHICH REPLACED A DILAPIDATED CABANA, WITH ROOFTOP DECKS. THE CHALLENGING BUILDING SITE HAS A SLOPE OF 45 DEGREES.


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SHEER WILLPOWER The 1,790-square-foot house is filled with light now, but there were some dark days during construction. It was a challenge that both the out-of-province owners and contractor described as a nightmare at times. “I honestly don’t think we could have achieved this without our builder,” said the owner, referring to Chris Walker’s determination and resilience. “It is a testament to him that we were able to achieve this with so many huge and seemingly-ridiculous restrictions, ranging from geological issues relating to fish spawning and tsunamis, to a suggestion [which turned out to be false] that it might be an archaeologically important site. There were enough obstacles to make anyone pull their hair out and abandon the project … we are incredibly grateful for Chris’s know-how, attention to detail and willpower.”

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The numerous challenges included limited square footage in the house, a waterfront site less than 15 metres wide and sloped to the beach at a 45-degree angle. Not only was it difficult terrain— especially as crews were working in tight quarters right up against property lines with a drop of 13 metres — but there was also a dilapidated seawall that needed to be rebuilt immediately, to stop erosion. “We had to excavate below high tide, sandbag the ocean front and build very large concrete footings,” said Walker. The wall is four metres high with only about half showing above grade. >41

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SHEER WILLPOWER O THE KB DESIGN CUSTOM HOME HAS RADIANT IN-FLOOR HEAT AND WHITE OAK ENGINEERED FLOORS. A NICHE UNDER THE STAIRS BREAKS UP THAT LARGE SPACE AND A FEATURE WALL OF GREY STONE PROVIDES TEXTURE IN THE DINING ROOM, SAID INTERIOR DESIGNER LORIN TURNER, WHO WORKS WITH THE ZEBRA DESIGN AND INTERIORS GROUP.

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THE GLASS-RAILED STAIRCASE, WITH SKYLIGHTENHANCED ROOFLINE, IS LONG AND HIGH, WHICH IS WHY THE OWNERS OPTED FOR A SAFE AND SOUNDLESS CARPET-WRAPPED FINISH.


RARE CORDOVA BAY OCEANFRONT BUILDING LOT BEST BUY FOR OCEANFRONT BY FAR!

A LIVE-EDGE DINING TABLE FROM CALGARY ECHOES THE CURVED WOODEN BAR AREA IN THE KITCHEN.

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THE POWDER ROOM GLOWS WITH SHIMMERING WALLPAPER, A NEOLITH COUNTERTOP AND CHARACTER MAPLE CABINET — WHICH ALL ADD DIFFERENT TEXTURES. “IT’S A REALLY CLEAN, MODERN LOOK,” SAID GEOFF HOBSON. “THIS IS NOT ONE OF THOSE OVER-THE-TOP, EXTRAVAGANT HOMES. IT IS A SMALLER, BEAUTIFUL HOME TUCKED INTO A WONDERFUL LOCATION.”

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THE FIREPLACE AND TELEVISION ARE OFFSET, FOR A COOL CONTEMPORARY LOOK, AND A FALSE CANTILEVER HEARTH GIVES THE ILLUSION OF WEIGHTLESSNESS EVEN THOUGH IT’S SOLID.

A VARIETY OF INTERIOR CEILING HEIGHTS RISE TO A SKYLIGHT-ROOFED ATRIUM OVER THE STAIRCASE.


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Once the excavation began, a neighbour suggested they might be disturbing an archaeological midden so work instantly halted while an archaeologist got involved and the builder was told to preserve every seashell. Soon it was learned that the debris in question was atop an old septic field, “but that was a nightmare for a while,” said Walker, noting it was one of the toughest sites he’s worked on in 25 years. Because of the unusual design, the home also required many beams to support “all those boxes” and the flat roof had only a slight slope and no overhangs, so it was imperative there be no water penetration. In addition to the two-tone exterior stucco, the exterior features an aluminum siding product called Longboard that looks like walnut-stained wood. “It fools a lot of people,” said Walker, who added it’s expensive but incredibly durable, won’t rot, warp, fade, or ever need staining — and it’s recyclable. Like conventional siding, the product comes in long boards, but with a mechanism that attaches it to a wall. This was the first time Walker used it, but he is now incorporating it into other projects. The home can now weather the elements in style and it is filled with both sunlight and moonlight thanks to a long row of skylights linking the master bedroom to the bathroom, walk-in closet and in-suite laundry. A parallel line of skylights creates an atrium over the stairs —and all are fitted with solar-powered automated blinds. After buying the property a decade ago, and temporarily renting the existing old cottage for seven years, the owners decided to demolish and rebuild while they were still based in another province. “We needed great support as we were not here for the build and only flew in occasionally,” said the owner. In addition to Walker, she said her “dream team” included KB Design’s Keith Baker and interior expert Loren Turner, at Zebra Group.

There were many, many issues to hurdle through, like building the sea wall when the oysters were asleep.”

The waterfront site is less than 15 metres wide and sloped to the beach at a 45-degree angle.

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SHEER WILLPOWER O THE KITCHEN HAS WHITE LACQUER UPPER CABINETS, BLACK-STAINED WENGE LOWER ONES AND CAESARSTONE WHITE QUARTZ COUNTERTOPS FROM STONE AGE MARBLE & GRANITE. HOBSON WOODWORKS DID ALL THE HOMEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S FINISHING CARPENTRY AND CABINETRY, FITTING A CURVED SLAB WITH LIVE-EDGE LOOK INTO THE ISLAND TO ADD WARMTH TO THE CONTEMPORARY SPACE.

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A REMOTE CONTROLLED RETRACTABLE AWNING OFFERS SHELTER FROM RAIN OR SUN WHILE ALUMINUM LONGBOARD SIDING REPLICATES THE LOOK OF WOOD, BUT WITHOUT THE MAINTENANCE, SAID BUILDER CHRISTOPHER WALKER.

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Baker explained the small dimensions, property slope and restrictive footprint were tricky, “but we maxed out the house right to the square inch… despite the many, many issues to hurdle through, like building the wall when the oysters were asleep,” he said with a chuckle. The feeling of space was achieved through added volume and, although the home has a smallish floor plan, it doesn’t live small, because of the high ceilings, long sightlines and its relationship to outside. “Putting skylights over stairs is a great device to bring light inside all day, and light always helps expand a space,” he said. The owners didn’t want to heat, clean, furnish, maintain or decorate a large home so this house is perfect for them, and while it has a modern vibe it never feels cavernous or cold. Using wood is a wonderful way to add warmth in a contemporary space, said interior designer Lorin Turner, who also added texture and curves with features such as the two-storey stone wall in the dining room and wooden slab inlay in the kitchen island. “We were very strategic with these elements as we didn’t want sensory overload. This is after all, a house that celebrates the view and architecture,” said Turner. CH

to create this stunning home that was named project of the year at the recent CARE awards, thanks to its appealing design, high-end construction, detailing and the challenge it was to build. It also won Gold Awards for best single-family detached custom home under 2,500 square feet; best contemporary kitchen under 225 square feet and best new-home design. The home also won Silver

A TOPLESS GLASS GUARDRAIL ENSURES UNOBSTRUCTED VIEWS FROM THE PATIO, WHICH IS A CONCRETE SLAB SUSPENDED ON COLUMNS AND SCREENED OFF BELOW WITH LONGBOARD SIDING.

Awards for best interior design, best outdoor living space and best master suite.

THE SUSPENDED SLAB DECK MEASURES 400 SQUARE FEET. THE OUTDOOR FURNITURE IS FROM COSTCO.

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WAINSCOTING ADDS CLASSIC DETAIL AND TIES IN WITH THE SIX-PIECE WINDOW TRIM. A FREESTANDING OVAL TUB STANDS IN THE WINDOW WITH OVERHEAD CHANDELIER REFLECTING IN POLISHED PORCELAIN TILE FLOOR.

THE MASTER BATH HAS TWO SINKS AND A MAKEUP OR SHAVING STATION IN THE CENTRE. THE LONG CAESARSTONE COUNTERTOP REFLECTS EIGHT BUILT-IN VANITY FIXTURES.

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estled in a dreamy setting of red-barked arbutus and soaring fir trees, intermingled with glimpses of bucolic Saanich Inlet, this new home combines a sleek contemporary interior with a traditional exterior featuring a gable roof and shingle siding. It’s a handsome, stylish home and it may achieve a rare honour, becoming the place where two serial homeowners finally put down roots as deep as the nearby trees. Most people move into a home, hang their favourite pictures, arrange furniture, fill their shelves with books and settle in for the long term, but that’s not been the pattern for nomads Roger Kershaw and Jim Lingerfelt, who live and work here and in Toronto and have moved 13 times in the last 23 years. >

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Deep Roots BUILT -IN LINEN CABINETS AND SHELVES OFFER PLENTY OF STORAGE. A BARN DOOR BETWEEN ENSUITE AND MASTER BEDROOM IS A SPACE SAVER, HELPING CREATE ROOM FOR A SEPARATE WATERCLOSET. THE OWNERS COLLECT INTERNATIONAL ART AS WELL AS PIECES BY VICTORIA ARTISTS NATHAN DAVIS AND DECORATOR INGE RANZINGER. THE MAP ON THE FAR WALL OF THE OFFICE IS OF GREAT BRITAIN, DATED 1749, ONE OF THE OWNERS’ PRIDE AND JOYS.

They had nine houses back east and this is their fourth Island home. Every time they find a new house and move in, they feel they have come closer to arriving at their ideal home — yet they soon develop itchy feet again. “We typically move every couple of years because we are always looking for the perfect house,” said Kershaw, who has a high-end luxury travel business and operates it with Lingerfelt, who is both his CFO and partner in life. For 25 years, Kershaw has customized trips around the globe and he is now an accredited space agent with Virgin Galactic, “so we may soon send clients into space.” But back here on earth, he and his partner believe this house may be “the one,” and they love its environment, too. “This is the greatest place on the planet,” said Kershaw, who

saw the listing on MLS and immediately realized it had everything they wanted. “It was really remarkable … 99 of 100 per cent. And I actually can’t tell you what it’s missing,” he said with a chuckle. It has their favourite colour scheme of grey and white. It is transitional, meaning it is neither too contemporary nor too traditional, and it is in a private setting with wonderful views. “So we pounced,” he said. The owners were also pleased to learn their new home was a recently prizewinner. It took a gold CARE award for best single-family detached spec home over 2,500 square feet, and three silvers, for best traditional bathroom, best kitchen under 250 square feet, and best interior. “It was like sweeping the Olympics,” said Kershaw, who raves >57

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A WIDE OPEN TRANSITION FROM KITCHEN TO DINING ROOM ALLOWS THE HOME COOK TO ENJOY GUESTS WHILE COOKING, AND WIDE WALKWAYS ENSURE ITâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S COMFORTABLE FOR LARGE COOKING GROUPS. STAINLESS STEEL JENN-AIR APPLIANCES INCLUDE A GLASSTOPPED INDUCTION RANGE, WALL OVEN, WARMING TRAY AND TRASH COMPACTOR. PENDANTS HANGING OVER THE CAESARSTONE-TOPPED ISLAND, AS WELL AS POT LIGHTS IN THE COFFERED CEILING AND RECESSED LIGHTS UNDER CABINETS ENSURE A BRIGHT WORKSPACE. UPPER CABINETS ARE INTERSPACED WITH MULTIPLE OPENING WINDOWS. THE BACKSPLASH RUNS ALONG THE FULL LENGTH OF THE KITCHEN WITH HERRINGBONE PATTERNED SUBWAY TILE.

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Deep Roots about his man cave, a massive media room that spans the upper floor of the three-car, 900-square-foot garage. “Jim’s man cave is the kitchen and pantry,” because he is an accomplished chef, trained at a school in Provence. The house was built on spec by Phil Wilson, of Philco Construction and the Torontonians bought it when half finished. “Phil was an absolute dream to work with and we really appreciate the quality of construction in general, the coffered ceilings, beams, wainscoting…” said Kershaw, adding Wilson made all changes with speed and efficiency.

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Dunmora THIS HOME IS LOCATED IN DUNMORA ESTATES, AN EXCLUSIVE ACREAGE ON THE WEST SIDE OF SAANICH PENINSULA THAT WAS ONCE PART OF A LARGE PARCEL SURROUNDING THE STILL-EXISTING DUNMORA HOME. BUILT IN THE 1920s,

THE 3,400-SQUARE FOOT HOME HAS A 900-SQUARE FOOT GARAGE.

THE 10,000-SQUARE-FOOT DUNMORA “It’s hard to call this a spec home when it sold for over $2 million,” said Wilson, but it was, and construction encompassed all aspects of building, including drilling a well, creating a septic field, putting in a long drive, blasting rock and employing an arbourist. He explained that in a spec home where the end buyer is unknown it’s important to be fairly neutral with style — “You don’t want to go too far-out in one direction” — but what sets this house apart is its interior finishing, the fine details and extensive woodwork. “Those are the areas where you have the wow factor.” He credited AP Woodworks and Victoria City Painting for their commitment and for doing “a tremendous job on the entire home.” Philco’s in-house decorating expert, Eric Gibson, helped the clients decide where and how to spend dollars. “Things like concrete and roofing cost a lot, but where you really win people over is with the flooring, cabinets and millwork. Drywall is drywall, but it’s finishing details that will grab people’s attention,” he said. >

MANSION WAS DESIGNED BY ARCHITECT J. C. M. KEITH, WHO ALSO DESIGNED CHRIST CHURCH CATHEDRAL. THE 28-ACRE OCEANFRONT PROPERTY HAS BEEN SUBDIVIDED INTO NINE LARGE PROPERTIES AND THIS HOUSE STANDS ON ONE OF THEM. PHILCO CONSTRUCTION HAS

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A STAMPED CONCRETE PATIO HAS PROPANE BARBECUE, HOT TUB, FIRE PIT. THE HOME HAS LITTLE GRASS AROUND IT AND ALMOST ALL THE PLANTINGS ARE NATURAL SO UPKEEP IS MINIMAL,

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The owners appreciate everything about their home, including a master dressing and bathroom that are bigger than the master bedroom, with built-in shoe racks, double hanging shirt rails and more drawers than anyone could possibly want. In the kitchen, all the appliances are Jenn-Air Pro Series and the owners added a warming oven and trash compactor. For a recent party they hired caterers, “and it was so cool to see they were able to spread everything all over the place,” said Lingerfelt, who studied architecture as well as gastronomy. “We also have a large pantry, and I’ve not had the pleasure of owning one for some time, so I’m enjoying that. It looks like a grocery store now. It’s wonderful having everything orderly.” Speaking of orderly, they love the home’s automated systems that control everything from heating to security, all from a cell

phone. “We were in Mauritius recently and when someone came to the door I was able to speak to them directly,” said Kershaw. Designer Ryan Hoyt said the project’s biggest consideration was how to create a retirement-style home with main-floor living and high-functioning entertainment space, in a house with a bungalow feel. This subdivision has design restrictions that wanted homes not looking like two storeys, he said, “so we sculpted the upstairs into the steep pitch roof. And while the 2.5 acre property was spacious, a development permit called for a relatively small footprint,” so he had to creativly retain water views and skirt rocky outcrops. “The key here was to avoid the look of a monster home, while making the home look grand and executive. Lots of people want to downsize, but they don’t want to get too small,” said Hoyt.


Everyt hing from heating to security is controlled by a cell phone. Although in the past they have moved frequently, Kershaw said they feel “very centred here, very at peace in this house,” but he also added they’ve never lost a penny on a real estate deal. And they don’t ever waste time de-cluttering because they de-cluttered long ago. “The trick is never to get attached to something in the first place,” he said, adding their moves are painless. “I just get out of Jim’s way when he’s unpacking because he can unload 50 boxes in four hours.” Friends ask why would they move, what more they could possibly want in a home. It’s a difficult question, but Kershaw responds: “We have a reputation to keep moving.” >

THIS EXECUTIVE HOME IN CENTRAL SAANICH, WAS BUILT BY PHILCO CONSTRUCTION AND DESIGNED BY RYAN HOYT. IT WON BEST SINGLEFAMILY DETACHED SPEC HOME OVER 2,500 IN THE RECENT CARE AWARDS.

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THE OBJETS D’ART ARE FROM THE OWNERS’ TRAVELS AROUND THE WORLD. THE VASE OF FLOWERS TO THE RIGHT OF THE FIREPLACE IS A SCULPTURE BY ISRAELI ARTIST DAVID GERSTEIN.

LIVING-ROOM CHAIRS AND A DRIFTWOOD COFFEE TABLE ARE FROM RESTORATION HARDWARE. CUSTOM MILLWORK OVER THE FIREPLACE FEATURES A WIDE CRISS-CROSS WOOD OPENING SIZED TO EXACTLY FIT A FOUR-FOOTSQUARE PAINTING THEY JUST HAD SHIPPED HOME FROM SOUTH AFRICA.

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s a kitchen and bath designer with Design One Stevens Interiors, she knows that completing a major renovation can be stressful and overwhelming. That’s why she has focused her career in helping clients navigate the process. “Understanding the client’s vision, how they will use their space, how they like to entertain, contribute to a space that looks great but also just works,” explains Carole, adding “most clients have an idea of how they want their space to look, but aren’t able to articulate those ideas into plans or understand the proper flow of a space. That’s where I can really add value.” Not only does Carole design the renovations she completes, but more often than not, actually provides the trades to get the job done. Noting that with the current building boom, it is often hard for homeowners to find tradespersons “who actually show up”. Carole has a tight roster of trades that work on most of her projects and she is comfortable with their professionalism and craftsmanship. Carole prides herself on the timeliness of her designs. “Too often, trends influence decisions that quickly date the renovation. I work with clients to select colours, finishes and features that, while very current, will not look old after just a few years.” The photos featured are a sample of a renovation in a 100 year old building and are a great example of finding the right mix of colour and quality while being respectful to the heritage of the building. Carole’s wealth of experience is enhanced by her training. She is one of a handful of designers in Victoria accredited by the National Kitchen and Bath Association and undergoes extensive annual > training and updating.

Vision and attention to detail can transform any space into an oasis of comfort and beauty.

THIS RENOVATION OF A 100 YEAR OLD BUILDING IS A GREAT EXAMPLE OF FINDING THE RIGHT MIX OF COLOUR AND QUALITY WHILE BEING RESPECTFUL TO IT’S HERITAGE.

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ack of function was the motivation to updating this 1990’s master ensuite. The main factor was a back injury that was becoming more problematic with the outdated fixtures and dysfunctional layout. To solve this, the layout was first addressed. Working within the original footprint, the shower was increased to allow easier access and mobility. The vanity was re-configured to allow for his and her storage, better function and increased height to prevent unnecessary bending. The tub deck height was increased to allow the client to sit and swing legs in for use. The location of the tub filler was positioned to allow the client to sit while accessing to fill. The toilet height was also addressed and increased. The objective was to create a classic timeless bathroom with modern conveniences and function. A few splurge items were in floor heating and quality fixtures. Hansgrohe was chosen for the modern, yet classic lines with lever and push button options for effortless use. The walls were painted a classic grey with a warm white for trim and ceiling to provide that restful, spa-like experience. Carrera-looking porcelain tile was masterfully laid and gave us that timeless feel we were after. Stacked marble in the back splash was that third element used to give character and texture to the interior design.

THE OBJECTIVE WAS TO CREATE A CLASSIC TIMELESS BATHROOM WITH MODERN CONVENIENCES AND FUNCTION.

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ELITE MEAL THAT CAME TO BE IN THE 1960s REMAINS A HALLMARK OF FINE DINING

A Surf and Turf typically pairs a juicy steak with succulent lobster tail. It’s a classic of modern American culinary convention.

ccording to food history website foodtimeline.org, while meat and seafood have been served at the same meal since antiquity, food historians generally agree the pairing of “surf and turf” is a modern American convention. Foodtimeline.org says fine establishments catering to elite diners craving both lobster and steak on the plate introduced the dish in the 1960s and that fact was noted in newspaper articles and ads from New York to Chicago to Portland. Just who served the first surf and turf is not known, but a few sources suggest it was Seattle Space Needle’s restaurant, Sky City, during the 1962 World’s Fair. Although there are now variations of what constitutes surf and turf, the classic combination is still a tender steak, such as filet mignon (beef tenderloin steak) and lobster, often just the tail. Both can be pricy, so if you’re preparing them at home for your beloved, you will want to cook them just right, or the expense won’t feel worth it. To assist you, I have provided tips on cooking steak and lobster tail and a recipe. >

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efore cooking, let the steak warm at room temperature at least 20 minutes. If cooked refrigerator cold, it won’t cook evenly. Also, preheat your grill or skillet. If you don’t, the meat may stick and/or you won’t achieve a nice sear or grill marks. A steak becomes firmer as it cooks. To see how it’s progressing, lightly press the steak in the centre. When very rare, the meat will feel quite soft; medium-rare steaks will be somewhat soft, but offer a little resistance. A medium steak will start to feel firm, but still have some give. Well-done meat will feel very firm.

AN EXAMPLE OF A PERFECTLY COOKED RARE STEAK. Gauging a steak’s doneness by touch takes practice. If you’re a novice, it’s OK to cheat and make a small incision into the thickest part of a steak and peek inside to see how it’s cooked. If you keep practising the touch technique, after a while you’ll be a pro at judging and not have to peek.

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restaurant-style way of preparing lobster tails for roasting, where before cooking the meat is removed from the shell and set on top. Lobster tails are sold frozen, or thawed from frozen. If you’ve bought the former, you can thaw them by setting them in a sided dish in the refrigerator the day before you’ll serve them. If your forgot to do that, you could also submerge the tail in cold water 30 minutes, or until thawed.

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like to serve this classic “surf and turf” combo steak-house-style, with a baked potato and a buttered green vegetable, such as asparagus, broccolini or green beans, alongside.

Preparation time: 20 minutes Cooking time: About 10 minutes Makes: two servings 2 (6-oz /170g) beef tenderloin steaks or strip loin medallions, each about 2-inches thick (see Note) sOLIVEOIL FORBRUSHING sSALTANDFRESHLYGROUNDBLACK pepper to taste 2 (3 to 4 oz./85 to 115 gram) lobster TAILS THAWEDIFFROZEN ANDPATTEDDRY 2 Tbsp melted butter SMALLGARLICCLOVE MINCED sPINCHESPAPRIKAANDCAYENNEPEPPER 2 tsp lemon juice 2 lemon wedges sMELTEDBUTTER TOTASTE FORDIPPING

Brush the steaks lightly with olive oil; season with salt and pepper. Let steaks warm at room temperature at least 20 minutes. Meanwhile, line a small, shallow baking pan with parchment paper. Prepare the lobster tails for roasting as shown in the step-by-step photos, and then set in the pan (see Eric’s options). Combine the 2 Tbsp melted butter, garlic, paprika, cayenne and lemon juice in a small dish. Generously brush the mixture on the lobster meat. Preheat the oven to 425 F. Preheat your indoor grill or barbecue to medium-high (see Eric’s options). Roast the lobster tails 8 to 10 minutes, or until just cooked through. (When ready, the lobster will feel slightly firm, not stiff and rubbery, a sign it’s overcooked. If it still feels soft, it’s not cooked.) While the lobster cooks, grill the steaks to the desired doneness, about 2 to 3 minutes per side for rare, and 3 to 4 minutes for medium-rare to medium. To serve, set one steak and one lobster tail on each of two heated plates. Set a small dish of the butter and lemon wedge beside each lobster tail, and serve. > NOTE: A STRIP LOIN MEDALLION IS A THICK STRIP LOIN (NEW YORK) STEAK THAT’S BEEN CUT IN HALF, WIDTHWISE, AND TIED AND SHAPED INTO A MEDALLION. YOU’LL FIND THEM FOR SALE AT SOME SUPERMARKETS.

ERIC’S OPTIONS: THE LOBSTER TAILS CAN BE MADE OVEN-READY SEVERAL HOURS IN ADVANCE; COVER AND REFRIGERATE UNTIL YOU’RE READY TO ROAST THEM. BRUSH WITH THE BUTTER MIXTURE JUST BEFORE COOKING THEM, AND ADD A MINUTE OR SO TO THE COOKING TIME AS THE LOBSTER WILL BE QUITE COLD. IF YOU DON’T HAVE A GRILL, YOU COULD ALSO PAN-SEAR THE STEAKS IN A LIGHTLY OILED SKILLET SET OVER MEDIUM-HIGH HEAT.

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enjoy learning about the history of food and how certain dishes were named, particularly the sweet, rich and luxurious ones. One definitely meeting that criteria is Bananas Foster. A number of years ago, I had the dessert at the place it was invented, Brennan’s restaurant in New Orleans, a fine-dining establishment that’s been in business since 1946. I had a splendid meal there and to celebrate the occasion I bought a cookbook filled with recipes for menu items served there. It’s called Breakfast at Brennan’s and Dinner Too and it has a recipe for Bananas Foster. Beside it is a write up about who created it, and why and how it was named. The story goes that in the 1950s, New Orleans was the major port of entry for bananas from Central and South America. To recognize that distinction and to promote the fruit, the restaurant’s owner, Owen Edward Brennan, asked his chef, Paul Blangé, to use those bananas in a new dish. Around the same time, Brennan was asking his chef for that new creation, a publication called Holiday Magazine was asking him for a new recipe that they could run beside a feature story it was doing on the restaurant. The timing was perfect, as it would help promote his chef’s divine new dish he dubbed Bananas Foster. The dessert was named in honour of Richard Foster, a regular customer at Brennan’s and a good friend of Owen Brennan. At that time both men served on the New Orleans Crime Commission, which was trying to clean up the city’s French Quarter. Ironically, though, that new dessert was bit of a crime itself, in that

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it was sinfully rich, divine and flamed with booze. When it was first prepared tableside in the restaurant it drew a lot attention and still does. According to the book, thrifty-five thousand pounds of bananas are flamed each year at Brennan’s in the preparation of this now worldfamous dessert. To make it, in a pan, butter is melted and combined with brown sugar and cinnamon. In goes some banana liqueur, and then pieces of banana are added. After the bananas soften and begin to brown, rum is poured in, warmed and then ignited, flambéing the bananas. When the flame dies down, the bananas and their wicked sauce are served with vanilla ice cream. Yum! As noted, it’s rich and very much a special occasion dessert you have every once in awhile. If you can’t make it to Brennan’s, I have a recipe for Banana’s Foster. It serves two and would provide a sweet way to end a romantic dinner. These days, you’ll also find of other dishes where Bananas Foster, or some form of them, are incorporated into them, such as Bananas Foster waffles and Bananas Foster bread pudding. You will also find cakes featuring the name of the dish including my recipe, Banana Fosters upside-down cake. To make it, sliced bananas are set on a butter/brown sugar mixture flavoured with cinnamon, banana liqueur and rum. Banana-flavoured cake batter gets poured into the pan and when baked, cooled a bit and then inverted, you end up with a beautiful, banana-topped cake that tastes divine. Like Bananas Foster, it’s very much a special occasion dessert that in this > case will serve eight to 10. Capital HOME | 73


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his famed dessert, invented in 1951 at Brennan’s restaurant in New Orleans, sees hot bananas simmered and flamed in a sumptuous, caramel-like sauce.

PREPARATION TIME: 10 minutes COOKING TIME: About five minutes MAKES: two servings 2 Tbsp butter 1/2 C. packed golden-brown sugar 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon 2 Tbsp banana liqueur (see Note) 2 large bananas, peeled and

PREPARATION TIME: 30 minutes COOKING TIME: 50 to 55 minutes MAKES: eight to 10 servings quartered, lengthwise 2 Tbsp white rum TOSCOOPSVANILLAICECREAM 2 mint sprigs, for garnish (optional)

Place butter, sugar and cinnamon in a 10-inch skillet and set over medium heat. Stir and cook until the butter and sugar melt together. Now mix in the banana liqueur. Add the bananas to the pan, turn to coat, and heat through until they just start to soften in the centre. Pour in the rum and let it warm a few seconds. Tilt the pan slightly away from you, and very, very carefully ignite with a long match. Cook, shaking the pan, until the flames die out, about one to two minutes. Divide the bananas and sauce between two serving dishes and serve with the ice cream. Garnish each serving, if desired, with a mint sprig. Note: Banana-flavoured liqueur, such as Bols Creme de Bananes, is available at most liquors stores. If you can’t find it or don’t think you will use it very often, you could replace it in this recipe with another alcohol, such as orange liqueur. The taste won’t be same, but it will still be divine.

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his cake see a rich batter spooned over sliced bananas flavoured as you would Bananas Foster. Once baked, you invert the cake, revealing the sumptuous banana topping.

FOR BANANA FOSTERS TOPPING 1/4 cup soft butter 1 cup packed golden-brown sugar 2 Tbsp white rum 2 Tbsp banana liqueur 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon 2 large ripe bananas, cut into 1/4-inch thick slices

FOR CAKE BATTER 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 3/4 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 cup buttermilk 1 cup mashed ripe banana (see Note)

1/3 cup soft butter 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar TSPPUREVANILLAEXTRACT 2 large eggs VANILLAICEDCREAM TOTASTE mint sprigs, for garnish (optional)


Position an oven rack in the middle position. Preheat oven to 350 F (use regular heat, not convection). Make topping by placing 1/4 cup butter, brown sugar, rum, banana liqueur and cinnamon in the bowl of your standing mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (see Note). Beat those ingredients until well combined. Spread brown sugar mixture all over the bottom of a 9-inch round, 2-inch tall, non-stick baking pan. Arrange the banana slices in circular fashion on top of the brown sugar mixture. (The brown sugar mixture should be almost completely covered with the bananas). Set the cake pan aside for now. To make cake batter, place flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl and whisk to combine. Combine the buttermilk and mashed bananas in another bowl. Place the 1/3 cup butter, granulated sugar and vanilla extract in the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Beat mixture until very well combined. Now beat in the eggs, one at a time, beating thoroughly after each

addition. Add flour mixture alternatively with buttermilk/banana mixture, mixing until just combined. Scrap the sides of the bowl and mix 30 seconds more. Pour the batter into the cake pan. Bake 50 to 55 minutes (see note), or until the cake springs back when gently touched in the centre. Cool the cake 15 minutes. Run a paring knife around the edge of the cake. Set a cake plate over the pan (see note). Carefully and quickly invert the cake and release onto the plate. Serve wedges of the cake warm or at room temperature with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Garnish with mint sprigs, if desired.

NOTE: Two large bananas should yield the one cup of mashed bananas needed here. If you don’t have a stand mixer, you could use a hand-held electric mixer for this recipe. If the brown sugar mixture bubbles over the edges of the pan later in the baking process, set a baking sheet on a rack below the cake pan to catch those drips. If you don’t have a cake plate, after baking, invert the cake on a parchment paper-lined board and serve it from there.

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throughout the cooking process. Simmer, uncovered for 3 hours.

STEP 1: Remove label from the unopened can of condensed milk. Fill a deep medium saucepan with water. Bring to the boil. Carefully place the can in the saucepan, ensuring there’s enough water to completely cover the can at all times, topping up water frequently

STEP 2: Ensure the can is completely covered with water at all times during cooking. STEP 3: Carefully remove the can from the boiling water. Allow to cool completely before opening and using as a caramel spread or dip.

STEP 4: Alternately, combine 200g butter with 200g brown sugar in a medium saucepan. Stir over low heat until the butter and sugar become a smooth liquid. Add 395g condensed milk. Stir over low heat for 20 minutes or until mixture browns and thickens slightly. Mixture will be very hot. Completely cool before using.

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LUCCA Italy:

THE LAND OF GIACOMO PUCCINI

LESS COMMONLY KNOWN AS: GIACOMO ANTONIO DOMENICO MICHELE SECONDO MARIA PUCCINI.

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AMPHITHEATRE OVERHEAD VIEW: BUILDINGS WRAP AROUND THE CENTRE OF PIAZZA DELL’ANFITEATRO, HINTING AT ITS SECOND CENTURY ORIGIN AS A ROMAN AMPHITHEATRE.

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or a man who died more than 90 years ago, Giacomo Puccini still exerts extraordinary influence over the culture and economy of his birthplace, Lucca, Italy, where visitors can take in a performance of the composer’s work almost every night of the year. Puccini seems to be everywhere in this fortress city, about 90 kilometres west of Florence, where you can stroll or bike along the four-kilometre, tree-lined top of its well-preserved ramparts. The narrow streets in the historic centre – where few vehicles are permitted – fill with thousands of tourists a year, lured by the history and architecture, and the legend and music of the Tuscan city’s most famous son. Visitors can stay at the charming, family-run Piccolo Hotel Puccini, dine on fine handmade pizza and pasta at Puccio & Puccini trattoria and tour a museum in the home where Puccini was born. A second museum fills a villa where the composer once lived in the countryside, about 25 kilometres west of Lucca. In Piazza Cittadella, one of the city’s many public squares, the maestro himself, cast in life-size bronze, sits atop a plinth, relaxing in an armchair, his left ankle perched on his right knee, a smoke between the fingers of his right hand. A chain smoker of cigars and cigarettes, Puccini died of throat cancer in 1924 at the age of 65. So it’s surprising to discover the composer has only recently become a symbol for Lucca. “In 1994, when they put up the statue of Puccini, it was a shock for the Lucchesi. ‘Who is he?’ they said. Then, ‘Oh, Puccini. Oh, yes,’” said Gabriele Calabrese, doyen among local tour guides, featured in travel guru Rick Steves’ Italian guidebook and television show. >

IN 1994, WHEN A STATUE OF GIACOMO PUCCINI WAS PLACED IN A PUBLIC SQUARE BESIDE THE HOUSE WHERE HE WAS BORN, MANY RESIDENTS WERE SURPRISED TO DISCOVER THEIR CITY’S CONNECTIONS TO THE FAMOUS OPERA COMPOSER. Capital HOME | 77


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It was only in 2015 that a collaboration emerged among the area’s Chamber of Commerce, artistic and cultural institutions, local governments and marketing agencies to brand the region “The Lands of Giacomo Puccini,” launching a worldwide promotional campaign. “So, Puccini became – and is going to be even more – the symbol that can link with all the other things in the town,” Calabrese said, laughing as he noted that you can now purchase chocolates and cigars with Puccini’s image on them. Tourism figures reflect the success of the campaign, said Francesca Sargenti, head of international marketing for Lucca’s Chamber of Commerce. Just in the first year, the number of foreign visitors to the province, which includes Lucca and surrounding towns and villages, jumped almost 3.5 per cent – to 449,300 visitors in 2016 from 434,636 in 2015. It’s up 17.5 per cent since 2001. The Puccini Birth Home Museum had 34,000 visitors in 2016 – up more than 40 per cent from the 24,000 in 2014. Seven euros buys one ticket (5 euros, if you’re a student or a senior) into the 12 exhibition rooms. The centrepiece of the music room is the Steinway grand piano Puccini bought

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in 1901 and used to compose much of his last opera, Turandot. The attic is a shrine to one of his most famous works, La bohème, designed by the local Teatro del Giglio to look like the garret setting of the opera. There’s even a Puccini Museum app, which guides users through the museum and to Puccini-related sites around Lucca. The big draw, though, is Puccini’s music. Calabrese is putting together a new tour to be called Puccini and the music of Lucca, which will touch on other famous musicians and composers with links to the area, including Boccherini, Geminiani and Paganini. In Tuscany, Calabrese said, each town was an independent state until 1861 when they joined to form a constitutional monarchy, which lasted until 1946, when Italians voted to become a republic. Through the centuries, music was the link. “All excuses were good to produce music,” Calabrese said. “Nowadays, we have 50 churches, but in the old times, we had 101 … every day was a good excuse to make music in honour of a saint or a wedding or a funeral and the election of senators every two months at the end of which they had to produce new music in honour of the new government.” >81


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attention of the audience nowadays cannot be taken for more than three minutes.” That was more than 100 years ago, long before modern pop and rock music adopted the same rule. “La bohème is the greatest summary of everything Puccini understood about the psychology of the audience. He wrote a fantastic story full of important feelings and emotions and sentiments and then he put fantastic melodies in that, absolutely unbeatable,” Colombini said. Vernon agrees that Puccini’s operas reveal a keen sense of timing. “He writes so well for the opera house that he even knows exactly how long it will take for one of his characters to cross the stage. It’s unheard of. It’s a kind of mastery that few people have.”

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the world, is keeping the staging fresh for

London, St. Petersburg, Buenos Aires, Paris, Johannesberg

audiences. POV is taking its cue from the story’s

and countless others – are staging La bohème, Giacomo

locations – a garret, a café and the streets of

Puccini’s opera about the struggles, loves and losses of a

the bohemian quarter of 1840s Paris.

SOPRANO FEDERICA NICOTRA AND TENOR MARCO MUSTARO, ACCOMPANIED BY PIANIST DIEGO FIORINI, PERFORM SELECTIONS FROM THE WORKS OF GIACOMO PUCCINI IN THE CHURCH OF SAN GIOVANNI, HOME BASE FOR THE PUCCINI E LA SUA LUCCA FESTIVAL. (CREDIT: PUCCINI E LA SUA LUCCA FESTIVAL)

young Bohemian group of friends in mid-19th century Paris.

“There is this powerful draw and Puccini will always have that because

he touches the heart so directly and immediately, and it stirs your emotions,” said Timothy Vernon, artistic director of Pacific Opera Victoria, which will mount a production of La bohème in February. “It’s impossible

to sit in a good performance of Puccini and not be moved.” In the Tuscan city of Lucca, where Puccini was born, conductor and music impresario Andrea Colombini’s opera company staged La bohème ANDREA COLOMBINI FOUNDER AND ARTISTIC DIRECTOR OF THE PUCCINI E LA SUA LUCCA FESTIVAL CONDUCTS LUCCA’S PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA IN CHIESA DI SANTA MARIA DEI SERVI, ONE OF THE CHURCHES IN WHICH THE FESTIVAL STAGES CONCERTS ALMOST EVERY NIGHT OF THE YEAR. (CREDIT: PUCCINI E LA SUA LUCCA FESTIVAL)

in October, part of a festival within the Puccini e La Sua Lucca festival that presents about 360 concerts a year. To explain Puccini’s enduring popularity, Colombini tells a story about famous British conductor Sir Thomas Beecham being received at Buckingham Palace by King George V. “Thomas Beecham had the courage to ask the king, who was not a very

“Our wonderful director-designer team have found a beautiful, painterly

cultured man … which was his favourite opera. And the king, without

way, without a whole lot of hard set – constructed walls and windows and

hesitation, replied ‘La bohème’ by Puccini. Beecham, who was a dear

whatnot – to create the atmosphere around the characters for each of the

friend of Puccini, immediately replied, ‘And why, sir, may I ask you, La

scenes that feels very French, very Parisian,” Vernon said.

bohème? Why so decisively?’ ‘Because it is the shortest.’” It’s an amusing, but perfect answer, Colombini said, because it captures Puccini’s “golden rule.”

POV’s La bohème runs for five nights in February, 2018, at the Royal Theatre, featuring Italian-Canadian soprano Lucia Cesaroni as Mimi under the baton of conductor Giuseppe Pietraroia.

“His editor, the great producer Giulio Ricordi, told him, ‘Remember, any good melody is never more than three minutes in length because the

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ANGELA MANGIACASALE COMMUNE DI LUCCA, ARCHIVIO FOTOGRAFICO SETTORE 9 GUINIGI TOWER: YOU CAN CLIMB THE 45-METRE TALL 14TH-CENTURY TOWER TO SEE THE ROOFTOP GARDEN THAT INCLUDES HOLM OAK TREES AND TAKE IN THE PANORAMIC VIEW OF THE CITY.

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PORTA SAN PIETRO: BUILT IN THE 16TH CENTURY, IT IS THE MOST ELABORATE AND IMPRESSIVE OF THE GATEWAYS IN THE RENAISSANCE WALLS THAT RING LUCCA’S HISTORIC CENTRE. OVER THE MIDDLE OF THE GATE’S THREE DOORS – ONE FOR CARS AND TWO FOR PEDESTRIANS – A SHIELD DEPICTING ST. PETER IS FLANKED BY TWO LIONS.


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THE HISTORIC CENTRE OF LUCCA IS A SMALL, ENGAGING AREA OF TUSCANY, WITH EXCELLENT TRANSPORTATION CONNECTIONS TO MAIN TOURIST CENTRES SUCH AS PISA AND FLORENCE.

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Puccini’s ancestors played a big role in the music of the city, with five generations serving as organist and master of the chapel for the Lucca’s cathedral, San Martino. “Puccini was the result of all this,” Calabrese said, calling the composer “the final jewel” in Lucca’s rich musical lineage. That history resounds to rafters at the Church of San Giovanni, home base of the Puccini e La Sua Lucca festival company of 80 professional singers, four pianists, two symphony orchestras and two choirs that present about 360 concerts a year. No wonder that, sometimes, when you’re walking along the often narrow, stone-block streets, you hear through an open window one of the many resident musicians practising for a performance. “Puccini is the most performed opera composer in the world,” said Andrea Colombini, the conductor and artistic director who founded the festival in 2004. There was little local interest or support when he and his family invested hundreds of thousands of euros to launch the festival. Today, he works with 47 tour operators around the world to bring visitors to Lucca. The festival, which offers a concert every night of the week almost every month, focusses on the music

of Puccini, but includes the works of other composers. “It would not be possible to have Puccini’s music only because the closed pieces – the arias and duets from Puccini’s works – are only 27,” Colombini said. So, Puccini shares the bill with the likes of Mozart and Verdi as well as traditional Neapolitan folk songs. Of the 55,000 people a year who purchase tickets to the Puccini festival concerts, 99 per cent are foreigners. But it is the Italians and the economy of Lucca that benefit, Colombini said. “The income [generated] from the festival – when you think of all the restaurants, transportation and services [used by concert patrons] – is something from 40-million to 50-million euros per year,” he said. Lucca’s Chamber of Commerce did not have figures for the economic impact of tourism. Lucca also appeals to tourists looking for a nonPuccini experience. There’s the Women of Jazz Festival for three weeks in October, a tango festival that celebrated its second edition in October, and pop, rock and contemporary music concerts. This year’s Summer Festival, over six weeks from midJune through late July, included performances by Green Day, Lauryn Hill, Mary J. Blige and Imagine Dragons. In September, the Rolling Stones attracted an audience of 55,000 to a specially created outdoor venue along the city’s famous walls. >

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IN A PUBLIC SQUARE IN LUCCA, GIACOMO PUCCINI, CAST IN LIFESIZE BRONZE, SITS ATOP A PLINTH, RELAXING IN AN ARMCHAIR, HIS LEFT ANKLE PERCHED ON HIS RIGHT KNEE, A SMOKE BETWEEN THE FINGERS OF HIS RIGHT HAND.

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In April, almost 18,000 people participated in the 41st edition of the annual March of the Villas, a non-competitive race for runners and walkers with routes around Lucca that range from three kilometres to 28 kilometres in length. In September, Lucca’s festival month, Lucchesi from around the world return home to take part in the procession and celebration of the Volto Santo, a wooden crucifix and image of Christ. Said to have been carved by Jesus’s contemporary Nicodemus and then miraculously appeared in Lucca in 782, the gilded icon stands in a small octagonal, birdcage-like chapel inside Lucca’s Roman Catholic cathedral or “duomo,” San Martino. Dating from the second century, it was built and rebuilt over hundreds of years, obvious in the striking contrast between the façade of soaring arches and elaborately carved columns in brilliant white marble accented in pink and green, and the relatively plain, linear bell tower with a base made of quartz in a mixture of flat, deep colours and a white marble top. A small labyrinth embedded in the westernmost pillar of the portico is thought to predate the famous 13thcentury labyrinth of Chartres. A metaphoric world away from its many churches, Lucca is also known for hosting the largest comics and games festival in Europe in November, an annual event for more than 50 years. No surprise that two million euros is being spent to renovate the city’s Comics Museum. Lucca also has a handful of small museums, including two in former family mansions. Palazzo Mansi National Museum, a sumptuously decorated Baroque palace built in the 1600s for a wealthy merchant, features 18th-century art, frescoes and huge, elaborate tapestries that cover the walls. Another stunning palace, Palazzo Pfanner, is worth a visit just for the grand courtyard gardens with statues of Roman

and Greek gods. Still owned by the Pfanner family, a palatial first-floor apartment can be rented on Airbnb or vacation rental by owner for an average of less than $175 Cdn a night, depending on the month. Fans of architecture will be fascinated by the mix of architectural styles, sometimes all in one building because they were begun in one century and finished hundreds of years later. The elliptical shape of Piazza dell’Anfiteatro hints at its origin as a Roman amphitheatre. A ring of buildings from the 1800s surrounds the centre, a public plaza reached through four gateways, the lowest of which reveals its Roman remains. The streetscape preserves the rectangular grid of narrow, straight streets first developed in the second century when Lucca was a Roman colony. For a panoramic view of those streets, it’s worth climbing the 45-metre Guinigi tower, built in the late 1300s for a wealthy silk merchant. Restored in the 1980s, the red-brick tower features tall Holm oak trees in a rooftop garden from which you can look over the city’s red-tiled roofs to the

surrounding Tuscan hills. To get a different perspective, you can climb the 50-metre Torre delle Ore (clock tower) and also see the bells and mechanism that date from the 1700s. A combined ticket, just 9 euros, gains entrance to both towers and the city’s 197-year-old botanical garden, a twohectare scientific research centre with paths and benches in a lush triangle with a pond and more than 200 species of colourful plants, shrubs and towering trees. While conductor Colombini is thrilled that Puccini and his music is luring more tourists to Lucca, he said he knows it’s the setting that makes people want to stay longer. “You go out from a concert and you have a fantastic city to be explored.” Angela Mangiacasale, former Times Colonist associate city editor, has travelled to Italy many times. She made her first trip as a child in the 1960s when her parents, who immigrated to Canada from Italy in the 1950s, took her back to their hometown in Calabria to meet their large, extended families with whom she still keeps in touch. >

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WHILE PUCCINI IS THE MAIN DRAW...

CONSTRUCTION OF DUOMO DI SAN MARTINO, THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CATHEDRAL OF LUCCA, BEGAN IN THE 2ND CENTURY AND CONTINUED OVER HUNDREDS OF YEARS, RESULTING IN AN ECLECTIC MIX OF ARCHITECTURAL STYLES.


LUCCA ALSO APPEALS TO TOURISTS LOOKING FOR A NON-PUCCINI EXPERIENCE. PHOTOS: COMMUNE DI LUCCA

MANY RESTAURANTS AND CAFES OFFER OUTDOOR SEATING ALONG THE STONE-BLOCK STREETS OF LUCCA.

VIEW OF GUINIGI TOWER THROUGH THE NEARBY NARROW STREETS

VISITORS CAN RENT BICYCLES – INCLUDING TWO- AND FOUR-SEATER SIDE-BY-SIDE CARRIAGES – TO RIDE ON TOP OF THE CITY’S FAMOUS WALLS. PORTA SAN GERVASIO IS A “DOOR” IN THE ANCIENT WALLS OF LUCCA. AT ONE END OF VIA FILLUNGO, THE ARCHWAY IS ABOUT EIGHT METRES HIGH, SITTING BETWEEN TWO GREY STONE TOWERS.

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TRAVELLucca, Italy

If you go: Lucca

PALAZZO PFANNER GARDENS IN LUCCA

TOURS : Two-hour guided walking

night, the festival founder says there

tours in English start from the Tourist

are probably another 250 concerts

Information Centre in Piazzale Verdi

a year in a variety of musical styles.

at 2 p.m. daily from April to October

Check concert listings at the Tourist

and on Saturdays and Sundays from

Information Centre in Piazzale

November to March. Cost is 10 euros

Verdi. Tickets for the daily Puccini

per adult. Free for children up to

e La Sua Lucca festival concerts are

age 15. To book a private tour with

20 euros per adult. Book online at

Gabriele Calabrese or one of his

puccinielasualucca.com to save 10

colleagues, go to en.turislucca.com.

per cent and pay (cash only) when you pick up your tickets in Lucca.

CONCERTS : An Italian opera magazine once called Lucca the place

INFORMATION:

with the world’s “highest density

For more about Lucca, visit the

of music.” While Puccini e La Sua

city’s extensive tourism website:

Lucca offers concerts almost every

turismo.lucca.it/en

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LIDA HOMES 37

SUSANNA CROFTON, NEWPORT REALTY 45

BAYVIEW PLACE 52/53

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LUGARO JEWELLERS 92

THE ROOT CELLAR 14

CHRISTOPHER DEVELOPMENTS 59

MACDONALD REALTY 71

THE SILVER DOLLAR 70

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MUSE & MERCHANT 72

VAN ISLE WINDOWS 60

DODD’S FURNITURE 12

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VICTORIA BLINDS & CLOSETS 63

GREGG’S FURNITURE & UPHOLSTERY 32

PROPERTIES IN VICTORIA 70

VICTORIA REAL ESTATE BOARD 85

HOBSON WOODWORKS 17

REDBLUE HEATING AND REFRIGERATION 67

VICTORIA RESIDENTIAL BUILDERS ASSOC 16

INCREDIBLE CLOSETS 5

REKINDLE DESIGNS 75

VICTORIA ROYALS 50

JACK BARKER, RE/MAX CAMOSUN 39

SAGER’S HOME LIVING 3

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JACKIE NGAI, SUTTON WESTCOAST REALTY 75

SOTHEBY’S INTERNATIONAL REALTY CANADA 6

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