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Losani Homes one of Canada’s best-managed companies

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Losani Homes one of Canada’s best-managed companies

For more than 40 years, Losani Homes has been known for their recognizable style and unparalleled craftsmanship. Founded in 1976 by Giovanni Losani, along with eldest son Lino, Fred Losani joined his brother and father in 1985 following graduating from Brock University.

Losani carefully chooses locations that are close to parks, trails and wooded areas, and augments these natural settings with wide boulevards and pleasing streetscapes giving each community a spirit distinctly its own, while all standing the tests of time.

In addition to more than 100 home building awards that range from local markets to world-wide recognition, Losani Homes was also named one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies for 11 straight years, a distinction conferred by the Queen’s School of Business, CIBC, The National Post and Deloitte. In the process, Losani Homes has gained platinum status in what is Canada’s leading business awards program, a feat no other homebuilder in Canada can claim. In addition, the company has received the coveted Consumer’s Choice Awards for service, value and quality for the Hamilton/Niagara regions each of the past five years, in addition to the award for Philanthropic Company of the Year.


Losani Homes’ latest community offering serves up some of the best value in southern Ontario when it comes to new communities. With four two-storey contemporary townhome designs available to compliment the rich diversity offered across the single detached options, the McKenzie strikes a unique balance between offering industry-leading value without any compromises. Two-storey townhomes range in square footage from 1,454 to 1,728 and start at $397,900. Single-family detached homes are available on 36-foot and 40-foot lots with your choice of 20 unique award-winning models. Many of which come in your choice of one of four timeless elevations starting at just $504,900.


Positioned on a former winery in Beamsville, Vista Ridge is a unique community that embodies all that Niagara has to offer, including rich soil and enchanting vistas. In addition, it has the envied location of being close to the Bruce Trail and the Niagara Escarpment. However, Vista Ridge’s popularity also has to do with its infrastructure. Built into the community are tennis courts, a splash pad and traditional park space.

Here, two-storey towns come in three distinct layouts, ranging in size from 1,454 to 1,708 square feet, and start at $429,900. Single-family detached homes are available on 36-foot and 40-foot lots, as well as custom lots, starting at $555,900. Models range in size from 1,348 to 3,198 square feet and are available in four elevations.


This Paris might not have the Eiffel Tower, but it has been billed as one of the most charming towns in Ontario. Steeped in cobblestone character, the Grand River measures the pulse of everyday life in Paris.

Two-storey semis are available in three models ranging in size from 1,481 to 1,855 square feet, with prices starting at $447,900. A total of 24 detached single-family designs are available with a choice of one of four elevations. Homes are positioned on 43-, 46- or 50-foot lots, and range in size from 1,360 to 3,500 square feet.


One of the largest, and most innovative, master-planned communities in Hamilton is Central Park. This neighbourhood offers inspired designs and lot choices that are built around a wonderful park, all within walking distance to shopping. Also close by is the Eco-trail Promenade, which offers direct access to the 10-kilometre East Mountain Trail Loop.

Spacious, two-storey towns are priced from $529,900 for layouts that range between 1,470 to 1,554 square feet. Three-storey towns range in size from 1,252 to 1,633 square feet and start at $444,900.


Nestled amongst 48 wineries, Lincoln Estates is one of the most exclusive collections of single-family homes in Beamsville. The location is ideal for those who love the great outdoors with the Niagara Escarpment and Bruce Trail nearby.

Choose from 26 exclusive designs of detached homes that range in size from 1,533 to 3,632 square feet. Four exterior elevation packages include Tuscan, Chateau, Traditional and Modern on 40-, 46- or 50-foot lots. Custom lots are also available. Prices start at $689,900.


Losani Homes’ Pronto: Homes on Demand program allows homebuyers to get the house that they want, when they want it. Because the home was built before purchasing, significant savings are passed on to the homebuyer and quick closings are available.

Move-in-ready properties, with closings as soon as 30 days, are available at Augusta Encore, Astoria Grand, Fallingwaters and Ancaster Woodlands. A selection of styles and models are priced from $439,900 to $1.2 million.

With so much diversity in Losani Homes’ current community lineup and Pronto inventory, no matter what portion of the market you and your family occupy, there is something for you at Losani Homes.



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The Most Colourful Time of the Year

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The Most Colourful Time of the Year

Holiday decorating allows you to unleash a vibrant colour scheme, in tune with the festive season

Photography By Gillian Jackson

Holidays are meant to be festive and colourful, and I’m here to tell you there are no rules about which colours you use to decorate your home. If someone even mentions a “don’t,” I’m very quick to tell them to MYOB (meaning Mind Your Own Business). Let’s just have fun, throw political correctness and matchy-matchy out the front door and celebrate the season with colour!

A statement chandelier plays nicely with blue, silver and chartreuse tree and mantel decor

It may be just me, but I love going into my friend’s and client’s homes during the holiday season, just to see how they’ve decorated. Do they follow through with an already existing colour story? Or do they make a bold statement with vivid hues that don’t speak to anything else? Sometimes elegant and understated is the way to go, but you can find ornaments in almost every colour today, so it’s just a matter of getting creative with the placement.

One client, who during the holidays has been known to put a tree in Every. Single. Room., loves decorating, and the holidays give her an excuse to go over the top! You may not want to consider installing a real pine tree in your powder room, as she has done more than once, but think about it…there are benefits, especially when it comes to that lovely, pine scent.

But let’s get back to colour.


Imagine owning a house with a 14-foot-high basement. There’s no question whether a tree will fit, it’s a matter of how tall a tree you can find. If it’s the kids’ retreat during the holidays, the decor can be colourful, youthful and fun. The room is dominated by a beautiful field-stone fireplace and bold berry-red furnishings, so my client added pops of red, pink, fuchsia, and purple. It looks just right with rustic, natural decor.

Pink, red, purple and fuchsia ornaments and decorations work when you let one of those colours dominate. Here it’s the berry red that draws your eye through the design.


Silver and blue are classic, go-together colours during the holidays. Adding hints of chartreuse to the mix tames the blue and silver ever so slightly, but what a great combination. By repeating the colours together throughout a space, you give the eye a treat as it looks around the space. But don’t overdo it; it doesn’t have to be too theme-y. Let whatever blues you love mix with the other colours to add depth and interest.

Candles and natural greenery are more than enough to make your dinner table beautiful!


Don’t skimp on the shine. Glittery fabrics, candle light, warm LED bulbs in the tree and a roaring fire. They all spin their magic to make your room come alive. Try to add light in special places, like lanterns on the floor with candles. It adds interest in the corners and can also help light a path from room to room in the evenings.

Candles lit on the table and surrounding it bathe your holiday decor in a warm glow.


Taking your holiday decor colour scheme in a direction dictated by the furnishings is a sure winner. But if your home has a neutral palette, you can go in whatever direction you like. I personally have used a black and golden-orange colour scheme in previous years because I love the way the colours look together. It’s not as Halloween-y as it sounds. It has a slight gothic vibe but still reads festive and cheerful.

Orange and black may sound garish but I loved my gothic Christmas tree!

So where do you start and stop? That’s up to you. No rules. Except don’t ignore your holiday dinner table, it needs colour, too, but just subtle hints of it. Here, the people around the table and the food must take centre stage. Use a sideboard or bar cart to create a holiday wonderland, perhaps surrounding a dessert buffet, but go easy on the table decor. Candle light and dimmable lighting is the only complement you need with happy guests.

Mirrored, white and silver ornaments help temper the black and orange-gold colour scheme.

It’s that one time a year you can (almost) go over the top but look at it as a way to bring fun, beauty and warmth to your home.


  • Don’t be afraid to mix analogous colours (variations of the same hue like burgundy and pink) whether it’s in an ombré throw or a shiny ornament, it will look fun and fabulous!
  • If you have a tradition of colours you use every year and you love it, don’t change it. Just add another colour into the mix to keep your holiday decor fresh.
  • The sparkle of a chandelier feels special all year long but adding the holiday glitz and glamour makes your whole room downright shimmer.
  • Warm LED lighting gives you that soft, warm glow. Try to avoid cold, fluorescent-like lighting. You’re not at the office, you’re at home for the holidays.
  • The only rule about adding colour to your holiday decor is just ADD IT!

Designer, spokesperson, author and television personality, Jane Lockhart is one of Canada’s best-known experts in the world of design and colour. janelockhart.com


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Tedde Morre strongly rooted In Canadian theatre

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Tedde Morre strongly rooted In Canadian theatre

By Cece M. Scott 

Granddaughter of the theatrical icon, Dora Mavor Moore, Tedde Moore has spent much of her life in, and around, the acting world. “I first appeared on stage on the CBC’s children’s show, Travelin’ Time, when I was 13 years old,” says Moore. “I’d been around the theatre since I was two years old, so acting was like old hat to me. I was hilariously casual about it and failed to learn my lines, which wasn’t good, because it was live-to-tape. The cameramen knew that as my eyes got wider and wider that there would be no more coming from me – that I’d dried up, with nothing more to say. It took me quite awhile to understand that I had to work at it.”

Photo: Jake Martella

Moore’s grandmother was the Canadian pioneer of live theatre, and for whom the annual Canadian live theatre awards are named – the Dora Awards. She greatly influenced her granddaughter with words of wisdom. “Her attitude towards human kind, life and death, were also a big influence on me,” says Moore. “She was a remarkable woman.”

Tall and slim, Moore’s grey hair is swept back with a barrette, and she looks very elegant dressed in black, when she answers the door of her 1883, 450-square-foot worker’s cottage in Parkdale. Her initial demeanour is somewhat reticent, but ten minutes into the interview Moore’s cool deportment implodes into a hearty laugh, which instantly changes the dynamics of the conversation.

Photo: Cylla von Tiedemann


Moore’s career encompasses a wide body of work in theatre, film and television. She won the Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Female Performance, in The Walls of Africa. She also won the Canadian Film Award for Best Supporting Actress, in Second Wind. During her 50-year career, the experience that resonates the most with her is the time that she spent acting in Stratford. “I was 22 at the time,” she says. “It was all wonderful, because I was just starting out. When you start at the top, you don’t realize that the whole of your life won’t be this wonderful. You have no frame of reference. It was a time never to be created again.”

In Man and Superman, 1976. Photography Photo Features Ltd., courtesy Tedde Moore

Playing Juliet to Christopher Walken’s Romeo, was Moore’s favourite role at Stratford. She talks fondly of her character in The Castle, her role in the Shaw play, Man and Superman (performed in Ottawa), as well as her last major, theatrical role in The Walls of Africa. “I was working with some remarkable people, including actor/director, Layne Coleman,” says Moore. “Our acting techniques were so different. I needed everything to be rehearsed and organized. Layne was completely the opposite – very free spirited. He believed in doing what he felt, a style that I was allergic to.”

With Mairtin O’Carrigan in Mistletoe Over Manhattan, 2011; Photography Photo Features Ltd., courtesy Tedde Moore

The role that Moore is most famous for, is that of the beloved Miss Shields in the 1983 movie A Christmas Story, for which she garnered a Genie nomination. The movie, hugely popular in the States as well, has achieved a cult following. Moore attends some of the events, and is buoyed by the number of people who say that they became a teacher because of her. At the time of filming, Moore was eight months pregnant. Being a single, pregnant woman in a movie that is set in the 1940s would not have been acceptable. “The director, Bob Clark, told me not to worry about it – I could sit behind a desk,” says Moore. “But I had never been in an MGM movie, and I was not about to do that.” Instead, Moore padded herself to give the allusion of chubbiness, a state that she thoroughly enjoyed.

Midsummer Night’s Dream, photo: Douglas Spillane


In 2001, Moore was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS), which, along with arthritis, has affected her life on many levels. She can no longer drive or walk far, and finds it difficult to plan ahead. However, she was most impacted by the fact that she had to give up acting and teaching – the two careers that she dearly loved. “I am a whore for acting,” says Moore with a jovial laugh. “But the MS, which affects the nerves, made it extremely difficult to do all the things that I was called upon to do. Giving up both my acting and teaching careers was the biggest challenge I have ever had to face. I always thought that when I got older in life, I could focus on my acting, and now I can’t. It has been awful.”

Another hurdle that Moore has successfully climbed, is her dedication to becoming sober. She describes her former life as haphazard. With the assistance of a good therapist, she now feels happier and more present. “I could always drink everyone under the table. And then, it always seemed like a dandy idea to get some marijuana,” says Moore. “It is the irony of my life that now that I’ve stopped smoking weed, it has become legal.”

Under the care of a naturopath and acupuncturist, she’s also experienced relief from the symptoms related to arthritis and inflammation. Moore says that getting clean and sober was the best thing that she ever did.

As Juliet, 1968. Photo: Patrick Christopher

“The idea of doing things on the edge has always appealed to me.” – Tedde Moore


Albeit physical restrictions, Moore is surrounded by friends and family. She describes her daughter Zoe, 45, as an extraordinary woman. Suzanna, 39, is a high school science and math teacher, as well as the manager of the school’s football team. Her son, Noah, 35, is a music producer and Drake’s creative partner. Moore accepted responsibility for a young girl named Chaunce at the age of three, and she is very much a part of their family. Moore also has five grandchildren.

Left to right, Don Shebib, Tedde, Suzanna Shebib, Noah Shebib, Zoë Carter, 1999. Photo: Tedde Morre

Moore was with filmmaker, Donald Shebib, for 40 years, and he is the father of Suzanna and Noah. While they no longer live together, Moore is still very fond of him and calls him her life partner. Now, at the age of 73, Moore lives on her own in her tiny cottage in Toronto.

“I was gifted with an extraordinary amount of privilege, including my creativity, the period of life that I lived in, the world of theatre – the culmination of all things,” says Moore. “It has been a rich, extraordinary time to be alive. I have been deeply, and extraordinarily, loved, which is a gift not everyone enjoys.”



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COVER STORY: Sugar Wharf

Sugar Wharf by Menkes a well-connected waterfront community

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Sugar Wharf by Menkes a well-connected waterfront community

Bitter winds and harsh climates are an inescapable fact of Canadian living. And when the cold is a predominate part of life, connectivity becomes a much sought-after luxury. Perhaps more than ever before, people are looking to invest in communities where everything they need comes with convenience – sans slush and cutting wind.

Enter Toronto’s indoor PATH pedestrian system – the world’s largest underground shopping complex. On cold winter days you can walk to work, do your banking, visit the doctor and even see a movie without ever having to set foot outside.

This 30-kilometre network includes 1,200 shops and services, restaurants, and endless entertainment; the epitome of convenient urban living. The PATH is truly the heart of Toronto’s financial and entertainment districts, with connections to 80 buildings, six downtown subway stations, 9 hotels and direct access to the Scotiabank Arena, Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto Eaton Centre shopping centre, and CN Tower.

As Toronto continues to thrive, its global appeal is helping it attract more than 100,000 new residents per year, and many of these people want to work and live downtown. Given this rapid growth, it’s no wonder that the world’s largest underground city is about to get even bigger as well. As part of the new Sugar Wharf community by Menkes, the PATH network is set to expand east of Yonge Street, into the emerging Waterfront Innovation District.

Outdoor Terrace
Outdoor Terrace

Menkes is reimagining Toronto’s Waterfront with Sugar Wharf Condominiums, part of an 11.5-acre community that will include luxury residences, offices, restaurants and shops, a two-acre park, and new school. Once complete, Sugar Wharf will be the largest mixed-use development on the Toronto Waterfront; home to 7,500 residents and 4,000 office workers.

Party Room
Party Room

The comprehensive project aims to seamlessly connect residents and office workers to all parts of the downtown core through the PATH, adding to the 5,000 people who already work in the PATH and more than 200,000 commuters that pass through it daily. The PATH also provides access to Union Station, with connections to the TTC subway, GO Train, Via Rail, and the UP (Union Pearson) Express.

Hammock Room
Hammock Room

Residents living at Sugar Wharf on the PATH will be able to take advantage of the UP Express to travel to Pearson International Airport in a quick 25-minute ride. Traveling to your dream tropical destination during the winter months will be easier than ever before. Imagine being able to wear shorts and a t-shirt from home right up until the moment you board your flight without ever putting on your 10-pound winter jacket!


With Sugar Wharf’s PATH extension, it will be possible to walk indoors from the waterfront, all the way to Toronto’s world class Financial District. Equally connected to the city as it is to nature, Sugar Wharf will revolutionize how Torontonians live, work and play.


CIBC Square: 7 minutes

Union Station: 11 minutes

Scotiabank Arena: 13 minutes

Harbourfront Centre: 15 minutes

Jack Layton Ferry Terminal: 7 minutes

For more information visit menkes.com/sugarwharf


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Cover Story: Molly Johnson

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Self-identification for women seems to be somewhat more complicated than it is for men. And for Molly Johnson, her list of accomplishments can’t be distilled into one word. Johnson is an artist, a singer, a songwriter, a mother and a philanthropist – to name a few.

Photo, Chris Nicholls

By Cece M. Scott www.cecescott.com

Molly Johnson is also a five-time Juno nominee, and in 2009 she received a Juno award for vocal jazz album of the year (Lucky). In 2007, Johnson was named as an Officer of the Order of Canada in recognition of her contributions to Canadian music, as well as for her work with the Kumbaya Foundation – an AIDS charity that she co-founded in 1992. She is also a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal recipient (2012). Johnson has performed for the likes of Nelson Mandela and Princess Diana, and alongside many notable artists, such as Tom Cochrane, Anne Murray and Peter Appleyard.


At the age of 59, Johnson’s career has spanned more than five decades. By the age of four she was appearing in musicals, including Porky and Bess at the the Royal Alexander Theatre in Toronto. Performing was a family affair, and her brother, Clark (age seven), and her sister, Tabby (nine), were in a number of productions alongside her. When Johnson and actress, Cynthia Dale, were both seven years of age, they appeared in South Pacific and Finian’s Rainbow, and a lifelong friendship ensued. “I remember the props, especially in Candy Man, the orchestra pit, the music, and my beloved Ed [Mirvish] and his beautiful theatre,” says Johnson.

Molly and her brother, Clark, at the 2018 Canadian Screen Awards. Photo courtesy of Molly Johnson and the Canadian Screen Awards

In addition to acting, Johnson aspired to be a choreographer, and attended the National Ballet School of Canada until the age of 15. While at the school, Johnson learned more about how to use, and enrich, her diaphragm as it related to modulating her singing. “I would creep into the back door of the Colonial where the brother and sister team of Shawne, and Jay Jackson of The Majestics were singing. I would watch Shawne sing her own songs, and she made her own clothes. And, I realized that I could make other things, too. I could make songs,” says Johnson.

Childhood photo of Molly and Cynthia Dale. Photo courtesy of Molly Johnson

Johnson became a guest singer of the disco group, Chocolate Affair, then went on to perform gigs with Billy Reed and The Street People. By the late 1970s Johnson was writing her own material and had formed the eclectic funk-rock group, Alta Moda. Her interpretive, smoky voice earned her the nickname – Diva of Queen Street.

Molly performing with JUNO award-winning bassist Mike Downes. Photo courtesy of Molly Johnson


Johnson doesn’t drive, and walks everywhere. She considers herself extremely fit for someone who doesn’t go to the gym, and says that her life is her gym. She does admit that she’s had to make some accommodations as she’s aged. “I drop my songs a semi-tone to accommodate my vocal range. I call it my old lady key,” says Johnson. “And while I miss a lot about my youth, I am really tired of the attitude that women are past their prime at 26. How can I talk truth and be authentic if I colour my hair? When I turned 50, I felt like I had arrived.”

Photo, Chris Nicholls

While fiercely private about her family, Johnson is extremely proud of her sons. Henry recently graduated from grade 12, and Otis is in his third year at the University of Ottawa. “They are both beautiful, kind, empathetic gentleman – that was my goal.”

Released this past spring, her new album, Meaning To Tell Ya, reflects Johnson’s attitude towards life, as well as her musical explorations. The title references the positivity that Johnson emanates in terms of her intention of wanting to ‘tell ya’ how brave you are, or how fabulous you are, or that when you walk into the room, you own it. The album is a mix of funk, soul, groove and jazz, and includes a Marvin Gaye song, Inner City Blues. The album was produced by Larry Klein (once married to Joni Mitchell). “I couldn’t believe that I had the opportunity to work with Larry,” says Johnson. “Marvin was the master of telling stories that are both relevant, and still very meaningful, in today’s world. That, in itself, is a strong message, not just about how far we’ve come, but also for how far we still have to go.”


Johnson is also a consultant and story teller for the TD Bank’s Black History Project (an initiative she co-founded with TD). She uncovers interesting, and impactful, stories that relate to Canada. “This country is rich with black history,” Johnson says. “In fact, Canada abolished slavery 76 years before the States.”

She recounts the story of Viola Desmond (featured on the Canadian 10-dollar bill). Desmond was a successful black Nova Scotian businesswoman who challenged racial discrimination by sitting in the main level of New Glasgow’s Roseland Theatre, an area supposedly reserved for white people. “Desmond was dragged out of the theatre and put on trial,” says Johnson. “Her stand against racial discrimination actually happened ten years before Rosa Parks took her stand.”

Johnson is advocating to have The Book of Negroes, by Lawrence Hill, included in the grade 11 curriculum.

In 2016, Johnson started the Kensington Market Jazz Festival – an extensive undertaking that involves programming 400 Canadian musicians in more than 12 venues. The 2018 festival runs from September 14th to the 16th. “It’s a community vibe with curated busking,” says Johnson. “Tom Mihalik, of Tom’s Place, is the patron saint of my festival. He also pays for piano lessons for kids in the neighbourhood.”

A huge supporter of both established, and aspiring, musicians, Johnson does not perform at the festival. “This is about others – my community and my talented friends.”

Photo, Chris Nicholls

“A good song can change your mood, and in fact, your whole day.”
– Molly Johnson

Johnson has upcoming concert dates scheduled in Canada, the United States and Europe. When not touring, recording or working on her many philanthropic initiatives, Johnson loves to hang out with her kids. Gardening is a favourite past time – both vegetables and flowers – especially the Oscar Peterson rose with its creamy white blooms.

The creative and inspiring people of Toronto, along with its diverse cultural, food and musical events, keeps Johnson centred. “Toronto is like a charm bracelet around the lake,” says Johnson. “And every charm is a neighbourhood with its own flavour.”

Feisty, self-deprecating, witty and always the optimist, friends tease her of being a Mollyanna. “I’m definitely a yes person. I like a challenge.”


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Emphasis on beautiful architecture and quality-crafted homes

Lindvest is a Toronto-based real estate development group with deep roots, spanning six decades in the award-winning, highly-respected H&R family of companies. Their signature emphasis on beautiful architecture and quality-crafted homes, has made them a popular choice among homebuyers who are looking for a little more than the ordinary fare.

Lindvest builds well-planned, innovative communities in areas that fuse nature with convenience. Whether it’s a charming subdivision in a pristine setting or an iconic highrise in the city, Lindvest’s award-winning communities are as vibrant and unique as the people who live in them. From convenient locations and beautiful settings to innovative designs and luxurious finishes, every detail of a Lindvest neighbourhood is rooted in the company’s deep passion to help better the lives of their homebuyers.

Presently, Lindvest has communities coming soon in Vaughan, Oakville and Aurora. Each is singularly unique and offers an incredible variety of options.


The beauty of nearby Kleinburg Village will soon be celebrated in a master-planned community of impressive estate homes. Here, Lindvest, with its long history of fine building in the GTA, is bringing its signature style to Klein Estates at Pine Valley and Teston Roads. This spectacular collection of traditional and contemporary homes on 42- and 50-foot lots will be polished to perfection with upscale refinements hand-selected for their beauty, functionality and quality.

A decidedly rural ambiance but far from isolated, Klein Estates offers the peace and tranquility of the countryside with fast connections to its urban neighbours. Downtown Mississauga is just 20 minutes away by car, Thornhill a mere 10 minutes, while Toronto’s Union Station is a fast 45-minute commute by GO Transit train from the Maple station just 10 kilometres away. Served by Highways 400, 401, 27, 407 and 427, Klein Estates is easily accessible for commuters.

Life in this lovely community is imbued with charm and art. Marketed as “The Art of Time Well Spent,” the Village of Kleinburg reflects the quaint ambiance of a turn-of-the-century town with modern accoutrements like a delightful Starbucks that attracts cyclists from around the GTA. Kleinburg is chock-a-block with one-off restaurants like Avenue Cibi e Vini, Avlyn Gardens Ristorante, Bellsito Trattoria, Chartreuse, Cookie Crumble Eatery and The Longchamp Pub. Wander the quaint village streets and discover its many unique shops and boutiques all in a lush forested setting where rolling hills and magnificent scenery forms the backdrop to life at a more relaxed pace.

Not far away, the famous Kortright Centre offers a tribute to conservation helping people understand, enjoy and look after the natural environment with a vision to create The Living City, where human settlement can flourish forever as part of nature’s beauty and diversity. Close by, the well-loved McMichael Canadian Art Collection, home to Canada’s treasured Group of Seven masterpieces, offers programs and events for adults and children alike.

Kleinburg is home to the Binder Twine Festival, held yearly in the month of September. The tradition of the Binder Twine Festival originated with Charles Shaw Jr. who, in the 1890s, began selling binder twine to the local farmers. Binder twine was used to tie together sheaves of wheat. In appreciation for their business, Shaw gave his customers a modest dinner that eventually became a large community festival complete with games, refreshments and entertainment.

Like the community around it, Klein Estates is unique, with its own personality and style. Considered a bright beacon of creativity in a sea of architectural conformity, Klein Estates’ homes will blossom into beautiful streetscapes traversing delightful forests and rolling hills. This is a family neighbourhood where kids can experience a safe and happy childhood, where parents can enjoy all the trappings of a privileged lifestyle, where neighbours become friends and where life is good.

Klein Estates will be one not to be missed.


As one of three prestigious builders, Lindvest is shaping a stunning community of single-family homes called North Oakville. Located a short distance from the city’s Uptown Core, North Oakville is a one-of-a-kind community within a city that has been named the best place to live in Canada by MoneySense magazine. MoneySense gathered data on 415 cities across the country and ranked how they measure up in 10 categories – wealth and economy, affordability, population growth, taxes, commute, crime, weather, access to healthcare, amenities and culture. In an article published July 31, 2018 in MacLeans, Oakville was not only the best place to live overall, but “the best place for new Canadians, the third best place to retire and the fifth best place to raise a family.” Oakville placed in the top 25 per cent of all cities in six out of 10 categories.

Despite a growing population (recent census pegs Oakville at 200,000), it still retains its small-town charm. Which is a compelling reason for people looking for a detached home in a prestigious community to consider Lindvest’s North Oakville — opening later this fall.


Seventy-two beautiful townhomes ranging in size from 1,725 to 2,362 square feet are well on their way to completion in Lindvest’s Aurora Glen community. Priced from the mid $900,000s, these homes are conveniently located close to all of the amenities of Aurora.

This is a great place to live and raise a family. Aurora has been ranked in the top 10 of wealthiest towns in Canada. With four secondary schools and numerous elementary schools Aurora has outstanding choices. The highly prestigious St. Andrews College, a private independent school for boys, is also located in Aurora.

Aurora has a long history of theatre, with its own community theatre group, Theatre Aurora. The group currently produces five shows each year as well as two youth shows.

With only 23 homes available for purchase, be sure to watch for the model home unveiling set to take place this fall.


Lindvest will be offering new communities in Oakville and in Brantford.


Go online to register for all of Lindvest’s projects.



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COVER STORY: Playground Condominiums at Garrison Point

COVER STORY: Playground Condominiums at Garrison Point

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COVER STORY: Playground Condominiums at Garrison Point

Part of a vibrant mixed use King West community from Cityzen, Fernbrook and Greybrook, residents will have a four-acre park at their doorstep

Playground Condominiums at Garrison Point couldn’t be more aptly named. Not only will residents have a signature four-acre public park on their doorstep, they’ll be able to live, work and play in the trendy King West and Liberty Village neighbourhoods that Garrison Point abuts.

Thanks to the spectacular new Garrison Crossing pedestrian/cycle bridge to open this fall, they’ll enjoy connections to the waterfront and Coronation Park to the south, Stanley and Trinity Bellwoods Parks to the north, and Fort York to the west. Playground Condominiums is part of an exciting new mixed-use community from Cityzen Development Group, Fernbrook Homes and Greybrook Realty Partners, on Ordnance Street just east of Strachan Avenue.

The 35-storey tower is under construction, with first occupancies slated for summer of 2019. The Garrison Point site was originally a landlocked industrial triangle separated from the surrounding neighbourhoods by rail lines. Cityzen and its development partners acquired the site from Build Toronto, an agency that manages the City of Toronto’s real estate assets.

“What turned me on to this location was it was always close to Liberty Village on the other side of Strachan, and on the doorstep of King West and the waterfront,” says Sam Crignano, president of Cityzen Development Group. “That’s the beauty of this site. It’s on the fringe of all these neighbourhoods.”

Garrison Crossing, built as two bridges over the rail corridor south of King St. and Liberty Village, will provide links between those neighbourhoods. It’s the first stainless steel structure of its kind in Canada and in North America. It creates an interesting visual response with its spans that arch in opposite directions.

At Crignano’s suggestion for a solution that would yield the best design at the lowest cost, the city opted for a non-traditional Design-Build approach to get the bridge built. The Design-Build model uses private sector expertise to get large public infrastructure projects off the ground; the Dufferin Construction Company team won the contract to design and build the bridge.

The new park at the base of Playground will provide much-needed greenspace in this area of the city. Residents of the towers or those from the adjacent neighbourhoods can relax, recharge or socialize in the four-acre expanse of green, or use Garrison Crossing to venture to the other nearby parks. “Our architects (Hariri Pontarini) recognized the importance of being on the park and did everything they could to maximize access and views,” says Crignano. “They did an awesome job and people who live in the towers will have a bird’s eye view. There are amazing views of city skyline from the west, looking out over the rail corridor. There are unobstructed views towards the east and south to the lake and of Fort York.” The stylish glass and steel highrise features distinctive modern architecture and curvilinear accents.

Residents will have direct access to the park through Playground and from a pedestrian walkway between two towers leading to the park and Liberty Village beyond. Those who purchased ground floor townhouses will front directly onto the park. Playground residents will have plenty of ‘play’ opportunities in their own building, with desirable amenities such as a fitness centre and spa, residents’ lounge, party room, children’s lounge, home theatre, outdoor pool and terrace with barbecues and fire feature.

Units range from 350 to 1,000-plus square feet, priced from the $300,000s to the high $800,000s. Suites include studios, one-bedrooms and two-bedroom layout with or without dens. Amenities include a fitness centre with spa, resident’s lounge, party room, children’s lounge, home theatre, and outdoor pool with barbecue.

Garrison Crossing is a pedestrian and cycle bridge built over the railways that run south of King Street and Liberty Village. The bridge is the first ever stainless steel structure of its kind in North America. Designed as two bridges, with spans that arch in opposite directions for a dynamic visual experience, the bridge will allow pedestrians and cyclists to access Fort York to the west, the waterfront to the south.and South Stanley Park Extension to the north, as well as the future Ordnance Park.

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The principals of Lucchetta Homes know a good thing when they see it. As a result, purchasers benefit from their keen eye and their appreciation for only the finest locations in Niagara.

Bottom line – buying a home in Niagara is a fraction of the cost of those in the GTA, and the quality of life is far superior, according to Kim Kopyl, director of sales and marketing for Lucchetta Homes.

Last year alone, Lucchetta Homes won, or were nominated for, more than 20 awards by all levels of builders’ associations – local, provincial and national. It’s this recognition, that inspires them to keep upping the bar, and it’s what new homebuyers desire when seeking out the best in quality.


Due to be released this July, Lucchetta is touting Davis Heights as Niagara’s finest new address. This luxury development will feature a limited release of bungalows and bungaloft towns, overlooking a ravine and the Niagara escarpment. In respect for a rare chestnut tree, Lucchetta will be building around those trees, in order to preserve them. This type of care is also evident in the attention to detail that they invest in each, and every, home.

At Davis Heights, the LUXE Collection will be custom curated by the renowned interior design firm Raphael Gomes Interiors. Two gorgeous model homes (opening in July), will feature a glass-encased wine cellar in the staircase filled with local wines. Homes will be priced from the $800,000s for floorplans that range from 1,600 to 3,000 square feet. The VIP Grand Opening for Davis Heights will be July 28 and 29, 2018 from noon to 5 p.m.

Riverside at Hunters Pointe has just launched in June 2018. There are two new stunning Model Homes to view. The Net Zero-ready Model Home features chic accents, contemporary architecture and sumptuous great rooms with 12-foot ceilings where Lucchetta’s signature luxurious quality is eminent. For a limited time, there is $25,000 off for any new purchase.

Riverside, features luxury bungalow towns and single detached luxury, custom homes. Homes are priced from $499,900. This limited release includes private waterfront, water-view canal lots.

To accommodate current needs and trends, Lucchetta Homes offers an array of newly designed exterior elevations. “We wanted to give our homeowners more choice. We listened to their needs and provided three different exterior elevations for every floorplan. There are contemporary, transitional and traditional plans to choose from,” says Kopyl.

When they’re not busy building homes, Lucchetta is involved in strengthening the neighbourhood.

“As we develop the area, giving back to the community is very important to us,” says Rob Lucchetta. “We are actively involved with many charities in the Niagara region.”


While all homes are built to superior standards, it’s the Niagara area that fuels their passion. Kopyl, an industry expert, can attest to that. She is quick to mention all of the advantages of living in the area, which includes lower living costs, award-winning restaurants, worldclass wineries, beaches, designer outlet shopping, casinos and the Shaw Festival, as well as its proximity to a plethora of other attractions and amenities.

The GO Transit train is well on its way to Niagara. There are also fifteen-minute flights from Toronto to Niagara. And for those who like to travel, the Buffalo and Niagara airports are a convenient and inexpensive way to do so.

With an abundance of green space, outdoor activities include hiking, canoeing, kayaking, swimming, boating, fishing, paddle boarding, cycling, horseback riding and golfing.

“Simply put, this is a lovely place to live a very balanced, and fulfilled, life,” says Kopyl.


Ugo Lucchetta started the company more than 60 years ago and it quickly became known for its quality construction, craftsmanship and unparalleled customer service. Sons, Robert and Ed Lucchetta, are now at the helm and they carry on the traditions started by their father. Their hard work has paid off with ongoing recognition, in addition to the loyalty and word of mouth praise expressed by their customers.

“Our attention to detail, along with our goal to exceed our clients’ expectations, has culminated in luxury homes and resort style communities that exude both class and functionality,” says Ed Lucchetta.


Go online for more information on any of Lucchetta Homes’ communities.



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Cover Story: Living In Colour

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Designer Rebecca Hay puts her fail proof colour formula to the test in her own vibrant living room

By Rebecca Hay

Photography By Stephani Buchman

Most of us love a space that has just the right pops of colour, it feels inviting and lively. However, many of us find it intimidating to decorate with colour. Where do you start? How do you ensure you don’t “overdo” it? Decorating with colour can be oh-so-rewarding. After all, life is meant to be lived in technicolour, not in black and white. Here are my tips on how to live and work with colour.


With every space I design, including my own home, colour is an integral element to creating the right mood. My goals are always to create spaces that are warm, unique and inviting. Colour allows me to do this every time. The psychology behind colour is a fascinating study. There’s no surprise that yellow is a cheerful colour that promotes optimism. Blue, however, is suggested to be the preferred colour for men. Blue is associated with tranquility and reliability, providing a sense of security and stimulates productivity. Before delving into designing any space, think about the mood you want to convey. Is it a cool, relaxing space or a warm, inviting one where dinner parties end in dance parties? You don’t need a degree in psychology to figure out which colours are right for you. Trust your gut and you will never go wrong, but it’s important to be mindful of the mood and energy you are trying to evoke.

I chose this fun contemporary Jonathan Adler Kravet fabric to add further colour and life to the space. The contemporary chevron contrasts nicely with the traditional moldings and historic features of the home.


In our living room, it was essential that it appeal to both men and women. I wanted it to be bright and energizing as this is the main sitting and socializing area of the home. The drapery fabric was our inspiration and starting point. I knew we wanted to energize the space with yellow and we already had the retro navy chairs to work with, so I chose to balance the navy of the chairs with bright-yellow custom drapery. The yellow creates a wow-factor and sets the tone for a playful and cheery mood.


Finding the right balance of colour is also key in achieving a cohesive design. It’s important to balance any bold colours with lots of neutrals. A little trick that I like to use is the 60-30-10 rule. When decorating a particular room, divide the colors into percentages: 60 per cent of a dominant colour, 30 per cent of a secondary colour, 10 per cent of an accent colour, and you will never go wrong. The neutral walls, sofa and rug make up the largest percentage, followed by the yellow of the drapery, pillows and art, which provide visual interest. Finally, the navy chairs and small pops of blue throughout round out the 10 per cent, creating a little extra pop. When the right balance is achieved, the design feels harmonious and comfortable.


We also added a little extra pop. In addition to the three dominant colours, we chose to complement the blues with hints of orange. Adding a few “bonus” colours adds a little extra interest and variety. I found an old traditional wingback armchair in desperate need of TLC, and recovered it with this bold contemporary Jonathan Adler orange fabric. It’s cosy, warm and inviting while adding some traditional sophistication to the space. To add cohesiveness, we repeated the orange hue in the custom toss cushions by using a modern ikat fabric that has a blend of yellow and orange.

Paint PICK: Gray Mist 962, Benjamin Moore


The last key to decorating with colour is repetition. Repetition is key to creating a cohesive design. By repeating a colour multiple times in a space, it feels purposeful and comforting. The warm wood of the vintage teak coffee table and the bamboo roman blind add warmth, and layer in another shade of orange to the space. It’s not enough to have a large amount of colour in one piece of furniture or on accessories. It’s the repetition of this colour throughout the space in varying quantities that unifies the design and makes it feel purposeful.

In our living room we have found a comforting and beautiful balance of colour. It’s a family space that feels modern and sophisticated. Contemporary fabrics and traditional bones make it an inviting and fun place for social gatherings or curling up by the fire with a book. It’s proof that by taking the plunge and designing with colour, you can create a space that is visually beautiful, intriguing, and at times surprising.

SOURCES FABRIC- Kravet; PAINT- Gray Mist 962, Benjamin Moore; CARPET IN LIVING ROOM West Elm; CARPET IN DINING ROOM Dominion Rug & Home; DINING TABLE – custom by RHD; CHAIR – clients re-purposed; ARTWORK – clients

Designer Rebecca Hay, Principal Designer of Rebecca Hay Designs Inc., is a Toronto-based boutique design firm offering complete design & renovation services for residential, commercial and vacation properties for over a decade. Known and celebrated for her design work and appearances on various acclaimed HGTV shows, Rebecca and her team design classic, livable spaces that reflect the homeowner’s personality. Servicing clientele throughout Toronto, the GTA and Canada. rebeccahaydesigns.com


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Cover Story: Holly Cole

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By Cece M. Scott www.cecescott.com

Raised in a creative family, alto soloist, Holly Cole, fell in love with jazz at a very early age. Her father, Leon Cole, a classical pianist, composer and Halifax-based broadcaster, also hosted two popular radio programs on CBC. Her mother, Carolyn Cole, was an arts’ curator in New Brunswick. And her brother (and best friend), Allen, was her co-conspirator in much of her musical journey.

A two-time Juno Award winner, including Best Contemporary Jazz Album for Don’t Smoke in Bed (Holly Cole Trio,1994), and Vocal Jazz Album of the Year for Shade (2004), Cole has also won two Geminis, two Japanese Golden Disc Awards, and is the recipient of the Montreal Jazz Festival’s 2013 Ella Fitzgerald Award.

Shooting live at the Glenn Gould Studio – Photo By, Tim Martin

Cole describes herself as a rebellious, free-spirited teenager, who hit the road at the age of 15 with $20 in her pocket. She hitchhiked from New Brunswick to Boston to visit her brother who was studying at Boston’s Berklee College of Music. “Allen had long hair at the time and so did I,” says Cole. “He was staying in the dorms. He’d go in, give his ID to his friend, who would then come out and give it to me, so I could sneak in. I slept on the floor of Allen’s dorm for weeks. While I was there, I was exposed to this rich culture of jazz music. I was mesmerized by the whole thing.”

For Cole, jazz provided her the freedom to express her individualism. “To me, jazz seemed like classical music for people who were bad, which totally appealed to me,” says Cole, with one of her never-far-from-the surface, smoky laughs.

It was Allen who was responsible for Cole’s first public singing gig. “I was 17 at the time. Allen, who was playing at a local New Brunswick coffee house, called me up on stage. I was so scared that I announced to the audience, ‘OK, I’ll sing, but I have to stand behind my brother.”’

Originally from Fredericton, New Brunswick, Cole and her family spent several years in Nova Scotia, before she, at the age of 19, and Allen (21) moved to Toronto in 1983. Holly was enrolled in Humber College’s vocal jazz program. The improvisation of jazz music appealed to Cole. “I love to interpret songs,” says Cole. “My best friend is subtext, which allows listeners to hear, and to imagine, whatever they want. It’s a subtle thing – sexy, exciting, mysterious, emotional. Subtext is always there. It’s part of my personal life as well.”

Photography, courtesy of Holly Cole; (Holly and Allen) Bob Johnson

Cole has many anecdotes about her and her brother sharing on-stage time, including performances of German cabaret music in the 1980s – A Weill Evening with Allen and Holly Cole, which featured the music of Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht. “We performed the show in art spaces and clubs, mostly along Queen Street. We would push an old upright piano onto the stage, and Allen would play and I would sing.”

One of Cole’s popular songs, Onion Girl, acts as a personal metaphor for the many layers she has peeled back in her life. “I had an epiphany when I was 26,” says Cole. “I remember the day vividly. My ex-boyfriend asked me why I always had to be right – why I always argued and never discussed things. It was then that I realized that the world is not black and white. There are many subtle layers to this thing called life.”

With age, and life experiences, a mellowing attitude often follows. With more than 15 albums to her credit, both as the Holly Cole Trio and as a soloist, Cole’s approach to her 2018 CD, Holly, took her in a new direction.“I hired Larry Goldings to do the arranging. He also plays the piano and organ,” says Cole. “It was hard for me to give up the reins. I’m used to steering the ship. But I wanted the experience of working towards someone else’s aesthetic. Once I relaxed, I loved it.”

In 2016, Cole took a sabbatical to care for her mother. “It was one of the most important decisions I’ve made in my life – to take time off from my music to look after mom,” says Cole. “I got to know so many things about her that I didn’t know. It was beautiful. My advice is to spend time with your parents – you will never regret it.”

While she was on hiatus, Cole studied hypnotism, with a focus on pediatric hypnosis. “As a tool, it enriched my life so much. It helps me to stop doing things that I don’t want to do.”

With the loss of family and friends, Cole has changed the way that she views her life priorities. Her loved ones come first, followed by her passion for music and, of course, some out-sized fun. She feels that everyone needs to have personal interests – ones that nurture self-actualization and a sense of wellbeing. “People around you want you to get what you want – to have your own thing,” says Cole. “It makes them happy for you.”

Photography, (top right) Jonathan Warden; (in red dress) Edward Gajdel; (right middle and with Rhoda) Andrew MacNaughtan

The lens in which Cole sees herself through has also shifted. Within a short time frame, she experienced a broken wrist and then a broken kneecap. “If I had fallen off my bike when I was 22, I don’t think my wrist would have broken,” says Cole. “But at 55, my bones aren’t made of rubber anymore. Breaking my kneecap last summer was brutal. I sure miss being resilient – not having to be careful.”

In an effort to maintain a healthy stamina, Cole incorporates a three-hour exercise regime into her day, which includes 90 minutes of physical exercise, and 90 minutes of breathing and vocal exercises.

“My voice, which is a muscle, has become more resilient,” says Cole. “I’m feeling a lot stronger and I’m really enjoying it.”

Cole is currently involved in an extensive renovation project on her 1845, south shore, Nova Scotia home. “It’s a big old house that feels like a friend – it’s so cathartic,” says Cole. “It was originally a barrel factory, and then a coaching inn – kind of like a Motel 6 before there were cars. My concept for the house’s aesthetic is old meets new, which is very much like my music – the craft of bringing disparate elements together.”

With a large, grassroots fan base in Japan, Cole will be touring there, as well as Canada, Europe and the United States this year. “I love performing live more than anything. I never, ever forget where I came from.”



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