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Left to right, Frank Spaziani, Klaus Meyer (Hampers of Hope), Cailey Stollery and Russell Foy (Hampers of Hope).

Kylemore Communities embraces holiday spirit

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Kylemore Communities embraces holiday spirit


Left to right, Frank Spaziani, Klaus Meyer (Hampers of Hope), Cailey Stollery and Russell Foy (Hampers of Hope).
Left to right, Frank Spaziani, Klaus Meyer (Hampers of Hope), Cailey Stollery and Russell Foy (Hampers of Hope).

Luxury home builder and land developer, Kylemore Communities/Angus Glen Development, embraced the spirit of giving this season with a donation to benefit Markham Stouffville Hospital Foundation and by hosting an annual holiday Ccelebration for consultants, suppliers and staff.

An important part of the company’s annual holiday celebration is a toy drive, and the total donations made an impressive display once again. The donated toys and games were divided between local organization Hampers of Hope, as well as SickKids Hospital.

The celebration was hosted by Cailey Stollery, CEO, Lindsay Stollery Jephcott CIO of Angus Glen and Kylemore Group of Companies, and Kylemore vice-president Frank Spaziani.

“We truly appreciate the loyalty, support and contribution of our tradespeople, suppliers and consultants that together make a Kylemore home among the best and most desirable in the GTA,” says Spaziani. “We have some exciting major new communities coming in 2019 and 2020, and with the continued dedication of our staff and suppliers we’ll bring these to fruition.”

Bear Necessities

Kylemore’s donation to the Bear Necessities program will benefit Markham Stouffville Hospital Foundation. The program helps the hospital to purchase life-saving equipment that government funding doesn’t cover.

“We have a decades-long commitment to Markham where many of our team live, work and play,” says Stollery. “Through our Kylemore Kares charitable initiative, we are pleased to be supporting the local hospital, which provides a vital service to area residents.”

There’s still time to join Kylemore in lifting someone’s spirits this holiday season, with the purchase of a plush Teddy Bear, soft sleep sack for a newborn, or a warm blanket for a patient. Learn more at lifesavinggifts.ca or call 905.472.7059.

Kylemore Communities is the recipient of a Heritage Markham 2017 Award of Excellence for the restoration and integration of the historic Colty’s Corner Schoolhouse into The Shoppes of Angus Glen; a 2014 Markham Design Excellence Award for Angus Glen Community, which also received BILD Association’s 2013 Places to Grow Community of the Year Award. Kylemore’s The 6th at Angus Glen has captured numerous prestigious design awards from BILD, OHBA and an Award of Merit from the Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario (ARIDO).

For more information, visit kylemorecommunities.com





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COVER STORY: Toronto Marriott Markham

Toronto Marriott Markham: The 905’s First Condo Hotel

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Toronto Marriott Markham: The 905’s First Condo Hotel

The Remington Group introduces the 905’s first condo hotel, an artful, modern design curated for the inventive traveller

Standing in front of Petit Frère, the surreal 20-foot bear that welcomes guests at the main entrance of the new Toronto Marriott Markham, with floor-to-ceiling windows revealing a glimpse of the hotel’s glittering lobby behind him, the influence of contemporary art is hard to miss. Borrowing inspiration from its new home, Toronto Marriott Markham is one of the first hotels within Marriott’s North American portfolio to introduce an artful, modern design, curated for the inventive traveler who values vibrant, customized experiences in a sustainably thoughtful environment. The 905’s first condo hotel, which opened its doors in April, stands tall with 209 sophisticated guest suites amid state-of-the-art amenities in a truly unique urban community.

Providing accessible and inspiring public art is one of the principle tenets behind the design and implementation of Downtown Markham, a 243-acre European-inspired project by The Remington Group that is now the setting of York Region’s spectacular new landmark hotel and event space. Located on the corner of Enterprise Boulevard and Birchmount Road, Toronto Marriott Markham will be surrounded by animated public spaces in neighbouring mixed-use buildings, also developed and operated by The Remington Group, resulting in a vibrant indoor-outdoor realm in what is expected to become North America’s largest collection of LEED-certified buildings.

Toronto Marriott Markham’s interior courtyard and green roof patio open the building up to its surroundings at several levels, with deep setbacks from the street which provide guests with spacious outdoor terraces and an enhanced street-level experience. The final design is unified with a clear, contemporary architectural language that uses slightly different materials to distinguish the identities of the hotel and its neighbouring condominiums, respectively.

The hotel sits across the street from the Pride of Canada Carousel, a rideable 50-foot work of sustainable art and beloved community attraction, and The Origin, Downtown Markham’s award-winning entertainment hub, which features Cineplex Cinemas VIP + IMAX Theatres, a 24-hour Good Life Fitness, plus a mix of dynamic office space and experiential retail and dining. Not just your average movie theatre complex, The Origin plays host to a diverse range of community events such as New Year’s Eve fireworks, a summer music series, Rogers Hometown Hockey and Markham Ribfest. In just a few short years, The Remington Group has transformed vacant farmland into a gathering place and cultural centre for the entire region.

While the hotel’s superior level of service and sleek finishes have naturally made it a premier destination for international guests, there has been a surprising level of interest from area residents seeking a heightened experience closer to home. The hotel has quickly become a staple in Markham for hosting visiting family and friends, with many locals electing to return for staycations to enjoy the exquisite suites and nearby amenities themselves.

The attention to detail and elevated level of design at Toronto Marriott Markham is evident as soon as you enter the front doors and immerse yourself in Draco, the hotel’s main floor restaurant and lounge that buzzes with energy, day and night. Featuring seven modern seating styles, offering both intimate seating spaces and communal dining areas, and anchored by a full-service showcase bar, Draco – which takes its name from the constellation and a dazzling overhead glass light fixture resembling a dragon’s tail – serves a variety of seasonal Can-Asian menu items and a custom bourbon program.

Especially fitting for the hotel’s locale in the heart of Canada’s High Tech Capital, guests can take advantage of the latest advancements in technology throughout their stay by using their smartphones for mobile check-in and keyless entry. After enjoying all that the community has to offer, guests can retreat to their modern accommodations where Netflix and a collection of TED Talks curated exclusively for Marriott Hotels awaits.

Each of the hotel’s stunning amenity spaces, including its sophisticated meeting rooms and breathtaking pool area, features a conversation starter in the form of colourful art or selections from The New York Times Canadian Photo Archive. The archive dates back to the late 1800s and contains more than 24,000 photographs that depict Canada and its people from coast to coast, with images captured by The New York Times during some of our nation’s most historic and defining moments. Each amenity space has a distinct theme with enlarged photographs on display that represent various cross-sections of Canada, from note-worthy figures and diverse regional landscapes, to a commemoration of Canada’s military and candid portrayals of everyday life.

Since opening its doors, Toronto Marriott Markham has received its official designation as a CAA/AAA Four Diamond hotel, and was recently recognized at the 2018 ARIDO Awards, one of the most highly regarded honours in the interior design community, for its luxurious and innovative guest suites. Named a 2017 Finalist for BILD’s Mid/Highrise Project of the Year, the condo hotel already has an exciting roster of retail tenants open for business including Demetre’s, Cacao70 Dip Shop, Copper Branch, La Difference Rolex Boutique and Signature Eyewear. Later this year, Toronto Marriott Markham gets ready to welcome international favourites Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse and Nara Thai Cuisine, with a 10,000- square-foot seafood restaurant set to open in the winter.

Now with its own exceptional place to stay, Downtown Markham is quickly becoming the place to be and be seen in York Region.


Toronto Marriott Markham
(170 Enterprise Blvd., Markham)

  • 209 upscale guest rooms including 11 sophisticated one-bedroom suites
  • Mobile Check-In with mobile key capability, allowing guests to use their smartphones to access their rooms
  • In-room entertainment system offers Netflix and TED Talks curated exclusively for Marriott Hotels
  • Total of 9,500 square feet of space for contemporary meeting facilities, including a 5,000-square-foot Grand Ballroom
  • Draco Restaurant, which offers locally-inspired dishes and a premium Bourbon program exclusive to Marriott Hotels

Downtown Markham

  • 243 acres declared by Markham’s City Council as official Downtown core
  • Located between Warden Avenue and Kennedy Road, north of the 407
  • 10,000 +/- residents
  • 3.7 million square feet of office space
  • 2.2 million square feet of retail and dining space
  • $30 million public art program


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Markham commits to becoming Canada’s largest net-zero emissions city

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Markham commits to becoming Canada’s largest net-zero emissions city

 Markham City Hall

The City of Markham has set out to become a net-zero emissions city by 2050, as a result of a collaboration with Mattamy Homes Canada and Enwave Energy Corp.

The partners have announced an arrangement to research and design a pilot of about 300 homes in the Berczy-Glen neighbourhood, serviced by a community-scale distributed geothermal energy system for heating, cooling and domestic hot water.

“This is first major step to achieving our goal of becoming net-zero water, waste and emissions community by 2050, and this one of many innovative initiatives you will see with development partners,” says Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti. “Markham is a municipal leader in energy conservation and management. This project will set the standard for a new way of thinking about how we generate and distribute energy in North America.”

Model community

“This forward-thinking business model, where the burden of optimizing advanced heating and cooling equipment is transferred from the home owner to a private entity, will contribute to job creation and drive innovation adoption in the housing industry,” adds Brad Carr, CEO of Mattamy Homes Canada. “Mattamy has a long history of leadership in home building innovation, and we see this partnership as clearly aligned with our sustainability and innovation strategy.”

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To achieve Markham’s target, the Municipal Energy Plan – Getting to Zero includes strategies for increasing and improving energy efficiency through implementing green technology, energy conservation and efficiency in all sectors of Markham.

Grant funding has been provided by The Atmospheric Fund (TAF) for design activities.

Located in north Markham, the community in Berczy-Glen will utilize deep wells up to 250 metres, allowing the community to tap into geothermal energy. Heating and cooling will be delivered at the neighborhood level, through a single common ambient pipe buried underneath the community and connected to each home, similar to that of an electrical grid. The system will be maintained and operated by Enwave’s team of engineers, who will ensure the system is efficient and reliable.

Consumer benefit

This community scale model boasts several benefits to consumers, including: Greater energy efficiency through optimization; increased energy savings; reduced maintenance burden and costs; and reduced greenhouse gas emissions. All of these benefits will increase comfort and convenience for residents.

Upon completion of the pilot, the model may be applied to future phases of the Mattamy development. The best practices and lessons learned from this partnership will help advance geothermal community energy systems across the GTA and beyond.

Construction is expected to begin in 2020.

How the geothermal system will work

  • Geothermal energy supplies space heating and cooling, as well as hot water, to each home
  • A closed loop piping system is installed 600 to 800 ft. underground, creating a ground heat exchanger
  • In winter, heat is extracted from the ground by circulating fluid through the pipes
  • The heater water is then circulated throughout the community and into individual homes
  • After the heated fluid is delivered to each home, the cooled fluid circulates back to the ground



Markham: The city has grown up



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Markham: The city has grown up

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Markham: The city has grown up

by Gale Beeby

Housing Options

What was once considered a suburb of Toronto, Markham’s housing options were primarily single-family detached homes, both in new subdivisions and heritage villages. But the city has grown up and is now offering any number of condominium and townhouse developments.

The revitalization of Downtown Markham has been spearheaded by The Remington Group’s multi-use development along Main Street, which includes expansive retail shops, a Marriott Hotel, a Cineplex, as well as a variety of condo buildings and townhomes.

Click here to see a list of condo developments for sale.

Leisure Pursuits

The Markham Museum offers a variety of buildings representing the continued growth of the city, including mills, businesses and family homes. There are 30 buildings on the 25-acre site, including the James Maxwell Log Cabin (1850), the Ninth Line Baptist Church (1848), the Wilson Variety Hall (1875), the Locust Hill Train Station (1936), the Acadian Train Car (1921), the Blacksmith Shop (1862) and the Cider Milll and the Saw Mill.

The Flato Markham Theatre offers over 300 live performances each year, showcasing the wide cultural diversity of the city.

The Varley Art Gallery encompasses the historic Kathleen McKay house (1840), which was the home of Group of Seven member Frederick Horsman Varley for the last 12 years of his life. Now measuring 15,000 square feet, the gallery is the second most popular tourist attraction in York Region.

Parks & Rec

Markham has dozens of parks with baseball diamonds, soccer pitches and children’s play areas and splash pads. The city also boasts over 22 kilometres of scenic pathways with 12 bridges that provide recreational activity for joggers and cyclists.

The largest park in Markham is the Milne Dam Conservation Park. Measuring 305 acres, it is bordered by thick forest on the south and east and the Rouge River runs through the middle. The park is a stop-off point for many migratory birds. Mount Joy Park is over 16 acres and has an outdoor ice skating rink adjacent to a community centre.

Toogood Pond is an 82-acre park that features a partially naturalized pond and marsh. The pond recently underwent revitalization, including sediment removal, restoration of the shoreline and the planting of native trees, shrubs and wildflowers.

Retail Therapy

Downtown Markham offers some of the best shopping in the GTA, with great little restaurants, cafés and boutique stores.

Markville Shopping Centre is currently the largest mall in Markham with over 160 shops and services. But the Pacific Mall – the largest Chinese indoor mall in North America – is a must for anybody looking for a bargain, with over 500 shops and services. It incorporates a traditional Asian-style market with over 450 mini shops selling everything from herbs, Asian fashions, flowers, accessories, cellphones, eyeglasses and computers.

Easy Access

Public transit in Markham is provided by York Region Transit/Viva, which connects with all nine York Region municipalities, as well as connecting with transit services in Toronto and the Region of Peel. GO Transit also serves Markham with train and bus service, taking riders to a variety of locations in the GTA and beyond.

Markham also has easy access to Highways 404 and 407 and the DVP.


Walk Score: 47

Population: 329,000

Motto: Leading While Remembering


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First-time homebuyers may catch a break in certain Ontario markets

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Attention would-be homebuyers in the Greater Golden Horseshoe: Recent home price trends indicate the recovery is on, but there are still some opportunities for first-time buyers in certain areas.

According to the latest Royal LePage House Price Survey and Market Survey Forecast, year-over-year home prices made modest gains in many regions across Canada in the third quarter of 2018. The national trend was largely influenced by price appreciation in Greater Vancouver, while property in the Greater Toronto Area experienced continued year-over-year price declines, with modest gains in value when compared to the previous quarter.

The Royal LePage National House Price Composite shows that the price of a home in Canada increased 2.2 per cent year-over-year to $625,499 in the third quarter of 2018. When broken out by housing type, the median price of a two-storey home rose 1.4 per cent year-over-year to $736,337, while the median price of a bungalow climbed 1.5 per cent to $519,886. Condominiums continued to see the highest rate of appreciation nationally when compared to the detached segment, rising 6.7 per cent year-over-year to $441,240.

Looking ahead, Royal LePage projects a further uptick in home price appreciation in the fourth quarter, forecasting a 1.5-per-cent increase in the aggregate price of a home in Canada over the next three months.


“Positive economic fundamentals, supported by a new agreement on trade, should bolster consumer confidence across Canada and stoke demand in the nation’s real estate market,” says Phil Soper, president and CEO, Royal LePage. “Dangerously overheated regions have cooled considerably this year, while home prices have remained remarkably resilient. This is the soft landing that policy makers were hoping for.”

“I am concerned that the slower market will cause housing supply issues to be shuffled aside for other priorities,” Soper adds. “The return of runaway home prices in the country’s largest markets remains a real threat. Not this year, but in the near future. Job growth is strong, Canada is attracting more of the best and brightest from around the world and the large millennial cohort is putting increasing pressure on our limited new housing stock. It is imperative that all levels of government address looming supply shortages, particularly in affordable housing.”

After a number of years where Canada’s major real estate markets were tilted decidedly in favour of home sellers, 2018 has provided relief for many purchasers, particularly first-time buyers. “The desire to own a home remains strong with younger families,” says Soper. “Single-digit price appreciation makes pursuing the dream of home ownership a realistic proposition for many.”


During the third quarter, Ontario continued to see noticeable differences between appreciation rates in the GTA and surrounding Golden Horseshoe cities and beyond. Despite some price relief in the GTA, buyers – particularly young families – from the region are venturing out to other Southern Ontario cities in search of more affordable homes, where price points are still significantly lower.

In contrast, over the same period, the aggregate price of a home in the GTA remained relatively flat year-over-year, depreciating 0.4 per cent to $836,402. The City of Toronto maintained solid ground, increasing by a healthy 5.2 per cent, while nearly every suburban region studied, except for Mississauga, posted year-over-year price declines. However, quarter-over-quarter, the aggregate price of a home in the GTA rose 1.3 per cent. By the end of the fourth quarter, Royal LePage expects the aggregate price of a home in the GTA to rise to $853,097, a further 2.0 per cent over the third quarter of 2018.

“The GTA is emerging from a housing correction that was triggered by a combination of eroding affordability and government intervention,” says Soper. “The introduction of the mortgage stress test in particular slowed activity in Toronto’s ‘905,’ bringing lower prices to the over-heated suburban region. Quarter-over-quarter trends are pointing to the end of this correctional cycle and the beginning of a modest recovery in the region.”


Median price growth, year-over-year, third quarter 2017-18, Royal LePage


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6 Ontario municipal elections to watch regarding housing




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6 Ontario municipal elections to watch regarding housing


By Wayne Karl

The countdown is on – just days to go to the 2018 Ontario municipal elections. In Toronto, in what’s shaping up to be a two-horse race between Mayor John Tory and challenger Jennifer Keesmaat, housing is one of the key issues.

But it’s not the only city or town in and around the GTA where real estate development is a hot topic.

Here’s a select list of a few more municipal elections to watch, and we might as well start with the biggest and highest profile municipality:


Incumbent: John Tory
Challenger: Jennifer Keesmaat
What’s at stake: Housing affordability, or the lack thereof. Both Tory and Keesmaat have announced plans to address the growing affordability issue in the city – what some describe as a crisis. Keesmaat wants to build 100,000 units of “truly affordable, high-quality housing in the next 10 years.” This is a plan some sources in the industry have already declared as doomed to fail.

Tory proposes to build 40,000 affordable rental units over 12 years, or roughly 3,300 annually.

The challenge for both? Defining what affordable housing even is, in a city with median home prices of $883,892, andthe most expensive average one-bedroom rent in the country, $1,900 per month.

Home builders have been lobbying the City and the Province to address land supply and other policies which complicate this already complex issue.




Incumbent: Frank Scarpitti
Challenger(s): Steven Chen, Shan Hua Lu, Abdul Rahman Malik, Jawed Syed
What’s at stake: As the fourth most populous community in the GTA after Toronto, Mississauga and Brampton, Markham has been a hotbed for economic growth and development for years. It has also become one the most expensive housing markets, with median home prices of almost $1 million for the third quarter of 2018, according to Royal LePageAnd Scarpitti, first elected in 2006 and known as developer- and builder- friendly, has been there through much of it.




Incumbent: Linda Jeffrey
Challenger(s): Mansoor Ameersulthan, former Ontario PC Party leader Patrick Brown, Baljit Gosal, Wesley Jackson, Vinod Kumar Mahesan, John Sprovieri
What’s at stake: Brampton is booming, and Jeffrey is seeking a second term after winning the 2014 election with almost 50 per cent of the vote.

Vision 2040 is an ambitious long-term plan to reinvent Brampton, and includes transformations such as model new neighbourhoods connected by an expanding transit network, new core loop, walking and cycling networks, communities designed to promote walking, and a new eco-park and sustainability built into everything.

There’s also a significant education infrastructure project that will bring a new Ryerson University campus, with Sheridan College as an academic partner, to downtown Brampton for 2022. Oh, along with thousands of students.




Incumbent: Jeremy Williams
Challenger(s): Sandy Brown, Darrin Davidson
What’s at stake: Been to Orangeville lately? It’s no longer a sleepy little pit-stop town as you drive north to Collingwood or Georgian Bay.

With new home and community development taking place, particularly in the west part of town, the biggest challenge Orangeville faces is urbanization. Williams wants to preserve the small town feel and welcome development, while avoiding becoming a discount housing destination for people moving north out of the Toronto area.

Brown, a local realtor, likely understands the issues, and wants to “arrest out of control spending.”  He says Orangeville residents pay the highest property taxes in the GTA.




Incumbent: Current mayor of Oshawa John Henry has given up his seat to run as Durham’s regional chair
Challenger(s): Kenneth Carruthers, Dan Carter, Joe Ingino, Adam Kunz, Sara Lear, Rosaldo Russo, Bob Rutherford
What’s at stake: In short, continued growth in population and economic diversity, which drive housing demand. Oshawa’s population grew to 379,848 in 2016, according to the 2016 Census, up 6.6 per cent from 2011. This is second in the entire province only to Guelph – and even ahead of Toronto at 6.2 per cent.

Oshawa is expected to boast one of the fastest growing economies in the province this year, with growth of 2.6 per cent, according to the Conference Board of Canada. And this is down from 3.2 per cent in each of the last two years.

In terms of housing development, several builders are active in the area with lowrise homes. Homebuyers are liking the comparative bargains and the proximity to Toronto.




Incumbent: Jeff Lehman
Challenger: Ram Faerber
What’s at stake: Lehman is seeking his third term, while local businessman Faerber is looking to unseat him.

Barrie ceased being a weekend destination years ago, and has become a favourite among real estate investors for its population growth and the job opportunities that come with a growing and increasingly diverse local economy.

However, as a smaller centre (population of 197,059,up 5.4 per cent from 2011), Barrie is sometimes subject to market swings. Median home prices slipped five per cent for the third quarter of 2018, from the same period last year, to $505,136. Some shorter-term good news, however, is that prices are up 0.4 per cent from the second quarter of this year.

Wayne Karl is Senior Digital Editor at Homes Publishing. wayne.karl@homesmag.com 


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EDITOR'S CHOICE: Treasure Hill

Treasure Hill’s Trendi Towns in Markham have modern appeal

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Treasure Hill’s Trendi Towns in Markham have modern appeal

A new release of Trendi Towns is on its way to the sought-after town of Markham. Located at McCowan Road and 16th Avenue, this collection of chic and sophisticated townhomes has been thoughtfully designed with the upscale homeowner in mind. This entire community has been expertly crafted to exude quality, style and confidence.

All the homes at Trendi Towns display the same high-quality craftsmanship that Treasure Hill is known for, designed with a modern appeal and perfect for the stylish individual. You can choose from a selection of one-, or two-car garage towns for added convenience. Each home also comes fully equipped with top-of-the-line appliances, ensuring that everything in your new home runs smoothly and efficiently. Fully furnished models are coming soon so you can be inspired and see the full potential of this stunning development.


Markham has quickly become one of the GTA’s most desirable places to live, with over 355,000 residents currently calling it home. This amazing city is Canada’s most diverse community, exuding character and promoting inclusivity. You will often find a wide range of events hosted here, such as the Markham Fair, organized as a way to bring all members of the community together. Life in Markham is ideal for families; everything you need from shopping to schools are in close proximity to each other.

Markville Mall and some of the GTA’s most popular dining and entertainment spots are found here. You will also have plenty of opportunity to explore the city’s heritage at Main Street Unionville and Main Street Markham, home to many historic buildings and boutiques.


As always, Treasure Hill is dedicated to creating high-quality, desirable living spaces for all. The expert tam at Treasure Hill comes together time after time to develop only the finest quality homes in a perfect location. All of its homes are constructed with the upmost attention to detail given to each and every inch, resulting in a gorgeous new home, crafted to perfection. Treasure Hill combines impressive floorplans, quality construction and great value, providing you with a home you’re sure to treasure for years to come.

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Markham Performing Arts Awards names winners

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Markham Theatre Awards
Sharon Mehaffey and The Dance Institute receive Community Group of the Year Award from Mayor Scarpitti and theatre GM Eric Lariviere

The fourth annual Markham Performing Arts Awards took centre stage at Flato Markham Theatre recently, honouring homegrown artistic achievements. Special performances included Markham born and raised singer-songwriter, Julia Gartha, winner of the City’s 2017 Star Search, sneak-peak musical excerpts from the upcoming November show Any Dream Will Do: The Music of Andrew Lloyd Weber, and a special guest appearance by the legendary accapella group The Nylons.

The spotlight shone on the real stars of the evening Community Group/Artist of the Year, Sharon Mahaffey; Professional Artist of the Year, Maestro Kerry Stratton; and Partner of the Year, Weins Canada Inc.

Sharon Mehaffey and her studio, The Dance Institute, have held student competitions and recitals at Flato Markham Theatre for 25 years and regularly participate in the theatre’s Discovery Program. Trained at the Nester Brooking School in London, England and at the National Ballet School in Toronto, Mehaffey established The Dance Institute in 1993. This year marks the studio’s quarter-century anniversary.

Maestro Kerry Stratton is Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Toronto Concert Orchestra, Artistic Director/Conductor for Wish Opera, and internationally renowned guest conductor. He has led some of the world’s great chamber orchestras, including the George Solti Chamber Orchestra of Budapest, and the Vienna Konzertverein.

A premier automotive group with 13 car dealerships across the GTA, Weins Canada isFlato Markham Theatre’s largest Diamond Season sponsor. Because of the company’s patronage the theatre has grown to offer the largest and most diverse multi-disciplinary performing arts series in York Region, and among GTA municipal venues.

All of this would not be possible without the generosity and “rock-solid support of Weins Canada – a partnership that’s represented in the award itself – Two Pines, one supporting the other,” MayorFrank Scarpitti said, when presenting a custom-sculpture to Weins’ vice-president of operations, Amin Tejani.


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EDITOR'S CHOICE: Treasure Hill

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EDITOR’S CHOICE: Treasure Hill

High quality homes in perfect locations

Treasure Hill is dedicated to providing every single client with the highest quality home, in the perfect location. It’s expert team has successfully constructed countless stunning communities, breathing new life into many cities and towns.


The town of Aurora is known for its welcoming environment and its abundance of popular amenities. Treasure Hill is proud to be making Aurora home to our next breathtaking community, Adena Views, opening this fall. This community will feature a selection of 36-, 40-, 45- and 60-foot luxury singles backing onto Magna Golf Club. Each home in this community has been expertly planned to provide you and your family with the highest quality living experience imaginable.

Located at Leslie Street and Wellington Street in Aurora, Adena Views is in close proximity to some of the most outstanding schools, shopping centres, dining options and grocery stores the town has to offer. Longo’s, Canadian Tire, Goodlife Fitness and so much more are just minutes away.

Your commute is sure to be quick and easy with Highway 404 as well as the Aurora GO Transit station just minutes from your new home. You can also take advantage of YRT busses in the area, making for an effortless commute!


Another remarkable Treasure Hill community is on its way, giving you the opportunity to experience the difference of a Treasure Hill home in the thriving city of Markham. The second phase of Trendi Towns, opening this fall, will feature a collection of townhomes, some with two-car garages. Fully furnished models will be coming soon, showcasing the full potential of these stunning homes. This development has been precisely planned to exude a stylish, modern feel that everyone is sure to love.

Situated at McCowan Road and 16th Avenue, Trendi Towns is in one of the most sought-after areas to live in Markham. Go shopping in Markville Mall or spend time walking the quaint streets of nearby Main Street Markham or Main Street Unionville. You will also have the beautiful sights of several nearby parks, as well as some of the city’s most popular dining and entertainment spots.

Both of these upcoming communities continue to reflect Treasure Hill’s dedication to quality craftsmanship and superior location, giving you a place you’ll be proud to call home.


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EDITOR'S CHOICE: Madison Group

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EDITOR’S CHOICE: Madison Group

Specialists in lowrise, highrise, hospitality and retirement

Over the past five decades, Madison Group has evolved from a successful family business into a multi-faceted company that owns, develops, and manages landmark residential and commercial properties. Madison’s extensive portfolio includes lowrise master-planned communities, mixed-use highrise projects, office, retail, prestige industrial, rental, and retirement properties throughout the GTA and New York City.

Recognizing the need for ongoing change and growth, in 2017 Madison Group went through a company-wide rebrand as well as the addition of a hospitality division by bringing the first-ever Nobu Hotel and Restaurant to Canada. With its new outlook, Madison remains committed to creating vibrant, integrated communities rooted in highly desirable locations that elevate the lifestyle of their residents.


With GO Transit offering a short 28-minute train commute from Pickering to Union Station, and a four-minute walk to the lake, Frenchman’s Bay is set to attract anyone looking for affordable lakeside living with all of the area’s conveniences, including quick access to Highway 401, great restaurants and shops in Nautical Village along Liverpool Road.

Breaking ground at Frenchman's Bay in Pickering.
Breaking ground at Frenchman’s Bay in Pickering.

Frenchman’s Bay offers a modern collection of single-detached two-storey homes of approximately 2,700 square feet with double-car garages, four bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms and ample room for families to cook, live and relax in style at a starting price of $1.5 million.

The townhome collection ranges from 1,910 to 2,215 square feet and will offer single-car garages at grade, generous three- or four-bedroom floorplans on three levels, plus a basement. The interiors include designer selected natural oak engineered flooring throughout the second floor and smooth ceilings on both the first and second levels. The carefully appointed kitchens include a wide range of kitchen cabinet choices and a great selection of granite or quartz countertops. Townhome prices start in the high $800,000s.

Frenchman's Bay offers a modern collection of two-storey single-detached homes and townhomes.
Frenchman’s Bay offers a modern collection of two-storey single-detached homes and townhomes.

It is the spectacular natural landscape and abounding recreational opportunities that make Frenchman’s Bay a coastal haven for outdoor enthusiasts. You cannot miss Frenchman’s Bay Marina and the significant presence of boaters and sailing activity in the surrounding waters during the summer months.

To the southeast is Beachfront Park with its elevated boardwalk and beautiful views across Lake Ontario. If you’re in the mood to exercise or explore, then head into the Waterfront Trail system that encircles Frenchman’s Bay and runs east and west alongside the Lake’s shoreline. Three major trails – perfect for cycling, running or walking – traverse protected wetlands and woodlots, bluffs, beaches and expansive conservation areas.

“There are various natural, recreational, heritage, arts and cultural attractions within a one-kilometre range of the site, especially the boardwalk, beaches and marina,” said project director lowrise, David Singer in an interview with the Globe and Mail.


NuTowns, a collection of urban towns and traditional townhomes in Pickering.
NuTowns, a collection of urban towns and traditional townhomes in Pickering.

A collection of urban towns and traditional townhomes is coming this fall to the Seaton area of Pickering. The project is conveniently located between Highways 407 and 401 and has access to all of Pickering’s amenities, which include natural recreational areas such as the Seaton Hiking Trail, Riverside Golf Course and all of the vibrant amenity-rich shopping along the Kingston Road and Highway 401 corridor.

“With the City of Pickering being named one of the world’s Smart21 Communities of 2017 by the Intelligent Community Forum, we are very excited to bring another project to the Pickering area this fall,” said Singer.

With retailers like Farm Boy grocery, Saks Off Fifth and a range of restaurants, future NuTowns residents will have plenty to do within a 10-minute radius. Townhome pricing is set to start from the high $400,000s.


Cornell Rouge detached home courtesy Madison Group.
Cornell Rouge detached home courtesy Madison Group.

Markham’s greenest corner is about to launch its newest look and home designs. For over 15 years, Madison Group has been a big part of this successful master-planned community of Cornell Rouge. Bounded by 16th Avenue to the north and Highway 7 to the south and located east of Cornell Centre Boulevard, Cornell Rouge is nestled next to the natural splendor of the Rouge Valley, one of North America’s largest urban parks.

In the upcoming release, future residents will have a wide variety of newly redesigned plans and exteriors to choose from, all of which relate to the overall rebrand of the Cornell Rouge project. With a fresh perspective on design and functionality, the project will continue on attracting families who are looking for the perfect home with accessibility to the area amenities, schools and recreational facilities — all located just steps from their homes.

The newly designed detached homes will range in size from approximately 2,000 to 3,300 square feet and 1,800 to 2,400 square feet for the townhome product.


Groundbreaking ceremony at Nobu Residences, Hotel and Restaurant.
Groundbreaking ceremony at Nobu Residences, Hotel and Restaurant.

Madison’s dynamic highrise division recently launched and sold 660 suites in its two-tower project, Nobu Residences Toronto. The highly anticipated project will feature the world’s first-ever fully integrated Nobu Residences, Hotel and Restaurant.

“We are very excited about building the world’s first-ever Nobu Residences and bringing this incredible brand to Canada,” said Josh Zagdanski, vice president highrise. “Nobu Toronto has done exceptionally well, and we are looking forward to making this project come to life.”

Madison Group’s future plans are as ambitious with numerous highrise projects in the works with emphasis in the midtown and downtown neighbourhoods.


uPark is the most recent addition to the Madison Group portfolio, an innovative and growth-oriented city parking company that changes the way you park by providing quick and easy access to parking lots throughout the city. For more information and to find the nearest parking lot location, visit uParkCorp.com or follow uPark @uparkto.


Madison’s commitment to curated lifestyles goes beyond designing and developing value rich properties. Community revitalization and involvement is a major focus for Madison. Collaborations with various local and international artists will soon take corporate responsibility to a new level, adding value and interest to neighbourhoods. For instant access to information on upcoming events and developments follow @madisonhomes or visit the website.


Frenchman’s Bay

Located at 1635 Bayly Street, Pickering, the Sales Centre is open Monday to Thursday from noon to 7 p.m., Friday by appointment, and Saturday, Sunday and holidays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.



Register today to receive the most up-to-date priority information for this highly anticipated project.


Cornell Rouge

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