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Ice Breakers returns to Toronto's waterfront

Ice Breakers returns to Toronto’s waterfront

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Ice Breakers returns to Toronto’s waterfront

Ice Breakers will run from January 19 to February 25, 2018 with five art installations located on Queens Quay West.

A giant red bear reclining in the snow, a cozy cabin made from tree roots and a jingling wind chime constellation are just some of the installations that visitors to Toronto’s downtown Waterfront can experience this winter as the winners are announced for the second annual Ice Breakers event.

Ice Breakers, the temporary Waterfront art exhibition presented by the Waterfront BIA and produced by Winter Stations, asked artists and designers to look to the stars for inspiration for 2018, with the theme Constellation.

“After the huge success of last year’s Ice Breakers event, we decided to open the exhibition up as an international competition for 2018,” said Carol Jolly, executive director of the Waterfront BIA. “We were looking for installations that would bring colour, warmth and activity to the Waterfront, attracting visitors from across the city to experience this spectacular wintertime streetscape.”

On October 19, the Ice Breakers jury met to choose the final five art installations that will be built and featured along Queens Quay West. It was a full day of jury deliberations, where over 100 international submissions from around the world were reviewed. “We were bowled over by the high standard of entries this year, and the creative responses to the theme ‘constellation.’ We chose the winners based on their originality, feasibility and how interactive and engaging we thought they could be,” said Winter Stations co-founder Ted Merrick of Ferris + Associates.

Founded in 2015 by equal partners RAW, Ferris + Associates and Curio, Winter Stations is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to bringing temporary public art to the city. The marquee Winter Stations Design Competition is now in its fourth year. Running along Toronto’s east end beaches, Winter Stations asks designers from around the world to transform utilitarian lifeguard stations into creative, imaginative works of publicly accessible art for six weeks of the winter. In 2017, the organization extended its programming slate with Ice Breakers produced by Winter Stations, a new event conceived on behalf of The Waterfront BIA.

Introducing the 2018 Ice Breakers installations:

“Through the Eyes of the Bear” by Tanya Goertzen of People Places (Calgary)

Inspired by Ursa Major, or the Great Bear constellation, this installation uses renewable, recyclable and compostable materials to ask visitors to consider how humans interact with nature, or to see the world through the eyes of a bear.

“Black Bamboo” by Bennet Marburger and Ji Zhang of 2408 Studio (Hangzhou Shi, China)

Black Bamboo is an installation made from 90 painted bamboo poles freely arranged to form a framework in an abstract cubic shape. Like the constellations, the cube as a shape only comes into existence within our heads. Black Bamboo is accessible and invites visitors to walk or climb through it.

“Winter FanFare” by Thena Tak (Vancouver)

Winter FanFare is a series of rotating fan-sculptures that collectively form a circulation playscape for winter exploration. Winter FanFare deploys individual fan-sculptures to create clusters of pockets where the public can meander through or run in and around.

“Ensemble” by João Araújo Sousa and Joana Correia Silva, JJs Arquitectura (Porto, Portugal)

Ensemble merges architecture, music and astronomy to explore the dialogue between humans and the urban environment. The installation is inspired by wind chimes, which visitors can touch to create beautiful abstract compositions and ever-changing soundscapes.

“Root Cabin” by Liz Wreford and Peter Sampson, Public City Architecture (Winnipeg)

Like a constellation, Root Cabin is a mystery waiting to be discovered. Coloured cuts of wood can be seen through gaps in an alluring pile of weathered roots. When further explored by a visitor, the colours reveal a void that can be inhabited, and an iconic nostalgic form of Canadian dwelling emerges.


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Cityzen & Fernbrook’s P27 offers rare waterfront luxury

As Toronto continues its fervent building boom, dotting the skyline with more and more enthralling structures, there remains a conspicuous dearth of high-end waterfront properties on the market.

Toronto is intensifying at an unprecedented rate, perhaps only comparable to Manhattan in the 1920s, and the solution to satisfying the need for extra space — which in the years ahead will increasingly become premium — seem to lie at the foot of the city along Lake Ontario.

According to Sam Crignano, President of Cityzen Development Group — which, along with Fernbrook Homes, built P27 — waterfront living won’t merely provide residents extra space, it will also offer respite from the swelling madness and mania that are routine in the world’s premier cities.

“On the one side of your home, you have innumerable entertainment options like professional baseball, hockey, soccer and basketball — not to mention the top film festival in the world.

As well there are museums, shopping, restaurants, and the St. Lawrence Market area, which I personally call home. Yet you have the tranquilizing effect of Lake Ontario on the other side,” he said. “You can spend an afternoon on the beach just across the lake at Toronto Island. You can go for walks, hikes, bike rides; you can skate in winter — you can do just about everything.”

Additionally, added Crignano, Waterfront Toronto — which has, in revitalizing the waterfront, undertaken the largest infrastructure project on the continent — is turning Queen’s Quay into a grand lakeside boulevard that will feature a 45-meter tree-lined pedestrian and cyclist promenade, giving the area a perfect 100 walkability score and bolstering the placidity that will come to define the neighbourhood. The Martin Goodman Trail is right around the corner, too.

P27 still has some luxury suites available, and if Toronto’s resale condo market is any indication, where two-bedroom units are getting multiple offers, they won’t be available for long. With two- to four-bedroom suites ranging between 1,702 and 4,474 square feet, remaining units will mirror sold units that have already appreciated substantially. Prices for the suites range from $1.5 million up to $5.2 million.

Designed with top-notch finishes, including exceedingly large terraces and balconies, 10-foot ceilings, and kitchens furnished with granite, quartz composite or marble countertops, and Miele and Subzero appliances, the commodious abodes are ideal for both families and empty nesters looking for a slower, relaxed pace of life.

P27 negotiates the fine line between home and five-star resort, thanks to its serene vibe and unparalleled amenities. For example, its indoor pool is affixed with panoptic views of Lake Ontario and downtown Toronto; its outdoor party area has cabanas, to go along with barbecues; outdoor terraces; a games room; a theatre; an indoor party room; and arguably the best residential gym in the city: It is custom programmed by Movement Haus by Benchmark Group.

“Curiously, there just aren’t any other luxury suites along Lake Ontario like the ones currently available for move-in at P27, and residents already living here have seen their units appreciate,” said Crignano. “Keep in mind that land is extremely difficult to acquire in Toronto, and the suites at P27 are among the finest along the waterfront.”

P27 is at the foot of the budding new waterfront neighbourhood that will be renowned for its 21st century building principles. In addition to being pedestrian- and cyclist-friendly, Waterfront Toronto intends to green it to the nines. And, as with any new sought after neighbourhood, it will become a retail and entertainment destination — emblematic of the new Toronto that’s taking the world by storm.

“In a way, P27 represents what Toronto has become — a worldly city with an extremely high standard of living,” added Crignano. “Never has there been a time in this city’s history as exciting as now. And in no other city in the world does the future look this bright.”

Standing on one of P27’s oversized balconies, it’s hard to gaze upon the city’s skyline and argue with Crignano.

For further information call or visit the website.



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The best suites have been saved for last at landmark Cityzen and Fernbrook development

The best suites have been saved for last at Pier 27, a landmark condominium development providing resort-style living on Toronto’s downtown waterfront.

The final Lakefront Residences in Phases 1 and 2, now called P27, are unparalleled in terms of location and luxury. The condo community from Cityzen Development Group and Fernbrook Homes, at the foot of Yonge Street at Queen’s Quay, is at the heart of one of the most ambitious urban revitalization projects in the world.

The Pier 27 community, designed by architect Peter Clewes, has quickly established itself as an iconic structure along the waterfront with two 14-storey towers in the first two phases joined by a distinctive ‘bridge.’

The remaining Lakefront Residences of P27 mirror the trend towards larger suites with generous spaces and functional design. Townhouses, with two-bedrooms plus den or three-bedrooms plus den, range from 1,921 to 3,066 square feet in size and are priced from $1.5 million to $2.5 million. The condominium suites are truly spectacular, 1,702 to 4,474 square feet in size in two-bedroom, two-bedroom plus den and four-bedroom plans, priced from $1.6 to $5.2 million. Those living at P27 have seen the value of their suites increase significantly demonstrating that there is only a limited amount of waterfront property to be had in Toronto and once it’s gone, it’s gone.

In addition to superb design and stellar views, P27 provides an ideal lifestyle, combining vibrant urban dynamic with the laid back vibe of the lake. With a desirable Walk Score of 100, P27 is within minutes of every imaginable amenity: shops, parks, eateries, services and public transit. It will be set along a 45-foot-wide, tree-lined promenade for pedestrians and cyclists, providing connectivity to the extensive downtown waterfront.

Union Station with access to subway, GO and VIA trains is a short stroll away. It’s easy to access flights from nearby Billy Bishop Airport or to hop the UP Express for a quick ride to Pearson International Airport.

The Entertainment, Financial and Distillery Districts and the popular St. Lawrence market are within walking distance, along with sports and cultural venues including the Rogers Centre, Air Canada Centre, Sony Centre for the Performing Arts and Harbourfront Centre.

The nearby ferry provides a quick get-away to the tranquility of the Toronto Islands. The Martin Goodman Trail, Sugar Beach, Cherry Beach, Tommy Thompson Park and Sherbourne Common are part of P27’s neighbourhood and reachable on foot or on bike. Sailors will appreciate the proximity of sailing clubs and marinas too.

The lifestyle at P27 is a perfect complement to its lakeside location. The resort-style amenities, comparable to what one might expect at a five-star hotel: indoor pool with stunning water and city views; an outdoor pool surrounded by barbecue areas and cabanas;, outdoor terraces; a games room; theatre; party room; and state-ofthe- art fitness facilities custom programmed by Movement Haus by Benchmark Group.

The suites have been designed with the same high quality and superior standard finishes, including 10-foot ceiling heights, oversized balconies or terraces and kitchens outfitted with granite, quartz composite or marble countertops and Miele and Subzero appliances.

Fernbrook Homes has created some of the finest quality new home communities in the GTA. Cityzen Development Group is a multifaceted real estate developer and with its sister company, Dominus Construction Group, is one of the GTA’s most recognized builders.

Visit the Presentation Centre, located at 15 Queen’s Quay East. For further information call or visit the website.

(416) 367-3456


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