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Markham Performing Arts Awards names winners

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Markham Performing Arts Awards names winners

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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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Design Expert: Mood Makers

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Design Expert: Mood Makers

How colour and decor styles can change the feeling in a space

A home’s decor affects your mood. Why do you sit up so straight in some rooms and feel like you can put your feet up in others? Some of that has to do with furniture but mainly, colour and lighting create the mood in your home. Dimmers allow you to control and alter the mood in a space.

STRIKE A BALANCE

People often refer to deep colours being “dark,” however, dark really refers to the amount of light in a room vs. the colour on the walls. When the wall colour is deep and rich, it absorbs more light than colours like white or light pastels. The more light absorbed, the more we feel a sense of sonority and sombreness in the room. We refer to moods as “beaming with happiness,” or feeling “bright, up and happy,” all of which use “light” to describe mood. Conversely, we talk of “dark times” feeling “gloomy” or travelling with a “dark cloud.” The combination of paint colour, the quantity of light and the colour of the light can create feelings from danger to productivity, medical sterility to romance, intimacy and safety.

NATURE RULES

Have you ever wondered why most homes have white ceilings, warmer coloured walls and darker hardwood floors? This combination is the one that makes people feel most comfortable. It’s the same combination as the sky, the trees and the earth, as you walk through a forest. Once you know that rule, you can start to play with it by having painted ceilings, light-wood floors, etc. These combinations change the mood of the room because it is different than normal. Very deep colours on the walls also create a feeling of intimacy and sonority because the walls feel closer to you. The deep colours absorb most of the light. Without getting into the physics, the room feels more like “night” and we lose our ability to fully determine the dimensions of the room.

LIGHT CONTROL

In order to play with mood, we adjust the amount of light and the light’s colour temperature. We are all now familiar with the labels on light bulbs that say “warm white, soft white, daylight” etc. These words refer to the colour temperature measured in “degrees Kelvin” All you really need to know is that the lower the number, the “warmer” the colour. 2700-3000 is normal residential light while 5000K is more suited to jewelry stores and museums. The warmer the light the more like a “candle” it is. If the lighting is low, the more intimate the room feels. A kitchen, for example, needs to go from “meal preparation work space” to “romantic dinner date.” This is why most designers insist on dimmers everywhere. The dimmers allow you to alter the mood, by altering the light.

Everyone has a slightly different response to colour and light. It’s important you organize the lighting plan for your home to make sure there is light on every square foot of the floor, and then you can play with the mood to suit the people in the room.

DRAW THE EYE TO ART

The light and wall colour also allow us to feature works of art that adorn the walls. A white wall with white painting is very subtle, while a black painting on a white wall is very dramatic. The lighting plan allows you to feature the art in the room by adding specific “art lights.” Essentially, the lighting plan tells people entering the room where to look first by providing that element with more light. The featured art or sculpture also affects the mood of the room. Think about your mood when you look at art that is bright coloured and “cartoon-like” vs. a battlefield as night falls. Art is an expression of the artist to evoke a feeling or mood.

You can play with colour, art accessories and light level throughout the year and stay in control of the mood your home evokes. If nature is affecting your mood outside, you can control your mood once you come inside!

Extensive experience in residential, commercial and hospitality design. Principal of design firm Grafus Design Build, Glen Peloso is frequently in the media as design expert on the Marilyn Denis Show, and CHCH Morning Live, a contributor to Global Morning News, Breakfast Television Toronto, past series with HGTV and the Food Network, along with Radio and Blogs. Reporting on design trends from around the world, his work has been featured in various print publications throughout North America. Twitter: glenpeloso Instagram: glenpelosodesigner

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Pantone Colour of the Year for 2018

Pantone Colour of the Year for 2018: Ultra Violet

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Pantone Colour of the Year for 2018: Ultra Violet

Inventive and imaginative Ultra Violet lights the way to what is yet to come: Pantone

Pantone, a provider of professional colour language standards and digital solutions, today announced Pantone 18-3838, Ultra Violet, as the Color of the Year for 2018. A dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade, Ultra Violet communicates originality, ingenuity and visionary thinking that points us towards the future.

“We are living in a time that requires inventiveness and imagination. It is this kind of creative inspiration that is indigenous to Pantone 18-3838 Ultra Violet, a blue-based purple that takes our awareness and potential to a higher level,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. “From exploring new technologies and the greater galaxy, to artistic expression and spiritual reflection, intuitive Ultra Violet lights the way to what is yet to come.”

Complex and contemplative, Ultra Violet suggests the mysteries of the cosmos, the intrigue of what lies ahead and the discoveries beyond where we are now. The vast and limitless night sky is symbolic of what is possible and continues to inspire the desire to pursue a world beyond our own.

Enigmatic purples have also long been symbolic of counter-culture, unconventionality and artistic brilliance. Musical icons Prince, David Bowie and Jimi Hendrix brought shades of Ultra Violet to the forefront of Western pop culture as personal expressions of individuality. Nuanced and full of emotion, the depth of Ultra Violet symbolizes experimentation and non-conformity, spurring individuals to imagine their unique mark on the world and push boundaries through creative outlets.

Historically, there has been a mystical or spiritual quality attached to Ultra Violet. The colour is often associated with mindfulness practices, which offer a higher ground to those seeking refuge from today’s over-stimulated world. The use of purple-toned lighting in meditation spaces and other gathering places energizes the communities that gather there and inspire connection.

“The Pantone Color of the Year has come to mean so much more than ‘what’s trending’ in the world of design; it’s truly a reflection of what’s needed in our world today,” added Laurie Pressman, vice president of the Pantone Color Institute. “As individuals around the world become more fascinated with colour and realize its ability to convey deep messages and meanings, designers and brands should feel empowered to use color to inspire and influence. The Color of the Year is one moment in time that provides strategic direction for the world of trend and design, reflecting the Pantone Color Institute’s year-round work doing the same for designers and brands.”

The Color of the Year selection process requires thoughtful consideration and trend analysis. To arrive at the selection each year, Pantone’s color experts comb the world looking for new colour influences. This can include the entertainment industry and films in production, travelling art collections and new artists, fashion, all areas of design, popular travel destinations as well as new lifestyles, play styles and socio-economic conditions. Influences may also stem from new technologies, materials, textures and effects that impact colour, relevant social media platforms and even up-coming sporting events that capture worldwide attention. For 19 years, Pantone’s Color of the Year has influenced product development and purchasing decisions in multiple industries, including fashion, home furnishings and industrial design, as well as product packaging and graphic design.

Ultra Violet in Home Decor

In interiors, Ultra Violet can transform a room into one of extraordinary self-expression, or conversely its polish can tone down a room with subdued, modern pairings. Adding spice and brightness, Ultra Violet calls attention to a tufted couch, piece of art or accent wall. As a colour that can take you in so many directions, Ultra Violet makes a statement in any space, whether it’s one of tradition and elegance or unexpected boldness. In hospitality, we are seeing purples like Ultra Violet take centre stage in interior spaces as large and small hotels harness color and design to entice travelers and stay relevant.

Saatchi Art

As an expression of the imagination and creativity that Ultra Violet provokes, Pantone has partnered with Saatchi Art (SaatchiArt.com), the world’s leading online gallery for emerging art, to create a limited edition collection of official Pantone Color of the Year 2018 prints. The collection, available for purchase beginning January 1, 2018 will include new works by international artists working in painting, sculpture and printmaking, that embody the spirit of Ultra Violet.

Pantone Color of Year 2018 Guides

For the first time, Pantone will also release limited edition collections of Pantone Color of the Year 2018 guides as collector items for designers to enable them to more easily integrate Ultra Violet into their workflow. Sold exclusively on Pantone.com, these guides are perfect gifts for designers who are already on the pulse of colour trends, or for up-and-comers who want to deck out their desk with the sleekest tools.

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Color Journeys 2018 palette of the year

Color Journeys 2018 palette of the year

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Color Journeys 2018 palette of the year

Supported by Para Paints and General Paint with dealers across Canada

The Canadian Sherwin-Williams Consumer Brands Group — including Para Paint and General Paint — has named Serenity as their palette of the year.

The palette allows homeowners to explore the rejuvenating feel of Scandinavian design in their home with the soft delicate tones of Glamour (405A), balanced by the darker stone Malachite (405E). The statement is completed with the freshness of White Design (WH01) and embraces wood stains such as pickled oak, or dark walnut.

This quiet palette of modern neutrals awakens the feeling of calm, cool, sophisticated serenity with the meditative sounds of water trickling through a stream over rocks and the natural woods to ground the nature-based designs and colours. You may not be able to get away to the spa to recharge in luxury, but now you can create this harmonizing palette in your own space.

The Serenity Palette was designed with Scandinavian sensibility and sustainability in mind. Our homes are our sanctuary, our place of serenity. Tap into your inner peace in your living or work space with the simplicity of colour.

Glamour is a delicate, minimalistic tone with lavender notes, Malachite is a slate stone colour with nature balanced textures and White Design is a fresh white that is perfect for trim. The Color Journeys palette also includes trending wood stains that help to create a grounding effect in your space. Pickled Oak reveals cool tones and textures and a sense of minimalism and Dark Walnut adds a sense of luxury and warmth.

“The palette takes cues from our natural surroundings. Rich, royal Malachite can fade into the soft lilac-grey of Glamour or morph into Quartzite. Indulge yourself in nature and let the 2018 palette of the year set the tone of your home or work space- this palette is that flexible,” said Jennie Roarty, associate brand manager General Paints.

The 2018 Serenity palette was unanimously selected by Color Journey’s designers, specializing in design and fashion. These experts study consumer insights and global design trends to select a colour palette that is reflective of ongoing trends and consumer demands. This palette helps to create a space used to unwind; layering balanced tones of neutrals as a foundation with whites and soft pastels will help to design a meditative minimalistic room with a unique statement by adding customized wood stains and cozy deeper jewel tones which intrinsically add luxury and opulence.

“Connections with this colour palette evoke feelings of nature, they are the foundation of new neutrals that flow infinitely through designs with great rhythm and purpose,” said Garry Belfall, brand manager Para Paints. “Our goal was to choose colours for our palette that are both calming and liveable to give your home a sense of inspirational design.”

The New Colour System

Color Journeys allows you to search for unexpected colour combinations that will inspire your design palette. It has curated an expansive colour system of the most refined hues to complete every planned project and each imaginative endeavour.

Color Journeys has catalogued its palettes into five collections — Color Chronicles, Color Directions, Color Solutions, Contractor Solutions and Six to Mix — created to honour a different purpose, time period or style. Color Journeys is the true north for how-to visionaries, the road map for each of your independent design expeditions. It steers you to the right colour for any project and any design endeavour.

This new colour system is the route for trend-setting explorers, the springboard for all your creative ideas. It invigorates your search for the most current, finely tuned palettes. Color Journeys is the destination for further inspiration, it is a carefully selected collection of new concepts for your distinct style. For more information visit the website below.

Confidently enter into the new dimension of design’s new colours, finishes, textures and materials for design exploration. To explore the new Serenity Palette, or any of the 2018 Color Journeys trend colours on your walls, try the new online colour visualizer before visiting a paint store or lifting a brush. The visualizer offers advanced technology to apply any colour to an uploaded photo of your room.

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Benjamin Moore - 2018 Colour of the Year

Benjamin Moore Announces their Colour of the Year 2018

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Benjamin Moore Announces their Colour of the Year 2018

“Caliente AF290”, a vibrant, charismatic shade of red.

Strong, radiant and full of energy, Caliente AF-290 is total confidence. It is pleasing, passionate and makes people feel special, like ‘red carpet treatment’,” said Ellen O’Neill, Benjamin Moore Director of Strategic Design Intelligence. “Whether used as one note or on four walls, the spirited personality of red turns heads signaling surprise and adventure. The eye can’t help but follow its bold strokes.”

The colour leader also unveiled Colour Trends 2018, a curated palette of 23 highly influential hues that enliven any room by adding depth and energy. The palette incorporates a full spectrum of reds, from hints of blush to deep oxbloods, while ensuring seamless pairings with a carefully selected range of whites, neutrals, and complementary bold hues.

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Sherwin-Williams - 2018 Colour of the Year

Sherwin-Williams – 2018 Colour of the Year

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Sherwin-Williams – 2018 Colour of the Year


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