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Find your new Mattamy home today in these inspiring neighbourhoods

Find your new Mattamy home today in these inspiring neighbourhoods

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Find your new Mattamy home today in these inspiring neighbourhoods

In 1978, Mattamy Homes founder, Peter Gilgan, set out to build homes and communities that complement how people actually live – an idea he called “thoughtful design.” Since then, this belief has helped Mattamy build more than 100,000 homes across Canada and the United States. Today, Mattamy Homes is North America’s largest privately-owned home builder.

Soon, Mattamy’s story will continue its growth in vibrant North York. Mattamy will be unveiling brand new exciting detached designs. This will be a fresh opportunity to own new in the best of the city. Imagine life in Park Place on Patricia at Bathurst and Steeles.

Choose from a full collection of upscale architectural exteriors: French Chateau, English Manor, and Traditional. All the home designs blend naturally into this established North York neighbourhood. These thoughtfully designed homes come complete with nine-ft. ceilings, a gas fireplace, hardwood flooring and much more.

Register online today to buy new in the city.

Kleinburg Summit in Kleinburg

Today, Mattamy has a limited collection of 30-, 40-, 50- and 60-ft. detached homes with trendy interior finishes and incredible incentives. Discover masterplanned community living at its finest. Connect to trails, parks and walking and biking paths all right outside your door. Come explore an elegant lifestyle just north of the city.

Union Condos in Brampton

Have you ever wanted to sleep late and still get to work on time? Well, now you can.

Mattamy’s UNION Condos in Brampton is literally a short, convenient five-minute walk to the Mount Pleasant GO station – getting you downtown in slightly more than 30 minutes. Choose from one- to three- bedroom suites. Enjoy a fitness studio and entertaining lounge all right in your building. An exciting new energy is available in Union Condos.

White Pines in Bracebridge

If you want to live the cottage life all year round, then White Pines is your destination. Here, you can choose from beautiful 50- and 66-ft. two-storey homes and bungalow designs that each bring something new to the table. Nature, recreation, convenient shopping, and dining are just minutes from your front door in Bracebridge. Experience it firsthand by taking a tour of Mattamy’s Model Home to discover all the finest interior and exterior finishes available in your future home. The Muskoka lifestyle is waiting for you in White Pines.

Queen’s Common in Whitby

Mattamy’s established Whitby community offers exciting new towns and detached designs. We invite you to be part of this exciting neighbourhood filled with friendly faces and children’s laughter. Live just minutes from everything you could ever need. Connect to shopping, recreation, dining, schools, GO and public transportation. Enjoy a relaxed, full life in Mattamy’s Queen’s Common.

All Mattamy homes offer Architect’s Choice Options. These optional floorplans allow you to personalize the layout of your new home to better fit your life. Whether you’re a growing family in need of an extra bedroom, or your love for cooking calls for a chef’s kitchen, the architectural options let you own a home that’s been designed for how you live.

And with the help of a personal design consultant you’ll be guided through the beautiful features and finishes available in Mattamy’s state-of-the-art Design Studio.


Learn more about all of Mattamy’s new communities.


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A podium finish for Solmar's new release - introducing the new Podium Collection at ORO

A Podium finish for Solmar’s new release – the new Podium Collection at ORO

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A Podium finish for Solmar’s new release – the new Podium Collection at ORO

Just when you thought you’d missed your chance, ORO in Mississauga’s City Centre is back with a new opportunity!

Hot on the heels of the extraordinary success of sales at Edge Towers, Solmar Developments is announcing a brand new release of suites within ORO, the crowning achievement of the Edge Towers community. This surprising new release is a thrilling last chance to live in the height of luxury in Mississauga’s City Centre, the premier location for condo living.

Saving the best for last, this stunning Podium Collection offers an attractive selection of suite sizes and layouts to give buyers versatility in their purchase without missing out on this golden opportunity. This is the first opportunity to purchase a one-bedroom suite at ORO, with additional options of one-bedroom plus den, two-bedroom, or two-bedroom plus den, all featuring the premium features and amenities that Edge Towers is known for.

In addition to private oversized balconies and terraces, this Podium Collection has an advantage rarely seen in condominiums. Some of these exclusive suites include a parking spot located on the same level for the ultimate convenience. No more waiting for elevators, no more climbing stairs after a long day; only the most exclusive luxury condominium experience.

This opportunity is a limited release in Mississauga’s landmark community. ORO is the third and final Tower of the highly acclaimed Edge Towers, and construction of Tower 1 and 2 is well underway. Sleek modern architecture meets the timeless elegance of ORO’s distinguished interiors, creating the gold standard of luxury living. An elevated lifestyle begins with this 50-storey monument to the Mississauga skyline.

Life at ORO is infused with luxury, embodying the perfection of this exclusive community with a magnificent grand lobby and Galleria featuring marble flooring and Venetian columns, inspired by renowned international hotels. ORO stands as a 50-storey tribute to luxury living, featuring two outdoor terraces for both active and relaxing lifestyles, barbecue areas for al fresco dining, a premium fitness centre, party room, and a full range of lifestyle amenities. A 24-hour premium concierge service meets your every convenience, and every amenity you deserve or desire is right here waiting for you.

But luxury isn’t limited to just your home. This master-planned community is the only new condominium development located steps from the Mississauga City Centre, right on the new Hurontario LRT line to connect homeowners directly to Toronto. Shopping, dining, and entertainment are all within reach at Square One Shopping Centre and beyond, and the Port Credit waterfront is only minutes away to bring you to the beauty of Lake Ontario. Mississauga’s dynamic City Centre brings natural greenspace to the urban core in the perfect blend, creating an unmatched neighbourhood.

Solmar Developments has crafted this community to perfection by using its 30 years of experience to create the pinnacle of luxury living. Known for their workmanship and their European-inspired design, Solmar’s excellence is second to none. In these unprecedented times, buying with confidence is more important than ever. Solmar Developments is a leading developer in the GTA, building communities that you can trust. Their dedication to the health and safety of their staff and clients has led to the implementation of digital buying and selling processes, displaying their commitment to their communities. Available for private appointments and virtual purchasing, a home at ORO has never been more attainable.

Register now to be first to preview the new Podium Collection at ORO. This premier community’s soaring success has led to incredible sales, meaning that your time is limited. For further information visit the website.


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Tiffany Hill by Rosehaven Homes

Tiffany Hill is a beautiful family community nestled in nature in Ancaster

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Tiffany Hill is a beautiful family community nestled in nature in Ancaster

Imagine this – you’re living your dream in an established, thriving family community with an intimate, small town charm, surrounded by acres of beautiful countryside, nature trails and lush woodlands, yet just minutes from highways, transit, schools, parks, shops and urban amenities. Sound amazing? Welcome to Tiffany Hill in Ancaster. An inspired community by award-winning builder Rosehaven Homes, Tiffany Hill offers elegant home designs, spacious floorplans and incredible finishes.

Hundreds of families are now living their dream in this established community at Raymond Road and Robertson Road in Ancaster. The location offers an amenity-rich lifestyle with everything you need at your fingertips, including plenty of new shops, restaurants and more. Commuting to and from Tiffany Hill is a breeze, with the GO train and Hwy. 403 both close by.

Tiffany Hill offers a fine selection of elegant singles and freehold towns. Also coming this year, a brand new collection of spacious, family-sized freehold/condo lane townhomes with classic stone and brick elevations from the upper $500,000s. Large, bright and comfortable interiors are designed for modern family living. Open concept plans, sleek kitchens, gorgeous details and up to four bedrooms accommodate your growing family.

The brand new freehold/condo lane towns range from approximately 1,799 up to 2,268 sq. ft., with spacious bedrooms, plenty of shared living space perfect for spending time as a family, and beautiful master suites to create a private getaway. Each model in this new collection features a covered balcony to bring your living space outdoors, and a covered porch lets homeowners enjoy the beauty of their charming community.

Ancaster is a fabulous community to raise your family. With its historic Main Street stores, boutiques, cafes and more, Ancaster exudes small-town charm with all essential amenities just steps away. Shop for your family’s needs at Meadowlands Power Centre and Town Plaza. Savour fine and casual dining at more than 50 great restaurants.

Enjoy spectacular natural beauty, panoramic views, beautiful waterfalls, scenic trails and meadows close to home. Schools, libraries, community centres and playgrounds for your kids are nearby. Everything your family needs to live a full, rich life is in Ancaster. And when you want to watch the big game or a theatre show, or attend university or post-secondary community college, Hamilton with its big city amenities is just minutes away.

Over a period of 25 years, Rosehaven Homes has built more than 6,500 homes all across southern Ontario and the GTA. These homes are built to the highest standard – the Rosehaven standard – with the aim of distinguishing themselves from other builders with a difference in their communities, in their homes, and in the overall homeownership experience.

This spring, Rosehaven Homes is working hard to provide every opportunity to ensure that homebuying is as easy as ever. The company’s physical sales offices and sales events may be closed, but online tools are available to ensure your homebuying process isn’t ever affected by these closures. Rosehaven knows that buying a home is one of the most important times in your life – one that decides your future in the perfect dream home – and work hard to ensure it is the best experience they can offer. Your life is not going to be put on hold.

In order to be able to provide the best possible service to homebuyers, Rosehaven Homes is preparing something special. In lieu of a physical release, this spring, Rosehaven will be hosting a Digital Release for Ancaster’s picturesque Tiffany Hill community, so that homeowners have the best, most accessible homebuying experience possible. This exciting digital release will give buyers every opportunity they would experience in person, with the added bonus of doing so from the comfort of your own home.

Details of this exciting opportunity are yet to be announced, but this is a homebuying opportunity you don’t want to miss. Tiffany Hill is the distinguished, charming family home you have been waiting for, and Rosehaven Homes is committed to building quality communities and offering quality customer care. Their dedication and high standards will continue to provide homebuyers with the best opportunity for a life in charming, historic Ancaster.

This spring, Tiffany Hill is ready to bring you every amenity you desire within an established neighbourhood of elegant homes. More information on this exciting Digital Release is coming soon, to provide the perfect opportunity to make a home among the breathtaking waterfalls, meadows, and trails of this beautiful Ancaster setting. It’s time to experience the Rosehaven standard.

Tiffany Hill in Ancaster is now accepting registrants for the upcoming freehold/condo lane townhomes from the upper $500,000s. For further information or to register, visit the website.


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The revitilization of Dundalk by Flato Developments

The revitalization of Dundalk by Flato Developments

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The revitalization of Dundalk by Flato Developments

Surrounded by some of Ontario’s finest pastoral scenery, the village of Dundalk is poised for transformation. From the renowned developer and builder, Flato Developments, Dundalk will welcome thousands of new residents and businesses over the next decade as the result of four visionary initiatives.

Edgewood Greens

When complete, Edgewood Greens will be home to 1,200 new families. Currently, hundreds of delighted homeowners are enjoying being a part of this growing hometown. An easy drive away, Edgewood Greens will offer discerning buyers a stunning collection of spacious homes up to 3,000 sq. ft., at prices that are unheard of in the GTA.

Carriage House

An inspired collection of well-crafted townhomes and singles, Carriage House offers a more-relaxed pace. Featuring heritage exteriors and contemporary features, this superb community delivers luxury for less. Phase 1 townhomes are now sold out. More townhomes and single-detached homes will be released this year.

Seniors community

At Edgewood Suites, active retirees can make the most of their golden years in a charming setting surrounded by picturesque countryside. This tranquil community will offer a wide selection of stunning suites, including studios, one-, two- and three-bedroom layouts. From here, it’s an easy stroll to shops, banks, the community centre and places of worship. Construction is scheduled to begin this year.

Commercial space

Designed to augment the shops and services in the area, the new Dundalk Retail Plaza will introduce an exciting array of retail establishments for residents to enjoy.

Life in Dundalk

Combining the warmth of small-town living with urban amenities, everyday conveniences are within walking distance. Downtown Dundalk is reminiscent of an historic downtown core, with leafy streets of quaint Victorian residences. The Dundalk Herald is one of the few remaining independently owned newspapers in the region.

Life here is what you make of it. The weekly Southgate Farmers’ Market is a tradition for many. Poke about local shops and meet with friends for a coffee or at one of the popular restaurants in the area. Dundalk also has a new library, an arena and a community centre.

Unspoiled surroundings

Located less than 90 kms northwest of Brampton and Mississauga, Dundalk is only a half an hour drive to The Blue Mountains and Collingwood. Hike the Bruce Trail along the UNESCO-designated Niagara Escarpment, ski the renowned slopes of Blue Mountain and enjoy water-related activities on Georgian Bay, including swimming, fishing and boating. Move up to Dundalk, the highest elevation of any community in southern Ontario.


For further information, visit the website.


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Briarwood Development Group

Briarwood Developments is leading the way in creating distinctive landmark residences

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Briarwood Developments is leading the way in creating distinctive landmark residences

Building liveable, sustainable environments is the main focus of Briarwood Development Group. A leader in the new-home building industry, Briarwood is dedicated to creating distinctive landmark communities throughout Ontario. The company carefully chooses specific locations by evaluating the natural elements that are unique to each property. Extensive planning and research help to determine the appropriate style of housing for each specific demographic. In addition, the surrounding attributes, accessible amenities and new modern lifestyles are all factored in. Welcoming home environments, designed to take advantage of all useable space, come standard with modern features and finishes. Stunning and beautiful exterior architectural elements complete the overall look specific to each community. Discover more at briarwoodhomes.ca.

Celebrated lifestyle | PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY

Discovery and freedom are embedded in the natural way of living at Briarwood’s signature waterfront community – Young’s Cove. This visionary master-planned community is perfectly located in celebrated Prince Edward County. Residents of Young’s Cove enjoy 7,000 feet of Lake Ontario shoreline plus more than 200 acres of protected wetlands and natural forest. The vast collection of open-concept, well featured, refined bungalows and two-storey homes offer choices for all family lifestyles and milieus. The stylish interiors are thoughtfully developed.

In the Cove, it is easy to choose the work-from-home option and create your own home office, capitalizing on telecommuting. Advantageous for a few will be the move-in ready inventory homes. The 65- to 150-ft.-wide homesites are interwoven into the natural landscape with waterfront, green conservation or forest views available. Plus, in the Cove, you are well connected to everything, so say goodbye to urban sprawl and gridlock. Whether you are searching for that special weekend retreat or looking to buy your first or final dream home, choose the comfort and security of Young’s Cove. Homes range up to 3,738 sq. ft. and prices start from the mid $480,000s. Visit the website today.

Nested in nature | ANGUS

Coming soon – Briarwood’s newest family community, an inspiring tapestry of charming family homes in the advantageous community of Angus. The sounds of nature will abound in this green forested community that is encompassed by two wooded creeks. Soon to be available – well designed bungalow and two-storey homes on exceptional 40-ft. lots, many backing onto greenspace conservation. Choose affordable luxury from the mid $500,000s. Register online to be first in line for the special VIP offers.

Connected urban community | MILTON

Redefining Milton is the master-planned – Connected Urban Community, located at Regional Rd. 25 and Derry Rd. Residents of Connectt will love the modern designs, infused with culture. There will be three modern, highrise condominium towers plus a collection of urban townhomes with tranquil urban gardens and courtyard, a specially-designed kids play area and access to the latest Smart technology. You’re just minutes from Toronto and the GTA. Tower one is now more than 75 per cent sold – the popular residences of Connectt are priced right, starting from the low $400,000s. Check it out today.

All right here | STAYNER

Ashton Meadows in vibrant Stayner is your perfect new home family community of choice, surrounded by world class amenities. Briarwood Development Group is pleased to bring its signature standard to fine architecture and true open-concept designs that celebrate modern family living. The large detached loft and non-loft bungalow and two-storey home designs, set on 45- and 50-ft. homesites, offer a wide variety of refined styles and come with a plethora of possibilities. Homes range from 1,480 to 3,409 sq. ft. with three- and four-bedroom variations. All homes are priced right, starting from the $480,000s. Successful Ashton Meadows is selling fast and is the area’s community of choice for new-home buyers. The first phase is now sold out and under construction with homesites in the second phase selling very fast. Visit the website today.

Building forward

Building Forward is synonymous with Briarwood Development Group. Representatives across Ontario can be reached by email or phone. Please explore community websites for more information.


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National Homes

New GREENPRINT from National Homes makes communities more sustainable

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New GREENPRINT from National Homes makes communities more sustainable

Today, homebuyers – especially Millennial buyers – are looking for environmentally responsible options in real estate. National Homes recognized the importance of sustainability to its buyers, and began developing a program that gives buyers the reassurance of knowing that when buying a new home, they are also doing their part. That program, called “GREENPRINT,” is now about to launch in National Homes communities across the GTA.

For more than 25 years, National has lived by the mandate that “You are the Blueprint.” This customer-focussed approach has been the driving force behind the design and construction of every community National has built. And now, the company is taking it even further.

As an environmentally conscious company, National Homes utilized a third party CRESNET-certified energy evaluator to complete energy performance testing and inspections in their homes, to find where they can best improve energy efficiency and increase savings for homeowners on energy consumption. Then National responded by incorporating Green materials, features, and processes into every home they build. In addition, homebuyers can also choose from options that can save even more energy, save long term costs, and reduce their environmental impact even further.

Engineered hardwood flooring optimizes performance in your home with many eco-concious benefits.
Engineered hardwood flooring optimizes performance in your home with many eco-concious benefits.

The initial step to any Green initiative is recycling. National strives to reduce landfill waste and repurpose as many materials as possible. Non-recyclable materials are carefully sorted, and bricks and concrete that can’t be used on another project are broken down into recycled aggregate. National chooses to use renewable materials where possible and buy local, cutting back on emissions created by shipping materials while also fueling the local economy.

National then offers environmentally responsible features as standards in all its homes. From features such as programmable thermostats and low-flow faucets, to drain water heat recovery pipes and energy recovery ventilators, National ensures that your home runs as efficiently as possible for both the planet and for your wallet. Using Quartz countertops and 100-percent recycled carpets preserves natural resources by using safe man-made alternatives, and all hardwood flooring meets the high standards regarding low environmental impact.

Low-flow faucets reduce water consumption.
Low-flow faucets reduce water consumption.

Going Green provides homebuyers with even more choice. With so many Green features offered, the possibilities are nearly endless. A comprehensive series of Bright Ideas was developed with input from National homebuyers that make a home more functional, save time, and money too. Imagine cupboards that disappear when you don’t need them, drop zones that keep your home organized and lights that turn off with a voice command.

At the National Homes Design Studio, buyers can choose LED lighting packages to save energy, upgrade to a two-stage variable speed furnace, or get a smart thermostat that learns and adapts to a buyer’s needs to save money and energy. Or choose between durable, eco-friendly laminate flooring or engineered hardwood flooring to optimize your home performance while still looking sleek and beautiful.

Quartz countertops preserve natural resources as a man-made material.
Quartz countertops preserve natural resources as a man-made material.

The “GREENPRINT” to an eco-friendly home isn’t all about features and finishes. One of the most revolutionary technologies that National Homes has adopted to help keep your home as environmentally responsible is the use of innovative Panergy Wall Systems. Tested in Europe for decades, these prefabricated building envelopes reduce CO2 emissions, have superior thermal, moisture, and acoustical performance, are more fireproof, and have far higher energy-efficiency than traditional constructions. All this, paired with faster installation and significantly reduced construction waste, makes Panergy one of the smartest and Greenest options on the market. National began using this technology starting with the acclaimed Three Rivers community, which is currently in its final release and, given the very positive response, it will continue to do so into the future.

Smart thermostat systems that learns your habits and adjusts accordingly, saving money and energy.
Smart thermostat systems that learns your habits and adjusts accordingly, saving money and energy.

By offering so many Green features and finishes in its communities, National Homes is showing a commitment to sustainability as it continues to roll out new innovative ideas like the “Bright Ideas” and “GREENPRINT” programs. National strives to put clients first and work on a personal level to meet the needs of those people who prioritize environmental responsibility, all while building homes as eco-friendly as possible.

Each step taken towards efficiency and sustainability brings us closer to a Greener future – something that people worldwide work towards every day. The actions of every single person creates an impact, but having these ideals built into the core of a company such as National Homes shows that every company can do its part, and National’s “GREENPRINT” initiative proves that you can do your part to help the planet, and look stylish at the same time.

You will be able to explore National’s Green/Smart home innovations in new communities coming soon, including The Vale, a townhome community coming to Courtice; Tyandaga Heights, townhomes coming soon to Burlington’s Brant St.; and, also in Burlington, a new condo and townhome community on Plains Rd..


For further information, visit the website.


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Lance Anderson, writer, composer, producer, director, performer

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Lance Anderson, writer, composer, producer, director, performer

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Lance Anderson, 66, is considered to be one of Canada’s finest record producers. A highly accomplished musical director, he has the innate, intuitive ability to recognize and nurture the talent and musical dexterity that the legendary blues singer, Long John Baldry, was famous for.

Last Waltz – A Musical Celebration of The BAND. (L TO R) Lance Anderson, Chuck Jackson, Coco Larain, Johnny Max, Rob Gusevs, Terry Blersh, Matt Weidinger, Russ Boswell and Jerome Levon Avis.

“Hearing live music is a three-dimensional experience.” – Lance Anderson

Anderson’s hit productions include The Last Waltz, Mad Dogs and Englishmen, and Woodstock: A 50th Anniversary Celebration (2019), which played to sold out audiences. He is a Juno award-winning producer for his work with Leahy, and in 2014 he won a Maple Blues Award for keyboardist of the year. His own label, Make It Real Records, records live off-the-floor concerts.

“You can be easily jaded by the industry after being in it for a long time,” says Anderson. “But young people have an energy and enthusiasm that is good to be around – they bring a renewal of ideas to the table. And certainly, I get back as much as I give.”

Anderson’s positivity is contagious, and he believes in creating his own opportunities. “I have always had an energy to work. I used to stay up until the early hours writing, but I find now that I write better first thing in the morning. I also find I love my naps,” says Anderson with a laugh.

Lance Anderson and Michael Sloski (2008). Photography by Gary Taylor

From a young age, Anderson knew what he wanted to do. “My earliest memories are of being around the piano. After a lot of banging out the same tune over and over, my parents finally enrolled me in some classical piano lessons.”

The traditional training was going along just fine, until Anderson heard the Beatles on the radio. “A friend of mine came over and started playing popular songs by ear,” says Anderson. “Once I learned how to do that, my thinking became, ‘the heck with these Bach pieces, I want to play popular music.’ I started learning absolutely everything I liked after that.”

His classical training wasn’t wasted. Anderson is an internationally renowned Hammond organ player, and has written symphony shows conducted by the Wheeling West Virginia Symphony for the premiere of Symphony in G Minor. He also wrote, and performed, in the show Four Women, featuring blues vocalist Shakura S’Aida.

Photography by Gary Taylor

Anderson’s eclectic, and highly diverse, career includes writing songs with Gordon Pinsent, touring and performing children’s songs with Mr. Dress-Up, and playing everything from rockin’ boogie piano, to jazz, orchestral music and film scores. Anderson considers his collaboration with jazz great, Oscar Peterson, an experience that continues to resonate. For Anderson, meeting Oscar was a major turning point in his life. “Oscar was a musician who stood out amongst his peers. He was naturally gifted – a real genius.”

A serendipitous meeting led to their friendship. Anderson was working for Ensoniq Keyboards, an American manufacturer, as a product specialist. His job was to play at clinics so that people could see how the keyboard functioned and sounded. “A friend of mine owned a music store in Burlington, and he called me to say that a customer had bought an Ensoniq keyboard and wanted me to go to his house to demonstrate how it worked,” says Anderson. “I said that I didn’t make house calls.

And my friend said, OK, I will tell him. Oh, by the way, it’s Oscar Peterson who wanted you to drop by.”

Lance Anderson at Hammond B3 and piano

He was at Peterson’s house in record time. “Oscar was so welcoming, friendly and disarmingly casual that I realized that he was just one of the guys,” says Anderson.

Peterson invited Anderson downstairs and played for him on his state-of-the-art piano. “It was an exquisite instrument – the most beautiful thing I had ever heard in my life. Oscar played very complex chords and his piano had a clarity of sound, a profound movement of parts, and a wonderful touch. It was so intense that I thought I was going to cry.”

After inviting Anderson to play, Oscar stuck his head into the piano, positioning his ear near the strings. “I never get a chance to do this, Oscar told me. He asked me to play something, but I was stunned, and have no recollection as to what I played. I never did get around to showing him how the synthesizer worked.”

Oscar Peterson and Lance Anderson in Barbados

Anderson co-produced and performed on Oscar With Love. The critically acclaimed three-CD package celebrated Peterson’s 90th birthday, and featured top jazz pianists including Chick Corea, Ramsey Lewis, Michel Legrand and Oliver Jones – all playing compositions by Peterson.

At the age of 65, Anderson formed a new band called Matchedash Parish, with Matt Weidinger. Though still in his 20s, Anderson claims that Weidinger outshines many of the big marquee performers. Their debut, self-titled album was nominated for two 2020 Maple Blues Awards, including New Artist or Group of the Year and Recording/ Producer of the Year.

Married to Kathy Hunt for the past 40 years, the couple have three children and three grandchildren. “The fact that I write and play so much music keeps my mind and memory active. I can’t imagine retiring,” says Anderson. “My kids say that at some point I will just fall off my piano bench. I’m good with that.”

Anderson continues to perform at Toronto’s Hugh’s Room, at events for the Mariposa Folk Foundation, and he has a popular series in Orillia called An Evening of Blues and Gospel. In 2020 Anderson will be playing at the Kitchener Blues Festival in August, as well as the Orillia Jazz Festival in the fall.


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Old meets new, older West Vancouver home gets a modern update

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Old meets new, older West Vancouver home gets a modern update

Photography by Colin Perry

When a young professional couple called upon designer Negar Reihani, principal of Vancouver-based design firm Space Harmony, to update their home, they had a tall order: They wanted a more functional space for their growing family, a home that was both welcoming and comfortable yet also made a visual statement with design choices that honoured their 30-year-old home.

Reihani was up to the task. She combined farmhouse character and west coast casual in a gorgeous, open-plan living area that’s perfect for the modern family.

Lifestyle needs

The couple moved from Port Moody and purchased the West Vancouver home to raise their young family. With both parents working full time and travelling extensively, they needed a designer who could understand their needs and create a family home that not only stayed true to its character, but was better suited to their busy lifestyle.

The pros

“The house had a great size and flow, beautiful high ceilings and an abundance of natural light. We altered the space planning a little to meet the needs of today’s busy family life and reinvented the interiors with a modern farmhouse style that would work perfectly with the existing features of the house,” says Reihani. “The goal was to create a home that could accommodate the needs of the growing family but that would also be unique enough to be desirable on the real estate market, if the need arose.”

Spacious & stunning 360 views

Nestled in the picturesque West Vancouver neighbourhood of Caulfeild, the sprawling 5,000-square-foot semi-rancher boasts stunning views of the mountains and lush pine trees on one side and the ocean on the other, while being just a five-to 10-minute drive to Caulfeild village. Although not a full two-storey, the home has five bedrooms and four and a half bathrooms, and benefits from most of the rooms being on the main floor, including the master bedroom and the office, while the other three bedrooms are located upstairs.

Design language

“My job is to choose elements the homeowners like and incorporate them into the space seamlessly, so that their tastes are reflected and blended perfectly within the design scheme. The influence of a modern farmhouse was in their pictures. For example, they liked black accents, light-wood floors and shiplap boards on the ceiling,” says Reihani.

Breaking down barriers

“The first challenge was to transform the small and dated kitchen into an elegant and functional space that meets the needs of a busy family who do lots of cooking, baking and entertaining,” says Reihani.

To create more space, the wall separating the kitchen from the rest of the house was partially opened and the dining area was moved from inside the kitchen to its new location beside it. This allowed Reihani to extend the kitchen and move the cooking station closer to the windows, where messes could be kept hidden and unwanted smells could be swiftly exhausted through the double windows and the large range hood.

Storage optimization

The couple asked for as much storage as possible since their previous kitchen was small, so a variety of storage options were provided throughout the kitchen to accommodate different needs and to provide a visual balance. For example, small appliances are cleverly housed inside a cabinet with pull-out shelves so they can be used in situ. To provide a sleek, seamless look to the kitchen, the refrigerator was panelled to match the cabinet while the pantries on either side feature decorative glass panels, adding sparkle and lightness to the space.

Go big

An extra-large island in the kitchen overlooks the dining room and provides an ideal prep area, while leaving plenty of space for daily comings and goings. The Calacatta Vagli marble island features soft cream, grey and gold veining that adds an understated elegance to the space. Measuring 11 feet complete with drawers, the natural- stone island is specially sealed to protect it, making it the perfect area for food-prepping and entertaining.

Facing the family room from the kitchen, there’s another storage cabinet with a white quartz countertop and black Kohler faucet. This smart-looking setup offers a natural, informal hub for chatting or watching TV while working in the kitchen. A white subway tile backsplash (from Creekside Tile) keeps the space fresh and fun, imparting a casual, timeless quality.

Elevated farmhouse

With the new open layout, double-high ceilings and abundance of natural light, Reihani wanted to add something special and different when it came to creating the elegant kitchen finish. In keeping with the modern farmhouse style, she chose a black finish for the kitchen, which creates a bold, unexpected statement. Black Magic paint on the cabinets anchors the space, while brushed gold accents, such as the island pendant lights (from Restoration Hardware), add warmth and connect the light oak floors throughout.

“The black and gold combination has a traditional vibe, yet the gold accents add an element of luxury,” says Reihani. “I think black and gold is a beautiful and timeless combination. To me it has an old-world feel.”

While the accents reference the past, the black-and-white contrast cements this stylish kitchen entirely in the present, with features and functionality that make it perfect for family living today.

“Everything really turned the space into a nice, well-functioning kitchen,” says Reihani. “Renovation is a daunting task so it’s important to have the right team by your side who knows their craft; the success of this project is the result of close communication with the clients and their full trust and commitment to the design.”

Catalina Margulis is a writer for The Globe and Mail, Flare and Elle Canada, among others, she has covered everything from fashion, beauty and travel to health, food, decor, business and parenting. When she’s not working on her latest assignment, she’s chasing after her four young children and writing her first novel.


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Fieldgate Homes has a new release coming at Upper Valleylands on Caledon/Brampton boundary

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Fieldgate Homes has a new release coming at Upper Valleylands on Caledon/Brampton boundary

Fieldgate Homes’ first big release of 2020, on March 28, is coming soon to the Caledon/Brampton boundary. This acclaimed family community is the perfect place to make your new home dreams come true this year. This is just one of many Fieldgate Homes releases scheduled for the first half of 2020. Read on to discover the exciting opportunities in highly sought after neighbourhoods across the GTA. Once you find the community you love, visit the website to register for more information.

Located at the southwest corner of Mayfield Rd. and Chinguacousy Rd., Upper Valleylands brings the signature look and feel of Fieldgate Homes’ celebrated Valleylands community to a new highly desirable location on the Caledon/Brampton border. Discover a beautiful selection of freehold townhomes and 25-ft. semi-detached homes from the upper $500,000s and 41-, 38- and 30-ft. singles from the upper $700,000s. Homebuyers will love Upper Valleylands’ spectacular master-planned community design, which includes 30 acres of greenspace, community parkland and a proposed elementary school.

Stouffville – new release coming soon

Following the huge success of Fieldgate’s initial release, Cityside will return with a new release that features many of the company’s best-selling home designs. Cityside offers traditional and contemporary freehold townhomes from the upper $500,000s, as well as 36- and 40-ft. detached homes from the upper $700,000s. This is your chance to make your dream home come true in an incredible community setting, just minutes from all amenities. Cityside is located just minutes from Markham, Hwys. 404 and 407, and the Stouffville GO station. You can preview the upcoming release before sales begin by visiting the presentation centre, located at 12466 Ninth Line, at the northwest corner of Ninth Line and Millard St. While visiting the presentation centre, you can also explore homes in Fieldgate’s popular Blue Sky community. Blue Sky currently offers 40- and 50-ft. detached homes up to 4,000 sq. ft. in a private court and on a ravine woodlot. Blue Sky’s detached homes are priced from the low $1-millions.

New release this spring at New Kleinburg

Register today for your chance to be first in the new release in this wildly popular community. New Kleinburg is a new collection of inspired family residences in a beautiful community setting just moments from the heart of Kleinburg. With the future Hwy. 427 extension just minutes away, a new community school, and excellent urban amenities close at hand, life in Kleinburg has never been more convenient. This new release will introduce new 30-, 38-, and 44-ft. detached homes. Choose from traditional and contemporary home exteriors for an elegant residence that reflects your personal style. 50-ft. detached homes are also available.

Richmond Hill – new release coming soon to Richlands

Richmond Hill’s acclaimed Richlands community returns in 2020 with a new release. Located adjacent to Richmond Green Sports Park, Richlands won the hearts of GTA homebuyers in its previous releases thanks to the community’s beautiful collection of homes and remarkable community vision. The new release will include freehold townhomes from the upper $800,000s, 28-ft. semis from the upper $1.1-millions, 36-ft. singles from the mid $1.6-millions and 43-ft. singles from the upper $1.7-millions. Homes are scheduled to close this fall and there are a few homes available with 30- to 150-day closings. Both traditional and contemporary designs are available. The perfect balance of beautiful home designs, exceptional location and inspired community plan has already earned Richlands award-winning status at the BILD Awards.

West Whitby – Park Vista at Whitby Meadows will return this spring

Whitby Meadows has been one of the eastern GTA’s most popular communities since it first opened a few years ago. This is a master-planned community that offers west Whitby’s best lifestyle, close to shopping, restaurants, Iroquois Park Sports Centre, Whitby GO station, excellent schools and more. This new release will offer an exceptional selection of 30-, 36-, and 42-ft. single-detached homes in west Whitby’s finest natural setting.


For further information on any of these remarkable communities, sales centre locations, phone numbers, floorplans, and to register, visit the website.


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There’s a party going on at Festival, the latest highrise residential community by Menkes and QuadReal

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There’s a party going on at Festival, the latest highrise residential community by Menkes and QuadReal

You may have heard there’s a party going on right here, and it’s happening in Vaughan Metropolitan Centre (VMC), at Festival, the latest highrise residential community by Menkes and QuadReal.

Courtyard and retail shops and restaurants at Festival Condominiums. Illustrations are artists' concepts only.
Courtyard and retail shops and restaurants at Festival Condominiums. Illustrations are artists’ concepts only.

A new urban centre is forming in the 905, in one of the fastest growing cities in Canada, and what is already the largest employment centre in York Region. It’s dynamic, lively, and completely changing the face of Vaughan. Right at the heart of it, you will find Festival, the latest project by Menkes Developments and QuadReal Property Group.

Situated in downtown Vaughan’s new South VMC, Festival will feature four condominium towers varying in height from 40 to 59 storeys, two of which will be the tallest in VMC. The four-tower community will encompass more than 85,000 sq. ft. of retail onsite – a spectacular array of dining, shopping, entertainment, and lifestyle offerings, making this highly-coveted community a place where residents of all ages will get the best of urban living. Vaughan is building a world-class skyline without compromising its vision for an urban, transit-oriented, Green, and people-focused downtown.

Vaughan Metropolitan Centre Subway Station. Image courtesy of the City of Vaughan. Illustrations are artists' concepts only.
Vaughan Metropolitan Centre Subway Station. Image courtesy of the City of Vaughan. Illustrations are artists’ concepts only.

Spanning over 440 acres, VMC is one of Canada’s largest new master-planned communities. Once complete, it will include 1.5 million sq. ft. of new office space, 750,000 sq. ft. of retail and will be home to 25,000 residents. A true live, work, play urban centre, it will include numerous restaurants, shops, and entertainment, and already neighbours some of the city’s biggest tourist attractions, such as Canada’s Wonderland and Vaughan Mills shopping centre.

“We’re so pleased to launch Festival, our second development in VMC, and build on the success we had with our first site, Mobilio,” says Jared Menkes, executive vice-president, High Rise. “With both projects, we’re catering to every type of family and lifestyle. Festival will take urban living to the ultimate level. We have plans for unprecedented indoor and outdoor amenities; the community will be something condo dwellers have never experienced before. At the same time, with the substantial growth that VMC is experiencing, it will also fulfill the area’s fundamental need for more density.”

Retail frontage along Highway 7 at Festival Condominiums. Illustrations are artists' concepts only.
Retail frontage along Highway 7 at Festival Condominiums. Illustrations are artists’ concepts only.

Connectivity will be central to Festival residents. Just steps away is the new VMC transit hub, which is accessed by Viva, Zum and York Region buses. Vaughan is currently the only city outside of Toronto that has subway service. From the VMC subway station, passengers can easily travel downtown in 45 minutes and students and faculty of York University’s major campuses can enjoy an effortless commute of only six minutes. Festival is also conveniently situated at Hwys. 400 and 7, providing excellent accessibility to the entire GTA by car. For jet-setters, Toronto Pearson International Airport is just a short 15-minute drive away.

Smart and sustainable, Vaughan is certainly about more than just transportation connections. The city will be the first to pilot the Smart Cities standard, an international benchmark that deals with certain subjects such as energy management, water quality and intelligent transport systems. Festival will also offer future residents a connection to nature. The new and exciting community’s expansive property will encompass open greenspace, cycling and walking paths, and attractive gathering spaces to foster relationships among residents. South VMC will also be home to a new 17-acre park, connecting all of the communities in the area and cultivating an intimate neighbourhood feel.

With VMC set to become the destination of choice, don’t miss out on the opportunity to live at Festival. Register online today and be a part of a celebration to last throughout the years.


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