Archive for May, 2016

Neighbourhood Guide: Mount Pleasant, Vancouver

By SIRC

Mount Pleasant is one of Vancouver’s most vibrant neighbourhoods. Located along Southeast False Creek, the area spans east from Cambie Street towards the point where Broadway, Kingsway, and Main Street meet. Known for its eclectic stores, culinary hot spots, and sense of community, the area attracts first-time home-buyers, families, and young urban professionals looking to establish roots in a growing part of the city.

Places to Shop

Nouvelle Nouvelle

Just off Main Street on 12th Avenue is a beautifully curated boutique called Nouvelle Nouvelle. The local shop has on-trend clothing and accessories for both men …read more

Source: Neighbourhood Guide: Mount Pleasant, Vancouver

Power Ball’s annual arts fundraiser transforms Toronto’s contemporary gallery into an immersive art space

By iadmag

Since its inception in 1999, Power Ball has built a reputation as Toronto’s premiere annual arts fundraiser – one where artists transform the entire gallery space into an immersive art experience. As Director of The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery since 2012, Gaëtane Verna says the art fundraiser’s main goal is to “showcase what we do every day and to get all of our guests excited about our vision throughout the year.” MaxMara returns as sponsor this year for Power Ball XVIII: Pleasure Principle, taking place next Thursday, June 2.

Pleasure Principle asks guests to explore installations inspired by …read more

Source: Power Ball’s annual arts fundraiser transforms Toronto’s contemporary gallery into an immersive art space

The World’s Most Liveable Cities: Calgary, Alberta

By SIRC

Named one of the most liveable places in the world, Calgary is Canada’s fifth largest city, with a population of over 1.2 million, and Alberta’s largest urban centre. Situated in the foothills of the Canadian Rocky Mountains where the Bow and Elbow rivers meet, the city offers a natural beauty that’s only matched by its rich culture, strong infrastructure, and world-class education.

Cultural Heritage

One of the most well-known annual events held in Calgary is the Calgary Stampede. Attracting over a million visitors from around the world, the 10-day summer event combines …read more

Source: The World’s Most Liveable Cities: Calgary, Alberta

Neighbourhood Guide: Kitsilano, Vancouver

By SIRC

Kitsilano, or “Kits” as the locals call it, is one of Vancouver’s most coveted neighbourhoods. Located on the south shore of English Bay, it’s just 10 minutes away from downtown Vancouver. The area’s western and eastern boundaries are Alma Street and Burrard Street, and the southern boundary is 16th Avenue.

With its upscale shops and restaurants, top schools, and proximity to the beach and city centre, Kitsilano attracts both families and young professionals who are looking for every convenience in a beautiful setting.

Places to Shop

Hills Dry Goods

Located on bustling West 4th Avenue,

Source: Neighbourhood Guide: Kitsilano, Vancouver

The View: Incredible Waterfront Homes Across Canada

By SIRC

Whether it’s on the ocean, a lake or a river, you can’t beat the serenity of a waterfront home. With the sound of the water lapping at the shore, and the opportunity to go for a swim or a kayak just steps from your door, staying home has never been so inviting.

Island Hideaway, Saturna Island, BC

104 Trueworthy Rd, Saturna Island, BC

By Lindsay Vermeulen

Relax and unwind at your own island getaway on British Columbia’s Saturna Island, a charming spot known for its arts culture and diverse wildlife. Set on two acres of land, this …read more

Source: The View: Incredible Waterfront Homes Across Canada

Weekend Getaway: 72 Hours in Alberta’s Rockies

By SIRC

There are few places as picturesque as Alberta’s Rockies. Tourists from around the world visit the area to take in the towering mountain and sparkling lake views, while they also enjoy a host of year-round outdoor activities. It comes as no surprise that Alberta’s Rockies, with their sheer natural beauty, regularly rank as a top destination to visit in Canada.

Located in the southwestern region of the province bordering British Columbia, the area includes Banff, Canmore, and Jasper. The region also has several national parks that together comprise a UNESCO heritage world …read more

Source: Weekend Getaway: 72 Hours in Alberta’s Rockies

Dream Homes: Cottage Country

By SIRC

During the week, bustling urban life can leave you dreaming of a weekend escape. These five featured cottage-style residences across Canada will have you ready to pack your bags. Whether traditional or contemporary, each home has its own unique design features, but all of them share elements of the tranquil cottage lifestyle.

Lake of Bays Masterpiece, Lake of Bays, ON

Lake of Bays Masterpiece, Lake of Bays, ON

By Tara Padidar

In Ontario, a true masterpiece of architecture resides on Lake of Bays, Muskoka. The lakefront home defies traditional cottage tradition with its floor-to-ceiling …read more

Source: Dream Homes: Cottage Country

5 Environmentally-Friendly Upgrades that Add Value to Your Home

By SIRC

More homeowners are embracing the benefits of environmentally-friendly home upgrades. Often, the challenge is determining which green upgrades will add the most value to your home. Fortunately, there are options for every budget. From the exterior to the interior, consider some of the following beneficial green upgrades for your home.

Smart Landscape Design

While landscaping can provide beautiful curb appeal, investing in smart landscape design can also help reduce energy consumption, while making your home more comfortable. For example, creating shade through the strategic placement of trees can cut air conditioning costs anywhere from 15 …read more

Source: 5 Environmentally-Friendly Upgrades that Add Value to Your Home

An elegant geometric home slips discreetly into this London neighbourhood

By iadmag

No Londoner, when faced with an empty plot at the end of their historic Victorian mews, has ever said, “What we need next door is a 6,000-square-foot house with an indoor pool.”

And yet, voilà.

How did it happen? How did a hefty brick house with a 15-foot basement end up on this corner site blocks from Bloomsbury Square and the British Museum? The long answer, says the structure’s Canadian-born, London-based architect Jamie Fobert, is this: “The neighbours were upset about a proposed apartment block, so when this came along, they embraced it.”###

The empty site had always felt like a …read more

Source: An elegant geometric home slips discreetly into this London neighbourhood