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Subject: Thinking Vertically – Making Your Small Space Designs Work For You

Linda Mazur
Fri. Sept. 28 | 1pm

Many of us are often happy to forgo square footage in lieu of an amazing location. Whether it’s the rustic charm of a vintage loft or a beautiful modern space in the heart of the city, the lure of the location will outweigh the loss of space. When it comes to designing your small dwelling however, you may find that you are a bit more space-challenged than you first thought. Thinking vertically is a design must when it comes to small spaces and storage solutions. Join us and explore the ways your small space can work for you without compromising the design aesthetic of your home

Bio
Linda Mazur is an award-winning, nationally publicized designer and the principal of Linda Mazur Design Group. Her in-demand multidisciplinary design firm is known for creating elegant yet relaxed spaces and full-scale design builds that reflect a timeless style while maximizing optimal functionality. The firm services clientele within Toronto, the GTA and throughout Canada. www.lindamazurdesign.com

Subject: Easy DIY Wainscoting

Jordan Spear
Fri. Sept. 28 | 5pm

Jordan will show you how easy it is to add character to your room by simply adding trim to the existing walls. From a classic look to a modern farmhouse, using standard trim and a few simple tools, you can transform a room in a day.

Bio
Jordan comes from a long line of artists, carpenters and handymen, and as such, is a big proponent of DIY, encouraging homeowners to save money by arming themselves with the right knowledge and tools to tackle projects on their own. Growing up in a vintage home fueled Jordan’s love for old-world charm, character and aged finishes, which led him into restoring and renovating century homes for the last 10 years. When not working on his 160 year old farmhouse, he’s building custom furniture, and unique pieces using reclaimed, rustic and vintage materials. Most recently, Jordan’s latest project took first place at the 2016 Toronto Fall Home Show Upcycle Challenge.
@afarmhouselife

To DIY Or Not To DIY

Damon Bennett
Fri. Sept. 28 | 3pm

Renovations can be costly so figuring out what the you can do yourself may save you money. Damon will give you tips on what not to do and information on what you can safely tackle. Safety is the  key in protecting both yourself and your home as you plan and start your reno.

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For Damon Bennett, construction is a way of life. A trusted expert and television staple for over a decade, Damon has earned the respect of industry heavy weights and the admiration of fans worldwide.
A childhood fascination with restoration turned into a full-fledged career of making people’s dreams come true. Damon’s solid workmanship, along with a reputation for being a stand up guy with a big heart, landed him a job working on the top show on HGTV. He quickly climbed the ranks and became the Crew Supervisor. For nearly ten years he was an integral key to the team. These days Damon lends his expertise to homeowners and DIY’ers across North America with instructional keynote presentations, Q&A sessions, media tours and videos. His key message is safety first, both on the job site and in the home. 
Damon specializes in carpentry, structural reinforcement and construction coordination. He is not simply a mentor to his crews, but rather the first to jump in, swing the hammer, and get his hands dirty. He continues to run his own construction and renovation business, Bennett Building Company.
When not working on a job-site, Damon can usually be found with the many animals that he has rescued or with his charity work for various Veteran’s groups.  His pet projects have included the renovation of the Trenton Airforce Base All Ranks social house and an animal sanctuary in Bradford. He was recently made an Honourary Lt. Col. of the 32nd Service Battalion in Toronto.

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Subject: Shades Of Style

Sharon Grech
Sharon Sat. Sept. 29 | 1pm
Whether calming or dramatic, the perfect paint colours for your personal space should look good and feel good too. Sharon Grech, a regular Guest Expert on City’s Cityline will share inspiring room ideas with tips on how to confidently choose paint and colour for your home .

Subject: From The Ground Up!

Sharon Grech and Shai DeLuca-Tamasi Sun. Sept. 30 | 1pm
Design and colour choices go hand in hand, whether you are renovating, redecorating or simply re-styling! Join Cityline TV’s Shai and Sharon for a fun and informative session featuring tips from their own projects that will help you bring today’s luxurious design styles into your home!

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You can meet Sharon and Shai following their presentations in Salon 103, the Home + Style Studio Tour space, and receive a complimentary gift courtesy of Benjamin Moore while supplies last.

Bio
As an in-house Colour and Design Expert and Spokesperson for Benjamin Moore & Co., Sharon has established a reputation as an enthusiastic and knowledgeable authority on all aspects of colour, home fashion and style trends. With a passion for colour and style, Sharon has been a popular décor expert on Canada’s top lifestyle program, Cityline, since 1997. With her artist’s eye and lively “do-it-yourself” approach, Sharon has led the makeovers of hundreds of rooms, both inside and out, demonstrating how colour and paint can unify and beautify any space.
@sharon_grech

Shai DeLuca-Tamasi is the founder and president of the award winning design studio, SHAI DELUCA INTERIOR DESIGN & Design Expert for Canada’ s number 1 lifestyle show, Cityline. “ Life is in the details, style accordingly”, says Shai. The principal guides the style Shai provides for clients and viewers alike. Active in global interior design community, Shai works continuously as a design visionary pursuing projects that will continue to put him on the international design map.
@shaideluca
www.shaideluca.com

Subject: Destination Design: How To Infuse Global Influence Into Your Canadian Dwelling

Shai Deluca
Sun. Sept. 30 | 3pm

Let designer Shai DeLuca inspire you with his tips and tricks from his travels to create an international flare in your home. Shai will share with you how to incorporate the beauty that you have admired during your travels or what you have seen of places you’d like to visit to create the oasis you crave.

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Bio
Shai DeLuca-Tamasi is the founder and president of the award winning design studio, SHAI DELUCA INTERIOR DESIGN & Design Expert for Canada’ s number 1 lifestyle show, Cityline. “ Life is in the details, style accordingly”, says Shai. The principal guides the style Shai provides for clients and viewers alike. Active in global interior design community, Shai works continuously as a design visionary pursuing projects that will continue to put him on the international design map.
@shaideluca
www.shaideluca.com

Get Reno Ready

Rebecca Hay and Cynthia Soda
Sat. Sept. 29 | 2pm

A well designed home renovation must be functional first and enhance how your live in your home. Toronto Designer Rebecca Hay and Interior Designer Cynthia Soda will get you “Reno Ready”.
Learn their top designer tips to creating a stress-free renovation. They will share their stylish innovative design ideas and leading-edge products for today’s renovations. You will learn the true benefits to working with a designer with their latest before and afters of family friendly, liveable luxury home projects. Don’t miss the chance to get reno ready this fall.

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Bio
Designer Rebecca Hay, is the Principal Designer of Rebecca Hay Designs Inc. This Toronto award winning boutique design firm for over decade has been offering complete design & renovation services for residential, commercial and vacation properties. Known and celebrated for her design work and appearances on various acclaimed HGTV shows, Rebecca and her team design classic livable spaces that reflect their owner’s personality. Servicing clientele throughout Toronto, GTA, Canada www. RebeccaHayDesigns.com

Cynthia Soda is Owner, Principal Interior Designer of Soda Pop Design Inc., a multi-disciplinary interior design firm providing complete custom renovation and design services for residential and commercial clients throughout the GTA. Soda Pop Design Inc focuses on merging the client’s lifestyle, personality and architecture to create customized liveable luxury. www.sodapopdesign.ca, instagram: @csodapop, twitter: @sodapopdesign

Subject: Closets & Drawers: Places Where Things Go To Hide

Iva Grbesic
Sat. Sept. 29 | 4pm

Iva, a mother of 4, currently lives in a 1600 sq. ft house so needless to say organization is critical. Iva will discuss easy hacks and how best to tackle all of those overflowing closets and dresser drawers. She will also reveal how the hall closet can be put to much better use.

Bio
While Iva Grbesic was a stay at home mom she started reading style blogs but none of them featured stylish mothers over 35 so she decided to change that. Her blog “Falling in Style” lead to broadcast opportunities and she became a regular Style Expert on Cityline and a guest on Today’s Shopping Choice. Iva offers viewers and her readers style tips for real women by a real woman.
www.fallinginstyle.net

Subject: Let’s Talk About Sleep

Neil Harding
Fri. Sept. 28 | 4pm
Sat. Sept. 29 | 3pm
Sun. Sept. 30 | 12noon

Designed to help people realize how to get a great night’s sleep. Find out what you can do to improve the quality and quantity of your sleep.

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Bio
Neil Harding, who is responsible for home shows nationally, has been a part of the Sleep Country team for close to 18 years. During this time he has gained extensive product and industry knowledge and is considered an expert in his field.

Subject: Shocking Truths

Frank Cohen and Michael Neumann
Sat. Sept. 29 | 5pm

Frank and Michael will speak on home-fire prevention, electrical safety and detecting the warning signs of degraded electrical. When 40 per cent of residential fires are electrical in nature, this is a presentation you cannot miss! They will focus on common electrical safety issues in the home e.g. degradation, electrical loads with today’s high-tech appliances, DIY hazards etc.; recognizing key warning signs of electrical hazards in the home; the dos and don’ts of aluminum wiring: how to ensure safety; surge protection not just for your computer but the entire electric system and common misconceptions about smoke/carbon monoxide alarms.

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Bio
Frank Cohn has been in the renovation business since 1969. He specializes in all renovations, especially mid-range to upscale from Vancouver to Nassau, Bahamas. He has been a member of BILD since 1991. He was recognized as BILD Renovator of the Year (2000,2007,2015). Frank has been featured weekly on Newstalk 1010 AM Home Improvement Show, HGTV, Global, CBC, Citytv, CTS and the International Home Show. Frank is also past chair of the curriculum Advisory Board for George Brown College, was nominated for CHBA Renovator of the Year (2008 and 2009), and is past chair of the Renovation Council GTHBA, OHBA.

Michael Newman is an Electrical Solutions Specialist for Birnie Home Safe and has over 25 years of experience in providing both mechanical and electrical services to commercial, industrial and residential applications. Michael is a former employee of the Electrical Safety Authority where he was entrusted with advancing their “Continuous Safety Services” program throughout the province of Ontario.
At Birnie Home Safe, Michael has taken on the role of electrical solutions specialist. He has made guest appearances on the Marilyn Weston Show on 740AM and also on the Home Improvement Show hosted by Frank Cohn on 1010AM Radio.

Fabulous Finishes For The Home

Kate Davidson
Sun. Sept. 30 | 2pm

As they say, design is all about the details; these days there are so many fabulous finishes to select from to create a stylish home. Toronto designer Kate Davidson, Principal of Kate +Co Design Inc., will be sharing her designer tips and favourite must see products and finishes to incorporate into your upcoming fall renovations. She will share with you how to select the right countertop, pull together bathroom & kitchen materials, best flooring solutions, favourite lighting fixtures as well as the latest faux materials out on the market today that will save you money on your reno budget. Be sure to watch her presentation with beautiful visuals and detailed tips on how to pull together finishes for your home renovation project.

Bio
Kate Davidson is Designer, Principal of Kate + Co. Design inc. For more then a decade this design firm has focused on being a multi disciplinary interior design firm providing complete residential & commercial design services throughout Toronto, GTA and North America. Kate is known and respected for envisioning and creating stylish adaptable livable spaces.
Kate + Co Design Inc. Instagram: @kateandcodesigninc

How To Pick the Best Paint Colour With Ease

Donna Robertson
Fri. Sept. 28 | 2pm

Having trouble picking a paint colour? Donna Robertson, from Beauti-Tone Paint, will help make it easier! Understand colour associations and how colours make you feel, both physically and emotionally. Express your individuality with your paint colour choices and be thrilled with your home. Follow Donna’s tips and tricks to choose the right paint colour with ease.

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Bio
Donna Robertson has been involved with Beauti-Tone Paint for over 20 years. In that time she has gone from sales to home consultations to becoming a Certified Architectural Technologist. Her passion lies in paint and decorating, and in helping people choose the right colours for their homes. Donna has an art background and can truly appreciate how colours work together, the psychology behind them and the amazing transformation paint can make to your home.

Avoiding Costly Building & Renovation Mistakes

Michael Upshall
Fri. Sept. 28 | 11am
Sat. Sept. 29 | 6pm

Planning for a new home or renovation can be an exciting, challenging and sometimes overwhelming experience. Avoiding costly building and renovation mistakes will ensure your project goes as smoothly as possible. Michael Upshall of PROBUILT demystifies the process of renovations by sharing with you his award winning systems, which have coveted him BILD’s ‘Renovator of the Year’. Learn how through preliminary design/budgeting, open communications and clearly defined systematic processes leads to building every project on time and on budget.

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Michael Upshall of PROBUILT is a master carpenter at heart, who naturally progressed into a renovator and builder and is renown in the construction industry. His career spans over 38 years and his collection of awards and recognitions are impressive. He was the first two-time award winner of the BILD “Renovator of the Year” (2002 & 2006). Michael is on the Advisory Council for Canadian Contractor Magazine and an on-going contributor and past speaker for the Building Renovation Technician Program at George Brown College. Michael was chosen for years to Design/Build the Dream Home at Toronto’s 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2016 and 2017 National Home Shows.

What Every New Home or Condo Buyer Needs to Know

Tarion
Sat. Sept. 29 | 11:30am
Sun. Sept. 30 | 11:30am

When you purchase a new home, being informed and prepared are the most important steps to helping ensure you have a positive home buying experience. This presentation will provide you with insight about your rights and responsibilities as a new home or condo owner, and an overview of the seven-year warranty coverage every new home buyer is entitled to. You’ll also get to learn about Tarion’s extensive online recourses library and can stop by the Tarion booth for some helpful brochures.

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Five Steps To A Successful Renovation For Your Home Or Condo

peter di scola and Lou Orazem
Fri. Sept. 28 | 12pm

Bio
peter di scola is the owner of Salerno Custom Homes since it’s foundation in 2004. Salerno Custom Homes is a full service renovation and custom home building company. peter started in the construction industry as a tradesperson for four years after University, continued his education to become an Architectural Technologist. peter was then for 10 years employed in the Supervisor and Project Management roles with various GTA new home builders before founding Salerno Custom Homes.
Salerno Custom Homes has been a BILD member since 2009. peter currently serves on the Building Science Sub-Committee and is a member of the Association of Architectural Technologists of Ontario, where he previously served as an Executive Member.

Lou Orazem is the Owner and President of Inspire Homes Inc., a design build firm specializing in projects in need of a design solution, from renovations, to house addition and custom homes. Lou has a degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Ryerson, followed by a successful career in banking. In 2002, Lou returned to his true passion, designing and building homes.
Inspire Home Inc. has been a member of Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD) since 2008, and is a two time winner of BILD’s best renovation award.

Five Steps To A Successful Renovation For Your Home Or Condo

Michael Upshall and Ernesto Arduini
Sat. Sept. 29 | 12pm

Bio
Ernesto Arduini is a managing partner of the Ridgestone Group of Companies, actively involved in residential, commercial and industrial properties. With a background in Architecture and Project Management, Ernesto has over 25 years of building experience, specializing in the development of spec homes, custom homes and finer renovations throughout the GTA. Ernesto is known, for his innovative approach to creating timeless buildings of beauty, and for his attention to fine craftsmanship and durability when it comes to the creation of custom designed luxury residences. Ernesto is an active member of RenoMark, BILD and participates on numerous Committees that strive to improve the Residential Home Building Industry.

Michael Upshall of PROBUILT is a master carpenter at heart, who naturally progressed into a renovator and builder and is renown in the construction industry. His career spans over 38 years and his collection of awards and recognitions are impressive. He was the first two-time award winner of the BILD “Renovator of the Year” (2002 & 2006). Michael is on the Advisory Council for Canadian Contractor Magazine and an on-going contributor and past speaker for the Building Renovation Technician Program at George Brown College. Michael was chosen for years to Design/Build the Dream Home at Toronto’s 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2016 and 2017 National Home Shows.

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