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Fall Flavours with Foodland Ontario

Yvonne Tremblay
Fri. Sept. 15 | 12pm
Sat. Sept. 16 | 4pm
Sun. Sept. 17 | 2pm
Yvonne Tremblay will be demonstrating how to make delicious fall recipes using in-season, local Ontario grown and raised ingredients.

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Yvonne Tremblay is a Food Specialist/Recipe Developer for Foodland Ontario. Yvonne is also a professional Food Consultant, nutritionist, cookbook author (250 Home Preserving Favorites and Thyme in the Kitchen – Cooking with Fresh Herbs), and educator.
Yvonne is a former Associate Food Editor for Homemakers magazine and 5 time Grand Champion Jam and Jelly Maker (The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair).

Flower Power: Indoor Plant Trends

Frank Ferragine aka Frankie Flowers
Fri. Sept. 15 | 1pm
Frankie Flowers brings us back to a time of flower power where indoor plants dominated our homes and making macrame plant hangers was a fun Friday night! Frankie’s favourite indoor plant trends from the 1970’s and why they make sense today, plus the 5 easiest plants to grow indoors.

FRANK FERRAGINE (a.k.a. Frankie Flowers) reaches over 1 million Canadians each week as the gardening expert for BTToronto, CityLine and City TV News. He is also a columnist for Canadian Gardening, the Toronto Sun, Chatelaine and Walmart’s LiveBetter magazine. Frank has authored three bestselling gardening books, Get Growing, Pot it Up! and his newest, Power Plants, on sale everywhere this March. His family business, Bradford Greenhouses, is one of Canada’s largest combined greenhouse/garden businesses. He lives with his family in Bradford, Ontario.

Beautiful Blissful Bathrooms

Kate Davidson & Linda Mazur
Fri. Sept. 15 | 2pm
Creating a luxury bathroom can be an exciting with the many different options out there today, creating an oasis that is both comfortable and functional can be a daunting task . Join Toronto Designers Kate Davidson and Linda Mazur at the upcoming Toronto Fall Home show to learn how you can create your own stylish and blissful bathroom. They will be sharing their favourite products, projects and discuss the latest in bathroom design trends and tips today, to help you create the most luxurious bathroom space you’ve been dreaming of.

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Kate Davidson
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. Known and respected for envisioning and creating stylish adaptable livable spaces Instagram: kateandcodesigninc

Linda Mazur
Linda Mazur is a nationally publicized designer and Principal of Linda Mazur Design Group. With almost two decades of experience this in demand multi-disciplinary design firm is known for creating relaxed stylish spaces and full-scale design builds within Toronto, the GTA and throughout Canada.

The 10 Biggest Landscaping Mistakes We Make

Carson Arthur
Fri. Sept. 15 | 3pm
Carson will reveal the 10 biggest landscaping mistakes we make in our homes and how to correct them to ensure privacy, enhance our gardens and usable space..

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Carson Arthur is an international landscape designer with a focus on environmentally friendly design. Throughout his 15-year television career, Carson teaches homeowners how to raise the value of their homes through outdoor renovations. He is part of the Cityline team; writes a column for the Halifax Chronicle Herald and the Sun media group including the Toronto Sun about outdoor design and appears regularly in a variety of magazines with guest articles. He is the North America outdoor design editor for Outdoor Lifestyle magazine; the outdoor expert for Terra Greenhouses; Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate; and the author of the sold out book Garden Designs for Outdoor Living with a new book scheduled to hit the shelves spring 2018.

His credits include; the host of HGTV’s Green Force and Critical Listing; the Gemini nominated Room to Grow on Global, ION and the Discovery network; Better Home’s and Garden’s Home, First Home on the Hallmark Channel in the U.S.; and the gardening expert on HGTV’s blockbuster; Home to Win and Home to Win 2. Currently, Carson’s programs can be seen on every continent in the world.

Carson now represents Canada as the international ambassador for Save the Children. His expertise in growing food will help end the cycle of poverty for children all over the world by spearheading a Canadian initiative of adding agriculture to education called Fresh For All.

The Power of Paint!

Andrew Downward
Fri. Sept. 15 | 4pm
Join HGTV’S Paint expert Andrew Downward to learn how to apply the perfect paint job, choose colours that are perfect for you and add drama to any space!

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Andrew Downward played a leading role on the wildly successful HGTV/Wnetwork show Divine Design with Candice Olson! Andrew has since appeared as a popular columnist for Home and Design Magazines across Canada, including Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and Ottawa Home Magazines. Andrew’s expertise and insights into paint, colour, and paint applications has awarded him international recognition in his field. In fact, Andrew’s knowledge and experience on Divine Design has made him one of North America’s most recognizable and trusted paint and colour experts.
Today, Andrew is sharing his vast knowledge of paint and colour to Home and Garden and Women’s show audiences all over North America! Andrew’s shows are fun and insightful making him one of the most sought after Home & Design presenters, appearing in numerous cities, including; Washington, Jacksonville, Miami, Minneapolis, Orlando, Indianapolis, Edmonton, Calgary, Ottawa and Toronto just to name a few!

Let’s Talk About Sleep

Neil Harding
Fri. Sept. 15 | 5pm
Sun. Sept. 17 | 3pm

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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He has extensive product and industry knowledge and is considered an expert in his field.

Shape Your Life hosted by Doctor Shawn Rice

Jennifer Valentyne, Alicia McNamara, Cheryl Hickey, Gina Livy, Jennifer Valentyne and Suzanne McKay
Fri. Sept. 15 | 6pm
Join Dr. Sean Rice and Vitalize magazine to a fun evening of conversations about beauty and well being with their contributors Cheryl Hickey, Jennifer Valentyne, Dr. Natasha Turner and the Glam Squad (Suzanne McKay, Brian Jarvis, Alicia McNamara and Gina Levy). Discover the latest trends for Fall.

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Five Steps to a Successful Renovation for your Home or Condo

Sat. Sept. 16 | 12pm – 1pm
Sun. Sept 17 | 12pm – 1pm

Are you planning or do you have questions about renovating your home or condo suite? Attend this informative seminar – “Five Steps to a Successful Renovation”.

This presentation features two experienced, professional RenoMark™ renovators who will provide the five steps you can take to achieve a successful renovation. Hear from professional renovators who work in the renovation market every day and get the advice to help you find the right company to renovate with confidence.

Whether you are making modest changes or transforming a space into your dream home, renovating can be an exciting and rewarding experience by taking the time to plan the project carefully.

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Living With Colour

Sharon Grech
Sat. Sept. 16 | 1pm
Sharon Grech, Benjamin Moore Colour & Design Expert and regular guest expert on City’s Cityline , features Benjamin Moore’s inspiring room photography and examples from her TV projects to illustrate today’s key looks in home interiors. Sharon will also share her tips to help you navigate through common colour myths in order to choose the perfect paint colour!

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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. Behind the scenes, Sharon works with Benjamin Moore’s New York based Colour Innovation and Design Team, where she researches trends, helps develop new colour collections and shares her colour and paint expertise with consumer, media and professional audiences across North America and beyond.

Making Every Inch Count in Your Small Space with Clever Solutions

Jo Alcorn
Sat. Sept. 16 | 2pm
Tips and tricks on how to create the illusion of a larger space along with product solutions for those awkward spaces.


One of Jo’s most proud adventures has been designing her own furniture line along with a dog bed and home pillow collection, located in stores across Canada as well as a lighting collection for Artcraft Lighting that is in major lighting stores across Canada, and the U.S. She also has her own paint colour with Para Paints, and is in the midst of adding more products to her collections line up.

To add to her credentials, she is the Style Editor for Canadian Home Trends Magazine, and has a monthly column in the Toronto Sun. Further, she has been teaching Humber College North Campus since 2010, developing young minds of the industry.

Jo graduated with a B.A from a Liberal Arts School in New York City, Manhattanville, after which she had the opportunity to explore Europe studying colour and architecture while attending London’s City University.
Jo’s passion for design has been showcased on HGTV, Discovery Channel, Marilyn Denis, CBC’s Steven and Chris, CityTV, Rogers Stations, CHCH, Global Morning and Noon Show and BT Toronto. She has become the design face of HGTV for their 2014 Critical Listing show and is designing her way through the new HGTV show Home to Win. Home to Win 2 is now in production
Her design expertise has also been proven within the film industry where she has been a Production Designer for a handful of films. She has been running her own successful business since 2005, which caters to clients’ design need on any budget.

Jo is also an advocate for animal rescue groups and is the volunteer coordinator for Ontario’s Jack Russell Terrier Rescue Organization.
“Think Adopt for your next best friend and help stop puppy mills everywhere!”

The Ultimate Upcyclers Guide to Design… Without Spending a Dime

Leigh-Ann Allaire Perrault
Sat. Sept. 16 | 3pm
Sun. Sept. 17 | 4pm

Imagine completely re-designing a room without ever touching your wallet? If you think it’s impossible, then join DIY expert Leigh-Ann Allaire Perrault as she reveals her latest break-even room makeover complete with stealth saving tricks and savvy upcycling tips for creating a luxe-for-less look that is high on style, but low on budget.


A self-proclaimed DIY ninja, Leigh-Ann’s design philosophy fuses ingenuity, quirk, & quality on a frugalista budget. She believes that great design has little to do with how much money you spend, but rather how creative you can be with your budget. Leigh-Ann joined Cityline in 2006 & opened her design firm, Hue La La in 2013. A public speaker, writer, & brand spokesperson, Leigh-Ann embraces every opportunity to spark creativity & instill confidence in others who strive to “DO IT YOURSELF”.

The Right Roof: Residential Roofing Materials, From Shingles to Slate

Jordan Spear
Sat. Sept. 16 | 5pm
Jordan will lead you through the many types of residential roofing, from budget friendly, classic materials to innovative and eco-friendly options, and the pros and cons of each.


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

“Form Follows Function” Great Outdoor Room Design

Dave Maciulis
Sat. Sept. 16 | 6pm
Publisher of Outdoor Lifestyle Magazine and Certified Landscape Designer Dave Maciulis will share over 25 years of his designs to creating amazing outdoor living spaces. From outdoor kitchens to swim up bars or dinning and entertaining areas, Dave will reveal how you can turn an ordinary backyard lawn into amazing functional outdoor living.

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Dave Maciulis, Publisher of Outdoor Lifestyle Magazine and Certified Landscape Designer has been in the industry for more than 20 years. As a business owner and creative force, Maciulis, after hearing from thousands of clients, noted that there appeared to be a gap in the expectations and understanding between the landscape professionals and the consumer. His goal was to connect the two worlds together and take the fear and guess work out of the landscaping process.

Savvy Storage & Colours for your Home

Janice Fedak
Sat. Sept. 16 | 7pm
Sun. Sept. 17 | 1pm

Living an organized existence creates peace of mind….enhance your home and your lifestyle with spaces that provide storage and blend them seamlessly with fashionable décor, for every area of your home. Janice shares clever storage solutions that go beyond organization and functionality by combining current color trends with design ideas that reflect today’s busy family’s needs! Find the space that you never knew you had and dress your home in colours that create calm from the chaos of everyday living.

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Janice creates spaces that seamlessly combine function, style and originality, and believes that a well-allocated home provides balance and peace-of-mind. “A person’s home should be a reflection of who they are; the best way to express your own personality is through colour, and by incorporating the things that are authentic to each client and their lifestyle.” With her comfortable approach and ability to assess her customer’s tastes and needs, Janice is able to give design ideas and colour suggestions that enhance and define a living space. As an active member of the Color Marketing Group, Janice provides colour direction based on the latest trends and influences that are emerging worldwide. With Janice’s diverse background in Colour & Design, involvement with trend research, and experience in the industry she is able to create colour pallets that people will feel confident to try. Janice operates her design business in the GTA area and can also be seen as a guest expert on both HGTV and W Network.

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