From dominating performances on the race track to electrifying moments on the dance floor, Oakville’s James Hinchcliffe has been busier than ever as his career powers forward.
The Canadian fan-favorite and 2016 Preferred summer cover subject had an epic run on the 23rd season of the ABC-CTV hit show Dancing With the Stars. Even though he’d never done anything quite like DWTS before, his professionalism and desire for victory allowed him to earn the runner-up spot with Australian dance partner Sharna Burgess.
Hinchcliffe’s time in his Schmidt-Peterson Motorsports (SPM) racecar has also been exceptional. Just one year removed from a horrific accident during practice for the 2015 Indy 500, he scored the pole position for the 2016 Indy 500, earning a seventh place finish in the race itself. He has also taken three podium finishes during the current Indycar season, including a victory in Long Beach, a third place finish in Detroit, and another third place finish at the Honda Indy held on July 16 in Toronto.
Traditionally, the Toronto race has been a source of frustration for Hinchcliffe. Until his third place finish at the track last year, the best he’d finished was 8th. Other years included technical difficulties and other mishaps that derailed his hopes for an impressive hometown appearance.
The Toronto Indy is a legendary race itself that has existed since 1986 when it was known as the Molson Indy. The 11 turn, 2.874-kilometre track at Exhibition place is a street circuit where drivers run on the same portion of Lakeshore Boulevard that many workplace commuters hit five days a week.
“It’s always tricky qualifying here,” Hinchcliffe, the sole Canadian currently competing in Indycar, explained on the Saturday before the race, “This track is one of the those with all the surface changes.”
Competing for a good starting position is part and parcel of every race, including the Toronto Indy. Wringing every ounce of talent within his grasp, the Oakville native managed to push his Honda-powered SPM car to advance in qualifying to the final round.
“I just committed everything I had into that last lap and I snuck into the Firestone Fast Six.”
Ultimately qualifying sixth, Hinchcliffe had trepidation before the race due to the prospect of rain. Giving an interview on pit lane after Sunday’s afternoon practice, he told Preferred that his car was setup for dry conditions and explained how a street circuit in wet conditions was “just conditions and explained how a street circuit in wet conditions was “just about the most harrowing thing” that drivers had to do in Indycar racing due to the further-compromised grip.
Expectations for the race were high: The grandstands were filled with thousands of fans, with a significant number them sporting SPM gear in support of Hinchcliffe. As storm clouds beckoned, the threat of disaster loomed on the horizon. Would he be able to come through in his 101th career start?
As the race started, Hinchcliffe kept his composure on the track, while his team’s strategy yielded results. He slid into third place on the 38th lap, with only Alexander Rossi and Josef Newgarden leading him. As Newgarden took the win, with Rossi second, Hinchcliffe snagged third place. Later he would reveal that what he made look easy was actually a harrowing experience.
“That was probably the loosest racecar I’ve ever had on a street circuit,” he explained of the car’s handling, “It took every trick of driving racecars that I’ve ever learned to keep those guys behind me.”
With the podium finish, Hinchcliffe moves up two spots to 10th in the 2017 Indycar series standings with 297 points. With five races left on the calendar, he has a chance to continue to climb the rankings.
Four-time Indycar series champion Scott Dixon of Chip-Ganassi racing currently leads the standings, but what makes the Indycar series so special is the excellent competition. No matter what the outfit, drivers race against each other in cars that can end up winning races by the tiniest of margins. Winners can also come from any team, as 40 year-old Japanese driver Takuma Sato demonstrated with his shocking victory at this year’s Indy 500 in Indianapolis.
As much as he’s given to Indycar, he has put out feelers regarding the prospect of competing elsewhere, such as NASCAR’s Xfinity series.
“I have always wanted to try it and a road course is the best way to ease into it,” said Hinchcliffe, speaking to The Toronto Star’s Jeff Pappone, “We want to do it right but it’s not something I am looking at in anticipation of a career switch.”
The transition from open-wheel racecars to stock cars is something that many Indycar drivers have undertaken, including Dario Franchitti, Danica Patrick and Tony Stewart. Success in a different racing format is hard to attain, but for a driver who is always willing to challenge themselves, the risk is worth the effort. James Hinchcliffe himself does make clear that he’s still completely committed to his dream in Indycar.
It’s incredible that James Hinchcliffe has gone from being an autograph-seeking fan chasing heroes like Greg Moore, Paul Tracy and Alex Tagliani to becoming the sought-after one. Despite his huge following, he always tries to give his fans the best possible experience because he knows how much of an impact his own heroes had on him when he was a youngster.
The defining truth about James Hinchcliffe is that he’s always evolving in his quest to win the recognition that comes from hard-fought races. He’s now approaching a peak in terms of his experience, recognition and acumen. And we keep turning the page to see what he will do next.
His best may be yet to come. Read More »
Renowned Chef Nobu Matsuhisa, Academy Award winner Robert De Niro and Hollywood producer Meir Teper, principals of Nobu Hospitality, along with principal developer Madison Group announced the upcoming opening of the Nobu Residences Toronto at a press conference inside the soon to be open Nobu Residences Toronto Sales Gallery.
Nobu Residences, a dynamic project featuring the world’s first ever Nobu branded high-rise residences as well as Canada’s first Nobu Hotel and Nobu Restaurant. Located in the heart of the entertainment district on Mercer Street, between John Street and Blue Jays Way just one block south of King Street. Nobu Residences Toronto will be dedicated to distinguished luxury. Designated as a heritage site, the base of Nobu Residences Toronto will retain the classic brick façade of the original Pilkington Glass Factory and Art Deco elements from the early 1900’s. Rising above it will be two dramatic 45-storey towers featuring 660 condominium suites: distinctive, modern, unforgettable.
“I am very proud to have my name on this building,” said Chef Nobu Matsuhisa. “It will be very special, and we are happy to be in Toronto. We want people to be happy.”
Conceived by award-winning architect Stephen Teeple, Nobu Residences Toronto will embody the Nobu spirit in both design and attitude. Dramatically accented with a perforated black aluminum frame and tinted bronze windows, the silhouette of Nobu Residences will create an inspiring addition to Toronto’s skyline.
Step into Nobu Residences Toronto and be welcomed by a sense of calm and understated luxury. Envisioned by one of Canada’s most sought-after interior designers, Alessandro Munge at Studio Munge, Nobu Residences Toronto will celebrate thoughtful living, superior craftsmanship, and the essence of the Nobu brand. The residents will enjoy tailored Nobu Amenities that span two floors and are inspired by a holistic sensibility.
Nobu is one of the world`s most celebrated luxury hospitality brands renowned for its award-winning “new style” Japanese fusion cuisine and exceptional hotel offerings in the world’s most desirable locales. Founded by Chef Nobu Matsuhisa, Robert De Niro and Meir Teper, the growing Nobu Hospitality portfolio caters to vibrant international customers, celebrities, tastemakers and powerbrokers.
The exclusive Nobu Hotel Toronto will offer a collection of exceptionally appointed guest suites located atop the west tower, with stunning panoramic views and featuring the best of everything.
A cornerstone of the Nobu Hotel and Nobu Residences Toronto is Nobu Restaurant with approximately 15,000 square foot, two-level restaurant, signature bar lounge, outdoor seating and chic private dining rooms.
“For many years we have searched for the perfect opportunity within Toronto to create a true luxury lifestyle destination befitting the acclaimed global city of Toronto and our international brand. We are truly excited to announce Nobu Residences, Hotel and Restaurant Toronto which we are crafting to be a game changer in residential living in Toronto and beyond,” said Trevor Horwell, CEO Nobu Hospitality. “Our partners at Madison Group have an extraordinary vision for the first Nobu Residences, and share our passion to build a truly special integrated residences, hotel and restaurant destination.”
“Chef Nobu, Robert De Niro, Meir Teper and everyone at Nobu Hospitality have shown an unwavering commitment and passion for this project,” said Josh Zagdanski, Vice President – High-Rise, Madison Group. “We are so thrilled to bring the Nobu lifestyle to Toronto.”
Here is what the owners of Nobu Residences can expect upon arrival at Nobu Toronto;
The amenity spaces are inspired by a holistic sensibility. They will be a harmonious space that nourishes the mind, body and soul. The amenity areas span two floors connected by a unique outdoor space.
The outdoor Nobu Terrace and Nobu Fitness Centre are connected by a two-storey glass atrium that is anchored by a reflective water feature which is at the core of the Nobu Fitness Centre and surrounded by state of the art fitness equipment. Other amenities include a yoga studio, spin studio, wet steam, dry sauna, hot tub and cold plunge and a private massage room.
In keeping with the Nobu Lifestyle, the private Nobu villas are an extension of ones living spaces and are designed to entertain your guests and feature lounge areas as well as fireplaces, large screen tv’s, billiards tables and are connected to the chic outdoor terrace featuring barbeque prep decks.
Nobu Residences will also feature a private screening room, conference room and a private dining area with chef’s table. Other conveniences include a bicycle elevator with direct access to bicycle storage and a dog spa located in both the east and west residential lobbies.
The Entertainment District is Toronto’s most vibrant neighbourhood. From the city’s trendiest restaurants and professional sports venues within walking distance to the world-renowned theatres that give the district its name, Nobu Residences Toronto is in the midst of it all. The Entertainment District also plays host to boutique stores, international retailers, charming cafes, and even a dangerously tempting chocolatier.
Nobu Residences Toronto is uniquely situated to offer cinematic views of the city’s skyline, a captivating view of the CN Tower, as well as a broad sweep of Lake Ontario, Toronto Island, and the Financial District. Sit back and take in all the city has to offer.
Pre-construction sales of the residential units will begin this summer. Those interested in learning more about Nobu Residences Toronto are encouraged to register at NobuResidences.ca
““You can tell how much fun a city is going to be if Nobu is in it” – Madonna, Read More »
France, which is well known for its wine, is also home to many great spirits like Cognac, Calvados, and Vodka. During my spirit tasting journey from Toronto to Vancouver, I had the opportunity to taste some wonderful cocktails paired with delectable dishes.
My first stop was Vancouver, for the Hennessy Prestige dinner. The evening began with a social cocktail hour in Fairmont Pacific Rim lobby, followed by more conservation and Hors Oeuvres paired with Hennessy XO on the rocks in the Presidential suite.
If you’re new to cognac, you may be surprised to learn that it is made with grapes, of which the Ugni Blanc accounts for 98 per cent of the plantings. The “grape juice” does form a wine but this is only the beginning. the wine then goes through a double pot still distillation and then maturation and blending – this is a very simplified version of the process. Further complications arise in adhering to the laws and regulations that apply to the production of cognac <perhaps we’ll discuss this some time in the future.
Dinner was hosted outside on the terrace, followed with an exquisite four course meal and champagne and cognac pairing.
We started with the first course of Foie Gras Bulee paired with Hennessey Paradis, the second course was poached Nova-Scotia Lobster paired with Dom Perignon Blanc, the third was seared Duck Breast paired with Dom Perignon Rose the fourth course was Artisanal Cheese paired with the Hennessey Paradis Imperial. The Fairmont Pacific Rim’s Chef did an outstanding job as did Hennessey.
The food and the drink pairings … well you know what I mean … can’t spend too much time, we should move on.
During the dinner and subsequent special tasting of the Hennessy Richard, we were treated to information on the History of the House of Hennessy. It was founded by Richard Hennessy, an Irish Officer serving in the army of Louis XV, in 1765. In the present, it is the number one Cognac in Canada and the World with it’s nearest rivals being closer to each other than the House of Hennessy. Unfortunately, the article word count works against me in getting into much detail about all of the great history, including how hip-hop in the ‘80s is said to have brought Cognac back … today its Cranberry and … I’ll dare not say it.
Hennessy XO Cognac (LCBO $299.40), described as a blend of 100 eaux-de-vie, its deeper amber colour is sign of its intensity. At once rich and robust, it constantly reveals layers of flavors with distinctive persistence on the palate – candied fruit, wild cocoa, bold complex spices, and pepper
Hennessy Paradis (LCBO, currently out of stock), described as Possessed of rich successive aromas that only a great Cognac can obtain, Paradis reveals its delicate and velvety character, hinting at the silky texture that will follow. Its subtle texture allows it to gracefully blossom with a deep and fragrant persistence – dried rose petals, honey, flowers, and delicate spices. It should be noted that Paradis is named after the special section in the Hennessy aging cellars where the finest, rarest, and oldest eaux-de-vie are carefully guarded.
Hennessy Paradis Imperial (LCBO $3,664.00), described as the unprecedented alliance of age & finesse, this is a Cognac of magisterial complexity, balance, and the finest texture, continually revealing new tones of expression and delicate floral essences on the palate – jasmine, orange blossom, spring essences, subtle smokiness.
Hennessy Richard XO Cognac (LCBO $6,585.00), described as Rare and precious, this Cognac is a product of man’s mastery over time. An unparalleled range of aromas gives Richard Hennessy its unique complexity. Powerful and unexpected, Richard Hennessy reaches heights that approach Cognac perfection – candied fruit, nutmeg, hints of pepper, delicate flowers, blanched fennel – this is truly history in a glass, a unique blend of exceptional and rare eaux-de-vie aged from 40 years to nearly 2000 years old. An exceptional treat to end the dinner.
Courvoisier is a brand that has been rebranding over the last year for the “entire Canadian range along with its national marketing campaign, inspired by the vibrant art and architecture of the Paris Golden Age… The new pack and bottle updates are supported by a marketing campaign titles The Toast of Paris.” I was invited to a couple of these rebranding tastings, of which the most interesting was the launch of the bartender competition <Toronto edition> where competitors would submit videos and recipes to compete in the Finals in Paris. I’m looking to feature some of the insights as to building cocktails in the future.
Courvoisier VS (LCBO $32.10), described as a youthful and lively blend of cognac, delivering a spectrum of sensations. On the nose, Fruit and spice ranging from ripe fruit, new oak sawdust and spring flowers, with the vigour of a young cognac; with a palate that is powerful and fruity, but delicate.
Courvoisier VSOP (LCBO $90.15) described as a blend of several crus with a perfect balance between Fins Bois, Grande and Petite Champagnes, at the peak of their aromatic potential. The result is an exquisitely balanced cognac. On the nose Caramel, pear, apple, peach, toasted almond, gentle hint of vanilla and jasmine; with a palate that is sweet, caramelized flavour resembling toasted almonds.
Courvoisier XO (LCBO $240.15) described as a selection by the Master Blender of beautifully matured eaux de vie, aged from 11 to 25 years, to highlight the complexity and richness of cognac aromas.On the nose Vanilla, chocolate, cinnamon, Iris flower, honey, candied orange and crème brulee;
with a palate that is Fine and velvety.
Courvoisier Canada Cocktail Recipes
Small brown sugar cube / Two dashes of Angostura bitters / 2.5 cl of Courvoisier VSOP / Champagne
- Put the brown sugar cube in a chilled coupette glass, cover the sugar cube with two dashes of Angostura bitters, add the cognac, top-up with chilled champagne
50 cl Courvoisier VSOP / 2 cl of Triple Sec / 2 cl of fresh lemon juice
- Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice, shake well and strain into a martini or coupette glass
Midnight in Paris
2.5 cl Courvoisier VSOP / Ginger ale /Half an orange slice
- Fill a highball glass with ice, pour the cognac, top-up with ginger ale, stir gently, garnish with orange slice.
Imagine a place too cold to grow grapes in France, we’re off to the Normandy the home of Calvados where it is noted for its apple and pear orchards. Calvados can be made from either apples or pears but apples are far more abundant.
I received a few samples of this spirit that is great “after dinner” from Calvados Boulard and have been waiting for the right time to spread the word about this Calvados which I was first introduced to about two years ago. If you’re travelling, it’s worth it to look for the VSOP and the XO.
The Calvados Boulard was founded in 1825 by Pierre-Auguste Boulard and past down from generation to generation. The samples tasted ranged from a minimum 2-6 years of age.
Calvados Boulard Pays d’auge Grand Solage (LCBO $50.20) is described asa product from a blend of Calvados varieties from the Pays d’Auge aged minimum 2 years, the Boulard Grand Solage is characterised by its apple fragrance and its amber colour. A nose that is mainly apple (so characteristic of the Pays d’Auge) with vanilla also discernible. A taste that is smooth and fruity with an incomparable elegance and aromatic richness.
Calvados Boulard Pays d’auge VSOP (LCBO, currently not available) is described as blendings of different Calvados Pays d’Auge that are a minimum of 4 years old. They will stay in the casks for the necessary time to obtain a perfect dissolve. A nose that is rich and fruity with a light woody touch, toasted nut notes and hint of brioche. Well balanced harmony between vanilla, wood and ripe apple compote purée and a finish that is velvet, elegant and delicate lingering, balancing fruit and vanilla.
Calvados Boulard Pays d’auge XO (LCBO, currently not available) is described as
Obtained from blending several Calvados varieties from the Pays d’Auge aged for a minimum of 6 years, with a nose of Harmonious apple and vanilla, with elegant hints of oak; palate of ripe apple, spices, nuts. Very smooth and then an aftertaste of Spicy with an exceptional persistence.
Let’s start off our two French Vodka’s with Ciroc Ultra Premium which is distilled from fine French grapes and distilled four times in column stills and the in the fifth it is “created in a traditional, tailor-made copper pot still at the historic Distillerie de Chevanceaux in the South of France, giving it a distinctive flavour with an exceptionally fresh, citrus taste.” We finished talking about Hennessy with a mention of Hip hop but when it comes to Ciroc, I cannot think of it without the associated mogul Diddy and his former names… so let’s start off with a Diddy, and Cheers!
The Diddy (a twist on vodka lemonade)
1.5 oz. CÎROC™ Vodka / 1.5 oz. Lemonade
- Combine ingredients in a Highball glass filled with ice. • 2. Stir. • 3. Garnish with lemon wheel.
1.5 oz. CÎROC™ Apple • 0.75 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice • 0.75 oz. Simple Syrup
- Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice. • 2. Shake well and strain into a chilled coupe glass. • 3. Garnish with apple slices.
Grey Goose Crafting the Extraordinary
The creation of Grey Goose Vodka begins with the finest soft winter wheat grown by three local farming cooperatives in the Picardy region of France. Only the highest grade of wheat, ‘Ble Panifiable Superiour’ – is selected – the same grade used in the finest French breads and pastries.
The wheat is sent to a dedicated mill and distillery, where it is transformed in to a high-proof spirit by being distilled once using a continuous-column distillation process. This wheat spirit is then perfectly blended with spring water from an exclusive well in Gensac-la-pallue, in the Cognac Arrondissement (Region), where the water is naturally filtered through limestone. Once approved, Grey Goose Vodka is bottled and receives the signature cork that serves as its seal of quality.
Let’s finish with another dinner, this one was the Grey Goose Sunset Soiree in Toronto’s Bridal Path. A unique idea, being that they partnered with Chef Justin Kent, founder of The Elevated French Picnic to Canada. The dinner experience consisted of individual baguette and charcuterie; farm fresh salad; Poulet Au Moutard; and baby summer vegetables. Various cocktails through the evening complimented the event very well. Two of the cocktails, particularly the Grey Goose Espresso martini, that you’ll enjoy are included below together with Chef Kent’s Poulet au Moutard recipe. Enjoy, I did!
Poulet au Moutard Recipe:
By: Chef Kent’s Poulet
An easy yet decadent chicken recipe, Poulet au Moutard is a perfect main course to bring on your next summer picnic. Picnic packing tip: the sauce on the chicken acts as an insulator to keep the meat warm for a longer period of time, so you can enjoy a warm meal wherever you place your picnic basket.
Ingredients: (makes 5 servings)
• 1 0 chicken thighs (skin on, deboned)
• 1 cup white wine
• 1 cup cream
• 150g grain mustard
• 150g lardons
• ½ banana shallot (diced)
• ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
• 1 ½ teaspoons fresh thyme
• Fresh parsley (chopped for garnish)
• Salt & pepper (to season)
1. Season chicken thighs with salt and pepper.
2. In a pan on medium-high heat, sear the chicken thighs, skin side down in oil until crisp and golden brown. Flip and sear on the other side until lightly caramelized.
3. Remove the chicken thighs from the pan and set aside on a plate.
4. Add lardons to the pan and cook until crisp.
5. Add shallots to the pan and cook until translucent.
6. Add the grain mustard and stir for 30 seconds being careful not to let it burn.
7. Deglaze the pan with white wine, bring to a simmer and reduce by half.
8. Add cream and bring to a simmer.
9. Add the smoked paprika.
10. Place the chicken thighs back in the sauce and cook on medium to medium-low heat, covered, until fork tender.
11. Remove from the sauce and place onto the plate to serve.
12. Spoon sauce over the top of the chicken and garnish with chopped parsley.
Grey Goose Cocktails Recipes:
Grey Goose Le Grand Fizz
1 ½ Parts GREY GOOSE vodka
1 Part ST-GERMAIN elderflower liqueur
2 Parts chilled soda water
½ Part freshly squeezed lime (Approximately 2 wedges to taste)
Build ice into an oversized cabernet wine glass with lots of ice. Add GREY GOOSE vodka, then squeeze fresh lime and discard. Top with ST-GERMAIN and chilled soda water. Garnish with fresh lime wedges and a GREY GOOSE stirrer.
Grey Goose Espresso Martini
1 1/2 parts Grey Goose Vodka
1 part Single Origin Espresso
3/4 parts Premium Coffee Liqueur
Shake hard and long, then double strain. Garnish with grated single origin chocolate and a vanilla bean rim.Read More »
Oh Canada, we’ve come a long way to form the vibrant and diverse country we enjoy today. From coast to coast, our provinces and the varying types of natural (and human-made) beauty are numerous. As our country celebrates its 150th anniversary, what better way to appreciate this great nation than by exploring our backyard and discovering what it has to offer?
Unique food, breathtaking views, and unparalleled hospitality — we have it all. It’s time to see it.
“Splendour without diminishment,” is the motto for this mountainous province. If you’re a nature-lover with a wild side, it will envelop you and leave you clinging to its broad rivers and wide-reaching forests. There is much to do while in this naturally rich region — be sure to put it on your hit list.
As one of TripAdvisor’s “Top 5 Trendiest Hotels in the World,” the Opus Hotel takes style seriously. From contemporary furniture to unique artwork, to its spectacular lobby, it has an aesthetic all its own. Rooms are complete with spacious spa bathrooms, iPads, and cozy workspaces to make your stay comfortable. Also, be sure to grab dinner at La Pentola, Opus Hotel’s award-winning Italian restaurant.
Sunshine Coast Air
Take to the sky with this amazing ‘flightseeing’ adventure. By plane, fly over BC’s many coastlines, beaches, and islands and catch glimpses of the region’s wildlife. If you have the time, consider expanding your exploration to include glacier lakes, larger-than-life waterfalls, and snowy mountains. Don’t forget to take great photos from the classic de Havilland Beaver you’ll be flying in.
Situated on Vancouver’s scenic Coal Harbour, Cardero’s is a feast for your eyes as well as your taste buds. As one of BC’s most renowned seafood restaurants, it’s sure to leave you wanting more. Cardero’s menu includes classics such as Atlantic Lobster, but also includes seafood dishes which are perfect for a culinary exploration; like Fresh Haida Gwaii Halibut. Not to be missed.
Prince Edward Island
If you’re searching for relaxed excitement, the island life might be just what you need. On Prince Edward Island, visitors can expect to feel a sense of “islandness” while there. This distinct sensation is not the easiest to articulate, but it can be felt in the salty air, sandy beaches, and warm and inviting smiles from Islanders. And while small, this province is big on adventure and activities; certainly no shortage of things to do.
Located on the North Shore of PEI, this luxury vacation home is one of the best views on the island. As it sits on a private peninsula, conveniently within five minutes from Cavendish, Seaside Chalet is perfect for a romantic getaway, family vacation, or an adventure with friends.
Andersons Creek Golf Club
PEI is golf heaven, and Andersons Creek Golf Club sits in the centre of this idyllic golf universe. In fact, the club’s course has been featured in many top Canadian golf course lists. The club prides itself on being accessible to golfers of all levels; so whether you’re a seasoned professional or a newcomer, there’s something for you. The course is laid out over rippling lands complete with big greens, nine water hazards, and yes, an actual creek. Win or lose, the course’s beautiful views have everyone leave feeling like a winner.
The Pearl Eatery and Oyster Lounge
Reaching destination restaurant status doesn’t simply happen, it requires excellence, and that’s exactly what The Pearl Eatery is serving up. With a philosophy that sharing a meal that is fresh and creative is simply the way it should be, the restaurant uses local ingredients like edible flowers and seafood which dictate its evolving menu. Don’t miss the delicious Blue Dot Ribeye Steak & Lobster Tail when visiting this island treasure.
There’s no need to leave the country to get a taste of Europe, and Montreal is evidence of that. The Parisian-style infrastructure of Old Montreal will transport you into another world with its churches, sidewalk cafés, art galleries, and more. When you’re done with old-fashioned life, head back into the more contemporary areas of town for a dose of the vibrant and always- developing scene that displays this unique province’s diverse and colourful culture. One thing is for sure; this isn’t your typical Canadian destination.
Named the best hotel in Canada in 2017, The Ritz-Carlton is certainly deserving of such an accolade. Since opening in 1912, it has consistently earned the prestigious AAA Five Diamond award year-after-year, staying true to its historical roots while evolving and remaining contemporary. While there, enjoy amenities such as a stunning rooftop which includes a saltwater pool, sauna, and a terrace with beautiful views of the city. Don’t forget to unwind with the hotel’s spa and also enjoy Afternoon Tea, which originated at this one-of-a-kind hotel.
The Orchestra Symphony of Montreal
Perfect for an evening out, the Orchestra Symphony of Montreal showcases the high caliber of musical talent the province offers. Listen to a vast repertoire of symphonic music ranging from classical to jazz, played by an orchestra composed of more than 92 musicians, as well as a Chorus. As the orchestra plays nearly 100 concerts each year, it’s hard to miss this sonic treat for the ears.
The eclectic cuisine served at Chasse-Galerie is in step with Montreal’s affinity for incorporating international tastes with its own unique vibe. Here you’ll find flavours which reflect Quebec’s heritage, but also its spirit of openness to other cultures and newness. The restaurant’s strong ties with local producers make for unique, fresh, but accessible gastronomy in a friendly and inviting atmosphere. Depending on your level of hunger and curiosity, Chasse- Galerie’s menu offers multi-course options ranging from 3 to 10 courses. Whatever your decision, this restaurant aims to deliver a legendary dining experience.
The Yukon is the smallest of the Northwest Territories, but that doesn’t mean it’s not as exciting. Exploring the fascinating history of this ecologically impressive landscape will leave you amazed with the wonders of nature; like the sun, which never sets during the summer months. The beauty of this region would be enough for anyone visiting, but it doesn’t stop there, Yukon has so much more to offer during your trip to this fantastic territory.
Northern Lights Resort & Spa
Located on a private 160 acres, but close to many of Yukon’s most acclaimed wilderness parks, Northern Lights Resort & Spa puts you in the middle of a seemingly infinite number of adventurous possibilities. A prime location to witness the Northern Lights, this resort is surrounded by pine forests, mountains, and near the Yukon River. After a day of enjoying the great outdoors, take advantage of its amenities which include a massage room, Finnish sauna, and a luxury outdoor Jacuzzi.
Ivvavik National Park
The first national park in Canada to be created as a result of an aboriginal land claim agreement, Ivvavik National Park is not to be missed. Its amazing landscape is versatile and provides opportunities to explore in many ways; like hiking, river rafting, and camping. Accessible only by charter plane, it is located in the extreme northwest corner of Yukon, above the Arctic Circle, on the Beaufort Sea. And if private exploration is what you’re looking for, then this 9,775 square km park, which only sees around 100 visitors per year, is perfect.
Housed in a newly constructed building known as Waterfront Station, The Wheelhouse is located on the banks of the beautiful Yukon River. The dining style is “Yukon Casual” and reflects the heritage of the territory with decor reminiscent of the 1930s. The restaurant offersan exceptional dining experience featuring remarkable food and friendly service in an inviting setting. The menu features dishes that are new and unique, but have a familiarity to them; like must try’s Elk Bolognese, Bison Shepherd’s Pie, or Chèvre Stuffed Chicken Breast.
There’s so much to discover in this vast and diverse country. Coast to coast, it’s evident that Canada’s provinces are worlds within themselves. From comfortable coastal island life to fast- paced cities with European flare, we have it all right here. With world class dining, beautiful accommodations, and adventures unique to the nation, why look abroad? If you ever feel like you’ve seen it all, take some time to explore Canada’s backyard and the treasures hiding in it. Read More »
When we consider the future of the automotive industry there is no doubt Genesis Motors Canada will surpass consumer expectations. The brand has modernized the entire automotive consumer and purchasing process, reaching new heights in this competitive industry. From elevating consumer experience to refined automotive technology the brand has achieved luxury in new heights.
In a highly concentrated market, Genesis has established cohesive competitive advantages that will aid them to the top of the industry ladder. Essentially, the brand is focused on consumer contentment and has developed a human-centered purchase and ownership model. In modern society, at home convenience has become crucial in corporation survival. For this reason, Genesis created “Genesis at home” allowing potential owners to schedule demonstrations and vehicle test-drives at a location of their choice.
In accordance, the ownership process has become equally efficient. Future Genesis owners can now complete paperwork pertaining to leasing or financing, make a deposit or simply place an order on a new vehicle in the comfort of their home or office. Genesis has conducted excessive research in order to develop their online platform. Fundamentally, this platform is central to the brands inception. The reality of this convenience seems implausible however; Genesis has indeed developed an unparalleled customer service experience.
Genesis has referred to their strategic industry inception as The Genesis Experience. The corporation’s authentic approach to brand awareness has also affected the pricing process. For instance, all quotes are blatant, with set and all inclusive-pricing. In short, every set price for a Genesis vehicle includes delivery and destination chargers, which are not typically included during the purchasing process. Furthermore, services including scheduled maintenance and navigation software updates are complimentary for 5 years or 100,000 km. The Genesis Experience continues to astonish consumers, further expanding the brand’s market reach.
The “Genesis at Home” platform is a continued feature even after consumers have purchased the vehicle. The concierge service extends into the ownership periods of the consumer and allows the owner to have their vehicle picked up for scheduled maintenance and returned once complete all while having the convenience of a courtesy car. Genesis has evidently reached customer service perfection. As a car owner these are the features that will attract the utmost elite cliental.
Design and Innovation
As competition will slim due to their unyielding consumer experience process it is important driving dynamics and design are correspondingly at par. The Genesis product line will primarily include two models. The first is called the G80, a mid-size luxury sedan and the second is called the G90 a full-size luxury sedan. The brand has decided to combine innovative consumer needs and personalized interactions with the vehicle as a key element of design.
Essentially, the brand has removed the focus of technology that which has taken over a large portion of the automotive industry in general. What is key in developing the Genesis product line is rather what consumers prefer. The simplest of packaging will include, advanced safety systems, ultra-soft Nappa leather and HTRAC all wheel drive. The Genesis vehicles will not only exhibit advanced performance but also an exclusive elegance in design.
2017 was groundbreaking for Genesis Motors Canada, as the corporation launched its first Canadian retail boutique. Located in heart of Toronto, the brand is destined for unexplainable market concentration. The boutique has become an addition to the brands services; consumers can also be aided first hand with real Genesis representatives.
The brand is said to continue the expansion into North America between 2017 and 2021. Approximately 30 alternate boutique retail locations are in the works and will be spread across Canada. These locations will offer potential Genesis owners the same exception consumer experience however, with the perk of a luxurious store setting.
In correspondence to this future shift in the automotive industry, Genesis Motors Canada will force industry giants to re-evaluate their current market outreach. Genesis has established a brand that is not only exclusive and pristine however, it is most importantly, efficient and simple. The goal as a corporation revolves around the contentment of consumers and this is a competitive advantage refreshing to the industry. The unmistakably combination of luxury with regards to vehicles, environment and consumer experiences is advantage enough to inevitably make a mark in this aggressive industry. As consumers we look forward to the future of Genesis Motors Canada.
It is now Season 2 of Private Eyes, and Jason Priestley is in front of the camera in a starring role, and behind the camera as a director. He is an experienced artist now, acting since 1984 and directing since 1993. The former teen idol started in commercials as a teen himself, later becoming a household name by appearing in staples of late 1980s and early 1990s television. We all know 21 Jump Street and of course, Beverly Hills 90210.
A Vancouver native, Priestley is a graduate of North Vancouver’s Argyle Secondary School. Acting is in his blood; his mother Sharon is an actress, and his sister Justine Priestley appeared in Melrose Place. He has been married to Naomi Priestley since 2005. Naomi, a make-up artist and Priestley have two children.
When not with his young family or in front of or behind a camera, Priestley might be found outdoors. As he explains in his website, it is hard not to grow up in British Columbia without developing a lifelong fondness for mountains and the ocean. He enjoys skiing and fishing for salmon. Of course, it is also hard not to grow up in Canada and not develop a lifelong fondness for hockey. Priestley is a Canucks fan.
In Private Eyes, Priestley plays an ex-pro hockey player named Matt Shade who is now a private investigator. Shade’s partner is Angie Everett, played by Cindy Sampson. Each episode of Private Eyes features a new interesting person with an interesting case. They include but are not limited to land developers, teacher scandals, and naturally, a race car driver. The relationship between Shade and Everett is always in the background. While it has an undercurrent of romantic tension, the two partners have complementary strengths and drive each other both personally and professionally. Priestley plays the lead role in a delightful series that combines mystery and romance.
Priestley has delivered television entertainment for more than three decades and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. New episodes of Private Eyes continue to be filmed in Toronto. Preferred was able to spend some time with this remarkable and accomplished Canadian actor, and asked some questions that you may have yourself.
Preferred: When you are not on set, what are the things you enjoy while filming in Toronto?
Jason: Our filming schedule has been very hectic this season and hasn’t allowed for much free time unfortunately. But I have had the opportunity to escape the city, for the beauty and quiet of my friends’ cottages on a couple of occasions. The lakes in Southern Ontario are spectacular, and the cottage culture is unique to the region.
Preferred: In Season 2 of Private Eyes, you had the chance to direct the episode, “the extra mile” that featured racecar driver James Hinchcliffe, do you see yourself doing more work behind the scenes in the future?
Jason: I’ve been directing films and television for almost 25 years now. I directed my first episode of television in 1993. I’ve always believed there would come a day I would spend most, if not all of my time, behind the camera.
Preferred: Since you’ve had a very versatile and successful career, is there anything specific on your radar that you would like to pursue in film?
Jason: I’m always looking for new challenges. The one genre I feel like I haven’t tackled yet is sci-fi. I think I’ll be looking for opportunities in that genre next.
Preferred: Reflecting back on your career, what would be the most memorable moment while filming?
Jason:Wow. That’s a tough one. My time with John Hurt making Love and Death on Long Island was very memorable. Making Tombstone was memorable.
Preferred: Walsh, Fitz, Shade are some of the roles you have played, which character would you say is the most relatable to you?
Jason: Ha! Well there are aspects of them all that are relatable to me. The thing about playing characters is, you have to like them. Even if they are bad, you have to find a way to like them. Because everyone is just doing the best they can.
Preferred: You have been recognized as one of Canada’s greatest icons and have recently been inducted into the Canada’s Walk of Fame. Since you’ve helped pave the way for future Canadian actors, what would you say best describes your legacy as an actor?
Jason: My legacy… wow that sounds so permanent… but I guess that’s where we’re at… OK…
An actor’s job is to entertain. To make the audience laugh, or cry, or, in a perfect world, both. Hopefully, I’ve been able to do that, for that’s all I’ve ever wanted to do. Tell stories. Make people believe in my make believe.
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Rolex is introducing a gem-set version of the Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master 40, its emblematic nautical watch. In 18 ct Everose gold with a black gloss finish dial, it features a bidirectional rotatable bezel adorned with multicolour sapphires, green tsavorites, and a triangular diamond at 12 o’clock. Waterproof, precise and reliable, the Yacht-Master 40 embodies the privileged ties between Rolex and the world of sailing that stretch back to the 1950s. This version is equipped with the innovative, elastomer Oysterflex bracelet developed and patented by Rolex.
Like all Rolex watches, the new Yacht-Master 40 carries the Superlative Chronometer certification redefined by Rolex in 2015, which ensures singular performance on the wrist.
THE OYSTER CASE, SYMBOL OF WATERPROOFNESS
The Yacht-Master 40’s Oyster case, guaranteed waterproof to a depth of 100 metres (330 feet), is a paragon of robustness. Its characteristically shaped middle case is crafted from a solid block of 18 ct Everose gold. Its fluted case back is hermetically screwed down with a special tool that allows only Rolex watchmakers to access the movement. The winding crown is protected by a crown guard that is an integral part of the middle case. Fitted with the Triplock triple waterproofness system, the crown screws down securely against the case, providing watertight security akin to a submarine’s hatch. The crystal, with a Cyclops lens at 3 o’clock for easy reading of the date, is made of virtually scratchproof sapphire. The waterproof Oyster case provides optimum protection for the Yacht-Master 40’s high-precision movement.
PERPETUAL CALIBRE 3135
The Yacht-Master 40 is equipped with calibre 3135, a self-winding mechanical movement entirely developed and manufactured by Rolex. Its architecture, manufacturing quality and innovative features make it singularly precise and reliable. The oscillator, the true heart of the watch, has a blue Parachrom hairspring patented and manufactured by Rolex in an exclusive alloy. Insensitive to magnetic fields, the Parachrom hairspring offers great stability in the face of temperature variations and remains up to 10 times more precise than a traditional hairspring in case of shocks. A Rolex overcoil ensures its regularity in any position.
Calibre 3135 is equipped with a self-winding module via a Perpetual rotor and offers a power reserve of approximately 48 hours.
OYSTERFLEX BRACELET AND SAFETY CLASP
The Yacht-Master 40 is fitted on an Oysterflex bracelet, developed and patented by Rolex. This technical bracelet combines in a singular way the robustness and reliability of a metal bracelet with the flexibility, comfort and aesthetics of an elastomer strap. At its core lies a superelastic metal blade overmoulded with high-performance black elastomer, a material that is particularly resistant to environmental effects and very durable. The Oysterflex bracelet is also fitted with an 18 ct Everose gold Oysterlock safety clasp that prevents accidental opening.
Oyster (monobloc middle case, screw-down case back and winding crown)
18 ct Everose gold, polished finish
Set with 32 sapphires, 8 tsavorites and 1 diamond
Screw-down with Rolex fluting
Screw-down, Triplock triple waterproofness system
Integral part of the middle case
Scratch-resistant sapphire Cyclops lens over the date with double anti-reflective coating
100 metres (330 feet)
3135, Manufacture Rolex Mechanical movement with bidirectional self-winding via Perpetual rotor
−2/+2 sec/day, after casing
Centre hour, minute and seconds hands Instantaneous date at 3 o’clock with rapid-setting Stop-seconds for precise time setting
Frequency: 28,800 beats/hour (4 Hz) Paramagnetic blue Parachrom hairspring Rolex overcoil Large balance wheel with variable inertia High-precision regulating via four
gold Microstella nuts Traversing balance bridge
Approximately 48 hours
Black, gloss finish
Highly legible Chromalight appliques (long-lasting luminescence) in 18 ct pink gold
18 ct pink gold, Chromalight
Flexible metal blades overmoulded with high-performance elastomer
Oysterlock folding safety clasp in 18 ct Everose gold
Everyone wants to feel like a standup guy. There is nothing better than to have the respect of the people you respect. Especially the person you’re sharing your life with. The truth is that there’s hell to pay when you aren’t. You could be killing it at work and everywhere else – but having chaos with your partner sucks the joy out of every part of your life. In the past 27 years of my relationship (and the 25 years of helping people with their relationships) I’ve found several things that make a huge difference. Here are four that I know will make you walk taller and happier in yours.
1. Don’t make assumptions – make agreements.
“Common sense isn’t that common.” The truth is, what’s common sense to you may be totally different than what your partner thinks it is. So, don’t assume that people know what you’re talking about or asking for. THEY DON’T!! Everybody’s got their own set of filters they use to navigate life; and whatever they grow up with seems totally normal and right to them. One example is, the couple where in the wife’s family the man was in charge of emptying the garbage, and in the husband’s family the woman was in charge of looking after the kitchen. While she waits for him to take out the trash and he waits for her to, the kitchen garbage is overflowing and the two of them are always pissed off. They each assume that their partner would “just use common sense” and get with the program. A simple discussion and some clarity would totally change their relationship.
I’m a huge believer in two things: Being Specific, and Being Explicit. If you make your communication and agreements this way, you cut through all the stuff you have floating through your mind at any given moment and get right to what each of you needs. It’s also a great idea to double check that you are both on the same page. Repeat what you think you heard – just like someone taking your order at the drive through. You can also ask them what they heard to make sure your message is coming across clearly. If it’s improved, then write it down so neither of you forget.
2. Keep your agreements OR renegotiate.
Once you have an agreement then KEEP IT!! Nothing causes doubt and stress in a relationship like broken agreements. If you can’t keep your agreement, then let the other person know as soon as you realize there’s going to be a problem. By the way, there is no agreement too small to honor. This goes for being on time or remembering to pick up milk at the store. It doesn’t matter if you promised to drop off her dry cleaning or if you say you will be home at 6:00, there’s a huge difference between 5:55 and 6:05.
3. Own it.
Some people still have the old beliefs that saying sorry makes you look weak. This is the exact opposite from the truth. People respect people who have the backbone to take responsibility for their actions, and how those actions affect others. You look weak and scared (or arrogant and stubborn) when you DON’T apologize appropriately. This makes you very hard to get along with. If I step on your toes while trying to give you a gift, my intention is to do something nice – but the result is that I hurt you. That deserves an apology even if I didn’t mean to do it.
The thing about giving a great apology is that timing is everything. A lot of people try to explain what happened while they apologize (or worse, INSTEAD of apologizing). This comes across like you’re justifying it or trying to weasel your way out of taking responsibility. (And DEFINITELY don’t try to make it their fault! Then you look like a complete jerk.) The point of apologizing is to acknowledge that your actions hurt the other person in some way and taking responsibility for that. If they ask for more information, then it’s ok to give it. Or you can explain things later (with their permission). But in most cases, just say “I’m so sorry for hurting you ….” And then SHUT UP!
4. Forgive or get out.
Life’s too short to hold a grudge. Especially toward someone you’re supposed to be in love with. No one enters a relationship so they can be miserable (or to make the other person miserable). But a lot of times that’s exactly what ends up happening because you can’t or won’t forgive. Everyone makes mistakes and, even in healthy relationships, people hurt each other (mostly by accident). Remembering this and forgiving as soon as you can takes YOU off the hook of having to haul around all that resentment. You will enjoy your relationship more and you and your partner will feel closer.
Here’s what I do: I let it go if I can. If it keeps coming back or I am thinking (or dreaming) about it all the time, then I address it. If I still can’t get over it then I get professional help from my/our psychologist.
Of course, you’re human. Sometimes the hurt is so deep you can’t get to a place of forgiveness. Even if you can forgive, in some cases your partner’s actions have impacted the overall health of the relationship (especially if the same thing keeps happening). With either scenario, you need to call it for what it is and have the balls to pull the plug. It can be hard and even scary, but you’ll be doing yourself and your partner a huge favor. Don’t torture yourself by staying in a relationship where you’re resentful or don’t respect the other person. Give yourself (and them) the chance to be happy by yourself or with someone new.
About The Author:
Dr. Ganz Ferrance holds a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology and an M.A. in Developmental and Educational Psychology from Andrews University in Michigan. In addition, he is the former Public Education Coordinator as well as the former Vice-President of the Psychologist’s Association of Alberta. For over 25 years he has been helping individuals, couples, families, and corporations reduce their stress, improve their relationships and enjoy more success.
“Dr. Ganz” is a favorite of the media and over the past 12 years has been interviewed by The Edmonton Journal, CBC Radio, 630 CHED, Good Morning Canada, CTV News, Psychology Today, Ebony Magazine and many more media outlets. He has also been a regular “Health and Lifestyle” panel expert on Alberta Primetime for over 5 years. His deep belief in “positive psychology” helps you be your very best. Dr. Ganz presents his information in a straight-forward, down-to-earth, no-nonsense way.
Dr. Ganz prides himself on being a fellow “work-in-progress” and does not presenting anything that he has not personally put his blood, sweat and tears into. This approach has made him a sought-after public speaker – with audiences in the United States and Canada enjoying his fun, engaging, and life-changing presentations on beating stress and building superior relationships. Read More »
Exterior: Rendering courtesy of Freed Developments, Architecture by Raw Design
Interiors: Rendering courtesy of Freed Dev Interior Design by Burdifilek
Freed Developments is well known for transforming Toronto’s King West neighbourhood from a staid industrial area into a thriving urban centre. And it’s not surprising that Freed’s other unique properties have rejuvenated their respective communities as well. Now, this leading Canadian developer has unveiled its latest achievement – 346 Davenport. With occupancy expected in February of 2019, this building not only reflects traditional uncompromising Freed quality inside and out, but it’s located in an area that presents residents-to-be with a fascinating odyssey in every direction.
346 Davenport. Remember that address. This exclusive collection of 35 contemporary homes just West of Avenue Road in Toronto includes luxurious two-bedroom and three-bedroom suites from 1,000 sq. ft. to 4,400 sq. ft., with prices starting from the $800,000s. Or, if custom is more your style, design your own suite up to 6,700 sq. ft. As with other Freed properties, 346 Davenport is unique – mere steps away from all that downtown Toronto has to offer, yet still a virtual oasis from the occasional urban noise and commotion. It’s the ideal home for those who value an elite and extraordinary lifestyle, while at the same time appreciating serenity and beauty.
A unique building inside and out
At first glance, you’d think 346 Davenport resembles a European streetscape or a SoHo masterpiece. Sleek panels of floor-to-ceiling glass create an elegant, flowing sightline. Balconies embrace both the interior and exterior in a seamless vista. Concrete meets steel while unique accents of greenery seem to sprout, wistfully joining edifice and boulevard.
Once inside 346 Davenport, your entire point of view changes. At each turn, Toronto offers up a stunning 360° vision just beyond the glass. The panoramic scenes from the revealing floor-to-ceiling windows seem to transport the city inside your suite. The downtown skyscrapers, the rich greenery of the nearby parklands, the trendy streets of Yorkville – it’s as if you’re moving through an opulent tapestry of the way life should be. From sleek designer kitchens to spa-like, creature-comfort bathrooms, every detail at 346 Davenport has been meticulously selected to reflect Freed’s philosophy of visual elegance combined with ultimate functionality. So it’s not at all surprising that some of Canada’s and the world’s best have been involved in its creation.
“As with all our properties, we enlisted some of the best architects and designers available,” said Peter Freed, President of Freed Developments, the developer and builder. “It’s a small boutique building, yet it’s quite visually stunning thanks to its unique exterior design by RAW, one of Toronto’s top architectural studios. The interior, suite layouts and finishes by international design consultancy Burdifilek are just as meticulous.” However, it’s also the unique location that makes Freed’s voice bubble with excitement. “I just love the location. There are so many amenities in the neighbourhood – from Yorkville to Forest Hill to the Annex to the University of Toronto – including some great green spaces, walking trails, wonderful restaurants and much, much more.”
Residents can look forward to: entertainment spaces with modern, open-concept
floorplans; custom designed European kitchens with integrated appliances; floor-to-ceiling windows for spectacular panoramic views; individual, digitally-controlled heating and air conditioning systems; oversized balconies and terraces for spectacular outdoor entertaining; wide-plank hardwood flooring throughout every suite; oversized natural stone tiles in all bathrooms; custom designed European vanities…..the list seems endless. From elegant bathrooms with natural stone countertops and oversized mirrors, to free-standing soaker tubs and polished chrome hardware fixtures, to your front Concierge available 24 hours a day, 346 Davenport exudes comfort, elegance, sophistication and safety at every turn.
A location and community like no other
As Freed mentioned, you’d be hard pressed to find a more desirable neighbourhood than that surrounding 346 Davenport. No matter where you go, adventure awaits. To the north, famed Casa Loma, known as Toronto’s Camelot, dominates the horizon. To the south, panoramic views of concrete creations, metal and glass spires of a world-class city seem to be at your fingertips. An eastward glance reveals the stately boulevards of Rosedale, arguably the most famous community in Toronto with a colourful history dating back to the 1960s when it was referred to as a “hippie haven.” Today, its eclectic mix of condos, office towers, chic boutiques and five-star hotels continues to amaze. To the west lies historic South Hill with its shops, cafés and studios – and surprisingly, more parks per square metre than any other neighbourhood in Toronto. The other benefit that makes 346 Davenport alluring is that this vibrant community is a true reflection of its residents. A bit of New York, a touch of Milan – in short, a blend of the best Toronto has to offer.
Building not just homes, but lifestyles and communities
If history is any judge, a Freed property is inevitably more than just a building – it’s a lifestyle hub that enriches any community. Award-winning Freed Developments has given rise, so to speak, to some of Toronto’s most acclaimed and coveted residences, while re-defining and enhancing Toronto’s numerous streetscapes. Some of its most notable projects include the Art Shoppe Lofts + Condos, 150/155 Redpath, Sherwood Park Modern Towns, Sixty Colborne, Thompson Residences, Fashion House, Five Hundred Wellington, Six50 King, Seventy5 Portland, 550 Wellington, The Thompson Hotel, 455 Adelaide, 20 Stewart, 66 Portland and the Muskoka Bay Club.
You can now add 346 Davenport to that growing and impressive list.
Monegasque yacht builder Dynamiq has joined forces with Studio F.A. Porsche to create an exclusive series of all-aluminium superyachts imbued with Porsche DNA. The world famous industrial and transport design studio, lead by Managing Director Roland Heiler (a Member of the Board at Porsche Design Group) has created both the exterior and interior styling of the entire range. The first 35-metre Dynamiq GTT 115 Hybrid is already under construction in Viareggio, Italy, while 100- and 85-foot models are in development and will be presented later this year.
“Taking the spirit of high-performance sportscar styling to the high seas, the Dynamiq GTT 115 is designed to appeal to car lovers and forward-thinking yacht owners who appreciate the advantages of speed, style and our philosophy of intelligent performance,” says Roland Heiler.
The sporty exterior design by Studio F.A. Porsche matches the yacht’s noteworthy performance, and the name says it all: GTT stands for Grand Turismo Transatlantic. Two world leaders in hydrodynamics, both from the Netherlands, were commissioned to create efficient hulls for the new series. Vripack developed the hull lines of the GTT 115, while Van Oossanen is responsible for the naval architecture of the GTT 100 and GTT 85 models.
The GTT 115, the first in the series, features a round bilge aluminum hull and a specially engineered stabilization system from Humphree with four electric fins and interceptors. Powered by twin 1213kW MAN engines paired with the latest Fortjes 5000 pods, the versatile superyacht can exceed a maximum speed of 21 knots and is capable of crossing the Atlantic with a range of 3,400nm. With a shallow draft of just 1.45 metres (less than 5 feet), the yacht is ideal for the Mediterranean, Caribbean or Southeast Asia.
An optional hybrid power system has been chosen for the first GTT 115 and is available via the exclusive Dynamiq Configurator. Other notable technical features include two technical compartments or engine rooms, with twin 45kW Fischer Panda variable-speed generators located in the bow. This smart layout ensures a silent ambiance at night and avoids smoke and fumes at anchor while the owner and guests are swimming or sunbathing on the aft platform.
Available in the signature Porsche Carrara white, Rhodium Silver, Chalk or custom Monte- Carlo Blue exterior colours, the GTT 115 boasts refined lines with signature Porsche elements, such as the Targa-style mullions or the transom design that echoes the Mission E concept. The deck cushions feature fabric centres with a classic Pepita houndstooth pattern, similar to the latest 991 R edition.
On the inside, the sporty yet refined interior features three or four luxury cabins with Saddle brown and Luxor beige leather with carbon fibre details, and expansive surfaces of Sahara Noir marble. The furniture and decoration were developed in association with the Italian designer brand Minotti.
“When we talk about comfort and top service, the ideal for this size of yacht is six guests in three cabins served by a 1:1 ratio of six crew for genuinely exclusive onboard service,” says Dynamiq CEO Sergei Dobroserdov. “We also designed the interior ceiling heights to more than 2.15 metres (7 feet), even in the lower deck cabins: that’s real luxury on a 35- metre yacht.” In fact, Dynamiq yachts bring the comfort and luxury of much larger superyachts to a smaller segment of the market. They are aimed at a discerning clientele that appreciates the builder’s rational approach to creating more manageable yachts.
“Our target clients might include those who are looking to downsize from larger 50- or 60- metre yachts,” continues Dobroserdov. “They are already accustomed to the highest standards but are ready to leave behind the hassle and huge costs of owning large vessels so they can enjoy the fun side of yacht ownership. The Dynamiq GTT 115 is the perfect realization of utmost comfort and a sporty lifestyle in a practical and relatively compact package.”
What truly sets Dynamiq apart as a builder is the ability for clients to configure their purchase online to their own specific requirements, all within a short delivery time. The GTT 115 is no exception and can be customized via Dynamiq’s unique Configurator, which allows the client to personalize every aspect of the yacht, from paint colours to interiors and electronics, and automatically track the total cost in real time. This easy-to-use innovation brings complete transparency to the yacht-buying process – just one way that Dynamiq is seeking to bring about a paradigm shift in the yachting industry.
A limited edition of just seven GTT 115 yachts will be manufactured, making the model a truly unique collector’s edition. Prices for the GTT 115 start from €11,900,000, with a short delivery time of 15 months from the date of order.
The first GTT 115 by Studio F.A. Porsche is available for sale with delivery in September 2017. Her world debut will take place at the 2017 Monaco Yacht Show and the yacht will attend subsequent international events. bedynamiq.com