Celebrity Speaker Details

Power Your life: How To Light Up Your Landscape

Frank Ferragine – aka Frankie Flowers
Sat. Mar. 16 | 2pm-3pm

Looking to add a little light to your backyard? Whether incorporating twinkle lights to your garden or landscape lighting up your pathway, remember there’s more to it than just plugging in a light. The Electrical Safety Authority’s (ESA) Power Your Life duo, featuring garden expert Frankie Flowers and ESA’s Steve Smith, will share tips to achieve an illuminated outdoor space that is both beautiful and safe.

Frank Ferragine (a.k.a. Frankie Flowers) is arguably Canada’s most popular and trusted gardening expert and weatherman. Frankie’s garden advice has twice earned him Landscape Ontario’s Garden Communicator of the Year, he has been named Toronto’s Favourite Weather Personality 9 years consecutively (Toronto Sun Reader’s Award) and his Disney inspired Tinker Bell Garden won 3 awards including public choice and best overall garden at Canada Blooms.
Frankie is a four-time best selling author, interior and exterior landscape consultant and garden writer. He partnered with the Electrical Safety Authority to share tips for planning a garden to enjoy day or night.
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Designing From The Ground Up

Paul Lafrance
Sun. Mar. 17 | 2pm-3pm

I like designing as much as I like building. I take a concept from start to finish and this presentation is a window into my process. The sky can be the limit with design but don’t skip over the basic first steps.

Paul Lafrance, most commonly known as the “Deck Guru” both in the Reality TV macrocosm as well as in the average North American home, is also a musician and lead singer/songwriter in the band, Found in the Fury, the owner and founder of the international design company, Paul Lafrance Design, and has nearly completed his training as a Jedi Master.
Paul is the host of HGTV’s Decked Out, Disaster Decks, Custom Built, and Deck Wars as well as one of the judges on Canada’s Handyman Challenge, and co-designer on the HGTV hit show, Home to Win. He is currently wrapping up a new digital series called Backyard Revolution. He moonlights as the head designer at PLD. Since 1997, he’s been designing and installing everything from custom built homes, basement transformations, corporate facades and common areas, to cutting-edge backyard retreats.
Paul and his wife, Janna, live with their four daughters just outside of Toronto, Ontario.

Twitter and Instagram @Iampaullafrance
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Janice Fedak
Sun. Mar. 10 | 2pm-3pm
Wed. Mar. 13 |2pm-3pm

A celebrated design expert in her field and active member of the acclaimed Color Marketing Group, Janice Fedak is an inspired presenter and speaker on the topics of colour and design innovation across a variety of industries – from interiors and home design and decor, to health and wellness, retail, and beyond. Janice succeeds in providing colour direction based on the latest trends and influences that are emerging worldwide. With her comfortable approach and ability to assess the needs of her clients, Janice delivers trusted information and ideas that educate, entertain, enhance and define! Whether trendspotting colour inspiration for industry professionals and consumers through her seminars, presentations and design consultations or creating impactful and artistic retail, commercial and residential spaces, Janice’s genuine enthusiasm and dedication to helping audiences and clients alike understand colour serves as beautiful inspiration for the people she meets to embrace colour and the direction of trends. Janice owns and operates her Design Firm in Toronto, and can be seen delivering her presentations at a variety of special events across Canada.

Twitter @janice_fedak Instgram @janicefedak

Living In Place

Linda Mazur
Sat. Mar. 9 | 3pm-4pm
Tue. Mar. 12 | 4pm-5pm

We all want to enjoy the comforts and beauty of a well-designed home. Aging in Place – or as we like to term it- “Living in Place”, from a design and renovation perspective focuses on maintaining a quality of life in your home as you or family members age or encounter physical challenges. “Living in Place” is about making your home work for you and your family now and to grow with you as your needs may change. Join Linda to learn key points of consideration to incorporate in to your plans to create a beautiful home that you will enjoy for many years to come.

Designer Linda Mazur, is an award-winning, nationally publicized designer and principal of Linda Mazur Design Group. With over 15 years experience, this boutique design firm has been designing, renovating and building spaces with a focus on “liveable luxury”. Linda believes that good design should be timeless and yet adapt to the needs of her clients. Linda is a public speaker, has been featured as an industry expert in newspapers and magazines across North America, has appeared on Global TV’s Morning Show, as well as being a featured designer on YouTube for various product companies. Her work has been featured in many design publications across North America, and she is a regular columnist for Condo Life Magazine as well as several other newspapers and magazines.
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Top 10 Design/Decor Tips & Design Trends

Jackie Morra
Fri. Mar. 8 |11am-12pm
Sat. Mar. 16| 11am-12pm

Jackie Morra is a popular speaker at shows and events across Canada and has been featured in various media such as Breakfast Television, Global TV- The Morning Show, City TV, Toronto Star, Globe and Mail, Houzz.com, and ApartmentTherapy.com to name a few. When she’s not in front of an audience giving tips and tricks of the trade on how to transform our indoor and outdoor spaces into ones that inspire, she’s actively out in the community assisting her favourite charities. Visit Jackie Morra Interiors

Damon Bennett’s Guide to Enercare’s Smarter Home

Damon Bennett
Sat. Mar. 16 | 12pm-1pm

If you are thinking about making your home work more efficiently and save time, energy and money, Damon will walk you through all you need to know. He partnered with Enercare’s Smarter Home products because they are a trusted brand and these products reflect their commitment to quality.

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 and the success of the shows. These days Damon lends his expertise to homeowners and DIY’ers across North America with instructional keynote presentations, Q&A sessions and videos. He also runs a very busy construction company building and renovating homes across North America.
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. 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 with various Veteran’s groups. His current project: renovating the Trenton Airforce base pub.
Twitter @DamonBennett_
Instagram @officialdamonbennett
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Create A Home You’ll Love To Come Home To

Kate Davidson
Fri. Mar. 15 | 5pm-6pm
Sat. Mar. 16 | 5pm

Looking to renovate or decorate your home this spring? Regardless of your budget or size of renovation project, Designer Kate Davidson of Kate +Co Design Inc. will share some of her favourite designer and renovation tips and options that will enhance and reflect you and your lifestyle. From the walls, flooring to appliances and countertops, Kate will share some of her fav products and how to pick the best finishes for some of the key and most popular areas we are renovating in our homes today. If you’re considering an upcoming design project, come see Kate and hear her top three tips on how to make the most of your renovations without compromising on luxury, style or functionality. Kate will discuss: Save vs. Splurge – creatively blending of high and low elements can yield amazing results and Budgeting & Timelines – Create a successful budget plan and timeline you can stick with.

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 www.kateandcodesign.com
Instagram: @kateandcodesigninc

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How To Revive Your Bathrooms Posh Style!

Catherine-Lucie Horber and Mirna Mansour
Mar. 12 | 1pm-2pm
Mar. 15 | 1pm-2pm

Must See presentation with Designer Catherine-Lucie Horber from Royal Interior Design ltd. and Mirna Mensour from Handle This will be presenting to you various ways you can refresh any bathroom in your home with class and elegance with their brand new line of cabinetry: POSH REVIVED.
They will show you how you can easily adapt different styles of cabinetry and by changing the background wallpapers, accessories, mirrors, lighting and handles you can get an entire new design style using the one style of vanity for each, from more rustic, to glam, to modern to transitional… the possibilities are endless with these two ladies. Dont’ miss this highly interactive and visual presentation as they take you through a gourmet of colour palettes and textures !!

Co-founders of Posh Revived, Catherine-Lucie Horber and Mirna Mensour, joined forces to create a powerful and unique niche of beautiful custom luxury pieces highly inspired by European designs and luxury furniture. Their company; Posh Revived aims to provide high quality products with versatile designs that are beautiful as well as functional that offers their customers versatility in style and design. For more info on their company products and quality visit www.poshrevived.com

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Chris Palmer
Sat. Mar. 9 | 12pm-1pm

As a professional Industrial Designer turned Carpenter and Contractor, Chris has brought a new perspective to the world of handcrafting beautiful custom builds. With over 10 years of experience, his company focuses on all levels of projects from custom furniture pieces, to complete home additions. A creative eye and unique style keeps Chris on trend and his work in demand. Chris often participates in many charities donating his work to help raise money for groups such as Diabetes, Habitat for Humanity and others. You can also find Chris sharing his knowledge on the latest and greatest home renovation tips for DIY’ers as a regular guest expert on The Marilyn Denis Show, The Global Morning Show and other daytime TV stations. You may also recognize Chris from other shows from HGTV, such as Canada’s Handyman Challenge, Income Property, Open House Overhaul and Backyard Builds.

Instagram: @handcraftedbychrispalmer
Twitter: @handymanpalmer

Let’s Talk About Sleep

Neil Harding
Wed. Mar. 13 | 12pm-1pm
March 14, 1pm

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.

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.

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Donna Robertson
Fri. Mar. 8 | 1pm-2pm
Sun. Mar. 10 | 10am-11am
Fri. Mar. 15| 3pm-4pm

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 colour 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.

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Michael Upshall
Fri. Mar. 8 | 3pm-4pm

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.

Why Is Modern Design The New Norm

Rose Barroso
Mon. Mar. 11 | 5pm-6pm

Modern, industrial, contemporary, shabby chic….and the list goes on.
A significant challenge many of us and including our clients face is a lack of understanding or vocabulary to describe and define what we expect from Modern Design.
With an abundance of unique design styles, it can be daunting to decipher which style will work best for us.
Some also enjoy combining elements of several styles to create an ideal look.

Multiple award winner, Toronto builder Rose Barroso from Barroso Homes, has made a career of building and designing homes and along the way, has acquired a lot of knowledge about all things home related.
Rose is a creative mind, who believes in the power of beautiful and functional interiors to transform and enhance daily life. Rose’s work is regularly featured in leading design and lifestyle publications.

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Kitchens For Modern Living – Kitchen Design Trends For Our Evolving Lifestyles

Geeta Kewalramani
Mar. 9 | 5pm-6pm
Mar. 12 | 5pm-6pm

Planning a kitchen remodel this spring? Researching for fresh ideas and trends to enhance the look of your kitchen and modernize it? Let Certified Master Kitchen & Bath Designer & Certified Aging in Place Specialist Geeta Kewalramani of Kimaya Designs share with you some of the up and coming Kitchen Design Trends for 2019.

Award-winning designer, Geeta Kewalramani’s passion lies in configuring creative design solutions to enhance the lifestyles, conveniences and comforts of her clients in their homes. Geeta’s interior design experience spans over 25 years evolving from luxury Five Star Hospitality design to customized residential and specialty kitchen & bath design.
Her dedication to design and transforming spaces for better living have garnered her with several design awards. Geeta has been recognized as a design expert and honoured to have served as a design judge at both the North American and Canadian Kitchen & Bath Design Competitions. Her commitment to learning and excelling in the K&B design industry to help her clients create comfortable, elegant and luxurious lifestyles inspired her to pursue and earn the highest level of NKBA Certification of a Certified Master Kitchen & Bath Designer as well as the Certified Aging in Place Specialist certification. An active member of the National Kitchen & Bath Association for over 20 years, she has served on the Board and varied committees both at the National and at the Ontario Chapter level.

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Emmanuel Belliveau
Mon. Mar. 11 | 11am-12pm
Thu. Mar. 14| 3pm-4pm

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Peter Bonnano
Mon. Mar. 11 | 3pm-4pm

Peter Bonnano has a strong passion for design and the outdoors – which inspired him to found Curb Appeal – a designer and builder of beautiful and functional outdoor living spaces. Peter is grateful every day for the scores of clients who put their trust and significant investment in his hands. Client appreciation continues to be his greatest reward. Website: Curb Appeal

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Leigh-Ann Allaire Perrault

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”.

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