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The Calgary Fall Home Show is your opportunity to meet the renovators and building specialists you might soon be spending thousands of dollars with. With almost 200 contractors, product suppliers, interior designers and vendors in attendance, the annual home show is like speed-dating to find the best help for your home.
The Fall Home Show, running Sept. 29 to Oct. 1 at the BMO Centre, features everything from helpful DIY design tips to boutique shopping at the Tangled Tree Markets Pop Up Shop and the Vintage Curate Market by Tipsy Palm. Vote for your favourite design esthetic at the Opposites Attract feature with Sarah Poole of Partner with Sarah or learn how to glamp in style with Lavish Canvas.
The Friday to Sunday show also features a staggering line up of design influencers on the Main Stage like Colleen Pastoor of Lemon Thistle, The Visionary Husbands Branden and Stephen and decluttering queen Megan Golightly of Simplified Inc. Plus, everyone’s favourite Canadian home handyman and entrepreneur, Bryan Baeumler, will make two Main Stage appearances to talk about his new HGTV Canada show, Bryan’s All In.
The program is Baeumler’s seventh HGTV program, in which he travels to remote Canadian locations to help people who have started a business but have met a significant roadblock in the construction process. The business location has residential space, such as a communal living area, a bedroom or a property manager’s suite, and related business space such as a reception area, commercial kitchen or meeting rooms.
Baeumler shares his expertise with each newbie business owner, passing along everything he learned while filming Island of Bryan, where he renovated a resort on a remote island.
“In Bryan’s All in, we worked on a fishing camp, an off-the-grid cabin, a distillery, a farm with a restaurant and bar, a brewery, a co-operative farm, a maple syrup sugar shack and the oldest bowling alley in Canada in Arnprior, which is a beautiful little town (in Ontario),” he says.
Other shooting locations include Gravenhurst and Haliburton in Ontario, the Muskoka region north of Toronto, Pollard’s Point and Random Island in Newfoundland. Filming in the Northwest Territories and British Columbia was delayed due to wildfires.
Budding entrepreneurs had to apply to be on the series. The successful candidates for the program were people who had packed it all in, left the city and started businesses they had no idea how to run.
“It was a huge learning curve for these people. We just taught them how to use the local resources, just like we did in Island of Bryan. And helping them light that fire and give them back that tenacity that entrepreneurs have. And I’m pretty handy. I can help with a few projects,” he says with a laugh.
Baeumler always takes time to chat with home show attendees and this year he hopes to connect with people who are considering moving out of the city and revitalizing Canada’s small towns that have started to fall off the map.
“That’s what powers the economy. It’s important to foster that entrepreneurial spirit in Canada,” he says. Baeumler will appear on the Main Stage on Sept. 30 at 6 p.m. and Oct. 1 at 1 p.m. The two-episode special event of Bryan’s All In will air Sunday, Oct. 8 on HGTV Canada.
Amanda Lwanga, an environmental engineer turned interior designer with a wicked eye for sustainable design will also present on the Main Stage. Her designs are extraordinary and everything she chooses for her clients is sustainably sourced.
“In building, everyone talks about solar panels and energy use or water consumption, which is all good, but no one is talking about how products are manufactured. How long does it take for a stone to be mined, blasted, polished and shipped from Brazil?” says Lwanga who founded her Linger Design Studio five years ago. “We help clients make the best decisions from a wholistic standpoint.”
Her goal is to help everyone understand how to better source materials while achieving their design esthetic, whether it’s modern, traditional, industrial or vintage. Lwanga will speak Sept. 29 at 6 p.m., Sept 30. at 5 p.m. and Oct. 1 at 3 p.m.
Other show times plus a list of features and exhibitors is posted on the website at calgaryfallhomeshow.com.
WHAT: The 2023 Calgary Fall Home Show
WHEN: Friday, Sept. 29 to Sunday, Oct. 1
WHERE: BMO Centre, Stampede Park
HOURS: Sept. 29 from noon to 9 p.m., Sept. 30 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Oct. 1 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
TICKETS: $12 full day/$6 half day for ages 13-plus; $10 for ages 60-plus; free for children 12 and under. Save $2 per ticket by purchasing online.