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CONDOMINIUMS ATOP BELL FESTIVAL CENTRE AT KING & JOHN
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WELCOME HOME
TO FESTIVAL TOWER
5–STAR HOTEL–
INSPIRED SERVICES
A DAY IN THE LIFE
IVAN REiTMAN
LEGENDARY FILMMAKER
one part...
contents
4 WELCOME HOME
to festival tower
welcome home to the
best of everything
12 5-STAR hotel-
INSPIRED serviCes
fabulo...
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Other words also capture its essence: e.g., nonpareil and quintessential,
to name two. But for us, ne plus ultra best capt...
welcome
HOME to
festival
tower
Welcome home to
The Best of Everything
Best Producer:
The Daniels Corporation and the Reitm...
THE LOBBY
When Festival Tower’s interior designer Mike Niven chose red for the colour of your front door, he did so with p...
The Tower Club Amenities, which occupy the 10th and 11th Floors at Festival Tower, offer amenities on a
level of sophistic...
THE TOWER CINEMA
Festival Tower is the only condominium residence in Toronto that will have its own fully equipped authent...
The stunning Pool House features
an inviting swimming pool and
whirlpool housed in a glass pavilion
overlooking Festival T...
THE
SPORTS
LOUNGE
The Sports Lounge will truly be
a haven—a home away from
home—for sports lovers, with
billiards, flat-sc...
ground floor site plan
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Scene One
Handsome, 30ish, investment banker awakes in his king-size bed at
Festival Tower to the sound of his alarm clock...
Scene TWO
Sophisticated woman is walking briskly along King Street with her cell
phone to her ear. “Hello – Dana? Can you ...
What do you think is the most romantic room
in your fabulous Festival Tower residence?
The bedroom, with its opulent spa s...
miele
Miele appliances offered at Festival Tower
may differ from appliances shown.
PETER
POWNING
Fantasm is an apt name for the major
Peter Powning artwork that will grace the
lobby of Festival Tower.
Pown...
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ideas for the background videos: filming massing bird flocks at Mary’s Point, near his home. “When
they take to the air...
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If you are in any doubt about the hold that film and TV personalities exert over us, consider this. Ba...
etboUr:
The great success of the Toronto
International Film Festival®
has
been a bonanza for the city’s
cultural and touri...
Here, at King and John Streets in
the heart of Toronto’s Entertainment
District, will emerge the new home
of the Toronto I...
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Bruce Kuwabara of Kuwabara Payne McKenna
Blumberg Architects is the inspirational force behind the remarkable
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Design Features at Festival Tower
“GOD
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The great modernist architect Mies van der Rohe famously said it ...
Festival Tower is no ordinary building. It will be an
instant landmark on the Toronto skyline, and no one
understands this...
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BY ANY MEASURE, TORONTO HAS BECOME
ONE OF THE WORLD’S GREAT CITIES. LET’S
ExAMINE SOME OF TORONTO’S UNIQUE
DISTINCTIONS. F...
Still, the Toronto story is not just a “biggest and best” numbers game. Many global cities have more people,
but few truly...
What is the gravitational pull
of Toronto’s vibrant downtown?
Well, convenience, for starters.
For Torontonians who want t...
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Bell Festival Centre and Festival Tower are part of the metamorphosis of Toronto into a global urban centre.
Massive in...
Consider as well the investment
opportunity to own a piece of real
estate in Canada’s largest city
—where explosive growth...
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(TOP FROM LEFT TO RIGHT) Night shot along King Street, Scotiabank Theatre,
union station, Roy Thomson Hall
(bottom from le...
Bell Festival Centre will be the home of the world-renowned Toronto International Film Festival Group (TIFFG),
and both th...
For over half a century, John
Daniels has been a leader in
the North American building
industry, first as chairman of The
...
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A HOME GROWN
canadian
SUCCESS STORY
The Story of The Daniels Corporation
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The landmark NY Towers
neighbourhood is just one of
many exceptional residential
communities created by The
Daniels Corpor...
The Daniels Corporation has
received numerous industry
awards, including the prestigious
High Rise Builder of the Year
Awa...
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FESTIVAL TOWER CONDOS , 80 JOHN STREET TORONTO , FESTIVAL TOWER FLOOR PLANS
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Festival Tower, rising 41 floors above Festival Centre's five-storey podium building at King and John in the heart of Toronto's Entertainment District, is being developed by The Daniels Corporation in partnership with renowned filmmaker Ivan Reitman and his sisters Agi Andel and Susan Michaels. Festival Tower is unrivalled in the Toronto condominium market and is destined to downtown's hottest, hippest address.
Festival Tower residents will also experience all the amenities of the Tower Club, a complete spa and fitness centre with indoor and outdoor whirlpools, saunas, aromatherapy steam rooms, and access to a full menu of spa treatments. Kick-boxing, tai-bo, Pilates, and yoga classes will also be available, as will personalized training on the most advanced lineup of aerobics and weight training equipment. A La Carte Services Include: Housekeeping Laundry Service Room Service Valet Parking Dog Walking Special Spa/Massage Treatments Personal training and more...

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  1. 1. c CONDOMINIUMS ATOP BELL FESTIVAL CENTRE AT KING & JOHN CONDOMINIUMS ATOP BELL FESTIVAL CENTRE AT KING & JOHN CONDOMINIUMS ATOP BELL FESTIVAL CENTRE AT KING & JOHN CONDOMINIUMS ATOP BELL FESTIVAL CENTRE AT KING & JOHN CONDOMINIUMS ATOP BELL FESTIVAL CENTRE AT KING & JOHN CONDOMINIUMS ATOP BELL FESTIVAL CENTRE AT KING & JOHN Festival Tower is a joint venture between The Daniels Corporation and the Reitman Family. www.festivaltower.com
  2. 2. WELCOME HOME TO FESTIVAL TOWER 5–STAR HOTEL– INSPIRED SERVICES A DAY IN THE LIFE IVAN REiTMAN LEGENDARY FILMMAKER one part condo.one part film festival. aworld first. CONDOMINIUMS ATOP BELL FESTIVAL CENTRE AT KING & JOHN CONDOMINIUMS ATOP BELL FESTIVAL CENTRE AT KING & JOHN CONDOMINIUMS ATOP BELL FESTIVAL CENTRE AT KING & JOHN CONDOMINIUMS ATOP BELL FESTIVAL CENTRE AT KING & JOHN CONDOMINIUMS ATOP BELL FESTIVAL CENTRE AT KING & JOHN CONDOMINIUMS ATOP BELL FESTIVAL CENTRE AT KING & JOHN Festival Tower is a joint venture between The Daniels Corporation and the Reitman Family.
  3. 3. contents 4 WELCOME HOME to festival tower welcome home to the best of everything 12 5-STAR hotel- INSPIRED serviCes fabulous services offered at festival tower 18 MEET YOUR NEIGHBOUR TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL GROUp 34 THE CO-CREATORS Behind the creation of BELL Festival Centre & FESTival tower 35 IVAN REITMAN the story of a legendary filmmaker 4 3518
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  5. 5. Other words also capture its essence: e.g., nonpareil and quintessential, to name two. But for us, ne plus ultra best captures the style, spirit and sheer panache of Festival Tower. Something that is the perfect or ultimate expression of its kind. A world first. Quite simply, Festival Tower will be the purest expression of living luxuriously, and with a cinematic sensibility, in the heart of a great city, thanks in part to our unique connection to an institution destined to be one of the world centres of film culture, and the new home of North America’s most celebrated Film Festival. So welcome to Bell Festival Centre and Festival Tower, a cultural and residential complex of remarkable beauty and class, which has instant global celebrity—and cachet. The Toronto International Film Festival® is now the most important film festival in North America—and many would argue the world. For ten days each September, stars and celebrities from around the world gather in Canada’s largest city, and soon Bell Festival Centre will be their home away from home. With its theatres, library, gallery and an array of meeting spaces, Bell Festival Centre will become the most important venue in the world devoted to an art form that transforms the way people see the world. And it will do so year round. To the residents of Festival Tower, however, this extraordinary institution is something else: a neighbour, a friend and a place to call home. What better place to locate this exceptional residential community and unique cultural facility than in the very heart of Toronto’s Entertainment District. Just minutes from the front door of Bell Festival Centre and Festival Tower is much of what makes Canada’s largest metropolis so fascinating and, yes, fabulous: The Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, Roy Thomson Hall (the home of the Toronto Symphony) and those first ladies of the Canadian theatre, the Princess of Wales and the Royal Alex. And, Frank Gehry’s newly renovated Art Gallery of Ontario just up John Street. With all this comes the city’s finest restaurants and toniest clubs. The Festival neighbourhood is alive 24/7– never more so than now. Festival Tower is without question a world first, a landmark on the Toronto skyline and cityscape— and a destination for film aficionados and culturati from around the world. festivaltower Onepartcondo.onepartfilm festival.aworlDfirst. Ponder for a moment the meaning of the marvelous Latin phrase Ne Plus Ultra, and you will have a sense of what awaits you at Festival Tower, the striking condominium residences atop Bell Festival Centre, the new home of the Toronto International Film Festival Group. 3
  6. 6. welcome HOME to festival tower Welcome home to The Best of Everything Best Producer: The Daniels Corporation and the Reitman Family. Best Location: The heart of Toronto’s Entertainment District Best Design, Best Amenities, the Best of Everything! Festival Tower will be so unique, so special, and so incredible—it will exist in a class all its own. Let us show you around. If a condominium could be compared to a film, Festival Tower would sweep the Oscars! On the outside, the building soars from its limestone-clad base into a tower sheathed in clear and sandblasted glass—a symphony of the transparent and the translucent—and crowned by an illuminated glass top that will serve as a welcoming beacon, a lodestar to Festival Tower residents and visitors alike. But it is inside the building where Festival Tower’s “luxurious livability” becomes palpably apparent. And it begins, as it should, in the lobby. 4
  7. 7. THE LOBBY When Festival Tower’s interior designer Mike Niven chose red for the colour of your front door, he did so with purpose. When you and your guests arrive at Festival Tower, it is, implicitly, “an event.” A red-carpet event. Next door is the home away from home for stars and V.I.P.s from the film world. But at Festival Tower, you’re The Star, and you will feel it—live it—the moment you enter the lobby. Your “star treatment” begins with a friendly doorman. The watchful eye of the 24-hour concierge will assure your comfort and security, monitoring the building’s sophisticated security features and facilitating valet parking service as needed. When Mike Niven was contemplating how the lobby space should “read,” he immediately thought “boutique hotel.” As Niven notes, “The lobby is transparent to John Street because of its floor-to-ceiling glass wall, and has a clean elegant look.” And, he also wanted it “to be filmic, and have a sense of light and movement.” Illustration is artist’s concept. E.&O.E. 5
  8. 8. The Tower Club Amenities, which occupy the 10th and 11th Floors at Festival Tower, offer amenities on a level of sophistication that is unprecedented. Whether you are seeking to feed your soul in the serenity of the Meditation Garden or stimulate your mind in the Tower Cinema or condition your body through exercise or the ultimate in spa pampering, everything at Festival Tower has been created to offer you the “star” treatment. A Resident Services Director will be on hand to assist you in everything from booking a dance class or signing you up for yoga to organizing personal training sessions and massages. And of course, all of the exclusive amenities of the Tower Club, including a fully equipped Business Centre, are yours to enjoy as a resident of Festival Tower. Serenity and elegance are achieved with a back wall of warm polished walnut with stainless steel ribbing, a polished granite floor and sleek contemporary Italian- designed seating. One dramatic flourish—a long concierge desk in stone and metal—accentuates the lobby’s length. Other elements contributing to the cinematic theatricality of the space will be the subdued red and white lighting (a series of large spherical chandeliers hang over the concierge desk). Then there is artist Peter Powning’s intensely dramatic artwork, The Fantasm—back-lit by video monitors that will pulse with energy. The lobby also has a private entrance to the two- storey bar/restaurant (corner of King and John), which is inspired by the very latest trends in European and New York style dining and is certain to become the new “place to be” in Toronto. “festival tower will pulse with energy.” mike niven mike niven interior design Illustration is artist’s concept. E.&O.E. tower club 6
  9. 9. THE TOWER CINEMA Festival Tower is the only condominium residence in Toronto that will have its own fully equipped authentic cinema, with seating for up to 55 people. The cinema is so state-of-the-art that the Toronto International Film Festival Group (TIFFG) will use it for screenings. Equipped with a concession stand and catering kitchen, the adjacent Cinema Lounge is the perfect place to host your private pre- and post-screening parties. Another of the perks of living at Festival Tower is the luxury of having TIFFG involved in producing a program of films exclusively for you to enjoy in your own cinema. The central gathering place for Festival Tower residents will be the Tower Lounge, a series of interconnected spaces where residents and guests can mingle, read or even surf the net in a state- of-the-art wireless environment—a great place to kick back, nurse a latte or trade film reviews with friends. And don’t be surprised if you find yourself “star-gazing” as well, because the Tower Lounge’s private terrace is adjacent to Bell Festival Centre’s terrace, the scene of many celebrity-studded events. From the Tower Lounge Terrace, you can enjoy views of Toronto’s ever-changing skyline and its limitless lake vistas. THE TOWER LOUNGE Illustration is artist’s concept. E.&O.E. 7
  10. 10. The stunning Pool House features an inviting swimming pool and whirlpool housed in a glass pavilion overlooking Festival Tower’s exquisitely landscaped terrace. With its rough-textured, coloured- stone treatment and vaulted ceiling, the Pool House will be an open, airy, relaxing environment for a refreshing dip in the pool or a place to lounge and catch a few rays. A feature wall is clad in black limestone, and a cascading waterfall separates the swimming pool from the whirlpool. There will be His and Hers saunas and change rooms, and an outdoor deck with cabanas and lounging chairs for sunbathing. The floor-to- ceiling windows of the Pool House offer incredible city and lake views and open to the larger landscaped terrace, which is perfect for outdoor entertaining. A trip to the Pool House will be like taking a vacation—with the hustle and bustle of King Street just eleven floors below. But a world away. THE POOL HOUSE THE TOWER FITNESS CENTRE Overlooking the pool is the Tower Fitness Centre. Here, the latest equipment will provide residents with the opportunity to enjoy optimum workouts in an environment that will be absolutely beautiful. Your workout time will pass quickly with the ability to watch television or even a film on one of the many flat screen TV’s positioned for your viewing pleasure. Illustration are artist’s concept. E.&O.E. 8
  11. 11. THE SPORTS LOUNGE The Sports Lounge will truly be a haven—a home away from home—for sports lovers, with billiards, flat-screen TV’s and a bar—the perfect place to watch the big game or the playoffs, with friends. For those preferring more restful, recuperative forms of recreation, the Tower Club also has spa treatment rooms as well as a yoga, pilates and dance studio that overlooks the serenely landscaped Meditation Garden —an oasis of calm and tranquility in the heart of the city. Amid the garden’s verdant splendour, you will be able to breathe in the scented air, assume the lotus position, recite your mantra and let the cares of the world slip away. THE TOWER SPA, PILATES STUDIO AND THE MEDITATION GARDEN 11th floor mezzanine 9
  12. 12. ground floor site plan N landscape site plan is subject to change due to municipal and other regulatory approvals. ground floor plan is subject to change without notice. august 23, 2006. E&o.e. SITE PLAN 10
  13. 13. 10th floor 11th floor 11IllustrationS are artist’s concept and ARE subject to change without notice. E&O.E. tower club N N
  14. 14. Scene One Handsome, 30ish, investment banker awakes in his king-size bed at Festival Tower to the sound of his alarm clock. He bolts upright and punches his speed dial to the Resident Services Director. “Dana? Can you have the restaurant send up coffee, eggs over easy and a multi-grain roll?” He hangs up and dials the Doorman. “Hello, Sylvio. I’m running a bit late this morning. Can you have my car in front by 8:30? Great. Thank you.” One more number, “Hey, George. My double-breasted blue suit, is it ready? I need it tonight. Perfect. You can leave it with the concierge and I’ll get it later. Thanks.” Think he’s dreaming? Hardly.This is life with 5-Star Hotel-Inspired Services available exclusively to Festival Tower residents. A day in the life… 5-Star Hotel- Inspired Services at Festival Tower 12
  15. 15. Scene TWO Sophisticated woman is walking briskly along King Street with her cell phone to her ear. “Hello – Dana? Can you please arrange for a dog walker for me? I’ll need the service twice a day. Great. Have them contact me on my cell. Thanks a million! Ciao…” This is pure red-carpet treatment—from housekeeping to dog walking, valet parking to room service—anything to make your life easier is available at Festival Tower. Scene THREE Distinguished-looking mature couple is sitting in their seats at the Tower Cinema, awaiting the start of a film. In the moments before the film begins, a conversation takes place. “I’ve asked Dana to arrange for a housekeeper for Thursday this week. I have the ladies coming in for lunch on Friday,” she says. “Certainly, dear,” replies her husband. “What are you serving?” “I’ve arranged with the restaurant’s in-suite catering to take care of everything — poached salmon with watercress and a marvelous cheese tray.” “Sounds wonderful.” As a resident at this one-of-a-kind condominium, you will enjoy the services of a Resident Services Director, who will be on duty five days a week, providing you with the ultimate in 5-Star Hotel-Inspired Service. À La Carte Services Include: • Housekeeping • Laundry Service • Room Service • Valet Parking • Dog Walking • Special Spa/Massage Treatments • Personal training and more... Festival Tower is the ultimate in ultra-chic, sophisticated living in the heart of Toronto’s Entertainment District. With 5-star Hotel-Inspired Services, this lifestyle will be a world first. 13
  16. 16. What do you think is the most romantic room in your fabulous Festival Tower residence? The bedroom, with its opulent spa style ensuite? The balcony, with the spectacular city and lake views? Perhaps. But for many, it is undoubtedly the kitchen. This is where the authentic gourmet dances with the artful prowess of the chef du jour to create, well, the true language of love... magnificent food. Your kitchen at Festival Tower is fully loaded with Miele appliances—the century-old German company whose sleek, stylish and state-of-the-art convection ovens, cook tops, refrigerators and dishwashers are famous throughout the world for their design, durability and extraordinary engineering and technology. Miele customers have a profound attachment to the brand. Just last February, Miele was named the Best Company in Germany for 2007. At the time, the company was lauded not just for its market success but its “emotional connection” to its customers. Behind the sleek, high-tech good looks of Miele appliances is extraordinary engineering and technology, befitting a company whose motto is Immer Besser, a German phrase meaning “forever better.” So is it any wonder that Miele appliances were selected for Festival Tower? When you walk into your kitchen at Festival Tower, be prepared to experience what the Miele company calls “the feel-good factor,” a delightfully sensory, almost sensual experience. As Miele notes, “Miele products stimulate the senses of hearing, sight, smell, touch and taste in a radically different way.” Miele appliances are as beautiful as they are functional. So, yes, the kitchen may well be the room where you have a romantic tête-à-tête with that special someone. 14
  17. 17. miele Miele appliances offered at Festival Tower may differ from appliances shown.
  18. 18. PETER POWNING Fantasm is an apt name for the major Peter Powning artwork that will grace the lobby of Festival Tower. Powning will create an animated presence, a fantasm of light and colour in perpetual motion, ever evolving, flowing, moving and shifting. This constantly changing wall sculpture of magnificent proportions offers a fitting welcome to Festival Tower. This immense artwork in slumped glass and cast bronze will grace the condominium lobby. Powning is the celebrated Canadian sculptor whose work dignifies buildings as far afield as the Ritz Hotel in New York and the soon-to-open convention centre in Tacoma, Washington. With an impressive list of awards and accolades, dating back to 1985, Peter Powning has emerged as Canada’s foremost sculptor. He was the recipient of the 2006 Governor General’s Saidye Bronfman Prize and was selected by the King and John Festival Corporation to create a major piece for the lobby of Festival Tower. Fantasm is three-dimensional, full of light and evokes every extreme of imagery—from soft and subtle to fierce and powerful, reflecting the gamut of feelings that one experiences while watching a film. The deep relief of the glass provides a sculptural rather than a two dimensional identity; shapes shift as viewpoint moves. A marvelous reflection of the impact of cinema on our psyches. The piece is fluid, colourful, filmic and infused with light. Powning will employ digital video for the backlit lighting, and among his 16
  19. 19. NG ideas for the background videos: filming massing bird flocks at Mary’s Point, near his home. “When they take to the air (in the thousands) they fly on coordinated waves of dark and white.” Straight out of Hitchcock. Fantasm is indicative of the level of sophistication and exclusivity that sets Festival Tower apart. Like this magnificent art work, Festival Tower is also a one-of-a-kind condominium residence unlike anything else in the world. 17
  20. 20. meeyour new neighbo If you are in any doubt about the hold that film and TV personalities exert over us, consider this. Back in 1898, when Americans were asked whom they’d most like to resemble, they’d cite historical figures like George Washington or Julius Caesar or the famous scientist Madame Curie. By 1986, the only political figure on the list was then President Ronald Reagan, a former actor. The rest were “working” actors like Clint Eastwood, Eddie Murphy and Molly Ringwald. Who would folks choose today? Likely Brad and Angelina. Maybe Oprah or Arnold. There is little argument that cultural personalities occupy an immense amount of psychic space in our contemporary culture. The overwhelming majority of these pop-culture icons are entertainers—actors, singers and filmmakers: the people who will be appearing at Bell Festival Centre, the downstairs neighbour of Festival Tower, and the best place in the city to star gaze. Picture yourself living at Festival Tower. You’ve just moved into your spectacular new condominium with its wraparound technicolor views of Toronto’s sparkling skyscrapers and Lake Ontario’s oceanic vistas. It suddenly dawns on you: the real stars are not in the heavens, they are in the lobby, downstairs, at Bell Festival Centre. (Wasn’t that Denzel Washington walking into the building yesterday? And Quentin Tarantino with David Cronenberg the week before?) Just another day in the life at Bell Festival Centre, where year-round action culminates to a fever pitch each September when celebrities and film icons from around the world flock to the Toronto International Film Festival® . As Variety, the bible of the entertainment industry, acknowledged in 1998, “The Festival is second only to Cannes in terms of high-profile pics, stars and market activity.” Just one year later, the highly influential American film critic Roger Ebert said, “Although Cannes is still larger; Toronto is more useful and important.” Over the years, the Festival has created a reputation as a place to discover new talent and further careers. It has also been used as a launching pad by distributors for the award season, both internationally and in the U.S. North America’s Most Glamorous Annual Cultural Event The Toronto International Film Festival® 18
  21. 21. etboUr: The great success of the Toronto International Film Festival® has been a bonanza for the city’s cultural and tourist economies. When it began in 1976, the Festival attracted an audience of 35,000 people who saw 127 feature films from 27 countries. In 2006, the Festival screened 352 films from 61 countries, 91% of which were world, international or North American premieres. As a year-round organization with a renowned Cinematheque and children’s film festival, TIFFG attracted over half a million who attended more than 1,500 events. With the completion of its 150,000 sq.ft. home, Bell Festival Centre will attract in excess of 2 million people, who will attend over 4,000 events. Bell Festival Centre will be alive with activity 12 months of the year. To the residents of Festival Tower, this cinematic treasure trove is just an elevator ride away. And with automatic membership at Bell Festival Centre, your life goes well beyond the walls of your condominium. Whether or not you’re a celebrity, if you thrive in an environment of luxury and culture and the very best life has to offer, you’ll feel right at home at Festival Tower. And who knows, you might meet Catherine Deneuve or Sophia Loren on the way up! 19
  22. 22. Here, at King and John Streets in the heart of Toronto’s Entertainment District, will emerge the new home of the Toronto International Film Festival Group. Bell Festival Centre will be a unique destination for film lovers. A place of discovery. A place to learn. A place to experience the tantalizing milieu of cinema. Bell Festival Centre aims to be international in range and outlook, while recognizing and celebrating its unique Canadian identity and base in Toronto. Bell Festival Centre will house five theatres with state-of-the-art technical facilities, providing the best cinematic experience in North America. With over 4,000 events annually, Bell Festival Centre will showcase the work of the world’s finest filmmakers as well as new, emerging talent from across the globe. A live-events component will bring the public and filmmakers together to listen and to discuss— passing on knowledge and wisdom and sharing stories. Bell Festival Centre’s Gallery spaces will offer film-related exhibitions, featuring local and international artists working in the field of installations. The building itself is designed to be programmable, allowing artists and filmmakers to experiment, resulting in moving images bursting out of the galleries and appearing in many of the public spaces within the building. There will be quiet places too. The film library and archive at Bell Festival Centre will be a destination for individuals who want to delve deeper into the world of film, whether for casual browsing or for academic research, and TIFFG’s Film—the most important art form of the 20th Century—gets a 21st Century home in Toronto with the opening of BELL Festival Centre. Rendering created by architectural firm KPMB 20
  23. 23. eugue feuis aliquis nim il dolobore facidui eros dolessim alit praessit lut ullumsandit acipit adiamet augait luptat vel utpat adip eugue eugait ute velit nit eugiam alit lut alit dolorperit, volore tem exerciliquat prat del et nonulla mconsequat, quipit lut ing et, sum atum in et aliquis nonsectet prat aliquat inisis nulluptat, commy nim dolent luptatis nulpute magna adigna commy nulla aut autat. Dit aut veliquam, quamet, sum quis ad eugiatummy nonse magna autat, consed tem venit nostrud delit ad tatum ex esectetum veliquipisl special Canadian collections will be on permanent display throughout the building. Whether you are just starting out on the path of discovery about film, or if you have devoted your life to film, Bell Festival Centre will provide the tools you need for exploration. Three dedicated learning studios will provide the ideal setting to broaden your knowledge, deepen your understanding, and share the experience with fellow film lovers. Bell Festival Centre’s programming is much more than the sum of its parts. The aim is to provide pathways that audiences can explore, creating stepping stones to a whole new world for new audiences, linking them to an enhanced film experience. Here you’ll find, for example, a retrospective of a particular filmmaker supported by an exhibition in the galleries and an introductory film course. On-stage interviews with filmmakers will be recorded and made available via website, affording audiences across Canada and internationally the opportunity to share the experience. The interviews will be stored in TIFFG’s Archives, fulfilling their responsibility to preserve and make our culture accessible for future generations. Above all else, Bell Festival Centre is about people—a place where individuals, families, artists, filmmakers and the industry can come together, united by their interest in and love of film. THENEWHOMEOFTHEToronto internationalfilmfestivalgroup festivalcentr Rendering created by architectural firm KPMB bell The Toronto International Film Festival Group TIFFG is a charitable, not-for-profit cultural organization whose mission is to transform the way people see the world. Its vision is to lead the world in creative and cultural discovery through the moving image. Through Cinematheque Ontario, Sprockets festival for children, Industry Initiatives, Reel Talk, the Film Reference Library, Film Circuit, and Canada’s Top Ten, TIFFG ensures the promotion and presentation of the best cinema the world has to offer. 21
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  25. 25. THE Bruce Kuwabara of Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects is the inspirational force behind the remarkable Bell Festival Centre and Festival Tower project. TheArchitecture of Bruce Kuwabara In association with Kirkor Architects and Planners, Kuwabara has designed a glittering complex that will host the international film world—and the residents who will call this elegant glass tower home. The site at King and John Streets holds an interesting connection for Kuwabara, who began his career in an office overlooking the corner. Kuwabara claims he often wondered what would become of this piece of Toronto real estate, so it is both ironic and appropriate that it is his design genius that will transform this location. In the mid 1980s, Kuwabara and several young associates from Barton Myer’s studio, set up their own shop. Their success has been meteoric. Just last year, Bruce Kuwabara was awarded the Gold Medal by the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, the profession’s highest honour. That distinction caps a run of success for Kuwabara and KPMB. No other firm has participated as actively in the “cultural renaissance” underway in Toronto right now. The firm’s most recent achievements include the Young Centre for Performing Arts, the Gardiner Museum and Canada’s National Ballet School (a joint venture with Goldsmith Borgal Company, Architects). The inspiration for Bell Festival Centre and Festival Tower involves integrating a horizontal element (Bell Festival Centre) along King Street with a vertical element (Festival Tower) on John. Kuwabara has made these two elements compatible by employing a common design language and materials. Hence, the extensive use of transparent glazing in combination with a pattern of white porcelain frit on the structures. At Bell Festival Centre, he designed a projecting plane that literally loops (think a film loop) around the building as a canopy over the entrance at street level only to emerge as a grand staircase on the roof. For Festival Tower, Kuwabara has created a huge illuminated volume at the top of the tower. 23
  26. 26. Design Features at Festival Tower “GOD DETAILS” IS INTHE The great modernist architect Mies van der Rohe famously said it first, but it is still true today: in architecture, “God is in the details.” That design imperative is even more important with a building that will be a destination for film fans from around the world, as well as the home of some of this country’s most discerning home owners. Illustration is artist’s concept. E.O.E. 24
  27. 27. Festival Tower is no ordinary building. It will be an instant landmark on the Toronto skyline, and no one understands this better than its architect, Bruce Kuwabara. When he was designing Festival Tower, he incorporated a number of design elements to reinforce its iconic status. “Let’s face it, there are a lot of condominium towers going up around the city. This one had to be special.” Festival Tower’s signature status is evident at the corner of King and John, where a two-storey glass-enclosed New York-inspired restaurant and European-style bar and café will instantly become one of the city’s “in” spots. Among an incredible compendium of amenities offered within Festival Tower itself, residents will have direct access to the restaurant through the lobby. “It’s very important that the corner be special,” says Kuwabara. And to achieve that effect, he has created a canopy that wraps around the building from the entrance of Festival Tower to the front door of Bell Festival Centre. Lighting in the canopy will further heighten the sense of anticipation of anyone coming and going from the complex. Another detail that amplifies the sense that coming home is “an event” is a colonnade along King Street, which will house the restaurant’s outdoor terrace café. Finally, the very “skin,” or surface of the building vividly communicates that this is a condominium like no other. What is film, after all, but the interplay of light and dark? “Festival Tower is about the volumes that heighten its verticality and glass that gives it lightness and elegance,” notes Kuwabara. “The glazing on the building is exceptional, an interplay between transparencies and translucencies.” Mies would approve. The unique details that set Festival Tower apart from any other condominium must have been divinely inspired. Illustration is artist’s concept. E.O.E. 25
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  29. 29. BY ANY MEASURE, TORONTO HAS BECOME ONE OF THE WORLD’S GREAT CITIES. LET’S ExAMINE SOME OF TORONTO’S UNIQUE DISTINCTIONS. FIRST, THERE’S BEEN ITS ExTRAORDINARY GROWTH OVER THE PAST THREE DECADES. 27 Considering Toronto’s present day pre-eminence as the commercial, cultural and financial centre of Canada, it is easy to forget that the city only overtook Montreal as the country’s largest city in 1977, a mere thirty years ago. With a population in the GTA hovering around 5.5 million, Toronto will soon be twice the size of its one-time rival and, indeed, the city is now the fifth largest urban metropolis in North America. What fuels this growth? The city’s role as Canada’s business and cultural capital. Look at a few more facts. Toronto is far and away the head office centre of the country—home to the biggest banks, brokerage houses and law firms. It is the third largest financial centre in North America after New York and Chicago. The largest mining market in the world. The third largest film and television production centre on the continent after New York and Los Angeles. The third largest centre for English language theatre after New York and London. Pardon the civic boosterism, but it’s a heady mix.
  30. 30. Still, the Toronto story is not just a “biggest and best” numbers game. Many global cities have more people, but few truly large cities match the Ontario capital in the most vital urban metric, Quality of Life. In numerous international ratings, Toronto is near the top of the charts and regularly trumps its big-city rivals on the continent for “livability.” Though it is often noted, it bears frequent repeating: Toronto is the most multicultural city in the world, home to more than a hundred nationalities and languages. And, as importantly, these diverse communities live together in remarkable harmony. 28
  31. 31. What is the gravitational pull of Toronto’s vibrant downtown? Well, convenience, for starters. For Torontonians who want to live close to work and spend their downtime relaxing and enjoying the city, living downtown is a no-brainer. And when it comes to the definitive downtown living experience, for people who want to be in the very heart of the entertainment Mecca that Toronto has become, Festival Tower is the perfect choice. 29
  32. 32. 30 Bell Festival Centre and Festival Tower are part of the metamorphosis of Toronto into a global urban centre. Massive investment in the expansion and rehabilitation of the city’s cultural infrastructure has created iconic development. Witness the makeover of the Royal Ontario Museum, the stunning transformation of the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, the new Gardiner Museum, Soulpepper Theatre Company, and of course the exquisite Bell Festival Centre. All of these cultural facilities are within walking distance or a short cab ride from Festival Tower, the most exclusive and certainly the most unique new downtown Toronto condominium address. Just outside the front door of Festival Tower are many of Toronto’s finest clubs, restaurants and theatres—in other words all the accoutrements necessary for sophisticated urban living. Living here, at the core of Canada’s largest city, comes the opportunity to truly savour all of Toronto’s myriad big-city offerings without compromising its unique ability to preserve its small-town friendliness and charm.
  33. 33. Consider as well the investment opportunity to own a piece of real estate in Canada’s largest city —where explosive growth and unprecedented development are fuelling a renaissance of value, particularly in the downtown core. Festival Tower is a truly exceptional offering, both in terms of its future worth as well as its present value. It will surpass your expectations at every turn. The World Outside Your Front Door The French have an expression—un embarrass de richesse, an embarrassment of riches—that more or less precisely defines the mother lode of entertainment activities and leisure opportunities just outside the front door of Festival Tower. World cinema, of course, inside Bell Festival Centre. Hollywood blockbusters up the street at the Scotiabank Theatre. Live theatre in every direction. And one of North America’s largest art galleries a ten-minute ramble away. Call it “food for the soul,” and it’s available in all directions, north, south, east and west. For those eager to satisfy more physical appetites for food and drink, the Festival Tower neighbourhood is, figuratively, a cornucopia. A large number of the city’s finest restaurants are just a short stroll away in the Entertainment District. Some, like Rain and Fenice, literally across the street. Others, like Bymark and Canoe, just across University Avenue. For those eager to “make the scene,” the area is home to many of the city’s most elegant and lively clubs, and in the summer season, its best alfresco terraces. Think the Ultra Supper Club and the Fifth, or The Spoke Club—Toronto’s first private social establishment pitched to trendsetters in the arts, media and entertainment industries. The Spoke Club was modeled on places like the Groucho Club in London and the Soho House in New York. Toronto had seen nothing quite like it. The place to be seen— and be part of The Scene. The neighbourhood is more or less a Disneyland for adults, with venues to gratify every taste: Wayne Gretzky’s for sports buffs and Sen5es for those with more, well, sensibility. Each spring, toronto life magazine lists its pick of the best restaurants in the city. Two of last year’s top six are located in the Entertainment District and share a King Street locale with Festival Tower and are the brainchildren of two of the certifiably great chefs of Toronto: Susur Lee and Marc Thuet. When Susur returned to the city from Singapore a few years back, he opened his shrine to fusion cuisine in what had been Ciccone’s, a classic homespun Italian trattoria. The transition from Mama Ciccone’s spaghetti to Susur’s duck confit in a foie gras reduction perhaps is a reflection of the changes the whole area has undergone. Old warehouses are now chic lofts. And a onetime car wash will soon be hosting the world as one of the great venues for international cinema. This is Festival Tower’s neighbourhood—urban, sophisticated, downtown—where everything that’s happening is happening! 31
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  35. 35. (TOP FROM LEFT TO RIGHT) Night shot along King Street, Scotiabank Theatre, union station, Roy Thomson Hall (bottom from left to right) Intersection of King St. John St., heart of the King Street Entertainment District, traditional King Street retail architecture, Sen5es Restaurant At the corner of King and John Streets, Festival Tower is at the epicentre of Toronto’s exciting, dynamic Entertainment District. With so many of the city’s incredible cultural offerings mere steps from Festival Tower’s bright red front doors, this is where the heart of Toronto’s eclectic culture beats - surrounded by legendary restaurants, theatres and shopping. 33
  36. 36. Bell Festival Centre will be the home of the world-renowned Toronto International Film Festival Group (TIFFG), and both the Reitman family and The Daniels Corporation have a close relationship to the festival and the film industry. One through the celebrated Hollywood-based filmmaker Ivan Reitman, and the other through John Daniels, whose early support of a fledging cultural endeavour back in 1975 helped launch what is considered today one of the most important film festivals in the world. The site for Bell Festival Centre and Festival Tower, at the epicentre of Toronto’s culturally vibrant Entertainment District, was once the home of Leslie and Clara Reitman’s family business, Farb’s Car Wash. For Torontonians with a long memory, Farb’s was “the” place in town to keep the Caddy, or the Chevy, “squeaky clean.” Post- war immigrants to Canada from their native Czechoslovakia, Leslie and Clara were a “poster couple” for the rewards that accrue from perseverance and hard work. When Leslie Reitman purchased the car wash in the mid-1960s, part of its attraction was its location at King and John. He was convinced the downtown’s centre of gravity would, inevitably, shift westward. And he was right. Though they never met, John Daniels shared his vision. As a young man, Daniels was one of a new breed of real-estate developers who literally redefined the Canadian urban landscape. Behind the creation of Bell Festival Centre and Festival Tower is a remarkable partnership between the Reitman family and The Daniels Corporation. The Reitman family brought an extraordinary site, and The Daniels Corporation brought decades of expertise in building residential communities of uncommon elegance and class. Together, through the King and John Festival Corporation, they are creating history. the co-creators ( LEFT TO RIGHT ) DANIELS SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT tom dutton TIFFG DIRECTOR AND CEO Piers handLing FILMMAKER ivan reitman, AND DANIELS PRESIDENT mitcheLL cohen ( LEFT TO RIGHT ) agi mandeL AND susan michaeLs cLara LesLie reitman 34
  37. 37. For over half a century, John Daniels has been a leader in the North American building industry, first as chairman of The Cadillac Fairview Development Corporation, and later as the founder of The Daniels Corporation. Under the direction of President Mitchell Cohen and Senior Vice President Tom Dutton and a dynamic management team, the company has created more than 18,000 homes and condominiums across the Greater Toronto Area and has been awarded numerous distinctions for their work. Aside from being an immensely successful businessman, John Daniels has generously supported various philanthropic causes, among them TIFFG. Indeed, John Daniels was one of the festival’s founding “angels” after a few Toronto entertainment entrepreneurs, Bill Marshall, Dusty Cohl and Henk Van der Kolk, pitched him their idea of starting a local film festival that would showcase the best work from festivals around the world. From that modest idea developed the world famous Toronto International Film Festival® . By the turn of the millennium, the festival had long outgrown its rented facilities and desperately needed a permanent home. So when TIFFG issued a call for proposals to the development industry, it seemed fateful and appropriate that the Reitman family and The Daniels Corporation should team up. The Reitmans had the ideal site, the old Farb’s Car Wash location, and Daniels had the development smarts and construction savvy. Their proposal—a luxury residential condominium atop a new home for TIFFG—trumped all others. TIFFG had found its co-creators. Bell Festival Centre and Festival Tower will be a dazzling addition to the Toronto skyline. Architectural critic Larry Richards has already labeled it, “a sparkling optic essay in glass and light.” The former site of Farb’s Car Wash will soon become the centre of world cinema—and a fitting tribute to Leslie and Clara Reitman from their filmmaker son Ivan, and twin daughters Agi Mandel and Susan Michaels. Bell Festival Centre and Festival Tower will also be a remarkable testament to John Daniels’ faith that the little festival he contributed to over thirty years ago could take on the world— and win. One part condo. One part film festival. A world first. Bravo. A Legendary Filmmaker Ivan Reitman, known throughout the world as one of Hollywood’s most successful Canadians, is part of a group turning the site of his parent’s old business into the dazzling new home for world cinema and the accompanying Festival Tower Condominiums. This amazing contribution to the world of entertainment is the acme of a career that spans some 40 years. He brought us the groundbreaking sensation Animal House, and returned to Canada to direct Meatballs, still one of the most successful films ever made here. The film made Bill Murray a star! The string of hits continued with Stripes and the Ghostbusters series, which teamed Bill Murray with Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis, Dave (Kevin Kline, Sigourney Weaver), Legal Eagles (Robert Redford, Debra Winger), 6 Days/ 7 Nights (Harrison Ford, Anne Heche), Evolution (David Duchovny, Julianne Moore), and a series of films that revealed an untapped comic persona for action hero Arnold Schwarzenegger – Twins, Junior (both co-starring Danny DeVito) and Kindergarten Cop. Reitman’s list of producing credits is equally extensive. He produced the family features Beethoven and Beethoven’s 2nd and the HBO telefilm The Late Shift, which received seven Emmy nominations. Other producing endeavors include Heavy Metal, Howard Stern’s Private Parts, the animation/live action film Space Jam which teamed Michael Jordan with the Looney Toones characters, and the comedy hits Road Trip, Eurotrip and Old School, starring Will Ferrell, Vince Vaughn and Luke Wilson. In 1984, Reitman was honoured as Director of the Year by the National Association of Theater Owners and the next year received a Special Achievement Award at the Canadian Genie awards. In 1979 and again in 1989, for the films Animal House and Twins, Reitman was honoured with the People’s Choice Award. In November of 1994, Reitman became the third director honored by Variety magazine in a special Billion Dollar Director issue. At the end of the year 2000, Reitman’s films Animal House and Ghostbusters were honoured as two of the past century’s funniest movies by the American Film Institute. Ivan Reitman recently directed My Super Ex-Girlfriend, which is now in worldwide release, and was the executive producer of the smash Canadian comedy The Trailer Park Boys Movie. Most recently, Reitman was the executive producer of the hit thriller Disturbia. How fitting that Reitman is part of the team creating the epic Bell Festival Centre and Festival Tower in his hometown of Toronto. daniels chairman john daniels tiffg managing director mich`ele maheux 35
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  39. 39. A HOME GROWN canadian SUCCESS STORY The Story of The Daniels Corporation 37
  40. 40. The landmark NY Towers neighbourhood is just one of many exceptional residential communities created by The Daniels Corporation since it was founded in 1982 by the renowned Canadian real estate entrepreneur John Daniels. With more than 50 years of experience in the real estate industry, John Daniels’ tremendous vision resulted in the creation of one of Canada’s most unique and forward thinking development companies. Prior to creating the company, Mr. Daniels was chairman of The Cadillac Fairview Corporation, which was at one time the largest publicly traded real estate development company in North America. At Cadillac Fairview, John Daniels was instrumental in the creation of landmark developments that literally transformed the urban landscape of modern day Toronto—among them the Toronto-Dominion Centre in the financial district and the world renowned Eaton Centre. The Daniels Corporation was born following John Daniels’ creation of the first and largest master- planned community in North America—the “New Town” of Erin Mills. Since then, over the course of its quarter-century history, The Daniels Corporation has become Canada’s leading and most diversified residential building and development company. With John Daniels as chairman, President Mitchell Cohen and Senior Vice President Tom Dutton and a dynamic management team, the company has built more than 18,000 homes and condominiums in a diverse range of communities across the GTA, including 3,600 affordable rental housing units under several government programs. Indeed, innovation in the real estate industry has been characteristic of the company since its inception. Daniels was the first developer in over 20 years to build rental housing through its innovative Gateway Rental Communities program, followed by FirstHome Communities™, designed to offer quality-built residences priced within the reach of first-time buyers. The Daniels Corporation was also chosen to partner with Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC) to redevelop the first phase of Regent Park in downtown Toronto. Daniels shares TCHC’s vision of creating a healthy, sustainable community and looks forward to bringing new vitality to the whole of the downtown east area. Daniels has also built a portfolio of state-of- the-art retirement residences in a continuing joint venture with Amica Mature Lifestyles Inc. The Daniels Corporation is presently creating ultra-luxury condominiums like One Eleven Forsythe in Oakville and Kilgour Estate on Bayview south of Lawrence. And, now, the company has forged a unique partnership with the Reitman family and the Toronto International Film Festival Group (TIFFG), to create Bell Festival Centre, the permanent new home of TIFFG, and Festival Tower, the world’s most unique, one-of-a-kind luxury condominium residence. 1. NO.1 CITY CENTRE, Mississauga 2. CLASSICAL REFLECTIONS, Erin Mills 3. ONE ELEVEN FORSYTHE, Oakville 4. ARC CONDOMINIUMS, Toronto 5. TORONTO EATON CENTRE, Downtown Toronto 6. ONE PARK TOWER, Mississauga 7. KILGOUR ESTATE, Toronto 2 1 3 If you’re driving past Bayview Avenue on the 401 and suddenly feel yourself transported to mid-town Manhattan, don’t think you’re seeing things. What is coming into view is The Daniels Corporation’s award-winning NY Towers condominium community, inspired by the great Art Deco skyscrapers of 1930s and 1940s New York. 4
  41. 41. The Daniels Corporation has received numerous industry awards, including the prestigious High Rise Builder of the Year Award by the TARION Warranty Corporation, and was the first recipient of the coveted Home Builder of the Year Award by the Greater Toronto Home Builders’ Association (GTHBA). Other accolades have been garnered by the communities themselves. The skyline-enhancing NY Towers community at Bayview and Sheppard was named Community of the Year by the GTHBA. Daniels was also the recipient of the Mississauga Urban Design Award of Excellence for The Capital Condominiums and No.1 City Centre projects, along with recently being presented with the coveted Energy Star Builder of the Year Award by EnerQuality Corporation for their energy efficient FirstHome™ Community in Erin Mills. Placing people and community first, Daniels’ corporate philosophy also embraces financial and hands-on generosity toward numerous charities and non-profit organizations. This proactive approach has resulted in providing food and shelter to those in need through front-line assistance programs. Daniels is a major corporate sponsor for Second Harvest—Toronto’s only perishable food recovery program. The company also supports Raising the Roof, which works with the community to alleviate homelessness, and Eva’s Initiatives, which provides services and opportunities for homeless youth. In addition, Daniels has taken concrete steps to help Habitat for Humanity Toronto by donating land adjacent to the company’s WAVE Lakeshore West community in Etobicoke to construct 10 townhomes, representing the single largest donation of land by a private company in Habitat Canada’s history. The Daniels Corporation, with its diverse portfolio and industry- impacting innovations, believes the best lies ahead. Which is why the company is so excited about Bell Festival Centre and Festival Tower. Here, in the exciting heart of Canada’s greatest metropolis, Festival Tower will offer a level of luxury and sophistication to rival the very finest condominiums in the world. Festival Tower is a unique initiative that reflects the maverick spirit of The Daniels Corporation founder John Daniels and the Daniels management team. 6 5 The Daniels Corporation has become Canada’s leading and most diversified residential building and development companY. 7 Illustrations are artist concept. E.O.E.
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