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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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  3. 3. contents 18 354 WELCOME HOMEto festival towerwelcome home to thebest of everything12 5-STAR hotel-INSPIRED serviCesfabulous services offeredat festival tower18 MEETYOUR NEIGHBOURTORONTO INTERNATIONALFILM FESTIVAL GROUp34 THE CO-CREATORSBehind the creationof BELL Festival Centre &FESTival tower35 IVAN REITMANthe story of alegendary filmmaker 4
  4. 4. 2 Illustration is artist’s concept. E.&O.E.
  5. 5. festival. a worlD first.festival tower One part condo. one part film 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 Ponder for a moment the meaning fascinating and, yes, fabulous: The Four Seasons Centre for the of the marvelous Latin phrase Ne Performing Arts, Roy Thomson Hall (the home of the Toronto Plus Ultra, and you will have a sense Symphony) and those first ladies of the Canadian theatre, the of what awaits you at Festival Tower, Princess of Wales and the Royal the striking condominium residences Alex. And, Frank Gehry’s newly renovated Art Gallery of Ontario atop Bell Festival Centre, the new just up John Street. With all this comes the city’s finest restaurants home of the Toronto International and toniest clubs. The Festival neighbourhood is alive 24/7– Film Festival Group. never more so than now. Festival Tower is without question a world first, a landmark on the Other words also capture its essence: e.g., nonpareil and quintessential, Toronto skyline and cityscape— to name two. But for us, ne plus ultra best captures the style, spirit and a destination for film and sheer panache of Festival Tower. Something that is the perfect or aficionados and culturati from ultimate expression of its kind. A world first. Quite simply, Festival Tower around the world. 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. 3
  6. 6. welcome HOME to festival tower Welcome home to The Best of Everything If a condominium could be compared to a film, Festival Tower would sweep the Oscars! Best Producer: On the outside, the building soars from its limestone-clad base into a The Daniels Corporation and the Reitman Family. tower sheathed in clear and sandblasted glass—a symphony of the Best Location: transparent and the translucent—and crowned by an illuminated glass top that will serve as a welcoming beacon, a lodestar to Festival Tower The heart of Toronto’s Entertainment District residents and visitors alike. But it is inside the building where Festival Best Design, Best Amenities, the Best of Everything! Tower’s “luxurious livability” becomes palpably apparent. And it begins, as it should, in the lobby. 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.4
  7. 7. Illustration is artist’s concept. E.&O.E.THE LOBBYWhen 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 guestsarrive 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 filmworld. 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 friendlydoorman. The watchful eye of the 24-hour concierge will assure your comfort and security, monitoring the building’s sophisticated security featuresand 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 istransparent 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 asense of light and movement.” 5
  8. 8. Illustration is artist’s concept. E.&O.E. “festival tower will pulse with energy.” Serenity and elegance are achieved with a back wall Fantasm—back-lit by video monitors that will pulse of warm polished walnut with stainless steel ribbing, a with energy. polished granite floor and sleek contemporary Italian- designed seating. One dramatic flourish—a long The lobby also has a private entrance to the two- concierge desk in stone and metal—accentuates the storey bar/restaurant (corner of King and John), which lobby’s length. is inspired by the very latest trends in European and New York style dining and is certain to become the Other elements contributing to the cinematic new “place to be” in Toronto. theatricality of the space will be the subdued red and white lighting (a series of large spherical chandeliers mike niven hang over the concierge desk). Then there is artist mike niven interior design Peter Powning’s intensely dramatic artwork, The The Tower Club Amenities, which occupy the 10th and 11th Floors at Festival Tower, offer amenities on a tower club 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.6
  9. 9. THE TOWER CINEMAFestival Tower is the only condominium residence in Toronto that will have its own fully equipped authenticcinema, with seating for up to 55 people. The cinema is so state-of-the-art that the Toronto International FilmFestival Group (TIFFG) will use it for screenings.Equipped with a concession stand and catering kitchen, the adjacent Cinema Lounge is the perfect place tohost your private pre- and post-screening parties. Another of the perks of living at Festival Tower is the luxury ofhaving TIFFG involved in producing a program of films exclusively for you to enjoy in your own cinema. THE TOWER LOUNGE The central gathering place for Festival Tower private terrace is adjacent to Bell Festival Centre’s residents will be the Tower Lounge, a series of terrace, the scene of many celebrity-studded interconnected spaces where residents and guests events. can mingle, read or even surf the net in a state- of-the-art wireless environment—a great place to From the Tower Lounge Terrace, you can enjoy kick back, nurse a latte or trade film reviews with views of Toronto’s ever-changing skyline and its friends. And don’t be surprised if you find yourself limitless lake vistas. “star-gazing” as well, because the Tower Lounge’s Illustration is artist’s concept. E.&O.E. 7
  10. 10. THE POOL HOUSE The stunning Pool House features chairs for sunbathing. The floor-to- an inviting swimming pool and ceiling windows of the Pool House whirlpool housed in a glass pavilion offer incredible city and lake views overlooking Festival Tower’s and open to the larger landscaped exquisitely landscaped terrace. terrace, which is perfect for With its rough-textured, coloured- outdoor entertaining. stone treatment and vaulted ceiling, the Pool House will be an A trip to the Pool House will be open, airy, relaxing environment like taking a vacation—with the for a refreshing dip in the pool hustle and bustle of King Street or a place to lounge and catch a just eleven floors below. But a few rays. A feature wall is clad in world away. 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 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.8 Illustration are artist’s concept. E.&O.E.
  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. 11th floor mezzanineTHE TOWER SPA,PILATES STUDIO ANDTHE MEDITATIONGARDENFor those preferring more restful, garden’s verdant splendour, yourecuperative forms of recreation, will be able to breathe in thethe Tower Club also has spa scented air, assume the lotustreatment rooms as well as a position, recite your mantrayoga, pilates and dance studio and let the cares of the worldthat overlooks the serenely slip away.landscaped Meditation Garden—an oasis of calm and tranquilityin the heart of the city. Amid the 9
  12. 12. SITE PLAN N10 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. ground floor site plan
  13. 13. tower club N 10th floor N 11th floorIllustrationS are artist’s concept and 11ARE subject to change without notice. E&O.E.
  14. 14. A day in the life… 5-Star Hotel- Inspired Services at Festival Tower 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.12
  15. 15. Scene TWOSophisticated woman is walking briskly along King Street with her cellphone to her ear. “Hello – Dana? Can you please arrange for a dogwalker for me? I’ll need the service twice a day. Great. Have themcontact me on my cell. Thanks a million! Ciao…”This is pure red-carpet treatment—from housekeeping to dogwalking, valet parking to room service—anything to make yourlife 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 • pecial Spa/Massage Treatments S • 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. Behind the sleek, high-tech good looks of Miele appliances is extraordinary engineering and Miele customers have a profound attachment technology, befitting a company whose motto is to the brand. Just last February, Miele was named the Immer Besser, a German phrase meaning “forever Best Company in Germany for 2007. At the time, the better.” company was lauded not just for its market success but its “emotional connection” to its customers. 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 Governor General’s Saidye presence, a fantasm of light and Bronfman Prize and was selected colour in perpetual motion, ever by the King and John Festival evolving, flowing, moving and Corporation to create a major shifting. This constantly changing piece for the lobby of Festival wall sculpture of magnificent Tower. proportions offers a fitting welcome to Festival Tower. This Fantasm is three-dimensional, full immense artwork in slumped of light and evokes every extreme glass and cast bronze will grace of imagery—from soft and subtle the condominium lobby. to fierce and powerful, reflecting the gamut of feelings that one Powning is the celebrated experiences while watching a Canadian sculptor whose work film. The deep relief of the glass dignifies buildings as far afield as provides a sculptural rather than a the Ritz Hotel in New York and the two dimensional identity; shapes soon-to-open convention centre shift as viewpoint moves. A in Tacoma, Washington. With an marvelous reflection of the impact impressive list of awards and of cinema on our psyches. accolades, dating back to 1985, The piece is fluid, colourful, filmic Peter Powning has emerged as and infused with light. Powning Canada’s foremost sculptor. He will employ digital video for the was the recipient of the 2006 backlit lighting, and among his16
  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. mee your new neighbo The Toronto International Film Festival® North America’s Most Glamorous Annual Cultural Event 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.18
  21. 21. etboUr: The great success of the Toronto year. To the residents of Festival International Film Festival® has Tower, this cinematic treasure been a bonanza for the city’s trove is just an elevator ride away. cultural and tourist economies. And with automatic membership When it began in 1976, the at Bell Festival Centre, your life Festival attracted an audience goes well beyond the walls of of 35,000 people who saw 127 your condominium. feature films from 27 countries. In 2006, the Festival screened 352 Whether or not you’re a celebrity, films from 61 countries, 91% of if you thrive in an environment of which were world, international luxury and culture and the very or North American premieres. best life has to offer, you’ll feel As a year-round organization right at home at Festival Tower. with a renowned Cinematheque And who knows, you might meet and children’s film festival, TIFFG Catherine Deneuve or Sophia attracted over half a million who Loren on the way up! 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 19
  22. 22. Rendering created by architectural firm KPMB Film—the most important art form of the 20th Century—gets a 21st Century home in Toronto with the opening of BELL Festival Centre. Here, at King and John Streets in Bell Festival Centre will house featuring local and international the heart of Toronto’s Entertainment five theatres with state-of-the-art artists working in the field of District, will emerge the new home technical facilities, providing the installations. The building itself is of the Toronto International Film best cinematic experience in North designed to be programmable, Festival Group. America. With over 4,000 events allowing artists and filmmakers to annually, Bell Festival Centre will experiment, resulting in moving Bell Festival Centre will be a unique showcase the work of the world’s images bursting out of the galleries destination for film lovers. A place finest filmmakers as well as new, and appearing in many of the public of discovery. A place to learn. A emerging talent from across the spaces within the building. place to experience the tantalizing globe. A live-events component will milieu of cinema. bring the public and filmmakers There will be quiet places too. together to listen and to discuss— The film library and archive at Bell Bell Festival Centre aims to be passing on knowledge and wisdom Festival Centre will be a destination international in range and outlook, and sharing stories. for individuals who want to delve while recognizing and celebrating deeper into the world of film, its unique Canadian identity and Bell Festival Centre’s Gallery spaces whether for casual browsing or for base in Toronto. will offer film-related exhibitions, academic research, and TIFFG’s20
  23. 23. festival centr THE NEW HOME OF THE Toronto international film festival groupeugue feuis aliquis nimil dolobore facidui erosdolessim alit praessitlut ullumsandit acipitadiamet augait luptat vel The Torontoutpat adip eugue eugaitute velit nit eugiam alit International Filmlut alit dolorperit, voloretem exerciliquat prat del Festival Groupet nonulla mconsequat, TIFFG is a charitable, not-for-profit cultural organization whose mission isquipit lut ing et, sum atum to transform the way people see the world. Its vision is to lead the worldin et aliquis nonsectet prat in creative and cultural discovery through the moving image. Throughaliquat inisis nulluptat, Cinematheque Ontario, Sprockets festival for children, Industry Initiatives,commy nim dolent Reel Talk, the Film Reference Library, Film Circuit, and Canada’s Top Ten, TIFFG ensures the promotion and presentation of the best cinema the worldluptatis nulpute magna has to offer.adigna commy nulla autautat. Dit aut veliquam,quamet, sum quis adeugiatummy nonse magnaautat, consed tem venitnostrud delit ad tatumex 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 bell 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. 21 Rendering created by architectural firm KPMB
  24. 24. TBruce kuwabara, kpmb
  25. 25. THEThe Architecture of Bruce Kuwabara Bruce Kuwabara of Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects is the inspirational force behind the remarkable Bell Festival Centre and Festival Tower project. In association with Kirkor that it is his design genius that will right now. The firm’s most recent use of transparent glazing in Architects and Planners, transform this location. achievements include the Young combination with a pattern Kuwabara has designed a Centre for Performing Arts, the of white porcelain frit on the glittering complex that will host In the mid 1980s, Kuwabara and Gardiner Museum and Canada’s structures. the international film world—and several young associates from National Ballet School (a joint the residents who will call this Barton Myer’s studio, set up their venture with Goldsmith Borgal At Bell Festival Centre, he elegant glass tower home. own shop. Their success has Company, Architects). designed a projecting plane that been meteoric. Just last year, literally loops (think a film loop) The site at King and John Streets Bruce Kuwabara was awarded The inspiration for Bell Festival around the building as a canopy holds an interesting connection the Gold Medal by the Royal Centre and Festival Tower over the entrance at street for Kuwabara, who began his Architectural Institute of Canada, involves integrating a horizontal level only to emerge as a grand career in an office overlooking the the profession’s highest honour. element (Bell Festival Centre) staircase on the roof. For Festival corner. along King Street with a vertical Tower, Kuwabara has created a That distinction caps a run of element (Festival Tower) on John. huge illuminated volume at the top Kuwabara claims he often success for Kuwabara and KPMB. Kuwabara has made these two of the tower. wondered what would become of No other firm has participated elements compatible by employing this piece of Toronto real estate, as actively in the “cultural a common design language and so it is both ironic and appropriate renaissance” underway in Toronto materials. Hence, the extensive 23
  26. 26. DETAILS” “GOD IS IN THE Illustration is artist’s concept. E.O.E.Design Features at Festival Tower 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. 24
  27. 27. Illustration is artist’s concept. E.O.E.Festival Tower is no ordinary building. It will be an Festival Centre. Lighting in the canopy will furtherinstant landmark on the Toronto skyline, and no one heighten the sense of anticipation of anyone comingunderstands this better than its architect, Bruce and going from the complex. Another detail thatKuwabara. When he was designing Festival Tower, amplifies the sense that coming home is “an event” ishe incorporated a number of design elements to a colonnade along King Street, which will house thereinforce its iconic status. “Let’s face it, there are a restaurant’s outdoor terrace café.lot of condominium towers going up around the city.This one had to be special.” Festival Tower’s signature Finally, the very “skin,” or surface of the buildingstatus is evident at the corner of King and John, vividly communicates that this is a condominium likewhere a two-storey glass-enclosed New York-inspired no other. What is film, after all, but the interplay ofrestaurant and European-style bar and café will light and dark? “Festival Tower is about the volumesinstantly become one of the city’s “in” spots. that heighten its verticality and glass that gives it lightness and elegance,” notes Kuwabara. “The glazingAmong an incredible compendium of amenities offered on the building is exceptional, an interplay betweenwithin Festival Tower itself, residents will have direct transparencies and translucencies.”access to the restaurant through the lobby.“It’s very important that the corner be special,” says Mies would approve. The unique details that setKuwabara. And to achieve that effect, he has created Festival Tower apart from any other condominiuma canopy that wraps around the building from the must have been divinely inspired.entrance of Festival Tower to the front door of Bell 25
  28. 28. toronto the good has become toronto the great26
  29. 29. BY ANY MEASURE, TORONTO HAS BECOMEONE OF THE WORLD’S GREAT CITIES. LET’SExAMINE SOME OF TORONTO’S UNIQUEDISTINCTIONS. FIRST, THERE’S BEEN ITSExTRAORDINARY GROWTH OVER THE PASTTHREE DECADES. Considering Toronto’s present day pre-eminence centre of the country—home to the biggest banks, as the commercial, cultural and financial centre of brokerage houses and law firms. It is the third largest Canada, it is easy to forget that the city only overtook financial centre in North America after New York and Montreal as the country’s largest city in 1977, a mere Chicago. The largest mining market in the world. The thirty years ago. With a population in the GTA hovering third largest film and television production centre on around 5.5 million, Toronto will soon be twice the size the continent after New York and Los Angeles. The of its one-time rival and, indeed, the city is now the third largest centre for English language theatre after fifth largest urban metropolis in North America. New York and London. Pardon the civic boosterism, but it’s a heady mix. 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 27
  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 pullof Toronto’s vibrant downtown?Well, convenience, for starters.For Torontonians who want to liveclose to work and spend theirdowntime relaxing and enjoyingthe city, living downtown is ano-brainer. And when it comesto the definitive downtown livingexperience, for people who wantto be in the very heart of theentertainment Mecca that Torontohas become, Festival Tower is theperfect choice. 29
  32. 32. 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.30
  33. 33. 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 theConsider as well the investment Groucho Club in London and the Soho House in New York.opportunity to own a piece of real Toronto had seen nothing quite like it. The place to be seen—estate in Canada’s largest city and be part of The Scene. The neighbourhood is more or—where explosive growth and less a Disneyland for adults, with venues to gratify every taste:unprecedented development are Wayne Gretzky’s for sports buffs and Sen5es for those withfuelling a renaissance of value, more, well, sensibility.particularly in the downtowncore. Festival Tower is a trulyexceptional offering, both in termsof its future worth as well as itspresent value. It will surpass yourexpectations at every turn. 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 RestaurantAt the corner of King and John Streets, Festival Tower is at the epicentre of Toronto’s exciting, dynamicEntertainment District. With so many of the city’s incredible cultural offerings mere steps from Festival Tower’sbright red front doors, this is where the heart of Toronto’s eclectic culture beats - surrounded by legendaryrestaurants, theatres and shopping. 33
  36. 36. ( LEFT TO RIGHT ) agi mandeL AND susan michaeLs ( LEFT TO RIGHT ) DANIELS SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT tom dutton TIFFG DIRECTOR AND CEO Piers handLing FILMMAKER ivan reitman, AND DANIELS PRESIDENT mitcheLL cohen theco-creators 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. 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 cLara LesLie reitman 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.34
  37. 37. 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!daniels chairman john daniels The string of hits continued with Stripes and `tiffg managing director michele maheux the Ghostbusters series, which teamed Bill Corporation should team up. The Murray with Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis, Reitmans had the ideal site, the Dave (Kevin Kline, Sigourney Weaver), Legal old Farb’s Car Wash location, Eagles (Robert Redford, Debra Winger), and Daniels had the development 6 Days/ 7 Nights (Harrison Ford, Anne smarts and construction Heche), Evolution (David Duchovny, Julianne savvy. Their proposal—a luxury Moore), and a series of films that revealed residential condominium atop a an untapped comic persona for action new home for TIFFG—trumped hero Arnold Schwarzenegger – Twins, all others. TIFFG had found its Junior (both co-starring Danny DeVito) andFor over half a century, John co-creators. Kindergarten Cop.Daniels has been a leader inthe North American building Bell Festival Centre and Festival Reitman’s list of producing credits is equallyindustry, first as chairman of The Tower will be a dazzling extensive. He produced the family featuresCadillac Fairview Development addition to the Toronto skyline. Beethoven and Beethoven’s 2nd and theCorporation, and later as Architectural critic Larry Richards HBO telefilm The Late Shift, which receivedthe founder of The Daniels has already labeled it, “a sparkling seven Emmy nominations. Other producingCorporation. Under the direction optic essay in glass and light.” endeavors include Heavy Metal, Howardof President Mitchell Cohen and The former site of Farb’s Car Stern’s Private Parts, the animation/liveSenior Vice President Tom Dutton Wash will soon become the action film Space Jam which teamedand a dynamic management centre of world cinema—and a Michael Jordan with the Looney Toonesteam, the company has created fitting tribute to Leslie and Clara characters, and the comedy hits Road Trip,more than 18,000 homes and Reitman from their filmmaker Eurotrip and Old School, starring Will Ferrell,condominiums across the Greater son Ivan, and twin daughters Vince Vaughn and Luke Wilson.Toronto Area and has been Agi Mandel and Susan Michaels.awarded numerous distinctions Bell Festival Centre and Festival In 1984, Reitman was honoured as Directorfor their work. Tower will also be a remarkable of the Year by the National Association testament to John Daniels’ of Theater Owners and the next yearAside from being an immensely faith that the little festival he received a Special Achievement Award atsuccessful businessman, John contributed to over thirty years the Canadian Genie awards. In 1979 andDaniels has generously supported ago could take on the world— again in 1989, for the films Animal Housevarious philanthropic causes, and win. and Twins, Reitman was honoured with theamong them TIFFG. Indeed, People’s Choice Award. In November ofJohn Daniels was one of the One part condo. One part film 1994, Reitman became the third directorfestival’s founding “angels” after festival. A world first. Bravo. honored by Variety magazine in a speciala few Toronto entertainment Billion Dollar Director issue. At the endentrepreneurs, Bill Marshall, of the year 2000, Reitman’s films AnimalDusty Cohl and Henk Van der House and Ghostbusters were honoured asKolk, pitched him their idea of two of the past century’s funniest movies bystarting a local film festival that the American Film Institute.would showcase the best workfrom festivals around the world. Ivan Reitman recently directed My SuperFrom that modest idea developed Ex-Girlfriend, which is now in worldwidethe world famous Toronto release, and was the executive producerInternational Film Festival®. of the smash Canadian comedy The Trailer Park Boys Movie. Most recently, ReitmanBy the turn of the millennium, the was the executive producer of the hit thrillerfestival had long outgrown its Disturbia.rented facilities and desperatelyneeded a permanent home. How fitting that Reitman is part of the teamSo when TIFFG issued a call for creating the epic Bell Festival Centre andproposals to the development Festival Tower in his hometown of Toronto.industry, it seemed fatefuland appropriate that theReitman family and The Daniels 35
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  39. 39. A HOME GROWNcanadian SUCCESS STORY The Story of The Daniels Corporation 37
  40. 40. 1 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. The landmark NY Towers across the GTA, including 3,600 neighbourhood is just one of affordable rental housing units many exceptional residential under several government communities created by The programs. Daniels Corporation since it was founded in 1982 by the renowned Indeed, innovation in the real Canadian real estate entrepreneur estate industry has been John Daniels. With more than 50 characteristic of the company years of experience in the real since its inception. Daniels2 estate industry, John Daniels’ was the first developer in tremendous vision resulted in over 20 years to build rental the creation of one of Canada’s housing through its innovative most unique and forward thinking Gateway Rental Communities development companies. Prior to program, followed by FirstHome creating the company, Mr. Daniels Communities™, designed to offer was chairman of The Cadillac quality-built residences priced Fairview Corporation, which was within the reach of first-time at one time the largest publicly buyers. The Daniels Corporation traded real estate development was also chosen to partner with company in North America. At Toronto Community Housing Cadillac Fairview, John Daniels Corporation (TCHC) to redevelop was instrumental in the creation the first phase of Regent Park of landmark developments in downtown Toronto. Daniels that literally transformed the shares TCHC’s vision of creating urban landscape of modern a healthy, sustainable community day Toronto—among them the and looks forward to bringing Toronto-Dominion Centre in the new vitality to the whole of the financial district and the world downtown east area. Daniels has renowned Eaton Centre. also built a portfolio of state-of-3 the-art retirement residences in The Daniels Corporation was born a continuing joint venture with following John Daniels’ creation Amica Mature Lifestyles Inc. of the first and largest master- planned community in North The Daniels Corporation is America—the “New Town” of Erin presently creating ultra-luxury Mills. Since then, over the course condominiums like One Eleven of its quarter-century history, The Forsythe in Oakville and Kilgour Daniels Corporation has become Estate on Bayview south of Canada’s leading and most Lawrence. And, now, the company diversified residential building and has forged a unique partnership development company. With John with the Reitman family and the Daniels as chairman, President Toronto International Film Festival Mitchell Cohen and Senior Vice Group (TIFFG), to create Bell President Tom Dutton and a Festival Centre, the permanent dynamic management team, the new home of TIFFG, and Festival company has built more than Tower, the world’s most unique, 18,000 homes and condominiums one-of-a-kind luxury condominium in a diverse range of communities residence.4 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
  41. 41. 5The Daniels Corporation has and opportunities for homelessreceived numerous industry youth. In addition, Daniels hasawards, including the prestigious taken concrete steps to helpHigh Rise Builder of the Year Habitat for Humanity Toronto byAward by the TARION Warranty donating land adjacent to theCorporation, and was the first company’s WAVE Lakeshorerecipient of the coveted Home West community in EtobicokeBuilder of the Year Award by the to construct 10 townhomes,Greater Toronto Home Builders’ representing the single largestAssociation (GTHBA). Other donation of land by a privateaccolades have been garnered company in Habitat Canada’sby the communities themselves. history.The skyline-enhancing NY Towerscommunity at Bayview and The Daniels Corporation, with itsSheppard was named Community diverse portfolio and industry-of the Year by the GTHBA. impacting innovations, believesDaniels was also the recipient of the best lies ahead. Which is why 6 The Daniels Corporation has become Canada’s leading and most diversified residential building and development companY.the Mississauga Urban Design the company is so excited aboutAward of Excellence for The Bell Festival Centre and FestivalCapital Condominiums and No.1 Tower. Here, in the exciting heartCity Centre projects, along with of Canada’s greatest metropolis,recently being presented with Festival Tower will offer a level ofthe coveted Energy Star Builder luxury and sophistication to rivalof the Year Award by EnerQuality the very finest condominiumsCorporation for their energy in the world. Festival Tower is aefficient FirstHome™ Community unique initiative that reflects thein Erin Mills. maverick spirit of The Daniels Corporation founder John DanielsPlacing people and community and the Daniels managementfirst, Daniels’ corporate team.philosophy also embracesfinancial and hands-on generositytoward numerous charities andnon-profit organizations. Thisproactive approach has resultedin providing food and shelter tothose in need through front-line 7assistance programs. Danielsis a major corporate sponsorfor Second Harvest—Toronto’sonly perishable food recoveryprogram. The company alsosupports Raising the Roof, whichworks with the community toalleviate homelessness, and Eva’sInitiatives, which provides services Illustrations are artist concept. E.O.E.
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