September 30, 2022

Fix it up right with renovation inspiration from the experts

Bryan Baeumler, DIY Mommy and more offer ideas for making your home more comfortable

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Bryan Baeumler has left the island. Well, at least temporarily.

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The star of HGTV’s Island of Bryan is now headed here and will be headlining the upcoming Edmonton Renovation Show, which returns after a one-year pandemic-induced hiatus.

Baeumler jokes he’ll need to buy a coat after spending a good chunk of time in the Bahamas, where he and his family transformed a rundown resort into a destination vacation spot — all documented on three seasons of Island of Bryan; and yes, for those interested, he confirms a fourth season is now being filmed.

“We’re open and pretty much fully booked … mainly from the U.S. and Europe, but we’ve got some Canadians escaping and coming down,” said Baeumler of his Caerula Mar resort. “After a tough start, it certainly bounced back.”

While he won’t be bringing the hot weather with him or for that matter some of those fresh Bahama coconuts, he said he will dish on the resort and the show.

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“I’ll talk a little bit about my experiences on the island,” said Baeumler, referring to massive life changes like picking up his family and leaving Canada temporarily to undertake the resort renovation and about the rose-coloured glasses when they had when they first went there. He’ll also do a question and answer session with the audience as well as touch on potential home renos to make a house more pandemic-friendly taking into account how people are now using their homes.

You might even get him to talk about his upcoming show, Renovation Resort, where he teams up with Scott McGillivray. Four expert contractor/design duos will design and renovate one of four waterfront cabins — Baeumler and McGillivray will oversee the process.

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“We are really excited to have Canada’s favourite contractor, Bryan Baeumler, returning to the Sleep Country Main Stage,” said Kristy Cairns, group manager Marketplace Events, which puts on the Renovation Show. “We know that our celebrity guests are a key feature for attendees and we’re excited to catch up with him after nearly two years of pandemic life.”

In addition to Baeumler, show goers can expect around 100 local exhibitors and a number of renovation related features.

Local expert Christina Dennis, the DIY Mommy, will speak about her biggest venture yet: purchasing, renovating and managing a vacation rental property, the Little Lake House.

“We know that homeowners are particularly interested in learning more about potentially managing successful rental properties themselves,” said Cairns, adding that another show feature, Vacation Renovation — a replica room of Dennis’ Lake House — will include tips, tricks and lessons learned.

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There’s also Kitchen Secrets, designed to help homeowners tackle what might be the most important room in the house. Jennifer Woch of House of j interiors will share top trends, finishes and more for 2022 and how homeowners can achieve their dream kitchen.

“The show team has really worked hard to produce a safe show for Edmontonians, and we’re really looking forward to welcoming them back to the Expo Centre to help them tackle any home renovation project they may be dreaming up — big or small,” said Cairns. “If you’re in the market for anything home improvement the Edmonton Renovation Show is where to get the deals, see latest trends and learn from the experts.”

The 2020 Edmonton Renovation Show

When: Jan. 28 to 30

Where: Edmonton Expo Centre

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Hours: Friday, Jan. 28: Noon to 9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 29: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 30: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Ticket Prices: Adults, $13. Seniors 60-plus, $10; Children 12 and under are admitted for free. Check edmontonrenovationshow.com for online ticket purchase discounts of $2 per ticket.

Celebrity Headliner: Bryan Baeumler. Appearing Friday, Jan. 28 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Jan. 29, at 1 p.m.

Covid Precautions: Attendees will have to show proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test within 72 hours of
attending. Masks are mandatory indoors and social distancing measures will be in effect.

More Information: edmontonrenovationshow.com

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