Ballet Edmonton: “Experience a homes tour de force”

Sep 10 2019

Bungalow Bliss, one of the fine homes on Ballet Edmonton’s Home Tour 2019. SUPPLIED / POSTMEDIA

Originally published in the Edmonton Journal: LAURA SEVERS Updated: September 9, 2019.

Modern Metal could be the name of a new ballet production. Or not.

So could Custom Dream. Glorious in Glenora — perhaps a moniker for a local production company. But Bungalow Bliss?

Well, definitely not. It’s probably more suited for a fundraising event, such as one that focuses on fashionable homes.
Which is exactly how these three houses, and two others, are tied together with all five forming the basis for Ballet Edmonton’s latest production: the 2019 edition of the dance troupe’s annual home tour, which takes place Sept. 21 and 22.

Best described as a chance to find fresh inspiration for your own home while supporting the arts, this is a key Ballet Edmonton fundraiser, according to the organization’s executive director, Sheri Somerville.

“This is our major fundraiser,” said Somerville. “It is literally operational money for us. It pays the dancers, it rents the theatre.”

But while Somerville has one eye on fundraising — she points out that there are no arts grants to cover 100 percent of the group’s operating resources and that is why events like this tour are vitally important — she has her other eye on the homes lined up for this year’s tour.

With two in Glenora, and the other three in neighbouring St. Albert and Sturgeon County, Somerville won’t play favourites although she does point out that tour-goers should also take in the rolling hills and unreal views when traveling through the St. Albert and Sturgeon County portion of the tour.

Those views are, in part, why the owners of the Modern Metal home in Sturgeon County recently built their Grandview Heights home. The 1,900-square-foot is a reverse two-storey — the main bedrooms on the lower, walkout level while the open concept main floor includes the rest of the space: kitchen, great room, home office and a guest bedroom.

That description, however, doesn’t do the home justice. Homeowner Caitlin Mykytiuk and her family stumbled upon the lot by chance and took full advantage of the forest-like views. Modern and minimalist in design, this house is warm, has some whimsy — check out some of the artwork — and amazing views that bring the outdoors in no matter the season. A bold, curved upper patio connects the L-shaped home for a stunning outdoor entertaining space.

“This area just spoke to us,” said Mykytiuk. “It’s so peaceful. It gives us enough separation from our busy day-to-day lives in the city. It’s like a retreat, but it actually also ends up being our home.”

Mykytiuk said her family is glad to be a part of the home tour; she had been on an earlier edition and enjoyed it so much she felt it would be nice to share their home. That isn’t the only reason Modern Metal is one of the stops as Mykytiuk has danced ballet for years, including having landed a role in The Nutcracker years back.

“Dance holds a special place in my heart,” said Mykytiuk. It has always been part of my life growing up and that’s why I’m all about supporting the arts.”


This year, the Ballet Edmonton Tour includes a first: two bonus stops focusing on inspired living for seniors.

These are not seniors’ homes in the traditional sense, said Somerville, referring to the sites at the Village at Westmount and Our Parents’ Home — both Christenson Communities developments. Instead, she describes them as remarkable, inspired living in private residences, transitional homes for those who are getting older and no longer willing or wanting to take care of the work entailed with owning a single-family property.

Meanwhile, for those curious about the other homes on the tour, here’s a sneak peek:

• Bungalow Bliss: Well thought out home; look for the large, curved pink sofa in the theatre room;
• Custom Dream: Custom is the keyword here, including a very large baker’s pantry;
• Glorious in Glenora: Nearly 100 years old complemented with modern furniture and ancient finds, and
• Sturgeon Beauty: More than 3,100 square feet of classic elegance; welcoming family home.


When: Saturday, Sept. 21 and Sunday, Sept. 22.
Where The Homes Are: In Glenora, St. Albert and Sturgeon County.
Tour Bonus: Two additional sites are included this year for a total of seven different homes to visit.
Tour Hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.
Tickets: $40. Each ticket will allow you to view each home once over either day.
Purchase Tickets: Full details can be found at:
How to Take This Self-Guided Tour: When you purchase your ticket, you will receive a map with directions to the houses. When visiting the homes, no purses, pets, food or bare feet are allowed. Visitors are given a bag to carry their shoes in.
Proceeds: This a fundraiser with the proceeds playing a major role in supporting Ballet Edmonton’s artistic operations. Ballet Edmonton was formerly known as Citie Ballet.