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What a year! With the holidays right around the corner, we wanted to take this opportunity to wish you all the best in the coming year and take a look back on some of our major 2016 milestones.

Since we launched Zibi in 2014, we have been hard at work creating this unique community. Winner of national and international awards for its master plan, Zibi has been called “an excellent example for the planning profession of neighbourhood planning” by the Canadian Institute of Planners and “a vibrant, world-class sustainable community where the public will be able to live, play, and work alongside a vibrant waterfront” by the American Planning Association.

The Cirque is coming to town
Starting August 2017, Zibi is ecstatic to play host to Cirque du Soleil, one of the most culturally revered institutions, and a homegrown one at that. Last December 7th we were honoured to welcome Cirque du Soleil President and CEO Daniel Lamarre as he announced—alongside our partners Dream Unlimited Corp., the City of Gatineau, and the Place des festivals—that their new touring show VOLTA will touching down for 31 performances at Zibi in 2017. Yet another thrilling event to add to the already stacked events calendar surrounding the celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary.

Play at Zibi
Zibi is already positioning itself as a vital economic and community hub, having hosted a number of key Ottawa-Gatineau events throughout the year. From cultural beacons such as Bluesfest and Latin Sparks Island Edition, to family-friendly events such as Pop-Up Cinema and Zibi’s own Taste of Gatineau Food Fair and the Wellbeing Day, Zibi is poised to become even busier in the year to come. Be sure to register to be in the know!

Live at Zibi
With only a few units left at O in Gatineau and Kanaal in Ontario, including a few enviable new floor plans at Kanaal, there isn’t much time left to join the select tastemakers who’ve already decided to make Zibi their home. And with other exciting developments on the way, you’ll want to get in now.

We are very proud to announce that Christopher Simmonds Architect was awarded first place in the “Highrise building, 50 units or more” category for the design of The Eddy during GOHBA’s 33rd annual Housing Design Awards. The talented firm took home a total of 7 awards at this years’ gala and we are proud to be a longstanding partner.

Buy now and get FREE parking
We’re down to our last 2 units! Buy before December 31st, 2016 and get FREE PARKING in The Eddy’s state of the art automated puzzle parking garage – basically your own valet service! Contact info@bluepandarealty.com or call 613-422-5834 for tours and information.

All current purchasers have taken occupancy at Cathedral Hill, solidifying its place as Ottawa’s premiere luxury residence. And one of Cathedral Hill’s most popular—and previously sold-out—units is now back on the market. Located on the 16th floor, “The Champlain” features 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a private balcony with stunning views. Act fast!

The newly relaunched Arch Lofts, located in the vibrant family-friendly neighbourhood at Perth and Wallace Street in Toronto, presents a rare opportunity to live in a historic setting at just the right scale. Discover 39 individual lofts nestled in the converted church or in the newly-built vestry. With prices starting in the mid $300s and occupancy slated for 2017, you’ll want to find out more at archlofts.com or contact Paul Johnson at 416-800-8796 or at paul@archlofts.com.

Whitewater Village, located 1 hour west of Ottawa, offers the traditional benefits of cottage ownership at reduced cost, all while avoiding the hassle of maintenance and security responsibilities. Our eco-luxury cottages provide a carefree investment, ensuring you are able to enjoy your leisure time arrival to departure. Call 1-866-298-3333, or email Jason at jason@whitewatervillage.com today to learn more about Whitewater Village cottages and book a site tour.

Through staff and sponsorships, Windmill has raised over $17,000 toward the following fundraisers and charitable social initiatives: Breast Cancer Society of Canada; Algonquin College Canadian Cancer Society; Sisters of Charity of Ottawa; EV Day; Alison Azer; Refugee Sponsorship Support Program; Environmental Defense – Smart Growth; Children’s Aid Foundation of Ottawa; Pediatrie social Gatineau; Movember charity for men’s health; Ottawa Riverkeeper; Staff clothing drives for Refugee programs.

And through composting and recycling at our offices and on-site events we have managed to divert several tons of waste away from landfills. For the second year in a row our staff celebrated Earth Day by handing out 2500 trees on the streets of Ottawa and Gatineau. Just a few of our sustainable initiatives that highlight out commitment to the environment.

We have a great team here at Windmill, and with additional projects underway, we can’t wait to see what 2017 has in store.





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Brand new show VOLTA to be presented at Zibi starting August 2017

Gatineau, December 7, 2016 – Windmill Development Group and Dream Unlimited Corp., in partnership with La Ville de Gatineau and Place des Festivals are pleased to announce they have signed an agreement to host the Cirque du Soleil at Zibi starting in August 2017.

The Cirque du Soleil will bring its brand new touring show to the Ottawa-Gatineau region, VOLTA, which will take place this summer coinciding with Gatineau 2017 ‘s exciting activities to commemorate Canada’s 150th anniversary.

“We are proud to welcome this international cultural icon to Zibi, and the thousands of visitors and tourists who will come to experience VOLTA,” said Jeff Westeinde, Executive Chairman of the Windmill Development Group. “It has been a shared vision for us and la Ville de Gatineau to see Zibi play a central role in the revitalization of downtown Gatineau and its riverfront.”

“We are extremely excited about this announcement and believe that having a relationship with such an important cultural icon such as Cirque du Soleil is vital in redefining the Ottawa-Gatineau region as a culturally thriving metropolis,” said Daniel Marinovic, Senior Vice President, Dream Unlimited Corp.

After welcoming over 60 landmark socio-cultural events such as MEGAPHONO, Latin Sparks Island Edition, and the RBC Bluesfest, Zibi is proud to reinforce its position as an important cultural hub.

From August 3rd to 27th 2017, Ottawa-Gatineau residents and tourists alike will have the chance to attend one of the 31 performances of VOLTA, each with a capacity of nearly 2500 people. 2017 is sure to be a banner year for Ottawa-Gatineau tourism, and VOLTA opens the possibility of more Cirque du Soleil shows to come over the next six years.

Gatineau’s municipal council yesterday approved a $300,000 investment to help transform the site into the Place des Festivals’ new temporary home, and allow it to welcome the Cirque du Soleil in August 2017. Windmill Development Group and Dream Unlimited Corp.  will be investing an additional $400,000 on the Zibi site to complete the necessary work.

“I am proud to partner with Dream Unlimited Corp. and Windmill Development Group on this announcement today,” said Maxime Pedneaud-Jobin. “We have always viewed Zibi as a cultural and economic partner for our revitalized downtown, today’s announcement cements this role.”

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