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September 01, 2016

Todd Talbot loves coming to Calgary

And the Love It or List It Vancouver host loves appearing at the Calgary Home + Design Show

Jim Zang

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Even in a phone interview, Todd Talbot’s passion for real estate comes across loud and clear.

The Vanouver-born Talbot is on his way home from the dump after doing some deck maintenance on one of several rental properties he has in the area. Although best known for is role as the List It half of W Network’s “Love It or List It Vancouver,” with Jillian Harris, the former actor is no stranger to the building and renovation side of the game.

“I like to do the work myself,” says Talbot who, of course, built his own house in Lion’s Bay, just north of Vancouver. “I have a strong urge to renovate. I’m addicted to it. It’s my happy place.”

As for appearing at the Calgary Home + Design Show, he’s genuinely exited about that too.

“I love it,” he gushes. “I’ve done a bunch of them before, regularly in Vancouver, and I’ve also done Calgary and Edmonton and Winnipeg – the whole circuit. On TV,” he explains, “you don’t really get to relate to people, to listen to them and to interact and then see their reaction. It’s also a very cool experience because everyone who is there is excited about their homes and interested in new ideas and products in the marketplace.

“I’m there to have fun,” he says, “and I love Calgary. “There’s just something unique about Calgary,” says the 42-year-old husband and father of two young children who has worked at both Stagewest and Theatre Calgary.

“I like to change it up from show to show,” he says of his Calgary Home + Design Show ‘theme’, “and tailor the conversation to the particular circumstances of the city that I’m in. I like to look at some of the fundamentals that I use in my own buying and selling journey and see how they could be applied, and if they’d fit, in different places.”

He admits to also being fascinated by analyzing the market from what he refers to as a ‘street’ or everyman level, and likes to talk about something he calls people’s “natural advantage”, whatever that might be, in buying and selling. “If you strategize correctly,” he says, “It can be an incredible investment. Some people lose sight of the long term benefits and see it as just a home.”

Talbot started acting on TV as a teenager, getting involved in real estate for the first time in his early 20s when he moved back to Vancouver and was looking for a place to live. “It wasn’t as crazy as it is now, “ he says, “but it was expensive.”

He was going to rent, but decided to buy a two-bedroom condo instead and rent the extra room to a buddy. “I sketched a rental agreement on the back of a napkin and became an owner/investor/landlord all at the same time.”

Along the way he’s picked up all kinds of handy skills, like refinancing, renovating, buying, renting, selling. His acting skills have also come in handy, both on the TV show and the real estate workshops he used to run for Vancouver’s acting community. 

“I’m an artist at heart,” says Talbot. “Real estate allows for that. I love the creative process of it.”

So what will Talbot talk about? And talk he will, his very real energy and enthusiasm for the topic obvious over the phone and no doubt contagious in person. 

“I’ll talk about my journey,” he says, “where I’m at and of course about Love It or List It. A little about what goes on behind the scenes to make the show. About my house and the city of Vancouver. Then there’s always a Q and A. I’m ready to talk about whatever is the moment with the audience.

“When it comes to real estate,” he states, “I’m an optimist and like to accentuate the positive.”

“We’re thrilled to welcome Todd and his signature brand of keen real estate insight back to Calgary. Now more than ever, homeowners are looking for solid advice and insight from the experts, so we’re really pleased to be bringing the best in the business to the BMO Centre this fall,” says Micheline Picot, operations manager for Marketplace Events, producers of the Calgary Home + Design Show. 

Todd isn’t the only TV celebrity to grace the fall show this year. Marketplace Events also announces that HGTV’s Mia Parres & Rob Evans of The Expandables will make their Cowtown debut this year.

The dynamic duo will headline the Trail Appliances Main Stage, appearing Friday, September 23 at 7 p.m. and Saturday 24 at 1 p.m., with autograph signings to follow both presentations. 

On HGTV’s hit series The Expandables, designer Parres and Master Contractor Evans work against the ultimate challenge: designing and building new spaces without adding one extra square foot! When homeowners can’t make their houses bigger, Parres and Evans make them better.

“We’re so excited to welcome Mia and Rob to Calgary for their very first Calgary Home + Design Show appearance,” says Picot. “Their ability to create new, seemingly larger spaces within the existing footprint of a home is something that is certain to appeal to Calgary homeowners, especially those who find themselves living in close quarters.”

Other headliners include DIY blogger Leigh-Ann Allaire Perrault, who appears as a regular guest expert on Citytv’s Cityline. There’s also lifestyle expert Janette Ewen, co-owner of Parker Barrow.

Perrault has spent years crafting a unique philosophy for design that fuses ingenuity, whimsy, and quality workmanship — all on a “frugalista” budget.  She believes that we shouldn’t take our spaces too seriously, and that great design is not about how much money you spend, but rather how creative you can be.  

Ewen honed her design skills while working as a style editor at a number of Canadian publications including House and Home and Chatelaine. After a successful career in publishing, she moved to TV as a regular guest on Cityline and a number of HGTV shows. 

With more than 350 exhibitors and a slew of sensational new features, there’s expert insight, innovation and inspiration for stylish living at every turn.

For more information visit CL


34th annual Calgary Home + Design Show officially announces must-see attractions for 2016

The show for every home hits the BMO Centre September 22 – 25, 2016

From renovation overhaul to brand-new build, DIY do-over to one-day décor dreams, the Calgary Home + Design Show is where big ideas, trusted advice, and fresh inspiration unite. Back September 22-25, 2016 at the BMO Centre for its 34th year, the show has officially unveiled its list of must-see attractions, running alongside more than 350 trusted brands and local companies, and appearance from the biggest names in the industry including HGTV’s Mia Parres & Rob Evans and W Network’s Todd Talbot. 

Show Dates and Time

Thursday, September 22nd 4 – 9 p.m. 

Friday, September 23rd Noon – 9 p.m.

Saturday, September 24 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Sunday, September 25 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. 

BMO Centre, Stampede Park, #20 Roundup Way S.E.


Adults (13+): $16

Adults (13+): ONLINE $13

Seniors (60+): $13

Seniors (60+): ONLINE $10

Seniors Friday before 5pm only $7 (Box Office & Online)

Children 12 and under: FREE

Buy tickets online courtesy of RenovationFind and save $3 at

About the Calgary Home + Design Show: The Calgary Home + Design Show has been a staple in consumers’ calendars since 1983, attracting more than 31,000 qualified visitors every fall. Produced by Marketplace Events, the show features high-interest exhibits, high-profile industry personalities and the latest home and lifestyle trends. Marketplace Events produces 47 home shows in 23 markets that collectively attract 1.5 million attendees and another 1.7 million unique web visitors annually. CL

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