Dear Seekers

Dear Seekers

www.dearseekers.com
Podcast by Sasha Xiao


Deborah Moss on grieving, healing and practising gratitude
Jul 4 • 49 min
Moss & Lam is one of Toronto’s most cherished art studios. Their artworks are so far reaching that there is a good chance you’ve encountered their work, even if you don’t realize it. From Milan to Hong Kong, from New York to Toronto, Moss & Lam is known…
Carley Fortune on putting herself out there
Jun 6 • 43 min
You may not be familiar with Carley Fortune if you’re not in the publishing world, but you most likely have heard of all the publications she has played an important role in. Carley started as an intern at Toronto Life and raised her hand when they needed…
Tammy Yiu on making art discoverable and accessible
May 9 • 51 min
Carefully tracking down local dear seekers has been such a pleasure since the launch of this project. When discovered an intriguing woman in the city, I’m always like a little kid in a candy store. On a rare occasion, someone would introduce me to a…
Lauren Sellen on the emotional intension behind art making
Apr 11 • 44 min
It seems that we are living in a time when floral design is having its renaissance. A group of florists around the world is not afraid to push boundaries and is literally flourishing on Instagram. One of our very own, Lauren Sellen, creative mind behind…
Jenny Bird on the power of manifestation
Mar 14 • 48 min
From small town Elora to Toronto to the world, from selling her jewellery on her kitchen table to now over 500 retail stores internationally, from having fertility challenges to now mother to two, Jenny Bird is one of those women who made something out of…
Juli Baker on conscious living
Feb 14 • 35 min
On a super snowy day, I carried my recording equipment to the Junction with an extremely excited heart. I’ve been to Mjölk many times as a customer, but have only been able to admire owner Juli and John’s astonishing home from a distance. Located right…
Tracy Wan on exploring the world of scent
Nov 22, 2018 • 51 min
Tracy Wan has a way with words and has a nose for scents. This Toronto-based writer followed her parents’ wish by going to Architecture school but then followed her own heart by dropping out. It doesn’t take long to realize Tracy’s spectacular ability to…
Fran Miller on marrying things interest her into one beauty line
Nov 8, 2018 • 53 min
10 years ago when green beauty was not really a thing, natural beauty products just started to surface, and luxury handmade beauty lines were nowhere to be found, Fran was experimenting in her basement with ingredients from health food stores - Not for…
Beth Nicholson Crago on choosing what to suffer for
Oct 25, 2018 • 54 min
There are some women that just stand out from the crowd and attract your attention like a big magnet. That was Beth Nicholson Crago when I first met her at an event.I approached Beth and shamelessly asked: “What’s your story?” Turns out, she is one of the…
Nancy Chen on the science of art
Oct 11, 2018 • 43 min
Born in Massachusetts, raised shortly in Toronto and Ottawa, and then grew up in Hong Kong, this neuroscience graduate has been stretching her interests and experiences far and wide over plenty of cities and multiple industries. After working as an event…
Daniela Bosco on getting back in touch with herself
Sep 27, 2018 • 49 min
The first time I met Daniela Bosco was at an instalment hosted by Ewanika- one of the most elegant boutiques in Toronto, to celebrate Daniela as an extraordinary woman who has inspired the shop owner Trish. During the night, we exchanged thoughts on what…
Mahro Anfield on looking back to look forward
Sep 13, 2018 • 45 min
Mahro is the type of woman who is shy and quite but once you get to know her, her world is like a “Russian Doll” that has layers under layers.In December 2012, at the age of 22, Mahro bravely signed a retail lease of one of the most prime locations on…
Amber Joliat on practising the art of presence
Aug 30, 2018 • 56 min
The name “Amber Joliat ” and “Misfit Studio” seemed to surface overnight just a couple of years ago and since then, it’s been producing a consistently concise yet compelling response: “She is amazing!” and “You HAVE TO try her classes!” I have to admit,…
Claudia Dey on the art of being an artist
Aug 16, 2018 • 48 min
I had long heard about Claudia Dey, one of the two best dressed Torontonians, with the other being her best friend Heidi Sopinka. But it wasn’t until I started doing my homework for this interview and met Claudia in her beautiful and charismatic home that…
Caila Stangl on embracing the unknown
Aug 2, 2018 • 52 min
Caila Stangl is the cofounder and soul of Public Office, a creative and production studio based in Toronto. At a time when nothing in sight was visually thrilling, PO caught my attention. I visited their beautiful studio in the Artscape Youngplace…
Lisa Mok on enjoying the beautiful imperfections in life
Jul 19, 2018 • 49 min
With no job, no plan and no place to live, Lisa Mok packed up her car and drove from Ottawa to Toronto to pursuit something that she wasn’t sure of at the time.Now. Being the Global Creative Director of Canada Goose and having plenty of awards under her…
Sydney Allen-Ash on refusing to be put in a box
Jul 5, 2018 • 55 min
Today’s guest is Sydney Allen-Ash. She goes by Syd. Studied Fashion Management at Ryerson university, Syd has not only nurtured a passion for local and independent designs, but has also developed an understanding of people and culture through clothing.…
Odessa Paloma Parker on embracing her weirdness
Jun 21, 2018 • 52 min
One thing I’ve learnt from all the women I’ve interviewed so far is that as women, we don’t have to live a life that is prescribed to us by anyone- the society, our parents, or even ourselves. Today’s guest Odessa Paloma Parker is definitely one of the…
Tonya Papanikolov on modern approach to beauty and wellness
Jun 7, 2018 • 55 min
You may have seen Tonya Papanikolov occasionally modelling for independent brands. Her outside beauty is undeniable, but what makes her even more loveable is her strong ties to nutrition, nature, and holistic beauty. Being the brain and facilitator behind…
Amanda Shirreffs on embracing the things that scare you
May 24, 2018 • 57 min
Today’s guest is Amanda Shirreffs, a stylist based in Toronto. She is a gem that Toronto is so lucky to have. Although Amanda’s super glamorous client list includes the New Yorker, New York Magazine, Dazed Digital, Fashion Film Festival, Vougue.com and so…
Alicia K. Harris on turning pain to power
May 10, 2018 • 49 min
Alicia K. Harris is a Toronto-based filmmaker, set designer. She sets out to make films that educate and empower others, especially youth. With the desire to tell good stories, she isn’t afraid to revisit those dark and most painful memories of her own.…
Emily Ramshaw on being uncomfortable when too comfortable
Apr 26, 2018 • 55 min
This week’s conversation is between Emily Ramshaw and I…(oh and a second guest). When first I set out to interview Emily, I had a pretty decent sense of what we would be chatting about: Like how she landed her first real job as the Assistant Fashion News…
Danielle Suppa on cultivating life with a discerning eye and curious heart
Apr 12, 2018 • 76 min
With her discerning eyes, curious heart and playful soul, Danielle Suppa, owner of Souvenior Studio, has cultivated a special space for local and international artisans, designers and makers.After working for big retailers for years, Danielle discovered…
Erin Klassen on celebrating the art of being an intuitive feeler
Mar 29, 2018 • 44 min
Through her own independent publishing company Without Pretend, Erin has not only created a platform for emerging female-identified writers and visual artists, but also has nurtured a safe space for women to express their feelings and in touch with their…
Heidi Sopinka on taking detours towards the right direction
Mar 15, 2018 • 50 min
From a bush cook in the Yukon to a helicopter pilot; from a travel magazine editor in Singapore to an architecture publication editor in Toronto; from an environmental columnist at the Globe to the co-founder/designer of a cult following fashion label-…
Randi Bergman on marrying fashion to a bigger landscape
Mar 1, 2018 • 59 min
Randi Bergman is a Toronto-based freelance writer, editor currently contributing to a wide range of publications and magazines, such as The Globe, The Cut, Vogue.com, The kit. Just to name a few. Prior to her freelance career, Randi was the Executive…
Mackenzie Sehl on turning being a master-of-none into her strong suit
Feb 16, 2018 • 50 min
It all started with a small problem: Couldn’t find high quality, well fitting tees that are affordable. So Mackenzie decided to leave a well respected job in a branding studio in New York and moved back to her parents basement in Toronto to start the…
Alyssa Bertram on finding the power to be vulnerable
Feb 1, 2018 • 38 min
Alyssa Bertram is the founder of EASY period. Her curiosity and background in research has led her to discover a blind spot in the market for women’s hygiene products. Besides being a Boss Lady, Alyssa is also an artist at heart. She never thought she…
Stefanie Ayoub on quitting her dream job to find herself
Jan 17, 2018 • 36 min
Welcome to the first EVER episode of Dear Seekers.Stefanie Ayoub is a Toronto-based fashion designer/illustrator who have worked at power houses like Phillip Lim, Greta Constantine, and had her illustrations published in a variety of notable publications.…