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Dear Seekers is a conversation series exploring the intersection of creative endeavours and spiritual growth. Don't we all have that one wise friend who we often turn to for advice, comfort...and sometimes as our sounding board? Well, we want to be THAT friend. Spoiler alert: Our guests are awesome, but they don't have all the answers, and certainly don't have any answers specifically for you. BUT, our hope is our conversations will help you recharge, spark something from within you, and lend you some seasoning so you can cook up your favourite meal with the ingredients you've already got in your fridge but have been overlooked (Can you tell we love analogy?) Anyway, what we are trying to say is seeking for meanings, fulfillment and growth is a lifelong journey, and you don't have to do it alone. So come on in and get comfortable.


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Dear Seeker‪s‬ Sasha Xiao

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Dear Seekers is a conversation series exploring the intersection of creative endeavours and spiritual growth. Don't we all have that one wise friend who we often turn to for advice, comfort...and sometimes as our sounding board? Well, we want to be THAT friend. Spoiler alert: Our guests are awesome, but they don't have all the answers, and certainly don't have any answers specifically for you. BUT, our hope is our conversations will help you recharge, spark something from within you, and lend you some seasoning so you can cook up your favourite meal with the ingredients you've already got in your fridge but have been overlooked (Can you tell we love analogy?) Anyway, what we are trying to say is seeking for meanings, fulfillment and growth is a lifelong journey, and you don't have to do it alone. So come on in and get comfortable.


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    Esie Mensah on actively challenging our defaults

    Esie Mensah on actively challenging our defaults

    Despite of being an award-winning dancer and having worked with some big names like Rihanna, Drake, and Backstreet Boys, when it comes to accepting her own achievements, Esie Mensah has come a long way. Throughout her career years, Esie has been constantly exploring internally as an artist. And by doing that, her voice has been getting stronger and stronger. As the creator of the beautiful theatre show Shades, which re-examines the wound caused by prejudice against a person based on the darkness of their skin colour, Esie hopes to provides a healing opportunity for its audiences while challenging them to confront themselves and to shift their defaults. She recently appeared on Ted Talks  to continually exploring shadeism, not through dance- the art form she is familiar with, but with speaking words instead. By knowing that she has a message to give, Esie delivered it with a standing ovation. 
    Photography: Vai Yu Law
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    • 45 min
    Harriet Alida Lye on motherhood, cancer and becoming

    Harriet Alida Lye on motherhood, cancer and becoming

    Someone once said, "a rich life experience is what makes a good writer great." As it may not be true for many, it's certainly the case for Harriet Alida Lye. Just at 15 years old, Harriet was diagnosed with a form of Leukaemia called Natural Killer that the average survival time of patients is fifty-eight days. Another chilling fact: Harriet is the only known survivor. It’s almost like a given blessing to have this illness so that she could be the one to tell this uniquely important story. Years later after living in many cities in the world, Harriet is finally settled in Toronto with her partner, their son and two dogs. She currently lives in a "hipster mansion" as she refers to in her memoir Natural Killer. Before this book, Harriet debuted her misty and unsettling novel The Honey Farm, which was praised by a numerous of major publications. The New York Times called it "a buzzworthy debut". Her work has also been published in The Globe and Mail, The National Post, The Happy Reader and many more.
    Pre-order her memoir here.
    Photography: Vai Yu Law
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    • 42 min
    Nicole Campbell on finding her own identity and taking risk

    Nicole Campbell on finding her own identity and taking risk

    Just like the company she co-created, Nicole Campbell is whimsical, humorous, witty, and fun. Through Grape Witches, she intents to make nature wine approachable and available. They have a monthly nature wine delivery service, they host the most desirable and whimsical art parties, they consult at private events, like birthdays and wedding receptions, and they also host educational sessions spreading knowledge about nature wine.  
    Having worked in the wine and hospitality industry for years, Nicole has learnt a lot about what she loves, and what she doesn't about this industry. She loves nature wine, obviously, its producers around the world and the makers behind each bottle, but she gets quite turned off by how pretentious, exclusive, and male dominated this industry can be. So, she and her partner Krista Oben are here to change that. 
    Photography: Vai Yu Law
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    • 49 min
    Zai Rajkotwala on giving space to sadness

    Zai Rajkotwala on giving space to sadness

    My conversation with Zai Rajkotwala , owner of two of the most beloved shops in Toronto, Easy Tiger and Ease, exchanged in the cutest, tiniest house in the west end. Her home is an extension of her shops- full of quirky, hand-made, colourful objects. The things she has been collecting, the things she adores, and the things that touch the deepest part of her sentimental self. They are everywhere, but all seem to be situated in the right place with the same amount of care and love. 
    Photography: Vai Yu Law
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    • 44 min
    Deborah Wang on living in the moment

    Deborah Wang on living in the moment

    It's quite difficult to define what Deborah Wang actually does.
    To introduce her as one, two, or even three professional titles would neglect her ability of spreading her wings further. She completed a Master of Architecture in University of Waterloo and Master of Fine Arts at OCAD; worked as a senior designer at Toronto's Architecture and Design firm Superkül; and beyond that, she has built DesignTO - an annual art and design festival, alongside a group of dedicated friends.
    Before interviewing Deborah, I was quite amazed and curious about how she makes all of these projects possible. After our conversation, it has become pretty clear. Her perspective on life and death has liberated her to be someone who takes on projects that interest her at the moment. She doesn't plan very ahead. Instead, she chooses to immerse herself into meaningful projects, one at a time.
    Deborah has lived a fulfilled and meaningful life, one that continues to evolve.
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    • 48 min
    Virginia Johnson on seeing life in chapters

    Virginia Johnson on seeing life in chapters

    Virginia Johnson is a Toronto-based textile designer, painter, illustrator, and is also the author of Travels Through the French Riviera, a beautiful coffee table book marrying dreamy watercolour illustrations with practical travel guides. Her clothing line has been picked up by major retailers like Barneys, Anthropologie, Holt Renfrew and her illustration has been commissioned by Vogue, New York Magazine, Flare and so on. 
    During our conversation, Virginia shares the mistakes she made when starting a fashion label at the age of 23 and the lessons she carried with her; she talks about the advice she took, and the ones she chose to ignore; and she shares how her mom becoming a published writer in her 70s has inspired her to never let herself "age into irrelevance".
    Photography: Vai Yu Law
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    • 51 min

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