May 1 | Provenance and Prejudice @Textile Museum of Canada

Salon Talk

What ideas and on-the-ground realities can help us arrive at a personal code of consumption fit for the 21st century?

Toronto makers and thinkers explore how notions of origins, provenance, globalization, culture and authenticity impact our patterns of consumption in subtle and not-so-subtle ways.

Where are things made? Why does it matter? And what should we make of labels like “Made in China” and “Buy Local”?


Gabrielle Nasri – Vice-President, ça va de soi, Montreal Knitwear brand specializing in high-quality, minimalistic staples made from rare Egyptian cottons and carefully sourced cashmeres and extra-fine wools

Hoda Paripoush – Certified Tea Sommelier, and Director, Sloane Fine Tea Merchants, an alliance of Fine Tea Merchants of premium specialty teas sourced directly from point-of-origin

Father Roberto Ubertino – Executive Director, St. John the Compassionate Mission and St. John’s Bakery, a social enterprise and one of Toronto’s top artisanal bakeries, specializing in French-style organic bread

Tarah Burke – Board Member, Fashion Takes Action, Educator and Consultant advising on sourcing location choices and the impact of country of origin on profitability, productivity and consumer value perception

Professor Sean Kheraj – Assistant Professor, Canadian and Environmental History, York University, Podcaster, Nature’s Past, and Author, Inventing Stanley Park: An Environmental History, researcher of human interaction with the environment and our idealization of place


Urmi Desai, Host/Creator, Conscious Consumption Program, Board Trustee, Textile Museum of Canada, and Co-Founder, Realosophy

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