‘Food for Thought’ Film & Book Friday

Join us on a summer evening by the lake for a  documentary film screening and book launch tour stop. Shop and sample local delights at our curated food market.

Friday, July 5th

4:00 PM till 8:00 PM
2183 Lakeshore Blvd W
South Etobicoke

Have you ever wondered where your food comes from and who really benefits from your purchase at the cash register? How close are you to the production of what you and your family are eating? Let’s find out together when we explore the food co-operative business model as an alternative to food supply chain private ownership.

4-8PM: Curated Market

Stop by and browse the curated vendors at our Food Market. Chat with the growers and producers of these fantastic feasts and learn about the food you are putting on your table and the farms and people you are supporting.

Join us at the market and say ‘hello’ to:


6-7PM: A Silent Transformation

Join us for a free screening of A Silent Transformation, a film about the transformative power of the co-operative enterprise model. Sit down with us and enjoy some popcorn and a beverage while learning about the power of co-operatives.

7-7:30PM: ‘Grocery Story’ by Jon Steinman

After the film, take part in Jon Steinman’s North American book launch of Grocery Story: The Promise of Food Co-ops in the Age of Grocery Giants.

Grocery Story makes a compelling case for how food co-ops, as alternatives to corporate grocery giants, are spurring the creation of delicious local food economies and stronger communities, while changing the global food system for the better.

7:30-8PM: Panel Discussion & Questions

It’s your turn to ask questions and learn more from our experienced panel of experts:

Sarah Duigan
Host and creator of the AnthroDish podcast, Sarah is a PhD candidate at McMaster University, specializing in the anthropology of health.

James Partanen 
Executive Director of Berry Road Food Co-op, James began growing and preserving food at age six while gardening with his grandparents. Born in Vancouver, he grew up on a farm in Northern Ontario experiencing first-hand how food gets from field to table. James helped open Parkdale’s West End Food Co-op to provide a place for community engagement and education about food (in)security and access to quality food for all.

Jon Steinman
Jon was the producer and host of the internationally syndicated radio show and podcast Deconstructing Dinner and of Deconstructing Dinner: Reconstructing our Food System–a television and web series currently streaming online. He was an elected director from 2006-2016 of the Kootenay Co-op–Canada’s largest independent retail consumer food co-op, serving as Board President from 2014-2016. He lives in Nelson, British Columbia.

Anton Smolski
Co-creator of A ‘Silent Transformation’ and Principle, tOnic Productions.


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LOCATION: Empire Phoenix Presentation Centre


Sponsorship Opportunities

For learn about sponsorship opportunities please contact Jeanhy Shim, Berry Road Food Co-op Board Member and Fundraising Committee Chair at jshim@housinglabtoronto.com