Veganuary Book Bundles!

For most people transitioning to a vegan diet, one of the first things you do is research and gather resources to help you on your journey. That’s why we’re offering an unbelievable promotion on some fantastic vegan books: $31 bundles to celebrate the 31 days of Veganuary! Each bundle includes 5 books, with retail values of up to $145. Bundles include the ‘Beginner on a Budget’, ‘Sweet Treats’, ‘Get Tipsy and Eat Carbs’, and ‘The Vegan Athlete’ and include everything from cookbooks; to diet/nutrition and fitness guidance; to vegan living success stories. Click here for our full list. See anything you’d like to nab? Email us at executivedirectortva@gmail.com letting us know which bundle you’d like, and we’ll work with you to arrange payment and pickup. It’s first come first serve, so don’t wait! Spoil yourself or your loved ones signing up for Veganuary this year with a gift of vegan inspiration and resources, and help make their transition as easy and fun as possible!  Tight on Time bundle (for those looking for quick and simple meals) The College Vegan Cookbook ($22.99) The Vegan Instant Pot Cookbook ($29.95) Raw, Quick & Delicious! ($24.95) One-Dish Vegan ($32.99) Speed… Read More


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Local Holiday Gift Guide 2021

If you’ve been following our socials over the last few weeks, you’ll have seen the amazing local veg businesses we’ve been featuring for your holiday gifting inspiration. We’re putting them all here in one place for your perusal! Want your chance to bid on these great vendors? Check out our silent auction. But hurry; the auction ends December 14th at noon! Better Batter Cookie Dough Need cookies? This awesome, dine safe certified 100% plant based bakery in Whitby offers samplers of cookies, soups, biscuits, caramel corn and other goodies! Crisper Kits Looking for meal delivery? Crisper Kits is Toronto’s only zero waste, plant-based meal kit subscription service. We deliver fresh ingredients and tasty recipes in reusable packaging that we retrieve from your doorstep.  Apple Lash Bar Get these premium quality, 100% vegan (and vegan-owned) lash extensions! Located in Downtown Toronto. Welcoming people of all genders. Organic Garage Organic Garage is a Canadian, grocery store with a healthy conscience. Our mission is to bring you the best quality organic and all natural products,… Read More


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TVA’s Vegan Holiday Shopping List

Whether you’re shopping for the other vegans in your life, or for omnivores but want to make sure your shopping list stays in line with your values, we’ve got you covered with our top picks for anyone in your circle. When you buy from this list you are also supporting our vegan non-profit, to help create a kinder, greener, more compassionate future, as we earn a small portion of sales from every Amazon Affiliate link used below. Now let’s get into our top picks… For the one ready to start a debate with Uncle Joe over holiday dinner  From holiday-themed pullovers to more year-round vegan T-shirts and hoodies, treat yourself or a loved one to vegan clothing and make a statement this year. Just think of all the great debates that can be had with that one controversial uncle of yours when you pull up to the gathering wearing a “Tis the season to go vegan” sweater. For the… Read More


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Recipe: Cauliflower and Banana Skin Curry!

Eat a lot of bananas? Throwing out your banana skins? Why not make a curry instead! Cooking with banana skins? Why not? Banana skins add a tangy sweetness to any dish that is unique and irresistible. If cooking with banana skin is a bit too adventurous for you, you can use eggplant instead. Time: 1 hour Serves: 6 Author: Una Rose (adapted from a recipe by Nigella Lawson) Ingredients 3 large banana peels, stems removed 1 small cauliflower, cut into bite-size florets (about 5 cups) 1 1/4 teaspoons ground turmeric 1/4 pound red onion, peeled and roughly chopped 1 (1 1/2-inch) piece fresh ginger, peeled and sliced into thick circles 1 fresh red chile, quartered 4 large garlic cloves 1 small bunch cilantro, stems and leaves separated and chopped 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 tablespoon canola oil 2 tablespoons tomato paste 1 (13-ounce) can coconut milk 2 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice 1 1/2 teaspoons granulated sugar 2 teaspoons salt free seasoning or seasoning of your choice plus more to taste  Cooked basmati rice Naan flatbread, optional… Read More


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June Veg Guide Updates!

Happy June! Happy Pride! As we hopefully start to ease out of our thousand months of lockdown we have a quick Veg Guide update for all of you with new places for you to check out, read on!    Blissful Bird 489 College St. This vegan chick’n place running out of Snakes and Lattes on College has been getting a lot of press for its vegan fried chicken sandwiches and bowls. We have it on good authority that it’s delish! Make sure to order yours before showing up, they’re so popular they’ve been selling out!    Fresh Hamilton 151 York Boulevard, Hamilton Hamilton has a new vegan resto! (I feel like we say that every month!) Hamilton folks are super lucky to have another choice of vegan eats; Fresh has opened up a location for delivery and takeout! Who’s up for packing up and moving to Hamilton for eats full-time?    Joughnuts 5915 Atlantic Dr. Unit #1 Mississauga Joughnuts is a new doughnut shop in Mississauga. They offer weekly tasters boxes with six different flavours available for pickup on Saturday afternoons. The offerings… Read More


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Come work with us: Three Canada Summer Jobs opportunities!

  We’re hiring! Are you under 30 and a Canadian Citizen or permanent resident? Interested in helping us work on some great upcoming projects? Apply for one of our three Canada Summer Jobs positions! Click on the links below to read the full job descriptions as well as details for how to apply. The Community Outreach Assistant will be primarily responsible for engaging with the local plant-based community by assisting with the planning and execution of the Veg Guide to optimize the number of businesses willing to list their vegetarian and vegan options to serve the community. Secondly, they will be responsible for assisting with outreach, mainly through some digital support for the virtual veg food fest and other administrative tasks in support of these programs. The Veg Food Fest Assistant will be responsible for assisting the Toronto Vegetarian Association Team during the preparation and execution of the 37th annual Veg Food Fest (VFF). Due to the effects of COVID-19, this year’s VFF will look and feel very different to what it has in previous years and the individual in this role will play a significant part in helping the TVA… Read More


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We’re hiring: Impact and Giving Coordinator!

Job Opportunity: Impact and Giving Coordinator, Toronto Vegetarian Association POSITION OVERVIEW  The Toronto Vegetarian Association (TVA) is a very inclusive, pro-vegan, non-profit organization that inspires people to choose a healthier, greener, more compassionate plant-based lifestyle. As we continue to evolve and grow, our goal is to be as innovative and ahead of the curve in 2021 as we were in 1945 when we were founded. To support our mission and vision we are growing our team to include an Impact & Giving Coordinator (IGC), who will be responsible for revenue generation and fundraising efforts in the areas of impact and giving for the TVA. We are seeking an engaging individual who thrives in a dynamic role, can collaborate effectively and can build and deepen relationships and community. The successful candidate will have their finger on the pulse of the vegan movement, informing our programs and keeping our work current and relevant. To thrive in this role, the IGC must be social media savvy and act as a TVA brand champion. We need an individual who is as comfortable writing a blog post as they are writing a petition or speaking to the value and… Read More


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Spoil your Mom this Mother’s Day!

Mother’s Day is coming up fast, can you believe it? It’s next Sunday May 9th, and we’ve got some great treats for your Mom, surrogate Mom, Dad, Moms, or any other special person in your life! Bloomers Bloomers has lots of donuts and baked goods for mother’s day! Orders can be placed with at least 48 hours notice at bloomersto.com/online-ordering Bloomers Mother’s Day specials are: 1) box of donuts (with 6, 12 or 18 donuts): flavours include key lime pie, carrot cake, strawberry Nutella, rose pistachio, lemon poppyseed and raspberry lime 2) mother’s day small box: 6 donuts, 6 butter cups, 8 bagels and spreads 3) mother’s day large box: 6″ baby cake, 6 donuts, 6 butter cups, 8 bagels, 1 bread loaf, spreads, and 1 coffee or hot chocolate bag 4) mother’s day gluten free box: 6 cupcakes, 6 butter cups, 3 mini loaves, and 4 muffins Don’t forget, Bloomers has THREE locations including their newest one at Bayview Village!   Cinnaholic Cinnaholic is offering these awesome specials for Mom: Chocolate Covered Strawberries: fresh strawberries hand dipped in dark chocolate. Half or full dozen. Signature Gift Box: two customized… Read More


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Welcome to Kimberly D’Oliveira, TVA’s new ED!

In January, we began the search for an Executive Director (ED) who would help our organization not only pivot, but thrive during the pandemic and beyond. Fifty applications and multiple interviews later, we are excited to announce that TVA’s new ED is Kimberly D’Oliveira! Beyond simply being a committed, intersectional vegan, Kimberly has a deep understanding of and passion for the vegan movement. She is also filled with innovative ideas related to outreach, community building and organizational growth. We are very excited to have her on board and are confident that she has the knowledge, skills and enthusiasm needed to help both our organization and the vegan movement to flourish; but rather than just take our word for it, we thought it is only fitting that you hear from Kimberly herself: Hi Everyone!  I’m so excited to serve you as Executive Director and look forward to connecting with as many of you as possible in the coming weeks and months. My vegan journey began over six years ago, but in hindsight, I’ve been on this path for the better part of 20 years. I’m passionate about this lifestyle and have… Read More


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March / April Veg Guide Updates!

Happy (almost) April! If you’re near Dundas West, you’re in luck; there are THREE new vegan places nearby! But there’s lots this month for everyone, including a new big chain offering vegan burgers, and some great places east of the city. Read on!   Fig Kitchen and Market 29 Toronto Street South, Uxbridge Fig Kitchen and Market features a market with all vegan goodies, produce, cheeses and so much more, plus a restaurant (with an awesome patio to come). This is brought to you by the owner of the Bar Cafe which closed recently to make way for this larger location. This is your place north-east of the city to get Vego bars, all the vegan cheeses, Loon kombucha, and so many more hard-to-find goodies. We can’t wait to try their patio out this summer! The cafe offers espresso drinks, smoothies, pizza, bowls, salads, sandwiches and more!    Harlem Bodega 1307 Dundas Street West Harlem Bodega makes amazing Harlem style Puerto-Rican food, and it’s delicious. We love their chopped cheeze and their fried pastelillos. And now west enders can enjoy their food, because they’ve… Read More


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