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August Veg Guide Updates!

It won’t be long now before the brand new 2019 Veg Guide is out in print all over the city! To tide you over until then, here’s some new businesses that have caught our eye this month! New Vegan Businesses:   Alternity: 333 Bloor St. West. This Elixir bar is a beautiful space to relax and enjoy some of the great plant-based food, mocktails & coffee. They have a focus on community and communication.           Cinnaholic: Promenade Mall, 1 Promenade Circle, Thornhill. At long last, Cinnaholic Gourmet Cinnamon Rolls will be opening August 10th at Promenade Mall in Thornhill (the first location in Ontario!). Cinnaholic offers Gourmet Customizable Cinnamon Rolls, cookie dough, brownies, ultra premium coffees and more. We can’t wait to visit!     New Locations:     Fresh on Front: 47 Front Street East. The GTA’s veggie mainstay has opened a fifth (!!!) location at Church and Front! Enjoy their famous bowls, smoothies and more before or after your trip to the St. Lawrence Market, or the Sony Centre!             Away: 536 Queen St West Although it seems like yesterday that the first… Read More


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July Veg Guide Update!

It’s summer! And we have some great new places for you to check out! New Vegan / Vegetarian Restaurants: Blossom Vegetarian It’s finally happened! There is an all you can eat vegetarian buffet in Toronto! Blossom is a newly opened restaurant on Leslie in Richmond Hill that is entirely vegetarian. Vegan options (of which there are plenty!) are marked clearly throughout. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with takeaway and dim sum and tea offerings, Blossom looks like an awesome addition to the GTA!       FGF Vegan This newly opened vegan restaurant in Oshawa looks like a great addition to Durham! “We have an amazing selection of popular traditional foods made vegan including vegan fish and chips, Yorkshire puddings, seitan sausages, burgers, ribs and pepperoni pizzawith cassava cheese. A good selection of desserts and many GF options. We are aiming to serve vegans, vegetarians and others who are curious and skeptic about this fantastic diet.”     Veggie Friendly Businesses:   The Big Carrot — New Location! This longtime East end mainstay has opened up a second location at Danforth and Kingston Road!   Bark & Meow Pet Supplies This pet… Read More


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Vegan Rock! 10

This year marks the 10th anniversary of VEGAN ROCK!: a concert and bake sale fundraiser for the Toronto Vegetarian Association. It features live music from local veg musicians and delicious desserts made by both local bakeries and regular folks. Last but certainly not least, Vegan Rock! also features an awesome raffle with amazing prizes to be won from our generous sponsors. We hope you’ll come out to support the Toronto Vegetarian Association, enjoy delicious treats, and listen to great local music. When? Tuesday, June 26th Where? Supermarket at 268 Augusta in Kensington Market    … Read More


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Summer Job Posting: Community Outreach and Office Assistant

A Canada Summer Jobs opportunity with the Toronto Vegetarian Association CANADA SUMMER JOBS POSTING – Community Outreach and Office Assistant (Toronto Vegetarian Association) Position Type:    Current and returning Student under the Canada Summer Jobs Program Duration:  8 weeks (30 hours a week) Location:  17 Baldwin Street, 2nd Flr Toronto (downtown) We regret the office is not wheelchair accessible                                                                     Application Deadline:  Wednesday May 23rd, 2018   POSITION OVERVIEW – The Community Outreach and Office Assistant will engage with the local vegetarian and veg-friendly community by assisting with the planning and execution of the Toronto Vegetarian Association’s (TVA) outreach program and Veg Guide, as well as assisting with day to day administrative tasks in the TVA office. S/he will be the front-line person for all in person and phone inquiries, including those about adopting a plant-based diet. S/he will assist with coordination of outreach events including packing for events, drafting communications for volunteers, reporting on events, and researching future… Read More


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Veg Guide — Mother’s Day Specials!

Mother’s Day is this Sunday, May 13th!  If you’re looking for a place to take Mom to eat, or somewhere to buy her a nice treat to bring along for your day, you’re in the right place! Here are some great ideas from our awesome Veg Guide businesses!   Mother’s Day Meal Specials   Yoga Meditation 416-539-0234 www.yogameditation.ca Meditation Toronto is having their weekly Enchanted Evening on Mother’s Day. Group meditation. Breathing meditation plus chanting of sacred mantras to live music. Vegetarian meal. 6-8 pm. Free or by donation. Trinity-St. Paul’s Church, 427 Bloor W. at Spadina. meditationtoronto.com 416-539-0234.     Rawlicious Toronto location: 785 Bathurst St., 416-519-7150, www.rawlicious.ca Other locations in Kitchener, Hamilton, Markham, and Whitby. Rawlicious is having a Mother’s Day Pancake Brunch! From 10am ’till 2pm for $18.00 per person, you will get coffee or tea, Pancake stacks with mixed berries, bananas & fruit compote.         Thrive Organic Kitchen & Cafe 3473 Lake Shore Blvd. W, Etobicoke 416-252-7700 www.thriveorganic.ca   Thrive will be offering new menu items for Mother’s Day:… Read More


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Welcome to Sarah Fay: TVA’s New Veg Guide Coordinator

Please join the Toronto Vegetarian Association to welcome Sarah Fay to the team as the new Veg Guide Coordinator. Sarah brings almost twenty years of experience designing print and web campaigns, and has also worked soliciting sponsors and advertisers, and acting as a sales rep. She has all sorts of tricks up her sleeve, including training in photography, and an MA in Photographic Preservation and Collections Management, with a keen attention to detail. Of course, Sarah fits right in with the team as a long-time vegan who is also mama to a cat and bunny. She is excited to work for an organization that aligns so well with her personal ethics, and we’re equally excited to work with her and see how the Veg Guide will continue to grow and evolve under her wing. Read More


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Summer Job Posting: 2018 Veg Food Fest Assistant

POSITION OVERVIEW – The Veg Food Fest Assistant will assist with the planning, production and delivery of Toronto Vegetarian Association’s 34th Annual 2018 Veg Food Fest. This festival is the largest of its kind in North America with over 40,000 attendees over a three day period supported by hundreds of volunteers, over 150 vendors and several local and international presenters.  The mission of the TVA is to “inspire people to choose a greener, healthier and more compassionate diet through plant-based eating” and this event is an important part of the furtherance of the mission. S/he will be the front line person for all festival inquiries, and will carry out follow-up communications with festival vendors and other stakeholders to support the Veg Food Fest. S/he will work closely with the Toronto Vegetarian Association team to achieve the goals of the 2018 Veg Food Fest. Opportunities to participate creatively in programming or marketing the festival will be explored with the Festival & Events Coordinator. An enthusiastic, proactive self-starter will thrive in this position. This role calls for excellent organizational skills and the ability to multitask, strong communication skills, and proficiency working with computers. QUALIFICATIONS… Read More


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Food and Recipe of the Month: Garlic Chives

Care of Amy Symington at ameliaeats.com  As the Spring weather approaches so does our excitement for fresh produce. Spring herbs like garlic chives are not only a nice fresh and flavourful treat after a long, cold, root vegetable-laden winter, but they are also beneficial to us health wise. Garlic chives are abundant in folate, riboflavin, calcium, potassium, iron, and the antioxidant rich vitamins A and C. Aside from being nutrient dense, they are also a good source of dietary fibre, helping to regulate blood sugar levels, maintain a healthy body weight, and keep chronic diseases at bay. It is the perfect time of year to clear out the proverbial old cobwebs and that goes for our eating habits as well. Introduce more flavourful plant-based ingredients into your regular diet in lieu of added fat, salt, and sugar, and you will be certain to put a little more spring into your step this Spring. Chive and macadamia nut pesto Makes 6 servings (2 tsp/serving) Preparation Time: 10 minutes Ingredients: 1 bunch chives (approximately 30g) ½ cup macadamia nuts 2 tbsp nutritional yeast… Read More


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Veg Guide – Easter Specials 2018

Easter is just over a week away! If you’re in need of some vegan goodies for Easter weekend, you’ve come to the right place. Whether it’s a sweet treat, a savoury addition to Easter dinner, or candies for the Easter egg hunt, you’ll find what you’re looking for from our awesome Veg Guide businesses!     Special Easter Baked Goods & Prepared Foods   Alter Foods 758 Bathurst St. (Inside Alternative Thinking), 647-932-8311, www.alter8.com Alter Foods has ‘Spring Equinox Cake Pops’ for Easter! “They are raw, vegan, organic & gluten free cake pops and come in two flavours: -Raspberry Rose -Peach Jasmine Moist, fruity, floral treats to kick start us into the spring and Easter holidays!” They are only $5/pop!   Better Cookies.ca 416-477-1401, giftorders@bettercookies.ca, www.bettercookies.ca Better Cookies.ca, Canada’s vegan cookie delivery service, has created a few vegan Easter gifts this year with some special hand made sugar cookies. “Each of these cookie gifts includes a hand crafted sugar cookie. We deliver the gift boxes of gourmet cookies all across Canada. The Easter Bunny is going to be hopping… Read More


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Contract Posting – Veg Guide Coordinator

Position Type: One year contract with deliverables focused on Summer 2018 Compensation: $11,700 spread over 12-months paid according to deliverables Application Deadline: Wednesday February 28th, 2018 Founded in 1945, the Toronto Vegetarian Association (TVA) located at 17 Baldwin Street, Toronto, is the largest vegetarian/vegan organization in Canada. We are a registered charity; our mission is to inspire people to choose a healthier, greener, more compassionate lifestyle through plant-based eating. Our Veg Guide is a free publication that advertises over 100 veg-friendly restaurants, stores, cooking classes, and other businesses in the GTA. The Veg Guide is updated annually and distributed citywide. We also offer online listings on our website, veg.ca, as well as through our mobile app, which are both available throughout the year. CONTRACT SUMMARY The Veg Guide Coordinator will lead the planning and production of the 2018-2019 Veg Guide. S/he will be required to communicate with customers, stakeholders and the general public about the program. S/he will work under the direction of TVA’s Executive Director, or designate, to contact prospective advertisers, coordinate ad sales, and collect copy from advertisers. A custom contact management database is used to coordinate/monitor mailings, follow-ups, and ad bookings. S/he will write communications for TVA newsletters and… Read More


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