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The Veg Holiday Market is coming November 24th!

As the days get shorter and colder, we’re all in need of a little pick-me-up. We have a remedy for that!   For the 3rd year, the Toronto Vegetarian Association is excited to host the Veg Holiday Market – a fully vegan market with gifts that give back! This year’s event features some great new features in addition to our usual offering of over fifty vendors and hours of programming in the Stop classroom:   • We are happy to welcome you for an extended day this year! Browse the marketplace from 11 am till’ 8 pm. There’s time for supper, shopping, programming, and everything you’d like to do. • Want an alcoholic bevy while you shop? You’re in luck! This year for the first time we’re having a licensed event! Sip on a local beer, wine or cider with your food. Have a seat in the heated courtyard and chat with your friends. • Vegan Marshmallows? Check! Fire? Check! Roasting marshmallows over the fire? Check! Come to the vegan marshmallow roast in the courtyard once the sun has set. It’s free with admission, and the marshmallows are donated by Dandies, proudly available at Organic Garage. • Want to make… Read More


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Thanksgiving and Autumn goodies from the Veg Guide!

It would be hard to believe that it’s October already if it wasn’t for that chill in the air, and the leaves beginning to change. If you’ve got a craving for some nice autumny specials, you’re in the right place, as we’ve got plenty of great things to talk about in this month’s update! Read on for all the Thanksgiving and Autumn specials from Veg Guide businesses, and make sure you place your orders for the big meal! Better Cookies.ca “BetterCookies.ca has many personalized thank-you gifts available for ordering on-line. For Thanksgiving this year, we are offering the Giving Thanks Edible Cookie Arrangement. This gift comes with 12-24 freshly baked and very delicious gourmet cookies. This giving thanks cookie bouquet is carefully packaged in a flower box with tissue paper, cellophane and tied with a ribbon. Each gift order includes your own free personal inscription message, photo/logo and other special touches. To order online please see https://www.bettercookies.ca/gift/601-giving-thanks-edible-cookie-arrangement”   Big Carrot The Big Carrot is giving thanks this season with the classic vegan holiday special: Tofurkey! They’re all on sale at the following prices: Roast SAVE $5 NOW $13.99. Feast SAVE $10 NOW $29.99. Gravy SAVE $2 NOW $4.99… Read More


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August Veg Guide Updates!

It’s August! We’re one month out from Veg Food Fest, but have some great new things being served up in Toronto to hold you over until then! JUST Egg The most exciting thing that I have to report on this month is the launch of JUST Egg in Canada! We know that right now it’s available at most Tim Horton’s in Kitchener/Waterloo, Richmond Hill, and Vaughan and we hope that this is a sign of more locations to come. Order a “plant-based omelette” with no cheese, and enjoy!   Avelo 51 St Nicholas St. This new venture from the great minds that brought you Awai, and Away Kitchen & Cafe will be open soon in a cozy converted home just a short walk from either Yonge and Bloor or Yorkville. We can’t wait to see what they offer up!   Bloomers 715 Queen St. W. Bloomers recently opened a second location on Queen W! This is great because this area doesn’t have a lot of vegan sweet treats. Visit for some of their amazing donuts and baked goods, and a latté next time you’re in that neighbourhood.   by… Read More


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July Veg Guide Updates

Happy summer! There is lots to talk about this month in the Veg Guide updates, so we’ll get right to it! New Vegan Businesses mugi 739 Bathurst Street. This entirely plant-based Thai restaurant at Bathurst and Bloor makes traditional Thai dishes from scratch with wholesome ingredients. They make their own tempeh, kimchi, and fish sauce alternatives and their meals are fresh and flavourful! Mugi is mostly takeaway, with a small counter for eating in the restaurant. New Locations of Popular Favourites Almond Butterfly 792 Dundas Street West Almond Butterfly makes awesome gluten-free baked goods, with plenty of vegan options and at their new location on Dundas you can also enjoy brunch in addition to their usual grab and go options! Choose from vegan tacos, banana crepes, or caesar salad, order a mimosa and stay awhile! Places with Great Vegan Options These places aren’t all necessarily new options, but they are good options we’ve been made aware of recently! It’s great how many places are now offering delicious vegan food! Bagel Nash 81 Gerry Fitzgerald Dr. In addition to regularly offering vegan soups, Bagel Nash now has vegan cream cheese and Beyond… Read More


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Discount Profile: Virtuous Pie

Virtuous Pie is a popular pizza restaurant located in Little Italy. There are several locations of this all-vegan restaurant on the West Coast, but Toronto is the first location further east. Recently they joined the Veg Card program, and they now offer TVA members 10% off! I visited recently for supper with my mother, tried a bunch of dishes, and did not leave disappointed! The day that my mother and I visited was the first day that they started offering table service in the restaurant, so if you’ve visited before; you don’t need to order at the counter anymore! We ordered local beers, garlic knots and a small pasta salad while we decided which of the many pizzas we’d be trying.   The garlic knots came with cheese on top, and a generous ranch dipping sauce. The knots made it both crispy and soft, and we devoured them so quickly!  The pasta salad was full of vegetables, with large chunks of artichoke, sun-dried tomatoes, and asparagus. It reminded me of the Mediterranean pasta salad I used to order from grocery stores in my omnivore days, but a million times better. We couldn’t… Read More


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Veg Out 436: The history of vegan punk in Toronto

On today’s episode we are joined by Shawn Chirrey, the co-author of the recent book Tomorrow is Too Late – Toronto Hardcore Punk in the 1980s. We also welcome Shawn MacDonald and Al Ridley to join in on the discussion about veganism, punk, animal rights, and how they all overlapped in 1980s Toronto. Photo by: Derek Emerson   Listen now to Veg Out!   Shawn MacDonald owns Disgraceland, which is an all vegan bar and restaurant specializing in comfort food. TVA members get a discount when they show their veg card. He was also a punk promoter in the ’80s/’90s and manager, tour manager and roadie for several bands (Problem Children, MDC, and Guilt Parade) and was a DJ in the ’90s and ’00s (and still DJs!). Al Ridely owned Sadie’s (Toronto’s favourite veg dinner) for nearly a decade and was a punk promoter and publisher of a fanzine (both called Favorite Stooge). Shawn Chirrey did radio shows on CKLN, CHRY & CFRU and did a fanzine and record label called Still Thinking and worked as cook/baker at several Toronto and Guelph veg… Read More


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