News from the Toronto Vegetarian Association

Discount Profile: Copper Branch Thornhill and Brooklin Locations

Copper Branch seems to be taking over the world! Originally from Montreal (with several locations there), they started with one location in downtown Toronto and are now invading all the suburbs throughout the GTA so you can get your plant-based fix wherever you are! I had tried their burgers before at various veg fests but when I went for my first sit down meal at their Thornhill location, my jaw dropped. My mom and I started by splitting the spicy buffalo wings. They had a delicious, slightly crispy skin and the aioli to dip them in was so creamy and flavourful. Even the little side of purple coleslaw was a refreshing, crunchy treat (spiced with sriracha! Yes please!). It was too difficult to choose just one entree so we also split two bowls: The General Copper and the Aztec. Both blew our minds when they arrived at the table. The portions were so generous, and the bowls were so colourful with so many different components. In addition to their famous ooey, gooey general tao chicken (made from shitake mushrooms), the General Copper had a bright purple coleslaw, fresh and bright green broccoli, and cubes of creamy avocado. The Aztec was… Read More


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Summer Jobs Postings: Food Fest Assistant & Community Outreach and Office Assistant

The Toronto Vegetarian Association is hiring for two summer positions. Important note: These positions are funded by Canada Summer Jobs and are therefore only open to those who are between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment; and are Canadian citizens, permanent residents or persons to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. Veg Food Fest Assistant: Logistics and Vendor Management The Veg Food Fest Assistant will be responsible for assisting and reporting to the Festival and Events Coordinator during the overall curation of the 35th annual Veg Food Fest. The Veg Food Fest Assistant will be the point of contact for vendors.  They will be responsible for clearly communicating information to vendors, answering vendor questions, and managing vendor logistics. Under the guidance and alongside the Festival and Events Coordinator, the Veg Food Fest Assistant will be responsible for the delivery and execution of the vendor logistics management plan for the 35th annual Veg Food Fest. The successful candidate must be available for a start date of Monday, June 10th, 2019, and available from September 6th to 8th, 2019. This… Read More


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Breaking news! Join or support the TVA and have your donation amount matched!

  You asked, we listened. You want more events, more member perks, and more engagement with the veg community. Well, we are excited to announce that the TVA will be offering new ways to engage with fellow members throughout the year, starting next month with a members’ only bus trip to Wishing Well Sanctuary.   But that’s not all! We want to host a number of events for members this year: more cooking classes, more lectures, and more sanctuary tours, but we can only do this with your help.   Thanks to the support of an anonymous donor, every new member who joins the TVA this month will have the amount of their gift matched, along with any donations that come from existing members like you! Bringing new members into the TVA has never had more impact and you can be part of this growth by directly purchasing a gift membership (or two, or three!), or convincing a friend to sign up. Don’t forget, each new membership, including lapsed members who renew, will have the total value of their membership donation matched by our anonymous donor, so even if you feel that one membership isn’t a lot,… Read More


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Veg Out 447: Feeding a Hungry Soul with Jacques Brennan

On today’s episode of Veg Out, Lisa and Steve are chatting with Jacques Brennan, author of the Hungry Soul cookbook, about growing up vegetarian and going vegan while travelling the world. Listen now to Veg Out!   Find Jacques here: Instagram: @hungrysoulvegan Amazon: Hungry Soul Upcoming Events: April 13 – Hamilton/Burlington Vegan meet up 5:30 – 7:30 PM at Earl’s (Burlington) then 8 pm Coffee House April 14 – Compassionista Ethical Fashion Show – 2:30 – 5:30 PM at The Right Side Boutique and Studio April 27 – Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale – 1 – 4 PM – here at the Resource Centre! (17 Baldwin Street, 2nd floor) April 27 – Dinner with The Doctor – 6 PM – Pathways to Wholeness Lifestyle Medicine Centre May 4 – Hamilton Veg Fest – 10 – 6 pm – Ancaster Fair Grounds May 5 – Veg Spring Market 5$, 11-6 pm at Wychwood Barns, TICKETS HERE FOR MORE UPCOMING EVENTS, VISIT OUR CALENDAR… Read More


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Food and Recipe of the Month: Cultured Veggies and Cabbage

Care of Amy Symington at ameliaeats.com  Cabbage is an often overlooked winter vegetable that gets very little culinary love. However, its versatility and impressive nutrition profile will surprise even your sauerkraut-loving grandmother. It is a member of the cruciferous vegetable family including arugula, broccoli, collard greens, horseradish, and kale. Cruciferous vegetables contain high levels of health-promoting phytochemicals, specifically antioxidant-rich polyphenols and disease-preventing fibre. They contain high levels of anti-bacterial organosulphur compounds that have been shown to reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Cabbage is also rich in vitamins C and K, as well as manganese, all of which help to support good bone and teeth health. Use it in spring or winter rolls, slaws, salads, soups, tacos, braised with tofu, and/or fermented in sauerkraut or cultured veggies. Cultured Veggies Makes 1 500ml jar Ingredients: (Prep a few days in advance or just use veggies as toppings and omit water, garlic and salt) 1 large carrot, grated 1 small beet, grated ½ cup cabbage, thinly sliced 1 cup water 1 clove garlic ½ tsp sea salt 16 oz mason jar Directions: 1. In a large bowl… Read More


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Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale

Join us for the Toronto location of the Annual Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale at the TVA Resource Centre! There will be cupcakes, cookies, confections, and more. And you’ll support a great cause: inspiring people to choose a healthier, greener, more compassionate lifestyle through plant-based eating. All proceeds support the TVA. You may want to bring a takeaway container to carry away extra treats! When? Saturday April 27th from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm Where? TVA Resource Centre (17 Baldwin Street, 2nd floor). We regret our location is not wheelchair accessible, although weather permitting, we may set up on our patio downstairs. This year’s sale will also feature goodies from our past Vegan Bake Off contestants!… Read More


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April Social Group Events

Veggies of Hamilton-Burlington and Veggies of Halton-Peel This joint meetup on Saturday, April 13th at 5:30 pm will be at Earl’s Burlington (900 Maple Avenue), which launched a 100% vegan plant-based menu in October 2018. If you’d like, following dinner you can join the group at Coffee House @8-11pm (Advance tickets $14, Door Tickets: $18 or Two for $35). RSVP or get more info from hamiltonburlington@veg.ca. Toronto Veg Fitness On Tuesday, April 16th, enjoy a group run/walk from 6:30 to 7:30 pm along the waterfront trail. For more details and to RSVP check out the Facebook event or email fitness@veg.ca TVA Reads On April 17th at 6:30 pm TVA Reads will get together at CSI Annex (on Bathurst, south of Bloor) to discuss How to be a Good Creature. As always, this event is also a vegan potluck so please bring a dish to share as well as your own plate and cutlery.  Click here for more details on Facebook or email tvareads@veg.ca. Vegetarians of High Park On Friday, April 26th at 6:00 pm come check out the all-vegan restaurant The Goods (279 Roncesvalles). They have delicious bowls, smoothies, and salads. RSVP required by Wednesday, April 24th. RSVP to highpark@veg.ca. Read More


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