News from the Toronto Vegetarian Association

Veg Out 440: Priya Rao from What Priya Said

Happy 2019 to all you fine veg and veg-curious folks! On today’s episode we are joined by broadcaster and vegan connoisseur Priya Rao to talk about her vegan journey and her new outlet for showcasing all things plant powered, What Priya Said. You can also find her on Facebook and Instagram. Listen now to Veg Out!   Veg Out Priya Rao  … Read More


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They can run, but they can't hide from veganism

Care of Barbi Lazarus, Donor and Volunteer Coordinator If your New Year’s resolution is to encourage more people to go vegan, it seems you’re not alone. Saturday, January the 5th, the first weekend of 2019, witnessed a thrilling exhibition of vegan-related stories from mainstream media outlets. It seems everyone and anyone can’t stop talking about the fact that veganism is here to stay and is going to be a dominant force in society and economics in 2019 and beyond. CBC dedicated 10 minutes to the plant-based revolution. As ‘meat-eater’ Elmer Kim states: “I’ve got to tell you… This is absolutely going to revolutionize the food industry. The beef industry, if they don’t get this right, they’re going to be like the taxi industry. They’re going to look like Blockbuster because this is coming down like a tidal wave.” Click here to watch this clip which is sure to excite you about the progress we are making! This was accompanied by both an online article and a clip on CBC Radio promoting Veganuary, that included comments from me about the 7-Day Veggie Challenge and how it can support people doing… Read More


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Veg Guide Updates — January 2019!

Happy New Year! We’re pleased to report that we’re starting 2019 off with a bunch of new vegan businesses to tell you about!   Cinnaholic Danforth — TVA Members save 15%  319 Danforth Ave. The third Toronto location of this delicious vegan dessert chain is now open on Danforth near Broadview (and conveniently close to Big Carrot)! Stop by for gourmet vegan cinnamon buns, cookies, brownies and more! And, if that’s not enough to lure you, all Cinnaholic locations now offer TVA members a 15% discount!         Flower Lantern Vegetarian Restaurant 2437 Finch Ave. W, Unit 1 This new restaurant near Weston Road and Finch serves a variety of mock meat dishes, soups, stir fries and noodle bowls which are almost all vegan, and are all vegetarian! And they deliver via Skip the Dishes too! We can’t wait to try them out when we’re in the neighbourhood.       Gemaro Bakery 149 Main St. This vegan, gluten free and allergen free bakery just opened up a retail location… Read More


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Veg Out 439: Controversial Plant-Based Burgers

On today’s episode of Veg Out, Sweta, Lisa, and Steve talk about the recent news of Impossible Burger and Nestle’s new plant-based burger. There has been a lot of news and it’s been a hot topic in the vegan world. For the articles/products mentioned: The Impossible Burger Faces Second FDA Hurdle – The Star Nestle’s New Plant-Based Burger – Bloomberg Clean Milk Upcoming Events: TVA Joint Fundraiser with Toronto Vegetarian Food Bank at Away For more upcoming events at the TVA, visit our Events Calendar! Listen Now: Veg Out 439 – Plant-Based Burger Controversies FINAL (Image from Impossible Foods)… Read More


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January 2019 Social Group Events

TVA Reads On January 16th, join the TVA Reads to discuss Happily Ever Esther. Make sure to read the book before the potluck so you’re ready to discuss it! RSVP is required to tvareads@veg.ca. You can also search for the group on Facebook to learn more. Dinner Social Group On Thursday, January 17th at 7:00 pm, join this group to try a new veg-friendly discovery, Khau Gully. It is located at 1991 Yonge Street. RSVP to tvadinner@veg.ca by January 15th.  … Read More


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The Tipping Point is Here

Care of Barbi Lazarus, Donor and Volunteer Resources Coordinator I’m starting to feel like a broken record, but I just can’t stop sharing my excitement about all the signs that we’ve reached a tipping point with the popularity and awareness of vegan food in Toronto. Earlier this year, popular local Italian chain Il Fornello launched their huge, plant-based menu complete with arancini balls and agnolotti in “butter” sauce, and not long ago we learned that famous local chef David Lee decided to close his popular omnivorous restaurant Nota Bene to replace it with a second location of the vegan restaurant Planta. But make sure you are sitting down because you won’t believe the news I’m about to share with you. You may have already heard from us that the Toronto Vegetarian Association won Best Food Activist Group in this year’s Now Readers’ Choice Awards. We are so humbled, grateful, and excited about this incredible achievement! (Thanks so much if you voted for us!). But we weren’t the only vegan establishment that went home with an award this year. Check out this list of plant-based businesses that won in a dozen categories! And again, we’re not just talking about winning in a vegan category. These businesses won best… Read More


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December 2018 Social Group Events

TVA Reads On December 12th, join the TVA Reads for a vegan potluck and discussion of the book A Street Cat Named Bob, by James Bowen. Make sure to read the book before the potluck so you’re ready to discuss it! On January 16th they’ll meet again to discuss Happily Ever Esther. Save the date! RSVP is required to tvareads@veg.ca. You can also search for the group on Facebook to learn more. Veggies of Hamilton-Burlington On Saturday, December 15th at 5:30 pm, join this group to try the new Southeast vegetarian restaurant Little Asia. It is located at 24 King Street East, in Dundas. RSVP to hamiltonburlington@veg.ca by Friday, December 14th.  Vegetarians of High Park Check out the all-vegan restaurant The Goods at 279 Roncesvalles, on Friday, December 21st from 6 to 8 pm. RSVP required by Tuesday, December 18th to highpark@veg.ca. Learn more about the group at highparkveg.wordpress.com. 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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