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VEDTalks: The Activators / Vegan Market & Art Show

September 22, 2019 @ 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Something familiar…but a little bit different. “VEDTalks…Seeds Worth Planting”. Based on the well-known TEDTalks…but with a bright-green vegan twist! This segment: THE ACTIVATORS. Live-streaming via Ray Kowalchuk of JaneUnchainedCanada.

Plant-Based (R)evolution and Calling All Vegans are delighted to be hosting the second instalment in a series of presentations meant to inform, motivate, inspire, and provoke thought.

No vegan event would be complete without food, glorious food! Bring your appetite as well as containers/plates/utensils for delicious free samples and take-home purchases from the pop-up marketplace. And to further delight your senses, attendees can feast their eyes on the works of art on display being exhibited by a number of vegan artists, with some pieces available for purchase.

Please meet our wonderful VEDTalkers. All speakers will be available for a panel discussion after the presentation to clarify, amplify, and fortify their talks.

FOAD HP, cerebral Toronto comedian and activist, will school us on the power of humour and using it to deliver the often unpalatable vegan message with that little bit of sugar to help the medicine go down…and to prove to the world that (most) vegans are not, in fact, humourless!

JENNY MCQUEEN, long-time animal activist, will share with us how FurFree Toronto is forming a coalition of individuals, grassroots organizations, and forward-thinking mainstream companies working towards following in the footsteps of other cities and countries around the world that have successfully banned fur in their municipalities. We will also be putting into action some of what we learn in this presentation.

DARREN CHANG, Toronto activist and one of the liberators of four sweet birds from a local chicken slaughterhouse, is putting the squeeeeeze on Canada Goose through a carefully crafted and systematic pressure campaign. Learn more about applying pressure to corporate weak links and the effectiveness of such initiatives in general, as well as the specific ways in which these tactics are being applied to cruel Canada Goose and its head honcho, Dani Reiss. It is critical that we update and sharpen our skills when standing up for animals to make us more effective activists.


THE VEGANABLER / KELLY KERR: Vegan facilitator/coach, private chef, caterer, product developer, and food activist specializing in comfort foods.
The VeganAbler

VEGANS4LIFE / ALICE MELISSA: Beyond Meat, Gardein, Violife, and Go Max Go (plant-based chocolate bars!) distributor.
Vegans 4 Life

NO HARM DONE / CHEF GREYSON SOUTH: A catering company that believes in no harm done to the environment or any sentient being in the provision of baked goods, candies, and simple meals…including for fur-babies and their special events.
No Harm Done Inc


TWYLA FRANCOIS has been a farmed animal cruelty investigator for over a decade. Her work has been the focus of numerous documentaries and has led to the closure of facilities, animal cruelty convictions, rescues of abused and neglected farmed animals, and opening the hearts and minds of many to the power of their food choices to create a kinder world. Recognizing that not everyone will be reached by graphic footage and photos, Twyla’s art seeks to raise awareness on the plight of today’s farmed animals in a more gentle, but hopefully equally compelling, way.
Twyla Francois Art & Investigation

LULU LOTUS, an author and illustrator of vegan children’s books, is kindly raising funds through the sale of her funky, cool bracelets and chokers fashioned out of upcycled plastic shopping bags, to help Calling All Vegans purchase much-needed mobile equipment and to assist in their space rental costs. Subscribe to her YouTube channel at LuLu Lotus.
Vegan Children’s Books

MADELEINE TUTTLE, World Peace Diet Facilitator and visionary Swiss artist, has had her vibrant watercolours exhibited in museums and galleries in Europe, North America, and Asia. Besides providing art for CDs and books, she has a line of original art-cards as well as over 20 of her paintings available as limited-edition prints. She also collaborates with her husband, author and musician, Dr. Will Tuttle, in creating personalized music and art portraits.

CHANTAL DOSTALER is a whistleblower who stood up on her hind legs and spoke about the horrors of the sled dog industry. She now works with the group, End Sled Dog Cruelty, and sells her prints via her Etsy page to fund her animal advocacy work.

JO-ANNE MCARTHUR is a photojournalist and the founder of We Animals Media. Through her long-term body of work, We Animals, she has been documenting our complex relationship with animals in almost sixty countries for the last fifteen years. McArthur was the subject of the acclaimed 2013 documentary The Ghosts in Our Machine, and is the author of We Animals and Captive, as well as the co-founder of The Unbound Project, which celebrates women animal advocates worldwide. Her work has been used by hundreds of organizations, media, and academics. She has spoken extensively in North America, Australia and across Europe on the subjects of photography, animals, social change and empathy.
We Animals Media

MELINDA HEGEDUS, a vegan digital artivist from Amsterdam, through the use of bold, bright colours, humour, and displaying animals in an anthropomorphic state, is creating art that even non-vegan humans are compelled to give a side-eye glance.
Vegan Art by Melinda

JENNY MCQUEEN, well-known Toronto animal rights activist, is also a fantastic artist, so she’ll be switching hats at this event between VEDTalker and exhibitor.
Jenny McQueen

SILVANA SPASIC is a jewellery designer and artist from Toronto, Ontario. She also recently opened a vegan restaurant called Animal Liberation Kitchen, located at 717-1/2 Queen Street East in Toronto. With a passion for animal rights from an early age, she focuses her work on highlighting these issues. Her new line consists of animals and plants that are endangered as a result of climate change and animal agriculture.
IG: @seekjewellery Email: silvanaspasic187@gmail.com

SHELLY HAWLEY-YAN & EMMA HAWLEY-YAN create magical, charming, and playful delights, with everything screaming — and oinking, and mooing, and clucking! — imagination, creativity, and attention to detail.
On Dragon Wings Studio

As always, there is no charge for this event, but donations will be gratefully accepted. If you are unable to attend, but still wish to make a donation, you can e-transfer to info@plant-based.ca or visit the Plant-Based (R)evolution Facebook page, click “Shop Now”, which will direct you to our PayPal.

HUGE thanks and gratitude to the generous and talented Patrick Biller for creating our cool and creative logo for the series!


September 22, 2019
12:30 pm - 4:00 pm


Plant-Based (R)evolution
Calling All Vegans


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Toronto, ON M5G 1C3 Canada
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