Compassion Marketplace – June 6.2010

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The Toronto Vegetarian Association’s first-ever Compassion Marketplace takes over the Artscape Wychwood Barns from 11am to 7pm with cupcakes, volleyball, music, food and more!

Toronto’s first-ever Compassion Week marketplace of food, entertainment and ideas is set to take place this Sunday, June 6 at Artscape Wychwood Barns.

The Compassion Marketplace will feature a puppet show, a volleyball tournament, cupcakes, and diverse food offerings. Compassionate alternatives will be explored by Toronto cookbook author jae steele (Ripe From Around Here, Get It Ripe), animal ethicist David Sztybel, photographer Jo-Anne McArthur, and Sheri Delaney, coordinator of Story Book Farm Primate Sanctuary.

Date: June 6.2010
Location: Artscape Wychwood Barns – 601 Christie Street.
Time: 11am – 7pm

The following programming will take place Sunday, June 6 at Artscape Wychwood Barns, located at 601 Christie St from 11am to 7pm.

  • 11am – Music: More than Breathing (
  • 12pm – Talk: jae steele discusses Ripe From Around Here (
  • 1pm – Puppet show: The Peek-a-boo Puppets Musical
  • 1:30 to 2:45pm – Volleyball Match: V*gan Adventures & Socials in Toronto vs The Public
  • 3pm – Talk: Animal Ethicist David Sztybel
  • 5pm – Talk: Sheri Delaney discusses the Story Book Farm Primate Sanctuary (

Organized by the Toronto Vegetarian Association, this free marketplace marks the conclusion of Compassion Week – a series of events exploring the role that animals play in our lives and encouraging people to explore compassionate alternatives.

“Toronto is really a city of festivals,” according to David Alexander, Executive Director of the Toronto Vegetarian Association. “With the success of our Vegetarian Food Fair, we’re convinced that festivals are a fun way for people try new foods, learn about new products and consider new ideas.”
Food offerings include the premier of PinkHart Diner, who will offer “Home Style Classics with a Side of Change.” Business-owner Alecia Bolan is stepping out on her own after 17-years in the restaurant business to change the landscape of the kind of food that’s available to vegetarians. “I’m tired of saying ‘I wish they made Vegan this or that,’” says Bolan. “PinkHart diner is taking over, and yes we are going to eat everything again.” She hopes her food will show new vegetarians and curious meat-eaters that vegetarians don’t have to give up familiar favourites.


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