Talent List

TALENT LIST – VEGFEST LOS ANGELES 2016

ALL THE TALENT AT VEGFEST LOS ANGELES 2016!

Alarma

World Music

https://www.alarmaband.com

Main Stage – 2:35 PM to 3:20 PM

Alarma is a world music indie band blending music styles. Danceable, melodic and sending out a positive message, the group was formed in Lincoln Heights, California. Known for their unique sound and high-energy live performances, the band incorporates styles in Cumbia, Reggae, Ska, African, Middle Eastern, and Flamenco.
Alarma has been interviewed on LA’s KPFK and has been played on a number of radio stations across the country. They have played many battle of the bands finals, several festivals all over California, large city community concerts and a few colleges/universities.
With a live performance on Fox 11’s Good Day LA and their most recent self-released full-length album “World Ignition”, this LA band is taking their sound out to the world.
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Alexandra Paul Wellness Coaching – Health coach, actress, activist,

Actress, Health Coach, Activist

http://AlexandraCoaching.com

Main Stage – 2:05 PM to 2:10 PM

ALEXANDRA PAUL BIOGRAPHY
Alexandra is an actress  and certified health coach. She has starred in over 75 films and television shows and is most known for her 5 year stint on the international hit tv show Baywatch. This year, she stars in the second season of the web series Mentor, for Logo.com.
Alexandra is a Boston Marathon and Ironman triathlon finisher. In 2014, she swam 14 miles in an ocean swim race off the coast of Mexico.   Alexandra has been vegetarian since age 14 and is now a vegan.Alexandra has committed civil disobedience about a dozen times at the Nevada Test Site to protest nuclear weapons. . In 2003, Alexandra spent 5 ½ days in jail after peacefully protesting the Iraq War. In 2005, Alexandra garnered worldwide attention when she was arrested for protesting the crushing of GM’s electric vehicle, the EV1.
In 1997, the United Nations commended Alexandra for her environmental activism. In 1999, she won the International Green Cross award. Alexandra was honored by the ACLU of Southern California as their 2005 Activist of the Year for her long history of fighting for the environment, voting rights and non-violence.
She has owned electric cars for 26 years, and will not use any products tested on animals. She has traveled to Nicaragua with a medical aid group, to Sierra Leone for a family planning organization and to South Africa to register voters. She also speaks fluent French, was a certified Emergency Medical Technician for 23 years and registered voters every Wednesday evening for 15 years.  She now volunteers weekly for the vegan meal program Food Not Bombs.
Alexandra wrote, produced and hosted the award winning films JAMPACKED, about the human overpopulation crisis, and THE COST OF COOL, on happiness and materialism.
Alexandra has also personally spoken, classroom-by-classroom, to over 6,000 Los Angeles teenagers on the issue of human overpopulation. Her TEDx talk on overpopulation continues to spread the word. In 1986, she co-founded YOUNG ARTISTS UNITED, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping teenagers in need.
Alexandra’s health coaching business is busy and fulfilling.
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Asher Brown – Commercial Producer, Founder and CEO of Pollution.tv

Locals Panel


Vegspiration Tent – 11:00 AM to 11:50 AM

QandA Hub – 1:00 PM to 1:25 PM

Asher is a longtime vegan and CEO of Pollution.tv, a Los Angeles-based creative agency specializing in the plant-based space. Asher has filmed hundreds of commercials, web videos and social media pieces for a client list that includes most of the top vegan brands and animal rights nonprofits in the country.MORE INFO!
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Brian Turner – Vegan Physique Competitor

Thick Solid Tight

Athlete Panel

https://www.youtube.com/user/HumerusFitness


Vegspiration Tent – 1:00 PM to 1:50 PM

QandA Hub – 3:30 PM to 4:20 PM

My name is Brian Turner and I’m an 9 year natural vegan bodybuilder who’s here to relate, teach a bit and have fun with you guys through my videos!
I live in San Diego, California and was born on September 23, 1992!
I’m here to teach you from all that I’ve learned from being a bodybuilder and lifting (with leg day days) for over 9+ years, as well as being certified for 4+ years. No BS here just straight knowledge from myself to you, feel free to ask questions you’d like me to make videos to!
For business inquires/booking e-mail humerusfitness@gmail.com
Check me out on instagram @thicksolidtight
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Darden

Sister band with four-part harmonies

http://www.dardensisters.com

Main Stage – 1:15 PM to 1:55 PM

Four sisters, four-part vocal harmonies, ten musical instruments (and growing) and four prolific songwriters all adds up to – DARDEN! Selah (20), Clarah (19), Havilah (17), and Tabithah (16). Darden is an alternative vocal group from Fullerton, California. As four of six children, the girls began singing at an early age, traveling in an RV across America with their parents.
Soon, the girls began seeking out their own opportunities to develop their talents as singers, songwriters, and musicians. Selah plays the violin and piano. Clarah plays acoustic guitar, bass, piano, and ukulele. Havilah plays guitar, mandolin, and ukulele. Tabithah, the youngest, plays the up-right bass, acoustic bass, electric bass, and ukulele.
Most recently they have honed their vocal style which reflects their influences – a hybrid of Folk, Americana, Pop, Country, and Blue Grass, creating a distinctive original sound dubbed Alternative Americana. With a vocal style reminiscent of The Eagles and the crossover potential of bands like Mumford and Sons, The Lumineers, and the The Zac Brown Band, Darden is carving their own lane through the current musical landscape. Their musical statement, built on a foundation of great songs, a down to earth image, and musical talent well beyond their years, is a refreshing antidote to today’s music scene.
The Darden sisters are developing into prolific songwriters with sensitive and thought- provoking lyrics and strong melodies that float through effortless harmonies. The Darden journey is not about fortune or fame, but rather about sharing their love of music.
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David Skale the Magician

Wacky comedy magic for kids!

http://DavidSkale.com

– 2:15 PM to 2:55 PM

David could be the BEST magician ever… if only his tricks would work!  But he is great at covering up the mistakes… or so he thinks!  Just when things seem hopeless, the magic works fooling Dave and the kids alike!  Dave’s show is filled with lots of fun, tons of magic, audience participation, and 37 laughs!MORE INFO!
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DJ Jamesen Re

All that is Deep & Intelligent

https://soundcloud.com/jamesen-re

Mind Body Space – 2:45 PM to 4:00 PM

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DJ Jason Tyler

Deep Funky Chicago House Music

Mind Body Space – 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM

Highly respected for his musicianship, Dj, Trumpeter, and producer, Translucent began in the Midwest’s, vibrant warehouse scene. Although House, Techno, and Jazz have been his guide, his work shows an unconstrained freedom towards music. This modus operandi led him to be one of the innovators of adding live instrumentation while Djing, and being the originator of adding the trumpet to this format.
A full ride Jazz scholarship, brought Translucent to Chicago, where he soon after began Djing, and producing with two turntables, an MPC 2000, and a Martin Committee trumpet. His talent landed him in the studio with pioneering producers Derrick Carter, Glenn Underground, Paul Johnson, which intern, set him on a course spinning world wide.
Staying true to form, his floor moving DJ sets, are never planned out and often infused with improvised trumpet, creating a unique juxtaposition in an original space. Like his Dj sets, his approach to music production, playing the trumpet, and practice sessions all have the same goal he says, “I try and stay fully aware of the moment, while getting completely lost in the feeling”.
Translucent’s unique stylings can be heard on Kompakt, Nervous, and Petfood records. He’s featured on Ultra Majic and has played trumpet on Classic, Hot Creations, and Guidance recordings.
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Dr. Neal Barnard – Founder and President of the Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine

PCRM

Keynote Speaker VegFest L.A. 2017

https://secure2.convio.net/pcrm/site/SPageNavigator/Kickstart/Kickstart%20Forms/21day_vegan_kickstart_la.html

Main Stage – 12:55 PM to 1:05 PM

Vegspiration Tent – 3:00 PM to 3:50 PM

QandA Hub – 1:30 PM to 2:20 PM

Neal Barnard, M.D., F.A.C.C., is an adjunct associate professor of medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Washington, D.C., president of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, and founder of Barnard Medical Center.
Dr. Barnard is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, the 2016 recipient of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine’s Trailblazer Award, and has led numerous research studies investigating the effects of diet on diabetes, body weight, and chronic pain, including a groundbreaking study of dietary interventions in type 2 diabetes, funded by the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Barnard has authored more than 70 scientific publications as well as 18 books, including the New York Times best-sellers Power Foods for the Brain, 21-Day Weight Loss Kickstart, and the USA Today best-seller Dr. Barnard’s Program for Reversing Diabetes.
As president of the Physicians Committee, Dr. Barnard leads programs advocating for preventive medicine, good nutrition, and higher ethical standards in research. He hosts four PBS television programs on nutrition and health and is frequently called on by news programs to discuss issues related to nutrition and research.
Originally from Fargo, N.D., Dr. Barnard received his medical degree at the George Washington University School of Medicine and completed his residency at the same institution. He practiced at St. Vincent’s Hospital in New York before returning to Washington to found the Physicians Committee.
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Gene Baur – Farm Sanctuary President and Co-Founder

vegan activist best selling author

Living the Farm Sanctuary Life

http://www.farmsanctuary.org/living

Main Stage – 3:30 PM to 3:45 PM
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QandA Hub – 2:30 PM to 3:20 PM

Gene Baur has been hailed as “the conscience of the food movement” by Time magazine. Since the mid-1980s, he has traveled extensively, campaigning to raise awareness about the abuses of industrialized factory farming and our system of cheap food production.
A pioneer in the field of undercover investigations, Gene has visited hundreds of farms, stockyards, and slaughterhouses, documenting the deplorable conditions that exist. His pictures and videos exposing factory farming cruelties have aired nationally and internationally, educating millions about the plight of modern farm animals.
Gene has also testified in courts and before local, state, and federal legislative bodies, advocating for better conditions for farm animals. His most important achievements include winning the first-ever cruelty conviction at a U.S. stockyard and introducing the first U.S. laws to prohibit cruel farming confinement methods in Florida, Arizona, and California. His efforts have been covered by top news organizations, including The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, andThe Wall Street Journal. Gene has published two bestsellers, Farm Sanctuary: Changing Hearts and Minds About Animals and Food (Scribner, 2008) and Living the Farm Sanctuary Life (Rodale, 2015), which he co-authored with Forks Over Knives author Gene Stone. Through his writing and his international speaking engagements, Gene provides simple actionable solutions coupled with a compassion-first approach to help us be the change we wish to see in treatment toward animals and in our food system.
Gene began his activist career selling veggie hotdogs out of a VW van at Grateful Dead concerts to fund farm animal rescues. Today, he serves as president of Farm Sanctuary, the nation’s leading farm animal protection organization, with shelters in New York and California. Providing rescue, refuge, and adoption for hundreds of farm animals each year, Farm Sanctuary shelters enable visitors to connect with farm animals as emotional, intelligent individuals. Gene believes these animals stand as ambassadors for the billions of factory farm animals who have no voice, and he has dedicated his career to advocating on their behalf.
Gene holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from California State University, Northridge, and a master’s degree in agricultural economics from Cornell University. In 2015, Gene was granted an Associate appointment in Health, Behavior, and Society at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. In this prestigious position, Gene is focused on implementing courses related to evidence-based work on diet and farming as it aligns to Farm Sanctuary’s goals of shedding light on factory farming’s threat to public health, the environment and animal welfare.
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Genesis Butler

My Vegan Journey

Learning Kitchen – 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

Genesis Butler is a 10 year-old animal rights activist and ethical vegan who decided to stop eating animals on her own when she was 3. She went vegan a year later and got her whole family to go vegan too. Genesis has appeared in the documentary Vegan:Everyday Stories and recently gave a TEDx talk on veganism and the environment. Genesis enjoys cooking vegan meals for her family and will be teaching vegan cooking classes to children and families.MORE INFO!

Gianna Klein

My Vegan Journey

Learning Kitchen – 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

Gianna Klein is a 13 year old girl who cares about animals and contributes time standing up for their welfare. She became a vegetarian when she was 6 years old all by herself and has not stopped caring about animals  since.MORE INFO!

GIDON

Reggae Soul Groove

http://gidonmusic.com

Main Stage – 3:55 PM to 4:45 PM

Gidon is fast emerging as one of the brightest new stars on the international reggae circuit. With roots in Israel and the Netherlands, and raised on the sun-kissed coast of Southern California, Gidon’s high-vibe music reflects the diverse, cross-cultural influences that defined his early years. Fusing elements of rock, jazz, soul and old-school Roots Rock Reggae, Gidon creates a sunny, groove-filled sound that is every bit as soulful as the Jamaican legends who inspired him.
After a decade spent playing the clubs of Los Angeles, London and Miami, Gidon’s lush, golden vocals and talent for writing future hits caught the attention of legendary reggae singer Beres Hammond. Gidon spent a week jamming with Hammond in his Miami hotel room, before the ‘King of Lover’s Rock Reggae’ sent him to the island of Jamaica to record his first full-length album with an all-star line-up of the most legendary names in the business.
This gifted musician and singer is equally at home playing sax as he is on guitar, percussion, drums or bass. Gidon recently spent time in Jamaica recording with the high priests of reggae themselves in their legendary Kingston studios. Beres Hammond at Harmony House; legendary rhythm duo Sly & Robbie at Anchor Studio; Clive Hunt at House of Hits. Gidon cut his first single, “Call Me,” which got daily air play on MELLOW FM and IRIE FM, Jamaica’s and the World’s number one radio station. His latest EP release “Rise” (Sept. 2016) has been played on David Rodigan’s BBC 1 radio Xtra and Dennis Bovell’s “Dub on Air” program on SOHO Radio, as well as local L.A. legend Chuck Foster’s “Reggae Central” radio show.
Gidon – Hebrew for Gideon – played the Ostroda Reggae Festival alongside Stephen Marley, Sly & Robbie and Katchafire in 2011; won the Carbondale, Colorado 2012 Mountain Fair Songwriters Competition; and opened the 2013 “Reggae to Reggae” show in Portland, Jamaica.
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Gwenna Hunter

Q&A

QandA Hub – 2:30 PM to 3:00 PM

In 2016, Gwenna went from vegetarian to vegan after watching the video Dairy is Scary. As founder of Vegans of LA, and the Community Engagement & Events Coordinator for Vegan Outreach Gwenna enjoys bringing people together for social functions designed to create networking, mingling, dating, and a safe, fun space for non-vegans to experience new and delicious foods, while also learning that it’s unnecessary to eat animalsMORE INFO!
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Happy Healthy Vegan – YouTube Creators & Cookbook Author

Vegan YouTube and Instagram Creators

Vegan YouTube Panel

http://www.happyhealthyvegan.org


Vegspiration Tent – 2:00 PM to 2:50 PM

QandA Hub – 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM

Ryan and Anji have been creating vegan focused content as Happy Healthy Vegan since 2013, with a current viewership of over 135 thousand on YouTube, 58 thousand on Instagram, and 24 thousand on Facebook. This over 40 Long Beach based duo have created 700+ videos covering a wide range of topic including plant based news, health and fitness tips, product and restaurant reviews, recipes and vlogs. Anji released her debut vegan cookbook, ‘Keep It Carbed, Baby!,’ in 2016. In addition to vegan outreach, this creative duo also make music under the name of Lovespirals, which is how they began their social media career. They are currently completing their 5th full-length album for release later this year.MORE INFO!
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Heather Shenkman MD – Cardiologist

Plant-based cardiologist and triathlete

Shenkman

http://www.veganheartdoc.com


Vegspiration Tent – 1:00 PM to 1:55 PM

QandA Hub – 1:30 PM to 2:20 PM

Heather Shenkman MD FACC is an interventional cardiologist in practice in the Los Angeles area.  Originally from Detroit, she attended medical school at Albany Medical College and completed her internal medicine residency training at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan. She completed her cardiology fellowship training at University of Rochester in Rochester, New York, and her interventional cardiology fellowship training at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts.
While she performs complex angioplasties to open up clogged coronary arteries, she prefers to help her patients reduce their risk of heart disease through a healthy lifestyle, including a plant-based diet and regular exercise, in addition to medication when appropriate.
Dr. Shenkman has followed a plant-based diet for nearly eleven years.  She is an avid athlete, having completed over a hundred events of various distances, from sprint triathlons to Ironman distance triathlons, marathons and ultramarathons, and several hundred-mile century cycling events.
Dr. Shenkman is a strong believer in a plant-based diet for heart health, as numerous studies have demonstrated prevention and even reversal of coronary artery disease. A plant-based diet has fueled her athletic success, and she encourages her patients toward this diet for their own health as well.
She blogs at veganheartdoc.com and can be followed on Twitter at @veganheartdoc.
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High Carb Hannah – Vegan Social Media

Vegspiration Tent

(TBD)

http://www.rawtillwhenever.com


Vegspiration Tent – 2:00 PM to 2:50 PM

Learning Kitchen – 1:00 PM to 1:50 PM

Hannah has lost over 70 pounds following a whole foods plant based diet and has shared that entire journey here on her YouTube channel. Her main focus is helping people achieve their best health through both mind and body. She has a focus on eating whole foods, mainly potatoes, rice, beans, and other starches in their least processed state. Hannah makes recipe videos, what she eats videos, and talks about the many other aspects of living a healthy life including positive thoughts, self love, the law of attraction, healthy relationships, motivating yourself, living minimally and doing the best for not only our selves but the environment, animals and people on this planet as well.MORE INFO!
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It’s Mandarin – Vegan Social Media

Beauty Panel + Q&A Vegan Women

Beauty Panel


Vegspiration Tent – 5:00 PM to 5:50 PM

QandA Hub – 12:00 PM to 12:30 PM

Amanda has a passion for food and makeup and although a full-time student, she still finds time to share videos and pics of her favorite vegan recipes and makeup products.

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Jenny Cho – Yoga Teacher

Vocal Yoga

Connecting to Sound Within – Discover Your Voice

http://www.johena.com

Mind Body Space – 11:30 AM to 12:00 PM

Join me on this journey within–through consciousness of breath, sound and movement–to heal our bodies, minds, souls, spirits.

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Joanna Burke (Jojo)

Jojo’s Dance Divas & Dudes

http://jojodd.com

Joanna Burke (Jojo) started dancing at age 3. With the knowledge that ballet is the basis of all dance, she studied at Arizona’s professional ballet company. Jojo very much enjoys tap and hip hop, and has a great passion for jazz and lyrical, including contemporary. She had the opportunity to travel and compete before she began training and working in Hollywood. She is fortunate to have trained and worked with some of the top choreographers from hit television shows. Through apprenticing at a young age, she developed a love for teaching and choreographing for children of all ages. By the age of 17 she was teaching and choreographing professionally, has won several choreography awards and in 2011 started Jojo’s Dance Divas & Dudes. Whether your child participates in dance for fun, exercise, as a creative outlet, to build self confidence, or aspires to a career in dance, Jojo’s years of study, dedication, enthusiasm and love of this art has given her the tools to help all her students achieve their goals.MORE INFO!
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Joe Marson

Electric Rock Soul Magic

http://www.joemarson.com

Main Stage – 11:00 AM to 11:45 AM

How to make a Joe Marson
step 1: blend key ingredients on high: the art of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the grace of Jeff Buckley, the soul of Ben Harper and craft of Jimi Hendrix.
step 2: notice how mixture takes the form of a unique, soulful singer/songwriter
step 3: serve at high volume
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Kamini

Music for World Peace

http://www.kaminimusic.com

Mind Body Space – 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM

Kamini is an Indian Classical Hindustani Vocalist based in Los Angeles area. She likes to incorporate various ethnic sounds from different parts of the world into her music. She truly believe that music unites the entire world and brings us closer.MORE INFO!
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Katie Cleary

Beauty Panel

http://www.worldanimalnews.com/


Vegspiration Tent – 5:00 PM to 5:50 PM

Katie’s main passion is advocating animal welfare issues while rescuing and rehabilitating animals and finding them forever homes. Katie founded the animal welfare organization “Peace 4 Animals (www.peace4animals.com) in 2012 and is a leader in the animal welfare community in Los Angeles. She has raised tens of thousands of dollars for many animal organizations around the world in support of the most crucial animal issues. Katie’s vision is to see a world that lives in peace with all animals and works to protect them against harmful human interference.MORE INFO!
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Keep it Real and Vegan – Bad Ass Vegan

Keep it Real and Vegan

Athlete Panel

https://badassvegan.com/


Vegspiration Tent – 12:00 PM to 12:50 PM

A panel of vegan brothas ; Joining together to talk about their athletic endeavors, spread the word about veganism,hot button social issues and give you their honest real talk take on everything.you don’t want to miss this.
milan ross : author,tv personality ,speaker
Will Tucker : co-author,4x nautral body building champion,speaker and trainer
Ndem Nkem : powerlifter,speaker,trainer & entrepreneur
John Lewis : speaker ,trainer,entrepreneur,documentary filmmaker  & app developer.
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Ken Spector – Marketing

HappyCow

Locals Panel


Vegspiration Tent – 11:00 AM to 11:50 AM

QandA Hub – 1:00 PM to 1:25 PM

Ken is a fountain of knowledge who is interested in everything life has to offer, from the psychology of business marketing to organic gardening to website/graphic design. He has consulted for or worked in upper management for numerous companies including Microsoft, Hollywood.com, Eco Vision Packaging, and LivingECO.com. He is dedicated to living a vegan, holistic, sustainable lifestyle. You may have seen him zooming through the streets of Los Angeles on his bicycle.MORE INFO!

Kyna Rose – Acro Yoga Teacher

combine yoga and acrobatics

Intro to Acro Yoga – Come and Play

Mind Body Space – 2:45 PM to 4:00 PM

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Lose Your Veganity – YouTuber

Vegan Health and Lifestyle Channel

Vegan Women

QandA Hub – 12:00 PM to 12:30 PM

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Mariana Tosca – Main Stage Host!

Vegan Actor, Producer & Social Activist

http://www.mtosca.com

Main Stage – 10:30 AM to 6:30 PM

MARIANA TOSCA starred in Christmas in the Clouds opposite Graham Greene, M. Emmet Walsh and Wes Studi. Her other film and television credits include: Masters of Sex, Parenthood, I Knew a Girl Named Hollywood, War, The Rites of Spring, So I Married an Axe Murderer, John Carpenter’s Village of the Damned and The Doors. Following up EQUINE DESTINY, an award winning documentary about the mounting issues facing America’s horses, which she co-produced and in which she stars, Mariana is currently producing JOURNEY TO ROYAL, which tells the story of Lt. Royal A. Stratton, a 22-year-old United States Army Air Corps rescue pilot who spent his war career saving lives, not taking them, and who died heroically on his final rescue mission in the South Pacific during World War II. Matching the storyline of compassion, this film is proudly being produced as an entirely vegan production, utilizing cruelty-free products for all aspects of production (wardrobe, makeup/hair, props, craft services, catering, etc.) For decades, Mariana has been at the forefront of social advocacy and founded the Los Angeles Homeless Coalition, which offered shelter, relief and skills training to the homeless population there. She sits on the Board of TheTenDollarClub.org, a nonprofit organization which funds poverty alleviation projects around the world. To date, they have undertaken over 100 projects in 70 countries, providing life-changing services for thousands of people in underdeveloped countries. Mariana serves on the Advisory Boards of Rex & Friends Charitable Foundation, which provides music education and music therapy to people who are blind and/or autistic, ElephantVoices, a nonprofit dedicated to the protection of elephants through conservation, advocacy, research and education, Born Free USA, a leading wildlife conservation group which campaigns to end the suffering of wild animals in captivity and to protect wildlife in their natural habitats, and DreamCatcher Wild Horse & Burro Sanctuary, which takes in previously rounded up and/or adopted wild horses and returns them to their natural wild state within a herd environment.   She also proudly serves alongside Dr. Jane Goodall on the Advisory Council of Save the Chimps, the world’s largest chimpanzee sanctuary which is home to hundreds of chimpanzees retired from the NASA space program, bio-medical research and the entertainment & pet trades.  Mariana studied Acting at the American Conservatory Theatre and has served on the Board of Directors of the Alliance Repertory Company and Theatre East.  She is a member of Mensa International and is a Humane Education lecturer at several middle schools in the Los Angeles area.  She is an adopted member of the Sac and Fox nation.  Mariana has served as a campaign advisor for candidates for Governor, Attorney General, State Senate and State Assembly in California, New York, Oregon and Montana.MORE INFO!
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Mary Haberski

Vegfest Vinyasa Flow with Mary Haberski

http://www.maryhaberski.com/private-yoga-instruction-bodywork-

Mind Body Space – 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

With 15 years of dedicated practice, Mary has embodied the true meaning of yoga; the unification of mind, body, and spirit. When she realized that the physical asana practice was a mere scratching of the surface of what the practice has to offer, her life began to change in ways she could have never imagined. As she dove passionately into herself, she began to flourish and expand. The teaching brought her to Los Angeles, where she tapped into what she considers to be an extension of her practice, surfing. Her deep love for the ocean and the sport lead her to create a ocean conservation, non-profit organisation, Daana Blue. Through this organisation she is living yoga, being of service to the Earth, community, and our underprivileged youth.
It has been Mary’s honor to teach children, the elderly, women’s groups, surfers, at festivals, retreats, on the beach (her second home), events, online, for corporations, in numerous studios, as well as privately. She has also been featured on Girl Central Television, twice on Yoga Audacious, Exceed Evolution, is a speaker on the Skillify panel, and has partnered with LA Unified School District, the Educare Foundation, and Beyond the Bell.
Her students are of all body types, levels of fitness and practice, demographic, and age ranging from 4-81. Styles of yoga Mary specializes in are Vinyasa, Hatha, and Restorative, all primarily focused on hands-on and verbal alignment cues as well as meditation. She has chosen to dedicate her life to teaching yoga because it has liberated her and brought her to self-realization. It is the fulfillment of her heart to inspire other to do the same through a life of mindfulness, love, inner-peace and generosity.
With numerous trainings done in India in the Raja Yoga tradition, studying under Usha Devi direct disciple of BKS Iyangar, Mary has an insatiable appetite for continuing her education. She continues self study of the 8 limbs of yoga and anatomy/physiology and welcomes her student to join her on her journey of personal growth and soul expansion. With all the the years of study, she believes that she has lifetimes of information learn and share, and is appreciative to be on part of a practice with no end.
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Mary Zaint – Vegans From Mars

Vegans From Mars

Locals Panel


Vegspiration Tent – 11:00 AM to 11:50 AM

QandA Hub – 1:00 PM to 1:25 PM

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Melissa Breslow – Zen Master

Love and Gratitude

Connecting to the Light within – Healing yourself and the Universe

http://openeyesfoundation.org/

Mind Body Space – 1:00 PM to 1:30 PM

Thru breath we will connect to light and heal ourselves and the universe. Experience gratitude and love and know everything is possible. Find your joy and bring it into your life!

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Mic the Vegan – Vegan Social Media

Q&A Tent

https://www.patreon.com/micthevegan

Q and A Tent – 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Mic the Vegan is a vegan science writer that covers a variety of topics from the health effects of a vegan diet and the environmental impact of eating animal products to the sociological phenomenon of casual animal exploitation. Based in the U.S., he regularly tackles debunking the myths that perpetuate harmful dietary and lifestyle behaviors – all with a drop of humor that only he thinks is funny.MORE INFO!
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Nina & Randa

Vegan singer/songwriting twin duo

Social Media Panel

http://www.ninaandranda.com

Main Stage – 12:10 PM to 12:40 PM

Vegspiration Tent – 5:00 PM to 5:45 PM

Youtube stars and lifelong vegan identical twins Nina and Randa Nelson are singer/songwriter/performers who started singing and dancing before they could walk.
On their popular youtube channel NinaandRanda, they delight in introducing a whole new generation of kids to the many benefits of the vegan lifestyleMORE INFO!
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Peaceful Ninjas

Inner, Outer and World Peace

http://www.peacefulninjas.org

Peaceful Ninjas is a holistic peace education movement empowering youth to co-create world peace by merging ancient and modern mindfulness practices. We offer educational programs at a wide and diverse variety of schools, youth organizations and at-risk centers throughout Los Angeles. Peaceful Ninjas is a fiscally sponsored 501c3 non profit program under EarthWays in Malibu, CA. Peaceful Ninjas helps youth between 18 months and 18 years old who are underprivileged, low-income, homeless, inner city, autistic and at-risk. We are currently teaching mindfulness and social emotional programs as part of a curriculum that we plan to scale across the United States and Globally. We offer community outreach and mindfulness enrichment programs at no cost to these groups. They are educated on the benefits of organic food and healthy eating.

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Zachariah Fisher’s Bio

Zachariah’s classes are known for their high energy, student driven curriculum and experiential teaching style. Starting his teaching career as the youngest PE coach in the LAUSD, he founded Camps which serviced over 1,500 kids in Los Angeles and offered activities including a wide variety of Sports, Martial Arts, Yoga and Drumming.
 

Zachariah has traveled extensively to South East Asia and India where he studied Eastern Philosophy, Martial Arts, Taoist Qi Gong and a variety of Yogic disciplines, which are now infused into the rhythm of the Peaceful Ninjas Platform. He has dedicated his life to empowering youth the world over and is fully committed to seeing that mission through as the Founder of Peaceful Ninjas.MORE INFO!

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Q&A Hub

Vegan Men “Myth and Facts”

QandA Hub – 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

 

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Q45

let loose and free yourself

Mind Body Space – 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

Breaks, Hip Hop, Dubstep, Jungle/D&B and Reggae riddims

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Rachel Davidson – Yoga Teacher

Inhale life through Yoga

DANCE Yoga

http://breathinyoga.com/

Mind Body Space – 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM

For the past year I’ve been practicing manifesting consciousness through my breath and of my breath.  And I use the term “practicing” because I view this as a journey, something to participate in rather than just perfect. The good news is is that the journey is really quite simple:
Breathe in with intention.
Breathe out with intention.
Allow the inhalation to initiate the upward movement.
Allow the exhalation to initiate the downward movement.
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Rachel Demita – Basketball Player

Athlete Panel


Vegspiration Tent – 1:00 PM to 1:50 PM

QandA Hub – 3:30 PM to 4:20 PM

Rachel Annamarie DeMita is an online personality, social media addict and model based in Los Angeles, California. Rachel played 8 years of competitive basketball in her hometown of Akron, Ohio, then went on to host and produce the first-ever TV show broadcast through a video-game, Nba 2K TV.MORE INFO!
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Rawvana – Vegan Bi-lingual Social Media

Learning Kitchen

(TBD)

http://rawvana.com/

Learning Kitchen – 4:00 PM to 4:45 PM

Yovana Mendoza, better known across the internet as Rawvana, is one of the leading voices (in both English and Spanish) championing the low-fat raw vegan diet known as 80/10/10.

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Roxette Arisa – Vegan Social Media

Vegspiration Tent

Beauty Panel

https://roxettearisa.com/


Vegspiration Tent – 5:00 PM to 5:50 PM

Roxette has been a competitive skater for over 19 years.  Now, she’s turned her energy toward educating women everywhere how to look incredible without cruelty.

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Sammy Grimm

Beauty Panel


Vegspiration Tent – 5:00 PM to 5:50 PM

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Sandra Sellani – Co-author, The 40-Year-Old Vegan Cookbook

Get leaner, cleaner & greener!

3 Game Changing Vegan Blender Recipes

http://www.40YOV.com/book

Learning Kitchen to 2:00 PM

Sandra Sellani, co-author of The 40-Year-Old Vegan Cookbook, graduated from Matthew Kenney Culinary Academy in Los Angeles.  She is especially passionate about helping people over age 40 to transition to a vegan lifestyle using the comfort foods of her Italian childhood and quick,  easy recipes using familiar foods.  Sandra has an MBA from Pepperdine University, Malibu, California and lives in Newport Beach, California.MORE INFO!
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Serina Wolfe

Sound Healer – All Day

Mind Body Space – 10:30 AM to 6:30 PM

Certified Sound Practitioner
Alternative & Holistic Health
Ethereal Sound by Serina Wolfe offers sound therapy services that provide deep levels of relaxation and meditation to relieve the mind and body of stress from daily life.
Sound activates the body’s natural healing and detoxification pathways.
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Shamanatrix Missy Galore

Music + art galactivating hearts

http://MissyGalore.com

Coming from the Land of Love, meeting every breath as a cosmic hug! Shamanatrix Missy Galore creates music and art to galactivate hearts with Loveolution.

Pioneering the genre of psychedelic devotional disco,
her self titled album Shamanatrix Missy Galore,
is cosmically designed to make the listener shine!

Winner of the 2016 Global Peace Song Award for best pop song: Love*o*lution & the FOWPAL: Federation of World Peace + Love Award,  her creations are dedicated to uplifting spirit and unifying hearts with peace, joy + justice for all.

Founder of FLUFF the GOODNESS: inspired by her song of the same name;  the AURA FLUFF experience includes Playshops, Comedy, Music + Interactive Art  designed for all ages to enjoy and take part.
Personal Aura Fluffing and 1 on 1 coaching available.

Fast with a freestyle as a singer, speaker and event MC
her cross cultural creations transcend generations and nations.
Performing at festivals like Sundance, Symbiosis, Burning Man and Bhakti Fest, as well as the United Nations, the Guggenheim + Warhol Museums and the Comedy Store her vibrant message of Love shines! Promoting heart centered living, emotional intelligence + the super hero within us all, Shamanatrix Missy Galore is a servant of Cosmic Love.MORE INFO!

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Sonia Elsie

Beauty Panel

Beauty Panel & Body Positivity


Vegspiration Tent – 5:00 PM to 5:50 PM

QandA Hub – 12:00 PM to 12:50 PM

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SriMati

spiritual guide, yogi, healer

http://www.srimati.com

Mind Body Space – 1:30 PM to 2:45 PM

A true spiritual wellness warrior, Julie Piatt aka “SriMati” is an author, podcast host, plant based chef, motivational speaker, meditation guide, yoga teacher, and singer. At the core of all of Julie’s offerings is an opportunity for an expansion of our perspectives; a gain of cosmic view so that we all may realize our divine blueprint or life purpose.MORE INFO!
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Stella Rae – Awesomeness

love, community, compassion, growth.

Beauty Panel & Q&A Vegan Community

https://www.youtube.com/user/vlogmakeupbeauty


Vegspiration Tent – 5:00 PM to 5:50 PM

QandA Hub – 12:00 PM to 12:50 PM

love, community, compassion, growth.

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Steve-O

Activist Panel

Activist Panel

Main Stage – 5:00 PM to 5:10 PM

Vegspiration Tent – 4:00 PM to 4:50 PM

Steve-O, is a Canadian-British-American[ stunt performer, comedian, animal-rights activist, and television personality. His entertainment career is mostly centered on his performance stunts on the American TV series Jackass, its related movies, and its spin-off series Wildboyz. Steve-O narrated a short video titled “What Came Before, featuring Steve-O: The Truth About Meat and Modern Farms” about some of the individual animals rescued by Farm Sanctuary and he also reveals the life of the less fortunate animals that are born into modern farming in the US. He is currently a vegan due to his concern about animal rights. He does not eat any meat or dairy and does not wear fur or leatherMORE INFO!
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Superhooper

Hooping for the body, mind, and soul

http://www.superhooper.org

Founded in 2002 Superhooper was a main component to the evolution of the hooping community, from body-rockers and hip-shakers to an ever-evolving flow art in it’s own right. We encourage positivity and fun because we believe that life doesn’t have to be boring. Other things we believe in?
We believe you have the natural-born talent to rock those hips and dance. Trust us. We’ll show you how.
We believe you have an inkling or a desire you’ve kept hidden in the back of your mind for far too long. We’re here to help you bring it to life. And not just to life, but make it bigger than big. The kind of “big” where you look forward to end of work day and weekends, knowing you get to play with your passion every day. Sound good?
We believe you deserve happiness, respect, and love. And we’re determined to give you the tools to create those feelings in every crevice and cranny of your existence.
Ready to “HOOP” to it? 😉
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Supreme Banana – Social Media

Vegan Metalhead Youtuber

Social Media Panel


Vegspiration Tent – 2:00 PM to 2:50 PM

Vegan metalhead youtuber who’s a s$%^ chef & laughs much too loud!

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The 300# Vegan

Athlete Panel

Main Stage – 4:55 PM to 5:00 PM

Vegspiration Tent – 1:00 PM to 1:50 PM

QandA Hub – 3:30 PM to 4:20 PM

Animal Rights + Food Justice Activist • Public Speaker • NFL Defensive Lineman •
David Carter aka The 300 Pound Vegan is an American football defensive end and vegan activist. Carter and his wife, Paige, work through their organization The 300 Pound Vegan to spread a message of plant based health and ethical veganism.MORE INFO!
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The Gay Vegans

The Gay Vegans

Locals Panel

http://www.thegayvegans.com/


Vegspiration Tent – 11:00 AM to 11:50 AM

– 1:00 PM to 1:30 PM

The Gay Vegans believe that we all have more in common than not, and that each of us can make a difference today in helping animals who suffer every day. To build bridges, spread love and compassion, teach tolerance, be a voice for the voiceless, engage politically and give a peak into the lives of a married gay, vegan couple living in the burbsMORE INFO!
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The Turners

Turn it out, Turn it up

Main Stage – 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM

They’re BACK!  The Turners have been playing at WorldFest and VegFest L.A. for the past few years and are gonna burn up the stage again this year.  The band consists of some of L.A.’s finest musicians (several are Grammy Winners!) and have been such a favorite we have to have them back every chance we get!MORE INFO!
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VeegMama

NOT A NUGGET Book reading

http://veegmama.com

Stephanie Dreyer is an author and the founder of VeegMama, where she helps families cook and eat healthier.  Her children’s book, Not A Nugget, and eBook, VeegMama’s Guide To Going Vegan, are both available on Amazon.  Stephanie has been featured on KCAL 9 in Los Angeles, and in VegNews and Chickpea Magazine.  She is a proud partner of Raddish Kids, providing dietary substitutions for their monthly subscription boxes.
Stephanie is also a contributor on the popular websites, World of Vegan, VegNews, and Girlie Girl Army.  She has been featured on several websites, including PETAKids, The San Francisco Vegetarian Examiner, SheKnows, The Active Times, and Care.com.  
Stephanie holds a M.S. in Integrated Marketing from Northwestern University and a B.A. in Communications from The University of California, San Diego.  She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and three children.  When she’s not writing at her laptop or chasing after her kids, you can find her cooking something delicious or reading something wonderful.  Visit her at Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.
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Vegan Black Metal Chef – Vegan Black Metal Chef

Bringing consciousness to your life

http://veganblackmetalchef.com


Vegspiration Tent – 11:00 AM to 11:50 AM

Learning Kitchen – 5:00 PM to 5:45 PM

QandA Hub – 1:00 PM to 1:25 PM

Brian Manowitz, aka “The Vegan Black Metal Chef” hosts a cooking show that explores a variety of easy Asian, Indian, North American, South American, Italian, Middle Eastern, kosher and other global vegan meals. Packed with humor, music, and visual effects… This is the most fun way to learn vegan vegetarian cooking ever.MORE INFO!
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YogaBuddies – Yoga for KIDS!

Yoga and breathing for calm kids.

https://www.yogabuddies.com/

YogaBuddies is committed to helping kids improve their health and well-being through the practice of kids yoga. YogaBuddies creates yoga classes and products that make it fun and easy for kids to be healthy. We are proud to say we have taught in more than 50 schools and organizations since 2004. Our products and classes have reached more than 4,500 kids. We hope to have the honor to share yoga with your child too.MORE INFO!
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