Summer Triad Vegan Festival (June 3)

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Triad Vegan Festival Schedule

Meeting Room:
11:00-11:45 Kid’s Panel
12:00-12:30 Dr. Will Taylor, “How eating animals has contributed to the extinction and endangerment of species”.
1:00-1:45 Screen time/Video shorts
2:00-2:45 Ron Gandiza, “The Plant-Powered Tsunami: How You Can Help Accelerate the Plant-Based Movement”
3:00-3:45 Cooking Demo with Lorena Stephenson (Let’s take charge of our health)
11:00-1:00 Ronnie Tsunami and the Wave Riders
12:00-2:00 Clowning with Cal Clements and Company
1:15 Drumming up enthusiasm with Nicholas Stott.
1:30 “Animals for Animal Rights” Parade/March (around the block)
2:00-2:45 Briana Strickland
3:00-4:00 Debbie The Artist and the DTA Band
Free face painting, mask-making, sign-making; stand up and represent your favorite farmed or endangered animal in our first ever “Animals for Animal Rights Parade/March”.
Bring your kazoos,  animal costumes, etc. Hand drums will be provided.

Kids Panel:

Audrey Blythe Canalis 13 yr old, vegan and is passionate about it! She’s practiced a vegan diet since late 6 yrs old. Her interests are writing, psychiatry/psychology, art, singing and drama. She just created a screencast in her speech class titled “How Plastics Impact the Environment”. It was voted best overall presentation! She spelled out how plastics harm ocean animals and sea life.

River Hayes Canalis 15 yr old, vegan and loves it!! He’s been vegan since he was late 8 yrs old. His interests are law, government and gaming! If the topic is brought up among his many friends and acquaintances he is happy to talk about why he’s vegan as his current form of activism. He finds that just living his own convictions is one of the best ways to share.

Laylah Holman
is twelve years old and tries her best to be the best. Laylah has been vegetarian for about 2 years now. She is involved with the arts and loves to sing, dance and act. Laylah is following in her mother’s footsteps and wants to become an entrepreneur.

Madeline Scott Hello! My name is Madeline Scott and I am seventeen years old. I will be the moderator for the “vegan kids” panel discussion at this year’s Veg Fest. I have been vegan for around two years, and am very passionate about animal rights, and I look forward to discussing the vegan lifestyle from the younger generation’s point of view!


About our Speakers:

E.W. Taylor photo

Ethan Will Taylor, Ph.D. was a Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Georgia for 18 years, and is currently Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at UNCG and Director of the Biosafety Level 3 Laboratory at the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering, Greensboro, NC.  With his wife Maria Dormandy Taylor, he is also a cofounder of the Triad Vegan Society, and the Dharma Farm Animal Refuge in Archdale, NC ( Dr. Taylor has been engaged in research on HIV, Ebola and other emerging infectious diseases for over 25 years, and is best known for his work on the role and mechanisms of the dietary trace element selenium in reducing the pathophysiological effects of various RNA viruses. His research interests include the impact of animal agriculture on human and environmental health, including contributions to greenhouse gases and climate change, increases in antibiotic resistance, and emerging infectious diseases. More about Dr. Taylor’s research can be found at


Ronnie Gandiza AKA Ronnie Tsunami The Plant-Powered Tsunami: How You Can Help Accelerate the Plant-Based Movement” The plant-based movement is growing rapidly with the popularity of plant-based alternatives to meat and dairy, as well as the growing recognition of the undeniable health benefits of a plant-based diet by the medical profession and the mainstream public.  In this presentation, Ronnie Tsunami discusses how to not just keep this momentum moving forward, but how we can accelerate the plant-based movement to counter efforts by the meat, dairy, and pharmaceutical industries to slow this wave.Ronnie Tsunami is a professional speaker and plant-based lifestyle advocate who has been developing large-scale training and education programs for over 25 years for enterprise organizations such as Microsoft, the US Air Force, and PlantPure Nation.  His innovative learning solutions and local support groups have been implemented in more than 10,000 academic institutions and hundreds of cities around the world.  He has also helped to set up a network of local plant-based support groups in over 400 cities.  Currently Ronnie is the President and CEO of Change Leader Solutions, and serves on the Board of the Coalition for Healthy School Food and the Plant-Based Society.  Ronnie Tsunami is also the lead singer, songwriter, keyboardist and lead steelplan player for a vegan, multi award-winning island party band known as the Tsunami Wave Riders.

About our Entertainment:

Music: Ronnie Tusunami and the Wave Riders (see bio sketch above)
Clown and Parade Grand Marshall: Cal Clements
Music: Reverbrie (Briana Strickland)
Music: Debbie The Artist and the Debbie The Artist Band


Cal Clements began clowning as a jester in Pippin in the early 1980s when he was a mere adolescent. Now, as an old man, he continues the art form. His current troupe is called The Thunder Dreamers. Cal has trained with the Ultimate Circus School, Giovanni Fussetti, and Aitor Bassari.

Briana is a singer songwriter that goes by the name, Revebrie. Based out of Greensboro, her music can be described as lo-fi indie that will break your heart open and leave you moved by her haunting voice and emotional lyrics.

Debbie The Artist is a black, gender-queer songstress who is passionate about people and believes deeply in the power of creative expression for social change.