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Apiecalypse Now!

Posted by Erinn Beth Langille / Posted on February 8, 2014

apiecalypse nowApiecalypse Now is an aptly named vegan bakery that just opened in Mirvish Village. Run by vegan activist and baker Jennifer Bundock, it is underground in every sense of the word. The bakery location is subterranean, as you take several steps down from street level to a small storefront basement with a baking kitchen at the back. But it's also part of a radical political resistance, vegan straightedge, and that mandate is reflected in every aspect of the bakery.

apiecalypse now torontoBundock always baked for fun, but as her vegan activism grew, she baked to supply fundraisers for various causes. Four years of markets at U of T and the distillery district, multiple Veg fests and Green Living shows and countless bake sales has honed her baking skills and strengthened her political commitment.

apiecalypse nowThe Apiecalypse Now shop is a more permanent front for the fundraising: all tips and a portion of proceeds go to a revolving list of organizations, she makes a Sea Shepherd's Pie ($14.50, made with gluten-free garden "beef" and hickory mash) that helps fund Sea Shepard missions, and Sundays the bakery is closed so Food Not Bombs can use it free for their baking. Sounds daunting, but it isn't. Jennifer is open and warm, baking everything and running the storefront herself, as ready to share her products as she is her knowledge.

apiecalypse nowInside the wooden display cases she has two types of cookie sandwiches- chocolate and vanilla rainbow ($4.00 each), a variety of croissants ($3.50) and my favourite the "compassion" flakie ($2.75).

apiecalypse nowI found the cookie sandwiches toothaching-ly sweet, as I prefer a less saccharine approach to desserts, but I know that for others this sugary onslaught would be fantastic. The fruit pies (strawberry blackberry, $3.50 a slice) looked lovely, the red hues a delightful contrast to the black stickers (Misfits, et al) that covered the counter.

apiecalypse nowMore up my alley were the savoury items, like vegan 'sausage' rolls, graded on the spicy scale from folk punk (slight bite) to grindcore (wowza hot). In the two fridges there were take-away items, dinners like the shepherd's pie, a potpie ($12.50) or a vegan mock tuna salad ($6.50), plus two other salads that change daily.

apiecalypse nowYou can get a full loaf of garlic bread with cashew ricotta ($6.00) or take home a jar of her butters and spreads and make your own. There is vegan ricotta, garlic butter, cinnamon butter, garlic dip and tzatziki sauce in nice recyclable glass jars ($5.50). You can even get a few non-baked items like Coconut Bliss vegan ice cream, Northwood cold pressed coffee and Field Roast vegan sausage ($6.85). Fill up at Apiecalypse Now and you are ready for the revolution.

apiecalypse nowPhotos by Jesse Milns



Stephan / February 8, 2014 at 12:35 am
The feed title is terrible "Annex bakery calls end of days for mediocre pies". From the title, I thought the story was about an Annex bakery that's closing down. End of Days? Mediocre? I'm sure you can find better ways to describe this bakery than by what its not.

The Review makes it sound good, the title ""Annex bakery calls end of days for mediocre pies" make it sound like a mediocre pie but place in the Annex is closing down.

Your probably smarter than me, and it does actually make sense and is grammatically correct. Those of us that just read left to right and take every word as it, it sounds like its closing.
Stacey / February 8, 2014 at 01:01 am
Looks tasty! Like the look of the bakeryI but 'm not big on the stickers - I'm coming into get vegan sausage rolls or compassion flaky's not know what bands your into now and if we're of similar mindset.
evan / February 8, 2014 at 01:14 am
Ya I totally thought I was going to read a review about sub par pastries. The title really poisons the well.
79 / February 8, 2014 at 05:12 am
Sad that she supports the terrorist actions of the Sea Shepherds. Those vegan butters look pretty good and sound tasty, but there's no way they're getting a dime of my money while openly supporting criminals.

And yes, the headline can sound misleadingly negative to those just glancing over it - not something you want for a generally positive review.
MrsPotato / February 8, 2014 at 10:31 am
I thought this article was about a bakery shutting down.
worst title. (and i typically don't give a rats' ass about the writing on blogto)

And I wonder if she understands who she's supporting.
As someone above mentioned above, the sea shepherds are anything but positive.
hellohello / February 8, 2014 at 11:44 am
I agree with Stephan and MrsPotato. I thought something was shut down. Watch the titles!
Jen Apiecalypse / February 8, 2014 at 12:36 pm
Hey. Jennifer here, the owner of the bakery. Just so we are all clear, my partner is currently a crew member on the MV Sam Simon, and is fighting poachers in the Arctic Ocean Whale Sanctuary with Sea Shepherd right now, so yes, I know what I am supporting when I support them, and I am very proud to do so. If that doesn't float your personal boat I won't argue with you nor will I take personally your decision to shop elsewhere. I am not at all troubled by their work, and am very happy to be partnered with the organization. The only item that supports #operationrelentless is the Sea Shepherd's Pie. Other items in the store go to support Toronto animal liberation groups as well as All Creatures Rescue.
Toni Okamoto / February 8, 2014 at 12:49 pm
The treats look wonderful, Apiecalypse Now. Keep up the good work.
NotReallyBarryWhite / February 8, 2014 at 12:55 pm
I've had bits and pieces from APiecalypse over the years and it's all been delicious! I'm looking forward to checking out the store!
tinyfoxxxx / February 8, 2014 at 12:58 pm
The japanese whaling fleet are the real terrorists. Sea Shepherds are out their risking their lives to save the lives of those beautiful creatures. You're sitting on the computer talking smack while a group of compassionate animal activists are doing something they believe in, if you don't like what is being supported here than don't go, simple as that. She has a huge fan base & you just miss out on awesome treats, so lose for you.
Jen Apiecalypse / February 8, 2014 at 12:58 pm
Since my other comment was removed but one saying I support terrorists is still up I will comment again to say that yes, I do support Sea Shepherds anti-poaching activism in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary. My partner is on the MV Sam Simon as a crew member and I assure you they are not "terrorists" not is there anything to be ashamed of supporting their work. Secondarily we also support animal rescues in the city like All Creatures Rescue which works with previously abused animals as well as various other Toronto and Southern Ontario groups. If anyone is uncomfortable, that is your prerogative and I won't argue with you. If you'd like to discuss anything I am very open and friendly and would be happy to clear up any misconceptions or reservations people may have both about vegan food and the groups and campaigns I support. Thank you.
Shawn replying to a comment from Jen Apiecalypse / February 8, 2014 at 01:05 pm
I don't think the comment was removed, I think it was just a delay before it shows up. I've noticed that with quite a bit of my comments here.
Michelle Brand / February 8, 2014 at 01:45 pm
APieCalypse Now is AMAZING! If only more owner/operators gave a damn and had a political conscience. Jenn is an incredible baker and I can attest to the deliciousness of her pot pies, flavored butters, VEGAN TZATZIKI!!! And sausage rolls! The Compassion Flakeys are EXACTLY like the Vachon treats of my youth. If you think you're too cool to care about "what bands she likes" (huh?!? Stickers cause a problem?!? wtf is wrong with you people - it's a BAKERY) then don't bother and just buy some unhealthy, corporate-made crap at a big chain grocery store. But if you're vegan, have a political conscience and want to eat AMAZINGNESS, go to APieCalypse immediately!!
Al replying to a comment from Butch / April 4, 2014 at 08:24 pm
As the owner of a restaurant going into our seventh year of business I can tell you we didn't get our first inspection or dine safe pass until over six months after we opened, and while it's necessary to have a food handlers certificate it's not necessary to display it. Since you've obviously been inside the bakery maybe you should try using your own judgement about the cleanliness of the place into of looking to the city to tell you it's okay to eat there.
Mercy / April 15, 2014 at 10:19 am
I can't wait to try this place this weekend. It is so inspiring that someone has dedicated their life to doing so much good for our communities and the world. Keep up the good work!
LJ / October 1, 2014 at 05:42 pm
This place is a classic case of a great idea, incredibly poorly executed. The pastries are flavourless and dry. Their biscuits, which are passable, are never in stock and in fact, everything in the photos above looks delicious. I have never seen them in stock and have never been able to try them. Whenever I go in there, the staff is occupied and doesn't acknowledge your presence.

In summary, poor customer service. Lack of product. Product that is available is not very delicious. Advice: Go to Through Being Cool Vegan at Lansdowne and Bloor. You will get delicious pastries and other items that will satisfy even the biggest skeptic of vegan cuisine.

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