Our Intention

Fuel your life!

Our purpose at Crudessence is to provide you with the energy necessary to reach your goals and achieve your dreams. Indeed, eating 3 times a day should provide you with enough fuel to accomplish great things. Consuming natural food should make you feel unstoppable. No one should feel tired and bloated after eating. Don’t only eat to survive, but eat to live a fuller life!

While sharing your passion for uncompromising high energy products, we work every day at making a nutritious diet the cornerstone of a flourishing society, in harmony with the life that surrounds it. Our team embodies these values and is dedicated to offering the best 100% vegan and 100% homemade food. 

Our Ambassadors

Crudessence is extremely proud of its growing family of ambassadors! All of them have a contagious passion and their own ways of surpassing themselves and following their dreams.

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Gardy Fury

Singer, composer, producer and actor, Gardy Fury is a complete artist. For the past 15 years, Gardy has received national aswell as international praise from the audience, the medias and their critics, for his various artistic talents.

His numerous performances in musicals such as Notre-Dame de Paris, Rent, Big Bazar, Hairspray and Sister Act, amongst others, have always earned him a great deal of positive feedbacks. To name a few, in June 2013, his solo at the Hairspray media premiere caused what we call a “show-stopper”, a first in Québec, according to Denise Filiatrault. The Métro newspaper has appointed him “the summer revelation of 2013” and even CBC radio stated in January of 2014 : “Gardy Fury, is one of the artist to follow”.

Gardy Fury is primarily a songwriter, he already has an album to his credit, La Nuit, le Jour, that is available in stores, in which three of his singles became instant hits (“Bouge”, as the official Centre Bell’s anthem before the CH’s matches, “Au-Delà” and ”Le Soldat d’Amour” broadcasted on all the country radios in 2013, 2014).

He is currently working on his 2nd album, in collaboration with Yann Perreau in which he pushes the soul style into deeper catchy melodies, foreign dance rhythms with that unique notorious made-in Gardy energy! A dynamic and contagious alloy that will be sure to make you move!

Gardy has also played in several movies and TV shows. He has starred as Manuel in “Les Jeunes Loups”, a teleseries aired on TVA and he also obtained a role in the movie “Lac Mystère”, both projects directed by Erik Canuel. He has now recently finished the shooting for the film “Ego Trip”, one of the most awaited films of summer 2015 produced by the renown Denise Robert in which Gardy plays one of the main characters.

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Julie Marchand

Mother of 5 and grandmother of two little sunshines, Julie Marchand definitely walks the talk!

In order to become coach for her son, who was in a motocross semi-pro team, she went back in class and became an AFAA certified coach and trainer.

Severals years later; health has become a lifestyle; for her, her family, and her clientele. Julie uses functional training and Yoga to bring you to the heart of your health.

And beyond action comes …Food! And super food!

Vegan for years, Julie fully supports the 80/20 ratio.

“Health comes from what we eat at 80% ! So let’s choose color and freshness for our bodies!”

– AFAA certified coach
– Yoga & Meditation teacher
– Food Coach
– Lecturer
– Wellness Specialist

Dawn Mauricio

Yoga and meditation teacher with a playful, dynamic, and centred approach. She’s known for her boundless energy and smiling personality that are both contagious and motivating. Drawing from her deep experience in yoga and meditation, she delivers an effective balance of clear, precise instruction and mental reflection. She firmly believe that how we offer ourselves in practice reflects how we offer ourselves in life, inspiring her to find new ways to extend her practice beyond the yoga mat and meditation cushion – and encouraging her students to do the same.

She discovered yoga in 2000, meditation in 2005, and through years of practice, her journey has evolved into a broad vision to share, connect, and create community. In 2007 she founded the Yoga Mala Foundation, a Montreal-based non-profit organization that supports the development of yoga programs in communities in need.

She can be found teaching in a variety of settings around Montreal, halfway around the world leading yoga and meditation retreats, studying with senior teachers, sitting silent retreats, practicing daily, and laughing regularly. Off the mat and cushion, she is a passionate crusader for a mindful, healthy and holistic life.

Emmanuel Bilodeau

Since he graduated from the National School of Theatre in 1992, Emmanuel accumulates roles in movies, TV, and in plays.

As far as TV goes, he touched us in the historical series René Levesque in the eponym role for which he obtained a Gémaux for best first masculine role in 2007, as well as a nomination in 2008. He also participated in several TV productions such as “Volcan Tranquille”, “Si la tendance se maintient”, “Grande Ourse”, “Stetch Show”, “Cauchemar d’Amour”, “Les poupées Russes”, “Annie et ses Hommes”, and “Ni plus ni Moi”. We also saw him in series such as « Belle Baie », « Tactik », and also as the host of “Vente de Garage” on ArTV. More recently on also saw him in humour show “Tranches de Vie”, as well as “30 vies et les Bobos”.

Very present in theatre plays, he has often been on the floor or the TNM, notably in plays such as “Une adoration de Nancy Huston”, and “Vlan dans la gueule” directed by Carl Béchard, and “Le Mariage de Figaro” put together by Normand Chouinard in 2009, and in which he held the title role. In 2012, he played in the Duceppe Theatre in “Les Peintres du Charbon” directed by Claude Maher.

We were able to see him in movies such as « Un crabe dans la tête » byAndré Turpin, « Le nèg » by Robert Morin, « Gaz Bar Blues » by Louis Bélanger, « Camping sauvage » by Guy A. Lepage and Sylvain Roy, « Maman last call » by François Bouvier, « Les aimants » by Yves Pelletier, « Bluff » by Marc-André Lavoie and Simon-Olivier Fecteau, and in “Y’en aura pas de facile”, directed by Marc-André Lavoie. More recently we saw him in “Le Colis”, directed by Michel Beaulieu, as well as in “Curling” by Denis Côté for which he won the Léopard for best masculine interpretation at the international Locarno Festival in 2010.

During his career, Emmanuel received several prizes and nominations, including the Gemeauc for Best Leading Actor in his role in René Levesque, as well as the Jutra for Best Supporting Actor in “Un Crabe dans la Tête”. To this day, Emmanuel Bilodeay dedicates much to humour. He has written and directed the “Chiâlage” Gala for the Just for Laughs Festival in 2013, to then concentrate on his one-man show “The One-Man Show”. On top of making his dream happen, this show gave him the opportunity to start touring all over Quebec.

Georges Laraque

Georges Laraque is a 13-year NHL veteran who has played for the Edmonton Oilers, Phoenix Coyotes, Pittsburgh Penguins and Montreal Canadiens. He was known as “The Rock”, acting primarily as an enforcer on these teams. His best-selling biography, The Story of The NHL’s Unlikeliest Tough Guy, goes well beyond the stereotype of the tough guy. It is the story of a true humanitarian, an engaged citizen not only in his immediate community, but on the global stage as well. The son of Haitian immigrants, Laraque campaigned for World Vision to help with Haitian relief and the rebuilding of the Grace Children’s Hospital in Port-au-Prince. Today, Georges is involved in many charities, including the Mira Foundation which provides dogs for disabled individuals and the Team In Training for blood cancer research.

A committed believer in animal rights and a spokesperson for PETA, he became a vegan in 2009 and has, ever since, contributed to the vegetarian movement in Montreal by becoming co-owner of two raw vegan restaurants called Crudessence and Rise Kombucha, a raw, organic, vegan, fairtrade fermented tea beverage company. A conscientious environmentalist, Laraque stepped up in July 2010 to be the deputy leader of the Green Party.

Our Story

Like every great story, Crudessence was born from the idea of 2 persons with the will to live a better life.

In 2006, 2 Quebecers (David Côté and Mathieu Gallant) met in the Hawaian jungle. It is through living from nature’s edibles that they involuntarily discovered the power of living foods. One was dreaming of a restaurant, the other one of an educative Kombucha company. Crudessence was then born.

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2007

David Côté and Mathieu Gallant, long haired, brown pants, start a delivery service for organic lunchboxes. They call the project Crudessence.

2008

Surprised by their charisma and the response they get from Montrealers, these young entrepreneurs fix up a little store on Rachel, made with recycled wood. They open their first juice bar and start offering cooking classes.

2009

After several media publications and a raging success, we start thinking about growth and Crudessence arms itself with a central kitchen.

2010

In light of the latest health trends, the Academy of Living Foods opens up. Crudessence then opens its first “real” restaurant in September in downtown Montreal, on Mackay street.

2011

By popular demand, Mathieu and David write their first book: Crudessence. The book  then becomes a Best Seller and is translated into 5 languages.
Crudessence opens a counter in La Moisson Supermarché Santé in Ste-Therese.

2012

Short of projects, they decide to launch a line of ready-to-eat products in Montreal universities and supermarkets.

2013

A Crudessence counter is born with new partners: Avril Supermarkets in Brossard. 2 new books are published: Desserts and Soups.

2014

Another counter opens in Granby’s Avril Supermarket, and two more books get published: Juices and Salads.

2015

Crudessence offers it’s very first detox retreat in Costa Rica! The first counter in Quebec city opens with partner Avril.

After years of waiting, Crudessence opens a new restaurant in Old Saint-Roch, Quebec. Only one Crudessence wasn’t enough, Avril Supermarket opens a new counter a few months later in Quebec.