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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Playing in the dark... Earth Hour 2009 *UPDATED*

According to the World Wildlife Fund's Earth Hour website, over 81% of Canadians will turn their lights off for Earth Hour this Saturday night. So what are you doing this Saturday night? Can you do it with the lights off? This Saturday, March 28th is the second annual Earth Hour and we're encouraging you to get involved.

So what can you do? Lots of things. You can either have your own private Earth Hour event or why not check out one of the many events across the country listed on the Earth Hour website, including:

Victoria, British Columbia
The Swing Dance Association of Victoria invites everyone to turn off their lights, go down to St. John's Hall for Nothin But Swing and learn how to swing dance.
Vancouver, British Columbia
Get into Earth Hour, the JunoFest way. Head down to the JunoFest WestJet stage (corner of Granville and Robson) for a free concert starting at 8:15.
Edmonton, Alberta
Check out the stars at the University of Alberta's
FABservatory on the roof of the Fine Arts Building. During the hour, you can observe star clusters, the crescent moon and Saturn.
Calgary, Alberta
Starting at 8:00 pm, the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra will perform Vivaldi's Four Seasons in the Jack Singer Concert Hall at the EPCOR Concert Centre.
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Everyone is welcome to bring a beeswax candle and join in an evening of story-telling, prayer, music and fellowship at the
Mayfair United Church.
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Fort Garry United Church has an evening of
outdoor fun planned for Earth Hour, including games, singing and roasting marshmallows.
Barrie, Ontario
David Usher, Tal Bachman, After Tuesday and Derek James Tilley will take the stage at the
Barrie Earth Hour Music Festival, starting at 4:30pm.
Ottawa, Ontario.
The Green Party is hosting a
vigil on Parliament Hill, starting at 8pm at the Eternal Flame. Afterward, they will retire to the Darcy McGee Pub at the corner of Sparks and Elgin.
Toronto, Ontario
Check out the free concert at Nathan Phillips Square including performances by Suzie MacNeil, Crash Parallel, Karl Wolf, The Matt York Band. The evening starts at 7:00pm.
Montreal, Quebec
Check out the art at
Ideas in the Dark taking place at La Societe des arts technologiques, including live music and artists creating in the dark.
Stratford, Prince Edward Island
The Town of Stratford and the Prince Edward Island RASC have planned an
astronomy night starting at 8:30pm in Tea Hill Park, weather permitting.
Edmundston, New Brunswick
The Lotus Blue Cafe is hosting a
candlelight dinner.
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Singer/Songwriter Dan McKinnon will perform an unplugged, totally
acoustic concert at The Music Room.
Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador
Flautist Margaret Culliton and and violinist Wesley Harris will perform An Earth Hour Light Concert at the First United Church. Doors open at 8pm. Admission is free, but they are collection donations to the World Wildlife Fund.
The CBC is the official broadcast sponsor for Canada's Earth Hour and they are preparing to showcase what Canadians are doing on Newsworld. Starting at 8pm ET (5ET), Diana Swain will showcase what Canadians are doing during Earth Hour. Then at 8pm PT (11ET), Ian Hanomansing will showcase what's happening in the west for Earth Hour. You can also follow along with CBC's Earth Hour efforts on Twitter at "earthhourcbc" or on skype at "earthhourcbc". Don't forget to add your participation in Earth Hour to your One Million Acts of Green total. With over 1.3 million acts already under our belts, let's see how many more people we can get involved.
So what are you doing for Earth Hour? Drop us a comment and let us know! No matter what you're up to this Saturday evening, have a safe, fun and memorable Earth Hour.


Lindsay G said...

Personally, I'm having friends over to have an 'old-fashioned games night' powered by candlelight. I'm looking forward to a night that isn't overpowered by television or radio but conversation and fun.

I think this is an amazing event and I'm glad to see more people and organizations alike supporting Earth Hour this year. Hopefully this will continue to grow and remind people we can still survive and exist without power.

Mich said...

That sounds like a lot of fun! I think I'm taking the train into Toronto (instead of driving) and I'm going to check out some of the places that say they are turning out the lights, like the Royal York Hotel which apparently does dinner and the lobby by candlelight.