March 25, 2011 15:12 ET

Media Advisory: WWF's Earth Hour, Saturday, March 26 at 8:30 pm

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 25, 2011) - This year, instead of hosting one big, localized event in Toronto, WWF has given Earth Hour back to the community. We will have spokespeople available at local events across the country. Canadians are participating in WWF's Earth Hour in a variety of ways from a candlelit dinner with family to PROM at the ROM. Below is a listing of some events taking place across the country.

Earth Hour images, video and audio are available at http://earthhour.panda.org and will be updated regularly as each country switches off for WWF's Earth Hour.

Images and b-roll from WWF's Canadian media events are available upon request via FTP – for access, please contact rjohn@wwfcanada.org

WWF Spokespeople

Toronto Public Library,
Annette Street Branch
145 Annette Street
Toronto, ON
2-3 pm
  Join Toronto west-enders in a lantern making workshop at a local library in preparation for the evening's Candlelit Walk for Earth Hour.  WWF's President and CEO, Gerald Butts available for interviews.   Kristy Woudstra, WWF
Royal Ontario Museum
100 Queen's Park
Toronto, ON
8 pm
  Join hundreds of Young Patrons' Circle members and guests as they enjoy Earth Hour at the PROM.  This year's PROM celebrates the beauty of Earth's biodiversity and the wonder of the ROM's natural history collection. WWF's Josh Laughren, Director of Climate and Energy Program, will be available for interviews.   Riannon John, WWF
Hydro Quebec's Headquarters
75 René-Lévesque Blvd. West
Montreal, QC
Timing TBC
  The Sustainable Development, Environment and Parks Minister's Earth Hour event will take place at Hydro-Québec's headquarters. WWF's Panda mascot will be in attendance and WWF's Regional Director, Marie-Claude Lemieux, will be available for interviews.
  Marie-Claude Lemieux, WWF
The Discovery Centre
1593 Barrington Street
Halifax, NS
Doors open at 7:30 pm
  WWF Halifax presents Discover the Dark: An intimate and interactive candlelight concert featuring ECMA award winning artist Dave Gunning at The Discovery Centre.  WWF's Stacey McCarthy will be available for interviews.
  Stacey McCarthy, WWF
The Fairmont Waterfront
900 Canada Place Way
Vancouver, BC
8 pm
  Join Herons West Coast Kitchen + Bar for the "Green and Glow" with Earth Hour celebration featuring sustainable seafood and Signature Earth Hour cocktails.  Darcy Dobell, WWF's Pacific Vice-President will be available for interviews.
  Jo Anne Walton, WWF
WWF Team Member's Home
24 Vital Avenue
St. Albert, AB
8 pm
  Join WWF staff, family and friends for Earth Hour cocktails served in an intimate setting with candlelit board games. Robert Powell, WWF's Regional Director will be available for interviews.
  Robert Powell, WWF
Museum of Science and Technology
1867 boul. Saint-Laurent
Ottawa, ON
8 pm
  Join the WWF Panda at the Museum's Star Party in celebration of WWF's Earth Hour. On Ottawa's darkest night of the year, it's a perfect evening to marvel at the night sky through Canada's largest refracting telescope.   English and French-language interviews available. Martin von Mirbach, Director of WWF's Canadian Arctic Program, will be available for interviews.
  Paulette Roberge, WWF

Earth Hour Events Open to the Media

Ten Feet Tall
1381 Danforth Ave.
Toronto, ON
9 pm – 12 am
  Live music venue with musicians playing acoustically by candlelight   Carin Redman, Owner, Ten Feet Tall
416-778-7333 (restaurant)
416-807-6616 (mobile)
Ontario Science Centre
770 Don Mills Road
Toronto, ON
8 – 10 pm
  A series of outdoor events including a performance by First Nations drum circle and storytelling and stargazing.   Anna Relyea
Director, Strategic Communications
Barrie City Hall
70 Collier St.
Barrie, ON
7:30 pm
  Barrie Earth Hour Music Festival:
Bullfrog-powered concert in downtown Barrie
  John Olthuis
Barrie Earth Hour Music Festival
Spring Market Square, Kingston, ON
6:30 – 9:30 pm
  Unplugged concert in Market Square   Trisha Knowles
Main Dining Hall, University Club, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS
8 pm
  Earth Hour Murder Mystery Pledge and Party Contest   Brittany Maguire
Boyce's Farmers Market
665 George St., Fredericton, NB
7:30 – 9:30 pm
  Energy Free Event at Boyce's Farmers Market featuring performances by The  Downtown Blues Band and Katie MacDonald   Colette Lemieux
University of British Columbia
1935 Lower Mall
UBC Campus
Vancouver, BC
7 – 10 pm
  Earth Hour Fair with live music   Quinn Runkle,
City of Edmonton
City Hall Plaza
Edmonton, AB
8 pm
  Earth Hour party with a magic show, bonfire, astronomers, drumming band and bagpipes   Brad Curtis
Decca 77
1077 Drummond
Montreal, QC
All Evening
7 pm
  Restaurant serving Earth Hour cocktails and  local organic food by candlelight   Brian Bendix

Canada is one of the top 10 nations contributing to global climate change, but we don't have to be. WWF asks Canadians to show their support for clean energy as the solution to climate change by participating in WWF's Earth Hour. Last year 50 per cent of Canadians participated. This year join over a billion people worldwide and switch off your lights on Saturday, March 26 from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Pledge your support for WWF's Earth Hour at www.EarthHourCanada.org. (In Canada, Sears Canada, Citytv, OMNI Television and the Toronto Star are the lead sponsors. In Ontario, Bullfrog Power and The Ontario Power Authority are the official sponsors.)

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