What a great night on Roncesvalles Avenue! Despite the chilly temperatures, a crowd of about 150 people showed up at Grafton Parkette for a rally (hosted by local resident and CBC Radio personality Bob Mackowycz) in advance of our first annual Earth Hour Candlelight Walk. (Roncesvalles Village was featured briefly on CTV National News for this event.)
After being serenaded by local musicians, drinking hot chocolate courtesy of Cheri diNovo’s office, and hearing brief speeches by Councillor Gord Perks and MPP Cheri diNovo, people got their candles (courtesy of Pollocks Home Hardware) and cups (thanks to Alternative Grounds) and started to head up the street to the Revue Cinema (which was totally dark between 8:30 and 9:30.)
Along the way I was very pleased to see lots of places observing the hour. Candlelight walkers were treated to delicious soup from The Mercantile and were serenaded by musicians along the way (see photo at left.) People were dining by candlelight and listening to music in the dark at all kinds of places, including Bistro 299, The Local, Butler’s Pantry, Gate 403, Brad’s, Lardon, the Inter Steer, Domani, River and Loons.
My camera didn’t have a flash, but the picture at right should give you an idea of what a bar full of people listening to music by candlelight looks like. This was either The Local or Gate 403, not sure which…
Events of this sort take a lot of organization and promotion. Thanks go to: Green 13, the Roncesvalles-Macdonell Residents’ Association, High Park Residents’ Association and the Sunnyside Community Association for helping to make this great community event. We’re looking forward to next year!