Langford singer-singwriter Ronda Rozon plays her guitar on Goldstream Avenue where restaurants will offer candle-lit meals and acoustic music during Unplugged on the Avenue

West Shore restaurants unplug for dinner

  • Mar. 4, 2011 7:00 a.m.

It’s not quite time for Earth Hour, but Goldstream Avenue restaurants will get their light-dimming fingers warmed up with Unplugged on the Avenue.

Ten participating coffee shops, pubs and family eateries will turn down their lights, bring out candles and unplug their sound systems over dinner for the first-ever Unplugged on the Avenue on March 16. Musicians will perform acoustic sets at each venue and information will be given to patrons about energy conservation.

Deanna Deacon, events co-ordinator for the WestShore Chamber of Commerce, organized the night, inspired by a similar dine-out event on Vancouver’s Commercial Drive. She hopes it will make people more aware of how simple conserving energy can be.

“It can be as easy as turning out a light for a few hours,” she said. “It all adds up.”

The concept mirrors that of WWF’s Earth Hour on March 25, when people around the world are encouraged to blackout their homes for 60 minutes at 8:30 p.m. These one-off events aim to change habits throughout the year.

The municipalities of Langford and Colwood have both set goals to reduce energy use and greenhouse gas by up to 50 per cent over the next 10 years.

“If they are going to come anywhere close to meeting those high targets, everybody is going to need to do their part,” Deacon said.

She encourages people to walk, bike or bus to the restaurants if possible.

“We have do many great placed to dine out in our own backyard,” she said, noting that a secondary goal of the night is just to get people out to the restaurants, which have been struggled since the introduction of the harmonized sales tax and tougher liquor laws.

“We’re doing this in the middle of March, in the middle of the week, when people don’t usually go out for dinner,” she said. “It’s a good excuse to do something fun to support local business.”

Some restaurants will be offering deals, such as drink specials, to mark the event.

For the acoustic performers involved, it’s also a good opportunity to get some exposure. Ronda Rozon, a Langford singer-songwriter, will play a mix of covers and her original music at Serious Coffee.

“There’s a lot of community-minded performers on the West Shore that need venues to play,” she said. “It’s a perfect way to use less energy. The restaurant saves the power from their sound system, we get an audience and people dining out can just enjoy the atmosphere.”

Unplugged on the Avenue is March 16 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. For more information, including restaurant descriptions and locations, visit

Participating venues

Akemi Sushi

Basilico Ristorante + Lounge

Chocolate au Lait Cafe

Crossroads Bar and Grill

Evedar’s Bistro & Espresso Wine Bar

Sarpino’s Pizzeria

Serious Coffee – Colwood Corners

Smoken Bones Cookshack

The Garlic Rose Patio & Grill

WaterWheel Pub



Just Posted

Years of ‘horrific, violent accidents’ at Thetis Lake prompt plea to public

View Royal fire chief asks for an end to alcohol consumption at busy park

Time-lapse video shows weekend work on McKenzie Interchange project

Construction crews place concrete underpass bridge beams

‘Best in the country’: Formerly homeless man praises Victoria’s outreach services

Jay W. was living on the streets of downtown Victoria in 2018

City of Victoria plans workshop to determine fate of Sir John A. Macdonald statue

Conversations will happen as part of a reconciliation dialogue series in May 2020

Watchdog group says Saanich council needs a ‘reality check’ about taxes

Grumpy Taxpayer$ of Greater Victoria warns of eroding housing affordability in Saanich

VIDEO: Man found dead near B.C. teens’ truck could be linked to a double homicide

RCMP said they are looking for Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, of Port Alberni

Latest plan is to fly trapped fish by helicopter over Big Bar slide

Multi-pronged plan set in motion to freesalmon blocked by landslide in the Fraser River

Family of missing B.C. senior with dementia frustrated with situation, heartened by community support

Nine days since Grace was last seen the question remains: ‘How can an 86-year-old just disappear?’

Police ask for help locating missing men last seen in South Surrey

Jeep that Richard Scurr and Ryan Provencher were in has been located unoccupied in Logan Lake: RCMP

Okanagan Air Cadet challenges gender-exclusive haircut policy

Haircut regulation inspires challenge around gender identity

VIDEO: Bystander training gains traction as tool to prevent sexual harassment, violence

Julia Gartley was sexually assaulted after an event, and no one stepped in to help

Sexual assaults, extortion on the rise even as crime rates stay low: Stats Canada

Rates of police-reported sexual assault rose for the fourth year in a row

Vancouver Island teens missing after vehicle found ablaze near Dease Lake, BC

RCMP say a body discovered nearby not one of the missing teens

Most Read