International Year of Astronomy launch party

2009 is the International Year of Astronomy, and Mayor David Miller has declared Jan. 10 as the official kick-off day for the International Year of Astronomy in Toronto. The Treehouse Group is getting involved by throwing a party at the Gladstone Hotel. In true Treehouse style, we’ll be looking at the points of intersection between astronomy and other pursuits like video art, sculpture, music, and journalism. Randall Rosenfeld, a member of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, will be bringing his medieval music troupe, Sine Nomine, to perform astronomy-themed music from the 10th-15th centuries. University of Guelph physics professor and jazz singer Diane Nalini will be performing, and science journalist Ivan Semeniuk will be discussing some of the interesting, untold stories from the world of astronomy and space science. Check out junk-yard sculptures from steam-punk artist Russell Zeid.

This is an open event, so if you want to drop by and say hello, come to the Gladstone Hotel anytime after 8pm on Jan. 10. Cover is $5. SkyNews Magazine, Canada’s star-gazing gurus, will be there handing out copies, and the Ballroom itself will be turned into a planetarium for the evening, so come and party under the stars and meet some interesting people.