Diane Nalini Performing at Toronto Launch Party for International Year of Astronomy on January 10


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Toronto, ON -- 2009 is the International Year of Astronomy, and Mayor David Miller has declared Jan. 10 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. 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, accompanied by guitarist Joey Goldstein, 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 (1214 Queen St. W) anytime after 8 pm 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.

About the Treehouse Group

The Treehouse Group is a collective of Toronto-area thinkers who facilitate the exchange of ideas by bringing together people from diverse backgrounds. We meet for monthly discussions on a wide range of contemporary issues, and host social events. The group shares the view that multi-disciplinary collaboration is central to addressing the issues that face society – both locally and globally. The Group has helped organize educational events, conferences, debates, science fairs, and continues its flagship series, the Toronto ideaXchange. Recently, satellite Treehouse communities have popped up in Bangalore, London, and Kandahar. Contact [email protected] for more on the group and upcoming events.

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