Post by Michelle Di Cintio
Ain’t No Party Like a Space Night Party
Yuri Gagarin made history on April 15, 1961 by becoming the first person to fly into space and complete an orbit around the world. This year, in honour of Yuri Gagarin’s historic flight, the Canada Aviation and Space Museum is joining the much beloved, international tradition of throwing a fantastic after-hours party, full of drinks, food, and some nerdy fun.
Doors open at 7pm, giving you plenty of time to grab a drink, look around, and socialize before the performances begin. Dave Schellenberg from the Morning Start Up on Live 88.5 will be the celebrity MC guiding the entertainment for the evening.
After beginning with a sold out show in February, Science Slam will be coming back for a second time. From 8-9pm, five to six science enthusiasts will be competing to be the most entertaining – and accurate – performer. If you happened to catch the first Slam, you already know how much fun it is to see science lovers bring their passion and excitement to the stage.
Following the slam, the local nerd-rock band Double Experience will be performing from 9-10pm. This Ottawa band is well known for music that is inspired by video games, comic books, and pop culture, featuring songs like “Godzilla” and “AI Freaks Me Out”.
The entire museum will be open to visitors during this event. An obvious choice would be to check out The Life in Orbit Exhibit, which displays how astronauts live aboard the International Space Station. The original Canada Arm is also on display. If space is a little too far out, you can also check out the World War II section or the fighter jets, which including the cockpit of an Avro Arrow.
With a bar, science-themed entertainment, a musical performance, and the entire museum open for browsing, Yuri’s Night is going to be the best space party in town.
Tickets are $20 and will only be available through Eventbrite: they will not be sold at the door. For more information check out the museum’s website. To get the latest updates, join the Facebook event.