September 3, 2009

‘Cirque’ founder to broadcast from space

The founder of Canada's Cirque du Soleil announced he'll host a two-hour show from the International Space Station next month.

Guy Laliberte, 50, made the announcement in Star City, Russia, where he is in training to become Canada's first space tourist in a Sept. 30 launch, The (Montreal) Gazette reported Thursday. The Quebec billionaire reportedly paid $35 million to be on the mission.

Laliberte said the Oct. 9 show would focus on climate change and water conservation and include live segments from 14 cities, starting in Montreal. The other cities are Moscow, Santa Monica, Calif., New York, Johannesburg, Mumbai, Marrakesh, Sydney, Tokyo, Tampa, Fla., Mexico City; Rio de Janeiro, Paris and London, the report said.

Among the celebrities invited, but not confirmed, are Montreal-born astronaut Julie Payette, Canadian environmentalist David Suzuki, former U.S. vice-president Al Gore, U2, Shakira and Peter Gabriel, Laliberte said.

The show is scheduled to be carried live in partnership with and the Web site, the report said.