Cirque du Soleil co-founder takes to space (2009)

On today’s date in 2009, Cirque du Soleil co-founder Guy Laliberté hosted a multimedia event from the International Space Station (ISS) to help raise awareness of worldwide drinking-water problems.

Laliberte reportedly paid Russia $35 million through the U.S. firm Space Adventures for a ride aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft. His mission was devoted to raising awareness about his charity, the One Drop Foundation, which is dedicated to water conservation. His trip culminated on Oct. 9 with a multimedia event called “Moving Stars and Earth for Water”, which was organized to celebrate water with performances in 14 cities around the world, as well as from the International Space Station.

The Cirque du Soleil stamp was featured on this pane of four stamps (SC #1819), which also included the Calgary Stampede (SC #1819a); Hockey Night in Canada (SC #1819c); and La Soiree du Hockey (SC #1819d).

The Cirque du Soleil stamp was featured on this pane of four stamps (SC #1819), which also included the Calgary Stampede (SC #1819a); Hockey Night in Canada (SC #1819c); and La Soiree du Hockey (SC #1819d).

In 1999, as part of its Millennium Collection, Canada Post issued a 46-cent stamp (Scott #1819b) commemorating Cirque du Soleil. Printed by Ashton-Potter on Tullis Russell coated paper, the stamp has general tagging along each side. It was issued alongside three other stamps on a pane of four (SC #1819) that celebrated Canadian entertainment. Also featured on the pane were the Calgary Stampede (SC #1819a); Hockey Night in Canada (SC #1819c); and La Soiree du Hockey (SC #1819d).

“A spectacular blend of music, theatre, dance and acrobatics, Cirque du Soleil has blossomed from a group of Quebec buskers into an award-winning troupe of more than 550 performers whose shows have wowed millions worldwide,” read the promotional material issued in 1999 along with the Cirque du Soleil stamp.

From Dec. 17, 1999 to March 17, 2000, Canada Post released 68 specially designed stamps as a series of 17 Millennium souvenir sheets, each depicting four different stamps.

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