Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Toronto summer goes out with a bang

The Labour Day long weekend will be full of cosplay at Fan Expo, airplanes at the Canadian International Air Show and street performers at Buskerfest! While hot weather continues (hello global warming), the return to school and the end of the CNE means that emotionally, the too short Canadian summer of 2016 is over! You need to rest up after this weekend so that you are ready for next week's tiff.

Fan Expo starts this Friday, Sept 1, finishes on Sunday and takes place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

The relocated Buskerfest moves from Yonge Street to Woodbine Park in the Beach and goes Friday to Monday, Sept 2-5.
Plane photo by Joe Hamilton

And the birdies take to the sky for the Canadian International Air Show Saturday, Sept 3 to Monday, Sept 5. Hours are Sat-Mon, noon to 3pm and with a practice day on Friday Sept 2nd from 11am to 2pm. See the CIAS press release after the jump.

"TORONTO – August 2016 -The Canadian International Air Show is proud to celebrate our 67th Anniversary and commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the British Commonwealth Air Training Program BCATP.

In 1939, the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan (BCATP) agreement was signed between Great Britain, Canada, Australia and New Zealand to train aircrew for service overseas. Known as, “The Plan,” the initiative trained aircrew, including pilots, navigators, bombadiers, wireless operators and flight engineers. Canada graduated more than 131,000 personnel and established nearly 200 schools, etc., in large and small communities across the country. 

Canadian historian J. L. Granatstein has described the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan as “…a great undertaking that would unquestionably rank as the major Canadian military contribution to the Allied war effort.” (Canada’s War: The Politics of the Mackenzie King Government, 1939-45). It was tremendously successful; the United States President at the time, Franklin Roosevelt, so admired “The Plan” that he called Canada, “The Aerodrome of democracy.” Turn up the ROAR! The sound of vintage aircraft evokes emotion like nothing else flying in the skies.

Join us as we commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan (BCATP) with demonstrations by the Beech 3NM Expeditor and Canadian (North American) Harvard. Showcasing the pinnacle of the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF)'s assets, the CF-18 jet’s unbelievable maneuverability, combat capabilities and overall skypower will thrill the crowd with its tactical demo. Featuring a paint scheme in honour of the 75th Anniversary of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan (BCATP), this crowd-favourite is not one to be missed!

Visiting all the way from Europe, the Breitling Jet Team formation jet flying doesn't get much better than this! Featuring 7, L-39 Albatros jets, the incredible pilots of the Breitling Jet Team will thrill fans at this year's show with their superior brand of, "technique, mastery and style" in the sky. The CIAS is honoured to have been chosen as one of the exclusive sites to host the team this summer and we know that this once-in-a-lifetime demonstration is going to blow everyone away.

Buckle your seatbelts Air Show Fans! The United States Navy Super Hornet F/A 18F flies, "...as close to the edge of the envelope as safety and prudence allow!" Join us in welcoming back our U.S. Navy allies to the South as you are enthralled by this super-sized fighter jet display! 

Mike Wiskus flies the Lucas Oil Pitts Special because Mike's flying is unbelievably special. Honourary Canadian and CIAS favourite is back! Mike will fly an aerobatic performance guaranteed to take your breath away. You haven't SEEN civilian aerobatics until you've watch Mike swoop, soar, roll, dive and loop through the airbox. This master air show pilot stuns fans with his awe-inspiring, gasp-inducing spectacle that will leave you LITERALLY cheering for more. 

Yak Attack's Grumman TBM Avenger was the heaviest single engine aircraft of WWII with a cruising speed of 275 miles per hour and a max flight range of 2265 miles. 

CIAS fans are in for an awesome demonstration by this vintage powerhouse! Having trained some of Canada’s most renowned pilots, the Royal Canadian Air Cadet League is still one of the country’s largest youth organizations. Displaying the aircraft used in their cadet flight training program, the Bellanca Scout Tow-Plane and Schweizer 2-33 Glider have inspired thousands of Canadian pilots to get their wings, including our national Astronaut hero, Commander (ret) Chris Hadfield. http://www.aircadetleague.on.ca 

Canada’s icons of the air, the CF Snowbirds will wow air show fans with their high-speed aerial performance of formation feats and incredible aerobatic artistry. Much loved by Canadians and beyond, watch the Snowbirds at the 2016 CIAS. Their performance will leave you glowing with patriotic pride! http://www.rcafrc.forces.gc.ca/en/snowbirds/index.page 

For over 67 years, the Canadian International Air Show has been a source of awe and inspiration in satisfying the marvel of flight for millions of enthusiasts annually. The sounds of the past and present will again transform the skies over Toronto as we welcome the 67th annual Canadian International Air Show to the shores of Lake Ontario. The 2016 Canadian International Air Show promises to have something for everyone."

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