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The Horsemen Tri-Ship Team fly P-51 Mustangs. Photo courtesy of the Canadian International Air Show.
AIR: If you thought it was noisy this afternoon, not to mention yesterday, get ready—that was just the warm-up. Vipers, Hawks, Griffons, Hornets, Raptors, and a bunch of guys whose names begin with the letter “M” salute you from the sky every afternoon this Labour Day weekend. The Canadian Forces’ Snowbirds and the United States Navy Blue Angels headline the Canadian International Air Show, now in its sixtieth year. The Angels return after a twenty-five-year absence from the
noise we mean, spectacular. Other than following our coverage from the Air Show, the best place to see the action is anywhere along the lakeshore near the CNE. Lakefront at Marilyn Bell Park, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday 12:30–4:30 p.m., FREE or $15 for CNE admission.
COMEDY: The Comedy Bar presents a one-of-a-kind John Hughes tribute, “Don’t You Forget About John Hughes!” The celebration of three favourite films by the ’80s teen-angst icon are performed the way the Comedy Bar knows best—as improvised versions from some of the city’s top improv comics, directed by Darryl Pring. The Comedy Bar (945 Bloor Street West); Saturday 8 p.m. (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off), 9:15 p.m. (Planes, Trains, and Automobiles), and 10:30 p.m. (The Breakfast Club); $12 for one show or $25 for three (tickets cost slightly less in advance).
FOOD: We are salivating at the mere thought of wild blueberries, so it’s a good thing Mildred’s Temple Kitchen is hosting their Wild Blueberry Weekend starting tomorrow (through September 7). The Liberty Village restaurant has teamed up with the Wild Blueberry Association of North America to deliver freshly picked wild blue delights to the table in the form of smoothies, cocktails, and dinner specials. Okay—and blueberry buttermilk pancakes, too. But get there early for brunch if you want some of those. Mildred’s Temple Kitchen (85 Hanna Avenue), Saturday and Sunday brunch 10 a.m.–3 p.m., dinner 5–10 p.m., see menus for prices and more hours.
DRINK: We are always in favour of drinking for a good cause, and a selection of eighty-five vodkas wasn’t going to miss our radar. Pravda Vodka Bar raises a glass in support of the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, and for a ten-dollar donation (guests are always welcome to donate more) you can sample some of the Pravda selections while snacking on complimentary appetizers throughout the night. DJs Vivi Diamond and Geoff Brown are supplying the necessary tunes. Interested attendees are requested to RSVP beforehand for a place on the guest list. Pravda Vodka Bar (44 Wellington Street East), Sunday 10 p.m.–3 a.m., $10 minimum donation.
FIESTA: Those pining for the hot sweaty streets of June will be happy to hear that Little Italy is closing down College for a second summer celebration, this time to host Fiera in Little Italy. The end-of-the-season closure pretty much offers the same entertainment and food as earlier this year, but this weekend honours the harvest, focusing on foods of Southern Italy. CHIN radio presents Calabrian band Sabatum Quartet both evenings on their Palmerston Avenue stage. College Street between Bathurst and Shaw streets, Saturday and Sunday 12 p.m.–2 a.m., FREE (food is $1–$5 per item).