Canadian International Air Show
The air show returns Labour Day long weekend, and Torontonians wants you to know how much they hate it.
In Toronto, the death rattle of summer is marked in an unusual way. It’s signalled by a crescendo of rumbling overhead, a whooshing sound of jets too close for comfort, sending vibrations throughout the city and cats clawing up walls. It’s the Canadian International Air Show.
As its Wikipedia page states, the annual air show, presented by the CNE, has been “tormenting local residents and ruining the last long weekend of the summer” since 1949. It began as a show-and-tell for de Havilland Aircraft of Canada, an aircraft manufacturer founded in the ‘20s. When the event outgrew its North York location, it relocated to Toronto’s waterfront and joined forces with the CNE.
Of course, there are lots of people who like it. Thousands of local residents and out-of-towners flock to Lake Ontario over Labour Day long weekend to watch fighter jets dip and dive in formation. People pay good money to see this, too. VIP “Flight Deck” tickets promising “hours of heart-stopping aviation excitement” are $250.
But Torontonians on social media don’t seem to share the same excitement. In fact, within the hour of the first sounds of jets overhead on September 2, most people were Tweeting their hatred for the airshow (#airshow is now trending on Twitter). Below, we’ve collected 10 of the most angry air show tweets.
Do these people make a good point? Is the air show outdated, traumatic for residents who’ve moved from war zones and just a huge waste of money?
And just to lighten the mood, if you’re on Twitter anyways, you can follow the air show parody account @Toronto_AirShow, whose manager is clearly a top gun when it comes to onomatopoeias.
And here are some people complaining about other people complaining about the air show.