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Enwave Theatre

Essential to Toronto: The Action’s at Harbourfront

Photo by Mark Bradshaw

Situated on the shores of Lake Ontario, Harbourfront Centre is a vibrant hub for family activities and cultural happenings. More than 4,000 events take place here annually, from contemporary theatre and music at the Enwave Theatre—including two performances by songstress Sarah Slean with the Art of Time Ensemble (May 24 and 25)—to visual arts exhibitions at The Power Plant, plus film screenings, readings and more. In warm weather, visitors can stroll the boardwalk, and children can take a spin on the artificial Natrel Kinder Rink year-round. After working up an appetite, enjoy a casual bite at Lakeside Eats restaurant or the World Café, which offers international cuisine throughout the summer. And don’t forget to stop by the Centre Shop for unique Canadian crafts and design products to take home with you.

September Editor’s Picks: Entertainment

The Snowbirds (photo by Craig Moy)SEPTEMBER 5 TO 7 Calling all aviation enthusiasts! The Canadian International Air Show impresses with an array of classic and contemporary planes flying high over Toronto and the shores of Lake Ontario. A tradition for 60 years, this year’s event also marks the 100th anniversary of powered flight in Canada. Among the performers are the beloved Snowbirds (pictured), an iconic Canadian Forces squadron that engages in adrenalin-pumping individual and team aerobatics. Spend the day at Ontario Place, where airplane aficionados can see all the action from the park’s southern shore. 12:30 p.m.; call 416-263-3650 for more details

The KillersSEPTEMBER 6 The Killers are a hard band to classify: Brandon Flowers, their enigmatic singer and keyboard player, has cited among his influences The Cure, Lou Reed, Bruce Springsteen and U2. Regardless of genre, these bombastic alternative-new-wave-contemporary-heartland rockers, riding the success of their third album, Day & Age, really know how to put on a show—it must have something to do with their Las Vegas roots. Molson Amphitheatre, 8 p.m., $26.25 to $69.50; call 416-870-8000 or visit Ticketmaster to purchase.

Classic Albums Live recreates Abbey Road at Massey Hall.

Classic Albums Live recreates Abbey Road at Massey Hall.

SEPTEMBER 26 & 27 Much of the recorded output of The Beatles has taken on legendary status in the annals of pop music, but Abbey Road, the last album the Liverpudlian quartet ever recorded, is particularly renowned. Etched onto vinyl in 1969, 40 years later it still sounds fresh and exciting. This month, two distinct concerts commemorate the album’s longevity.

> On one of the city’s most venerated stages, Classic Albums Live reproduces Abbey Road with a 17-piece band, assembled to ensure the multilayered masterpiece gets the treatment it deserves. Massey Hall, 8 p.m., $39.50 to $49.50; call 416-872-4255 or click here for tickets.

> The Art of Time Ensemble brings together a diverse group of performers—including Sarah Slean and Our Lady Peace’s Raine Maida—to interpret Abbey Road tracks like “Something” and “Octopus’s Garden.” Enwave Theatre, 8 p.m., $25 to $36; call 416-973-4000 or navigate here to buy.