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Snowbirds

Hot Date: See High Flyers at the Air Show

Mike Wiskus returns to perform at the Canadian International Air Show

SEPTEMBER 1 TO 3  The Labour Day long weekend just wouldn’t be the same without the highly anticipated Canadian International Air Show. The Snowbirds of the Canadian Forces, the Aerial Icons, Mike Wiskus and the Harvard Aerobatic Team are among the performers taking to the skies over Lake Ontario. The best viewing areas to catch the spectacular stunts and speeds of the supersonic jets, thunderbolts and sailplanes are along the southwest waterfront grounds of the CNE or along the city’s western waterfront. Starts at 1 p.m.; click here for more information.

Hot Shopping: Shop Talk: From a Pod to a Peppertree

Peppertree Fashions owner Constance Hall (pictured) believes in staying true to her goals.  When the boutique opened 10 years ago, Hall’s dream of bringing fabulous style to Winnipeg women was coupled with a vision to connect with her community in meaningful ways. This is evidenced by the three charity fashion shows she orchestrates each year, where her vivacious customers are cast as models. Hall says these events are a great way to get to know her customers personally. With such strong customer relationships, Hall buys stock confidently, often knowing exactly who will love each piece before it arrives in the store. Peppertree’s merchandise ranges from chic, professional career wear to bright and  jazzy cruise wear for snowbirds carried year-round. Colourful appliquéed sweaters, bold jewellery, and printed tunics are found in this happy shop. Nourished by its firmly planted roots, Peppertree has flourished over the past decade and looks fashionably forward to the future. Peppertree Fashions, 123 Scurfield Blvd, 204-837-2435

Hot Dates: Air Show’s Return Flight

The Snowbirds

SEPTEMBER 4 TO 6 Look up in awe as professional pilots perform thrilling aerial aerobatics at the Canadian International Air Show, an annual end-of-summer tradition. A diverse squadron of modern and vintage aircraft swoop the sky above Lake Ontario, but the stars of the four-hour show are the Snowbirds—the Canadian Forces’ iconic demonstration team celebrates its 40th anniversary of dizzying stunts and formation flying this year. Spend the day at the Canadian National Exhibition or Ontario Place and get a great view of the spins, loops and tail slides from the park’s southern shore. 12:30 p.m.; call 416-263-3650 or click here for more information.

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.