It's that time of year again, Toronto: The days are getting shorter, the kids are gearing up for back-to-school and only one long weekend stands between us and the month of September.
If you were already in your feelings about the CNE's arrival earlier this month, the late-August fair's departure will surely bring you down even more — and there's no way to ignore the fact that it's happening thanks to the resounding "whoosh" of fighter jets.
With the last weekend of the CNE comes the annual Toronto Air Show, now in its 70th year.
It will be loud, as you well know if you've lived anywhere within roughly a 3-kilometre radius of Exhibition Place during this time of year.
“WHAT THE HELL WAS TH- oh, right. The Air Show.”— Mike Beauvais (@MikeBeauvais) August 30, 2019
- People of Toronto every Labour Day weekend
It's already quite loud as of Friday with pilots practicing overhead and, despite the fact that it doesn't officially kick off until tomorrow, Toronto residents are already expressing their disdain for the air show.
VIDEO Royal Air Force Red Arrows practice in #Toronto and fly in formation with Canadian Forces Snowbirds.@rafredarrows @CFSnowbirds— Tom Podolec Aviation (@TomPodolec) August 30, 2019
Canadian International Air Show goes this weekend. pic.twitter.com/6SubgYuIZ4
"People griping about the air show on Twitter" is a legit thing that we've come to expect...
The best display of the routine selfish, tone-deaf attitude of basic Toronto inhabitants can always be found at the Air Show. Shut that shit down.— Laura Findlay (@lauracfindlay) August 30, 2019
And, in some cases, make fun of.
It's that time of year when white Toronto nimbys tell everyone what's best for refugees without consulting a single refugee.— Brian R Donnelly (@bbbriandonnelly) August 30, 2019
It's the Toronto Air Show!!! pic.twitter.com/OpCymOlQvF
Many critics assert that the airborne event glorifies war weaponry.
Military aircraft overhead. It reminds me of Yemen. But it’s just Canadians celebrating their war machines at the Toronto Air Show.— Chris Houston (@chris_m_h) August 30, 2019
I hate it.
Others raise concerns about the noises and how they might be perceived by those who aren't aware of the air show's existence.
Toronto: Welcome Syrian refugees!— Christine Estima (@christineestima) August 30, 2019
Also Toronto: Please enjoy the air show that doesn’t at all sound like bomber jets are descending upon Damascus!
Others still worry about their pets, many of whom hate the incredibly loud noises of planes zipping overhead.
Dogs of Toronto, you will get through this Air Show I promise pic.twitter.com/GPdvE46ToQ— Pete Evans (@p_evans) August 30, 2019
And yet, for all of its detractors, the airshow still has plenty of support among both organizers (clearly) and members of the public.
Piss off you, Air Show is a huge Toronto tradition.— DonCherryHNIC4REAL (@DonHnic4real) August 29, 2019
"OK, Toronto, controversial tweet. I love the airshow," wrote one Twitter user today as pilots practiced their routines.
"I grew up around air bases and this is an opportunity for talented men and women to show the results of their practice, dedication and skills in a setting where they aren't rescuing your lost loved one, or being shot at."
The 2019 Toronto Air Show starts tomorrow at noon. Unless you're far from the downtown core or hiding in a basement, you really can't miss it.
by Lauren O'Neil via blogTO