Thursday, April 25, 2013

Largest Military Parade Ever Organized

Commemoration of the Battle of YorkThis Saturday, April 27th,  Toronto will be holding the largest military parade ever organized. They will be honoring all those who died in the Battle of York and all those who have died in the 200 years since. Many of our soldiers based in our area will be in attendance and participating in the parade. There will be many events and activities held throughout the day. I have posted details below about the parade and the link to activities and events follow.

Military Parade and Colour Presentation
Presentation of A New Colour to the Royal Canadian Regiment 10 am. - Legislative Assembly, Queen's Park

Military Parade -  11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Begins at Legislative Assembly and ends at Fort York
In one of the largest military parades ever organized in Toronto, the Canadian Forces will honour all of those who died on our soil at the Battle of York on April 27, 1813 and the 200 years of military presence in Toronto since the war. More than 1,000 sailors and soldiers from the Royal Canadian Navy and the Canadian Army will march from Queen's Park down University Avenue and across Richmond Street, south on Portland Street past the War of 1812 monument and then on to the Fort York Armoury. The parade will include 13 marching bands, and a flourish of colourful ceremonial uniforms and Regimental Colours.
For all other activities and ceremonies planned: CLICK HERE

Thursday, April 18, 2013

5th Annual Waterloo Air Show 2013

5th Annual Waterloo Air Show
Tickets on Sale NOW online
Photo by: M.M.

DATE: Saturday, June 1 and Sunday, June 2

TIME: Gates open 10am - 5pm (9am for Air Show Insiders and pilots). Air Show begins at 1pm.

WHERE: Region of Waterloo International Airport,

4881 Fountain St N, Breslau

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General Admission                          $25 (buy online and save)
Children 5-12                                     $10 (buy online and save)
Seniors (65+)                                     $15 (buy online and save)
Children under 5                                FREE
Veterans:                                            FREE (with proper ID) (escorts pay admission)
VIP Sky Chalet Tent:       $150 (Air Show Insiders: $125) (advanced online sales only; limited tickets)
Includes: 1 onsite parking, VIP tent with tables and chairs, catered lunch, 2 alcohol tickets and cash bar, centre stage viewing, 2014 calendar, performer autographs.
PARKING: Options available: FREE (with a walk) and PAID (off-site with shuttle service)
New this year: the Canadian Aviation Expo joins us air show weekend
New acts: incredible wing walking and a flame-billowing jet car


Returning favourites: Snowbirds and CF-18 Demonstration jet

Tickets go on sale Friday, April 19

This year’s Waterloo Air Show is bigger and better than ever with new acts, a bigger static display, Food Truck Alley and the inclusion of the Canadian Aviation Expo, Canada’s premier aviation expo and trade show.
The Canadian Aviation Expo
The Waterloo Air Show is excited to announce it is teaming up with the Canadian Aviation Expo this year, meaning two events are coming together at one location.
The annual Canadian Aviation Expo is Canada’s premier aviation expo and trade show.  Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, the Expo features many displays and vendors catering to the aviation world. Guests can explore a huge selection of aviation products and new aircraft. Plus the Expo offers a ‘Fly-In’ which may see upwards of 200 small, private aircraft ‘flying in’ for the day.
While the air show’s primary audience is families, the Expo’s primary target is pilots and people in the aviation/aerospace industries. Together, the two events cater nicely to a wide range of audiences.
In the past, the Expo has taken place in various locations in the Greater Toronto Area including Downsview Park in Toronto, Oshawa airport and most recently Hamilton airport.
The Air Show
This year’s line up of acts has returning favourites and exciting new additions. Headlining the show will once again be the Canadian Forces Snowbirds, and also from the Canadian Forces will be this year’s painted CF-18 Demonstration jet, representing the 2013 season’s theme: The Common Thread.
Airshow Line Up: 
  • The Canadian Snowbirds - 9 plane aerobatic formations
  • CF-18 Demonstration Jet- Canada's frontline fighter jet -2013 Theme: The Common Thread
  • Jane Wicker Wing Walking
  • Smoke-N-Thunder Jet Car Demo
  • Gord Price - Russian Yak 50 (serial number 01)
  • T-33 Silver Star "Mako Shark"
  • Canadian Harvard Aircraft Association 4 Plane formation team
  • F1 Rocket - Wayne Hadath
  • Rick Volker - U.S. aerobatic performer pulling up to 11G's
  • L29 Delfin -owned and flown by Waterloo Air Show Co-producer Richard Cooper
  •           Pyro- Kaboom! Catch the Wall of Fire as the CF-18 fighter jet speeds past
The Static Display
This year’s static display will be bigger than ever as the Waterloo Air Show arranges for aircraft to fill the tarmac for people to see up close, take photos and speak to the pilots and crew. These are aircraft parked all weekend, and are in addition to the aircraft flying in the show.
From the Royal Canadian Air Force we are expecting Harvard II and Hawk training aircraft from Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan; a Griffon helicopter from base Borden; and a Dash-8 “Gonzo” navigational trainer from Winnipeg.
Additional static includes a historic array of World War Two-era bomber and transports from American air museums, such as the B-17 Flying Fortress (heavy bomber), B-25 Mitchell (medium bomber), TBM Avenger (carrier-based torpedo bomber), C-123 Provider (military cargo/transport airlift), Douglas AC-47 ‘Spooky’ (ground support; military version of DC3), and a C-46 Curtiss Commando ‘Tinker Belle’(transport; only one not owned by Ice Pilots). There will also be a twin-engine Beech 18 and an Albatross, an amphibious aircraft currently used for search & rescue.

Additional Fun
This two-day family event will offer additional entertainment and activities including displays, vendors, a kid’s amusement area, an Autograph Tent, and licensed areas.
Bring your chairs and cameras out to the Region of Waterloo International Airport
 and let your wings soar!