Bulletin Oct. 13 to 19: New Scheduled Flights to Waterloo, Barrie and London From Billy Bishop
Also: Halifax Pop Explosion, Montreal votes, and DC has Bacon in it.
The Billy Bulletin appears every Thursday with news about travel and the cities we cover, to help our readers and passengers navigate the week ahead. Here’s what’s going on around Billy Bishop Airport’s destinations this week …
City councillor Valérie Plante is running for mayor, looking to unseat incumbent Denis Coderre. Her key promise: to build the so-called “pink line,” an expansion of Montreal’s Metro system into parts of the city that could use the economic boost. Now Plante has unveiled more specific numbers regarding the plan this week, to wit: 21 kilometres of track, 29 stations, and an opening date of 2028, all for a cost of $6 billion.
Plante, who heads up the Project Montréal slate of candidates, will learn on Nov. 5 whether voters are persuaded by a transit project that, as one political scientist told the CBC, “can stir up a lot of excitement” without offering too many details quite yet. The alternative is to keep Coderre, who is charismatic, and is often credited – though not universally – with reducing Montreal’s reputation for municipal corruption since taking office in 2013.
Grab your tickets now for the Pop Explosion! The annual new music fest goes kaboom from Oct. 18 to 21 this year (that’s Wednesday through Saturday) at venues all over the city. Performing for this year, which happens to be the 25th edition: Lee Fields & The Expressions, the Rural Alberta Advantage, Patrick Watson, Elliott BROOD and many more – check out the full list of 150 acts here, and those advance tickets here.
Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport to Waterloo, Barrie or London in a few minutes? Soon, thanks to an imminent expansion by FlyGTA Airlines, travellers and commuters will be able to avoid Greater Toronto’s hellish traffic and hop around Southern Ontario in a flash. The small airline will begin offering daily flights to these three destinations starting Nov. 6, for about $129 each way.
FlyGTA already shuttles passengers to and from the Niagara Region from Toronto and gives aerial tours in its Piper and Airvan aircraft (with eight and six seats, respectively).
The U.S. capital has revitalized its waterfront, as so many other cities have done, replete with shopping and restaurants and yada yada yada. This week’s Southwest Waterfront is worth checking out just for that – apparently it’s just a few blocks’ walk from the National Mall – but what’s really making the kickoff celebrations a sizzling hot ticket is the Bacon. Everybody get footloose, because the Kevin Bacon is coming. The Baconator himself will perform at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 12 in his guise as one-half of the country rock outfit The Bacon Brothers.
The Bacon Brothers