Toronto Music Garden Offers Free Music Performances

Toronto Music Garden, photo Mike Miley
Toronto Music Garden, photo Mike Miley

If you are down at Harbourfront, you may want to drop in on the Toronto Music Garden, which features free classical and traditional music performances beginning June 30, 2013. Designed with assistance from cellist Yo Yo Ma, the Toronto Music Garden offers a symphonic sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle of the boardwalk.

Toronto Music Garden, photo Mike Miley
Toronto Music Garden, photo Mike Miley

The Summer Music in the Garden series features free performances on Thursdays and Sundays. Limited bench seating is available; however, you are welcome to bring your own folding chair. The schedule for 2013 is as follows:

Sunday, June 30, 4 p.m. – New Beginnings – String quartet performs Beethoven and Dvorak

Thursday, July 4, 7 p.m. – Mediterranean Baroque – Baroque music from 17th century Italy, Spain and Turkey

Thursday, July 12, 7 p.m. – Tom Bombadil’s Kitchen – Celtic and bluegrass with jazz improvisation

Thursday, July 18, 7 p.m. – Terreno e vago – Music from 17th century Italy on strings

Sunday, July 21, 4 p.m. – “Send Me a Rose” – Music from China, Middle East and Europe on strings

Thursday, July 25, 7 p.m. – Evening Ragas by the Water – South-Asian music performed on sarangi and table

Toronto Music Garden at Harbourfront, photo Diego Barra
Toronto Music Garden, photo Diego Barra

Sunday, July 28, 4 p.m. – On the Shoreline: A (Not Always) Quiet Exchange! – Clarinet, percussion and First Nations vocals

Thursday, August 1, 7 p.m. – Mist-Covered Mountains – Celtic French music

Thursday, August 8, 7 p.m. – A Taiko Tale of Two Cities – Japanese drumming and flute playing

Sunday, August 11, 4 p.m. – Jardins migrateurs / Itinerant Gardens – Strings and vocal perform music from Mandingo Kingdom to Persian Court

Thursday, August 15, 7 p.m. – Arcadian Visions – Violin music from 17th century to today

Sunday, August 18, 4 p.m. – Cajun in the Cattails – Cajun music performed by Swamperella band

Flowers in Music Garden at Harbourfront photo makeshiftlove
Flowers in Toronto Music Garden, photo makeshiftlove

Toronto Music Garden, 479 Queens Quay West (between Spadina Avenue and Bathurst Street)