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Summer Music in the Garden 2013
Presented by TD Bank Group
18 superb Music Concerts performed in a beautiful waterfront setting


TORONTO, ON (June 10, 2013) - Summer Music in the Garden 2013, presented by TD Bank Group, returns for its 13th season, scheduled most Sunday afternoons and Thursday evenings, beginning Sunday, June 30, through to Sunday, September 15. The popular series of 18 music concerts is performed by talented musicians, set in the beautiful waterfront surroundings of the Toronto Music Garden, on Queens Quay West.

Co-produced by Harbourfront Centre, in partnership with the City of Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation, and Economic Development and Culture Divisions, Summer Music in the Garden 2013, presented by TD Bank Group, is the perfect antidote to the rush and stresses of life beyond the garden.

Curated and hosted for Harbourfront Centre by Tamara Bernstein, the line-up this summer is a lively blend of music styles. The 18 concerts feature performances by 39 returning artists; 28 artists will make their Music Garden debut. While most of the performers live in Toronto, there is strong representation from Montreal, as well as artists from the US, the UK and Senegal.

The 2013 edition features three world premieres including a new piece for solo cello by Montreal-based composer Christopher Hossfield, commissioned by Harbourfront Centre. Musical styles and countries represented include the European Canon (Bach, Mozart et al), New Music, Japan, North India, Traditional French Canadian, Ireland, Scotland, Cajun, Senegal, Persia, First Nations, Traditional Scandinavian, China and Middle East.

Composers programmed include:
• From the Western classical canon: Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Dvorak, Vivaldi, Mahler, Ravel, Paganini, Giuliani, Enescu, Hovhaness, and J. S. Bach.
• From the 17th century: Marais, Ortiz, Schmelzer, Gabrielli, Castello, Legrenzi and others.
• From our time: Barbara Croall, Michael Oesterle, John Luther Adams, Steve Reich, Christopher Hossfeld, Kevin Lau, and more.

In keeping with a series held in a garden inspired by the music of J. S. Bach, there is plenty of Baroque music: two full concerts devoted to music of the 17th century (July 4 and 18), as well as individual pieces on the Lute Legends Ensemble concert (July 21), Pemi Paull’s recital (August 15) and Strings of Change (August 25).

Kate Bennett Haynes’ six-year cycle of the complete Suites for Solo Cello by J. S. Bach continues with the Suite No. 3 in C Major (Bach at Dusk, September 12). On the same concert, Ms. Haynes will also perform the aforementioned Harbourfront Centre commissioned world premiere of a piece by Montreal-based Christopher Hossfeld, inspired by the Bach Suite.
To add some toe-tapping spirit to the series, three concerts will feature traditional fiddle music:
• The Bombadils (from Montreal, July 11)
• Donna Hebert (from New England, August 1)
• Swamperellla (from Toronto, August 18

Anchoring the season’s musical offerings are three string quartets: return visits of the Ton Beau and Cecilia String Quartets, and the Toronto debut of Gretchen’s Muse from New York.

Tours of the Music Garden are offered by Toronto Botanical gardens, beginning June 20, and continuing through to September, as well as self-guided tours with audio players that can be rented at the Marina Quay West office.

The full schedule of Summer Music in the Garden concerts, presented by TD, follows below.

For further information and complete event listings, the public may visit, or call the Information Hotline at 416 973-4000. Harbourfront Centre is located at 235 Queens Quay West in the heart of downtown Toronto’s waterfront.

Harbourfront Centre is a Canadian charity operating the 10 prime acres of Toronto's central waterfront as a free and open public site. We celebrate the multiplicities of cultures that comprise Canada and enliven the city through the creative imaginations of artists from across the country and around the globe. Harbourfront Centre attracts more than 17 million visits to its site each year to experience 4,000 diverse public events and activities. Harbourfront Centre receives operational support from the Government of Canada and the City of Toronto and program funding from all levels of government, the private sector and individual donors.


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Summer Music in the Garden, presented by TD Bank Group, line-up

Sun., June 30, 4 p.m. New Beginnings
Toronto’s Ton Beau Quartet launches the season with music by two well-known composers looking for fresh starts late in their careers: Dvorak’s String Quartet No. 12 in F Major, Op 96 (“American’) and Beethoven’s final String Quartet, Op. 135

Thu., July 4, 7 p.m. Mediterranean Baroque
Catchy tunes and rhythms from Italy, Spain and Turkey make their way through baroque Europe in music by Vivaldi, Ortiz, Marais, Schmelzer and others. Kate Haynes (baroque cello), Christopher Verrettte (baroque violin) and Matthew Wadsworth (theorbo).

Thu., July 11, 7 p.m. Tom Bombadil’s Kitchen
The Montreal-based Bombadils cook up selections from the traditional Celtic and blue grass repertoires, alongside their original compositions that blend classical flavours, topped with jazz-inspired improvisation

Thu., July 18, 7 p.m. Terreno e vago
The award-winning Pallade Musica from Montreal performs music of earth and spirit from 17th century Italy. Tanya LaPierrière (baroque violin), Elinor Frey (baroque cello), Esteban La Rotta, theorbo) and Mylène Bélanger (harpsichord).

Sun., July 21, 4 p.m. “Send me a Rose”
The Lute Legends Ensemble brings together three ancient plucked string instruments in music from China, the Middle East, and Europe, along with the world premiere of Andrew Donaldson’s Parable. Lucas Harris (lute), Wen Zhao (pipa) and Bassam Bishara (oud).

Thu., July 25, 7 p.m. Evening Ragas
South Asian-Canadian virtuosi Aruna Narayan (sarangi) and Vineet Viyas (tabla) perform contemplative ragas associated with evening. With Akshay Kalle (tanpura).

Sun., July 28, 4 p.m. On the Shoreline: A (Not Always) Quiet Exchange
Three musical friends meet on the shore of Lake Ontario to share magical sounds and colours: clarinets, percussion instruments, First Nations vocals and instrumentals, and a cameo appearance by the ancient Persian lute, the tar. Peter Stoll, Richard Moore and Barbara Croall.

Thu. Aug. 1, 7 p.m. Mist-Covered Mountains
A welcome return of Celtic-French Canadian fiddler Donna Hébert, Molly Hébert-Wilson (voice) and Max Cohen (guitar).

Thu., Aug. 8, 7 p.m. A Taiko Tale of Two Cities
Toronto’s Nagata Shachu ensemble welcomes Jason Matsumoto from Chicago’s Ho Estu Taiko, for an evening of thrilling Japanese drumming and flute playing.

Sun., Aug. 11, 4 p.m. Jardins Migrateurs/Itinerant Gardens
Montreal’s Constantinople Ensemble presents a poetic encounter between strings and voice, Ablaye Cissoko (kora and vocals), KiyaTabassian (sitar and vocals), Pierre-Yves Martel (viola da gamba) and Ziya Tabassian (percussion).

Thu., Aug. 15, 7 p.m. Arcadian Visions
Montreal-based violist Pemi Paull presents music from the 17th century to today, by Oesterle, Hovhaness, Enescu, Gabrielli, and Mahler.

Sun., Aug. 18, 4 p.m. Cajun in the Cattails
Toronto’s own traditional Cajun band, Swamperella, transforms the Music Garden into a Backyard Bayou.

Thu., Aug. 22, 7 p.m. Égalité: The String Quartet Edition
Members of New York’s Gretchen Muse ensemble perform string quartets by Haydn and Mozart on period instruments. Abigail Karr and Vita Wallace (violins), Kyle Miller (viola), Beiliang Zhu (cello).

Sun., Aug. 25, 4 p.m. Strings of Change
Sharon Lee (violin), Sybil Shanahan (cello), and Rob MacDonald (guitar) perform music by Paganini, Giuliani and Bach, and give the world premiere Kevin Lau’s Winds of Change.

Thu., Aug. 29, 7 p.m. Elemental
TorQ Percussion Quartet explores the primal elements – earth, water, air, fire and more – in music by Steve Reich, John Luther Adams and members of TorQ.

Sun., Sept. 8, 4 p.m. Here Comes the Sun
The Cecilia String Quartet performs Haydn’s String Quartet in D Major, from the “Sun” Quartets, Op. 20, and Ravel’s String Quartet in F Major.

Thu., Sept. 12, 7 p.m. Bach at Dusk – plus Hossfeld
Baroque cellist Kate Bennett Haynes performs Bach’s Suite No. 3 in C Major for unaccompanied cello, and performs the world premiere of a new work by Christopher Hossfeld, commissioned by Harbourfront Centre for the Music Garden.

Sun., Sept. 15, 4 p.m. Songs of the Northern Seas: Maritime Music
From Scandinavia, Scotland and Canada
With a focus on Northern legends, myths and dance music inspired by the sea, Ensemble Polaris celebrates the ‘big waters’ that connect us all.


World Café (Weekends from May – October)
The best cuisine from around the world all day and night, offering unique and fun dining experiences! We're serving up sizzling tastes all summer long!

Lake View Market (Weekends from May – October)
Shop the world every weekend, all summer long! Our Lake View Market (formerly International Marketplace) features fab finds from all corners of the globe including old world crafts and new, unique designs. Choose from traditional artifacts, local, artisanal, eco friendly, fair trade products and more!

Street Stage (Weekends from May – October)
Toronto's most entertaining street performers animate Harbourfront Centre’s site!

Canoe Rides on The Natrel® Pond (Weekends from May – October)
Canoe and paddleboat rides will be available at the Natrel® Pond all summer long!

Summer Music in the Garden (Most Thursdays at 7 p.m. & Sundays at 4 p.m. from June – Sept.)
Our wildly popular garden music series returns as the country’s best musicians perform in the magical setting of the Toronto Music Garden. Free garden tours Wednesday at 11 a.m. and Thursday pre-concert at 5:30 p.m.

Dancing on the Pier (Thursdays from June 27 – Sept.19)
The shores of Lake Ontario transform into Toronto's most scenic ballroom. Live bands, social dance clubs and instructors highlight dance trends from across the world.

DJ Deep Fried Fridays (Fridays from June 28 – Aug. 30)
Local DJs spin music on the Redpath Stage while vendors at the World Café offer a selection of deep fried treats to compliment their set.

Free Flicks (Wednesdays from July 3 – Aug. 28)
Enjoy a selection of your favourite films – lakeside and under the stars on the WestJet Stage.

The Tale of Harbourfront Centre (Ongoing)
Created by FIXT POINT, The Tale of Harbourfront Centre is a storytelling initiative that will capture and celebrate the 40 year history of this cultural institution through the gathering, mapping and interactive presentation of living memories. A Fresh Ground new works commission.

Summer Camps 2013 (July 2 – Aug. 30)
Time for adventure! Harbourfront Centre offers one of the largest and most diverse day camp programmes in Canada, offering a multitude of exhilarating camps, a convenient downtown location and the best counsellors in the city.

International Festival of Authors Presents (Ongoing)
Weekly readings, interviews, round table discussions and special events continue throughout the summer including IFOA at The Ex on August 22.

Visual Arts Spring & Summer 2013 Exhibitions (Ongoing)
(through June 16)
Six exhibitions in visual arts, craft & design and photography. Many of the exhibitions are part of the inaugural Toronto International Jewellery Festival presented in conjunction with SNAG 2013 Meta-Mosaic, conference. As well, Toronto-based artist Mark Peckmezian presents new photography in his series Portrait.

(June 22 through Sept. 15)
Seven new exhibitions in visual arts, photography, craft & design and architecture explore the idea of terrain through an artistic lens.

(June 21 through September 15)
The Third Space is a group exhibition curated by Sanaz Mazinani as part of the Tirgan Festival. Artists working in a variety of media explore the idea of cultural transience. Part of Summer 2013 Visual Arts Exhibitions.

Nine Rivers City: Toronto’s Extraordinary Waterways (June 21, 2013 through June 2014)
In the new Exhibition Common next to Ontario Square and Canada Square
A breathtaking, large-scale outdoor photographic exploration of Toronto’s nine rivers. Six of Canada’s most talented and exciting contemporary visual artists document the misunderstood environmental and cultural resource that is Toronto’s river system. The exhibition features 72 large-scale photographic images creating the largest outdoor exhibition space in Canada. Produced by Harbourfront Centre in partnership with Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA) with generous support from Menkes.


The Power Plant
Canada's leading public gallery devoted exclusively to contemporary visual art. Admission is free.

Sailing & Powerboating
Boating becomes accessible to Toronto residents and visitors from around the world through Harbourfront Centre’s instruction, membership and rental programs.

Lakeside Local Bar and Grill
Enjoy delicious casual dining on the waterfront overlooking The Natrel® Pond.

The Centre Shop
The Centre Shop carries MoMA and Red Dot awarding-winning designs as well as Canadian crafts on the cutting edge.

Craft and Design Studios
Providing an unparalleled opportunity to witness, understand and experience work being created in glass, ceramics, textiles and jewellery.

Canada Square (opening July 1)
Toronto’s newest public space overlooking Lake Ontario. Featuring 40 Metasequoia (Dawn Redwood) trees, Canada Square is an inspiring place to gather and celebrate our great country. Officially opening July 1, Canada Square celebrates Canada Day with dynamic programming including family fun and live performances. Canada Square is a joint project of Harbourfront Centre and Waterfront Toronto funded by the Government of Canada.

Ontario Square (opening June 23)
With the Ontario Boreal Forest as its inspiration, Harbourfront Centre's Ontario Square is an open public space for relaxing in the midst of Quaking Aspen trees, taking in a daytime performance, or a enjoying the evening light spectacle provided by James Carpenter’s artwork. Officially opening June 23, Ontario Square celebrates culture and creativity all summer long. Funding for the construction of Ontario Square was provided to Harbourfront Centre by the Government of Ontario.

Exhibition Common (opening June 21)
Located in the same area as Ontario Square and Canada Square, Harbourfront Centre’s new Exhibition Common hosts marketplaces, food concessions, recreational activities like yoga and more. It officially opens with NINE RIVERS CITY, featuring 72 images by six visual artists in a commissioned outdoor photography exhibition exploring Toronto’s incredible river system. Join us for the opening on June 21, along with the openings for York Quay Centre and The Power Plant summer exhibitions.

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