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Harbourfront Centre and the City of Toronto present Summer Music in the Garden, a bouquet of musical pleasures at the magnificent Toronto Music Garden. Visitors can enjoy concerts by outstanding classical and world music talents while exploring the seasonal succession of blooms. The annual summer music series is produced by Harbourfront Centre and curated by Tamara Bernstein.

Learn about the Garden’s unique design during walking tours led by the Toronto Botanical Garden volunteer guides or through self-guided audio tours ($5 rental fee). Guided tours take place, June & September, Wednesdays, 11 a.m. and July & August, Wednesdays, 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. New this year, pre-concert tours on Thursdays, 6 p.m. starting June 24. Group tours can be booked through the Toronto Botanical Garden directly at 416-397-1366. Please note that individual tours are free, but groups tours are $5 per person.

The Toronto Music Garden is a City of Toronto park, located on the city’s waterfront at 475 Queens Quay West, between Bathurst Street and Spadina Avenue. It is wheelchair-accessible and open year-round. For information on the Toronto Music Garden and its upcoming events, the public can call 416-973-4000 or check the Harbourfront Centre website at

Concerts take place Thursdays at 7 p.m. and Sundays at 4 p.m. Admission to the park and all its programming is free.

June 24 - CelloFest – Songs by Manuel de Falla and Leonard Bernstein, dances by Bela Bartok and Johann Sebastian Bach, performed in lush arrangements for cello ensemble by Desireé Abbey, Ingunn Benediktsson, Eric Han, Peter Cosbey and director Roberta Janzen.

June 27 - Tales From the Emperor’s Garden – Little Pear Garden Collective presents two tales of garden rendezvous from Peking Opera repertoire. William Lau, Sheng Li and Xu Feng Ze play a tipsy concubine, a beautiful mistress and a witty maid; erhu virtuoso George Gao leads an ensemble of Chinese instruments.

July 1 - True North Brass Quintet – A Canada Day celebration with music and stories from the True North. Raymond Tizzard and Barton Woomert, trumpets; Joan Watson, french horn; Alastair Kay, trombone; and Scott Irvine, tuba.

July 4 - Marimba virtuosi Nicholas Coulter and Graham Hargrove perform music by Mozart, Scarlatti, Rameau and more.

July 8 - Musique Actuelle – 21st century improvisations by two electrifying musicians from Montreal; Lori Freedman, clarinets and Jean Derome, flutes and saxophones.

July 15 - An evening of Ragas – Aditya Verma, sarod and Subhajyoti Guha, tabla perform virtuosic improvisations in the intricate rhythms and melodies of classical North Indian music.

July 18 - Make it a Double – Fraser Jackson, bassoons and Joseph Salvalaggio, oboe, perform a wide-range program, including music by Bach, Schulhoff, Rodriguez and Hatzis.

July 22 - West meets (Middle) East: I – Violinist Kathleen Kajioka and friends present music from the early Italian Baroque and the Arab world as well as her own compositions. With Ben Grossman, percussion and hurdy-gurdy; Levon Ichkanian, oud and Terry McKenna, lute.

July 25 - West meets (Middle) East: II – Alfarabius ensemble traces the connecting threads between the music of medieval Europe and the Ottoman and Arabic worlds. Performed on ancient and traditional instruments by George Sawa, Suzanne Myers-Sawa, Andrea Budgey, Randall Rosenfeld, and Nabil Shehadeh.

July 29 - Froyen: Women in Yiddish Song – New York singer Adrienne Cooper and pianist Marilyn Lerner perform an unusual repertoire of Yiddish songs by and about women, including original work and traditional tunes.

August 5 - The Kirby Quartet – An exciting new Canadian string quartet performs music by Mozart, Beethoven and Ligeti. Aisslinn Nossky and Julia Wedman, violins; Max Mandel, viola, and Carina Reeves, cello.

August 8 - White Man Sleeps – The Madawaska String Quartet performs music inspired by folk elements by Kevin Volans, Beethoven, Jose Evangelista and Silvestre Revueltas. Rebecca van der Post and Sarah Fraser Raff, violins; Anna Redekop, viola and Meran Currie-Roberts, cello.

August 12 - Re-Percussions I: Aiyun Huang in concert – One of the world’s most brilliant young percussionists performs music by Bach and contemporary “percussion theatre works” by Rzewski, Alvarez and Aperghis.

August 15 - Re-Percussions II: The Toronto Tabla Ensemble – Celebrate India’s Independence Day with the joyous rhythms of the Toronto Tabla Ensemble.

August 19 - Re-Percussions III: The Kiyoshi Nagata Ensemble – The Toronto-based Taiko ensemble brings ancient Japanese drumming traditions into the 21st century.

August 22 - Two outstanding string players from the Canadian Opera Company – concertmaster Marie Bérard and cellist Roberta Janzen perform duos and solos by Schulhoff, Glière, Bach and Biber.

August 26 - Shared Solitudes – Lori Freedman, clarinets; Tiina Kiik, accordion; David Mott, saxophone – Composed and improvised music including the world premieres of new works by Montreal composer Ana Sokolovic and David Mott. The performers will also improvise on a theme suggested from the audience.

August 29 - Kids Compose – Young audience members create a new piece with double bassist Peter Pavlovsky, percussionist Rick Sacks and flautist Camille Watts.

September 2 - Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company – Passionate flamenco dance returns to the Music Garden. With guest vocalist Jose Luis Perez and guitarist Dominique Soulard both from Montreal.

September 12 - Dancer-choreographer Peggy Baker joins cellist Shauna Rolston for the season’s finale on a program that includes The Transparent Recital by choreographer Tedd Robinson to music by Bach.

(Media contact for Toronto Music Garden: Renee Ouellette, 416-973-7790 or and Ramona Noor, 416-973-4342 or

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