photo: Adrian Holmes
It’s hard for me to believe, but this past week the Toronto Music Garden turned ten years old! Thanks to the care of many institutions and people, this 2.5-acre public park continues to flourish along the shores of Lake Ontario. In celebration, Summer Music in the Garden— 20 free outdoor concerts and dance performances involving over 90 artists in total– begins on June 28th. The series is produced through a partnership between Harbourfront Centre and the City of Toronto’s Parks, Forestry and Recreation Division and in recent years, Cultural Services, together with the Garden’s patrons Margaret and Jim Fleck. The innovative programming features both Western and non-Western classical music from cultures around the world. Also, representatives from the Toronto Botanical Garden, along with self-guided audio tours, explore the Garden’s design and history. See the links above for more information.
By all means, go to visit if you can. The programming is imaginative, sophisticated, and often whimsical. And the garden, whose design is based on J.S. Bach’s First Suite for Unaccompanied Cello, offers a wonderful stroll for all ages.
This summer, in honor of the Garden’s 10th anniversary, we’re bringing out a full-color book about the Toronto Music Garden. We’ll let you know when it’s available– coming soon!