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The Toronto Music Garden: Musical Inspiration Meets Landscape Design

By June 15, 2009November 22nd, 20114 Comments
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!

-Julie Messervy

Join the discussion 4 Comments

  • Real Eguchi says:

    Hey Julie,

    The Music Garden remains one of our treasured landscapes. The special maintenance and management of the garden is indeed central to it’s success, notwithstanding your creative design.

    It would be great if someone were to measure the extra care taken to maintain the garden in terms of costs and other factors and then relate that to the improvement in the quality of life it offers Torontonians as well as how it must help our local economy with increased tourism.

    We need to view landscapes like the Music Garden not as objects of beauty, but as engaging exeriences that enhance our personal well-being, community health and social cohesion. This is important in the context of the growing focus on the technical, more measurable aspects of the landscape.

    Happy Summer Solstice!!! May you have a wonderful summer!!!

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