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Free concerts in the Toronto Music Garden, June 30–September 18

Harbourfront Centre is delighted to unveil its exciting lineup for the 17th edition of Summer Music in the Garden, presented by TD Bank Group. This series features 19 free concerts of Western and non-Western classical music and much more from June 30–September 18, most Thursday at 7pm and Sundays at 4pm.

The 2016 edition of Summer Music in the Garden showcases 67 performers, including 2016 Juno nominees Elinor Frey, Jayme Stone and the Cecilia String Quartet. Nine ensembles make their Summer Music in the Garden debut in a lineup that includes artists from the UK, Sweden, Montreal and the USA.

“Love is in the air this season, whether it’s medieval love songs, a new string quartet by Kati Agócs inspired by Tantra, Persian music inspired by mystical Sufi poetry and dance, or Jayme Stone’s ongoing love affair with folk music collected by the legendary Alan Lomax,” says Tamara Bernstein, Artistic Director of Summer Music in the Garden.

Summer Music in the Garden Highlights:

  • July 14 – Pallade Musica and guest soprano Andréanne Brisson-Paquin perform Baroque music about strong female characters.
  • July 28 – Tamar Ilana and her trans-Mediterranean ensemble Ventanas embrace varied instrumental and melodic traditions of North Africa, the Balkans, Turkey and Spain.
  • August 4 – Calum Graham, named one of the top 30 guitarists in the world under the age of 30, returns to the garden stage.
  • August 18 – Nagata Shachu, Japanese drumming ensemble, ensemble returns with joyous rhythms and soaring melodies.
  • August 25 – An exuberant yet intimate program of Italian music from the early Baroque performed by prize-winning Quebec artists Vincent Lauzer (recorder) and Mark Edwards (harpsichord).
  • Garden Tours: Every Wednesday at 11am and Thursdays with concert at 5:30pm.

For additional information, please visit or call 416-973-4000. For information about getting here, please visit

For information on other City of Toronto parks and gardens, please visit or call 416-338-0338.

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.

The Toronto Music Garden is considered by many to be the jewel of the City of Toronto’s parks system. A unique and magical venue, the Toronto Music Garden is the only garden/park in the world known to be directly inspired by a specific piece of music—Johann Sebastian Bach’s Suite  No. 1 in G Major for unaccompanied cello. The Toronto Music Garden was conceived by internationally renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma and designed by Boston-based Garden Designer Julie Moir Messervy. Opened in 1999, it consists of six contiguous sections, each of which corresponds to one of the six movements of the Bach Suite (Prelude, Allemande, Courante, Sarabande, Menuett and Gigue), where each movement is poetically reflected through in the park’s landscape and flora.

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