As we zoom through the latter half of August, the urge to fit as much summer into a short amount of time becomes all the more pressing. We look over our bucket lists at the remaining activities and make every effort to pencil them in the coming weeks. The good news is that once August ends, the weather will still be gorgeous (if not more so), and the summer activities will still be available to you! One such ‘must-do’ activity that continues into September is visiting the Toronto Music Garden.
What’s the Toronto Music Garden you ask? Well, it’s a beautiful City of Toronto park, found on our glorious Waterfront (specifically, 479 Queens Quay West) that plays host to Summer Music in the Garden. This summer the garden is celebrating 17 years of free music and concerts in this whimsical location. From June 30th to September 18th you can enjoy a variety of musical pieces in this beautiful, natural setting. Bench seating is available, albeit limited, so be sure to bring a cozy blanket or lawn chair to ensure a comfortable evening. The garden hosts free concerts Thursdays at 7pm and Sundays at 4pm.
Image via Diego Barra on Flickr
The design of the Toronto Music Garden is worth noting. The garden, designed by globally renowned cellist Yo Yo Ma in collaboration with landscape designer Julie Moir Messervy and the City’s Parks and Recreation architects, is meant to reflect the landscape of Bach’s Suite No. 1 in G Major for unaccompanied cello. Each dance movement of the piece corresponds to a section of the Toronto Music Garden. Beginning with the prelude – imagined through the rise and fall of the riverscape; curving and bending, to the courante – a swirling path passing through a wildflower meadow, to the gigue – giant grass steps that lead you back to the hustle and bustle of the Waterfront.
Image via H. Michael Miley via Flickr
Finally, the Toronto Music Garden offers guided or audio tours. This is a great way to learn more about the design and history of the garden, but most importantly – a great excuse to get outside and enjoy the magic of the garden.
Tours run Wednesdays at 11am through until September 28th, or on concert Thursdays at 5:30pm until September 18th.
Header image via Rina Pitucci on Flickr