Bringing the Garden closer than ever!

Starts July 5, 2020
New concerts added! See below for a brand new lineup from July 26 - September 13.

“Man plans; God laughs,” as the saying goes. As soon as it became clear that we would not be able to gather in the Toronto Music Garden – or anywhere else! – this summer, our artists responded with generosity and ingenuity. These short online concerts are a way of bringing the joy, spirit and community of Summer Music in the Garden to your homes until we can meet again in our magnificent home, the Toronto Music Garden. Enjoy!

Tamara Bernstein
Artistic Director
Summer Music in the Garden at Home

Interested in performing in a future season of Summer Music in the Garden? Learn more here.
Photo by Danielle Sum
Photo by Danielle Sum

Ton Beau String Quartet


Sunday, July 5 at 4pm

The Ton Beau String Quartet performs music by J.S. Bach, Leclair and Mozart, along with traditional Armenian and Norwegian songs arranged for string quartet.

Photo by Nika Zuljan
Photo by Nika Zuljan

Bor Zuljan

The Humanist’s Lyre

Thursday, July 9 at 7pm

Slovenian lutenist Bor Zuljan performs songs, dances and ricercars from Leonardo’s and Raffaello’s Italy of 1500.

Photo by Daanylo Bobyk
Photo by Daanylo Bobyk

Flûte Alors!

Telemann: à 1, 2, 3, 4!

Sunday, July 12 at 4pm

Montreal’s Flûte Alors! celebrates one of the most imaginative – and the most prolific! – of Baroque composers: Georg Philipp Telemann.

Photo by Harpreet Singh
Photo by Harpreet Singh

Ramneek Singh

The Magic of Yaman Through Khayal & Cinema

Thursday, July 16 at 7pm

Vocalist Ramneek Singh reveals the beloved Raag Yaman in its classical Hindustani forms, and as it reappeared in classic scores of the Golden Age of Hindi Cinema.

Photo by Scott Wevers
Photo by Scott Wevers

Venuti String Quartet

No Boundaries

Sunday, July 19 at 4pm

The Venuti String Quartet performs music by Borodin, Ravel and Drew Jurecka.

Pierre-Étienne Bergeron (Mélisande Corriveau), Elizabeth Delage (Elinor Frey) and Marï Photographe (Andrea Stewart)
Pierre-Étienne Bergeron (Mélisande Corriveau), Elizabeth Delage (Elinor Frey) and Marï Photographe (Andrea Stewart)

Mélisande Corriveau, Elinor Frey & Andrea Stewart

Three Cellos Tie Some Knots

Thursday, July 23 at 7pm

Baroque cellists Mélisande Corriveau, Elinor Frey (direction) and Andrea Stewart perform music by Giuseppe Dall’Abaco, J.S. Bach and Maxime McKinley.

Photo by Sara Bjorkegren


Swedish Folk’apella

Sunday, July 26 at 4pm

Swedish a capella group Kongero bring Scandinavian traditional music into the 21st century.

Ariel Balevi and Sina Bathaie
Photos by (left to right) Patrice Boulais and Alicia Campbell

Ariel Balevi and Sina Bathaie

The Egyptian and His Neighbour – A Tale of Plague and Freedom

Thursday, July 30 at 7pm

An inspiring story from the Masnavi, Runi’s vast verse epic which collects some of the most celebrated stories from the Sufi tradition.

Photos by (L to R) Rick West, Michael Foster, Susi Lawson, Emmanuelle Roberge and Chris Brookes


Sunday, August 2 at 4pm

Introducing Portage: an exciting new Canadian fiddling super-group!

Tamar Ilana
Photo by Carlos Gárate

Tamar Ilana, Shirlita La Pili, Matt Sellick & Derek Gray

Encuentro Flamenco

Thursday, August 6 at 7pm

A passionate flamenco encounter between the new and the old, the composed and the interpreted.

Canadian Guitar Quartet
Photo by Marie-André Blais

Canadian Guitar Quartet

Have Guitar, Will Travel (Even in Quarantine)

Sunday, August 9 at 4pm

The Canadian Guitar Quartet – celebrated for its energy, passion and refinement – performs a delightful program.

Infusion Baroque
Photo by Danylo Bobyk

Infusion Baroque

Virtual Virtuosa

Sunday, August 16 at 4pm

A program of music written by or for women, performed by Montreal’s Infusion Baroque.

The Elmwood Trio
Photos by (L to R) Mark Maryanovich, Jeewon Kim and Grant Slater

The Elmwood Trio

From Bach to Infinity

Thursday, August 20 at 7pm

The Elmwood Trio performs solos by J.S. Bach, Vieuxtemps and Jeremy Bellaviti. Together they will perform a movement of Bach’s Sonata in G Minor, BWV 1029.

Photo courtesy of Harbourfront Centre
Photo courtesy of Harbourfront Centre

Tio Chorinho with Flavia Nascimento


Sunday, August 23 at 4pm

Tio Chorinho and special guest Flavia Nascimento perform choro classics and originals.

Photo by Samantha Hurley Photography

Meden Glas

“Sweet as Honey, Bright as Silver”: Voices from the Balkans and Beyond

Thursday, August 27 at 7pm

Meden Glas is our sonic tour guide through entrancing vocal styles, intricate rhythms and instrumental sounds.

Heidi Chan, Nour Kaadan, Roa Lee, Amely Zhou, and Wendy Zhou
Photos by (left to right) K.C. Fong, Alexander Usquiano, John T. Lee, (photo provided by) Amely Zhou, and Wilson Ho Photography

Heidi Chan, Nour KDN, Roa Lee, Amely Zhou, and Wendy Zhou


Sunday, August 30 at 4pm

Five Toronto-based fusion music specialists create new Canadian soundscapes that unite instruments from China, Korea, Japan and Syria.

Maria Bonita and the Band
Photo by Andrija Dimitrijevic

Maria Bonita and the Band

Forró Live!

Sunday, September 6 at 4pm

A small formation of Maria Bonita and The Band perform with its trademark charisma and infectious energy.

Aiyun Huang
Photo provided by Aiyun Huang

Aiyun Huang

To the Earth

Sunday, September 13 at 4pm

Percussionist Aiyun Huang performs music by John Cage, Mark Applebaum, and Frederic Rzewski, along with improvisations.

In Acknowledgement

We respectfully acknowledge the past and present traditional owners of this territory and their unique role in the life of the region. Harbourfront Centre is committed to honouring Indigenous peoples’ unique cultural and spiritual relationships to the land and waters, and their rich contribution to society. Toronto is on the traditional territory of the Anishinabeg, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples and is covered by Treaty 13 with the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging. We ask that you respect the land and traditions of those who walked upon it for millennia before us.

With Gratitude

The annual Summer Music in the Garden concert series is presented by TD Bank Group – The Ready Commitment with the generous support of The Azrieli Foundation.

The series is produced by Harbourfront Centre in partnership with the City of Toronto. Special thanks to Chief Cheerleader Jim Fleck, 2020 series supporters Rita and Sam Bresler, our individual concert supporters, and our 2019 audience members.

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The Gail Asper Family Foundation
Alice and Grant Burton
Robert and Ann Corcoran

Jim Fleck
Michael and Sonja Koerner
Sandra and Jim Pitblado
and the generosity of our 2019 Audience

Presenting Partner
TD Ready Commitment

Supported by
Art+Health is supported by
The Azrieli Foundation
With additional support from
SOCAN Foundation