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Toronto Music Garden

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Address: 475 Queen's Quay W, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Phone Number: 416 338 0338
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No

Landscape designer Julie Messervy and a group of landscape architects...

Landscape designer Julie Messervy and a group of landscape architects from Toronto's Parks and Recreation Department designed the waterfront's Music Garden in such a way that it actually interprets in nature Bach's First Suite for Unaccompanied Cello. Starting off with the curves and bends of the riverscape, guests make their way through six sections of the garden ending at the Giant Grass Steps, which form a curved amphitheater where performances take place in the summer. 

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Yo Yo Ma opened this music garden

When someone the caliber or famed cellist Yo Yo Ma opened this garden, you know this is a quality place on Lake Ontaro. He floated in on a small yatch, playing his cello. Then he... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Toronto, Canada

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Toronto, Canada
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

When someone the caliber or famed cellist Yo Yo Ma opened this garden, you know this is a quality place on Lake Ontaro. He floated in on a small yatch, playing his cello. Then he walked from sculpture to sculpture, playing something different that responded to the art.. there were such talented people joining him at each stop... ballet, children... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

The musical garden is one of the most beautiful places in Toronto. You have a beautiful view of 3 aspects of the city. looking south you have the Toronto islands, the airport and the marina with some beautiful boats docked. An added bonus of a 3 masted schooner docked at the east of the park allows you a close up... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015

When we visited the garden on a warm and sunny Thursday the only music was that of the birds singing their little hearts out. Was wonderful just to sit and listen to them in the middle of a modern bustling city

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Herefordshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2015

A lovely quiet space well laid out with beatiful flowers and plants which attract a good range of bees butterflys and squirrels. A real oasis in huge dense city. This is one of the gardens and parks which make up the harbour front it is very pleasant 30 minute walk along the harbour from the cn tower to fort york.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015

Lovely small park to stroll through, read the signs telling about each section based on the music of YoYo Ma. Each season of the year you see different plants in bloom. This Fall, the asters were out, birds were feasting on berries in the bushes and Monarch Butterflies were there in droves resting brefore their long flight to Mexico. Awesome!

Thank Gloria B
Istanbul, Turkey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015

It is not a huge park. Located close to the Harbourfront Centre. It is squeezed between Queens Quay and the Lake Ontario as a strip green space. However flowers, trees and plants are marvellous. It is a space right on the shoreline of the city to breathe and to enjoy the Lake Ontario and yacht harbour scene. There are concerts... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015

If you appreciate an eclectic mix of music styles, check out the summer concert lineup. Free one hour concerts happen throughout the summer on most Thursday nights @ 7 pm and Sunday afternoons at 3:00. Bring a blanket to sit on the terraced lawn and enjoy! I just saw Nagata Shachu's Taiko Drumming concert. It's an annual performance and always... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

A cute little garden along Harbourfront that is a real oasis from the surrounding area. It's not a big deal but worth a little detour if you are out for a walk in the area. I would not make a journey there just to see it.

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Buffalo, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

This was a lovely garden, but we had an issue because we didn't do our homework well enough, and I could not figure out where to rent the self-guided tour gear. Hence - a music garden with no music. I am a musician, and walking through this garden without hearing the cello was like walking through an amusement park with... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015 via mobile

The garden is a combined effort of the world renowned cellist Yo Yo Ma, his very good friend a landscape architect, the city of Toronto plus private donors to celebrate music and nature. This heavenly gift is a fairy like magical garden designed to the 6 dance movements within Bach's suite No 1 in major for unaccompanied cello. There is... More 

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Downtown West is home to Toronto's gorgeous Inner Harbor, and is a must-visit for lovers of art and the outdoors. The area's rich cultural heritage is celebrated by a number of monuments and museums, giving the neighborhood a mature feel. As a premier destination for modern art, people here stroll through the cool contemporary pieces at the Power Plant, enjoy the outdoor installations along Queen's Quay and Canoe Landing, and picnic among the zany designs of the Toronto Music Garden. The waterfront itself is often suffused with bikers and joggers, and the harbor is always packed with classic ships with masts raised. The vintage boats and ferries to the Toronto Islands make for a charming contrast against Downtown West's backdrop of skyscrapers, condos, and food trucks serving up hot, fresh fare to locals on the go. The area has a peaceful energy, and is popular with tourists and Torontonians alike.
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