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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
Description: Landscape designer Julie Messervy and a group of landscape architects from...
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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HANABI: MUSICAL FIREWORKS IN THE GARDEN

Last evening, inspired by the Japanese word for fireworks (HANABI), the Nagata Shachu Taiko Drumming Ensemble performed to a large gathering in the Toronto Music Gardens. It is an... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 22, 2014
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Toronto, Canada
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Toronto, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 via mobile

Went to see the garden and hear some music today, its a nice place but right in front the island airfield...very noisy spot and The sound was terrible, one more strange thing, there was a woman that hunting people for taking pictures or videos of the musicians and stopping them from doing that!!!

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Last evening, inspired by the Japanese word for fireworks (HANABI), the Nagata Shachu Taiko Drumming Ensemble performed to a large gathering in the Toronto Music Gardens. It is an annual event in the entertainment life in Toronto, drawing visitors and local residents for the occasion. Under the spitting cloud, the audience enjoyed the performance until the end. In summer, if... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Take the time to stop by for a look if you need a peaceful escape. A beautiful little gem in the city that most overlook. Very well maintained garden that offers a respite from the hustle and bustle of the city. It will be a much nicer spot once the construction in the area is completed.

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Thunder Bay, Ontario
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

What a lovely spot to enjoy the lake! The garden offers some shade on a hot day and is kept exceptionally well tended.

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Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Not necessarily a must see "destination," but it does offer a peaceful reprieve from the city bustle. Creatively designed by Yo Yo Ma and other artistic individuals. Those with a musical background will especially appreciate how the horticulturists interpreted musical elements into plantings. It's interpretive and not interactive (as I had originally though it would be).

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Gainesville, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 via mobile

The landscaping is gorgeous, and the terraced seating is perfect for the live free shows. My husband and I saw a show there this afternoon. Not my favorite music, but decent acoustics for an outdoor venue. The only minor issues are that the airport's close proximity hinders the listening process. Also, the lovely walking paths don't always go anywhere ...... More 

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Syracuse, New York, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

So I am a huge fan of Bach especially the cello suites. I am also a great admirer of Yo Yo Ma and his adventurous musical pursuits. I have wanted to go here since I first saw the PBS video about the making of this place several years ago. My first visit did not disappoint. It is smaller than expected,... More 

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

Went by here in April while it was still pretty cold. Although the flowers weren't at their best yet, the sculptures were nice and the park was well laid out.

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Wakefield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

A really nice garden using largely native plants with each section aiming to represent a piece of classical music. A clever matching of gardens and music. Toronto needs more green spaces like this.

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

Just minutes from the city on the lake front. Free music concerts from exceptional musicians in the summer.

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