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Toronto Music Garden

475 Queen's Quay W, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (Downtown Toronto)
416 338 0338
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Ranked #51 of 310 attractions in Toronto
Type: Gardens, Parks
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Landscape designer Julie Messervy and a group of landscape architects from Toronto's Parks and Recreation Department designed the waterfront's Music... more » Owner description: 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.  « less
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Thunder Bay, Ontario
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70 reviews 70 reviews
7 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

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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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
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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158 reviews 158 reviews
35 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
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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40 reviews 40 reviews
12 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
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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16 reviews 16 reviews
13 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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57 reviews 57 reviews
21 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
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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37 reviews 37 reviews
21 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
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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Almere, The Netherlands
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013

In the summer months Toronto is converted into a city of music and culture. All of August there are free concerts given on the lake front. bring a chair, your dinner, a bottle of wine and some spare cash for the pass-around, to keep these concerts happening. The people sitting around you will talk to you and share your experience.... More

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Sugar Land, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

This is a small but interesting garden just along the hike and bike path next to the water. There are a variety of flowers and tree species that are beautiful. Went there with a friend and we ended up taking quite a few pics of her around the place. Great stop when biking along the waterway!

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Toronto, Canada
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50 attraction reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2013

2013 Season (June-September), Thursdays @ 7:00 pm and Sundays @ 4:00 pm, included variety of concerts, starting with Toronto's Ton Beau Quartet (Jun. 30), Mediterranean Baroque (Jul. 4), Terreno e Vago - Pallade Musica from Montreal (Jul. 18), "Send Me a Rose" - The Lute Legends Ensamble (Jul. 21), Evening Ragas - South Asian-Canadian virtuosi Aruna Nayrayan (Jul. 25), Mist-Covered... More

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