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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
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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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Cute and restful

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

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 NEW

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 NEW

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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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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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

This is a really lovely waterfront garden located adjacent to Ireland Park. The garden's design is based on music and there are many beautiful flowers and plants. During the summer there are concerts and other free activities. Check out their online information to find out dates and times of performances.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Check the schedule online before visting the place as twice a week there is music show during summer. The garden is small however peaceful and clean. You can then take a walk around the harbour front area.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

In addition to 2015 PAN AM Games in Toronto, starting today, the "Annual Summer Music in the Garden" program also started on Jul. 2nd. I attend the Jul. 9th music concert "An Evening with Calum Graham", who has previously performed at this location. He is a guitarist and has earned respect for his original songs and tunes with his mellow... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

I read about this garden here in TripAdvisor. And I think to myself, it can be nice. I finished my tour in CN-tower and did my way to the 'Music Garden'. And I didn't knew It Is so beautiful, magical, green and quite! This garden is a piece of haven in Toronto! Go to visit!!

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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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Downtown West
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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