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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
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No

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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Absolute gem!

A delightful, peaceful and beautiful park on the waterfront. Wonderfully designed with winding, treble clef pathways through pretty, well kept garden beds. Stroll along and find... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

A delightful, peaceful and beautiful park on the waterfront. Wonderfully designed with winding, treble clef pathways through pretty, well kept garden beds. Stroll along and find the 6 signs referring to different garden and music styles: Sarabande, Prelude, Gigue etc.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Music Garden is one of the prettiest and most relaxing spots in Toronto. Stroll along the well designed paths and gardens or sit on the benches and gaze out into the harbour. In the summer you can enjoy free and informal outdoor concerts on Thursday nights and Sunday afternoons.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

After all the pavement pounded walking downtown Toronto, we were looking for a place to absorb some negative ions (a good thing!). We headed to the waterfront and came across the Music Gardens - how lovely to find all the greenery and budding floral displays set amongst the trees with the city on one side and the water on the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Thursday evenings at 5:30 there is a free tour of the garden led by a trained volunteer. Stay after the tour and catch the free concert in the garden at 7. The concerts are held only during the summer so try to visit then. Even if you can't make it on a Thursday it's still interesting to visit. The design... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Some beautiful flowers and a pleasant short stroll along the paths. near the water. The plantings are "arranged" in a musical theme. Worth checking out if you like flowers.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

aside from the beautiful flowers it is small but worth to visit. during the summer you can catch classical music being played here. need to look into that because we did not attend but were told about it. right down by the water

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2016

Best to visit in spring when the flowers are in bloom and the weather is pleasant. just relax, enjoy the view and imagine the music.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2016

A winding path through different garden "themes" hits all the right "notes" as one can take in the views from well placed benches or comfortably let children play in protected areas ! All one would need is somewhere close by to have a coffee or a drink afterward !

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2016

" Our garden is your concert hall", the concerts programme for the current year started on Jun. 30th, with 75% open air theatre full. Season's opening concert was: FROM PRUSSIA TO TANTRA, the Cecilia String Quartet opening the season with Mozart's Quartet in F major, K. 590, and Tantric Variations, by the acclaimed Canadian composer Kati Agocs, co-commissioned by Harbourfront... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016 via mobile

We went to see Elinor Frey perform her musical magic on cello. Fantastic. Lovely venue for summer music in the evening. Take advantage Of the wonderful Toronto gem.

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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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