The Edwards Summer Music Series: Gardens of Song

Thursdays starting at 7 p.m. | June 26 through August 28, 2014
Come enjoy 10 concerts by an eclectic roster of popular artists, set in the natural beauty of the gardens, rain or shine. Bring your own chair or borrow a stool from our visitors booth.

FREE Admission. General seating.


Choir!Choir!Choir! – June 26
Once again Choir!Choir!Choir! are back and (quite literally) bigger than ever. With over 100 people now a part of this enormous group there is even more reason to take a listen at this year’s Edwards Summer Music Series: Gardens of Song. Beginning with a mere 20 people in February 2011, the choir has grown into something that has brought together people from all walks of life. They’ve done nearly 200 original arrangements and our now sharing that with TBG.


Baarbad Ensemble – July 3
This year, hear the unique sounds of Baarbad Ensemble, a group who creates artistic sounds influenced by the classical music of the west and east. Take a listen at this year’s Edwards Summer Music Series: Gardens of Song. Founded in 2004 by Mehdi Rezania and Toloe Roushenas, they have created a diverse, multi-cultural group that has presented various styles and genres around Toronto. Now they are presenting those styles to TBG.

Baarbad Ensemble_3

My Sweet Patootie – July 10
Come listen to the acoustic roots group that adds charisma to the stage with their finger-snapping tunes and corny jokes! My Sweet Patootie is the perfect act for anyone looking for an upbeat and exciting show. Hear them at this year’s Edwards Summer Music Series: Gardens of Song. My Sweet Patootie was founded by Terry Young and Sandra Swannell, two of three members in 2007, beginning as a duo. In 2012, two became three with the addition of Bradford Nowak, a percussionist with a background in funk and jazz. The trio has performed hundreds of shows and will soon be gracing TBG with a performance.


DansBand – July 17
Hear DansBand, a group that will have you experiencing everything from the samba to jazz. Looking to have an easy-going evening within the garden? This is the perfect act to get you in that mood. Come see them at this year’s Edwards Summer Music Series: Gardens of Song. From Thornhill, Ontario, DansBand consists of Dan and Gil Ionescu on guitar, Codin Deboveanu on bass and Tiago Ciccone de Aguirre Souza on percussion and voice. We look forward to having them all at TBG for what’s sure to be a wonderful performance.


Jane Bunnett with Maqueque – July 24
This year experience Jane Bunnett and Maqueque. Bunnett, a four-time JUNO winner and two-time Grammy nominee is known for her courageous artistry as her music explores the lines between jazz and Afro-Cuban music. Come see her and Maqueque at this year’s Edwards Summer Music Series: Gardens of Song. Her new project Maqueque brings together an all-female band of Cuban all-stars for the perfect combination of modern jazz and Cuban soul. We look forward to having them all at TBG for what’s sure to be a powerful and unique performance.


The Dardanelles – July 31
This year experience the best new act in folk music with the Dardanelles. A group of twenty-somethings with a passion for jig reels and ballads are sure to impress everyone who attends. Come see them at this year’s Edwards Summer Music Series: Gardens of Song. The Dardanelles have established themselves as one of the leading folk bands coming out of Newfoundland since their formation in 2009. This group is a new breed of folk musician with traditional music that has as much energy and life as they do. TBG looks forward to hosting this unique group of gifted young artists.


Devin Cuddy Band – August 7
Looking for the perfect mix of country and rock music? Look no further than Devin Cuddy Band, a gifted young artist with a long musical history. You can find him at this year’s Edwards Summer Music Series: Gardens of Song. Devin Cuddy has made music the way he wanted to. The son of Blue Rodeo’s Jim Cuddy, Devin grew up surrounded by the sounds of country rock. Cuddy has a timeless approach to his music, while also tackling current, controversial issues. TBG looks forward to hosting this talented performer.

Devin Cuddy Band

Elephant Stone – August 14
The perfect blend of rock, hindie and psychedelic music is coming to TBG. This year, see Elephant Stone, the Canadian band with a completely unique sound. Using instruments such as the sitar, the geetar and the farfisa, you are sure to be immersed in a different culture. You can find him at this year’s Edwards Summer Music Series: Gardens of Song. Born in Montreal and formed in 2009, Elephant Stone was founded by one of the most sought after sitarists in the psychedelic music scene, Rishi Dhir. This year will see the band spread their psychedelic hindie-rock mantra around North America. TBG looks forward to hosting this unique act.


Club Django – August 21
Heavily influenced by the Hot Club de France, the Club Django Sextet of Toronto are dedicated fans of the music they play. They have even produced a tribute CD to the Hot Club de France. You can find this jazz act at this year’s Edwards Summer Music Series: Gardens of Song. Back in 1995, a group of Django Reinhardt’s fans got together for sheer enjoyment of playing the music. Soon, a small group of these fans decided to perform publicly and the Club Django Sextet of Toronto was formed. TBG looks forward to hosting this passionate act.

Club Django BW The Rex

Payadora Tango – August 28
Listen to the rhythmic sounds of Payadora Tango, a group that performs their own arrangements of traditional and contemporary tango. This act has members from all over the world, making them truly one of a kind. You can find them at this year’s Edwards Summer Music Series: Gardens of Song. Only recently founded in 2013, Payadora Tango brings together people from all walks of life including America, Argentina, Serbia and of course Canada. TBG looks forward to hosting this new and exciting act.


Come early for a free guided tour of the gardens (6 p.m.) or rent a handheld audio tours ($5) for your own personal tour. Be sure to bring the family for local shopping and dining at the organic farmers market, Garden Café and Garden Shop which have extended hours on concert evenings.

VIDEO: MazaMezé at Toronto Botanical Garden

Please note:
In the event of rain, concerts are held in the Floral Hall.


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