Thursdays starting at 7 p.m. | June 27 through August 29, 2013
Come enjoy 10 concerts by an eclectic roster of popular artists, set in the natural beauty of the gardens. (In the event of rain concerts will be held in the Floral Hall.) Bring your own chair or borrow a stool from our visitors booth.
FREE Admission. General seating.
THE 2013 LINE UP
|Jun 27 – Choir! Choir! Choir!
The first performance in the series will be Toronto’s own Choir! Choir! Choir!, a musical project that rounds up ordinary Torontonians to sing popular music. They’ve covered everyone from Loverboy to Elliott Smith. For more info visit http://www.choirchoirchoir.com/
Check out a performance on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ee9_dn5TbQ4
|Jul 4 – Trent Severn
Trent Severn is a trio from Stratford, Ontario comprised of indie songster Emm Gryner, the multi-talented Dayna Manning and violin whiz/songbird Laura C. Bates. There is no lead singer in Trent Severn. There is a guitar or banjo (Manning), a bass and stomp box (Gryner), a fiddle, and a shaker here and there. You can hear the watermarks of greats like Spirit of The West, Simon and Garfunkel, Tom Petty, Joni Mitchell, Hazel Dickens and Alice Gerrard. The sound of this band is CANADIANA based in Folk, Roots and Old Country. For more info visit http://www.trentsevernband.ca
Check out a performance on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vu4736ukbR8
|Jul 11 – Darrelle London
Fellow Torontonian Darrelle London’s new CD, Eat A Peach (Bandwidth/EMI) has a lot of people talking. The whimsical indie piano-pop gem is now in-stores and online across Canada. The lead single, Fine, is playing on radio stations across the country, and Darrelle was named Bell Emerging Artist for May 2012. She has made appearances on eTalk, Canada AM, and morning shows across the country.
For more info visit http://www.darrellelondon.com
Check out a performance on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=imYozZyhz_Q
|Jul 18 – Matuto
Matuto is emerging internationally as a festival main-stage sensation. Rolling drums and quicksilver accordion licks, earthy vibes and thoughtful reflections mingle on the latest refinement of their Appalachia-gone-Afro-Brazilian sound. With an honest love for roots music, genuine Brazilian styles, and improvisational experimentation, Matuto creates a unique and inspired sound from the heart of New York City’s diverse musical culture.
For more info visit http://matutomusic.com/
Check out a performance on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X_mR5L2K0MI
|Jul 25 – Annex Quartet
Recognized for their eclectic repertoire of music, The Annex Quartet—Stanislav Pronin, Carolyn Blackwell (violins), Yunior Lopez (viola), and Peter Cosbey (cello)—continues to deliver dynamic performances that push the boundaries of classical music. Since 2008, the quartet has been in high demand throughout Toronto and abroad. Recent performances include the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheater at the Four Seasons Centre, Montreal Museum of Modern Art, and Carnegie Hall.
For more info visit http://annexquartet.com/
Check out a performance on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jc6aZy3BeWI
|Aug 1 – Whitney Rose
Since storming onto the Toronto singer-songwriter scene in 2011 Whitney Rose has endeared herself to just about everyone with her intriguing, affecting and effective songwriting, powerful voice, immense personal charm, and throwback style influenced by Patsy Cline, Kitty Wells and, gender-be-damned, the likes of Tom T. Hall and George Jones. She started singing at her grandparent’s kitchen parties as well as in their little PEI bar at approximately the time she was able to walk and/or form sentences.
For more info visit http://www.whitneyrosemusic.com
Check out a performance on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7tY8GAWAimc
|Aug 8 – The Strumbellas
Born in Toronto but conceived in Lindsay, Ontario, The Strumbellas are equal parts small town dream and big city hustle. It’s strange, perhaps, that Canada’s biggest city is home to its alt-country scene, but The Strumbellas rebel yell is a natural extension of the sound honed by Toronto stalwarts Royal City, The Sadies, Cuff the Duke, The Wilderness of Manitoba, and $100. Principal songwriter Simon Ward likes to say that his heart is in his hometown but his head is in the city, or vice versa, he’s not sure which.
Folk whisp and country twang are nowhere to be found as the seven-member band pounds out a bluegrass-inspired indie rock that rivals punk and hardcore for sweat, blood, and ruckus.
For more info visit http://www.thestrumbellas.ca/
Check out a performance on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Im4QdVc4NEA
|Aug 15 – Alanna Gurr
Alanna Gurr is sure to leave you hungry for more of her sweet and sultry sound. Whether backed up by her minimalistic rock troupe or ably holding her own. Gurr’s songs of longing and heartbreak are complimented by her charming stage presence.
For more info visit http://alannagurr.bandcamp.com/
Check out a performance on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c0gzW_8IGCk
|Aug 22 – John Southworth & The South Sea
sJohn Southworth is one of Canada’s most distinctive and iconoclastic music artists, respected for forging ahead with his own unique brand of music-making, while garnering high praise for his inimitable contribution. His songs have been covered by great Canadian artists like Sarah Slean, Martin Tielli (Rheostatics), Mary Margaret O’Hara, and Veda Hille. He has also written songs for artists as diverse as Hawksley Workman, Buck 65, and Jully Black. John has authored a children’s book in the realm of Edward Gory and Lewis Carroll, with illustrations by New York artist David Ouimet, to be published in fall 2012. John is also a regular collaborator with Toronto’s Art of Time Ensemble.
For more info visit http://www.johnsouthworth.ca/
Check out a performance on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OB6ESHMZ-NY
Aug 29 – Bry Webb
The last of a 10-band series, Bry Webb, is a Canadian indie rock singer and songwriter. He is best known as the lead vocalist for indie rock band the Constantines. In 2009 Webb received a Genie Award nomination for “Big Smoke” (a song he wrote for the soundtrack to This Beautiful City).
For more info visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bryan_Webb
Check out a performance on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rfmTSntving
Please note: Artists and programs subject to change without notice
Programmed by Jim Shedden
GENEROUSLY SPONSORED BY THE EDWARDS CHARITABLE FOUNDATION