Salsa Party kicks off TBG’s free Edwards Summer Music Series

It was a grand night for singing…dancing, listening to music, picnicking, drinking wine or beer in the garden and generally having a good time.

Despite the rain and lightning just before and immediately following the opening night performance of the TBG’s free Edwards Summer Music Series the evening was a thundering success!

From the moment salsa lessons with Miko Sobreira began and the band started playing until the clouds opened yet again an hour-and-a-half later, sending visitors scurrying for cover, it was a magical way to spend a sultry summer evening.

The eight-part summer series, curated in partnership with Hit and Run Productions began with music by Cimarron, one of the best salsa groups in Toronto, featuring jazz saxophonist Michael Massaro, bringing a Latin vibe to Edwards Gardens.

Opening night attracted people of all ages including toddlers in strollers and seniors dressed to dance. The gardens were at their best and members of Toronto Master Gardens were on hand to answer gardening questions. Extra features on opening night included floral crown making from Pick Ontario and glitter tattoo painting with talented artists.

Many people enjoyed dinner while they listened, purchased either from stalls at the Thursday Farmers Market or the Garden Cafe which offered brisket sandwiches, tacos, fresh grilled hamburgers, hot dogs and more. There was also fresh corn-on-the-cob for sale as well as Ontario wine and craft beer at the TBG’s Botanical Bar set up on the patio.

Next Thursday, July 12 the tempo will change as visitors enjoy the sight and sounds of Spanish Flamenco with the Ritmo Flamenco Dance and Music Ensemble. Other performances include Canadian opera and pop talents Cassandra Warner & Marc Devigne on July 26; Zimbabwe performers Nhapitapi, Aug. 2; Guyanese-Canadian R&B vocalist Maiko Watson with Reggae songstress Ammoye, Soul singer Task Lorayne and Cuban percussion and violin player Okan, Aug. 9; Toronto Jazz Orchestra, Aug. 16; African music and dancing with Ms . Coco Murray, Aug. 23.

So mark your calendars and make Edwards Gardens your happy Thursday summer destination. All performances are located at the courtyard adjacent to the historic barn in Edwards Gardens. Be sure to bring your own picnic blanket or folding chair so you can sit among friends, family and other garden-lovers. Admission is free with general seating. Concerts are held rain or shine (indoors during extreme weather).