FREE Edwards Summer Music Series

Thursdays starting at 7 p.m. | July 5 to August 23, 2018

The Edwards Summer Music Series is back and better than ever hosted by Jaymz Bee with eight engaging performances curated by artistic co-directors Jennifer Nichols and Anisa Tejpar of Hit and Run Productions.

Arrive early to enjoy more…

  • Grab a bite to eat or drink on the expanded licensed outdoor patio which overlooks the concert with additional noshing options including BBQ’d burgers and soft serve ice cream. (5 to 9 p.m.)
  • Add a little sparkle to your day by visiting the Glitter Tattoo tent.
  • Cool off at the Botanical Bar with an ice-cold craft beer from Beau’s All Natural Beer, a glass of local Ontario wine or a refreshing, reusable bottle of floral-infused water. (5 to 9 p.m.)
  • Pick up some fresh produce at the farmers’ market (2 to 7 p.m.)
  • Explore the gardens with a free guided tour departing from the main entrance (6 p.m.)
  • Browse the Garden Shop for nature-inspired home decor and other essentials (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

All performances are located at the courtyard adjacent to the historic barn in Edwards Gardens, just be sure to arrive early to grab a seat or bring your own chair or blanket so you can sit among friends, family, and other garden-lovers. FREE Admission. General seating. Concerts are held rain or shine (indoors during extreme weather).

Date/Time Event
Thursday, July 19, 2018
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Edwards Summer Music Series: Ritmo Flamenco Edwards Summer Music Series: Ritmo Flamenco

Enjoy the authentic sounds of flamenco from Spain. The Ritmo Flamenco Dance and Music Ensemble is an award-winning group crafted together by a family of art makers, and flamenco lovers. Since its inception, they have enthralled audiences in music and dance festivals worldwide. They have garnered a strong reputation for their authentic brand of flamenco that is bred in the bone, ensuring their presentations are marked with the Scannura’s outstanding level of excellence.

Thursday, July 26, 2018
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Edwards Summer Music Series: Cassandra Warner & Marc Devigne Edwards Summer Music Series: Cassandra Warner & Marc Devigne

Canadian opera and pop talents Cassandra Warner and Marc Devigne will be making their way to centre stage thanks to their unique and engaging performances. Cassandra Warner is an internationally acclaimed opera singer and Marc Devigne a pop and musical theatre phenomenon. Together they create a charismatic duo that takes audiences on an exciting journey through the musical worlds of pop, opera, jazz and musical theatre.

Their interactive performance is laced with witty banter, and they provide background information to each performed piece. They will also perform both solos and duets while being accompanied by a stellar pianist and violinist. Cassandra and Marc are polished, professional and will leave a lasting impression.

Thursday, August 2, 2018
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Edwards Summer Music Series: Nhapitapi Edwards Summer Music Series: Nhapitapi

Nhapitapi — a Shona word meaning sweet sounds — is a dynamic, six-piece ensemble of Zimbabwe musicians, singers, dancers and performers who expertly weave ancestral rhythms and melodies with contemporary African diasporic flavours, conjuring musical magic in their midst.

Nhapitapi’s magnetic performances open with the healing serenity of mbira and marimba, both grounding and energizing. Vocals, shakers, hand drum, guitar, bass and drum set are then introduced, producing playful and complex layers of auditory enchantment. Audiences will surrender to this soaring soundscape, a deft duo of dancers hits the floor with unparalleled vigour and bold flirtation, and onlookers will want to join the outburst of cathartic joy.
Thursday, August 9, 2018
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Edwards Summer Music Series: Maiko Watson Ensemble featuring Okan and Ammoye Edwards Summer Music Series: Maiko Watson Ensemble featuring Okan and Ammoye

Guyanese-Canadian R&B vocalist Maiko Watson has hand picked some of the most talented musicians from across the 6ix for a evening of “tropical disco soul”. The eight piece ensemble will be performing re-imagined classics, rare cuts and originals. Sixties 60s doo-wop meets Studio 54, with a bit of island spice.

Joining her are Reggae songstress Ammoye and Soul singer Tash Lorayne, featuring Cuban percussion and violin duo Okan. This textural layering of velvet harmonies, pulsating rhythms, and cultural styles, is guaranteed to bring you to your feet!

 

Thursday, August 16, 2018
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Edwards Summer Music Series: Toronto Jazz Orchestra Edwards Summer Music Series: Toronto Jazz Orchestra

Created in 1998, the 18-piece Toronto Jazz Orchestra (TJO) performs repertoire ranging from classic swing tunes to the leading edge of contemporary jazz, with an emphasis on Canadian works. The TJO performs regularly at Toronto’s Rex Hotel, and has appeared at festivals and performing arts centres throughout Ontario. Their fourth CD, 20, was released in June, 2018.

Special projects include the Big Band Gospel Project, the Big Band Tap Revue and the Radiohead Jazz Project; they have performed with guest artists including Ingrid Jensen, Christine Jensen, Seamus Blake, Geoffrey Keezer, Ted Louis Levy and Grammy Award-winning vocalist Kurt Elling. Artistic Director and Conductor Josh Grossman is a graduate of the University of Toronto’s Jazz
Performance Program. He has been Artistic Director for Toronto Downtown Jazz, which produces the annual TD Toronto Jazz Festival, since 2010.

Thursday, August 23, 2018
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Edwards Summer Music Series: African Drumming - Ms. Coco Murray Edwards Summer Music Series: African Drumming - Ms. Coco Murray

The last of Edwards Summer Music series will conclude with Ms. Coco Murray will bring West African dance and music to coincide with ZimSculpt. She has been performing in neighbourhoods and regions where African and Caribbean styles of dance are inaccessible for over 15+ years. The group consists of a trained cultural practitioner and inter-generational artists, the group highlights the history, social significance and contributions of indigenous African, Caribbean diaspora to today.

Ms. Coco’s dancers and musicians, and ensemble educate their audience through fun and play, dancing and music, and create interactive elements with each audience member, as part of their practice and passion.

Flickr Photo Gallery 2018

July 5 – Cimmaron [photo credit: Arthur Mola]

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