The Edwards Summer Music Series

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

The Edwards Summer Music Series is back and is better than ever. This year we’re featuring more culturally diverse artists and engaging performances. All performances are located at the courtyard adjacent to the historic barn in Edwards Gardens, just be sure to bring your own picnic blanket or chair so you can sit among friends, family, and other garden-lovers. FREE Admission. General seating.

Date/Time Event
Thursday, July 5, 2018
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Edwards Summer Music Series: Cimarron Edwards Summer Music Series: Cimarron

The series kicks off with the best salsa group in Toronto, Cimarron is a spectacular coming together of exceptionally skilled players whose individual excellence are only surpassed by their ability to exist as pieces of the larger puzzle. Their music is upbeat, and gets everyone on the dance floor. Their sound is the true spirit of Cuba, highlighting world music, and dance at the gardens.

Thursday, July 12, 2018
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Edwards Summer Music Series: Michael Massaro Edwards Summer Music Series: Michael Massaro

Michael Massaro, a Toronto based jazz saxophonist, composer and producer will be performing. Him and is five musicians will take audiences on an inspiring musical journey. Due to his unique writing style of original works and his live performances, he is one of Canada’s most in-demand musicians.

This performance is presented in partnership with WAVE.fm

Thursday, July 19, 2018
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Edwards Summer Music Series: Flamenco Edwards Summer Music Series: Flamenco

Enjoy the authentic sounds of flamenco from Spain. The Ritmor 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 Edwards Summer Music Series: Maiko Watson Ensemble

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

Some of Toronto’s best young jazz musicians – made up of graduates from Toronto’s top university and college jazz programs will perform in an 18-piece big band. The group formed in 1998 is led by the head of the Toronto Jazz Festival, Josh Grossman. Performing exciting and interesting big band music from the leading edge of contemporary composition to the classic tunes of the past, the Toronto Jazz Orchestra seeks to educate, entertain, and increase the appreciation of jazz.

Over the past thirteen years, the Toronto Jazz Orchestra has performed regularly at Toronto’s Rex Hotel. The ensemble won the top prize at the Markham Jazz Festival’s Jazz Stars of the Future competition in 2000 and has appeared in the JVC, Beaches, Lakefield, Markham and Toronto Jazz Festivals.

 

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.

Come early to find a spot on the Garden Cafe patio which also overlooks the concert venue. Barbequed burgers, hot dogs and grilled vegetables will be served from 5 p.m. until close on the licensed  café patio. Enjoy a local craft beer from Beau’s All Natural Beer or a glass of wine.

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On Thursdays you can also take a free guided tour of the gardens, departing from the main entrance at 6 p.m. Be sure to bring the family for local shopping and dining at the organic farmers’ market (2 to 7 p.m.), Garden Cafe and Garden Shop.

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