Country and Roots Tuesdays

Tuesdays, June 26 to August 14 2018; Hendrie Park

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roots duo singing and playing guitar for a crowd in the Rose Garden tent

Country in the Garden

6:30 to 9 p.m.; Hendrie Park

RBG goes a little bit country! Get ready for hot summer nights filled with inspiring performances from home-grown Canadian talent. Let your hair down in the beauty of Hendrie Park!

 Included in your General Admission or Membership

Cold drinks and BBQ menu available for purchase on-site. NOTE: No outside food or alcohol allowed. Performances run rain or shine. See the event FAQ for more details.

Lineup: Coming Up Next

We put together a great lineup of artists for you this year! We're bringing back some favourites from previous years as well as welcoming some fresh faces. Learn more about who you can see performing in the gardens by reading more about the artists below.

Bareback Riders

June 26

6:30 to 9 p.m.; Hendrie Park | Country

Hamilton based Bareback Riders (comprised of James Cameron, Mike Mcgrath, Joe Allain, Chris Mancini, and Collin Connor) are mainstays across Ontario bars and festivals and were the award winners of the 2005 Corus Radio Battle of the Bands.

Irish Mythen

July 3

6:30 to 9 p.m.; Hendrie Park | Roots

Irish Mythen was born in Ireland and now resides in Charlottetown Prince Edward Island Canada. "This Island creates music and musicians, art and artists. I found a shift to take things more seriously when I moved here." And she did just that. Her latest release, the self titled Irish Mythen, gained her recognition around the globe with nominations and wins coming from Music PEI, East Coast Music Association, Folk Alliance International and Socan. Write-ups in Australian Guitar Magazine, the Rolling Stone, and a plethora of online publications world wide have helped plant Irish firmly on the map of 'Must See Artists'.

Amanda Rheaume

July 10

6:30 to 9 p.m.; Hendrie Park | Roots

Possessed of a powerful, slightly gritty singing voice and an ear for catchy melodies and instantly-accessible roots-pop arrangements, Amanda won a 2014 Canadian Folk Music Award for Aboriginal Songwriter of the Year and was nominated for a Juno. Rheaume has released four albums Holding Patterns (2016), Keep a Fire (2013), Light of Another Day (2011), and Acoustic Christmas (2009).

She quickly earned a reputation around Ottawa, her hometown, as a generous community-oriented artist and leader who co-organized the Babes4Breasts concerts and recording projects; spearheaded Ottawa’s Bluebird North songwriter showcases; performed for the troops in Afghanistan three times; raised money for the families of military personnel and sold 6500 copies of a Christmas EP in Ottawa alone to raise money for Boys and Girls Clubs of Ottawa.

Brad Battle

July 17

6:30 to 9 p.m.; Hendrie Park | Country

Brad Battle is no stranger to the Niagara Music Scene. He has performed continuously over the past several years at local establishments, festivals and events, building momentum along the way. With an ever-growing fan following and two 2017 Niagara Music Awards under his belt (Country Artist Of The Year and Songwriter Of The Year) Battle shows no signs of stopping. He has finished recording several new tunes with the help of award winning producer Bart McKay (Brett Kissel, Gord Bamford) and team of some of this country’s best studio musicians.

Ennis Sisters

July 24

6:30 to 9 p.m.; Hendrie Park | Folk

The Ennis Sisters have weathered a lifetime of phases, and a series of musical explorations together. Their latest album, Stages, is a return to their roots – singing contemporary folk songs with a traditional Irish Newfoundland twist. The Ennis Sisters were born and raised on Irish Newfoundland tunes. Their father is a traditional button accordion player, and mother grew up on the southern shore of the Avalon, surrounded by music. Throughout the Ennis Sisters’ childhood, if their parents weren’t making music, it was coming through the radio – particularly the Irish Newfoundland radio shows, which aired on Saturday and Sunday mornings.

Kelsi Mayne

July 31

6:30 to 9 p.m.; Hendrie Park | Country

Kelsi Mayne is a Canadian country music artist/songwriter born in Windsor, Ontario, now dividing her time between Toronto and Nashville. She is a CMAOntario New Faces Showcase artist, Boots and Hearts Emerging Artist Showcase finalist, Trackside Music Festival Homegrown Spotlight artist, two-time Sirroma Entertainment's CCMA week "Diamonds in the Rough" artist, the CMAO's final Artist of the Month for 2017, and an OAC and FACTOR grant recipient.

Nick Sherman

August 7

6:30 to 9 p.m.; Hendrie Park | Folk

Singer-songwriter Nick Sherman gives new meaning to “the voice in the wilderness,” or rather, the voice from the wilderness. While he still calls his rural birthplace of Sioux Lookout home, Sherman spent much of his youth out on the land, moving between his hometown, the small First Nation community of Weagamow Lake, and his family’s trapline on North Caribou Lake. Nick is not only inspired by his memories of those early trapline sounds—the timeless hymns of celebration and lamentation on his reserve—but by great songwriters including William Elliott Whitmore, Ray LaMontagne, Sam Cooke, and Elvis Costello. His gentle voice is rich with honesty and the vitality of youth, but tempered with worldweariness, atop his strong, simple guitar. Nick's new album, Knives & Wildrice, is inspired by the lives of people in his community, his own upbringing, and life experiences as he now raises his own family in Canada's north. His Indigenous heritage resonates with soul-brushing candour as he sings the boreal forest blues.

Jessie T.

August 14

6:30 to 9 p.m.; Hendrie Park | Country

Jessie T is a triple threat: singer, songwriter and guitarist whose talent is undeniable. Teamed with award-winning Canadian producer J.Richard Hutt, her debut FACTOR funded album ‘Reckless Heart’ was released September 2016. Jessie has won many vocal/songwriting awards, most notably 1st in the KICX 106.7FM songwriting competition in 2012. With captivating vocals, rhythmic guitar, and unique songwriting, Jessie T will leave you enthralled!

musicians playing under the tent

Review a Performance for a Chance to Win!

Royal Botanical Gardens is always looking to improve the guest experience at our Garden Music Nights concert series, so we’re conducting a survey to gain a better understanding of what’s working and where we can do better.

Your participation in this survey is greatly appreciated and if you provide us with your valuable feedback you can enter for a chance to win a new or renewed membership to RBG.

Event FAQ

Have a question about RBG's Music Night series? Click the topics below for more information. If you have a question that is not answered, give us a call at 905-527-1158.

Tickets >>

Garden Music Nights performances are included in your daily General Admission and are FREE for card-holding RBG Members. General admission tickets are available to purchase online at, or in person upon arrival at RBG Centre.

Did you know your General Admission gives you access to all five garden areas for the day? Come to RBG early in the day and experience Rock Garden, the Arboretum, Laking Garden and Mediterannean Garden before joining us in Hendrie Park for the main performance!

Inclement Weather >>

The RBG summer music series performances are held rain or shine!

Directions and Parking >>

This event is held in Hendrie Park. Parking is included, and available at RBG Centre, 680 Plains Road W. in Burlington. Access the garden through the main building, through the Atrium, and down to the Hendrie Park Tunnel. The concert takes place in the Rose Garden tent, and is accessible via paved pathways.

RBG Centre is accessible by Burlington Transit. For more information about arriving at RBG by bus, visit

Seating Arrangements >>

All seats are general admission, and first-come first-served. Chairs are provided but fill up quickly. If you are arriving after the show has started there is a chance all the chairs may have been taken, so please bring your own lawn chair.

Food >>

No outside food or drink permitted at this event. The Greenhouse Café will be offering a BBQ menu and licensed bar items available for purchase at their tent near the performance area starting at 5:30 p.m., one hour before the perfrormance begins, and concludes at 8 p.m.

Accessibility >>

RBG welcomes the use of personal assistive devices that allow visitors to enjoy our facilities and services. The Garden Music Nights stage is located in Hendrie Park, and is accessibly by paved pathways with a ~350m walk from the Hendrie Park Tunnel.

For convenience RBG has a limited number of wheelchairs available for loan at the RBG Centre and Rock Garden Visitor Centre kiosks. Wheelchairs are available on a first come basis and may not be reserved in advance. It is recommended that guests bring their own wheelchairs.

Seating is provided for this event. There are a limited number of accessible seating areas marked for the performance. Please be mindful of these and if you do not require accessible seating, please choose another seat.

Pets / Service Animals >>

Well-behaved dogs are welcome at the music series but must remain leashed at all times. Any pets found disrupting the event or other guests may be asked to leave.

Personal animals (with the exception of service animals) are not permitted in RBG's indoor spaces, except to access the Hendrie Park tunnel through RBG Centre.

two female country artists playing on stage in the Rose Garden tent

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