Arts After Hours: Spencer Mackenzie (Blues)
We’re welcoming back two incredible blues artists under the Rose Garden tent. Explore RBG’s Seeing the Invisible exhibit, grab a cold drink, sample our new locally-sourced menu, and get set for some award-winning music in our lovely garden setting.
During intermission, enjoy a guided tour of the Dan Lawrie International Sculpture Collection in Hendrie Park.
Ticketed event, premium seating available. This is a 19+ event.
Header image: Forget Me Not, Ori Gersht
All prices subject to HST and Service Fees
|Premium Seating||Reserved seating under the Rose Garden tent for optimal viewing experience of the performance. Select your seat upon registration (please do not leave single empty seats during selection).||$27-$40|
|Lawn Admission||Bring your own chair or sit on the grass in this uncovered space surrounding the Rose Garden tent. Please note lawn seating is first come first served. Sight lines may be obstructed.||$22|
Tickets Available: June 15, 11 a.m.
RBG Member Pre-Sale: June 8, 11 a.m.
- Pre-registration is required for this ticketed event.
- Tickets are non-refundable and final sale.
- After a purchase is complete, the tickets are the property of the ticket-holder, and RBG will be unable to accommodate any date or seat changes.
- 6 to 7 p.m.: Arrival and Experience Seeing the Invisible
- 7 p.m. to approximately 9:30 p.m.: Performance
- Intermission: Guided Tour
- 9:30 to 11 p.m.: Explore at your leisure
NOTE: Seeing the Invisible will not be able for viewing after the performance due to low light levels.
About Spencer Mackenzie
At 22 years of age, Spencer Mackenzie celebrated three 2019 Independent Blues Awards Nominations for Blues Rock CD, Best New Artist and Best Contemporary Blues Song, Niagara Music Awards Blues Artist of The Year, Maple Blues Awards New Artist of The Year, 3rd Place International Songwriting Competition winner in Blues Category, and Toronto Blues Society Talent Search Winner.
Spencer has developed a tone, a vintage sound, a style that resonates and phrasing of a seasoned pro. Music is language. Words matter as do notes. Where they reside in a solo and how when layered they sometimes crunch and distort, at others sing and sting, is where his artistry resides in his new album.
About Arts After Hours
Looking for more? Explore the world of art in Hendrie Park through a variety of unique evening experiences. Tours, music, movie nights and workshops… there’s something for everyone! Get an exclusive look at Seeing The Invisible, grab a bite to eat, and celebrate art in all its forms!
Pricing and timing varies by event. See individual event listings for details.
Arts After Hours Summer Schedule
6 to 11 p.m.; see individual event itineraries
- Wednesday June 15: Natural Dyes Workshop
- Monday June 20: Garden to Table Winemaker's Dinner and Tour
- Monday June 27: Movie Night (La La Land)
- Wednesday July 6: Watercolour Paint-Along
- Wednesday July 13: Music in the Garden (Jack De Keyzer)
- Wednesday July 20: Garden to Table Winemaker's Dinner and Tour
- Wednesday July 27: Star Wars: The Force Awakens
- Wednesday August 3: Watercolour Paint-Along
- Wednesday August 10: Music in the Garden, Spencer Mackenzie
- Wednesday August 17: Garden to Table Winemaker's Dinner and Tour
- Friday August 26: Green Angels Family Movie Night Fundraiser (Encanto)
All proceeds from this event support RBG's Green Angels Subsidy Program
Food & Drink
Available to purchase from the mobile food trailer! All prices subject to HST.
Apps & Sides
- Potato Salad
- Grilled Corn with Mexican cream and grated cotija
Combo plates available
- Veggie Burger
- Chicken drumsticks with BBQ spice and sauce
- Pork Ribs (half or full rack)
- Flow Water Box
- Assorted Pop
- Coffee / Tea
- Bar menu
Seeing the Invisible
An Augmented Reality Art Exhibit
June 2 to August 31, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Hendrie Park
Seeing the Invisible features new works by more than a dozen international artists including Ai Weiwei, Refik Anadol, El Anatsui, Mohammed Kazem, Sigalit Landau, Sarah Meyohas, Pamela Rosenkranz, and Timur Si-Qin—including several artists’ firsts works in AR.
Seeing the Invisible is generously supported by the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund.
Pre-purchased tickets are required for this special event. When purchasing tickets, please ensure you select the appropriate date, as switching your tickets after purchase will not be possible. Tickets are final sale.
Tickets sales end at 6 p.m. the day of the event.
You will be required to present your pre-purchased tickets upon arrival, either printed out or digitally on your personal device. Each ticket will be scanned. The confirmation receipt is not a ticket. Your tickets were sent to you as an attachment in the confirmation e-mail you received after booking.
Premium tickets are available with seating under the Rose Garden Tent and prime viewing of the evening’s entertainment. Space is limited and these spots fill up quickly so be sure to purchase your tickets early!
Lawn Tickets are general admission, and first-come first-served. Chairs are not provided for this section. Guests are asked to bring their own lawn chairs, blankets, cushions, or pillows for turf seating. This area is not sheltered, so be sure to come prepared for the weather.
Arrival / entry time
Guests are welcome to arrive anytime beginning at 6 p.m. to experience the Seeing The Invisible exhibit before the first set under the tent. Please make your way to the Rose Garden Tent for the scheduled entertainment beginning at 7 p.m.
Food and Drink
Grab some sips and bites to enjoy as you wander the garden! Concessions by the Rose Tent are open with grab and go fare available for purchase.
Seeing the Invisible is 100% outdoors, so come prepared for the weather.
In the event of severe weather RBG has made arrangements to host this event in an alternative indoor location. Any changes will be communicated to ticket holders as soon as possible. RBG reserves the right to cancel the event due to inclement weather. If the event is cancelled participants will receive a full refund.
Age at I.D.
Attendees must be 19 years of age or older to attend. Please ensure you have a government-issued ID on your person during the event; anyone who does not present a valid ID upon request will be asked to leave.
Effective May 5, visitors are no longer required to wear masks at Royal Botanical Gardens. Employees and volunteers will continue to wear a mask.
What do I do if I feel ill?
As part of our commitment and shared responsibility for the health and safety of our guests, staff and volunteers, we ask that guests perform a self assessment to help reduce the spread of COVID – 19 prior to your visit.
Should you feel ill please stay home and contact your health care provider. Your tickets can be transferred to other family members or friends (no transfer fee required).
Directions and parking
This event is held at Hendrie Park, located at 680 Plains Road W., Burlington ON. Parking is included in the ticket price, and available in the designated lot across the street at RBG Centre. Please enter through the main doors of RBG Centre where a tunnel is available under Plains Road to Hendrie Park.
Hendrie Park is located along bus routes for Burlington Transit, with stops a short distance from the entrance. See Directions & Parking for more details.
All garden paths indicated on the map within the app are either paved, made of finely packed gravel, or over short stretches of grass. If accessing with a wheelchair / walker / stroller, an outdoor model is suggested. Some benches will be available for those who require them.
Accessible parking spaces are available outside RBG Centre. Visitors access the garden through RBG Centre, descending through the Atrium via stairs or an elevator.
Please reach out to us using the information below if you require accessible seating on the lawn.
If you have any further questions about accessibility at this event please contact us by phone (905-527-1158) or use the online form.
Pets & Service Animals
With the exception of service animals, personal dogs/cats/animals are not permitted at this event.
COVID-19 rights and responsibilities
Royal Botanical Gardens understands and respects the rights of all staff, volunteers, and event attendees to be protected from infectious diseases. Royal Botanical Gardens follows the public health and workplace safety measures and regulations as indicated by local public health units, local municipalities, and the Province of Ontario.
As such, event attendees are mandatorily required to adhere to the processes and policies that are put in place to mitigate effects of infectious diseases. Such processes and policies include, but are not limited to: face coverings, daily medical screening, and social distancing. It is the right of Royal Botanical Gardens to restrict the access to or remove from its events and properties any individual who does not adhere to such processes and policies.
By agreeing you understand the above statement and agree to its contents for yourself and those individuals attending the event with you.
Terms and Conditions
Tickets purchased to special exhibitions are final sale and non-refundable. Tickets can be transferred to someone else if you can no longer attend. Please keep your tickets and confirmation: it is proof of your purchase and allows entry into the exhibition.
COVID 19 Rights and Responsibilities: Royal Botanical Gardens understands and respects the rights of all staff, volunteers, and event attendees to be protected from infectious diseases. Royal Botanical Gardens follows the public health and workplace safety measures and regulations as indicated by local public health units, local municipalities, and the Province of Ontario. As such, guests are mandatorily required to adhere to the processes and policies that are put in place to mitigate effects of infectious diseases. Such processes and policies include, but are not limited to: face coverings, daily medical screening, and social distancing. It is the right of Royal Botanical Gardens to restrict the access to or remove from its events and properties any individual who does not adhere to such processes and policies. By agreeing you understand the above statement and agree to its contents for yourself and those individuals attending the exhibition with you.
Liability: RBG assumes no responsibility for loss or damage to property, or for personal injury or mishap; all activities are at the risk of the participant.
Filming/Photography Release: Please be advised that all photos, audio-video, and static images taken at this tour may be used for exhibit, reproduction, and/or distribution for RBG related promotional use, including all forms of print, television advertisement, social media and /or website display. In consideration of your participation as a guest or attendee of this event, you authorize Royal Botanical Gardens, its legal representatives, suppliers, invited media and assigns unrestricted right and permission to copyright and use such photos and images under their sole discretion. Royal Botanical Gardens, its legal representatives, suppliers, invited media and assigns are released without limitation of any claims for libel or invasion of privacy.
By purchasing tickets and participating in this tour on RBG properties, you are agreeing to the above release for yourself, and on behalf of your guests.