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Sunday Music in the Gardens

Accessible Event

Date & Time:

Sundays, July 5 to August 30, 1 to 4 p.m.

Location:

Hendrie Park (680 Plains Rd W)

Types:

Entertainment, Get Social

Length:

30 to 60 minutes

Admission:

Included with General Admission, Included with Membership

Event Description

Enjoy live jazz and classical music in Hendrie Park on Sunday afternoons this July and August while strolling through the beautiful Rose Garden. Artists will be performing 3 x 45 minute sets between 1 and 4 p.m.

August 2 canceled due to weather.

NOTE: please do not gather around the performer; respect social distancing protocols and enjoy the music as your roam the garden. Seating will not be provided. See FAQ below for more information!

Summer Lineup

RBG welcomes a great lineup of artists to the gardens! We’re bringing back some favourites from previous years as well as welcoming some fresh faces.

Michael Maguire playing guitar

Sunday July 5: Michael Maguire

Michael’s journey led him to study harmony, composition and arranging with Gordon Delamont, whose books Modern Arranging Technique and Modern Harmonic Technique have been called the “holy grail” of modern musical theory. Finding new creative energy through his studies, Michael proudly published a film score for Cinron Productions under Gordon’s tutelage. Always the innovator, Michael consulted with his good friend and student Charles Tauber in the design and construction of his custom made seven string guitar. Michael brings this beautiful instrument with him to every performance. Familiar melodies and jazz standards instantly become new creations under his fingers and through his voice.

Will Mukuna holding bass and Jesse Ryan Holding Saxaphone

Sunday July 12: William Mukuna and Jesse Ryan

Fusing elements of World music, Afro-beat, Latin rhythms, Hip-hop and Jazz improvisation – William takes you through a musical journey that brings music from the World together. The guitarist was featured on Jazz FM 91.1 on the jazzology program hosted by Larry Green. Deeply influenced by the West African griots and Brazilian composers, through his original compositions, William uses folk melodies to tell his story. Jesse Ryan: Saxophonist Jesse Ryan grew up in Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago, surrounded by a rich heritage of music. Jesse bridges both the Jazz and Afro-Caribbean traditions into a soulful sound that is a true celebration of the cultural, rhythmic and expressive connections between North America and the islands.

two cellists playing in alleyway

Sunday July 19: versaCello

Maximilian and Theodor Aoki are brothers from Hamilton, Ontario. Together, they arrange, compose, and perform contemporary music on two cellos. Since forming versaCello in 2014, they have won the 2015 JUNOs Turn It On: Sound Off competition, recorded with JUNO award-winning producer John “Beetle” Bailey, and opened Hamilton’s Supercrawl 2018. Both are studying Engineering at McMaster University while concurrently pursuing exciting opportunities in music. They are now working with Emmy-nominated director Warren P. Sonoda, starring in his upcoming feature film Things I Do For Money and composing its original soundtrack.

Sunday July 26: Sophie Rusnock

Sophie Rusnock is a harpist from Ottawa currently based in Toronto, Ontario. A former tutee of Juno-nominated Caroline Léonardelli, she was the recipient of a Bachelor of Music degree in performance from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester in 2014. Experienced as both a soloist and an orchestral player, she has performed with several ensembles, including the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra and New York-based new music group Ensemble Signal. She recently completed a Doctorate in Pharmacy at the University of Toronto.

Shannon Butcher in dress standing against blue background

Sunday August 2: Shannon Butcher – CANCELLED due to weather

Singer/Songwriter Shannon Butcher has a delightful style all her own – whether covering jazz standards, bringing an intimate tone to 70s rock or giving a funk spin to country classics.  Shannon’s dynamic interpretations of modern hits and original songs have brought her international attention, tours across the country and overseas, and pushed her to the top of Canadian charts.

Sunday August 9: SteelRiver Duo

The SteelRiver sound is the musical experience created only by the meeting of Lauren Roy’s soulful vocals and William Mukuna’s funky guitar style.  Born in the heart of Toronto, this undeniably exciting project is constantly evolving and stretching into the artistic entity it has become. William Mukuna’s effortless and soulful sound builds the foundation for Lauren to send sultry sweeping vocals into the audience with ease, creating a genuinely enjoyable experience for the listener.   Landing somewhere in the soul/R&B realm, SteelRiver draws inspiration from the jazz, folk, pop and African worlds, blending the styles to create their own signature sound.

Michael Maguire playing guitar

Sunday August 16: Michael Maguire

Michael’s journey led him to study harmony, composition and arranging with Gordon Delamont, whose books Modern Arranging Technique and Modern Harmonic Technique have been called the “holy grail” of modern musical theory. Finding new creative energy through his studies, Michael proudly published a film score for Cinron Productions under Gordon’s tutelage. Always the innovator, Michael consulted with his good friend and student Charles Tauber in the design and construction of his custom made seven string guitar. Michael brings this beautiful instrument with him to every performance. Familiar melodies and jazz standards instantly become new creations under his fingers and through his voice.

Sunday August 23: Lady Be Good

Lady Be Good is one of Toronto’s top bands performing covers of your favourite hits with a jazz pop twist. Since 2013, Lady Be Good has earned rave reviews for their high-level of musical skill and arrangements that are both musically fresh and appealing to a wide audience. This performance will feature Laurel Tubman, one of Toronto’s most versatile up-and-coming vocalists.

Scott Whittington singing in mic

Sunday August 30: Scott Whittington

Scott Whittington is a graduate of the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto, where he studied jazz arranging and orchestration, and was the recipient of an Ontario Arts Council scholarship. A lifelong performer, commissioned composer and teacher, he leads a multi-faceted musical life. In demand as a piano/vocal performer on the Muskoka Resort circuit for 30 years, Scott has a repertoire of over 1000 songs. His performance style is bistro jazz; a unique blend of easy swing, bossa nova and beautiful ballads performed with warmth and intimacy. With a voice that has been described as infectious and captivating, Scott engages audiences with his distinctive personal style.

Sunday Music in the Gardens FAQ 

Have a question about Sunday Music in the Gardens? Click the topics below for more information. If you have a question that is not answered, give us a call at 905-527-1158 or send us a message. 

Admission and Tickets

Sunday Music in the Gardens are included in your daily General Admission and are FREE for card-holding RBG Members. General Admission is available to purchase online, or in person upon arrival at RBG Centre. 

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

Inclement Weather

Sunday Music in the Gardens are held rain or shine!  

Directions and Parking

This event is held in Hendrie ParkThe musicians will be performing on the Tuner Pavilion Patio overlooking the Rose GardenParking 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.  

RBG Centre is accessible by Burlington Transit. 

Seating

As RBG continues to adhere to social distancing guidelines seating will not be provided.  Thmusicians are providing ambient music for you to enjoy as you roam the garden.

Please do not bring your own seating or congregate around the musician; to enable safe social distancing, you will be directed to move along the pathways during your visit.

Food & Drink

The Turner Pavilion will be open for light refreshments. A grab and go menu will be available from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For take-away only; seating in this space will not be available. 

Accessibility

RBG welcomes the use of personal assistive devices that allow visitors to enjoy our facilities and services.  

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 guests bring their own wheelchairs. 

Pets / Service Animals

Well-behaved dogs are welcome in the gardens 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.