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Under the Harvest Moon with Sarah Harmer – SOLD OUT!

Special Event

Date & Time:

September 20, 2023


Special Event

Event Description

Wednesday September 20, 2023
7 to 10 p.m.; Hendrie Park

Celebrate the transition of seasons by joining us for a night of music with two remarkable acts. Headliner Sarah Harmer featuring Basia Bulat will grace the autumn air under the harvest moon. Bring a lawn chair, pack a cozy blanket and enjoy fall inspired food and beverage in our lovely garden setting.    

Enhance your experience with a premium ticket! Get early access to the grounds, your own food and beverage station, foldable chair and separate garden entrance and parking lot (one chair per premium ticket). 


  • 5:30 p.m. Early access to garden for Premium ticketholders
  • 6 p.m. Doors open for general admission ticketholders
  • 7 p.m. Opening act with Basia Bulat (40 minutes)
  • 7:40 p.m. Intermission
  • 8:15 to 9:30 p.m. Sarah Harmer (75 minutes)

This event is generously presented by:

incite foundation for the arts
  • sarah harmer performing live
  • Benefit concert in mitchell's field. The setting sun is shining through a large tree in the foreground
  • Basia Bulat at her jam space on Bernard & St-Laurent, Montreal.
  • fading coral coloured roses
  • Sarah Harmer leaning against a mossy rock

Header image: photo by Anita Doron, 1: photo by Virginia Meeks, 3: photo by Richard Lamb, 5: photo by Vanessa Heins

Tickets – SOLD OUT!

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Ticket Type Includes Ticket Price*
General Admission Access to the garden (beginning at 6 p.m.), show admission. Bring your own seating. $60
Premium Early access to the grounds (5:30 p.m.), your own food and beverage station (available for purchase), foldable chair and separate garden entrance and parking lot. $80

*All prices subject to HST and $1 service fee

  • Tickets are non-refundable and final sale. General admission discounts and coupons are not applicable to this ticketed event. 
  • After a purchase is complete, the tickets are the property of the ticket-holder.  
  • Pre-registration is required for this ticketed event.  
  • Everyone attending the event must have a ticket. You will not be admitted into the event without a ticket. Tickets will be scanned upon arrival.  

To access the member presale, simply log in to your RBG online account using the email address associated with your membership. Once your account is set up, visit the registration page during the pre-sale time and tickets will be available! That’s it! No pre-sale code required.

Do NOT make a new account; any new account created will not have access to your member benefits, and will not permit you access to the pre-sale.

How To Activate Your Account (do this prior to the sale date to avoid disappointment)

  1. Visit
  2. Enter your email address and “submit” (NOTE: RBG members must use the email associated with their current membership)
  3. Check your email for a link to reset your password
  4. Log in with your new credentials and check your account information. Ensure your updated membership is showing.

If you do not receive a password reset email within 10 minutes, or if you log into and your membership is not showing in your account information, it is possible that email address is not the primary contact on your RBG Membership. Get in touch with the memberships team for more information.

If you’re an RBG Member, your account is waiting for you! DO NOT create a new account. See the “Member pre-sale instructions” below.

For non-members:

  1. Visit
  2. Click ‘Register’.
  3. Input your user information, customize your email preferences

Once you click ‘Create Account’ you’re all set! You will be redirected to a page where you can register for upcoming events, programs, admission, and more!

About the Artist

Sarah Harmer leaning against a mossy rock
Photo credit: Vanessa Heins

Headliner: Sarah Harmer

Sarah Harmer is a multiple award-winning, platinum-selling singer-songwriter and environmental activist. Her solo music career launched with the now classic debut You Were Here (2000) and includes six critically acclaimed albums, including her latest, Are You Gone, released via Arts & Crafts.

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A deeply personal and political collection of songs motivated by the beauty of life, the urgency of the climate crisis, and the question of loss, Sarah called the album a spiritual successor of sorts to her acclaimed 2000 debut. Its simple title, Are You Gone, is a meditation on presence and a bookend to the questions posed on You Were Here – a sharpened, more electric confrontation with the realities of nature and human nature.

Between co-founding the citizen’s organization PERL (Protecting Escarpment Rural Land) and leading the successful effort to prevent an open-pit gravel mine in a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve on the Niagara Escarpment, Sarah has become a fixture in local politics and advocacy. In 2022, Sarah helped launch the Reform Gravel Mining Coalition in her home province of Ontario to protect water, farmland, and biodiversity. She is currently writing songs for a new

Basia Bulat at her jam space on Bernard & St-Laurent, Montreal.
Image credit: Richard Lamb

Opening Act: Basia Bulat

Basia Bulat is a Juno- and Polaris Prize-nominated singer-songwriter based in Montreal.  She offers both a distinctive voice and artistry that pulls as much from R&B and soul as it does from freak folk.

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Her talent has also been recognized at scale: her songs have been adapted for major performances with symphony orchestras, and she has been invited to perform at prestigious tributes to Leonard Cohen, Daniel Lanois, and The Band. Since releasing her debut in 2007, she has shared a stage with artists including The National, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Daniel Lanois, St Vincent, Sufjan Stevens, and Destroyer, and collaborated as a songwriter with artists across many genres, including US Girls and Jeremy Dutcher. In addition to her powerhouse voice, Bulat is an accomplished multi-instrumentalist, recording and performing on electric guitar, piano, autoharp, ukulele, bass and charango.

Frequently Asked Questions

Have a question about this event? 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.


Your tickets will be emailed to you as a pdf attachment shortly after online payment. You will be required to present these tickets upon arrival, either printed out or digitally on your personal device.

Tickets are final sale. 


This concert is held in Hendrie Park; please enter through RBG Centre at 680 Plains Road W. Burlington Ontario. Parking is included, available in the large lot at RBG Centre. This garden is located along bus routes for Burlington Transit, with stops a short distance from the entrance. See for more details. 

Premium ticketholder parking is located at Cherry Hill parking lot, located at 1101 Plains Road West. Ticketholders will enter directly into Hendrie Park through the service gate. 


Seating location is first-come first-served for both premium and general admission ticketholders.

Premium ticketholders will pick up their chair from the designated premium area and select their own place to sit.

General admission ticketholders are asked to bring their own foldable lawn chairs, blankets, and cushions for turf seating.

Food & Drink

Concessions will be open with grab and go fare available for purchase.  

This is a licensed event; alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase for those age 19+. A valid I.D. is required for beverage purchase. 

Outside food and drink is not permitted. 

What to Bring

Pack layers for the cooler evening and don’t forget the bug spray! Make sure to bring your own chair, blanket or cushion if you are not purchasing a premium ticket.   

Outside food and beverage is not permitted. 


Washrooms are located close to the performance area, just outside the Turner Pavilion Teahouse, and inside RBG Centre on the lowest floor of the Atrium 


This event is held outdoors in a non-covered area. RBG reserves the right to postpone the concert due to inclement weather (rain date: spring of 2024).


RBG welcomes the use of personal assistive devices that allow visitors to enjoy our facilities and services. The stage is located in Mitchell’s Field in Hendrie Park, and is accessible by paved pathways.  

Mitchell’s Field is a large, open lawn area with a natural slope. 

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

If you have any questions about accessibility, please contact us at 905-527-1158. 

Pets & Service Animals

With the exception of service animals, personal dogs/cats/animals are not permitted at this event. 

Terms & Conditions

Tickets purchased to special events are final sale and non-refundable. Tickets for this event can be transferred to someone else if you can no longer attend. If RBG cancels a special event, ticketholders will be fully refunded. Please keep your tickets and confirmation: it is proof of your purchase and allows entry for the tour.

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 event on RBG properties, you are agreeing to the above release for yourself, and on behalf of your guests. 

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