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Garden Music Nights

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This page contains details for a 2019 event.

For the health and safety of its visitors, staff and volunteers, Royal Botanical Gardens is following provincial guidelines to limit group gatherings and has cancelled this year’s (2020) Garden Music Nights concert series and outdoor Shakespeare theatre performances.

RBG will offer live jazz and classical music in Hendrie Park on Sunday afternoons this July and August for visitors to enjoy while strolling through the beautiful Rose Garden. Performances will take place Sundays from July 5th to August 30th from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Stay tuned for performer schedule!

RBG’s Summer Concert Series

Tuesdays and Wednesdays, July and August
6:30 to 9 p.m.; Hendrie Park

An RBG tradition continues with another stunning lineup of entertainment returning to the Hendrie Park stage. Enjoy a cold drink and BBQ and get set for some award-winning jazz, blues, country and roots musicians in our lovely garden setting

  • Madison violet performing at garden music nights
  • Paul Deslauriers band performing at garden music nights
  • Jazz singer performing at garden music nights
  • Red Hill Valleys performing at Garden Music Nights
  • Blues artist performing at garden music nights

Garden Music Nights Tickets

Already attending RBG throughout the day? Garden Music Nights performances are included in your General Admission or Membership!

Only joining us for the evening? Your Music Nights show ticket includes access to the gardens after 5 p.m.

Ticket Type Ticket Price
Adult $13.50 (includes HST)
Senior*/ Student** $11.25 (includes HST)
Child (Age 4 to 12) $7.50 (includes HST)
Toddler (Age 3 and Under) FREE
  • *RBG considers a senior to be a person of 65+ years of age
  • **Student includes anyone showing a student card indicating full-time attendance in a recognized post-secondary institution.
  • Prices include applicable taxes
  • Tickets are non-refundable and final sale.
  • Performances run rain or shine!

Thank You for Supporting RBG!

Royal Botanical Gardens is a registered charitable organization dedicated to connecting people, plants and place. By attending this event, you’re supporting our efforts in areas like plant science, conservation, horticulture and education.

2019 Summer Lineup

RBG welcomes 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.

Band Posing

Tuesday July 2: COIG

Genre: Celtic. Còig ( “Ko-ig”) Originally put together as a promotional band of participants for a festival, these performers enjoyed playing together so much that they decided to play as the Còig ensemble whenever they can. Chrissy Crowley, from Margaree, Cape Breton has an impressive list of awards, nominations, and international appearances. Rachel Davis from Baddeck, Cape Breton spends her time switching from international festival stages to small local dances at home. Jason Roach, from Cheticamp, Cape Breton is one of the most impressive piano players you will ever hear. Darren McMullen, from Hardwoodlands, NS, is a highly sought-after multi-instrumentalist. Winner of the 2018 East Coast Music Award Roots Traditional Recording of the Year.

Miss Emily

Wednesday July 3: Miss Emily

Genre: Blues. In the 1990’s a 12 year-old Emily Fennell was making her way around Southern Ontario, singing at county fairs and winning competition after competition. Her music spans genres, crosses barriers and creates bridges. Miss Emily’s voice soars to emotional heights and reaches down into the grittiness of the soul. Her performances are foot-stomping, heart-wrenching adventures in rhythm, blues, jazz and rock and roll. For 15 years Miss Emily has captivated listeners across Canada, the US and the United Kingdom with her unique combination of passion and talent.

Red Hill Valleys

Tuesday July 9: Redhill Valleys

Genre: Roots. The Redhill Valleys are a four piece Alt-Country and Roots Rock band from Hamilton, Ontario. They were named runners-up at the 2017 Boots and Hearts Emerging Artists Showcase. Following an East Coast tour, the band was chosen as the CMAO Artist of the Month and awarded as finalists in the 2017 Canada’s Walk of Fame Emerging Artists Program. This year, The Redhill Valleys gained nationwide exposure after being chosen as one of the top 9 finalists across Canada in the SiriusXM Top of The Country Contest. Their influences come from iconic artists such as Neil Young, Lucinda Williams, Tom Petty and The Band, while forging a musical path all their own. Their unapologetic stage presence and grit-infused harmonies are putting The Redhill Valleys on the Canadian Country Music map as a band you don’t want to miss.

Faith Amour

Wednesday July 10: Faith Amour

Genre: Jazz. As a girl raised in church choirs in the suburbs of Toronto, studying classical piano, organ and composition, Faith found her creativity unleashed in university when her innate spontaneity, creativity, and outside the box nature drew her straight to jazz.

Madison & Violet

Tuesday July 16: Madison Violet

Genre: Roots. After 20 years together, Juno nominated singer-songwriting duo, Madison Violet, are as much wanderers as they are musicians. The spark that ignited Madison Violet’s irrepressible curiosity came from a time when sitting in Brenley’s grandmother’s kitchen in Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. Filled with family, friends, and instruments they were miles from their adopted home of Toronto, Ontario.

Band Posing

Wednesday July 17: Bywater Call

Genre: Blues. Harnessing the sounds of southern soul, gospel and blues, the 7-piece band features powerful lead vocals and slide guitar. In 2018, Bywater was named the Toronto Blues Society Talent Search Winner at the TD Toronto Jazz Festival and following that placed runner-up in the Road to Memphis competition to represent Toronto at the International Blues Challenge.

Karli June

Tuesday July 23: Karli June

Genre: Country. Karli June is one of Canada’s rising female country artists. She is proving herself as a performer and songwriter and has found success in sharing the stage as an opening act with the genre’s hottest artists including Dierks Bentley, Jason Blaine, Brett Kissel, Terri Clark and Corb Lund. Helping others and inspiring them to chase their dreams is a huge part of what this girl loves about the industry – and she has a presence that is certain to do so.

Kristen Violet May

Wednesday July 24: Kristen Violet May

Genre: Jazz. In 2017, the CBC voted Kristen as one of the “35 under 35 best Canadian jazz artists” for her sultry, powerful vocals. Her original music blends modern atmospheric R&B, pop, 60’s guitar with soul / trip hop and draws influence from Tarantino and James Bond soundtracks.

Buck Twenty

Tuesday July 30: Buck Twenty

Genre: Country. Singer/songwriter duo Mike Ure and Aidan Johnson-Bujold emerged from the small towns of Harrow and LaSalle, Ontario. In just a few short years, the band has earned incredible accolades and awards. The 2017 CMAO Rising Star Award Nominees and Boots & Hearts Emerging Artist Finalists, have ‘Kicked it with Kissel,’ once already, performing alongside Brett Kissel in 2018. Fans recognize Buck Twenty for their trademark sound, which is bursting with catchy hooks, as well as the surplus of positive energy they have on stage.

Avery Raquel

Wednesday July 31: Avery Raquel

Genre: Jazz. Calling her sound contemporary soul, Avery hopes her music and words resonate with a wide audience as she shares her experience of love, loss, and happiness. Avery has delivered winning performances across North America that have included the Berklee Global Jazz Institute,Toronto Jazz Festival, Burlington Sound of Music Festival and Oakville Jazz Festival as well as the national anthem in front of 43,000 people at a Toronto Blue Jays baseball game.

Guenevieve Fisher

Tuesday August 6: Genevieve Fisher

Genre: Country. London born Genevieve Fisher has earned 6 top 50 national country radio hits. Genevieve has earned recognition within the Canadian Country Music scene by earning Female Artist of the Year nominations at the 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 Country Music Association of Ontario Music Awards. She has had the privilege of writing with some of country music’s brightest songwriters including Jason Blaine, Steven Lee Olsen, Patricia Conroy, Michelle Wright, Jason Massey and Jennifer Schott.

Monkey Junk

Wednesday August 7: MonkeyJunk

Genre: Blues. Since 2008, the name MonkeyJunk has been synonymous with the emergence of a new kind of blues on the Canadian and international scenes. Continually pushing boundaries and blurring genre lines, the Ottawa Ontario-based trio has added an edge to their music by incorporating swampy blues & rock with thoughtful and intelligent lyrics. All band members agree that the real thrill of playing in MonkeyJunk is just that — playing, especially live, where the music’s ecstatic sway on crowds is right there to behold.

JP Cormier

Tuesday August 13: JP Cormier

Genre: Folk. In 1974 he was a five-year-old boy discovering an innate talent for playing the guitar. By his teens he was a sideman for bands and artists of many different genres in Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi, and across the deep south. In the early Nineties he became a sideman for one of Canada’s favourite sons, Stompin’ Tom Connors and became a staple of the recordings at Studio H in Halifax. All this before he was 20! In 1997, JP released Another Morning as a songwriter and a lead singer. 36 after stepping on stage as professional union musician for tat the tender age of 13, JP is still going, and still getting better.

Spencer Mackenzie

Wednesday August 14: Spencer Mackenzie

Genre: Blues. ‘New Artist of the Year’ Maple Blues Award winner, Spencer MacKenzie has a deep, soulful, true to the blues sound with an electrifying twist that captivates his audience. His debut album ‘Infected with the Blues’ earned rave reviews and  had consistentl international airplay, hitting the Top 50 Roots Music Report Blues Charts!

Denielle Bassels

Wednesday August 21: Denielle Bassels

Genre: Jazz. Toronto born singer, songwriter, and bandleader Denielle Bassels was working in Switzerland when she began singing in bars to earn extra money and extend her stay. Denielle went on to perform across Europe, including the Cuilly and Lausanne Jazz Festivals in Switzerland and Paris. Denielle wanted a deeper personal foundation to create from so, returning home, she hired a vocal coach and started formal music training at Humber College in Toronto. Her style is a blend of sultry gypsy swing with electronic nuances that merge the old romanticized swing era with the cutting-edge artistry of modern day music.

Alessia Cohle

Tuesday August 20: Alessia Cohle

Genre: Country. She has performed at some of Country’s biggest festivals, has been invited on-stage to perform duets with both Tim Hicks and Brett Kissel, and has shared the stage with country stars such as Lindsay Ell, Washboard Union, and Meghan Patrick. Her love for all styles of music has helped Alessia define and create her own unique musical style, joining the next wave of artists who continue to push the future of country music.

Angelique Francis

Wednesday August 31: Angelique Francis

Genre: Blues. Angelique Francis is a versatile and exceptionally gifted musician with talent that is way beyond her years. This multi-talented, multi-instrumentalist, multi-genre singer/songwriter and composer has wowed audiences across the globe with her electrifying performances, instrumental abilities and powerful textured vocals.

Food & Drink

Don’t have time to grab dinner before the show? The chefs from the Greenhouse Café will be cooking up some awesome eats, and offering a bar menu available for purchase. Prices include applicable taxes.

No outside food or drink permitted at this event.

Rotating Food Menu

Below is a selection of items that will be on rotation throughout the summer. Each night the chefs will be preparing a few items from the list below. The entire menu below will NOT be available every evening. NOTE: all items are gluten free (some served without bun)

  • Chicken Souvlaki with Grilled Pita (tzatziki) served with couscous salad $12.50
  • BBQ Quarter Chicken with baked beans and grilled corn cob (GF) $13.00
  • Nashville Hot Fried Chicken with Coleslaw $12.50
  • Sausage on a bun topped with pepper & onions with mixed potato salad $12.00
  • Pulled pork sandwich with Coleslaw $11.00
  • Jerk chicken tacos (2) topped with fruit salsa served with sweet potato & blackbean salad $12.50
  • Flaked salmon taco (2) with cabbage, pickled onion, lemon aioli with coleslaw $13.00
  • Falafel with mixed baby greens (vegan or vegetarian) couscous salad $12.00
  • Taco al pastor (pork/pineapple/salsa verde) with apple and carrot slaw $12.00
  • Steak sandwich (peps onions/provolone/horse aioli) kettle chips $13.00
  • Beyond meat veg burger with potato chips $12.50

Snacks

  • Assorted Chips $2.00
  • Packages Cookies and Brownies $3.50
  • Ice Cream Bars $4.00

Beverages

  • Draft Beer 15oz $8.00
  • Rood Apples Cider 473ml $8.00
  • Niagara VQA Wine 6oz pour $7.00
  • Caesar $8.00
  • Virgin Caesar $5.50
  • Assorted cold Beverages $3.00
  • Bottled Water $2.50
  • Coffee $3.00
  • DAVIDsTea $3.50

Intermission Tours

Get out of your seat during intermission for a guided tour of a featured garden in Hendrie Park! Tour topics vary depending on whats blooming and interesting in the garden that week.

Tour included in your event admission!

Garden Music Nights FAQ

Have a question about Garden Music Nights? 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

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 rbg.ca/visitus, 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 Mediterranean Garden before joining us in Hendrie Park for the main performance!

Looking to just join us for the evening? Get your tickets for individual Garden Music Night dates online at (see lineup for links). These event tickets only allow access to RBG properties after 5 p.m. the day of the event.

Inclement Weather

The RBG summer music series performances are held rain or shine! Some seating is available under the tent, but these spots fill up quickly so be sure to dress for the weather.

Directions & 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.

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 & Drink

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 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.

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