Experience the brilliance of Canadian white winters like never before as the Rock Garden turns into the season’s most elegant indoor and outdoor jazz lounge experience.
Adorned in glowing white lights and roaring firepits the garden’s natural winterscape is the perfect setting for a night out. Embrace the snowy paths or take in the view from inside the Rock Garden Visitor Centre while you enjoy live music, classic cocktails and a signature small plates menu.
RBG has partnered with T.U. Jazz Fest to bring live performances from emerging musicians and JUNO Award-winning artists.
This is a 19+ event.
Tickets for WinterTide at the Rock Garden are only available at the door upon arrival.
As of March 1, RBG no longer requires visitors to prove they have been vaccinated against COVID-19. Please see RBG’s Covid FAQs for details and to learn more about visiting safely.
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- Tickets are non-refundable and final sale
- General admission discounts and coupons are not applicable to this ticketed event
RBG has partnered with T.U. Jazz Fest to bring live performances from emerging musicians and JUNO Award-winning artists.
‘All that Jazz’ Thursdays, ‘Jazz & Soul’ Fridays, ‘JUNO Special’ Saturdays.
Music begins at 6:30 p.m. with multiple sets throughout the evening.
February 3, 17
Mumbo Jumbo Combo
The Mumbo Jumbo Combo is made up of four instruments; Drums, (Jackson Haynes) Bass, (Trent Grossman) Keyboard, (Ian Webster) and of course, Saxophone (Noah Abrahamse). We are all young but experienced players with a passion for Jazz. We play everything from Funk, to Swing, to Latin music.
February 4, 25
Named for the sixth month of the year and a semiprecious stone said to protect anyone travelling by night or by water, JUNESTONE is the innovative and illuminating musical visions of Olivia Brown as performed and realized by herself, Jake Franiczek, Justin McHugh, and Ian Aisling,
February 5, March 12
JUNO Award winner Ernesto Cervini is a sought-after drummer, composer and bandleader and an influential presence on Canada’s modern jazz scene and beyond. He has documented his vision with the Ernesto Cervini Quartet (featuring Joel Frahm), the innovative sextet Turboprop, numerous co- led trio projects including MEM3, Myriad3 and TuneTown, and also the quartet Tetrahedron, featuring acclaimed guitarist Nir Felder, electric bassist Rich Brown and alto saxophonist Luis Deniz.
February 10, March 4
Jesse Ryan Trio
Saxophonist and composer Jesse Ryan grew up in Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago surrounded by a rich heritage of music. Perhaps, it’s no surprise that he has steadily earned his place as one of Trinidad’s bright, young stars, being the grandson of one of the islands’ calypso veterans, Clifton Ryan, aka the “Mighty Bomber”.
Jesse is the 2020 recipient of the Toronto Arts Foundation’s Emerging Jazz Artist Award – an award that puts a spotlight on emerging jazz musicians with a keen sense of the grand tradition behind jazz music while putting their own stamp on the genre and the Toronto music scene with their unique style and approach.
February 11, March 3
Jacob Chung Trio
Canadian saxophonist/composer Jacob Chung is a young and swingin’ voice in the Toronto jazz community. He currently studies as a 2018 BMO National Scholar at the University of Toronto Faculty of Music where he has twice received the Norman and Joan Promane Jazz Scholarship (2019, 2020) and is the recipient of the 2021 Jazz Arranging Prize.
Adrean Farrugia Trio
Award-winning pianist and composer Adrean Farrugia is one of Canada’s most distinct voices on the piano. Since the late 1990s Adrean has been in high demand as a freelance performer and educator. Keeping a busy touring schedule, mainly as a sideman, Adrean has toured extensively across Canada and the United States as well as in venues across Europe, Australia, the UK, Israel, and Japan.
February 18, March 11
Ryan Gazzola‘s music combines modern pop songwriting with retro musicianship and musicality. Originally from Vancouver, the Toronto-based singer-songwriter is preparing to record a batch of singles leading up to an EP. “With this project, I am attempting to create a modern pop record built on the backbone of funk and soul instrumentation”, Gazzola explains, “it draws inspiration from Maroon 5, John Mayer, Daft Punk, Tom Misch and Stevie Wonder”.
February 19, March 5
Mike Downes Trio
Multiple JUNO award winner Mike Downes has been a prominent Canadian bassist, composer, arranger and educator since the early 1980s. His musicality, emotional depth and melodic approach to the bass have thrilled audiences in Europe, Japan, South Korea, Brazil, Mexico, Israel, Iceland, the United States and Canada. In addition to leading his own groups, Mike has performed with virtually all of Canada’s top jazz musicians, including Molly Johnson, Oliver Jones, PJ Perry, Lorne Lofsky, Don Thompson, Kirk MacDonald, Robi Botos and Pat LaBarbera. He has performed with international artists Pat Metheny, Chris Potter, Michael Brecker, John Abercrombie, Peter Erskine, Kenny Wheeler, John Taylor, Dave Liebman and many others.
February 24, March 10
Matt Austin Greenwood Trio
Born and raised in Harare, Zimbabwe, Matt Greenwood is now pursuing his passion for music in Toronto. Matt is about to finish his third year of Humber’s Bachelor of Music degree program. Growing up in Zimbabwe meant access to music education or even equipment was extremely limited. However, the country’s rich musical heritage and culture was an incredible thing to be a part of. Matt has performed with some of Zimbabwe’s most acclaimed musicians including Oliver Mtukudzi, Gemma Griffiths, Forward Kwenda, Vee Mukarati, Othnell Mangoma Moyo, Josh Meck and Rob Burrell (Mann
Friday) and countless others.
Pat Collins Trio
Originally from Qualicum Beach, B.C., bassist Pat Collins moved to Toronto in 1988 and has become one of the more active bassists on the Canadian Jazz Scene. Pat has performed with such legendary musicians as Oscar Peterson, Joe Henderson, Dizzy Gillespie, Herb Ellis, Jimmy Cobb and Lee Konitz. He has also performed with legendary Canadian musicians as Moe Koffman, Rob McConnell, Ed Bickert, Peter Appleyard and Don Thompson.
Born out of a love for funk and a passion for fusion came McBrown — the funk-fusion group developed by bassist, bandleader and composer Liam Brown. The group features an all-star lineup of Mohawk College attendees and graduates featuring Alex Pedherney on saxophone, Liam Brown on bass and Nathanael Pollard on keyboard. Taking inspiration from musical superpowers Chick Corea, Kenny Wheeler and West-Coast Hip-Hop, Liam has taken the spirit of his inspiration and morphed it into his own creation. As the band continues to create, they hope to release an EP by the end of 2021.
Juno-award winning Jazz Saxophonist, Composer and Arranger, Allison Au (pronounced “ow”) refuses to be defined. Born to a Chinese father and Jewish mother, and raised in the multicultural metropolis of Toronto, Allison found music as a young child. Exposed to a wide array of musical styles, she was captivated by the unhinged freedom of Jazz. Jazz became Allison’s lab for self-expression, exploration, and musical experimentation. Her work weaves a mosaic of influences into a seamless and soulful sound, a concoction steeped in the tradition of Jazz but skillfully laced with elements of Classical, Pop, R&B/hip hop, Latin, and world music.
Chris Molyneaux Jazz Trio
The Chris Molyneaux Jazz Trio is a group of 3 very talented musicians whose friendship began during their years at Humber College. They formed the Trio in 2016 and have been steadily growing their listening audience and fan base. Playing predominantly throughout Southwestern Ontario, the Trio is spreading its wings into the GTA. Be prepared to fall in love with their dynamic, fun and playful manner. They play a wonderful combination of original jazz works, standards, and funky covers.
Lifeandthetribe is the alias of Gambian born/Hamilton-based artist Aisha Barrow. Previously releasing music under her birth name which means “she who lives”, Aisha wanted to convey the collaborative nature of her music and the “tribe” of musicians and producers who back her R&B- based-pop-project.
Tara Davidson Trio
Tara Davidson is a JUNO Award-winning alto and soprano saxophonist who has performed around the world at such prestigious venues as New York City’s Carnegie Hall, the acclaimed North Sea Jazz Festival in the Netherlands, the JZ Jazz Club in Shanghai, China, and The Kennedy Center, in Washington, D.C. As a bandleader, Davidson has produced seven recordings since 2004 and performed on approximately forty recordings as a side person. Four of her recordings as a leader have been nominated by the JUNO Awards for “Album of the Year” in the “Traditional”, “Solo” and “Group” jazz categories. Davidson is an active educator presently on faculty at the University of Toronto and York University.
Tara Davidson is proud to be a Yamaha Artist and plays their Custom Z alto saxophone, Custom CSVR clarinet, and YFL-577 Series flute.
T.U. Jazz Fest is a federally incorporated not-for-profit organization that creates developmental and performance opportunities for youth and emerging musicians in Canada. Since 2015 they have presented annually T.U. Jazz Fest and various other events to connect emerging musicians with the community and the public. With the goal of creating performance, networking, and learning opportunities for over 1,000 emerging musicians yearly, T.U. Jazz Fest is a bridge connecting emerging musicians and equity-seeking musicians with mentors and the community.
Food & Drink
Indoor seating in the lounge areas of the Visitor Centre is available on a first-come-first-serve basis.
Seating is also available within the garden and guests are encouraged to enjoy the outdoor winter experience and firepits. Rock Garden’s outdoor area is fully licensed for alcohol consumption — low impact compostable cups will be made available for those wishing to enjoy their drinks under the stars.
Lounge Tapas Menu
Available 5:30 to 11 p.m.
A small plates menu offering wine and classic cocktails is available in the indoor lounge areas of the Visitor Centre.
Beet Gravlax $11
Beetroot Cured Salmon| Potato Gaufrette| Herbed goat cheese| Shaved fennel| Radish
Kettle chips $6
Rosemary Salted Pomme de Terre| Roasted Garlic and Paprika Aioli
Moules Mariniere $10
Mussels| White wine| Butter| Shallots| Garlic| Herbs
Blistered Shishito Peppers $7
Citrus| Sriracha Mayo | Grana Padano
Tomato Ginger Chili Jam Grilled Cheese Sliders $8
House-made Herbed Focaccia | Gouda | Aged cheddar | Gruyere |Tomato Chili Ginger Jam
Roasted Red pepper Hummus $10
Crudité | Olive oil | Smoked Paprika
Cured meats | Artisanal cheeses | Grilled Sourdough | Tarragon Dijon| Gherkin | Red Grapes
The WinterTide Negroni $13
Dillon’s Dry Gin / Lillet Blanc/ Sweet White Vermouth
French 75 $13
Peller XOXO Sparkling Pino Grigio/ Dillan’s Dry Gin/ Lemon Juice
The Rock Sour $13
Gretzky Red Cask Whisky/ Lemon/ Simple Syrup/ Peller Cab Merlot Float
Espresso Martini $11
Kahlua/ Smirnoff Vodka/ Propeller Coffee Co Turbo Espresso
Mulled Wine $11
Peller Cab Merlot/ St Remy
The Great One $9
Gretzky Whisky Cream/ Hot Chocolate/ Whipped Cream
The Tea House Toddy $9
Gretzky Red Cask/ Lemon/ Wildflower Honey
GLB & RBG Collab Winter Wonders Ale $9
Craft Cans $9
Premium/ Import Bottles $7
Domestic Bottles $6
Rock Garden Bistro Menu
Available 5:30 to 8 p.m.
The Rock Garden Bistro features an eclectic full menu that boasts fresh, locally sourced ingredients.
Heirloom Carrot Salad $14
Heirloom Carrot | Citrus | Blistered Shishito Peppers | Arugula
Moules Mariniere $17
Mussels | VQA White Wine| Butter| Shallots| Garlic| Herbs
Saffron and Onion Potage $10
Toasted Almond| Blistered Thyme| Smoked Paprika| Annatto Seed Oil
Beet Gravlax $17
Beetroot Cured Salmon| Potato Gaufrette| Herbed Goat Cheese| Shaved Fennel| Radish
Frittata de Terre $16
Mini Red Skin Potatoes | Wild Mushrooms | Caramelized Onion | Smoked Gouda | Frisse Salad
Rock Garden Salad $15
Mesclun| Heirloom Carrot | Fennel | Radish | Tomato
Chicken Waldorf Salad $18
Ontario Free-range Chicken| Red Grapes| Gala Apple| Celery| Toasted Walnuts| Herbs| Waldorf Dressing| Frisse
Tomato Ginger Chili Jam Grilled Cheese $16
House-made Herbed Focaccia | Gouda | Aged Cheddar | Gruyere | Garden Salad
French Beef dip on Sourdough Baguette $18
Braised Ontario Beef | Sourdough Vienna
Steak Frites $27
Grilled Flat Iron Steak | Potato Frites | Grilled Tomato Arugula Salad | Café de Paris.
Atlantic Salmon $24
Pan Seared Atlantic Salmon |Puy Lentil and Shard Sauté | Lemon Dill Beurre Blanc
Chicken Ravigote $20
Free-range Ontario Chicken Supreme | Pan-Roasted Root Vegetables | Butter Poached Broccolini | Ravigote Sauce
Veggie Lasagne $18
Roasted Vegetables | Tofu Ricotta| Soy Bechamel | Pomodoro
Tempeh and Mushroom Bourguignon $19
Wild Mushrooms | Marinated Tempeh| VQA Red wine Braised Vegetables
Chocolate Pot de Crème $10
Chilli Pistachio Bark | White Chocolate Pearls | Bramble
Coconut-Lime Strudel $9
Key Lime Custard | Phyllo Nest| Poached Blueberry
Red Wine Poached Pear $ 10
VQA Poached Bosc Pear | Crème Chantilly | Bramble
Rock Garden at Royal Botanical Gardens
Find this event at this historic Rock Garden, 1185 York Boulevard, Hamilton ON.
Rejuvenated in 2016, the David Braley and Nancy Gordon Rock Garden respects our iconic treasure’s heritage, look and feel while celebrating the beginning of a new era with a beautiful, modern renovation.
Have a question about WinterTide at the Rock Garden? Click the topics below for more information. If you have a question that is not answered, give us a call at 905-527-1158.
Am I required to be vaccinated to enter RBG?
As of March 1, RBG no longer requires visitors aged to prove they have been vaccinated against COVID-19.
Are masks required?
Royal Botanical Gardens’ (RBG) is making every effort to help ensure your visit is enjoyable and, above all, safe.
Following the advice of public health authorities, masks are required to access the indoor spaces (entry to the garden, café, washrooms, etc.), and while standing in any lineup (either indoors or outdoors). Please wear a mask outdoors when you are unable to keep your distance from others. Please observe all markers and one-way indicators upon arrival and stick with your group for the duration of the event, following physical distancing guidelines.
Tickets are only available at the door. General admission discounts and coupons are not applicable to this ticketed event.
Your ticket includes access to Rock Garden during this event. Your ticket is for this event only, and does not include general admission for the full day.
Food, and drink are available at additional costs.
Parking in the lot across the street from the garden is included.
Arrival / Entry
When planning your visit, please note that you may arrive at any time. Visitors are welcome to arrive throughout the course of the evening. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Last admission of the evening is at 10 p.m.
Directions and Parking
This event is held at Rock Garden, located at 1185 York Boulevard, Hamilton Ontario. Parking is included, available in the designated lot across the street.
Rock Garden is located along bus routs for Burlington Transit, with stops a short distance from the entrance. See rbg.ca/directions for more details.
Food and Drink
This is a licensed event; some 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.
The newly rejuvenated Rock Garden features some wide, lit, paved paths that descend with a slope into the lower bowl of the garden.
Accessible parking spaces are available outside Rock Garden. Visitors access the garden through the Rock Garden Visitor Centre.
If you have any further questions about accessibility at this event please contact us by phone (905-527-1158).
WinterTide is held rain/snow or (moon)shine, so come prepared for the weather! RBG reserves the right to cancel WinterTide due to inclement weather without notice.
Pets / Service Animals
With the exception of service animals, personal pets are not permitted at this event.
Terms & Conditions
Tickets purchased to WinterTide are final sale and non-refundable.
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 experience 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 experience, 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 experience on RBG properties, you are agreeing to the above release for yourself, and on behalf of your guests.