Does anything say summer quite like a free outdoor concert? We don’t think so. If you’re wondering what to do in Toronto to enjoy some music al fresco, we suggest the Edwards Summer Music Series at the Toronto Botanical Garden. Running every Thursday from June 27 – August 29, 2013 starting at 7:00pm, these free concerts feature popular artists performing in a naturally beautiful setting. Bring your own chairs and set them up wherever there’s space. If you forget yours at home (not that we’ve ever done that, ourselves), you can borrow a stool from the garden’s visitor booth.
Outdoor music does sound lovely, but what if it rains? These concerts are still what to do in Toronto, as they’ll move indoors to the Floral Hall. Rain or shine, the show goes on. We have the inside scoop on who will be on the roster.
What to do in Toronto: Free Summer Music
June 27, 2013 – Choir! Choir! Choir!
This musical project features regular Torontonians singing popular music.
July 4, 2013 – Trent Severn
Hailing from Stratford, this trio features Emm Gryner, Dayna Manning and Laura C. Bates performing folk, roots and old country inspired Canadiana.
July 11, 2013 – Darrelle London
Toronto indie-pop artist Darrelle London was named Bell Emerging Artist for May 2012.
July 18, 2013 – Matuto
Matuto hails from New York, and features an Appalachia-gone-Afro-Brazilian sound.
July 25, 2013 – Annex Quartet
This Toronto-based string quartet features Stanislav Pronin and Carolyn Blackwell (violins), Yunior Lopez (viola), and Peter Cosbey (cello) pushing the boundaries of classical music.
August 1, 2013 – Whitney Rose
Whitney Rose started singing at her grandparents’ kitchen parties in PEI. A presence on the Toronto singer-songwriter scene, her style is influenced by Patsy Cline, Kitty Wells, Tom T. Hall an George Jones.
August 8, 2013 – The Strumbellas
Alt-country band the Strumbellas were conceived in Lindsay, Ontario and born in Toronto.
August 15, 2013 – Alanna Gurr
Guelph artist Alanna Gurr performs songs of longing and heartbreak with a sweet, sultry sound.
August 22, 2013 – John Southworth & The South Sea
John Southworth is one of Canada’s most distinctive and iconoclastic music artists, and a regular collaborator with Toronto’s Art of Time Ensemble. www.johnsouthworth.ca
August 29, 2013 – Bry Webb
Last but not least, indie rock singer and songwriter Bry Webb will wrap up the summer music series.
Get out and enjoy some music – it’s what to do in Toronto this summer!
Toronto Botanical Garden
Photos courtesy of Toronto Botanical Garden