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“A beautiful oasis”

Toronto Music Garden
Ranked #92 of 536 things to do in Toronto
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Landscape designer Julie Messervy and a group of landscape architects from Toronto's Parks and Recreation Department designed the waterfront's Music Garden in such a way that it actually interprets in nature Bach's First Suite for Unaccompanied Cello. Starting off with the curves and bends of the riverscape, guests make their way through six sections of the garden ending at the Giant Grass Steps, which form a curved amphitheater where performances take place in the summer.
Reviewed 19 August 2014

Take the time to stop by for a look if you need a peaceful escape. A beautiful little gem in the city that most overlook. Very well maintained garden that offers a respite from the hustle and bustle of the city. It will be a much nicer spot once the construction in the area is completed.

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Reviewed 29 July 2014

What a lovely spot to enjoy the lake! The garden offers some shade on a hot day and is kept exceptionally well tended.

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Reviewed 12 July 2014

Not necessarily a must see "destination," but it does offer a peaceful reprieve from the city bustle. Creatively designed by Yo Yo Ma and other artistic individuals. Those with a musical background will especially appreciate how the horticulturists interpreted musical elements into plantings. It's interpretive and not interactive (as I had originally though it would be).

Thank parkerrays
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Reviewed 6 July 2014

The landscaping is gorgeous, and the terraced seating is perfect for the live free shows. My husband and I saw a show there this afternoon. Not my favorite music, but decent acoustics for an outdoor venue. The only minor issues are that the airport's close proximity hinders the listening process. Also, the lovely walking paths don't always go anywhere ... Most just spiral in on themselves. Otherwise, a great break from the city streets.

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Reviewed 29 June 2014

So I am a huge fan of Bach especially the cello suites. I am also a great admirer of Yo Yo Ma and his adventurous musical pursuits. I have wanted to go here since I first saw the PBS video about the making of this place several years ago. My first visit did not disappoint. It is smaller than expected, but a beautiful space on the waterfront. I went on a Sunday afternoon and it was crazy how quiet and serene the space is when it is across the street from large condos and businesses in downtown Toronto. Fun to watch the planes take off from the airport on the island in Lake Ontario and view the many boats on the lake. The Garden is creative in its desire to match the design to the music of the cello suite. Take your Ipod and play your favorite recording of the Bach Cello Suite No.1 in G and you will have a wonderful experience. Or take any music and enjoy the space as Yo Yo Ma and Bach himself would have wanted!!!

Thank Rich Z
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