Interested in performing as part
of Summer Music in the Garden?
If you are a professional musician who communicates compellingly with audiences and would like to perform at the Toronto Music Garden, and if the genre of music you perform fits the criteria described below, please send a proposal by email to Artistic Director Tamara Bernstein.
What we program
Summer Music in the Garden presents a wide variety of classical/art music from any culture, as well as traditional and "new" music, and children's programming that has a strong musical component. A typical season will include music by Bach, string quartets by Beethoven, Haydn and others, baroque music on period instruments, South Asian ragas, Middle Eastern art music, contemporary music, traditional music from Asia and North America, and a few surprises. Perusing current and previous seasons will give you a good idea of our style.
Please note that jazz, pop and rock music are NOT part of Summer Music in the Garden; kindly do not submit proposals for these genres. Also, due to the outdoor nature of the concerts, pianos cannot be included in the programming. We are a relatively low-tech venue, and cannot accommodate large ensembles. Please review previous seasons to get an idea of what we present. Proposals that do not meet the above criteria may not receive a reply.
Summer Music in the Garden is committed to presenting new works of music; over the past decade we have commissioned pieces by composers Chris Paul Harman, Barbara Croall, David Mott, and Kati Agócs, among others. We have some commissioning resources, and the artistic director can write letters of support for suitable applications that artists submit to external funding bodies (e.g., Toronto and Ontario Arts Councils; Canada Council for the Arts), for works to be premiered at the Toronto Music Garden.
When to contact us
Proposals are welcome year-round. Concert booking usually begins in August for the following summer and is finalized in early March, i.e., four months before the opening of a given season.
Summer Music in the Garden typically runs from late June or early July through the third week of September.
Produced with the support of
Thanks to our donors
Margaret & Jim Fleck
Gail Asper Family Foundation
Our 2016 audiences
Bring the history of the Toronto Music Garden home!
Visit Toronto Parks and Trees online to order your copy of the book The Toronto Music Garden: Inspired by Bach, an illustrated guide by author and landscape designer Julie Moir Messervy to the creation of the three-acre public garden.