Harbourfront Centre Unveils Summer Music in the Garden Season

By Chris Ruel
Credit: Brian Medina

Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre has unveiled its 22nd season of the Summer Music in the Garden series, slated for June 21 to Aug. 27, 2023. This free annual event includes 18 concerts at the Toronto Music Garden. The music ranges from dance to classical, presented by new and known artists. Toronto-based pianist Gregory Oh and Associate Curator Rebecca Cuddy, a Métis Mezzo-Soprano, put the series together.

For this article, only performances featuring vocalists are listed.

Inuk singer Deantha Edmunds presents contemporary Indigenous classical music, sharing selections from her most recent album, “Connections.”

Performance Date: June 21, 2023

“First Flight: Morgan Toney and Keith Mullins” showcases traditional fiddle music from Mi’kmaq fiddler and singer Morgan Toney. The concert brings together the fiery fiddling of Cape Breton Island with the old songs of the Mi’kmaq People on the artist’s award-nominated debut album, “First Flight.”

Performance Date: July 6, 2023

“Freedom 2.0: Black Music that Shaped the Dream of America” presents a concert featuring soul, gospel, blues, reggae, and jazz from music director, singer, keyboardist, and harmonica player Beau Dixon. Dixon highlights the influence African American music had on Western civilization during the Freedom Movement and Civil Rights Era.

Performance Date: July 9, 2023 

“Putting It Together in Concert,” presented by Canada’s premier charitable musical theatre company, performs a concert featuring an in-depth exploration of characters from musicals currently in development. Titled “Putting It Together: In Concert,” this event celebrates aspirations and desires, unveiling new ballads from Canada’s top composers and lyricists, and encourages everyone to dream big.

Performance Date: July 20, 2023

Juno Award-nominated singer-songwriter Lori Cullen joins musician visual artist Kurt Swinghammer and producer/bassist Chris Gartner for “All for Love,” an evening of artfolk music.

Performance Date: July 27, 2023

Aline Morales will present “Forró,” a blend of traditional forró music and distinctive pieces from her band. Forró, a key component of Northeastern Brazilian culture, incorporates a diversity of dances and music styles.

Performance Date: Aug. 3, 2023

“Songs for a Summer Garden” by Opus 8. Opus 8 comprises eight of Toronto’s finest ensemble singers, dedicated to musical excellence and sharing the best choral music with the broadest audience possible.

Performance Date: Aug. 6, 2023

“Songs from the Nile and Afrika” by Waleed Abdulhamid. Waleed Abdulhamid is a Canadian multi-instrumentalist, composer, vocalist, music, and film producer known for his striking vocals.

Performance Date: Aug. 13, 2023

“Coup de Foudre” by JUNO Award-winning bassist, singer, and composer Brandi Disterheft takes the audience through an evening of standards and original compositions, all delivered in her powerful, compelling style.

Performance Date: Aug. 24, 2023

“A Meeting Place: Hasheel x Yanchan x Anton by Hasheel.” Join Hindustani classical flutist and singer Hasheel, Carnatic mridangam player and hip hop producer Yanchan, and Balkan composer Anton Apostolov as they present a meditative acoustic set.

Performance Date: Aug. 27, 2023