One of the greatest things about Toronto is all the free live music and art around the city. If you are living on a tight budget, you can still enjoy the “roses” without forgoing your daily “bread”. The free concerts in the Yo Yo Ma inspired Music Garden in the City’s Harbourfront area is one of the nicest of these events.

At just an hour long in the family-friendly times of Thursdays at 7 pm and Sundays at 4 pm, these concerts are a great opportunity for parents to introduce younger people to serious music. They are not too long and it is an easy thing to take a fussy younger one away for a walk and return awhile later for another taste. Don’t forget the sunhats and sunscreen as this is a location near the water and very open to the sunny skies.

This year the line-up is a mixture of traditional chamber music, early music, and small ensemble worldbeat music.

Canadian cellist Shauna Rolston opens the 2009 Season Sunday June 28 at 4 pm. Click here for details for the rest of the season.

Bread and Roses Life, L. Rogers
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