FRIDAY AUGUST 11th 2023
Join us Friday night as we welcome Canadian folk rock band Great Lake Swimmers to the Gardens for the first time, sharing their critically acclaimed indie rock sounds.
Doors and food stations open at 6pm. Music begins at 7pm. Soft drinks and hot drinks are complimentary. Beer and wine are available for purchase.
Featuring a blend of acoustic instruments, rural soundscapes, and wistful vocals, Great Lake Swimmers are a critically acclaimed indie-folk group led by songwriter/vocalist Tony Dekker. Based in Toronto, Ontario, the group emerged with a succession of heavily atmospheric albums recorded in old silos and rural country churches. They have maintained that pastoral warmth over subsequent albums with a continued mission to record and perform in acoustically unique and historical locales. They are renowned for their homespun folk and lush, intimate Americana in their live shows. Great Lake Swimmers celebrated their 15th anniversary in 2018 with the release of “The Waves, The Wake,” which displayed both their pop-oriented side as well as a new direction utilizing instruments like marimba, harp, lute, and woodwinds and adopted a more orchestral and improvisational approach to modern folk music. They have been shortlisted for the prestigious Polaris Music Prize and nominated twice for Canada’s Juno Awards, with the CBC calling them “a national treasure.”
ABOUT MUSIC @ THE GARDENS
Our music festival weekend is back for it’s THIRD year, featuring some returning classics, new national darlings, and a special Sunday matinee perfect for the whole family! Join us Friday night as we welcome Canadian folk rock band Great Lake Swimmers to the Gardens for the first time, sharing their critically acclaimed indie rock sounds. At Saturday’s matinee we’re shaking things up with bluegrass string band Peter Porcelain and the American Standard! Saturday evening we welcome back festival favourite John McDermott and band for his soulful Celtic ballads, and Sunday’s matinee brings some fun for the whole family with comedy magic duo Brent & Sarah! Finally, we close out the festival Sunday evening with Susan Aglukark, who brings her unique blend of Inuit folk music traditions with country/pop songwriting.