SATURDAY AUGUST 12TH, 2023
We’re welcoming back legendary Scottish-Canadian tenor and Male Vocalist of the Year Juno Award nominee John McDermott and band for an evening of blended Canadian identities celebrated in his songs that tell the story of both countries.
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.
Since the beginning of his musical career, John has recorded more than 25 albums, three of which have gone platinum while another has reached double platinum status and yet another achieved a triple platinum ranking. His latest offerings are entitled The Old House – a collaboration with his long-time musical director, guitarist and artist in his own right, Jason Fowler – and My Gentle Harp: A Tribute To Thomas Moore, the musician, poet and singer who lived from 1779 to 1852. The Old House offers such perennial favourites as Wild Mountain Thyme, The Cliffs of Doneen and Red is the Rose, as well as the hilarious crowd-pleaser I’m My Own Grandpa. With My Gentle Harp, John pays homage to the man whose words have been used in opera, in the works of James Joyce and have been featured in performances on some of the greatest stages of the world. For more than 200 years, Thomas Moore’s poetry, prose and music have touched the lives of millions and continue to have an important influence on the arts to this day.
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.