Beautiful music, beautifully played underscores storytelling series in Toronto Music Garden this summer|
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Parks & Recreation Division - Audiences of all ages will be taken
on a journey into the imagination by professional storytellers in the magical
setting of the Toronto Music Garden this summer.
Every Saturday at 2 p.m. until August 26, storytellers will present tales from
around the world in the beauty of Toronto's garden by the lake. This Saturday's
series launch will feature CBC radio host Barbara Budd accompanied by musical
friend and violinist Mark Fewer, and popular Toronto author and storyteller
Rukhansa Khan. Among other professional storytellers who will appear in the
Toronto Music Garden this summer are Aubrey Davis, Cathy Miyata, Ken
Setterington, and Dan Yashinsky. The Toronto Music Garden storytelling series
is a presentation of Toronto Parks and Recreation in collaboration with the
Toronto Public Library.
"Storytelling is the foundation of literacy - and by fostering a love for the
story, we are developing a love of reading," says Setterington who, in addition
to being a storyteller, is also the Advocate for Children and Youth at the
Toronto Public Library. "To stop, sit down and share in the telling of a story
is an important and unique event in our automated world. The story becomes an
interactive storybook that engages the audience."
The summer 2000 program in the Toronto Music Garden, which includes free
concerts, dance performances and guided tours of the Garden, in addition to the
storytelling series, is made possible by funding from Ontario 2000 and the
Ministry of Citizenship, Culture and Recreation.
Information about the Toronto Music Garden and the Ontario 2000 Toronto Music
Garden Summer Program is available at Access Toronto offices at City Hall,
Metro Hall, and civic centres, as well as from Toronto libraries and community
centres, and Ontario Travel Information Offices. Members of the public are also
invited to call Access Toronto at 416-338-0338, or to visit the city of Toronto
web site at: http://www.city.toronto.on.ca/parks
The Toronto Music Garden, located at 475 Queen's Quay West, between Bathurst
Street and Spadina Avenue, was officially opened in June 1999 and has won wide
acclaim for its unique design and concept.