Concerts in the Park: A Senior's Secret No More

Adventure #56.

Located next to Central Library on New Street, the Burlington Music Centre is a pretty special place.

It’s home to the Burlington Teen Tour Band (as we showcased in Adventure #26) and also provides a place for a bunch of other local bands to practice. Music lessons are offered here too as part of the largest municipally-run music program in the country.

The part of the Music Centre that most Burlington residents are familiar with, however, is its bandshell that rises from the rear of the building.

Recently repainted and refurbished, this fantastic asset to our city hosts approximately twenty band concerts every summer on Wednesday and Sunday evenings.

Burlington Music Centre

Concerts in the Park

Each 25 mg dose of viagra week, the audience arrives with lawn chairs in hand to listen to performers in styles ranging from concert, swing, jazz, big band, dance and more.

The concert calendar is full of fantastic bands, some of whom come from miles away to play for us.

Tonight (July 28) at 7:30 is the Burlington-based Silver Swing Band. Other concerts remaining this season are:

  • July 31: Andre & the J-Tones
  • August 4: Hamilton Concert Band
  • August 7: National Band of the Naval Reserve
  • August 11: Oakville Wind Orchestra
  • August 14: Mississauga Big Band
  • August 18: Burlington Concert Band

Bring a chair to Concerts in the Pak

While this is a favourite summertime outing for our family, we’ve noticed that the majority of the audience are seniors who seem to be keeping one of Burlington’s best kept secrets to themselves!

I’d love to see more younger adults and families out enjoying these concerts. Come out for a listen one evening, you won’t regret it! After all, viagra discovery this is the kind of thing that summer is all about.

People in the park

When we attend Concerts in the Park, we’ll put the kids in their PJs so they are ready to climb into bed when we get home.

Kids in PJs

It helps to bring a frisbee or ball to toss around to keep the kids entertained before the concert begins.

Playing Frisbee

At 7:30, the music starts! We were fortunate to see the Now & Then Band perform.

This seven member Burlington band is famous around our region for their high energy sound that appeals to audiences of all ages.

Now and Then Band on stage

Their set list was a mixture of classic rock and pop combined with vintage swing, jazz and blues.

The leading ladies, Sarah, Janie and Ann can really harmonize and belt out viagra com 2 comprimidos the lyrics while playing their own instruments.

Now and Then Band

Reading while listening to the music seems to be a popular way to enjoy the evening.

For the kids that do attend, it’s not uncommon to see them keeping their minds busy with a handheld video game gadget while mom and dad enjoy the concert.

Read and Listen

Of course, there’s always dancing! The stone dance floor that extends out in front of the stage often sees some impromptu moves.

Dancing on stage

Wrestling with dad on the grass is another summertime favourite.

Family time

Fast forward a week and I returned to Concerts in the Park sans family to see the Ayr-Paris Band who had come to town to entertain the residents of Burlington.

This was in the middle of the recent heat wave so

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the organizers moved the concert inside the Music Centre.

Burlington Music Centre Indoor Concert

This room, where the Burlington Teen Tour Band practices, is said to be the largest rehearsal hall cialis maximum daily dosage in Canada. And it’s air conditioned!

Paris-Ayr Band Burlington Concerts in the Park

Audience at Burlington Music Centre

What I love about concert bands like this is the variety of music performed. You never know what’s coming up next.

Over an hour and a half, the Ayr-Paris Band played everything from marches to movie music to medleys of wartime, bossa nova, Disney,

space and Shania Twain favourites.

Paris-Ayr Band

A few times each season, the Concerts in the Park series expands beyond Central Park to the gazebo at Spencer Smith Park at the Burlington Waterfront.

Spencer Smith Park bandshell

We saw the band Loose Change perform against a backdrop of massive old willow trees, Lake Ontario and of course the bustle of our new pier.

Spencer Smith Park Gazebo Concert

The hillside was full of people soaking up the sun while relaxing on the lawn to the soothing sounds of this ‘feel-good’ jazz, pop and soul band.

Enjoying a concert at Spencer Smith Park gazebo

Another week later and I was back at Central Park for another concert: Subourbon Street. This band brings New Orleans jazz to Ontario.

This was the highlight of the summer concert series for me as there is nothing more toe-tapping and uplifting than the sound of Dixieland.

Subourban Street

Come out to Concerts in the Park and bring your lawn chair plus a friend or family member (or two) for a listen to the sounds of summer.

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  1. Tessa  |  

    Just heard about this website (from B city magazine) and picked up some great ideas for local family outings! Thank you for putting this together.

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