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- Season Passes to the Toronto Concert Orchestra’s Symphony in the Gardens
- When: Valid for any Wednesday evening until September 3, 2014
- Where: Casa Loma
- Seating: general admission
- Time: Doors are at 6 p.m., performance begins at 7 p.m., ends at 9 p.m., and closes at 10 p.m. rain or shine
- Ticket values include all fees.
- Click here to view the concert schedule
- C$25 for one season pass (up to C$50 value)
- C$49 for two season passes (up to C$100 value)
Symphony in the Gardens
The gothic castle at Casa Loma towers above the lawns of this weekly concert series, while the cityscape of Toronto sparkles in the background. It offers a special symphony menu with food and drinks to enjoy while listening to live music in the castle gardens. In case of inclement weather or cello heist, the concert will be relocated. Take a look at a selection of the concerts.
- The Grand Salon (July 23): this tribute to Edith Piaf celebrates the French queen of cabaret, best known for “Non, je ne regrette rien” and “La Vie en rose”
- Switched on Bach (August 6): Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto is the centerpiece of this tribute to Wendy Carlos, who brought Bach into the future by playing it on synthesizers
- Mendelssohn Synfonia (August 20): astonishingly mature for a piece written by a 14-year-old, Mendelssohn’s 9th Symphony was dedicated to the alpines of Switzerland
- Symphonie D’Archets (August 27): the concert spotlights string symphonies from three turn-of-the-century masters—Ravel, Debussy, and Grieg
Canadian financier, industrialist, and business visionary Sir Henry Pellatt modeled the Casa Loma castle on the style of art and architecture he came to admire when touring similar castles throughout Europe. Today, the structure endures mainly as a testament to the culture and lifestyle of the Toronto elite during early 20th century. Visitors can tour the grounds on their own or with a group while learning about the family, the Edwardian heritage, and—most importantly—the architecture and history of the landmark castle atop the hill.
The History of Casa Loma
- 1859: Henry Pellatt was born in Kingston, Ontario
- 1882–1902: Pellatt became a millionaire by investing in various mining, insurance, land, and electricity prospects
- 1905: Pellatt was knighted for his military service by the Queen's Own Rifles
- 1911: Working with Canadian architect E.J. Lennox, Pellatt helped design his dream home—a Medieval-inspired castle
- 1914–1924: Economic hardships eventually forced Sir Henry and Lady Mary Pellatt to sell Casa Loma
- 2014: After failed attempts to transform the residence into a hotel, a school, a museum, and an art gallery over the years, Liberty Entertainment Group chose to preserve the historic structure
The Sights of Casa Loma
Self-guided tours of Casa Loma and the surrounding area are available throughout the year. Here are some highlights worth seeing:
- Great hall on the main floor: This room serves as a focal point within the castle, complete with 60-foot ceilings and sculpted figures adorning the pillars.
- Sir Henry Pellatt's master suite on the second floor: Mahogany and walnut walls keep with the home's luxuriant spirit. This room also features a hidden compartment beside the fireplace where Sir Henry Pellatt would conceal secret documents.
- Carriage house and stables: Connected to Casa Loma by an 800-foot tunnel which runs 18 feet below Austin Terrace. The tunnel features an exhibit of Toronto’s dark side, which tells the story in archival photographs of Prohibition, the Depression, the plague, the Great Toronto Fire, and Toronto’s first plane crash. The carriage house features an automotive exhibit featuring vintage automobiles from the early 1900s.
- Estate gardens: The 5 acres of lush flora surrounding Casa Loma showcase ornate sculptures and fountains as well as meticulously tended displays of perennials and a wooded hillside filled with wildflowers, ferns, rhododendrons, and decorative grasses.
The Pellatt Newsreel
To deliver more insight into the Pellatt family's optimistic construction and tragic loss of Casa Loma, the castle screens a 22-minute docudrama on the rise and fall of the estate. Narrated by Colin Mochrie, this docudrama adopts the tone of a 1939 newsreel as it tracks Sir Henry's resounding business successes, followed by his gradual financial undoing.
1 Austin Terrace
Toronto, ON M5R 1X8