Free, live music event celebrating music in all its diversity! On June 21, over 150 bands transform the streets of Gastown into musical stages & dance floors - please join us as musicians, volunteers & visitors!
Free, live music event celebrating music in all its diversity! On June 21, the streets of Gastown become musical stages & dance floors - join us as musicians, volunteers and visitors!
Make Music Vancouver drew a crowd of 25,000 people last year for its second edition, and this year is going to be bigger and better!
This grassroots event is entirely made possible by volunteers, from organizers to performers, and showcases hundreds of amateur and established musicians.
Make Music Vancouver was inspired by La Fête de la Musique, an event launched in France in 1982 that has since gone global, taking place each year on June 21st in over 450 cities worldwide today.
Make Music Vancouver isn’t a stand-alone event – it is part of a global live music celebration that takes place every year on June 21st in over a hundred countries!
Where and how did it all start? Well, once upon a time in 1981, in a land not so far away called France, a study came out which revealed that a large part of the population, including half of all children, played a musical instrument. And so a few visionaries at the French Ministry of Culture started dreaming up a way to bring people out on the streets to share their music – they called it “La Fete de la Musique.”
The first Fete de la Musique took place in Paris on June 21st, 1982. Thousands of amateur and professional musicians flooded the streets of the capital and, to the delight of crowds of dancing spectators, ushered in the first day of summer to the sounds of an impressive diversity of musical genres.
The following year the event started spreading to other French cities, and in 1985, beyond France’s borders. Today, thanks to the impulse and the dynamism of the French cultural network abroad and to the dedication of countless volunteers, la Fete de la Musique, also known as “Make Music,” is celebrated in over 450 cities worldwide.
And in 2011, la Fete de la Musique finally made its way to Vancouver! Last year over 20,000 people, including hundreds of musicians and volunteers, converged on Gastown to experience Make Music Vancouver. The event was such a success that this year Water Street will be closed to traffic, creating a huge outdoor public space where everyone is invited to come make music or sing and dance along!
Join us on June 21st for the biggest global live music celebration!