Is there a cost for this event? Do I need tickets? 

No, that’s the whole point! Make Music Vancouver is entirely free and open to all. It’s a grassroots, community event lead entirely by volunteers, from organizers to performers. Nobody is being paid or charged to participate.

 

What type of musicians will be playing? which musical genre? 

Another thing we love about Make Music Vancouver is that it’s all about celebrating music in all its diversity. There are so many ways we can express ourselves through music, and that’s what we want to share at this event. Just so you know, our sign-up sheet for musicians has a drop-down menu for “musical genre” with a dozen options – including “other”!

 

Who’s playing when and where?

The spirit of Make Music Vancouver is to wander the neighborhood and let yourself be surprised and swept off your feet by the music you encounter. You may find yourself really enjoying a performer whose musical genre you didn’t think you liked! The event will take place on Water Street, which will be closed to traffic, thereby creating a huge outdoor space for us to play in! At the top of each hour, all the groups will change and be replaced by new groups. We will not be distributing a program or schedule, but if you’re looking for a particular group you know is performing, you are welcome to ask a volunteer for information.

 

What if it rains?

It doesn’t matter! Come out anyway! This is a rain or shine event. There will be tents to protect musicians and their equipment from any liquid sunshine. As for spectators… well, here’s your chance to show everyone your “singing in the rain” dance moves!

 

Is this a Francophone event?

Make Music Vancouver was inspired by an event launched in France in 1982 called la Fete de la Musique, but it is not a francophone event and you do not need to speak French to participate! The spirit of Make Music Vancouver is to celebrate music in all its diversity, and the event will be a true reflection of Vancouver’s communities and cultures. Many of the volunteer organizers are francophone due to the event’s origins, and there will be some francophone musicians, but they will be only one piece of a rich multicultural event!

 

Do you need volunteers?

We sure do! The event is being entirely organized by volunteers. Last year we had over a hundred volunteers donate their time and skills, and this year, which is going to be bigger and better, we’ll need even more. There are lots of ways you can get involved – please check our volunteer opportunities.

 

I would like to play on June 24th – how do I make that happen?  

Awesome, we’d love to have you perform! Last year over 150 groups performed, this year we are aiming for 200. Please have a look at our Musician Information page and sign up here

 

Where did the idea for Make Music Vancouver come from?

Make Music Vancouver is inspired by la Fête de la Musique, a music celebration launched in France in 1982 which has since gone global. Read more about the History and journey of this event – it’s fascinating!

 

Who is organizing Make Music Vancouver?

The event is being organized entirely by volunteers from two non-profit cultural associations, Vancouver en Français and the Alliance Française de Vancouver.