History

Make Music – a 30-year old global event!
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! That first year, 20,000 peo­ple, in­clud­ing hun­dreds of mu­si­cians and vol­un­teers, con­verged on Gas­town to ex­pe­ri­ence Make Music Van­cou­ver. The event was such a suc­cess that the fol­low­ing year, in 2012, Water Street was closed to traf­fic, thus cre­at­ing a huge out­door pub­lic space, and over 25,000 vis­i­tors made the streets of Gas­town their dance floor.

Join us on June 21st for the third Van­cou­ver edi­tion of the biggest global live music cel­e­bra­tion!