Make Music Canandaigua is a live, free musical celebration on June 21, the longest day of the year, with concerts on streets, sidewalks, and parks across the city.
It all started 35 years ago in France.
In 1982, France’s Ministry of Culture dreamed up an idea for a new kind of musical holiday. They imagined a day where free, live music would be everywhere: street corners and parks, rooftops and gardens, store fronts and mountaintops.
And, unlike a typical music festival, anyone and everyone would be invited to join and play music, or host performances. The event would take place on the summer solstice, June 21, and would be called Fête De La Musique. (In French, the name means both “festival of music” and “make music!”)
Amazingly enough, this dream has come true. The Fête has turned into a true national holiday: France shuts down on the summer solstice and musicians take over. Almost 8% of the country (5 million people) have played an instrument or sung in public for the Fête de la Musique.
Three decades later, the holiday has spread throughout the world and is now celebrated in more than 120 countries. In the U.S., the presenting sponsor is the NAMM Foundation.
Please join us this year as we officially bring Fête De La Musique to beautiful Historic Downtown Canandaigua on Thursday, June 21, 2018!
Want to play? There’s always room in the band.
We invite musicians, rappers and instrumentalists of all kinds to collaborate on making June 21 a musical masterpiece. Singers, church choirs, jazz combos, rock bands, glee clubs, MCs, marching bands, mariachis, and every other kind of musician, of any age group or skill level, are all welcome.
How to Make Music on June 21st
Using our matchmaking software venues and musicians can register, create profiles and find a match for their Make Music Day Canandaigua performance. Registration is now open!
Interested in performing during Make Music Day Canandaigua? Musicians of all abilities and genres are invited to showcase their talent and share their love of music! The event is an all-ages, all-inclusive celebration of music. Register to be a performer by creating a profile, browse available venues, and make an offer to perform in a Canandaigua location. The venue will confirm your request. Venues may reach out to you directly once you have created a profile. There is no fee to participate.
Make Music Day Canandaigua wouldn’t be possible without venues to host musicians. Venues can be in front of stores and restaurants, front porches, parks, schools, and more. Venues should preferably be located outside and must be accessible to the general public without an entry fee. Register to be a venue, browse musician profiles and request a performer you’d like at your location. Musicians may reach out to you directly once you have created a profile.
We are able to keep our concerts free and open to the public thanks to your generous donations!
Please send a check (made payable to the Canandaigua Business Improvement District)
Downtown Canandaigua BID
115 South Main Street
Canandaigua, NY 14424
Get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org