Make Music


Make Music Markham is a part of the international Make Music Day movement which brings free, community-wide, musical celebrations to hundreds of cities worldwide! Every year, the celebration is held on June 21, the summer solstice, in more than 800 communities around the world.

The event is an all-ages, all-inclusive celebration of music that will be held at locations around Markham. Sidewalks, parks, front porches, and public spaces throughout the city will become stages for local musicians to perform and for all to enjoy. Everyone is invited to participate in this international day of music by performing, providing an outdoor space, appreciating, or volunteering. All are welcome to participate – no experience necessary! Join a diverse community of musicians and help fill every neighborhood with music.

It all started 36 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, storefronts 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.


Want to play? Want to host musicians?

Click here to sign up using the artist/venue “match-making” app, Solstice and follow these instructions:

Performers: Create your profile by submitting a photo, description of your act, and any relevant website/social media links. Check out the available venues and bid on one that will fit your needs. The venue will confirm your request, and you’re good to go.

Venues: Create a profile by submitting your location information and a description of the space. Peruse the musician profiles to request a performance, or welcome musicians to bid on your space independently. Confirm the connection and make sure your space is ready to go on June 21st!

Volunteers: Sign up now and we’ll get in touch to let you know about opportunities to get involved.

DEADLINE to register and make a match: June 1, 2018

Make Music Markham is a citywide, street level music making celebration. There is a role for everyone and every organization in this DIY celebration – musicians, social media makers, businesses, restaurants, bars, neighborhood organizations, and non-profits. If you have an idea about how to add to the Make Music Markham merriment, and you have the time and skills to make your vision happen, we want to hear from you. Email us and we’ll hook you into the planning team.


Interested in performing during Make Music Markham? 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. Everyone, regardless of age, ability, or preferred musical style can participate. We encourage you to embrace your inner musician, share music freely with your peers, and celebrate the rich musical diversity of your communities.


Are you interested in hosting an event? Make Music Markham is a unique way to activate your space, engage your community, and inspire anyone and everyone to discover the joy of making music. Venues can be in front of or in stores and restaurants, front porches, parks, schools, and more. Venues may be located indoors or outdoors (preferably outdoors) and must be accessible to the general public without an entry fee. We’ll provide you with Make Music Markham decals so that everyone in your community will know you support Make Music Markham.

Musicians and venues participating in the surrounding areas must obtain their own permits with their town/city or the property owner.
Only matches made through the matchmaking software will receive permits to participate in Make Music Markham. Make your match before June 1st to assure yourself a permit.
All matches made through the matchmaking software will appear on the Make Music Markham map in early June.

2022 Listings: Tuesday, June 21st


Help support Make Music Markham!

The work of a small army of volunteers makes it possible to pull this off on such a limited budget, but unavoidable costs remain, including: instrument and equipment rentals, software development for the matchmaking system, promotional materials such as signage and t-shirts necessary for the organization, and many smaller items such as insurance and event permitting.

Help cover these costs and be part of bringing the musical merriment to the summer solstice!


Become a volunteer!

Make Music Day is free for the City of Markham, so we rely heavily on volunteers to keep things running smoothly. That means we need your help on June 21st! If you’re available on this day and would like to help, please let us know. Here are just some of the things that you might be doing throughout the day:

-Tell passersby about Make Music Markham and answer any questions audience and participators may have.
-Take photos of your stationed event.
-Help keep our performers happy.
-Help with setup and breakdown between artists.
-Help run sound.

Sign up now and we’ll get in touch to let you know about opportunities to get involved.

Our commitment to sponsors

We value our partnership with our sponsors and will strive to serve as good stewards of the generous gifts by delivering valuable benefits and a positive partnership experience. With a donation, you are helping to make music accessible to everyone in our community.

If you would like to be a sponsor of Make Music Markham 2018, please contact Palo at


This event would not be possible without the generosity and support of our sponsors and partners:

Make Music Markham is a project of , a part of Artistic Interventions Inc. The event is free and open to everyone, and your financial contribution makes it possible!

We are proud to be a part of the Make Music Alliance! Check out the Make Music Day website for more info.





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