Make Music New Canaan


The first ever Make Music New Canaan will take place on June 21,2023! This will be a wonderful mix of free public musical events, hopefully with friends and neighbors connecting, and an abundance of joy and music…

Make Music New Canaan features local and regional musicians performing original music and covers in a range of genres.  The day will kick-off at 11am at the New Canaan Museum & Historical Society lawn with a pre-school singalong led by Meghan Murphy Gould.  Campers from Toddlertime will participate and all families and children are welcome to join. 

Starting at Noon, there will be a live music showcase at the intersection of Elm Street & South Avenue (pop-up park) featuring performances by School of RockBarbara’s Serenade Acoustic Jazz Duet and other performers.  New Canaan guitarist and bandleader Michael Louis-Smith will MC the showcase as well as perform his original music.  After the showcase wraps up at 4pm, performances will continue into the evening at venues including The New Canaan Museum & Historical Society, The Back End, South End, The White Buffalo and the Forest Street Park (next to the New Canaan Diner).  

How Can You Perform?

Anyone and everyone are welcomed and encouraged to create a Performer profile. Creating your profile is quick and easy! Within minutes, you should have access to the Make Music New Canaan match-making database. While creating your Performer profile remember to give us the full scoop, by including a headshot, bio, music samples, and social media tags, you make it easier for interested host venues to learn all about your specific talents. This may encourage them to send you an invitation to play a concert from their venue or approve of your request to perform at their venue! After your profile has been set up, you can search for participating venues and send them requests to play. All additional needs and details can be worked out via direct message on the registration platform.If you are registering for the first time, we are pleased to have you join us! Live streaming opportunities are available.

Click here to register as a performer

Who can participate as a host venue?

Everyone is welcomed and encouraged to host musicians from their outdoor space, sidewalks, backyards, storefronts, small shops, restaurants, cafes, bars, cultural institutions; community gardens; even your own porch, driveway, or lawn. The only rule, ALL Make Music Day events must be free! Please do not, however, create a Venue profile for a public park or plaza on your own initiative, as such spaces require special permits that must be secured directly by us. When you do see a public park or plaza Venue profile on the database, it was created by us and is available as stipulated. If you do not see your preferred park or plaza, please contact us at

Click here to register an event or venue

How can I volunteer?

Make Music New Canaan seeks curious and passionate volunteers. Shoot us an email, identifying who you are, where you are, your background, and what you are passionate about! Using your location and unique assets and abilities, we will find the perfect role for you! No experience necessary!