From the streets, buildings, and alleyways – on June 21, Gastown will be transformed and resonate with music for Vancouver’s inaugural Fete de la Musique. Presented locally by the association Français du Monde à Vancouver in partnership with the Alliance Française – Fete de la Musique is a worldwide, admission-free, grassroots event celebrating music, and features both amateur and professional artists of diverse musical backgrounds.
Locals and tourists, music lovers – everyone is invited to wander around the neighborhood and enjoy live performances played from 35 musical zones. Musicians will perform in a variety of genres including classical, pop, jazz, heavy metal, traditional, indie, world music and more. Rain or shine, performances begin at 5pm and run until 10pm.
An annual event, Fete de la Musique is an international one-day celebration of music in all its diversity. Started in France 30 years ago by France’s Culture Ministry, the idea spread rapidly to other countries in the following years, growing to more than 100 globally. Current participants include: Germany, Australia, Britain, USA, Canada, China, India, Lebanon, Malaysia, Morocco, Philippines, Colombia, and many others. Every year across these countries the event is organized in 460 cities. In Canada, Vancouver now joins Toronto, Moncton, Ottawa, Mont-Tremblant, Quebec and Montréal, in celebrating the first day of summer with music. Participating US cities include New York, Boston, Chicago and Sacramento.