What is Make Music Day?

Make Music Day is a free celebration of music making, that takes place around the world on the 21st of June.

Launched in 1982 in France as the Fête de la Musique, it is now held on the same day in more than 750 cities in 120 countries. While it is completely different from a typical music festival, Make Music Day is open to anyone who wants to take part and is considered a DIY music festival!

Every kind of musician — Irrespective of age, professional experience or musical persuasion, can organise their own gig, or alternately join one of the many organisations that will host events to share their music with friends, neighbours, and strangers.

All of it is free and open to the public.


The City of Canada Bay would like to express their thanks to those whose were involved in Make Music Day 2023!

The day was a resounding success, with buskers hitting the streets in the town centres of Drummoyne, Concord and Concord West.

Additionally, we had performances in Rhodes from the Ebenezer Youth Choir at Union Square and Rhodes Multicultural Community Association Choir in the Rhodes Amphitheatre and Five Dock came alive with the sound of drums thanks to our friends at Soul Drummer: African Beats who held an interactive drumming workshop in Fred Kelly Place.

2023 Make Music Day featured the likes of some long serving members of the community, as well as some fresh faces who were busking:


  • Rosie Inman
  • Mark Rainsford


  • Summer Giddings
  • Spaghetti Confetti
  • Peter G

Concord West

  • Rachel Treviranus

The 2023 Play, Hit Record! was also a massive smash hit, with over 15 submissions from across the LGA.

Congratulations to our winners!

  • Matt Finn - Experience performer over 16 category
  • Krystal Cheers and Alicia Nigro - Amateur performer over 16 category
  • Jensen Mazza - Amateur performer under 16 category

Visit Ferragosto on August 20th 2023 to see them perform live on the FerraCommunita Stage.

Check out the winning performances below.


For Make Music Day 2022 we encouraged our local musicians and artists to get involved and bring the spirit of Make Music Day to our streets.

We would like to give a big thank you to all who participated in 2022's event. Council's Make Music Day events were held in three of our town centres:

  • Fred Kelly Place, Five Dock
  • Jellicoe Street Piazza, Concord
  • The Amphitheatre, Rhodes

A special thank you to our buskers and performers:

  • RMCA
  • Peter G
  • Summer Giddings
  • Aurora Australis
  • Beats of the World
  • Ebenezer Youth Choir
  • Brian and Stephanie Simmons


City of Canada Bay would like to thank everyone from the community who attended our Make Music Day event ⁠— Live Music Night on 21 June 2021. With three lively and vibrant stages at The Connection, Rhodes featuring both local and established artists we held a successful family friendly, community focused live music event.

The event featured artists:

  • Hinterlandt
  • Capitana
  • Eamon Dilworth’s Crawfish Po’Boy
  • Sam Newton
  • Angelena Locke
  • Peter G
  • Edgidio Valastro
  • Eben Youth Choir
  • Brian & Stephanie Simmons
  • Danielle Reale
  • Amelie
  • Dan Romeo
  • Rhodes Multicultural Community Association Choir

Council would also like to thank The Hive Bar and Akasha Brewery for their collaboration in hosting the pop-up bar, as well as a Twist Potato Sydney for providing the food, and Schibello Coffee for the warm drinks.

A huge thanks to the production team at Nomadic Fish under the direction of Cathy Kirkpatrick, whose collaboration with Council helped make this event even better.

2021 Make Music Day Canada Bay gallery


Thank you to the music teachers and music lovers who have participated in Make Music Day.

To view a group performance from a previous vocal workshop, please click here.

To view a group performance from a previous introduction to jamming workshop, please click here.


In 2019 the City of Canada Bay held the Make Music Day event in and around Rhodes Waterside. The event included live performances and free workshops for everyone to participate in. For more information check out the video highlight reel:


In 2018 the City of Canada Bay initiated the Rhodes Make Music Day in partnership with Rhodes Waterside. The event took the form of scheduled live performances by local community performers in three locations including Union Square, The Connection Amphitheatre and inside the Rhodes Waterside shopping centre. For more information check out the video highlight reel:

2023 Winners

Experienced performer over 16: Matt Finn

Amateur performer over 16: Krystal Cheers and Alicia Nigro

Amateur performer under 16: Jensen Mazza

2022 Emerging Artist Winner

Emerging Artist: Ceeds / Spaghetti Confetti

2022 Experienced Performer Winner

Experienced Performer: Gabriella Brown

2021 Play, Hit Record Winner

Play, Hit Record winner Lucas Low - He's a Pirate

This year's winner was Lucas Low, a 12-year-old boy who submitted two videos created and edited by himself. Check out the winning video 'He's a Pirate' above.