Make Music Day

Make Music Day is a free celebration of music making around the world on 21 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. Completely different from a typical music festival, Make Music Day is open to anyone who wants to take part. It’s a DIY music festival! Every kind of musician — young and old, amateur and professional, of every musical persuasion — can organise their own gig, or join 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.


This Make Music Day we encouraged our local musicians and artist 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 this year'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

Play, Hit Record! was once again a success with two submissions being awarded as our winners.

Check them out below:

Emerging Artist: Ceeds / Spaghetti Confetti

Experienced Performer: Gabriella Brown


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. 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.

In 2021 Council also brought back our online competition ⁠— Play, Hit Record! The 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' below.

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

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: