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.

Play, hit record!

This year we are encouraging residents to once again start a sing-a-long in their living room, play for their neighbours from their balcony, or record a cover of one of their favourite songs and submit it below.

The submissions will be reviewed by a panel and the winner will be awarded a $250 live performance slot at Council's largest street festival Ferragosto.

Video requirements

  • Video must be filmed in horizontal plane (landscape) and submitted in mp4 format
  • Maximum length three minutes
  • All entries must be submitted using the registration form below. A link to download your video via Google Drive, Dropbox or WeTransfer must be included. For help using Google Drive click here and for WeTransfer click here.

Live Music Night

The City of Canada Bay returns with a live music event in 2021 — join us in celebrating Make Music Day.
There will be live music in The Event Space, Forecourt and Amphitheatre at The Connection, Rhodes from local musicians and special guests starting from 5pm. Event capacity is limited, we suggest registering for your free ticket to secure your spot. Click here to book.


We are very pleased and proud to present some great talent from the City of Canada Bay including local bluesman Peter G, Chiswick folk duo Stephanie and Brian Simmons, young Five Dock singer Edgidio Valastro, Rhodes Multicultural Community Association choir, and more to be announced.

Capitana is a Sydney trio led by AJ (vocals, piano, ukulele and guitar). At only 15 years of age (Year 9), she is the primary composer of all the songs and lyrics. AJ began her life as a songwriter at the age of six when she wrote her first song Memories. She has spent the last five years with Maurizio (bass, production) and Monique (strings, production, additional arrangement) rehearsing weekly, honing her craft, gigging all over NSW and even doing a solo show in Tokyo, Japan. She brings her very own fresh take on folk/pop with heartfelt, profound, fun but also sombre lyrics which at times has made people get up and dance but also made them shed the odd tear.

Monique and Maurizio Mezzatesta are residents of Abbotsford.

  • Amber Stanton — vocals and ukulele
  • Monique Mezzatesta — viola/violin
  • Maurizio Mezzatesta — bass
  • Dominic Simpson — drums.

Frank Sultana
A late-night set in an inner-city bar or on a festival stage, solo or fronting his band, chances are that this ‘new’ bluesman has played somewhere in your neck of the woods in the last five years.

Awash with vintage guitar tones and early blues rhythms, Frank Sultana’s raw and soulful voice bleeds with the experience of the characters he writes about. Inspired by the likes of Ray Charles, Bob Dylan, and Delta bluesmen like Skip James and Son House, Frank Sultana is a storyteller in the true sense of the word. In one breath, his songs are dark and dirty, joyous and hopeful.

He delivers his songs with dark hypnotic guitar parts that are carefully layered with his raw whiskey drenched voice. If you like your music raw and real, dark and uplifting, then Frank Sultana may well become your new favourite artist. Frank lived in Haberfield and Five Dock for 15 years, until recently moving to the NSW South Coast.

Hinterlandt is a Sydney-based indie-chamber quintet playing original music written by German-Australian composer and musician, Jochen Gutsch from Drummoyne. The band’s music is progressive and has a narrative quality to it. The media has called it "chamber music for indie lovers". Hinterlandt has performed all over Australia’s East Coast and their latest album Seven Tales received 4/5 stars in the Sydney Morning Herald. The ensemble is:

  • Nicole Smede — vocals
  • Lara Goodridge and Monique Mezzatesta (from Abbotsford) — violins
  • Simeon Johnson — cello
  • Jochen Gutsch — trumpet and guitar.

Eamon Dilworth's Crawfish Po'Boys
Trumpeter and vocalist Eamon Dilworth presents the Crawfish Po’Boys, bringing together some of Australia's finest funk and jazz musicians to create the joyous vibe of a New Orleans street party. Their rollicking sound is inspired by the music of Dr John, Professor Longhair and Kermit Ruffins. It’s a fun singalong, all-inclusive affair, bound to leave you smiling.

Dilworth is well-known as a formidable trumpeter on the Sydney jazz scene. He is also a full-time member of Ed Kuepper/The Aints, Tijuana Cartel and Hot Potato Band. He has released three acclaimed jazz albums as bandleader/composer for The Dilworths, Tiny Hearts and Viata. He has also performed with Ásgeir, Guy Sebastian, Jessica Mauboy and Nigel Kennedy.

The Po’Boys are the beginning of a new creative phase for Dilworth, bringing together his experiences in these diverse styles to create danceable, social music for everyone.

The City of Canada Bay is running this event in partnership with APRA AMCOS, NAMM Foundation, Live Music Office, and the Australian Music Association.