On June 21, starting at dusk, over 150 musicians featured performances along Water Street in Gastown. Every kind of music was heard - from jazz, classical, and acoustic to heavy metal, indie and pop. Founded in France in 1982, throughout the years Fete de la Mausique has become an international musical festival celebrated in Canada, the USA, Germany, Italy, Egypt, Syria, Morocco, Australia, Vietnam, Congo, Cameroon, Fiji, Colombia, Chile, Nepal, and Japan. It has entertained thousands in Ontario and Quebec in the past years and runs for the first time ever in Vancouver.
It's a free, popular celebration of music and open to any participant, regardless if they are amateur or professional. It's really an open, grassroots, spontaneous kind of event...It wasn't planned (to be a post-riot event) but we believe it's the right time to bring everybody together again. That's the Vancouver we want to see, said Archer, one of the Fete's organizers.