For the second year in a row, we are taking Open Tuning online. Over the past seven years, this completely free, DIY festival has been bringing people together through a one-day live music event.
Inspired by La Fete de la Musique in Paris, France, Open Tuning was founded in Toronto in 2013 by a group of Seaton Village residents looking to fill the alleyways, sidewalks, garages, porches and parks with beautiful, free music for all to enjoy. While we cannot gather in person this year, we still want to share the joy of music together.
On Saturday, June 5th, from 2:00 – 10:00 p.m., we are inviting people to celebrate music by performing in the comfort of their own homes and sharing their music virtually. The festival is open to musicians of all ages and levels of experience and all genres of music.
If you would like to be a part of the 2021 festival, please register your pre-recorded or live-streaming performance at https://forms.gle/okZ8AqnSA7PoyUcU7.
Our volunteers will post the festival day schedule on the Open Tuning website (www.opentuning.org) and help musicians promote their performances through our social media feeds. We are inviting musicians to spread the word about the festival on social media, using the #OT2021 hashtag.
In lieu of a donation to the festival, we ask that audience members support the festival performers by purchasing their music or donating to organizations who financially support musicians, such as the Unison Benevolent Fund. This program – created and administered for the music community, by the music community – provides both financial relief and health/counselling support to music industry professionals in times of crisis. Learn more at http://www.unisonfund.ca/.