I recently moved to Melville, just in time to experience my very first Fête De La Musique. The festival takes place annually on Melville’s iconic 7th Street – seen in the 7de Laan intro. Main stages were set up at the top and bottom of 7th – with the rest of the acts performing out of the various bars and restaurants along the street and surrounding avenues. The majority of the performers were obviously French speaking, coming from as far afield as Reunion, Madagascar, Switzerland and France. The highlight of the afternoon among many of the non-francophones was a performance from Albert Frost outside Mexican Café. Some light rain and a few audio issues messed his performance around a bit but he as was otherwise great. Some poor timing on my part meant that I missed the infectiously energetic BCUC but did manage to catch Greg Georgiades & Ultra Natives.
The festival ended with an incredible street performance known as Le Rêve d’Herbert or Herbert’s Dream. I’ve never been one for deciphering the message in performance art so I’m going to stop myself before I go on about Michelin men rescuing a jellyfish. You’re likely just going to look at the pictures anyway! I’d suggest having a look on YouTube too.
Overall, I thought it was an amazing day out. The festival did an excellent job of showcasing the verve, energy and great sense of community found in Melville – each of which are qualities that I’ve already come to love so much.