The streets are alive, with the sound of music! This summer in Vancouver, public pianos will be popping up all across the city for anyone to sit down and pound out a few notes or blast through a Beethoven.
These public pianos are part of the Keys to the Streets project that has placed free, playable pianos to public places in Vancouver. The pianos are available from July 1 to August 23, 2014. This project is inspired by similar pop-up piano initiatives which have appeared in cities such as Montreal, Toronto, and New York.
Keys to the Streets public piano project is a part of the CityStudio “innovation hub” that brings staff, university students, and community members together to work on innovative projects in Vancouver (such as the recent Campfire Project).
Public pianos are set up in 10 different locations in Vancouver. Each piano has a bench and a watchful, loving community steward taking care of the piano for the duration of the program – duties also include adding a rain cover! Passersby are asked to play the pianos between 7:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m.
Piano locations include: