Don’t be surprised to hear the sound of pianos being played in public spaces in Vancouver this summer. The Vancouver public piano project (known officially as Keys to the Streets) is back for another year of spontaneous piano performances and the sounds of “Chopsticks” in the air.
There are 10 public pianos decorated by local artists and cared for by volunteers sprinkled around Vancouver. The pianos offer a space for improvisational gatherings, spontaneous connections, and celebrations of music.
- Canada Place at 999 Canada Place (West Side)
- Strathcona at 898 Prior Street (community garden)
- Chinatown at 188 East Pender
- Robson Park at 525 Kingsway
- Vancouver Public Library at 401 West Georgia
- Creekside Community Centre at 1 Athletes Way
- Nelson Square at 808 Nelson Street
- Lot 19 at 901 West Hastings Street (at Hornby)
- Stanley Park at the Vancouver Aquarium at 845 Avison Way
The Keys to the Streets concept was first started in 2013 as a student initiative in the CityStudio project school. Since then, it has been identified as one of the most engaging and accessible projects in Vancouver and has transitioned into its own entity.
The Keys to the Streets Vancouver public pianos will only be around until August 24, 2015, so make sure you take some time to see them! For more information about the initiative, or to donate to the pianos, you can check out the official website.