10 Public Pianos To Fill the Streets With Music This Summer

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Following the popularity of last summer’s temporary installation of four public pianos throughout Vancouver, July and August this year will find 10 sets of 88 keys placed around town for everyone’s enjoyment.

The program, called Keys to the Streets, is put on by City Studio, and is run by volunteers. The pianos are “hosted” by organizations, who look after the instruments for the duration of their stay.

And if it should rain, like it does sometimes in Vancouver? “Each piano will be deployed outdoors with a rain cover [and a] bench,” elaborates Keys to the Streets.

You’ll find the ivories awaiting your tickling at Spyglass Dock, Robson Park and the Creekside Community Centre, with the seven other locations to be revealed upon the program’s launch on Canada Day. The pianos will be available until August 24, and anyone can play, though organizers ask playing be limited to between the hours of 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. so as not to disturb any nearby residents.

Once the program wraps, the pianos will be donated to their host organizations.

Locations of Vancouver’s 10 public summertime pianos

  1. Vancouver Aquarium at Stanley Park (845 Avison Way)
  2. Canada Place west promenade (999 Canada Place)
  3. Hornby and Hastings Street at Lot 19 (901 East Hastings Street)
  4. Pender and Main Street at Chinatown (188 East Pender Street)
  5. Strathcona Park (898 Prior Street)
  6. Creekside Community Centre at the Olympic Village (1 Athletes Way)
  7. Spyglass Dock (1800 Spyglass Place)
  8. Dude Chilling Park (2390 Brunswick Street)
  9. Robson Park (525 Kingsway)
  10. Main Street and 21st Avenue (198 East 21st Avenue)

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“Sunset Serenade” from last summer:

Photo by Paul Krueger/Flickr

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