Vancouverites can now channel their inner Chopin, Liszt, or Beethoven on one of 31 public pianos that have been placed across the Lower Mainland.
The heirloom-quality instruments have been installed as part of the eighth season of Pianos on the Street, an initiative founded by the Piano Teacher’s Federation that offers a creative outlet and community space for locals.
This year, the pianos can be found around and outside destinations such as the Orpheum, North Vancouver’s Lonsdale Quay, Richmond’s Britannia Shipyards, the South Surrey Recreation and Arts Centre, and Port Coquitlam’s Hyde Creek Community Centre. Other high-traffic locations include the Hastings-Sunrise neighbourhood, the intersection of Main Street and Broadway, and City Square.
Supplied by Pacey’s Pianos, each keyboard is hand-painted by members of a Vancouver-based nonprofit organization, including Kids Up Front and Studio in the City. They’ve been carefully tuned to ensure high performance during the 2017 season.
The pianos will be onsite at their designated locations until September 15. During this time, they may be played 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
As part of the launch, Pianos on the Street will once again be conducting a social media contest in which Vancouverites may share photos and videos of themselves playing a public piano for a chance to win $300. Submitted images should be published to Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter with the hashtag #PianosOnTheStreet. Winners will be chosen by a panel of Canadian music-industry vets.
Check out the images below for a peek at this year's pianos.