An exciting program is ahead for Summer 2015!
Excerpt by Grant Lawrence, WestEnder.
Keys to the Streets very much hopes to bring their pumpin’ pianos back for your sizzlin’ summer of 2015. Plans are in place to hopefully have another 10 pianos in outdoor locations near Science World, the Aquarium, Chinatown and other spots with heavy foot traffic. To do that, they’re asking for your help through an ongoing fundraising campaign.
The goal is to raise $20,000 by Canada Day, when they hope to have their first piano outside of Canada Place in Coal Harbour. The money raised goes towards their costs of running a program where the average installation piece weighs 800 pounds, needs care, maintenance, winter storage, and regular tuning by a professional, not to mention extremely strong and skilled movers to transport and lift these great eighty-eights into place. The pianos are also brightly decorated by a team of local artists.
Please consider supporting the project with a donation here.
KEYS TO THE STREETS 2014
Keys to the Streets placed 10 free pianos in Vancouver public spaces 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.
2014 PIANO LOCATIONS + ARTISTS + HOURS
|Canada Place 999 Canada Place (on the West side) Artist: Paola Savasta | 7:00 am – 11:00 pm||Robson Park 525 Kingsway Artist: Jackson Lovett | 7:00 am – 11:00 pm|
|Creekside Community Centre 1 Athletes Way | 7:00 am – 11:00 pm||Strathcona Park 898 Prior Street (inside the community garden) Artist: Sarah Hennekens | 7:00 am – 11:00 pm|
|Main Street and 21 Avenue –Relocated to Creekside Community Centre Artist: Miralda Reyes||Chinatown 188 E Pender St Artist: Jamie Bizness | Same as Vancity branch hours|
|Lot 19 901 West Hastings Street (at Hornby) Artist: Danielle Vallee, CityStudio | 7:00 am – 11:00 pm||Spyglass Dock 1800 Spyglass Place Artist: CityStudio | 7:00 am – 10:00 pm (to 11:00 pm on Fridays and Saturdays)|
|Stanley Park at the Vancouver Aquarium 845 Avison Way Artist: CityStudio | 7:00 am – 11:00 pm||Dude Chilling Park – Artists: Cheryl Cheeks, Josephine Wang, Carolyn Bell and Marnie Hiebert at East Broadway Art Walk|
UPDATE – August 12, 2014
Join us on August 26 for our Sunset Serenade as we bid farewell to another summer of pianos, music, and community building! You can find more information on our Facebook Page.
UPDATE – July 31, 2014
The pianos have been tuned! Big thanks to Byron and the Vancouver Opera for sponsoring us for the tunings.
UPDATE – July 24, 2014
You may have noticed the Dude Chilling Park (Guelph Park) and Main and 21 Street pianos are no longer at their locations. The Dude Chilling Park piano has been brought back to the studio for maintenance and repairs. The Main and 21 Street piano has been replaced the orange Creekside Community Centre piano. Feel free to visit our other 8 locations in the meantime.
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You can upload videos of your performances to www.SupportPiano.com and enter to win a performance with North Shore Symphony in 2015
Keys to the Streets is a project that brings free, playable pianos to the public spaces of Vancouver this summer! Our pianos will be available to play 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 seeks to build upon this spirit of inspiring music and creativity in our urban environment through revisiting the public piano concept in a way that is uniquely supported by Vancouver community organizations. When the program ends in August, these pianos will be donated to their stewarding organizations for indoor enjoyment!
Each piano is on site with bench, and a watchful, loving community steward taking care of the piano for the duration of the program – including a rain cover! Passersby are asked to play the pianos between 7:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. and are encouraged to slip the included cover onto the piano in the event of foul weather, and to contact CityStudio if you think we need to take care of anything.
2014 – Jen Vallee and Ebba Hassel
2013 – G.P. Mendoza
A PDF copy of the report can be viewed here.
Keys to the Streets would not be possible without support from: