Founded in 2009 as part of the Piano Teacher’s Federation, Pianos On the Street, the Lower Mainland’s largest outdoor public piano project, has been sharing the passion of music and inspiring people to play for the better part of a decade.
Stationed at iconic locations over the years such as the Burrard Street Bridge, Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Science World, River Market in New Westminster, Lonsdale Quay in North Vancouver and the peak of Grouse Mountain on the North Shore, Pianos On the Street embraces the unique vibe of every neighborhood it’s located in. Fostering artistic culture by giving the public the opportunity to experience the power of music and immerse themselves in the colorful atmosphere of each influential location is the cornerstone of Pianos On the Street’s vision.
Pianos On the Street is about more than just placing a piano in a location and giving people an creative outlet to express themselves in public. Every step of the way, we focus on how we can deliver the best musical experience possible while also doing our part to support and have a positive impact on the local communities.
We take just over a year to find the pianos in our program and each one is heirloom quality. We spend anywhere from 10-15 hours on each piano, carefully tuning it and ensuring that it’s maintained to the highest performance standards.
Supporting the community and giving them the opportunity to experience music on a personal level is a huge part of what we love doing with Pianos On the Street. We pride ourselves on working with community groups in every demographic and age group possible. Every year, each piano is hand-painted by non-profit groups such as Canuck Place Children’s Hospice and Cascadia Society. We work together to ensure that they have the supplies they need and help them to brainstorm designs.
Beyond the painting, we also love it when pianists get creative in their performances. This year, we’re also bringing back our highly popular photo & video contests! Simply upload a photo or a video of you playing the piano and submit it on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #PianosOntheStreet to enter. Videos & photos with the most votes or that are hand selected by our panel of judges can win up to $500!
And so as you prepare for summer in the Lower Mainland prepare for Pianos on the Street, and if you pass one of our pianos be sure to stop and play!