Sit and play awhile at the Public Pianos set up around Vancouver

Vancouver public piano project

Image courtesy of Asher Isbrucker |

The streets are alive, with the sound of music! This summer in Vancouver, public pianos will be popping up all across the city for anyone to sit down and pound out a few notes or blast through a Beethoven.

These public pianos are part of the Keys to the Streets project that has placed free, playable pianos to public places in Vancouver. The pianos are available 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.

key to the streets vancouver

Image courtesy of Kevin Krebs |

Keys to the Streets public piano project is a part of the CityStudio “innovation hub” that brings staff, university students, and community members together to work on innovative projects in Vancouver (such as the recent Campfire Project).

Public pianos are set up in 10 different locations in Vancouver. Each piano has a bench and a watchful, loving community steward taking care of the piano for the duration of the program – duties also include adding a rain cover! Passersby are asked to play the pianos between 7:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m.

Keys to the Streets Piano locations

Image courtesy of CityStudio

Piano locations include:

– Canada Place 999 Canada Place (on the West side) Artist: Paola Savasta – Robson Park 525 Kingsway Artist: Jackson Lovett
– Creekside Community Centre 1 Athletes Way Artist: CityStudio – Strathcona Park 898 Prior Street Artist: Sarah Hennekens
– Main Street and 21 Avenue 198 East 21 Avenue Artist: Miralda Reyes – Chinatown 188 E Pender St Artist: Jamie Bizness
– Lot 19 901 West Hastings Street (at Hornby) Artist: Danielle Vallee, CityStudio – Spyglass Dock 1800 Spyglass Place Artist: CityStudio
– Stanley Park at the Vancouver Aquarium 845 Avison Way Artist: CityStudio – Dude Chilling Park 2390 Brunswick Street Artist: Cheryl Cheeks, Josephine Wang, Carolyn Bell and Marnie Hiebert at MakerLabs

Have you had any memorable moments from the Key to the Streets project? Let us know in the comment section below!

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5 Responses to Sit and play awhile at the Public Pianos set up around Vancouver

  1. Lori

    OMG – I love it! Keep the ideas coming Vancouver!

  2. Sophia

    My memorable moment was captured in that first photo. I did not know who took this until now. Thanks to photographer Asher for being so stealth.

    I love CityStudio and this project. I also remember seeing a jazz quartet at this location.

  3. Donna

    My grandson and I went looking for some of the pianos last evening. We were disappointed to find the one in Dude Chilling Park locked at 8:30. There wasn’t a piano in Strathcona Park to be found, and the one at 188 E. Pender was locked in a bank! We did finally find and enjoy the piano at Main & 21st. Suggest they not be advertised as available 7 am to 11 pm when really, they are not!

  4. Kimipeli

    Hey!!!This is awesome!!!I played the one at Canada Place last lame someone stole the bench ….I mean come on…What happens when it rains?and I’m going back to play

  5. Judy kranzler

    I’m going to be at pacific central station Vancouver at noon tomorrow, Monday jan 19
    Is there a piano nearby so I can practice before going to the airport ?

    925 998-2505