As prescribed by Paulina Constancia

The Art of Community Living in Vancouver 1: Keys to the Streets

On a recent visit to Vancouver, I caught glimpses of the inspiring and commendable art of community living in the coastal metropolis.

Today we begin with the Keys to the Streets summer program.


“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 24, 2013. A volunteer run operation, 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 will be deployed outdoors with a rain cover, bench, and a community stewarding organization that will take care of the piano for the duration of the program. Passersby are also encouraged to slip the included cover onto the piano in the event of foul weather, or during the early evening to be respectful of the environment and to control public noise levels.”

Click  here for more on Keys to the Streets

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Below are photos that I took on three different days at the same public piano location in the False Creek neighbourhood.  From a jazz trio jamming, a wedding entourage doing a photo shoot, to a lone pianist romancing the keys -the photos prove that if there is a piano somebody is bound to play it and people naturally gather to experience the music. What a great way to bring a warm sense of community in the city! Bravo Vancouver!


A Jazz Trio making music ’round the public piano
False Creek, Vancouver


Bride & Groom photo shoot by the public piano
False Creek, Vancouver


A Wedding Entourage Photo Shoot ’round the public piano
False Creek, Vancouver


Lone Pianist Romancing the Keys
Public piano in False Creek, Vancouver


Below is a map showing the locations of the different Public Pianos, as well as some simple guidelines to enjoying this program.

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Map of the Public Pianos
Keys to the Streets Summer Program, Vancouver 2014
View map on the Keys to the Streets blog

Here are some videos of lovely summer music making in Vancouver. Thanks to the Keys to the Streets program and the staff and volunteers of CityStudio Vancouver!

“I think music in itself is healing. It’s an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we’re from, everyone loves music.”
-Billy Joel

-From brainy quote


image for headerSo do… share your talent and help build a sense of community where you live.


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