Keys to the Streets has finished for the year. You can still find a piano by the Orpheum and by Woodwards Atrium. Keep an eye out for us next year!

The Orpheum

601 Smithe St · Map

Steward: The Downtown Ambassadors

Artist: Erica Pang

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Woodwards Atrium

149 W Hastings St · Map

Steward: Westbank

Artist: Zola

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All Pianos

The Orpheum

601 Smithe St · Map

Woodwards Atrium

149 W Hastings St · Map

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About Keys to the Streets

Keys to the Streets brings delight and surprise to Vancouver’s public spaces by providing vibrantly painted pianos for everyone to play. The pianos offer a space for improvisational gatherings, spontaneous connections, and celebrations of music.

Our pianos are painted by local artists and placed in an outdoor public space, where community stewards look after them for the summer months. These pianos aim to create a space that makes Vancouver a more vibrant, engaged, and interactive city.

The pianos provided help to address the issue of social isolation in Vancouver by providing spaces that allow and encourage connections between many demographics, all levels of musical skill, and those that simply listen.

Keys to the Streets started as a CityStudio student idea in the spring of 2013 and once launched, spurred a flurry of media and community praise. It has since been identified as one the most engaging and accessible projects in Vancouver by community members, media, tourists and music makers of all types.

With the blessing and support of CityStudio, Keys to the Streets is transitioning into its own entity, keeping true to its roots as a student project that took a chance, put a piano in a park, and sat back to watch the magic happen.

Onwards and Upwards!
Aaron Tilston-Redican & Becky Till, Project Leads

Become a Supporter

Support for Keys to the Streets comes from a wide range of organizations and individuals. Our pianos are donated, and many are diverted from landfill by the program. Financial support helps refurbishing, tuning, maintenance, and transportation of the pianos. Local artists lend their talents to decorate the pianos with their unique designs.

You can support Keys to the Streets financially by making a donation to the organization, or to adopt a specific piano. Just click the button below to make your pledge.

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To discuss piano donations, in-kind goods and services, or artistic talent, please get in touch by email to start the conversation.

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