Pianos. Lots and lots of pianos. And it doesn’t matter whether you know how to play them or not.
That’s what the city of Niagara Falls is promising with ‘Play Play Play!!! Niagara Falls’ – one of the most creative ideas we’ve heard, to bring together culture, community and the soothing beauty of music.
Here’s what it is: Fourteen pianos are being placed at different points throughout the city, free for anyone to play on (or try to play, depending on your ability). But it doesn’t matter, the point is to play. The pianos will be out there until October 9.
As part of the project, the city will conduct a social media contest where participants can share photos and videos of themselves or others (with that person’s permission) playing on one of the pianos.
The photos and videos should be posted on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #nfplay. The winner will receive $300, courtesy of Casa Mia Ristorante on Portage Road in Niagara Falls.
All the pianos are donated and are being decorated and personalized by adjudicated artists from across Niagara. Paint and supplies come from Sherwin Williams Paint Store on Lundy’s Lane, and Richard the Piano Guy and B Sharp Tuning are handling the moving and maintenance of the pianos.
“The designs are unique, colourful and eye-catching, which makes them perfect for sharing on social media,” said project coordinator Kim Van Stygeren.
“We hope to see lots of fun photos and videos online.”
Distribution of the pianos has already started. They are at:
– Canada One Shopping Centre food court;
– Cummington Square gazebo, in Chippawa;
– Ellis Park Olympic Torch Trail;
– Marriott on the Falls hotel;
– John N. Allan Park;
– MacBain Community Centre;
– Main and Ferry transfer point for Niagara Falls Transit;
– The dog park at Firemen’s Park on Mountain Road;
– Niagara Institute of Music and Arts;
– The Niagara Parks clock tower at Table Rock Bridge, by the falls;
– Paisley January-Pool Pathway on the Millenium Trail;
– Scotiabank Convention Centre, on Stanley Avenue;
– Victoria Avenue between Clifton Hill and Walnut Street;
– Victoria Avenue public library, at the front entrance.
The official launch for the contest will be held Sept. 13 at 1 p.m. across from the Marriott on the Falls Hotel, 6755 Fallsview Blvd., where a piano will be placed on a cliff overlooking the falls.
The Niagara artists taking part are Carey Baglieri, Colleen McTigue, Elaine Bryck, Emily Andrews, Jan Low, Jennifer Gruhl, Joanne Ring, Leona Skye, Manuel Trujillo, Marinko Jareb, Marissa Tomlinson, Melani Pyke, Rhiannon Barry and Torena Gardner-Durdle.