Waterville piano bringing music out into the open

Waterville piano bringing music out into the open

The Parc des Ainés behind Waterville’s town hall just got a little more musical with the installation of the community’s first public piano. Re purposed after having been left for pick-up on the side of the road, the piano has found a new life as an outlet for local musical expression.

“I have always found the concept of a public piano to be exciting and magical,” shared Nathalie Dupuis, Mayor of Waterville, “I was very excited to have the opportunity to make such a project a reality in Waterville.”

Dupuis explained that the instrument was given a second life after having been recovered from the side of the road near Hatley. The piano’s previous owners, having inherited a piano with greater value to their family, were looking for a new home for the upright and found it in the neighbouring municipality. The Mayor guessed that the piano is the only one of its kind in the Coaticook MRC, although it is a part of a movement with growing popularity in urban areas around the world.

“The temperature didn’t help us to get this project on its feet earlier in the summer,” Dupuis said, clarifying that the community would like to have seen the piano installed earlier in the summer but was delayed by the amount of rain the area has seen. On the subject of weather, the Mayor explained that the piano has a special cover to keep it more or less protected from the elements while it is outside. Once the autumn rolls in, the piano will make its way inside before returning to the park next spring.

Read the full story in The Record on Thursday, July 20

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Our small city(Kelowna) is quite a tourist town. Each summer the city puts a few pianos along some of the busiest pedestrian areas and they are in constant use. Buskers sometimes set up shop on them, but plenty of passers by will just sit down and play out a tune or two as well. The unsuspecting audience are always grateful.