The Keys To Collingwood
The Keys to Collingwood Festival on Civic Holiday Weekend marked the return of the popular Street Pianos.
Beautifully restored pianos have been installed on the streets of Collingwood’s Historic Downtown for anyone to crank out a tune and a smile.
As Collingwood celebrates its 160th birthday this year, the pianos feature iconic images commemorating our town’s proud past.
Twelve talented musicians provided music for everyone to enjoy during the the Civic Holiday long weekend.
You never really know what kind of music will hit the streets. At any given time as you walk throughout the downtown you could be treated to jazz, blues, rock, classical or gospel. Performers play original and cover music. Whatever feels good works well! Expect the unexpected and you won’t be disappointed.
The Monster Ground Foot Piano Is Back
These visitors from Hamilton were having fun dancing up and down the Monster Ground Foot Piano keyboard in front of Town Hall
The Monster Ground Foot Piano has returned for the Summer of 2018, located in front of Collingwood’s Town Hall. If you are new to Collingwood, look for the clock tower and you will find the foot piano.
The popular ‘Piano Talks’ are again offered this summer. Every Thursday in August, beginning at 10 a.m., enjoy a free, fun and informative walking tour of the Street Pianos. Along the way your guide will recount anecdotes about the town’s historic buildings and local legends. You can expect to be serenaded on the ivories at a few of the stops! Participants are asked to meet under the Collingwood Town Clock 10 minutes prior to the start time.
Popular Collingwood musician Catherine Brown was involved in the initial launch of the street piano program. She took up residence in front of the downtown Federal building to perform on the holiday weekend.
For a complete line-up of performers, bios and piano locations, visit www.collingwooddowntown.com
Looking Back To The Launch of Street Pianos in Downtown Collingwood
When the Downtown Collingwood Street Piano initiative was rolled out a few years ago, BIA General Manager Sue Nicholson knew immediately that the promotion was something special. The pianos were always being played. People were sitting on patios, in the downtown bench areas and on the Muskoka chairs that lined the streets, enjoying the performances of street musicians of all talent levels.
Catherine Brown and Jim Kinnear were instrumental (that’s piano humour) in launching the program.