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#Guelph #HappyMaking Pianos Are Back @DowntownGuelph


This is a great thing in our downtown. I look forward to it every year now! My parents old piano, the one I learned to play on, was donated to this project!


Downtown Guelph – The streets of downtown Guelph will once again come alive with the sound of music for the month of September.  Eleven pianos will be scattered throughout the downtown core outside of the following businesses and organizations:  Grey Rock Clothing Co., Thomas Video, Flour Barrel, Budds, Shakti, Wyndham Art Supplies, River Run Centre, Guelph Community Health Centre and the main branch of the Guelph Public Library. Guelph Transit will host two pianos, one at Platform #12 and the other in the transit shelter near the fountain in St. George’s Square.

The brain child of Ian Findlay, the #happymaking project started with a simple idea in July 2013. Findlay, owner of Thomas Video on Baker Street, placed a piano on the sidewalk outside his business and encouraged passersby not only to play the instrument, but also to decorate it with markers. The response was so positive that Findlay decided to partner with the Downtown Guelph Business Association to place eight pianos around downtown for the month of September.

The pianos will be available and free-of-charge for anyone to play every day starting September 1st, although they will be locked and covered overnight. On September 30th, the pianos will be rolled away for another year of storage at the River Run Centre.

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