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The Keys to Collingwood (Posted On: Monday, July 25, 2016)

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The first ever Keys to Collingwood Festival will launch Saturday July 30, when ten pianos will return to the streets throughout Downtown Collingwood. 

The return of the popular Street Pianos will launch with a celebration of arts and music. Enjoy music of all genres, including jazz, blues, rock, classical and gospel, accompanied by strolling entertainers, buskers, and choirs.  Programming will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day at a variety of the piano locations. 

After the Festival Weekend, the fun will continue as the pianos remain on the streets throughout August!  Everyone is encouraged to plink a tune, practice their scales or polish a Minuet for both their own enjoyment and that of passersby.  The unexpected often happens when someone sits down at one of these wonderful musical instruments.

New this year are the not to be missed weekly 'Piano Talks'. Every Thursday in August at 10 a.m., meet to enjoy a free, fun and informative walking tour of the Street Pianos.  Along the way, your guide, Catherine Brown will recount anecdotes about the town's historic buildings and local legends. Expect to be serenaded on the ivories at each stop! Just meet under the Collingwood Town Clock (97 Hurontario Street) 10 minutes before the tour starts.

This is the third year for this project - a brainchild of musicians Jim Kinnear and Catherine Brown and the beautifully refurbished historical instruments will be placed at strategic locations in downtown Collingwood including; in front of the Federal Building, near Town Hall, the Library and the Harbour.

Says Kinnear: "The concept is public interaction, and we feel that music is one of the best ways to cross all cultural and language issues".

Susan Nicholson, General Manager of the Collingwood Downtown BIA, is thrilled that the pianos are returning with the continued assistance of these dedicated volunteers. Says Nicholson: "We are so lucky to have such a strong arts community in the downtown, which is not only engaging to those visiting the Downtown, but is also a strong economic driver. Having the street pianos will only enhance the ‘total art experience’ we so energetically perpetuate."


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