Last week I was in Toronto Canada for a few days with work. As I was walking around the city I came across some street music and not the ‘professional’ busker but actually members of the public playing the piano. Why? Because they could. The Street Piano is currently in Toronto and is commissioned by the Pan Am Games of 2015 which is to be held there. This was the first time I had come across Street Piano and since reviewing the website I’ve discovered Luke Jerram’s vision of using piano’s as a catalyst for conversation and changing the dynamics of space.
I can certainly say that has definitely worked. I stopped and listened to a little girl who was playing the piano located at the Harbourfront Centre and had a conversation with her mother. Now, I would never had started a conversation with this lady normally, so Mr. Jerram your cunning plan is working!
From what I could see each of the piano’s had a Caribbean island written on it. The one pictured was the British Virgin Islands. I saw another piano which had Bahamas, and naturally wondered if there was one for Barbados. I believe there’s 40 or so around Toronto, my be they’re each of the countries participating in the Pan Am Games.
I think it’s brilliant and plan to suggest Bridgetown Alive or the NCF, BTA commission some piano’s here in Barbados. It would be great to be part of what seems to be an international movement, and it gives a chance for budding pianists to share their talent with Barbadians and tourists alike.