The following article appeared in the Sept 1 edition of the Guelph Mercury.
Guelph’s #HappyMaking public piano project returns to the downtown
The streetside pianos are back in downtown Guelph.
As part of the annual #HappyMaking project, 11 pianos will be scattered throughout the 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.
Thomas Video owner Ian Findlay started the initiative in July 2013. He did so by placing a piano on the sidewalk outside his Baker Street business and encouraged passersby to play the instrument and decorate it with markers.
The popular campaign has since become one that partners with the Downtown Guelph Business Association each September.
The pianos will be available and free-of-charge for anyone to play during daytime hours as of Tuesday. However, they will be locked and covered overnight. On Sept. 30, the pianos will be rolled away for another year of storage at the River Run Centre.