Sep 05


by Downtown Calgary · 0 comments

Imagine a mega collaboration between Calgary visual arts, Calgary business, and Calgary music. What would that look like? Pianoscapes, of course!

The Project

It has been an exciting year in Calgary, with the many Canada 150 activities taking place—and it isn’t over yet! The idea of Pianoscapes came together through the genius of the Honens team. We wondered how we could contribute to Canada 150, how we could add value to our community and how we could make piano and art more accessible. We brainstormed and brainstormed. . . BAM! Pianoscapes was born!

Five pianos were donated and local artists have stepped up to transform the pianos with their own unique interpretations of Canada. The only stipulation was that the pianos had to function as musical instruments after their transformation.

The project doesn’t stop there. What would a piano or piece of art be if not displayed or available for use? After the Festival launch event, each piano will be placed in accessible community and public spaces across Calgary and made available for the public.

The Event

The newly transformed pianos will be unveiled at a free event on September 7, 2017 on Stephen Avenue Walk (between Centre Street S and 1 Street SE) at noon, kicking off the award-winning Honens Festival happening September 7 to 10, 2017. Five festival pianists will join together to play all five pianos, peaking with a surprise performance of. . . you’ll have to come to Stephen Avenue to find out for yourself!

The Collaboration

A project like this does not come together without the support of a lot of people. This project is supported by the Rozsa Foundation, Calgary Foundation, and Downtown Calgary. Friends in the community donated, serviced, tuned and moved the pianos, Alberta College of Art + Design allowed the use their space for the piano transformations, friends of Honens provided discounted supplies. . . the list goes on!

We are incredibly grateful to all our friends in the community who have helped bring this project to life and looking forward to sharing this new addition to Honens Festival with everyone on September 7!

Editor’s note:
 This post was written by Lisa Farquharson of Honens to promote 2017 Honens Festival. If you would like to promote your Downtown business or event, please email [email protected]

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