Katie Simpson plays Rossland's pop-up piano in Harry Lefevre Square on Thursday afternoon.

Making music in the square

Rossland got its own pop-up piano on Thursday afternoon.

Rosslanders on their way to the market on Thursday may have noticed a new feature being installed in Harry Lefevre square.

An upright piano, painted in bright, bold colors now sits in the square, waiting for passersby to tinkle its keys.

The piano was put in Thursday at 2 p.m., and is the newest addition to the “pop-up piano” phenomenon.

It started in Seattle several years ago and the idea caught on across North America. Used pianos are given new life and a paint job, and then moved to a public outdoor spot where they can be enjoyed by everyone.

Kelowna has its own pop-up piano program, called Pianos in Parks, and that’s how John Greene got the inspiration to put a piano somewhere in Rossland.

“It was on CBC one morning that they were doing this, and I thought, ‘That’s a hell of an idea. We need to do it here.’ So I put an ad on Bhubble and Irene Krewski donated a piano,” he said.

Kids from Rossland’s Youth Action Network painted the piano, and Greene had it tuned before settling it in its new home.

Rossland residents and visitors were already enjoying the piano Thursday afternoon.


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