The Piano Program

The City of Sarnia Parks and Recreation Department in partnership with the Parrotheads on the St. Clair and the Lawrence House Centre for the Arts present, Encore.

In the summer of 2018, the Parrotheads on the St. Clair approached the Parks and Recreation Department with an intent to donate a piano for public, outdoor use.  The idea stemmed from the numerous street pianos that have been set up in parks and public spaces in cities around the world, offering anyone an opportunity to sit and play a tune. Together, Parks and Rec. and the Parrotheads approached the Lawrence House Centre for the Arts, seeking partnership and a space to house the piano temporarily in the courtyard for one month in August.

The 2018 piano came from a Community Centre in Oil City, and was painted by members of the Hub and artists from the community and the Lawrence House, and was ready for official use on the August First Friday.  The piano was painted in tropical colours and themes.

Weather permitting, the piano is available to play from August First Friday to September First Friday, every day during working hours and some evenings. The week after the September First Friday, the decorated piano is delivered to a new home in the community. The 2018 piano was donated to Harmony for Youth and now resides at their location in the Bayside Mall.Interested in housing next year’s colourful piano? Please complete the downloadable PDF below. Applications will be accepted year-round, and a winner will be drawn at random on September 1.For further information, please connect with Parks and Recreation at 519-332-0330 #3210 or email.