During the summer, pianos will be made available to citizens in order to liven up the public domain and create social spaces conducive to outdoor creativity.
First established in the Plateau Mont-Royal, this initiative has since been introduced in several other boroughs. In Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, pedestrians as well as seasoned and amateur musicians can take pleasure in tinkling the ivories on two pianos decorated by Montréal-based artists.
The CDN piano was decorated by painter, illustrator, graphic designer and cartoonist Martine Dupuis, who holds a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from UQAM. Her work has been the subject of several exhibitions and has also been featured on films posters and at various events and festivals.
The NDG piano was painted by artist Scott MacLeod, who has been very active in the Notre-Dame-de-Grâce community. His works have earned widespread critical praise and are featured in several permanent collections, including that of the National Gallery of Canada.
Since the beginning of June, the CHU Sainte-Justine houses the borough’s third public piano, which was donated by the Côte-des-Neiges Black Community Association. Nicolas Oligny, an emerging artist and resident of the borough, has reproduced the young patient's work on the piano.