Keys for the City 2016

The St. Albert Cultivates the Arts Society is proud to announce the addition of a new street piano as part of Keys for the City, a project that is bringing free, playable pianos to the public spaces of St. Albert.  Now in its fourth year, Keys for the City has enlivened the downtown district of St. Albert through visual art and music.

Don’s Piano Place has once again graciously donated a used piano for the project and local artist Miles Constable has been commissioned to create the artwork that he has titled VooDoo Music.

“I have combined some of my recent approaches using spray paints and acrylics to construct abstracted landscapes to this three dimensional “canvas”. The imagery and words by The Who on the front came to me from my subconscious, modified only slightly for this street piano.” says Miles.

The completed piano will be placed outside on St. Albert Place for the remainder of the season. Additional street pianos are located at the Grain Elevator Park and VASA.

The pianos will be at their locations until October 3, 2016 and are available for any member of the public to play and enjoy.  Keys for the City is part of StArts Fest, an arts festival in celebration of Alberta Culture Days, September 30 – October 2, 2016.


VooDoo Music

Piano # 6 – VooDoo Music
Artist: Myles Constable
Location: Art Gallery of St. Albert, 19 Perron Street

Enjoy Centre - Sep 2

 Piano # 1 – Van Gogh’s Garden
Artist:  Helen Rogers
Location:  VASA, 25 Sir Winston Churchill Avenue

St Albert Centre - Sept 4

 Piano # 3 – Topos
Artist:  Daniel Evans
Location: Grain Elevator Park, 4 Meadowview Drive

Retired pianos:

 St Albert Place - Aug 31

 Piano # 2 – Play It Again, Vincent
Artist:  Dixie Orriss


 Piano #4 
Artists: Bellerose/Paul Kane High Schools


Piano #5 
Artists: St. Albert Catholic, ESSMY High Schools


Keys for the City would like to extend a special thank-you to the following individuals and organizations for their role in making this project happen.

  • Don’s Piano Place for donation of the pianos, for tuning and repairs to the instruments and for supporting this initiative from the beginning.
  • Dorcy’s Piano Moving Ltd. for donating costs of piano moving
  • St. Albert Centre and St. Albert Place for hosting the pianos during their construction phase
  • Artists: Myles Constable, Daniel Evans, Dixie Orriss, Helen Rogers, St. Albert Catholic High School, Bellerose High School, Paul Kane High School, and ESSMY High School art students and teachers for their creative work and inspiration
  • Carrie Mattern for artwork and design on signage

Special acknowledgement to our community stewards for taking care of our pianos throughout this program:

  • Art Gallery of St. Albert
  • St. Albert Arts and Heritage
  • St. Albert Public Library
  • VASA