Joseph Honour plays the piano on the bandstand in Memorial Peace Park on Saturday.

Joseph Honour plays the piano on the bandstand in Memorial Peace Park on Saturday.

Piano man

Piano installed in the park in downtown Maple Ridge as part of the annual Pianos on the Street program.

  • Jul. 30, 2016 9:00 a.m.

Joseph Honour, 17, came to Memorial Peace Park on Saturday to ride his skateboard with friends and play Pokemon Go.

Then he saw the piano on the bandstand.

He sat down and started to play: Fur Elise, by Beethoven; River Flows in You, Yiruma; Wake Me Up When September Ends, Green Day.

The hand-painted piano was installed in the park in downtown Maple Ridge on Friday as part of the annual Pianos on the Street program.

It was painted at Vicuna Studio by artists with the Ridge Meadows Association of Community Living, with the help of artist in residence Robi Smith, and is one of 24 located in public spaces around Metro Vancouver.

It will remain in Memorial Peace Park throughout the summer, free for all to play.

Honour, who lives in Maple Ridge, started playing piano at age five. A friend’s aunt taught him.

She’s a piano teacher.

The Downtown Maple Ridge Business Association invites the public the come and play the piano, even for piano teachers to use it for lessons.

The piano will remain at the bandstand until mid-September, when it will be moved inside the Maple Ridge Public Library.

For the summer, Pianos On the Street is hosting photo and video contest. To enter, users simply share a photo or video of themselves playing the piano with the hashtag #PianosOnTheStreeton Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Photos and videos will be judged by a hand selected panel of judges, including Lindy Sisson of the ACT in Maple Ridge.