Photo cred - JoKodak

Today, Montreal will become a city unified through song and piano playing. At midday, a Montreal musician will sit down at one of the city's public pianos and begin playing the same tune at the same time for a massive city-wide serenade.

Promptly at noon your ears will be treated to artists playing “Tout le monde en meme temps” by Louis-Jean Cormier (listen here), which is a very fitting song choice if we may say so. After the unified performance, many artists will give a special outdoor performance of their own, so be sure to stick around.

Organized by the borough leaders of Plateau Mont-Royal, the event will have musicians performing at a large number, but not all, of the public pianos around the city. Here is the list of locations and artists, retrieved from the FB event page:

  • Laurier metro/Place du Coteau-Saint-Louis w/ Le Dup Fortin-Poirier and Julien Leblond (map)
  • Mont-Royal/Henri-Julien w/Olivier Hébert-Bouchard and l’équipe des Jeunesses Musicales du Canada (map)
  • Parc des Amériques (St. Lo and Rachel) w/ Mark Berube (map)
  • St. Denis/Duluth, w/Martin Lizotte (map)
  • Canadian Centre for Architecture (in Parc Baile), artist TBA (map)
  • Maison de le Culture Pointe-aux-Trembles w/ Ghislaine Giroux (map)
  • Saint-Charles Parish w/ Moon Palace ensemble (map)
  • Terrasse of the Pierrefond Cultural Centre, w/ Alejandra Cifuentes Diaz (map)
  • McCord Museum in the Urban Forest, w/ Jason Bajada (map)
  • Masson/3rd Avenue w/ Emma Johns (map)
  • Plaza St. Hubert  w/ Sonum Arte (map)
  • 5290 ch. de la Côte-des-Neiges (map) + Monkland/Oxford (map) w/ Clay and Friends + public jam session
  • Mount Royal Chalet w/ Benoit Paradis Trio (map)
  • Guy/Maisonneuve w/ Janet Warrington (map)
  • Parc de l'Espoir w/ Eric Charland (map)
  • Parc Beaudet (Decarie and du College) w/ Alejandra Cifuentes and Tatian Dvorianskaya (map)
  • Laurier/Duroucher w/Nino Deram (map)

No one will be filming this musical event, so if you make it out to your borough's respective piano, take a video for documentation. We're sure Plateau Mont-Royal leaders will be happy to receive and compile them.

For any and all updates on Montreal's city-wide piano playing event, head to the FB event page here.

For more on all things Montreal, follow Michael on Twitter @MDAlimonte 

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