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Toronto has a Piano Staircase and it actually works


Toronto just got a Piano Staircase – Tired of your commute always being so dull and boring? Lucky for you a staircase in the Metro Centre has been turned into a giant piano that will put a little music in your step.

That’s right! Just like Academy Award-winning Tom Hanks in “Big,” you can play music with your feet on this piano staircase. The Piano Stairs were the brainchild of Oxford Properties and installed by Trifold Creative in the summer of 2019.

Toronto just got a Piano Staircase

And the best part is you don’t have to be a musician to play a tune.

Each stair represents a different note on a piano’s keyboard. All you have to do is simply walk up or down, and the stairs will emit real sounds like on a grand piano.

This creative flight by Oxford Properties is appropriately situated near Roy Thompson Hall, home to the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and Toronto Mendelssohn Choir.

It seems that the company is encouraging people to avoid the escalator by providing a playful twist to a normal staircase.

A sign at the bottom of the piano steps indicates that both taking the stairs and listening to music contribute to a person’s overall health.

The stairs can be found in the PATH that connects Roy Thomson Hall and Metro Hall adjacent to the St. Andrew subway stop.

A very similar staircase exists in Costa Rica designed by Remo Saraceni, famous for designing the original walking piano in Big as well as numerous ‘Big Pianos’ around the world. And in Stockholm another similar musical staircase exists designed in 2009 by Andrea Dahlqvist and his team at DDB Stockholm.

Story, images and videos by Kirsten Svitich

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  1. Why is there no mention of Remo Saraceni? He designed and manufactured the piano in Big and has installed pianos around the world. The original is at Macy’s New York. I certainly hope Oxford Properties worked with him on this project.

  2. Thank you for the insight, William. Much appreciated. We looked into it and it was a different designer in Toronto (now added to the story thanks to you) although it is very similar to the one designed by Saraceniin Costa Rica and by Andrea Dahlqvist in Stockholm.

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