Sunday August 20, 2017
100 years ago, Canada produced beautiful pianos. Now we send them to the dump.
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Like a revered member of the family, the old vintage upright piano once had pride of place at the centre of hundreds of thousands of homes across the country. The piano was a focal point for singing, for arguing about practicing, for nurturing a love of music, and sometimes for a kind of togetherness that's hard to fathom now. Its strings and hammers played the soundtrack of generations of Canadians.
Like the people who played them, these pianos had personalities, strengths and weaknesses, triumphs and troubles. It turns out that like all living, breathing things, pianos are not immortal.
A century after they were lovingly built, most of the old vintage uprights are reaching the end. Willow Yamauchi's documentary is called End Notes.
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