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Larry Graves. Photo provided.

Kemptville’s street piano concert series presents music and dance on Sunday afternoons

By Shireen Agharazi-Dormani on September 7, 2022

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September made itself known less than a week ago, but it’s still far too soon to say goodbye to summer. Knowing how cold every other season can be (being in Canada usually does that to a place), it’s best to enjoy the warm weather while we still can.

Oh, look. An opportunity.

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On Sunday, September 11, Kemptville Street Piano Concert Series presents Doublethink at Riverside Park, with a dance workshop at 1:15pm and a performance at 2:00pm.

For those who don’t know, Street Piano is a piano set in a public area that allows anyone to stop and play it. It draws in pedestrians, turning any location into a concert venue or cultural hub. This project encourages locals to share their knowledge, institute their own “play,” and build relationships with one another, setting a precedent for positive experiences in Kemptville’s public spaces and inviting foot traffic to downtown businesses.

Larry Graves. Photo provided.

Doublethink is a music and dance performance offering memorable pieces as a vehicle for improvisations. The trio features Toronto musicians Dave Chan and Larry Graves in collaboration with Ottawa-based dance artist, Propeller Dance’s Shara Weaver, who share a love for African rhythms. These artists combine the rhythm and ambience of multi-percussion, vocal textures, and piano with dance, offering an unforgettable experience to anyone willing to stop and listen (or better yet, participate!).

Before the group’s performance, they will give a dance/movement workshop open to the public, where folks can explore structured improvisations that travel with live music in a secure and enjoyable space.

The concert series takes place on Sunday afternoons at 2pm from the end of May to mid-September at the North Grenville Public Library. The exception here is Doublethink’s show, which is at Riverside Park, and while the performance is free, the workshop is pay-what-you-can. All ages and abilities are welcome.


Check the Kemptville Street Piano Facebook page for regular updates on all things Street Piano, including indoor locations in case of rain, concert details, and access to the Street Piano calendar.

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