Edmontons piano man Ryan Arcand who touched hearts around the world dies

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Advertisement Arcand was living on the streets in 2014 when a stranger heard him playing a piano in Churchill Square downtown. The music was so beautiful that Roslyn Polard asked if she could take a video of his performance.More than three years later, the video of Arcand playing the song he wrote has been viewed more than 11 million times on YouTube.As the page views started to add up in 2014, people from around the world wanted to learn more about the pianist.The CBC met Arcand a few days after the video hit the internet. A friend had told him his performance had gone viral on YouTube. One of Edmonton’s most famous musicians died peacefully last week.Ryan Arcand, known as the city’s piano man, didn’t play at the Winspear Centre for Music or at the Jubilee Auditorium. But his fingers danced over piano keys in public squares and churches, and finally in the supportive housing facilities that became his home in the final years of his life.He was 46. Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebooklast_img

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