Brilliant: The Toronto Public Library Now Lends Musical Instruments

How many people are prevented from exploring their musical gifts just because they don’t have access to instruments? The Toronto Public Library is hoping to fix that. As of this week, the Parkdale branch at 1303 Queen Street West is offering guitars, keyboards and 98 or so other instruments on loan. This is the new Sun Life Financial Musical Instrument Lending Library.

Wow. What a great idea for a community corporate initiative! (Hey, corporations! Wanna give back? Think about doing something like this!)

If you have a library card, you can slap it down to borrow one instrument for up to three weeks. Meanwhile, they’re looking for additional donations of well-loved used instruments. Partner Long & McQuade is helping out by taking in new gear at the Bloor Street and Steeles Avenue stores.

Here’s a partial list of what you can check out:

  • Acoustic guitars
  • Banjo
  • Ukulele
  • Xylophone
  • Djembe African drum
  • Tabla
  • Various violins
  • Electronic keyboards of various sizes

Read more about the project and how Raine Maida of Our Lady Peace is involved at ChartAttack.


Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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