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Toronto Public Library Creates City’s First Musical Instrument Lending Program

April 8th, 2016

Raine Maida & Chantal Kreviazuk  launching the drive [Photo from Twitter/‏@torontolibrary]

Raine Maida & Chantal Kreviazuk launching the drive [Photo from Twitter/‏@torontolibrary]

On April 7th the Parkdale branch (1303 Queen St. W.) of the Toronto Public Library opened its new Sun Life Financial Musical Instrument Lending Library, which allows anybody with a Toronto Public Library card to borrow an instrument.

Created in partnership with Sun Life Financial and Long & McQuade, it is the city’s first music lending program and features acoustics guitars, violins, keyboards, a banjo, bongo drum, mandolin, and much more.

Raine Maida of Our Lady Peace and Chantal Kreviazuk launched the drive by donating their own acoustic guitar and keyboard.

The public is invite to donate their own gently used instrument to library. More information on donating instruments can be found HERE.

Instruments can only be borrowed at Parkdale branch and people can phone the branch at 416-393-7686 to find out if a specific instrument is available. A valid Toronto Public Library card is needed and borrowers will need to sign a Musical Instrument Lending Agreement. For children under 18, a parent or guardian must sign the agreement. Each instrument is lent for three weeks and that three-week period can be renewed twice (nine weeks in total).

For more information, go here:


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