Music to our ears

A sweet-sounding new collection arrived at the Parkdale Branch in April. The branch is now home to the Sun Life Financial Musical Instrument Lending Library with a collection of guitars, keyboards, violins and other instruments.

Back row: Lindsay Colley, TPL Board member; Gillian Smith, TPLF Board Chair. Front row: Chantal Kreviazuk, Raine Maida, Paul Joliat from Sun Life Financial.

Back row: Lindsay Colley, TPL Board member; Gillian Smith, TPLF Board Chair.
Front row: Chantal Kreviazuk, Raine Maida, Paul Joliat from Sun Life Financial and student from Parkdale.

 

Bravo to Sun Life Financial for making this pilot program possible with a donation of $155,000 and 100 musical instruments. Thanks to their generous support, music students, recreational musicians, professionals and library users of any age can check out an instrument at no cost. “This new program is a natural extension of our support of music education,” said Paul Joliat, assistant vice-president of philanthropy and sponsorships at Sun Life Financial. “We wish to help bring the joy of music to more people’s lives.”

The collection will greatly benefit people in the high-needs Parkdale area. “We know how much music enriches life, but many Torontonians don’t have ready access to musical instruments for financial reasons,” said Joliat. “Programs such as this one break down those barriers and connect people to wonderful opportunities.”

The launch on April 7 included appearances from musicians Chantal Kreviazuk and Raine Maida (from Our Lady Peace), who kicked-off a month-long instrument drive to grow the collection. You can donate your gently used musical instruments. Learn more here.