• What’s Joe’s M.I.L.L.?

    The Joe Chithalen Memorial Musical Instrument Lending Library has over 600 instruments and growing, that you can borrow for free!

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About Joe’s M.I.L.L.

The Joe Chithalen Memorial Musical Instrument Lending Library (Joe’s M.I.L.L.) has over 600 instruments of all kinds and they’re all available to borrow free of charge!


Joe’s M.I.L.L. has over 600 instruments ready for you to loan, including the following:
Guitars: Classical, Acoustic, Electric, Bass  (lefties available too)
Stringed instruments: Violin , Viola, Cello, Upright Bass, Banjo,  Mandolin, Ukulele, Autoharp
Drums/percussion: Drum Kits, Djembe, Conga, Bongo, Tabla
Horns: Trumpets, Trombones, Saxophone, French horn, Tuba
Wind: Flute, Clarinet, Recorder, Tin Whistle, Didgerido
Pianos: Electric Piano, Keyboard, Accordion
and plenty more!

The instruments that are available for loan change constantly, however we take reservations on anything not currently in.

Roger, the coordinator at Joe’s MILL, is happy to answer questions and help you find the right instrument to borrow. Roger EcclestonA skilled musician in his own right, Roger has vast experience in repairing, maintaining and restoring musical instruments of all kinds.

Run by volunteers, Joe’s MILL is a registered charity in Kingston, Ontario founded by musician, Wally High, in memory of his friend and bandmember, the late Joe Chithalen, who was a talented bass player in several well-known Kingston bands. Joe’s MILL operates in tribute to Joe’s love of music such that everyone who wants to can enjoy playing music as he did.

Our lending and teaching program fosters music appreciation, knowledge, community enrichment and provides opportunities for youth and adults to meet their full potential.


Terry Snider – President
Richard Burgman – Vice-President
June Chithalen – Treasurer
Eleanor Chithalen – Secretary
Bill Ernst – Past-president
James Chithalen
Jan Chithalen
Liana Finucan
Ricardo Guiliani
Connie Leeman

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  1. vince bronick

     /  20/02/12

    I cannot tell you how amazing it is to see this idea in action. I’m sure I am not the only one to reply saying that they have had a similar idea, it makes more sense than a traditional library these days, but to see it working is fantastic. Have you tried to expand the MILL to other cities? I thought a bookmobile style of delivery could get the instruments to schools and youth music organizations. I have also thought of funding via a locally produced and consumed product that provides a direct donation to your organization. I live on Maui so here it would be ” Joe’s M.I.L.L. Coffee “. More later…Vince.

  2. Kate

     /  29/03/12

    I love this place. You can try any instrument and have a go.
    Roger is extremely knowledgeable and helpful.

    Highly recommended.

  3. David

     /  29/03/12

    Dear Roger – Hope all is well…

    Question: Has the mill ever considered expanding their community service to local inmates such as:


    I believe this would be a natural extension and benefit to our community at large .

    P.S I do have some connections for further consideration/investigation.

    Let me know,

    Thank you,

    David Cliff

  4. Monika

     /  08/05/12

    All the best for the 2012 Homegrown Live you guys, wish I could be there to help and just remember that during the weekend there will be so many musical Angels smiling down on you and your efforts.

  5. Gord Sly

     /  14/06/13

    I have an older Epiphone FT160 12-string guitar, in good working order, that I would like to donate to the Joe M.I.L.L. organization. Please let me know how to do this.
    Gord Sly

    • joesmill

       /  17/06/13

      Hi Gord, and thank you for your offer. Please bring your guitar down to the library when it’s open and Roger or Rob will be glad to take the guitar into inventory, the hours and contact info are posted on our web page.


  6. Ashley Pixley

     /  19/09/13

    I just wanted to say thank you for all of your organization and dedication to this library. Without the generosity of your staff and those that donate, we would not be able to run the programs at our local schools and offer lessons to students who otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford an instrument. Kingston is such an artistic community and our students are lucky to be part of it!

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