• 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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    We need volunteers to help with administration, maintenance, events, fundraising, ticket sales, solicitation, implementing grant programs, fundraising projects, marketing and serving on the board of directors.

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“Every Story Has a Song”: A Joe’s M.I.L.L. Concert/Songwriting Workshop, February 20th

For aspiring songwriters and anyone who enjoys a good story, good music, or both!

7:30 p.m., Thursday, February 20th
RCHA Club, 193 Ontario St., Kingston
With special guests Ritchie Parrish Ritchie

Tickets only $10.00 at the door and $5.00 for the marginally employed or struggling musicians

They rocked the folk/roots music scene as the rhythm section of Tanglefoot, a hard working band with a massive presence and a relentless tour schedule that earned them a fanatically loyal following throughout Canada, the US & Britain.

Now Rob Ritchie, Al Parrish and Steve Ritchie have re-connected as RPR. Along with master percussionist Beaker Granger, these four veteran performers and masters of musical mythology will create a memorable evening of arresting music, stories, laughter and reminiscence. It’s light and shade, irreverent and poignant, gentle as a whisper and rampantly energetic.



Policy Change as of Jan 1st

Due to an increase in registrations and in order to keep our client base current , it has become necessary to update contact information etc for our long-time borrowers. In this regard, Joe’s M.I.L.L. has implemented the following policy change:

Commencing January 1st of each year, cardholders with registration cards over 2 years old will be required to re-register. This means as of January 1st, 2014 all borrower registration cards in the 11XXX number series will cease to be valid. In order to continue to borrow our instruments, clients holding these card numbers will be required to re-register.

Please have the following ready at the time of re-registration:

  • Photo ID showing date of birth
  • Recent document confirming current residential address within the Library borrowing area


The Mahones Donate Another New Electric Guitar to the Library!

Joe’s M.I.L.L. president Terry Snider and Finny McConnell with a brand new Epiphone SG Special Electric Guitar. Another fine instrument donated to the library by, Canada’s premier irish punk band, The Mahones!


4B Drum Clearance Sale

Sunday December 8th
11:00am to 2:00pm

An accumulation of surplus, “hurtin’ unit”
Drums, Cymbals, Drum Hardware, Accessories, etc.
in various states of suffering!

prices from as little as $5!

Cash only

*4B = Bruised, Battered, Bent & Busted

Joe’s M.I.L.L. Presents Basses Loaded: A Bass Guitar Master Class with Anthony Wellington

7:00 p..m Saturday November 23rd, 2013

Wilson Room – Kingston Public Library,  Central Branch 130 Johnson St

A once in a lifetime opportunity to watch, hear and interact with one of the top bass players in the world today.

“Anthony is one of the best music teachers I know. He teaches stuff that other teachers don’t even know…I would recommend him to teach anybody!” -  Victor Wooten.



Advance tickets: only $10.00, available from Brian’s Record Option, 381 Princess St, and

from  Tara’s Natural Foods, 81 Princess , or online 

            Walk up tickets: $15.00 at the door       

Buy your Anthony Wellington tickets online and out of town purchasers can get a special get a special rate from the Marriott 

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NOV 16th, A Joe Show! with Riff Raft, Kevin Head Trio, Strung Out to Dry and The ThoroughFreds at The Masion

joe show 2013

more information here

KCVI Students win $5,000.00 Prize for Joe’s M.I.L.L. via Y.I.P. Project

On September 21st, Joe’s M.I.L.L. staff and board members recognized KVCI students Elliot Sinclair and Emile Flavin, along with their civics teacher, Mr. Bischof, for their donation of $5,000 that they earned through the Youth and Philanthrophy (YIP) Initiative in the 2012-2013 school year.

“We are very proud of Elliot and Emile for their leadership skills for their civics initiative in preparing and presenting the winning papers that were presented to a group of their peers who acted as judges” said Terry Snider, President. Their initiative won the $5,000.00 award and the students chose Joe’s M.I.L.L. as the recipient.



Library to be closed Sunday, Sept 29th until Tuesday, Oct 8th

The Music Instrument Lending Library will be closed: SUNDAY, SEPT 29TH through to TUESDAY, OCT 8TH.

We will return to regular hours on TUESDAY, OCT 8TH.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

  • Our Hours

    Tuesday: 3pm – 7pm
    Wednesday: 10am - 2pm
    Thursday: 3pm – 7pm
    Friday: 10am - 2pm
    Saturday: Noon – 4pm
    Sunday: Closed
    Monday: Closed

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