• What’s Joe’s M.I.L.L.?

    The Joe Chithalen Memorial Musical Instrument Lending Library has over 750 instruments and many new arrivals, that you can borrow for free!

    How to Register

  • Who was Joe?

    photo by Jonathon Sugarman
    Joe Chithalen
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  • Join Joe’s Crew!

    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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About Joe’s M.I.L.L.

The Joe Chithalen Memorial Musical Instrument Lending Library (Joe’s M.I.L.L.) has over 750 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
Chantal Thompson

  • 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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