• 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!

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  • Who was Joe?

    photo by Jonathon Sugarman
    Joe Chithalen
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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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Move The Mill Fundraiser


“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.



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

March 15th There Goes the Neighbourhood! A fundraiser for Joe’s M.I.L.L.

See details in Events and Tickets   https://joesmill.wordpress.com/events/

Upcoming events

Check out our events page for info on Open Voices with Peter Katz June 2nd

Bring Q to Kingston!

Board member Chris Morris sent this in to CBC Radio’s Q this morning – making the case for bringing the show to Kingston.

Hi Jian & the Q crew,
I’m on the board of directors for an amazing charity called Joe’s M.I.L.L., aka the Joe Chithalen Memorial Musical Instrument Lending Library.  Joe Chithalen was a bass player in the Kingston area, and though he isn’t that well known outside of Kingston, he certainly made an impression on Canadian music in the 90s.  He was the original bass player in both Weeping Tile and The Mahones, and played in many other Kingston bands as well.  He was on tour with The Mahones in Amsterdam in 1999 when he ate something that triggered his peanut allergy.  His Epi-Pen wasn’t handy, and he died.
Joe was a popular guy in Kingston, and the musical community rallied instantly with tribute shows and creating a legacy project.   Wally High, personal assistant to Dan Aykroyd, was a friend of Joe’s and had long dreamed of a spot where young people could go to get their start in music.  The Musical Instrument Lending Library was conceived, and in 2011 we have exceeded 2000 loans for the year, with an inventory of over 450 instruments!   Over the years we have had many fundraising concerts to keep us open: The Tragically Hip, The Trews, Matthew Good, The Doobie Brothers, Jeff Healey, Steppenwolf, Prarie Oyster, and many, many more have all believed in our cause and were happy to lend their support.
My main role on the board is to oversee our special events.  Saturday night, we had booked Led Zeppelin tribute band Michael White & The White to play a benefit concert for us, along with a couple of local opening acts.  We were on track to sell out the show when Michael called from Toronto to say he was too sick to play.  We’d been trying to put this together for over a year, and we had 10 hours until doors opened to figure out how to save the evening.  I called The Mansion, the venue we had booked, to let them know and to see what options we had.  The Mansion has live music 7 nights a week and is owned by Kingston musicians.  After a couple of hours of phone calls and emails, we found out that Sarah Harmer, an old friend and bandmate of Joe’s, was available and was more than happy to fill in.   Although Sarah Harmer isn’t your first choice of substitute for a Zeppelin tribute act, we knew if we got the word out that we’d sell some extra tickets just for her, and maybe some of the Zep fans would stay anyways.
It turned out that we had an amazing show, raised some much-needed money for the M.I.L.L., and everyone had a really great night.
Could this happen anywhere else but in Kingston?  Is there anywhere else in Canada where anybody can walk into a library and walk out with a guitar, drumkit, autoharp, clarinet, ukelele, or a didjeridu?  We don’t think so.  I hope you’ll consider bringing Q to Kingston and celebrate the culture that city gives us, and the culture that we try and give back to the city!

Michael White is tonight!

Michael White & The White (Zeppelin tribute & Joe’s MILL fundraiser) is TONIGHT at The Mansion. You can get tickets at Brian’s until about 4 this afternoon.  Justin Bird goes on at 9:30, Haint Blues at 10 PM, Michael White at 11 (ish).  Hope to see you tonight!

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