• 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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Previous Events

Nov 16th – “Jam for Joe”


Sept 27th – An Evening with Chuck Rainey



Feb 20th – “Every Story Has a Song” – Songwriting Workshop

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Nov 23 – Basses Loaded – Bass Guitar Master Class

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NOV 16th, A Joe Show!

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A Joe’s MILL fundraising concert

A Joe Show”, a fundraising concert for Joe’s M.I.L.L., takes place on Saturday, November 16 at The Mansion (506 Princess Street, Kingston). Join us to celebrate Joe Chithalen’s birthday with Riff RaftKevin Head Trio, Strung Out To Dry, and The ThoroughFreds. Doors open at 9 PM, this is a 19+ event.  Tickets are $10 and available at the door.

Riff Raft – Riff Raft was an essential part of the sound of Kingston in the early 2000s.  They were one of the house bands at The Scherzo Pub, then the centre of Kingston’s live music scene.  Lead singer Mariko “Muddy” Ohtake, bassist Michael Perlin, guitarist James Taylor, and drummer Casey Fisher were all highly experienced musicians close friends from high school.  Jazz/funk instrumentals, soul and Motown classic, funky originals and much more, the dance floor was never empty. Jobs, school, family, etc. caused the group to unofficially split several years ago, but they’ve agreed, for the love of Joe and the library in his name, to play together again.  Get ready to get down!

Kingston’s Kevin Head is an accomplished singer, songwriter, musical director and actor. Formerly from Nova Scotia, where he still has close ties, and once called “The Original Salt Cod Cowboy”, Kevin toured extensively throughout the Maritimes with bands, theatre troupes and as a solo performer/singer, songwriter.

Strung Out To Dry are a roots trio from Kingston. Pete Jozsa (mandolin, vocals), Chris Morris (guitar, harmonica, vocals) and Chris Petersen (bass, vocals) are all seasoned musicians who formed musical bond over their love for the Grateful Dead and the traditional string music of the American south: folk, bluegrass, mountain music, Delta blues, etc. They perform original and traditional songs, a small handful of tunes from the repertoire Jerry Garcia & David Grisman, instrumental songs, and a LOT of solos.

Trains, busted cars, old tractors, double-wides & much more!  Classic songs from the pen of Canadian alt-country icon Fred J. Eaglesmith get some refreshing new treatments at the hands of self-confessed ‘Fred-heads’ Kevin, Rog (the MILL librarian!) & Tom. With a whole lot of wailin’ ‘Willie P.-esque’ harmonies & energy to spare, The ThoroughFreds bring a mixed bag of some of Mr.Eaglesmith’s best to the stage.

The Joe Chithalen Musical Instrument Lending Library (Joe’s M.I.L.L.) is a registered charity operating in Kingston at 559 Bagot Street.  Joe’s M.I.L.L. currently has over 450 items available to borrow and enjoy, including guitars, keyboards, drums, horns, violins, percussion, exotic instruments, and much more – and just like a regular library, it’s all free!  Our lending and teaching programs sustain music appreciation, knowledge, community enrichment and provide opportunities for youth and adults to meet their full potential.

Nov 9th, at Overtime Sports Bar!


Wednesday Nov 6th -Blue Monday, Little Betty & Bloom!


Joe’s M.I.L.L. Presents Peter Karp & Sue Foley – A “hands-on” Blues Guitar Workshop

When: Saturday Aug 24th, 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Where: RCHA Club 193 Ontario St, Kingston
$20 Tickets available at Brian’s Record Option
131 Princess St, Kingston, (613) 542 2452
* spaces strictly limited! *
get your ticket now to avoid disappointment!!
Bring along your favourite guitar or,  once you have purchased your ticket, you can reserve an instrument from Joe’s M.I.L.L. for the workshop.
Come and enjoy an afternoon of playing the blues with a couple of the greats…!
sponsored by CKAF & Kingston Blues Society

Mo-Joe Show, Motown Dance Party with Heatwave, April 20th at Zorba’s

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HEATWAVE is an 8 piece rhythm and blues powerhouse specializing in the music of Motown, the American hit factory that produced The Supremes, The Temptations, The Four Tops, The Jackson Five, Marvin Gay, Mary Wells, the Miracles and Martha and the Vandallas. Every tune is a dance-floor filler and a sing-along thriller.

HEATWAVE  is comprised of Gord McDiarmid on keyboards and vocals, Brant Peppley on guitar and vocals, Brian Howell on percussion and vocals, Craig Jones on bass and vocals, Val Hamilton on sax and vocals, Barb Wilson on keyboards and vocals, Henny Harmsen on drums and Jay Janz on saxophone. Their repertoire is right out of the chart-topping hits of the 1960s and 1970s when Motown was in its heyday. HEATWAVE lovingly re-creates these enduring classics and sends everyone home with a smile on their face and a spring in their step.

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

Featuring Vorasek, Iconoclast (Ottawa),
River City Junction and New Age Soldier $5.00 Advance tickets, $10.00 at the door.
Ticket locations: Renaissance Music, Tricolour Outlet – Queen’s University, Brian’s Record Option, JOE’s MILL at 559 Bagot/back entrance, Revolutions, and at St. Lawrence College
Watch for our special preview event March 9 at the Cataraqui Center, more local entertainment to be announced, get your Timmies and your tickets!!, The M.I.L.L. At The Mall (http://www.facebook.com/events/493979400665690/)

January 20th The Master Ukulele Workshop

Joe’s MILL Master Ukulele Workshop with James Hill

With James Hill and Anne Janelle on January 20th, 2013, 2:00 p.m. at the Cooke’s Portsmouth United Church, 200 Norman Rogers Drive in Kingston. Presented by Open Voices and Joe’s M.I.L.L. and sponsored by the City of Kingston Arts Council. Tickets available at Brian’s Record Option and Tara Natural Foods and cost $10.00 for adults, $5.00 for the under employed and non-wage earner. Children age 12 and under will admitted free.

  • 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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