Borrow a banjo

Sun Life sponsors Instrument Lending Library

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Residents in PEI will now be able to borrow musical instruments from their public libraries, free of charge. Similar to taking out a book, the Sun Life Musical Instrument Lending Library program allows anyone with a valid library card the opportunity to borrow a wide range of musical instruments such as guitars, banjos, and drums, to name a few. PEI libraries in Summerside, Charlottetown and Montague will benefit from this initiative.

Said Paul Joliat, Assistant Vice-President, Philanthropy and Sponsorships, Sun Life. “Part of Sun Life’s purpose is to help our clients live healthier lives. We know music has the ability to connect us and allows us to express ourselves on a deeper level. That’s why we’re honoured to allow more Canadians the opportunity to experience the joy of making music.”

Sun Life is making a donation of $140,000 to the Government of PEI to fund the program’s operating costs. In addition to donating 150 musical instruments, including guitars, banjos, mandolins, ukuleles, violins, drums, and portable keyboards, Sun Life has created a series of videos to assist with the use, care and enjoyment of the instruments.

The Sun Life Musical Instrument Lending Library is an integral part of the company’s philanthropic support of arts and culture through its Making the Arts More Accessible™ program.

Prince Edward Island public libraries recently held a musical instrument donation drive to add to the collection so that more people will have access to instruments. Residents can drop off their donations of new or gently used guitars, banjos, mandolins, ukuleles, violins, drums, and portable keyboards at any PEI Public Library branch or Long & McQuade location. Visit for more information.

The Sun Life Financial Musical Instrument Lending Library was first launched at the Toronto Public Library, expanding to the Vancouver, Montréal, Calgary, Kitchener, Ottawa, Fredericton, Regina, Halifax and St. John’s.