Hedley, Mother Mother on hand to launch Vancouver Public Library's borrowable collection of instruments
Brass, woodwinds, banjos and ukuleles, can be borrowed for up to three weeks
If you've ever wanted to try learning a musical instrument but wouldn't or couldn't invest in one, the Vancouver Public Library might have the answer.
Its new instrument lending program at the downtown branch allows cardholders to pick from among 100 instruments.
From brass to woodwinds, from ukuleles to banjos — even the last harp owned by the woman who recorded the theme song to The Friendly Giant, a popular Canadian children's show that aired on CBC television from 1958 to 1985.
"I think it's important for us to represent a community that really relies on togetherness," said Hedley frontman Jacob Hoggard.
Mother Mother's Molly Guldemond was also excited at the idea.
"When i first heard about it it was like, 'Obviously, why not? Why hasn't this been a thing before?'" she said. "Music and the arts shouldn't be elitist, so it's a very good thing to be a part of."
The bulk of the collection was donated by Sun Life Financial, along with $130,000 for program costs.
Spit valves will be clean
And if you're worried about instrument cleanliness, don't fret.
A partnership with Long and McQuade means library staff will be trained in proper care and cleaning of loaned instruments to ensure all spit valves and mouth pieces are well taken care of.
Just don't turn yours in after the due date. Late fees are a dollar per day.