Soon you'll be able to borrow musical instruments at the library
Money for the musical instrument lending library comes from a fund set up by the Junos
Before the end of the year, London Public Library patrons will be able to borrow musical instruments using their library card.
The instrumental lending library is being launched in the next two months with money collected during the Junos, part of Music Counts.
The fund took $1 from Juno event ticket sales held at Budweiser Gardens, Centennial Hall and the London Music Hall.
"I'm sure there will be some string instruments involved. We're having them sourced right now, and we don't want to make any promises we can't keep, but we'll make an announcement soon."
The instruments will be purchased with $200,000 raised through Music Counts, members of the Juno host committee announced Thursday.
Chris Campbell, London's director of culture and entertainment tourism, said the economic impact of the Junos to London was $1.9 million.
Schools getting instruments
Music Counts has also given money to help give students in the London area access to musical instruments and other resources, such as scholarships.
At Riverside Public School, students described instruments that were literally rotting, said Kristy Fletcher, the executive director of Music Counts.
"Like many schools, they have an increase in new Canadians joining their population. As we know, music can be a tool that helps lessen language barriers and encourages cultural exploration. Riverside was able to get new equipment. They'll be used by students for many years to come," she said.
Other schools will also get money from music grants, some of which are open until November.
London Mayor Ed Holder said the Junos were an opportunity to "showcase London as the great city it is."
"The Junos did London proud and I know that the Juno folks feel London did the Junos proud. London didn't have a prouder day," Holder said.