To commemorate Canada’s 150th birthday, an insurer is expanding on its program that lends musical instruments to interested citizens free of charge.
Sun Life Financial announced yesterday at the Vancouver Public Library that it is expanding on its Sun Life Financial Musical Instrument Lending Library program, with plans to make the initiative available in more cities. Through the program, anyone with a valid library card can borrow a variety of musical instruments from participating local public libraries.
The Sun Life Financial Musical Instrument Lending Library was first launched in 2016, at the Parkdale Branch of the Toronto Public Library.
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The company will be making a philanthropic donation to fund the program operation, on top of providing 150 instruments to each participating library. Instruments include guitars, ukuleles, violins, drums, xylophones and portable keyboards.
“Music is an important part of Canadian culture and heritage, which is why we’re thrilled to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday by making music more accessible to individuals and their families,” said Sun Life Financial Canada president Kevin Dougherty. “At Sun Life, we’re committed to building sustainable, healthier communities and we know libraries are vibrant community hubs and a rich source of culture. Music and the arts play an important role in our society and I’m proud that we can provide the opportunity for so many Canadians to experience and enjoy the positive power of music.”
“The Sun Life Financial Musical Instrument Lending Library is thriving in Vancouver,” said Vancouver Public Library chief librarian Sandra Singh. “The community response has been incredible. People of all ages - from beginners to those rediscovering their passion for playing - are borrowing these instruments, and, as a result, we’re able to connect more people to the love of music. We’re thrilled to be part of the program, and excited to be part of supporting Vancouver’s creativity, culture and artistic expression. Thanks to Sun Life’s generosity, more Vancouverites are able to play and experience music.”
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