About the Local Music Collection

August 31, 2009 |

Local Music Collection

Toronto Public Library’s Local Music Collection includes music from across Canada, with a focus on the Toronto area.  CDs are located in 20 branches and can be borrowed or reserved online for pick up at your local library.  Some Local Music albums are available for free streaming through the Library’s website.  All you need is a Toronto Public Library card and an internet connection.  Log onto tpl.ca/downloads to get started.

Branches with the Local Music Collection are:

  • Agincourt
  • Albert Campbell
  • Albion
  • Bloor-Gladstone
  • Cedarbrae
  • College-Shaw
  • Don Mills
  • Eatonville
  • Fairview
  • Lillian H Smith
  • Malvern
  • Maria A Shchuka
  • North York Central (Teen Zone)
  • Northern District
  • Pape-Danforth
  • Richview
  • Runnymede
  • S Walter Stewart
  • York Woods
  • Yorkville.

A reference collection is held at the Toronto Reference Library.

Make Some Noise Concerts

To celebrate the launch of the Local Music Collection in 2006 we held two concerts featuring ten Toronto artists, and we've been offering free Make Some Noise concerts—some big and some small—ever since. Performers have included Diamond Rings, Fucked Up, ShadOhbijou, Maylee Todd, and Bruce Peninsula. We also offer music-related workshops, discussion panels, author talks and film screenings.

Our partners are Soundscapes, and Exclaim!.

2010 concert  Katiestelmanis2

I am a Canadian independent musician and I would like my CD in the collection

Soundscapes is the vendor for this project. The library does not accept donations. Independent musicians who would like their CDs to be included in TPL's collection should ask Soundscapes to accept them on consignment (this means leaving CDs with Soundscapes to sell with the provision that payment be made only on completed sales and that unsold goods may be returned). The library pays some attention to how CDs are selling at Soundscapes when making selections, but other factors are considered, such as reviews.