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Are you a music aficionado? A absent minded radio listener? Perhaps you're a musician/performer yourself. The library has a few resources that will most likely appeal to many music lovers and musicians.
Make Some Noise:
Is an after hours concert series of live bands playing in branches of the Toronto Public Library (by after hours we mean after the library closes at either 5:00 or 8:30 pm). The next upcoming performance is the duo Tasseomancy and Castle If who will be performing at the Yorkville branch on April 29th with the program commencing at 7:00 pm and the doors opening at 6:30.
The Local Music Collection:
This is a physical collection of compact discs from musicians across Canada. The CD's are located in 20 branches of the library and can be access on line and placed on hold. Those musicians who have made their music available through streaming can be accessed online through the libraries portal tpl.ca/downloads. (you have to have an up-to-date library card to access the streaming collection). The collection has a focus on Toronto artists but also looks nation wide for new music and talent. There is also a reference collection of this music (a lot of it on vinyl) at the reference library.
You can also access sheet music from the libraries collections. The variety of the sheet music varies greatly but runs the gamut from classical to contemporary music. These scores are generally reference but much of it does circulate so you can take the sheets home to learn and practice.
Instrument Lending Library:
The Parkdale branch has a collection of instruments that can be borrowed to take home with a library card. This collection includes string instruments, brass, drums, keyboards, and classic and acoustic guitars. Follow this link to find out more about this esoteric collection.