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Donate Used Musical Instruments (Ottawa Area)

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Your donation of a guitar can help change the life of a veteran in need.

Do you have an extra guitar that hasn’t been played as much as it should? Please consider donating it to Guitars for Vets, where it will be recruited to play a lead role in the music rehabilitation programming for a veteran who needs it most.

Drop-off locations: Guitars can be dropped off at any Long and McQuade music store across the country. See here for more information:


Thank you.


“Give your instrument new life!

OrKidstra happily accepts all instruments in good working order. We provide a tax receipt for all instrument donations accompanied by a current appraisal.

Please note: OrKidstra does not accept pianos. Please contact program@orkidstra.ca if you have additional questions.

Instrument wish list

  • All band (wind and brass) instruments especially trumpets, trombones and saxophones
  • All string instruments especially full size and ¾ violins
  • Upright and electric basses”


“The Ottawa Public Library (OPL) and Long & McQuade, supported by Sun Life Financial, are conducting a donation drive for musical instruments to add to OPL’s new initiative, the Sun Life Financial Musical Instrument Lending Library” Accepting instruments from November 7 to December 8, 2017

USED INSTRUMENT DRIVE! Accepting instruments from May 4 – 31, 2018 at main library branch, 120 Metcalfe St., or the Nepean Centrepointe branch, 101 Centrepointe Drive. See WishList for types of instruments wanted:

WishList: https://biblioottawalibrary.ca/en/blogs/donate-your-musical-instruments-library-may


Is in need of new or lightly used items. Please contact St. Brigid’s if you would like to donate.

  • Musical instruments (guitars…)
  • Arts & Crafts (paints, brushes, markers, crayons, jewlery making & beads, any type of decorative crafts (feathers, foamies), scissors…)
  • Games (Chess, cards, checkers…)

You can leave a voice mail or e-mail message at anytime. We are available in person Monday-Thursday 5pm-8pm. All messages will be returned within 24 hours.

St. Brigid’s Summer Camp
Tel: (613) 742-8160
E-mail: info@stbcamp.ca
Fax: (613) 435-4653
Charity Number: 131 77 2451 RR0001

Website: http://www.stbcamp.ca


Accepts musical instruments (but not pianos and organs).
Drop off possible at the Ottawa thrift stores & home pick-ups possible.

1620 Merivale Rd., Nepean, ON  K2G 3K3

1273 Wellington Street, West, Ottawa, Ontario  K1Y 3A6

Lists of other items accepted or not see: https://thrift-store.ca/donations/donating-used-goods/

Store Locator/Contact information/Hours: https://thrift-store.ca/ottawa-locations/

YOUTH SERVICES BUREAU OF OTTAWA (Not a charity, but a helpful community organization)



  1. Hi,

    I have an acoustic guitar i am trying to get rid of works fine comes with a case. Let mw know if you would be interested in it.

    • CharityWishList.ca

      Hello Brandon, thank you for wanting to find a new home for your acoustic guitar. The “Guitar for Vets” program redistributes donated guitars. Guitars can be dropped off at any Long and McQuade music store in Canada, for example in Ottawa: Long and McQuade, 1193 Hunt Club Rd, Ottawa, Ontario, K1V 8S4. Phone: (613) 521-5909. For info about the Guitars for Vets program: Guitar for Vets website

  2. Hi, I am considering donating our 100 year old Heinzman piano. It works great and it is in a great shape. I live in Ottawa, ON, K2J 5S6. Can you advise if and how I can donate a piano here?

    Please message me at pkallai@keystep.com.


    • Hi Peter, thank you for your inquiry. I will contact you at the e-mail address you provided. Thanks. Michelle Beaupre, Owner, CharityWishList.ca

      • I have a story and Clark upright console piano that I want To donate somewhere. You pick up.

        • Hi Laura, thank you for your offer of a piano. CharityWishList.ca doesn’t collect anything itself, but I have sent an email to an Ottawa organization to see if they would like me to put you in contact with them. I will contact you directly by email when I hear back. Thank you for the offer. Sincerely, Michelle Beaupre, CharityWishList.ca


  4. I have a piano to donate as well. I”m unsure of the name or age, at least 40 years old. I live in rockland Ontario.
    Please email for pick up
    Thank you

    • Hi Carmen, thank you for wanting to find a new home for your piano. Unfortunately pianos are really hard to rehome for many reasons. You could try IMMIGRANT WOMEN SERVICES OTTAWA, they seem to be quite appreciative of almost anything. Based on recent searches, I don’t know of any charities that are actively looking for pianos at this time. You may want to try local music schools, see if they know of students that would appreciate a free piano. Best of luck, Michelle Beaupre, Owner, CharityWishList.ca

      Contact info:

      WishList of items wanted in good condition:

      also, furniture, including beds and mattresses, very good condition couches, tables, dressers
      house supplies like pots and pans, small appliances
      electronics including working computers, TVs etc.
      Note: if the distance to pick-up is long, it would be appreciated if the donor shares the mover’s expenses. Thanks.

      Contact either:

      Shahnaz Perveen, Transition and Housing Support Worker
      Telephone number: 613-729-3145 ext. 231
      Christine Uwanyilgira, Settlement Counsellor
      613-729-3145 ext 260

      Address: 219 Argyle Street, Suite 400, Ottawa, Ontario K2P 2H4
      E-mail: infomail@immigrantwomenservices.com
      Attention Shahnaz Perveen and Christine Uwanyilgira
      Website: http://www.immigrantwomenservices.com

      Good luck.

  5. I have a new keyboard that I just purchased in December 2018. I used it once….had good intentions of learning but I feel like another instrument would be better for me. I’d like to donate the keyboard and the stand and stool that I bought with it. Any ideas of a good charity that would appreciate something like this?

    • Hi Kelly, thank you for asking. I notice you commented from the Ottawa page. There are some charities listed there, but not many. So I sent an email to the Ottawa Public Library this morning to see if they would be interested in this type of instrument and if someone would have to wait for their next musical instrument drive or if they could donate right away. They have a lending library set up. I will contact you again as soon as I hear back. Thanks, Michelle Beaupre, CharityWishList.ca (If you find someplace in the meantime, please let me know.)

  6. Hello,
    My mother in law has this antique mechanic piano from 1911, which is in a great condition.
    She is moving into a condo and would like to donate this piano.
    it is in a great condition and she also has collections of music rolls that you can play with.
    She lives in Chelsea, QC.
    You will have to be in charge of moving if you want it.

    Photos are available upon request.

  7. Hi Sayun, thank you very much for your kind offer. Could you please send photos of the piano by email to info@charitywishlist.ca ? CharityWishList.ca doesn’t collect any items itself, but I can help you try to find a charity interested in it. Do you know who it was made by?

  8. Hi,

    I have a Berlin Piano Co upright piano that was left in the home my wife and I bought. It is in decent shape but is out of tune and one of the keys stick. Apparently, it worked well but hasn’t been played in many years. I would hate to just throw it out, as it is in good shape. Please let me know if there is anywhere in the Capital region that takes pianos.

    My email is tkj.meyer@gmail.com

    Kind regards,

    • Hi Tyler, pianos are really hard to place. Best to include model number and photo when offering it – located usually underneath the top lid of the piano. But try the Ottawa Public Library, new initiative, they are considering an extension to their instrument lending library, to make available a list that potential piano donors could add their name to, so they can be matched with people that are interested in receiving a free piano.
      You can contact her directly at:
      Laura Ivan, Ottawa Public Library at email: laura.ivan@ottawa.ca

      Or you could also try local daycares, schools, churches, pubs. It’s the hardest item to give away because it involves heavy lifting/moving costs which can cost more than the cost of a really good new electronic keyboard. Pianos should be tuned once a year so it’s no surprise it is out of tune, that could be normal. I don’t know about the sticking key. Perhaps contact Lauzon Music in Ottawa to ask how serious/expensive to fix that is? If you give them model and serial number they might be able to give you a guesstimate as to its resale value. Hope this helps. Michelle Beaupre, Owner CharityWishList.ca

  9. I have a trombone to donate. Please recommend a good place to contact. Thank you

  10. I have a violin I would like to donate to OrKidstra.
    Would you be able to recommend a place in Ottawa where I could take it for an appraisal?

    • Hi Anita, that’s awesome that you want to donate a violin to OrKidstra. Please let them know. As for violin appraisals, I could Google suggestions, but you would likely be better off contacting, for example, the Music Dept at the University of Ottawa, or The National Arts Centre to see who they would use. Or even Steve’s Music Store. I hope this is helpful. Thanks, Michelle Beaupre, CharityWishList.ca

  11. My name is Bill Joyce and I am a volunteer with the Catholic Centre for Immigrants. I am helping to support a family of refugees from Congo in their transition to life in Ottawa.

    This family has an 18 year old son who would like to start a business teaching music to others. I am wondering if you might have any contacts in Ottawa. I would love to find some organization who might be able to coordinate the donation of some musical instruments such as keyboards and guitars. He would also benefit from someone who could advise or mentor him. He is not formally trained, but is apparently very talented, and specializes in a particular form of African music.

    I would greatly appreciate it if you could share this with anyone who might be able to point me in the right direction. Thank you!

    Thank you!

    • Hi Bill, I would suggest that he ask a charity to put a request to be added to the CharityWishList.ca directory looking for instruments. Then it would be through a charity and I could list the charity. If this is helpful, I can tell you that there is a surplus of real pianos out there. People have a hard time giving them away, charities rarely want them since they require pickup and delivery which can often cost more than a good electronic piano would cost. There may be a business idea in there for someone who wants to collect pianos and either resell them, or turn them into desks or fancy book cases. Partner with a charity would be my suggestion. As for the 18 year old, he could apply for a Vulnerable Sector Check clearance through local police station, once he gets that, he could ask about partnering with schools for demonstration during International Week activities. Best of luck.

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