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Donate Musical Instruments (Toronto Area)

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ARTSCAN CIRCLE 

WishList: https://artscancircle.ca/ways-to-give/donate-musical-instruments/

Drop off location (to donate new and used instruments) by appointment please.

Toronto: ARTSCAN CIRCLE

Please be sure to send us an e-mail at operationsmanager@artscancircle.org to let us know it’s coming. Thanks.

Attn: Operations Manager (Melissa Savage)
18 King Street East, Suite 1400
Toronto, Ontario  M5C 1C4

T. 905 836-9117

(Note: due to their size/weight to ship, upright pianos and organs are not needed. Thanks.)


BIG BROTHERS AND BIG SISTERS TORONTO

Want to donate, to Big Brothers and Big Sisters Toronto, a gently used guitar that may need some repairs or is ready to be played? Guitars for Kids Toronto is accepting guitar donations and will fix them at their own expense and then donate the guitars. Those beyond repair get donated to Etobicoke School of The Arts for example and they turn them into art projects. You can send Big Brothers and Big Sisters an e-mail (Alexandra Gruber alexandra.gruber@bigbrothersbigsisters.ca) to let them know you have donated a guitar and where.) Please do not drop off guitars directly to the Big Brothers and Big Sisters offices, they are officially using Guitars for Kids Toronto to collect and ensure they are in proper shape to give to the kids.

Thank you. Guitars for Kids Toronto e-mail: guitarsforkidstoronto@gmail.com Tel: 416-903-5467 Attn: Dave Wharry

Guitar Drop off location Centre Central:
Capsule Music
985 Dovercourt Road, Toronto, ON M6H 2X6
Email: info@capsulemusic.com  Telephone: (416) 203-0202
Our hours are Tuesday-Friday-10-3, Saturdays-11-5

Guitar Drop off location Centre West:
KAOS Music
3052 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON M8X 1C4
E-mail: www.kaosmusiccentre.com  Tel: (416) 233-2232
Monday – Thursday 10am-9pm
Friday 11am – 6pm
Saturday 10am-5pm
Sunday 11am-3pm


DIXON HALL MUSIC PROGRAM (Toronto)

WishList: Various musical instruments

Website: https://dixonhall.org

e.g., Especially string instruments, ideally half-size and 3/4 size (but ask about other sizes and instruments that maybe in need of at the moment as well.)

NOTE: (not pianos)

Instrument Donation Contact:

Dixon Hall Music Director
Bob McKitrick via email at bob.mckitrick@dixonhall.org
(Please include a photo of the instrument if possible.)

41 Comments:

  1. Hi there would you accept a keyboard and autoharp

  2. Hello, would you accept a childrens drum set? Free. I can drop off . Thanks very much.
    Marianne

    • CharityWishList.ca

      Hi Marianne, thank you for your interest in donating a child’s drum set. CharityWishList.ca is like a directory to help you find a charity near you that wants what you want to give away. CharityWishList.ca doesn’t accept anything itself. You would need to please contact the charity of your choice directly. For Toronto, I would suggest contacting either of the two listed on my website: https://charitywishlist.ca/select-province/ontario/toronto/donate-musical-instruments-toronto-area/

      I hope this information is helpful.
      Thanks for wanting to find a new home for the instrument.
      Michelle Beaupre, Owner, CharityWishList.ca

  3. Hi
    I teach at an inner city middle model school in Toronto. We are in need of any music instruments that we can get.
    Any change someone can help us out.

    • Hi Natasha, thank you for your inquiry. This is just to let you know that I am currently helping with several other requests that are ahead of you, but I should reply properly to your request tomorrow. Thanks, Michelle Beaupre

    • Hi, I have lost my husband. Have a few guitars, banjo, squeeze box. But I live in cobourg area, cannot get to Toronto. Any suggestions? Would love these to go to someone who would appreciate these.

      • Hi Sandra, I am sorry for your loss. There is a program called “Guitars for Vets” that would likely be the perfect fit for your donation of guitars. I have contacted Long & McQuade Music Store in Cobourg and they will get back to me tomorrow (the person who would know is away today. Last I heard all their stores across Canada accept guitars for the Guitars for Vets program. I just want to ensure they are doing it still before I refer you to them.) Guitars for Vets Canada

      • HI Sandra, I just received a call back. Yes, Long & McQuade Music Store in Cobourg would happily accept the guitar, make any repairs it might need, and then at L & M’s own cost send it to the Guitars for Vets Program. You would want to speak with Joel or Boyd (either of them can tell you more about the program.) As for the banjo and the squeeze box, the Guitar for Vets program wouldn’t be the right fit, but Joel suggested that you may want to sell those two items through them and then donate the money to the charity of your choice. Hope this helps. – Michelle, CharityWishList.ca
        LONG & MCQUADE:
        7789 County Road 2
        Phone: (905) 373-1991
        Email: cobourg@long-mcquade.com

    • I would like to donate a baby grandxstill in very goid condition..would have to be moved to your location by your people.
      You can reach me at 6472271083 or email at david_harris75@outlook.com

      • Hi David or Natasha, thank you for your inquiry. I have sent a message to one of the charities in Toronto. I will get back to you when I know more. Would you have a photo and brand/model/year by any chance? I can anticipate them wanting to know/see a photo. Please let me know if you find a taker for the piano so I will know to stop looking.

        Thanks,
        Michelle Beaupre
        CharityWishList.ca

  4. Hello,

    I’m new immigrant to Canada (Toronto) and am looking for a donated piano. I’m really passionate about playing one but can’t afford to buy one. Can you please guide me further on this? I apologize in advance if this is not the right platform to raise this request.

    Thanks,
    Varun

    • Hi Varun, in general charities don’t look for piano donations. It’s actually quite difficult to match charities and pianos because they are expensive to move and repair, and the quality of electronic pianos has created an abundance of real pianos looking for new homes. So I don’t know of any charities that would have them available to give away at the moment. But, what I can say is that there are a lot of pianos out there looking for new homes. I suggest placing an ad and asking for one, and mention if you would cover the cost of transporting it. You could likely get quite a few calls. Note that CharityWishList.ca is like a directory that helps people find charities interested in what the person wants to give away, it doesn’t collect any items itself. Hope this is helpful.

    • Hi Varun,
      I have a great working piano to donate. If you are still looking for that please email me at
      Mari_381@yahoo.com.
      Thanks

  5. Hi,
    I would like to donate an electric violin, SV-130 YAMAHA. Its never been played and is in great shape. I live in Toronto. Thanks!
    Gina

    • Hi Gina, that’s awesome! With the covid situation many places are not currently accepting instrument donations. But you could try Anna Kwang, Services Specialist, Musical Instrument Lending Library at 416-395-5720 or email akwang@torontopubliclibrary.ca and see if the Sunlife Musical Instrument Lending Library (Toronto Library) would be able to accept your donation of the electric violin. OR if you don’t mind getting it to Kingston, ON, there is Joe’s Mill (registered charity) email: librarycoordinator@joesmill.org “Joe Chithalin Musical Instrument Lending Library”. You would need to contact them directly (CharityWishList.ca is like a directory to help point you to charities interested in the type of item donation the person wants to give away – I don’t collect anything myself.) If that doesn’t work, you could try Long & McQuade, they often have affiliations with charitable organizations to repurpose instruments for example Guitars for Vets. They may have something going for other instruments in the Toronto area. Best of luck.

      Hope this helps,
      Michelle Beaupre
      CharityWishList.ca

  6. Hello,. I have a 3/4 violin bow that needs a home. It is in need of rehairing but is otherwise in good condition. If you could direct me where to donate it, that would be great

    • Hi Jen, with the covid situation many places are not currently accepting instrument donations. But you could try Anna Kwang, Services Specialist, Musical Instrument Lending Library at 416-395-5720 or email akwang@torontopubliclibrary.ca and see if the Sunlife Musical Instrument Lending Library (Toronto Library) would be able to accept your donation of the violin bow. Thank you for asking. Michelle, CharityWishList.ca

  7. I am relocating out of province and have a piano to donate. Piano is in the Etobicoke, Ontario area.

  8. Hello,

    I have a brass trumpet I’m looking to donate. I haven’t even opened the case in many many years (well before COVID) so I’m hoping there is a place that I can pass it on to for someone else to love!

    Please let me know.
    Thanks,
    Robyn

  9. Hi! I am in Toronto area and I have a clarinet that I would like to donate to someone who otherwise would not be able to afford one. It has not been used in many years. Can you please let me know who I can contact. I tried a couple of places, but they do not want clarinets.

  10. Hello, We have a full drum set that our sons used when they were younger. There are a few of the hardware pieces that attach the drums together that are missing, but we would love to donate so others have the great experience our sons did with the set. Any ideas?

    Thanks

    • Hi Ann, Toronto spans a huge area. What part of Toronto are you in so I can best suggest someplace near you? If important parts are missing, your best route though would likely be to contact local music stores that do repairs and see if they would repair and donate on your behalf to a school with a music program for example. I will also email you.

      • Hi Ann, thank you for letting me know what part of Toronto you are located. I am following-up to our email conversation, I found a place that would like more info about the potential drum donation e.g., brand and photos of them if you have. I will email the details and add the charity to the WishList page later today. – Michelle Beaupre, CharityWishList.ca

  11. Hello,

    I have a new , never used violin to donate. Live in Mississauga. Let me know if there is a place that would like to have it

  12. Hello I have a Mason & Risch piano that has been in our family for about 90 years. I currently reside in Markham, ON area and would be happy to donate to someone or an organization as I am moving at the end of the month. Would you have some suggestions? Thank you in advance.

    • Hello Kim, thank you for wanting to find a new home for your piano and for making such a generous offer. I don’t currently know of an organization that would be interested in Markham.
      But likely places to try: churches, music schools, university music departments. You could also call Long & McQuade music store in Markham at (905) 471-5322 and see if they have community contacts that would know of a charity wanting a piano donation (they may have been contacted for a donation.) Or you could try the Markham Theatre at Phone: 905-305-7469, perhaps their piano is in need of replacement. Or maybe Markham community centre (maybe they have summer programs or after school programs. Or a Royal Canadian Legion Hall https://www.legion.ca/contact-us/find-a-branch

      Hope the above suggestions are helpful. Pianos are the most difficult for me to keep a list of organizations interested in having one, since as soon as they have one they are no longer accepting more.

      Sincerely,
      Michelle Beaupre,
      CharityWishList.ca
      P.S., I will also email you to ensure you receive this response.

  13. I have a used Yamaha Flute from the mid 2000s I would like to donate.

    • Hi Leandra, thank you for wanting to donate a Yamaha Flute. Please contact directly DIXON HALL MUSIC PROGRAM (Toronto)
      WishList: Various musical instruments
      Website: https://dixonhall.org
      e.g., Especially string instruments, ideally half-size and 3/4 size (but ask about other sizes and instruments that maybe in need of at the moment as well.)

      Instrument Donation Contact:
      Dixon Hall Music Director
      Bob McKitrick via email at bob.mckitrick@dixonhall.org
      (Please include a photo of the instrument if possible.)
      CharityWishList.ca doesn’t collect anything itself. It is like a directory to help you find a charity/organization that wants what you want to give away. If they are not interested, you could try music schools, high schools, etc. I hope this is helpful. Thanks, Michelle Beaupre, CharityWishList.ca

  14. Have a working organ to donate to a good home.

    • Hi Nadine, I can suggest contacting Fusion Jeunesse (Youth Fusion) contact form: https://fusionjeunesse.org/contactez-nous/ Toronto, 192 Spadina Ave, #446 Toronto (ON) M5T 2C2

      Also, you could try local music schools, schools, school boards, and daycare centres. Also, spring is a great time for churches to have lawn sales to raise money for charitable efforts, so you may want to reach out to your local church organizations as well. Thank you for trying to find a new home for the organ. I hope this is helpful.

      Best of luck,
      Michelle Beaupre
      CharityWishList.ca

  15. Hi, I have an upright 100-year-old-but-still-decent piano (has been tuned regularly for the past few years) to donate to anyone or to an organization who needs one. Willing to split moving costs – just really don’t want it to go to landfill! I am near Dundas and Ossington in Toronto.
    Thanks,
    Randi

    • Hi Randi, thank you for seeking out a new home first for your piano rather than tossing out. Pianos are probably the hardest to rehome, especially with all the advances in technology that capture great sounds in electronic keyboards that are light, compact, portable and relatively inexpensive. Especially with a cost associated for moving and then tuning a piano. I can suggest contacting local schools, music schools, maybe putting up a flyer at your local music store on their bulletin board. Include a photo, brand, model (usually if you lift up the very top of the piano you will see the model and serial number engraved or stamped on the inner wall of the piano.) Helpful to include all that info when you talk to people about the piano. You could also try retirement homes and rec centres, churches (either for their use or to sell at their yard sale for charity), etc. Probably offering it to music students of local music schools would be your easiest route.

      Again, thank you for putting in the effort to find it a new home. It can be done. It just takes a lot of calling around. Unfortunately once a place has a piano they no longer need one, so even when I find a place interested. it is just one and done.

      I hope the above is helpful.
      Thanks,
      Michelle Beaupre
      CharityWishList.ca

  16. Good Afternoon
    I have an organ that was my step fathers, he has passed away and I’m looking to donate this.

    • Hi Danielle, I am sorry for your loss. Thank you for wanting to donate your step father’s organ. Organs and real pianos are very difficult to re-home due to the light-weight/high quality and relative inexpensiveness of electronic equipment available today. As well their is usually a cost associated with moving large organs and pianos. I don’t know of any charities at the moment looking for an organ. But you could try local music schools – see if they have students that might want the organ. Or music stores sometimes have bulletin boards for used equipment, sell it and donate the proceeds in your step father’s name. Or contact your local churches. They may make use of it in their church or church hall. Even if they don’t have use for it in their church, they may want to check with their congregation and sell it at a garage sale, putting the funds towards something helpful. Another option is to check with local elementary schools. When you approach them, would be good to let them know the make and model, approximate size and age. Photo if you have, and if you will be covering transportation.

      Hope this is helpful. Pianos and organs are probably the most difficult items to re-home of all the items people come to me asking about, because people/organizations seldom want more than one. So once I find a home for one they are done. You could also expand your search to venues that host weddings. Just a thought.

      Hope this is helpful,
      Michelle Beaupre
      CharityWishList.ca

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