Want a chance to play on a violin made by Stradivarius? Now’s your chance!

Calling all violinists and cellists! The Canada Council for the Arts’ Musical Instrument Bank (MIB) is a program designed to equip talented musicians with a loaned instrument from the bank for a 3-year period. Competition for the instruments is fierce, and is decided by a jury of professional musicians and peers. Over 20 instruments are available for loan, and include historically-significant violins and cellos made between the 1600s to the 1900s. VAM Cello Co-department Head Ariel Barnes and alumni Jonathan Chan are current recipients of the bank.

A representative from the MIB will be at the Vancouver Academy of Music on Tuesday, March 18th from 2:00 to 3:00 pm to give an information session about the program. Order of Canada recipient and renowned violinist Andrew Dawes will also be in attendance. We encourage all aspiring and talented musicians to attend this session and find out more about how the MIB can help enhance your musical career! This session is free to attend.

Andrew Dawes


Find out more information about the Instrument Bank here, and what instruments the bank has here.