Past and Future

In 1960, Cecil Rose, an Etobicoke businessman and part-time clarinetist, saw the need for a community orchestra where amateur musicians could perform the great classics for a local audience of friends and family.

He rented the neighbourhood YMCA for rehearsals and, together with the help of the local papers, attracted 90 musicians from all walks of life who formed the “Etobicoke Philharmonic Orchestra”. The first concert took place February 22, 1961 and played to a full auditorium.

After its first successful season, the orchestra obtained its charter and is a registered charity.

Etobicoke has certainly changed since 1961!

Our vision going forward is to engage and inspire our diverse community through the performance and exploration of symphonic music.

We offer Etobians affordable, local access to imaginative performances, mentorships, education, and outreach initiatives that unite and inspire.

In all we do, we are committed to the principles of equity, diversity and inclusion and to providing an accessible, safe, respectful environment.

Read our full Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility Declaration


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