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 was February 22, 1961 and the orchestra obtained its charter as a registered charity.

2020/21 was our Diamond Jubilee season! After more than 60 years, the Etobicoke Philharmonic Orchestra is now an anchor cultural institution in a vibrant, diverse Etobicoke community.

Our 40 page Diamond Jubilee commemorative book shares pictures and stories from our first 60 years plus our trajectory for the future.

Buy now - $20

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


Stay in the know about the EPO!

See past newsletters