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.
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.
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