Etobicoke State of Performing Arts Workshop

Posted on: October 27, 2019

June 12th, 2019

More than a dozen performing arts organizations convened at the Cloverdale Common on Thursday, June 12 to discuss the current and future state of performance in Etobicoke. It was clear that Etobicoke has a rich ecosystem of active groups, all with local membership bases and shared audiences. This was the first in series of workshops focusing on the current state of the arts in Etobicoke and building new relationship with local arts and cultural organizations. The groups included include:

  • Arts Etobicoke
  • Etobicoke Centennial Choir • Etobicoke Suzuki Music
  • Little Theatre Etobicoke
  • Riffintime Big Band
  • Theatre Etobicoke
  • Toronto Concert Band
  • Bloor Street Dixie Serenaders
  • Etobicoke Philharmonic Orchestra • Etobicoke Youth Band
  • Ontario Pops Orchestra
  • Sirius Theatrical Company
  • Toronto All-Star Big Band

Groups identified the following core future needs:

  • Adequate storage and rehearsal space
    Affordable, reliable, flexible performance space for 750+ audience members and 100+ performers
  • Collaboration and coordination between/across groups
    Cohesive identity for performing arts in Etobicoke Centre

Given the redevelopment project has identified reinvigorating arts and culture at Cloverdale as being a key development having local organization share their challenges, and aspirating will assist in the development team further explore what is possible in the future.