Etobicoke Centennial Choir (ECC) is an auditioned adult community choir that welcomes choristers, board members, musicians, audience members and volunteers from all walks of life, cultural and ethnic backgrounds, gender identities and traditions. Arising from a massed choir assembled for Etobicoke’s celebration of Canada’s Centennial in 1967, Etobicoke Centennial Choir has had a long and remarkable history. Established by an enthusiastic group of choristers who were motivated to form a permanent choir in the community, ECC has always been driven by the passion and dedication of its members.
Our primary aim is to enrich the cultural life of the community by promoting and sharing the diverse, glorious and uplifting experience of choral music. ECC provides a welcoming choral community where amateur singers can enjoy singing and performing together and grow musically. We collaborate with other performing arts groups, and share our music through community service outreach performances. We promote choral works by Canadian composers and offer performance opportunities to local musicians, particularly emerging young performers.
ECC provides singers with a high-calibre, challenging but supportive choral music experience. Choristers benefit from working with a professional conductor, accompanist and vocal leads. Vocal skills and musical knowledge are developed through rehearsing and performing a diverse repertoire of sacred and secular music, ranging from classical masterpieces to contemporary choral works. We perform in a wide variety of musical genres and styles, including classical, jazz, modern, folk, spirituals and popular music. ECC’s repertoire includes works from many cultural traditions, performed in a variety of languages.
ECC performs three concerts per season, typically in early December, early April and early June. Rehearsals are held weekly on Tuesday evenings from September through May. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, rehearsals are currently being held virtually on the Zoom platform.