Years Attended (1956-1960)
A member of Eastwood’s first graduating class, Peter Brown began his secondary school career on Eastwood’s opening day in 1956. An enthusiastic member of Eastwood’s Gilbert and Sullivan Society and the school’s football teams, Peter went on to study at McMaster and York Universities, and at the International Management Institute of the University of Geneva in Switzerland
Peter’s inherited his love of music and a commitment to the Arts from his parents, which he passed on to his own children. In 1963, at the age of 22, Peter performed in the first production of “The Mikado” at the Stratford Festival Theatre, while studying at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. Following this he was Treasurer of the Shaw Festival Theatre at its inception and performed as a tenor with the London Symphony Orchestra Choir for six seasons.
Peter’s affinity for both culture and finance led to consulting positions with the Canadian Conference of the Arts, the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards Foundation, The National Gallery of Canada, the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Recreation, and the Department of Canadian Heritage. Other career achievements include senior management positions at Massey and Roy Thompson Halls, the Canada Council for the Arts and the Harbourfront Centre. Peter’s involvement with Artscape, a unique, not for profit organization that makes space for creativity and transforms communities, was the culmination of his life-long commitment to the Arts.
Regretfully, Peter passed away on November 20, 2013. He leaves behind a tremendous legacy of Art’s advocacy that continues to inspire current and past Rebels.