District History

Note: Numbers after some Chapter names indicate sequence when more than one Chapter has existed at that location. 

1944 Windsor Chapter launched as Ontario's first. 
1945 New Chapters: Chatham (1), London, Sarnia, Toronto, with Society's first University Chapter, University Chapter at Assumption College, Windsor. 
1946 New Chapters: Grand River, Kitchener-Waterloo, Orillia (1), Wallaceburg (1). Ontario District founded Oct. 19, 1946, at Greggs Hotel, London. 
1947 New Chapters: Amherstburg, Brantford (1), Hamilton (1), Stratford (1). 
1948 New Chapters: Guelph (1), Paris, Sudbury (1). 
1949 New Chapters: Kenora, Kingston (1), Oshawa, Peterborough (1). 
1950 New Chapters: Belleville, East York, Hagersville, Leamington, Metro (1), Niagara Falls (1). 
1951 New Chapter: St. Catharines. Toronto Chapter hosts Midwinter Convention - first time held outside USA. 
1952 New Chapters: Bracebridge, Midland (1), Orillia (2), Yorktown. "The Four Chorders" place 2nd at International Convention - highest placing ever by an Ontario quartet. 
1953 New Chapter: Woodstock. 
1954 New Chapters: Scarborough, Welland. 
1956 New Chapters: Aurora, Barrie (1), Simcoe. 
1957 New Chapters: Burlington, Brockville (l), Ottawa, Port Hope, Cobourg (1), St. Catharines. 
1958 New Chapters: Oakville (1). For the first time, Ontario sends no chorus to International Contest 
1959 New Chapters: Brampton (1), Kingston (2), Motor City. 
1960 New Chapters: Cornwall (1), Etobicoke, Metro (2), Wallaceburg (2). APOC ("Association of Past Ontario District Quartet Champions") formed. 
1961 New Chapter: Chatham (2). 
1962 New Chapters: Amherstburg (2), Stratford (2), Walkerton. 
1963 New Chapters: Hamilton (2), North Bay, Owen Sound, North York. First International Convention held in Canada (Toronto). "Nighthawks" quartet places close second. First parade at an International Convention. 
1964 New Chapters: Georgetown, Huronia, Listowel, Smiths Falls, Wingham. 
1965 New Chapter: Lindsay (1). 
1966 Harmony Hall opens in East York, & Ontario becomes first District to have a permanent headquarters. 
1967 New Chapters: Fort Erie, Peterborough (2). 
1968 New Chapters: Grimsby, Guelph (2), Hanover, Markham, Oakville (2), St. Thomas. 
1969 New Chapter: Niagara Falls (2). 
1970 New Chapters: Brampton (2), Mount Forest. 
1971 New Chapter: Thornhill. 
1972 Scarborough chorus changes name to "The Dukes of Harmony" and makes top ten at International. 
1973 New Chapters: Thunder Bay, Trenton. Harmony Ranch established, near Sutton on Lake Simcoe. 
1974 New Chapters: Brockville (2), Dunnville. 
1975 New Chapter: Midland (2).
1976 New Chapters: Barrie (2), Mississauga, Port Hope (2). 
1977 New Chapter: Uxbridge. Scarborough's "The Dukes of Harmony" become first-ever Canadian International Chorus Champs. Ontario District establishes "Harmonize for Speech", its own unified charitable fund. (First District to take such an action.) 
1980 "The Dukes" win again as International Champs. A consecutive win, by Contest rules. 
1981 New Chapter: Stoney Creek. 
1982 New Chapter: Cataraqui. 
1983 New Chapters: Collingwood, Seaforth. 
1984 Ontario "Trillium" chorus visits BABS ("British Association of Barbershop Singers") Convention in England. 
1985 New Chapters: Lindsay (2), Orangeville. 
1987 George Shields, H4S founder, awarded The Order of Canada. 
1988 Harmony Woods established, near Parkhill. 
1989 New Chapter: North Bay (2). Barbershoppers put on show at first International choral festival, "The Joy of Singing", Roy Thompson Hall, Toronto.
1990 New Chapter: Huntsville. Tri-City Chorus tours Jamaica. Ontario reaches first $1,000,000 raised for H4S. Samia Chapter celebrates 50th anniversary. 
1993 New Chapters: Brockville (3), Newmarket. 
1994 New Chapter: Sudbury (licence). District membership reaches 1700. Ontario COTS used as model for Society revitalization program. 
1995 New Chapters: Brantford (lic), Cornwall (2), Strathroy. Ontarian Randy Chisolm is first Canadian to win a Quartet Gold Medal. London Chapter celebrates 50th anniversary. 
1996 Ontario District and Kitchener- Waterloo-Chapter celebrate 50th anniversaries. 
1998 Renamed Chapters: Cataraqui to Kingston, Trenton to Quinte Regional. 
1999 H4S reaches $2,000,000. Society Board meets at Ontario District Spring Convention - first time for such a meeting outside Kenosha. TNL placed 11th at International. 
2000 New Chapters: Greater Toronto, Nepean (2), Toronto (2). East York Chapter celebrates 50th anniversary. TNL placed 5th at International 
2001 St. Catharines Chapter celebrates 50th anniversary. TNL placed 2nd at International. 
2002 TNL placed 2nd at International. 
2003 TNL and MegaCity both go to International- an Ontario first. Orangeville chapter returns licence and several members move to Mount Forest/Simcoe. 
2004 London celebrates 60th anniversary. TNL placed 2nd at International. 
2005 Hamilton chapter created following the disbanding of Stoney Creek chapter. Sarnia celebrated its 60thanniversary. TNL and MegaCity go to International again. Burlington chapter becomes a seniors afternoon group 
2006 K/W Chapter celebrates 60th anniversary
2007 Oshawa celebrates 60th anniversary.  Ottawa qualifies to go to International for the first time.
2011 Association of Past Ontario Champions (APOC) changed their name to Association of Ontario Champions (AOC).
2012 New Chapters: London Middlesex
2013 H4S reaches $5,000,000 in donations received.