ONE NIGHT ONLY – ESA To Shine at the Winter Garden Theatre!

The talent of ESA past and present will unite on stage at the famed and historic Winter Garden Theatre for one night only this spring to launch the ESA Capital Campaign and School Renewal Project. This gala evening of performances brings together some of our illustrious alumni with current students in a variety show of the many talents our school has produced. Co-hosted by ESA parent and SCTV/SNL alumni Robin Duke, the show features performances including jazz singer Emilie-Claire Barlow, recording star Justin Nozuka, Broadway and Stratford performer Michael Therriault, actor/comedian/magician Mark Correia, dancer and choreographer Ben Kamino and classical singer Jennifer Taverner. The programme also features performances from a number of ESA’s current ensembles from many of its arts programs. Gold level tickets include an elegant pre-show reception, and both the Gold and Silver level tickets include a tax receipt for a portion of the ticket costs. Tickets are expected to go fast! Click here to connect with Ticketmaster to get your tickets for this star-studded celebration of education and the arts!

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For more information on how to get involved in this campaign, please email Rob MacKinnon at [email protected]

Music Theatre Showcase Tickets On Sale!

The annual Music Theatre Showcase takes the stage on April 8th and 9th at 7 pm in the Nancy Main Auditorium. The evening features every student in the Music Theatre Department, including class presentations and our award winning ensembles. Don’t miss out – these shows will likely sell out! Tickets are available by clicking here.


Opportunities for Volunteering, Work and Scholarships!

Drop by Student Services to learn about new postings for volunteer and work opportunities as well as scholarship offers. For example, the Ontario Government is hiring more than 5000 high school students for jobs ranging from park ranger to communications and research. A new group of scholarships have just been posted for students involved in leadership, anti-racism or diversity activities or who are residents in Toronto Housing. There are also volunteer opportunities over the March Break at the Bata Shoe Museum and Wizard World Fun Park where you can complete your required community service hours. So stop in and have a look!

Pan Am/Parapan Games Volunteer Opportunity!

The Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Games are looking to recruit volunteers for the Medal Ceremonies Team for the Panam and Parapan Games to be held in Ontario in July and August of this year. Volunteers will escort dignitaries, escort athletes and bear the medals trays at the medal ceremonies. In general, volunteers can contribute up to 12 shifts over 18 days – July 10-26 for the Pan Am Games, and 6 shifts over the 9 days of the Parapan Am Games – August 7 to August 15, 2015. They are looking for volunteers for both games and preference will be given to volunteers that apply to both. The deadline to apply is February 13th, 2015. Please see the attached documents for information on how to apply. There are many benefits including a uniform, meals, free transit, discounted tickets and more! See these documents for more detail: Medals Ceremonies Newsletter.ESA MEDALS TRAINING DECK.ESA

The process of volunteering is web-based, and includes a video interview. They will make special note of volunteers coming from ESA in the application process.

exSPLOde! A Fundraiser performance

image1Please come support the students of ESA’s nationally recognized show choirs: SPLASH and GLO! Tickets available by clicking here.

Splash, under the direction of Paul Aikins, is a mixed show choir who are three-time National Champions at Show Choir Canada. Last year at Fame competition in Chicago, they placed 2nd runner up!
Glo, under the direction of Patricia Warnock is a female based show choir who placed 2nd last year at Show Choir Canada and 4th at the Fame National Championships!
This year, both choirs will be representing Canada as they compete in New York City this spring!

To raise money for this costly trip, Splash and Glo are holding a student run concert featuring superb talent of our students and guest artists from the community!

Here are videos of Splash ans Glo last year at Show Choir Canada:


Tickets on sale for SWING!

SWING!_11x17_1ESA’s Music Theatre Department proudly presents SWING!, a revue show of music and dance from the swing era, featuring the students of the Grade 11 and 12 classes along with Splash, GLO and JAMME ensembles and the ESA Pit Orchestra. The evening features solos, small group and full ensemble numbers with high energy choreography, great vocals and the styles of the swing era. It also features numbers from eras heavily influenced by the swing movement, right through to modern day. Tickets are available by clicking here. To see a full cast list, click here: Swing! Cast List

Please note: tickets for the dress rehearsal and preview are available at the door – cash only.

Festive Tickets Going Fast!

With less than a week to go, tickets for Festive are more than 50% sold! Click here  to get your tickets for the December 2-4 performances by the ensembles of the Music and Music Theatre Department. While at Festive, you can also purchase raffle tickets for some amazing prizes and the chance to support these departments.

Tickets are just $15 with curtain at 7 pm. See you there!

ESA Back With The TSO – Discount available!

The Music Theatre Department is thrilled to join the world renowned Toronto Symphony Orchestra once again for the Holiday Pops!  The choir of nearly 100 singers join special guests Leahy and Natalie MacMaster for three concerts of Celtic Christmas music under Maestro Steven Reineke. Performances are on December 9 and 10 at 8 pm and December 10 at 2 pm. ESA family and friends are eligible for a 30% discount for evening concerts or 20% for the matinee by using the code “ESACELTIC” when visiting or by calling 416.593.4828, starting November 19th at 2 pm.

Come out and enjoy this annual collaboration!

Festive Tickets Now On Sale!

Get your tickets for the annual presentation of the Music and Music Theatre departments. Performances run Dec. 2-4 at 7 pm in the Nancy Main Auditorium. Tickets available by clicking here!FESTIVE%20FINAL%20

Join the “Carn-Evil” – ESA’s Hallowe’en Dance!

Friday October 31st will see the school transformed into a creepy carnival for the Student Council’s annual Hallowe’en Dance. Tickets are on sale every day at lunch – no tickets at the door!

DJ’d by John Kiss and Liam Sullivan

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Relieve Stress with Mindfulness

Mindfulness workshops are being presented to staff and students:

Every Tuesday for 20-25 minutes, October 21 – December 2
Teachers: 8:15am – 8:35 am (Library Seminar Room)
Students: Lunch, 11:30 -11:50 am (Library Seminar Room)

Facilitated by: Trish Drynan (Tools for All Teens)
Staff Sponsor: Ms. Meherali (Student Services)

Please see attachment for more details.

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October 30th is Grade 8 Information Night!

Visit ESA on Thursday, October 30th to see everything that ESA offers in artistic and academic excellence. The doors open at 6:00 and parents can visit with teachers in the Arts, Academics, Student Services and meet our administrators. Each major (dance, drama, film, music, music theatre and visual arts) will showcase their program individually in smaller groups and answer questions about what is involved in auditioning and attending ESA. Parents and students wishing to audition for Grade 10, 11  and 12 are also encouraged to attend. There is a also a full 45 minute program in our auditorium showcasing the talents of our students and providing further information on the school and its many programs and successes.Free tickets are available for the 2 shows (6:15 and 7:30 pm) through this website by clicking here. For parents attending the 7:30 show, please arrive early to visit the individual displays of the arts majors – they will be wrapped up by the time the 7:30 show concludes.

For all students wishing to audition for ESA for 2015-16, applications start through this website on Monday, November 3rd and close on Friday November 28th.

Hope to see you out on Oct. 30th!