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

Halloween Dance 1

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.

Relieve Stress with Mindfulness fall 2014 (3)

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!

MADD Canada seeking Film Extras

Please see the following notice from MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) Canada. For more details, please see Mr. Ambrose in Guidance. 
As you know, each year MADD Canada produces a School Assembly Program that is presented personally by MADD Reps to about one million students in middle & high schools across Canada.  It’s a 30 minute drama, followed by about 15 mins of pretty hard-hitting scenes of real people talking about the losses of their loved ones.  The MADD Rep follows it up with an empowering discussion with the students.  MADD hopes that in presenting their message in a creative and engaging way it will encourage teenagers to think twice and plan ahead when they’re making social plans…and save lives.  This year we are producing a French version for them as well, that will be made available in Quebec, and likely other French schools elsewhere in Canada.
No DVDs are sold, and MADD Canada doesn’t show the program anywhere but in schools, other than a short promo on their website to help promote the School Assembly Program itself.
This year we’re putting together a “bush party” for one scene and we’re looking for Volunteer Extras!
It’s a good cause, and one we enjoy contributing to each year.  If one kid calls home for a ride instead of getting behind the wheel of a car, we feel we’ve made a difference.
We are currently in “pre-production” and be locking down details in the next few weeks.  
This is an OVERNIGHT shoot, and will be on one of the following dates:
Wed Oct 22
Thur Oct 23
Fri Oct 24
Sat Oct 25


Grade 9 Centre Island Day this Friday!

The Student Council and Administration of ESA are looking forward to Grade 9 Day this Friday on Centre Island! Please find the attached letter and permission form for the day, which should have been brought home last week. Students must bring in their form to their home room teacher by Thursday this week. Please note that the day will go ahead unless there is rain – a post on this website will be put up by 6 am on Friday if the day is cancelled and students are expected to attend class. Please dress accordingly for the weather and be ready to have fun with your new classmates!

Centre Island Letter

Centre Island-parents

Commencement tickets now available – important info below!

Graduates can now access the ticketing site through the homepage of this website. Use your unique code that was sent out in your letter when asked on the first page for a coupon/certificate or pass code. Because the system requires a base ticket price, it may show as $25 per ticket. Entering your code will make the tickets complimentary. You may NOT purchase additional tickets.