New and Exciting Music Electives Coming Next Year!



The Contemporary Music Elective stream is open to all students at ESA, regardless of major or level of experience. Students develop knowledge and understanding of music through contemporary music genres (pop, rock, indie, hip-hop, R&B, jazz, funk etc.). This introductory course will teach theoretical concepts and apply them to songwriting and performance. In addition, students will be introduced to music technologies such as notation software, sequencing and recording. Students may perform in this course on voice or any instrument of their choice.



* Coming in 2017 – 2018*


The Contemporary Music Elective stream is open to all students at ESA, regardless of major or level of experience. Students develop knowledge and understanding of music through contemporary music genres (pop, rock, indie, hip-hop, R&B, jazz, funk etc.). Students will develop their songwriting, arranging and compositional skills and perform their own works. Students will create using a variety of technologies including notation and sequencing software and recording technology. Students may perform in this course on voice or any instrument of their choice. Recommended prerequisite AMO2O1.

Mindfulness Is Back!

Students and staff, Mindfulness is back!!

Come and relieve some stress, and relax with a little mindfulness. Running every Tuesday, beginning October 20/2015 in the Library seminar room from 8:15- 8:40 am.

It’s a wonderful way to start your day and practice a lifelong tool, to help manage stress and create more joy and calm in your life.

Facilitated by: Trish Drynan (Tools for All Teens) and Ms. Pong (Student Services)

Register for Grade 8 Student Open House!

Registration is now open for students to attend the Grade 8 Open House on Wednesday, October 28th from 1 pm to 3 pm. Please note: this is for students only – parents may not accompany their child during the afternoon program. Parents may attend the evening Open House on Thursday, October 29th from 6 pm to 8:30 pm – click here for details.

To register for the afternoon Open House, please fill out this form:

Grade 8 Student Open House registration

For afternoon open house

Grade 9 Centre Island Trip – One Week Away!

Parents should have received a letter and permission for for this, but just in case, here are the contents of the letter and a permission form below!

On Friday, September 18th, the Student Council of Etobicoke School of the Arts is hosting an all day event for Grade 9 students on Centre Island. The event will provide our new students a chance to get to know each other better, build teamwork skills and have a lot of fun!

The students will not go to school that day, but instead will meet at the Ferry Docks at 9:00 a.m. The docks are located at the foot of Bay Street, just south of Union Station. It is about a 5-minute walk from Union Station. We will proceed to the island for our day of activities and the students will be released for the day at 3:00 and will return home on their own. It is important that students arrive before 9:00 a.m. in order for us to take attendance before boarding the ferry. If your child is ill or unable to attend, please make sure you call in your student’s absence to the school so we know not to expect them.

There is no cost to the students for the day. A lunch of hotdogs and hamburgers will be provided free of charge, in addition to the cost of the ferry ride and all activities. If you have special food considerations, you may choose to bring your own lunch.

The event is all outdoors, so you should dress appropriately. Should it appear that the weather will make the activities impossible, we will make a decision by 6 am on Friday Sept. 18th and post details on our website: In that case, students are expected to attend regular classes.

Please fill out the attached permission form and return it to school by Thursday, Sept. 17th.

Centre Island-parents

Volunteer Hours and Jobs Available!



Visit Student Services to find 2 bulletin boards full of ways to complete your community service hours and/or get a job. Listings are constantly being added and many have targeted ESA because of the suitability of their work with our students. For Grade 12’s who are at risk of not graduating because of missing community service hours, this will be especially important!! And the job listings are for both seasonal/summer as well as longer term jobs.

Stop by and check it out!

Music Theatre Grad Showcase at Lula Lounge – tickets on sale!

The Graduating Class of the Music Theatre Department presents its final performance at the hip and trendy Lula Lounge on Monday June 1st at 7:30 pm.

The evening features small and large groups performing a wide variety of musical genres. Patrons can choose to come for dinner and show (dinner cost not included) or show only. Dinner starts at 6:00 and guarantees seating. The show starts at 7:30.

Tickets for the show available here.


Shine Gala Artist Profile: Meet Justin Nozuka!

We are just two weeks from the big night: Shine – an Evening Celebrating ESA at the Winter Garden Theatre! This fantastic evening of performances by ESA alumni and current students will raise money for the new Capital Campaign and School Renewal Project. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster here:

$150 includes a pre-show reception from 6:30-7:30 in the Winter Garden cascading lounges and a $75 tax receipt

$100 includes a $50 tax receipt

$50 tickets (show only)

And now meet…Justin Nozuka (ESA Music Theatre Grad 2006)

Justin Nozuka began writing his own songs at the age of 12. Since then he has continued to impress every person who comes across him. With an extremely successful first album, Nozuka’s sophomore record You I Wind Land and Sea has seen him headlining a 29 date tour across the globe and winning a 2011 NRJ award and SOCAN #1 award for the album’s second single Heartless. Playing support slots for world renowned artists such as Stevie Wonder, Mary J. Blige, John Mayer and Jason Mraz while lending his voice to bring attention to social causes, Nozuka continues to demonstrate his ability to impress and inspire on a global level.

See Justin, Michael Therriault, Jennifer Taverner, Emilie-Claire Barlow and Ben Kamino along with student groups Splash, Dancesation, WoCo, Strad and Glo plus music groups Mosaic and ESA Brass in the lobby and a sale of top student photography!

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Attention Grade 12’s – Free Food Here!!!

This Friday, May 15th, all Grade 12 students are invited to the library for the Grad Breakfast, courtesy of the Student Services department. In exchange for your vote for valedictorian and completing the Grad survey, you can enjoy a continental breakfast and some time for relaxation in the midst of the May madness. The breakfast runs from 8:30-9:00, and first period teachers know that you will be late for class.

For students who want to get a head start, you can complete the grad survey here. This important information will be helpful for us for future planning.

See you Friday!


“Shine” Artist Profile #4 – Meet Emilie-Claire Barlow!

We are one month from the big night – “Shine: An Evening Celebrating ESA” comes to the Winter Garden Theatre and the spectacular line-up takes to the stage! Allow us to introduce one of our guest artists and ESA 1994 Music Theatre grad…Emilie-Claire Barlow!

Emilie-Claire Barlow is a Juno Award and National Jazz Award winning vocalist from Toronto, Canada. She has released nine albums over the past 15 years, racking up multiple awards and nominations, including 5 Juno nominations, A Gemini nomination, and winner of the National Jazz Award for Female Vocalist of the Year in 2008.

Her 2012 studio release, Seule ce soir  took home the Juno Award for Vocal Jazz Album of the Year as well as the Felix Award (ADISQ) for Best Jazz interpretation in 2013. In 2014, she released her first live album, Live in Tokyo, recorded at the famous Cotton Club in Japan. Her new album is slated for release next October.

Her energetic live performances and exquisite recordings thrill sold out audiences from Tokyo to Montreal. Emilie-Claire leads her stellar band through innovative arrangements of American-Songbook treasures, rhythmic bossa novas, and elegant ballads. She continues to endear herself to critics, peers, and audiences everywhere, with her relaxed, polished demeanour, her charming humour, and a voice of unforgettable beauty.

Emilie-Claire is also a busy voice actress, lending her voice to hundreds of jingles and voice overs over the past 25 years. Animation credits include Almost Naked Animals, Fugget About It, Total Drama, Stoked, 6Teen, Bakugan Battle Brawlers, Monster Math Squad, Rescue Heroes, Z-Squad, Martin Mystery, Totally Spies.

 See the full line-up for the May 28th Gala and get the link to tickets here!



Turn Off Your Sites!

May 5th, 2015 marks the first ever “Turn off Your Sites 24 hour Challenge. A mental health week initiative.

There is no doubt the over use of technology has been creating a great deal of stress amongst our teenagers, not to mention adults alike.

The purpose of the day is to turn off all social media for a 24 hour period beginning at 9am, May 5 and ending at 9am the next day.

Etobicoke School of the Arts, (ESA) is spearheading this exciting adventure. ESA is the first school to start the challenge. Teachers, family and friends are also joining the students.

It is an opportunity, and for many individuals, a welcome one, to consciously turn off social media and feel free from it for 24 hours.  It is also a chance to feel more empowered by making a personal choice to turn off for the day.

Although a challenging initiative, most people are welcoming it with open arms.


Trish Drynan: co-founder Tools for All Teens

New Artist Profile for Shine: A Night Celebrating ESA!

We are just 5 weeks away from the biggest event of the year for ESA on May 28th – the spectacular gala at the stunning and historic Winter Garden theatre in downtown Toronto! “Shine: An Evening Celebrating ESA” will combine the talents of many of our current students with those of some of our most illustrious alumni to raise funds for our new Capital Improvements Fund. For more details and the link to tickets, click here.

This week we profile Ben Kamino, ESA Dance Grad of 2004, and a son of ESA dance teacher and choreographer Gabby Kamino.

Benjamin Kamino is an artist living and working between Montreal and Toronto. His work has been shown in Austria, Brazil, Canada, Mexico and the United States. Through the embodiment of cultural, critical, and philosophical theory, his work is a continuous research into performance as a site where ethical positions can be put into question.

Aside from making choreography, Kamino maintains his practice as a dancer by engaging in contracts with Independent choreographers as well as Dance companies most notably, Peggy Baker Dance Projects, Ame Henderson, Michael Trent, Sasha Kleinplatz and Virgil Baruchal.

Kamino holds a BFA in Dance for the Tisch school for the Arts (NYU), and is currently a curator at Dancemakers Centre for Creation (Toronto).

Join us on May 28th to see Ben and the other wonderful artists shine for ESA!




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Shine Gala Artist Profile #2 – introducing Jennifer Taverner

Shine: An Evening Celebrating ESA is coming up on Thursday May 28th at the historic Winter Garden Theatre. Jam packed with current and former student talent, this evening guarantees an evening to remember with all proceeds going to the new ESA Capital Campaign and School Renewal Project. Join us for a fantastic event that also gives back to our beloved school. And now introducing one of our ESA alumni performers…

Lyric soprano, Jennifer Taverner is quickly becoming recognized for her instinctive musicality, excellent stage presence, and “lovely, silvery tone”. While studying at the Glenn Gould School, she won the 2010 Royal Conservatory Orchestra’s Concerto Competition, singing Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915, and performed the same work with the Royal Conservatory Orchestra, under the baton of Johannes Debus, of the Canadian Opera Company.  Ms. Taverner has held two consecutive vocal fellowships at the prestigious Tanglewood Music Center. Performances there included a concert with mezzo-soprano Susan Graham and the Boston Symphony Orchestra, as well as a concert version of Stravinsky’s Les Noces, conducted by Charles Dutoit. In 2012, Ms. Taverner was a semi-finalist in both the Montreal International Music Competition, and the New York Oratorio Society’s Lyndon Woodside Competition. An accomplished concert soloist, Ms. Taverner has performed with such organizations as the Elmer Iseler Singers, Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Hamilton Philharmonic, Bach Elgar Choir, Toronto Classical Singers, Soundstreams, and the Off Centre Salon. Operatic roles include Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, Noémie in Massenet’s Cendrillon, Laurette in Bizet’s Le Docteur Miracle, and Female Chorus in Britten’s Rape of Lucretia. In spring of 2013, she sang the role of Fiordiligi in a touring production of Cosi fan Tutte with Jeunesses Musicales Canada. Highlights of her 2014-2015 season include Messiah (Grand Philharmonic Choir, Cellar Singers), Rose in Kurt Weill’s Street Scene (Voicebox: Opera in Concert), an evening of Gilbert & Sullivan (Niagara Symphony), Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle (Bach Elgar Choir), and a recital featuring the music of Jean Coulthard at the Canadian Music Centre.

Join Jennifer, Michael Therriault, Justin Nozuka, Mark Correia, Emilie-Claire Barlow, Ben Kamino and more – click here for more details and the link to Ticketmaster!