Because I Am A Girl – A Benefit Concert!

On Friday, February 19th at 7 pm, the ESA stage will be filled with music, poetry, drama and dance as we raise funds and awareness about issues facing young women around the world. The event features solo acts, student ensembles and staff in a variety show based on the themes of hope and inspiration. Tickets are only $10 for adults and $5 for students, available on our ticket page through this website. Come out for a fulfilling evening of awareness raising and fantastic performances!


ESA Joins the Toronto Symphony Once Again!

Next week, the Music Theatre Department joins forces with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra once again for the Holiday Pops concerts on December 8th and 9th. Under the direction of Principal Pops Conductor Steven Reineke, the choir will sing a number of holiday favourites and are also joined by a group of circus aerial and acrobat performers to bring the music to physical life as well! ESA family and friends can receive a 30% discount to the 8:00 evening performances on Dec. 8 and 9 by using the promo code “ESA” when ordering online or by phone. There is also a 2:00 matinee on Dec. 9th.

The choir will also be performing as part of a local fundraiser for The Stop Community Food Kitchen on Sunday Dec. 6th at Runnymede United Church (432 Runnymede Road). The event is a reading of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, featuring numerous celebrity readers such as CBC personalities Susan Ormiston and Gill Deacon, along with stars from Soulpepper and Shaw theatre companies. Tickets are available at

For parents of choir members, students are required at Runnymede on Sunday from 6:00 to approximately 9:15 for rehearsal and performance. For the TSO, the students will be in rehearsals all day long at Roy Thomson Hall on  Dec. 8, followed by the evening performance. They will attend classes in the morning of the 9th and then travel to Roy Thomson Hall at lunch for the afternoon and evening performances. Details for all of these events can be found in the attached letter and permission form, which was sent home last week.

Hope you can join us for one or both of these events!

TSO parent Runnymede 2015

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