A huge congratulations to Spencer Julien, Olivia Kerr, Juliet Di Carlo, and Isabella Vella.

These four artists representing grades 10-12 in the Contemporary Art Department will be exhibiting at the Teen Art Gallery in New York City in an exhibition opens February 22.

Thank you all for representing us so brilliantly in the capital of the art world!

To view work by these artists visit:

Instagram: @isabellagvella

image by grade 11 student Isabella Vella

Show me a Smile – ESA Community Choir and Friends in Concert Wed Feb 28 7pm


An evening of music to soothe your Winter Blues!
Wednesday, February 28 | 7 PM – 8 PM
Runnymede United Church – 432 Runnymede Road

Pay What You Can
in support of ESA School Council activities like this one!
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Featuring ESA’s new community choir F.A.C.E.S. (Family, Alumni and Community of ESA Sing) and solo performers from the ESA Community
Mary Bella, conductor
Allison Hunwicks, pianist
Kate Carver, pianist

Performers include: Briar Boake, Brandi Ward, Theresa Sciberras, François Ouellette, Midnight in April (Ryan Brownrigg, Grace Turner, Sophie Van Dalen Keys: Harrison Rothblott) and more!


Cabaret Tickets on Sale

What good is sitting alone in your room?….. come see our CABARET!!

Splash Fundraiser at Lula Lounge

Art Update

A little more than a year ago we began to shift our focus from continued growth, to reinforcing who we already were. The results have begun to stack up:

1 – ESA just won 155 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards – a global competition. Congratulations, especially those moving on to round two

2 – We will be exhibiting at the Albright Knox Gallery and in downtown Buffalo again this spring

3 – We will be participating in the annual Arts Etobicoke Edge Youth Art Exhibition at Artscape Youngspace which opens Wednesday February 28th, 2018, 6:00pm – 8:00pm

4 – One of Another curated by Spencer Julien opens at Les Enfants Terribles February 8 7-9pm: CLICK HERE FOR NFO

5 – Art Talk 8 will take place on Friday March 23 at OCADU from 7-9 pm with 12 of our students speaking about their research, passion and art work. CLICK HERE FOR INFO

6 – Art Talk 9 will take place on Friday April 6 at OCADU from 7-9 pm with 12 of our students speaking about their research, passion and art work.

7 – More than 90 of our grade 11 students will be exhibiting in Turning Point, curated by Ethan Wilder, at the Nelson Park Creative Centre – our opening in February 28 from 7-9 pm CLICK HERE FOR INFO

8 – Two grade 12 students have solo exhibitions in Contemporary Art Galleries this spring – this is groundbreaking and hugely exciting news – more information to come

9 – Our Contact Photography Festival exhibition will take over all three floors of Artscape Youngspace oepning May 3 6-8pm – stay tuned for details

10 – 20 of our grade 11 students will be exhibiting in the 2018 Flash Forward Incubator Photography Exhibition in Canada’s premier photography gallery – more info to come

11 – The gargantuan End of Year Art Sale takes place Thursday May 24th from 3.30 to 9pm with more than 1500 art works throughout the first floor of the school. Due to high demand we suggest arriving as early as possible to avoid disappointment. Our 2017 sale saw fights erupt about certain work!

12 – Last year saw Reed Hollett receive 1.2 million dollars in scholarship offers, the only person we know of who has managed this sum. The entire 2017 grade 12 post-secondary applicant total reached an amazing 4 million dollars. This year, and we are only ten weeks into the process, I have already written 185 letters of recommendation (more than doubling any previous year’s total), and one of our grade 12 students has received close to a million dollars in initial offers from only 12 schools – and they are still waiting for 20 more offers to arrive in the next few weeks. As you can imagine we are forecasting new records set in every possible way. Stay tuned for final figures in May.

13 – We will be releasing a documentary about PD8 this spring directed by Tessa Hill

14 – Portfolio Day 9 appears to be taking place here at ESA on Friday November 2 2018 – plans have already begun to make this another staggering success

15 – Our YouTube Channel has received almost 15000 views since it launched at the end of August 2017 and has been instrumental in our grade 12’s success with post-secondary schools this year – CLICK HERE

16 – Grade 12 student Shellicka Anglin will be featured in an upcoming podcast by Andrew Hunter – the former Curator of Contemporary Art at the Art Gallery of Ontario and current Senior Curator at the Art Gallery of Guelph

17 – Grad Keiran Brennan-Hinton has his second New York solo exhibition up at 1969 Gallery until February 25th

18 – Audition Day – thank you to everyone who auditioned for us this year. This was the strongest group of applicants we have seen. Thank you to Lucy Carolan for her organisational brilliance and expertise that made this such a relaxed experience.

Enough for now! More to come! Book these dates into your calendars and I will see you all soon.

As always, we are happy to accept donations of art supplies, and monetary donations can be made by clicking here

Matthew Varey

Splash Lula Lounge Fundraiser


Monday, Feb 26

Splash performers – current and past, take the stage to celebrate their talent and growth in an amazing night of entertainment!

  • Tickets available SOON on

7:30 pm showtime

6pm dinner reservations at

Reserve your dinner now!

Two Exhibitions

Congratulations to Alexis Vo on the opening of her first ever solo exhibition. Alexis’ Building the Present is at our Les Enfants Terribles Gallery at 130 Foxley Place, just off Ossington.

Alexis is also featured in Art Etobicoke’s Annual Juried Exhibition with classmate Jaime Pattison and grade 11 student Michelle Su. Their work can be seen in the Arts Etobicoke Gallery, 4893A Dundas Street West. 11am-4pm Monday to Saturday until February 23.

Congratulations to the Grade 12 Ballet Class!

After 4 highly successful elementary school dance workshops this week I thought it only appropriate to congratulate the grade 12 ballet class!

They were wonderful ambassadors of ESA. They had elementary students (and teachers) exploring the elements of dance and trying new ways of moving. There was no shortage of energy or smiles in the studios.

The grade 12’s workshops were creative and engaging. Their warmth, encouragement and support were clearly felt by our guests. They modeled exemplary teamwork and leadership.

Congratulations once again.

I am so proud of all of you!

Mrs. Michailidis

NINE musical in concert – student rush seats

Get ready ESA for an amazing concert featuring an all-Canadian cast, chorus and orchestra of over 80 performers.  WOCO will be featured with some of the leading stars of Broadway, Stratford Festival, and Mirvish Productions to name a few.  3 shows only / January 12 & 13

Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre for the Arts

To purchase tickets visit or call 647-800-4745

Use discount code ‘NINE15’ to receive an extra 15% off tickets

ANY STUDENT may purchase $30 rush seats – cash at the door before each show.  Please present the box office with your current student card.



$15.00 each

This is a Black History Month fundraiser. Part of the show’s proceeds will be donated to a not-for-profit “Generation Chosen” to help provide mental health programs for Black youth.

Bags can be picked up Thursday at lunch (11:30 a.m. to 12:25 p.m.) in the main lobby or by contacting Emily McInnes at [email protected]

Purchase by clicking on the link below and selecting “Etobicoke School of the Arts Black Magic Tote Bag Fundraiser.”

New York Times

Congratulations to grad Calla McInnes who is in her second year at School of Visual Art in NYC for appearing in the New York Times this weekend with a drawing that was sold to Tavi Gevinson of Rookie Magazine while Calla was in grade 11 Contemporary Art at ESA.


Calla appeared on the Akimbo Hit List while she was here and that piece can be found here

Congratulations Calla!

Snack Shack closed until after the holidays



Snack Shack will be closed this week and will resume in 2018.


We hope that you all have a wonderful winter break and we will see you in the New Year!


-Your SESAT Team