UPDATE August 6th: Search for a New Principal

Dear Members of the ESA Community

We would like to reiterate the thanks of the School Council to all those who taken the time to provide your thoughts and feedback, and we are thankful for your participation.

All of the feedback submitted to [email protected] has been shared with Trustee Gough and Superintendent Hayhurst.

Here is a copy of that feedback: Feedback regarding the SSON and New Principal

If you have any additional feedback, questions, or need more information on this, please let us know at [email protected] and we will do our best to help.

Alternatively, please feel free to contact Trustee Gough and Superintendent Hayhurst directly.

I would also like to take this opportunity to remind you all that the next School Council meeting will be in the School Library on September 11th.

Kind Regards

Simon Wild

Co-chair ESA School Council

ESA’s Community Choir FACES to run again this Fall – sign up now and save!

FACES choir performing in Show me a Smile Concert, February 28, 2018

FACES choir performing in Show me a Smile Concert, February 28, 2018

FACES (Family, Alumni and Community of ESA Sing) is ESA’s pop up community choir! We started it up last January-February and after seven weeks of rehearsals, culminated with a wonderful concert “Show me a Smile”, featuring ESA alumni, students, family and community members coming together. It was a huge success with over 60 members signed up, and many singers commented on what a positive, enriching and connecting experience it was. Not to mention, we sounded fabulous!

Our second round of FACES  starts October 3rd, 2018 on WEDNESDAY EVENINGS 7:00pm – 8:30pm at ESA. There will be Six weeks of Wednesday rehearsals followed by a performance in mid-November (TBD). (No rehearsal on Halloween)

COST: Sign up early and save! $60 if paid online by August 31st, $70 on or after Sept. 1st.

1. Fill out the Google Registration Form at this link. https://goo.gl/forms/j0Zk7WVHNTJndpiG2
2. Pay online at via SchoolCashOnline (link will be provided after you submit the Google Form)

Please note: Online payment is strongly preferred as it is much easier to manage and track. Even if you do not have a student in the TDSB, you can sign up for a SchoolCashOnline account by clicking Register Now on the login page. If necessary, cash or cheque will be accepted at the first rehearsal, in which case a $70 fee applies. Please fill out the Google Registration Form as soon as possible, and then email Mary if you need to pay in person.

Mary Bella, a current ESA Parent, will again be conducting and organizing the group. Mary has a Master of Music in Vocal Performance and a Graduate Opera Diploma. She has 6 years choral conducting experience and 20 years of professional choral singing under her belt, including 15 years with the Canadian Opera Company Chorus. She recently completed an advanced conducting workshop with Amadeus Choir and leading Canadian choral masters, Lydia Adams and Linda Beaupré. Mary has also served choirs for many years as both manager and board president. Mary believes that this choir brings together the broader ESA community in a very special way, in addition to raising funds for our school.

Feel free to email Mary with any questions or concerns: [email protected]

Seeking a Performance Opportunity for FACES – ESA Community Choir – mid-November 2018

Do you know of a local CONCERT or EVENT in NOVEMBER 2018 that would benefit from a *FREE CHOIR PERFORMANCE?

I’m planning an ESA Community Choir (“FACES”) session for the fall – looking for a community or charity event/concert we can participate in as a culminating performance. It promises to be a good sized group of 40-50 adults, based in Etobicoke. We’ll prepare about 15 minutes of music (its only six weeks of rehearsals). We can also do 2-3 sing-along numbers with the audience and offer solo/duets if you want more. Music selections can (at this point) be tailored to your event.

This is a sessional community Choir with a big range of singing experience, from beginner to pro – they sound GREAT, but it’s not a professional Choir. We’d typically do music theatre, light choral and popular music in 2 or 3 parts, usually accompanied by piano and sometimes percussion (if our dear percussionist friend is available).

Ideally, the event would:
– take place in mid-to-late November 2018, in Etobicoke or at least in Toronto West of the Don Valley
– be related to youth and/or the arts
– accommodate a 50 person Choir with risers or stairs for sight lines
– have a tuned piano
– in a large indoor space, preferably with an acoustic (like a church)
– have focus on the Choir for the performance (not background music)
– a public event that would benefit from tickets sold to our choristers families and friends
– be non-profit

*FREE CHOIR PERFORMANCE – pending details and requirements

Please get in touch if you have ideas/connections!!
[email protected]
And feel free to share!! Thanks all!!

Mary Bella
FACES conductor

FACES Choir performing February 28, 2018

FACES Choir performing in Show me a smile concert on February 28, 2018

UPDATE July 24th: Search for a New Principal

Dear Members of the ESA Community

As the summer progresses, we are continuing to participate in the search for a New Principal.

Many of you have taken the time to provide your thoughts and feedback, and we are thankful for your participation.

All of the feedback submitted to [email protected] has been shared with Trustee Gough and Superintendent Hayhurst.

Here is a copy of that feedback: Feedback regarding the SSON and New Principal

I met with Trustee Gough and Superintendent Hayhurst on 18th July to discuss the feedback (received before 15th July) and the existing School Statement of Needs documentation, here is a link: ESA SSON Form Updated Dec 2016.

We discussed these 2 documents, and agreed that there is a correlation between the main themes of these documents.

These 2 documents (along with any additional feedback received) will be used to start the process of searching for a new Principal for ESA.

If you have any additional feedback, questions, or need more information on this, please let us know at [email protected] and we will do our best to help.

Alternatively, please feel free to contact Trustee Gough and Superintendent Hayhurst directly.

I would also like to take this opportunity to remind you all that the next School Council meeting will be in the School Library on September 11th.

Kind Regards

Simon Wild

Co-chair ESA School Council



UPDATE: School Statement of Needs

Dear Members of the ESA Community

We thought that it would be useful to provide an update on the request for help!

Firstly, we have been provided with some great points for consideration, and we would like to thank all of you who have taken the time to provide us with your thoughts so far.  Rest assured we will be including all of the points submitted when completing the School Statement of Needs.

Secondly, a member of the community suggested we share the previous School Statement of Needs, as it may help to clarify the type of input we need.  So, here is a link:

ESA SSON Form Updated Dec 2016

If you have any questions or need more information on this, please let us know at: [email protected]

Thank you again for your help.

You input is truly appreciated.

Kind Regards

ESA School Council

ESA Prom 2018 – Prom Photos’ Order Information

Prom photos are available to order from http://www.MyherPhotography.com – Click the Order Online link.

Low resolution images are available for free with Medium and High resolution (35 Megapixel images) also available to order.

The photographer will provide minor photo retouching (skin blemishes for example) on request for when you order high-resolution images.


New ESA Principal and the School Statement of Needs

Dear Fellow Members of the ESA Community

As I am sure you will have seen from the emails and posts on ESAInfo, that it has been a turbulent few weeks for our community.

Despite the challenges our community has encountered, I have been inspired by the passion and commitment shown to ensure that improvements are made for both the Students and the School as a whole.

I do not wish to go into detail on what has happened, in this post.  However, given that ESA is in need of a new Principal, we do have some significant things that we as a community need to achieve over the next few months, and I have been in continued discussion with Superintendent Hayhurst to ensure that we as a community have the opportunity to contribute to the process of finding a new Principal for ESA.

The key task that we must fulfill is to formulate our ideas for the School Statement of Needs.  The School Statement of Needs is a document, which contains contributions from a number of sources, including the school community, and is used by the TDSB as a tool in their search for a new Principal.  There is a responsibility for School Council to consolidate ideas from the community into the School Statement of Needs.

What is going to be done to prepare our contribution to the Statement of Needs?

1. School Council has already received some ideas from the community (a big thank you to those who have already sent in points for consideration), and we encourage all of you to send in your ideas to us ([email protected]) for what you believe are the success factors for a Principal joining the Etobicoke Schools of the Arts.

2. I will be meeting with both Superintendent Hayhurst and Trustee Gough to discuss initial input from the community prior to 20th July, so please send us your initial input as soon as you can, preferably before July 15th.

3. If you are able to contribute some time over the summer months, School Council would appreciate your assistance in the consolidation of ideas, i.e. preparing a consolidated list for discussion at the next School Council meeting.

4. The next School Council Meeting (7pm Tuesday 11th September, in the School Library) will have time devoted for the consolidated list of ideas to be presented, discussed and expanded on.  We will also accept additional contributions at the meeting, such that School Council can submit our community contribution to the School Statement of Needs.  NB: Superintendent Hayhurst will be attendance, to offer her support and assist with any questions that may arise.

Superintendent Hayhurst has reassured me that a Principal will be in place for the start of the next academic year.  However, it is important to ensure that we get the best person for the role.  Therefore, the Principal in place at the start of the academic year may or may not be the permanent Principal.

Please feel free to forward any questions you may have to us at [email protected] and we will do our best to get an answer to you in a timely manner.  You are also welcome to forward any questions or concerns you may have directly to Superintendent Hayhurst at the TDSB.

Let us work together to make ESA stronger!

We look forward to hearing from you.

Thanks for you help and support.

Kind Regards

Simon Wild

Co-chair ESA School Council

Wonderful News

What an exciting week!

Contemporary Art Graduate Keiran Brennan Hinton has been short listed for the RBC Canadian Painting Competition – please click here to read about this enormous honor! And click here to see more of Keiran’s work. Keiran will be exhibiting with the other 12 finalists at the Power Plant Contemporary Art Center this fall. The winner, to be announced on September 18, will receive $25,000 and a residency at Banff Centre for the Arts. Two honourable mentions will each receive $15,000, and the remaining 12 finalists will receive $2,500 each.

As well, graduating student Rachel Burns has been featured in a CBC mini-documentary – click here to watch the documentary.

Huge congratulations to Rachel and Keiran! What a remarkable finish to a hugely successful year. Thank you to everyone who supports us.

ESA Corn Mugs and Family Cook Books

Need an ESA memento – or congratulatory gift – for the student in your house?

  • We have a very limited supply of ESA Corn Mugs and ESA Family Cook Books available.

The ESA Corn Mug is:

  • Made from 100% corn plastic this mug is long lasting as well as 100% biodegradable and compostable at the end of its life span.
  • Microwave safe with a medical grade plastic lid.  Handwash only!!

The ESA Family Cook Book includes recipes from current and former Staff members, including but not limited to:

  • Ms. Miller, Ms. Wolfson, Mr. Humphreys, Ms. Neag, Ms. Kamino, Ms. Moorhouse, Mr. Aikins, Ms. Wray, and Ms. Holod.

Both will be available at the Library Open House on Tuesday morning, June 26th.

  • Corn mugs are $10 each.
  • Cook Books are $5 each.

Corn Mug Poster 2017

Equity at ESA

Hello all,

On Monday, June 18, 2018, there was a community meeting that took place at ESA to discuss issues of anti-black racism within the institution.  As there was a date change, it prevented some interested ESA community members from being present. During the meeting, Chelsea Takalo, the TDSB’s Student Equity Program Advisor created a link to an online forum, where people can continue to share their experiences. Chelsea is the only person who has access to the information submitted via the online forum that can be accessed from your personal devices. Feel free to submit any questions, comments and concerns that you would like to share. If you include contact information, Chelsea will share future communications with you as we are engaging on this learning journey together.

You can access the form by copying and pasting either of the following links:



Meeting at ESA Monday 18th June

As I am sure you are aware, as many of you were there, there was a meeting in the School Library to discuss some serious concerns raised by members of the School Community. The meeting was described as:

“An important message for the ESA community… to continue this important conversation about identity, bias, anti-Black racism, and supporting success for all students.”

I am dismayed that these issues exist, and I hope that a satisfactory resolution can be reached in the near future.

I sat at the back of the Library listening intently to what everyone had to say, and I can honestly say that I am so glad to be part of a school community that is so passionate about the welfare of the students and the continuing strength of the school.

This is why I joined School Council, i.e. to help the students achieve their potential and to work with the school community to ensure the ongoing success of the school.

I heard so many passionate members of the school community say that they have ideas on how to improve things, and we feel that the School Council is one of the ways for you to voice your ideas and help us to fulfill them.  We need your help to bring these ideas to fruition, and I hope to see many of you at the next School Council Meeting, which is scheduled for 11 September 2018 in the School Library.

This meeting has shown how strong our community spirit is.

Please come and join the School Council Team and help us identify and achieve some goals for the future of our community.

Together Everyone Achieves More

I look forward to seeing you soon,

Kind Regards

Simon  Wild

Co-Chair School Council

Still at it

This time of year has traditionally been associated with slowing down, cleaning up, and putting things away. We have the art camp in the second week of July, but other than that, it usually goes pretty quiet.

Our new normal is not as pastoral. On Saturday we closed a very successful exhibition, “Only Some of Us Want to be Artists” at Project Gallery with thirty three of our grade 12’s. The exhibition was met with hugely positive reactions, including a wonderful review – click here to read the piece.

Rachel Burns continues to find success and sales of her work continue. Rachel has made sales since the end of her solo exhibition at General Hardware Contemporary last month to significant collections, private and corporate, and the level of interest in her new series has several unfinished works already on hold. Rachel recently spent three days filming a mini-documentary with the CBC to be aired later this month. As well, look for a lengthy interview with Rachel and Magenta Magazine to be published soon here: http://www.magentafoundation.org/magazine/

Noah Brown continues his successful run in the art world here in Toronto before his departure to the Cooper Union in New York, with a recent exhibition in Guelph care of curator Andrew Hunter. Noah will be featured in Dave Bidini’s West End Phoenix Newspaper – https://www.westendphoenix.com/, and joins Shellicka Anglin and others in an exhibition at the Art Gallery of Guelph this fall.

Amanda Blake heads off to school in San Francisco soon but before she does she will participate in the summer group exhibition at Project Gallery with Contemporary Art grad Kendra Yee – opening is Thursday June 14 6-8pm. Kendra also just exhibited in References at Neighbour Gallery. Amanda and I are installing one of her stunning resin pylons at the QueenSpecific Gallery this Friday – so stop by any time after that over the next few weeks to see it and join us for the opening next Thursday evening for cake. QueenSpecific is next to Dufflet Pastries at 787 Queen St West.

Les Enfants Terribles sees the opening of Giselle Valencia’s first solo exhibition Rebirth & Regression Thursday June 14 7-9 pm

Next Thursday June 22 the exhibition BONOFIDE opens, featuring young multi-cultural artists from across Toronto. Curated by Spencer Julien and Temple Marucci-Campbell, it features work by Shellicka Anglin, Noah Brown, Isabella Ferrer Fernandez, Hailey Hanson, Luca Soldovieri, Teodore von Baeyer, and Alexis Vo, and is presented with support by the Department of Canadian Heritage, Government of Canada. UNITED CONTEMPORARY 1444 Dupont Street, Unit 22, Toronto, 7pm – 9pm.

Canadian Art Magazine has spent time with us over the past few weeks, and we look forward to being written about in an article in an upcoming issue – more info to come.

Thank you to everyone who helped to make our 2018 End of Year Sale our best ever, and the 2017 2018 academic year our most successful to date. A huge thank you to SESAT for helping with sales on May 24th.

For those interested in statistics, PD8 recipients received something in the order of $17 000 000 in scholarship offers. Our top four recipients alone received over $8 000 000 combined, which exceeds our previous record total for any entire grade. Invitations to PD9 were sent out around the world on Wednesday evening, and we already have 40 schools confirmed for November 2nd, 2018. We warmly invite you to tour the work of next year’s grade 12’s on November 2nd from 7pm – 10pm.

More info on its way as the ESA Contemporary Art community adds to the more than thirty exhibitions we have participated in since the start of 2018.

Matthew Varey