Invitation to Until Now

You are invited to Rachel Burns’ exhibition Until Now, which opens this Saturday at General Hardware Contemporary – 1520 Queen Street West, Toronto.
This is the first time one of our students has opened a solo exhibition at a leading commercial gallery.

Rachel Burns
Until Now
April 21 – May 12, 2018
Opening: Saturday April 21st, 2 – 5 pm
Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival Featured Exhibtiion

General Hardware Contemporary is pleased to present emerging artist Rachel Burns’ first solo exhibition. Until Now is a featured exhibition in the Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival. Join us at the opening this Saturday. All are welcome.

In Until Now, Rachel Burns questions her history, her family’s history, and the concept of time itself. Through this exhibition, she reduces a short fragment of the universe to constituent parts. Burns explores the pain of impermanence with the understanding that change creates the opportunity to accept the past, and to see the overwhelming beauty in the things that do not last.

Her contemplative process involves selecting family photographs and videos as source material. Through digitally documenting and then reconstructing her archived history, the original experience is rediscovered in a new reality.
In Burns’ video work, she layers images so that they appear as softly abstract compositions, initially revealing and illuminating until accumulation renders all invisible. In some works, the process of re-documenting photographs informs graphite drawings that Burns erases once complete. She preserves the eraser rubbings as objects, often photographing them or presenting them as fragments in jars.

Burns’ multimedia work is often informed by her photographic images, and extends to painting, sculpture, drawing, and video art. Recent group exhibitions include: Art Prize at Saatchi Gallery (UK), Flash Forward Incubator exhibition at Gardiner Museum (Toronto), Viewpoint at Albright-Knox Art Gallery (Buffalo, NY) and Ingrown at Artspace (Peterborough). Burns’ work has been published in The Trinity Review (University of Toronto) and the Flash Forward Incubator catalogue (Magenta Foundation). She has been awarded for her writing, poetry and digital art from Scholastic Arts and Writing Awards (New York).

Hours: Wednesday – Saturday 12 – 6 pm
[email protected]


Please join us tonight at 7pm in the Library for the SESAT Meeting

Everyone is more than welcome!  We welcome your opinions and maybe you can consider joining the SESAT team next year.  We are looking to replace some Board members whose children are graduating this year, and maybe you can find a position that suits you.

We hope that you can join us!

Lisa Egri

IT’S BACK! The SESAT Flower Sale and Fundraiser!

Ignore the crazy wind and cold. Planting season is right around the corner. Follow this link to the SESAT Flower Sale online store, peruse our bloomin’ gorgeous blossoms in flats, pots or spectacular mixed hanging baskets. Outstanding quality at competitive prices, in support of our amazing budding artists.  Place your orders by Wed. April 30, 2018 for pick-up at the ESA Yard Sale on Sat. May 26, 2018. And please forward the address below to friends, neighbours, family – anyone with a green thumb or a lonely ceiling hook on an empty porch.

Thank-you for your support!

Store url: Buy Flowers!

Three Openings This Week

You are invited to three openings this week in Toronto. We would really like to see you all out for all of our upcoming events!

Wednesday February 28 7-9pm Our Grade 11 Exhibition Turning Point opens at Neilson Park Creative Centre. 90 grade 11 art and photography students exhibiting in this wonderful show of new work as warm up to Portfolio Day 9. Please join us to celebrate this remarkable achievement. Show runs until March 18. 56 Neilson Drive

Wednesday February 28 6-8pm Eight Art students are exhibiting in the Arts Etobicoke Exhibition Edge: Youth Art Show at Artscape Youngspace. Show runs until March 6

Thursday March 1 7-9pm Grade 10 Art student Ella Webber’s first solo exhibition Serena takes place at Les Enfants Terribles at 130 Foxley Place. Show runs until March 14.

Other Upcoming ESACA Exhibtions:

March 3 Four Art students are exhibiting in Tag Yourself at One Brooklyn Bridge Gallery at 360 Furman St Brooklyn, NY

March 15 Noah Brown opens his first solo exhibition Intergenerational Trauma at Project Gallery Studios 7-9pm

March 22 Ariana Pickard’s first solo exhibition Collaboration of One at Les Enfants Terribles 7-9pm

March 23 Art Talk 8 takes place at OCADU – hear 15 Art and Film students speak beautifully about their work. 7-9pm.

March 24 Graduate Michelle Nyugen’s first solo exhibition Anatomical Venus with her Toronto dealer Bau-Xi Gallery 2-4pm

April 6 Art Talk 9 at OCADU 7-9pm

April 12 ESA Fashion Show – two performances at 4pm + 7pm at ESA

April 12 Nearly twenty Art and Photography students will be exhibiting in the Albright Knox Gallery’s Future Curators Exhibition in Buffalo, NY 6-9pm

April 21 Stay tuned for a very exciting announcement about an historic exhibition that opens on this day from 2-4pm in Toronto

May 3 Dismantle – our annual Contact Photography Festival exhibition of grade 12 work opens at Artscape Youngspace 7-9pm

May 10 Spencer Julien’s first Solo Exhibition Refraction opens at Les Enfants Terribles 7-9pm in conjunction with the Contact Photography Festival

May 24 Our annual End of Year Sale and Exhibition runs from 3.30 to 9pm at ESA

May 31 Erica Bruno opens her first solo exhibition Saudade at Les Enfants Terribles 7-9pm

June 14 Giselle Valencia opens her first solo exhibition Rebirth & Regression at Les Enfants Terribles 7-9pm

July 5 Isabella Vella opens her first solo exhibition at Les Enfatns Terribles 7-9pm

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



$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.”

Cookie Dough Pickup – Splash orders

Cookie Dough orders from the recent Splash Fundraiser arrive on Mon. Dec 11th from 3:00pm – 4:30pm. Please make sure your son/daughter pick up their orders during this time or parents to pickup. The orders MUST be picked up on this day, as there is no freezer storage at the school. The orders will be packaged in one parcel according to the seller (student from Splash).  Thanks again for your support!

ESA Family Cookbook… 25th Anniversary Edition

Need another great idea for a stocking stuffer or Secret Santa gift?

Consider a copy of the 25th Anniversary Edition ESA Family Cookbook.

  • We have a few copies left after the SESAT Fall Craft Fair.

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.

Drop by the Library and pick up your own personal copy. $5 per book.

Meet the Original ESA CornMug

ESA CornMugs are available for purchase now… while quantities last.

  • 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 CornMug makes a great stocking stuffer… or Secret Santa gift.

Get yours for only $10… See Ms. Wray in the Library.

  Corn Mug Poster 2017

2017 Choreographic Workshop

Tickets are on sale now for the 2017 Choreographic Workshop. It is a wonderful evening of talent that is happening on November 8th, 2017 at the Nancy Main Theatre at ESA. For ticket information, please visit, or you are welcome to purchase tickets at the door at 6:00pm

PD8 Volunteering


Many of you expressed interest in helping on Portfolio Day with food and drink.

Andrea McBride has been doing an amazing job of organising this for years, and has once again produced a sign up sheet:

Information can be found there as to what we need.

Thank you!

Matthew Varey

Have to start your holiday gift shopping? Here’s a tip

Finding that special something is made easy at this event with over 85 artisan vendors sharing their hand crafted works. a silent auction featuring 100 items including student art, jewellery, event tickets and beautiful baskets. You can even top off the day with lunch at our Polar Express Cafe featuring delicious homemade meals and take some scrumptious treats home from our Bake Sale too!

Attending the event is a win-win for you and ESA fundraising efforts so make it a day, bring your family, friends and neighbours.

Please help us promote the event by sharing.

Here is a link to the event for Facebook

Thanks everyone.

The SESAT fundraising team