BIG WEEK for Visual Art!

BIG WEEK for Visual Art!

ESA Visual Art has FOUR exhibitions opening on two CONTINENTS and will finish the week with our fifth edition of the very popular ART TALK series!

Everyone is invited to our openings at the Project Gallery Studio Space for both Flora Aldridge and Xander Maclaren on Thursday March 3 – invitations are attached.

You are also invited to join Max Perone and his family at the opening of the 2016 Saatchi Gallery/ Deutsche Bank Art Prize for Schools which opens at Saatchi Gallery in London, UK this Wednesday March 2 at 7pm!

Also on Wednesday back here at home we will have eight works in a group show hosted by Arts Etobicoke at Artscape Youngplace – 180 Shaw Street, 2nd Floor from 6:00pm-8:00pm.

I hope all of you will join us for Art Talk once again hosted by the very generous OCADU. Plan to be in the auditorium on the main floor at 100 McCaul Street by 7pm to ensure getting a seat as we usually hit capacity on the room. We have about 16 students in grades 10-12 who will talk about what they are interested in and what they are making. Should be an amazing evening!
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Thank you all for your continued support. We are having perhaps our most successful year for scholarships and exhibitions – and next year looks another block buster! We still have at least three US shows to announce for this year, and at least one more very significant international award on its way!

If you are in grades 6-8 and are thinking of applying to esava – I hope you can come to Art Talk 5 and bring your family!

Matthew Varey


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Festive Tickets NOW ON SALE!!!

Come to the Music and Music Theatre Department’s Festive Celebration – FEATURING our award winning ensembles Concert Band, Jamme, Wind Ensemble, Contemporary Strings, Chamber Choir, Concert Strings, Concert Choir, Glo, Stage Band, STRAD, WoCo, Symphony, Splash, and our TSO Choir! PLEASE BUY RAFFLE TICKETS FROM OUR STUDENTS OR AT THE CONCERT! Show time is 7:00pm this coming Wednesday-Friday. Show tickets available by clicking here.
Thanks for your continue support! Hope to see you there!

Toronto Sing! This Monday, May 11 at Runnymede United Church

The Music Theatre department invites you to an evening of beautiful choral music at Runnymede United Church, this Monday May 11 at 6:00 pm. ESA’s Woco, Chamber Choir, and JAMME will be joined by the choirs from Essex P.S., Hawthorne P.S. and Karen Kain School of the Arts in this annual choral concert. Tickets are $10 per adult, $5 per child/family for $20.
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OPUS Tonight and Tomorrow!

Please buy your tickets now and come out to support our ESA Music Department in their Spring Show, OPUS, on Thursday and Friday, May 7 and 8 at 7:00 in the ESA Auditorium.
 In fact, there are different performances each night, so you could come to both!  Great tickets are still available through the school website, just click on tickets or purchase at the door.  Thanks for supporting our students and faculty.

SWING tickets – Opening Night Standing Ovation

Please help support our biggest Music Theatre fundraiser – the musical revue SWING! Judging from the immediate standing ovation from opening night – it is a show not to be missed. Tickets can still be purchased online at and we will now have RUSH SEATS for high school students and university students (present ID at the box office for $10 general seat tickets!)
The musical features the incredible ESA Pit Orchestra, our senior Music Theatre classes, Splash, Glo, Jamme, soloists, small dance ensembles and the show features an entire crew of students backstage running the difficult show! There are over 100 students featured on stage. Please come out and see the magic! You can also pre-order a DVD of the show, featuring the Wed/Thurs night casts – two discs for $20. Orders will be taken before/intermission/after the performance in the lobby. Spread the word about SWING please!

Concert Fundraiser with Wicked and Book of Mormon – Actor’s Fund of Canada

DON’T STOP BELIEVIN’ with the company members of WICKED and THE
One night only! Get your tickets today for DON’T STOP BELIEVIN’: an evening
of song and dance benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and the
Actors’ Fund of Canada on Monday, October 27, 8 p.m., at the Panasonic
Produced by company members, the evening is an opportunity for them to kick
up their heels performing some of their favourite non-show related material in
support of charity!
VIP Plus admission is $250, which includes a pre-show reception with cast
members, preferred seating, professional photograph with cast members,
refreshments and WICKED and THE BOOK OF MORMON merchandise. VIP
admission is $125, which includes preferred seating and show merchandise.
Reserved admission is $55. The Monday, October 27 event will also include live
and silent auctions featuring some once-in-a-lifetime WICKED and THE BOOK
OF MORMON experiences.
DON’T STOP BELIEVIN’ will be a magical, one-night-only experience, so get
your tickets today at or by
calling 1.800.461.3333.

Into the Woods Tickets

ESA’s Music Theatre Department is proud to present our musical INTO THE WOODS, by Stephen Sondheim.  This challenging and heartfelt musical features our talented Grade 11 and Grade 12 students, as well as an incredibly gifted Pit Orchestra!  Please visit the website for ticket and performance info.  There are THREE different casts, so please make sure you check out the cast lists.

“The Brothers Grimm hit Broadway with an epic fairytale where worlds  collide. James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim take everyone’s favorite  storybook characters and brings them together for a timeless yet  relevant piece and rare modern classic.

The story  follows a Baker and his wife who wish to have a child, Cinderella who  wishes to attend the King’s Festival, and Jack who wishes his cow would  give milk. When the Baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a  child because of a Witch’s curse, the two set off on a journey to break  the curse. Everyone’s wish is granted, but the consequences of their  actions return to haunt them later with disastrous  results.

One of Sondheim’s most popular works,  INTO THE WOODS is a musically sophisticated show featuring actors adept at dark comedy.”

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Performance Opportunity

Each year, for the past 3 or 4 years, Richview United Church has been host to a gala event titled A Showcase of Stars.  The stars in their showcase always include a wide selection of performers from ESA.

This year’s event will be on Saturday April 26th.

If you are interested in performing at this event, send me an e-mail (at [email protected]) and I’ll arrange to get you in touch with the organising committee.

Music this Week — OPUS at Nancy Main and Jazz at the Assembly Hall!


OPUS & Jazz NightThe Music Department is proud to present:

  • OPUS 2013, featuring the Band and String Majors, on May 8th and May 9th at 7:00 pm in the Nancy Main Auditorium; and,
  • Jazz at Assembly Hall, featuring many of the Band and String Majors, MOSAIC, and our Jazz Vocal Ensemble JAMME on May 10th, at 7:00 pm at Assembly Hall (1 Colonel Samuel Smith Park Drive, Kipling Ave. & Lake Shore Blvd. W.).

What an extraordinary week of live music!  Ticket are still available — click here. 

The ESA Music Department is proud to present OPUS 2013

The Music Department is proud to present OPUS 2013, featuring the Band and String Majors, on Wednesday May 8th and Thursday May 9th at 7:00 pm in the Nancy Main Auditorium. Tickets are now on sale from ticket turtle, linked through the web site. Please call the Music Office at 416-394-6910, extension 5 if you have any questions.

Get Your Fosse Tickets Now!

The students at ESA would love to invite everyone to the evening performances of A Tribute to “Fosse” on Weds the 13th and Thurs the 14th at 7:00 PM!! Get your tickets at!! Its gunna be a great performance!

Cookie Dough Fundraiser for Music Theatre Ensembles & Strings Department

ONE WEEKEND LEFT to sell, sell, sell. Please have your orders properly filled out, cheque made payable to ESA Music Theatre of ESA Music and brought in to your Ensemble Director at the beginning of the week. Orders must be sent in by mid-week in order to meet the delivery time-line – arrival at our Festive Dress Rehearsal on December 3rd. Orders MUST be picked up on this date, after 3:30 outside the Auditorium. Thank you for supporting our Visiting Artist programs, Musical ‘Fosse’ productions costs,and field trip supplementation.