Art Talk 10

Please join us for the tenth installment of our Art Talk series. Art Talk Ten is fifteen grade 11 students speaking about their work during their exhibition State of Shifting at the Neilson Park Creative Centre on Tuesday February 12, 50 Neilson Drive, Toronto. This is our warm up exhibition for Portfolio Day 10, or, as we are calling it, PDX in November 2019.

Tickets are free and are available through the invitation by clicking here

The statement for State of Shifting:

The Grade 11 Contemporary Art and Photography students at Etobicoke School of the Arts have spent years together analyzing themselves and the impact they have on everything around them. They have collectively noticed a shift in their process of self-reflection, as everything is beginning to make sense. These students have learned how to grow with each other for the benefit of every individual’s success, and felt this was the time to start putting all they have learned into something for the world to see. This exhibition is a glimpse into the ongoing creation of art and diverse connections these students are able to produce, and the space and community they have created to do so. The compiled works individually highlight their abilities to create impactful and important artwork, while also showing us their strength as a community of creators. These students see that they have created something incredible, and that now is the time to start pushing it, believing in it, and understanding their constant State of Shifting.

Matthew Varey Exhibition

Please join us for the opening of Matthew Varey’s exhibition System One at United Contemporary, 1444 Dupont Street Unit 22 on Saturday December 8 from 2 to 6 pm.

We are hoping to sell some art work and raise money for the purchase of a new vehicle to continue driving ESACA student work to shows, pick up supplies and donations etc. We would love to see you all there.

The exhibition is open December 8, 9, 15 and 16 from noon to 6pm.


A huge thank you to everyone who assisted, participated, donated, and supported us in our most successful Portfolio Day event to date.

This year we had 130 representatives from 79 schools and programs from 6 countries in to see the more than 2500 art works by 86 of our grade 12’s from all 6 majors who were joined by 4500 guests in the evening to experience the dozens of solo exhibitions.

A true success for all involved and a million thank you’s from ESACA


Hello everyone!

We have a wonderful new website up and running for PD9 – click here to see what these brilliant grade 12’s have done

Huge thank you to Spencer Julien for building this for us. We are so proud to have students from all six ESA majors in PD9 – it is both a school wide and a global effort with 76 schools and programs joining us from six countries.

Many PD9 students will begin clearing out their spaces and staring to set up this week. Wish them all well!

PD9 donations are accepted by SESAT via this link

Thank you for all of your support and please join us to see the exhibition on Friday November 2md between 7 and 10pm!


Portfolio Day Meeting This Week

A reminder to all involved in PD9 – parents and participants – of our meeting this Wednesday October 10 at 7pm in the library. All ESACA Film and other students of any grade and their families are welcome to attend to gain insight into this process.

We will go over the specifics of the next four weeks so that everyone understands the expectations, and there will be opportunities to sign up for jobs etc

To donate to PD9 through SESAT please click here – thank you!

Matthew Varey

To read the Canadian Art Magazine article about us click here.

Shellicka Anglin CBC Interview

I am super excited to share with you a fantastic CBC interview with recent graduate Shellicka Anglin.

Click here to read the interview

PD9 Meeting

I would like to invite all 220ish parents and 85 participants of PD9 to the ESA library next Wednesday October 10th at 7pm to go over logistics, expectations, and jobs for our upcoming incrediblefest on November 2nd (and clean up on November 3rd).

Can’t wait to see you all!

Matthew Varey

To donate to PD9 click here

Portfolio Day 9

We are closing in on what will be the largest Portfolio Day event ever!

On November 2nd we will welcome 100+ representatives from more than 70 schools from 6 countries to Etobicoke School of the Arts to spend the day speaking with 81 of our amazing grade 12 students from 5 ESA majors.

Relationships with representatives are a key factor in our securing remarkable scholarship opportunities, and Portfolio Day is when those relationships are formed. It is a magnificent event that we have been working towards for years, and we rely heavily on donations to pay for the many aspects of hosting more than 2000 people.

If you are willing to assist in our efforts in creating post-secondary and professional opportunities for our grade 12’s, we would be thrilled to accept your support. If you have donated already – we thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

Please Click Here to Donate to Portfolio Day 9

Everyone is welcome to join us on Friday November 2nd from 7 to 10 pm to experience first hand what our remarkable community is capable of. Follow Portfolio Day 9 on Instagram at @portfolioday9

Huge thank you to Emily Guitar for making our new video! Click here to watch

Article about us in Canadian Art Magazine

I am excited to share the news that ESACA has been written about in our national art magazine, Canadian Art.

To read this insightful account by Chris Hampton, click here

We hope that everyone will join us to view Portfolio Day 9 at ESA on Friday November 2 from 7 to 10pm.

Portfolio Day 9

We are so excited!

Portfolio Day 9 at ESA takes place on Friday November 2nd 2018.

More than 60 schools from 6 countries are sending staff to speak with 90 of our grade 12 students.

There will be many volunteer opportunities, and we are fundraising to pay for this amazing, global event, that helped us secure close to $20 million dollars in scholarship offers last year.

To donate CLICK HERE

To donate and receive a tax receipt CLICK HERE

The public, friends and family are invited to join us from 7-10pm.

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:

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 –, 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

End of Year Art Sale

You are invited to our annual End of Year Exhibition and Sale of Art Work by grades 9 to 12 of the Contemporary Art and Photography Programs, Thursday May 24 between 3.30pm and 9pm.

Free admission and all are welcome.

This is our primary fundraiser of the year. Sales split 50/50 between department and artist. Tax receipts for 50% of sales over $50.