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, esainfo.ca or you are welcome to purchase tickets at the door at 6:00pm

Rio 2016!

We have had some amazing coverage this week around our assisting Moss + Lam in making parts of Canada House in Rio.

Spencer Julien was interviewed on CBC’s Here and Now and appeared on the CBC 6pm tv news. Here are two articles supporting the story:

ESA Contemporary Art in Rio 1

ESA Contemporary Art in Rio 2

Parents of 2016/2017 grade 12’s

45% of ESA’s grade 12 students have signed up to participate in Portfolio Day 7 on October 28.

We can not afford to run PD7 with a 35% increase in participants over 2015 and meet our financial responsibilities. The Visual Art Department has paid for 100% of costs incurred in PD1-PD6. We have created a crowd funding campaign so that you are able to easily contribute to this event. If every participating student has $210 donated on their behalf we will be full steam ahead.

If we do not raise the required amount the event will be reconsidered. The Visual Art/Photography Department has grown significantly in the past three years which has increased our total expenditures. As well as more students to support, costs of supplies have jumped due to the dollar dropping and a natural inflation of prices – a triple hit to our budget.

If this does not happen the structure breaks and opportunities for non Visual Art students decrease – which we do not want.

Fundraising information is found here:

Only 6 days remain! Thank you!

Matthew Varey

Summer Job Opportunity at Princess Margaret Hospital for Grade 12 Students

Summer Job Opportunity at Princess Margaret Hospital for Grade 12 Students:



The TDSB and ESA have not vetted this opportunity, we are merely providing you with information.

Max Perone in the news!

Max Perone in the news!

Good luck tonight Max & family!

click here to read the article


and click here to see the TDSB coverage


Summer Jobs with the Ontario Government

Attention students: You can apply for a summer job with the Ontario Government starting today!

There are over 80 job types available in a number of different work environments including: provincial parks, museums, offices, and forests.

Have fun while earning money and building your skills over the summer!

Visit Ontario.ca/careers and search by the “Student” Career level to see all job postings available.

ESA and TDSB have not vetted this job posting. We are solely providing you with this information.

Visual Art Update

A fast paced beginning to what is sure to be our most exciting school year yet!

Y Magazine out of New York just published an article featuring photographs by grade 12 Celeste Cares and grade 11 Lily Watson:


Celeste Cares and Calla McInnes were both in the first ever Teen Art Salon opening in the Lower East Side of New York City this weekend which saw a huge turnout of people and sales opportunities for both of Celeste’s very large paintings! Attached is a photo from the show.

I would like to ask that everyone join and share the public invitation to our Portfolio Day 6 Celebration at ESA – we hope you will join us at 7pm on Friday November 6th! Parents are invited to arrive at 6.30 to meet with representatives from many of the participating schools.


We also have several students with photographs in this month’s issue of PhotoEd Magazine!



Gap Year Opportunities

Looking for a Gap Year experience?  Work, volunteer or study abroad…

Attend the Go Global Expo Sept 19-20. Visit the website for more information!

Planting the Planet Job Opportunity

Get a job as a tree-planter for the Spring/Summer.

For more information go to: http://www.plantingtheplanet.com/jobs/inexperienced/

ESA and the TDSB have not vetted this posting but are rather providing you with information.

Buffalo NY Exhibitions

Congratulations to Agnes Wong, Alie Rutty, Anneka Jin, Antoni James, Celeste Cares, Jessye Coleman-Shapiro, Malachi Wilson, Maria Glanfield, Nisha Raghukumar, Pia Graham, Sarah Pereux, Toko Hosoya, Tristan McGrath-Waugh, Varvara Nedilska, Alexandra Mihaila, and Brazil Gaffney-Knox on being accepted in the Albright Knox Future Curators 2015 Exhibition which opens Thursday, April 16, 5 – 8 pm at the Albright Knox Museum, and at the Buffalo Center for Arts and Technology opening Thursday, April 23, 5 – 6:30 pm.

Whoo hoo!

March Break Training and Employment Opportunities

Please the attachments for more information.

ESA and the TDSB have not vetted this posting but are rather providing you with information.


March Break Job Fairs 2015

Student Guide to Job Fairs


Exciting Times

For each of the past four years we have reported phenomenal results regarding scholarships and offers to our students. We may have received the highest number of “top” scholarships and the highest number of scholarship dollars per student of any art program in the world.

Post-secondary schools have a very small number of their “most prestigious” scholarships on offer annually. For one of our students to receive one of these scholarships is an honor and true success. We are only half way into receiving offers but I wanted to share some news.

At time of writing, ESA Visual Art and Photography students have received 20 offers of a top or most-prestigious scholarship from four of the most significant schools in the world. Twenty of our kids have been chosen as the most desirable artists on the planet.

This number may double by May 1st. We were told by several school representatives on Portfolio Day that there is nothing like ESA on the planet, or that we are amongst the company of one or two other programs in the world. These numbers provide proof that this may be true.

This success comes with responsibility and we have great ambitions. I would like us to participate in Art Toronto this year. We would love our own exhibition space in the west end of the city. We want to help Toronto become the second most desirable place in the world for art education.

Thank you for coming to Art Talk 4 – we had 300+ people in attendance and ended with an emotional standing ovation. Videos will be posted on esava.ca Art Talk 5 needs a home and we will likely provide details soon.

We look forward to upcoming shows in the Contact Photography Festival opening 6-8pm May 22nd at Artscape Youngspace on Shaw St. This spring we will be exhibiting in New York and at the Albright Knox Museum in Buffalo. Grade 12 student Pia Graham will be exhibiting at the Saatchi Gallery in London, UK in April. The grade 12’s are hoping to exhibit one last time together so watch for an announcement. Our end of year show and sale is Thursday May 21st at 3.30pm.

Thank you for the continued support in helping us build esava! These are exciting times!

Matthew Varey
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