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.

Grand Prize

Huge congratulations to ESACA Grade 12 student Isabella Vella on winning the Grand Prize at the 2018 Arts Etobicoke Juried Exhibition. Isabella will have a solo exhibition at Arts Etobicoke in the new year.

This award follows on the heals of winning Best In Grade at the 2018 Scholastic Art and Writing Competition, where one of Isabella’s paintings (which also exhibited at the Albright Knox Gallery in Buffalo last year) was chosen as the single best grade 11 art work in the world, with an award given on stage at Carnegie Hall.

The two runners up awards also went to ESACA students – Juliet DiCarlo and Ella Webber!

Congratulations Isabella, Juliet, and Ella. We look forward to your future successes!

Arts Etobicoke Exhibition

This year’s Arts Etobicoke Juried Exhibition opens the evening of Wednesday November 14. Of the 15 artists chosen to participate in the exhibition, 10 are current ESACA students, and 1 of the remaining 5 is a graduate! Of the three awards given to participants this year, the grand prize and two runners up prizes, all 3 are going to our students!

We hope that you can make it out to the opening at 4893a Dundas Street West in Etobicoke, or drop by during the run of the exhibition until December 5.

Congratulations to everyone who was accepted this year!

Congratulations to ESACA Grad Stephanie Cristello

ESA Contemporary Art Graduate Stephanie Cristello has been hired into the upper stratosphere of the international art world by being named Artistic Director of Expo Chicago – Chicago’s international art fair.

Link to announcement in ArtNews click here

While in town for ArtToronto a few weekends back, Stephanie came by ESA to meet with several grade 12’s and write essays for them to be used in PD9. Thank you and congratulations Stephanie!


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.