Archives for October 2012

Degrassi Episode & ESA

10 Music Theatre Singers and 18 Instrumental Majors will be featured on the ‘Graduation Episode’ of the current season of Degrassi, being filmed on Monday, October 29th at Epitome Studios! Stay tuned for air date of the episode.

Splash Showcases in the community

Upcoming SPLASH showcases, where the National Show Choir Champions will be featured:
Nov 2 – Ontario Music Educators Association (OMEA) – Annual Conference at the Double Tree Inn – performance showcase 7pm
Nov 8 – Project Sunshine – evening performance/dinner entertainment for this charity event at Arcadian Court 8pm
Nov 10 – Illuminite – Holiday Lights Festival at Dundas Square – open to the public – 7pm
Nov 25 – CFL 100th Anniversary – Luncheon/Opening Ceremony Performance at the Royal York Hotel for the Prime Minister and Governor General

Choral Workshops for Music Theatre & Fosse Workshops

ESA’s Music Theatre Dept is proud to host a weekend of Choral Workshops with acclaimed Show Choir Director, Brett Carroll from Burbank, California on Friday and Saturday. Mr. Carroll will work his magic with Splash and WoCo on Friday afternoon, and then all day with Splash and Chamber Choir on Saturday. Splash is called from 9am – 4pm Saturday, and Chamber Choir from Noon – 4pm. We are equally thrilled to host Mike Weaver from Chicago to work with our Senior classes on Fosse technique for classes and choreography for Splash during the week of Nov 26th! Both of these experts have been generously sponsored by the Litner Family. We are extremely grateful for this incredible donation which will help to benefit the entire department! Stay tuned for photos and videos from these events.

Saatchi Competition

Take a look at what ESA has entered to date in the Saatchi Schools Competition!

FYI:  The 2012 Saatchi Gallery / Sunday Telegraph Art Prize for Schools is sponsored by Deutsche Bank.  The prize is open to schools from around the world.  Schools are invited to submit art work from students up to and including the age of 18.

A first prize of £10,000 will be awarded to the winning school’s art department, with a further £2,000 given to the winning pupil to be spent on art and computer equipment.  Two further runner-up prizes of £5,000 each will be awarded to the second and third placed schools, with a further £1,000 to each of the winning pupils.

Schools can enter as many art works as they wish and there is no prescribed theme for works entered nor is there a restriction on media used.  Sculpture, painting, installation, photography and mixed media art works are all eligible and welcome.  The deadline for entries is 6pm on Monday 10th December and all entries should be submitted on-line.

There will be an exhibition of the 20 short-listed entries at the Saatchi Gallery in London, England in January 2013.

Portfolio / Post-Secondary Art School Info Night

I invite parents to join me on Monday October 29th at 7pm in the ESA library to discuss what goes into visual arts, design, architecture, and fashion post-secondary school applications and portfolios.

I would like to discuss how parents can help navigate the difficult and laborious process our grade 12’s will undertake during the portfolio and application process. I will discuss strategies for organising the portfolio/application process in order to secure the best possible scholarship opportunities.

We can review examples of portfolios and discuss strategies for securing funding and increasing initial scholarship offers. At this point we have 50 schools from eight countries scheduled in the 2012 2013 year to speak with/review our grade 12’s work. Portfolio Day 2012 is shaping up to be our most successful so far.

In order to establish clarity around potential, possibilities and best practices it would be wonderful to have you attend.

All are welcome, including parents of students in grades 9-11. A significant number of non-visual arts students go on to art-based post-secondary programs and I want to make myself available to parents of students in the other majors with children who may want to pursue such paths. This meeting will be applicable to film and photography students, and students interested in architecture, fashion, and design.

See you at 6.55pm on Monday October 29th!
Matthew Varey
[email protected]

ESA Chamber Choir and TSO Choir record with Liona Boyd!


Members of the ESA Chamber Choir and TSO choir had the opportunity to do a recording with Juno award-winning and Canadian icon Liona Boyd for her upcoming CD.  See the attached pictures for information about the wonderful experience!

Take Our Kids to Work Day

Take Our Kids to Work Day

 Wednesday, November 7 is Take our kids to work day for grade 9 students. Please go to the attached link for more information and to download permission forms .   Please note signed permission forms are to be returned to the office by Monday, November 5, 2012.

 We encourage all grade 9 students to participate in this wonderful opportunity.  For students not taking part there will be a program supervised by grade nine teachers here at the school; they will not be attending regular classes.

Summer Credits in Ireland

The Irish Experience organization is presenting an information meeting at Bishop Allen Academy for students and their parents interested in taking Grade 11 or Grade 12 English Credits in Ireland this summer.  The meeting is on Wednesday, October 24th, 7:00 pm.  For more information, please go to: or email [email protected]

Please note:  ESA does not have any additional information.

ESA Continues to “MAKE IT BETTER”!

On Friday, ESA joined schools across the TDSB in observing a minute of silence, remembering those who are victims of bullying. In response to the recent suicide of Amanda Todd, every school stopped at 11:00 to think about the issue of bullying in schools and online. In true ESA spirit, this moment was preceded with thought-provoking music and the visuals in each classroom of heart-breaking statistics about bullying, followed by silence. The “I WIll Make It Better Project” also contributed to the day by holding an education session for some Grade 10 students on the realities of bullying and how each student can make it better. These students, along with ESA alumni Jacques St. Pierre and Mr. Ambrose, continue to advocate for greater awareness of bullying in schools and cyber-bullying as the “I WIll Make It Better Project” expands its presence.
Friday’s activities were prominently featured in numerous news outlets such as the CBC National and local news, CP24 and the Toronto Star. Here is some links: Shows/The National/ID=2294226472–amanda-todd-schools-minute-of-silence-elicits-painful-memories-for-other-bullying-victims

Congratulations to the staff and students at ESA for being leaders in this important work!

Spirit week update

Are you feeling lazy this morning? Could use a few extra minutes to sleep in?

Then go for it! Today is Pyjama day. So roll out of bed and show your school sprit by wearing you pyjama’s to school today.


(Just stay awake in class!)


The strings program is selling cookie dough. Concert Strings and Sinfonia are using this fundraiser to help fund guest conductors, masterclasses and clinicians. Sales will continue until November 12th and cookie dough will be delivered on December 3rd. Please talk to a strings major if you are interested in supporting our groups.

Chamber Music Feast Thursday October 25th

Please join us Thursday evening October 25th for our first concert of the season. This concert features chamber groups from the music department. We will begin at 7:00 in the mini theatre and admission is free!