Archives for January 2013

Design Sponge Scholarship Goes To…

Grade 11 Visual Art student Pia Graham wins the 2012 Design Sponge Scholarship worth $10 000.

Scholastic Award Results!!!

scholarsticScholastic Art and Writing Results just in:
ESA students win 285 awards including 126 GOLD KEYS AND TWO AMERICAN VISIONS NOMINATIONS!!!!



Congratulations ESA. I am so proud of you all.

Fosse Tickets are on sale!

Click here to get your Fosse tickets!

Fosse-webESA’s Music Theatre Department proudly presents A TRIBUTE TO FOSSE Feb.13-14, 2013, featuring the iconic shows and choreography of Broadway’s dance legend Bob Fosse. ESA’s talented students perform selections from shows including Damn Yankees, Sweet Charity, The Pajama Game, Cabaret and Chicago.

Note: matinee performances on Feb. 11/12 starting at 12:00 noon are Pay-What-You-Can on a first come-first served basis. No ticket needed.

Principal Casting: Feb. 11/13 Martina Myskohlid, Jay Ingram, Kasia Wszelaki, Hailey Balaz, Kate Neweduk, Chris Fulton, David Klein, Rob Graham Kuntz, Lindsay Rolland-Mills, Vitan Pravtchev, Emily Devlin, Leah Hamid, Cassie Reid, Eli Sokoloff-Harris, Dylan Coutts, Keshia Sibley, Malindi Ayienga, Portia Biswas, Anastasia Mandziuk, Elan Desrochers-O’Sullivan, Michaela Mar, Sophie Lea, Clare Workentin, David Klein, Richard Goodman, Joel Purvis, Tyler Pearse, Dylan Coutts, Shawn Molko

Principal Casting: Feb. 12/14 Grace Gilbert-Walters, Ben Chiasson, Sophie Lea, Polly Summerhayes, Courntey MacLeod, Jacob Madonia, Tyler Pearse, Laura Conway, Theo Rose, Sophie Dushko, Alie Banka, Dayna Goldhar, Cooper Agar, Ben Litner, Meghan Fowler, Julia Vescio. Sophie Dushko, Jackie Glover, Carmen Kruk, Maddy Spadafora, Dove Salsberg, Malindi Ayienga, Jamarie Brown, Chris Fulton, Matthew Tissi, Justin Van Lieshout, Jacob Madonia, Tyler Pearse


Course Selection Information Evening

This is a reminder that there will be a course selection information meeting in the library on Thursday, January 31st for parents and guardians.  The meeting will start at 7:00 pm.

The focus of the evening is to provide parents and guardians with information on courses available to students and on how students will choose courses for the 2013 – 2014 school year.

A Tribute to Fosse Tickets back on sale!

On behalf of the Music Theatre Department, we thank you for continued patience during the past few months. We are endeavouring to provide our students with the performance opportunities outlined by our curriculum, as well as a chance to showcase their hard work for family and friends. Here is the plan for these performances:
Monday Feb 11 and Tuesday Feb 12 – Matinee performances (pay what you can) starting at 12:00. Seating is first come, first served – no tickets necessary
Wednesday Feb 13 and Thursday Feb 14 – Evening performances ($20 plus $1.50 s/c) starting at 7:00. Tickets sales will resume at noon today through the ESAInfo/Ticket Turtle site. Tickets already sold for this show are still valid.
Those who had purchased tickets for Monday or Tuesday shows should have received an email regarding the exchange of tickets for the remaining shows or a refund. If not, please send an email ASAP to Mr. Ambrose at [email protected] to indicate if you wish to transfer them to another evening or receive a refund.
Should the current withdrawal of extra-curricular activities continue, all non-curricular shows/groups will be supervised by school administrators, but ALL PERFORMANCES WILL PROCEED AS OUTLINED ABOVE.
Again, we thank you for your patience and continued support of our students and department. Please come out and see these fantastic performers!

“Teaching The Life Of Music” Community BBQ & Documentary Film Screening

Film Synopsis

Inspired by a man with a vision, “Teaching the Life of Music,” tells us the story of Maestro Jose Antonio Abreu, El Sistema and the impact that a developing country like Venezuela is having on a developed country like ours. We witness El Sistema’s ability to transform poverty and violence into healthy living through the passion and discipline inherit in music education.

“What caught my interest about “Teaching The Life Of Music” and El Sistema was the transformational effect music made on the children,” says Narrator and Actor Cory Monteith, “and how that transcends boundaries, languages, cultures, and borders, with a huge effect. This musical education can be reproduced anywhere in the world, and can change a child’s life forever.”

Date: Monday, January 28th, 2013, 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM

5:30-6:30 Community BBQ
6:30-7:30 Film Screening, “Teaching the Life of Music”
7:30-8:30 Public Discussion Panel

*On site child care provided

Location: Yorkwoods Public School – 25 Yorkwoods Gate, North York

Click here for more details.


View the trailer:

Teaching the Life of Music trailer from Noemi Weis on Vimeo.

Summer Triple Threat Intensive at ESA returns for 2 weeks!

‘Putting it Together’ is open for registration!

JULY 2-13

Check out the website for info and how to register.  Bursaries/scholarships available

Summer Music Theatre Intensive USA apply online

Semi-formal Dinner Menu Finalized

We are very excited to announce the finalized dinner menu for Semi-formal this year, on February 22nd at Atlantis.

Dinner includes:

Leaves of Romaine with Cesar Vinaigrette

Baked Boneless Chicken Breast

Black and White Tuxedo Cake

(Vegetarians & Dietary Restrictions will be accommodated, but must be identified to a member of Student Council)

Audition Day Applicants: Key Timelines

For those of you who were at Audition Day as applicants, we hope your experience was a positive one.

Letters informing applicants of their results will be mailed on February 12th.  Successful students will be asked to confirm their acceptance and return the required paperwork by Friday, February 22nd. 

Thank you again to all for your interest in Etobicoke School of the Arts!

ESA – Audition Day

Thanks to the whole ESA community for its support of ESA’s Audition Day! 

This is one of our most important (and most fun) days of the year and it couldn’t happen without a whole cast of characters.  Our student volunteers shone, yet again, as great representatives of our school.  They were welcoming and reassured our many nervous auditioners that they should relax and try to enjoy their experience as “everyone wants you to be your best!”  Our parent volunteers were also fantastic, helping our guests to find their way, comforting anxious parents and taking care of the needs of our guest ajudicators, accompanists and staff.   And finally, I would like to thank our guest ajudicators and staff for all their hard work in making this day such a great success.  They all fill critical roles, from registering students, to organizing audition times, to deciding who our students of the future will be – a huge responsibility!   

Thanks again to our wonderful ESA Community!

ESA raises $10,510.85+ for Inside Ride!

On Thursday at ESA students and administration took part in their first ever Inside Ride event.

As of 2:00pm on Thursday,  ESA students & administration raised $10,510.85 and donations continue to come in online!

Visit: to make a donation.

Thank you to the Coast to Coast foundation for making this event a possibility.

More pictures and a movie later this week.