Archives for May 2013

Visual Art Parent Council Meeting!!

Thank you all so very, very much for attending the first Visual Art Parent Council meeting last Wednesday night! We had close to 70 people participate and there was a great deal of interest in a variety of initiatives which will be followed up soon.

We hope to see you all Thursday between 3.30 and 8pm for the school show opening!

Thanks again!

Matthew Varey
[email protected]

Summer Triple Threat Intensive at ESA

presented by The Master Class Series is almost sold out!
New Faculty Updates for this great experience to train with the best in the Music Theatre industry!
Production Numbers:
‘Supercal’ from Mary Poppins US Broadway Tour performer/choreographer Stephen Roberts Gray
‘One’ from A Chorus Line by top US Show Choir choreographer (Chicago based), Mike Weaver
‘Footloose’ finale by Stratford Choreographer Kerry Gage
‘Bye Bye Birdie’ medley by ESA Alumni, Sheridan Performance Aisha Jarvis & Creative Director Paul Aikins
Other Master Classes to include Dance Technique/Combos by Jen Mote, Stephen Findlay, Mark Samuels & Aisha Jarvis.
Vocal Master Classes with Lou Burgess (Sheridan, George Brown), Marianne Derow (VoxWorx studios), Paul Aikins, Michael Vieira & Chris Tsujiuchi.
Nathan McLeod from ‘Life with Boys’ returns for Acting for Film classes, and Susan Bourne from ESA Drama returns for Drama Classes, Movement for Actors, and Monologue Technique.
Elective classes: Casting Director (Animation Voiceover) Workshop, Agent Workshop, Stage Combat & Yoga, and fun outdoor activities for the Beginner group.
Register now for the few available spots!

ESAVA Exhibition and Sale – Thursday!

Please join us Thursday between 3.30pm and 8pm for the opening of our end of the year exhibition.

Work will be on sale to support growth of the Visual Art Department.  Donations accepted!


Thank you!visual-arts-slider


M. Varey

ESAVA Seeking Donations of Equipment for Growth of Potential

Etobicoke School of the Arts Visual Art Department – ESAVA – is a world leader in contemporary arts education and its practical application to real-world problem finding.

We are pushing to develop a community of future generation research based and conceptually driven thinkers to amalgamate new technologies with contemporary art practice.

We need your help.

ESAVA is seeking donation or loan of the following items:
Two Epson 9900 printers and ink cartridges
Epilog Legend 36EXT Laser Engraver/Cutter, or similar
Formlabs Form 1 3D Printer or similar
12 Computer Workstations suitable for photography and design applications
Nikon D600/D800 camera bodies

Tax receipts are available for significant donations.

Please contact Matthew Varey at [email protected]

Splash Show Choir Riser Fundraiser Campaign


Canada’s #1 Show Choir needs your help!
Please support us in our efforts to purchase show choir risers. This $11,000.00 equipment is essential in the development of this talented group. We need your help and please help spread the word to many other hidden GLEEKS in the community.
If you havent yet had the time to look at the campaign, please look soon, so that we can make our campaign goal & deadline.

Click on the link and PLEASE SUPPORT SPLASH, and spread to as many people as you can.
Much appreciation and lots of JAZZ HANDS thrown your way?

Music Theatre Grad Showcase at Lula Lounge – tickets on sale!

The Grade 12 Music Theatre students invite you to join them for their Showcase at the Lula Lounge on Tuesday, June 4th at 7:30 pm. The evening features all of the graduating students performing music theatre repertoire in solos, duets,and ensembles. Patrons have the option of booking a 6:30 dinner reservation, which guarantees the best seating. Tickets are $15 plus a $1.50 service charge – dinner and drinks are charged separately. Click on the “Tickets” tab on the upper right hand corner of this page to purchase. In addition, the evening is a benefit for the Actor’s Fund of Canada, a the lifeline for Canada’s entertainment industry. Over 10,000 professional members of the industry from all over Canada and in the fields of film & TV, theatre, music and dance have been helped by the Fund, which provides emergency financial aid to assist cultural workers in recovering from an illness, injury or other circumstances causing severe economic and personal hardship. A portion of each ticket sold goes toward this worthy cause, and you have the opportunity to donate online when you purchase your tickets. The Lula Lounge is located at 1585 Dundas St. West, just west of Dufferin. Join us for our farewell ESA performance!lula logo copy 1Grade 12 Showcase Poster


ESA Invite

We would love to have you attend our Art Show.  It opens Thursday May 23rd from 3.30 to 8pm!

ESA Exhibition and Sale from ESA – Visual Art on Vimeo.

Visual Art Seeking Donations!

Etobicoke School of the Arts Visual Art Department is seeking donations! We need your help!

ESA’s Visual Art Department is hoping for donations of the following materials:

Latex Primer
Latex House Paint
Oil Artists Paint
Acrylic Paint
Brushes of all sizes
Drawing Materials – pencils, charcoal, markers, pastels, ink
Flat files
Canvas and Linen
Stretchers and unwanted paintings and frames
Saws, cutters, rulers, scissors, nails, screws, measuring tapes, pliers, dust masks, tape
Plywood and Masonite
Books and Magazines about Art
Epson Inkjet printer paper
Paper – watercolor, drawing – rolls and sheets
Velvet and fine fabric
Gift Cards to hardware stores, art supply stores, etc

Donations may be brought to the ESA main office during school hours. Please contact Matthew Varey at [email protected]

Thank you!

Grade 12 Drama Showcase for Wednesday, May 15th

Grade 12 Drama Showcase!

The Grade 12 Plays – A Collection of Eight Modern Canadian Works from our Graduating Students in the Drama Department

Showtimes: Both plays listed play at 4pm and 7pm. A short intermission will occur between each play.

Location: The Mini-Theatre

Admission is free.

The Pessimist

by Morwyn Brebner

Brebner places us in a farmhouse somewhere in Ontario where a dying theatre director Marcus has decided to stage a play at a nearby garbage dump.  His wife Suzanne is happily having an affair with the live-in playwright until Marcus brings home a buxom local teenager to be the star.  Meanwhile, an inexperienced political candidate keeps dropping by and the insomniac Suzanne keeps seeing mysterious things in the dark.

The Dream of the Burning Boy

by David West Read

Since the sudden death of his favorite student, high-school teacher Larry Morrow has been falling asleep at his desk and dreaming. The school’s guidance counselor is hanging inspirational posters designed to help everyone “process their emotions.” The student’s sister and friends—more agitated and hormonal than usual—find little solace in Dante’s Inferno.

Wednesday Night – Visual Art Parent Council 7.30 pm in the Library

This Wednesday night at 7.30 pm I will be hosting the first ever Visual Art Parent Council Meeting.

I really hope that all parents of future, current, and past visual art students who are interesting in becoming a closer member of the community will attend.

I know this sounds like a fundraising drive, and we do need that part, but I am hoping this will be a great deal more.

Thank you and I hope to see you at the library at 7.30 – students welcome!!

Matthew Varey


Please see attached June Exam Schedule.

Don’t miss out on Film Week 2013’s GRAD SHOWCASE!

Fewer than 100 tickets are left for this gala event at TIFF Lightbox  on Tuesday, May 14th at 7:30 p.m.

Click here for tickets!