Archives for September 2013

Upcoming Music Theatre events and other cool happenings at ESA

Oct 3 – Jazz Diva, Heather Bambrick to provide master class for Splash
Oct 9 – Call Backs for our senior musical production of INTO THE WOODS
Oct 10 – ESA Commencement – Splash and Symphony perform
Oct 16 – Into the Woods rehearsals commence
Oct 18 – WWF Gala at Four Seasons featuring Splash roaming performances
Oct 22-24, 29-31 – Mike Weaver, celebrated choreographer from Chicago to choreograph for Splash
Oct 22/23 – Gr. 8 Info sessions – with a performance by our Gr. 10 MT Majors and ‘Time Warp’

Oct 24 – Splash performance (noon-9pm) Entrepreneur Awards – Ernst & Young
Oct 26 – Glo, to work with alumni Vanessa Faria on choreo/improvisation for their new season in the show choir competitive world
Oct 25/26 – Triple Threat Intensive hosted at ESA with special guest instructors from the professional world (non-curricular based, optional attendance, and open to any one aged 14 – 21+)
Nov 9 – Splash performance at The Carlu for Toronto Sick Kids retirement
Nov 21-23 – Brett Carroll, from award winning Burbank Show Choir – In Sync – to provide vocal master classes for Splash
Nov 26 – Open Jar Institute from NYC to hold auditions for their summer program – all students welcome to attend 3:30 – 6:30 in R3
Nov 27 – Red Carpet Gala for debut of TVO documentary ‘Showdown’ featuring Splash and Wexford Gleeks on the road to SCC Nationals 2013 (invitation only) with the TVO air date on TV Dec 4
Dec 4-6 – Festive Celebration, featuring all of our vocal ensembles and Music Dept (7pm curtain)
Dec 10/11 – TSO Christmas Pops concert – featuring ESA Chorus

Stay tuned for other Festive happenings at Holt Renfrew (Bloor Street) and Illuminite 2013!
All of our MT ensembles have begun rehearsals with full force, and we will continue to update you with ‘cool happenings’ at ESA!

Splash Show Choir Fundraiser

Please support our fundraiser to help send ALL of Splash to Chicago in March to compete in the US National Show Choir Competition FAME series in March. Share this link with as many of your friends and family. Include a personal plea to support our students from ESA, so that they all can realize their dream to compete as a team in Chicago.

QSP Magazine Fundraiser – Music Theatre

WE hope that you have received the QSP catalogue to renew your magazine subscriptions or purchase new ones. This fall fundraiser for the MT Department will help us purchase new sound equipment for R3 – which desperately needs a new sound system for rehearsals and dance classes, and hopefully, we will raise enough money to purchase some new body mics for our performances. The orders are being collected this week and the first batch will be sent in for processing on Friday. A second order/batch will be sent in after Thanksgiving. Don’t delay, so your magazines arrive on time. Please make sure you keep the pink customer copy, which has the 1-800 referral number for any problems or issues, which will be immediately taken care of by QSP. Thanks for your continued support. All cheques made out to ESA Music Theatre
and include our Department code 9299

ESA Cross Country

The ESA cross country team took part in its second mini-meet of the season on Monday, September 30 at Stan Wadlow Park again. Though only a small group of 10 ESA runners competed, we really impressed. The day started off with a bang as Julia Jairath and Alana Park finished 8th and 9th in a colossal grade 9/10 girls race, with Olena Leshchyshen not far behind in 37th and Deanne Balas in 60th. The next standout performance of the day was run by Carly Turner, running her first race since last year’s OFSAA championships, and came 11th in another 200+ athlete field in the senior girls 5km race. Other very strong showings were put forward by Malte Zumbansen (90th), Simon Pella (106th), Dylan Vogel (124th), Joseph Train (210th), and Natasha Matar (171st). To put things into perspective, Malte, Simon, Dylan and Joseph’s race had over 300 runners!Wednesday October 2 is the next mini-meet, this time closer to home at Centennial Park, and we look forward to another great showing!

ESA Photography in Flash Forward 2013!

FLASH-FORWARD-ESAESA photography students have broken new ground by having their work selected for Flash Forward 2013, the ‘premier juried international photography competition’ for emerging artists from Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom. In the journal’s nine years of existence, the 15 ESA artists are the first and only students to have ever been chosen by Magenta’s International jury. The students’ photography will be exhibited at Neubacher Shor Contemporary and their work will be featured in the book, Flash Forward 2013.

“Being selected for Flash Forward was definitely the best reward to the culmination of my four years at ESA”, said Carly Shiff, recent ESA graduate. “To be recognized and printed in such a prestigious publication is life-changing – as a person and as an artist.”

The 2013 publication and exhibition will feature the photography of 15 ESA students. An additional eleven ESA students are acknowledged in what is described as the “most prestigious juried international emerging photography competition in the world.” 
 Way to go Photography stars.

Save these two important dates:
The opening to the book launch and exhibition will be held on October 10 at Neubacher Shor Contemporary from 7 to 10pm. See

A celebration of ESA artists takes place on: Saturday October 12th at Neubacher Shor Contemporary from 1 to 3 pm.


Upcoming Events



Sept 30            Girls Rugby Tournament All Day @ ESA

                        Cross Country meet @ Stan Wadlow Park – Dismissal 11:30

Oct 2               Cross Country meet @ Centennial Park – Dismissal 11:30

Oct 3               Girls Rugby @ Agincourt Tournament All Day

Creative Matters Inc. Volunteer

Creative Matters Inc. is having a Gala for their 25th Anniversary at the Toronto Textile Museum of Canada on Thursday November 21st.  They need students that would be interested in doing some volunteer work for the evening.  They are looking for 11 volunteers.  The hours would be from 5:30pm-9pm.

The volunteers would work at the donation table, coat checking, be signing in guests and guiding people from one room to another.

Contact Ashley Solymar for details at:
[email protected]

ESA Cross Country

The ESA cross country team participated in its first meet of the season Monday September 23 at Stan Wadlow Park. It was a huge meet with over 30 schools participating and we saw some really great results. Out of ESA’s 18 runners, 11 ran their first ever high school meet! In spite of the lack of experience, we showed great heart and determination. The first time runners were Julia Jairath, Paige Kobe, Christian Filan, Cabot Fox, Deanne Balas, Sophie Henke Tarnow, Jade O’Hara, Sophia Goulart, Joe Train, Simon Pella, who all ran like mad all the way and learned how torturous cross country truly is. The other 2 first time runners, Anthony Louch and Matias Bessai ran extraordinary races and finished 27th and 23rd in a brutally hard grade 9 boys race. Paige Court showed her natural talent by placing very respectably in a boys and girls split race. The more experienced runners, Ian Hogeboom-Burr, Jake LeBlanc, Joel Purvis, Alana Park and Olena Leshchyshen ran smart races as well (Ian through a knee injury).  The standout performance of the day was Santi Bessai who placed an astounding 5th in the junior/senior boys race. Santi trains through the U of T track club and we can expect big things from this young man over the next month.


The next meet is Monday September 30 back at Stan Wadlow again. Great start to the season, ESA!

Study Abroad with Vimy Foundation

The Vimy Pilgrimage Award

In recognition of young people who demonstrate outstanding service, positive contributions, notable deeds, bravery or leadership, the Vimy Foundation has created the Vimy Pilgrimage Award. Exceptional Canadian youth – ages 14 to 17 – who have served their peers, schools, communities, province or country are eligible. The Award consists of a fully funded, week-long educational program in Europe to study Canada’s tremendous First World War effort. Scheduled in early April during Vimy week, the program will include classroom education and daily field trips to significant WWI sites and memorials.

For application and nomination forms please visit

The submission deadline for the Vimy Pilgrimage Award is midnight, November 11th.

McGill Open House

McGill University is hosting an open house for interested students on October 27th from 10am to 4 pm.  Interested? Register at: .


Annual Gift Basket Drive

The AGBD has distributed thousands of beautifully wrapped gift baskets to women residing in shelters during the holidays.

If you are interested in volunteering during the 4 days of basket-wrapping madness (Nov 21-24), please visit for all the details.  It’s a great way to gain some extra hours, give back to the community and have some fun at the same time.

HEYY Youth Line

The Hearing Every Youth through Youth Helpline runs a support and referral telephone line, online chat and TTY.  Service is available Monday to Friday from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  The youth volunteers are trained to deal with personal and social issues such as problems with friends and family, sexuality, racism, homophobia, and violence.

H.E.Y.Y. is currently looking for dedicated, open-minded youth over the age of 15 who would like to work as phone line volunteers or advisory board members.  No experience is required and all necessary opportunities to develop skills is provided during their 13-week training process.  Volunteers will be asked to commit to two 3 hour shifts per month and a training retreat.

Several applications are enclosed for interested students and staff.