Archives for November 2013

Unsung: Behind the Glee

“Unsung” Behind the Glee” premiered on Tuesday to a full house at The Bloor Cinema. The documentary, commissioned by TVO and produced by Shaftesbury, follows Splash and the Wexford Gleeks as they prepare and complete in the annual Show Choir Canada National Championship. The broadcast premiere takes place on TVO Wednesday, December 4th at 9 pm. It will be repeated:

  • Wednesday, December 4th at midnight;
  • Thursday December 5th at 7 pm;
  • Sunday December 8th at 9 pm; and,
  • Friday December 27th at 8 pm and 11 pm.

“Unsung” will also be available at and on the Doc Studio App for iPad on December 5th.

More on “Unsung” (please note you will be going to external links):



Drama Major Applicants Invited to “Speak the Speech…”

Grade 8 students auditioning for the Drama program in January, 2014
are invited to speak with Mr. Black and the grade 12 drama majors prior
to the 7pm evening performance of Speak the Speech, I Pray You…” An Evening
of William Shakespeare’s Character Moments. “Between 5:45pm and 6:45pm would
be a great time to meet some of the grade 12 students to gain some further
insight into their experience over the last four years,” said Mr. Black.
“As well, students could take the opportunity to ask me any further questions
about monologues and the audition day experience. Best of all, it will be an opportunity
to see some exemplary work from the Grade 12 students.”
Mr. Black will be available outside the Mini Theatre prior to the show.
There will be a 4pm and 7pm show in the Mini Theatre this Friday only.
Tickets are $5 at the door. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the
Rainbow Railroad charitable organization.

Enter the Scholastic Writing Awards Competition 2013!

Last year ESA won 248 Scholastic Art and Writing awards, including 128 Regional Gold medals! This is half of all awards won around the world by students outside of the US.

In the National Award round, of the 44 Gold and Silver medals awarded to Canadians, 24 went to students from ESA!

It is free to enter and there are lots of categories for written work, plays, art, etc.

Please consider participating in this amazing opportunity. Winners may have their work shown in New York and Washington, and are invited to participate in an exciting ceremony at Carnegie Hall!!

Be a part of our Scholastic team! You can create an account and enter work at:

Matthew Varey

Mindfulness Tips for Teens

Dear Parents,

Please see this attachment Mindfulness for Teens .   My BluePrint is an excellent tool for students to use for goal setting, post-secondary planning, and career exploration.  Remind your child to log on and use this resource.

A Celebration of William Shakespeare’s Character Moments

“Fool, I could have poisoned you 100 times had I been able to live without you.”

Presented by the Grade 12 Drama students on Friday, November 29th at 4pm & 7pm. Tickets $5 at the door.



Stonegate’s Next Lunch and Learn Workshop for Students

On December 4th from 11:30 pm to 12:15 pm in the conference room in the library, Megan Hope, from Stonegate CHC, will be presenting a lunch and learn workshop to students on ‘Stress, Exams and the Holidays.”  Interested students are asked to register with Ms Baldassi in Student Services.

ESA’s Legacy Project – Still Looking for Input

Just a reminder that staff are still looking for input regarding the possible renovation of our lobby spaces at ESA. A Student consultation is happening on Wednesday, Nov. 27 at lunch in room S20 and parents are invited to send in their ideas by November 30th. Here is a link to the original post –

Looking forward to your ideas!

David Ambrose, Pam Bettger, Darren Black, Matthew Varey and Rob MacKinnon


Music Theatre’s TSO Choir in Performance with Stars of Broadway!

The 75 member choir of Grade 11 and 12 Music Theatre Students will be performing this Sunday night as part of a fundraising concert at Runnymede United Church in aid of a great cause – The Stop Community Food Centre. The evening features a reading of Charles Dicken’s A Christmas Carol with celebrity readers such as Les Miserables stars Ramin Karimloo (Jean Valjean), Lisa Horner (Mme. Thenardier) and Melissa O’Neill (Eponine), along with renowned actor Fiona Reid, CBC Radio Host Jeff Douglas, local arts figure Pia Bouman and ESA’s own Michael MacLaren!. The evening also features great music interspersed with the readings and is a guaranteed sellout. Tickets are $25 and available by calling (416) 767-6729.
And in two weeks, the same choir takes to the stage at Roy Thomson Hall on Dec. 10 and 11 for three concerts with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in their Holiday Pops Concerts. This year features ESA more than ever before, along with guest vocalist Ashley Brown (Broadway’s Mary Poppins) under the direction of maestro Steven Reineke. You can purchase tickets online (, by phone (416) 593-4828 or in person at the Roy Thomson Box Office. Use the code “ESA” for a discount!

Unsung: Behind the Glee @ The Bloor Cinema, Tuesday, Nov. 26th

From TVO: Join TVO for a special presentation of Unsung: Behind the Glee – a film that capture the dramatic disappointments and personal triumphs of students from Wexford Collegiate School for the Arts and Etobicoke School for the Arts vying for the winning routine at the Show Choir Canada Nationals

Unsung: Behind the Glee
at Bloor Hot Docs Cinema (Bloor and Bathurst

on Tuesday November 26 at 6:00pm TICKETS $10

Click here for tickets. 

Thank you Silent Auction Donors!

SESAT wants to thank all the donors for their contribution to the fabulous success of this year’s Silent Auction. Proceeds will go to support programs and activities of ESA’s talented students. We especially want to thank Dr. Sky Naslenas of Royal York Orthodontics, whose donation of a full orthodontic treatment attracted the highest bid ever.

Please take a look at all the wonderful neighbourhood businesses, theatres and cultural institutions, craft show vendors, arts educators and members of the ESA community who generously support our programs at Etobicoke School of the Arts!


Niko Scharer on behalf of SESAT


ESA sings at the Air Canada Centre

A choir of 18 music theatre students performed on stage with international recording artists Paramore on Wednesday, November 20 to a full crowd at the Air Canada Centre. We are proud of the many opportunities that our students have to perform in and around Toronto.

ESA Choir on stage with Hayley Williams of Paramore

ESA Choir on stage with Hayley Williams of Paramore

The students were given the opportunity to watch the performances throughout the night and were then directed back stage to put their choir costumes on and anxiously waited in the wings to take their place on stage. As their performance grew closer and the crowds continued to swell, the kids became more and more animated. They used this nervous energy to give us an amazing show. We are very proud of how they handled themselves. They represented ESA with style.  The following pictures represent some of the incredible memories these lucky students will have of their time singing in front of thousands of people at the ACC.

paramore concert paramore 5  paramore 4  paramore 6

DSC00976  paramore 7  paramore 8  paramore 2 smallestparamore 3







DSC00976 DSC00976DSC00976



DSC00976 DSC00976


Saturday, November 23rd – the 17th Annual ESA Craft Fair & Silent Auction!

Today is the day! Where else will you find artists, artisans, designers, crafts people, and delicious baked goods? See the attached program. The Silent Auction includes a full orthodontic treatment courtesy of Dr. Sky Naslenas (value approximately $6,700) tickets to performances (ESA, Stratford, the Tarragon, The Canadian Opera Company, Then National Ballet of Canada), sporting events (The Maple Leafs), pottery, jewellery, sports equipment, beautiful baskets and more.

Doors open at 10am. The Silent Auction ends at 2:15pm.