Archives for March 2014

Big Screen Student Film Fest Tix are now on sale

On April 9th at the Queensway Cineplex Odeon, ESA Film will showcase the best yet to be screened work from this year’s crop of young filmmakers.  The show starts at 4pm and tickets are now available at

(Or if you prefer to kick it old school, beginning Weds., tickets will be sold in the foyer at lunch.)



Poetry Month at ESA

Poetry Month begins tomorrow, April 1st.  This year’s theme is Poetry City.

Featured contests:

  • Poetry Bookmark Contest
  • Drummond Poetry Contest
  • Great Blue Heron Poetry Contest (and the Sheldon Currie Fiction Contest)

There are copies of the information sheets for each of the above at the Library Circulation Desk, or see your English teacher.

The Collaborative Urban Poem Project: Physical and Digital

  • The Physical Poem
  • Poem to be created on a giant sheet of paper on the big Library whiteboard.
  • The idea is to create a city of/with words.

Other ESA activities/events:

  • There is also a bulletin board display outside the Library.  We will be building a city made of poems, day by day, over the course of the month.
  • There will also be poetry readings on the announcements each day.
  • Miscellaneous will be back.  Date(s) TBA.

Other public events:

Congratulations Patrick Blain!

From the Dance Department:  Please join us in wishing Patrick Blain a hearty congratulations on being accepted to Julliard. This is a huge coup for Patrick as Julliard accepts very few students, and only the best of the best.  Well done!

April 8th School Council meeting cancelled; next meeting May 13th

Please send your suggestions for discussion items to [email protected] We look forward to seeing you on May 13th.

NINETEEN Visual Art/Photography/Film events begin this week!!

Please join us for our HUGE sequence of events this spring:

April 3 Sanie Irsay Art Exhibition Opening at ESA in Room 100, 3.30pm to 8pm

April 9 4:00pm the 2ndAnnual Big Screen Student Film Festival at the Queensway Odeon Cineplex

April 10 Hannah Zbitnew and Kate McDermott Exhibition Opening at ESA in Room 100, 3.30pm to 8pm

April 10th – Look for us in The Grid!

April 11 Art Talk 2 at OCAD University Auditorium, 6.45 pm, 100 McCaul Street, Toronto

April 17 Alessia Dowhaniuk. Erika Verhagen Opening at ESA

April 24 Nadiya Svirsky Art Exhibition Opening at ESA in Room 100, 3.30pm to 8pm

May 1 Claire Button and Atousa Blair Art Exhibition Opening at ESA in Room 100, 3.30pm to 8pm

May 1 Albright Knox Gallery Exhibition runs until June 8th, Buffalo, NY

May 8 Lucy Pauker and Luke Mohan Art Exhibition Opening at ESA in Room 100, 3.30pm to 8pm

May 12 Year End Film Festival 7:00 pm in the ESA Auditorium

May 13 Year End Film Festival 7:00 pm in the ESA Auditorium

May 14 Grade 12 Film showcase at TIFF Bell Lightbox 7:30pm

May 15 Year End Film Festival 7:00 pm in the ESA Auditorium

May 15 Nigel Westgate and Josh Cea Art Exhibition Opening at ESA in Room 100, 3.30pm to 8pm

May 15 Contact Photography Exhibition opens at KUMF Gallery 7pm – 9pm 2118-A Bloor Street West suite 204.

May 22 3.30 to 8pm End of the Year Art Show Opening at ESA – 3000 works of art in one place!!! Runs to May 29

June 5 Pia Graham and Olivia Jules Art Exhibition Opening at ESA in Room 100, 3.30pm to 8pm

June 6 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards National Awards Ceremony 6pm Carnegie Hall, NY, NY

June 7th Kevin Nguyen and Nigel Westgate in exhibition at The Teen Art Gallery in New York City

MainStage 2014: The Three Musketeers Spectacular

Break the last of the winter chill with an incredible evening of theatre this Wednesday, Thursday and Friday as the ESA Drama Department proudly presents The Three Musketeers written by Alexandre Dumas and adapted for the stage by Peter Raby. This epic production is one of most ambitious ever mounted by the department. Director Susan Bourne and the cast of thirty five students have been rehearsing since early October. The production includes original music composed and presented by students. As well, the production will highlight the stage fighting skills that the actors have acquired in professional fight training. The Three Musketeers presented in the Nancy Main Theatre. Wednesday April 2 – Friday April 4 at 7pm. Tickets: $24 Adults; $14 Students (including all fees).
Tickets are still available for all nights of the show.


Treat yourself to jaw dropping entertainment and amazing art events!

If you have not yet attended an ESA production, you don’t know what you’re missing. These are full out professional productions, costumes, sets and all, that rival anything you would see downtown. We encourage you to get out to as many performances, productions, shows, and events as possible. Treat yourself to amazing evenings of entertainment and support this incredible school. Don’t limit yourself to your child’s major. Enjoy and support all the talent at this school. You won’t be disappointed! Tell your friends and family. Let’s make sure every event sells out, and that every show has a full house!

Buy your tickets now for the Mainstage production of The Three Musketeers (April 2-4), and Music Theatre Showcase (April 10 & 11). Plan to attend Dance Night, Opus, and the various upcoming film and visual art events. Watch for the announcement of ticket sales. April and May are full of great events!

This is an easy way to be involved in the school. You don’t have to join a committee or attend meetings. You just need to get out, have fun, and experience amazing talent. How bad can that be?

Your School Council Co-Chairs,

Sandra and Tanja


The Three Musketeers Photo Release

The audience for The Three Musketeers will experience a wonderful treat and escape this coming Wednesday, Thursday and Friday – April 2nd, 3rd and 4th in the Nancy Main Auditorium. Peter Raby’s adaptation of Alexandre Dumas novel The Three Musketeers is a fast-paced and exhilarating journey into another time and world.

Set in the 17th century, The Three Musketeers is the story of a young man named d’Artagnan who leaves home to travel to Paris to fulfill his dream of joining the famed Musketeers of the Guard. The musketeers of the title are his friends Athos, Porthos and Aramis. These three musketeers are inseparable friends who live by the motto “all for one, one for all” (“tous pour un, un pour tous”).

Alexandre Dumas wrote The Three Musketeers when he was a practising fencer. Like many other French gentlemen of his generation, he attended prominent fencing schools.

In 2014, the cast members in the ESA Drama Department production have had the opportunity to channel some of Dumas’ enthusiasm for fencing. Since mid-October, cast members have had the privilege to study with professional fight instructor John Stead, and his incredible team of instructors, who have choreographed the many fights that take place during the production. The students have been given an opportunity rarely offered to non-professional actors. This access and coaching has led to some impressive results and has given the students a real understanding of the work involved in extensive stage combat.

The Three Musketeers runs from Wed. April 2nd to Fri. April 4th at 7pm in the Nancy Main Auditorium at ESA. Tickets are $24 for adults and $14 for students.

Performance Opportunity

Each year, for the past 3 or 4 years, Richview United Church has been host to a gala event titled A Showcase of Stars.  The stars in their showcase always include a wide selection of performers from ESA.

This year’s event will be on Saturday April 26th.

If you are interested in performing at this event, send me an e-mail (to [email protected]) and I’ll arrange to get you in touch with the organising committee.  They are getting ready to start auditions for this year’s show, so don’t delay.

Ms. Wray

Volunteer Fair at the Lakeshore Arts Studio

Need your 40 hours of community service? Want to gain valuable work experience? Come out to a Volunteer Fair at the Lakeshore Arts studio at 2422 Lakeshore Blvd. this Saturday between 12:30 and 3:00 pm.  to meet local organizations seeking volunteers.


ESA and the TDSB have not vetted this volunteer posting.  We do not endorse or recommend it, we are merely providing you with information.

Writers Trust Student Non-Fiction Writing Contest: Last Call

Writer's Trust Student Non-Fiction








Full details available at the Writer’s Trust website.  Summary details are as follows:

Submission requirements

  • Literary Non-Fiction (journalistic essays, memoirs, commentary, social/political criticism, history, biography)
  • 1000 – 2000 words
  • demonstrate a distinctive voice
  • no fee to enter
  • all Canadian Gr 9 – 12 students eligible


  • trip for two to Toronto including tickets to Hilary Weston Writer’s Trust Prize for Non-Fiction Gala and VIP Reception
  • $500
  • $250

Deadline for Entries

  • Entries must be received before midnight on March 31st, 2014

Contest Jury

See the website, Ms. Wray, or your English Teacher for additional details.

Come One come all


The next SESAT Meeting will be held on April 6th at 7:30pm in the Library.


We are looking for new fundraising ideas. No idea is too large, or too small. A new executive team will be taking over next year, and we would love to hear your ideas of how we can generate more funding for our fabulous programs.


Hope to see you there.



Jan Lavelle