Archives for May 2014

Take a peek at Twiins

Kick off your weekend by checking out Loulie McMaster and Erika Verhagen’s Twiins.  Winner of the Shaftesbury Best in Show grade 12 award, the short film is both creepy and thought provoking.



Spring Garden Party

May 2014 garden party

Mark your calendar and plan to join us for our annual spring garden clean-up.  We’ll be weeding the front gardens and mulching the trees out front and round back.

We work rain or shine (unless it’s raining cats and dogs!).

RSVP that you are able to join us to [email protected]

Click on image for larger view…

Library Books are Due!

end of year return poster-page-001Your assistance with getting all Library materials returned in a timely fashion is greatly appreciated.


Community Service Hours: Opportunities

  • Do you still need community service hours to graduate?
  • Are you looking to get some regardless?
  • Are you interested in gardening?
  • Do you want to get a behind the scenes look at an election?

Student volunteers are needed for three upcoming events:

  • Spring Garden Party… Saturday May 31st, starting at 10am (Parents also welcome!)
  • Student Vote 2014… ESA in-school election, Wednesday June 4th
  • Summer Garden Maintenance…  2 hours weekly between July 1st and Labour Day (Parents also welcome for this!)

If you are interested in learning more about any of these opportunities, or want to sign up to volunteer, see Ms. Wray in the Library (or send an e-mail to [email protected]).

Music Theatre Grad Showcase at Lula Lounge

Tickets are available for the MT Grad Showcase at Lula Lounge on Monday, June 2nd at

Ticket icon is on far right of top banner.  Tickets must be purchased, even if you are planning on making a dinner reservation.

Dinner reservations can be made at Lula Lounge for 6pm.  You must call or visit website to reserve a table for dinner.  Grad Showcase featuring all of our talented grads commences at 7:30. An exciting night of entertainment, not to be missed!

Lula Lounge:  1585 Dundas Street West

[email protected]

(416) 588-0307

Summer Triple Threat Intensive 2014

There is limited space available for the Summer Triple Threat Intensive – ‘Putting it Together’ at ESA for this summer July 2-11.

Please visit the website for info and registration details.  There is an exciting lineup of acclaimed faculty & industry professionals working this summer, helping to further train our young musical theatre artists.

An exciting addition of a workshop with Theatre 20 and matinee of the Sondheim musical ‘Company’ has been added.

Don’t delay and check out the website for further information.

Library Hours this week…

Please note the following re Library hours this week:

  • Tuesday May 20th:  Library closing immediately at the end of the day for a Head’s meeting.
  • Wednesday May 21st:  Library will be closing at 4:00 pm.
  • Thursday May 22nd:  Library will be closing immediately at the end of the day for the Art Show opening.
  • Friday May 23rd: Library will be closing at 4pm.

In addition to the above, there will be a special Town Hall meeting for students in the Library at lunch on Thursday to explore the possibilities around timetable semestering at ESA.  The Library may be closed, depending upon numbers in attendance.

Spots are still available for Lens Flare Film Camp

Teens looking for an intensive summer film making experience should check out Lens Flare -a film making camp run out of ESA during the first two weeks of July.  Spots are going quickly.

More info can be found here.


ESA Mock Trials – Legal Professionals Needed

There are close to 90 students enrolled in senior law courses at ESA and, each year, the students’ final term activity is a series of in-class mock trials.

In total, the school will run 8 criminal mock trials.  Legal professionals from past years’ trials have volunteered to judge two of the cases.


Trial #1.  8:15 – 10:15 a.m.

Trial #2.   12:20 – 1:45 p.m.


Trial #3, Part A.  8:40 – 10:15 a.m.  (“R. v. O’Neill” — Judge — Mr. Joe Yassi)

Trial #4.   12:20 – 1:45 p.m.

Trial #5.   3:15 – 4:45 p.m.


Trial #6.    8:30 – 10:15 a.m.  (“R. v. Surette” — Judge — Mr. Michael Kleinman)

Trial #7.    12:20 – 1:45 p.m.


Trial #3, Part B.  8:45 – 10:15 a.m.  (“R. v. O’Neill” — Judge — Mr. Joe Yassi)

Trial #8.    12:20 p.m. until 1:45 p.m.

Students have a basic background in criminal law, have observed real trials in process and have received preparation materials for their own trials.

Getting support from legal professionals both in the preparation for and the execution of the trials would be appreciated.

Whether you are a practicing lawyer (in any type of law, not necessarily criminal) or not currently practicing but have trained in law, here’s how you could help:

1.  As a “coach” — you could “coach” one of the 16 teams.   During the period from Wednesday May 21 to the time of a particular team’s trial (any time from Tuesday June 3 to Friday June 6, a “coach” may make him/herself available to the students (via email or in person) to answer questions or assist in shaping the team’s approach to the case.

2.  As a “judge” — if you are available during one of the scheduled trials, you could act as a “judge.”  The teacher takes care of the assessment of students’ learning skills, but a legal professional is a terrific addition to the trial because s/he can guide student role-players with his/her rulings (admission of evidence, objections, etc.) and, based on his/her training, can better advise students about the presentation of their case.  The “judge” will make a final ruling of ‘guilty’ or ‘not guilty,’ but students’ assessments are not based on whether the team wins or loses the case.

If you are interested and available to help out, either as a “coach” or a “judge,” please contact Linda Wolsley (teacher of CLU3M & CLU4U) at [email protected].  She will assign you to work with a particular team, and will give those team members your email contact information.  Also, if you act as a coach, she will provide you with a PDF of the team’s case file (from OBA archives of previous years’ mock trial competitions).   If you are able to act as a judge, and depending on which trial you are available for, she will provide you with a PDF of that trial’s case file.

Past years’ legal volunteers have expressed how much fun they had and, based on student-feedback, the value added to the overall learning experience was tremendous.

Think about it and, if you have the time to volunteer, let the law teacher know.

Deadlines for contacting Linda Wolsley?
a)  for interested ‘coaches’ — no later than Friday May 23
b)  for interested ‘judges’ — no later than Monday May 26

[email protected]

Thank you

Art Show

ESAVA Exhibition Flyer 2014

Hello everyone!

I am hoping that you can join us this Thursday May 22nd from 3.30 to 8pm for our Department Exhibition!

Summer Art Camp 2014

We have spaces available in both the “new to ESA” and “portfolio building” camps during the second week of July.

Become familiar with your new home or spend an intensive week building your portfolio.

For information contact: [email protected]

YAM Youth Leader Volunteer Opportunity

Yam is looking for a new Youth Leader for our YAM (Youth Arts Movement) program. YAM is a free program for youth ages 13 to 19 which offers workshops with professional artists eachTuesday from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm.

A Youth Leader for YAM needs to be a committed, mature, responsible youth (preferably in grade 10 or 11) who has an interest in the arts and good leadership skills. Their role is to assist the Youth Programs Coordinator with aspects of managing the YAM program such as:

  • Attending YAM sessions on Tuesdays
  • Chairing program committee meetings once a month (the committee reviews artist resumes, organizes budgets, etc.)
  • Organizing committee meeting agendas and meeting minutes
  • Moderating the YAM committee Facebook group
  • Connecting with other YAM members; contacting to remind them about workshops, meetings and volunteer opportunities
  • Taking the lead with volunteer initiatives; setting a good example for other youth to follow

Interested?  Contact:

Michelle Weekes 
Youth Programs Coordinator, Lakeshore Arts
2422 Lake Shore Blvd. W
Toronto, ON . M8V 1C4

T: 416.201.7093