Archives for April 2015

Saatchi Gallery Opening this Tuesday

SAATCHI GALLERY – Opening this Tuesday featuring work by our own Pia Graham

The Saatchi Gallery / Deutsche Bank Art Prize for Schools received over 20,000 entries this year, from this 20 art works have now been selected for the exhibition which will take place 28 April – 4 May at the Saatchi Gallery. The winners will be announced on the evening of the 28th April 2015.

The Saatchi Gallery / Deutsche Bank Art Prize for Schools is open to primary, secondary and sixth form schools from around the world. Schools can submit art work from students between the ages of 4 and 18.
Schools can enter as many art works as they wish, and there is no prescribed theme for works entered, nor is there a restriction on media used (sculpture, painting, installation, photography and mixed media art works are all eligible and welcome).

A first prize of £10,000 will be awarded to the winning school’s art department, with a further £2,000 given to the winning pupil to be spent on art and computer equipment. Two further runner-up prizes of £5,000 each will be awarded to the second and third placed schools, with a further £1,000 to each of the winning pupils.

The panel of judges for this year’s Prize include Lauren Child MBE, writer, illustrator and creator of ‘Charlie and Lola’; Catherine Goodman, Artistic Director of The Royal Drawing Schools; Alistair Hicks, Art Advisor to Deutsche Bank; Nigel Hurst, CEO of the Saatchi Gallery and Richard Wilson, Artist whose work includes 20:50 which is on permanent display at the Saatchi Gallery.

The Prize is part of the Saatchi Gallery’s education programme which is committed to introducing contemporary art to younger audiences.

SESAT Annual General Meeting

Monday, May 4 at 7:00 p.m. in the library (across from the main doors on Royal York; enter through the south doors).  If you are wondering what SESAT is all about, have any questions, are looking for a place to get involved at ESA or just want to have fun and meet some wonderful parents, we have the team and opportunities for you!  Many jobs can be done from the comfort of your own home on your own time!  If gathering is more your style, perhaps you would like to head up the social committee!
Please join us for our annual meeting, one week from today, as we review the past year, elect our new leaders and lay the foundation for the future!  There are many positions open and we welcome all new members and ideas!  In the meantime, if you would like to meet some of the team, stop by the refreshment tables at Dance Night this week or OPUS and Film Nights in May.  As always, please contact Ann Agar at 647-344-2730 or [email protected] to discuss the perfect opportunity for you.  See you then!

An Evening of Dance

Hey ESA Parents and Students,
Dance Night is coming this week.  Don’t miss out on an opportunity to see dancers and singers perform to all your favourite Queen songs!  You don’t have to be a dance parent to love this show!  You especially won’t want to miss the chance to see David Ambrose and Rob Trustee performing live!!  Tickets are available at


The Soup is On!

Thank you – in advance – to everyone who is contributing food to tomorrow’s Community Luncheon.

In light of this weekend’s devastating earthquake in Nepal, we have decided that all funds raised at this Great Soup will be going to disaster relief efforts there.  Information about the earthquake and the disaster relief initiatives may be found at Unicef Canada.

Even if you can’t join us for lunch, please consider giving generously.

Great Soup: Monday April 27th

Great Soup is back.  Join us for a community luncheon on Monday April 27th.  If you would like to contribute food to this luncheon, please fill out this Google Form.  You will be contacted by someone to go over the necessary details.


ESA’s SEEDS Me to We group has a tradition of serving community luncheons a couple of times a year.  Members of the ESA school community cook and bake – mostly vegetarian and vegan fare – and serve up a feast in the Library.  This is consistently one of the most anticipated fundraisers of the school year.

On average we serve over 100 people an all you can eat lunch of homemade salads, soups, breads and goodies.  For $6 per person, it’s hard to resist. As we did this past fall, we will be offering a discounted price on your meal ($5) if you bring a donation to the Spring Food Drive with you.

Thank you for your interest and support.

Turn Off Your Sites!

May 5th, 2015 marks the first ever “Turn off Your Sites 24 hour Challenge. A mental health week initiative.

There is no doubt the over use of technology has been creating a great deal of stress amongst our teenagers, not to mention adults alike.

The purpose of the day is to turn off all social media for a 24 hour period beginning at 9am, May 5 and ending at 9am the next day.

Etobicoke School of the Arts, (ESA) is spearheading this exciting adventure. ESA is the first school to start the challenge. Teachers, family and friends are also joining the students.

It is an opportunity, and for many individuals, a welcome one, to consciously turn off social media and feel free from it for 24 hours.  It is also a chance to feel more empowered by making a personal choice to turn off for the day.

Although a challenging initiative, most people are welcoming it with open arms.


Trish Drynan: co-founder Tools for All Teens

ESsays Creative Writing Blog: Last Call for Submissions

”The function of writing is to explode one’s subject — transform it into something else. (Writing is a series of transformations.)”-S.Sontag

One week to go before E.S.Say closes shop for the year and we send the book out to be published!

Just keep writing!

SHINE! – A great event promoted by a great film

Please take a look at our promotional video for Shine: An Evening Celebrating ESA

Thanks so much to Film student Malte Zumbansen and friends for all the skill, effort and time they put into this professional-looking promo!

If you haven’t purchased your tickets yet, please click below.

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HotDocs for Schools Film Festival

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The Hot Docs Film Festival has officially begun as of today, April 23rd.

The ESA Library is pleased to co-present the following HotDocs for Schools films:


Friday April 24th – Herman’s House

  • D: Angad Singh Bhalla | Canada | 81 minutes | English
  • After living in solitary confinement for 30 years, what kind of house would you envision? When artist Jackie Sumell asks jailed Black Panther activist Herman Wallace, it triggers a trip through years of brutal injustice.

Monday April 27th – MugShot

  • D: Dennis Mohr |Canada | 52 minutes| English
  • What do Justin Bieber, Rob Ford and Conrad Black have in common? They all have cameos in this smart and fascinating investigation into how mugshots, originally intended to keep track of criminals, have been re-purposed as art and historical evidence.

Wednesday April 29th – The Crash Reel

  • D: Lucy Walker | USA | 109 minutes | English
  • At the height of his career, just days away from the Olympics, championship snowboarder Kevin Pearce was left fighting for his life after a major brain trauma. The Crash Reel is a high adrenaline film about discovering what’s most important.

Thursday April 30th – Songs for Alexis

  • D: Elvira Lind | Demark | 75 minutes | English
  • Two passionate teenagers are stuck in suburbia navigating their love story and its place in the world. When 16-year-old Alexis’ parents disapprove of her 18-year-old boyfriend Ryan, the talented transgender musician wonders if he’ll be left all alone.


An Evening of Dance

Come see our show and sing along to Queen!

The Dance Department’s annual Evening of Dance takes place on April 29 and 30 and May 1. This year’s show is a mixed program. The first half has two works:  “Tango Suites” which involves all of our classes and “The Journey of Souls” created for DancESAtion by Gabby Kamino. The second half is a brand new work entitled “Is This the Real Life?” set to music by Queen and also featuring all of our students as well as WoCo, our women’s chorus.  Tickets are available through

Get in the HOT SEAT!

Good news (to a degree)! We have now ‘sold’ over $27,000 in auditorium chairs!  This is a great start, but we need everyone who can to pitch in and ‘purchase’ their favourite seat(s) in the house.

Don’t forget that you get to put your name, student’s name, company name (almost anything) on a plaque that will be a part of ESA for years to come. (Tax receipts for the full amount of your ‘purchase’ will be given).

Please click here to see what seats are still available and to buy yours now!

And don’t forget Shine: An Evening Celebrating ESA !

Learn more at

Thank you!


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Habitat for Humanity Build Day: Saturday April 25th

We have some spots left for this Saturday’s Habitat for Humanity Build Day.  If you missed the online registration deadline, but would still like to join us, please send an e-mail to [email protected] ASAP.