Archives for February 2016

Lunchtime Lecture: Gender and Race Identity in the Motown Era

Join us in the Library on Tuesday March 1st for a lunchtime lecture with Dr. Jacqueline Warwick from Dalhousie University.

Tuesday March 1st:  Popular Music of the 1960’s – Looking at gender and race identity in the Motown era

  • Dr. Jacqueline Warwick, Music and Performing Arts
  • Dr. Warwick will speak on the cultural impact of popular music of the late twentieth century, with particular emphasis on vocal performance, gender, and age identity.

Door prizes and Dalhousie swag available for those in attendance.

ESA FASS Lectures

Last Call – Get your tickets for Yuk Yuk’s – Parents Night Out this Saturday!

Looking for something fun to do Saturday March 5th.  Get your tickets!

This is a casual Saturday Night out for Parents to meet other Parents and laugh a little too as Darrin Rose, the headliner for the night is sure to impress!.

Tickets are available via ESAINFO/Tickets.

Parents from SESAT and School Council Representatives hope to see you there!



Bluma Appel Salon Events

The ESA Library has tickets available for two Bluma Appel Salon events, tonight and tomorrow night, February 29th and March 1st.


On February 19th, the Toronto Public Library presents the Academy Award nominated creator of Eightball, Ghost World and Wilson, Daniel Clowes, on his new graphic novel, Patience.

On March 1st, the Toronto Public Library presents Professor Jeremy Lopez speaking on prophecy, murder and spectacle in Macbeth, and the dramatic legacy of Scotland’s most treacherous King.  Part of the Shakespeare 400 celebrations.

Indigo Opening a New Store at Sherway Gardens

Attention book lovers.  Indigo is opening a new store at Sherway Gardens.

Without making any representations or attestations as to the jobs and/or the employment situations…

Any interested students are invited to apply for a variety of part-time positions.

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Sherway Gardens

Dalhousie University: Lunchtime Lectures

Two Days.  Two Lectures.

Join us at lunch in the Library.

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Tuesday March 1st:  Popular Music of the 1960’s – Looking at gender and race identity in the Motown era

  • Dr. Jacqueline Warwick, Music and Performing Arts
  • Dr. Warwick will speak on the cultural impact of popular music of the late twentieth century, with particular emphasis on vocal performance, gender, and age identity.


Wednesday March 2nd: French Culture – The World of Franco-Belgian Comic Books

  • Dr. Vittorio Frigerio, French
    Dr. Frigerio will speak to the relationship between novels and ideology, as well as popular literature and its various genres (adventure novels, science-fiction, detective stories) as aspects of French culture.

ESA FASS Lectures

White Pine Spotlight: The Art of Getting Stared At by Laura Langston

Screen Shot 2016-02-28 at 9.22.11 PMThe Art of Getting Stared At by Laura Langston

  • An interesting premise, and clearly something which some young girls obviously have to deal with.
  • Indeed, how would I myself cope in a similar situation, at my age?
  • Yes, I get how physical appearance is so much a part of teen identity…
  • But, in trying to put myself in the position of a 16 year old girl facing the same situation, it’s difficult to get past that Sloane comes across as far too whiny and far too self-absorbed.

Read the review at Quill and Quire.


Learn more about the Forest of Reading here.

Students who would like to join us at the Festival of Trees, at Harbourfront, on Tuesday May 17th should pick up a permission from from Ms. Wray in the Library.

Toronto Sing Concert next Friday, March 4



The ESA Music Theatre Department is proud to host the first Toronto Sing event on Friday March 4. We will be hosting choirs in the afternoon for workshops, and will present a concert at 7 pm featuring SPLASH, GLO, the Wexford Gleeks, and our other guest choirs. Tickets are $10 cash only at the door, general admission.

Hope to see you there!

BIG WEEK for Visual Art!

BIG WEEK for Visual Art!

ESA Visual Art has FOUR exhibitions opening on two CONTINENTS and will finish the week with our fifth edition of the very popular ART TALK series!

Everyone is invited to our openings at the Project Gallery Studio Space for both Flora Aldridge and Xander Maclaren on Thursday March 3 – invitations are attached.

You are also invited to join Max Perone and his family at the opening of the 2016 Saatchi Gallery/ Deutsche Bank Art Prize for Schools which opens at Saatchi Gallery in London, UK this Wednesday March 2 at 7pm!

Also on Wednesday back here at home we will have eight works in a group show hosted by Arts Etobicoke at Artscape Youngplace – 180 Shaw Street, 2nd Floor from 6:00pm-8:00pm.

I hope all of you will join us for Art Talk once again hosted by the very generous OCADU. Plan to be in the auditorium on the main floor at 100 McCaul Street by 7pm to ensure getting a seat as we usually hit capacity on the room. We have about 16 students in grades 10-12 who will talk about what they are interested in and what they are making. Should be an amazing evening!
Click Here for Invite

Thank you all for your continued support. We are having perhaps our most successful year for scholarships and exhibitions – and next year looks another block buster! We still have at least three US shows to announce for this year, and at least one more very significant international award on its way!

If you are in grades 6-8 and are thinking of applying to esava – I hope you can come to Art Talk 5 and bring your family!

Matthew Varey


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Freedom to Read Week

In the better late than never department…  we should have posted this on Monday…

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Please drop by the Library to check out our Freedom To Read Week Display.

Check out one of the titles on display…  literally!

  • Take home one of the bookmarks, and scan the QR code to learn more about the books on display.
  • OR, follow this link to this shared Google Doc with the details.

Turn Off Your Sites Challenge

For more information:

Turn off your sites 24 hour challenge press release

Early Dismissal-Thursday, February 25, 2016

On Thursday, February 25th Parent-Teacher Interviews will take place from 1:00 p.m.-3:10 p.m..

Their will be an early dismissal for students at 12:16.

Graduation Photos

Graduation photos start tomorrow! Wednesday, February 24th.  It is not too late to book your appointment – please go to to pick a day and time that works for you!