Archives for March 2016

Three more sleeps until The Big Screen Student Film Festival brought to you by Scotiabank® SCENE®*

Happening March 30th at 4pm at the Cineplex Queensway, The Big Screen Student Film Festival brought to you by Scotiabank SCENE will showcase the outstanding work of ESA’s young filmmakers and will be followed by awards selected and presented by a distinguished panel of judges.

Tickets are available here.  To whet your appetite, subscribe to The Film Shack.


Canadian Opera Company’s Summer Opera Camp

SING! ACT! COMPOSE MUSIC! DESIGN COSTUMES AND SETS! PLAY! PERFORM! HAVE FUN! Experience the magnificent world of opera!


Registration is now open for the Canadian Opera Company’s Summer Opera Camps for children!


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Any questions?  Call  416-306-2307 or email [email protected]<mailto:[email protected] .


ESA and the TDSB have not vetted this opportunity.  We are merely providing you with information.

REMINDER: SESAT Council Meeting – Monday April 4th , 7- 9 PM in ESA Library!

Hello Parents and Guardians,

Please join us for our meeting.  It will be action packed as we prepare for our final two months of activity!

Click on the attached link for our agenda:  April 4 2016

Hope to see you there.

Your SESAT Team


Treasurer(s) Required for SESAT 2016-2017 School Year

Hello Parents and Guardians,

SESAT ( Supporters of ESA Talent) , our fundraising council will see our two wonderful Treasurers graduating with their students in June 2016.   To continue the great work that we do, our board must have an active Treasurer or a tag team of two!

Should you or someone you know in our community be willing to take on this task, we would really like to hear from you as soon as possible.  Board Elections take place in May 2016!

To learn more about the Treasurer role, please see the attached Role profile – Treasurer 2016 and/or feel free to reach out to the SESAT Team at [email protected] for more information.

Help us keep doing what we do…join us!

The Big Screen Student Film Festival brought to you by Scotiabank® SCENE®* is now 50% sold out…

The Big Screen Student Film Festival brought to you by Scotiabank SCENE is well on its way to selling out. Featuring work from each grade of ESA filmmakers, find out for yourself why ESA Film has won on average a staggering 80% of the International Scholastic filmmaking awards each of the past three years.

Tickets are available here.

The screening happens at 4pm on March 30th at the Cineplex Queensway and will be followed by the presentation of Best in Show Awards as selected by a distinguished panel of industry professionals.




Art Camp

Art Camps 2016 at Etobicoke School of the Arts

There are two camps being offered this July:

For people entering ESA and those interested in what we are doing
July 4-8, 9am to 2.30pm

Students entering ESA Visual Art in September 2016 and people interested in discovering how we approach Visual Art are invited to enrol.

We welcome all new students to ESA – the camp is especially good for people entering the program the following September – and we are happy to work with anyone thinking of preparing to Audition for ESA in January 2017. Space priority will be given to those entering our program in September 2016.

Future grade nine students appreciate the opportunity to become acquainted with their classmates, practice travelling to the school, familiarize themselves within our environment, get a sense of some of the expectations of esava, experiment with a wide variety of materials and process and approaches, and be introduced to a condensed version of our best in world program. It is really fun and we make some great work.

Art Camp has proven to ease anxieties around the transition to high school. This is a great way to make friends and begin to feel at home. For those not coming to esava in September, it is a wonderful opportunity to meet some great people and have some in-depth art making experiences.

We will promote an understanding of contemporary art, artists, and art practice. Participants will begin several projects, develop skills in speaking about their work and exchanging ideas during critiques, experiment with materials, and look at contemporary art.

This camp will feature a version of the process that has resulted in world leading results in attracting scholarships for grade 12 students at Etobicoke School of the Arts and consistently winning more Scholastic International Regional Art Awards than any country in the world – 53.4% of total awards in 2016. This spring we have students exhibiting in London UK, Buffalo NY, Toronto, and New York City. Camp is a great way to begin this intense and exciting process.

All materials included.

Oil Painting Studio Intensive
July 11-15, 9am to 2.30pm

This week is designed to share a love of or develop an interest in and experience with painting. Painting Camp could be seen as a logical extension of Art Camp.

We will begin several paintings, each using a different process to provide structure to a fascinating and often frustrating experience. There is, of course, no right way to paint, so this week will provide participants with strategies and experience and knowledge that will help them find their own approach to painting.

Painting Camp will reflect some of the award winning ways of esava, and provide participants the opportunity to spend a concentrated number of hours over five days focused on their work in the ESA studios reflecting what it might be like to have a full time studio experience. We will also look at and discuss a variety of paintings to learn what we can from others. This is a rare opportunity to experience studio life in a dedicated block of time.

Painting Camp may be best suited for those who are comfortable working for long stretches and focusing on developing skills. As this is a new camp, minimum registration numbers will need to be met before it is confirmed as running.

All materials included.

For registration forms and additional information please contact me at [email protected]

Thank you!

Matthew Varey
Instagram: esa_visual_art



Love and Information

Come and see this unique exploration of love and life in the digital age.

Get your tickets at

Love and information

Tickets are now on sale for The Big Screen Student Film Festival brought to you by Scotiabank® SCENE®*

Happening on March 30th at 4pm at the Cineplex Queensway, The Big Screen Student Film Festival brought to you by Scotiabank SCENE will showcase the best of ESA Film’s 2015-2016 so far… 36 films films involving over 50 ESA filmmakers will be showcased in front of a group of industry professionals who will then award “Best in Show” awards.

Tickets are $10 and are available here.  Or get them at lunch tomorrow in the foyer.  This event will sell out, so avoid disappointment and get your tickets quick.

And if you haven’t done so yet, do yourself a favor and subscribe to The Film Shack for even more of ESA’s great filmmaking awesomeness.



Carol Nguyen’s Kickstarter for Facade – her latest film

If you’ve been following Carol Nguyen’s already distinguished film career, you will have noticed that her work is always ambitious and thought provoking.  Her culminating project is easily her biggest endeavor to date.  As such, she needs your help.

Check out her kickstarter here.

Canada Reads: PHENOMENAL

Our morning outing to today’s taping of CBC Books flagship programme, Canada Reads – the 2016 version – was PHENOMENAL.

  • We were small in number, but large in our enthusiasm.
  • Teachers, students, parents and friends, we especially enjoyed having TL Pam Evans and some of her literature circle students from Western Tech join us on our adventure.

Even I – who never has her photo taken!!! – allowed myself a photo opp with Vinay Virmani, who is more than capably defending my pick to win, The Hero’s Walk by Anita Rau Badami.

Plan now to join us next year…


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Love and Information – Mainstage

Get your tickets for Love and Information at  The Drama department is excited about our upcoming Mainstage Production.

Don’t miss it!

Sometimes making a movie costs money…

If you’re interested in directly supporting young artists, a few of this year’s Grade 12 filmmakers have a proposition for you.  In the first of a couple of campaigns, Parsa Kherghepoosh and Chris Matheson have a proposal. They want to kick their final film up a notch and that might cost a bit of money.

Find out all of the pertinent information here at their indiegogo site.