Archives for October 2016

Invitation to Art Toronto 2016, October 28-31

Art Toronto Free Passes This Weekend

We have partnered with Art Toronto to provide the ESA community with free passes for this amazing event. We are hugely grateful to Art Toronto for this amazing opportunity!

Art Toronto is Canada’s international fair for modern and contemporary art that takes place from October 28-31 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. From exclusive new FOCUS: LATIN AMERICA projects to the engaging PLATFORM Speaker Series and over 100 leading Canadian and international galleries, this year’s fair promises a range of top-tier cultural offerings that you won’t want to miss. Opening tomorrow, make sure you get your tickets to attend the most important annual art event in Canada!

Please use the promo code TDSBCOMP for complimentary adult tickets to the fair. The code is valid for up to 2 tickets per transaction for admission during the fair from Friday, October 28 through to Monday, October 31.

Click here for link to Purchase Tickets with Code Already Applied

Click here for hours, location and directions. To receive email-only offers and news from Art Toronto, click here.

For more information about the fair including events, features, talks and more, visit


Boston Show Choir Trip Parent Info Meeting

The meeting has been POSTPONED due to unforeseen circumstances.

The new date for the meeting at ESA will be Dec 1st at 6pm  – space TBA.

A reminder that the 2nd instalment of $400 is due Nov 30. Please follow the link posted to the parent FB group.


PD7 update

Thanks so much to everyone who has already signed up to help with the food and beverages for Portfolio Day on Friday.

There are just a few items we’re still missing – check out the sign up page

( to see where you can help out. Thanks again – your support is very much appreciated!

Reminder of the schedule for parents – we would love your help setting up after school this week and taking down Friday night. Some schools will be set up in the library to speak with you beginning at 6.30.

Everyone else is invited to join us at 7pm to see the show

We have a record number of programs/schools attending – see list below:

1. Queens University, Kingston, ON, Canada
2. The Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow, Scotland
3. Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, Atlanta, USA
4. Savannah College of Art and Design, Hong Kong
5. Drexel University’s Westphal College of Media Arts & Design, Philadelphia, PA, USA
6. Fanshaw College, London, ON, Canada
7. Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada
8. York University – School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design, Toronto, ON, Canada
9. McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, Canada
10. NSCAD, Halifax, NB, Canada
11. Parsons the New School, New York, NY, USA
12. Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Vancouver, BC, Canada
13. Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA, USA
14. California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA, USA
15. Max the Mutt College of Animation, Art and Design, Toronto, ON, Canada
16. Rhode Island College of Art and Design, providence, RI, USA
17. OCADU, Toronto, ON, Canada
18. College of Makeup Art and Design, Toronto, ON, Canada
19. Animation Portfolio Workshop, Toronto, ON, Canada
20. Sheridan Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, Toronto, ON, Canada
21. Concordia University, Montreal, PQ, Canada
22. Watkins College of Art, Design & Film in Nashville, TN, USA
23. School of Visual Arts, New York, NY, USA
24. College for Creative Studies, Detroit, MI, USA
25. California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA, USA
26. Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, ON, Canada
27. University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada
28. Bishop’s University, Sherbrooke, QC, Canada
29. Toronto School of Art, Toronto, ON, Canada
30. Camberwell College of Art, London, UK
31. Chelsea College of Arts, London, UK
32. Central Saint Martins, London, UK
33. London College of Communication, London, UK
34. London College of Fashion, London, UK
35. Wimbledon College of Arts, London, UK
36. Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, Denver, CO, USA
37. Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle, WA, USA
38. Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, MA, USA
39. Pratt MWP, Utica, NY, USA
40. San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA, USA
41. Yukon School of Visual Art, Dawson City, Yukon, Canada
42. Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, CA, USA
43. Stamps School of Art and Design, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA
44. University of Toronto Mississauga, Mississauga, ON, Canada
45. Columbia College Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA
46. Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, Los Angeles, CA, USA
47. SAIC, Chicago, IL, USA
48. Alberta College of Art and Design, Calgary, AB, Canada
49. Paris College of Art, Paris, France
50. University of British Columbia Okanagan Campus, Kelowna, BC, Canada
51. Centennial College, Toronto, ON, Canada
52. University of Guelph-Humber, Toronto, ON, Canada
53. Brock University, St. Catharines, ON, Canada
54. Oregon College of Art and Craft, Portland, OR, USA
55. University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada
56. George Brown College, Toronto, ON, Canada
57. Waterloo University Knowledge Integration, Waterloo, ON, Canada
58. Waterloo University Global Business and Digital Arts Program, Waterloo, ON, Canada
59. Waterloo University, Architecture, Waterloo, ON, Canada
60. Guelph University, Guelph, ON, Canada
61. School of Creative Arts University of Windsor, Windsor, ON, Canada
62. Algoma University, Sault Ste Marie, ON, Canada
63. University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON, Canada
64. Mount Alison University, Sackville, NB, Canada


ComiCon: Pre-registration continues…

ComiCon is almost here. Thank you to everyone who has already pre-registered.

  • The event is free, but space is limited, so please pre-register to guarantee your spot.
  • Pre-registration also helps us plan for resources for the workshops, as well as for ordering in the food for dinner.

Join us this Wednesday, October 26th when ESA’s Comic Comet blasts in!  Everyone is invited to attend: Students, staff and parents.


Pre-register anytime;

We have a few more spots left for student volunteers to help out the night of.  Earn Community Service Hours while you enjoy yourself at the event.

THE AGENDA… Wednesday October 26th

  • 3:30pm Registration
    Main Foyer
  • 4:00pm   Welcome and Keynote
    Library: Willow Dawson
  • 4:30pm Workshop session 1
    Library: Willow Dawson
    Mini Theatre: Brian McLachlan
  • 5:30pm Workshop session 2
    Library: Tory Woolcott
    Mini-Theatre: Kean Soo
  • 6:30pm Dinner…  basic pizza to be provided
    Cafeteria (food service)
    Library: Games
    MiniTheatre: CosPlay
  • 7:15pm Workshop session 3
    Library: Zine Workshop (led by ESA students and grads)
    Mini Theatre: CosPlay
  • 8:15pm Final wrap-up
    Library: Thank you’s and Raffle


Participating authors:

Willow Dawson

  • Multiple award winning author of titles including The Wolf-Birds and Hyena in Petticoats.
  • Willow will lead a workshop in which she discusses the challenges and joys of writing biography, autobiography and memoir graphic novels.
  • This presentation includes personal stories and anecdotes, including how she found her voice and became an author and illustrator.

Brian McLachlan

  • Multiple award winning author of Draw Out The Story: Ten Secrets To Creating Your Own Comics. 
  • Brian’s workshop will begin with a quick intro to how comics are a combination of showing + telling, and then delve more deeply into character design.
  • There will be lots of audience interaction in this workshop.

Kean Soo

  • Author and illustrator of Jellaby and March Grand Prix.
  • Kean will be leading a workshop about the process of making comics, with a focus on storytelling techniques.
  • There’s will be lots of audience interaction in this workshop.

Tory Woolcott

  • Author of the graphic novel memoir Mirror Mind, which recounts her experiences growing up with dyslexia.
  • Tory will conduct a writing workshop that builds a story (that can be used for comics, prose, video games, film, etc.) from the ground up, creating a protagonist and antagonist and a 5-act structure.


Nov. 8th – Thanks for the Seats Silent Auction

Dear patrons and guests attending our Nov. 8th “Thanks for the Seats” Show,

Over the past few months, we have received many generous donations from parents, staff, businesses and the local community towards our Silent Auction and we would like to share some of these amazing items with you.  Although our annual Craft Fair and Silent Auction is held on Sat. Nov. 19th, we realize that some families may not be able to attend the fair due to post-secondary school open houses as well as corporate commitments and holiday events.  Therefore, we will be holding a “mini” silent auction just prior to our show on Nov. 8th. Please preview our Silent Auction Catalogue and visit us at the bidding tables.  We will be happy to answer any questions at [email protected]




Love Breakfast but don’t have time?

No worries, the SESAT team has you covered!  Join us on Wednesday between 8:30 – 9:45am in the Main Lobby for Pancake Breakfast.

$4 gets you 2 pancakes, a drink (juice, water or Starbucks Coffee) and fresh fruit.

All proceeds will be donated back to the 6 Arts Majors so please come on out.

Hope to see you there, pancakes

The SESAT Team

Thank You to our Gardeners

Thanks to those who came out to help garden yesterday morning.

  • The bike racks are levelled.
  • The new bed is tilled and amended.
  • 400 bulbs were planted.
  • Stakes are in for our new plant materials…  which will be arriving anyday.

Weren’t able to help out this past weekend? Then plan to join us on Saturday November 5th for our regularly scheduled Fall Garden Party.

  • We rake and trim.  We edge the beds.
  • Generally we prepare the gardens for winter.
  • We’ll also be mulching the new front bed.

If you can lend a hand on November 5th, please send an e-mail to [email protected] to advise.



Late Start Pancake Breakfast – Oct 26th 8:30-9:45am Main Entrance


The Vinyl Vault is Open Again… Classic Rock!!

A great selection of classic rock titles await you upon your arrival to ESA on Monday morning…  This latest batch comes with premium pricing however.

  • Single LP’s priced at either $4 or $5 each
  • Double albums $10 each
  • The 5 LP Bruce Springsteen Boxed Set is $25

Important Reminder:  All vinyl is sold in “as is” condition.

  • While we are fairly confident of the “playability” of the albums we are putting out for sale, we cannot make any warranties.
  • All of the offerings in this batch come in their original jacket.

See the full inventory of titles, including prices, in this PDF file.

Alice Cooper / Love it to Death
Alice Cooper / Muscle of Love
Alice Cooper / Welcome to my Nightmare
Billy Joel / Greatest Hits, Volumes I & II
Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band / Nine Tonight
Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band / Stranger in Town
Bruce Springsteen / Born to Run
Bruce Springsteen / Darkness on the Edge of Town
Bruce Springsteen & The E. Street Band / Live / 1975-85
Cat Stevens / Teaser and the Firecat
Dan Fogelberg / Souvenirs
David Bowie / Never Let Me Down
David Bowie / Young Americans
Def Leppard / Pyromania
Elton John / Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
Elton John / Greatest Hits ** 2 COPIES
Elton John / Captain Fantasitc and the Brown Dirt Cowboy
Fleetwood Mac / Fleetwood Mac (aka, the White Album)
Fleetwood Mac / Rumours
Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention / Over-Nite Sensation
Genesis / …and then there were three
Genesis / abacab
Gordon Lightfoot / Summertime Dream
INXS / Kick
John Lennon / Mind Games
Josef Krips and The london symphony orchestra / Beethoven Symphonie No. 6
Kurt Masur / Beethoven Symphony No. 9 “Choral”
Led Zeppelin / In Through the Out Door **No written title on album cover
Linda Ronstadt / Greatest Hits
Michael Jackson / Thriller
Mick Jagger / She’s the Boss
Peter Gabriel / Plays Live
Queen / Greatest Hits
Queen / Jazz
Richard Janik / Temperate Zone **NEVER OPENED
Rod Stewart / Absolutely Live
Rod Stewart / Blondes have more fun
Shanana / 20 Great Rock ‘n Roll Hits. The Golden Age of Rock ‘n Roll
Spoons / Arias & Symphonies
Styx / Equinox
Styx / The Grand Illusion
Supertramp / Crime of the Century
Supertramp / Crisis? What Crisis?
Talking Heads / Little Creatures
The Alan Parsons Project / Eye in the Sky
The Clash / London Calling
The Knack / Get the Knack
The Police / Synchronicity
The Rolling Stones / Miss You **Special Disco version
The Rolling Stones / Under Cover
The Who / Tommy
Til Tuesday / Welcome Home
Toto / Toto
Trooper / Knock ‘Em Dead Kid
U2 / Rattle and Hum
Van Halen / Van Halen
Van Halen / Van Halen II
Village People / Village People
Whitesnake / Whitesnake
Whitney Houston / Whitney Houston



Parents of PD7 Participants

So excited for next Friday!

Just wanted to remind folks that some of the 62 schools and programs will be setting up at 6.30 in the library to speak with you, the parents, about their programs.

The public is invited to join us at 7pm. Invitation below:

Invite to PD7 to be shared

Romeo D’Allaire: Tickets Available

The ESA Library has ten (10) tickets – five pairs – to give away to see Romeo D’Allaire in conversation with the Munk School’s Brian Stewart.  The retired general – and former senator – will be speaking about his new memoir, Waiting for First Light: My Ongoing Battle with PTSD.

This event takes place at the Appel Salon at the Toronto Reference Library next Thursday, October 27th, 2016.

  • There will be a Q&A, as well as a book signing, to follow the lecture.
  • This event is SOLD OUT!  If you want to go but haven’t got tickets, this is your only chance.

Please complete this form to tell us why you should be the one to get a pair of these tickets.

PLEASE also be advised that these tickets have been offered to ESA students taking Senior level History courses.  The final number of tickets available through this posting will depend on how many students advise – by the end of the day Tuesday October 25th – that they are planning to attend.

Should there be tickets available, and should you be the lucky recipient, you will be contacted late in the day on Tuesday (October 25th) and e-mailed your tickets in PDF format.

Saturday morning… Up early? Come join us in the front garden

We’re starting work at 10am this morning, and we’ll work until we’re done…  typically around noon, but it could take a little longer this Saturday.

  • We work rain or shine, unless it’s teeming down as you read this with your Saturday morning coffee.

Saturday October 22nd: An extra days work to prepare the new front bed for planting.

  • We need to level the new bike racks, till and amend the soil under the poly tarp behind the new bike racks, and plant 400 assorted spring flowering bulbs.
  • Have a wheelbarrow? We can it to move soil.
  • Have a hard rake? We can use it level the screenings under the bike racks.

Or plan to join us on Saturday November 5th: Our regularly scheduled Fall Garden Party.

  • We rake and trim.  We edge the beds.
  • Generally we prepare the gardens for winter.

If you can help out this morning, please come join us.

If you can lend a hand on Novemebr 5th, please send an e-mail to [email protected] to advise.