Last Chance: (Post) Holiday Reads Draw…

All members of the ESA Community are invited to participate in our annual New Year’s Draw.

Drop by the Library Circulation Desk and fill out a Happy New Year ballot.

  • Tell us about the BEST book you read over the holidays

Every book recommendation submitted will be entered into our New Year’s Draw.

Five lucky winners will go home with a free book!  Winners to be drawn on the morning announcements on Thursday January 18th.

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Parents and others who aren’t in the building regularly…

  • Print a copy of the submission form (what did you read ticket) and send it in with the student in your house, or via e-mail to enid.wray@tdsb.on.ca.
  • Please be sure to add a notation stating your connection to ESA, as well as how we should contact you should you be one of our lucky winners.
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White Pine Spotlight

 The Fashion Committee by Susan Juby

  • A light-hearted, fun read. Juby writes with skill and humour about difficult subject matter.
  • Charlie Dean is ABsolutely FABulous.  Charlie’s got chutzpah… but does make some pretty crappy decisions along the way.  John is less likeable but realistically portrayed nonetheless.
  • This book is both a love letter to fashion (and the arts in general), but also to Vancouver!  Another love letter to a city.
  • The ending is one place this book really stands out. Nothing is tied up neatly with a bow. Life is messy after all.

Read the review at Quill and Quire.

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  • Learn more about the Forest of Reading here.
  • Check out Forest Fridays, virtual visits with featured authors (link is to last year).  We look forward to their return. When they do, we will be hosting a couple of them here at ESA.
  • Students who would like to join us at the Festival of Trees, at Harbourfront, on Tuesday May 15th should see Ms. Wray or Ms. Kennedy in the Library.
  • Permission forms will be available closer to the date.

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With apologies… I drafted this last weekend but apparently never went back to post it.  This should have gone up on Monday morning.

Ridiculously busy time right now…

Canada Reads 2018!

The season begins!!

Check out the titles on the longlist at the CBC Canada Reads website.

We already have six (6) of the longlisted titles in the collection:

 

Touch base with me next week to find out whether I’ve decided to bring in any of the other longlisted titles.

The Canada Reads shortlist will be announced January 30th.  Stay tuned.

If you are at all connected with the ESA Community, consider joining us on our annual ESA Book Club field trip to the final day of taping of Canada Reads 2018, on Thursday March 29th.

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Canada Reads Field Trip organised by ESA’s Own Book Clubit’s never too late to join… next meeting Wednesday January 17th, where we will be discussing Alison MacLeod’s Governor General Award nominated short story collection All the Beloved Ghosts)

 

Throwback Thursday’s

I am delighted to announce the launch of ‘Throwback Thursdays @ ESA‘… where we will feature, each week, one ‘classic’ recording from the ESA Performance Archives.

For our first feature we present the digitised copy of the recording of the ESA Mainstage 2000 production of Les Belle Souers by Michel Tremblay.

The stellar cast included (but was not limited to): Nicola Correia-Damude, Suzanne Smith, Nazneen Contractor, Katie Gordon, Deanna Palazzo, Lara Chatterjee, Frank Cox O’Connell, Cat Montgomery, Lorna Wright, and Margaret McBeath. Stage Managed by Emily Essert and ASM’d by Lauren Simmons.

(Apologies, I’ve not found a programme for the show and my memory is not what it used to be… I can remember these names with the help of Susan Bourne and some of you yourselves… I know the list should include some other equally fabulous young people).

FYI… I knew that this would be the first video I posted the moment I came across it last spring. Pure serendipity that I prepared this posting as I watched the pilot episode of Nicola’s new CBC series Burden of Truth. If you didn’t see it you missed a good one. Set your PVR for next week.

I have enjoyed all ESA Mainstages in the years I’ve been here but there was something about this show… it is still – after all these years – my absolute favourite. Perhaps because it was my first official Mainstage – my first full year teaching at ESA – and that I taught most of the cast members – and that they were such a phenomenal group of incredibly talented individuals who meshed so well together as an ensemble in this show…

ENJOY!

(Post) Holiday Reads!… The New Year’s Draw

All members of the ESA Community are invited to participate in our annual New Year’s Draw.

Drop by the Library Circulation Desk and fill out a Happy New Year ballot.

  • Tell us about the BEST book you read over the holidays

Every book recommendation submitted will be entered into our New Year’s Draw.

Five lucky winners will go home with a free book!  Winners to be drawn on the morning announcements on Thursday January 18th.

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Parents and others who aren’t in the building regularly…

  • Print a copy of the submission form (what did you read ticket) and send it in with the student in your house, or via e-mail to enid.wray@tdsb.on.ca.
  • Please be sure to add a notation stating your connection to ESA, as well as how we should contact you should you be one of our lucky winners.

The Toronto Star Short Story Contest

From the online edition of the paper…

  • This year’s contest runs until 5 p.m. on Feb. 28.
  • The winner will receive $5,000 and a creative writing course from The Humber School for Writers.
  • The second-place winner will take home a $2,000 prize, while third place will be awarded $1,000.
  • The winner can choose a 30-week creative writing correspondence program, valued at $3,000, at Humber, or a week-long summer workshop, worth $1,000, at the college’s Lakeshore campus in Toronto.
  • Stories can be about any topic the entrant chooses, as long as it’s original, unpublished, and amounts to less than 2,500 words. Entries are limited to one per person.
  • Submissions will be judged by a panel of the Humber School for Writers and narrowed down to a short list. The three winners will then be selected from that list by city librarian Vickery Bowles, award-winning author and journalist Kamal Al-Solaylee, Toronto Star books editor Deborah Dundas, and the Star’s former theatre critic Richard Ouzounian.

FULL DETAILS available here. 

  • You must be 16 years old to enter.
  • If you’re not 16 this year, plan ahead for next year or the year after.

The Vinyl Vault is OPEN again…

Happy New Year! Did Santa happen to deliver a lovely new turntable to your house?

  • If so, drop by and check out the ‘Vintage Vinyl’ available from the ESA Library.
  • Lots of great stuff, mostly Classical and Music Theatre, but also lots of random titles and genres.

Brand new vinyl offerings for the New Year include the following:

Classic Collections
Classical
  • Glenn Gould: Bach, The Tocccatas (LP only, no cover)
  • John Williams: The Virtuoso Guitar (LP only, no cover)
All Gershwin
  • Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue and An American in Paris, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra with Felix Slatkin (LP only, no cover)
  • Andre Watts Plays George Gershwin: Watts by George!
  • Gershwin on Broadway: The Buffalo Philharmonic with Michael Tilson Thomas
  • A Portrait of George: Gershwin on Broadway & In Hollywood: Cincinnati Pop Orchestra, Conducted by Erich Kunzel
Classic Canadian

Various: Pop, Rock, Contemporary, Broadway

  • Peaches & Herb: 2 Hot
  • Keith Stewart: Yellow Bird
  • Donna Summer: Greatest Hits (Record One only)
  • Willie Nelson: Pretty Paper
  • Pink Floyd: The Dark Side of the Moon (LP and jacket only, no cover)***
  • Electric Light Orchestra with Olivia Newton John: Xanadu
  • Gordon Lightfoot: East of Midnight
  • Gordon Lightfoot: Back Here on Earth
  • Gordon Lightfoot: Summer Side of Life
  • The Beatles: 1967-1970 – The Blue Album (LP’s and jackets only, no cover)***
  • Barbra Streisand: Guilty (Feat. Barry Gibb)
  • Barbra Streisand: Emotion
  • New York New York: Original Motion Picture Score (2 record set… LP only, no cover)
  • Hair: Original Cast Recording (multiple copies)
  • Mary Martin and Noel Coward: Together with Music (LP only, no cover)
  • Noel Coward at Las Vegas (cover in poor condition)
Comedy
We also have the following.  These records definitely need cleaning but we think they should be OK following that.
  • The Rolling Stones: Big Hits (High Tide and Green Grass)***
  • Blood Sweat & Tears: Greatest Hits
  • Dionne Warwick: Very Dionne
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Terms and Conditions

  • Single LP’s $2 each
  • Double albums $4 each
  • Some ***’d items priced individually…  ask at the Circulation Desk about these items

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.