*Applications for Summer Spotlight Etobicoke are now closed. Stay tuned for updates and be sure to check out the live streamed event on Wednesday, August 19 at 6:00 pm.

Calling all Etobicoke Performers! Arts Etobicoke is hosting its second Spotlight Etobicoke- featuring live performances from local Etobicoke Artists. The Summer Spotlight will be on Wednesday, August 19 and will showcase 10-15 performers sharing their talents for our community.

Arts Etobicoke has been working hard to keep the arts thriving in our community and to continue to find ways to support artists during these challenging times. While Ontario is no longer in full lockdown, our concert halls and venues remain quiet and performing artists still lack opportunities and space to showcase their art.  We had an incredible response to the first Spotlight Etobicoke in May and want to build on that excitement and offer another opportunity for artists to showcase their talents while we wait for venues to reopen. 

Performances will be live streamed via Arts Etobicoke’s Facebook from each performer’s studio or home. Further technical details will be sent to selected artists. Each performance will be archived so viewers have the ability to watch at any time, share with their networks, and the artists can use it as content for their Press Kits and social media.  You can view our first Spotlight Etobicoke in our online Video Library

For questions & inquiries please contact, Project Coordinator, Alina Kuzma at alina@artsetobicoke.com or 416-622-8731.

Meet the Jurors! 

Performances for Summer Spotlight Etobicoke are being carefully selected by our jury of amazing performing arts professionals. This summer our jurors are Carlos Bastidas, Ed Lettner, and Sharon Burlacoff. Find out more about our Summer Spotlight Etobicoke jurors below.

Carlos Bastidas

Colombian-born Canadian, Carlos Bastidas, is Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Ontario Pops Orchestra and Music Director of the Durham Chamber Orchestra. Since founding the Ontario Pops in 2014 he has led it to its fourth sold-out season in 2018-19. As Music Director of the Durham Chamber Orchestra since 2016 he has been such a contributor to the orchestra’s success that they have had to change venues to accommodate their increased audiences.

He enjoys close collaborations with the Etobicoke Centennial Choir, Ave Choir Toronto, Durham Girls Choir, The Young Singers, The Taylor Dance Centre in Ajax, and the Swansea School of Dance in Toronto, among others. His conducting appearances include Open Doors Toronto, Classical 96.3 FM, and the official opening of the “Canada 150” Celebrations at the Ajax City Hall.

Ed Lettner

Ed brings over 45 years of musical training and performance experience, and 35 years of teaching experience to The Music Studio which is celebrating 30 years of offering music education in Etobicoke. He is an Honours graduate of the music program at the Humber College Institute of Technology, majoring in percussion, and has advanced piano training in classical and jazz music. Ed’s performance and recording experience includes appearances with jazz, rock and concert bands; orchestras and musical theatre groups; and performances at events such as the Canadian National Exhibition and the Royal Winter Fair.

Sharon Burlacoff

Born and raised in Etobicoke in a household that cherished music, Sharon earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in Piano Performance and Musicology at the University of Toronto, Western University, State University of New York and Cornell University.  Since 1995, Sharon has channeled her intellectual acumen, love of teaching and passion for music into the cultivation and development of The Kingsway Conservatory of Music, now a vibrant hub for community arts.  A leader in the larger music community, Sharon gives generously as a clinician, adjudicator, musical director and educator.