Monthly Archives: September 2016

Profile of Actress Cecilia Deacon, ARAS alumni

Screen-Shot-2016-03-31-at-6.57.46-PMAvenue Road Arts School Vocal Studies and Musical Theatre student Cecilia Deacon has established herself as a successful actor and model, with acting roles in film, theatre, and television, and international campaigns for L’Oreal, Truvivity, Ouidad and Matrix.

Cecilia began taking classes at the School in 2005 at the age of 14, and only three years later, she moved to New York to attend the prestigious acting conservatory, the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.

Over the years Deacon has amassed an impressive repertoire of work in film and television with starring roles including Stormy on the Investigation Discovery series “Deadly Sins,” Sandra in the comedy series “Catch-30,” and most recently Cecilia in Derek Ahonen film “The Transcendents,” where she starred alongside Kathy Valentine from The Go-Go’s. She has also appeared in productions of Technicolor Life, Marathon, and No Exit, to name a few.

The Avenue Road Arts School offers a number of performing acts classes, to spark an interest in singing and acting at a young age, and we are proud to have Cecilia as an alumni.

To find out more about Cecilia Deacon and how she got to where she is today, visit her website:

Above, Cecilia Deacon shot by Mark Kayne

The Best American Comics 2016

Instructor Dave Lapp (Cartooning, Cartooning & Illustration) is featured in The Best American Comics 2016, edited by Roz Chast (staff cartoonist for The New Yorker) and Bill Kartalopoulos (a Broo61vmIsZnU1L._SX383_BO1,204,203,200_klyn-based comics critic, educator, curator and editor).

From the Back Cover:

There is something thrilling about seeing people invent new ways to tell their story. To me, it is proof that the art form of comics is healthy: it lives and grows and reinvents itself. It is alive!
Roz Chast, from the Introduction

FEATURING Lynda Barry, Kate Beaton, Cece Bell, Genevieve Elverum, Ben Katchor, Dave Lapp, John Porcellino, Joe Sacco, Adrian Tomine, Chris Ware, Julia Wertz, and others.

Roz Chast, guest editor, was born in Brooklyn, New York. Her cartoons began appearing in The New Yorkerin 1978. Since then she has published hundreds of cartoons and written or illustrated more than a dozen books. Her memoirCan t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? was a #1New York Timesbestseller and a 2014 National Book Award Finalist.

Bill Kartalopoulos, series editor, is a comics critic, educator, curator, and editor. He teaches courses about comics at Parsons and at the School of Visual Arts. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

About the Editors:
ROZ CHAST was born in Brooklyn, New York. Her cartoons began appearing in The New Yorker in 1978. Since then she has published hundreds of cartoons and written or illustrated more than a dozen books. Her memoir Can We Talk About Something More Pleasant, Please ? was a #1 New York Times bestseller and a 2014 National Book Award Finalist.
BILL KARTALOPOULOS is the publisher/editor of Rebus Books and the programming coordinator for SPX: The Small Press Expo. He was a cofounder and the programming director for the Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival. He is a member of the Executive Committee for the International Comic Arts Forum (ICAF), a contributing editor for Print Magazine, and has worked as an assistant to Art Spiegelman for several years. He lives and works in Brooklyn.

The Best American Comics 2016 will be released October 4 on Amazon:

Autistic teen’s abstract paintings wow collectors

Via CBC:

As an autistic teen, Niam Jain doesn’t speak much. But ever since the 13-year-old  picked up a paintbrush last summer, he’s found a way to express himself, and the art world is listening.

Niam is a previous Avenue Road Arts School student, who attended our Painting and Printmaking and Clay Creations courses.

In April Niam created a painting to help the Light It Up Blue campaign in celebration of World Autism Awareness Day, that was displayed at Yonge and Dundas Square.

You can see Niam’s work on his website. We look forward to his future as a professional artist!


Water Lilies (acrylic on wood, 24×24) by Niam JainWater-Lilies-by-Niam-Jain

Detour – Documentary Film

Directed by Hanna Jovin, an Avenue Road student, Detour is in the official selection for Toronto Film Week (Fox Theater, Sept 12th-18th) and has made it into the Awareness Film Festival in LA (Oct 6th-16th at LA Live Regal Cinemas).

Detour is a documentary about Jelica Jovin’s struggle with her brain injury.

Directed by Hanna Jovin
Produced by Anastasia Popova
Cinematography by Benjamin Wong
Editing by Josh Conley
Sound by Stephanie Cohen
Special Thanks to Jadranka Pastries and Sadko Hadzihasanovic

Hanna Jovin (Hanna Hadzihasanovic) is a Toronto-born Filmmaker/Cinematographer. In addition to filmmaking, Hanna is also a multimedia artist most interested in oil painting, photography, writing, storyboards and video installations.