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Spotlight on Nuit Bleue

Note: With so much arts-related news happening this spring, be sure to check out the full slate of reports, videos and photos in the Arts section, related to Nuit Bleue, Jazz Night, Paradise Lost, debating and more.

Nuit Bleue 2014 promised to be the biggest, bluest night of the year and it didn’t disappoint. The annual arts celebration brought together the most wonderful sights, sounds and tastes of the community and offered something for everyone.

Yes it was blue! Following the Battle of the Bands in Laidlaw Hall, the DJ played some favourite tunes in the Bleue Zone student lounge as Aramark’s signature blue drinks were served up and taste buds were tantalized by delicious ice cream, generously donated by Greg’s Ice Cream.

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All throughout the halls, guests were illuminated in blue. The brilliant lights displays were breathtaking and the beautiful blue flowers set the tone. Roaming student buskers kept guests entertained with their juggling, yo-yo and musical talents, and Old Boys in the arts were honoured at a welcoming reception.

This was a night that celebrated arts of all varieties. The visual art displays were spectacular. Guests were awed by the IB2 works as they filled the student centre. Posters, lamp installations and sculptures turned the Upper School into an incredible art gallery.

Noche Azul offered a taste of Argentina and those looking for a night at the movies were treated to flicks from the recent IB2 film festival, with popcorn to boot. Theatre buffs were entertained by amazing stage fighting displays and select scenes were performed by many talented thespians. The verbal arts including Ontario Model Parliament, Model UN and debating showed just how powerful words really are, while literary works of art were on display at Bleue Grind coffee house.

The night was capped when Laidlaw Hall came alive with the sounds of music in the concert finale which featured all the music troupes from the Upper School. From winds and strings to Blue Notes vocals, the music demonstrated the amazing depth and talent of the UCC music department.

The night wouldn’t have been complete without a visit from Cookie who ushered in the raffle boxes.  And the lucky raffle winners left with amazing prizes in hand: an electric guitar and amp donated by the Hutcheson family; two tickets to the Moscow Virtuosi donated by Show One Productions; a priceless framed photograph of UCC created by Y2 Evan Zucker; and two gift certificates to Holy Chuck donated by Holy Chuck.

This was a night where everyone was a winner – students, faculty, volunteers and guests. It was truly the “bleuest” night of the year. Be sure to enjoy this photo gallery and video below.

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