Nuit Bleue 2015 promised to be the brightest night of the year for Upper Canada College arts, and it didn’t disappoint.
The annual spring arts festival brought together the UCC community to enjoy the incredible works of student actors, directors, filmmakers, visual artists, authors, musicians, Model United Nations representatives and debaters, and offered something for everyone.
Yes, it was blue. Following the battle of the bands in Laidlaw Hall, a 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.
Upon entering the school, guests were illuminated in blue lights and treated to a beautiful blue flower display. Old Boys in the arts were honoured at a welcome reception in the principal’s office.
The visual art displays were spectacular. Guests were awed by the Grade 12 works that filled the student centre. Lamp installations, posters and sculptures made by the younger boys turned the Upper School into a magnificent art gallery. And, for the first time, Nuit Bleue displayed the beautiful works of our budding Grade 7 artists.
Les Deux Magots Parisien Cafe offered authentic French ambience, and those looking for a night at the movies were treated to films from all grades, with popcorn to boot. Theatre buffs were entertained by select scenes performed by many talented thespians, and amazed by a heart-stopping stage fight. The verbal arts demonstrated by Ontario Model Parliament, Model UN and debating clubs showed just how powerful the spoken word is.
The special Nuit Bleue edition of the new Blue Caller publication allowed guests to enjoy wonderful literary works of art on their own time.
The night was capped when Laidlaw Hall came alive with the sounds of music in a concert featuring all the music troupes from the Upper School. From winds, brass and strings to Blue Notes vocals, the music demonstrated the amazing depth and talent of UCC musicians.
The night wouldn’t have been complete without a visit from Cookie, who ushered in the door prize box. The lucky winner left with a blue ukulele imprinted with the UCC crest and nestled in a bed of candies.
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 Nuit Bleue photo gallery as well as this video.
–Arts Booster Club