Upper Canada College’s annual spring arts festival, Nuit Bleue, continued its run of success at the Upper School on April 12 with a range of exhibits, performances, presentations, screenings and more.
“Nuit Bleue brings the community together to celebrate our talented boys and enjoy all that is wonderful about the arts at UCC,” says Elissa Fingold, who co-chairs the Arts Booster Club with Astrid Bastin.
Even before Nuit Bleue officially began at 3 p.m., an arts assembly in Laidlaw Hall featured: a performance of Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition” by student Joe Hill and his father; thank-you gifts to graduating arts captains JC Chung and Rupert Davies; and a farewell speech from retiring Intermediate Division Head Derek Poon.
The wintry weather didn’t deter Nuit Bleue attendees, as there was a great turnout throughout the late afternoon and evening.
The student centre was transformed into “The Bleue Zone,” which featured a visual art exhibition and snacks including potato chips, pizza, ice cream and UCC’s signature beverage, “Blue Thunder.” A classroom featured an installation of light fixtures designed by students.
Another classroom was transformed into a Chinese “Spring Tea House” that was decorated with art from Year 7 students. Teacher Jane Li and student Billy Shi led the organization of the tea house, where visitors enjoyed tea, treats and performances.
There were theatrical performances in the lecture theatre, screenings of short student films, and guests were given a copy of a student literature publication called The Blue Caller.
Nuit Bleue concluded with a concert in Laidlaw Hall featuring school bands, the Blue Notes choir and solo performances by pianists Daniel Jiang and Bryan Gan.
While all those who participated in or attended Nuit Bleue could justifiably consider themselves winners, one woman could prove it by walking away with a guitar that was given away as a door prize.