Marc Garneau’s semi-annual Arts Night was held on Wednesday, 14 December. The night featured the artistic talents of MGCI students, and showcased the progress of the school’s arts courses. Previously known as ‘Music Night,’ the event was changed this year to feature drama, vocals, band, and visual arts classes. Ms. Libunao, a vocal teacher, explained, “We combined the classes because we wanted to encourage all arts.” 

The event began at 6:30 pm and ended at 8:30 pm with a 15-minute intermission at around 7:30. The event was advertised around the school and the audience was full of parents and students alike. Tickets were sold at the door for $3, or two for $5. Approximately 200 tickets were sold and the crowd was full and lively.

This year’s performances included drama presentations by Grade 9 and 10 classes, as well as songs such as “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen performed by the Grade 9 to 12 vocal classes. The Grade 9 instrumental class played holiday songs as interludes between acts to establish a festive mood. Pieces from the Grade 9 to 12 visual arts classes were displayed in the halls and the studio. While all performances were excellent, an obvious crowd favorite was the coveted teacher band! Composed of Mr. Brossard, Ms. Libunao, Mr. Manhertz, Ms. Masemann and Mr. Sharp, the ensemble performed “Hold My Hand” by Jess Glynne. The band received loud applause and demand for an encore.

Pieces by the visual arts classes were displayed in the school’s studio. Photo: Cindy Cui

During the show’s intermission, spectators competed in caricature contests to see who could draw the best representation of Mr. Sharp. Audience members could also vote on the pieces of art that were featured in the studio. The two artists with the most votes will win brushes, paints, and other art supplies; the results of the contest will be announced next week. Furthermore, handmade holiday cards made by the Art Council were sold along with drinks. Cupcakes were also available to everyone for free.

The crowd was incredibly enthusiastic to see and hear more. Anne, a parent who had a son in the choir, said, “It was great! I would definitely come again next year.” Other parents also enjoyed the night immensely. When asked about improvements, many people said that the event could have been more organized. Grace Xiong, a performer and MC said, “The event went pretty well, there were technical difficulties like always but overall it was a good night.”

The Teacher Band was a crowd-favourite at Arts Night 2016. Photo: Cindy Cui

A special video was shown after intermission that featured some MGCI visual art students who participated in a project called “Finding Home.” As refugees, the participants expressed what they thought of as “home” through various art pieces. The artwork is shown in the Aga Khan Museum as a featured exhibit.

The night ended with a performance by the MGCI choir who sang “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,” and the band played festive jingles as people exited the cafeteria.

Arts Night would not have been possible without all of the students who performed and volunteered as Stage Crew. Ms. Wilkins, Ms. Miller, Ms. Libunao, Ms. Drexler, Mrs. Doyle, Ms. Masemann, Mr. Jeffrey, Mr. Vazintaris were all integral as well. Finally, a thank you goes out to Ms. Goldenberg, Mr. Sharp, Ms. O-Flynn-Wheeler and Ms. Liebster for being so supportive of the arts at MGCI.

All in all, Arts Night was a wonderful event full of friends, talent, and entertainment.