Celebration of Community

On Tuesday afternoon, the YHS community gathered at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts for the annual “Celebration of Community”.

This annual event is the one time during the year that the entire community comes together. It’s a treat to hear our budding musicians perform in such a glorious venue, and to celebrate the spirit of the season together. View highlights from all the performances below.

The afternoon was interspersed with readings (Julia and Rainy, Gr. 12), as well as carols sung by all the attendees. The sing-a-longs always put everyone in the holiday spirit. The featured soloist was Samantha, Gr. 12. View her performance here.

Special thanks to Leith Wheeler Investments for sponsoring this event. The impressive venue, carol singing, and festive atmosphere make for a wonderful holiday tradition. See all the photos here.

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The Basement: an intimate evening of music

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Photos from The Basement
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Our Jazz Band, Ragazza, and Bambina headlined a cabaret-style jazz evening in the Gail Ruddy Foyer. Guests had a chance to mingle, enjoy a glass of wine and sample delicious hors d’oeuvres, all while listening to jazz standards, new favourites and solo performances from our talented musicians and singers.

This evening gives our Senior students a chance to perform in a more intimate and casual setting. Traditionally this evening has been held at The Cellar Jazz Club, but since that venue closed earlier this year, Mr. Bach decided to recreate the atmosphere right here at YHS.

With the help of students, the Gail Ruddy Foyer was transformed into our very own “jazz club”. The windows were blacked out, and there were two small stages – one main stage where the Jazz Band, Bambina and Ragazza performed, and then another stage set up for the soloist showcases. There was varied seating, including couches to lounge on in the Bentley Room, and high-top tables for those who preferred to stand.

Judging from the feedback, it sounds like the event was a success. Most likely it will continue on next year, with some small tweaks by Mr. Bach. Look for it next April!

To view all the photos from the evening, click here.

Enjoy the highlights here:

Soloists Set 1: Hasti, Grade 11; Gabriella, Grade 10; Emily, Grade 11; and Laurin, Grade 11.


Ragazza Set 1: 

Jazz Band:

Soloists Set 2: Breeshey and Miranda, Gr. 12; Ariane, Gr. 11, Fiona, Gr. 11; and Christina, Gr. 10.

Ragazza Set 2: 

Soloists Set 3: Samantha, Gr. 11; Kathleen, Gr. 10; and Colette, Gr. 10.

More photos here.