by Iman Umair-Qaiser
Thursday, October 27, 2018 was a big day for the Arts and Music departments.
A night filled with music, poetry, and theatrics, Milton District High School hosted its first ever Arts Café from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m, presented by the students and faculty of MDHS. Held in the cafeteria with free entry and refreshments, the event saw a full house. Nearly every seat was filled with parents and students, with many more standing.
Hosted by emcees Kieran and Sachi, the show was kicked off with a stunning cover of “Havana” by the A Capella Team. Other notable acts include a comedic French improv performance by Tyler Chisholm, Tayshaun Free, and Michael-David Terlecki, a moving spoken word piece called “Everyone Wants to be Black” by Sydney Lee and Teha Russell, and the student Deputy Prime Minister Michael Abes performing an uplifting slam poetry piece called “Maybe I Should”. Teachers Mr. Cummings, Mr. Carson-Foster, and Ms. Welbourn showed off their skills as well, singing a stunning cover of the classic “I’ve Just Seen a Face” by The Beatles.
Students Rosy, Hasintha, Matthew and student Prime Minister Peter Chung performed SZA’s “The Weekend” and XXXTentacion’s “Jocelyn Flores” on a broadcast station live from the Café itself. Listeners all across Milton were able to tune in and get a taste of the arts scene at MDHS. A huge congratulations to the group for this opportunity!
Guests also had the opportunity to view some pieces from art students. Featured works included stunning collages and character re-imaginings—all with a highlight on Milton District’s famed life-sized paintings of Indigenous art.
Overall, the night was a massive hit. The audience loved the acts, and it showcased some of the talents of Milton’s youth population. A big thank you to the faculty who put the night together, the performers and student helpers, and of course everyone who attended. We look forward to having another night like this next year!