Literature


 

Upper Canada College has a long tradition of excellence in the art of writing.

UCC Upper School student publications:

Blazer

Blazer is UCC's humour publication for people who think they're way funnier than they actually are. Blazer spoons Convergence every issue in its last two pages and is widely known as the most important part of the paper. It works toward bringing a drop of sunshine, rainbows and unicorns into the dark, dreary and scary world of school. Laughter is the best medicine — that is, aside from actual medicine.

The Blue and White (Tbaw)

The Blue and White is UCC's online arts and life publication. Its focus extends from critiques of Friday assemblies to movie reviews to non-fiction pieces about art festivals happening off campus. It's not only a school newspaper but also a guide to the Toronto arts and life scenes, offering reviews, photo essays and social commentaries. Visit tbaw.ca.

College Times

UCC’s yearbook, College Times, specializes in capturing the essence of school life each year under the stewardship of art teacher Anne Kaye. College Times 2013 will be launched at the leaving class ceremony in May.

Convergence

Convergence is tackling the year with all the gusto that comes with new writers, new leadership and new stories. With tons of material, ranging from controversial interviews with Mr. Poon about the dismal state of UCC food to in-depth coverage of Association Day, Convergence has undoubtedly become the premier source of school news for Upper Canada College students.
 
Under the stewardship of Mr. Marshall Webb, the editors have introduced innovative sections for stories on international events, comedy and poetry. Convergence endeavours to provide material that appeals to students (and parents) of all interests. Visit Convergence online at uccconvergence.com.

IDiv Times

IDiv Times has been an aspiration of the Intermediate Division since its original publication in 2010-2011 was met with great enthusiasm and an appetite for further growth. The Times is a student-driven newsletter that was originally born out of a desire to fill the gap that existed for Y1 and Y2 writers to publish their work. A platform for students to report and reflect on events relevant to peers, the club raises awareness about the Intermediate Division, spotlights new boys and faculty and offers competing perspectives on school-related concerns such as bullying and appropriate technology use. Beyond garnering journalistic and creative skills, the organization offers excellent leadership opportunities as students are elected and fulfill a myriad of roles, from editors to section heads to layout designers. The Times has partnered with Convergence so students benefit from the expertise of senior student mentors. This relationship helps support the growth of Intermediate Division writers and empowers these students to take creative risks and assert innovative thought. IDiv Times celebrates student initiative and collaboration and, above all, encourages engagement in the growth and sustenance of the invaluable contributions of UCC student publications. Ms. Gillian Levene is the faculty advisor.

Quiddity

This exquisite book includes the best poetry, prose and art created during the school year. It's issued in time for the leaving class graduation in May and receives faculty assistance from Mr. Julian Bauld and Dr. Dale Churchward.

The Blue Page

The Blue Page is the student-run editorial newspaper and a vehicle for opinion relating to school matters. Now over a quarter-century old, the BP prints articles written by students and faculty that demand change and appraisal. Heated arguments, like the removal of boarding a few years ago and the teaching of global warming as fact, have scrolled across the blue paper. In essence, The Blue Page is a tool for expressing one's perspective, which is exposed to a large-scale audience (the paper prints bi-weekly and is distributed to the entire Upper School). The Blue Page is intriguing, entertaining and effective — a paper for the long term created with the assistance of advisor Marshall Webb.

 

Literature Advisors

 
Julian Bauld
Quiddity and
Poetry In-Voice

Dale Churchward
Quiddity

Terence Dick
The Blue and White

Anne Kaye
College Times

Gillian Levene
iDiv Times

Marshall Webb
Convergence,
Blazer and
The Blue Page