Aug 30, 2017

CBC Music in association withMusiCounts today announced the return of the Canadian Music Class Challenge, which encourages eligible music classes, music clubs and after-school programs to submit a video performance of a Canadian song (full 2017 list below) for a chance to win one of six $5000 classroom recording studios. This year’s competition launches on Sept. 1 and will close on Nov. 24, with winners to be announced on CBC Radio 2 Morning with Raina Douris on Dec. 15. For full criteria or to sign up and submit a video, please visit www.cbcmusic.ca/musicclass.

Now in its third year, the Canadian Music Class Challenge builds on CBC Music’s ongoing commitment to support music education and MusiCounts mandate to encourage music in classrooms and communities across Canada. Last year saw over 500 groups from grades one to 12 enter across six categories, with many talented students being profiled across CBC’s digital, radio and television platforms. Explore highlights from last year’s competition here .

This year, any of the following 17 songs can be submitted for consideration:

Treat You Better — Shawn Mendes

Both Sides, Now — Joni Mitchell

Constant Craving — k.d. lang

CBC Olympic Theme — Marc Cholette arr. Grayson Mathews

Dans Ton Oreille — Jérôme Minière

End Of An Era — The Strumbellas

Fool — Basia Bulat

I Don't Want To Break Your Heart — Coeur de pirate

It Snowed — Meaghan Smith

James Bay — Midnight Shine

Lost Boy — Ruth B

Listen To The Sounds — Bobs and LoLo

Missing You — JF Robitaille

Northern Lights — The Jerry Cans

Running — Jully Black

Sing It Together — Marc Jordan / Ian Thomas

L'Amour — Karim Ouellet

A panel of musicians and CBC Music journalists will evaluate submissions and release a list of the top 10 finalists in each category on Dec. 8.

Participating schools also have the opportunity to apply for new instruments and equipment through MusiCounts’ Band Aid Program. Through this program, MusiCounts provides musical instruments in $5000- and $10,000-value allotments to support public (elementary, secondary and separate) school programs across Canada. Visit www.musicounts.ca for more information.


Important Dates for the 2017 Canadian Music Class Challenge

Submissions open: Friday, Sept. 1

Submissions close: Friday, Nov. 24

Top 10 in each category released : Friday, Dec. 8

Winner announcement: Friday, Dec. 15 on Radio 2 Morning


About CBC Music
CBC Music is Canada's free digital music service connecting Canadians with the very best in Canadian and international music across all genres. Easy to navigate and available on your smartphone or tablet, CBC Music gives music fans access to over 90 web radio stations plus content from the most knowledgeable music personalities and programmers from across the country. www.cbcmusic.ca


About MusiCounts:

MusiCounts, Canada's music education charity associated with CARAS and the JUNO Awards is keeping music alive in schools and communities across Canada by putting musical instruments into the hands of children that need them most. MusiCounts' mission is to ensure that youth in Canada have access to music programs through their schools and communities. MusiCounts celebrates musical excellence and achieves its mission through its Band Aid Program, the MusiCounts TD Community Music Program, the MusiCounts Teacher of the Year Award, Scholarships and other music education initiatives. MusiCounts is funded by many of Canada's most dedicated corporate citizens including and especially TD Bank Group, Bell Media, SiriusXM Canada, the Slaight Family Foundation, Music Canada, Vista Radio, and The Hot Topic Foundation. MusiCounts has been supported since inception by Sony Music Entertainment Canada Inc., Universal Music Canada, Warner Music Canada Ltd., JUNO Songwriters' Circle and JUNO Cup. MusiCounts was established in 1997, and has awarded over $10,000,000 in support of music education in Canada. These funds have benefitted over 950 schools and communities, supported over 350 post-secondary music program graduates, and honoured 12 extraordinary music teachers and one MusiCounts ambassador. www.musicounts.ca

For additional information and media inquiries about CBC Music, please contact:

Teaghan Hawke — CBC



For additional information and media inquiries about MusiCounts, please contact:

Laura Steen — Strut Entertainment