Nova Scotia

24 students, 2 Heads earn Dartmouth school national song award

A Dartmouth school's take on Canadian artist Coleman Hell's hit song 2 Heads has earned it national honours and $5,000 in recording equipment.

The Bicentennial B-Sides won $5K in recording equipment in CBC Music's song challenge

A rendition of a hit Canadian pop song has earned a group of Dartmouth junior high students top honours in a national competition and $5,000 in recording equipment.

The music class at Bicentennial school beat out 95 other entries from coast to coast to win the junior high category in CBC Music's Canadian Music Class Challenge.

The class, which includes students in grades 7 to 9, took on the song 2 Heads by Thunder Bay, Ont., artist Coleman Hell. The video submitted to the judges features 24 students singing, playing xylophones, ukuleles and a drum.

Coleman Hell of Thunder Bay, Ont., was nominated for a 2016 Juno Award for breakthrough artist of the year. (Coleman Hell/Twiiter)

"I woke up and I looked on Instagram and I said, 'Wow, what's this? We won," said Griffen Moore, who's in Grade 9. "It was a pretty big surprise to me."

Sticking to Canadian roots

The CBC Music challenge asked music classes and programs across the country to learn a Canadian song for a chance to win.

The combination of the students' vocal abilities and instrumental work won the judges over.

"We chose to implement some not too complex instruments in the video, which I think was a very good idea so other people could relate to it," said Moore.

Music teacher Nick Pettipas said his students were really keen to showcase their talents. They dubbed their group the "Bicentennial B-Sides."

"It's amazing how when they have a directive and something to work for, just how much energy and effort they all put in," he said.

'Wow, we won'

Grade 8 student Isabelle Dearnaley also found out her class had won by checking out Instagram, the popular social media site for images and videos.

"I woke up and I saw that multiple people had tagged me in photos and I realized, wow, we won this," she said.

"I told my mom and she freaked out as well."

Aside from the new recording equipment, the school will also receive a plaque commemorating its win.

Pettipas said the equipment will be used to set up a recording studio.

"We can take any student here and give them that side of the music industry that a lot of people don't know about, and a lot of them will really enjoy."