CBC Music and MusiCounts Join Forces for the Canadian Music Class Challenge

CBC Music in association with MusiCounts, Canada’s leading music education charity associated with CARAS and the JUNO Awards, have once again teamed up for the Canadian Music Class Challenge (formerly Canada’s Greatest Music Class). The challenge, which kicks off on September 30 and runs through until December 16, will seek out students in music classes, music clubs and after-school programs nationwide. This year there will be more opportunities to win, with six categories including:

  • – High School Instrumental
  • – High School with Vocal/Choral (a cappella or with band)
  • – Junior High School Instrumental
  • – Junior High school Vocal/Choral (a cappella or with band)
  • – Elementary School Instrumental
  • – Elementary School with Vocal/Choral (a cappella or with band)

The winning classes will be awarded hometown hero status, receiving a commemorative plaque and a high-tech classroom recording kit that includes a laptop computer, recording software, speakers, a keyboard, microphones, and more.

To enter the contest, a supervising teacher (the “Registrant“) of an eligible music class, after school program or music club (the “Music Class“) must register his/her music class by completing the entry form found at and submit an eligible video performance and “publicity” photo during the submission period.

The following 16 songs can be submitted for consideration:

  • – “Ain’t Gonna Bother” by Rosie and the Riveters
  • – “Rolling Stone” by Reuben and the Dark
  • – “Run This Town” by Corb Lund
  • – “Soul Run” by Tanika Charles
  • – “Wish You Well” by Justin Hines
  • – “The Hockey Song” by Stompin Tom Connors
  • -“Fil de Soi” by Marie-Pierre Arthur
  • – “Le Mepris” by Caracol
  • – “T’es Pas Un Autre” by Buffy Sainte-Marie
  • – “We’re Here For A Good Time (Not A Long Time)” by Trooper
  • – “Stitches” by Shawn Mendes
  • – “2 Heads” by Coleman Hell
  • – “Bobcaygeon” by The Tragically Hip
  • – “Ahead by a Century” by The Tragically Hip
  • – “Aida” by Sarah McLachlan
  • – “Machine” by Scott Helman

A panel of musicians and CBC Music journalists will evaluate applications, and a regional shortlist will be revealed on December 7. The winning classes will be announced on Radio 2 Morning on December 16.

Schools who participate in the Canadian Music Class Challenge also have the opportunity to apply for new instruments and equipment through MusiCounts’ Band Aid Program. Through this program, MusiCounts provides musical instruments in $5,000 and $10,000 value allotments to support public (elementary, secondary and separate) school programs across Canada. Visit for more information.

Important Dates for the Canadian Music Class Challenge:

Registration Opens: Thursday September 1 2016

Submission period: September 30 – November 23, 2016

Judging period: November 23 – December 14, 2016

Winner announcement: December 16, 2016 on Radio 2 Morning

For more information on the Canadian Music Class Challenge, please visit