CBC Music in association with MusiCounts 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 $5,000 classroom recording studios. This year’s competition launches on September 1 and will close on November 24, with winners to be announced on CBC Radio 2 Morning with Raina Douris on December 15. For full criteria or to sign up and submit a video, please visit

Now in its third year, the Canadian Music Class Challenge builds on CBC Music’s ongoing commitment to support music education and MusiCountsmandate 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, 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’AmourKarim 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 December 8.

Schools that 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 2017 Canadian Music Class Challenge

Submissions open: Friday, September 1

Submissions close: Friday, November 24

Top 10 in each category released: Friday, December 8  

Winner announcement: Friday, December 15 on Radio 2 Morning

Ashley Sperling