On February 6, acclaimed multi-JUNO Award-winning rock band Arkells, joined MusiCounts to celebrate the 2018 MusiCounts Passion Prize recipient, Calgary Arts Academy. The band surprised students by joining them for a special collaborative performance of their winning entry, a cover of Arkells’ hit “People’s Champ”. Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi then helped Arkells present the school with a $5,000 MusiCounts Band Aid Program instrument grant.
“MusiCounts was impressed with the passion, skill and student engagement Calgary Arts Academy demonstrated with their cover of ‘People’s Champ’,” said MusiCounts Executive Director, Kristy Fletcher. “It was inspiring to see the performance come to life with Arkells today. Thank you to Arkells and Mayor Nenshi for joining MusiCounts in presenting the school with new instruments that will benefit generations of students.”
Currently on their nationwide Rally Cry tour, Arkells treated the auditorium to an acoustic performance of their #1 smash “Knocking At The Door”, followed by a Q&A with the excited students before unveiling the new instruments for their program.
“Thank you to the students from Calgary Arts Academy for that amazing performance of “People’s Champ” – it blew us away!” said Arkells frontman, Max Kerman. “We were thrilled to join MusiCounts to celebrate the importance of music education, and present the school with new instruments that will inspire students to continue to create.”
Each year, CBC Music in association with MusiCounts hosts the Canadian Music Class Challenge to engage music classes from across the country. Classes are challenged to perform a video cover version from a list of Canadian songs, with 2018 seeing over 1,000 entries.This year for the first time, classes had the chance to win the MusiCounts Passion Prize – a $5,000 MusiCounts Band Aid Program instrument grant for the class that showed the most passion for music.
Watch Calgary Arts Academy original cover of “Peoples Champ” here, and watch the surprise unfold below. Follow @MusiCounts and @ArkellsMusic on Twitter and Instagram for more videos!
Thank you to multi-JUNO Award winners Arkells & Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi for supporting music education and helping us surprise @Calgary Arts Academy with their CBC Music Canadian Music Class Challenge MusiCounts Passion Prize of $5K in MusiCounts instruments! Watch an amazing collaborative performance with students & Arkells!
Posted by MusiCounts on Wednesday, February 6, 2019