Canadian Music Playlist Challenge

Presented by MusiCounts Learn and CBC Music

Given the uncertainties surrounding the coming school year, the 2020 Canadian Music Playlist Challenge is designed to engage students while learning together at home and/or in the classroom. This new program will ensure schools across Canada—regardless of their current music program capacity—have the opportunity to participate in this national celebration of Canadian music.

The Resource

Teachers across Canada worked with MusiCounts to create a new learning resource that will make music education possible for any school in Canada this fall. Even if your school’s music program is temporarily on hold or your school doesn’t have a music program at all, this interdisciplinary resource will be equally at home in a music class or social studies class. 

In previous years, the CBC Music Class Challenge developed student competencies in preparing and performing as students learned about Canadian music. This new, alternate stream of the challenge will instead focus on competency development in music-related reasoning and communication. Through the creation of student-curated playlists, classes will explore Canadian music, Canadian musicians, and what it means to share musical tastes.

The Challenge

Classes across Canada are being challenged to create the ultimate playlist of Canadian music. This collection of 15 songs, all of which must be Canadian, will come together to represent an identified theme, the culture/identity of the students, or simply showcase the students’ favourite songs. 

You can submit your class’ Canadian music playlist, along with accompanying projects outlined in the learning resource, to a CBC Music Portal starting on November 9, 2020. 

You don’t have to submit to the challenge to use the resource; feel free to use this however you like. But, if you do submit:  

  • Your school will be entered for a chance to receive 1 of 10 MusiCounts instrument grants, each valued at $1,000. 
  • Your class’ playlist will be included in a CBC website that will include the playlists created by schools across the country. 

If you would like to submit to the challenge, please register here to stay in the loop on all updates and deadlines.

Download the full MusiCounts Learn Playlist Challenge Resource here

For French instructions, please click here.


  1. Register here to participate. This just takes a few minutes. It will be how we keep in touch with updates and next steps.
  2. Download the free MusiCounts Learn Learning Resource. This custom learning resource was developed by Mark Reid, the 2013 Musicounts Teacher Of The Year in conjunction with MusiCounts staff and a team of educators from across Canada. This will provide you with everything you need to engage your students in a conversation about Canadian music in your classroom, whether that be virtual or physical.
  3. Complete the Playlist assignment & accompanying class projects. The learning resource includes all the details needed for this.
  4. Submit your Playlist to CBC starting on Nov. 9 here.


  • Sept. 8: Playlist Challenges launches
  • Nov. 9: Submission period opens at 5:00 a.m. ET
  • Nov. 30: Submissions close at 11:59 p.m. ET
  • Dec. 16: 10 MusiCounts special grant recipients announced at 5:00 a.m. ET


Playlist Template Slideshow 

This will help you understand what elements are needed to submit to the Playlist Challenge

Playlist Challenge Introduction Slideshow 

Use this presentation to introduce this project to your students. Feel free to edit as you see fit. 

Thank you to Music Publishers Canada for their generous support on this initiative


Although you’re welcome to do this activity with many classes at your school, we ask that you please only submit one entry to the Playlist Challenge per school. If you are keen to submit more than one Playlist for your school, reach out to [email protected]
Absolutely! You can participate in both the Playlist Challenge and the traditional CBC Canadian Music Class Challenge.
Of course. You are under no obligation to submit to the Playlist Challenge; feel free to use the resources on this page however you wish. If you choose not to submit, however, you will not be entered for a chance to receive one of the ten $1,000 prizes.
The ten MusiCounts grant recipients will be selected randomly. By submitting to the Playlist Challenge, you are entering your school for a chance to receive 1 of 10 $1,000 MusiCounts instrument grants.