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Here are the songs for the Canadian Music Class Challenge 2017
Kerry Martin


June 26, 2017


A logo of the Canadian Music Class Challenge, as if it was written on a chalk board.

CBC Music's Canadian Music Class Challenge is proud to announce the song list for its 2017 edition. If you're a teacher of an elementary, junior high, high school, after-school program or music club, or know somebody who is, be sure to share this list with them. Registration for the Canadian Music Class Challenge 2017 will begin in September 2017, and will be open until Nov. 24, 2017. If you'd like a reminder email sent to you closer to September, fill out this form.

Below is the list of this year’s pre-approved songs for use in the challenge, in case you want to get a head start on your entry. If you’re new to the Class Challenge, this is project-based learning at its best: it's your chance to teach Canadian music in the classroom with the support of CBC Music and MusiCounts.

  • "Lost Boy" by Ruth B.
  • "Running" by Jully Black
  • "Listen to the Sounds" by Bobs and LoLo
  • "Fool" by Basia Bulat
  • "CBC Olympic Theme" by Marc Cholette (arranger: Grayson Mathews)
  • "I Don’t Want To Break Your Heart" by Coeur de pirate
  • "Northern Lights" by The Jerry Cans
  • "Constant Craving" by K.d. lang
  • "Dans Ton Oreille" by Jérôme Minière
  • "Both Sides Now" by Joni Mitchell
  • "L’Amour" by Karim Ouellet
  • "Sing it Together" by Marc Jordan and Ian Thomas
  • "Treat You Better" by Shawn Mendes
  • "James Bay" by Midnight Shine
  • "Missing You" by J.F. Robitaille
  • "It Snowed" by Meaghan Smith
  • "End of an Era" by The Strumbellas
  • "T’was in the Moon of Winter Time" - Traditional song

'Lost Boy' by Ruth B.

This song exploded as an internet sensation, making Ruth B a star.

'Running' by Jully Black

In this song, Jully Black inspires the younger generation with messages of equality and leadership.

'Listen to the Sounds' by Bobs and Lolo

Created for the CanadaSound project, this song gets kids from junior kindergarten to Grade 3 engaged in making the sounds they hear in the world around them.


'Fool' by Basia Bulat

Bulat is leading Canada's new generation of songwriters. She has been nominated for both Polaris and Juno awards.

'CBC Olympic Theme' by Marc Cholette and Grayson Mathews

Get your kids ready for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang by learning this classic CBC Olympic Games theme. CBC will air the top Music Class submission during its Olympic Games broadcast coverage between Feb. 9 to 23, 2018.

'I Don't Want to Break Your Heart' by Coeur de pirate

This internationally known Quebec artist broke out into the English language with this song.

'Northern Lights' by The Jerry Cans

A joyous song that includes throat singing, the Inuktitut language and imagery of the far North.

'Constant Craving' by K.d. lang

This 1992 runaway hit brought k.d. lang to international attention. The rich harmonies make this perfect for a vocal class.

'Dans ton Oreille' by Jérôme Minière

This song, from a great francophone artist, takes the essentials of traditional Quebec music and brings it to the forefront with an infectious melody.

'Both Sides Now' by Joni MItchell

Feel how Joni Mitchell has influenced countless musicians through her insightful lyrics and unique voice.

'L’Amour' by Karim Ouellet

A bouncy R&B hit from the 2014 Juno winner of francophone album of the year.

'Sing it Together' by Marc Jordan and Ian Thomas

This song was created for Music Monday by the Coalition For Music Education in celebration of Canada’s sesquicentennial.

'Treat You Better' by Shawn Mendes

This song has more than one billion views on YouTube, and Mendes recently won the Juno Fan Choice Award in 2017.

'James Bay' by Midnight Shine

A song of pride for James Bay by this band from Attawapiskat.


'Missing You' by JF Robitaille

A perfect song for a full band.

'It Snowed' by Meaghan Smith

A great winter song perfect for your school’s holiday concert and the Music Class Challenge!

'End of an Era' by The Strumbellas

An infectious sing-along chorus with a simple but powerful chord progression.

'T’was in the Moon of Winter Time' - Traditional song

A great choral work that you can prepare for your regular curriculum and double as an entry to our contest.

Tom Jackson version:

Choral version:

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