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Watch CBC Kids' Gary the Unicorn help a choir learn 'Treat You Better' by Shawn Mendes
By
Grant Lawrence

Published

October 12, 2017

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Just like at school, good things can happen when you show up early. When CBC Music and MusiCounts opened up the registration for the 2017 Canadian Music Class Challenge back on Sept. 1, the very first school to sign up was Harwood Public School in Toronto. Its primary choir was registered by its music teacher, Anthony Aquan-Assee, and they chose to learn the Shawn Mendes' mega hit "Treat You Better."

As a reward for signing up so early and eagerly, we sent CBC Kids' fun-loving Gary the Unicorn to Harwood to help the kids learn "Treat You Better." Check out the ultra-sweet results.

Harwood music teacher Anthony Aquan-Assee (playing the guitar in the video, above) is a story unto himself. Besides being an inspiring music teacher for elementary school students, he is also an award-winning author, motivational speaker and survivor. He has repeatedly overcome a series of traumatic brain injuries that have earned him the nickname "The Miracle of St. Michael's", when he survived the ICU in that hospital against the odds. You can find out more about Aquan-Assee's story here.

And Gary the Unicorn didn't stop at Harwood, either. He visited Bishop Marrocco/Thomas Merton Catholic Secondary School in Toronto. First, Gary the Unicorn tried to decide which instrument suited him best so he could join their band.

Then, he put the band through some rigourous training excercises — for winning results.

Big thanks to both Harwood Public School and Bishop Marrocco/Thomas Merton Catholic Secondary School for welcoming Gary the Unicorn, CBC Kids and CBC Music! Check out Gary's Hug Club here.

And yes, there's still time to sign up your class for the 2017 Canadian Music Class Challenge. You can do so here.

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Meet the judges for the 2017 Canadian Music Class Challenge

What is the Canadian Music Class Challenge?

Canadian Music Class Challenge key dates

Canadian Music Class Challenge rules and regulations

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