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Canadian Music Class Challenge: 2017 top ten finalists revealed!
By
Grant Lawrence

Published

December 8, 2017

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Sign up now for the Canadian Music Class Challenge!

The Canadian Music Class Challenge is CBC Music's salute to music education in this country. In assocation with MusiCounts, every year we invite music instructors to teach their students a Canadian song from our pre-approved list. This year, thousands of students from nearly 500 music classes signed up from every province and territory to learn and perform their best version of a Canadian song on every instrument imaginable.

The most popular song choices for 2017 were "Lost Boy" by Ruth B, "Treat You Better" by Shawn Mendes, "Both Sides Now" by Joni Mitchell, and the CBC Olympic Games Theme. Two classes even combined for a cross-country collaboration!

You can imagine how challenging it was to choose the Top Ten Finalists in each category. You can check them out below. Our celebrity judges now have the very difficult task of choosing the winning class in each category. The winners will be announced on Friday Dec. 15. Each winning class will receive a state-of-the-art classroom recording kit, and those finalists that performed the CBC Olympic Games Theme have a chance to have their video played during the 2018 Winter Olympics broadcast on CBC Television.

Until then, enjoy our 2017 Top Tens, congratulations to all the classes that made it, and thank you to all the teachers, musicians, and schools that have taken part in the 2017 Canadian Music Class Challenge!

Here we go...

Category 1: Elementary Instrumental

Campus View Elementary, Victoria, British Columbia (CBC Olympic Games Theme). Watch their video.

Fred Varley Public School, Markham, Ontario ("End of an Era"). Watch their video.

McKee Public School, North York, Ontario (CBC Olympic Games Theme). Watch their video.

Sir Samuel B Steele Junior Public School, Scarborough, Ontario ("End of An Era"). Watch their video.

Sir Samuel B Steele Junior Public School, Scarborough, Ontario ("Running"). Watch their video.

St. Dominic School, Calgary, Alberta ("Both Sides Now"). Watch their video.

Sunalta School, Calgary, Alberta (CBC Olympic Games Theme). Watch their video.

Vic West Elementary School, Victoria, British Columbia ("Northern Lights"). Watch their video.

Victory School Grade, Winnipeg, Manitoba ("Lost Boy"). Watch their video.

Williamsburg Public School, Kitchener, Ontario ("Treat You Better"). Watch their video.


Category 2: Elementary Vocal

Algonquin Public School, Woodstock, Ontario ("Both Sides Now"). Watch their video.

Barrhaven Music Academy, Ottawa, Ontario ("Lost Boy"). Watch their video.

Beechwood Elementary, Pierrefonds, Quebec. (“Lost Boy & Treat You Better” mash-up). Watch their video.

Honore Mercier, Saint-Léonard, Quebec and Campus View Elementary School, Victoria, British Columbia ("Treat You Better" cross-country collaboration). Watch their video.

Jackman Avenue Junior Public School, Toronto, Ontario ("Lost Boy"). Watch their video.

Nakoda Elementary School, Calgary Alberta ("Treat You Better"). Watch their video.

Nelson Rural School, Miramichi, New Brunswick ("Both Sides Now"). Watch their video.

Newcastle Public School, Newcastle, Ontario ("Lost Boy"). Watch their video.

Northlea Elementary, Toronto, Ontario ("Lost Boy"). Watch their video.

South Nelson Elementary, Nelson, British Columbia ("Northern Lights"). Watch their video.


Category 3: Junior High Instrumental

Colborne Public School, Colbourne, Ontario ("Treat You Better"). Watch their video.

Coldbrook District, Coldbrook, Nova Scotia ("Treat You Better"). Watch their video.

Conservatoire de Musique de Quebec, Quebec City, Quebec ("Both Sides Now"). Watch their video.

Country Garden Montessori School, Newmarket, Ontario ("Treat You Better"). Watch their video.

École Arbutus Global Middle School, Saanich, British Columbia (CBC Olympic Games Theme). Watch their video.

Hartman Public School, Aurora, Ontario ("Treat You Better”). Watch their video.

Jamieson Elementary, Vancouver, British Columbia (CBC Olympic Games Theme). Watch their video.

Rawlinson Community School, York, Ontario ("End of an Era"). Watch their video.

Rawlinson Community School, York, Ontario ("Treat You Better"). Watch their video.

Queen Charlotte Intermediate, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island ("Constant Craving"). Watch their video.


Category 4 - Junior High Vocal

Bayview Hill Elementary School, Richmond Hill, Ontario ("Both Sides Now"). Watch their video.

Bowmore Road Public School, Toronto, Ontario ("End of an Era"). Watch their video.

Chemainus Elementary, Chemainus, British Columbia ("I Don't Want To Break Your Heart"). Watch their video.

Collège Saint-Maurice, Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec ("Treat You Better"). Watch their video.

Glen Brae Middle School, Hamilton, Ontario (“I Don’t Want To Break Your Heart"). Watch their video.

Mildenhall Montessori School, Etobicoke, Ontario ("End of an Era"). Watch their video.

Monsignor Fee Otterson School, Edmonton, Alberta ("Treat You Better"). Watch their video.

Sir William Osler, Hamilton, Ontario (“Treat You Better”). Watch their video.

St. Brigid Catholic Elementary School, Whitchurch-Stouffville, Ontario ("Lost Boy"). Watch their video.

West End Cultural Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba ("End of an Era"). Watch their video.



Category 5 - High School Instrumental

Cardinal Carter Academy for the Arts, Toronto, Ontario ("Lost Boy"). Watch their video.

Collingwood School, West Vancouver, British Columbia ("Treat You Better"). Watch their video.

Fiddlelium / Cross Canada Fiddle, Nanaimo, British Columbia (CBC Olympic Games Theme). Watch their video.

Father Henry Carr Catholic Secondary School, Etobicoke, Ontario ("Treat You Better"). Watch their video.

Michael Power / St. Joseph High School, Toronto, Ontario. ("Lost Boy"). Watch their video.

River East Collegiate, Winnipeg, Manitoba ("Both Sides Now"). Watch their video.

St. Bonaventure’s College, St. John's, Newfoundland (CBC Olympic Games Theme). Watch their video.

St. Francis Junior High School and Catholic Central High School, Lethbridge, Alberta ("Constant Craving"). Watch their video.

St. Mary's High School, Prince Albert, Saskatchewan (CBC Olympic Games Theme). Watch their video.

Stephen Lewis Secondary School, Mississauga, ON (eight song mash-up). Watch their video.


Category 6 - High School Vocal

Burnaby South Secondary, Burnaby, British Columbia ("Both Sides Now"). Watch their video.

Cochrane High School, Cochrane, Alberta ("Both Sides Now"). Watch their video.

Columbia International College, Hamilton, Ontario ("Both Sides Now"). Watch their video.

École Secondaire Gabriel Dumont, London, Ontario ("I Don't Want to Break Your Heart"). Watch their video.

Holy Heart High School, St. John's, Newfoundland ("Both Sides Now"). Watch their video.

London Central Secondary School, London, Ontario ("Lost Boy"). Watch their video.

Mayfield Secondary School, Caledon, Ontario ("Treat You Better"). Watch their video.

Silverthorn Collegiate Institute, Toronto Ontario ("Lost Boy"). Watch their video.

Saint Francis Catholic High School, St. Catharines, Ontario, ("Constant Craving"). Watch their video.

Sir William Mulock Secondary School, Newmarket, Ontario ("It Snowed"). Watch their video.


Questions? Please email us: musicclass@cbc.ca.

More to explore:

Watch all the entries to the 2017 Canadian Music Class Challenge

Meet the judges of the 2017 Canadian Music Class Challenge

Frequently Asked Questions (prizes, rules, categories, and more)

Watch Ruth B return to her high school to perform "Lost Boy"

What is the Canadian Music Class Challenge?

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