Registration for CBC Music’s 2018 Canadian Music Class Challenge is Now Open

Registration is now open for the 4th annual Canadian Music Class Challenge from CBC Music in association with Canadian music education charity, MusiCounts. The nation-wide contest invites eligible music classes, music clubs, and after-school programs to submit a video performance of a Canadian song (full 2018 list below) for a chance to win one of six $5,000 prizes of new musical instruments for the classroom. New to the 2018 edition, the Canadian Music Class Challenge will include a seventh MusiCounts prize of $5,000 worth of instruments for the class that shows the most passion during their performance.

A panel of celebrity judges and CBC Music journalists will evaluate submissions and release a list of the top 10 finalists in each category on Dec. 11. For full criteria or to sign up and submit a video, visit

The Canadian Music Class Challenge builds on CBC Music’s ongoing commitment to support and foster Canadian music 365 days a year, paired with MusiCounts’ mandate to encourage music in classrooms and communities across Canada. Last year saw hundreds of classes from every province and territory enter videos for the six categories. Explore last year’s winning submissions here.

Approved 2018 Canadian Music Class Challenge songs are:

“Stay” by Alessia Cara

“There’s Nothing Holdin’ me Back” by Shawn Mendes

“Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen

“Big Yellow Taxi” by Joni Mitchell

“What I Wouldn’t Do” by Serena Ryder

“Knocking at the Door” and “People’s Champ” by Arkells

“If I Had a Million Dollars” by Barenaked Ladies

“Giants” by Lights

“The Unforgotten” by Iskwé

“Must be Santa” by Raffi

“Rien a Faire” by Marie-Pierre Arthur

“Life is a Highway” by Tom Cochrane

“Sure” by aquakultre

“Takin’ Care of Business” by Bachman Turner Overdrive

“Carry it On” by Buffy Sainte-Marie

“C Okay” by LGS (Le Groupe Swing)

“Mon Pays” by Gilles Vigneault

“Mummers Dance” by Loreena McKennitt

“Charmed Life” by Diana Krall

“I Went to the Market” (traditional)

“Je Veux Tout” by Ariane Moffatt

“Weighty Ghost” by Wintersleep

Videos can be submitted starting on Oct. 2 and the winners will be announced by Raina Douris on Mornings on CBC Music and Tom Power on CBC Radio One’s q on Dec. 18.

Participating schools also have the opportunity to apply for new instruments and equipment through MusiCounts’ Band Aid Program. Through this program, MusiCounts provides musical instruments to support public (elementary, secondary and separate) school programs across Canada. Visit for more information.

Important Dates for the 2018 Canadian Music Class Challenge

Aug. 28: registration begins

Oct. 2: video submissions open

Nov. 27: video submissions close at 23:59 ET

Dec.11: top 10 in each category released

Dec.18: winners announced

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Michael Raine is the Editor-in-Chief at Canadian Musician and Canadian Music Trade magazines. He also hosts the Canadian Musician Podcast.
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