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UGDSB schools join the 2019 Canadian Music Class Challenge

December 2, 2019

GUELPH, Ontario – Students and staff in the Upper Grand District School Board have been hard at work preparing for the CBC 2019 Canadian Music Class Challenge.

Each year, CBC Music in association with MusiCounts presents Canadian students with a contest to engage music classes across the country. The goals of the contest are to showcase students learning Canadian music in the classroom, to draw attention to the exceptional work teachers are doing with students and to reinforce the importance of music education.

This contest challenges students to record a video of their version of a Canadian song. Songs can be chosen from a preapproved list. Students and staff have the option to present a note-for-note cover, or they can make the song completely their own. Prizes for the contest include musical instruments for the school and a plaque.

This year, seven Upper Grand DSB schools submitted a combined total of 10 videos.

John Black Public School submitted their version of Avril Lavigne’s “Complicated.” Students in the Junior and Intermediate music club used their ukuleles to share this fun rendition of the song.

John Black PS:

The John Galt Public School Trebletones submitted their version of Alessia Cara’s “Scars to your beautiful.” The John Galt Trebletones are a group of students in grades 7 and 8.

John Galt PS:

John F. Ross Collegiate Vocational Institute’s Life Skills Class submitted their version of Eva Avila’s “Shine.” The students in the class attend music class once a week and work together on dance, singing, drumming and playing instruments. 

John F. Ross CVI:

Mitchell Woods Public School submitted their version of Joel Plaskett’s “Nowhere With You.” The video features students from grades 1-4 playing bucket drums, boom whackers, recorders and ukuleles.

Mitchell Woods PS:


Paisley Road Public School submitted two songs. The Primary Choir sang their version of Eva Avila’s “Shine.” This song is the official song of the Canadian Paralympic team for Tokyo 2020. The school’s grade 4 to 6 students submitted their version of Plaskett’s “Nowhere With You.”

Paisley Road PS Primary Choir:


Paisley Road PS grades 4-6:


Rickson Ridge Public School decided to make this a school-wide project for their version of Desirée Dawson’s “Just Fine.” The video features students from JK to grade 8 lining the halls to sing the song.

Rickson Ridge PS:


Victory Public School submitted three videos to the contest. All of the videos were versions of Twin Flames’ “Human.” Each entry is from a grade 3/4 class at the school.

Victory PS Grade 3/4:


Victory PS grade 3/4 B:


Victory PS grade 3/4 C:


The winners of this year’s contest will be announced December 17.

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