The Canadian Music Class Challenge returns this fall with a new song list from CBC Music and MusiCounts

The 5th annual Canadian Music Class Challenge, from CBC Music in association with Canada’s music education charity, MusiCounts returns this fall. The nation-wide contest invites eligible music classes, music clubs and after-school programs to submit a video performance of a Canadian song (full 2019 list below) for a chance to win various prizes for the music classroom. Last year saw 15,000 music students from across every province and territory enter videos for the six categories. Explore the 2018 winning classroom submissions here.

Registration for this year’s contest opens on Tuesday, August 27th at 9 a.m. ET, with the winners revealed on December 17, 2019. More details regarding this year’s prizing will be announced later this summer. For full criteria and details on how to submit a video, please 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.

New to this years’ competition, music students will have a chance to cover the new theme song for Team Canada for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. The official song, “Shine” was announced earlier this morning as a partnership between the Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC) and CBC/Radio-Canada.

Approved 2019 Canadian Music Class Challenge songs are:  
“Calling to Say” by Serena Ryder
“Come Wid It” by Shopé
“Camilo (The Magician)” by Said The Whale
“Complicated” by Avril Lavigne
“Hand Me Downs” by Arkells
“Hang Ups” by Scott Helman
“Human” by Twin Flames (the official song of the International Year of Indigenous Languages)
“I’ll Be The Captain” by Splash ‘N Boots
“I’s The B’y” (traditional)
“In My Blood” by Shawn Mendes
“J’endtends le Moulin” (traditional)
“Je Decolle” by Marie-Mai
“Just Fine” by Desirée Dawson
“Nowhere With You” by Joel Plaskett
“Prémonition” by Coeur de Pirate
“Reflektor” by Arcade Fire
“River” by Joni Mitchell
“Scars To Your Beautiful” by Alessia Cara
“Shine a Light” by Bryan Adams
“Shine” by Eva Avila (the official song of the Canadian Paralympic team for Tokyo 2020)
“Snowbird” by Anne Murray
“Walking With A Ghost” by Tegan & Sara
“Wolves Don’t Live By the Rules” by Elisapie
“You Got To Run (Spirit of the Wind)” by Buffy Sainte-Marie with Tanya Tagaq
“Young As We Are Tonight” by Terri Clark

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.