They are finalists!

They are finalists!

There were some pretty excited students at Bastion Elementary School on Wednesday as they found out that one of their entries in the annual Canadian Music Class Challenge was chosen as a finalist!

On Tuesday evening the finalists were revealed and Bastion’s entry in the elementary vocal (grades four to six) was chosen as one of the 10 finalists. “Seed in the Ground” was performed by seven socially-distanced classes from grades 3-5 at Bastion Elementary. Students were both filmed and audio-recorded on a phone, then the audio and video tracks were mixed together. Some classes sang and played multiple parts, so in total there were 14 audio tracks to match up.

Music teacher Shannon MacLachlan once again took on the incredible challenge of putting together not one, but two entries into this year’s CBC Music Class Challenge. While she says that all Bastion students did an amazing job on their respective videos, she is incredibly proud that even one of their entries was selected as a top ten national finalist!

While winners will be announced next week, SD 83 Music Vice Principal, Michelle Reed, comments that it is already an incredible accomplishment to have made it this far in the competition with hundreds of entries from across the country. “We are so proud of all Bastion students for working so hard on both videos that they submitted, and thank Shannon MacLachlan for her dedication to music education at Bastion. Music has a powerful way of bringing a school community together and creating a culture to be proud of. Bastion has a lot to celebrate this week!”

Check out the finalists here
Bastion’s Seed in the Ground
Bastion’s Like A Flower to the Sun

Each September, CBC Music in association with MusiCounts — the charity of the Juno Awards — launches a contest to engage music classes across the country with Canadian music. It’s called The Canadian Music Class Challenge. A list of Canadian songs is published, then music teachers pick one and teach their classes a cover version. It can be a note-for-note cover, or they can make it something completely their own. Performances are posted here and three judges choose six winners. Each winner will receive new musical instruments valued at $3,000.