The Canadian Music Class Challenge invites groups of young musicians from across the country to cover a Canadian song and upload it to their website, which is then voted on by their panel of judges.
The group Fiddelium chose the song “Top of my School” by singer-songwriter Katherine Lynn-Rose of Burlington, Ont.
One of the jury members was Juno Award-nominated songwriter and music producer Jasmine Denham, who said their outstanding performance and arrangement of the song showed the group’s exceptional level of skill.
âI keep watching this performance over and over againâ¦ I’m mesmerized! These young musicians perform at a professional level. It’s crazy to think they’re teenagers, âDenham said.
Their first prize included $ 1,000 in gift certificates for Long and Mcquade, as well as a gold record that Horrocks is proud to display.
She said the decision to give back to the community was easy after watching some of the more than 500 videos submitted to this contest.
âIt’s really obvious when you watch the videos that there are schools that are really well funded, they have a lot of instruments and a lot of resources, and then there are other classes that don’t have a school. resources. I think it’s important that if the purpose of the Music Class Challenge is to support music education, then we have to do it with the prize money.
Last year, Cross Canada Fiddle’s Fiddelium won the Junior Instrumental category of the CBC Canadian Music Class Challenge and donated a portion of the prize money to the Learning Alternatives program.
They also beat a number of high school classes across the country, impressive for the small group of kids ages 11-16.
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