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Student Handbell Choir Wins CBC Music Honour

The Sound Wave Handbell Choir has taken top spot in their category in CBC’s Canadian Music Challenge. This is a very prestigious honour, as 50,000 students from close to 1,200 music classes from every province and territory participated this year.

Sound Wave Handbell Choir is in it’s 20th season and is made up of students in Grades 7-12 from seven Burnaby Schools.

CBC: Here are the Winners 

Music classes signed up to learn and perform their rendition of a Canadian song. Each year, CBC Music, in association with MusiCounts — the charity of the Juno Awards — launches the contest to engage music classes across the country with Canadian music. Three Burnaby Schools competed including Stride Avenue Community School, and Second Street Community School who made the top 10s for two songs.

The Sound Wave Handbell Choir chose to perform “Human” by Twin Flames, Indigenous recording artists from Ottawa. Watch their submission.

Second Street Community School’s rendition of “Camilo” caught the attention of its original artists. The Grade 6 and 7 students were surprised when Vancouver band Said the Whale gave its enthusiastic approval on Twitter. Watch their submissionSecond Street was also in the Top 10s for “Hang Ups” by Scott Helman. Watch their submission.

We’re also proud of the Grade 4 and 5 music students at Stride Avenue Community School, who chose to perform “Walking with a Ghost” by Calgary recording artists Tegan and Sara blended with a traditional song called “I’se the B’y” re-recorded by Great Big Sea from the east coast.

Watch a compilation of the Burnaby Schools submissions below.

Read the Burnaby Now story.


Posted December 2019