Hamilton, Ont.-based rockers Arkells surprised students at Calgary Arts Academy for a special collaborative performance of their hit track, “People’s Champ”.
The band teamed up with MusiCounts to celebrate the 2018 MusiCounts Passion Prize recipients, whose winning entry was a performance of “People’s Champ”, one of the singles off the band’s latest release, Rally Cry. The winning entry from the elementary school students featured 130 singers, 60 instrumentalists, 85 dancers, three music instructors, two dance artists, and six homeroom teachers/videographers.
Along with Calgary mayor Naheed Nenshi, the band presented the school with a $5,000 MusiCounts Band Aid grant for instruments for the Calgary Arts Academy’s Youth Campus.
“Thank you to the students from Calgary Arts Academy for that amazing performance of “People’s Champ” – it blew us away!” Arkells frontman, Max Kerman, told students. “We were thrilled to join MusiCounts to celebrate the importance of music education, and present the school with new instruments that will inspire students to continue to create.”
Every year, MusiCounts hosts the Canadian Music Class Challenge, asking classrooms across the country to perform a cover version from a list of Canadian songs. More than 1,000 entries were received from classrooms nationwide in 2018.
Arkells, who are in the middle of their cross-Canada “Rally Cry” tour, also treated students to an acoustic singalong performance of their song “Knocking At The Door” following by a Q&A with students. The band also helped unveil new instruments for the school’s music program.
Watch the winning entry below: