Ottawa’s Hillcrest High School Stompas their way to best music class in Canada

December 07, 2015

HillcrestThe award for Canada’s greatest music class goes to Ottawa’s Hillcrest High School. These kids seriously rock!

Attitudes toward high school band class often go one of two ways. You’re either a keen music nerd who opted for it, because you love music and can’t wait to learn all the right scales and techniques to make you a master player, or you thought it was the easiest alternative to whatever else and can’t wait to stop playing scales and learning techniques.

Hillcrest High School students performing Serena Ryder’s “Stompa.”

From the looks of the video above, the kids of Ottawa’s Hillcrest High School are of the keener attitude (which is the cool one, for the record). Along with MusicCounts, CBC Music held an inaugural search for Canada’s greatest music class, with teachers able to submit videos of their kids showing off their best tunes, and Hillcrest took home top honours with their cover of Serena Ryder’s “Stompa.” Employing all types of instruments—including unconventional ones, like tires!—and even some Inuit throat-singing, the cover is a pretty heart-warming example of the power music has to bring people together and make them happy.

CBC Music’s senior director, Mark Steinmetz, released a statement along with the announcement of the winning class, thanking all of the participants. “It really doesn’t matter what kind of music you perform, or where you live, or even your level of proficiency; the gift of music is to give kids the chance to be in harmony with each other through a common purpose,” Steinmetz said. Hear, hear. The kids at Hillcrest High certainly have that figured out.


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About the Author

Matt Williams

Matt Williams is a writer and photographer. Born and raised on the Prairies in Winnipeg, he’s slowly made his way farther and farther east, spending a few years covering music in Toronto before running clear out of country and ending up on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean. In between, he’s made numerous detours, interviewing and photographing countless artists across North America and beyond. He heads up Amplify’s Instrumental series, where he talks with musicians about the relationships they’ve formed with their most important tools.

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