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Sing Me A Song

The Honourable Judith Guichon, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, is pleased to announce the 2016 winners of her community music program, “Sing Me a Song”. Schools, community choirs and amateur musical groups were invited to write and sing an original song in the lead up to Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations in 2017.

The 2016 "Sing Me a Song" winners are:

  • Under 11 category:
    "Mon Canada/ My Canada" by École Cobble Hill in Cobble Hill.
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  • Under 18 category:
    "Happy Birthday Canada" by St. Patrick’s Elementary School in Vancouver.
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  • Open category:
    "Celebrate Canada" by the Gabriola Island Singers.
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    This is the second year in a row the Gabriola Island Singers have won.

  • Enthusiasm and Spirit Award:
    "A Little Thanks" by Ranch Park Elementary School.
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The awards are generously sponsored by Wayne Strandlund and Elena Markos of Victoria, and the Government House Foundation. Entries were scored on musicality, spirit and originality by a panel of musicians which included Lieutenant (N) Matthew Clark, Commanding Officer of the Naden Band of the Royal Canadian Navy; Maureen Archambault, musical director of Youth Choir 61, the Honour Choir of the Greater Victoria School District; and Heather Pawsey, opera singer and artistic director of Astrolabe Musik Theatre. All submissions had to have a minimum of eight voices, be original content and inspired by the Canada 150 theme.

"Sing Me a Song" begins again this coming autumn with songs due in early spring 2017.