Wood Buffalo music project wins East Coast Music Award

April 26, 2012 | By | Reply More

Wood Buffalo Youth Song Project takes home award for Best Children’s Recording of the Year

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Musicians and students in Fort McMurray win East Coast Music Awards

The Wood Buffalo Youth Song Project was a collaborative project by three professional Maritime musicians and the resulting CD has won a major East coast music award.

Musicians Keith Mullins, Thom Swift and Steven Bowers toured ten Wood Buffalo area schools in ten days and created an original song with the students in each of the schools.  In the end, the group came up with a collection of ten songs that explore themes of love, family, strength, community and heritage.

Not only did the students get to be part of the making of a CD, 5,000 copies were commissioned for sale in local schools and the money raised will go to school funding and charity.

On April 15, the Wood Buffalo Youth Song Project took home the East Coast Music Award for Best Children’s Recording of the Year.

“I would like to offer my congratulations to Keith, Thom, Steven and all our young people who worked on the Wood Buffalo Youth Song Project,” said Melissa Blake, mayor of the regional municipality of Wood Buffalo. “This project is a wonderful collaboration between East and West and I am thrilled to see our young people showcased and recognized.”

Anyone interested in purchasing the music can just go to iTunes.  Here is a list of the songs for sale that the musicians and students recorded:

  • Always in My Heart (Father Beauregard Elementary School, Fort McMurray)
  • Sekwi Na’da’tser – The Children Are Strong (Father R. Perrin School, Janvier)
  • Star Fly High (Good Shepherd Community School, Fort McMurray)
  • Speak Up, Speak Out (Father Patrick Mercredi Community High School, Fort McMurray)
  • The North is my Home (Father O.M.I. Turcotte School, Fort McMurray)
  • Show Me What You Got (Thickwood Heights School, Fort McMurray)
  • What Would Life Be Like (Ecole St. Paul Elementary School, Fort McMurray )
  • Sipahk-Tipiskaw Kisik–Under the Night Sky (Athabasca Delta Community School, Fort Chipewyan)
  • Can’t Tie Me Down (St. Martha Elementary School, Fort McMurray)
  • Blank White Page (Fort McKay School, Fort McKay)

Fans can view the video for Always in My Heart on YouTube by clicking here.


Category: Alberta, Fort McMurray

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