Students at the school won the 2018 MusiCounts Passion Prize for their rendition of "People's Champ," but when they were asked to perform it again at an assembly, they had no idea that Max Kerman and co. would be joining them.
The band snuck into the gym and joined in on the song, then performed "Knocking at the Door" for the kids.
Pretty amazing day in Calgary. Snuck in to the @CalgaryArtsAcad as they performed their 200 person rendition of People's⚡️Champ. Together with mayor @nenshi, our friends at @musicounts surprised the school with $5,000 worth of musical equipment. Arkellz is for the children. pic.twitter.com/0uQgxhLk2A— ARKELLS (@arkellsmusic) February 7, 2019
Thank you to @arkellsmusic & @nenshi for joining us to surprise @CalgaryArtsAcad with their @MusiCounts Passion Prize - $5K of MusiCounts instruments & an amazing collaborative performance! Watch the magic 🎤🎸#MusiCounts #Arkells #MusicEducation #RallyCry pic.twitter.com/TRzyLHP4sO— MusiCounts (@MusiCounts) February 7, 2019
Each year, MusiCounts and CBC Music host the Canadian Music Class Challenge, awarding the winner a $5,000 grant for instruments.
Revisit the Calgary Arts Academy's original winning performance here, and check out footage of yesterday's surprise performance below via iHeartRadio.
The band perform at the Calgary Saddledome on Saturday (February 9). See their remaining tour dates here.