Chaffey is Hip

Parkcrest and Chaffey-Burke Schools are celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday by completing an exciting project. This project involves recognizing the contributions of a group of iconic Canadian musicians, Gord Downie and the Tragically Hip.  Their songs are all about Canadian identity and culture.


Gord Downie is a Canadian hero.  On Monday, June 19th, he was appointed to the Order of Canada for his work on Indigenous issues.  Gord was recently diagnosed with brain cancer.  Parkcrest and Chaffey-Burke sold t-shirts to raise money for cancer research on Gord’s behalf. Altogether both schools have raised over $700.

Parkcrest and Chaffey-Burke Elementary also learned one of the HIP’s songs “Ahead by a Century”, which was videoed by the Burnaby Learning Technology team and has been submitted as our contribution to the “Canada 150th” event.  The song was also performed by the grade two and three students at Primary Days of Music. When Mr. Downie first heard about this project he was so impressed and happy he actually phoned Ms. Chow, one of the people who came to film us, in person to ask about how he could get a copy of the link to add to the Tragically Hip’s Facebook page.

This is the direct link to Chaffey is Hip:

This is the link to the Canada 150 website:

Thank you to all students and staff who made this project such a success!

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