Yom Ha’atzmaut Song Festival

Song Festival 2020: Even When the Show Can’t Go On… the Show Must Go On!!

Since 1974, our annual Song Festival has been a highlight of the school year and a hallmark of our Yom Ha’atzmaut festivities. While distancing keeps us apart this year, the joy of music continues to bring us together, as we celebrate Israel’s 72nd birthday.

In the absence of a live show this year, we are thrilled to share an incredible musical journey through the decades, courtesy of generous alumni and students who have gifted us with their songs.

Please enjoy… Song Festival Greatest Hits!

A heartfelt thank you to HaMoreh Noah Chochinov for his hard work putting this amazing video together.

Are you a past Song Festival participant?

Share a recording of your song for Greatest Hits, Volume II: songfestival@grayacademy.ca.


A History of Celebration through Song

In 1974, Mr. Itzhak Zohar, an Israeli teacher at our founding high school, Joseph Wolinsky Collegiate, brought an inspired idea to our community – a student Song Festival, built on the model of a similar annual event in Israel, would be the perfect way for students to celebrate Yom Ha’atzmaut.

Since then, Gray Academy – and Joseph Wolinsky Collegiate before it – has hosted this annual competition that invites students in Grades 5 through 12 to write and perform their own original songs before a live audience.

Through the decades, the Yom Ha’atzmaut Song Festival has been a highlight of the school year, showcasing the incredible talents of our students and delighting audiences with songs that inspire and entertain.