Christmas is no doubt one of the most exciting holidays of the year. Amid the hustle and bustle of the season, one of the most treasured traditions that Christmas can bring is the exclusive music that is created just for this special time of year. From traditional carols and standards to original material cultivated by our own artist’s right here in Canada, there is no shortage of music to accompany all of your Christmas moments.
This year at Canadian Beats we wanted to present you with a special Countdown to Christmas with some of the best Christmas songs by some of our favourite Canadian artists just for you. Each part will focus on bringing something musically special to your Christmas. From original Christmas songs to some of the best holiday albums, we will deliver the best in Canadian music to you right up until Christmas.
Here is Part Three of Canadian Beats: Countdown to Christmas that we hope will bring you musical comfort and joy.
“Cold Weather” is the latest song off of Twin Kennedy’s brand new Christmas EP, A Twin Kennedy Christmas. The duo released the EP this past November and it has been earning them praise for their beautiful harmonies and unique arrangements. “Cold Weather” was a fresh new original that Twin Kennedy added to their Christmas EP. The duo has also recently released the official video for “Cold Weather” which is a cute showcase of the song. The duo explains “It’s like a classic Christmas movie in a song.” Check out “Cold Weather” and their EP this season and experience A Twin Kennedy Christmas for yourself.
“Lit Up Tonight” is a fun holiday single that country star, Aaron Pritchett gifted us with last December. The fun-in-the-sun track is everything we have come to know and love about Pritchett. It is upbeat, entertaining, and a nice twist on holiday spirits. My favorite line is “If dancing with my dog to Boney. M is wrong, I don’t want to be right.” Pritchett captures some of the more lighthearted holiday magic in “Lit Up Tonight.” The song is a great add to your Christmas party playlist and something to brighten your season in the midst of some of the more somber Christmas songs.
“Christmas Convoy” is Paul Brandt’s fun holiday inspired version of the C. W. McCall hit, “Convoy” that Brandt covered back in 2004. Brandt had major success with his version of “Convoy.” “Christmas Convoy” was released in 2008 on Brandt’s second holiday album, A Gift. In Brandt’s holiday version, the convoy sets out to help Santa deliver all of his toys after a bad storm. Adding to his fun side, the track shows that Brandt enjoys the holiday season and likes to embrace both the true spirit of Christmas as well as the magic that is still believing in Santa Claus.
“Last Train Home This Christmas” is a brand new Christmas song from Toronto-based rockers, Jane’s Party. The song was recently revealed on December 4th, and now the official lyric video has been launched for fans to enjoy the new holiday song. Jane’s Party have announced a special New Year’s Eve gig and a string of tour dates in early 2018. The new track shows off the bands unique style and creativity. Traveling home for Christmas is something that many of us can relate to in a close manner, and Jane’s Party captures some of the emotion of heading home during the holiday season in their new single.
“Christmas Calling” is a beautiful and original Christmas song by the talented Jonas Tomalty. Tomalty released the single in November 2015, and the song has been making round with his fans on social media and music streaming platforms. “Christmas Calling” shows off Tomalty’s rocker style voice, with the song’s lyrics. Tomalty also hit the studio with fellow Quebec artist, Marie-Mai to record the equally beautiful French language version of the song. You can’t help but be inspired by the Christmas season when you give this track a listen.
“Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” is a Christmas anthem that rings out loud each year. Released in December 1971 by John Lennon and Yoko Ono, the song has been covered by multiple artists over the years, keeping the song alive and well. Celine Dion added her version to the mix when she released her album, These Are Special Times in 1998. Dion keeps the song true to its original form and showcases the strong lyrics with her equally powerful vocals. With so many amazing renditions of this song, Dion’s is right on the top of the list alongside the original. Dion loves to express powerful messages with her powerful voice.
“River” was written and released by the mega talented Joni Mitchell in 1971. Sarah McLachlan offered her stunning version of the classic song on her 2006 Christmas album, Wintersong. The album is a collection of some of McLachlan’s favorite holiday season songs of all time. While recording the album and showing why she is one of the most dynamic and talented female artists in the industry, you can hear throughout Wintersong just how passionate she is about her music. The emotion she embeds in each note of “River” is what brings her version in the same category as Mitchell’s original. McLachlan creates something equally haunting and joyous with “River.”
“Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” is just one of those holiday songs that you can’t help but let warm your heart. The song has been passed through artists and each year new versions of the song emerge and add to the massive library of renditions. The Tenors recently released their holiday album, Christmas Together. Released just in time for the rush of the season, Christmas Together features The Tenors take on some well-known classics, including their rendition of “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas.” The Tenors bring the song back to life with their wide vocal range and harmonies. Keeping a traditional sound and style, The Tenors add a little magic to this holiday favorite.
Music has touched my soul since day one. Whether it is performing or sitting down with some of the biggest names in music, I can always be found sharing my profoundly tender affection of music with anyone who will listen. Being a music journalist has allowed me to expand my knowledge of music and interact with some of my biggest childhood heroes. From days of radio broadcasting to sitting back, kicking off my cowboy boots and sharing my adventures with likeminded music fans online has been nothing short of amazing. Canada is full of true musical talent and I look forward to continuing to share my adventures in music with you.