The festive holiday season is among us. With Christmas just around the corner, so are the delightful sounds and music that accompany this time of year. Each Christmas artists new and old start to carve out their own section in the massive Christmas music library with their renditions of classics and original material. Here is a look at some newly released music that is sure to get you into the Christmas spirit. Add these songs to your tree trimming playlists, or simply enjoy with a cup of eggnog.
The Dungarees are an award-winning Canadian country group. Their holiday single “Christmas Tradition” was recently released along with a heart-warming music video. The group mixes humour and charm on “Christmas Tradition.” The song follows lead vocalists James Murdoch and Robb Angus “as they navigate their day while encountering household items (including the dog) mysteriously hand wrapped by holiday elves. From James’ coffee pot and boots, to Robb’s razor and breakfast, the wrapping elves see no bounds.” The music video features the two as they are wrapped by the elves during an acoustic performance.
2018 was a great year for The Dungarees. Earlier this year, the band released the single “Don’t Hold Back” and were signed by Australian music label Social Family Records. Check out the music video for “Christmas Tradition” and enjoy the new song for yourself.
Cassie and Maggie are Nova Scotian sisters who are putting their own 21st Century stamp on Celtic music. The duo just released the single “The Angel Gabriel.” The duo’s version of this classic folk carol is beautiful, haunting, and the vocals are on point. Cassie and Maggie make this song their own with their unique Celtic twist.
Cassie and Maggie were recently 2018 Juno award nominees and Galaxie Radio Rising Star award winners. The list of accomplishments grow as this young duo continues to impress and gain success in Canadian music. 2019 will start off with the duo joining Canadian music legend Alan Doyle for select tour dates in March.
Francine Honey just released a holiday track called “Snowflakes On My Eyelashes” and features guest vocals from Beth Neilsen Chapman. “Kisses from you, falling from heaven, as Snowflakes on my eyelashes.” With its tender lyrics, Honey explains where the song came from; “This sentiment gives hope to people who struggle with grief over the holidays having a blue Christmas. I still miss my grandmother. I’ll never forget her. I remember visiting her grave one day in January when I was about 14. Snow started falling and somehow two huge snowflakes found their way behind my giant glasses and onto my eyelashes. Since then, I have always believed that snowflakes on my eyelashes are kisses from heaven.”
“Snowflakes On My Eyelashes” is off of Honey’s latest album To Be Continued…The new album features songs that tell “tales of heartache and hope delivered with a mix of Americana, country, rock, Canadiana and blues.” You can check out “Snowflakes On My Eyelashes” here.
Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine released a new original Christmas song “It’s Me And You (This Christmas).” The duo even recently debuted the track live during their performance at the 2018 iHeartRadio Jingle Ball North, where they shared the stage with superstar acts The Chainsmokers, Khalid, Alessia Cara and more at Toronto’s Scotiabank Arena.
“It’s Me And You (This Christmas)” is a fun new song and expresses exactly why these two make music magic. Following the holiday season, the twosome will join Marianas Trench on their 2019 Suspending Gravity tour. Check out “It’s Me And You (This Christmas)” here.
Ashley Woodruff just released her holiday EP, A Gift for You. The EP features Woodruff’s versions of some Christmas classics including; “O Holy Night,” “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!,” and “Silent Night.” You can find the EP and have a listen for yourself right here. The EP is a fun addition to Woodruff’s previous release. Woodruff is a recording artist from Sudbury, Ontario who released her self-titled debut album in 2017.
Nikki Yanofsky just released the single, “Mistletoe” which is a brand new song for the holidays. The track is super polished and showcases the jazz-pop singer from Montreal, Quebec with a little Christmas cheer. The song talks about the romance of the holidays, and the classic memories that can be made around the Mistletoe. Yanofsky sparkles on the new tune.
Yanofsky has had a stellar career since performing the theme song “I Believe” for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. Her latest single “Big Mouth” was recently released this past September as well.
Laila Biali has released her Christmas single “A Child Is Born” which has been recorded for almost 8 years but has not been released until now. Now released globally, Biali gave her Canadian fans a first listen earlier this Christmas season. Biali’s arrangement is beautiful and her voice both so powerful and delicate shines throughout the track.
Biali shares why she took the time to release the song; “I arranged and recorded Thad Jones’ “A Child Is Born” in December of 2010, which was my first Christmas with a new baby, our son Joshua. The song was never released officially – and now, 8 years later, it’s time. As the holidays become ever more commercial, it offers a message that reminds us to focus on the gifts in our lives that matter most: love, hope, and family.”
Voix de Noël is a new Christmas album lead under the direction of Montreal media mogul Mathieu Caron. The 13 tracks on the album include 9 classics and 4 original songs. What makes this album special is it showcases 14 female performers who all lend their voices and songwriting skills to this project. Proceeds of this Christmas album will benefit the Société Québécoise de la Schizophrénie. You can get yourself a digital or physical copy here and support the cause.
Some of the performers on Voix de Noël include: Geneviève Racette, Julie Lefebvre, Carissa Vales, Charlène Blanchette, and May Wells. Newly recorded versions of the classics such as “Miss You Most (At Christmas Time),” “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree / Jingle Bell Rock,” and “Last Christmas” are included on this album. You can also check out Voix de Noël on iTunes or Spotify.
I’m Jenna, and I am the founder and editor of Canadian Beats. I have had a strong love for Canadian music, which started many years ago. I have a passion for promoting these talented Canadian bands and artists, and that’s how Canadian Beats came to be. I am so proud of what it has become over the last few years, with many talented music lovers and writers coming together to spread the word of Canada’s music.