Christmas is just around the corner and along with the sights and sounds of the season, artist’s new and old start to create and release their own renditions of holiday classics and original material. Here is a look at this year’s newly released music that is sure to get you into the Christmas spirit. Add these songs to your tree trimming playlists, get your holiday parties going, or simply enjoy with friends and your favorite festive drink.
Twin Kennedy have released “I’m a Child Again” as a new single from their 2017 album A Twin Kennedy Christmas. The Nashville-based Canadian country duo are gifting fans the new single for this holiday season with an accompanying music video which was filmed and recorded live in Vancouver, BC. The 2017 album A Twin Kennedy Christmas is a delightful blend of original songs and holiday classics.
Kadooh has delighted his fans with the release of his version of the timeless classic “Little Drummer Boy” for this Christmas. Kadooh released his debut EP last summer and has been busy performing and sharing his music with fans across the country. Kadooh took some time to create a special version of the beloved song just in time for the holidays.
Francine Honey has her sights set on the holiday season with her newest album release, Take Me To The North Pole which is available now. Featuring eight songs of both original tunes and Honey’s unique spin on classics, Take Me To The North Pole showcases the Ontario artist’s long-held soft spot for the Christmas season. “As a kid and a parent, watching the Christmas classics always allowed me to find a pleasant escape into the world of Santa and the North Pole. It is a welcome relief from all of the hub-bub of the holidays… I love being taken to the North Pole into that land” explains Honey.
Tamia released her soulful rendition of the holiday classic, “Someday At Christmas” for the 2019 holiday season. Originally recorded and made a holiday household favourite by Stevie Wonder, the song’s lyrics and meaning still echoes the wishes of all of us during a time when we long to have peace and celebrate with our loved ones. Tamia’s version of “Someday At Christmas” is available on all digital platforms now.
Jane’s Party just released their new song “I Want It Bad” featuring Jay McCarrol. “I Want It Bad” is an original holiday song inspired by the Nintendo 64 meme kid, and that glorious feeling of another Christmas conquered. “I Want It Bad” was written to capture the nostalgia of running to open gifts as a kid on Christmas morning.
Lost In Static has released their holiday metal cover of the widely known Mariah Carey Christmas hit, “All I Want For Christmas Is You”. Guitarist Lance MacBain explains “I love Christmas and I love Christmas music. Ever since August Burns Red started putting out Christmas music I have been wanting to make some in my own way. So with the band starting to take off this year, it was time to finally record one. “All I Want For Christmas Is You,” was picked because it’s one of the best known Christmas songs and I had lots of ideas for it, so that’s what we went with! We hope everyone enjoys it as much as we do!”
JP Maurice just recently released his holiday LP, A Blue Light Christmas. Featuring songs such as “Wonderful Christmastime,” “Little Saint Nick,” and “Oh Holy Night” the album sounds so authentic you can almost smell the Egg Nog, Mistletoe and chestnuts being roasted on an open fire. The album is also host to collaborations and guest performances by Said the Whale, The Dudes, Bend Sinister, Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer, Small Town Artillery, Jamie Smail, Shawn Hall, and Aza Nabuko just to name a few.
Còig is one of Atlantic Canada’s most exciting Celtic traditional groups made up of four accomplished multi-instrumentalists, Chrissy Crowley, Rachel Davis, Darren McMullen and Jason Roach. The highly acclaimed group has released their holiday album Carols Too. The album contains special arrangements of classics such as “Silent Night,” “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” “The Christmas Song,” and “Have A Bari Merry Christmas.”
Paragon Cause release “Let Me Be,” as their newest single and anti-holiday tune. The Ottawa band mix their characteristic indie/electronic sound with a touch of 60’s Soul, adding just a hint of Gospel as a refreshing tonic to the stress of the holidays, making it their official anti-holiday song. The song is described as an emotional plea, both musically and lyrically, to reminisce about a time when people appreciated the simpler things in life. It represents an admission that the current trend toward commercialism in the world is too much, and sometimes, we all need a break. “We wanted to write a song that allowed you to stop for a moment, relax, and just forget about the stress of any holiday and be left alone while the world spins around you” tells the bands vocalist Michelle Opthof.
Johnny Reid released his new Christmas EP, My Kind Of Christmas earlier this season. Reid showcases his songwriting skills with this new Christmas EP. My Kind Of Christmas is a perfect mix of originally penned “soon to be holiday favorites” including the title track “My Kind Of Christmas” and a special Reid take on some hidden holiday gems including “Merry Christmas Everyone.” Reid has been busy and traveling around Canada on his successful My Kind Of Christmas Tour that has covered 23 dates.
The Dirty Nil have dropped their very own Christmas song just in time for the holidays. The Hamilton-based rockers have released their new song “Christmas At My House,” which is now available to hear on all streaming services. “Let’s be honest folks; unless DMX is singing it, we don’t need to hear “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” again. Let’s do away with some of these old and tired tunes and instead, celebrate Yuletide with a proper stomper. We proudly present: “Christmas At My House.” Crank it up and let the eggnog flow, hail baby Jesus as well as the manufacturers of mid-to-low quality libations. Happy holidays, friends.” guitarist Luke Bentham explains.
Ambre McLean just released her brand new Christmas single, “A Gift For You.” The Ontario based singer-songwriter and performer wanted to share something special with her fans this holiday season and has released the new song just in time for fans to enjoy this Christmas.
Glass Tiger teamed up with Quebec vocal powerhouse Brigitte Boisjoli for their dual language version of the John Lennon classic, “Happy Xmas (War Is Over).” The new version features English and French performances of the song and has been released as a holiday single. “Joyeux Noël / Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” is a special treat and celebrates Canada’s two official languages beautifully.
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.