It wouldn’t be so wrong to say that 2020 has felt like one of the longest years ever. Thankfully the holiday season is upon us and that means that 2020 will be coming to an official end. While celebrating the rest of the year is questionable, it would be wrong to ignore some of the great music that was released this year. Canadian Beats has comprised a list of our favorite holiday-inspired releases of 2020 which are sure to put you in the spirit of the season and let you enjoy the remainder of a hectic and stressful year. Here is Part One of our 2020 holiday music favorites.
Ryland James, one of Canada’s newest rising stars very recently released his holiday EP A Little Christmas. Featuring the songs “Please Come Home For Christmas,” “A Little Christmas,” “Do You Hear What I Hear?,” “All I Want For Christmas Is You,” and “Last Christmas” this EP from James is sure to get you in the spirit and have you rocking out while you trim your tree. Check out the EP here.
Jason Blaine released his self-penned holiday single “Family for Christmas.” The new song emotes all of the feelings, longing to be with your family during the Christmas season. “Family for Christmas” brings the nostalgia and emotion of an “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” style, while still being classic Blaine and painting a perfect picture through lyrics and melody. A perfect addition to your Christmas playlist this holiday season! Listen to “Family for Christmas” on Spotify or Apple Music.
Sons of Daughters dropped their first holiday release, “Moonshine and Mistletoe.” The fun, light-hearted, and up-tempo track was co-written by the 2020 CCMA Award Rising Star nominated duo; Jimmy Thow and Chrystal Leigh alongside William Tracy Byarlay. Check out “Moonshine and Mistletoe” right here.
Andrew Hyatt has released his brand new Christmas song, “Put A Bow On It.” The new holiday track follows up on the heels of the Sudbury natives latest single “Neverland” which was released back in September. Written by Abi Ann, Victoria Banks, and Lindsay Rimes the new song is sure to make a great addition to your holiday playlists. Check out “Put A Bow On It” here.
Johnny Reid graced us with the release of My Kind Of Christmas (Deluxe Edition). The digital release gifts us with three brand new songs and exclusive commentary from Reid. My Kind Of Christmas (Deluxe Edition) includes the tracks; “A Time For Having Fun,” “Let It Snow,” “Sounds Like Christmas,” “My Kind of Christmas,” “Fa La La La La,” “All I Want For Christmas,” “Jingle Bells,” and “Merry Christmas Everyone.” Check out My Kind Of Christmas (Deluxe Edition) here.
Cory Marks recently released his holiday track, a rock-country version of “Jingle My Bells.” Marks has even released the official lyric video for his rendition of The Tractor’s popular 90s holiday hit. Marks’ rendition of “Jingle My Bells” carries the same rowdy feel as the original but kicks it up a notch with a supercharged tempo and a whole lot of fiddle. Check out “Jingle My Bells” here.
Jenn Grant has released her holiday album, Forever on Christmas Eve. The album contains festive classics and the brand new single “Downtown Christmas Eve.” The single is even presented in both English and French versions, and accompanied by a playful and festive video. Listen to Forever on Christmas Eve here.
NewLaw, the young Calgary trio composed of three young brothers Cayd, Tylan, and Dayne Greiner have released their new Christmas song “It’s Christmas Time.” The new song drops just in time for the holidays. Check out “It’s Christmas Time” on Spotify or Apple Music.
Nice Horse is getting goofy this holiday season with the release of their single “Ugly Christmas Sweater.” The new Christmas single is available on all streaming services. Layered with the charm, charisma, and humour for which Nice Horse have become so well-known, “Ugly Christmas Sweater” dives into the shenanigans of the holiday season. Whether it’s “Watching Die Hard with my daddy on the old TV” or seeing “Aunt Sally’s getting lit up like the Christmas tree” the band paints a picture of a comically chaotic, yet somehow heartwarming festive experience. You can listen to “Ugly Christmas Sweater” here.
Fionn released their new holiday tune “Winter Love.” The new single is accompanied by the official music video available to watch on YouTube. The holiday single is the follow up to the duo’s latest release, “Space.” This new song is definitely one you have to have on your holiday playlist! You can check out “Winter Love” right here.
Arkells recently dropped the official video for their first-ever holiday song “Pub Crawl.” The video, just like the song, takes viewers on a journey – with a bit of a twist from his bandmates and a nod to Home Alone. The new Amazon original single “Pub Crawl” stems from a ‘12 Pubs of Christmas’ style tradition, a time the band reconnects with friends and family and gets into the holiday spirit. Check out the video here and have a listen to “Pub Crawl” here.
Kristin Carter and JoJo Mason have teamed on the release of “The Gift.” Taking us back to the 90s with their stunning version of the Jim Brickman classic. Carter and Mason blend seamlessly and take us back with their nod to Christmas nostalgia. Check out the duo’s video here and you can listen to “The Gift” here.
Dallas Smith has dropped his own original Christmas inspired tune, “Classic.” The new song arrives just in time to brighten up the holidays. Smith also released the official accompanying music video to compliment the new tune. You can watch the video for “Classic” here, or check out the new song here.
Jeen has released a cover of The Pogues’ classic Christmas anthem, “Fairytale of New York.” Speaking about 2020, Jeen explained that; “It seems like the best Christmas song for the worst year.” The new holiday single follows the release of her self-titled album Jeen, which she just released in November. You can find “Fairytale of New York” is available to stream and purchase here.
The Dears are helping to spread some joy this holiday season, in an otherwise difficult year with a new single featuring their original tune “Christmas Love,” and their beautiful revamp of the classic, “O Little Town Of Bethlehem.” The Montreal based husband and wife duo have also shared a video for the single “Christmas Love.” The two new songs are available now on all digital platforms and on a special 7” vinyl release via Dangerbird Records.
That’s it for Part 1 of the Canadian Beats Holiday Music list, stay tuned next week for Part 2!
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.