Christmas in Canada

canadian christmas

If you know just one thing about Canada, it’s likely that it’s awfully cold here. So it only makes sense that we have a plethora of excellent songs about Christmas and winter.  We really, really do, and this playlist is just a taste. I can’t imagine there won’t be a Volume 2 (and 3 and 4…) at some point, and I have plans for a specifically East Coast Canadian mix, too! You may recognize a handful of these songs from some of last year’s mixes, but I’m not even sorry to be repeating them here. Some of these holiday songs are my favourites by any artist from anywhere, and they deserve a second listen!

I hope you’ll enjoy, and please offer suggestions for a Volume 2!

Tracklist (and where you can get these northern songs for yourselves, eh!)

  1. Stompin’ Tom Connors – Merry Christmas Everybody
  2. Wilf Carter – Christmas Time in Canada
  3. The Ground – Candy Cane
  4. Gordon Downie – Christmastime in Toronto
  5. Fucked Up – David Christmas
  6. The Fleshtones – Canadian Christmas
  7. Colleen and Paul – A Home in the Top Boughs
  8. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year – Martha Wainwright
  9. Good Lovelies – The Chipmunk Song
  10. The Heavy Blinkers – Silence Your Drum
  11. David Myles – It’s Christmas
  12. Corb Lund – Just Me and These Ponies (For Christmas This Year)
  13. Joni Mitchell – River
  14. Rufus Wainwright – Spotlight on Christmas
  15. Hawksley Workman – 3 Generations
  16. Ron Sexsmith – Maybe This Christmas
  17. Jim Bryson – Grey Cup Sunday
  18. Stan Rogers – First Christmas
  19. Bruce Cockburn – God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
  20. The Weather Station – Snow Up to My Window
  21. The Burning Hell – Happy Hanukkah
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The Friendly Beasts

xmas beasts 300x300Reindeer get all the glory at Christmastime, especially that one with the bright red nose. And they do work awfully hard to make sure Santa’s sleigh can get to all the homes on his list. But as you’ll soon discover, there are lots of other animals that have helped to make Christmas special, and this mix is going out to those overlooked critters on the farm, at the zoo, and curled up at the end of your bed.

 

 

 

Tracklist:

  1. Adam Faith – Lonely Pup (In a Christmas Shop)
  2. Gayla Peevey – I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas
  3. Lou Monte – Dominick the Donkey
  4. Burl Ives – Santa Mouse
  5. Debbie Reynolds & Donald O’Connor – Chrissy the Christmas Mouse
  6. Wilf Carter – Punkinhead (The Little Bear)
  7. Hank Thompson – I’d Like to Have an Elephant for Christmas
  8. Hank Snow – Nester, The Long-Eared Donkey
  9. Sharon, Lois & Bram – There Was a Pig Went Out to Dig
  10. Roger Nichols Trio – St. Bernie the Sno-Dog
  11. Jeff & Sue Mitchell – Buzzy the Christmas Bee
  12. The Jingle Cats – Jingle Cat Medley
  13. Jack MacDonald & the Hotel Faces – Give Me a Buffalo, for Christmas
  14. Fire Flower Revue – Magic Ponies at Christmas
  15. Of Montreal – Christmas Isn’t Safe for Animals
  16. The Flaming Lips – Christmas at the Zoo
  17. Farmer Jason – All I Want for Christmas is a Punk Rock Skunk
  18. Meryn Cadell – The Cat Carol
  19. Johnny Cash – Little Gray Donkey
  20. Sufjan Stevens – The Friendly Beasts

Christmas Feast

xmas dinnerFor many people, Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the holiday season. Where I come from (Canada), Thanksgiving takes place in October (and we just call it “Thanksgiving,” not “Canadian Thanksgiving”), so I  like to think that’s when everyone can feel unashamed to begin blasting their holiday music.

A big part of both Thanksgiving and Christmas involves getting together with family and friends and eating a feast. So with my first mix of the 2017 season, I am celebrating the delicious (and not so delicious) food that brings us together.

 

Tracklist (and where you can get these delicious songs for yourselves)!

  1. Nitty Gritty Dirt Band – Christmas Dinner
  2. The Irish Rovers – Miss Fogarty’s Christmas Cake
  3. The Chieftains – The Boar’s Head Carol
  4. Casey MacGill – Egg Nog
  5. Dar Williams – The Christians and the Pagans
  6. Paul and Storm – Grandma’s Christmas Dinner
  7. The New Christy Minstrels – Parson Brown (Our Christmas Dinner)
  8. Bob Rivers – It’s the Most Fattening Time of the Year
  9. The Muppets – Christmas Smorgasborg
  10. Bing Crosby – Christmas Dinner Country Style
  11. Max Miller – the Christmas Dinner
  12. Mary Chapin Carpenter – Thanksgiving Song
  13. Hawksley Workman – Almost a Full Moon

Christmas Rock ‘n’ Roll Dance Party

rock-and-roll-xmas-300x300Most of these songs are ones my parents would have danced to, or at least ones that have been written in that style. There’s a little bit of soul and a little bit of funk, but most of these are straight up old rock ‘n’ roll songs and perfect for any Christmas party with a dance floor.

Tracklist (and where you can get these rockin’ songs for yourselves):

  1. The Debonaires – Christmas Time Again
  2. Barry & The Highlights – Xmas Bell Rock
  3. Brenda Lee – Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree
  4. Malcolm Dodds – Ich Bin Very Happy (Merry, Merry Christmas)
  5. Debbie & The Darnels – Santa Teach Me To Dance
  6. Blue Moon Special – Kris Kringle Rock
  7. Paul & Paula – Holiday Hootenanny
  8. The Sonics – Don’t Believe in Christmas
  9. Charlie Starr – Christmas Twist
  10. George Jones – My Mom and Santa Claus
  11. JD McPherson – Twinkle (Little Christmas Lights)
  12. Kacey Musgraves – Ribbons and Bows
  13. The Nee – Let’s Turn a Hay Ride into a Sleigh Ride
  14. Darlene Love – Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)
  15. Bobby Helms – Jingle Bell Rock
  16. The Beach Boys – Santa’s Got a New Plane
  17. Irene McNeil – Rock and Roll du Pere Noel
  18. Charlie Rich – Santa Claus’ Daughter
  19. Chuck Berry – Run Rudolph Run
  20. Fat Daddy – Fat Daddy
  21. Jimmy Butler – Trim Your Tree
  22. Big Dee Irwin & Little Eva – I Wish You a Merry Christmas
  23. Sharon Jones & The Dap-kings – Big Bulbs
  24. Hines and the Boys – A Funky Xmas to You
  25. James Brown – Signs of Christmas
  26. Jackson 5 – Santa Claus is Coming to Town
  27. Stevie Wonder – Someday at Christmas

Christmas Time’s A-Comin’ – A Country & Bluegrass Christmas

country-blues-300x300Some of my favourite Christmas songs are country and bluegrass songs, perhaps because I didn’t grow up listening to them; even the standards in those genres (such as “Christmas Time’s A-Comin'”) seem relatively new to me. I also grew up in the city, so the idea of a country Christmas seems kind of exotic to me, and certainly easy to romanticize. Though being home for Christmas, and surrounded by those I love, is certainly familiar and the best part of the season, so it’s not like I can’t absolutely relate to many of these songs. I have some pre-Christmas country driving and visiting plans this year, just as long as the weather doesn’t get in the way, and I’m looking forward to listening to this mix as we drive through the snow.

Tracklist (and where you can get these hurtin’ and fiddlin’ songs for yourselves):

  1. Wilf Carter – Christmas in Canada
  2. Stompin’ Tom Connors – Merry Christmas Everybody
  3. Ernest Tubb – Merry Texas Christmas You All
  4. Dale Watson – You Can Call Me Nick
  5. Loretta Lynn – To Heck With Ole Santa Claus
  6. Dolly Parton & Kenny Rogers – With Bells On
  7. Hank Snow – Reindeer Boogie
  8. McKenna Mendelsohn – Don’t Give Me No Goose for Christmas Grandma
  9. The Skaggs Family – Hangin’ Round the Mistletoe
  10. Delia Bell & Bill Grant – My Little Silver Bells
  11. Indigo Girls – I Feel the Christmas Spirit
  12. Open Road – Christmas is Near
  13. Rhonda Vincent – Christmas Time at Home
  14. Ricky Skaggs – Christmas Time’s A-Comin’
  15. Chris Hillman – Blue Christmas Lights
  16. King James Band – Call Collect on Christmas
  17. Jeannie Kendall – Smoky Mountain Christmas
  18. Kathy Kallick – Ring the Bells at Midnight
  19. Billy Cowsill & the Blue Shadows – If We Make it Through December
  20. John Guliak – Daddy’s Drinking Up Our Christmas
  21. David Mayfield Parade – They Shined Up Rudolph’s Nose
  22. Buck Owens & Susan Raye – One of Everything You Got
  23. Chet Atkins – East Tennessee Christmas
  24. Faron Young – I’m Gonna Tell Santa Claus On You
  25. Linda Cassady – In Santa Claus a Hippy?
  26. Lynn Anderson – Soon it Will Be Christmas Day
  27. Willie Nelson – Blue Christmas
  28. Robert Ellis – Pretty Paper
  29. Kitty Wells & Johnny Wright – There Won’t be any Tree This Christmas
  30. Kacey Musgraves – Christmas Makes Me Cry
  31. Emmylou Harris – The First Noel
  32. Louvin Brothers – A Shut-In at Christmas

Let It Snow!

snow-300x300IT SNOWED!!! The kind that stays, and covers the ground. I live in Toronto, and we just saw our first major snowfall of the year last night. Streets and lawns and cars are covered in white. It makes for some messy driving but it sure makes those Christmas lights shine more brightly, and those warm blankets and people even cozier when you duck back inside. And it really feels like Christmas is actually almost here. So bundle up and step outside into it or put a fire on and sit by the window, looking out. I hope you’ll enjoy these snow songs while there’s still snow on the ground. It may start to feel that way, but it definitely won’t last forever.

Tracklist (and where you can get these awfully cool songs for yourselves):

  1. Gene Autry – If it Doesn’t Snow on Christmas Day
  2. Simon Panrucker – Snowflakes Falling Down
  3. Marvin Gaye – Purple Snowflakes
  4. Sharon Jones & The Dap-kings – White Christmas
  5. Paul Winchell – Roly Poly Snowman
  6. David Myles – It Snowed
  7. Egger – Snowfort
  8. Ronnie McCoury – Winter Wonderland
  9. John Fahey – Let it Snow, Let it Snow
  10. Mike O’Neill – Frosty the Gold Rush
  11. Ernest Tubb – Blue Snowflake
  12. Loretta Lynn – White Christmas Blue
  13. Good Old War – Snow Falls Down
  14. KASHKA – In the Snow
  15. She & Him – Sleigh Ride
  16. Tony Dekker – Last Winter
  17. Hawksley Workman – First Snow of the Year
  18. The Crew-Cuts – Dance Mr. Snowman Dance
  19. Petula Clark – Where Did My Snowman Go?
  20. Lars Edegran & His Santa Claus Revelers – Frosty the Snowman
  21. Leon Redbone – That Old Christmas Moon
  22. Sleeping At Last – Snow
  23. The Weather Station – Snow Up to My Window

Sexy Santa

sexy-santa-300x300Most of these songs see Santa delivering some unconventional Christmas gifts. Lots of innuendo. Not Santa songs for kids; see my previous mix for those kinds of Santa songs. Not much strong language, so depending on the kind of party you’re planning to attend this season, this mix could be appropriate, as long as you skip the last track.

 

 

 

Tracklist (and where you can get all these super hot Santa songs for yourselves):

  1. Elvis Presley – Santa Claus is Back in Town
  2. The Ronnettes – I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
  3. Lil McClintock – Don’t Think I’m Santa Claus
  4. Bo Carter – Santa Claus
  5. Sir Mack Rice – Santa Claus Wants Some Lovin’
  6. Rufus Thomas – I’ll Be Your Santa Baby
  7. Clarence Carter – Back Door Santa
  8. Fitz & The Tantrums – Santa Stole My Lady
  9. Linni Zaorski – Shimmy on Down My Chimney
  10. Eddy Arnold – I’m Your Private Santa Claus
  11. George Jones – My Mom and Santa Claus
  12. Kay Brown – Daddy, Is Santa Really Six Foot Four?
  13. Marah – Handsome Santa
  14. Butterbeans & Susie – Papa Ain’t No Santa Claus (Mama Ain’t No Christmas Tree)
  15. Lightnin Hopkins – Santa
  16. Mojo Nixon – Twas the Night Before Christmas