Our cheeks are rosy, and we're feeling cosy... it must be the holidays!
Here's a special holiday playlist from us to you, featuring festive tracks from local artists.
String those lights, roast some chestnuts, and press play on these original tunes, old favourites, and even some traditional carols.
Keep scrolling for info on local holiday albums and links to stream and buy, festive videos, upcoming holiday shows, and our special seasonal songs of the week...
The Color is making playlists more festive with the release of their new single, "This Christmas"! The JUNO-winning outfit, who just picked up Group of the Year and Pop Artist of the Year at the 2023 GMA Covenant Awards, has just finished up A Colorful Christmas Tour in Alberta and Manitoba. On the horizon for 2024... plenty more tour dates throughout the US and Canada for this hardworking band. But for now, gift yourself the gift of "This Christmas" from The Color, and stay tuned for more!
Madwewetoon Holiday Playlist
Check out Indigenous Music's Spotify for a special holiday edition of the Madwewetoon playlist curated by Desiree Dorion! Madwewetoon was created to amplify Indigenous voices across Turtle Island. The playlist title “Madwewetoon,” meaning “make some noise” in Anishinaabemowin, has been shared by Kimberly Mckay from the Sandy Bay Ojibway First Nation in Manitoba.
Desiree Dorion’s sixth studio album, “That’s How I Know” cracked the top 10 on iTunes in its first week of release and was nominated for “Album of the Year” at Manitoba Country Music Awards. Desiree has had multiple songs reach the top 100 on the Canadian Country music charts as well as the top spot on the Indigenous Music Countdown. She has toured coast to coast in Canada and as far south as the Gulf of Mexico. In June, 2021, she hosted the Achimotak series with the Canadian Country Music Association and is an artist ambassador with the Downie Wenjack Foundation. The JUNO nominee is a proud member of the Opaskwayak Cree Nation.
Holiday Songs & Albums
You can build your holiday music collection AND support your favourite local artists and labels by streaming and shopping at their online stores, Bandcamp, and Tidal, or checking out stores that carry local music like Into the Music, Planet Sound, Riley Grae, and McNally Robinson. Here's a handy guide to local holiday tunes and albums!
"Joy to the World (Great Joy)" SPOTIFY
"Still Nacht, Silent Night" (The Angels Sang) SPOTIFY
"O Little Town of Bethlehem" SPOTIFY
"It Won't Be Christmas ('till You're Home) APPLE MUSIC
"Santa's on His Way" SPOTIFY
"No More Tears This Christmas" SPOTIFY
Bubba B the MC
"What Do You Want for Christmas? (Feat. FENOM)" APPLE MUSIC
O Night Divine WEBSITE | APPLE MUSIC
Dead of Winter (formerly Camerata Nova)
Christmas in Early America WEBSITE
Nova Noël WEBSITE
Amero Little Christmas WEBSITE | APPLE MUSIC
Starry Nights APPLE MUSIC
Erin Propp, Michelle Mourre & Yuri Hooker
Live Off the Floor APPLE MUSIC
Christmastime WEBSITE | APPLE MUSIC | AMAZON MUSIC
"Noël à Jérusalem" SPOTIFY
At Christmas Time APPLE MUSIC
"Winter Wish" APPLE MUSIC
"It Won't Be Christmas 'Til You're Home" WEBSITE | APPLE MUSIC
"Come Lord" WEBSITE | APPLE MUSIC
"Santa's Got a New Ride" APPLE MUSIC
Snow APPLE MUSIC
"My Christmas Wish" SPOTIFY
Brighten Up the Night WEBSITE | APPLE MUSIC | AMAZON MUSIC
Hoe Hoe Hoe Holiday Songs APPLE MUSIC | AMAZON MUSIC
Justin Lacroix & Kristine St-Piere
Noël avec toi APPLE MUSIC
"Noël sur la prairie" APPLE MUSIC
The Fall APPLE MUSIC | BANDCAMP
Hey! It's Christmas! (again) BANDCAMP
"Under the Lights" LINKTREE
Paris To Kyiv
"Oj Kraseniu Iasen" and "Pavochka" from Prairie Nights and Peacock Feathers APPLE MUSIC | BANDCAMP
"Honky Tonk Christmas" from Blues Man APPLE MUSIC
Ray St. Germain
Ray St. Germain Family Christmas APPLE MUSIC
"Christmas Time is Here" SPOTIFY
Son of Dave
"Send Them Something Nice for Christmas" SPOTIFY
Tyler Del Pino + Rusty Robot
"Christmas with Aliens" SPOTIFY
"Wintersong" from Peony APPLE MUSIC
Nothing Under the Tree: A UMFM Christmas Album BANDCAMP
"Joy Is Louder" APPLE MUSIC
"Can't Everyday Be Like Christmas" APPLE MUSIC
"I Heard the Bells On Christmas Day" APPLE MUSIC
"You Put the Kiss in Christmas" APPLE MUSIC
Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra
Suite Messiah WEBSITE