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Christmas Music

Article by F.r.c. Clarke, Richard Green
Published Online December 8, 2011
Last Edited December 16, 2013

Of all Christmas music Handel’s Messiah has been the major work most frequently performed during the Christmas season across Canada.

Christmas Music

‘Ça bergers’ and several other carols of French origin, such as ‘Les Anges dans nos campagnes’ continue to be sung widely, particularly as harmonized for SATB and organ by Ernest Gagnon in his Cantiques populaire pour le Fête de Noël (Boucher 1922). Of composed Christmas songs the most popular in Quebec has been Adolphe Adam’s ‘Minuit, chrétiens,’ also known as ‘Cantique de Noël’ or simply ‘Noël’ (and in English as ‘O Holy Night’). Gagnon heard it in 1857 at the church of Saint-Roch in Paris and claims to have introduced it to Quebec the following year. It has become a custom in Quebec to have it sung (preferably by a tenor) on the stroke of midnight, just before the Midnight Mass. Its enduring popularity is confirmed by the large number of recordings made over the years by such Canadian singers as Johanne Blouin, Louis Chartier, Émile Gour, Richard Huet, Raoul Jobin, Evan Joaness, Arthur Lapierre, J.-M. Magnan, Rodolphe Plamondon, Albert Quesnel, Joseph Saucier, René Simard, Paul Trépanier, and Richard Verreau. Also widely popular in Quebec is Gounod’s ‘Jésus de Nazareth’. (A detailed study of carols and other Christmas music sung in French Canada throughout the centuries has been made by Ernest Myrand.)

Of Christmas music written in Canada probably the most ancient is the so-called Huron Carol (‘Jesous Ahatonhia’) attributed to Jean de Brébeuf. There is conjecture that the motets sung at Midnight Mass in 1642 at Quebec City were composed in Canada by René Ménard, but this cannot be proved (see Amtmann Music in Canada). The earliest Canadian carol to be published was probably J.P. Clarke’s ‘A Canadian Christmas Carol,’ in the Anglo-Canadian Magazine, January 1853. In Nova Scotia the early English settlers created variants of older English carols, such as ‘The Seven Joys of Mary’ and ‘The Cherry Tree Carol’ (the tune of the latter being different from that used in England). Despite these early efforts by Canadians traditional carols and songs from the old countries continued to dominate.

Large-scale Christmas works began to appear in the latter half of the 19th century. In Montreal various messes de Noël were written — notably those of Joseph-Julien Perrault and Romain-Octave Pelletier. Perrault’s Messe de Noël: ‘Deo infanti,’ his most popular work, incorporates 15 traditional carols. The Kyrie, Gloria, Sanctus, and Agnus Dei were written 1859-60, the Credo and Magnificat in 1865 for a Christmas performance at Notre-Dame Church. The mass was published posthumously in 1870. The Pelletier mass did not survive, but his Quatre Noëls anciens (1893) were printed. Among those who composed messes de Noël in the 20th century were J.-Antonio Thompson and Alexandre d’Aragon. Clarence Lucas composed a cantata, The Birth of Christ, and Arthur Poynter a full-length sacred opera, The Birth of Our Lord. Geoffrey O’Hara’s operetta The Christmas Thieves (1943) was published by Gamble Hinged. A short Christmas opera, Clifford Crawley’sThe Slaughter of the Innocents, appeared in 1974. Godfrey Ridout’s Christmas TV opera, The Lost Child, was telecast by the CBC in 1976.

Other significant Christmas works with orchestral accompaniment include Violet Archer’s Cantata sacra (Christmas portions), Keith Bissell’s Great Little One, Graham George’s Hymn for Christmas Day, Frederick Schipizky’s Quiet Eve, Nancy Telfer’s A Child’s Christmas in Wales, and Robert Turner’s Johann’s Gift to Christmas. Of the Christmas cantatas for choir and organ Healey Willan’s Mystery of Bethlehem is performed widely, and there are similar works by Keith Bissell, F.R.C. Clarke, Albert Ham, and Charles Wilson. Also noteworthy is Paul-Émile McCaughan’s motet Hodie Christus natus est (1949) for choir and organ.

Works requiring voices and small instrumental ensembles include Wolfgang Bottenberg’s Eine Weihnachtliche Hausmusik, Derek Holman’s Sir Christemas, Sir Ernest MacMillan’s Two Christmas Carols, David Ouchterlony’s Carol Cantata, Eric Robertson’s Fanfares and Carols, R. Murray Schafer’s City of Bethlehem, Harry Somers’ Gloria, and Ruth Watson Henderson’s Christmas cantata The Last Straw. Outstanding in the field of writing for unaccompanied voices, Healey Willan’s work ranges from his Missae brevi No. 4 and 12 (both based on Christmas plainsongs) through motets and anthems (eg, ‘Hodie Christus natus est’ and ‘Here Are We in Bethlehem’) to arrangements of traditional carols (eg, his popular setting of ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’). Christmas anthems, carols, motets, and arrangements by other composers are too numerous to mention, but specimens of high calibre have been written by W.H. Anderson, Hugh Bancroft, Louis Bédard, Leslie Bell, W.H. Belyea, Keith Bissell, Barbara Cass-Beggs, Claude Champagne, Clifford Crawley, Maurice Dela, S.C. Eckhardt-Gramatté, William France, Robert Fleming, Ernest Gagnon, James Gayfer, Graham George, Eugene Hill, Derek Healey, Sydney Hodkinson, Derek Holman, Talivaldis Kenins, Ada Twohy Kent, Alfred Kunz, Lucienne Lafleur, Eugene Lapierre, Roméo Larivière, Walter MacNutt, Kenneth Meek, Alfred Mignault, Bernard Naylor, Godfrey Ridout, Bertha Tamblyn, Nancy Telfer, Ruth Watson Henderson, and Alfred Whitehead. Udo Kasemets’ Choreolae gaudia contains settings outside the usual ‘church’ style.

Canadian composers have not overlooked the Christmas season in the realm of purely instrumental music. For orchestra there are works such as Wolfgang Bottenberg’s Suite of Carols, F.R.C. Clarke’s Pastorale and Fugue on Puer nobis, Jean Coulthard’s The Bird of Dawning Singeth All Night Long and Canadian Fantasy (partially based on the Huron Carol), Clifford Crawley’s Koleda: A Christmas Overture, Sir Ernest MacMillan’s Medley of Carols, and Glen Morley’s Christmas Overture. For organ there are numerous preludes based on Christmas tunes: Healey Willan’s preludes on ‘Puer nobis’ and ‘Quem pastores’ are played frequently, and others of good quality have been written by John Cook, George Coutts, Marvin Duchow, Arthur Egerton, Walter MacNutt, Kenneth Meek, Eric Rollinson, and Alfred Whitehead. J. Sproule has produced a collection of Christmas music arranged for lute (The John T. Sproule Christmas Lute Book, Toronto 1989) and Liona Boyd has published A Guitar for Christmas.(Hal Leonard 1986) to accompany her record album of the same name. Ward Music in Vancouver has published brass arrangements by Keith Snell, Steve Tyler, and others as part of their Touch of Brass. Brassworks Music and Gordon V Thompson in Toronto have also published brass arrangements by Howard Cable, Don Gillis, Arthur Frackenpohl and others. Jean Patenaude has arranged 8 Noëls for saxophone quartet (Albani 1978).

Canadian pop music artists have made Christmas recordings featuring both traditional songs and their own compositions. Folios of Christmas music have also been published, often in conjunction with albums, eg, by Raffi (The Raffi Christmas Treasury, Crown 1988) Frank Mills (Frank Mills Christmas Album, Music Box Dancer 1982), Anne Murray (Christmas Wishes, Columbia 1982), and Richard Verreau (Chantons Noël, 1987). Many charitable organizations, together with artists and radio stations in regions across the country, have released Christmas recordings. Songs with Christmas themes have often appeared on non-Christmas albums or on singles such as The Band’s ‘Christmas Must Be Tonight,’ Joni Mitchell’s ‘River,’ Bryan Adams’ ‘Christmas Time,’ Corey Hart’s ‘Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer’ and the Payola$’ ‘Christmas Is Coming’. Canadian novelty Christmas songs include ‘Honky the Christmas Goose,’ written by Chip Young and Orville Hoover and recorded by Johnny Bower, Bob and Doug McKenzie’s interpretation of ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas,’ and the Rovers’ version of ‘Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer’.

Discography

Christmas Music by Canadian Composers
Les Alino. E. Gagnon several works. IMS WRC1-1594

Liona Boyd. Robertson several works. CBS FM-37248

Canadian Children’s Opera Chorus. Holman Sir Christëmas. CCOC 0189 (CD)

The Concordia Choir (Moorhead, Minnesota). Willan ‘Hodie Christus natus est’. Concordia CDLP-4

Elmer Iseler Singers. Welcome Yule! Watson ‘Lullaby for the Christ Child’ — J.P. Clarke ‘A Canadian Christmas Carol’ — Willan ‘Welcome Yule,’ ‘Hodie, Christus Natus Est’. CBC SMCD-5055

Festival Singers of Canada. Choral Music of Healey Willan; includes several Christmas pieces. RCI 207/Cap ST-6248

— Applebaum ‘Cherry Tree Carol’ — Holman ‘Mary Is a Lady Bright’; ‘Make We Joy’. Polydor 2917-009

— Willan ‘Hodie Christus natus est’. Hallmark ChS-4

— Willan ‘Make We Merry’. CBC SM-80/RCI 331/RCA LSC-3174

Gentlemen and Boys of St Simon-the-Apostle Church, Toronto. Willan ‘Hodie Christus natus est’ — Ketchum ‘Not One Candle in the Stall’ — Holman ‘Make We Joy’. St Simon’s T-55562-3

— Willan ‘Make We Merry’. Canterbury CHL-605

John Alldis Choir. Naylor ‘Christmas Day’ motet from Nine Motets. Argo ZRG-5426

Kelvin High School Choir of Winnipeg. Bray ‘A Christmas Folk Song’. CBC SM-219

Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Willan ‘The Three Kings’. Col MS-6019

— Willan ‘Hodie Christus natus est’. Col ML-5592

St Mary Magdalene Singers. Willan ‘Christmas Song of the 14th Century’; ‘Hodie Christus natus est’; ‘Here We Are in Bethlehem’. Church of St Mary Magdalene QC-982

St Mary Magdalene Choirs. Willan Missa Brevis — Ridout ‘Spirit is Flesh This Night’. SMM 7807

St Michael’s Choir School. ‘A Canadian Christmas Carol/Un chant de Noël canadien’. Abitibi Paper Co Ltd QC-392-E

Timothy Eaton Memorial Church Choir. Ouchterlony Carol Cantata. F. Harris FHR-1

Toronto Boys’ Choir Willan ‘Hodie, Christus Natus Est’. BC 101

Toronto Children’s Chorus. W.H. Anderson ‘Lullaby of the Little Angels’ TCC D-002

— Archer Christmas — Applebaum Carols From French Canada. TCC D-003

Toronto Mendelssohn Choir. Somers Gloria. RCA LSC-3043

Tudor Singers of Montreal. Meek Three Christmas Carols. RCI 491

— Somers Gloria. CBC SM-53

Christmas Music Recorded by Canadians A-F

Bryan Adams. ‘Run Rudolph Run’ A Very Special Christmas. A&M SP-3911

Les Alino. Les Alino chantent Noël. IMS WRC1-1594

All Saints’ Choir, Winnipeg. How Lovely are Thy Dwellings. ASC-1983

Amabile Youth Singers. AYS 001 (cass)

Anne Campbell Singers. A Snow Legend. Big Chief Records BCS-5002

Angèle Arsenault. XXX. Trans-Canada SNS-80009

Hélène Baillargeon and l’équipe des Bouttes en Train. Christmas Carols of French Canada/Chants de Noël du Canada francais. Folk FC-7229

Carroll Baker. Christmas Carroll. Quality SP-193

Les Baladins. Vous chantent Noël. Bonanza B-29704

Bank of Montreal Choral Society. Christmas Recital. Bank of Montreal CT-25183-84; CT-26835-36


Guido Basso. Christmas Today. CBC LM-52/RCA CAC-2289

André Belair. Noël avec André Belair à l’orgue. Bonanza B-29720

Bim — Connie Kaldor. A Christmas Album. Aural Tradition ATR-109

Johanne Blouin. Sainte Nuit. Guy Clouthier PGC-CD-914

Maurice Boivin. Christmas Time Is Here. London SDS-5080

Antoine Bouchard. Antoine Bouchard, orgue: noëls français de D’Aquin, Corrette, Dandrieu, Balbastre. RCI 402

Bouchon et ses écureuils avec Paolo Noël. K-Tel KF-175

Laura Boulton. Ukrainian Christmas Songs. FW 6828

Liona Boyd. Christmas Dreams. A&M SP-9513

A Guitar for Christmas. CBS FM-37248

Oscar Brand and Friends. My Christmas Is Best. Caedmon TC-1776

André Breton. Noël avec André Breton et sa famille. Contact CO-8713

André Collin. Noël au Québec. RCA Gala CGPS-307

Carl Tapscott Singers. Carols for a Family Christmas. CBC LM-54/Cap SN-6297

Wilf Carter. Christmas in Canada. RCA Camden CAS-889

Bishop Strachan School Chapel Choir, Toronto. ‘Silent Night’; ‘O Little Town of Bethlehem’. Hallmark ChS-1001

Cambridge Kiwanis Boys Choir. Christmas Favourites. World WRC1-4767

Canadian Brass. A Canadian Brass Christmas. CBS FM-39740

The Christmas Album. Philips 426-835-2 (CD)

Christmas with the Canadian Brass. RCA ARL1-4132

Carillon. Carillon Christmas. Attic LAT-1243

The Cats. Getting Ready For Christmas. Sefel SEF-3001/Kiddin Round KR-79804

Les Chansonniers. Noël. CH-23002

Choeur de l’Île. Rêveries de Noël. WRC1-4196

Choeur Kattialine. Noël nouvelet. RCI 372

Choeur Les Rhapsodes. Chantons tous Noël. Novalis RHP-1501

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Entre le boeuf et l’âne gris. Novalis RHP-1902

Christ Church Cathedral Choir, Fredericton. Lo He Comes. IMS WRC1-1595

Music for the Nativity of the Christ Child. CCC-001

Christ Church Cathedral Choir, Vancouver. Music for Christmas. KVP Records KVP-603F

Christ the Saviour Russian Orthodox Cathedral Choir. International Carols. unnumbered cass

Stompin’ Tom Connors. Merry Christmas Everybody. Boot BOS 7121/Capitol C1-93046

Croxton Trio. Christmas Hymns. Apex 4207-A

Da Camera Singers. Da Camera Singers of Edmonton. CBC SM-256

Bob Davis, conductor. Christmas in the Maritimes. Dane LP-7605

Charlotte Diamond. The Christmas Gift. Hug Bug CDCD-321

Céline Dion. Chants et contes de Noël. Saisons SNS-90002

Les Disciples de Massenet. Cantiques de Noël (with Raoul Jobin). RCA LSC-2503

Noël à l’église (with Evan Joannes). No. 1 NTV-1839

Noël autour du monde (with René Simard). Nobel NBL-602

René Simard et les Disciples de Massenet à l’église Notre-Dame. Nobel NBL-511

Richard Verreau à l’église. RCA CCS-1003

Normand Dubé and Guy Trépanier (arrs). Noël nuit de paix. Groupe Concept PPF-2002

Claude Dubois. Cadeau. Pingouin PN-109

Bobby Edwards, arr. Noel 78. CBC LM-464

Elmer Iseler Singers. Welcome Yule!. CBC SM-5055/(with additional works) CBC SMCD-5055

Emeralds. Christmas with the Emeralds. Boot BOS-7226

Ensemble vocal de Montreal. Noël de la Paix. RCI 435

Ensemble vocal de Sherbrooke. Messe de Minuit et Airs de Noël français. SNE 537


Ensemble vocal Polymnie (with Paul Trépanier). Noël. SNE 520

Festival Singers. Make We Joy: Poly Medium Stereo 2917-009

Make We Merry (with Toronto Mendelssohn Choir). CBC SM-80/RCI-331/RCA LSC-3174

Maureen Forrester. Christmas with Maureen Forrester. RCA KXL1-0477

Christmas Music Recorded by Canadians G-L-

Lucie Gascon. Les Plus belles mélodies de Noël à la harpe. Dorette LGCD-5122 (CD)

Gentlemen and Boys of St James’ Cathedral, Toronto. Blyssid be the Tyme. 8104

Gentlemen and Boys of St Simon-the-Apostle Church, Toronto. Christmas Music, Medieval to Modern. Canterbury CHL-604

The Gracious Time — Christmas Music. J-13153

Ray Griff. There’ll Always Be Christmas. ATI ATICD-1005 (CD)

Hamilton Phil O. Christmas Brott to You. CTL 477-5153

Hanson Singers. See Toronto Boys’ Choir

Hagood Hardy. A Christmas Homecoming. ISIS 1002 (cass)

A Very Special Christmas. K-Tel NC-496

Ivan and Vivian Hicks. An Old-Time Christmas With Friends. Maritime Express ME-1006

Lucien Hétu. Joyeux Noël. RCA Gala CGPS-240

Paul Horn. The Peace Album. Kuckuck 11083-2 (CD)

Richard Huet et Sonia. Joyeux Noël. Star STR-9001

Huggett Family. Renaissance Noël. Ayre WRC1-1742

Ivan Romanoff Male Chorus. Ukrainian Christmas. CBC SM-67/Cap ST-633

Tom Jackson. The Huron Carol. Winnipeg Harvest

Janz Quartet. Christmas. Harvest PPHM-1787 (cass)

Sylvie Jasmin. Chante Noël. Trac TRA-1001

Jeunes Chanteurs d’Acadie. Revivre nos noëls/Christmas Reflections. Inter-Media WRC-203

Evan Joanness. Noël à l’église. No. 1 NTV-1839

Raoul Jobin. See Les Disciples de Massenet

Johnny Burt Singers and Orchestra. A Christmas Wish. CTL 477-5154

Ray Johnson. Christmas with Ray and His Friends. Audat 477-4015

Juliette, Jimmy Dale Swingers and Orchestra. Juliette’s Christmas World. CBC SM-51/RCA CAS-2279

Julie et les frères Duguay. Noël. Bonanza B-29716

Connie Kaldor. See Bim

Leahy Family. Leahy Family. RCA KKL1-0576

Diane Leigh. Christmas at Home. Marathon TX-1002

Leslie Bell Singers. Carols and Traditional Songs. RCI 166

The Story of the Nativity. RCA LCP-3001

Claude Leveillée. Noël avec Clo-Clo. Col HFL-8008

Little Mountain Singers, Vancouver. Christmas at the Planetarium. London PS-724

Judy Loman. Make We Merry: traditional carols arr by Loman for solo harp. CBC SM-80

Michel Louvain. Noël avec vous. Diva 6

Christmas Music Recorded by Canadians M-R-

Rita MacNeil. Now the Bells Ring. Virgin RM-3001

Magee Secondary School, Vancouver. Wolcum Yole! Ensemble EPN-129

Maple Leaf Singers. Christmas with the Maple Leaf Singers. KVP Records KVP-107

Marcel Martel. Noël à mon église. Bonanza B-29714

Noël des temps nouveaux. DRM 1911

Rob McConnell arr. A Canadian Christmas/Noël Canadien. RCI 506

McGill Chamber Singers and Collegium Musicum. Buxtehude Cantatas for Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany. McGill University Records 83016

Loreena McKennitt To Drive the Cold Winter Away. Quinlan Road QR-102 (cass)


Catherine McKinnon. The Catherine McKinnon Christmas Album. Arc

Hugh McLean. Music for Christmas. CBC SM-209

McLeod-Stewarton United Church Choir, Ottawa. A Christmas Musicale. McLeod-Stewarton United Church QCS-1027

Jack McPartlin. You’re All I Want for Christmas. Total TRC-913

The Men’s Voyces. Christmas Music & Sundrie Songs. RDRC-21 (cass)

Mennonite Children’s Choir. The Winnipeg Mennonite Children’s Choir. RCA KCL1-0028/CTL CTLS-5175

Frank Mills. A Special Christmas. Capitol ST-6506/Capitol C2-93130 (CD)

Kenneth G. Mills and the Star-Scape Singers. Flame on the Hearth. Sun-Scape KGOM-8

The Heraldic Message. 1985. Sun-Scape KGOM-22

The Song — The Heart of Christmas. Sun-Scape 1990. KGOD-28 (CD)

Mistletones. A cappella Christmas. Holly CSPS-2848

Hello Christmas. Duke Street DSR-31001

Shirley Montague. Trapper’s Christmas. World WRC4-5923 (cass)

Montreal Bach Choir. Britten Ceremony of Carols. RCI 89

Mon Canada (includes French-Canadian Christmas music). Vox STPL-511-860/Turnabout CTC-32003

Montreal Symphony Orchestra (with Leontyne Price). Noël Noël. Lon 410-198-1

Anne Murray. Christmas. Capitol C1-90886

Christmas Wishes. Capitol SN-16232/Capitol CDP-7-46319-2 (CD)

Music Writers Orchestra and Chorus. Christmas Is For Children. Quality ONT-101/Quality SV-2121

Santa Claus is Canadian. Quality ONT-100

Newfoundland Showband. Christmas in Newfoundland. Marathon DX-5141

Orchestre métropolitain. Chants tradionnels de Noël. Orchestre métropolitain OM-001

Oriana Singers. Christus Natus Est. HO 100

Chantal Pary. Pour tous eux qui sont seuls à Noël. Guy Cloutier PGC-902

The Peaches. Christmas with the Peaches. Realistic 68-8100

Fred Penner. The Season: A Family Christmas Celebration. Oak Street OSCD-025 (CD)

Les Petits Chanteurs de Granby. Minuit, Chrétiens. RCA Gala CGPS-278

Noél avec Nathalie et les Petits Chanteurs de Granby. No. 1 NTV-1822

Les Petits Chanteurs du Mont-Royal. Telson AF-1517

Powell River Boys Choir — Powell River Girls Choir. Carols for Christmas. RR-28528

Pro Coro Canada. Britten A Ceremony of Carols — Ohrwall Gaudete. World WRC4-4362 (cass)

Raffi. Raffi’s Christmas Album. Troubador TR-0026

Rick and Judy. Christmas Is Coming. J&R 5JR-184 (cass)

Claude Robin and le Choeur Charles-Émile-Gadbois. Chantons Noël. Enterprises Culturelles LE-2-7614

Rovers. It Was a Night Like This. Attic LAT-1149

Kelly Russell. Kelly’s Green Christmas. Pigeon Inlet PIP4-7323 (cass)

Christmas Music Recorded by Canadians S-U-

The Sackville All Star Christmas Record. Milt Hinton, Ralph Sutton, Gus Johnson, Jim Galloway. Sackville 3038

St Andrew and St Paul Church Choir, Montreal. Noel Nouvelet. London LOS-26637

St Andrew’s Church Choir, Scarborough. Of the Father’s Love. J-Mar J-23592

St George’s Cathedral Choir, Kingston. Christmas Carols. CCL 33-120

St John’s Church, Shaughnessy (Vancouver). A Procession with Carols and Lessons for Advent Sunday. Ensemble EPN-187

St Mary Magdalene Singers. Hodie: Motets and Carols for the Advent of the Christ Child. St Mary Magdalene QC-982

Rorate Coeli — Plainsong for Advent and Christmas. SMM 7506

Veni: Music for Advent and Christmas. SMM 7807

St Mathew’s Church, Ottawa. A Babe is Born. World WRC1-4606

St Matthias’ Church, Westmount. In Dulci Jubilo. SMC 1003

St Michael’s Choir School, Toronto. Shout For Joy! DT-6651

Pete Schofield and the Canadians. Christmas Is Love. P.S. Records 1002


Connie Scott. Christmas in Your Heart. Image VII VII-7828

George Beverly Shea. Christmas Hymns. RCA Victor LPM-2064

Christmas With. RCA Camden CAL-850

Nathalie Simard. (with René Simard) Joyeux Fêtes. Guy Clouthier GC-2207

Joyeux Noël Nathalie. NOBEL 1979

Joyeux Noël à tous les enfants. Guy Clouthier PGC-901

Noël avec Nathalie et les Petits Chanteurs de Granby. No. 1 NTV-1822

— (with René Simard) 20 Souvenirs de Noël. No. 1 Guy Clouthier GC-2202

Ave Maria. Nobel NBL-503

The Singing Post Family. Christmas Time in the Country. Marathon DX-5144

Gordon Slater. Peace Tower Christmas. Tapestry GD-7373

Solstice. A Winter Solstice. Solstice 1988

Spitfire Band. Home for the Holidays. RCA EP-102

The Stringbusters. Christmas in the Maritimes. Marathon DX-5148

Toronto Boys’ Choir -The Hanson Singers. BC 101

Toronto Children’s Chorus. Dancing Day. TCC 009 (CD)

In Dulci Jubilo. TCC D-002

Spirit of Christmas. TCC D-003

Toronto Consort. Nowell Sing We. Collegium Records COLK-8304

Toronto Mendelssohn Choir. See also Festival Singers. Handel Messiah. Beaver LPS-1001

— Handel Messiah. 2-Angel DSB-49027/EMI CDS-7-49027 (CD)/(highlights) EMI CDC-7-49407-2 (CD)

Toto et Totounne. Chante Noël! TT T-200

Paul Trépanier. See Ensemble vocal Polymnie

Sylvia Tyson. A Cosmic Christmas. Nelvan NEL-7801

University Singers. Christmas With. University of Manitoba KC-182 (cass)

Christmas Music Recorded by Canadians V-Z-

Claude Valade. Chante Noël. Telson AE-1516

Vancouver Bach Choir. Music for Christmas.. VBC 001L

Vancouver Chamber Choir. Christmas Carols from Many Lands. CBC SM-338

Sweet Was The Song. Marquis ERA-107

Richard Verreau (see also Disciples de Massenet). Chantons Noël. RCA LSC-2390

V’là l’bon vent. Noël en coeur. BV CD-30

Lois Walker and the Puppcorns. Invite a Puppcorn to Christmas Dinner. Puppcorn PUP-102

Westmorland Singers. Christmas in Canada with the Westmorland Singers. Rodeo RBS-1065

Rick Wilkins and the Mutual Understanding. Peace. CBC LM-80

Woodstock Choralaires. Christmas With the Choralaires. Fantasy Sound FS-23567

A Country Christmas. CFMK Kingston 963-1988 (cass)

A Winnipeg Christmas. Armdale Z103-89-2 (cass)

Les Chorales du Québec chantent Noël. Telson AE-1523

Christmas in Canada. Toronto Chamber Choir, Montreal Bach Choir, et al. MMG CCT-2009 (cass)

Christmas in the Valley, Ottawa, 5 vols. Wayne Rostad and friends. Stag Creek SCLP-1113-14-15, CKBY 1052-2 (CD), CKBY 1053-2 (CD)

Christmas Jam. Bim, Michel Rivard, Colleen Peterson, et al. RCI 511

Christmas on the Coast. JR Country ’88 (cass)

Christmas On the Island. CFCY/Q93 ACC-49141 (cass)

Christmaspak. Helen O’Ryan, Wendy West, et al. RDR Promotions RDRCD-182 (CD)

Collection de Noël. Ginette Reno, Michel Pagliaro, Renée Martel, Patrick Zabé, at al. 2-Polygram 840-579-1

Do Not Open Till Christmas. Grapes of Wrath, 54/40, et al. Garbonzo Bean Productions GARBO-3 (cass)

Noël d’antan. Fernand Gignac, Richard Verreau, et al. No. 1 NTV-1848


Nostalgie de Noël. Fernand Gignac, Nicole Martin, et al. Guy Clouthier GC-2205

The Singalong Jubilee Christmas Album. Catherine McKinnon, Bill Langstroth, et al. Arc AC-10

The 100 Huntley Street Christmas Album. Mainroads HSV-1062

Réveillon. Brighton Rock, George Fox, Blue Rodeo, et al. WEA CDP-632 (CD)

Tonight is for Christmas. Writer’s Bloc. Snowy River SRR-S-18 (cass)

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CANADA CHRISTMAS SONGS

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App Music Streaming CANADA CHRISTMAS SONGS

01 A Very Vancouver Christmas
02 Canada Christmas Songs
03 Canadian Jingle Bells
04 Candy Cane Sugary Plum
05 Christmas Baby Please Come Home
06 Ding Dong Merrily On High
07 Disco Santa Santa Claus Noel
08 God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
09 Good Christian Men Rejoice
10 Happy Holiday
11 Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
12 Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas 2
13 He Comes from Glory
14 I Love Christmas
15 I Wonder as I Wander
16 Jingle Bells
17 Merry Christmas
18 O Holy Night
19 On Christmas Morning 1
20 One Christmas Morning
21 Rock & Roll Christmas
22 Rock In Santa Claus
23 Santa’s A Canadian
24 Santa’s Hooked On
25 Sidewalk Santa
26 Snowy White Snow And Jingle Bells
27 So This Christmas
28 Somewhere In My Memory
29 Step into Christmas
30 The Canadian Brass
31 The Huron Carol
32 Twelth Day Of Christmas
33 We Wish You A Merry Christmas
34 White Christmas
35 Winter Wonderland

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Chuck Berry: ‘Run Rudolph Run’

First released by Chess Records in time for Christmas 1958, this exuberant rocker – co-written by Johnny Marks of ‘Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer’ fame – is quintessential Chuck Berry. It’s since been covered by Sheryl Crow, Bryan Adams, Billy Idol and many more.

Bobby Helms: ‘Jingle Bell Rock’

The epitome of the term “crossover hit”, Bobby Helms’ laidback, roots-flavoured ‘Jingle Bell Rock’, from 1957, was originally a US country radio hit which also made it to No.6 on the mainstream Billboard Best Sellers chart. Currently ranked among the Top 10 Christmas/Holiday Digital Singles in the US, it remains an enduring Yuletide favourite.

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Def Leppard: ‘We All Need Christmas’

Beautifully crafted acoustic rock ballad kissed with strings, and fuelled by hope and optimism – and a final coda which goes up to 11. A seasonal classic-in-waiting wherein Joe Elliott and the boys raise a glass to “all that’s past – and to the future, long may it last!” ’Nuff said.

Weezer: ‘We Wish You A Merry Christmas’

As their recent Billboard Alternative Chart-topping take on Toto’s ‘Africa’ proves, Weezer know a thing or three about cool cover versions. From 2008’s self-explanatory Christmas With Weezer, this short but sweet remake of a classic festive hymn is another belter.

U2: ‘Christmas (Baby Come Home Please)’

Bono and co work up an emotional, widescreen take of Darlene Love’s cult classic from 1963. Co-written by Ellie Greenwich, Jeff Barry and Phil Spector, the song was reputedly originally penned for Ronnie Spector.

Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers: ‘Christmas All Over Again’

A rousing, Tom Petty-penned anthem with a few tinges of Phil Spector thrown in for good measure, this was initially the lead cut from A&M’s star-studded 1992 A Very Special Christmas compilation, released in aid of the Special Olympics.

Little Steven: ‘Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want To Fight Tonight)’

Previously a highlight of Ramones’ Brain Drain album, Joey Ramone’s plea for a seasonal rapprochement with his battling Bruddas received a sterling cinematic makeover by Bruce Springsteen’s talented wingman for Christmas 2020.

Bryan Adams: ‘Merry Christmas’

Canadian rock icon Bryan Adams recorded an enduring festive song, ‘Christmas Time’, in 1985. He delivered a second in 2011, in the shape of this yearningly soulful, sleigh-bell-enhanced rock ballad.

Cheap Trick: ‘Christmas’

Legendary Illinois power-popsters Cheap Trick had Xmas all wrapped up with 2020’s Christmas Christmas. Driven by guitarist Rick Neilsen’s power chords, the album’s titular song is a seasonal sizzler which shows exactly why ‘Christmas Christmas’ is so good they really should name it twice.

Eric Clapton: White Christmas

The iconic guitarist’s new Happy Xmas album got off to a blistering start when it topped Billboard’s seasonal Holiday Albums Chart on release in October 2020. More than capable of warming the cockles is the record’s lead cut: an imperious, Chicago blues-style version of Bing Crosby’s enduring ‘White Christmas’.

Follow the Christmas playlist for the best Christmas songs of all time.

55 of the Best Country Christmas Songs of All Time

Did your favorite make our list?

Everything you do during the holidays requires the perfect background music to get you in the spirit of the season. Whether you’re baking Christmas cookies, wrapping the perfect gift, or decorating your tree with the family, you need to have a very merry playlist ready to go. While we’ll never get tired of classic Christmas songs, there’s something to be said about holiday tunes sung by our favorite country artists. Because it’s the season of giving, we’ve put together a list of the best country Christmas songs of all time. (Now you can spend some extra time at the dessert table without worrying about which holiday hit to play next!)

From old-school singers like Johnny Cash and Dolly Parton to more modern artists like Kacey Musgraves and Luke Bryan, there’s something for everyone. Our favorite country crooners have written their own songs like «Christmas Makes Me Cry» in addition to covering fan-favorites like «Baby, It’s Cold Outside» and «Santa Baby»—and each one is better than the next.

There’s no better way to celebrate than to light the fire, cozy up with the family, and listen to some cheerful holiday music. And if you’re like us, it’s just not the same without the sounds of these Southern stars. Here’s every country song you should add to your Christmas playlist this year.

What could be more appropriate for a Southern holiday celebration than a song called «Country Christmas?!»

Country’s cutest couple, Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood, have an entire album of jingles. But this rendition they performed in 2020 is especially sweet.

This chart-topping tune off of Toby Keith’s 1995 Christmas album is definitely worth adding to your holiday playlist.

Singer Keith Whitley lent his voice to this Christmas song just a few years before he passed away.

It may start out slow, but don’t underestimate the cheer that LeAnn Rimes’ peppy holiday song can bring.

This country legend’s seasonal tune is both a love song and a holiday classic all in one.

Kelly Clarkson and Pentatonix teamed up for this 2020 hit that you’ll be humming all season long.

Sung in Johnny Cash’s signature raspy voice, this tune shares a message everyone needs to hear at Christmas: Treat all people with love and kindness.


Hallmark’s new star was a holiday fan long before she made her appearance in Christmas at Graceland. Add this to your party playlist and everyone will be grooving in no time.

Everyone’s favorite The Voice coach makes this traditional tune sound even more modern (and addicting) than ever.

Who could forget this touching tale about a little boy trying to buy a pair of shoes for his ill mother? We can feel the tears starting now!

Scotty McCreery’s heartfelt holiday jam is a sweet reminder about what’s really important this time of year.

Clay Walker delivers a fresh and fun adaptation of the holiday song that’s been a favorite for years.

Kacey’s entire Christmas album is totally addicting, but this lighthearted tune will be a favorite for both kids and adults.

Maren Morris provides chilling vocals in this Pentatonix remix of the popular Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey hit from The Prince of Egypt.

We love this spiffy take on the holiday song we all know and love—performed by a singer we love even more!

Luke Bryan is the latest star to give his spin on this upbeat pop jingle.

Elvis’s bluesy beat may not be as holly jolly as others, but it has certainly become synonymous with the holidays since its release in 1964.

This hilarious hit written from a kid’s point of view will keep everyone laughing through New Year’s.

Seasonal duties got you feeling down? Bop along to this sweet single by country’s leading lady for an instant mood boost.

Let Darius Rucker serenade you with this jazzy gem while you prepare for house guests or whip up treats in the kitchen.

Frozen star Idina Menzel joins the Sugarland singer for this re-creation of the famous hit. After humming along, make a day of it by watching the original film.

If you subscribe to the “No shoes, no shirts, no problems” lifestyle, then you’ll want to blast this beachy tune all winter long.

This laid-back lullaby was made for quiet nights by the fire. All that’s missing are some sugar cookies and a cozy throw blanket.

A twangy take on the Christmas classic, it’s impossible not to hum along to Taylor’s upbeat and catchy carol.

Play this while you trim the tree or gather round the table for your December feast. Its calming nature will put everyone in good spirits.

This 1949 hit is a favorite for guests of all ages, making it a prime choice for any Christmas karaoke plans you may have in mind for your party.

Any version of “Winter Wonderland” makes an excellent addition to any cold-weather playlist, but we’re partial to this take made famous by one of country music’s favorite stars.

With messages of joy, hope, and “heavenly music,” this sweet song will remind you and your family about the true meaning of Christmas.

Though the Old Farmer’s Almanac doesn’t predict a white Christmas in years to come, you can still sing along to this Martina McBride number and hope the forecast changes.

Dolly does it all! This combo of two iconic holiday hits almost rivals her own country albums.

It’s impossible not to bop along to Brenda Lee’s catchy jingle, first released in 1958.

Add this enchanting tune to your road trip playlist—its dramatic music mixed with LeAnn’s vocals make for a spirited singalong.

Another track off Kacey’s Christmas album, but with a more serious tone.

Transport to a magical country Christmas scene when you press play on this Rascal Flatts song.

You’ll be inspired to tackle your gift wrapping chores when you put this soft hit on in the background.

Nothing gets your more excited for seeing friends or family than this jingle that wraps up the best of the season in one little song.

Mariah Carey may be the queen of Christmas, but Travis Tritt’s take is almost as addicting.

Dim the lights, get cozy by the fire, and queue up Randy Travis’ tune for a quiet night that you’ll always treasure.

You don’t have to be a fan of The Grinch to enjoy Faith Hill’s sweet serenade from the hit Jim Carrey movie.

Chestnuts, Jack Frost, tiny tots with their eyes all aglow—all your favorite seasonal essentials are included in this Yuletide carol.

Though not a traditional Christmas song, Merle Haggard’s hit still deserves a spot on the lineup for your December or January festivities.

This holiday hymn gets a country makeover from two musical icons.

You will have yourself a merry little Christmas when you turn up the volume on Vince Gill’s soothing song.

If hanging actual mistletoe isn’t in the cards, than this might be the next best thing.

Sugarland keeps it simple with this classic carol that remains a favorite year after year.

Lee Ann Womack asks the eternal question in this slow jam that looks forward to the year ahead.

There are boundless remixes of this male/female hit, but Lady A gives it a catchy country spin.

Kelly Clarkson stuns in this Christmas single that shows off her impressive vocals.

Set this in the background while you prep your holiday desserts. You’ll love singing along while mixing up treats for your loved ones.

The expecting mom gives a memorable performance of this iconic Christmas song.

Listen to this jingle while you’re in the airport or on the road—it will make you even happier that you’re on your way home.

If you have Christmas caroling with neighbors on the calendar, listen to this Terri Clark take to get you prepped for the big night out.

Garth Brooks and his guitar will steal your heart throughout this version of the snowy single.

Let Keith’s calming performance fill your home and set the mood for the festivities ahead.

iTunes Top 100 Christmas Songs


The 100 most popular Christmas songs on iTunes. This chart includes all genres including pop, rock, R&B, country and children’s Christmas songs. Though this is mainly an Xmas chart, it is not exclusive to Christmas songs or carols. During other holiday periods, especially Halloween, you will find plenty of non-Christmas songs on this chart. To listen to and to download the music you must have Apple’s iTunes player installed on your system. Holiday chart updated daily.

iTunes chart of the top Holiday and Christmas songs was last updated: Monday, November 18 2020, 7:58 am

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Nat «King» Cole — ‘Christmas Songs’
Canadian iTunes Chart Performance

«Christmas Songs»: Chart Statistics

  • Release date: 30 Aug 2004
  • Chart debut: #79 (19 Dec 2010)
  • Highest Position: #79 (19 Dec 2010)
  • Most recent chart position: #79 (19 Dec 2010)
  • Days on Canadian Albums Chart: 1

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Detailed Chart Progress for «Christmas Songs» (Nat «King» Cole)

Canadian Albums chart performance history for Christmas Songs

Year Month Day Pos ition Move ment Number 1
2010 Dec

19 Sun 79 new Glee Cast
Glee: The Music — The Christmas Album

Other Albums by Nat «King» Cole

  • The Christmas Song
  • Christmas Songs
  • The Christmas Song (Expanded Edition)

Latest Canadian Albums Top 10 Full Canadian Albums chart

  • 1 Céline Dion — Courage

Non-Mover. 3 days on the chart

2 Lady Antebellum — Ocean

Non-Mover. 3 days on the chart

3 Luke Combs — What You See Is What You Get

Up 2 places. 10 days on the chart

4 Various Artists — Frozen 2

Down 1 place. 3 days on the chart

5 Various Artists — The Best of Christmas Hits

Up 4 places. 59 days on the chart

6 Tory Lanez — Chixtape 5

Down 2 places. 3 days on the chart

7 Geneviève Jodoin — J’ai toujours su

Up 12 places from #19

8 Bryan Adams — Christmas — EP

Non-Mover. 3 days on the chart

9 Les Cowboys Fringants — Les antipodes

55 of the Best Country Christmas Songs of All Time

Did your favorite make our list?

Everything you do during the holidays requires the perfect background music to get you in the spirit of the season. Whether you’re baking Christmas cookies, wrapping the perfect gift, or decorating your tree with the family, you need to have a very merry playlist ready to go. While we’ll never get tired of classic Christmas songs, there’s something to be said about holiday tunes sung by our favorite country artists. Because it’s the season of giving, we’ve put together a list of the best country Christmas songs of all time. (Now you can spend some extra time at the dessert table without worrying about which holiday hit to play next!)

From old-school singers like Johnny Cash and Dolly Parton to more modern artists like Kacey Musgraves and Luke Bryan, there’s something for everyone. Our favorite country crooners have written their own songs like «Christmas Makes Me Cry» in addition to covering fan-favorites like «Baby, It’s Cold Outside» and «Santa Baby»—and each one is better than the next.

There’s no better way to celebrate than to light the fire, cozy up with the family, and listen to some cheerful holiday music. And if you’re like us, it’s just not the same without the sounds of these Southern stars. Here’s every country song you should add to your Christmas playlist this year.

What could be more appropriate for a Southern holiday celebration than a song called «Country Christmas?!»

Country’s cutest couple, Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood, have an entire album of jingles. But this rendition they performed in 2020 is especially sweet.

This chart-topping tune off of Toby Keith’s 1995 Christmas album is definitely worth adding to your holiday playlist.

Singer Keith Whitley lent his voice to this Christmas song just a few years before he passed away.

It may start out slow, but don’t underestimate the cheer that LeAnn Rimes’ peppy holiday song can bring.


This country legend’s seasonal tune is both a love song and a holiday classic all in one.

Kelly Clarkson and Pentatonix teamed up for this 2020 hit that you’ll be humming all season long.

Sung in Johnny Cash’s signature raspy voice, this tune shares a message everyone needs to hear at Christmas: Treat all people with love and kindness.

Hallmark’s new star was a holiday fan long before she made her appearance in Christmas at Graceland. Add this to your party playlist and everyone will be grooving in no time.

Everyone’s favorite The Voice coach makes this traditional tune sound even more modern (and addicting) than ever.

Who could forget this touching tale about a little boy trying to buy a pair of shoes for his ill mother? We can feel the tears starting now!

Scotty McCreery’s heartfelt holiday jam is a sweet reminder about what’s really important this time of year.

Clay Walker delivers a fresh and fun adaptation of the holiday song that’s been a favorite for years.

Kacey’s entire Christmas album is totally addicting, but this lighthearted tune will be a favorite for both kids and adults.

Maren Morris provides chilling vocals in this Pentatonix remix of the popular Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey hit from The Prince of Egypt.

We love this spiffy take on the holiday song we all know and love—performed by a singer we love even more!

Luke Bryan is the latest star to give his spin on this upbeat pop jingle.

Elvis’s bluesy beat may not be as holly jolly as others, but it has certainly become synonymous with the holidays since its release in 1964.

This hilarious hit written from a kid’s point of view will keep everyone laughing through New Year’s.

Seasonal duties got you feeling down? Bop along to this sweet single by country’s leading lady for an instant mood boost.

Let Darius Rucker serenade you with this jazzy gem while you prepare for house guests or whip up treats in the kitchen.

Frozen star Idina Menzel joins the Sugarland singer for this re-creation of the famous hit. After humming along, make a day of it by watching the original film.

If you subscribe to the “No shoes, no shirts, no problems” lifestyle, then you’ll want to blast this beachy tune all winter long.

This laid-back lullaby was made for quiet nights by the fire. All that’s missing are some sugar cookies and a cozy throw blanket.

A twangy take on the Christmas classic, it’s impossible not to hum along to Taylor’s upbeat and catchy carol.

Play this while you trim the tree or gather round the table for your December feast. Its calming nature will put everyone in good spirits.

This 1949 hit is a favorite for guests of all ages, making it a prime choice for any Christmas karaoke plans you may have in mind for your party.

Any version of “Winter Wonderland” makes an excellent addition to any cold-weather playlist, but we’re partial to this take made famous by one of country music’s favorite stars.

With messages of joy, hope, and “heavenly music,” this sweet song will remind you and your family about the true meaning of Christmas.

Though the Old Farmer’s Almanac doesn’t predict a white Christmas in years to come, you can still sing along to this Martina McBride number and hope the forecast changes.

Dolly does it all! This combo of two iconic holiday hits almost rivals her own country albums.

It’s impossible not to bop along to Brenda Lee’s catchy jingle, first released in 1958.

Add this enchanting tune to your road trip playlist—its dramatic music mixed with LeAnn’s vocals make for a spirited singalong.

Another track off Kacey’s Christmas album, but with a more serious tone.

Transport to a magical country Christmas scene when you press play on this Rascal Flatts song.

You’ll be inspired to tackle your gift wrapping chores when you put this soft hit on in the background.

Nothing gets your more excited for seeing friends or family than this jingle that wraps up the best of the season in one little song.

Mariah Carey may be the queen of Christmas, but Travis Tritt’s take is almost as addicting.

Dim the lights, get cozy by the fire, and queue up Randy Travis’ tune for a quiet night that you’ll always treasure.

You don’t have to be a fan of The Grinch to enjoy Faith Hill’s sweet serenade from the hit Jim Carrey movie.

Chestnuts, Jack Frost, tiny tots with their eyes all aglow—all your favorite seasonal essentials are included in this Yuletide carol.

Though not a traditional Christmas song, Merle Haggard’s hit still deserves a spot on the lineup for your December or January festivities.

This holiday hymn gets a country makeover from two musical icons.

You will have yourself a merry little Christmas when you turn up the volume on Vince Gill’s soothing song.

If hanging actual mistletoe isn’t in the cards, than this might be the next best thing.

Sugarland keeps it simple with this classic carol that remains a favorite year after year.

Lee Ann Womack asks the eternal question in this slow jam that looks forward to the year ahead.

There are boundless remixes of this male/female hit, but Lady A gives it a catchy country spin.

Kelly Clarkson stuns in this Christmas single that shows off her impressive vocals.

Set this in the background while you prep your holiday desserts. You’ll love singing along while mixing up treats for your loved ones.

The expecting mom gives a memorable performance of this iconic Christmas song.

Listen to this jingle while you’re in the airport or on the road—it will make you even happier that you’re on your way home.

If you have Christmas caroling with neighbors on the calendar, listen to this Terri Clark take to get you prepped for the big night out.

Garth Brooks and his guitar will steal your heart throughout this version of the snowy single.

Let Keith’s calming performance fill your home and set the mood for the festivities ahead.

Christmas

Biography by Charlotte Dillon

The Canadian progressive and hard rock group called Christmas formed in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada, in 1969. It came together from some of the members of a disbanded group called Reign Ghost. Guitarist and…
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Artist Biography by Charlotte Dillon

The Canadian progressive and hard rock group called Christmas formed in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada, in 1969. It came together from some of the members of a disbanded group called Reign Ghost. Guitarist and singer Bob Bryden, singer Lynda Squire, and drummer Helge «Rich» Richter had all three worked together in the earlier group. The lineup wasn’t a stable one though and Squire soon left to follow other career choices. With her loss, Christmas found two new members, singer and guitarist Robert Bulger and bassist Tyler Reizanne. The group finished a couple of albums in 1970, Christmas and Heritage. There were also a number of singles released, such as «Don’t Give It Away,» «I’m a Song,» «Farewell Sweet Love,» and «Point Blank.»

When the band still seemed to be floundering in first gear in the 1971, Bulger abandoned ship too, being replaced by another singer, Preston Wynn. The band took a year off and then came back with a lengthened name, the Spirit of Christmas. None of the efforts helped the group gain stardom and in 1975, the team called it quits. Most members went on to other bands, like Benzene, Age of Mirrors, Buzzsaw, the Forgotten Rebels, and Threshold. In the ’90s, three of the albums Christmas had recorded — Heritage, Lies to Live By, and Live at Massey Hall — were re-released.

Christmas – Christmas 1970 (Canada, Psychedelic/Blues Rock)

Исполнитель: Christmas
Откуда: Canada
Альбом: Christmas
Год выхода: 1970
Жанр: Psychedelic/Blues Rock
Формат: MP3 CBR 320
Размер архива: 88 MB

Дебютная пластинка группы из Oshawa (провинция Онтарио). Группа образовалась в 1970 году на обломках канадского психоделического состава “Reign Ghost”. За основу была взята музыка таких групп как “Grateful Dead” и “Quicksilver Messenger Service”, то есть «West Coast Psychedelic Rock» в блюзовом ключе. С самого начала лидерство в коллективе закрепилось за гитаристом Bob Bryden. Вскоре после основания группы Lynda Squires была приглашена для участия в канадской версии рок-оперы «Hair», и обязанности вокалиста целиком и полностью легли на плечи все того же Брайдена. В 1970 году вышел первый одноименный альбом группы. В то время как мода на психоделию начинала спадать, а движение хиппи стало приходить в упадок, с такой музыкой начинающей группе пробиться наверх было сложно. К тому же, политизированная лирика с левым уклоном никак не способствовала продвижению группы. Радиостанции отказывались транслировать ее песни, а менеджеры морщили носы и отказывали в поддержке. Пластинка продавалась плохо, концертная деятельность протекала слишком вяло, и лишь синглы пользовались в Новом Свете некоторой популярностью. Но музыканты не спешили что-либо менять, и в том же году выпустили второй альбом «Heritage»…

Tracks:
01. Just Suppose — 4:28
02. Your Humble Suitor — 4:18
03. Sorry I Bore You Victoria — 2:57
04. Oasis — 6:10
05. Jungle Fabulous — 20:57

Personnel:
Bob Bryden — guitar, vocals
Robert Bulger — guitar
Tyler Raizenne — bass
Helge «Rich» Richter — drums
Gary Squires — vocals
Wolfgang Hryciuk — tambourine, vocals

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