The holidays are here and there’s no better time for a little CanCon on your speakers to go with your egg nog and tree trimming. From original tunes to classic covers, Canadian crooners, country artists and pop singers know how to celebrate the snowiest time of the year.
Get into the holiday spirit with the ultimate Canadian Christmas playlist below!
“Mistletoe,” Justin Bieber
Justin Bieber’s 2011 Christmas album Under The Mistletoe featured a number of holiday favourites, like “Silent Night,” “Drummer Boy” and Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You” along with Carey herself. The disc also included Bieber originals, including his single “Mistletoe.”
“Winter Song,” Celine Dion
Whether you want to celebrate the holidays in English or French, Celine Dion has you covered. The prolific international superstar has released one English and two French Christmas albums in addition to her 23 studio albums. We don’t know where she gets the energy, but this year Dion covered another Christmas track, delivering an emotional and beautiful rendition of Sara Bareilles and Ingrid Michaelson’s “Winter Song.”
“12 Days Of Christmas,” Bob and Doug McKenzie
Everyone’s favourite SCTV hosers Bob and Doug McKenzie first recorded their classic version of the “12 Days of Christmas” back in 1981 and in 2008 the song got even more animated.
“Silent Night,” Anne Murray
Not to be outdone by Dion, Anne Murray has released an incredible eight Christmas albums, including 1988’s Anne Murray Christmas, which shouldn’t be confused with 2008’s Anne Murray’s Christmas Album. Frankly, when you get past five holiday albums, you start running out of names.
“God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman/We Three Kings,” Barenaked Ladies feat. Sarah McLachlan
The Barenaked Ladies 2004 album Barenaked for the Holidays had a little something for everyone, including guest appearances by Sarah McLachlan and Michael Bublé, songs about Hanukkah, and the New Year’s Eve classic “Auld Lang Syne.”
“Wintersong,” Sarah McLachlan
Speaking of McLachlan, she’s put out several holiday singles and albums over the years, including 2006’s Grammy and JUNO Award-nominated Wintersong and her 2016 Christmas album Wonderland.
“Maybe This Christmas,” Ron Sexsmith
St. Catherines, Ontario native Ron Sexsmith lent his smooth and soothing vocals to a cover of “Maybe Next Christmas” for the 2002 charity album of the same name, with proceeds going towards Toys for Tots.
“The First Noel,” Crash Test Dummies
Winnipeg’s Crash Test Dummies give this Christmas classic a do-over with lead singer Brad Roberts’ signature bass.
“River,” Joni Mitchell
Maybe one year we’ll be able to listen to Joni Mitchell’s 1971 track “River” and not cry. This year is not that year.
“Jingle Bells,” Diana Krall
BC native Diana Krall released her holiday album Christmas Songs in 2005, putting a little pep in our snow-covered step with her jazzy renditions of holiday classics.
“Christmas Every Day,” Simple Plan
Montreal pop punk rockers Simple Plan remind us of everything we loved about the holidays as a child in their new track “Christmas Every Day.” Snow days, watching TV, and opening presents. Yeah, Christmas every day is great! Unless you’re an adult and have to do all the baking and buying.
“I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day,”Johnny Reid
Scottish-born, Canadian-claimed JUNO winner Johnny Reid has covered just about every Christmas classic with his 2009 and 2013 holiday albums, including “Away In A Manger,” “Mary, Did You Know,” and “Do You Hear What I Hear?”
“Merry Christmas,” Bryan Adams
West coaster Bryan Adams has both covered holiday classics and written a few of his own, including “Christmas Time” and “Reggae Christmas.” He really can do it all.
“Song For A Winter’s Night,” Gordon Lightfoot
A favourite song to cover by other Canadians, including Blue Rodeo and Sarah McLachlan, Gordon Lightfoot’s 1967 single is one of the icon’s most famous tunes.
“Last Christmas,” Carly Rae Jepsen
Pop indie darling Carly Rae Jepsen released her cover of Wham!’s famous holiday tune “Last Christmas” in 2015, giving the single an updated burst of energy.
“White Christmas,” Michael Bublé featuring Shania Twain
Michael Buble may not be the record holder for most Christmas albums released by a Canadian, but the crooner definitely has some of the most successful holiday covers. Is it really Christmas until we hear Michael singing a holiday classic? Not really.
Watch Michael Buble’s 3rd Annual Christmas Special and fellow Canuck Russell Peters’ Christmas on CraveTV now.