Exclaim! Holiday Gift Guide: The Best Music Merch of 2021

BY Exclaim! StaffPublished Dec 10, 2021

With the slow return of live concerts also comes the return of merch tables, but if your favourite artists haven't played your city this year, help them out by buying their wares online — the shipping costs are worth it. Here are the best musical merch items of 2021.

Cadence Weapon
Parallel World long sleeve  

Featuring swirling images inspired by the 2021 Polaris Music Prize-winning record, this long-sleeve also includes lyrics from incisive album opener "Africville's Revenge" and powerful closer "Connect."
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Leanne Betasamosake Simpson
A Short History of the Blockade

Musician, activist and author Leanne Betasamosake Simpson's latest piece of non-fiction, A Short History of the Blockade, looks at Indigenous blockades through the lens of the beaver, a natural dam builder. It's the perfect companion to her excellent Theory of Ice LP. 
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Klô Pelgag
Music box 

This hand-cranked music box from Montreal-based artist Klô Pelgag features your choice between two songs from her 2016 album L'Étoile thoracique
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Super7 action figure

This 3.75-inch retro collectible finds the iconic singer and bass player in his signature calvary hat and includes a bass and Murder One amp, perfect for reenacting your favourite Motörhead gig. 
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Charlotte Cardin
Phoenix socks

White sport socks featuring the logo from the Montreal singer's excellent debut album, Phoenix, on the ankle, and her name on the bottom. 
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Helena Deland 
Someone New long sleeve

This black shirt from the Montreal singer features new art and the title of her debut LP, perfect gear for "kissing someone new, with a familiar face." 
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Dorothea Paas 
"Soon This Won't Matter" pencil 

Uplifting mantra or downbeat dictum? Write your own reality with this Dorothea Paas pencil. Includes a download of the Toronto singer's 2018 album One for the Road
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St. Vincent 
Daddy's Home candle 

Celebrate the return of St. Vincent with this leather-scented candle, branded with latest album Daddy's Home
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Can I Mix You a Drink? book

Working with mixologist Maxwell Britten, the "Buy U a Drank" singer puts new spins on classic cocktails, exploring new levels of "flavour and potencies," pairing each concoction with his hit tunes. 
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