Hear the Best New Canadian Holiday Music: Aqyila, Vivek Shraya, Fefe Dobson, Alanis Morissette

BY Exclaim! StaffPublished Dec 15, 2023

'Twas the month before Christmas, when all through the street (Bloor), the Exclaim! staff were office-bound to copyedit the magazine. There arose such a clatter when they saw the annual Santa Claus Parade was the matter, dodging steel drum players like a flash and weaving through every festive clown's windblown sash.

That was when it felt like the dawn of the holiday season was really, truly upon us — that, and listening to the best new Canadian holiday music. Gone away are the overplayed mall soundtracks and losing Whamageddon way too early, and here to stay are the freshest festive recordings in the country.

Vivek Shraya celebrates the reason for the season — chosen family — while TikTok phenom Aqyila channels classic R&B vibes for the silky melancholy of "Please Come Home for Christmas." Fefe Dobson continues her comeback season by likewise announcing Santa's return to town, and Alanis Morissette puts her spin on the classic carol "What Child Is This."

Elsewhere, Bestfriend want to know what you're doing New Year's Eve (we know what they're doing a few short eves later: playing the first show in our Class of 2024 concert series!). Also asking the important questions are Deanna Petcoff on her dreamy original Christmas tune and laye's message to not only God but also Jesus.

Edmonton's VISSIA is prepared to explore the great indoors on the soft and sultry "Snowed In," while Valley take on Coldplay's "Christmas Lights"; all I want for Christmas is a bespoke stage pylon.

Find everything on your wish list with The Holid-Eh! List below, presented by Mary Brown's Chicken & Taters — all Canadian and proud of it!


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