It all blew up for Canadian music in 2005 following the Arcade Fire's debut album 'Funeral' which topped most end of year polls that year. With very generous Government funding the music scene in that normally underperforming part of the world suddenly became the centre of the indie universe. So while Arcade Fire's 'A Very Arcade Xmas' might sound like something knocked together as marshmallow's slowly roasted in the corner it is still excellent party tinder. For those who find that track a little too DIY for their Christmas music needs there is an abundance of warmly produced delights on this playlist such as Ron Sexsmith's by now seminal 'Maybe This Christmas'. This folk icon has busied himself for years making quiet classics and 'Maybe This Christmas' is certainly one of them. The song focuses on the true meaning of the season while decrying the overwhelming commerciality which has for the most part robbed Christmas of its raison d'être.
Toronto's Pilate were particularly brave in taking on the classic Pogues track 'Fairytale of New York' as the original takes centre stage each and every December. It is to Pilate's credit however that their rendition adds something new to the tale of heartbroken love. Equally absorbing and as lively as a NYPD Christmas gathering is Barenaked Ladies' 'Sleigh Ride' which given the normally snowy Canadian backdrop is dosed in the reality that the band need only to step outside their door to participate. And our 'An Indie Christmas From Canada' is not just remakes of old chestnuts as you'll hear from Said The Whale on their original composition 'Christmas Under The Clouds' and the Russian Futurists and their anticipatory '100 Shopping Days 'Til Christmas'. All told this is a collection with a little of everything so even those beyond the shadow of Mount Logan will be sated over the holidays.
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