I am just preparing some presents for Christmas and I am listening to some nice music from Canada:
Noel! Noel! – The Spirit Of The Season
Throughout the show four unique and dynamic performers share music that expresses their vision of Christmas. Using both personal anecdotes and songs each artist will share their experience of this magical season.
The concert included more than 20 songs and instrumentals that have some connection with christmas. (link not valid any more)
I have already heard a nice song by Paul Tobin about his leaving home.
Known mainly as a blues man in the Saskatoon community, Paul Tobin’s latest CD ‘All Nigh Blue’ draws on the genre while showcasing Paul as a singer-songwriter in his own right. Paul’s very personal songs reflect on the past and make observations about our contemporary world.
I liked very much the fiddle tunes by Karrnnel that are influenced by Ukrainian music – here is a promotional video with some examples of the music by Karrnnel:
Karrnnel may only be 27 years old, but he is the most decorated competitive fiddler in Saskatchewan’s history
Several songs are sung by Claire Pelletier in French, especially I liked the song: D’où viens-tu bergère
Gifted and award-winning Quebecois songstress Claire Pelletier carries on the tradition of her native Kamouraska.
Here is a video that I have found with music by Claire Pelkletier and pictures from a “Village de Noel”:
The fourth artist in this concert is Alexis Normand whose Jingle Bells version in French “Vive le Vent” is very nice.
Alexis Normand is a young Saskatoon singer songwriter, graduate of the National Songwriting Academy (L’École nationale de la chanson) and winner of Radio-Canada’s Muziklip contest.
The concert ends with a special Christmas “Orange Blossom Special”!
Check my page about Christmas music to find more!