Updated with new music: November 2022 [Originally posted December 7, 2021]
I’ve always wanted to make an all-Hamilton, holiday season Playlist! ☃️🎄 I Heart Hamilton turned 10 in 2021, and since that time, there is now quite a bit of local tunes to round out a festive mix. This will be an evolving Playlist that I’ll add to and revisit each year. Have a recommendation? Leave a comment!
Arkells – “Pub Crawl” [Listen]
Arkells – “The Last Christmas (We Ever Spend Apart)” [Listen]
Arkells released their first-ever holiday track last year (along with an amazing music video!) and continued the tradition this year. Bonus: Don’t forget to put on that cozy Arkells Fireplace Channel!
Jeremy Fisher – “Economy Xmas” [Listen]
Cutting through the sometimes saccharine holiday tracks, Jeremy describes this single as having melancholic humour: “a catchy little sing-a-long refrain about the woes of holiday-induced credit card debt, and it’s actually pretty fun to sing: I owe, I owe, I owe, I owe. It might be the new E-I-E-I-O.” Check out the delightful music video.
Jeremy and Jazzy – “I Want To Wish” [Listen]
Jeremy Fisher’s children’s project, Jeremy and Jazzy, is a new tv series and musical release. This charming tune sees the characters singing about their favourite parts of Christmas, Hanukkah, and the Winter Solstice.
Terra Lightfoot – “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” [Listen]
Terra Lightfoot – “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” [Listen]
A double-shot of this lovely singer-songwriter, who added to her holiday repertoire this year with a new one.
Alex Whorms – “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” [Listen]
Alex Whorms – “Christmas Morning” [Listen]
Alex Whorms shared a beautiful rendition of a holiday classic, and returned with an original holiday song the following year.
Brenda Brown – “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” [Listen]
Brenda Brown – “I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm” [Listen]
A lovely cover of a Christmas staple, plus an Irving Berlin standard, from jazz singer and songwriter Brenda Brown.
Roslyn Witter – “This Christmas” [Listen]
If you know Roslyn Witter, you know she loves the holidays! This original Christmas tune was written by Roslyn’s brother, and it’s a warm, feel-good holiday song.
Ryan Sykes – “Wishlist – Remix” [Listen]
Ryan Sykes – “Last Christmas” [Listen]
Ryan Sykes – “Under The Mistletoe” ft. Jason Chung [Listen]
Hamilton-based R&B/pop singer Ryan Sykes has released two holiday EPs: This Christmas (2019) and Christmas Wishlist (2020), plus even more festive tracks. Find the full collection of Ryan’s Christmas music with this handy Spotify playlist!
Scarlett & Disher – “Deck The Halls” [Listen]
Scarlett & Disher – “December Nights” [Listen]
Scarlett & Disher – “This Year’s End” [Listen]
This dynamic duo (Laura Scarlett and David Disher) knows how to get festive! Together, they have created the holiday EPs That Christmas Feeling (2014), December Nights (2015), and This Year’s End (2016). I’ve selected a track from each for this mix.
Art Of Time Ensemble – “You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch” feat. Tom Wilson [Listen]
Tom Wilson showcases his signature growl on this favourite – taken from Art Of Time Ensemble’s album Christmas In Prison, which comprises of performances from the group’s annual holiday show, To All A Good Night.