While we’re staying (read: stuck) at home a little more these days than in a typical holiday season, the fine folks over at Arts & Crafts are providing not just a soundtrack for all your decorating, baking, wrapping and reminiscing needs, but also a show to keep you company.
Arts & Crafts has issued a new playlist of covers and originals of holiday songs from Dan Mangan, Hannah Georgas, Sloan, Said the Whale, Busty and the Bass, Charles Spearin, Zeus, Ellevator, Jordan Klassen, Reuben and the Dark, Lowell and Sara MacDougall. The 12-song playlist is available in all the usual places, including Bandcamp, and can be purchased digitally as well, with other formats in the works.
“These songs have been curated by the team at A&C to give a new spin on what holiday music can be, whether it’s Dan Mangan’s soulful take on the classic ‘Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,’ Hannah Georgas’ sorrowful re-work of ‘Let It Snow,’ Busty and The Bass’ neo-soul-jazz rendition of ‘Auld Lang Syne,’ or a fun stripped down original rock tune from Broken Social Scene/Do Make Say Think’s Charles Spearin; these songs aim to bring the warm feeling of the Holidays to you and your family during this most unusual Holiday Season,” the label says.
But the fun doesn’t end there.
Gather ‘round the family, have the friends synch their devices and keep the drinks flowing because some of these same artists, and a few others, will be singing holiday tunes right into your homes next Sunday, December 13, starting at 3 p.m. (how family friendly!).
Tickets to the livestream concert are $12 and can be purchased here, with proceeds going to help the Daily Bread Food Bank in Toronto.
Slated to appear are Kevin Drew, Dan Mangan, Sloan’s Chris Murphy, Reuben and the Dark, Zeus and others. All the performers will be joining in from their homes, sending cheer and good wishes to yours.
So clear your calendar, get some snacks and try to feel a little more festive with some of the Arts & Crafts crew.