The Neighbourhood Mixtape: Holiday Edition 2011
The Neighbourhood Mixtape is a collection of newly-released songs by Toronto musicians. The mixtape is meant to celebrate Toronto's music culture and provide a forum to listen to and discover new local music.
Every Sunday, I post a five-track mixtape (along with my own mini-reflections for each track) that you can download or stream as a soundtrack for the week. For this week, we revisit some old and give you some new holiday tunes as a sweet treat. The Neighbourhood Mixtape returns January 1st!
Track #1: Carnival Moon, "Ring Christmas Bells"
Elaine Kelly-Canning leads the choral magic in this classic carol, while friends and band-mates join along to the flick and pluck of Canning's harp.
Track #2: Evening Hymns, "Sonjas Sang Til Julestjernen"
"Sonjas Sang Til Julestjernen" is borrowed from a beloved Norwegian holiday film, Reisen til Julestjernen (The Journey to the Christmas Star) - a warm tune, although most of us may never know the story Jonas Bonnetta sings about.
Track #3: Ohbijou, "Last Christmas"
Ohbijou covers the 80's big-hit holiday song "Last Christmas" by Wham! Bright synths and gusts of strings light up the track, illuminating Casey Mecija's delicate and shivery vocals.
Track #4: The Wilderness of Manitoba, "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing"
Join The Wilderness of Manitoba as they charm you with bells, handclaps, soft strums and a merry banjo in their folk version of "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing".
Track #5: Fucked Up & Friends, "Do They Know It's Christmas?"
If you wish to be a part of The Neighbourhood Mixtape, you can contact Aldrin at aldrin [at] blogto [dotcom]
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