By now the dust should have just about settled on the TLOBF Christmas party, and no doubt many of you reading this will have a whole plethora of events coming up in the next few days. Add this to the “seasonal” weather (read: it’s bloomin’ cold) and it all it begins to seem a lot like…..well, you know, that time of year.

Oh! Canada has been working with a whole host of Canadian acts to bring you 25 (see what we did there?) tracks to celebrate the winter and the upcoming festive season. The Wilderness of Manitoba found the time to slip into the studio and record their take on “Oh Come, Oh Come Emmanuel” exclusively for us. Jason Zumpano evokes the spirit of Vince Guaraldi with his solo piano piece, while The Acorn, Jason Collett, Cinderpop, Zumpano (the band, not the solo artist) and The Pointed Sticks bring the power pop to the party. Ohbijou and Paper Moon take on some seasonal classics, Evening Hymns sing in Norwegian and elsewhere there is plenty of winter wistfulness to chill the bones and warm the coldest of hearts! And so without further a do we bring you: Ho! Ho! Ho! Canada.

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1. Years – ‘The Fall Of Winter’
2. Jason Zumpano – ‘New Morning’
3. The Wilderness of Manitoba – ‘Oh Come, Oh Come Emannuel’
4. Canadian Wildlife – ‘Winters Moon’
5. Paper Moon – ‘Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas’
6. The Acorn – ‘Snowfall’
7. Ohbijou – ‘Last Christmas’
8. The Deep Dark Woods – ‘The Winter Hours’
9. T. Nile – ‘The Ballad Of Jack Pine’
10. The Pointed Sticks – ‘Power Pop Santa’
11. Zumpano – ‘The Mods Of Christmas Town’
12. Jason Collett -’A Beguiled Christmas In Sales’
13. David Carswell & Megan Barnes – ‘I Wanna Kiss You This Christmas’
14. Cinderpop -’Cinnamon Winter’
15. The Great Outdoors – ‘The Garbage Man Song’
16. The Mountains & The Trees – ‘All Together Now (For The Holidays)’
17. Woodpigeon – ‘Xoxmas’
18. Evening Hymns – ‘Sonjas Sang Til Julestjernen’
19. Olenka and Simon – ‘The Red and Green Blues’
20. Brasstronaut – ‘Diwali Time’
21. Hoffenheimer – ‘Klausmas’
22. Lightning Dust – ‘Ho Ho Ho’
23. Detective Kalita – ‘Let’s Bury Christmas (And Watch It Grow)’
24. Dan Mangan – ‘Reason To Think Aloud’
25. The Ramblin’ Ambassadors – ‘Don’t Fear The Reindeer’

As ever we would like to thank everyone who contributed to the compilation. However, this being the season of giving there a couple of releases featured here, and available elsewhere, that are supporting good causes that we would like to highlight:

The Brasstronaut and Lightning Dust tracks are taken from The Eggnog Experience, a 30 track Christmas download album featuring 30 of Vancouver’s best artists. You can download the album for free here. All donations are going to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society.

The Canadian Wildlife track is featured on Friends in Bellwoods II, which you can buy here. Proceeds go to Toronto’s Daily Bread Food Bank.

Elsewhere, proceeds from The New Pornographer’s “The Spirit Of Giving EP” (which features one of Oh! Canada’s all time Christmas faves “Joseph, Who Understood”) go to the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation and the money raised by Fucked Up’s all star take on “Do They Know It’s Christmas” will go to a number of charities supporting Aboriginal Women.

And with that Oh! Canada wishes you all a very happy Christmas. Join us between Christmas and New Year when we will be reviewing the years best Canadian releases with help from the likes of Gentleman Reg, Spiral Beach, The Hidden Cameras, Jason Collett, Dan Mangan, Ohbijou and more…