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Christmas Streams

One of our finest yearly traditions, a perfect seasonal mix of concertos, carols, and hits from the choral, vocal and instrumental repertoire. Cozy up in front of the fire and delight in a wide range of gifts from this musical tree, from Handel's Messiah and Bach's Christmas Oratorio to Leroy Anderson's Sleigh Ride.

Spruce up your holiday happenings with a delicious mix of seasonal pop and jazz standards. Make sure these songs are nearby on nights when the weather outside is frightful, yet the fire is so delightful. Hear: Bing Crosby, Michael Bublé, Aretha Franklin, Frank Sinatra, and Nat King Cole

The ultimate sign of success for a pop star is releasing a hit Christmas album. A collection of beautiful musical presents gifted to us from the past 2 decades of pop divas, boy bands, and superstar acts.  Hear: Wham 'Last Christmas', Madonna 'Santa Baby', Lady Gaga 'White Christmas', Justin Bieber 'All I Want For Christmas Is You'

A celebration of the holidays through funk, soul, the blues and hip hop. From R&B renditions of Christmas classics to remixed carols, we're covering it all. Hear: James Brown 'Soulful Christmas', Jully Black 'Christmas Song', Eartha Kitt 'Santa Baby', Jackson 5 'I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus' 

Celebrate the holidays with country music's biggest and brightest stars as they sing cherished holiday favorites and original songs. A perfect country soundtrack for wrapping presents, decking halls or simply driving the open road. Hear: Blue Rodeo 'Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas', Gord Bamford 'Christmas In Canada', Amy Grant 'Tennessee Christmas', Paul Brandt 'Let It Snow'

Christmas standards that are anything but. Scat along with your favourites and let the swingle-bells ring out. Hear: Tim Tamashiro 'You're A Mean One Mr. Grinch', Oscar Peterson 'Santa Claus Is Coming To Town', Ella Fitzgerald 'Frosty The Snowman', Vince Guaraldi 'Boy Named Charlie Brown', Louis Armstrong 'Zat You Santa Claus'

The ugly sweater of Christmas music. Festive treats which are weird, colourful, fun, and strangely the most comfortable thing you could put on for the holidays. Hear: They Might Be Giants 'Santa's Beard', Bootsy Collins 'Winter Wonderland, Run DMC 'Christmas In Hollis', and Shonen Knife 'Space Christmas'

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