Hello North by East West readers! I have 8.1 hours worth of Christmas and holiday music on my hard drive as this blog post is being written, and a good chunk of that is free and by a lovely host of Canadian indie artists. So for you and your family's entertainment this holiday season, let me share with you some of these free holiday mix tapes, singles and albums fundraising for worthy causes. If you like the artists you hear, make sure to check out more of their music!
It is my hope to update the list whenever free Christmas music becomes available. For the most up-to-date list of downloads, please keep an eye out on earbuds & ticket stubs. And please let me know if there is a link that I've missed, or if a download is no longer available!
The Line of Best Fit has started a fine tradition of getting Canadian indie heavy hitters like Basia Bulat, Jason Collett and Great Lake Swimmers to cover some of their favourite Christmas songs along with some originals as well.
Mental Beast got a all-Vancouver cast of musicians for their mixtape, named The Eggnog Experience, back in 2009. Artists include Lightning Dust, Apollo Ghosts, Brasstronaut, Analog Bell Service and much more.
Hannah Georgas shared her lovely ditty "Christmas Touch" with me last year. Don't miss it!
Elephant Stone has two singles "Jingle Bells" and "A Hawaiian Holy Night" on their website for download.
Parlovr has two singles "I'm Santa" and "Spike the Eggnog" on their website for download.
Treelines covered "Little Drummer Boy," available for download from their Bandcamp page.
Said the Whale has their 2009 EP West Coast Christmas for download, at the cost of your email.
Library Voices w/ Julia McDougall - "Baby It's Christmas" (MP3, right click and save)
The Ruffled Feathers wrote you a letter and have "The Highest Mountain" for free download.
Jill Barber, Rose Cousins and Meaghan Smith teamed up to record A New Kind of Light back in 2007, which includes lovely originals alongside traditional favourites. They're three stellar artists and as you can imagine, the outcome is superb. Proceeds of this album goes toward food banks in the Maritimes. You can order the physical album here from Feed Nova Scotia.
Prince Edward Island All Stars including Jenn Grant, Al Tuck, Paper Lions and Boxer the Horse cover their favourite Christmas tunes and contribute some original material as well.