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CBC Music brings you the 5 streams of Christmas
By
Judith Lynch

Published

November 25, 2016

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Christmas can be one of the most charitable times of the year. It is in that spirit that we at CBC Music bring to you the gift of music. OK, it's true, we do that every day, but starting today we're bringing you the gift of Christmas music. Hours of music expertly curated into five streams that can get you through the holiday season. We're pretty pumped about them, and we think you're going to like them, too.

Because it’s obvious at Christmas, the Ceeb is giving me: a Classical Holidays stream

The Classical Holidays stream is a yearly tradition here at CBC Music. Looking for a steady stream of Christmas concertos, carols and choral music? We’ve got you covered.

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.

To rock the standards at Christmas, the Ceeb is giving me: a Seasonal Favourites stream

Enjoy Bing, Bublé, Bocelli and more singing all of your holiday faves without suiting up to head to the mall to hear them. These pop and jazz standards are the modern sounds of Christmas.

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

For the cool kids at Christmas, the Ceeb is giving me: the joy of a Pop Christmas stream

If you’re a musician, one of the smartest things you can do is release a Christmas song. If it takes hold and becomes a hit, you’ll get those cheques coming in every year. Wham!, Madonna and Lady Gaga learned from the lessons laid down by Handel, Brahms and Leroy Anderson and created original holiday classics that you’ll be singing for decades to come.

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'

For the hipsters at Christmas, the Ceeb is giving me: a weirdly wonderful Alt Christmas stream.

This stream is the ugly sweater of Christmas music: it’s not for everyone, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t deserve a seat at the table. Clarence Carter’s “Back Door Santa,” the mighty Miss Sharon Jones’s “Ain’t No Chimneys in the Projects” and Bryan Adams’s “Reggae Christmas” (wait, what?) all have a home here. For those who like their Christmas jams with a twist.

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'

For the cowpokes of Christmas, the Ceeb is giving me: a down-home Country Christmas stream.

Brett Kissel, Corb Lund, Leann Rimes and more sing some Christmas classics along with original holiday tunes, each one with a distinct country feel.

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'

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