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What's on CBC Radio 2 over the holidays
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CBC Music

Published

December 14, 2016

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Wondering what festive delights CBC Radio 2 scheduled this holiday season? Take a look at what we have in store below:


Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016
9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
(9:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. NT)

Joy to the World
CBC Radio 2's annual Euroradio holiday special. One of the most popular events of the year on CBC Radio 2, Joy to the World is a full day of holiday music programming from the countries of the European Broadcasting Union. It's a tradition that's been going strong for 23 years, uniting the globe through music for the holiday season. This year's broadcast, hosted by Ben Heppner, will include performances from Germany, Spain, Sweden, Czech Republic and other countries.


Saturday, Dec. 24, 2016

5 p.m. - 6 p.m.
(6 p.m. - 7 p.m. AT)
(6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. NT)
Blue Christmas with Shakura S’Aida
From B.B. King to Etta James, you'll hear the very best holiday blues to celebrate the season.

6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
(7 p.m. - 9 p.m. AT)
(7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. NT)
Home for the Holidays with Tim Tamashiro
A hearth-warming mix of classic holiday music from Bing Crosby and Nat King Cole to the more traditional sounds of Handel's Messiah and Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker.

8 p.m. - 10 p.m.
(9 p.m. - 11 p.m. AT)
(9:30 p.m. - 11:30 p.m. NT)
Home for the Holidays with Laurie Brown
A hearth-warming mix of classic holiday music from Bing Crosby and Nat King Cole to the more traditional sounds of Handel's Messiah and Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker.

10 p.m.
(11 p.m. AT, 11:30 p.m. NT)
Christmas Night
A continuous stream of classical music for the overnight hours.


Sunday, Dec. 25, 2016

6 a.m. - 9 a.m.
(6:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. NT)
Home for the Holidays with Angeline Tetteh-Wayoe
A hearth-warming mix of classic holiday music from Bing Crosby and Nat King Cole to the more traditional sounds from Handel's Messiah and Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker.

9 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.
(9:30 a.m. - 12:20 p.m. NT)
Handel’s Messiah, hosted by Julie Nesrallah
Georg Fredrich Handel's Oratorio the Messiah is a Christmas favourite for classical music lovers. This year features a new recording by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir under Andrew Davis.

11:50 a.m.
(12:20 p.m. NT)
Queen’s Message
Queen Elizabeth delivers her Christmas message from Buckingham Palace, an annual tradition on radio since 1952.

12 p.m. - 1 p.m.
(12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. NT)
Home for the Holidays with Julie Nesrallah
A hearth-warming mix of classic holiday music from Bing Crosby and Nat King Cole to the more traditional sounds from Handel's Messiah and Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker.

1 p.m. - 2 p.m.
(1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. NT)
37th Annual CBC Christmas Sing-In, hosted by Ben Heppner
A popular broadcast tradition from the Church of St. Andrew and St. Paul in Montreal, the CBC Christmas Sing-In includes your favourite seasonal music, from “The Huron Carol” to “O Holy Night,” performed by choir, organ, brass, percussion and tenor soloist John Tessier. Join host Ben Heppner and sing along wherever you may be on Christmas Day.

2 p.m. - 7 p.m.
(2:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. NT)
Home for the Holidays with Tom Allen
A hearth-warming mix of classic holiday music from Bing Crosby and Nat King Cole to the more traditional sounds from Handel's Messiah and Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker.

7 p.m. - 8 p.m.
(7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. NT)
Home for the Holidays with Julie Nesrallah
Choral Christmas: An hour of the most beautifully blended harmonies by leading Canadian choirs.

8 p.m. - 11 p.m.
(8:30 p.m. - 11:30 p.m. NT)
Home for the Holidays with Katherine Duncan
A hearth-warming mix of classic holiday music from Bing Crosby and Nat King Cole to the more traditional sounds from Handel's Messiah and Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker.

11 p.m. - 12 a.m.
(11:30 p.m. - 12:30 a.m. NT)
The Marvin’s Room Christmas Party, hosted by Amanda Parris
From ugly knit sweaters to exorbitant Christmas lights, the holidays can be cheesy. Thankfully we can turn to R&B, the genre gifted at taking the corniest moments in life and somehow finding a way to make all of it incredibly cool. This is the mission of The Marvin’s Room Christmas Party: finding the coolness in Christmas. The Marvin’s Room Christmas Party is a celebration of the holidays through funk and soul, the blues and hip-hop. From Christmas classics to remixed carols, we’re covering it all.


Monday, Dec. 26

6 a.m. - 9 a.m.
(6:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. NT)
Radio 2 Morning with Raina Douris, featuring Radio 2’s Top 100 Songs of 2016
Join Radio 2 Morning host Raina Douris as she counts down your favourite songs heard on Radio 2 this year, all based on national airplay, digital sales and their peak position on the Radio 2 Top 20 in 2016.

3:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.
(4 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. NT)
Radio 2 Drive with Rich Terfry, featuring Radio 2’s Top 100 Songs of 2016
Join Radio 2 Drive host Rich Terfry as he continues the countdown of your favourite songs heard on Radio 2 this year, all based on national airplay, digital sales and their peak position on the Radio 2 Top 20 in 2016.


Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016

7 p.m. - 12 a.m.
(7:30 p.m. - 12:30 a.m. NT)
The Essential Songs of 2016, hosted by Raina Douris
A countdown of the most essential songs of the year. Our Essential Songs of 2016 is a snapshot of all the great music Canadians streamed, heard on the radio, and read about online at cbcmusic.ca, all through 2016.


Sunday, Jan. 1

8 p.m. - 12 a.m.
(8:30 p.m. - 12:30 a.m. NT)
The Strombo Show Presents: Hip 30, hosted by George Stroumboulopoulos
The Strombo Show
celebrates 30 years of the Tragically Hip, with live performances of 50 cover songs by 50 artists, including Blue Rodeo, Arkells and more.


Monday, Jan. 2

6 a.m. - 9 a.m.
(6:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. NT)
Radio 2 Morning with Raina Douris, featuring Radio 2’s Top 100 Songs of 2016
Join Radio 2 Morning host Raina Douris as she counts down your favourite songs heard on Radio 2 this year, all based on national airplay, digital sales and their peak position on the Radio 2 Top 20 in 2016.

3:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.
(4:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. NT)
Radio 2 Drive with Rich Terfry, featuring Radio 2’s Top 100 Songs of 2016
Join Radio 2 Drive host Rich Terfry as he continues the countdown of your favourite songs heard on Radio 2 this year, all based on national airplay, digital sales and their peak position on the Radio 2 Top 20 in 2016.

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