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Bands home for the holidays, cassette culture and lots of Christmas music!

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(This week's blog courtesy of Juanita Bawagan, bandwidth intern extraordinaire)

 

This week, Bandwidth is guaranteed to get you in the holiday spirit!

 

You'll hear from bands that are coming home for the holidays after touring. The Claytones take you aboard the CP Holiday Train (left). They stopped in towns along the way to play benefit concerts for local food banks. The women of Trent Severn talk quintessential Canadian traditions and Diamond Rings shares the one thing he always does when he gets home.

 

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Besides Christmas, you'll also get to celebrate the cassette's 50th anniversary with a look at underground tape culture. You'll be transported to an album release party for Belleville band Grime Kings and local artist Boyhood (right). You'll also meet the co-owners of Bruised Tongue records who release music exclusively on tape.

 

Of course, the show is packed with Christmas music -- but not the usual ones you may be hearing on repeat. Bandwidth has covers of the classics from Ontario musicians and some originals too -- including a set dedicated to a Charlie Brown Christmas!


UPCOMING SHOWS

 

- 8th Annual Young Rival Boxing Day Bash @ The Casbah (Hamilton) Dec. 26 8:00 p.m., $10. Here's the Facebook event.

 

And if you can't get enough Christmas music... be sure to tune in for A Holly Cole Christmas, featuring Holly live at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. The show's hosted by Meg and will air on Christmas Eve on CBC Radio 2 and on Christmas Day on CBC Radio One (both shows are at 6pm). And be sure to check out cbcmusic.ca/holidays for all of the great programming happening on CBC Radio on Dec. 24th and 25th!

 

Merry Christmas!

 

Playlist for December 22, 2012

 

Theme: MICHIGAN LEFT - Arkells

HANG A STRING OF LIGHTS - Great Lake Swimmers

O HOLY NIGHT - Melissa McClelland

Sting: RUN RUDOLPH RUN - Bryan Adams

MIX TAPE DOCUMENTARY - Juanita Bawagan

Sting: THAILAND - Boyhood

HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS CLIPS

THIS CHRISTMAS - The Claytones

LET'S STAY INSIDE - Adaline and Frederick

Sting: 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS - Bob and Doug Mackenzie

CHRISTMAS SONG - Jill Barber

SNOOPY VS THE RED BARON - Jim Bryson feat. Jeremy Fisher

Sting: THUNDER IN YOUR CHEST - Peter Katz

EGG - Peter Katz

TIL YOU COME HOME - Peter Katz

Sting: RIVER - Joni Mitchell

RIVER - Jadea Kelly (live)

And the Track to Start Your Saturday Night...

SANTA BABY - Holly Cole

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