The 2009 Canadian Theatre Community Definitive Holiday Music Playlist
1. “Santa Baby” by the Good Lovelies. “Retro sounding silliness with a whole lot of over the top consumerism and a sexy undertone. So not like me that I can’t resist dancing to it!”- Kendra Fry-General Manager, Harold Green Jewish Theatre Company. Toronto.
2. “Oh Holy Night” “because my Mom would sing it every Christmas Eve in our little church in Goose Bay, Labrador. So moving.” Sherry Smith– Co-Producing LunaSea Theatre’s adaptation of TWELFTH NIGHT. www.lunaseatheatre.ca Halifax/Labrador.
4. The Edwards Scissorhands “Ice Dance.” “Now some people don’t consider this movie a holiday film, but it’s about the creation of snow! And the song is called ICE DANCE! I love love love Danny Elfman and there is a romantical aspect to this song choice too.” – Ashley Comeau, performer. Toronto.
5. “Count Your Blessings” as sung by Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney. “This song is about insomnia, dwindling bank accounts, and quadrupedal, ruminant mammals and has nothing to do with Christmas … but it DOES appear in the movie White Christmas, so I feel it should count. AND (my absolute favorite) is Joni Mitchell’s “River.” Again, this song has more to do with the end of a relationship and the desire to flee from problems than the holiday season, but she does say Christmas TWICE in the song and she touches briefly on snow, trees, joy, peace, and reindeer … sooo …- Billy Lake, performer- Niagara-on-the-Lake based, currently home in Newfoundland.
6. “Broadway Holiday“, sung by the cast of A Chorus Line, from the album, Carols for a Cure, Vol. 9. “Every performer can identify with lyrics like, “Hey Mom, don’t cry – I know, I wish I were home too. I can’t be there today cause I got a matinee…” The song basically talks about how we as performers don’t really get time off around the holidays, and then make little fun jokes about all the other shows on Broadway. Super cute, and fun to listen to. Makes me miss New York!”- Esther Vallins, performer. Toronto.
7. “The Twelve Days of Christmas” by John Denver and The Muppets. “Ever since the age that I began enjoying my sleep on Christmas morning, my father has played “The Twelve Days of Christmas” nice and loud to get us out of bed. I’m always up in time to sing along with Beaker. It’s become a tradition I love.- Amanda LeBlanc, performer. Toronto/Nova Scotia.
There were two requests for this song! Stewart Legere, a performer based in Halifax says: “The Muppet’s version of the” Twelve Days of Christmas” is the BEST! It’s all about Miss Piggy singing “Bah dum dum dum.“
8. “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” – specifically, the version sung by Bert and Ernie (Frank Oz and Jim Henson) on the Sesame Street Christmas album. “I call the narrative that led to their duet “The Gist of the Magi”… Ernie sells his rubber duckie to buy Bert a cigar box for his paper clip collection, Bert sells his paper clip collection to buy Ernie a soap dish for his rubber duckie. The late lamented Mr. Hooper puts things right and saves Christmas for his puppet pals. Magic!”- Susanna Patchouli, the star of Oh Susanna! Christmas Special on Dec. 19 at the Varscona Theatre. Edmonton.
10. “Dominique The Italian Christmas Donkey.” “A snippit: “Oh Jigity jig (hee haw, hee haw) it’s Dominique the Donkey. Jigity jig (hee haw, hee haw) the Italian Christmas Donkey. La la laaaaa…..la la la Lali o laaaa, la la laaaaa la la la lali o laaaa.”- Sean Robertson, performer. Toronto/Chester, NS.
11. “Surabaya Santa” from Songs for a New World by Jason Robert Brown. “I love me some JRB :)”- Sydney Galbraith, performer, British Columbia.
12. “Carol of the Bells” as sung by the Muppets. Amanda Lynne Ballard, producer/photographer/ she does it all. Toronto.
14. “Winter Song” by Sara Bareilles – Scott Christian, musical director, pianist. Toronto.
15. “Grandama Got Run Over by a Reindeer“- “Classic and Classy.” Michelle Langille, performer. Toronto/Halifax.
16. “Sleigh Ride” as sung by Harry Connick Jr.- Cassie Muise, performer. Toronto/Halifax.
17. “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” as sung by Sufjan Stevens. “There’s something so beautiful and moving about this particular rendition which is why I chose it.”- Dalbir Singh, playwright. Toronto. (Note from Amanda: I also recommend the version of this song sung by the cast of Mamma Mia! on Broadway’s Greatest Gifts: Carols for a Cure Volume 8.)
18. “O Holy Night”, the Celine Dion version “I love it!!!”- Kyle Golemba, performer. Stratford/ Saskatchewan. Kyle put a lot of hilarious thought into this. Please read the full explanation on his blog.
19. “Deck the Halls,” “but only in the version by Dame Joan Sutherland. Her Fa La Las are really exceptional.”- Stewart Lemoine. Playwright. Teatro la Quindicina, Edmonton.
21. “Ave Maria” by Celine Dion from her These Are Special Times album.- Shirley Campbell, mom of Amanda Campbell. Halifax.
22. “Happy Xmas War is Over”- John Lennon/Yoko Ono
23. The very talented Andrea Barber (best known for playing Kimmy Gibbler on the ABC sitcom Full House) has joined in on A Very TWISI Holiday this year as our special guest! She says: “It’s not officially the holiday season until I hear “Last Christmas” by Wham!
Enjoy your holiday play list and have a very TWISI holiday season! May your days all be merry, bright and filled with warmth, laughter and love. Happy holidays!