Bands can stir the soul. From big brass bands that trumpet the joyful sounds of the season, to the zither, accordion, guitar and drums, you'll hear it all right here in our 25-day Advent Calendar.
Christmas music – carols and popular songs written over many centuries with words translated into many languages – is enjoyed around the world. Whether an instrumental arrangement played by a brass band, or a sing-along, this music offers a universal language for people everywhere.
One of the most popular Christmas songs is Jingle Bells, written by American James L. Pierpont. The song was originally titled One Horse Open Sleigh; it was written for a Sunday School program in 1857.
Want to know the history behind some popular Christmas songs? Ask your local library to borrow:
Merry Christmas, Baby: Holiday Music from Bing to Sting, written by Dave Marsh and Steve Propers, published by Little, Brown and Co., in 1993.
Hear the trumpets and drums prelude
– and Christkindl playing the flute
Polka Maestre Band uses a full midi button accordion and plays many styles and genres with an emphasis on Polka-Waltz Oberkriner style. Anthony has been playing for 26 years and performs various configurations from Solo, Duo Trio, or 6-piece band.
They are a Kitchener-based band and have performed in the USA and Canada, opening the Polka Hall of Fame Show 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio at the USA’s largest polka event and at numerous events from Oktoberfests to weddings, corporate parties and military bases. You've probably enjoyed their music at Oktoberfest, which is one of the busiest times of the year for the band. They performed at the Western fair in London for two days as well as various venues around Ontario.
"Anna Maria Louisa" the Nutcracker
This was a collaborative art project with local artist, Marcia Bissada. Honouring traditional holiday costumes worn in Germany, these Nutcrackers have been lovingly created using mixed media elements that incorporate acrylic paint and found materials.
"Anna Maria Louisa" & "Johann Wilhelm" are friends.
Share your favourite Christmas music, stories, memories and traditions with us. Answer these three questions below in a comment!
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What's your favourite or "go-to" Christmas song?
If you could play any instrument that you currently don't know how to play, what would it be?
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Grab your microphone-shaped objects, Glühwein (see recipe below), and get ready for a good time! Here are a few instrumental karaoke songs with lyrics on YouTube to get your Christmas Karaoke night going:
Enjoy the atmosphere of Christmas Markets by making your own Glühwein. Scents of red wine, cinnamon, sugar, oranges, and cloves will bring winter magic into your home.