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Old 12-20-2017, 07:04 AM
 
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What are some French Canadian Christmas songs? Do Anglo Canadians have songs unique to them, or do they borrow songs from America and Britain?
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Old 12-20-2017, 08:03 AM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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French Canadian Québécois Christmas music has an extremely high degree of cross-pollination with Christmas music in France. All of the religious-based music is basically the same and there is also lots of commonality in non-religious Christmas music.


For example, last weekend my kids' Christmas concert ended with everyone in the place singing along to this classic song from a 1946 French movie:



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WQushjP2Wqk
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Old 12-20-2017, 08:08 AM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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Here are a few originals from Quebec.



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zRtGXwYBBkQ



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9TCWXVbXMZ8
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Old 12-20-2017, 09:53 AM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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A few more "originals":



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3dyEBTrcVLQ



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MP1YaiHHBVg
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Old 12-20-2017, 10:00 AM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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Songs anglos will know but with a Québécois twist.


Fa la la (Deck the Halls)



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WBfl8F7fpDU


C'est l'hiver (beautiful version of Let It Snow performed with an orchestra)



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C7ASuUo3c20
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Old 12-20-2017, 10:21 AM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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New Year's music is its own distinct thing in Quebec, and a fairly big deal. Radio stations switch over from Christmas music to New Year's music on Dec. 26.


Here are some examples of New Year's music:



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SlNl98DAOtY



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fort1F642-s




https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PpUwUmikBPY
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Old 12-20-2017, 10:51 AM
 
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gw8P8L1LfDM

With apologies to Frederic Austin
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Old 12-20-2017, 10:56 AM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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Thanks Nat.


You made me think of this one by an Acadian band from the east coast.



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SFqsk1LKS-g
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Old 12-21-2017, 09:54 AM
 
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Here is another adaptation of a well known song. The song itself was very popular when I was teen living in Ontario in the 80s. I'd never seen the animated version until now.



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l2oPio60mK4
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Old 12-21-2017, 10:48 AM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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Thinking about this more, and while I am sure there are a number of very local songs that exist out there of the "Christmas on the Island" (PEI) or "Santa Lost His Sleigh in Saskatoon" variety, I can't think of any Canadian Christmas songs in English that would be remotely recognizable to most people over a wider area.
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