As holiday cheer begins to waver once more (thanks, Omicron), Stagehand has put together a playlist to bring some seasonal spirit to your winter, post-solstice.
With contributions from Wyatt C Lewis, Amy Bishop and Matt Beatty, the playlist is jam-packed with seasonal gems from Stagehand artists from Calgary and further afield.
While Matt Blais’ “Christmas Without You” encapsulates the isolation experienced by many during the holidays (data from YouGov found that one in nine Americans spent their December holidays alone last year), Ellen Doty’s fifth annual giveback campaign saw the jazz artist collaborate with folk-soul singer TAYLR on “Glad You’re Here”.
Launched in partnership with Monogram Coffee - who created a custom coffee roast to compliment the song - each bag of coffee comes alongside a digital download and a $10 donation to The Mustard Seed, allocated by Monogram, Doty and charity partner ATB Financial.
Mariya Stokes’ “Christmas, Arizona” details a 16-hour road trip to crash an ill-fated festive wedding, whereas Terrell Edwards channels A Charlie Brown Christmas with a cover of “Christmas Time Is Here”, by Vince Guaraldi.
Other contributions include OLLEE OWENS, A.Y.E., Zacarias, Scarlett Butler, Carolyn Harley, Mike Plume, Beppie, Jay Gilday, Howells, Sara-Mae Dafoe, The Bobby Tenderloin Universe, Marlaena Moore, Brian Doerksen, Carly Reirson, Dara Shindelka, Jerry Proppe, Paul Jensen and Heather Blush.