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…About 10 years ago, I went on a solo road trip from Ontario to Alberta and back. That was such a profoundly life-changing experience for me, it took me a few years to process those emotions enough to start expressing them in a meaningful way.

This year’s new recording of “A Canadian Christmas” has been an equally (if not more) profound experience for me.

The youngest person singing on this recording is only 4 years old. The oldest is 81. It’s still a little surreal and overwhelming for me to listen to all of these voices and watch all of these faces perform music that was composed for them to enjoy together. Many of the singers and instrumentalists on this recording are friends of mine, but many are people who I’ve never met in person. We were all just brought together by this music and the desire to create something special for Canadians to enjoy every December.

“Hope” doesn’t pay the bills for anyone, and not being able to see most of our loved ones in person has made this year difficult for a lot of people, especially during the holidays. I don’t want to dismiss any of the losses or struggles that anyone has suffered during this worldwide crisis. The goal of this project was never to ignore any of that. But nothing has brought joy into my life like music has, so I just desperately wanted to make the best of this unique opportunity to bring Canadians together with something we could all share and be proud of when we remember this “time so often wrought with fear”, when “the world’s despair consumed our thoughts”.

We’re almost a year into a global pandemic and the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, yet more than 160 Canadians took the time to learn, practice, and record a song by someone who most people have never even heard of….and at a time when most people are too exhausted to even think about doing something like this, they all made it sound like an old holiday classic that’s secretly been around forever.

I’m sorry that I have no words to sufficiently convey the everlasting gratitude that I feel for everyone who helped with this project. So, I will quickly say a simple “thank you all so much” to all of them, hope that they’re all proud of the work they did on this, and let them (and the rest of you) experience the magical results of their generosity and artistry…But watch it a few times, because there are little moments throughout the video for you to enjoy.

(p.s. EXTRA gratitude to Marc Koecher of MK Soundworks & MK Photographics. Marc has worked on this song more than almost anyone since the first time I played the MIDI instrumental demo for him back in early 2017. None of this would be possible without his work and expertise. He’s VERY good at his job, if you need an audio engineer, photographer, or videographer, Marc is a master of all trades and jack of none. Additional thanks to Byron Pascoe of Edwards Creative Law, and Tereza Olivero & Clare Johnston of ACTRA for providing some last minute but crucial behind-the-scenes assistance with paperwork that helped us release the video on time.)


Snow capped roof tops paint a hushed tableau.
Silhouetted branches frame twilight’s glow.
Gath’ring clouds sculpt rays from a scarlet sun.
December’s dawn greets everyone.

Yuletide colours so ornate, so bright.
Tinselled trees adorned with festive light.
from Haida Gwaii to Labrador
Merry holidays are here once more.

The snowflakes fall, the snowflakes rise,
tracing icy breezes through the skies.
Carolers sing along with town brass bands.
Decked halls and storefronts across the lands.

Yuletide colours so ornate, so bright.
Tinselled trees adorned with festive light.
From Newfoundland west through Whitehorse,
Seasons greetings to us all once more.

Passing through my hometown streets,
I contemplate the bittersweet-
-ness of these few short weeks of cheer,
in a time so often wrought with fear.

Despair returns when once again
our world’s distress consumes my thoughts, but then...

I smile as I begin to see,
these hometown streets reveal to me
the thriving peace that’s here to find
in this nation cast from all humankind.

All Earth’s creeds and cultures, in plain sight,
now adorned with kindled hope so bright.
From mountains’ peaks, to prairies’ plains,
from big city blocks, to small town lanes,
from arctic isles to the Great Lakes’ shores,
Christmas time in Canada is here once more.


released December 25, 2020
For full full personnel listing, please visit acanadianchristmas.com/2020/

Music & Lyrics by Suresh Singaratnam (ASCAP)

Produced by Suresh Singaratnam & Marc Koecher

Marc Koecher - Recording Engineer

Copyright 2017-2020 © Suresong Music Inc., All Rights Reserved

Vocal Soloists

1st Verse
Rebecca Strong
Ainsleigh MacInnis
Joey Niceforo
Rubab Qureshi

2nd Verse
Laila Biali
Adrian Harewood
Janna Baty
Shae Apland
Dauna Papakirykos
Hilary Welch
Kiran Singh

2nd Chorus
Fawn Fritzen

Dianne Winmill
Andrew Adridge
Jessica Lalonde
Amy Cervini
Geoff Willingham
Clayton Kennedy
Sylvia Szadovszki
Angela Maccaroni
Brian Sills
Mark W. Ruhnke

3rd Verse
Joanna Majoko
Rose McCafferty
Nicola Correia-Damude
Dayna Papakirykos
Ali Downer
Riley Michaels
Ana Hall
Glen Strong
Marcus Nance

Members of the Hamilton Children's Choir
Members of the Flin Flon Community Choir


Sophie Lanthier
Dov Houle

David Sussman

Anthony Thompson
Katie Norman

Catherine Magowan

French Horn
Courtney Prizrenac
Micajah Sturgess

Karen Donnelly
Alexis Baro
Steven Woomert
Luise Heyerhoff

Charles Benaroya
Vanessa Fralick

Bass Trombone
Scott MacInnes

Avram Sussman

Violin 1
Alex Toskov
Tanya Charles Iveniuk
Sarah Pratt Parsamian
Jennifer Burford

Violin 2
Paul Luchkow
Aysel Taghi-Zada
Huachu Huang
Suhashini Arulanandam

Veronica Lee
Peter Ayuso

Samuel Bisson
Bethany Houghton
Kellen Degnan
Sybil Shanahan
Double Bass
Daniel Lalonde

Jamie Drake - Glockenspiel
David Lum - Chimes
Angela Maccaroni - Timpani


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Suresh Singaratnam

Suresh Singaratnam is a trumpeter of uncommon breadth - unique not only for the small crowd he inhabits as a virtuoso of both classical and jazz styles but also for the continuity and clarity of his voice across both idioms. When he began to study the trumpet at age nine, it never occurred to him that he might have to choose between the two.

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