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We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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Holiday playlist

December 1, 2020

Written in collaboration with Sylvia Harnarain.

We’ve compiled some of our favourite  holiday tracks that will definitely get you in the holiday spirit! Grab a cup of hot chocolate, sit back, relax, and enjoy our festive playlist! 

Let It Snow! - Lena Horne

A song for when the weather outside is frightful!

Jingle Bell Rock - Bobby Helms

Who can forget the Mean Girls choreography to this Christmas classic!

This Christmas - Chris Brown 

This song was featured in the 2007 movie “This Christmas”, which is such a throwback for me!

All I Want for Christmas is You - Mariah Carey 

Can’t have a Christmas playlist without this legendary song!

Winter Wonderland - Amy Grant 

I remember when I was in elementary school we used to sing Christmas carols and this song always takes me back to those days!

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman - Gene Autry 

My favourite Christmas reindeer and snowman! 

Let It Go - Idina Menzel

For when I’m insistent that “the cold never bothered me anyway”.

Sleigh Ride - Ella Fitzgerald 

This song gives me all of the warm and cozy sleigh ride imagery!

Baby It’s Cold Outside - Frank Sinatra, Dorothy Kirsten

I’m always reminded of Elf’s iconic duet of this song!

Do They Know It’s Christmas? - 1984 Version - Band Aid 

If you haven’t seen “Daddy’s Home 2”, I definitely recommend it! This song appears in it and it is amazing!

Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree - Brenda Lee 

This song instantly takes me back to this “Home Alone 2” scene: 

When Christmas Comes to Town - Matthew Hall, Meagan Moore 

This song gives me all of the nostalgic feels. From the legendary movie “The Polar Express”. It’s one of those songs I know all of the words to. 

Where Are You Christmas - Faith Hill 

This is Cindy Lou’s song from “Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Chirstmas”. Definitely one of my favourite Christmas movies!

It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas - Michael Bublé

I love when it begins to look, smell, taste, sounds, and feel a lot like Christmas!

What Christmas Means To Me - Stevie Wonder

The lyrics include many Christmas symbols and imagery that never fails to make me feel jolly. 

Santa Tell Me - Ariana Grande

Her strong vocals and catchy hook make this a perfect holiday song.


It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year - Andy Williams

Around this time of the year a lot of people spend time with loved ones and remember to count their blessings. It really is the most wonderful time of the year.

Last Christmas - Wham!

This will always be my go to Christmas karaoke song! 

Little Drummer Boy - Pentatonix 

One word: GOOSEBUMPS! Pentatonix never fails to amaze me by their talent. Their take on the Little Drummer Boy has a majestical feel that is reminiscent of Christmas miracles. 

Somewhere in my Memory - John Williams

Home Alone is hands down my favourite Christmas movie! Even though my family and I watch it every year, we never get sick of it. The soundtrack always reminds me of this wonderful time of year.

Feliz Navidad - Jose Feliciano

This upbeat song has to be my favourite holiday song! It gets stuck in my head every year for good reason! 

Underneath the Tree - Kelly Clarkson

You know that scene in Christmas movies where there is a happy montage with upbeat, happy music playing in the background that makes you feel excited and warm inside. Underneath the Tree is just that type of song! 

A Holly Jolly Christmas - Burl Ives

The holiday season is not complete with Burl Ives. When I hear this song I can’t help but feel cheerful. 

Mistletoe - Justin Bieber

This throwback never fails to take me back to the year of 2011!

Happy Holidays!