Canadian Winters

by Joel Willoughby



Album Description:

Canadian Winters is a seven-song Seasonal album by Canadian Singer/Songwriter Joel Willoughby that includes a healthy mix of original songs (“So Far Away” & “Christmas Eve”), covers (“No Words to Say” & “Canadian Winters”), and traditional Christmas Carols (“O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” & “What Child Is this?”) If you are looking for a fresh, meaningful, and easy listening Christmas album that goes beyond your typical Holiday music fare, then this is it!


Vancouver-based singer/songwriter Joel Willoughby’s Canadian Winters is a welcome alternative from typical feel-good holiday projects. The seven-track EP creates a dreamily downbeat mood that invokes the long, chilly months of the Great White North. Building most of the tracks around his vocals and guitar, Willoughby mixes original material with cover tunes and traditional Christmas hymns. The wistful folk strains of “No Words to Say” and the title tune (both written by Maplewood Lane’s Rebecca Rowan) complement Joel’s own “So Far Away (On Christmas Day)” and “Christmas Eve.” “Nothing to Offer” (a meditation on gift-giving by Minneapolis indie rocker Jon Reine) adds a spacy touch. Willoughby’s acoustic renditions of “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” and “What Child Is This?” bring out the poetic luster of their timeless words. Behind the overcast atmosphere of Canadian Winters there’s an abiding sense of Christian faith and hope to be found. Taken together, these bittersweet yuletide tunes are the perfect soundtrack for a fireside reverie on a cold, snow-draped night - Barry Alfonso (Official iTunes Review)

Genre: Chirstmas, Folk


released November 14, 2014

"No Words To Say" and "Canadian Winters" written by Rebecca Rowan
"O Come, O Come Emmanuel" and "What Child Is This?" Public Domain
"So Far Away (On Christmas Day)" and "Christmas Eve" written by Joel Willoughby
"Nothing To Offer" written by Jon Reine

All instrumentation by Joel Willoughby and Jon Anderson

Background Vocals by Amanda Willoughby on "Canadian Winters", Lindy Enns on "No Words To Say," "O Come, O Cone Emmanuel," "What Child Is This?" and "Christmas Eve", Jon Anderson on "So Far Away (On Christmas Day)," and "Nothing To Offer"

Produced by Joel Willoughby and Jon Anderson
Mixed and Mastered by Jon Anderson @ Buena Vista Audio

All songs recorded @ artHouse studio and Buena Vista Audio (except of "Nothing to Offer" recorded @ Basement Winter

Cover Photograph by Lindy Enns



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