Get in the holiday spirit!

As we approach the Christmas holidays, there is no shortage of music to help you get into the Christmas spirit.

Here are some highlights that I feel are worth your time to check out!

Those sexy beasts in Halifax band In-Flight Safety have released a cover of The Pogues’ Fairytale of New York. The track is available for your downloading pleasure on their Bandcamp site. When is a new record coming from the IFS guys? Who knows – maybe the guys have a new record up their sleeves for their release in the new year. In the meantime, this track should do a good job tiding you over should you need an IFS fix.

Props to Halifax blog Herohill for their very inventive musical advent calendar. Much like the chocolate that comes in an advent calendar, Herohill opens the “door” to a new track for your listening pleasure each day. And while the songs might not be holiday related, the guys that run the site have impeccable taste in music so get on over to their site and check out tracks by Writer’s Strike, Camp Radio, Honheehonhee and more.

Canadian indie label Dine Alone Records has released a free holiday sampler available for download here. The compilation features 17 tracks in total including the likes of The Sheepdogs, City & Colour, Yukon Blonde, Deer Tick and others.

Charlottetown pop masters Boxer The Horse (pictured above) have released the song Material Xmas for free download. The band is currently putting the finishing touches on their sophomore record which is due out in 2012.

Fellow Canadian bloggers Soundvat are offering a mind-boggling 23 track holiday release for free download, cleverly titled If Jesus Had Been Born In Canada, He Would Have Needed More Than Swaddling Clothes. The comp features a mix of talent from right across Canada, including The Olympic Symphonium, Quiet Parade and The Ruffled Feathers.

And last but not least, David Myles, who is quite possibly the nicest guy in the Canadian music business, is offering two versions of I’ll Be Home For Christmas for the measly sum of $1.98 (available here). Myles is donating proceeds from the track to New Brunswick food banks.