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Music - Nov 16, 2017

Make this holiday festive and memorable with Stingray Music

Whether you’re into timeless classics or the latest pop variations, Stingray Music has something to get you in the spirit of the season

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year.” You simply can’t hear those words without humming the tune to the Andy Williams classic holiday song by the same name. Music gets everyone into the holiday spirit, whether you’re at home baking cookies, in the car, at work or out shopping for gifts.

We all have unique tastes. While those timeless classic tunes are a must for a holiday playlist, sometimes we’re in the mood for the latest pop interpretations or low-key jazzy instrumentals rather than head-bopping beats.

Enter Stingray Music, a digital audio service that provides the best curated music channels and a terrific variety of holiday music. Listen virtually anywhere – you can even belt out your own interpretations with karaoke. The free app (yes, free!) is available at both the Apple App Store and Google Play, and it comes as part of your subscription to Rogers Cable TV.* Once downloaded, it gives you access to more than 2,000 music channels across tons of genres, along with the examples noted above. Listen at home or from a mobile device while you’re on the go.

Dedicated holiday channels

Whether it’s winter-wonderland classics while you wrap gifts or start holiday baking, or upbeat pop hits to dance to with the kids while decorating the tree, Stingray Music offers a wide selection of holiday hits with its music channels. The Holiday Favourites channel has festive classics and contemporary tunes you’ll love, from artists like Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Michael Bublé and Pentatonix; plus you’ll find French-language hits on Franco Fêtes. Find the right channel to suit your mood and activity.

Sing your merry little heart out

Young or old, we all know the words to many holiday favourites, so why not sing along? Stingray Karaoke’s On Demand service, free with Rogers TV (channel 100 under Music), is fun for the whole family. And it’s an excellent way to bring friends and family together to celebrate the season at your holiday party. Take turns doing your best “Here Comes Santa Claus,” “Let It Snow,” or “Jingle Bell Rock,” following along with the scrolling words onscreen. The service will showcase great tracks for the holiday season. Why not create a new holiday tradition that will have you and the kids singing along together?

Take your music with you

Listen outside of the home with the Stingray Music app. Select from 60 curated holiday channels on your phone, like Merry Indie Christmas with holiday songs from bands such as The Killers and tunes like “Waikiki Christmas” by Da Surfones. And there’s Soulful Holidays featuring smooth vocals from the likes of Al Green and The Shirelles belting out hits such as “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” and “Blue Holiday”; and Jazzy Winter Wonderland with jazz versions of holiday classics, including Ray Charles’s interpretation of “All I Want for Christmas” and Billie Holiday’s silky rendition of “I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm.” Use the Theme filter within the Vibes channels and search for Holidays/Christmas. Then sit back and enjoy some music that’s perfect with a hot cup of cocoa at home and just right for your daily commute to work. It’s your music: take it with you by accessing Stingray Music safely in the car with the Android Auto or CarPlay apps.

Happy holidays!

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*Included with your digital TV package (excluding Starter TV package). Data charges may apply. Certain conditions apply.