CBC’s Holiday Festival on Ice feat. Holly Cole

Tune in to watch Holly Cole perform your favourite holiday songs, accompanied by some of the world’s greatest figure skaters!

CBC Television
Dec 18, 2014 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Dec 21, 2014 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Ottawa time is shown.

Celebrate the holiday season with some of world’s greatest figure skaters. Kurt Browning, Elvis Stojko, Joannie Rochette, and Jeffrey Buttle are some of the Canadian icons who will perform to the music of world renowned Canadian jazz artist, Holly Cole – in Holiday Festival on Ice, a CBC holiday tradition.

Holly Cole’s White Hat

On August 4th, Holly Cole was honoured with Calgary’s White Hat Ceremony, a long-standing tradition, dating back to the 1950′s. The White Hat is a symbol of the Western hospitality and good cheer Calgary likes to share with visiting guests. Here’s what Holly had to say about it,

I was honoured with the White Hat ceremony in Calgary when I played at Heritage Park’s 50th Anniversay. Mayor Naheed Nenshi performed the ceremony. He is an incredible Mayor who is well loved. And he loves his city. Thank you, I craved it.

Holly Cole Chosen for Queen’s Honorary Degree

For many years, the community of Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario has acknowledged men and women who have made remarkable contributions to the lives of people throughout the world – in academia, business, politics, scientific research, and the arts.

The spring convocation ceremonies, celebrating the recent graduates and future leaders, is the perfect the opportunity to honour these individuals who have redefined our world – and our perceptions of it. This year Queen’s has chosen to include Holly Cole in this prestigious honour.

Friday, June 6 at 2:30 pm: Holly Cole is a Canadian singer and an active philanthropist who has performed benefit concerts for many organizations, including the Stephen Lewis Foundation.

Read more about the other recipients of this honour:

Holly Cole High Definition Digital Downloads

Holly Cole’s first full length album “Girl Talk”, her most recent release “NIGHT” as well as 2001′s “Baby It’s Cold Outside” and the self-titled “Holly Cole” are available for the first time in high definition audio download format via 2xHD.

2xHD was created by producer/studio owner André Perry and audiophile sound engineer René Laflamme, two music lovers determined to experience only the warmth and breath of the music without hearing the equipment. The 2xHD logo on an album cover indicates that the high resolution mastering was done through Fidelio Technologies’ proprietary bespoke system to generate a unique listening experience.


NIGHT (2012)

  • USA - via ProStudioMaster.com
  • USA – via HDtracks.com
  • GERMANY - via HighResAudio.com
  • JAPAN – via e-onkyo.com



 HOLLY COLE (2007)

    • CANADA - via ProStudioMaster.com
    • USA - via ProStudioMaster.com
    • USA – via HDtracks.com
    • GERMANY – via HighResAudio.com
    • JAPAN - via e-onkyo.com



      • CANADA - via ProStudioMaster.com
      • USA - via ProStudioMaster.com
      • USA – via HDtracks.com
      • GERMANY – via HighResAudio.com
      • JAPAN - via e-onkyo.com


GIRL TALK (1990)

      • CANADA - via ProStudioMaster.com
      • USA - via ProStudioMaster.com
      • USA – via HDtracks.com
      • GERMANY – via HighResAudio.com
      • JAPAN - via e-onkyo.com



The original recording was made on a DAT recorder (state-of-the-art at the time). The 2xHD process used to transform the master into the 176kHz/24bits format, eliminates the digital jitter and bring this wonderful recording to its fullest value with an even better natural sound. A true audiophile gem.

Mastered from the original 96kHz, 24Bits files by Rene Laflamme and Andre Perry at Fidelio Technologies’ mastering lab, using the 2xHD process. A modified high-end dCS Vivaldi clock with silver and gold cables was used to create a very transparent sound.


In March of 1990, the Holly Cole Trio, Holly Cole (Vocals), Aaron Davis (Piano) and David Piltch (Bass) determined that although they had recorded one small EP together ‘Christmas Blues’ it was time to record their first full length album. They wanted to preserve the quintessence of their live performance by keeping the parameters of recording of that first full record very close to the live environment that they had come to dominate in Toronto’s alternative Queen St west club scene. They enlisted Peter Moore who had just successfully produced the ground breaking ‘Trinity Sessions’ for the Cowboy Junkies. They found the Stephen Leacock Theatre in Keswick, Ontario and proceeded to record live off the stage in the empty hall, with the band strategically placed around a single Calrec Ambisonic Microphone. All the takes are full takes, no overdubbing. The record was highly successful, became a Gold selling release in Canada and a staple gold standard recording for showing off any piece of audio gear (speakers, amplifiers, microphones, etc.) at Audiophile conferences internationally and set Holly Cole up for a long and successful career.

‘The air of intimacy between artist and listener is so great that, if anything, the feeling of being present in the moment is greater here than on the 1996 live album It Happened One Night. On an album recorded ‘live in concert,’ the ambient noises that occur when a large number of people are gathered in one place can seem discordant or inappropriate when you’re listening to the CD in your car or your living room; the atmosphere can exclude rather than include you. Put on this disc, however, and you can imagine that Holly Cole is singing for you alone. It’s easy to focus on Cole’s emotionally compelling delivery, and at first you can be so mesmerized that you forget that the vocalist is one part of a trio. Listen more carefully, and it becomes apparent that the piano and bass accompaniments are deceptively simple — that they are, in fact, providing a counterpoint to the sung lyrics that is almost conversational. Suddenly, these simple arrangements feel quite complex. The most entertaining song on the album may well be Cole’s interpretation of the traditionally sunny and euphoric ‘Downtown.’ In her expert hands it moves from near cynicism to a guarded openness that makes this standard seem to have a range of meaning you may never have considered.’ (Maya Geryk)


“The night is filled with secrets and the wonder of their potential.” –Holly Cole

To Holly Cole, the nighttime is central to her personal and artistic life. She is a self-declared night owl, perfectly at home in the time between dusk and dawn, a dear friend of the wee small hours. It’s a fact that now finds firm and poetic expression in the title and content of her eagerly awaited new album – NIGHT. As usual when it comes to the iconic Canadian songstress, it’s an album that features a stylistically diverse and emotionally stirring collection of songs. It stands as a love letter to the night and its power, a celebration of the hours where daylight’s chatter has disappeared and turned into peaceful moments of creative possibility, providing a chance to see the world with different eyes and to listen with different ears. An invitation to intimacy.

Holly Cole Headlines 2013 Holiday Festival on Ice!!

The world’s best figure skaters will be back at the Langley Events Centre this holiday season for the 2013 Holiday Festival on Ice on December 6 at 7:00 PM (PST) in Langley, BC.  This year’s show will feature Canadian jazz singer Holly Cole, adding to the already star studded line up of figure skaters which includes Elvis Stojko (two-time Olympic medalist), Kurt Browning (four-time World Champion) and Joannie Rochette (Olympic Bronze medalist), to name a few.

“We are extremely excited to bring back these skaters and add the new element of incorporating a live performance as a part of the event,” LEC Director of Business Development Jared Harman noted that Cole’s presence will give the evening a very different feel from what fans experienced last year.

Cole, who will be performing Christmas music while the skating stars perform on the ice, has been a mainstay in the Canadian music industry for the last two decades.  She recently performed to sold out crowds for three straight nights at the Montreal International Jazz Festival.  During that event, Cole was presented as the 15th winner of the Ella Fitzgerald Award which is given to a jazz singer of significant talent who has had a major impact and influence in the international scene.  She joins the likes of Aretha Franklin, Tony Bennett, Sade and Diana Krall as some of the past winners of the award. Cole and Krall are the only two Canadian Artists to ever receive this prestigious honour.

With such a star-studded lineup, this event has drawn the attention of CBC Television who will be at the Langley Events Centre to record the night’s festivities and will be airing the event during the Holiday Season.

Tickets are now on sale at www.ticketmaster.ca 

Holly Cole: Winner of the 2013 Ella Fitzgerald Award!!

Montreal, Tuesday, June 4, 2013 — This year, the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal highlights the exceptional contributions to music made by Charles Lloyd, Holly Cole, Alain Caron and Amadou & Mariam, as well as the remarkable oeuvre of Tommy LiPuma. During this 34th edition of the Festival, our winners will be presented, respectively, with the Miles Davis AwardElla Fitzgerald AwardOscar Peterson Award, Antonio Carlos Jobim Award and Bruce Lundvall Award.

2013 Ella Fitzgerald Award: Holly Cole

Holly Cole is the 15th recipient of the Ella Fitzgerald Award, established in 1999 for our 20th anniversary and conferred in recognition of the versatility, improvisational originality and quality of repertoire of a singer renowned on the international scene. A Nova Scotia native, this talented singer launched her career as a member of a number of Toronto groups. A passionate purveyor of jazz and pop, she is renowned for her interpretive talents―she has no equal when it comes to taking songs by artists as varied as Elvis Costello, Joni Mitchell, Tom Waits, Jacques Brel or even the Beatles and making them her own. Over the course of a prolific 30-year career, Holly Cole has cast her spell over the Festival audience many times. Back after her remarkable performance in Théâtre Maisonneuve two years ago, she presents her most recent album, NightHolly ColeJune 2728 and 29, 8 p.m., at Théâtre du Nouveau Monde (Tout en voix series).

In accepting the prize, Holly Cole will be following previous Ella Fitzgerald prizewinners Liza Minnelli (2012), Sade (2011), The Manhattan Transfer (2010), John Pizzarelli (2009), Aretha Franklin (2008), Harry Connick, Jr., (2007), Etta James (2006), Al Jarreau (2005) Tony Bennett (2004), Bobby McFerrin (2003), Dianne Reeves (2002), Diana Krall (2001), Dee Dee Bridgewater (2000) and Diane Schuur (1999).


Holly Cole est la 15e lauréate du Prix Ella-Fitzgerald. À l’occasion de son 20e anniversaire, en 1999, le Festival a eu l’idée de créer ce prix pour récompenser une chanteuse ou un chanteur de jazz au talent remarquable qui a eu un impact et une influence majeurs sur la scène internationale.

Originaire de Nouvelle-Écosse, la talentueuse chanteuse entreprend sa carrière au sein de divers groupes torontois. Férue de jazz et de pop, elle se distingue par ses talents d’interprète ― elle n’a pas son pareil pour faire siennes les pièces d’artistes aussi variés qu’Elvis Costello, Joni Mitchell, Tom Waits, Jacques Brel ou les Beatles. Au fil d’une prolifique carrière lancée il y a quelque 30 ans, Holly Cole est venue séduire le public du Festival à maintes reprises. De retour après son tour de chant au Théâtre Maisonneuve il y a deux ans, elle nous présente son plus récent album, Night. Holly Cole, les 27, 28 et 29 juin à 20 h au Théâtre du Nouveau Monde (série Tout en voix).

Holly Cole succède à Liza Minnelli (2012), Sade (2011), The Manhattan Transfer (2010), John Pizzarelli(2009), Aretha Franklin (2008), Harry Connick, Jr. (2007), Etta James (2006), Al Jarreau (2005) Tony Bennett (2004), Bobby McFerrin (2003), Dianne Reeves (2002), Diana Krall (2001), Dee Dee Bridgewater (2000) et Diane Schuur (1999).

Holly Cole with Special Guest Royal Wood!

We are very pleased to announce that Royal Wood will be joining Holly Cole for her shows in Halifax, NS and Fredericton, NB!

Royal Wood’s career has been established with critical acclaim and impressive musical achievements.

His latest release WE WERE BORN TO GLORY debuted in the Top 25 charts in Canada and was recently nominated for “Adult Alternative Album of the Year” at the 2013 Juno Awards.

His records have been released worldwide on Maple Recordings/Universal and Rounder Europe, and he has successfully toured in Canada, USA, Germany, France, The Netherlands, UK, Ireland and Italy. Wood has also supported national tours with David Gray, Sarah Harmer and Serena Ryder.

Holly Cole: Reinventing the Familiar

While on tour last month, Holly Cole and her band stopped by the KPLU studios in Seattle to record a special in-studio performance and interview. Listen to the full audio online.

In this wonderful studio session with KPLU’s Abe Beeson, Holly treats us to three songs from her latest album NIGHT, including one of her own compositions, You’ve Got A Secret.

Holly’s band includes Aaron Davis (piano), George Koeller (bass), Davide DiRenzo (drums) and John Johnson (horns).


  1. I Only Have Eyes For You
  2. Walk Away
  3. You’ve Got A Secret