What the pop music expert wants for the holidays

Brian Fauteux’s wish list is alive with the sound of music from some late greats.


We asked some of our experts what they wanted under the tree this holiday season. Here's what they told us.


Brian Fauteux, pop music expert

What he wants

Why he wants it

Sirius subscription: Streaming and online music services come and go, so it can be tough to decide which one to get behind and commit your 10 or 20 dollars a month towards. A SiriusXM trial subscription would be a great gift because it comes with a variety of music channels—organized by era or genre—with great DJs who do the work of choosing what to play. The SiriusXM app also gives you access to a wider variety of channels and lets you customize your listening experience.

Sonos speaker: I keep a turntable and my record collection in the basement but on the main floor I like to be able to play music from my phone while getting ready for work or cooking at night. The Sonos PLAY:1 wireless streaming speaker offers great sound from an unassuming size.

Bowie box set: It’s been a tough year given the influential artists we’ve lost but a few have left parting gifts in the form of final albums of wonderful music. David Bowie’s Blackstar, A Tribe Called Quest’s We Got It from Here... (RIP Phife Dawg) and Leonard Cohen’s You Want it Darker are among the best releases in 2016. Personally I’d love to receive Who Can I Be Now? (1974-1976), a recently released box set of 13 albums from Bowie’s so-called “plastic soul” era. Gift certificates from an Edmonton record store like Listen or Blackbyrd would also be welcome.

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