15th year of CP Holiday Train raises record $2 million in support of local food banks
The 2013 Canadian Pacific Holiday Train has officially wrapped up its journey across Canada and the United States raising record donations for North American food banks.
Donations for the 2013 three-week journey by two brightly-decorated freight trains to over 150 communities hit more than $2 million and 300,000 pounds of food.
“This was a record year for the Holiday Train and Canadian Pacific congratulates all those who rallied together in supporting communities in their fight against hunger," said E. Hunter Harrison, CP’s chief executive officer.
As part of what was raised during this year’s Holiday Train, the Breakfast Club of Canada and Feeding America each received $250,000 from CP in support of their national programs. The 2013 donation results now push totals since 1999 to close to $9.5 million and 3.3 million pounds.
2013 Holiday Train schedule
Holiday Train Signature Events
Sheryl Crow, Sarah McLachlan, Tom Cochrane with Red Rider, The Tenors, Great Big Sea, Matt Dusk, Natalie MacMaster and Take 6 in celebrated the 15th anniversary of the CP Holiday Train in Hamilton on November 30, Calgary on December 7 and Cottage Grove on December 14.
Canadian Holiday Train schedule and entertainers
The Canadian Holiday Train embarked on its three-week journey on November 26 from Beaconsfield, Quebec, finishing up in Port Coquitlam, BC, on December 16.
The Canadian train featured Melanie Doane with special guests Doc Walker, Brothers Dube, Crystal Shawanda, Jim Cuddy, and Matt Dusk.
U.S. Holiday Train schedule and entertainers
The U.S. Holiday Train embarked on its three-week journey on November 25 from Kahnawake, Quebec, traveling through the Northeast and Midwest U.S. before finishing up in Weyburn, Saskatchewan on December 19.
Entertainers on the U.S. train included The Claytones, Roxanne Potvin, Canadian Country Music Hall of Famer Tracey Brown, and Willy Porter.