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450,000 people celebrate with CP Holiday Train; raise more than $1.4 million for food banks
The 17th year of the Canadian Pacific (CP) Holiday Train program saw tremendous crowds, generous donations and big smiles as it etched its way across Canada and the northern U.S.
"The Holiday Train is all about neighbours helping neighbours, and this year saw remarkable support for this important cause," said E. Hunter Harrison, CP's Chief Executive Officer. "Each year, we are humbled by the good work local food banks do in helping those in need in their communities. We are proud that we can help them deliver on that mission."
"Every year, CP's train of lights provides a platform to speak about the needs of North American food banks. This year they helped drive the message home not only about ongoing needs, but the ability for individuals to raise levels of health in their community by reaching in their cupboards for healthy donations," said Katharine Schmidt, Executive Director, Food Banks Canada.
With results continuing to roll in, the 2015 edition of the Holiday Train is on track to raise more than $1.4 million and more than 300,000 pounds of food for food banks and food shelves. Since its start in 1999, the CP Holiday Train has now helped to raise more than C$12 million and 3.9 million pounds of food for local food banks. The Holiday Train program shines a light on the important role food banks play in a healthy community.
This year saw record crowds in many communities and estimated overall attendance of 450,000 people over the 23 days.
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The Holiday Train also visits US cities. Hop over to US Holiday Train schedule and performers for details
Kelly is no stranger to Holiday Train. She has taken part in numerous U.S. tours and was featured on many of the past Holiday Train CD's, including the gold record release in 2005. In 2013 she shared the stage with Sheryl Crow and Take Six on the Holiday Train 15th anniversary show in Minnesota.
She is excited to be taking part of the Canadian tour this year with Devin Cuddy, Jim Cuddy and the fabulous Holiday Train Band.
Devin Cuddy has always made music his way, and some might argue, the hard way. As the son of one of Canada's most beloved singer/songwriters, Blue Rodeo's Jim Cuddy, country rock has been the soundtrack to Devin's entire life.
From the moment Devin was drawn to playing music, he was determined to get as close as possible to the sources of all the sounds he loved, whether they were made by rock and roll's founding fathers, the Grand Ole Opry's honky tonk heroes, or Jelly Roll Morton and the kings of jazz.
This Juno Award-winning band has been busy since their start in 2007 having toured extensively across North America and Europe, released two albums, and grown through the challenges of personnel changes. They're soulful and fiery, moody and tender, and they've come into their own.
With a five-year gap between studio albums, they're set to release their third album, Light A Match on October 23rd.
Jim Cuddy is a member of Canadian country rock band, Blue Rodeo. In 1998, Jim released All in Time which went on to sell Gold in his native Canada. His next album, 2006's The Light That Guides You Home, was released to critical acclaim and won the Juno for Adult Alternative Album of the Year.
In 2011 Jim released Skyscraper Soul, his 3rd solo album. His voice, always a voluptuous instrument, has never sounded better and Cuddy proves once again that his songwriting ranks with the best Canada has to offer.
Read about some of the memorable and touching moments of the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train as told by the people who were there.
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