We're ready to close out Canada 150 celebrations with our 19th annual Holiday Train, raising food and funds for local food banks across Canada and the U.S.
The CP Holiday Train program launched in 1999 and has since raised more than C$13 million and four million pounds of food for communities along CP's routes in Canada and the United States.
Beginning in Montreal, Quebec, on November 25 and 26, 2017 respectively, two trains will make the festive journey, travelling through both the U.S. and Canada to bring holiday cheer to 182 communities along CP's network. Each event is completely free, with CP encouraging every attendee to open their cupboards or wallets to ease hunger needs in their community. Local food banks will be accepting donations at each stop to ensure those less fortunate can access adequate food this holiday season and year-round.
"The Holiday Train program is all about local food banks and food shelves and the critical role they play in our communities," said Keith Creel, CP's President and Chief Executive Officer. "People come for the beautifully-lit train and stay for the incredible show – all in the name of community. The holiday season is the best time of the year, and we look forward to bringing together thousands of Canadians and Americans this season for this incredibly important cause and a great time.
The 2017 edition of the Holiday Train also concludes CP's Canada 150 celebrations and the Canadian train will feature the Spirit of Tomorrow car, which was part of the Canada 150 Train this past summer.
The Holiday Train also visits U.S. cities.
Hop over to U.S. Holiday Train schedule for performers and details
From the prairies of Saskatchewan to the stages of the world, sharing his talent with some of the greatest and most influential musicians of all time, Colin James has quietly and steadily established himself as one of Canada's greatest musicians.
"Looking forward to being on the historic Holiday train again playing shows across this beautiful country. See you there!"
Toronto-born singer and songwriter Emma-Lee splashed onto the Canadian music scene with her debut album "Never Just A Dream" in 2008. Since then, she's performed at many high profile international events and her music has been featured in countless film and television shows. As a songwriter, Emma-Lee collaborates with artists in all genres and recently released a collection of songs inspired by her earliest musical memories of pop music from the 80's and 90's.
"I'm so excited for the chance to travel across my home country supporting community food banks, performing with amazing Canadian talent and hopefully bringing people some holiday joy. I can't imagine anything better!"
Jonathan Roy has made it abundantly clear that he was born to be on stage making music. "I love to write and express my life. If I can keep doing that for the rest of my days that would be my success story." In the summer of 2017, Jonathan received a gold record for his hit single "Daniella Denmark."
"I am so proud to be part of the 19th Edition of the CP Holiday Train. Helping the communities across my own province is something I care about. I am honoured to be able to give back to those who need support, doing what I love, music!"
Alan Doyle chalks up a lot of where is he right now to luck. But one listen to his latest album, "A Week at The Warehouse, makes it clear there's a lot more than luck at play. This album, recorded live with Doyle's "beautiful band," is filled with country-tinged, radio-ready tunes that bring the flavour of some of Doyle's favourite artists, from John Mellencamp to the Payolas.
"There were no trains anywhere near my small fishing town when I was a kid. I dreamed of what it must be like to cross the prairies and climb the mountains while the railroad stretched out for miles ahead. Coming to play for stops along the CP Holiday Train and ride the rails from Calgary to Vancouver is literally a dream come true."
The Holiday Train wouldn't be as successful at raising hunger awareness if it weren't for dedicated community volunteers and members of the media that help to promote our local events.
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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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