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 171 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 Holiday Train also visits Canadian cities. Hop over to the Canadian Holiday Train schedule for details
Platinum selling Country star Dallas Smith has blazed a path across genres in Canadian music for nearly two decades and fans continue to prove they'll follow him wherever he wants to go. This Vancouver, BC native has an armful of JUNO and CCMA Award wins and nominations and continues one of the most talked about journeys in Canadian country music.
"I was lucky enough to tour with the Holiday Train last year, and can't wait to be back on it. Helping the local food banks was a success last year and will be again this year. "
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!"
Kelly Prescott is a third generation singer/songwriter, hailing from two musically renowned family lines. When her voice is blended with steel guitars and fiddles, country music lovers from way-back-when hear a kindred soul. When she spins the dial forward a few decades, it's clear she's part of a new generation that's making new sounds and big waves.
"I've been blessed to be a part of the CP Holiday Train for many years, yet this never gets old. In fact, it becomes more magical every year. To see firsthand the difference this program makes in each community is nothing short of incredible. I look forward to joining Jim Cuddy, Devin Cuddy, Terri Clark & Dallas Smith on this year's journey!"
Hailing from Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada, Terri Clark is a 3-time JUNO Award winner, 8-time CCMA Entertainer of the Year and has taken home the Female Vocalist of the Year award 5 times. Terri has sold more than 4 million albums and 13 Top Ten singles including "Better Things To Do," "Poor Poor Pitiful Me," "Girls Lie Too," and "I Just Wanna Be Mad."
"I am thrilled to be a part of this year's CP Holiday Train Tour along with my buddy, Dallas Smith. It will be amazing to personally witness the success of a program that gives directly back to each of the community food banks, and to get to play a few songs along the way."
Jim Cuddy of Blue Rodeo fame is back on the CP Holiday Train, this time touring on the U.S. Train with son Devin Cuddy. Jim's 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. Jim's success with Blue Rodeo and as a solo artist is widely attributed to his love of touring, his active connection to fans, and an unwavering commitment to pushing creative limits.
Jim released his first solo album in 1998 and has received two JUNO Awards for his solo work. He was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2013.
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. But 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.
"Having participated in the CP Holiday Train in 2015, I'm even more excited to be a part of this year! Looking forward to seeing everyone out there and collecting some donations for a great cause!"
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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