The CP Holiday Train is happy to be back for its 24th year supporting food banks and food shelves across our network by raising money, food and awareness for food insecurity issues.
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Award-winning singer, songwriter and musician Tenille Townes hails from Grand Prairie, Alberta. Her acclaimed debut album was named Country Album of the Year at the 50th JUNO Awards and Album of the Year at the 2021 Canadian Country Music Awards. Townes also earned her third consecutive Female Vocalist of the Year trophy. Additionally, she has raised over $2.5 million for Big Hearts For Big Kids, a non-profit she started when she was 12 years old to benefit a youth shelter in her hometown, which has grown to support organizations such as Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee, S.A.F.E. Animal Haven, and the Manna House
Born in Petty Harbour, Newfoundland and Labrador, Alan Doyle is a singer, songwriter, and actor who rose to fame as the enigmatic frontman for acclaimed Newfoundland folk-rock band Great Big Sea. During their commercial peak from the late '90s to the mid-2000s, the band's energetic fusion of traditional Celtic fare and sea shanties earned them international success far beyond the shores of their island home. Doyle launched a solo career in 2012 and released a trio of well-received albums. In addition to his musical work, he has appeared in numerous films and television shows.
From Beaconsfield, Quebec, Brittany Kennell became the first Canadian on NBC’s The Voice when country superstar Blake Shelton pushed his button to her rendition of Sheryl Crow’s ‘Strong Enough’. She made it to the knockout round with Miley Cyrus as her mentor. She became the first and only Quebec female country artist to perform at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville in August 2021. Her debut record was named one of CBC music’s 21 most anticipated album of the year and CBC Music's top 15 album of the year.
Don Amero is of Cree and Metis descent and a folk singer-songwriter from Winnipeg, Manitoba. As a three-time JUNO Award nominee, Amero has taken the skills he utilizes on stage to his advocacy work within Indigenous communities and beyond, including his participation as a youth mentor for the Winnipeg Jets and True North Youth Foundation’s ‘Project 11’. An avid public speaker, Amero created the ‘Music Is Medicine’ workshop, presenting the impact and power music has mentally and physically, and he serves as the first-ever advisor and Chair of the Canadian Country Music Award’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee.
Born in Ottawa, Kelly Prescott comes by her music in the most honest way possible as a third-generation singer/songwriter on both sides of her family. Growing up between a tour bus and a world-class recording studio, her childhood was steeped in traditional country music. Kelly and her family made their Grand Ole Opry debut as guests of Terri Clark in 2018. She has toured all over North America with such acts as Alan Doyle, Kyle Cook (Matchbox 20), Terri Clark, Dallas Smith, Jim Cuddy, Colin James, Dean Brody and her former band, The Claytones.
In his six years since breaking into the Canadian Country music scene, multiple CCMA Award nominee JoJo Mason has been on a mission to find his own unique voice. Now, with recently released seven song EP on the way, he’s ready to show fans exactly what kind of artist he wants to be. JoJo’s career thus far has seen many incredible highlights, including five Top 10 tracks, numerous notable National media appearances and countless major festival and tour plays, and the last year has been no exception. JoJo checked off a bucket list moment performing on the 2020 CCMA Awards broadcast, received a trio of BCCMA nominations (Male Artist, Album, and Entertainer of the Year) and got the news that his single ‘Better On You’ had earned CRIA Gold-certification.
Virginia to Vegas, aka Derik Baker, is an American-born Canadian singer-songwriter. After being discovered on YouTube, Baker was signed to Wax Records and released his first single in 2014. Baker is best known for his indie-pop choruses and sticky electronic melodies, which have awarded him critical acclaim and several platinum certifications. Baker has received over 650 million global streams in the following years and the designation of 2020’s second most played Canadian artist on the radio.
Toronto-based songwriter, Aysanabee is Oji-Cree and from the Sucker Clan of the Sandy Lake First Nation. Aysanabee is a singer-songwriter who uses folk, soul and alt-pop to tell stories about his life and reconnecting with his roots. His music is solemn and soaring, backed by a swirling blend of indie, soul and electronic soundscapes, mournful saxophone and pulse-quickening finger-picking. Currently readying his debut album, he was the first artist signed to the new Indigenous-owned Ishkode Records.
With more than 200 million career global streams, Calgary’s Lindsay Ell has become one of country music's most celebrated female voices. Ell has two Canadian #1 singles and, in 2021 celebrated her third consecutive Canadian Country Music Award win. Outside of her award-winning musical accomplishments, Ell has made a name for herself as a talented network television host, first co-hosting the 2021 Canadian Country Music Awards and as the host of CityTV’s hit show, Canada’s Got Talent.
Raised on a cattle and bison ranch near Medicine Hat, Alberta, Nashville-based MacKenzie Porter is rising to international acclaim with her radiant country style. She recently scored a six-week #1 with Dustin Lynch’s collaboration “Thinking ‘Bout You,” earning her first #1 in the U.S. Making her mark, Porter became the first female artist to have three consecutive #1 singles on Canadian country radio in 22 years. She has previously shared the stage with Jordan Davis, Kenny Chesney, Rascal Flatts, Chris Lane, Blake Shelton, Dallas Smith, and co-starred in the Netflix series, Travelers.
We encourage you to donate to your local food bank.
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Every year CP receives numerous requests for Holiday Train stops from communities across our network. We try to vary the stops from year to year to accommodate as many locations as possible. You can find the schedules for the CP Holiday Train in Canada
here and in the U.S.
Our Holiday Train tracker lets you see where the trains are on their journeys. Once the Holiday Train program gets underway on Nov. 23rd you will see the train tracker icon on the map and can follow the trains. Find the tracker
CP has two Holiday Trains to visit as many locations as possible. The Canadian train stays in Canada, while the U.S. train moves between Canada and the U.S.
A complete list of the food banks that CP is supporting this year can be found
To donate to any of the food banks that CP is supporting, please check this
list. If you attend a Holiday Train show, your local food shelf will have a station set up to accept donations.
Please check with your local food bank as needs vary from place to place. Cash donations are always welcome since they enable food banks to utilize their buying power and ensure your donation goes further.
The food and money donations stay in the community and are not collected on board the train. CP works with the local food bank and food pantry groups, who organize the collection of all donations at the stop in their communities.
Since 1999, the CP Holiday Train has raised more than C$21 million and 5 million pounds of food for North American food banks. All donations raised at a Holiday Train stop remain in that community.
CP operates in more than 1,100 communities, and our 12,000 employees are proud of the Holiday Train program. We know that hunger is an issue that can, and does, impact our neighbours. Over the years, the program has gained a tremendous following and we are proud to continue this tradition for our family and yours.
Yes! We only ask that you bring a food or monetary donation to your local food bank/pantry who will be on site taking collections.
A typical Holiday Train event goes something like this: The train arrives and pulls to a safe stop in front of the crowd. The stage door lowers and the band opens with its first song, followed by a brief presentation with the local food bank officials and other dignitaries on stage. Once the presentation is done the band resumes the show, singing a mix of traditional and modern holiday-themed songs, and popular original songs. After the final song the boxcar door closes and the train is on its way to the next stop.
Please ensure that you keep a safe distance from the train at all times so we can safely continue our journey.
The Holiday Train does not offer rides to members of the public.
The Holiday Trains are staffed by CP employees and supported by local CP employees at our stop locations.
Any activities that occur at the outdoor events are organized in partnership with the municipality and their chosen food bank. We recommend you reach out locally to offer your services to help make your Holiday Train event even better!
CP employed rigorous safety measures and policies throughout the pandemic and continues to follow all public health authority guidance and regulations. Please don’t attend the CP Holiday Train event in your community if you are sick.
CP brings the train and that city or town arranges everything on the ground at each event, including event parking, restroom facilities, lost and found and any additional entertainment or services.
Our two Holiday Trains visit more than 160 communities in just over three weeks. With thousands of miles to cover, we do our best to stop in as many locations along the CP network as possible.
We only stop in towns where CP operates. If you live in a community served by another railway, our Holiday Train will not be visiting your location.\
The Holiday Trains cover thousands of miles during the three weeks. With more than 160 stops, it means that many events take place during the day. The show is always great regardless of the hour, and the food banks appreciate your donations.
The Holiday Train’s lights stay on as they move across the CP network. In areas where we travel on track that is not CP, the lights will be turned off. Each Holiday Train is about 1,000 feet long and consists of 14 rail cars decorated with LED lights and holiday designs.
You can record the concert for your enjoyment. We don’t recommend posting the concert on monetized platforms such as Facebook and YouTube due to copyright infringement.
All concert details are on our social channels. Visit @CanadianPacific for latest updates.