The CP Holiday Train is back for its 21st year in an effort to raise money, food and awareness for local food banks and food shelves
“The CP Holiday Train is a program that our 13,000-strong CP family has immense pride in bringing to communities every year. Access to nutritious food is a basic necessity, and food bank usage is on the rise across North America. The CP Holiday Train program is our way to help in the fight against hunger by growing awareness of this issue and providing a fun and engaging way for the public to show their support.”
- Keith Creel, CP's President and Chief Executive Officer.
The Holiday Train has now raised more than C$15.8 million and collected 4.5 million pounds of food since its inaugural journey back in 1999.
The U.S. train departs Montreal on November 25 and features Alan Doyle and Beautiful Band performing in communities in New York and southern Ontario. Meghan Patrick, Tanika Charles and Kelly Prescott will pick up the tour in Chicago and finish the train’s journey back to Canada with the final show in Gleichen, Alberta on December 18.
The Canadian train departs Montreal on November 26 and follow CP’s tracks west to Vancouver. Performing free concerts from Montreal to Calgary are Scott Helman and Madeline Merlo. CP Holiday Train favourite Terri Clark will join the train in Calgary with another talented musician to be announced later, wrapping up in the Vancouver area on December 17.
Acadian folk-music group
Vishtèn will perform at all stops in Quebec, the starting point for both trains.
The Holiday Train also visits U.S. cities. Hop over to U.S. Holiday Train schedule for performers and details
Hailing from Maple Ridge, BC, Madeline Merlo is a CCMA Award and two-time BCCMA Award winning artist, with five Top 15 singles under her belt.
Madeline Merlo has always had eclectic taste, and in her music you'll hear the influence of classic country artists like Johnny Cash and Patsy Cline, R&B greats Etta James and Billie Holiday and modern superstars such as Miranda Lambert.
Hailing from Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada, Terri Clark got her start by playing for tips at Tootsie's Orchid Lounge, a legendary honky-tonk bar across the alley from Nashville's historic Ryman Auditorium.
The 3-time JUNO Award winner holds the honor of being the only Canadian female member of the legendary Grand Ole Opry. Terri has received 19 CCMA Awards and is the newest member of the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame.
2019 CCMA Awards Entertainer of the Year Dallas Smith will join Terri Clark on the CP Holiday Train stage at 31 shows in Alberta and B.C.
“Touring with Terri on the CP Holiday Train is an honour and privilege,” Smith said. “I look forward to performing from the train and seeing Canadians giving generously to help their neighbours in communities large and small.”
Acadian powerhouse trio Vishtèn has been recognized worldwide as an ambassador of francophone culture. The Canadian band has dazzled audiences with its fiery blend of traditional French songs and original instrumentals that fuse Celtic and Acadian genres with a modern rock sensibilities and indie-folk influences.
Their trademark blend of fiddle, guitar, accordion, octave mandolin, whistles, piano, bodhrán, jaw harp and percussive dance result in a tour de force of traditional and contemporary music.
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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