The CP Holiday Train will soon set out once again to entertain hundreds of thousands of people, celebrating 20 years of collecting food and raising funds for food banks across North America
The CP Holiday Train program launched in 1999 and has since raised more than C$14.5 million and gathered 4.3 million pounds of food for communities along CP's routes in Canada and the United States.
"On behalf of the 13,000-strong family here at CP, it is my great pleasure to kick-off the 20th tour of the CP Holiday Train," said Keith Creel, CP's President and Chief Executive Officer. "It is a privilege for CP to be able to run a program like this and connect with so many communities across our network. I want to personally thank each individual who has made a donation over the past 20 years – your collective efforts have made the Holiday Train a huge success for two decades."
Beginning in Montreal on November 25 and 27 respectively, two trains will make the festive journey, travelling through both the U.S. and Canada to bring holiday cheer to 164 communities along CP's network. Each event is free, with CP encouraging attendees to open their cupboards and wallets to help address hunger needs in their communities. Local food banks will be accepting donations at each stop to ensure those less fortunate have enough healthy food this holiday season.
The U.S.-bound train departs Montreal on November 25 travelling south with stops in Quebec, New York and Southern Ontario before continuing it's journey through the U.S. and into southern Saskatchewan for its final stop in Weyburn, Saskatchewan on Dec. 16.
The Canadian Train departs Montreal on November 27 travelling west through Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and British Columbia for it's final show of the 2018 CP Holiday Train tour in Port Coquitlam on December 18.
The Holiday Train also visits U.S. cities. Hop over to U.S. Holiday Train schedule for performers and details
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.
"I had such a wonderful time on the US leg of the CP Holiday Train last year, and I’m so excited for this experience again, across my home country of Canada. Seeing the smiling faces, holiday spirit, and people giving back to their own communities is an amazing thing to be a part of and witness."
Sam Roberts Band is a rock band based out of Montreal, Canada. On October 5, 2018, Sam Roberts announced the worldwide deluxe reissue of the Juno Award-winning debut album We Were Born In A Flame. The 2018 edition marks fifteen years since the album was first released in 2003 and includes original demos and previously unheard songs with an entire extra disc added for both CD and vinyl editions remastered by one of Canada's most distinguished sound engineer's, João Carvalho.
"We are looking forward to riding on the CP Holiday Train, spreading some holiday cheer, and hoping those who come to the show bring food or cash donations for their local food bank!"
Celebrating a long lineage of a very musically inclined family, the third-generation singer grew up in an award-winning studio where she was able to hone her craft of song writing. Penning such fan favourites as 'Carryin' Coal' and 'Coming Home To You (ft. Buddy Miller)', her new music expands on her talent and unique vocals to reveal tracks like 'Who Gets The Church' and 'Leavin' Her', which was released worldwide June 8th.
"I've had the honour of being 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."
Winnipeg singer-songwriter Sierra Noble has been a part of the Canadian music scene since a very young age, beginning her touring career when she was only 14 years old as a solo Old-time fiddle player. Her evolution as an artist brought her to a journey of singing and songwriting debuted by a song called "Possibility" which went on to be featured on television shows such as "One Tree Hill" and "Switched at Birth". She credits that song to be what opened the door to her opening for international legends Bon Jovi and Paul McCartney.
"I am beyond excited to be a part of the 20th anniversary CP Holiday Train! Come join us with your friends, family, and food bank donations while we warm our hearts together through song in the cold chill of winter!"
Tyson Venegas is a 13-year-old singer and entertainer from Vancouver, BC. His remarkable voice and energy has quickly earned positive reinforcement from artists ranging from Bobby McFerrin and Michael Buble to his hero Stevie Wonder. This past April, he was a featured performer on NBC’s Little Big Shots hosted by Steve Harvey.
Committed to making a difference, Tyson often lends his voice to noteworthy causes such as WeDay, MusicCounts and Music Cares and the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train.
Tracey Brown is fondly remembered as a member of the Family Brown, Canada's most awarded country band. For 22 years the band released 17 albums on MCA and RCA records, had a nationally syndicated show, "Family Brown Country" for 13 seasons and toured extensively in Canada and parts of Europe. The band consisted of father, Papa Joe Brown, brother Barry and sister Lawanda. In the 90's, she continued recording with Barry Brown and husband, Randall Prescott, under the name of Prescott-Brown releasing two CD's with Sony Canada. Tracey also released two solo CD's.
She has been involved with the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train program for 18 years as a performer and co-musical producer.
JoJo's music is about having fun, appreciating life and sharing stories. It is passionately country, but with no fear of a deep groove, fresh lyric or original melody. He will charm you with his personality, wow you with his beat boxing, earn your respect with his work ethic, inspire you with his character and compassion, elicit a smile with his message but most importantly, JoJo will sweep you off your feet with his voice. From a moonshine slinging, shower singing prairie boy to Canada’s next country music sensation.
"I can honestly say I've never been on a train before!! I couldn't think of a better way to spend my Christmas holidays than spreading the gift of music in as many places as we can aboard the CP Holiday Train! BEST CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY EVER!"
It's our 20th year of the Holiday Train and to celebrate, we're releasing 20 festive songs by artists that have toured on the train.
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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