The 21st annual CP Holiday Train wrapped up another successful year touring North America, sharing toe-tapping music and supporting more than 170 communities along CP routes
While final numbers are still being calculated, more than C$1.49 million was raised and 238,393 pounds of food have been collected for local food banks and food shelves so far this year.
The Holiday Train has now raised more than $16.7 million and collected 4.7 million pounds of food since its inaugural journey back in 1999.
"For more than 20 years, we have brought the CP Holiday Train across North America delighting audiences of all ages," said Keith Creel, CP President and CEO. "Partnering with local food banks to raise awareness for hunger-related issues is the cornerstone that enables the success of the Holiday Train. Watching communities come out to celebrate and donate generously reminds us why the program continues to be so important."
The power of collaboration was on display when the Siksika First Nation joined the community of Gleichen, Alta. to give a warm welcome to the CP Holiday Train, as it made its final stop of the Canadian tour, on a crisp December evening last year.
Gleichen is located adjacent to the Siksika First Nation. With CP's tracks running through the community, the rails represent a figurative division between First Nation lands and Wheatland County lands.
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The U.S. train departed Montreal on November 25 and featured Alan Doyle and Beautiful Band. Meghan Patrick, Tanika Charles and Kelly Prescott picked up the tour in Chicago and finished the train’s journey back to Canada with the final show in Gleichen, Alberta on December 18.
The Canadian train departed Montreal on November 26 and followed CP’s tracks west to Vancouver. Performing free concerts from Montreal to Calgary were Scott Helman and Madeline Merlo. CP Holiday Train favourite Terri Clark joined the train in Calgary with Dallas Smith, wrapping up in the Vancouver area on December 17.
Acadian folk-music group
Vishtèn performed 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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