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 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.
Meghan Patrick is one of the most exciting country artists today. In addition to her two year reign as the CCMA Female Artist of the Year, Meghan has been nominated for 8 CCMA awards including Album of the Year nominations for both of her studio albums.
She recently received Juno Award nominations for Country Album of the Year and Breakthrough Artist.
Tanika returns in 2019 battle tested and ready to reveal the latest chapters of her life since graduating from local favourite to international success.
Kelly Prescott comes by her music in the most honest way possible, as a third generation singer/songwriter on both sides of her family.
She grew up between a tour bus & a world class recording studio. Kelly and her family recently made their Grand Ole Opry debut as guests of Terri Clark.
Alan Doyle chalks up a lot of where is he right now to luck. But one listen to his latest album, "A Week at The Warehouse", makes it clear there's a lot more than luck at play.
This album, recorded live with Doyle's "Beautiful Band", is filled with country-tinged, radio-ready tunes that bring the flavour of some of Doyle's favourite artists, from John Mellencamp to the Payolas.
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 also visits Canadian cities. Hop over to the Canadian Holiday Train schedule for details
Want to follow the trains as they cross the U.S. and Canada?
*** The US train also visits Southern Quebec, Southern Ontario, Southern Saskatchewan, and Southern Alberta. To switch the live view from the Canadian train to the United States train, tap Schedule, tap the United States tab, and then tap Schedule again.***
We believe that everyone has the right to access healthy, nutritious food.
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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