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.
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.
"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."
The U.S.-bound train will depart from Montreal on November 25 and head south. Sam Roberts Band and JoJo Mason entertain crowds at stops in Quebec, New York and Ontario. The Trews will then hop on board with Willy Porter in Chicago to complete the trip through Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Wisconsin, Minnesota and North Dakota before arriving at their final destination in Weyburn, Sask. on Dec. 16.
The Holiday Train also visits Canadian cities. Hop over to the Canadian Holiday Train schedule for details
Willy Porter has been turning first time listeners into die-hard fans for more than two decades and has shared world stages with music icons Jeff Beck, Tori Amos, and Paul Simon, carving out a successful solo career as an artist who makes music that resonates long after the last guitar chord fades. Whether in the studio or on stage, Willy Porter gifts listeners with an unforgettable ride, embodying the very best of what live music has to offer.
"I am both grateful and excited to be a part of the CP Holiday Train's 20th Anniversary Band as we roll across North America! Each whistle stop combines humanitarian effort with the musical spirit of the holidays making the CP Holiday Train one of the greatest projects I have had the honour to be a part of!"
With multiple radio hits drawn from six scorching studio albums plus several EPs, a pair of live records, and a retrospective, The Trews are among the most prolific, electrifying, and innovative rock bands on the planet. The Nova Scotia-bred, Hamilton, ON-based combo of singer/guitarist Colin MacDonald, guitarist John-Angus MacDonald, bassist Jack Syperek, and drummer Chris Gormley — songwriters all — has won universal acclaim for both their dazzling live performances and wildly accessible songs.
"This will be our first time touring by train, which is something we’ve always wanted to do. To do it while being able to raise some money to put food on local shelves at this most important time of year makes it extra special for us. We can’t wait!"
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!"
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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