It's the annual train of lights that makes its journey across the United States and Canada to support food banks at this time of year. The CP Holiday Train program started rolling down the tracks yesterday in Kahnawake, Quebec, with 2 trains driving for charity.
These trains are awesome to behold and if you get a chance to take a look at one of them, it's worth your time. Each one is adorned with thousands of LED lights and designs. Several musicians also get on the train to entertain with family shows that are completely free in 150+ cities across the United States and Canada. The Canadian train will feature Doc Walker, Crystal Shawanda, Jim Cuddy and Melanie Doane. Because this is the 15th anniversary of the train’s run, there will also be signature concerts available free of charge in Calgary, Cottage Grove Manitoba and Hamilton Ontario. Performing in various shows include the following celebrities:
- Tom Cochrane with Red Rider
- Great Big Sea
- Take 6
- Sheryl Crow
- The Tenors
- Natalie MacMaster
- Matt Dusk
- Sarah McLachlan
The Calgary concert will take place on December 7, 2013 and will feature Sarah McLachlan, Matt Dusk and The Tenors. There will also be a special guest appearance by W. Brett Wilson and Peter Mansbridge will be hosting the event. It takes place at the Anderson C-Train Station at 11015 Anderson Station Way SW.
While these events are free, Canadian Pacific is asking attendees to bring along a food donation that's non-perishable or make a cash donation. All donations raised at these events will be distributed locally.
This year, CP will be matching the donations provided to the Breakfast Club of Canada. If you contribute a dollar to this cause, Canadian Pacific will match it with another dollar. In the United States, Feeding America will receive matched donations. These donation programs are separate and in addition to the community food bank donations that are made at every stop.
The train has been running for 15 years and through generous contributions has been able to raise $7.4 million since 1999 and 3 million pounds of donated food for local communities.