Tom Cochrane with Red Rider, Great Big Sea and Natalie MacMaster to headline free CP Holiday Train Event in Hamilton

Holiday Train celebrates 15 years of fundraising for Hamilton Food Share

HAMILTON, ON, Nov. 12, 2013 /CNW/ - Tom Cochrane with Red Rider will be joined by Great Big Sea and Natalie MacMaster to headline a free concert when the Canadian Pacific (CP) Holiday Train makes its annual stop at Gage Park in Hamilton on Saturday, November 30, 2013.

"I am very proud to be involved with CP's holiday initiative to fight hunger across Canada and the United States. CP and their trains are as much of our cultural landscape and identity as any iconic image I can think of and my hat is off to them for this big and kind-hearted gesture to the Canadian and American people. These will be great shows and a great ride," said Cochrane.

This Holiday Train signature event, in support of the Hamilton Food Share, will be hosted by Peter Mansbridge and kicks-off with the opening of the North Pole Station at 4:00 p.m. followed by the concert, which begins at 5:00 p.m.

The North Pole Station, a magical village, will feature family-oriented interactive activities, including ice carving, hot chocolate and a chance for the kids to visit Santa before making their way to the concert stage.

While the event is free, those attending are asked to make a donation or bring non-perishable food items. Everything collected at each show stays in the community for local distribution.

"Hamilton Food Share is thrilled and honoured to celebrate the CP Holiday Train's 15th anniversary! This spectacular event embraces the true meaning of Christmas, since it raises much needed food and awareness," stated Joanne Santucci, Hamilton Food Share's Executive Director. "This will go a long way in helping to feed the more than 17,000 people who rely on a food bank every month in our community."

The Hamilton stop is part of CP's 2013 Holiday Train program, which runs from November 25 until December 19, and features two brightly decorated trains travelling across Canada and the United States. Since 1999, the Holiday Train has raised about $7.4 million and about 3 million pounds of food for North American food shelves.

This extra-special Holiday Train event is one of only three stops across North America where Canadian Pacific has added additional star-power to help shine a spotlight on the railways mission of raising food, money and awareness in the fight against hunger. Similar events will be held in Calgary, Alberta on December 7 and in Cottage Grove, Minnesota on December 14.

For additional information on the CP Holiday Train, photos, a route map and downloadable pictures of the two trains visit: www.cpr.ca.

The 2013 Holiday Train schedule is available on cpr.ca and Facebook. Supporters can also join the Holiday Train on Facebook and on Twitter @CPHolidaytrain

Broadcast quality b-roll available at: http://www.cpr.ca/en/in-your-community/holiday-train/Pages/media.aspx

Image with caption: "Artist rendering of site for 2013 CP Holiday Train Concert. (CNW Group/Canadian Pacific)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20131112_C6455_PHOTO_EN_33256.jpg

SOURCE: Canadian Pacific

For further information:

Media Contact: 
Canadian Pacific
Ed Greenberg 
612-849-4717 (cell)
ed_greenberg@cpr.ca 

*CP Media Line: 1-855-242-3674 (24/7-Toll Free)


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