CALGARY, Oct. 14, 2015 /CNW/ - The Canadian Pacific (CP) Holiday Train
will be traveling across Canada and the United States again this
November and December raising money, food and awareness for food banks
and hunger issues. Since its launch in 1999, the program has raised
more than C$10.6 million and 3.6 million pounds of food for North
American food banks and shelves.
"Year after year, the Holiday Train brings great talent and memorable
experiences to families across our network while raising money for
local food banks and food shelves," said E. Hunter Harrison, CP Chief
Executive Officer. "Regardless of circumstances, everyone should have
access to healthy, nutritious food. The Holiday Train plays an integral
role in broadening the conversation around food and hunger issues
across North America."
Again this year, the Holiday Train program is encouraging people
attending events to bring heart healthy donations. Heart health
education and awareness is a tenet of CP's community investment
program, CP Has Heart, which focuses on improving the heart health of
men, women and children in communities across North America.
"CP's train of lights provides a platform to speak about the needs of
North American food banks. This is why we are challenging all our event
attendees to reach into their cupboards and donate quality nutritious
food items to help raise food for those who need it most this holiday
season," said Katharine Schmidt, Executive Director, Food Banks Canada.
The two brightly lit trains will kick off in the Montreal area on
November 27 and 28 on their way to visit approximately 150 communities.
The "Canadian Train" travels west across Canada finishing its journey
in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia. The "US Train" visits communities
across the U.S. Northeast and Midwest, and returns back to Canada for
shows in Saskatchewan and Alberta.
Montreal/Winnipeg band Chic Gamine will kick the tour off from the
boxcar stage, with Francophone performances in Quebec. Holiday Train
veteran and award-winning country singer Kelly Prescott will then take
the reins on the Canadian Train with Devin Cuddy, and CP's famed
Holiday Train band.
Once the Canadian train completes its journey across the prairies and
arrives in Calgary, Devin Cuddy will reunite with his father, Canadian
song-writing legend Jim Cuddy of Blue Rodeo and continue the trip with
Kelly and the band until they reach the west coast.
The U.S. Train, which also makes stops in Southern Ontario, will
showcase one of Canada's brightest young country music stars, Kira
Isabella. Kira will rock the stage with chart topping
jack-of-all-trades Wes Mack, until the Doc Walker country legends come
aboard in Chicago.
The online schedule is now live at www.cpr.ca/holiday-train and lists which performers are stopping where and when.
Each year, fans of the Holiday Train follow its journey over social
media, posting spectacular images of the trains in various cities and
landscapes. Those who capture the spirit of the train, holiday
entertainment and the spirit of giving are encouraged to enter the
"Capture the Spirit" photo contest for the chance to win an exclusive
ride on next year's train. Details about the contest will be available
closer to the start of the program on the Holiday Train Facebook page.
To help make this year the best yet for local food banks, the Holiday
Train asks fans new and old to follow the train on social media, invite
their friends and family and spread the message about the importance of
heart-healthy donations by using #HealthyDonations.
Use #CPHolidayTrain and #HealthyDonations
For additional information, photos, a route map, and downloadable
pictures of the two trains, visit: www.cpr.ca.
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For additional information, photos, a route map, broadcast b-roll, and
downloadable pictures of the two trains, visit: cpr.ca.
About the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train
Canadian Pacific's annual Holiday Train program is a rolling fundraising
event that travels across Canada and the United States raising money,
food, and awareness for food banks and hunger issues, hosting free
holiday concerts along the way. Since 1999 the program has raised over
C$10.6 million and 3.6 million pounds of food. Each Holiday Train is
about 1,000 feet in length with 14 rail cars decorated with hundreds of
thousands of technology-leading LED lights and a modified boxcar that
has been turned into a traveling stage for performers.
About CP Has Heart
At CP, we know that a railroad may serve as the arteries of a nation,
but at its heart is community. That's why, through CP Has Heart, we've
already committed more than $6 million dollars to help improve the
heart health of men, women and children across North America. And along
the way, we're showing heart whenever we can. Find out more on www.cpr.ca or @CPhasHeart.
About Canadian Pacific
Canadian Pacific (TSX:CP)(NYSE: CP) is a transcontinental railway in
Canada and the United States with direct links to eight major ports,
including Vancouver and Montreal, providing North American customers a
competitive rail service with access to key markets in every corner of
the globe. CP is growing with its customers, offering a suite of
freight transportation services, logistics solutions and supply chain
expertise. Visit cpr.ca to see the rail advantages of Canadian Pacific.
SOURCE Canadian Pacific
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