If you didn’t catch Canadian Pacific's Holiday Train last year, the 100,000-plus LED Christmas lights on this year’s train should make it hard to miss this Dec. 7.
The Holiday Train is a three-week traveling music show that tours the country to raise food, money and awareness for food banks and hunger issues in communities across Canada.
In the 14 years that the program has been running, it’s raised over $6 million and over two million pounds of food. The best part, said spokesperson Salem Woodrow, is that all proceeds raised stay in the communities they are raised in.
“Come out and support the train because everything that is raised there helps their neighbors and helps the community immediately,” Woodrow invited the public.
This year the 14-boxcar train will feature live music from three Canadian bands, who will each perform from a boxcar that has been converted into a traveling concert stage.
Award-winning band Doc Walker will be performing on the western leg of the tour starting in Whitemouth, Man.
“They won six Canadian Country Music Awards in 2008 alone and they are also Juno award winners,” said Woodrow of the group, which originated in Portage la Prairie, Man.
Doc Walker will pick up in Manitoba where the Ottawa group, Brothers Dubé, leaves off. The Pink Floyd, U2 and Beatles-inspired band will kick off the tour in Beaconsfield, Que., to be reprieved by Doc Walker in Whitemouth.
For the rest of this story pick up the Tuesday edition of the Times-Herald.