It’s December—and officially time to get in the holiday spirit. But with the ongoing pandemic, OL and its partners will be finding creative ways to keep their holiday traditions alive again this year.
For the second time in the Canadian Pacific (CP) Holiday Train’s 23-year history, the magical train won’t be crisscrossing North America. But that doesn’t mean it won’t be helping those in need. Once again, CP is holding a "Holiday Train at Home" concert to raise money and help local food banks collect much-needed donations.
Sharing the joy of music to raise money for those in need
"The spirit of the Holiday Train is about giving generously and inspiring those around us to give as well," says CP President and CEO Keith Creel. "While we are disappointed we again cannot bring the Holiday Train to communities, we are honored to run a virtual program and continue to support communities and food banks across our network as they work to address food insecurity in North America."
Live music has always been part of Holiday Train events across North America. So, to keep with tradition, CP will be bringing music right to the homes of Canadians through a virtual concert. The Holiday Train at Home concert
will feature performances by Steven Page and The Strumbellas as well as Keb' Mo', The Trews, Tanika Charles, Odds, Aysanabee and Sierra Noble. The concert will be streamed live
on Saturday, December 18, at 6 p.m. MT or 8 p.m. ET.
Keeping the tradition of giving alive this holiday season
CP will donate $1.24 million to 198 food banks in communities that would usually host CP Holiday Train events. Viewers will also be encouraged to donate to Food Banks Canada
or Feeding America
—or to give directly to their local food bank.
Since it started back in 1999, the Holiday Train has raised $19.4 million and collected almost 5 million pounds of food for community food banks along CP's network. Let’s keep that tradition of giving alive. Please give if you can. And tune in to hear some great Canadian music on December 18th, at 6 p.m. MT or 8 p.m. ET.