The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train is once again rolling into town this month to raise money, food, and awareness about hunger.
The 14 brightly decorated cars are covered in hundreds of thousands of LED lights and artists perform on a modified boxcar that has been turned into a travelling stage. This year’s show features Juno award-winning country trio Doc Walker and Kingston, Ont. native Miss Emily.
Over their decade-plus time together Doc Walker has earned multiple top-10 and top-5 hits on Canadian radio and some of the music industry’s highest awards, including six CCMAs in 2008 alone, as well as the 2009 Juno for Country Recording of the Year for Beautiful Life.
Their sixth record, GO, also produced three top-10 singles, including the hit I’m Gonna Make You Love Me which peaked at No. 4 on the BDS country chart and reached No.1 on the Chevrolet Top 20 Video Countdown.
Miss Emily’s vocals have been compared to the soul and power of Adele, and she’s already shared the stage with The Tragically Hip, Sam Roberts Band, and the Trews. Tragically’s Hip’s Gord Sinclair is also working on her upcoming debut CD.
Since 1999, the Holiday Train program has raised close to $6.4 million and about 2.6 million pounds of food for North American food banks. The train also reaches more than 150 communities each year for a combined distance of 10,000 kilometres. Items such as infant formula, canned meats, and spaghetti sauce are always in demand.
The train stops in North Bend on Dec. 17 at about 5 p.m. across from the CP bunkhouse.
Bring a non-perishable food item or money to the event in support of the local food bank.