CP Rail holiday train brings awareness and hope

The CP Rail Holiday Train to support food banks rolls into Salmon Arm near the Lordco parking lot next Wednesday, Dec. 16 at 7:30 p.m.

  • Dec. 10, 2015 8:00 a.m.

CP Holiday Train: Canoe residents are lobbying to have the Holiday Train make a stop in their community.

The CP Rail Holiday Train to support food banks rolls into Salmon Arm near the Lordco parking lot next Wednesday, Dec. 16 at 7:30 p.m.

Dress warmly and take a donation of cash or food and enjoy this popular Christmas event.

The holiday train provides great entertainment for the whole family and is a reminder that not everyone has the resources to celebrate Christmas.

Again this year, the Holiday Train program is encouraging people to give 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.

This year, entertainment will be provided by Jim Cuddy, of Blue Rodeo fame, Devin Cuddy and  Kelly Prescott.

In 2011, Cuddy released Skyscraper Soul, his third solo album. His voice has never sounded better and Cuddy proves once again that his song-writing ranks with the best Canada has to offer.

From the moment Devin Cuddy was drawn to playing music, he was determined to get as close as possible to the sources of all the sounds he loved, whether they were made by rock and roll’s founding fathers, the Grand Ole Opry’s honky tonk heroes, or Jelly Roll Morton and the kings of jazz.

No stranger to the Holiday Train, Kelly Prescott has taken part in numerous U.S. tours and was featured on many of the past Holiday Train CDs, including the gold record release in 2005.

In 2013 she shared the stage with Sheryl Crow and Take Six on the Holiday Train’s 15th anniversary show in Minnesota.

She is excited to be taking part in the Canadian tour this year with Devin Cuddy, Jim Cuddy and the fabulous Holiday Train Band.

Salmon Arm holiday train organizer Chris Moore says members of the Salmon Arm Masonic Lodge will be serving hotdogs and warm drinks, donated by local businesses.

“There will be burn barrels to keep warm around and carol signing to warm your hearts,” says Moore. “And Santa Claus will be mingling with the crowd before the train arrives so come early for a chance to meet the big guy before he boards the train.”

Before coming to Salmon Arm, the train stops near the Houseboat Kiosk at Silver Sands Road in Sicamous at 5:45 p.m. Food and cash donations collected there go to the Sicamous Food Bank.

As of yet, the train is not making a stop in Canoe, but nonetheless the community will gather in the Hive parking lot from 6 to 7:30 for the second annual Canoe Fills the Canoe. Bring food bank donations, enjoy hot chocolate, treats and fun.

When the holiday train rolls out of Salmon Arm, it heads to Notch Hill, arriving there at 9:15 p.m. with entertainment taking place from 9:30 to 10 p.m. Non-perishable food and cash donations collected at Notch Hill will go to the Sorrento Food Bank.

The next day, Thursday, Dec. 17 at 2:50 p.m., the train will arrive in Chase on the north side of Shuswap Avenue across from Chase RCMP. The show goes from 3 to 3:30 p.m.


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