PARRY SOUND,ON- Canadian Pacific’s Holiday Train is stopping through our region again this year.

The company has announced their 2019 performer lineup and schedule for the annual Holiday Train program. The festive train has run for the last 21 years, with the goal of raising money and food donations in the communities along the rail network.

“The CP Holiday Train is a program that our 13,000-strong CP family has immense pride in bringing to communities every year,” said Keith Creel, CP President and CEO, in a company press release.

“Access to nutritious food is a basic necessity, and food bank usage is on the rise across North America. The CP Holiday Train program is our way to help in the fight against hunger by growing awareness of this issue and providing a fun and engaging way for the public to show their support.”

Two trains start their run across Canada and the United States on November 25th and 26th, carrying performers along each route. This year, Acadian folk-music group Vishtèn will perform at all stops in Quebec, the starting point for both trains.

Alan Doyle and the Beautiful Band will travel along CP’s mainline to perform in communities in New York and southern Ontario.

Meghan Patrick, Tanika Charles and Kelly Prescott will pick up the tour in Chicago and finish the train’s journey back to Canada with the final show in Gleichen, Alta. on Dec. 18.

The second train, which travels across Canada, will follow CP’s tracks west to Vancouver. Performing free concerts from Montreal to Calgary are Scott Helman and Madeline Merlo. CP Holiday Train favourite Terri Clark will join the train in Calgary with another talented musician to be announced later, wrapping up in the Vancouver area on Dec. 17.

“The CP Holiday Train brings CP’s caring employees and caring neighbours together to ensure that local food banks can help the Canadians that make 1.1 million visits to food banks in a month and provide them with the ability to break bread over the holidays” said Chris Hatch, Chief Executive Officer, Food Banks Canada, in the press release.

“Food banks and communities across Canada look forward to the train as it brings together neighbours to kick off the holidays and give back at the same time. We are so grateful for CP’s continued support to help us build a Canada where no one goes hungry.”

The train will be in our area on the following dates and times:

Mactier​Old CP Station2019-11-292:50 PM3:00 PM – 3:20 PMScott Helman and Madeline Merlo
Parry SoundFestival Station Gallery, 1 Avenue Road2019-11-294:15 PM4:30 PM – 5:00 PMScott Helman and Madeline Merlo
ShawanagaOver from band office beside railroad crossing at Village Road2019-11-295:30 PM5:30 PM – 6:00 PMScott Helman and Madeline Merlo

The full schedule is as follows:

StationAddressDateArrivalEvent TimePerformers
FinchTracks adjacent to James Street between Williams Street & George Street2019-11-272:30 PM2:45 PM – 3:15 PMScott Helman and Madeline Merlo
Merrickville103 East Broadway & Count​y Road #2. ​South side of crossing near Bay Street2019-11-274:45 PM5:00 PM – 5:30 PMScott Helman and Madeline Merlo
Smiths FallsSmiths Falls Train Station, 63 Victoria St.2019-11-276:20 PM6:30 PM – 7:00 PMScott Helman and Madeline Merlo
PerthCP rail yard at the end of Herriott Street2019-11-277:40 PM8:00 PM – 8:30 PMScott Helman and Madeline Merlo
Belleville​West of storage facility, ​on Keegan Way adjacent to CP tracks2019-11-289:15 AM9:30 AM – 10:00 AMScott Helman and Madeline Merlo
Trenton​R.C.A.F. Road & County Road 21, South side of railway crossing2019-11-2810:35 AM10:45 AM – 11:15 AMScott Helman and Madeline Merlo
Brighton​Prince Edward Street, East of railway crossing2019-11-2811:30 AM11:45 AM – 12:15 PMScott Helman and Madeline Merlo
Bowmanville​Scugog Road crossing2019-11-281:45 PM2:15 PM – 2:45 PMScott Helman and Madeline Merlo
Oshawa680 Laval Drive – Behind Walmart, off Stevenson Road South​2019-11-283:05 PM3:15 PM – 3:45 PMScott Helman and Madeline Merlo
MiltonGlen Eden Ski & Snowboard Centre, West Parking Lot – 5234 Kelso Road2019-11-284:45 PM5:00 PM – 5:30 PMAlan Doyle and Beautiful Band
HamiltonSouth side of Gage Park **U.S. Train**2019-11-287:45 PM8:00 PM – 8:40 PMAlan Doyle and Beautiful Band
Toronto​750 Runnymede Road, in front of CP Lambton Yard office2019-11-288:15 PM8:30 PM – 9:00 PMScott Helman and Madeline Merlo
VaughanN.W. corner of the CP crossing at Nashville Rd, near the old grain elevator2019-11-2910:00 AM10:15 AM – 10:45 AMScott Helman and Madeline Merlo
​Midhurst/Springwater (Barrie)Anne Street North and Wenden Court2019-11-2912:15 PM12:30 PM – 12:55 PMScott Helman and Madeline Merlo
Mactier​Old CP Station2019-11-292:50 PM3:00 PM – 3:20 PMScott Helman and Madeline Merlo
​Cambridge (Galt)​10 Malcolm Street, former Galt Station **U.S. Train**2019-11-294:00 PM4:15 PM – 4:45 PMAlan Doyle and Beautiful Band
Parry SoundFestival Station Gallery, 1 Avenue Road2019-11-294:15 PM4:30 PM – 5:00 PMScott Helman and Madeline Merlo
​AyrCP crossing at Inglis Street and Willison Street **U.S. Train**2019-11-295:20 PM5:30 PM – 6:00 PMAlan Doyle and Beautiful Band
ShawanagaOver from band office beside railroad crossing at Village Road2019-11-295:30 PM5:30 PM – 6:00 PMScott Helman and Madeline Merlo
​Woodstock​199 Winniett Street **U.S. Train**2019-11-296:40 PM6:50 PM – 7:10 PMAlan Doyle and Beautiful Band
RutterRutter Train Station2019-11-297:00 PM7:10 PM – 7:40 PMScott Helman and Madeline Merlo
​London​Richmond Street railway crossing between Oxford and Central **U.S. Train**2019-11-298:15 PM8:30 PM – 9:00 PMAlan Doyle and Beautiful Band
SudburyVIA Train Station, Elgin Street2019-11-298:50 PM9:15 PM – 9:45 PMScott Helman and Madeline Merlo
CartierCP Train Station, 3 Spence Street2019-11-3010:30 AM10:45 AM – 11:15 AMScott Helman and Madeline Merlo
ChathamHoliday Inn/Convention Centre parking lot off Richmond Street **U.S. Train**2019-11-302:30 PM2:45 PM – 3:15 PMAlan Doyle and Beautiful Band
Chapleau​CP Train Station, 50 Dufferin Street2019-11-304:00 PM4:15 PM – 4:45 PMScott Helman and Madeline Merlo
​Windsor​CP Yard at Erie Street West and Janette Street **U.S. Train**2019-11-305:20 PM6:00 PM – 6:30 PMAlan Doyle and Beautiful Band
White River​CP Train Station, 102 Winnipeg Street2019-11-307:15 PM7:30 PM – 8:00 PMScott Helman and Madeline Merlo
MobertAcross from Band Office2019-12-19:00 AM9:15 AM – 9:45 AMScott Helman and Madeline Merlo
Heron Bay​Old CP Train Station, beside ESSO building2019-12-111:00 AM11:15 AM – 11:45 AMScott Helman and Madeline Merlo
MarathonStevens Avenue, beside Curling Club Parking Lot2019-12-112:20 PM12:30 PM – 1:00 PMScott Helman and Madeline Merlo
SchreiberCenotaph beside Harvest Food Cupboard building2019-12-12:45 PM3:00 PM – 3:30 PMScott Helman and Madeline Merlo
Nipigon60 Front Street, across from the Town Hall2019-12-15:30 PM5:45 PM – 6:15 PMScott Helman and Madeline Merlo
Thunder Bay440 Syndicate Avenue, CP Train Depot Track2019-12-18:30 PM8:45 PM – 9:15 PMScott Helman and Madeline Merlo
IgnaceCP Train Station2019-12-29:00 AM9:15 AM – 9:45 AMScott Helman and Madeline Merlo
DrydenCP entrance, corner of Queen Street and Earl Avenue2019-12-211:30 AM11:45 AM – 12:15 PMScott Helman and Madeline Merlo
Vermilion Bay​Bay Street railway crossing, south of Hwy 172019-12-21:00 PM1:15 PM – 1:45 PMScott Helman and Madeline Merlo
KenoraAcross from Wholesale Club, enter from 8th Avenue South2019-12-23:20 PM3:45 PM – 4:15 PMScott Helman and Madeline Merlo
IngolfRailway crossing, across from Ingolf hotel2019-12-25:10 PM5:10 PM – 5:30 PMScott Helman and Madeline Merlo