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CP Holiday Train coming to MacTier, Parry Sound and Shawanaga again this year

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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.”

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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 Station 2019-11-29 2:50 PM 3:00 PM – 3:20 PM Scott Helman and Madeline Merlo
Parry Sound Festival Station Gallery, 1 Avenue Road 2019-11-29 4:15 PM 4:30 PM – 5:00 PM Scott Helman and Madeline Merlo
Shawanaga Over from band office beside railroad crossing at Village Road 2019-11-29 5:30 PM 5:30 PM – 6:00 PM Scott Helman and Madeline Merlo

The full schedule is as follows:

Station Address Date Arrival Event Time Performers
Finch Tracks adjacent to James Street between Williams Street & George Street 2019-11-27 2:30 PM 2:45 PM – 3:15 PM Scott Helman and Madeline Merlo
Merrickville 103 East Broadway & Count​y Road #2. ​South side of crossing near Bay Street 2019-11-27 4:45 PM 5:00 PM – 5:30 PM Scott Helman and Madeline Merlo
Smiths Falls Smiths Falls Train Station, 63 Victoria St. 2019-11-27 6:20 PM 6:30 PM – 7:00 PM Scott Helman and Madeline Merlo
Perth CP rail yard at the end of Herriott Street 2019-11-27 7:40 PM 8:00 PM – 8:30 PM Scott Helman and Madeline Merlo
Belleville ​West of storage facility, ​on Keegan Way adjacent to CP tracks 2019-11-28 9:15 AM 9:30 AM – 10:00 AM Scott Helman and Madeline Merlo
Trenton ​R.C.A.F. Road & County Road 21, South side of railway crossing 2019-11-28 10:35 AM 10:45 AM – 11:15 AM Scott Helman and Madeline Merlo
Brighton ​Prince Edward Street, East of railway crossing 2019-11-28 11:30 AM 11:45 AM – 12:15 PM Scott Helman and Madeline Merlo
Bowmanville ​Scugog Road crossing 2019-11-28 1:45 PM 2:15 PM – 2:45 PM Scott Helman and Madeline Merlo
Oshawa 680 Laval Drive – Behind Walmart, off Stevenson Road South​ 2019-11-28 3:05 PM 3:15 PM – 3:45 PM Scott Helman and Madeline Merlo
Milton Glen Eden Ski & Snowboard Centre, West Parking Lot – 5234 Kelso Road 2019-11-28 4:45 PM 5:00 PM – 5:30 PM Alan Doyle and Beautiful Band
Hamilton South side of Gage Park **U.S. Train** 2019-11-28 7:45 PM 8:00 PM – 8:40 PM Alan Doyle and Beautiful Band
Toronto ​750 Runnymede Road, in front of CP Lambton Yard office 2019-11-28 8:15 PM 8:30 PM – 9:00 PM Scott Helman and Madeline Merlo
Vaughan N.W. corner of the CP crossing at Nashville Rd, near the old grain elevator 2019-11-29 10:00 AM 10:15 AM – 10:45 AM Scott Helman and Madeline Merlo
​Midhurst/Springwater (Barrie) Anne Street North and Wenden Court 2019-11-29 12:15 PM 12:30 PM – 12:55 PM Scott Helman and Madeline Merlo
Mactier ​Old CP Station 2019-11-29 2:50 PM 3:00 PM – 3:20 PM Scott Helman and Madeline Merlo
​Cambridge (Galt) ​10 Malcolm Street, former Galt Station **U.S. Train** 2019-11-29 4:00 PM 4:15 PM – 4:45 PM Alan Doyle and Beautiful Band
Parry Sound Festival Station Gallery, 1 Avenue Road 2019-11-29 4:15 PM 4:30 PM – 5:00 PM Scott Helman and Madeline Merlo
​Ayr CP crossing at Inglis Street and Willison Street **U.S. Train** 2019-11-29 5:20 PM 5:30 PM – 6:00 PM Alan Doyle and Beautiful Band
Shawanaga Over from band office beside railroad crossing at Village Road 2019-11-29 5:30 PM 5:30 PM – 6:00 PM Scott Helman and Madeline Merlo
​Woodstock ​199 Winniett Street **U.S. Train** 2019-11-29 6:40 PM 6:50 PM – 7:10 PM Alan Doyle and Beautiful Band
Rutter Rutter Train Station 2019-11-29 7:00 PM 7:10 PM – 7:40 PM Scott Helman and Madeline Merlo
​London ​Richmond Street railway crossing between Oxford and Central **U.S. Train** 2019-11-29 8:15 PM 8:30 PM – 9:00 PM Alan Doyle and Beautiful Band
Sudbury VIA Train Station, Elgin Street 2019-11-29 8:50 PM 9:15 PM – 9:45 PM Scott Helman and Madeline Merlo
Cartier CP Train Station, 3 Spence Street 2019-11-30 10:30 AM 10:45 AM – 11:15 AM Scott Helman and Madeline Merlo
Chatham Holiday Inn/Convention Centre parking lot off Richmond Street **U.S. Train** 2019-11-30 2:30 PM 2:45 PM – 3:15 PM Alan Doyle and Beautiful Band
Chapleau ​CP Train Station, 50 Dufferin Street 2019-11-30 4:00 PM 4:15 PM – 4:45 PM Scott Helman and Madeline Merlo
​Windsor ​CP Yard at Erie Street West and Janette Street **U.S. Train** 2019-11-30 5:20 PM 6:00 PM – 6:30 PM Alan Doyle and Beautiful Band
White River ​CP Train Station, 102 Winnipeg Street 2019-11-30 7:15 PM 7:30 PM – 8:00 PM Scott Helman and Madeline Merlo
Mobert Across from Band Office 2019-12-1 9:00 AM 9:15 AM – 9:45 AM Scott Helman and Madeline Merlo
Heron Bay ​Old CP Train Station, beside ESSO building 2019-12-1 11:00 AM 11:15 AM – 11:45 AM Scott Helman and Madeline Merlo
Marathon Stevens Avenue, beside Curling Club Parking Lot 2019-12-1 12:20 PM 12:30 PM – 1:00 PM Scott Helman and Madeline Merlo
Schreiber Cenotaph beside Harvest Food Cupboard building 2019-12-1 2:45 PM 3:00 PM – 3:30 PM Scott Helman and Madeline Merlo
Nipigon 60 Front Street, across from the Town Hall 2019-12-1 5:30 PM 5:45 PM – 6:15 PM Scott Helman and Madeline Merlo
Thunder Bay 440 Syndicate Avenue, CP Train Depot Track 2019-12-1 8:30 PM 8:45 PM – 9:15 PM Scott Helman and Madeline Merlo
Ignace CP Train Station 2019-12-2 9:00 AM 9:15 AM – 9:45 AM Scott Helman and Madeline Merlo
Dryden CP entrance, corner of Queen Street and Earl Avenue 2019-12-2 11:30 AM 11:45 AM – 12:15 PM Scott Helman and Madeline Merlo
Vermilion Bay ​Bay Street railway crossing, south of Hwy 17 2019-12-2 1:00 PM 1:15 PM – 1:45 PM Scott Helman and Madeline Merlo
Kenora Across from Wholesale Club, enter from 8th Avenue South 2019-12-2 3:20 PM 3:45 PM – 4:15 PM Scott Helman and Madeline Merlo
Ingolf Railway crossing, across from Ingolf hotel 2019-12-2 5:10 PM 5:10 PM – 5:30 PM Scott Helman and Madeline Merlo
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