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Fort Macleod residents watch the CP Holiday Train roll into town.

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Jim Cuddy of Blue Rodeo performed Sunday in Fort Macleod.

The CP Holiday Train brought Christmas cheer to Fort Macleod on Sunday morning.
Blue Rodeo lead singer Jim Cuddy reflected on the close to 300 people who braved the chilly weather to listen to music played from a train boxcar.
“This is a very Canuck thing to do,” Cuddy said. “They don’t do this in other places.”
Cuddy, his son Devin Cuddy and Kelly Prescott performed with the Holiday Train band during their stop in Fort Macleod at the Fifth Avenue railway crossing.
The Holiday Train is in its 17th cross-Canada journey to collect donations and raise awareness of food banks.
In its 17 years on the rails, the Holiday Train has raised more than $10.6-million for food banks in Canada.
The Holiday Train has also collected 3.6-million pounds of non-perishable food items during its stops in communities across the country.
On Sunday, CP Holiday Train officials presented a $7,000 cheque to The Salvation Army in Fort Macleod.
The money will go to the food bank operated by The Salvation Army in Fort Macleod.
“It’s just an amazing feeling to know that we have a community that is generous,” said Lieutenant Peter Kim of The Salvation Army.
Kim thanked the CP Holiday Train and Fort Macleod residents who dropped off non-perishable food items and cash donations on Sunday.
“This is a time of giving,” Kim said. “I just want to say thank you on behalf of The Salvation Army and all those in the community who are in need.”
“We really appreciate this.”
The entertainers staged a 30-minute show from a specially designed boxcar that opened to become a stage.
Jim Cuddy is lead singer and guitarist for the Canadian country rock band Blue Rodeo, which has released 19 albums.
Formed in 1984 Blue Rodeo has a star in Canada’s Walk of Fame, and was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 2012.
Blue Rodeo has sold more than four million copies of its albums and has received 11 Juno Awards.
Cuddy sang the Blue Rodeo hits Try and Til I Am Myself Again and joined the other musicians for some Christmas carols.
The CP Holiday Train on Sunday also made stops at Pincher Creek, Coleman, Sparwood, Fernie, Jaffray and Cranbrook.

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