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CP Holiday Train to make stop in Fort Macleod


The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train will roll into Fort Macleod on Sunday, Dec. 13.
Jim Cuddy of Blue Rodeo and his son Devin Cuddy, along with Kelly Prescott, will perform from the train’s stage during its stop in Fort Macleod.
The Holiday Train is scheduled to arrive at the level crossing on Fifth Avenue near F.P. Walshe school at 9:15 a.m. Dec. 13.
The Holiday Train is travelling across Canada and the United States in November and December raising money, food and awareness for food banks and hunger issues.
Since its launch in 1999, the program has raised more than $10.6-million and 3.6-million pounds of food for North American food banks and shelves.
“Regardless of circumstances, everyone should have access to healthy, nutritious food,” said E. Hunter Harrison, CP chief executive officer. “The Holiday Train plays an integral role in broadening the conversation around food and hunger issues across North America.”
Again this year, the Holiday Train program is encouraging people attending events to bring heart healthy donations.
“CP’s train of lights provides a platform to speak about the needs of North American food banks,” said Katharine Schmidt, executive director of Food Banks Canada. “This is why we are challenging all our event attendees to reach into their cupboards and donate quality nutritious food items to help raise food for those who need it most this holiday season.”
The two brightly lit trains will kick off in the Montreal area on Nov. 27 and Nov. 28 on their way to visit about 150 communities.
The Canadian train travels west across Canada, finishing its journey in Port Coquitlam, B.C.
The U.S. train visits communities across the U.S. northeast and midwest, and returns back to Canada for shows in Saskatchewan and Alberta.
Montreal and Winnipeg band Chic Gamine will kick the tour off from the boxcar stage, with Francophone performances in Quebec.
Holiday Train veteran and award-winning country singer Kelly Prescott will then take the reins on the Canadian Train with Devin Cuddy, and CP’s famed Holiday Train band.
Once the Canadian train completes its journey across the prairies and arrives in Calgary, Devin Cuddy will reunite with his father, Canadian song-writing legend Jim Cuddy of Blue Rodeo and continue the trip with Kelly and the band until they reach the west coast.
The U.S. train, which also makes stops in southern Ontario, will showcase one of Canadian country music star Kira Isabella, who will rock the stage with Wes Mack, until the Doc Walker country legends come aboard in Chicago.