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CP Holiday Train coming to Fort Macleod

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Alan Doyle, well-known front man for Great Big Sea, will perform in Fort Macleod on Dec. 11 when the CP Holiday Train rolls into town.

Alan Doyle from the band Great Big Sea will be aboard the CP Holiday Train when it rolls into Fort Macleod in December.
Doyle and his Beautiful Band, which released the album A Week at The Warehouse, will perform from 9:30-10 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 11.
“There were no trains anywhere near my small fishing town when I was a kid,” Doyle said in a news release. “I dreamed of what it must be like to cross the prairies and climb the mountains while the railroad stretched out for miles ahead.”
“Coming to play for stops along the CP Holiday Train and ride the rails from Calgary to Vancouver is literally a dream come true.”
The Holiday Train will arrive in Fort Macleod at 9:15 a.m. Monday, Dec. 11.
Donations of non-perishable food items will be accepted for the Salvation Army food bank in Fort Macleod.
The train will feature the Spirit of Tomorrow car, which was part of the Canada 150 Train this past summer.
The CP Holiday Train program launched in 1999 and has raised more than $13-million and four million pounds of food for communities along routes in Canada and the United States.
Beginning in Montreal, on Nov. 25-26, two trains will make the festive journey, travelling through both the U.S. and Canada to 182 communities along CP’s network.
“The Holiday Train program is all about local food banks and food shelves and the critical role they play in our communities,” CP president and chief executive officer Keith Creel said.
“People come for the beautifully-lit train and stay for the incredible show — all in the name of community. The holiday season is the best time of the year, and we look forward to bringing together thousands of Canadians and Americans this season for this incredibly important cause and a great time.”
From Fort Macleod, the CP‚ÄąHoliday Train travels west to Pincher Creek for an 11:15 a.m. performance, and then on to Coleman, Sparwood, Fernie, Jaffray and Cranbrook.