How had I not heard about a Holiday Train?
As I was standing by the fence waiting for CP Rail’s Holiday Train and elderly woman approached me and asked “Have you come before?”
“No” I replied
Elderly woman, “ Do you know how long this has been going on?
“Well… I know 2 years for sure, because my wife heard about it last year”
A Woman to my right, “We’ve been coming for 5 years”
When the train arrived a CP Rail spokesperson said, “Welcome to the 18th annual Holiday Train”
18th edition of the CP Holiday Train ready to support communities and raise awareness
As in years past, two trains will operate coast-to-coast under the Holiday Train banner, with approximately 150 shows held in November and December. The train that operates primarily through the U.S. will launch in the Montreal area on Nov. 25, while the all-Canada train’s first shows will come a day later, also in Montreal. The U.S. train will complete its final shows in Saskatchewan on Dec. 15, and the final show of the tour will take place Dec. 17 at Port Coquitlam, B.C.
“We are very excited about this year’s CP Holiday Train and are encouraging all event attendees to bring healthy, nutritious food items to the shows,” said Pam Jolliffe, Interim Executive Director, Food Banks Canada. “For the last two decades, CP has played an integral role in raising essential food for the holidays and in raising awareness of hunger-related issues.”
Every pound of food and dollar raised at each stop stays with the local food bank to help feed those in need in that community. Source: http://www.cpr.ca/holiday-train/canada
Tens millions of pounds of food have been donated over the 18 years along with millions of dollars raised for this great cause. To tell you the truth I made my way there to see Dallas Smith perform, Dallas is amazing to see live. Once I got there and began mingling with others I felt the holiday spirit for the first time this year. Of course we brought two large bags of non-perishable food and we though we were amazing. Let me tell you, many brought way more than we did. Bags and more bags kept the volunteers busy unloading the bins into the trucks, there barely kept up. What an amazing turn out of caring and giving men, women, children and even furry family members showed up.
The Toronto Fire Department were on hand helping out and giving kids firefighter helmets. Okay… I wanted one too. All the ladies instantly had smiles as the firefighters arrived. I even saw some hair being adjusted and lipstick touch-ups. lol
One of the train cars opened up into a stage for the concert. The Odds opened up for Dallas Smith and then a calibration of both artists sang some Christmas favourites. A good time was had and it was all for a great cause. I will be there for 2017’s Holiday Train, hope to see some of you there.