Holiday Train coming to town

The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train will be coming to town, Dec. 10 and bringing with it a special performance by two Canadian performers.

The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train will be coming to town on Tuesday, Dec. 10 and bringing with it a special performance by two Canadian performers.

When the train comes to a stop on the 1400 block of Theatre Road, the box car doors will open to reveal musicians Melanie Doane and Matt Dusk.

Doane is touring the whole country by way of train, starting in Quebec Nov. 26, then heading west. Along the way she will play with the likes of Jim Cuddy, Crystal Shawanda and Doc Walker. Dusk will join her for a couple of stops into Alberta.

Every year, the CP Holiday Train visits about 150 communities in Canada and the U.S to raise money, food and awareness for food banks and hunger issues in general.

It started in 1999 and the trains have travelled 160,000 kilometres, raising almost $7.4 million and collecting 1.3 million kilograms of food.

The event usually begins with the train coming to a stop in front of the crowd of spectators and supporters, followed by the stage car door lowering and the band plays their first song. Then there will be a brief ceremony with local politicians, and food band representatives, followed by more music.