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Holiday train is coming to town! - Posted: Thur, Oct 19, 2017, 12:53 pm
They're coming back!! With its biggest ever lineup of Canadian talent, the Canadian Pacific (CP) Holiday Train is set to close out Canada 150 with its 19th annual tour.

CP Rail's Holiday Train will pull into Didsbury on Thursday, December 7th, as part of their pre-Christmas tour of Alberta and efforts to raise food and money for community food banks.

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.It will arrive in Didsbury around 4 pm on December 7th. After about half an hour of singing and visiting, around 4:30 pm the train will head south to Airdrie and then spend Saturday in Calgary.

The Holiday Train wouldn't be as successful at raising hunger awareness if it weren't for dedicated community volunteers and members of the media. When the train arrives in towns and cities, it's all worth it.

Musical guests Colin James and Emma-Lee will kick off the Canadian leg in Montreal, QC on November 26, performing through to Calgary, including Didsbury!

From the prairies of Saskatchewan to the stages of the world, sharing his talent with some of the greatest and most influential musicians of all time, Colin James has quietly and steadily established himself as one of Canada's greatest musicians.

Toronto-born singer and songwriter Emma-Lee has performed at many high profile international events and her music has been featured in countless film and television shows.

For newcomers to Didsbury, here's what happens: the train arrives and pulls to a safe stop in front of the crowd at the Train Station downtown. The stage door lowers and the band opens with its first song. After that, a brief presentation takes place with local food bank officials and other dignitaries. Once complete, the band resumes performing a mix of traditional and modern holiday-themed songs. The whole event lasts about 30 minutes. Once the band plays its farewell show, the boxcar door closes, and the train slips off to the next stop.

It's all free, but please bring healthy food options or a monetary donation for the Mountain View Food Bank. 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.

People visiting the Holiday Train are encouraged to take photos and enter CP's Capture the Spirit photo contest. Participants could win a trip aboard the 2018 CP Holiday Train as well as a $1,000 donation to their local food bank. Further details about the contest will be available closer to the start of the program on the Holiday Train Facebook page at facebook.com/HolidayTrain.

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