"The Holiday Train is
Bringing holiday cheer and an important message supporting food banks are Juno award-winning singer songwriter
"I'm excited to headline the Holiday Train and bring awareness to food bank programs across
Over 40 American cities, towns and villages will experience the Holiday Train spirit, starting in
The CP Holiday Train achieves a milestone this year, celebrating a decade-long message of hope and community support. Since 1999, the Holiday Train program has helped to raise more than
"The Holiday Train event has become our largest fundraiser," said
At each event, Canadian Pacific provides the train, a box car stage, musical entertainment and a corporate contribution to the local food bank. Every donation collected in a community remains in that community for local distribution.
About Canadian Pacific:
Canadian Pacific, through the ingenuity of its employees located across
Editors please note: For detailed schedules, musicians' biographies and photos, a route map and downloadable pictures of the train, visit www.cpr.ca and click the Holiday Train icon.
2008 CP Holiday Train Schedule Schedule is subject to change All times are local Wednesday, Nov. 26 New York Rouses Point - 11:00 to 11:30 p.m., Rouses Point Station Friday, November 28 Pennsylvania Scranton - 5:30 to 6:00 p.m. - Steamtown Railroad Museum, Lackawanna Ave. New York Binghamton - 8:45 to 9:15 p.m. - CP East Binghamton Rail Yard, Conklin Ave. Saturday, November 29 New York Oneonta - 4:15 to 4:45 p.m. - Gas Avenue Railroad Crossing. Cobleskill - 7:15 to 7:45 p.m. - Cobleskill Fire Department, 610 Main Street. Delanson - 9:00 to 9:30 p.m. - Main Street Railroad Crossing. Sunday, November 30 New York Saratoga Springs - 12:45 to 1:15 p.m. - Amtrak Station. Fort Edward - 2:30 to 3:00 p.m. - Amtrak Station. Whitehall - 4:00 to 4:30 p.m. - Amtrak Station. Ticonderoga - 5:45 to 6:15 p.m. - Pell's Crossing, Amtrak Waiting Area, Route 74 (Fort Ti Road). Port Henry - 7:15 to 7:45 p.m. - Amtrak Station, West side stop. Plattsburgh - 10:00 to 10:30 p.m. - Amtrak Station. Friday, December 5 Illinois Pingree Grove - 10:00 to 10:30 a.m. - TBA Iowa Savanna - 3:30 to 4:00 p.m. - TBA Clinton - 5:30 to 6:00 p.m. - TBA Davenport - 8:00 to 8:30 p.m. - TBA Muscatine - 10:15 to 10:45 p.m. - TBA Saturday, December 6 Iowa Bellevue - 11:00 to 11:30 a.m. - TBA Dubuque - 1:00 to 1:30 p.m. - TBA Guttenberg - 3:15 to 3:45 p.m. - TBA Marquette - 5:30 to 6:00 p.m. - TBA Lansing - 7:30 to 8:00 p.m. - TBA Minnesota La Crescent - 10:00 to 10:30 p.m. - TBA Tuesday, December 9 Illinois Gurnee - 5:15 to 5:45 p.m. - 4460 Old Grand Avenue, Viking Middle School Park Wisconsin Sturtevant - 7:00 to 7:30 p.m. - Amtrak depot, 9900 E. Exploration Ct. Hartland - 9:30 to 10:00 p.m. - Parking lot adjacent to Cottonwood Ave. and Pawling Ave. Wednesday, December 10 Wisconsin Portage - 4:30 to 5:00 p.m. - Amtrak Station, 400 West Oneida St. Wisconsin Dells - 6:30 to 7:00 p.m. - Amtrak Depot, 100 La Crosse St. Mauston - 8:00 to 8:30 p.m. - Division Street Railway Crossing Sparta - 9:45 to 10:15 p.m. - Corner of S. Water St. and Milwaukee St. (South side of the CP tracks.) Thursday, December 11 Wisconsin La Crosse - 3:15 to 3:45 p.m. - Amtrak Station, 601 Saint Andrew St. Minnesota Winona - 5:15 to 5:45 p.m. - Amtrak Station, 65 East Mark St. Wabasha - 7:15 to 7:45 p.m. - Gambie Avenue Railroad Crossing near Bruegger Park. Lake City - 9:00 to 9:30 p.m. - Hearth & Home Technologies, 800 West Jefferson St. Friday, December 12 Minnesota Hastings - 4:15 to 4:45 p.m. - CP Depot, 500 East Second St. Cottage Grove - 5:45 to 6:15 p.m. - West Point Douglas Road, South of Seiben Bridge in front of the Youth Service Bureau. St. Paul - 7:15 to 7:45 p.m. - Upper level of Central Parking System ramp at Broadway & Kellogg in Lowertown. Minneapolis (Shoreham) - 9:30 to 10 p.m. - CP Shoreham Yard, 2800 Central Ave. NE Sunday, December 14 Minnesota Loretto - 4:30 to 5:00 p.m. - Hennepin County Road 19 Railroad Crossing/Chippewa Trail. Buffalo - 6:00 to 6:30 p.m. - 612 NE Third Ave., behind McDonald's on Highway 55. Annandale - 7:30 to 8:00 p.m. - West side of downtown park over Oak Avenue Railroad Crossing. Kimball - 9:00 to 9:30 p.m. - TBA Monday, December 15 Minnesota Alexandria - 1:15 to 1:45 p.m. - Eighth Avenue East Railroad Crossing by Hubbard Feed Mill at 8th & Nokomis. Detroit Lakes - 4:30 to 5:00 p.m. - Holmes Street railroad crossing near the Holmes Community Center, 826 Summit. Thief River Falls - 8:15 to 8:45 p.m. - CP Depot/City Hall, 2017 Highway 59 SE. Tuesday, December 16 Minnesota Elbow Lake - 4:45 to 5:15 p.m. - Main Street Railroad Crossing. North Dakota Hankinson - 7:00 to 7:30 p.m. - American Legion Parking Lot, 122 1st St. (Main St. Xing north side of track). Enderlin - 9:45 to 10:15 p.m. - CPR depot, 101 Harvest Lane. Wednesday, December 17 North Dakota Harvey - 4:30 to 5:00 p.m. - CP Depot, 600 Lincoln Ave. Minot - 7:30 to 8:00 p.m. - Main Street Railroad Crossing. Carpio - 9:30 to 10:00 p.m. - Main Street Railroad Crossing. Please note: Additional communities are in the process of being confirmed. Contact: Mike LoVecchio Senior Manager, Media Relations Canadian Pacific 778 772-9636 email@example.com or Jeff Johnson Manager, Municipal Affairs Canadian Pacific 612 723-6422 firstname.lastname@example.org Backgrounder: Canadian Pacific Holiday Train - The Holiday Train Program began in 1999 with a handful of communities and a few lights on a freight train. Today, with its hundreds of thousands of festive lights and a live show featuring well known performers, it's one of Canadian Pacific's main ambassadors in working with communities in Canada and the United States and is the only fundraiser of its kind for food banks in North America. - Planning for the Holiday Train each year begins at least seven months prior to the fundraising kick off. - The Holiday Train requires more than a thousand employee volunteers - from train assembly, to light design, to event production and security, to safety and planning compliance, to operations. This includes most of our terminals and offices, where local employees plan food drives to coordinate with the arrival of the train. - Since its launch in 1999, the Holiday Train program has raised over $3.56 million and more than to 1.8 million pounds of food for North American food banks. All donations collected in a community remain in that community for local distribution. - In 2007, more than $600,000 and 316,000 pounds of food were raised by concerned Canadians and Americans. 2008 Holiday Train - Two Holiday Trains raising awareness and collecting money and donations for hunger relief, crossing seven U.S. states and six Canadian provinces for a combined distance of approximately 6,500 miles. - This year, the two trains will visit more than 125 communities in Canada and the United States Northeast and Midwest, in addition to many other short stops along the way. - Each Holiday Train is about 1,000 feet in length with 14 decorated rail cars, including a modified box car that has been turned into a traveling stage for performers. The two trains are assembled and decorated by CP employees in Montreal, Smiths Falls, Chicago and Calgary. - The U.S. and Canadian Holiday Trains are each decorated with hundreds of thousands of energy efficient LED lights. Both Holiday Trains are powered by GE-built 4,400 hp high-performance locomotives, with four additional diesel generators to power the light systems. - Joining the 2008 Holiday Train in Canada is 2008 Canadian Country Music Association Male artist of the year, Johnny Reid. Reid will be joined by Holiday Train favourite and Country Music Hall of Fame performer Tracey Brown, who recently released her second solo CD, "Alone." The US Holiday Train will be graced with the presence of Juno award winning singer songwriter Melanie Doane and Canadian blues rocker Shaun Verreault, of Wide Mouth Mason fame. - The 30-minute live musical presentations are FREE - all that's asked is that guests bring non-perishable foodstuffs for their local food banks. - In celebration of a decade of raising food, funds and awareness for the needy across North America, Canadian Pacific has produced a special anniversary CD/DVD featuring sights and sounds of the Holiday Train. This special CD/DVD will only be available for purchase at a Holiday Train event in your community. Contact: Breanne Feigel Manager, Media Relations Canadian Pacific 403 589-6949 email@example.com or Mike LoVecchio Senior Manager, Media Relations Canadian Pacific 778 772-9636 firstname.lastname@example.org /NOTE TO PHOTO EDITORS: A photo accompanying this release is available on the CNW Photo Network and archived at http://photos.newswire.ca. Additional archived images are also available on the CNW Photo Archive website at http://photos.newswire.ca. Images are free to accredited members of the media/
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