MC Elfie making noise for the Holiday Train

Dec 01, 2010, 16:06 ET from Canadian Pacific

Quirky animated musical video captures the spirit of giving

CALGARY, Dec. 1 /PRNewswire/ - The CP Holiday Train has inspired its first ever animated music video now playing on YouTube.

MC Elfie and Santa both rap about the Holiday Train, its mission for food banks and the generosity of communities in this two minute flick that captures the true spirit of the season.

Based on the song " Holiday Train Wrap" featured on the new Holiday Train Tracks CD and real footage from Holiday Train events, Montreal-based animator Daniel Gies lends his warm, friendly and eclectic decoupage style animation to this project. 

"CP's Holiday Train is a great festive event for communities to get together and give back," said Gies. "This flick combines animation and video in a way that hopefully extends the reach of this magical train of lights to even more giving people."

The CD, Holiday Train Tracks, was released earlier this week. Copies of the CD and all online sales will be donated to food banks along this year's Holiday Train route, which will be used to raise additional funds or awareness at the local level. CDs are also available for download online through iTunes and cdbaby.com or hard copies can be purchased at events or on www.cpr.ca.

Until December 17th, two brightly decorated freight trains are travelling across six Canadian provinces and eight states in the U.S. Midwest and Northeast helping to raise money and food for local food shelves. This is the 12th year for the 'train of lights'. Since 1999, the CP Holiday Train has helped raise $4.8 million and generated almost 2.3 million pounds of food donations. All food and cash donations raised at each event stays in that community for distribution. The YouTube video can be viewed at: www.youtube.com/holidaytrain or media can download it from CNW Video on Demand: http://cnw.pathfireondemand.com/viewpackage.action?packageid=410

Editor's Notes: Visit our Holiday Train website at href="http://www.cpr.ca/">www.cpr.ca for full schedules, musicians' bios, photos and a route map.  As well, join the Holiday Train on Facebook or on Twitter at: @CPHolidaytrain.


SOURCE Canadian Pacific