For the past twenty years, Canadian Pacific has operated its Holiday Train across North America, bringing Christmas cheer and joy and holiday music to its communities, while in turn raising millions of dollars and tons of food for local food banks and pantries.
And for the past three years, I’ve chased the train as it passes through New York. I’ve photographed the train, the concerts, the arrival and the departure.
But with COVID-19, it’s not safe to have a major gathering of people for a Holiday Train concert.
And as much as I will miss that big diesel engine and the dozen light-blazing boxcars and the concert itself …
There’s still going to be a concert this year.
Here’s the specs from a Canadian Pacific press release.
Serena Ryder, The Trews to headline star-studded CP ‘Holiday Train at Home’ concert; Holiday Train approaches $20 million raised
Serena Ryder and The Trews will headline CP’s 2020 “Holiday Train at Home” concert, which will stream on CP’s Facebook page on Dec. 12. The event will raise money and awareness and help local food banks collect much-needed donations.
The Dec. 12 concert, scheduled for 6 p.m. MT / 8 p.m. ET, will also feature performances by JoJo Mason, Logan Staats and Kelly Prescott. CP Holiday Train fans will be able to view the concert by visiting facebook.com/canadian.pacific at the show’s start time. An archived version of the show will remain on the page for later viewing.
“For more than two decades, the CP family has supported Canadians and Americans in need through the CP Holiday Train program,” said CP President and CEO Keith Creel. “In a year full of challenge and loss, we will host this concert as a call to action for the train’s supporters to donate generously if they can this Christmas season. The spirit of the Holiday Train will come alive even though the train itself will not operate due to the COVID-19 pandemic.”
CP will donate $1.24 million this year to 201 food banks in communities that ordinarily host CP Holiday Train events. In a normal year, CP calls on attendees at local shows to make a cash or non-perishable food donation. With the “Holiday Train at Home” concert, CP hopes to inspire donations from across North America even though local shows won’t occur. Viewers seeking to donate will be directed to Food Banks Canada and Feeding America, the national organizations that support community food banks in their respective countries. Viewers are also encouraged to give to their local food bank.
“I’m so excited to be part of the virtual CP Holiday Train this year, helping raise awareness and funds for local food banks in this time of extraordinary need,” headliner Serena Ryder said. “Watch the concert on Dec. 12, and if you can, please give a little bit to support those in need!”
CP’s 2020 corporate donation will bring the total amount of money raised at CP Holiday Train stops to $19.05 million since the train’s inception in 1999. Food banks have also collected 4.8 million pounds of food donations at local Holiday Train events.
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So, there’s still a holiday concert.
And maybe it would be a good idea to introduce you to the performers.
Let’s start with Serena Ryder.
Also performing on the concert are the Trews.
Another artist performing – JoJo Mason.
And let’s add Logan Staats to the mix.
And also performing in the holiday concert – Kelly Prescott.
There’s still Christmas music and cheer.
And there’s still an opportunity to donate – whether it’s financial or food – to charity.
This is the important part. This is why Canadian Pacific does this every year.
And if CP can take one year off to make sure we’re all healthy when the train (hopefully) comes back in 2021…
I’m okay with that.
I’ll just pretend that the train’s still coming through, even if this video is from 2019.
And I’ll be fine.