November 25th, 2020

CP Holiday Train goes virtual with Dec. 12 concert

By MO CRANKER on November 21, 2020.

The CP Holiday Train will run virtually this year on Canadian Pacific's Facebook page.--NEWS FILE PHOTO

mcranker@medicinehatnews.com@mocranker

The CP Holiday Train is a tradition that many hold dear in Medicine Hat.

This year, the train is going to have a different look compared to previous iterations.

Canadian Pacific is holding a virtual concert this year, so people can still take live music in while not crowding outside with hundreds of others.

“Unfortunately because of COVID-19, we had to make the choice to hold the train virtual this year,” said CP spokesperson Salem Woodrow. “The spirit will continue with the Holiday Train at Home Concert.”

The concert will launch at 6 p.m. on Dec. 12 on the Canadian Pacific Facebook page.

“Even though it’s not in-person, we’re happy to bring the train to communities this year,” said Woodrow.

The concert will be headlined by Canadian rock band, The Trews and singer Serena Ryder. Jojo Mason, Logan Staats and Kelly Prescott will also be performing.

As is tradition, people will be encouraged to donate to their local food bank as part of the Holiday Train experience.

“We know it’s been a hard year for everyone, but we encourage people to donate as best they can this year, and to be as generous as they’re able to be,” said Woodrow.

Canadian Pacific will be making donations to food banks in all municipalities that the train usually stops in.

The Holiday Train has been around for 22 years, and has stopped all around North America.

In its first 21 years, the train has raised more than $17 million and has collected nearly five million pounds of food for food banks.

People can find CP on social media platforms by searching for Canadian Pacific.

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