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No Holiday Train again but online concert coming Dec. 18

By MEDICINE HAT NEWS on November 23, 2021.

Hatters look on in 2018 as the CP Holiday Train rolls into the city. For a second year in a row, there will be no physical visit from the musical fundraising train due to the ongoing pandemic.--NEWS FILE PHOTO


Stops on the CP Holiday Train will again be delayed by the ongoing pandemic, but the railroad-fundraiser for food banks across Canada and the United States will provide a bigger concert for broadcast closer to Christmas.

The annual event that typically draws thousands of merry-makers to N. Railway Street in Medicine Hat was postponed in 2020, and last week CP announced the 2021 version would consist of an all-star lineup concert that will be broadcast online Dec. 18.

Performers on the “Holiday Train at Home” show bill are Steven Page, the Strumbellas, Keb’ Mo, the Trews, Tanika Charles, the Odds, Aysanabee and Sierra Noble.

“Tune in to the concert on Dec. 18, and give back to those in need in your community if you are able,” said Page, the former lead singer of the Bare Naked Ladies, in a statement.

CP will donate a total of $1.24 million to 198 food banks along the traditional route. Viewers are also encouraged to make a donation to the local food bank that would had typically been collected at the tour stop.

“The CP family looks forward to bringing the Holiday Train back on tour as soon as it’s safe,” said CP CEO Keith Creel in a company release.

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