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The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train is seen here in Mactier, ON during its 2022 Canada-wide journey. The new Canadian Pacific Kansas City (CPKC) Holiday Train is set to begin its Canada-wide journey on Nov 21. | File Photo: Connor Earl Productions

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CALGARY, ALBERTA – Canadian Pacific Kansas City (CPKC), formerly Canadian Pacific (CP) announced that their annual Holiday Train, illuminated in Christmas lights and holidays displays, will embark on its Canada-wide journey starting Nov 21, 2023, spreading holiday cheer, and raising donations to help people struggling with food insecurity.

“The Holiday Train program is close to the hearts of our CPKC family. Our railroaders take great joy in joining communities across our network as they come together in the giving spirit of the holidays,” said CPKC President and CEO Keith Creel.

The schedule, which includes two CPKC Holiday Trains, one on a Canada-wide journey and one on a United States-wide journey, and new this year including a Texas local Holiday Express Train, all running under Canadian Pacific Kansas City (CPKC), will stop at over a combined 130 shows throughout Canada and the United States.

The CPKC Holiday Train, which is in its 25th year running, brings community’s together to raise money and support local food banks for the holiday seasons.

Since beginning in 1999, the CPKC Holiday Train has raised more than $22.5 million and more than 5 million pounds of food for community food banks across North America alone.

“We are proud to support local food banks as we fight food insecurity by collecting food and raising money and awareness. I am grateful to all the railroaders and community members who have supported the Holiday Train over the past quarter century and made it such a success,” CPKC President and CEO Keith Creel added.

At each scheduled stop the CPKC Holiday Train makes, the ‘stage car’ as it’s known on the train, transforms into a fully-functional mini outdoor concert stage.

Performing on the train this year during its Ontario portion of the 3-week journey is Anyway Gang. Formed in the summer of 2018, Anyway Gang is a Canadian musical group, consisting of Sam Roberts, Chris Murphy from Sloan, Menno Versteeg from Hollerado, and Dave Monks from Tokyo Police Club.

Other notable performers who will be performing on both the Canadian version and the United States version of the CPKC Holiday Train throughout its 3-week journey are Virginia to Vegas, Keisza, Tyler Shaw, Dallas Smith, MacKenzie Porter, and many other great musicians and bands.

Each concert event is free, with CPKC encouraging every attendee to make a monetary or non-perishable food donation to ease hunger needs in their community. Local food banks will be accepting donations at each stop to help ensure those in need can access adequate food this holiday season and year-round.

As part of the Ontario portion of the Canada-wide journey, the CPKC Holiday Train will roll into the Toronto and Barrie area on November 28 & 29. The dates and times for a few local shows are as follows.

Nov 28

Toronto, ON – 8:15pm @ 750 Runnymede Road, CPKC Yard Office parking lot (York, Ont.)

*Times are approximate and are subject to change based upon a variety of factors


Nov 29

Barrie, ON – 12:15pm @ Anne Street North and Wenden Court

Mactier, ON – 2:50pm @ Old CPKC Station

*Times are approximate and are subject to change based upon a variety of factors

For more information on the CPKC Holiday Train, click HERE.


This report by Connor Earl Productions was published October 28, 2023.

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Related Photos:

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Juno-nominated artist Aysanabee performs for the crowd in Mactier, ON, during the 2022 CP Holiday Train Canada-wide journey. | File Photo: Connor Earl Productions
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The 2022 CP Holiday Train stops for a quick aerial filming session on the CPR Trestle Bridge in Parry Sound, ON. | File Photo: Connor Earl Productions
Anyway Gang
Canadian musical group Anyway Gang will be performing during the CPKC Holiday Train’s Ontario portion of their Cross-Canada journey. | Photo: Instagram/anywaygangmusic

Published: Oct 28, 2023 / 8:53pm EST