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Montreal Families

CP Holiday Train rolls back into town

After a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train is heading back into town this November.

Following virtual concerts in 2020 and 2021, families will once again be able to take in the sites and sounds of this popular free event, which supports community food banks. The train is lit up with thousands of lights and musicians play for the crowds. Families are asked to bring a cash donation or non-perishable food item.

​”I’m grateful to the CP team members who adapted during the COVID-19 pandemic to deliver two exceptional virtual Holiday Train shows and to all those who continued to donate while we kept community members safe,” said Keith Creel, CP’s president and chief executive officer. “The Holiday Train is all about families and communities coming together to celebrate the season and help those in need. We are excited to be back out on the rails and in our communities, taking these two beautiful trains across our network and sharing the joy that comes with gathering in the spirit of giving.”

Five stops across Quebec

On Thursday, Nov. 24, the train will stop in Lac-Megantic (noon), Sherbrooke (4:45 p.m.) and Farnham (8:55 p.m.) Performers Brittany Kennell and Don Amero will entertain the crowds. Kennell is from Beaconsfield and was the first Canadian on NBC’s The Voice when country superstar Blake Shelton pushed his button to her rendition of Sheryl Crow’s Strong Enough. Amero is a folk singer-songwriter who is a three-time JUNO Award nominee

On Sunday, November 27, it will roll into the Montreal West Exo Commuter Station (6:45 p.m.) and Beaconsfield Exo Commuter Station (8:20 p.m). Tenille Townes and Aysanabee will perform.

Townes hails from Grand Prairie, Alberta. Her acclaimed debut album was named Country Album of the Year at the 50th JUNO Awards and Album of the Year at the 2021 Canadian Country Music Awards. Toronto-based songwriter, Aysanabee is a singer-songwriter who uses folk, soul and alt-pop to tell stories about his life. His music is a blend of indie, soul and electronic sounds.

Families should try not to be late; the train stops for about 30 minutes at each location but watching it pull into the station with its brightly lit and decorated rail cars is the highlight for many children.

Since the program launched in 1999, the holiday train has raised more than $21 million and collected five million pounds of food for community food banks across North America.

A full schedule is available at cpr.ca/holidaytrain.

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