Here comes the holiday train

CP Holiday train will bring music and cheer

Submitted Photos The CP Holiday Train spends weeks on the move to go to over 1,000 different communities to not only raise funds but also food for local food banks in each community they stop at. They bring entertainment and a glowing sight at night as they travel miles upon miles in both the United States and Canada.

Trains, performances, fundraising and the holiday spirit. These are things that the CP Holiday Train will bring on its stop here in Minot tomorrow at the Main Street Crossing in the Downtown Minot area. Bringing the musical talent of The Trews and Willy Porter, the event is expected to be a fun time of holiday cheer.

The CP Holiday Trains kicked off its first treks of do-good in 1999. Since its first voyage, it has raised $14.5 million CAD and 4.3 million pounds of food. They operate in over 1,100 communities with two trains, one that travels the United States and one that travels Canada.

This year, the United States train left Montreal on Nov. 25, heading down towards Quebec, New York and Southern Ontario before heading to their various stops a day at different parts of the United States.

The CP Holiday Train in be pulling into North Dakota stations starting at Carrington at 1:45 p.m., Harvey at 3:45 p.m., Minot at 6:30 p.m. and Kenmare at 8:30 p.m.

Each stop will host a fundraiser and food drive for local food banks and performances by this year’s bands.

The Trews is a rock band described as very prolific, electrifying and innovative. Nova Scotia bred, the band is based in Hamilitan, Ontario. Members Colin MacDonald, John Angus MacDonald, Jack Syperek and Chris Gormley all work together to produce the performances that have won them world wide acclaim for both dazzling performances and wildly accessible songs.

Willy Porter has been taking on the genres of both indie-folk and rock with his playful ad highenergy performances and music. He has performed with other artists such as Jeff Beck, Tori Amos and Paul Simon.

The CP Holiday Train is a free event. All that the event asks is that attendees bring money or a heart-healthy donation for the local food banks.