The 2012 CP Holiday Train program has a musical line-up that is sure to entertain people of all ages. Brothers Dube, Doc Walker, and Miss Emily will perform on the Canadian Train, while Tracey Brown and The Claytones are on the U.S. Train all to raise food, money, and awareness for food banks and hunger issues.
Returning to the Holiday Train this year is Brothers Dube. The Ottawa, Ont., group are a young and talented trio that have rocked their way to fame by performing with other Canadian artists such as Arcade Fire, Barenaked Ladies, and The Odds. The Brothers will perform on the train from Beaconsfield, Que., to Whitemouth, Man.
JUNO Award winning country group Doc Walker, from Portage La Prairie, Man., will join the Canadian train in Whitemouth, Man, for the rest of the tour west. In 2011 the band released a Holiday EP titled December Remember and some of the classics while touring on the train.
Performing on the Holiday Train right across Canada is Kingston, Ont., native, Miss Emily. The “Adele-esque” artist has performed at the Ottawa Bluesfest and has shared the stage with The Tragically Hip, Sam Roberts Band, and the Trews.
Tracey Brown and The Claytones will be riding the U.S. Holiday train. A Holiday Train favorite, Tracey Brown has been actively involved with the program since 2004. Over her career, Tracey has released more than 20 albums and she is a member of the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame.
The Claytones, are a truly collaborative project with an impressive list of individual accolades. Kelly, Adam, and Anders are currently working on their debut album, which blends their unique talents into the group signature live feel. Familiar with the Holiday Train, The Claytones are sure to get the feet moving at each stop.
The 14 brightly decorated cars are covered in hundreds of thousands of LED lights. Artists perform on a modified boxcar that has been turned into a travelling stage.
Since 1999, the CP Holiday Train has become an important fundraiser for many food banks. In 14 years, the Holiday Train program has raised close to C$6.4 million and about 2.6 million pounds of food for North American food banks. Everything that is raised in a community stays in that community for local distribution.