March 4, 2024

Grant County Herald

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Holiday Train concert goes virtual this year

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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Canadian Pacific (CP) will donate to food banks in communities along its network and also host a virtual concert in lieu of its regular Holiday Train program. The modified program will draw attention to food security issues, while ensuring donations go to all food banks that would ordinarily receive them, including those that typically host a Holiday Train event in alternating years.  

CP launched the Holiday Train in 1999, and every year since, it has traveled across Canada and the northern U.S. raising money, collecting food, and drawing attention to the important work of local food banks. In its first 21 years, the train raised $17.8 million and collected 4.8 million pounds of food for local food banks in communities along CP’s network.

Join us and watch the live premiere concert ‘Holiday Train at Home’ on CP’s Facebook page on Saturday December 12 at 7 p.m. Central Time, and if you can, please give a little bit to support those in need!

We’ll be posting the final concert details on our social channels in the coming weeks so make sure you stay tuned to @CanadianPacific for the latest updates.

CP will donate $1.24 million this year to 201 food banks in communities that ordinarily host CP Holiday Train events.

Watch for news in next week’s Herald on how you can donate to the Grant County and/or Hoffman Food Shelves, food or cash, to celebrate the Holidays.

“For more than two decades, the CP family has supported Canadians and Americans in need through the CP Holiday Train program,” said CP President and CEO Keith Creel. “In a year full of challenge and loss, we will host this concert as a call to action for the train’s supporters to donate generously if they can this Christmas season. The spirit of the Holiday Train will come alive even though the train itself will not operate due to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Holiday Train Performers

Serena Ryder and The Trews are headlining CP’s 2020 “Holiday Train at Home” concert with special guests JoJo Mason, Logan Staats, and Kelly Prescott.

Serena Ryder is an artist adored by fans, peers, and critics alike, in part due to her raw and earnest songwriting, and beautifully electric live performances. She has received numerous accolades, including six prestigious JUNO Awards, a MuchMusic Video Award for Stompa, and a Canadian Screen Award for Achievement in Music – Original Song.

“I’m so excited to be part of the virtual CP Holiday Train this year, helping raise awareness and funds for local food banks in this time of extraordinary need.”

With multiple radio hits drawn from six scorching studio albums plus several EPs, a pair of live records, and a retrospective, The Trews are among the most prolific, electrifying, and innovative rock bands on the planet, a fact corroborated by onetime stage-mates the Rolling Stones, Weezer, and Bruce Springsteen.

“We are honored to be part of the annual CP Holiday Train. It may be virtual this year, but the concert will still bring joy and music to people across North America and raise food, money, and awareness for people who struggle with hunger. We’re proud to be able to help by doing what we love and to be working with the fine folks at Canadian Pacific once again.”

Where JoJo Mason shines brightest is in showcasing the dynamic, relatable layers of relationships through his sparkling vocals and larger than life, vibrant personality, and he is more than happy to continue providing the soundtrack for love in all capacities.

“Proud doesn’t begin to describe how I feel to be a part of the CP Holiday Train. During a crazy time, CP is still delivering to food banks and supporting communities across the country and I’m honored that I get to play a small part in this incredible movement.”

From a young age, Logan Staat’s haunting and distinct voice has won him multiple opportunities to share the stage with acts like Buffy Sainte-Marie, Keith Secola, and Mumford and Sons, to name a few. Forever a student of great music, Staats enjoys jamming, collaborating, and learning from his contemporaries and other recording artists. 

“Shekon! (Say-go!). Logan Staats here! Just wanted to say how thrilled I am to be part of CP’s Holiday Train event this year. It’s going to be an amazing event with some amazing musicians and we’ll be supporting food banks across North America. So don’t miss it, tune in December 12 at 6 p.m. MT. “

Kelly Prescott comes by her music in the most honest way possible, as a third generation singer/songwriter on both sides of her family. She grew up between a tour bus and a world class recording studio, her childhood steeped in traditional country music.

“I know we’re all heartbroken that we can’t be together this year but I applaud CP for their commitment to safety while still bringing joy and music to all of their Holiday Train fans. This virtual concert will raise money, food, and awareness for food banks across North America. The need is greater than ever, so let’s all come together virtually to help out our neighbors in need.”

         Holiday Decorating Contest

The Elbow Lake Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a Holiday Decorating Contest for residents of Elbow Lake. Register by December 10 at Grant County Lumber and Hardware, Farmers Co-op Oil, Haley Oil Company, the Chamber office, or Ellis Insurance. You can also register by e-mail at <

Have fun decorating your place and you may win first prize: a 43” television, or second prize, $200 in Chamber cash. 

There will also be a People’s Choice winner of $100 in Chamber cash.

Winners will be announced December 22.

Businesses are also encouraged to decorate for the holidays because there will be a big “Light Up Elbow Lake” parade the evening of Dec. 19, starting at 5:00 p.m.

More in next week’s Herald

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