The Canadian Pacific (CP) Holiday Train is back for its 21st year to raise money, food and awareness for local food banks.
The train will arrive in Hamilton at 7:45 pm. on Thursday, November 28th along Lawrence Rd. just south of Gage Park. Alan Doyle, (formerly of Great Big Sea) will headline the show with the Beautiful Band.
The CP Holiday Train, in partnership with Hamilton Food Share, asks the public to bring coins and healthy, non-perishable food donations such as tuna, beans, rice, pasta, cereal and baby food to the event. Community volunteers will be onsite to collect donations that will assist emergency food programs (food banks and hot meal lines) in Hamilton.
The CP Holiday Train features 14 rail cars decorated with thousands of technology-leading LED lights. Once the train has safely come to a stop at Gage Park, a modified boxcar stage opens up for a free concert. CP’s annual Holiday Train program is a rolling fundraising event that travels across Canada and the United States.
Hamilton has one of the largest audiences of any show, estimated at 12,000. There are 90,950 household food bank visits in Hamilton each year, 40% of which are by children. Donations collected assist in filling more than 9,000 Christmas hampers for people in need this holiday season.
“Hamilton Food Share is honoured to be part of the Holiday Train tradition with CP and to celebrate the generosity of our community.”
Joanne Santucci, Executive Director, Hamilton Food Share
Two Hamilton Food Share trucks will be on-site collecting donations including a new truck which was purchased with a recent grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation. The truck will be publicly unveiled by MPP Paul Miller at this year’s concert hosted by Ward 3 Councilor Nrinder Nann on behalf of the City of Hamilton.
Lawrence Rd. (from Cumberland Ave. to Kensington Ave. S.) will be closed from 5:00pm to approximately 9:00pm. During this road closure, there will be no access to and from the Gage Park parking lot (entrance located at 50 Lawrence Rd.).
— Jason Nason | HamiltonToday (@HamiltonToday) November 29, 2016
Source: City of Hamilton