One of the things that links residents of the Columbia Shuswap Regional District (CSRD) together is the CP Railway, which runs through the region from Field to the North Shuswap.
In December, there's usually a very special Holiday Train that brings celebration and a huge boost of donations to local food banks all across the CSRD.
This December, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, things are different. The Holiday Train will not run. But CP Rail is not going to let that stop the holiday spirit or its support for food banks, including those in a number of CSRD communities.
And the CSRD is getting on board by throwing its enthusiastic support behind this year's CP Rail "Holiday Train at Home" concert.
"In this time where celebrations have to be different, we are thrilled CP Rail is going ahead with this virtual event. We hope our citizens take the opportunity to watch, enjoy and reach out to help our food banks, even if it is from home rather than at railside," says Board Chair Kevin Flynn.
Serena Ryder and The Trews will headline CP's 2020 "Holiday Train at Home" concert, which will stream on CP's Facebook page on December 12. The event will raise money and awareness and help local food banks collect much-needed donations.
The concert, scheduled for 5 PM PT and 6 PM MT will also feature performances by JoJo Mason, Logan Staats and Kelly Prescott. CP Holiday Train fans will be able to view the concert by visiting facebook.com/canadian.pacific at the show's start time. An archived version of the show will remain on the page for later viewing.
Holiday Train at Home viewers will be directed to Food Banks Canada, the national organization that supports community food banks. In addition, CP will donate $1.24 million this year to 201 food banks in communities that ordinarily host CP Holiday Train events.