Canadian Pacific Railway’s Holiday Train rolls into Brandon this evening, laden with hundreds of thousands of LED festive lights and some top-notch entertainment in Doc Walker and Miss Emily.
Celebrating the program’s 14th year of making a difference one stop at a time, two Holiday Trains — one crossing Canada and the other crossing the United States — will reach more than 150 communities with their mission of helping food banks feed the hungry in their neighbourhoods.
Holiday Train supporters are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items or money to donate at tonight’s event, which takes place near Assiniboine Avenue across from the CP station beginning at 8 p.m.
Since 1999, the Holiday Train program has raised close to $6.4 million and about 2.6 million pounds of food for North American food banks.
Everything raised in Brandon will go to Samaritan House Ministries.
Taking to the special boxcar stage tonight will be the award-winning Doc Walker, boasting the title of "the hardest working country band in Canada."
Originally from Portage la Prairie, the band has over the past decade netted multiple Top 10 and Top 5 hits on Canadian radio and some of the Canadian music industry’s highest awards, including six CCMAs in 2008 alone, as well as the 2009 Juno for Country Recording of the Year for their "Beautiful Life" album.
Their sixth record, "GO," produced three Top 10 singles, including the hit "I’m Gonna Make You Love Me," which peaked at No. 4 on the BDS country chart and reached No. 1 on the Chevrolet Top 20 Video Countdown.
Doc Walker was nominated for the 2012 CCMA Group of the Year award and their most recent effort, "16&1," was a CCMA Album of the Year nominee.
Sharing the boxcar stage will be Kingston, Ont., native Miss Emily. With Adele-esque soul and power, she is arguably one of the best kept secrets in the music business.
Recent shows include Ottawa Bluesfest and Bobcaygeon Big Music Fest where she shared the stage with The Tragically Hip, Sam Roberts Band and the Trews in front of 25,000 people.
Miss Emily has begun work on her first CD with producing contributions by The Tragically Hip’s Gord Sinclair.
"There is an artist you should know about: Miss Emily, I have a feeling about her like I haven’t had about a new artist in a long time," said Matt Wells of MuchMusic.
Gene Simmons of KISS said: "Miss Emily has the best pipes we have ever heard in an unsigned artist."
For additional information on the musicians and 2012 schedules, visit cpr.ca.
Supporters can also join the Holiday Train on Facebook and follow on Twitter @CPHolidaytrain.