Santa Claus will be riding the rails when the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train rolls across the Southwest this holiday season.
This year marks the 15th year of the Holiday Train program, with spectators at each stop invited to make donations in support of food banks in their communities.
The specially decorated CP train will roll into Swift Current at approximately 12:30 p.m. on Dec. 6 (east of the CP station on 3rd St. and North Railway St. E.) Later that day at 3:30 p.m., the train will reach Maple Creek for a stop at the CP TMS Shack on Pacific Avenue.
Providing the musical entertainment during this year's two stops in the Southwest will be Melanie Doane and Doc Walker.
Doane will be the main performer on this year's Holiday Train, starting with a Quebec performance on Nov. 26 with Jim Cuddy, and after stops in Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta she will wrap up her tour in B.C. on Dec. 16 in Port Coquitlam.
Melanie Doane earned a Juno Award in 1999 as the Best New Solo Artist on the strength of her sophomore 1998 release Adam's Rib. She now boasts six full-length albums (Shakespearean Fish 1996, Adam's Rib 1998, Melvin (Live) 2001, You Are What You Love 2003, A Thousand Nights 2008, along with her current release The Emerald City 2011).
This is Doane's fourth year riding the rails as a performer on the CP Holiday Train after previous efforts in 2007, 2008, and 2010.
Doc Walker, the chart topping country music group from Manitoba, area spending five days sharing their talents on the Holiday Train stage.
Doc Walker won the 2009 Juno Award in the Country Recording of the Year category for their release Beautiful Life. They also earned Juno nominations in 2012 (country album of the year for 16 & 1); 2010 (country album of the year for Go); 2007 (Country Recording of the Year for Doc Walker); 2004 (Country Recording of the Year for Everyone); 2003 (Country Recording of the Year for Curve); and 2002 Best New Country Artist/Group.
Six of their seven recordings have earned Juno nominations, and the group has collected a total of 11 Canadian Country Music Association awards over the past decade.
Since the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train program launched in 1999, the program has raised over $7.4 million and more than three million pounds of food have been collected in the U.S. and Canada.