The CP Holiday Train comes to Agassiz on Dec. 17 at 8:15 p.m.

Doc Walker heading to Agassiz via Holiday Train

Remember to bring donations to the train for annual cross-country food drive

The holidays are coming, and with it, the CP Holiday Train is rolling into town to raise money, food, and awareness about hunger one stop at a time.

This year, the train will stop in Agassiz on Monday, Dec. 17 at about 8:15 p.m. As always, it will make its stop in front of the Agassiz Agricultural Hall, and the public is invited to gather in the area between the railway and the hall.

This year’s show includes performances by Miss Emily and Doc Walker, who are both Canadian artists. The performances begin at 8:30 p.m.

Over their decade-plus time together Doc Walker have earned the title of ‘the hardest working country band in Canada’ the old fashioned way, through relentless perseverance – constantly honing their chops as a songwriting and a performing unit.

While that perseverance has netted them 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’ record, the real payoff for Doc Walker isn’t the awards and accolades that come with their growing success. If anything, it’s more accurately measured in a mutual dedication to each other, and to their audience.

As for Miss Emily, the Kingston, Ont. singer is considered one of the best kept secrets in the music business. She’s already shared the stage with the Tragically Hip, Sam Roberts and the Trews.

The Hip’s Gord Sinclair is working on her upcoming debut CD. And Agassiz will have a chance to hear her perform live when the CP Holiday Train arrives.

And as always, there is sure to be a visit by Santa Claus. He and his elves will be collecting donations for the food bank, both cash and cans or other non-perishable food items.