CALGARY, Nov. 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ - The 2012 CP Holiday Train program has a
musical line-up that is sure to entertain people of all ages. Brothers
Dube, Doc Walker, and Miss Emily will perform on the Canadian Train,
while Tracey Brown and The Claytones are on the U.S. Train all to raise
food, money, and awareness for food banks and hunger issues. Holiday
music from past and present Holiday Train entertainers can be
downloaded from cpr.ca.
Returning to the Holiday Train this year is Brothers Dube. The Ottawa,
Ont., group are a young and talented trio that have rocked their way to
fame by performing with other Canadian artists such as Arcade Fire,
Barenaked Ladies, and The Odds. The Brothers will perform on the train
from Beaconsfield, Que., to Whitemouth, Man.
JUNO Award winning country group Doc Walker, from Portage La Prairie,
Man., will join the Canadian train in Whitemouth, Man, for the rest of
the tour west. In 2011 the band released a Holiday EP titled December Remember and some of the classics while touring on the train.
Performing on the Holiday Train right across Canada is Kingston, Ont.,
native, Miss Emily. The "Adele-esque" artist has performed at the
Ottawa Bluesfest and has shared the stage with The Tragically Hip, Sam
Roberts Band, and the Trews.
Tracey Brown and The Claytones will be riding the U.S. Holiday train. A
Holiday Train favorite, Tracey Brown has been actively involved with
the program since 2004. Over her career, Tracey has released more than
20 albums and she is a member of the Canadian Country Music Hall of
The Claytones, are a truly collaborative project with an impressive list
of individual accolades. Kelly, Adam, and Anders are currently working
on their debut album, which blends their unique talents into the group
signature live feel. Familiar with the Holiday Train, The Claytones are
sure to get the feet moving at each stop.
The 14 brightly decorated cars are covered in hundreds of thousands of
LED lights. Artists perform on a modified boxcar that has been turned
into a travelling stage.
Since 1999, the CP Holiday Train has become an important fundraiser for
many food banks. In 14 years, the Holiday Train program has raised
close to C$6.4 million and about 2.6 million pounds of food for North
American food banks. Everything that is raised in a community stays in
that community for local distribution.
For additional information on the musicians, photos, 2012 schedules, a
route map and downloadable pictures of the two trains visit: www.cpr.ca. Supporters can also join the Holiday Train on Facebook and follow on Twitter @CPHolidaytrain
Editor's Notes: **For one-on-one interviews with any of the artists please contact the
listed media contacts.
**Musician bios attached
**B-roll available: http://www.yousendit.com/download/TEhVWGJPYSswZ2s4RmNUQw
**High-resolution pictures available at cpr.ca
**Download songs from some of our past and present Holiday Train
entertainers on cpr.ca
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
song writing 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.
Their sixth record, 'GO', produced three top-ten singles, including the
hit I'm Gonna Make You Love Me which peaked at #4 on the BDS country
chart and reached #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
This Kingston Ontario native is one of the best kept secrets in the
music business. With Adele-esque soul and power, Miss Emily delivers
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" - Matt Wells - Much Music
"Angelic with a hint of sultry devilishness. Wow! The girl can sing' - Rob Baker
"Miss Emily, has the best pipes we have ever heard in an unsigned
artist' - Gene Simmons - KISS
Brothers Dube are a young power trio who have raised over $150,000 for
charity playing music in the streets of North America and Europe
receiving accolades like United Way's Community Builder of the Year
award and the prestigious Child and Youth Friendly Ottawa (CAYFO) award
for their contribution to arts and culture in the process. In spite of
their age, they are talented and devoted beyond their years. Liam (15),
Jan (13) and eleven-year-old Quinn have not only rocked the charity
world with their "Mega" busking, but have traveled to Haiti, filmed a
documentary, and are getting the word out in schools across North
America that artists can make a difference to their communities (www.indiegogo.com/brothersduberock). Brothers Dube have shared bills with Sean Paul and Kymani Marley, and
performed live with artists such as Arcade Fire, Hollerado, and on
previous Holiday Train with Canadian Folk Legend Valdy and the Odds.
The Brothers Dube got their start in music in Ottawa, Ont., in 2006, at
the ages of 6, 8 and 10 after posting covers of their mother's favorite
songs on YouTube as a means of keeping her spirits up while she fought
cancer. Shortly after her death, they began fundraising. Recipients of
the prestigious CAYFO award for their contribution to arts and culture,
they continue to inspire other kids to make a change in their
Their influences include Pink Floyd, U2, Rush, Led Zeppelin, the
Beatles, Black Sabbath and Metallica.
For more information you can visit their website at www.brothersdube.com
Born in the heart of the Ottawa valley, The Claytones masterfully spin
their melodic, vocal driven, Canadiana brand of country soaked roots
music with old school sensibilities. A true collaborative project,
Kelly, Adam and Anders write and arrange their songs together
effectively making The Claytones sound the sum of its parts. With an
impressive list of individual accolades this young band currently
released their debut album which blends their unique talents into the
group signature live feel. These 3 full time musicians have released
over 8 full-length recordings of original music under the names of
Kelly Prescott, Prescott, Anders Drerup, The Van Meters and Adam
Puddington. The National Post listed them as one of the top 5 Canadian
Acts to watch in 2012.
"The Claytones are both fresh and classic. Stunning harmonies, beautiful
arrangements and three of the nicest people you ever want to meet." -
James Keelaghan, Artistic Director, Georgian Bay Folk Society
"The Claytones come across as if they've been best friends all of their
lives. Kelly Prescott, Anders Drerup & Adam Puddington are the ultimate
performers. They put on a phenomenal show; their sweet harmonies and
instrumental prowess guides us through a nice mix of genres. Their
professionalism oozes well beyond their years, like a comfy sweatshirt
swaddling the crowd offering a memorable experience to all they
encounter." - Sue Tennant, Music On McLean House Concerts
"Individually, they are all remarkable. Anders, a diversified musician
who easily strides the boundaries among folk, blues, and rock 'n roll,
is one of the most naturally talented musicians I have seen in years.
Kelly's smoky alto works wonders on her audience whether she is
caressing a song on her own, or filling the corners and niches behind
another voice. Adam, with one foot in the Ottawa Valley and the other
in The Maritimes, is one of our strongest local singer songwriters." -
Hollis Morgan, Spirit of Rasputin's review
Tracey Brown is a member of a family of exceptional and celebrated
musicians. She was part of Canada's most awarded country group, Family
Brown, before forming the Juno award winning, Prescott-Brown. The
Family Brown toured extensively and had a syndicated TV show for 13
Over her career, Tracey Brown has released more than 20 albums and was
nominated for a Juno as Best Country Female Vocalist in 1999. She is
also a member of the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame. She and
husband, Randall Prescott have been actively involved in production of
the Holiday Train since 2004, as well as performing on many of the
SOURCE Canadian Pacific
Image with caption: "The 2012 CP Holiday Train will soon be going across Canada and the United States raising money, food and awareness for local food banks along its rail network (CNW Group/Canadian Pacific)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20121106_C5296_PHOTO_EN_20222.jpg
Image with caption: "Since 1999, thousands of people have come out to enjoy the CP Holiday Train at the same time supporting their local food banks. (CNW Group/Canadian Pacific)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20121106_C5296_PHOTO_EN_20223.jpg