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The CP Holiday Train


http://www.cpr.ca/en/in-your-community/holiday-train/Pages/Default.aspx


Tom Cochrane will be joined by Great Big Sea and Natalie McMaster to headline a free concert when the CP Holiday Train makes its annual stop at Gage Park in Hamilton on Saturday, November 30, 2013.

This Holiday Train signature event, in support of the Hamilton Food Share, will be hosted by Peter Mansbridge and kicks-off with the opening of the North Pole Station at 4:00 p.m. followed by the concert, which begins at 5:00 p.m.

The North Pole Station, a magical village, will feature family-oriented interactive activities, including ice carving, hot chocolate and a chance for the kids to visit Santa before making their way to the concert stage.

While the event is free, those attending are asked to make a donation or bring non-perishable food items. Everything collected at each show stays in the community for local distribution.

This extra-special Holiday Train event is one of only three stops across North America where Canadian Pacific has added additional star-power to help shine a spotlight on the railways mission of raising food, money and awareness in the fight against hunger. Since 1999, the Holiday Train has raised about $7.4 million and about 3 million pounds of food for North American food banks.

To learn more about the CP Holiday Train visit: http://www.cpr.ca/en/in-your-community/holiday-train/Pages/Default.aspx

Tom Cochrane: http://www.tomcochrane.com/
Great Big Sea: http://www.greatbigsea.com/
Natalie McMaster: http://www.nataliemacmaster.com/

Transit/Parking:

Gage Park is well serviced by regular HSR transit service. For the CP Holiday Train on Saturday, November 30th, there are few options available to transit users:

• Route 1-KING operates every 7.5 minutes during the day and 15 minutes in the early evening. Please note that route 1 only services the north side of Gage Park. Coming from downtown, customers can get off on Main, in between Gage and East Bend but will have a slight walk to the south side of the park. Going to downtown, customers would have to walk to Main/King or King/Gage to board a bus.

• Route 5-DELAWARE operates every 10 minutes during the day and early evening. Route 5 does service the south side of the Park. Prior to the event, or upon conclusion of the event, customers would be able to board/alight transit buses on Lawrence Road at the Rosedale Lawn Bowling Club. However, during the event buses are detoured due to the closure of Lawrence Road via Main Street and King Street. Customers would have to board buses at Maplewood and Gage during these times.

The cash fare for HSR buses is $ 2.55. For families travelling to/from the event, a day pass is the best option. A $ 9 day pass entitles up to 2 adults and 4 children unlimited riding on the day the pass is activated. Please check the HSR website for more details at: www.hamilton.ca/HSR

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  • Bill S.

    I was lucky enough to stop at the Steel City food cart at Lawrence and Gage. I expected to be turfed out because it has previously been used for vip parking but this year it was simply if you are here at 3, you will be till 7. So I ate well, stayed warm in the car, got some memories of the train and listened to the concert.

    December 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I thought the show was spectacular however I assumed since it was over supper hour they may have some food vendors. Unfortunately I didn't see any.

    December 1, 2013

  • Bill S.

    I just drove past Gage Park. This looks like a much bigger operation than I have seen before. There is a large CPR stage at the south east corner of the park .Also on the baseball diamond are two office size tents and scattered around the perimeter are several smaller (12x12') tents. There were a number of trucks on the driveway and parking lot. There may not be public parking on site, if there is it will be difficult to get in or out.

    The few times that I have been there before, the train simply rolled in, a box car was opened to become a stage. After the performance, the doors closed and the train left.

    This will be something extra special!!!!

    1 · November 29, 2013

    • Kevin Patrick R.

      There is no public parking on site. I just picked up my media/VIP pass and I can get access to parking, but here is what I got from PR:

      1) Starting at 3pm till 8pm on Saturday November 30, Gage Avenue S will be closed @ Cumberland Avenue, and Lawrence Road will be closed @ Rothsay Avenue.

      2) You can only access the Media/VIP parking area (located within Gage Park, near the Lawn Bowling Club) through Gage Avenue S.

      3) When you get to the road barrier on Gage Avenue S @ Cumberland Avenue, please show your media pass and parking pass to the police officer. They will direct you from there.

      November 29, 2013

  • Ron C.

    Doesn't look like it will happen for me, but thanks for your info Bill, appreciated. One of these years I'll catch it.

    November 28, 2013

    • Bill S.

      It is quite colourful Ron, both the concert and the train. However with the crowd, I am not sure that we will get close enough to get much. All we can do is try, think I will head down around 1.

      November 29, 2013

  • Kevin Patrick R.

    I managed to get myself media accreditation for this event, so I'll be there, but I'll be shooting from a much closer vantage point.

    November 29, 2013

  • Bill S.

    Are we going to try to meet up in that expected crowd?

    November 24, 2013

  • Bill S.

    If I read the CP website properly (big iff), then the train arrives at Kinnear west (west side Gage and Lawrence) at noon, then the show at 5, lots of time

    November 14, 2013

  • Ron C.

    Thanks Bill. If I go, guess busing it would be the better option, though that would mean I'd be leaving my tripod at home. I'd like to see it, as I haven't yet, but not too keen on bringing my cameras on the bus, but guess I'll have to; if I'm able to go.

    November 14, 2013

    • Bill S.

      My other thought would be to study the train's schedule, then do two trips, Kinnear (Lawrence Road tracks) for the concert, and one of the other nearby stops, Cambridge?. for the actual train photography. Weather and driving conditions factor there.

      November 14, 2013

  • Bill S.

    Last year I think thetrain & concert were later. Lawrence was blocked at Ottawa and Gage at Maplewood, probably at least two hours before the concert. There were no parking spaces available on the streets between Ottawa Gage and Main by that time. There is a reasonably good food cart, burgers and hot dogs at Gage andLawrence s/w corner if you can get through the crowd. She gave away hot choclate last year. I will only go by bus, the streets are clogged before and after

    November 13, 2013

  • Loretta W.

    You have Wed Nov 20th on the outside invite is it the 20th or the 30th??

    November 13, 2013

  • Kelly

    I'll be going, but with my daughter.. look forward to seeing all of your pictures

    November 13, 2013

  • Cpsusi - C.

    Looking forward to this event.

    November 13, 2013

  • Barbara O.

    Wrong date posted Dan, its the 30th not 20th

    November 12, 2013

  • Darlene

    Is this on the 20th or 30th? Both dates are listed.

    November 12, 2013

  • Ron C.

    Dan, what time is Lawrence Road cordoned off, and do you know how far east is blocked off? I'll know closer to the day if I can make it.

    November 12, 2013

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