For the past twenty years, the Canadian Pacific Railway has operated its holiday train across North America, bringing Christmas joy and music to its communities, while raising millions of dollars and tons of food for them. local food banks and pantries.
And for three years, I chased the train through New York. I photographed the train, the concerts, the arrival and departure.
But with COVID-19, it's not safe to have a large gathering of people for a Holiday Train concert.
And as much as I'm going to miss that big diesel engine and the dozen boxcars and the concert itself ...
There will be one more concert this year.
Here are the specifications from a press release from Canadian Pacific.
Serena Ryder and The Trews will headline CP's 2020 “Holiday Train Home” concert, which airs on CP's Facebook page on December 12. The event will raise funds and raise awareness and help local food banks raise much needed donations.
The December 12 concert, scheduled for 6 p.m. EDT / 8 p.m. ET, will also include performances by JoJo Mason, Logan Staats and Kelly Prescott. Fans of the CP Holiday Train will be able to attend the concert by visiting facebook.com/canadian.pacific at the start time of the show. An archived version of the show will remain on the page for future reference.
“For more than two decades, the CP family has supported Canadians and Americans in need through the CP Holiday Train program,” said Keith Creel, President and CEO of CP. “In a year full of challenges and losses, we will organize this concert as a call to action for train supporters to donate generously if they can this Christmas season. The spirit of the holiday train will come to life even if the train itself will not run due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
CP will provide $ 1.24 million this year to 201 food banks in communities that typically host CP Holiday Train events. In a typical year, CP calls on attendees at local exhibitions to donate cash or non-perishables. With the "Holiday train homeCP hopes to inspire donations from across North America, although local shows will not take place. Viewers wishing to donate will be directed to Food Banks Canada and Feed America, national organizations that support community food banks in their respective countries. Viewers are also encouraged to donate to their local food bank.
“I am so excited to be a part of CP's virtual holiday train this year, helping to raise awareness and fundraise for local food banks at this time of extraordinary need,” said headliner Serena Ryder. "Watch the concert on December 12, and if you can, donate a little to support those in need!"
CP's corporate donation for 2020 will bring the total funds raised at CP's holiday train stops to $ 19.05 million since the train's inception in 1999. Food banks have also raised $ 4.8 million. food donation books at local holiday train events.
About Canadian Pacific
The Canadian Pacific Railway is a transcontinental railway in Canada and the United States with direct connections to major ports on the west and east coasts. CP provides North American customers with competitive rail service with access to key markets around the world. CP grows with its customers, offering a range of freight transportation services, logistics solutions and supply chain expertise. Visit cpr.ca to see the rail benefits of CP.
So there is still a holiday concert.
And maybe it would be a good idea to introduce the performers to you.
Let's start with Serena Ryder.
The Trews are also present at the concert.
Another artist who plays - JoJo Mason.
And let's add Logan Staats to the mix.
And also play in the holiday concert - Kelly Prescott.
There is still music and Christmas cheer.
And there is still an opportunity to donate - whether financial or food - to charity.
This is the important part. That's why Canadian Pacific does this every year.
What if CP can take a year off to make sure we're all healthy when the train returns (hopefully) in 2021 ...
I agree with that.
I'm just going to pretend the train is still going by, even though this video is from 2019.
And I am fine.
“Scream” star David Arquette has an extreme volonté that almost cost him his life — professional wrestling.
Two years ago, Arquette faced off against ex-con Nick Gage in a deathmatch, the most hard style where the wrestlers swing chairs, baseball bats and the like.
With blood gushing from his neck, Arquette gets up and tries to pin Gage but can’t. He jumps out of the ring, holding his neck. Then, he climbs back in and smacks Gage with a folding peau. After a couple of minutes, though, Arquette is the one who gets pinned.
“It nearly cost me my life, ” Arquette told the Star of the match. “I was in way over my head. I was about half an inch from death…”
Arquette decided to go back into the ring after fellow pro wrestler Jack Perry, the son of late actor Luke Perry, assured him that he wasn’t bleeding to death. Perry is the one who took Arquette to the hospital.
Arquette told the Star : “I could hear Luke but I couldn’t see him, ” Arquette told the Star. “I said : ‘Luke is it pumping ? ’ because I was worried I was bleeding out and he said : ‘No it’s not pumping. ’ I knew at that point I wasn’t dying immediately, I could try to finish the match. ”
Arquette has had a lifelong love affair with wrestling, which is traced in a new documentary, “You Cannot Kill David Arquette. ” The film tells of how Arquette has spent the past two decades trying to earn back the respect of the wrestling world — after he won the 2000 World Championship Wrestling heavyweight title as a publicity stunt for his movie “Ready to Rumble. ”
In those years, the 49-year-old Arquette has battled heart problems and drug addiction. After the Gage match, Arquette’s wife, Christine, told him : “I just feel like you want to die, ” the actor recalled.
“I don’t want to die but life is painful, ” Arquette told the Star. “If you have addiction issues like I do there’s an element in the back of your head that the addict is literally trying to kill you. You have to find ways to deal with it so you don’t continue to kill yourself, either slowly or quickly. ”
For Arquette, wrestling helped him deal with the deaths of Luke Perry, a close friend who died of a stroke, and his transgender sister, Alexis, who died of a heart attack.
“Losing someone is really painful but a few things have happened to make me feel we are all much more connected, ” Arquette said. “For wrestling, you shave everything and at one point I was looking at my arms and it was like I was looking at Alexis’ arms, as being transgender she would shave them… For a deuxième it was like I was looking through Alexis’ eyes… I think we’re a lot more connected than any of us know. ”
Through the film, Arquette has finally learned to accept himself. “I accomplished what I set out to do, ” Arquette told the Star. “I wanted to prove I could be a wrestler. And through this whole experience, I figured out – and it’s ironic – I need to stop beating myself up. I had to stop attacking myself and be kind to myself, as corny as it sounds.