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CPR Holiday Train- 2001& 2002

                    Holiday Train  Star-Powered ,
        An Hour Long Show Scheduled for North Bend
 The CPR Holiday Train has extended it's program this year to include an hour long show for
our town!  On December 20, at 9:35 pm the train is scheduled to arrive in North Bend decked out  with 8000 Christmas lights. The stage show hosted by Country star Beverly Mahood , featuring performances
by Tom Jackson, Tracy Brown and Randall Prescott, will run from  9:45pm-10:45pm.  Bring donations
of food or cash  The CPR Holiday Train helped collect 18 tons of food and approximately $500,000 for
food banks in its previous two years.  In addition to food and money collected along the way, CPR will donate roughly $144,000 to Canadian food banks.  The list of stars is inspiring;
                            Tom Jackson is known throughout Canada for his acting, musical and                 
                             humanitarian work. Tom is an accomplished singer and songwriter with 10
                             albums to his name, including "I will Bring you Near", released in May 2001. He             
                             also starred in the CBC hit television series  North of 60 for six seasons.  One of                             
                             Tom's prime motivators is his drive to end hunger in  this country. He organizes  
                             the Huron Carole Benefit Concert Series, an annual cross-country concert
                             fundraising tour of Canadian artists that has raised more than $2.5 million for    
                             the  Canadian Association of Food Banks. Tom was recently awarded the Order  
Tom Jackson        of Canada for his humanitarian work. Tom will join  the Holiday Train for his
                             second year, performing at scheduled event stops between Brandon and Port                   
                             Coquitlam. Beverley Mahood is one of Canada's best-known country artists, with a                
                              long list of music awards and radio chart successes to her name. Her first album,               
                              Girl Out of the Ordinary,  was released in 1998, with six consecutive Canadian
                              Top 10  hits, followed in 1999 by Lace, which had four consecutive Canadian Top
                              10 hits. Her long list of awards includes CMT  Artist of the Year (Indie) in 1997-
                              98, CCMA Top Independent Female in 1998, and two  Juno nominations. Beverley     
                              is the national spokesperson for the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation in Canada. She         
Beverly Mahood    will host the Holiday Train entertainment at scheduled event stops between  
                               Montreal and Port Coquitlam, as well as participate in the event's finale
. More info about  Randall Prescott, Tracy Brown and the schedule between Kamloops and Agassiz for this exciting event inside this issue.   Randall Prescott is one of Canada's most awarded producers.
He has produced for artists including Neil Young, Patricia Conroy, Charlie Major, Tom Jackson and Susan Aglukark. He has also performed as part of the Prescott Brothers, the Family Brown and the Prescott-Brown duo with his wife, Tracey Brown. Randall's charitable work includes several Red Cross fundraising appeals and the Power Aid Concert to help victims of the 1998 ice storm. He also toured with Tom Jackson and the Huron Carole Benefit Concert in 1997 and 1998.                             
                                      Tracey Brown comes from a family with deep roots in the Canadian  music              
                                       business. She is the youngest member of The Family Brown, who released 17    
                                       albums, won numerous awards and were inducted  into the Canadian Country     
                                       Music Association (CCMA) Hall of Fame. Tracey released her first solo CD,      
                                       Woman's Work, in 1998, with the title song hitting the Canadian Top 10. She    
                                       has recorded two CDs with husband Randall Prescott and brother Barry                                      
                                       Brown  as the Prescott-Browns, with six Top 10 singles. She has been       
                                       recognized with CCMA and Juno nominations, hosted a nationally syndicated                           
                                       TV show for 13 years, and appeared on numerous TV specials and programs. Tracey has lent her considerable talents to many charitable causes, including the Red River Relief Fund, Huron Carole Tour, Power Aid Concert, New York Firefighters 911 Disaster Relief Fund, and a Neil Young tribute CD benefiting handicapped children.
Recently, Tracey has been pursuing film-related projects, and is the subject of a new book, "Dare to Dream-A Celebration of Canadian Women."

for more info check out the CPR website:           

A Canadian Christmas Carol

 Saint Jean de Brebeuf, a Jesuit missionary to the Hurons, wrote this carol in their language as both  a gift and to help in his missionary and teaching efforts. Pere Brebeuf's carol was translated by Jesse Edgar Middleton who died in 1960. The carol was in recent years included in an album by Bruce Cockburn. Since 1971 it has  been  included in several church's hymn books  .

                 The Huron Carol

'Twas in the moon of wintertime when all the birds had fled
That mighty Gitchi Manitou sent angel choirs instead;
Before their light the stars grew dim and wondering hunters heard the hymn, Jesus your King is born, Jesus is born, in excelsis gloria.
Within a lodge of broken bark the tender babe was found;
A ragged robe of rabbit skin enwrapped his beauty round
But as the hunter braves drew nigh the angel song rang loud and high
Jesus your King is born, Jesus is born, in excelsis gloria.
The earliest moon of wintertime is not so round and fair
As was the ring of glory on the helpless infant there.
The chiefs from far before him knelt with gifts of fox and beaver pelt.
Jesus your King is born, Jesus is born, in excelsis gloria.
O children of the forest free, O seed of Manitou
The holy Child of earth and heaven is born today for you.
Come kneel before the radiant boy who brings you beauty peace and joy.
Jesus your King is born, Jesus is born, in excelsis gloria.

*Note from the editor: Chances are very good that Tom Jackson will sing The Huron Carol when the Holiday Train pulls into town. If you don't already know the words to this lovely haunting song, this is a great time to memorize them. Then we can all sing along!

pictures of Holiday Train 2002- coming soon

CPR Holiday Train

  The Canadian Holiday Train starts outside Toronto on Dec. 5, and visits dozens of communities  on its 16-day journey to the West Coast. In addition to many of its regular stops, the Holiday Train will make its debut in Windsor, Ont., the Ottawa Valley, and parts of central Saskatchewan. Award-winning Canadian performers Tom Jackson , Beverley Mahood , Amanda Stott , and Duane Steele  will entertain crowds at many scheduled stops. Tracey Brown  and Randall Prescott  will join the Canadian tour from Moose Jaw, SK., to Port Moody, BC.
  Unlike last year, when we enjoyed an hour long show, the train will only make a ten minute stop in North Bend, on Dec. 20th at 2:30pm.  Residents are invited to come out and see the thousands of lights that decorate the Holiday Train, and say hello to the performers.
   The Fraser Canyon Express CPRailway Police Safety contest winners from 2001 and 2002 are invited to come see the Holiday Train and have their photos taken with Tom Jackson.
  The CPR Holiday Train helped collect over 25 tons of food and over a half million dollars for  food banks in its previous three years.  In addition to food and money collected along the way, CPR will donate over $100,000 to Canadian food banks

Come and greet the Holiday Train, bring a donation of money or food items to the event.  This year's schedule is as follows:

Lytton, BC Fri., Dec. 20, 1:00 p.m.- 1:10 p.m. Near the CPR Station
North Bend, BC Fri., Dec. 20, 2:35 p.m. -2:45 p.m. Near the CPR Station
Agassiz, Fri., Dec. 20, 5:00 p.m. - 5:20 p.m. Pioneer Road, Ag. Centre