All aboard for Great Big Sea, Natalie MacMaster

The CP holiday train will be rolling into Hamilton Saturday night, bringing free East Coast entertainment for all the good boys and girls.

The train — a beloved 15-year tradition for families across the country — will pull in to Lawrence Road (opposite Gage Park) around 4 p.m. Saturday with live music beginning at 5 p.m.
Hamilton was chosen as one of three cities to receive a free show, as part of the train’s 15th anniversary celebration.

Canadian Music Hall of Famer Tom Cochrane will be joined by Newfoundland folk-rockers Great Big Sea, and Nova Scotia fiddle sensation Natalie MacMaster.

Get there early, city staffers warn, as parking will be limited.

While the event is free, the point is to raise awareness and donations for Hamilton Food Share. More than 7,000 people turn to a food bank in Hamilton each month — more than a third of them are children.

There are two CP holiday trains, which divide and conquer to visit a total of 150 communities across Canada and the U.S. during the three-week journey, collecting donations for local food programs at each stop.

In 15 years, they’ve raised $7.4 million and nearly 1.5 million kilograms of food.

Lawrence Road will be closed from 3 to 7 p.m. for the event.

Parking will not be available for non-residents on streets around Gage Park for the Saturday evening event — the city encourages people to take the HSR to and from the event to avoid traffic.

For more information on the holiday train, visit www.cpr.ca.