Not even a pair of Juno Award winning acts could provide enough heat to combat the bone chilling temperatures when the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train rolled into Swift Current on Dec. 6.
The annual heart warming stop was no match for the -45 Celsius wind chills which limited the stage performances by Melanie Doane and Doc Walker to a 15 minute show.
A hearty group of well-bundled spectators patiently waited in their vehicles for the Holiday Train, which was running nearly an hour late, in order to hear the talented performers.
However, the extreme cold temperatures gave the crowd only a brief listen to Doane, who won the 1999 Juno Award as the Best New Solo Artist, or the multiple award winning Doc Walker who won the 2009 Juno Award in the Country Recording of the Year category for their release Beautiful Life.
The 15th annual Canadian Pacific Holiday Train rolled across the prairies this past week, inviting spectators to make donations in support of food banks in their communities. At their stop in Swift Current, Canadian Pacific made a $5,500 donation in support of Swift Current's Salvation Army Food Bank.
Since the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train program launched in 1999, the program has raised over $7.4 million and more than three million pounds of food have been collected in the U.S. and Canada.