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...Aquakultre, Kim Harris, Wolf Castle, Leanne Hoffman, and Hua Li 化力 take part in memorable evening of stories and song at the Spatz Theatre

Celebrating the official kickoff to their 2019 festival, Halifax Pop Explosion partners with United Way Halifax, Forward Music Group, and Atlantic Lottery to present Songs of the City on Wednesday, October 23 at the Spatz Theatre.
Bringing together local musicians and storytellers to demonstrate resilience, strength, and the power of community, the memorable evening of stories and song features performances from Aquakultre, Kim Harris, Wolf Castle, Leanne Hoffman, and Hua Li 化力.
Songs of the City pairs five storytellers who have been impacted by the work of United Way Halifax with these talented songwriters who will perform an original song based on their authentic, inspiring, and life changing stories.
"We’re proud to work with Halifax Pop Explosion to shine a light on stories that might otherwise not be heard," says Laura Whitman, spokesperson for Songs of the City. "This is a great opportunity to highlight #UNIGNORABLE issues facing our community, while showcasing the incredible talents local artists have to offer."
Access to Songs of the City is included in the HPX 2019 wristband, and individual tickets are on sale now and available by clicking HERE.
Earlier this year, Halifax Pop Explosion also partnered with United Way Halifax and Killam REIT to introduce Pass It On, a new program designed to bring music into the lives of those who may need it most.
Pass It On provides festival wristbands to community members on a low or fixed income, offering them the opportunity to experience four days of amazing live music in Halifax this October.
Ahead of the 2019 Halifax Pop Explosion, patrons can purchase a regular festival wristband through the Pass It On program for $120. This price includes a regular festival wristband for themselves and an investment of 50% towards the cost of another wristband. The remaining 50% is then matched by Killam REIT, and the wristband is distributed to a community member by United Way Halifax.
For more information on the Pass It On program, visit:
Since 1992, Halifax Pop Explosion Festival and Conference has been bringing tomorrow’s headliners to Halifax, and helping music fans discover their next favourite bands. Starting as a small, multi-venue festival showcasing local talent and bringing new sounds to the city, the Festival has grown into a 4 day city-wide music takeover that attracts some of the most exciting talent, ecstatic fans, and industry professionals from around the world. Taking place in multiple venues around Halifax, HPX is one of the largest and most exciting music festivals and conferences on the East Coast. Year after year, the festival leaves a lasting impression on the city — challenging the landscape of the local music scene and putting Halifax on the international industry map.
United Way Halifax is a donor-funded, community building organization and your local leader in poverty solutions. They create opportunities throughout the year to bring people together, make local issues #UNIGNORABLE, and remove barriers for those experiencing poverty, homelessness and isolation. They help donors, volunteers, partners and advocates unleash their local love by connecting their desire to make a difference with real impact and meaningful action. Their vision is for Halifax to be a city united by compassion, rich in opportunity and free from poverty.
To learn more about Halifax Pop Explosion, visit:
Sarah White, Communications Specialist
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(HALIFAX, NS) July 11, 2019 – A growth in short-term rentals in Halifax combined with a low vacancy rate is concerning affordable housing advocates at United Way Halifax. They are worried that if the growth of short-term rentals in Halifax continues, it will impact the affordable housing stock that is available in our city. 

Kevin Hooper, manager of partnerships and community development for United Way Halifax, says short-term rentals have a ripple effect. “When someone owns multiple properties and is renting them out short-term rather than on the traditional market, it’s taking away what could be an affordable home for someone,” says Hooper. “The vacancy rate is already lower than we’ve ever seen, and there is considerable competition for fewer available units. We feel it’s important to raise attention to affordable housing crunch being felt in our city.”

Many of Halifax’s short-term rental locations are also in areas where people access employment, schools, childcare and other services. Their proximity to transit, shops and restaurants is likely a selling point for tourists, but it makes it harder for residents. “Potential renters are forced to look elsewhere for housing,” says Hooper. “Sometimes that means going outside the neighbourhood, away from the services and amenities they need on a daily basis.”

While United Way Halifax finds the situation troubling, they also acknowledge that many short-term rental hosts may need to supplement their income by renting out space in their primary residence. The organization is more concerned with hosts who own multiple properties and the affect on residents who just want an adequate and affordable place to live.

About United Way Halifax
United Way Halifax is an impact organization and passionate community-builder. They create opportunities to bring people together and make local issues #UNIGNORABLE. Through funding programs, collaborating with others and advocating for change, they remove barriers for those experiencing poverty and homelessness and make our community more inclusive. They help donors, volunteers, partners and advocates unleash their local love by connecting their desire to make a difference with real impact and meaningful action.


Media Contact:
Sarah White
Communications Specialist


United Way Halifax is investing $1.3M to fund 33 community organizations and 34 programs in 2019-2020 (April 1, 2019 to March 31, 2020).

pdfUnited Way Halifax Funded Agencies 2019-2020

Media Inquiries:

Sarah White
Marketing & Communications Officer


Tuesday, 18 December 2018

Holiday Hours

Our office will be closed at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 20, 2018 and will re-open at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, January 3, 2019.

Donate: Make a donation online and receive an automatic receipt via email.

Looking for help: 211 is a free, confidential information and referral service to more than 3,000 community and social services across Nova Scotia. It is available 24 hours a day, 356 days a year. Dial 2-1-1 to speak to a staff member or visit

Questions: If you have any questions during our holiday closure, please email or leave a voicemail at (902) 422-1501. Voicemails will be responded to within one business day and emails will be responded to when the office re-opens on January 3.

Thank you and we wish everyone a very happy holiday season and all the best for 2019!


October 11, 2018

Sarah White
Marketing & Communications Officer
United Way Halifax


United Way and Pantone Color Institute join forces to make local issues unignorable

You can’t solve a problem if you don’t know it exists. In our busy world, important local social issues can often go unnoticed. United Way wants to change that. That’s why, United Way has partnered with the Pantone® Color Institute™ to create Unignorable – a brand new colour developed specifically to highlight local issues and bring attention to the millions of Canadians impacted by them. This new colour is the foundation of the United Way’s largest national integrated public awareness campaign to date.

The multi-media, fully integrated national campaign, draws on a long tradition of art for social change. It includes images designed by award-winning international illustrator Malika Favre, whose bold pieces have appeared on the cover of The New Yorker and within campaigns for Vogue, BAFTA and Sephora. Favre’s customized designs will captivate onlookers with the Unignorable colour at the forefront, while the illustrations will command attention for issues that hold too many Canadians back: poverty; youth unemployment; social isolation; domestic violence; hunger; mental health; education inequality; and homelessness.

If you want to experience Unignorable, join United Way Halifax this Saturday at Nocturne.

Date: Saturday October 13, 6PM-Midnight
Location: FBM | 1660 Hollis Street (HS1), Halifax

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