Spotlight on Music Education

Celebrating our long-standing partnership with Halifax Public Libraries!

At the heart of a vibrant community is a space where people can come together to learn and share in a safe environment. Thanks to our partnership with the Halifax Public Libraries, the TD Halifax Jazz Festival is able to program free workshops and concerts in these spaces. HJF actively supports and develops the music community, with a primary focus on Jazz, through presentation, education and community outreach. We have been fortunate that through this partnership, Halifax Public Libraries plays host for so many of these programs year-round. 

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"The Halifax Jazz Festival has been such a positive partnership. It brings music to those who may not leave their community. Many people find venues outside of the area difficult to access for many reasons. Having programs close to home allows seniors who live close by a chance to attend live music. Economic challenges can be a barrier, having programs close to home allows those with limited mobility to attend. Children in the area can attend programs on their own in a safe environment. For free! Just having music playing through the library allows staff and customers to enjoy each other's company. HPL has a community following that expects music, and programming to be inclusive and fun. HJF is part of this larger joyful community. ...some of our customers may not have an easy time accessing other venues due to their homelessness. Many venues would not welcome someone who is homeless. HPL as a venue is an opportunity for everyone to attend, with staff and past staff like you who understand and welcome everyone!"
- Sherri Butcher, Halifax Public Libraries

Our library programming is made possible through the generous support of donors and events like Tales of a Charlie Brown Christmas, where all proceeds raised go toward supporting educational initiatives around the HRM.

Photos by Mark Pineo and Caitlin Vigneault