Halifax Explosion
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100 years have passed since the Halifax Explosion happened and we are asking everyone to take a moment to remember by taking part in a commemorative event.

For information about interpretive experiences, visit our experiences listing.




City’s Saviours: The Military Response to the Halifax Explosion with Col. John Boileau (Ret’d)

Date: Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Time: 7:30 pm

Location:  Nova Scotia Archives, 6016 University Avenue, Halifax

Admission: Free

The large number of Canadian, British and American soldiers, sailors and nursing sisters who were in the city at the time of the Halifax Explosion immediately came to the city’s rescue. Among other actions, their response saved lives, prevented further destruction and stopped looting—in short, they prevented the disaster from becoming greater than it was.

This talk is presented by the Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society. Visit the Society's website for more information


At This Hour Poster

At This Hour: The Deposition of Harbour Pilot Francis Mackey

Date: December 16 and 17, 2017

Time: 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm

Location: The Halifax Provincial Court – 5250 Spring Garden Rd.

On December 6, 1917, in the narrows of Halifax Harbour, the Belgian Relief vessel IMO collided with an overloaded French munitions ship, Mont-Blanc. The resulting massive explosion wreaked havoc on both sides of the harbour and left at least 2000 people dead.

Within hours Ottawa ordered a full investigation. Despite chaos in the city the Wreck Commissioner’s Inquiry began the following week at the Halifax Provincial Court on Spring Garden Road.

Using excerpts from the inquiry’s transcripts, At This Hour offers a personal account of what happened that terrible morning through the words of Francis Mackey, the pilot on board Mont-Blanc.

Tickets are now on sale now and can be purchased at www.tickethalifax.com. For more information, visit the Zuppa Theatre website or the Zuppa Facebook event page.


Ordinary People, Extraordinary Times: Minnie and Stewart Ross Confront the Aftermath of the Halifax Explosion - with Dr. David Sutherland

Date: Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Time: 7:30 pm

Location:  Nova Scotia Archives, 6016 University Avenue, Halifax

Admission: Free

A working-class couple living in Halifax’s North End, Minnie and Stewart Ross were leading unremarkable lives as their city became embroiled in World War One. Then came disaster in December 1917. This presentation follows the family through 1918 as they, in association with the Halifax Relief Commission, sought to rebuild their lives in the face of multi-faceted adversity.

This talk is presented by the Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society. Visit the Society’s website for more information: https://rnshs.ca/?cat=21


Second Chances Community Band

Date: May 27, 2018

Location: Mount Saint Vincent University, Halifax

Composer and conductor Robert Buckley of Vancouver has been commissioned to compose an original work that will be accessible to amateur players in both high school and community level concert bands. The piece, entitled "Echoes of the Silent - Remembering the Halifax Explosion of 1917", will be premiered at the Halifax Community Band Festival on May 27th, 2018.

This Festival is an annual event hosted by the Second Chances Community Band and welcomes community band musicians from all over Atlantic Canada to perform together each year in Halifax. Mr. Buckley will be in attendance as a guest conductor and will lead the assembled musicians in his work's premiere public performance. High school band programs in the province will also be notified of the piece and invited to co-perform the score with the Second Chances Community Band.

For more information, visit the Second Chances Community Band website.