Media Centre

Dixon Hall's leadership team are experts in their areas of work and can speak to many different challenges in the city of Toronto, including but not limited to:

  • The homelessness and affordable housing crises
  • Seniors health and wellness
  • Poverty and income inequality
  • Supporting inner city youth and families
  • Newcomer and settlement services, including employment

For press and media related inquiries or to schedule an interview, please contact:

Lauren Thiboutot
Communications Manager
e.  t. 416.863.0499 x2062 c. 647.336.2447

Dixon Hall in the News:


Brighter World - McMaster University: March 8, 2022
Health program co-designed with older adults receives $1M for research study


Toronto Star: December 21, 2021
The Daniels Corporation: the art of the mission

Humber News: December 17, 2021
City of Toronto leases hotels for temporary homeless shelters

Law Times: August 9, 2021
New provincial initiatives launched across Ontario to curb violence and victimization

Toronto Star: July 30, 2021
Toronto’s mayor urged homeless camp occupants to enter the shelter system, saying it’s a ‘pathway to permanent housing.’ For the majority, that has yet to happen

Toronto Star: June 13, 2021
There were more than 800 reversed overdoses in Toronto’s shelter system last year. A new database shows which shelters were hit the hardest.

The Globe and Mail: May 21, 2021
Pitching in: Toronto philanthropist helps children, seniors in the city through university outreach

Toronto Star: April 26, 2021
'Bring on the Johnson & Johnson’: Toronto homelessness sector says one-dose vaccine would be easier for a transient population

Global News: April 20, 2021 
McMaster research gift to help improve at-risk seniors’ lives

Regent Park TV: March 16, 2021 
Cabbagetown Cares

Toronto Star: February 4, 2021
As Toronto’s largest shelter grapples with a COVID-19 outbreak, a resident talks about life inside and his worry for the elderly

Toronto Star: January 5, 2021
Sasha Gray saw a Toronto hotel shelter as the path to better things ahead.

2020 December 23, 2020
Toronto's Regent Park youth program receives $25,000 from developer

680 News: December 10, 2020
Dixon Hall Family Holiday Program Coverage

CBC: October 29, 2020
Cabbagetown neighbourhood group makes sandwiches for city's vulnerable at Dixon Hall

CBC Radio: October 29, 2020
Metro Morning - Meet the Neighbours: The Aberdeen Avenue Sandwich Group

Huffington Post: October 6, 2020
Drake Puts Aside NBA Rivalry To Send Message To Toronto Teen With Cancer

BlogTO: August 30, 2020
Toronto restaurant has been quietly delivering meals to Dixon Hall for months

Novae Res Urbis | Toronto: August 21, 2020
Reconceptualizing Rooming Houses

Press Release: July 31, 2020
City of Toronto investing in affordable, supportive housing with restoration of Cabbagetown properties

Radio Totally Normal Toronto: July 8, 2020
Episode 31: Mental Health, Community, and Coping

Imagine a City: June 11, 2020
Recognizing the efforts of frontline community workers during COVID-19

Parliament Street News: June 3, 2020
News from the Aberdeen Avenue Residents’ Group

The Star: May 27, 2020
Experts offer a blueprint for ending Toronto’s chronic homelessness after COVID-19


The Star: November 16, 2019
The critical role of the GTA’s social safety net

Press Release: September 12, 2019
Dixon Hall invests $99,500 in Transportation Access and Community Supports for Seniors thanks to OTF Grant

The Star: July 16, 2019
Building a healthy community starts with breakfast for 100

The Star: June 26, 2019
Five jobs and the Toronto housing struggles that come with them

Metro Morning: April 24, 2019
Good news! Regent Park youth centre on track

Metro Morning: April 5. 2019
Rooming Houses of Cabbagetown 

CBC: April 1st, 2019 
'We had lives at one time': Mayor says new report on homelessness to help city staff

The Star: March 27, 2019
Homelessness study gives insight into the city’s most vulnerable

Local Love: January 10, 2019
Unsung hero: Toronto housing advocate Aiko Ito

Post City Toronto: January 9, 2019
How far does $500K go in the fight to help Toronto's homeless?


CBC: December 26, 2018
Finland's 'housing first' homelessness strategy could help ease Toronto's shelter crisis

CBC: December 23rd, 2018
Picture of Toronto homelessness emerging from research into Out of the Cold program

Catholic Register: December 13, 2018
Out of room at Out of the Cold: Toronto's homeless need more than just shelters

Metro Morning: December 11, 2018
How social services agencies will handle no more tokens on the TTC

Press Release: December 5, 2018
Dixon Hall’s Music For Life Fundraising Gala Returns with Notable Emcee

NOW Toronto: December 4, 2018
Celebrating 40 years in Regent Park, Dixon Hall Music School looks to the future

Metro Morning: November 12, 2018
Out of the Cold shelters are filling up

TVO: November 12, 2018
How Toronto’s sky-high housing prices are forcing seniors out of their homes

CBC: November 1, 2018
Out of the Cold: Faith-based groups ready to open their doors to the homeless

Metro Morning: November 2, 2018
Out of the Cold shelters open in Toronto

The Ryersonian: October 25th, 2018
City's homeless prefer the Out of the Cold program to city shelters, preliminary data reveals

Toronto Star: June 16, 2018
Fire destroyed his home, Out of the Cold program gave him new hope April 30th, 2018
Downtown Toronto resident Josephine Potter celebrates 100 years

Press Release: Mercedes Watson appointed new Chief Executive Officer of Dixon Hall

CBC Toronto:  March 15th, 2018
Meals on Wheels facing 'a critical shortage' of volunteers with need poised to increase

Toronto Star: March 14th, 2018
Toronto kids share gift of music with young Syrian refugees on Skype

Press Release: March 9th, 2018
Connecting through song and social media: Dixon Hall Music School students give back to Syrian refugee children

The Toronto Observer: February 6th, 2018
Leaside United Church chooses cold to keep homeless warm

Inside Toronto:  January 4th, 2018
Out of the Cold pilot with a twist launching in Toronto's Beach area

Globe and Mail: January 2nd, 2018
The music of life flows from a basement


Toronto Sun: December 25th, 2017
Holy Blossom welcomes the needy in from the cold

Metro Morning:  Regent Park music teacher nominated for Torontonian of the Year

Press Release: Girls (Still) Rock at Dixon Hall Music School

Now Toronto:  November 9, 2017
A new community centre for at-risk youth is coming to Regent Park

Press Release:
Dixon Hall Ready to Break Ground on New Youth Centre in Regent Park Thanks to Generous Supporters

Press Release:
2017-2018 OOTC Program Prepares for Launch Amid Growing Concerns Surrounding Capacity 

Press Release:
Dixon Hall Announces New Treasurer Kevin Hibbert

100 Huntley Street: June 23rd, 2017
Building Communities & Cities

CityNews Toronto: June 22nd, 2017
Toronto legal clinic challenges panhandling law as unconstitutional

Metro Morning: June 12th, 2017
Kenneth Slater discusses his award-winning St.Vincent Program with Metro Morning's Matt Galloway.

Inside Toronto: June 5th, 2017
Trip to St. Vincent helps land Regent Park youth worker award

CityNews Toronto:  May 30th, 2017
Tent cities on the rise as shelters remain near capacity

snapd Cabbagetown/Village: May 12th, 2017
Dixonlicious - A Taste of Community

Catholic Register: April 25, 2017
Toronto's Out of the Cold system faces breaking point: report

Toronto Star: April 24, 2017
Out of the Cold program set to close  for another year

Inside Toronto: March 22, 2017
CYC, Dixon Hall offer up eats and fun at gala fundraisers

Saturdays with Ted - NewsTalk 1010: March 18, 2017

CBC News Toronto: March 16, 2017
No boys allowed: girls rock out at Regent Park camp

Beach Mirror: February 22nd, 2017
East Toronto youth give back on Family Day

CBC News: Daybreak North February 11th, 2017
'Cleansing the Highway of Tears': Toronto students learn about MMIW in cross-country musical collaboration

Metro Morning: February 2nd, 2017
Remembering Ali Rizeig

CBC News: February 1st, 2017
'Tonight we lost': Regent Park mourns shooting victim


CityNews Toronto: December 21st, 2016
Out of the Cold founder remembered, homeless crisis continues in Toronto

NOW Magazine: March 30, 2016
Local Heroes: Girls Rock Camp Toronto's Magali Meagher & Alysha Haugen

CNW Group: February 12, 2016
Neil Hetherington Named as Chief Executive Officer at Dixon Hall Neighbourhood Services


Toronto Star: December 13, 2015
Dixon Hall Youth Centre left without permanent home in Regent Park revitalization

Global News: November 25, 2015
Community leaders rally to build youth centre in Regent Park

NOW Magazine: November 25, 2015
Regent Park's Youth Centre Raising Money to Rebuild

Metro News: November 25, 2015
Regent Park looks to raise $3-million for permanent youth centre

CBC Metro Morning: November 25, 2015
Dixon Hall - CBC Player

Toronto Star: June 14, 2015
Touring Trevlyn Kennedy's Regent Park February 11, 2015
Councillors Fletcher and McMahon bring the hammer down at Toronto City Hall


Daily Commercial News: October 9, 2014
Carpenters’ program helps build up disadvantaged youth June 18, 2014
Regent Park community officially opens new park June 21

Financial Post: May 5, 2014
A healthy community is good for everyone’s bottom line March 17, 2014
Five downtown organizations hoping to win $50,000 grant from Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment March 4, 2014
Food security issues a focus for Regent Park


The Globe and Mail: November 22, 2013
Toronto musician gives back to the program that inspired him October 31, 2013
Partnership brings new careers, opportunities to Regent Park residents

Community Partnerships: October 4, 2013
World Congress – Paint Box video

CBC Metro Morning: August 1, 2013
Report on Homelessness

Global News: May 15, 2013
Toronto organizations teach life skills and make buildings more accessible

Toronto Star: March 4, 2013
Suburbs a lonely place to be a single mother, but one group hopes to INCITE support


Toronto Star: December 26, 2012
Microloans helping Regent Park entrepreneurs get ahead

Toronto Star: December 10, 2012
United Way: Dixon Hall opens the door to woman "knocked off my feet"

Toronto Star: November 22, 2012
Lessons for all at Dixon Hall get paid back with fundraiser

Toronto Star: June 10, 2012
Construction can’t stop Regent Park campers’ fun


The Globe and Mail: August 16, 2011
Rapper Drake wins Allan Slaight Award


Toronto Sun: December 2, 2009
Taste of the past