Community building

Welcoming The Coast: Overstory acquires iconic Halifax publication

The Overstory community is growing! Today, we’re proud to announce the acquisition of the iconic Halifax publication, The Coast, taking our roster of publications truly coast to coast across Canada.

The Coast is a local institution in Halifax, led by its co-founders, Publisher Christine Oreskovich and Editor Kyle Shaw. Haligonians through and through, Christine and Kyle started The Coast after graduating from journalism school and never looked back. For nearly 30 years, the free weekly print newspaper – now digital – told the stories of the city and its people, giving readers a way to discover and uncover more about their community. They created an archive for the city they saw changing around them, becoming an invaluable resource for the community.

Today, The Coast does more than tell stories, they also host some of the city’s most exciting food, arts, and culture events, including Burger Bash, Oyster Fest, and Best of Halifax.

“The Coast is a beloved publication in Halifax that has built a strong legacy of local news reporting over the past three decades. The team has an incredible passion for their community and undeniable talent for storytelling,” said Farhan Mohamed, Co-founder, and CEO of Overstory Media Group. “Christine and Kyle are pioneers in Canada’s local news space. I'm thrilled to have them on our team and look forward to helping them continue the great work they’ve been doing for the next 30 years.”

“We’re excited to be joining the Overstory community. We believe in Halifax and feel this opportunity will allow The Coast to continue to grow and evolve as must-read media for the city,” said Christine. “Since we founded the paper in 1993, we’ve seen so much change in our industry and neighbourhoods. With a talented and committed team, we have always been able to persevere and push through the many challenges of running a small independent weekly newspaper. Being a part of Overstory’s larger community will help us get to that next level—Overstory understands the challenges of how local media can be successful and stay integral. They are committed to furthering hyper-local storytelling as much as we are.”

Christine and Kyle will continue to lead their talented, and growing, team delivering what they do best, while also building their digital presence with the help of Overstory.

For more, read Christine and Kyle’s letter to The Coast readers.