February 22, 2003 – Toronto, Canada: Artists For A Better World in Toronto, sponsored by the Toronto Church of Scientology, reaches out into the community to uplift and inspire. The art association’s choir, The Up Tones, perform regularly for programs that reach a wide audience of multicultural and interfaith backgrounds.
Today, the Up Tones delivered a message of community betterment to members of many religious faiths at the Horizon Interfaith Concert which took place at the Baha’i Centre in downtown Toronto. It was an evening of engaging performances of songs such as “Turn, Turn, Turn,” written by The Byrds, and “What I Want Is Happiness,” written by L. Ron Hubbard.
After the performance the President of Artists For A Better World in Toronto, Bob Hill, read the following quote from humanitarian and artist, L. Ron Hubbard: “To love is the road to strength. To love in spite of all is the secret of greatness. And may very well be the greatest secret in this universe.”
The Up Tones perform at church and community events, fund raisers, festivals and nursing homes. They sing songs which have a positive message selected from multiple sources of popular music as well as songs written by choir/church members and L. Ron Hubbard.
During the past Christmas season, Up Tone concerts were performed at five community centres including Village Park, The O’Neil Centre and The Millwood Retirement Homes. The versatile choir inspired and entertained over 100 senior citizens at retirement homes with their cheerful renditions of seasonal songs such as “Jingle Bells” and “Silent Night.”
The Choir’s Director, Suzanne Mallet said, “It is such a joy bringing people’s spirits up by getting them to sing along.”
The Up Tones choir and ensemble is comprised of Suzanne Mallet, Amanda Mallet, Justine Shuck, Saroma Balliram, Bob Hill, Erik Smit, Tad Magee, Art Beauregard, and Lucia Gugliuzzi.
Artists For A Better World in Toronto includes three associated art groups: The Up Tones, The Renaissance Cafe Performers (which hosts a monthly AFABW Variety Showcase), and the Toronto Visual Artists Group, who are all united with a common purpose of creating a better world through aesthetics.
The Executive Director of Artists For A Better World in Toronto, Val Hill said, “Ontario is better off for our many activities that reach right into the community and spread cheer and joy among its citizens.”
Grateful acknowledgment is made to L. Ron Hubbard Library for permission to reproduce selections from the copyrighted works of L. Ron Hubbard.