Ann Landers, Syndicated Columnist and Lecturer
PEOPLE WITH PERFECT LIVESAND OTHER LIARS
September 16, 1985
At a meeting held jointly by The Canadian Club of Toronto and
The Empire Club of Canada
Co-Chairmen James B. Pitblado President, The Canadian Club of Toronto and
Harry T. Seymour,
President, The Empire Club of Canada
Welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to this joint meeting of The Canadian Club of Toronto and The Empire Club of Canada.
For the record, I would like to recognize and publicly acknowledge the gratitude we all owe Beland Honderich, publisher of The Toronto Star, for his efforts in arranging for the appearance of today's guest speaker, Ann Landers. Your assistance, Bee, is greatly appreciated.
For the second time in the past two years, Toronto's two premier downtown luncheon clubs have combined to open their respective seasons with a joint meeting featuring a woman speaker of international renown. In September 1983, we were privileged to welcome in this very ballroom one of
sellers, but of fishermen, unshaven and tired: a town of contrasts from its old-fashioned hotels and curious houses to the yacht house where members talk about sailing and sip gin and tonics.
However, it is the influence of The Aldeburgh Festival, founded by Benjamin Britten in 1947, which attracts an international crowd of performers and audience every year, that has stamped this enigmatic mark on an otherwise average seaside town.
The Aldeburgh Connection, the Canadian extension of The Aldeburgh Festival, was formed in 1982 by Bruce Ubakata and Stephen Ralls as a means of increasing the opportunity for Canada's young singers to perform the enormous concert repertoire for voice and piano.
Today we are privileged to have three distinguished members of this group with us: Stephen Ralls, who is known for his work with the Canadian Opera Company; Gaynor Jones, soprano, known for her concert work throughout Canada, and Daniel Neff, baritone, performing throughout Canada in opera and oratorio.
Ladies and gentlemen, I am pleased to introduce Stephen Ralls, artistic director, The Aldeburgh Connection, who will introduce our programme, which is entitled "Sea Fever." Mr. Ralls.
The appreciation of the audience was expressed by MGen. Reginald W. Lewis, a distinguished Past President of The Empire Club of Canada.