Don't BE Afraid choir, VOX, presents concert for social change, May 10 in Halifax

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Halifax, NS - April 20, 2015

Mother's Day in Halifax will be filled with song and reflection for those who attend "UKUTHULA," a concert hosted by VOX: A Choir for Social Change. VOX was created by Don't BE Afraid founder and choral conductor, Scott Jones, and serves as a musical branch of the Don't BE Afraid movement. 

In October 2013, Scott Jones was the victim of a hateful attack in his hometown of New Glasgow. The attack left him paralyzed from the waist down. In the days following the attack, Jones rallied friends and supporters to transform the fear and anger they were feeling into something positive. Don't BE Afraid was born, and is now a registered non-profit organization. Its mission is to create a non-judgmental forum for discussing the fear associated with homophobia and transphobia. The group also works to raise funds to provide education and awareness, and support like-minded organizations.

" UKUTHULA is the result of over 30 artistic activists working together, volunteering their time in order to create a more peaceful and inclusive society. It includes choral music inter-woven with personal portraits that highlight the effects of fear and the power of the human spirit- all promoting peace and acceptance," says Jones.

UKUTHULA (oo-koo-too-la) is the Zulu word for peace. It is also the title of a song from the May 10th line-up. The event will feature a wide range of music, from South African protest songs to arrangements of Joni Mitchell and Kate Bush. UKUTHULA will sensitively connect the efforts of various pro-equality movements and weave together stories from the community to communicate a message of peace. Speakers Yvonne Diggs, Krista Lane, Kate Shewan and Scott Jones will share personal accounts of how fear and discrimination have impacted their lives, and how they found peace.

VOX is composed of 25 singers aged 18-35. It is co-directed by Scott Jones and Jack Bennet, recipient of the Canadian Red Cross' Nova Scotia Young Humanitarian of the Year Award. 

VOX and Don't BE Afraid invite all community members to take part in this important movement. Ticket reservation is available by emailing Admission is by donation at the door, in support of The Youth Project and Don't BE Afraid. Please visit for more information. To learn more about The Youth Project, please visit

"We hope you will bring your friends and family to UKUTHULA on May 10th, in support of The Youth Project and Don't BE Afraid.  This event is going to be a truly moving experience, one that is not to be missed!"



Sunday, May 10, 2015
Shows at 2:30 and 7:00 pm
St. Matthew's United Church
1479 Barrington St, Halifax
Admission by donation
Promotional video is available at:

About VOX: A Choir for Social Change
VOX is a new choir for all music-lovers, musicians, and singers between the ages of 18 and 35 who want to create social change and promote a more accepting, loving society. Initiated by members of the Don't BE Afraid campaign, and led by conductors Scott Jones and Jack Bennet, VOX began singing together in November 2014. 

About Don’t BE Afraid: LGBTQ Awareness Society

Don't BE Afraid is a non-profit organization dedicated to dissolving the fear surrounding homosexuality and transsexuality. The organization and its supporters work to promote a deeper level of acceptance of all human beings through outreach, events, fundraising, and collaborative projects. 

About The Youth Project

The Youth Project is a non-profit, charitable organization that provides support, resources, education and social services to youth (25 and under) around the issues of sexual orientation and gender identity. We span the province and strive to make Nova Scotia a safer, happier, healthier place for LGBTQ youth, because we all deserve a safe place to belong. 
More on the YP: / @YouthProject_NS / 

About Scott Jones
Scott Jones is an LGBTQ activist based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. In October, 2013, Scott suffered a hateful attack that left him paralyzed from the waist down. He decided that a positive message needed to stem from this devastating situation, and in response, the Don’t BE Afraid campaign was born. 
Over the past year and a half, Jones has been the recipient of a Nova Scotia Human Rights Award, Nova Scotia Rainbow Action Project Community Hero Award and YMCA Peace Medal. 



Media is welcome to attend this event. Please email to confirm attendance if possible, so adequate space is reserved.