Toronto Harbourfront Event

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Hosted by Irving's eldest son, Max Layton, the evening consisted of reading Layton poems and sharing memories...

Featuring (in alphabetical order): Margaret Atwood, Barry Callaghan, Leonard Cohen*, Scott Griffin, PM Stephen Harper by letter, Joe Kertes, Dennis Lee, Michael Mirolla, Jacob Mooney, Anna Porter*, Robert Priest, Julie Roorda, Rosemary Sullivan, Priscila Uppal, Fred Wah, and Moses Znaimer.
(*Leonard Cohen and Anna Porter participated by videos made specially to honour this occasion)


Part 1 of 6: (feat. Max Layton, Barry Callaghan)

Part 2 of 6: (feat. Rosemary Sullivan, Michael Mirolla, Joe Kertes)

Part 3 of 6: (feat. Margaret Atwood, Moses Znaimer, Scott Griffin)

Part 4 of 6: (feat. PM Stephen Harper, Anna Porter, Jacob Mooney)

Part 5 of 6: (feat. Julie Roorda, Dennis Lee, Priscila Uppal)

Part 6 of 6: (feat. Robert Priest, Fred Wah, Leonard Cohen)

Elizabeth Trott and John Rammell gave us a dramatic reading of 'An Unlikely Affair' - letters between Irving and his long-time friend and fellow-poet Dorothy Rath. Due to on-site sound issues, the Audio recording of this evening's reading is unavailable to us. However, here is a recording of the reading performed by John Rammell with Ann Elizabeth Carson on May 12, 2011 at Old Town ARTbeat: