March 12, 2012, marked the 100th anniversary of the birth of one of Canada’s greatest poets. Canadians from Cape Breton to Vancouver Island joined in celebrating Irving Layton. Never before in Canadian history has this country united to honour the life and work of one of its poets, but on this occasion gatherings organized across Canada, and internationally, paid tribute to Irving’s impressive impact as a poet, teacher, and human being. Favourite poems were read aloud and reminiscences shared among the many whose hearts, minds, and lives have been moved by the powerful spirit that was, and will always be, Irving Layton.
Watch videos of Leonard Cohen, Margaret Atwood, and others in the culminating Event at Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre HERE.
Irving Layton passed away at the age of 93 on January 4th, 2006. His literary legacy is eternal…
The dedication ceremony of Irving Layton Ave., in Montreal, Quebec, took place on May 6, 2007.
Listen below to the Memorial Event proceedings held on June 21, 2006 at Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre: