TORONTO - One year after Jack Layton’s passing, his message of love, hope and optimism will once again fill Nathan Phillips Square in a celebration of Layton’s life and the unforgettable mark he left on Canada.
On Wednesday, August 22, the Layton family, together with the Broadbent Institute, will remember Jack with music and words, as hundreds of images and messages from Canadians will be displayed in the public square.
“I look forward to joining my family and friends to celebrate Jack's legacy,” said Olivia Chow. “Jack's letter to Canadians inspired many, but it was also a call to action for working together to create a better Canada.”
Over the last four weeks, the DearJack.ca initiative has gathered messages from Canadians sharing the ways in which Layton inspired them.
“The outpouring of support that we have received as a family over the past 12 months and recently on dearjack.ca has given us new-found hope and optimism – all things that my dad wanted so badly for the country,” said Mike Layton.
Like the online component of the initiative, Dear Jack: A Celebration will celebrate the collective efforts of Canadians working to build a more progressive country for future generations. Scheduled performers include:
- Jason Collett, songwriter, storyteller & musician
- Ron Sexsmith, Juno-award winning singer-songwriter
- Lorraine Segato, singer-songwriter, Parachute Club
- Raffi, singer
- Eric Peterson of Corner Gas, Gemini-winner
- Wendy Crewson, actress and producer
- Richard Underhill, of the Shuffle Demons, Juno-award winner
- Chalkmaster Dave, Toronto-based street artist
- and other SURPRISE PERFORMANCES
“Not only did Jack inspire people on a personal level, he helped them to believe in a more loving, more hopeful Canada. This celebration will be an amazing tribute,” said Kathleen Monk, Executive Director of the Broadbent Institute.
Across the country, other events will be hosted in Jack’s honour. A full line-up can be found on the Dear Jack Facebook page ((http://www.facebook.com/dearcherjack)).
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