Star-studded lineup announced for “Celebrating the Layton Legacy” event Sarah Harmer, William Prince, Julian Taylor to be included in August 22 event

TORONTO – On what would have been Jack Layton’s 71st birthday, Mike Layton visited his father’s statue and announced a number of the artists and special guests that will take part in the Layton Legacy celebration on August 22.

“Before his passing, Jack wrote a letter that inspired people across Canada. He offered us hope at a time of great sadness and reminded us, no matter the challenges we face, if we face them together, we can make real, tangible, positive change,” said Mike Layton, Jack’s son and Toronto City Councillor. “Almost 10 years on, Jack’s message of love, hope and optimism is as important as ever—and that’s what this celebration is all about.”

While the list of passionate advocates, talented artists and special guests continues to grow, Mike Layton released a lineup that includes:

  • Steven Page
  • Julian Taylor
  • Asmaa Hussein
  • Stephane Moraille
  • Sarah Harmer
  • Tim Baker
  • Thomas King
  • Raffi
  • Rupi Kaur
  • William Prince
  • Donovan Woods
  • David Suzuki

“I’m so excited to announce the musicians, poets, authors, and activists who are participating. Jack loved music, and he would have been thrilled by this amazing lineup,” said Layton. “With a little over a month to go, the list keeps growing, and it’s looking better and better. I invite everyone from across the country to join us on August 22.”

“Love, hope and optimism – Celebrating the Layton Legacy” will be broadcast online on August 22, the tenth anniversary of Jack’s passing. The event will celebrate Jack's life and activism—and recognize people across Canada who are keeping his legacy of love, hope, and optimism alive.

In addition to performing, Canadian Music Hall of Fame member Steven Page, who performed at the celebration of Jack’s life in 2011, is providing artistic direction for this event.


About the Layton Legacy:

By bringing people together, sharing stories and supporting activism and academics in the pursuit of social justice and reconciliation, the Layton Legacy celebrates Jack Layton’s message of love, hope and optimism and everyone who is committed to building the better world Jack helped us believe is possible.

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