Sunday, March 11, 2012. 6:30 pm
Leonard Cohen once said of Irving Layton: “I taught him how to dress and he taught me how to live forever.” And in his centenary year, Layton and his poetry continue to live on. This March, Irving Layton would have turned 100. To commemorate this milestone, Poetry Quebec is spearheading the readings, parties, performances and toasts now being organized from coast to coast to coast.
The Montreal evening will feature musical and theatrical presentations, reminiscences by those who knew him and a ceremonial reading of Layton’s work by the literary Who’s Who of Montreal: Mark Abley, Jason Camlot, Anne Cimon, Mary di Michele, Gabe Foreman, Catherine Kidd, Steve Luxton, Carolyn Marie Souaid, Guy Sprung, and Gillian Sze. Among those who will be making special guest appearances are Tyrone Benskin, NDP MP and the Official Opposition Critic for Canadian Heritage; Moses Znaimer, CEO of Zoomer Media Inc. and a former student of Layton; Anna Pottier, Layton’s last wife; and Poet Laureate of Montreal, Claude Beausoleil.
Concordia University’s J.A. de Sève Cinema, J.W. McConnell Building, 1400 de Maisonneuve West
The evening is free but seating is limited.