A final celebration

by Aaron Wherry

The NDP has released the full details of Saturday’s “celebration of life” in honour of Jack Layton. The public visitation at city hall in Toronto will conclude at 11am Saturday morning. The procession to Roy Thomson Hall will begin at approximately 1:15pm, followed by the service at 2pm, with an overflow area outside Roy Thomson Hall and four video screens set up in David Pecaut Square, to the west of the hall.

The service will proceed as follows.

Samuel Barber, Adagio for Strings G.F. Handel, Pifa from Messiah
Members of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra

Into the Mystic – Van Morrison
Richard Underhill 

Magnificat - J.S. Bach
Richard Underhill 

Processional
The Choir of the Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto 

O Canada
Joy Klopp 

Aboriginal Blessing
Shawn Atleo 

Welcome / Bienvenue
Rev. Brent Hawkes

Anne McGrath 

Philippians 2
Nycole Turmel 

Isaiah 57-5
Myer Siemiatycki

Qu’ran 2:153
Tasleem Riaz 

Croire
Martin Deschamps 

Video
“Together, we’ll change the world” 

Eulogy
Stephen Lewis

Karl Belanger
Mike and Sarah Layton 

Hallelujah
Steven Page 

Homily
Rev. Brent Hawkes 

Rise Up
Lorraine Segato

Benediction
Rev. Brent Hawkes 

Get Together
Julie Michels 

Hymn to Freedom
Chris Dawes

In keeping with Layton’s wishes, the program ends with a chance for those assembled to write down something they will do to make our world a better place.

A final celebration

  1. The Qur’an should be spelled with the apostrophe after the r, when transliterated. A quick Google search would have helped. I’m not even Muslim!

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