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TORONTO, March 7, 2012 ---- March 12, 2012, marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Irving Layton, one of Canada's greatest poets. Authors at Harbourfront Centre (AUTHORS), in collaboration with the Irving Layton Estate, are thrilled to present the Irving Layton Centenary Celebration on Wednesday, March 14 as part of AUTHORS’ 38th season. More than a dozen participants will read from the large repertoire of one of Canada’s most respected and well-known poets and share a glimpse into the memories they have of the late writer.

Irving Layton was one of Canada’s most powerful, groundbreaking voices, and an important and influential writer whose distinguished career spanned almost 45 years. He was the recipient of numerous awards for his poetry and for his contribution to Canadian Literature, and was nominated twice for the Nobel Prize for Literature. Layton died in Montreal in January 2006. He was 93.

“Irving Layton was a part of our stage many times throughout his career. We are delighted to keep the memory of both him and his work alive as part of our overall commitment to poetry,” said Geoffrey E. Taylor, Director of AUTHORS.

Participants include Margaret Atwood, Barry Callaghan, Leonard Cohen (by video), Scott Griffin, Joe Kertes, Dennis Lee, Michael Mirolla, Jacob McArthur Mooney, Anna Porter (by video), Robert Priest, John Rammell, Julie Roorda, Rosemary Sullivan, Elizabeth Trott, Priscila Uppal, Fred Wah, and Moses Znaimer.

The Irving Layton Centenary Celebration at Harbourfront Centre honours the memory of one of Canada’s finest talents as part of celebrations happening across the country from Cape Breton to Vancouver Island. Celebrations are scheduled for the days surrounding Layton's birth in every major city in all ten provinces.

“My father would be pleased to see so many faces and distinct voices coming together to take part in events across the country to honour his legacy,” said Max Layton, Irving’s eldest son, who is co-ordinating the huge nation-wide event and who will host the AUTHORS event.

Tickets are $15 (regular) and $5 (members, students, youth 25 and under). For more information and to purchase tickets, the public may visit or call the Harbourfront Centre Box Office at 416-973-4000.

The list of cities taking part across the country includes: Goose Bay, Corner Brook, St. Johns, Charlottetown, Sydney, Halifax, Fredericton, St. John, Montreal, Ottawa, Kingston, Toronto (at Harbourfront), Niagara-on-the-Lake, Windsor, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Regina, Calgary, Edmonton, Whitehorse, Vancouver, Bowen Island, and Victoria. For a list of scheduled events and participants, please visit or go to the Irving Layton Centenary HUB page on Facebook.

Since its inception in 1974, Authors at Harbourfront Centre has hosted over 7,500 authors from more than 100 countries, including 18 Nobel Laureates. Our season runs from September to June and includes the annual International Festival of Authors (IFOA) (October 18–28, 2012), including YoungIFOA and IFOA Ontario; and the annual ALOUD: a Celebration for Young Readers with Forest of Reading® Festival of Trees™ (May 15–16, 2012). For more information visit

*Note: Leonard Cohen and Anna Porter will not be in attendance but will participate with a pre-recorded presentation.


Jennifer Asselin:; 416-973-4395
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