Steven Page Sings Hallelujah By Leonard Cohen at the State Funeral of Jack Layton - August 27, 2011

August 27, 2011 - Proud to be a Canadian!

This transplanted Canadian, living in Los Angeles, watched the live streaming of the entire State Funeral of The Hon. Jack Layton, Canadian New democratic Leader and Leader of Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition.

The funeral took place at Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, my home town.

It was a very moving tribute. I stood up when the National Anthem was sung.

I was proud to be a Canadian today.

Jack Layton's son Mike asked Steven Page to sing Hallelujah at the funeral.

Peter Mansbridge with the CBC commented that Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen was Jack Layton's favourite and Jack was listening to kd lang singing it while he drifted away.

The video below is from a live streaming transmission that I captured off my laptop screen.

The "Canadian Press" reports, the musician says it's "daunting" to be performing Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah," because it has been done so well many times before.
Page says he wouldn't have chosen the song himself, but that is what Layton's son Mike requested.

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