Jack Layton



Letter to a Nation

Raffi Releases "Letter to a Nation"
Inspired by Jack Layton (1950 - 2011)

Like so many Canadians across the country and across party lines,  Raffi was deeply saddened by the  loss of Canadian New Democratic Party leader Jack Layton.

“In his last letter to Canadians, Jack Layton expressed a spirit of cooperation and positivity that resonated strongly with me and with many Canadians. This message was so widely shared immediately after his passing, I wanted to capture its wisdom in song to help us remember,” says Raffi, who in recent years has written songs inspired by the likes of Nelson Mandela, Jane Goodall, and the Dalai Lama.

“Layton’s last words gave Canada a historic moment. His message of love, hope, and optimism transcend politics—these are enduring values for young and old to embrace.”

Raffi recorded “Letter To A Nation” on Salt Spring Island where he lives, after sharing the song demo with Olivia Chow (Layton’s wife) who gave the song her blessing and expressed her support for its sharing.

"This song really touched me, as I'm sure it will touch countless people.  Jack believed so deeply in the ability of young people to change the world. I hope today's children are as inspired by this song and by Jack's legacy."
                                                                                           Olivia Chow, MP

Click to download the recording

Download lyrics, sheet music for piano (with guitar chords).

Watch Raffi sing this beautiful song at Layton-Chow's house, playing one of Jack's guitars!




Raffi ~ guitar & vocals  /  Patrick Godfrey ~ piano
Sharon Stanis ~  violin  /  Eliza Moat ~ supporting vocal
Vocal chorus ~  Jack Woodward, Glenda Woodward,
Alisa Stanton, Blaise Selby, Eliza Moat

Recorded by Ken Burke and Patrick Godfrey
Produced by Raffi on Salt Spring Island
© 2011 Troubadour Music

Raffi produced “Letter To A Nation” on Salt Spring Island where he lives. The recording blends Raffi’s acoustic guitar with piano (Patrick Godfrey), violin (Sharon Stanis) & orchestral sounds. His local friends form a vocal chorus featuring 14 year old Eliza Moat, a student at Salt Spring Secondary School.


On a sidewalk in Ottawa



Eliza Moat

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