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Pipers are tuning up behind city hall for the procession from city hall to Thomson Hall.
Invited guests are filing in. The NDP's Brian Topp gave many hugs outside Roy Thomson Hall, and is making his way toward the main doors. NDP MPs are walking the barriers, speaking to the crowds.
The invited guests are filing into Roy Thomson Hall. Many hugs are offered on the way. NDP MPs are walking the barriers, speaking to the crowds.
Big crowd gathering at city hall, getting read to march to Thomson Hall with Layton's casket.
Bob Rae, interim Liberal Leader, has arrived outside Roy Thomson Hall.
The crowds preparing to watch on overflow screens at David Pecaut Square aren't huge yet. Perhaps 125 people so far. But many of them are decked in orange.
There's still a lineup of well over 100 people standing in a rush line, hoping for a seat inside the hall. "We are going to get in," one woman says optimistically.
Stephane Dion is here, chatting politely with the crowds.
In a show of party unity, Liberal MP Denis Coderre is wearing an orange tie today. Mr. Layton wanted this event to be non-partisan.
Outside the hall, City Councillor Adam Vaughan remarks that in the lineups coming in "you see folks that have been on the front lines of a lot of fights, of a lot of change in this city." Says Layton delivered change when people thought change was impossible.
Stephane Dion looks around at the crowds outside Roy Thomson and says, "I'm not surprised because I know how much Jack touched the people."
People are watching from the green roof of city hall, and the ramp leading up to it, to catch a glimpse of Layton's casket when it emerges for the trip to the funeral.
Heritage Minister James Moore, whose department led the organization of today's state funeral, has arrived outside Roy Thomson Hall.
'Because of you I have been changed forever' - message on the city hall ramp, beside a drawing of a Laytonian mustache.
The bells of Old City Hall chime 1. Layton's casket should emerge any minute from the new city hall next door.
Here's a recap of the timetable for the Layton funeral today:
8 a.m. ET: Bracelets handed out to about the first 600 people in line hoping to attend Jack Layton’s state funeral, on King Street West outside Roy Thomson Hall.
9 a.m. to 11 a.m. ET: The last two hours for mourners to visit Mr. Layton as he lies in state at Toronto City Hall.
Noon ET: Bracelet holders may proceed inside the hall, to their assigned seats.
Noon to 5 p.m. ET: Roads will be closed in the downtown area between Bay and John streets to the east and west, Queen and Wellington streets to the north and south.
About 1 p.m. ET: A cortege will leave City Hall moving west on Queen Street, south on University Avenue, west onto King Street West and south on Simcoe Street.
2 p.m. ET: The funeral begins. David Pecaut Square and the Barbara Frum Atrium in the CBC Broadcast Centre will be used for overflow.
Lots of orange in today's crowd: T-shirts, dresses, backpacks, parasols, bags.
Chalk message at city hall: 'We will keep on fighting: cancer - injustice - for our country - for the Earth - for love and hope'
Bagpipes skirl and applause breaks out as Layton's casket is carried toward waiting hearse.
Whoops and cheers along with clapping as an honour guard puts the casket into the hearse.
Lots of families here - moms and dads bringing kids to see the great event and learn.
More applause as the hearse moves away escorted by police guard.
Crowds stream to Queen St to follow Layton procession, passing a statue of that great reactionary Winston Churchill.
Olivia Chow and Mike and Sarah Layton follow the hearse on foot.
A bird's eye view shows crowds streaming along Queen St. beside the funeral procession, following the hearse.
Huge crowds gathered at Queen and University begin to follow the procession down University Ave.
Outside Roy Thomson Hall, observer Yolanta Franchi of Burlington has found high ground to watch the procession arrive. Raised in an NDP family, she went to the visitation yesterday but felt she had to come back. "We have a lot of grief in our family over this," she says, sporting an orange Thank You Jack t-shirt. "It's just not fair."
It is quite a spectacle to see all these hundreds pouring south along University, minus all the bristling cops who were here for G20.
A bike mob with tinkling bells follows the Layton procession.
Olivia Chow arrived at Roy Thomson Hall on foot in the procession. She is wearing a simple black dress and orange necklace, her face grave.
Such a festive, happy mood in this rainbow crowd - surely just what Happy Jack would have wanted.
Jack Layton's casket is slowly lowered onto a gurney outside Roy Thomson Hall, and ushered through the main doors. Olivia Chow and family follow behind with slow steps.