The Cohen Family Presents Tower Of Song: A Memorial Tribute To Leonard Cohen





Update: The most recent official update on all the events of Montreal’s Week of Celebration of Leonard Cohen – with added links to more information

 (New York, NY – Sept. 18, 2017) – The family of Leonard Cohen invites fans from around the world to join them, along with renowned musicians, the Prime Minister of Canada and the Premier of Quebec in celebrating Cohen’s legacy for Tower of Song: A Memorial Tribute to Leonard Cohen at the Bell Centre in Montreal on Nov. 6, 2017. Tickets go on sale Saturday, Sept. 23 at

Participating artists include Elvis Costello, Lana Del Rey, Feist, Philip Glass, k.d. lang, The Lumineers’ Wesley Schultz and Jeremiah Fraites, Damien Rice, Sting, Patrick Watson, and Adam Cohen, who is also co-producing the event. Additional artists, as well as actors paying homage through spoken word performances, will be announced soon.

“My father left me with a list of instructions before he passed: ‘Put me in a pine box next to my mother and father. Have a small memorial for close friends and family in Los Angeles…and if you want a public event do it in Montreal,’” said singer-songwriter Adam Cohen “I see this concert as a fulfillment of my duties to my father that we gather in Montreal to ring the bells that still can ring.”

Noted record and concert producer Hal Willner serves as producer of the event, which will be co-promoted by Evenko, Rubin Fogel Productions and Live Nation/Robomagic.  Emmy nominated and Golden Globe winning director Jack Bender (Game of Thrones, Lost, The Sopranos, Mr. Mercedes, etc.) will film the event for an upcoming special.

“Leonard Cohen is a literary and musical icon of word-craft,” said Hal Willner. “On the first anniversary of his passing, we will endeavor to present a tribute to an artist who is universally acknowledged as one of the great poets and songwriters of all time.”

The event will benefit the Canada Council for the Arts, the Council of Arts and Letters of Quebec, and the Montreal Arts Council.

“Proceeds from the event will be shared by several of Canada’s arts organizations in an effort to continue the legacy of great works,” said Robert Kory and Michelle Rice, Leonard’s managers. “In fact, Leonard often mentioned the Arts Councils, whom he credited as providing essential support in the early days of his career.”

Tower of Song will mark the first anniversary of Leonard’s passing and commence a week of celebrations honoring Cohen in Montreal. As previously announced, the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal’s new exhibit, “Leonard Cohen: Une brèche en toute chose / A Crack in Everything,” will open to the public November 9. The exhibit was approved by the late songwriter before his passing and will celebrate Cohen’s life and work.

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Hear Leonard Cohen Recite Al Purdy’s “Necropsy of Love”



From the YouTube Description:

In this clip from “Al Purdy Was Here,” a 2015 documentary feature by Brian D. Johnson, Leonard Cohen reads “Necropsy of Love,” by Canadian poet Al Purdy (1918-2000). Cohen and Purdy met in 1950s Montreal. The scene is shot in the graveyard near Purdy’s home in Ameliasburg, Ontario.

Also see How Leonard Cohen’s “amazing reading” of Necropsy of Love in Al Purdy Was Here came about

Credit Due Department: Thanks to Jo Meul, who alerted me to this video

“When the heart shuts down, the whole system goes into a kind of despair that is intolerable.” Leonard Cohen


From Leonard Cohen Interviewed by Anjelica Huston. Interview magazine: November, 1995. Accessed at Remembering Leonard Cohen by Anjelica Huston (Interview: Nov 11, 2016). Photography Dana Lixenberg. Content originally posted May 18, 2014 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric.

“[Love] is the only redeeming possibility for human beings” Leonard Cohen



I think love lasts. I think it’s the nature of love to last. I think it’s eternal, but I think we don’t know what to do with it much of the time. Because of its eternal and powerful and mysterious qualities, our panicked responses to it are inappropriate and often tragic. But the thing itself, when it can be appropriately assimilated into the landscape of panic, is the only redeeming possibility for human beings.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen


From Leonard Cohen Interviewed by Anjelica Huston. Interview magazine: November, 1995. Originally posted May 18, 2014 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Best Videos Of 2012 Leonard Cohen Tour: If It Be Your Will, Featuring The Webb Sisters – Paris


ifitIf it be your will
That I speak no more
And my voice be still
As it was before
I will speak no more
I shall abide until
I am spoken for
If it be your will

Best 2012 Leonard Cohen Videos: features selections from the Best Of 2012 Leonard Cohen Tour Video Setlist, which comprises the best available video of each of the songs performed during the 2012 Leonard Cohen World Tour.

Webb Sisters – If It Be Your Will
Paris: Sept 20, 2012
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Tuning Up For Leonard Cohen’s Birthday: Happy Birthday Videos From Bucharest, Barcelona, & Amsterdam Concerts



Leonard Cohen’s impending 81st birthday (Sept 21, 2015) offers an opportunity to take another look at past celebrations.

Happy Birthday Leonard Cohen
Barcelona: Sept 23, 2009
Video by albertnoonan

Leonard Cohen – Happy Birthday & Tower Of Song
Amsterdam: Sept 20, 2013
Video by Adi Golani

Leonard Cohen – 74th Anniversary
Bucharest: Sept 21, 2008
Video by omul ilizibil

“I never met a woman until I was 65” Leonard Cohen Explains; Anjani Follows Up


Everything changes as you get older. I never met a woman until I was 65. Instead, I saw all kinds of miracles in front of me … [I] always appreciated what they could do for me … [but saw them through my own] urgent needs and desires. Once that started to dissolve, I began to see the woman standing there.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen

And I was the one standing there when that idea occurred to him.quotedown2

Anjani Thomas


Cohen’s Age Of Reason by Christine Langlois (Zoomer: Sept 6, 2006)

Signs Of Leonard Cohen: 2013 New York Radio City Music Hall Concert Electronic Promotion


Mandy MacLeod offers this shot of a Radio City Music Hall electronic promotion  for the April 6 & 7, 2013 Leonard Cohen concerts held at that venue. Originally posted April 5, 2013 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“I find a broadening of desire, if anything, as you get older” Leonard Cohen

Sexual thoughts are supposed to come regularly once every six seconds. Whatever the statistic was, I wasn’t exempt from it, and am still not. I find a broadening of desire, if anything, as you get older.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen


From Cohen Heads Back to The Future by Spencer Bright. London Daily Mail: December 11, 1992. Originally posted Jan 15, 2014 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“Nine Cohen songs no self-respecting iPod should be without” – Tim de Lisle’s Leonard Cohen Playlist (2014)

The Playlist: Leonard Cohen by Tim de Lisle1  (Intelligent Life,2 Summer 2008) offers “nine Cohen songs no self-respecting iPod3 should be without.” I’ve excerpted three selections as a teaser; the entire list is available at the link.

  • Susanne (Songs of Leonard Cohen, 1967) Cohen announces himself with an educated folk song. Suzanne serves tea and oranges, and Leonard touches her perfect body with his mind–a phrase which almost makes ogling respectable. Jesus puts in an appearance too, the first of many.
  • Chelsea Hotel No 2 (New Skin for the Old Ceremony, 1974) A stylish kiss-and-tell about a fling with Janis Joplin. “You told me again / You preferred handsome men / But for me you would make an exception.” The gentleman in him regretted it, but the showman went on performing it.
  • Alexandra Leaving (Ten New Songs, 2001)After a long spell as a Buddhist monk, Cohen returned with renewed elegance. This stately ballad, adapted from the poet Cavafy, was one of John Cale’s “Desert Island Discs”.

Note: Originally posted Aug 23, 2014 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric


  1. Tim De Lisle is the Editor of Intelligent Life but probably best known by Cohen fans for his classic article, Who held a gun to Leonard Cohen’s head? (The Guardian: Sept 16, 2004) []
  2. Intelligent Life is the lifestyle-oriented sibling publication of The Economist []
  3. OK, “self-respecting iPod” has become an oxymoron in 2017; the playlist notion is still valid []

“I really loved thinking about him celebrating this new journey by dancing around in the clouds and … playing around with all the weird and cool stuff you could probably do, once you ‘cross over’ into another plane.” Christopher Mills On Making The Leonard Cohen-Leaving the Table Video

“I really loved thinking about him celebrating this new journey by dancing around in the clouds, and visiting his old haunts, playing around with all the weird and cool stuff you could probably do, once you ‘cross over’ into another plane. It just kind of made me warm inside to take this song, which could be about passing on to another place, and figuring out what it could look like in a world of lightness, new adventures, and whatever great memory you could come up with. I mean – I’d watch that channel…”

Watch Leonard Cohen’s Posthumous Music Video ‘Leaving The Table’ by Karen Bliss (Billboard: 9/19/2017) offers information about the making of the Leonard Cohen – Leaving the Table video that premiered at the Sept 18, 2017 Polaris Music Prize Gala.