Toronto’s Ryerson Image Centre Canadian Mural Features Leonard Cohen, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Pierre Elliott Trudeau & Others

The following is from the Ryerson Image Centre Media Release:

In honour of Canada 150, the Ryerson Image Centre’s glass façade will feature a new mural of key figures who helped establish the country’s national identity through their endeavours, diversity and resilience. This historical panorama will include 14 portraits: Margaret Atwood, John Candy, Leonard Cohen, Viola Desmond, Chief Dan George, Wayne Gretzky, Yousuf Karsh, k.d. lang, Marshall McLuhan, Oscar Peterson, Mary Pickford, Buffy Sainte-Marie, David Suzuki, and Pierre Elliott Trudeau.

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I Can’t Forget – The 2012 Leonard Cohen Tour Probability Meter

Introduction: I Can’t Forget

While I myself am still considered a Lenny-come-lately, having become interested in Leonard Cohen’s work only 15 years ago, I’ve become aware that a huge number of folks have become devout fans after Leonard’s final concert – Auckland, December 21, 2013. It occurred to those individuals might be interested in how things were in Cohen World during those halcyon days of the 2008-2013 Tours.   Heck, even those who were lucky enough to qualify as Cohenites at the time might enjoy reliving the Golden Age Of Leonard. Today’s I Can’t Forget moment hearkens back to the time between the 2010 and 2012 Tours.

After the 2010 Leonard Cohen Tour ended, it was by no means certain that he would tour again.As fans wondered, speculated, shared rumors, read tea leaves … Jarkko Arjatsalo – webmaster of LeonardCohenForum and an extraordinarily nice guy – wisely counseled us, as he is wont to do, to “wait patiently” for an official announcement. Those who have followed Heck Of A Guy or its successor, Cohencentric, will have little difficulty recognizing that this site operates on a moderately different philosophy, to wit …

Those of you unfamiliar with LeonardCohenForum or 1HeckOfAGuy/Cohencentric will just have to trust me that the above cartoon is hilariously funny.

In any case, during 2011 and 2012,1HeckOfAGuy displayed my calculations on the prospects of a new tour in a dignified, quiet, almost subliminal manner, as described in the following entry posted Aug 3, 2011.

New Rumors Inspire New Graphics

A plethora of murmurs and mutterings  relevant to the possibility of a 2012 Leonard Cohen tour are being bruited about and have been reported to Heck Of A Guy headquarters. As is often the case, however, each of these enticing clues was proffered on the condition that the source would remain absolutely anonymous, i.e., not only can no names be listed for attribution but also no specifics, such as the venue of a planned concert, which could identify any of the sources, can be disclosed.

Confronted with a bounty of information, almost none of which can be printed, DrHGuy has opted for the classic solution employed by newspapers, periodicals, and professional journals facing this conundrum of information encumbered by restrictions  – if you can’t display solid evidence, evidence a solid display.

As a result, the Heck Of A Guy 2012 Leonard Cohen Tour Investigation now sports a strikingly flashy graphic – capable of indicating ambiguous judgements to an infinite degree of false precision – to indicate the likelihood that Leonard Cohen will perform a series of concerts next year.

Given that description, it will not surprise the astute viewer that the 2012 Leonard Cohen Tour Probability Level System, represented by the image atop this post, bears a close resemblance to the Homeland Security Advisory System (HSAS), which was phased out on April 27, 2011. As one might expect, Heck Of A Guy was able to purchase this no longer used (OK, this never ever used by anyone) government program, including its secret algorithms, equipment, and procedures as well as the graphic design, cheap.

The 2012 Leonard Cohen Tour Probability Meter Reading Derivation Process

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“I was suddenly taken seriously as a poet, when all I was really was a kind of stud – not a very successful one either” Leonard Cohen

I must have looked extremely absurd because I wrote all my poems to ladies thinking that was the way to approach them. Anyway,  for some reason or other, I put them all together in a book and I was suddenly taken seriously as a poet, when all I was really was a kind of stud – not a very successful one either, because the successful ones don’t have to write poems to make girls.quotedown2

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From Leonard Cohen by Ray Connolly. Evening Standard, July 1968

Signs Of Leonard Cohen: 2008 Big Chill Posters & Postcard

The first and second images are posters and the photos below are a post card given to audience members at earlier Leonard Cohen concerts. All advertise, some more prominently than others, the Leonard Cohen appearance at The Big Chill in Ledbury, UK on August 3, 2008.

Credit Due Department: Postcard views contributed by Dominique BOILE.

Note: Originally posted July 31, 2011 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric