5 Concerts / 5 Albums: MAC Presents A Leonard Cohen Concert Series

As part of the November 9, 2017 – April 9, 2018 Leonard Cohen Une brèche en toute chose / A Crack in Everything exhibition, the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal will offer five concert, each featuring Montreal musicians performing a Cohen album in its entirety, in an intimate setting at la Salle Gesù.

Concert Series

I’m Your Man: Nov 30, 2017, 8:30 p.m.
Little Scream
Martha Wainwright
Thus Owls

New Skin For The Old Ceremony: Dec 14, 2017, 8:30 p.m.
Pierre Kwenders
Katie Moore

Songs From A Room: Jan 18, 2018, 8:30 p.m.
Marie-Pierre Arthur
Laura Sauvage

The Future: Feb 15, 2018, 8:30 p.m.
Dear Criminals
Un Blonde

Songs Of Leonard Cohen : March 28, 2018, 8:30 p.m.
Cœur De Pirate
Ariane Moffatt

More information, including access to tickets is available at


Thanks to Mimi Lela, who alerted me to this event and who took the photo atop this post

Leonard Cohen Employs Sergio Leone, Motown, Bubble Gum For A “Different Twist” On First We Take Manhattan

Without that Sergio Leone-Eastwood track it would have been truly demented geopolitical fantasy. But with that soundtrack and with the Motown chorus veering over to bubble gum, you get a different twist on the thingquotedown2

Leonard Cohen

Folk-Rock’s Poet Laureate Returns By Jeff Bradley. AP story, printed in Times Daily – Sept 3, 1988. Originally posted Nov 13, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen’s 2010 Back Injury & Sharon Robinson’s Sick Leave

76 Year Old, Post-Back Injury Canadian Icon, Leonard Cohen, Sprints Onto Stage

Posting the above heading and photo, taken by J..S. Carenza III at Tui Arena in Hannover, Germany Sept 27, 2010, elicited two medical questions from fans.

1. What back injury?

In Feb 2010, Leonard Cohen, who was scheduled to perform a European tour in March, announced that as a result of a compression injury in his lower back he suffered while exercising, those shows would be delayed by six months while he underwent a four to six month course of physical therapy recommended by his physicians.

Cohen’s manager Robert Kory issued this statement:

Doctors have confirmed that Mr Cohen is otherwise in terrific shape, thanks to years of exercise and careful diet, and simply needs appropriate time to recover from the lower back injury.

At that point, Mr. Cohen has played 191 sold out shows around the world since his return to the stage in May 2008.

2. Where is Sharon Robinson?

Sharon Robinson is indeed absent from the photo. Flu symptoms and an ear infection caused her to miss the last concerts of the recently completed European leg of the Tour and, resulted in her early return home to recuperate. In Sept 2010, Sharon, who was MIA from the Caen, France concert, wrote me that

I’ve come down with the flu. I’m hoping to be back on stage very soon.

On September 25, 2010, J.S. Carenza posted

Morning in Paris. Seeing Sharon off to to the airport. Then back on the train to Lille for load-in. [emphasis min]

I asked Hattie Webb about dealing with Sharon’s absence. She wrote

There are some adjustments on the vocals, a shift of parts and arrangements.  Focusing on keeping our two voices in close harmony in 3rds versus having spaces of fifths and sixths.

We miss Sharon every concert and look forward to being back together as a three for New Zealand.

On Sept 29, 2010, Sharon Robinson posted this on her Facebook page:

Hi Friends,

Many people have inquired about my absence from the concerts. Basically, a stubborn flu turned into an ear infection. Nothing terribly serious, but enough to cause me quite a bit of difficulty in doing the show. I was unable to resolve it on the road, so we thought it best that I take a break, get the proper care at home, and re-join the tour for the next leg.

My sincere thanks to everyone who has expressed their concern and sent their good wishes. I’m already feeling better and can’t wait to get back out there! See you in New Zealand!2


Then, on October 26, 2010, J..S. Carenza III  posted this photo (I superimposed the yellow oval) showing Sharon Robinson returning to her place, alongside the Webb Sisters, backing up Leonard Cohen as the Unified Heart Touring Company prepares for the October 28 Auckland concert.

The caption follows:

Rehearsal day one and the band’s all here.


Leonard Cohen Back Injury References:

“The background from which I come doesn’t let family slide no matter how flipped out you are.” Leonard Cohen

I came from a tradition in which family is very important, and I try to be the best father I can. It wasn’t merely a philosophical choice that I go to work every day: I had to make a buck over the years. The background from which I come doesn’t let family slide no matter how flipped out you are.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen

Photo: From left – Adam Cohen, his mother Suzanne Elrod, his father Leonard Cohen & Leonard’s mother Masha Cohen (Montreal 1972) . Posted Feb 13, 2014 by Adam Cohen at Leonard Cohen Facebook page

Quotation from Maverick Spirit: Leonard Cohen by Jim O’Brien. B-Side Magazine: August/September 1993. Originally posted Dec 30, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Photos: Leonard Cohen Montreal Crescent Street Mural Artist At Work

Marie M alerts us to these impressive photos of work done at night on the Crescent Street Montreal mural by “Miles Mac and Gene Pendon with the assistance of Arno GL and many young assistants-Muralistes.” More information at MU Facebook Page.

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