Leonard Cohen Montreal Mural Alternative Version: I’m Your Man

As noted at Leonard Cohen Mural To Be Created At 1420 Crescent St, Montreal, the graphic in the unveiled model (see below) does not show the actual image of Leonard Cohen that will be depicted in the mural. And, it seemed to me that the sample offered was – well, a tad bland. Naturally, I felt obligated to offer more compelling alternatives. If, for example, Montreal wanted it darker, the Leonard Cohen Montreal Mural Alternative Version: You Want It Darker might work. Of course, Montreal has long claimed Leonard as Our Man, so perhaps the image atop this post might be appropriate.

Update: Montreal Mural Alternatives:

Leonard Cohen Montreal Mural Alternative Version: You Want It Darker

As noted at Leonard Cohen Mural To Be Created At 1420 Crescent St, Montreal, the graphic in the unveiled model (see below) does not show the actual image of Leonard Cohen that will be depicted in the mural. And, it seemed to me that the sample offered was – well, a tad bland. Naturally, I felt obligated to offer more compelling alternatives. If, for example, Montreal wanted it darker, the image atop this post might be ideal.

Update: Montreal Mural Alternatives:

Leonard Cohen Mural To Be Created At 1420 Crescent St, Montreal

Not The Final Version,
Not The Only Leonard Cohen Montreal Mural

As this excerpt [via Google Translate] from Une image du projet de murale en hommage à Leonard Cohen dévoilée (TVA Bouvelles: June 12, 2017) indicates, the model in the above graphic does not show the actual image of Leonard Cohen that will be depicted in the mural

A first image of what the mural that will be created in honor of the late Montreal singer Leonard Cohen could be unveiled in the City’s documents. The mural, however, will be different from the picture and will instead be based on a photo that will be provided by Mr. Cohen’s family. The mural will be made by the MU on the building located at 1420 Crescent Street, in the downtown area, and will be visible from Mount Royal viewpoint. The project will cost $300,000. The greater part of this amount will be borne by the City of Montreal, or $200,000.

And, this is not the only Leonard Cohen mural going up in Montreal. According to Leonard Cohen looms large at Montreal’s Mural International Public Art Festival by Bill Brownstein (Montreal Gazette: June 9, 2017), there will also be a

nine-storey-high likeness of Leonard Cohen on the south façade of the Cooper Building on St-Laurent Blvd. – just a few hundred metres from where the poet/troubadour had lived for so many years. The Cohen tribute, expected to be complete by the end of the month, is the centrepiece of the fifth Mural International Public Art Festival, which was launched Thursday and will feature works

Update: Montreal Mural Alternatives:

Mural Honoring Leonard Cohen To Be Painted On 20-Story Building On Crescent St, Montreal

A mural in homage to singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen will be painted on the façade of a 20-storey building on Crescent Street, just north of Sainte-Catherine Street in the Ville-Marie borough, The press reported.

Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre confirmed the news this morning on Twitter, by posting a photo of the building. “This magnificent downtown wall will become a magnificent 8500 sq. Ft. Mural by Leonard Cohen next September,” he wrote. The City must now approve funding for this $200,000 project.

Mayor Coderre promised to pay tribute to the Montreal artist, who died on November 7 at the age of 82. Although Leonard Cohen used to live in the Plateau-Mont-Royal borough, where he owned a house opposite the Portuguese park, the City chose to paint a mural of the city center.

…This magnificent city wall will become a magnificent 8500 sq. Ft. Mural by Leonard Cohen by September next

From Une murale en hommage à Leonard Cohen by Jean Siag (La Presse: April 11, 2017) via Google Translate

Video From Reimagined New Skin for the Old Ceremony: Leonard Cohen’s “There Is A War”

thereiswaLinda Sturgess discovered the video of Leonard Cohen’s “There Is A War” commissioned in 2010 by Lorca Cohen and Darin Klein as part of a reimagined version of Leonard Cohen’s 1974 album New Skin for the Old Ceremony. For more about this project, see Reimagined New Skin for the Old Ceremony Opens At MoMA April 14, 2011

There Is a War – Leonard Cohen
Music video by Lily Lanken and Sylvan Lanken.
Video uploaded by sylvan lanken

Note: Originally posted June 10, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Video: MAC and Jenny Holzer To Illuminate Montreal’s Silo No 5 With Leonard Cohen’s Words

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The official press release from the MAC follows:

Montréal, January 18, 2017 – The MAC is pleased to announce the participation of world-renowned visual artist Jenny Holzer in the Leonard Cohen – Une brèche en toute chose / A Crack in Everything exhibition. The Musée also unveils a new partnership with CBC / Radio-Canada that will offer visitors a rich and innovative experience. By working together, the two organizations will celebrate Leonard Cohen’s body of work while extending and broadening the reach of the exhibition, which is presented as part of the official program of the festivities for Montréal’s 375th anniversary.

First visual artist announced

Jenny Holzer is the first visual artist to be announced by the MAC for the Leonard Cohen exhibition. She will join the ranks of the previously announced musicians, namely Lou Doillon, Jean Leloup and Ariane Moffatt. The eagerly awaited exhibition is co-curated by John Zeppetelli and Victor Shiffman as part of the official programming for Montréal’s 375th anniversary. Created exclusively for the MAC, the exhibit will offer the public a collection of brand-new works commissioned from and created by some 25 local and international artists from various disciplines such as the visual arts, performance art, music, the written word and film.

Silo No. 5 illuminated in Leonard Cohen’s honour

Video Of “The First Images Of The Projections”
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Hear “Gold” Movie Title Track, Crafted By Iggy Pop & Danger Mouse As “A Leonard Cohen Kind Of Thing”

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“The song needed a singer who was more conversational and more subtle and so I immediately thought of a delivery of something like a Leonard Cohen kind of thing,” he explains. Tellingly, Pop came around to the same idea before Danger Mouse could explain it himself.

From Iggy Pop And Danger Mouse Strike ‘Gold’ With Daniel Pemberton’s Avante-Garde Score For McConaughey Thriller by Matt Grobar (Deadline: January 3, 2017)

Iggy Pop and Leonard Cohen did hang out together on occasion. More posts about the two of them can be found at

Iggy Pop – Gold
Produced by: Danger Mouse
From the “Gold” Motion Picture Soundtrack

Leonard Cohen Featured At Daily Illustration And Inspiration