Vernissage Of Leonard Cohen: Rituels d’absence | Rituals of Absence – Museum of Jewish Montreal, Sept 28, 2017

The Museum of Jewish Montreal is excited to announce the vernissage to launch our year-long exhibit series, Rituals//Fragments at the Museum on Thursday, September 28 at 7:30 PM.

From the Facebook Event Page, which offers more information as well

Thanks to Manon-Alexandrine Robitaille & Mimi Lela, who alerted me to this event.

“[Hal Willner] was … preparing a memorial for Leonard Cohen in Montreal in November.” New York Times

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The heading of this post is from the penultimate paragraph of Hal Willner’s Vanishing, Weird New York by John Leland (New York Times: Sept. 8, 2017),1 a piece about Hal Willner, whose long list of accomplishments includes a series of  Leonard Cohen tribute concerts, beginning with Came So Far For Beauty – An Evening of Leonard Cohen Songs commissioned in 2003 by the Celebrate Brooklyn Performing Arts Festival. The 2005 show at the Sydney Opera House was featured in the I’m Your Man documentary, Came So Far For Beauty, Dublin in 2006 featured, among others, Lou Reed, Anjani, Antony, Laurie Anderson, Perla Batalla, Nick Cave, Julie Christensen, Jarvis Cocker, David Coulter, The Handsome Family, Mary Margaret O’Hara, Beth Orton, and Teddy Thompson.

In 1992, Willner featured Leonard reading a Mingus poem on the Weird Nightmare album. And he was responsible for the Leonard Cohen & Sonny Rollins “collaboration-collision” (his felicitous phrase to describe this matchup of musical giants), backed by Perla Batalla, Julie Christensen, and Was (Not Was), performing Who By Fire on Feb 13, 1989 episode of Night Music.

Willner also organized the tribute at New York’s Lincoln Center and the four-hour listening party outside on downtown Los Angeles’s Music Center Plaza following Leonard’s death.

Also see Montreal’s Leonard Cohen Week Begins Nov 5, 2017 – Major Musical Event Scheduled Nov 6, 2017

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  1. The full sentence follows: “He  was finishing the T. Rex album, preparing a memorial for Leonard Cohen in Montreal in November []

Looking For The Best Song Referencing Leonard Cohen: Leonard Cohen’s Never Gonna Bring My Groceries In By Nancy White

Remember me, I brought your groceries in

First We Take Manhattan
By Leonard Cohen

 is a Cohencentric series featuring a few of the many tunes alluding to Leonard Cohen. Today’s offering is Nancy White’s funny, heartfelt homage to the Canadian singer-songwriter.

From the Soundcloud description:

From the cd “Momnipotent: Songs for Weary Parents”, recorded at Inception Sound in 1990. This track was produced by Rick Whitelaw. Sometimes, when a woman is expecting her second child, she feels as if the glamorous part of her life is over. This song expands on that theme! There are a few of Cohen’s phrases and chord progressions in this homage. I got permission! -nw

Credit Due Department: Original photo taken by Bob Faggen and adapted by DrHGuy. Photo contributed by Leonard Cohen.

Looking For The Best Song Referencing Leonard Cohen: Leonard Cohen’s Day Job By Austin Lounge Lizards

mechanimark is a Cohencentric series featuring a few of the many tunes alluding to Leonard Cohen. Today’s offering is Leonard Cohen’s Day Job, a parody by the Austin Lounge Lizards, the humor of which obtains primarily from the singer’s imitation of Leonard’s voice and style and its interweaving of his titles and phrases into a story line that has Leonard Cohen working as an auto mechanic.

Looking For The Best Song Referencing Leonard Cohen: Waiting For Leonard Cohen To Turn On The Light In Montreal

 is a Cohencentric series featuring a few of the many tunes alluding to Leonard Cohen. Today’s offering is There is a Light (but it’s not for everyone) by Rae Spoon.This video, with charming graphics and music, opens and closes with  Rae Spoon singing the refrain,

Let’s all go to Montreal and stand outside Leonard Cohen’s house
If we stand there long enough, Leonard will turn on the light

Credit Due Department: Thanks to Maria Viana