Additional Tickets For Montreal Leonard Cohen Tribute Concert Go On Sale Noon, October 13, 2017

Now that production plans are finalized, the Cohen Family is pleased to announce the release of additional tickets for Tower of Song: A Memorial Tribute to Leonard Cohen, to be presented at the Bell Centre in Montreal on Monday, November 6th.

These tickets will go on sale to the public at noon tomorrow Friday, October 13th at the Bell Centre box office, 1-514-790-2525 or 1-855-310-2525 and

The above announcement is from the official press release. Information about the event itself can be found at

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

Video: Allison Crowe Covers Leonard Cohen’s Famous Blue Raincoat

From Heavy Graces Album

This choral rendition of the Leonard Cohen classic is the first of two versions recorded by Allison Crowe for her album “Heavy Graces,” to be released Oct 15, 2013.

From the YouTube description:

“Famous Blue Raincoat”, its composer, Leonard Cohen, says, reflects on the “tyranny” of possession — of the kind that enslaves us as women and men.

It’s territory covered here by musician Allison Crowe. (Crowe’s previously celebrated the Cohen songbook via renowned interpretations of “Hallelujah”, “Joan of Arc” and other tunes from the master songsmith.)

Impressionistic visual accompaniment comes via film scenes from “The Blue Angel” (“Der blaue Engel” first released in Europe in 1930 saw its full North American release the following year.)

Video: Adrian22

Note: Originally posted Oct 11, 2013 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen Tribute Concert: Jewish Center, Princeton – Oct. 28, 2017


The following is excerpted from Concert celebrates the transformative power of Leonard Cohen’s music by Michele Alperin (NJJN: October 10, 2017):

Honoring the first anniversary of Cohen’s death on Nov. 7, 2016, the Jewish Center in Princeton and Zamru, an independent minyan celebrating Shabbat through spiritual and musical prayer, are sponsoring a tribute concert on Saturday, Oct. 28. The concert will feature vocalist Shira Averbuch, guitarist Dan Nadel, Cantor George Mordecai of Temple Israel Congregation in White Plains, and readings by Aubrey Glazer, rabbi of Congregation Beth Sholom in San Francisco.

Who: Shira Averbuch, Dan Nadel, and George Mordecai
What: Tribute concert of Leonard Cohen music with readings by Rabbi Aubrey Glazer, author of “Tangle of Matter & Ghost: Leonard Cohen’s Post-Secular Songbook of Mysticism(s) Jewish & Beyond”
When: Saturday , Oct. 28, 8 p.m.
Where: The Jewish Center, Princeton
Cost: $18
RSVP: Purchase tickets at or call 609-921-0100

Credit Due Department: Photo by Rama – Own work, CC BY-SA 2.0 fr, via Wikipedia

John Cale’s Cover Of Hallelujah By Leonard Cohen Brings Grace, Meaning, & Dignity To Scrubs Episode

Hallelujah Not Always A Cliche

While the current cultural mode is to lament and deride the use of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah to invoke a certain contemplative, mournful, dignified tone in movies or TV shows, I remain impressed by the impact the song has in specific instances. A case in point is the employment of John Cale’s version of Leonard Cohen’s classic in “My Old Lady,” the fourth episode of Scrubs’ first season (first broadcast October 16, 2001). The plot features three patients under the care of young doctors who star in the show. All three  die, giving their physicians their first experiences with losing patients.

It was forty years ago that I first had a patient under my care die; I still remember the feelings.  And, dramatic conventions aside, the concluding scene of this Scrubs episode resonate with that memory – in no small part because of the strains of Hallelujah.

Images From Museum of Jewish Montreal Vernissage Of Leonard Cohen: Rituels d’absence | Rituals of Absence

Mimi Lela, seen below with photographer Morgane Clément-Gagnon, attended last night’s Vernissage of Leonard Cohen: Rituels d’absence | Rituals of Absence – Museum of Jewish Montreal. She sends along these photos and a video clip from Cantor Gideon Zelermyer’s presentation.



More photos at Mimi Lela Facebook Page; more information at Vernissage Of Leonard Cohen: Rituels d’absence | Rituals of Absence – Museum of Jewish Montreal, Sept 28, 2017


“I’d be lying if I said it didn’t kind of break my heart that I never got to tell you how much you changed me,” Lana Del Rey On Leonard Cohen’s Death

The quote is from a post on Lana Del Rey’s Instagram account, which is no longer online.1

In 2013, Lana Del Rey covered Leonard Cohen’s Chelsea Hotel #2.

  1. See Lana Del Rey Pays Tribute to Leonard Cohen by Sheldon Pearce (Pitchfork: Nov 12, 2016) []