Leonard Cohen 1991 Juno Hall Of Fame Award Commemorative Sampler

Dominique BOILE offers this CD commemorating Leonard Cohen’s entry into the Juno/Canadian Music Hall of Fame.  The four songs on the disc follow:

  1. Hallelujah (from 1984 Various Positions album)
  2. Ain’t No Cure For Love (from 1988 I’m Your Man album)
  3. Everybody Knows from 1988 I’m Your Man album)
  4. Tower Of Song from 1988 I’m Your Man album)

 

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Originally posted June 26, 2012 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen Considers Canada “The Beating Heart Of His Career” – Adam Cohen At 2013 Junos

Seventy-eight year old Montreal troubadour Leonard Cohen also had a good weekend in the Saskatchewan capital, wresting his second Juno of the year — fifth of his career — for songwriter of the year after releasing his platinum-certified Old Ideas, a pitch-black rumination on mortality, aging and faith that topped the charts in Canada. The award was accepted by his son, singer Adam Cohen, who said his father considered Canada “the beating heart of his career.”

“I’d like to say I haven’t had much contact with my dad recently because he’s been on tour in Canada,” Cohen said of his father, who also won artist of the year. “He only called the other day to say, ‘What’s the user name and password at the house?’ But I know that he has deep, deep fondness for the love that Canada has always expressed to him.”

From Juno Awards by Nick Patch. The Star: April 21, 2013. Photo by Eddie Janssens – wikiportret.nl, CC BY 3.0, Link Originally posted June 6, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

May 14, 2012: Leonard Cohen Becomes Ninth Laureate Of Glenn Gould Prize

Leonard Cohen Honoured At Glenn Gould Prize Gala

Leonard Cohen, the Canadian singer-songwriter, poet, novelist, icon, and ace award ceremony speaker acknowledged being named Ninth Laureate of Glenn Gould Prize with this message thanking the Glenn Gould Foundation:

It is a great honour, sweetened by my love of the work of Glenn Gould and our collective appreciation of his invigorating and enduring presence in the world of music and imagination.

Excerpts from The Glenn Gould Foundation press release describing the prize and the reasons Leonard Cohen was chosen as recipient can be found at the end of this post.

The $50,000 Donation

Leonard Cohen accepted the Glenn Gould Prize May 14, 2012 and donated the $50,000 that accompanied it to the Canada Council for the Arts.

The Speech: Leonard Cohen interviews Glenn Gould

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Leonard Cohen’s Leaving The Table Among 10 Up For Prism Best Canadian Music Video Of The Year

From Prism Prize top 10 revealed: Feist, Grimes, Leonard Cohen up for grand prize by Melody Lau (CBC Music: March 27, 2018)

The 2018 Prism Prize will be announced live at a screening and awards presentation on Sunday, May 13, at Toronto’s TIFF Bell Lightbox. The winner for the best Canadian music video of the year will receive a $15,000 grand prize. The top 10 was decided by a jury of more than 120 Canadian music, film and media professionals, which includes members of CBC Music. See the full list below:

The 2018 Prism Prize top 10:

  • Alice Glass, “Without Love” (director: Floria Sigismondi)
  • Alvvays, “Dreams Tonight” (director: Matt Johnson)
  • Charlotte Day Wilson, “Work” (director: Fantavious Fritz)
  • CRi feat. Ouri, “Rush” (director: Didier Charette)
  • Daniel Caesar, “Freudian, a Visual” (directors: Keavan Yazdani and Sean Brown)
  • Feist, “Century” (director: Scott Cudmore)
  • Grimes feat. Janelle Monae, “Venus Fly” (director: Grimes)
  • Jessie Reyez, “Gatekeeper” (director: Peter Huang)
  • Lenoard Cohen, “Leaving the Table” (director: Christopher Mills)
  • Pup, “Old Wounds” (director: Jeremy Schaulin-Rioux)

Leonard Cohen’s Leaving The Table Video

Christopher Mills, the director of Leonard Cohen’s Leaving The Table video, was nominated for Juno Video Of The Year. Here’s what he said about creating the video in 2017:

“I really loved thinking about him celebrating this new journey by dancing around in the clouds, and visiting his old haunts, playing around with all the weird and cool stuff you could probably do, once you ‘cross over’ into another plane. It just kind of made me warm inside to take this song, which could be about passing on to another place, and figuring out what it could look like in a world of lightness, new adventures, and whatever great memory you could come up with. I mean – I’d watch that channel…”

From Watch Leonard Cohen’s Posthumous Music Video ‘Leaving The Table’ by Karen Bliss (Billboard: Sept 19, 2017), which offers information about the making of the Leonard Cohen – Leaving the Table video that premiered at the Sept 18, 2017 Polaris Music Prize Gala.

The 1958 Canada Council Grants That Changed Leonard Cohen’s Life & How He Repaid The Debt

 

“The truth is without the help and encouragement of the Canada Council I would never have written The Favourite Game or The Spice Box of Earth. I am profoundly grateful.” Leonard Cohen

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I was working in a factory in Montreal at the time and writing, having these wonderful evenings that would go late, and then I had to be at work at seven. It was a good hour drive, so [I was] sleeping very, very little and playing all night and working all day. Then I applied for and was awarded a grant by the Canada Council. A very generous grant at the time, it was about three grand, which was worth a lot in ’59,1 and also a ticket to visit the ancient capitals, because on the basis of Let Us Compare Mythologies, I said I wanted to visit Rome, Athens, Jerusalem. So, I had a round-trip ticket from Montreal to Tel Aviv. I went to England first, and I wrote the first draft of The Favorite Game, and I finished the book which later became Spice-Box Of Earth, and then I went to Greece with my guitar, and I finished another draft or two of The Favorite Game. Then I locked into this living style that would carry me through the next seven or eight years.quotedown2

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From The Stranger Music of Leonard Cohen by William Ruhlmann. Goldmine, February 19, 1993

DrHGuy Note: Some sources report Mr Cohen’s first grant from Canada Council for the Arts was in 1959, but the official Government of Canada News Release and The Roots of Culture, The Power of Art: The First Sixty Years of the Canada Council for the Arts by Monica Gattinger (McGill-Queen’s Press: Dec 15, 2017) give the date as 1958.

The Canada Council for the Arts

In 1960, still only 25, [Leonard Cohen] lived in London and made his way to Greece and Jerusalem, the first steps in a lifetime of travel. It was not the random wandering of a beatnik, it was a course of study he had proposed to the Canada Council for the Arts, an immersion in the old ways of ancient capitals, for which the Crown corporation had given him the first of two grants he would receive, totalling $3,000. Of course those trips changed his life and art forever. What struck me is that in 1959, when he received the first grant, the Canada Council was only two years old. It’s as though the thing just came along in time. The Council’s creation was recommended, to a skeptical Louis St. Laurent, in the 1951 report of the Royal Commission on National Development in the Arts, Letters and Sciences, chaired by the patrician Methodist diplomat Vincent Massey. The Massey Commission report opens with an excerpt from St Augustine’s The City of God: “A nation is an association of reasonable beings united in a peaceful sharing of the things they cherish; therefore, to determine the quality of a nation, you must consider what those things are.

From Even Leonard Cohen’s lewd verse touched on vulnerability by Paul Wells. Toronto Star: Nov. 11, 2016.

DrHGuy Note: The 1951 report of the Royal Commission on National Development in the Arts, Letters and Sciences (aka the Massey Commission) is available online at The Royal Commission on National Development in the Arts, Letters and Sciences 1848-1951.

Leonard Cohen Gives Back

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  1. According to the Bank of Canada Inflation Calculator, $3,000 in 1958 had the buying power of $26,340 in 2018. []

“It’s like anything that you fall in love with is going to give you a certain kind of blindness. I think you are blinded to your own imperfections and limitations.” Leonard Cohen On Discovering Frederico Garcia Lorca’s Poetry

Lorca, how did he help you find your own voice?

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Well, I don’t know how he helped me find my own voice. Since he seemed exotic and far away, he allowed me to steal or borrow a lot of his voice. It’s like anything that you fall in love with is going to give you a certain kind of blindness. I think you are blinded to your own imperfections and limitations. It allows you to kind of lurch forward on the path that you want to choose for yourself. I don’t think that’s the real benefit of falling in love with a writer when you’re young. With Lorca, when I stumbled on him, it was something that was terribly familiar, it seemed to be the way that things really were. The evocation of a landscape that you’re really felt at home in, maybe more at home than anything you’ve been able to come up with yourself.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen

 

From CBC Radio Interview with Leonard Cohen with Cindy Buissaillon: August 26, 1995. Originally posted May 24, 2011 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric