- Leonard Cohen’s Montreal: refuge and escape by Robert Everett-Green (The Globe and Mail: Oct. 14, 2016) A comprehensive view of the Cohen-Montreal connection with maps
- Exploring the Montreal That Leonard Cohen Loved by Rose Maura Lorre (New York Times: Feb. 10, 2017). An excellent, anecdote-filled article.
- Cohen’s Haunts And Landmarks In Montreal (CTVNews: November 11, 2016
- Leonard Cohen’s Montreal by Jonathan Montpetit (CBC News: Nov 11, 2016)L
- Leonard Cohen’s Montreal (Prezi) An interactive map with Montreal landmarks associated with Leonard Cohen marked and described.
- First We Take the Main: A tour of Leonard Cohen’s Montreal (PDF download) by Christine Langlois (Reader’s Digest: October 2009) Leonard Cohen’s Montreal through the eyes of his lifelong friend, Mort Rosengarten
- A Short Walk in Leonard Cohen’s Westmount by T.F. Rigelhof (LeonardCohenFiles) Narrative about and photos of the Montreal neighborhood in which Leonard Cohen was raised.
- View Leonard Cohen’s Montreal home on interactive Google Map
- View Leonard Cohen’s childhood home in the Westmount section of Montreal on interactive Google Map
- El Montreal de Leonard Cohen [Leonard Cohen’s Montreal] by José Manuel Abad Liñán (El Pais: July 14, 2017 – Wrtitten in Spanish but readable in English via Google Translate). Integrates Montreal’s geography with pertinent portions of Leonard’s biography
- Leonard Cohen’s Montreal, an illustrated map by Heather Collett (CBC: Nov 6, 2017)L Includes the building that housed Leonard’s grandfather’s clothing factory, his grandfather’s Westmount home, McGill University, and more.
Growing Up Leonard Cohen
Suzanne dans Montreal
Leonard Cohen-Montreal Landmarks
- Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Bonsecours aka the Church where “… the sun pours down like honey, On our lady of the harbour…” See Our Lady Of The Harbour – The Montreal Church Embedded In Leonard Cohen’s Suzanne and Leonard Cohen On “Suzanne” – A Song Of Montreal
- Kahnawake, the Jesuit village that was once home to Kateri Tekakwitha and which Leonard visited as a child. See 2 Photos: A Very Young Leonard Cohen & His Sister Esther Visit Kahnawake – Once Home To Kateri Tekakwitha
- Montreal Streets (No other major Canadian city has as many streets named after saints – see video at https://vimeo.com/63985965),
- Shaar Hashomayim, The synagogue Leonard and his family attended
- Shaar Hashomayim Cemetery on Mount Royal. Site of Leonard Cohen’s grave
- Childhood home: 599 Belmont Avenue, Westmount
- When Leonard returned from Greece with his companion Marianne Ihlen, they settled first in the Belmont house,
- Also he brought Joni Mitchell when they were intimate in the mid-1960s.
- Murray Park, where Leonard played as a child and where he met the young Spanish man who gave him guitar lessons
- Westmount Conservatory. See Two Photos: A Very Young Leonard Cohen & Sister Esther Visit Westmount Conservatory In Style
- Roslyn Elementary
- Westmount High School
- McGill University
Montreal Homes (Adult)
- The place Leonard rented downtown overlooking Parc du Portugal, where Cohen and partner Suzanne Elrod welcomed their infant son Adam in 1972, followed by daughter Lorca in 1974.
- His Montreal home near Parc du Portugal. See Video: Leonard Cohen Talks About His Neighborhood, Un Canadien Errant & More At His Montreal Home – 1979 and 14 Photos Of Leonard Cohen’s Montreal Neighborhoods + His Guitar Carrier
Shops & Restaurants Leonard Frequented That No Longer Exist
- Le Bistro, the Parisian-style bar where he met Suzanne Verdal, the nominal inspiration for his song Suzanne
- Hotel de France;
- Dunn’s Birdland: His first public performance with music
- St. Catherine Street club district
- Northeastern Lunch See Northeastern Lunch Sign, Inspiration For Leonard Cohen’s “Les Vieux,” Will Be Preserved
- Ben’s De Luxe Delicatessen, a favourite hang-out at Maisonneuve and Metcalfe, was demolished in 2008, and memorialized in a McCord Museum display two years ago.
Shops & Restaurants Leonard Frequented That Still Exist
- Les Anges Gourmets
- J. Schreter
- Bagel Etc. See Leonard (& Adam) Cohen And The Bagel – Montreal
- Main Deli Steak House
- Quincaillerie Azores
- Moishes Steak House
- Cafe Helios (where Suzanne took Leonard for tea and oranges) is at 119 Rue de la Commune Ouest (West).
- Cafe Prag. See “Leonard Cohen Wrote ‘Suzanne’ While Drinking Espresso In The Corner [Of Montreal’s Cafe Prag]”
- Ruby Foo’s (7815 Decarie Blvd Montreal) See Leonard Cohen Attends First Live Gig: Josh White – Ruby Foo’s Montreal 1949
- Place des Arts: Concert site
- Dunn’s Birdland. Leonard Cohen’s first recorded performance: “The Gift” with Maury Kaye – April 8, 1958. See Leonard Cohen & All That (Montreal) Jazz
- Montreal’s Habitat 67: Setting for Leonard Cohen’s “In My Secret Life” official video. See Official Video For Leonard Cohen’s “In My Secret Life” Set In Montreal’s Habitat 67
- hotel2tango studio Site of recording Cantor Gideon Zelermyer and Shaar Hashomayim Synagogue Choir for Leonard Cohen’s You Want It Darker album. See Howard Bilerman Tells Story Behind Recording Cantor Gideon Zelermyer And Shaar Hashomayim Synagogue Choir For Leonard Cohen’s You Want It Darker
- Mural: 1420, rue .Crescent (Fall 2017). See Leonard Cohen Mural To Be Created At 1420 Crescent St, Montreal
- Mural: South facade of Cooper Building 3991 Boulevard Saint-Laurent. See Video View Of Leonard Cohen Mural On St-Laurent Blvd, Montreal
- Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal: Leonard Cohen: Une brèche en toute chose / A Crack in Everything (Fall 2017). See “Leonard Cohen: A Crack in Everything” Exhibition To Open In Montreal 2017
- Montreal’s Silo No 5: illuminated in Leonard Cohen’s honour (November 2017). See Video: MAC and Jenny Holzer To Illuminate Montreal’s Silo No 5 With Leonard Cohen’s Words
The graphic atop this post is my own adaptation of the proposed Leonard Cohen mural on Crescent Street. See Leonard Cohen Montreal Mural Alternative Version: You Want It Darker