Resources: Leonard Cohen’s Montreal

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Growing Up Leonard Cohen


Suzanne dans Montreal

Leonard Cohen-Montreal Landmarks




  • 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)

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

Montreal Performances


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