Photo: Dimitra Bumps Into Leonard Cohen At Toronto Drug Store

“Highlight Of My Life” Professional Skateboarder Dustin Dollin Meets Leonard Cohen – June 1, 2014

This Instagram post was republished soon after Leonard’s death. It was first posted on Instagram June 1, 2014 with the caption: “Highlight of my life”

Dustin Dollin is an Australian professional skateboarder known for – well, here’s a description from the website of Vans, one of his sponsors:

When the skate world first laid eyes on the Australian child-terror, Dustin Dollin, he was quickly dubbed the Hell Spawn. More than a decade of professional skating later, Dollin has maintained his fire and progressed into The Man from Hell. With six knee surgeries (more than anyone other active professional skateboarder), he is lucky just to be walking — but don’t tell him that. After each medical procedure, Dustin has returned with a fury, skating even harder than before. As part of Baker skateboards, one of the most influential skate crews in history, Dustin became known around the globe as a small beast capable of shutting spots down. Recently, he has taken to wreaking havoc on the Internet, courtesy of homemade, random footage edits called 7 Day Weekend. As with his Baker Bootleg, Baker 2G, Baker 3 and Volcom video projects, his throwaway footage is gnarlier than most other skaters’ best work. This should come as no surprise given the way that Dustin skates. The freakish bit, however, is that he is even gnarlier off his skateboard, and shows no signs of slowing down…ever.

Originally posted June 2, 2014 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“I met Mr. Leonard Cohen at Tim Hortons and it was one of the most exciting days of my life!” Leonard Cohen Sighting: Halifax April 12, 2013

Note: Originally posted April 12, 2013 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen Sighting – With Gary Baseman: Dec 10, 2014

This photo was originally posted by Al Reig Dec 10, 2014 via Instagram

Gary Baseman’s Wikipedia entry begins

Gary Baseman (born September 27, 1960) is a contemporary artist who works in illustration, fine art, toy design, and animation. He is the creator of the ABC/Disney cartoon series, Teacher’s Pet, and the artistic designer of Cranium, a popular board game. Baseman’s aesthetic combines pop art images, pre- and post-war vintage motifs, cross-cultural mythology and literary and psychological archetypes.

Leonard Cohen Sighting: “Just me and Leonard Cohen, no big deal” Oct 2014

This photo was first posted on Instagram Oct 13. 2014 with the caption “Just me and Leonard Cohen, no big deal.” It was reposted Nov 10, 2016 with a new caption.

Note: Originally posted Oct 14, 2014 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Video: Leonard Cohen 2013 Birthday Serenade (aka Happy Birthday, Leonard Cohen – OMG!)


While it lacks the grandeur of, say, the Amsterdam concert audience singing Happy Birthday to Leonard Cohen, Marc Altheim’s five second video of his spontaneous natal day serenade to the Canadian singer-songwriter (Altheim’s stunning sequel to his still life, Leonard Cohen & Me – OMG)  does convey a certain charm.

The auteur’s description follows:

After the [2013 Amsterdam] show we waited in the lobby to see if he would return. Waited 30 minutes. No Leonard. Went to get a waffle. Came back to lobby. Within 5 minutes he arrives! Me, Hope and three women (Ingrid, Margarite and one other) who are Cohen groupies see him and sing Happy B day to him in lobby of hotel He is tired but gracious and thankful for the birthday wishes and he is now 79. He comes over to us. I shake his hand chat for 30 seconds. The women give him gifts and then he goes to his room! What a gentleman.

Thereafter I meet the Webb sisters. How nice are they! And so pretty. The whole LC crew is so nice and polite and talented!

How wild is that? Nuts!

Note: Originally posted September 23, 2013 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric