A “Tower of Song” to Commemorate Cohen

Hard to believe it’s been almost a year since Leonard Cohen left us.

To mark the occasion, and in compliance with his last wishes, the Cohen family announced the “Tower of Song: A Memorial Tribute to Leonard Cohen” concert. Scheduled for Monday, November 6, at the Bell Centre in Montreal, it’s a concert filled with some of the biggest names in music. Tickets will go on sale at noon on Saturday (Sept. 23) and it’s a safe bet the show will sell out quickly.

Included on the list of artists slated to perform are Elvis Costello, Damien Rice, Philip Glass, Patrick Wilson, Sting, k.d. lang and Feist.   The family adds that more singers and actors will be announced soon.

“My father left me with a list of instructions before he passed,” Adam Cohen says in the announcement. “‘Put me in a pine box next to my mother and father. Have a small memorial for close friends and family in Los Angeles… and if you want a public event, do it in Montreal.’ I see this concert as a fulfillment of my duties to my father that we gather in Montreal to ring the bells that still can ring.” Cohen the younger is a co-producer of the event and will perform during the celebration as well.

Can’t make it to Montreal? Jack Bender, director of Game of ThronesThe Sopranos and other notable titles, is filming the event for a future broadcast.

New exhibit will feature Cohen’s life in art and music

Hal Willner will serve as producer of the event. He calls Cohen “a literary and musical icon of word-craft. On the first anniversary of his passing, we will endeavor to present a tribute to an artist who is universally acknowledged as one of the great poets and songwriters of all time.”

The Canada Council for the Arts, the Council of Arts and Letters of Quebec and the Montreal Arts Council will benefit from funds raised through the event.

The concert kicks off a week-long series of events commemorating Cohen’s life and the one-year anniversary of his death, on November 7, 2016, at the age of 82 in his Los Angeles home.  On November 9, a new display at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, “Leonard Cohen: Une brèche en toute chose / A Crack in Everything,” will open to the public; it’s an exhibit Cohen approved before his death.

More information on all commemorations is available at www.LeonardCohen.com.


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