Leonard Cohen Tribute in Montreal: Sting, Elvis Costello, Lana Del Rey


Lana Del Rey, Elvis Costello, Sting, Philip Glass and Feist are among the artists that will perform at a Leonard Cohen tribute concert scheduled for the anniversary of the music legend’s death.When he knew the end was near, Leonard Cohen told his son Adam that he was free to organize a public memorial event after Cohen’s death if Adam wanted to. He had only one request: it had to take place in Montreal.


Cohen died Nov. 7 last year, so the memorial show will take place on the eve of the first anniversary of his passing.

Cohen had also authorized two projects to celebrate his work, both of which are set to première in Montreal this fall. There is a major exhibition opening at the Musée d’art contemporain on Nov. 9, Leonard Cohen: Une brèche en toute chose / A Crack in Everything, and Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal presents the Cohen-themed show Dance Me from Dec. 5 to 9 at Théâtre Maisonneuve of Place des Arts.Adam Cohen, Leonard’s son and co-producer of the event, explained in a statement that he was following his father’s wishes.


“My father left me with a list of instructions before he passed: ‘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,’” Cohen said in a statement. “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.” Noted record and concert producer Hal Willner also serves as producer. Additionally, the tribute will be filmed by director Jack Bender (“Game of Thrones,” “The Sopranos”) for an upcoming special.

Tickets for the tribute concert, which will also be filmed for an upcoming special, go on sale Saturday, September 23rd at evenko.ca.

Three days after the Tower of Song tribute, on November 9th, the Montreal Museum will open its exhibit dedicated to the singer, “Leonard Cohen: A Crack in Everything.”

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