Montreal Goes All Leonard Cohen, On the First Anniversary of His Death

Saturday, 11 November 2017, 11:27:31 PM. Lana Del Rey, Elvis Costello, Prime Minister Trudeau celebrate the legendary singer-songwriter in spectacular fashion
Share Culture Up on Montréal’s Mount Royal, the wind blew swiftly through Leonard Cohen’s grave on November 7th, the first anniversary of his death. The Cohen family plot at the Congregation Shaar Hashomayim Cemetery is hard to miss—near the front gate, its seven graves trace the Cohen’s deep roots in Montréal, going back to Leonard’s great-grandfather, Lazarus Cohen, buried there almost a century ago, in 1917. Leonard’s headstone is immediately distinguishable, and not just for the makeshift shrine of flowers, fan art and yahrzeit candles. A symbol of Cohen’s own design, commonly referred to as The Unified Heart (two hearts, one upside down and superimposed over the other in resemblance to the Star of David) adorns the marker. The symbol was created for the cover The Book of Mercy, his 1984 poetry collection, and explained, in Cohen's mysterious way, in a 2007 interview with Sarah Hampson. The Unified Heart was all over Montréal last week, as the 375-year-old city fêted Cohen in grand fashion. On November 6, Adam Cohen, with Hal Willner, produced a celebrity-stuffed, three-hour musical celebration of his father’s life and work at The Bell Centre arena. And last Thursday, the Musée d'Art Contemporain de Montréal, or MAC, opened “Leonard Cohen: “Une breche en toute chose/A Crack In Everything.” Keep up with this story and more by subscribing now Back in the city of Cohen’s birth, to prepare for the massive tribute show, “Tower of Song,” Adam spoke to Newsweek. “Now that I’m in...Read more
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