Montreal tribute: media coverage, photos & YouTube links

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Re: Montreal tribute: media coverage, photos & YouTube links

Postby Maarten » Mon Nov 13, 2017 1:23 pm


Like Jarkko said: it takes a few seconds to load the page, but then a "play" button appears and I can play the audio file. The recording however is not complete, but June Williams has captured most part of Gideon's talk and was so gracious to let me take a copy of her recording which will be available soon, together with my own recording of the cantor's talk inside the synagogue itself. I'm very happy that we have his talks recorded, I really enjoyed his stories about the collaboration with Leonard and the history of the congregation etc...

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***One of us also filmed the whole talk on video - he will post on YouTube as soon as GZ gives his OK. / Jarkko

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Re: Montreal tribute: media coverage, photos & YouTube links

Postby MarieM » Tue Nov 14, 2017 12:01 am

Nice coverage of the concert and exhibit by The National on CBC.
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Re: Montreal tribute: media coverage, photos & YouTube links

Postby Judy » Tue Nov 14, 2017 12:29 pm

***One of us also filmed the whole talk on video - he will post on YouTube as soon as GZ gives his OK. / Jarkko
Really looking forward to being able to watch and listen to this. Many thanks in advance!
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Postby martali » Wed Nov 15, 2017 12:48 am

Wirebird wrote:
Sun Nov 12, 2017 2:30 am
I have uploaded some photos from the Tower of Song concert. The photos can be seen at my Facebook page from this link: ... a14fe038a6
Thank you so much for wonderful pictures and stories :D
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Re: Montreal tribute: media coverage, photos & YouTube links

Postby jarkko » Fri Nov 17, 2017 11:53 am

Two of our Montreal Photo Galleries are now open, and there are several more under construction.

Leonard's Grave at ... n's+Grave/

Leonard Cohen Murals at ... en+Murals/

The photos can be downloaded (first click on the thumbnail to see a photo in larger size)
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Re: Montreal tribute: media coverage, photos & YouTube links

Postby cohen212 » Fri Nov 17, 2017 2:22 pm

On this article of the main spanish newspaper, El Pais, Mr.Manrique a well known music journalist, has writen about Montreal Tribute mixing it with the political issue of the Quebec and Catalan independence.
I was really shock about what he has written about Leonard, as far as I know, there is almost nothing true on it, thats why I ask, especially fòrum membres of Montreal, to explain if he is right in anyway or just simply "using" Leonard memory no make a political statement.

This is the link of the article and the google translation in English; ... 70607.html

Leonard Cohen and antipathy for the heretic

It is comforting to see that Montreal is throwing the house out of the window in celebration of the first anniversary of the death of its most universal creator. It was not always like that. In 1990, in the company of a photographer, the author of these lines flew to that city to make a report that we wanted to title The Montreal by Leonard Cohen. We had the blessing of the artist, who kept a house there, in the Rue de Vallières.

Being an order from the magazine Ronda Iberia, we followed the institutional channels: the Quebec tourism department was informed of our intentions. When we arrived in Montreal, an English-speaking official was waiting for us with an unexpected message.

Very uncomfortable, he warned us that he could only guide us a few hours, on a tour of historic Montreal. It seems that the authorities of the province, nationalists of the Quebecois Party, judged "highly inadequate" that Leonard Cohen represented the great metropolis of Montreal. They offered, on the other hand, that we should focus on Robert Charlebois, a popular French-speaking singer; in that case, we would have all the facilities.

With all the respect for Charlebois, it was not the same. Besides, I suggested, Cohen had also sung in French. "They do not consider him, they say he has a bad pronunciation." And one of his two novels, now reissued by Lumen, beautiful losers, uses as background decoration the life of an Indian woman who lived and died next to Montreal, Catalina Tekakwitha, now considered a saint. "Better not to enter into that."

Had we touched a sensitive area? According to Mordecai Richler, the Anglophone novelist who led the intellectual resistance to the independence referendums, Quebecois nationalism hides anti-Semitic roots, typical of an identity forged in complicity with the pre-conciliar Catholic Church. Like Richler, Cohen was not "pure wool", a name that is applied there to natives with abundant French-Canadian ancestry.

To our stupor, we saw that Leonard was not loved in some sectors of the Jewish community of Montreal, because of his immoral life or because of religious dissidence. We locate the residence of the Cohen family in the prosperous Westmount neighborhood; It was closed. The neighbors were ultra-Orthodox Jews who fled-literally, they ran out-to our questions, as if we had mentioned Lucifer.

Outside these rarefied environments, we discovered that Leonard enjoyed the appreciation of his most open countrymen: "Yes, he usually goes back to the city and greets everybody." His books were in bookstores, just as his records were easily found (something that did not happen in the United States, where he ended up without a record contract). Aesthetically, he was considered part of the fifth of modernist writers mid-twentieth century, slightly bohemian authors who avoided the extravagance of their contemporary beats. Cohen embodied his ideal of Montreal: an elegant, seductive, cosmopolitan enclave.

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