This month, in the snowy heart of Canadian Winter, artists and the community of Corner Brook, NL, all gathered their warmth for “No Way to Say Goodbye…” – a loving tribute to the buckskin boy who’s uplifted our world through words and music, the bard Leonard Cohen.
Both shows – on January 14 and 15, 2017 – sold-out at the city’s Rotary Arts Centre. Actor/writer, director/producer Ruth Lawrence organized the dates to each include readings of Cohen’s poems together with 16 song performances by a wonderful array of musical and literary talent: Allison Crowe; Bay of Islands Sunday Session (Ivan Emke, Tom Boland, Leah Sing, Brian Beck, Keelan Purchase); Bridget & Dahlia (Swift/Waller); Daniel Payne; Emma Peckford; Gary & Whit; Helen Fox Reid; Louise Gauthier w. Tom Brennan and Cindy Kawaja; Nick Hamlyn; Ruth Lawrence; & Tara Manuel with Michael Rigler.
Also at the RAC, prior to the on-stage activities, there was a screening of “Ladies and Gentlemen...Mr. Leonard Cohen” – the National Film Board’s 1965 documentary portrait directed by Donald Brittain & Don Owen.
The love, respect and appreciation of all who came together joins a global chorus in tribute to maestro Leonard Cohen. These events raised funds to benefit the Artist Emergency Fund for Newfoundland and Labrador, CAPE (Cultural Artists Plan for Emergencies).
"No Way to Say Goodbye, a Tribute to Leonard Cohen" - Rotary Arts Centre, Corner Brook, NL Canada - Photo courtesy Dean Peckford
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