Leonard Cohen

There's a Leonard Cohen tribute in Toronto this weekend

It's been a bad news week, but the death of Leonard Cohen is one event that hits close to home for Canadians.

In what is sure to be the first in a series of Leonard Cohen related events (hi Choir! Choir! Choir!), TIFF is screening the 1965 film by Don Owen and Donald Brittain - Ladies and Gentlemen... Mr. Leonard Cohen at the Lightbox on November 12.

This screening was planned before the singer and poet passed away last night at the age of 82. Cohen released his latest album You Want It Darker on October 21.

Ladies and Gentlemen is an informal look into Cohen's life at age 30 on a visit to his hometown of Montreal. He reads poetry live, walks the streets and then takes a bath. It's a film that shows off his craft and sense of humour.

Don Owen's Notes For a Film About Donna and Gail will play following the film and his son Andrew Owen will be on hand to introduce them. These screenings are completely free.

If you need more Leonard in your life right now, U of T's Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library has an impressive archive of Cohen's work dating back to when he was just 19 years old. There are manuscripts, letters, correspondences and mail. There's also a sealed box of letters in the collection that Cohen directed be opened only after his death.

Photo is a still from Ladies and Gentlemen... Mr. Leonard Cohen.


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