CBC has unveiled plans to celebrate the life and legacy of Leonard Cohen with special tribute programming on all platforms beginning in November, through January. The Canadian icon passed away in November 2016.
Tower of Song: A Memorial Tribute to Leonard Cohen which takes place on Monday, Nov. 6, at Montreal’s Bell Centre, will be filmed for audiences to experience. The concert will feature performances by Børns, Coeur de Pirate, Elvis Costello, Lana Del Rey, Feist, Philip Glass, K.D. Lang, Bettye Lavette, Courtney Love, Damien Rice, Seth Rogen, Ron Sexsmith, Sting, Patrick Watson, Wesley Schultz & Jeremiah Fraites of the Lumineers and Adam Cohen. Audio of the concert will air on CBC Radio 2, CBCMusic.ca, ICI MUSIQUE and ICIMusique.ca the following day, November 7 at 8 p.m. (8:30 p.m. NT). The tribute concert will then be televised nationally on Wednesday, January 3 at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT) on CBC and ICI RADIO-CANADA TÉLÉ.
Opening in June 2018, the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (MAC) will unveil a new exhibition and will include a new documentary for Leonard Cohen: One bréche en toute chose / A Crack in Everything which will be televised on ICI ARTV on November 13 at 9 p.m., on ICI RADIO-CANADA TÉLÉ on December 12 at 9 p.m., on the CBC Documentary Channel on December 3 at 9 p.m. and CBC Montreal throughout Quebec on Dec. 27 at 7 p.m. A series of companion vignettes will be available via CBC Arts and Radio-Canada’s digital platforms. The documentary and vignettes are directed by Kaveh Nabatian and will feature local and international artists who contributed to the exhibition, along with their works that were inspired by Cohen’s imagination and legacy.
CBC will also be releasing a downloadable mobile app, Detour, beginning November 9 at CBC.ca/cohen, which will feature two mobile tours that will lead users through the Montreal neighbourhoods that inspired Leonard Cohen’s novels, poems and music — including the sites of the 1950s cafés where Cohen wrote his earliest poems to Parc du Portugal, which is steps away from his final home in the city. The app will be narrated by Martha Wainwright.