The 2004 Edmonton Leonard Cohen Night
The 2004 Edmonton Leonard Cohen Night event will take place Saturday night
and once again be emceed by CKUA's Bob Chelmick.
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Leonard Cohen Night, a celebration of Cohen's music, poetry and life,
returns to Edmonton for his 70th birthday on Saturday September 18,
2004 (three days before the actual birthday and ten days before
release of his exciting new album Dear Heather - click here for album cover).
It will be a joyous evening of music, poetry, visual arts, food and drink, taking place
at the 2nd Level West Foyer and Ballroom of the Westin Hotel, 10135
100th Street, Edmonton.
The Cohenights Arts Society sponsoring the event was founded on the
belief that Cohen is the foremost literary and musical figure in
Canada. Festivities will start at 4:00 PM for the Nadel lecture (see
below) and 5:30 PM for the night's activities. Refreshments will be
served, including Cohen's signature drink, the Red Needle.
Bob Chelmick, host of CKUAís "Alberta Morning" and "The Road Home"
will emcee the celebration, which in the past two years drew capacity
crowds. Featured performers include Paul Bellows,
Suzanne Holland (from San Francisco/South Africa), Vicky Hynes (from
St. John's Feast of Cohen), Babe Lloyd, Wendy McNeil,
Terry Morrison, Craig Shafer, The Chickadivas, Colleen Brown, and Ann Vriend.
Other activities planned for the evening include musical and
spoken-word performances, open stage and art and photography
displays. Night of Artists Director Phil Alain will have new Cohen
specific paintings to display for the evening, and tentatively
Edmonton Symphony Composer in Residence Allan Gilliland will also be
premiering a new jazz piece he is writing based on a Cohen poem not
previously set to music.
Additional special elements added to our event this year including
images from Leonard Cohen's 1966 visit to Edmonton when "The Sisters
of Mercy" was written, and a special lecture by Cohen biographer Ira
Nadel at 4 PM at the MacDonald Hotel (where Leonard stayed in 1966).
We will then be piped from the MacDonald to the Westin where
festivities will commence about 5:30.
Tickets are $50 Canadian ($35 US), $25 for seniors and students with ID, available at
(780) 407-6862 and at Tix On The Square. For more information, visit
www.leonardcohennights.org or contact: Kim Solez or Nikki Olson
(Admission to the Nadel lecture will be free to the first 60 people
who sign up by calling  407-6862)
Meetup with other local people to honor the work and words of Leonard Cohen, and share Cohen's influence on music, poetry, dance, art, and hearts. Enter the Leonard Cohen MeetUp Website