Feist, Lana Del Rey, Elvis Costello & more played Leonard Cohen tribute in Montreal (pics/video)
Today (11/7) marks the one-year anniversary of Leonard Cohen's death, and Monday night (11/6) in his hometown of Montreal a cavalcade of stars honored his memory and sang his work at the Belle Centre for "Tower of Song: A Memorial Tribute to Leonard Cohen". Featuring an orchestra and backup singers, Sting started the night with "Dance Me to the End of Love" and was followed by Feist who performed her cover of "Hey, That’s No Way to Say Goodbye" solo acoustic.
From there the night included Patrick Watson ("Who by Fire"), Elvis Costello ("The Future," "Bird on a Wire"), Damien Rice ("Famous Blue Raincoat"), k.d. lang ("Hallelujah"), Courtney Love ("Everybody Knows"), and more. Leonard's son, Adam Cohen, performed a few duets, including "So Long, Maryanne" with The Webb Sisters, "Chelsea Hotel No. 2" with Lana Del Rey, "The Partisan" with Damien Rice & Coeur de Pirate, and a finale of "Closing Time" with Basia Bulat. There was also a video tribute that included Willie Nelson, Chris Martin, Peter Gabriel and Celine Dion.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was on hand too, as was Seth Rogen who, before reading a poem, quipped, "As a Canadian Jewish person, there is no greater honor than reading a Leonard Cohen poem in the middle of a hockey arena." Check out a few instagram pics and videos from Tower of Song: A Memorial Tribute to Leonard Cohen below.