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Leonard Cohen: Words and Music by Dr. Mike Daley

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Beach United Church

140 Wineva Avenue

Toronto, ON M4E 2T4

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Leonard Cohen is one of the great literary and musical figures in Canadian history. From his affecting and skillful early poetry and novels to his unique and enduring music, Leonard Cohen's work continues to fascinate. Three years after his death at 82, his work as relevant as ever - his keen observations and impassioned writing and composing still resonate today.

He is best remembered today for iconic musical compositions like "Hallelujah" and "Suzanne," songs that could only have been written by Leonard Cohen. Cohen possessed a distinctive writing voice as unique as his hypnotic baritone singing voice. But Leonard Cohen was also a public figure, with an image as a ladies' man and fine dresser. Cohen's life outside of music and literature was often as interesting as his writing, with memorable romantic relationships and long friendships, as well as eventful sojourns from his native Montreal to Israel, the Greek island of Hydra and Mount Baldy Zen Center.

In this four week series, Dr. Mike Daley tells the incredible life story of Leonard Cohen in detail, using the best available research. Mike will select some of Cohen's best poetic, prose and lyric work for deeper discussion, but we won't forget about his music - the memorable melodies, Cohen's haunting Spanish-style guitar playing and his laconic vocal delivery. Each lecture is richly illustrated with rare photos, video clips, and musical selections.

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1. Golden boy of Montreal poetry
In this lecture we will cover Leonard Cohen's childhood and family life, continuing through his university career and the publications of his first four books of poetry and prose. We'll follow him from his formative years in Montreal to the Greek island of Hydra, where he wrote much of his early work, including The Spice-Box of Earth and The Favourite Game.
2. New York, Nashville, and the first three albums

Emerging as a singer-songwriter in 1966, Cohen found that his songs had wide appeal. He signed to Columbia Records and recorded a trilogy of albums, Songs of Leonard Cohen, Songs From A Room and Songs of Love and Hate that are still well-remembered today. We'll hear classic songs like "Suzanne," "Bird On The Wire," and "Famous Blue Raincoat."

3. Concerts and a comeback

The first Leonard Cohen concert tour in 1970 was a riotous affair and the beginning of a run of memorable concerts. Cohen continued to release excellent music, but his sales were in decline. Facing a new pop music landscape in the 1980s, Cohen began to compose his music on a synthesizer and make promotional music videos. His career was at a low ebb when a number of tribute albums as well as his own albums I'm Your Man and The Future revived his fame and acclaim.

4. The monk at closing time

In 1993, Leonard Cohen suddenly left public life and became a Buddhist monk for five years. Emerging to record a new album in 2000, he looked towards retirement. But an embezzlement of his retirement fund by his manager forced Cohen resume touring, much to the delight of his fans.

His last three albums, culminating with You Want It Darker, represent some of his best work. Since his death in November 2016 at 82, public esteem for Cohen's work has only grown.

About Dr. Mike Daley

Dr. Mike Daley holds a Ph.D. in music and is a busy freelance lecturer in the Greater Toronto Area. Mike specializes in the history of popular music and is currently researching the Toronto music scene of the 1960s. Presently Mike and his wife Jill are leading music-themed tours to destinations in Canada, the US, and the UK.

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The church is wheelchair accessible. There is Green P parking.

Easily accessible by TTC

Queen Streetcar 501 to Wineva

Subway to Main Station and the 64 Bus to the church at Queen and Wineva.

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