If It Be Your Will: An All-Canadian Tribute to Leonard Cohen

Event Date: 
Thursday, August 30, 2018 - 8:00pm

A one-of-a-kind concert celebrating the life and words of the legendary Leonard Cohen, with particular attention paid to the Jewish themes in his work. The eclectic lineup of artists from within and beyond the Jewish music scene will include the Barrel Boys, Batsheva, Kevin Breit, Aviva Chernick, Lori Cullen, Aaron Davis, Cantor Sidney Ezer, Aaron Lightstone and more to be announced.

Presented as part of the 12th biennial Ashkenaz Festival, North America’s largest festival of global Jewish music and culture. www.ashkenaz.ca/2018-festival/

A pre-show lecture by Seth Rogovoy at 7:00pm - 'Leonard Cohen’s Mystical Midrash'
In a multimedia presentation, author and music critic Seth Rogovoy explores how Leonard Cohen’s life and music can best be appreciated as rooted in the Jewish prophetic tradition, from his upbringing at the epicenter of the Montreal Jewish community through his final album, 'You Want It Darker,' which featured Hebrew lyrics and Jewish cantorial and choral backup. Cohen’s songs drew deeply from the well of Torah for themes, symbols, and inspiration.

Seth Rogovoy is an author, award-winning critic, and cultural journalist.He is the author of 'Bob Dylan: Prophet Mystic Poet' and 'The Essential Klezmer: A Music Lover’s Guide to Jewish Roots and Soul Music' and a contributing editor at the Forward. Rogovoy won the 2016 Simon Rockower Award from the American Jewish Press Association for his essay 'Leonard Cohen’s Mystical Midrash,' which appeared in Hadassah Magazine.

Tickets: $41. Click here to order on line or call the box offic at 905 787-8811

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