Leonard Cohen gets a Toronto tribute: Just announced shows

The Art of Time Ensemble gathers a strong list of authors and musicians. Plus: Andrew W.K., Frank Turner at Massey Hall, King Krule and a ton of country music


Leonard Cohen died in 2016 but his music is still very much alive. Just last weekend his song You Want It Darker won a posthumous Grammy (somewhat hilariously) for best rock performance, while Tower Of Song, a tribute concert to the late singer/poet featuring Lana Del Rey, Courtney Love and others, aired on CBC in January. 

This February, Art of Time Ensemble will add to the ever-inflating canon of Cohen tributes with a three-night program at Harbourfront Centre, A Singer Must Die. The group is known for mixing high and low art – distinctions Cohen shattered every time he mixed classical guitar with stanzas about crack and anal sex. So it’s fitting that they’ve put together an impressive list of singers and writers to go with the ensemble’s new arrangements of Cohen’s songs. 

Steven Page, Sarah Slean, Sarah Harmer, Gregory Hoskins and Tom Wilson will take turns belting out tunes, alternating stage space with celebrated authors like Michael Redhill, Madeleine Thien, Ian Brown, Barbara Gowdy, Marnie Jackson and former Governor General Adrienne Clarkson.

Cohen is a rare artist whose words and melodies will never stop finding new meaning and resonance with every new interpretation – except Hallelujah. It’s time to leave that one alone.

February 22-24 at Harbourfront Centre Theatre (231 Queens Quay West), 8 pm. $25-$65. artoftimeensemble.com.

More Just Announced Toronto Shows

Sick Things, Tijuana Jesus, Jailbirds, Leslie Spits Bovine Sex Club doors 9 pm. $10. February 10.

Bob Marley Birthday Tribute: House of David Gang, Chester Miller, BigToes HiFi, Pressure Drop Selectors Lee’s Palace doors 8:30 pm. $12-$20 w/ non-perishable food donation to Parkdale Food Community Bank. ticketweb.ca. February 10.

Steve Adamyk Band, Audio Visceral, Doc Hopper, Talk Show Host Bovine Sex Club doors 9 pm. $10. February 15.

Tongue Patrol, Mother Tongues, Nikki Fierce The Baby G doors 9 pm. $TBA. February 16.

Love Hangover: Blond:ish, Borzoo, Gabriel Belmudes CODA doors 10 pm. $25-$30. codatoronto.electrostub.com. February 16.

Reviews, Slight, Drywall Heels The Baby G 9 pm. $10. February 17.

Violet Fest Vol. 1: Girlongirl, Dynesti Williams, Sista Fista, Moscow Apartment, DJ Care Failure Cherry Cola’s Rock ’n’ Rolla 8 pm. $5-$10. A portion of proceeds go to Nellies Shelter. eventbrite.ca. February 17.

Oshun The Baby G doors 7 pm. $12.50. February 20.

Shy Kids, Bart, Jay MacCarol Lee’s Palace doors 8 pm. $15. ticketfly.com, rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com. February 22.

Coldweather Blues Fest: Paul James, Julian Fauth, Ken Yoshioka, Sugar Brown, Kristine Schmitt and others Various venues in the Beaches coldweatherbluesfest.com. February 23-24.

A Singer Must Die – Leonard Cohen Tribute: Art Of Time Ensemble, Steven Page, Sarah Slean, Tom Wilson, Sarah Harmer, Gregory Hoskins and others Harbourfront Centre 8 pm. $25-$65. artoftimeensemble.com. February 22-24.

Rose Cousins Harbourfront Centre Massey Hall Presents concert. 8 pm. $29.50. harbourfrontcentre.com. March 10.

Calvin Love, Sunshine & The Blue Moon, Johnny de Courcy Smiling Buddha 9 pm. $8.50. ticketfly.com. March 24.

Land of Kush Orchestra: Sand Enigma Aga Khan Museum doors 7 pm. $40. agakhanmuseum.com. March 24.

Malcolm London Drake Hotel doors 8 pm. $16.50. -rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.comticketfly.com. March 25.

NOBRO, The Effens, Champion Lover, Smooches Smiling Buddha doors 9 pm. $8.50. ticketfly.com. March 30.

Dead Horses Drake Hotel doors 8 pm. $14.50. –ticketfly.com, rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com. April 8.

Yellow Days The Garrison doors 8 pm. $13. –ticketfly.com, rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com. April 11.

Russian Circles, King Woman Horseshoe doors 8:30 pm. $22. rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com, ticketfly.com. April 11.

Banners Phoenix Concert Theatre doors 7 pm, all ages. $22.50-$32.50. On sale February 2. –livenation.com, ticketmaster.ca. April 12.

The Garden, Tijuana Panthers, Cowgirl Clue Hard Luck Bar doors 7 pm, all ages. $17.50. –ticketfly.com, rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com. April 14.

Dave Gunning, J.P. Cormier Hugh’s Room Live 8:30 pm. $30-$35. –hughsroomlive.com. April 18.

Margo Price, Blackfoot Gypsies Horseshoe doors 8:30 pm. $20-$149. On sale February 2. ticketfly.com. April 18.

Little Miss Higgins Hugh’s Room Live 8:30 pm. $25-$30. –hughsroomlive.com. April 19.

Counterfeit. Hard Luck Bar doors 7 pm, all ages. $16.50-$75. –ticketfly.com, rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com. April 27.

No Age, Behavior The Rec Room – Roundhouse doors 7 pm, all ages. $13. –therecroom.com. April 28.

King Krule Rebel doors 7 pm, all ages. $30-$35. ticketmaster.ca. April 29.

Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Makeness Danforth Music Hall doors 7 pm. $27-$30. ticketmaster.ca. May 2.

Sunflower Bean, Dream Wife Horseshoe Moved from the Garrison. Doors 8 pm. $13.50. ticketfly.com. May 5.

The Mammals Hugh’s Room Live 8:30 pm. $30-$35. –hughsroomlive.com. May 6.

Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, Kiwi Jr, Ducks Unlimited The Garrison doors 8 pm. $16.50. –ticketfly.com, rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com. May 8.

Brian Jonestown Massacre Danforth Music Hall doors 7 pm. $27-$33. ticketmaster.ca. May 9.

Andrew W.K. Opera House doors 8 pm. $21.50. rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.comticketfly.com. May 16.

Fever Ray Danforth Music Hall 7 pm. $30.50-$40.50. ticketmaster.ca. May 17.

Shakey Graves Massey Hall 8 pm. $29.50-$49.50. masseyhall.com. May 19.

FACS Smiling Buddha doors 7:30 pm. $12.50. ticketfly.com, rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com. May 20.

Ben Harper, Charlie Musselwhite Mod Club Third show added. Doors 7 pm. $59.50. livenation.com, ticketmaster.ca. May 28-30.

Hop Along Horseshoe doors 9 pm. $18.50. ticketfly.com, rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com. June 8.

Keith Urban, Kelsea Ballerini Budweiser Stage Outdoor Country Megaticket concert.  8 pm. $TBA. megaticket.com. June 29-30.

Lady Antebellum & Darius Rucker, Russell Dickson Budweiser Stage Outdoor Country Megaticket concert. 8 pm. $TBA. megaticket.com. July 19.

Deadbeats, Zeds Dead Echo Beach 5 pm. $30.50. ticketmaster.ca. July 20.

Kenny Chesney, Old Dominion Budweiser Stage Outdoor Country Megaticket concert.  8 pm. $TBA. megaticket.com. August 2.

Tash Sultana Echo Beach doors 6:30 pm, all ages. $39.50. ticketmaster.ca. August 7.

The Gaslight Anthem Rebel doors 6:30 pm, all ages. $39.50-$55. On sale February 2. livenation.com, ticketmaster.ca. August 10. 

Lynyrd Skynyrd Budweiser Stage $TBA. On sale February 2. livenation.com, ticketmaster.ca. August 11.

Rascal Flatts, Dan & Shay, Carly Pearce Budweiser Stage Outdoor Country Megaticket concert.  8 pm. $TBA. megaticket.com. August 16.

Dean Brody Budweiser Stage Outdoor Country Megaticket concert. 8 pm. $TBA. megaticket.com. August 17.

Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town Budweiser Stage Outdoor Country Megaticket concert.  8 pm. $TBA. megaticket.com. August 23.

Jason Aldean, Luke Combs, Lauren Alaina Budweiser Stage Outdoor Country Megaticket concert.  8 pm. $TBA. megaticket.com. September 15.

Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls Phoenix Concert Theatre doors 6:30 pm, all ages. $37.50-$49.50. On sale February 2. ticketfly.com. September 19

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