By: Staff –
CTV and The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) announced details today for a special tribute performance in honour of legendary songwriter, musician, and poet Leonard Cohen as part of the 2017 JUNO Awards.
Multi-JUNO Award and Polaris Music Prize winner Feist will take the stage to perform a moving arrangement of one of Cohen’s classic songs honouring the esteemed late musician. Co-hosted by iconic rocker Bryan Adams and comedian Russell Peters, the 2017 JUNO Awards airs live in 4K from the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa on Sunday, April 2 at 6:30 p.m. ET.
With a musical career that spanned nearly five decades, Cohen has been hailed by critics and fellow musicians alike as one of the most iconic artists of the 20thcentury. A poet in his early career, the native Montréaler released his first of 14 studio albums, Songs of Leonard Cohen, in 1967 at the age of 33. His signature gravelly baritone, married with the succinctness of his sage, bohemian language, quickly identified him as a master lyricist. Widely admired, his new and old masterpieces include timeless and enigmatic hits such as “Suzanne”, “Bird on a Wire”, “Everybody Knows”, “First We Take Manhattan”, “Closing Time”, and “Hallelujah”.
More than 2,000 recordings of Leonard Cohen’s songs have been made by artists that range from Elton John, U2, Jeff Buckley, to Aretha Franklin. And from Bob Dylan to Justin Timberlake, more than 200 artists have sung or recorded the now iconic “Hallelujah” since Cohen’s original recording in 1984, including breathtaking performances by k.d. lang at the 2005 JUNO Awards in Winnipeg, and the Opening Ceremonies of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics Games.
Tickets are currently on sale for the 2017 JUNO Awards broadcast starting at $59 through the Canadian Tire Centre Box Office, by phone at 1-877-788-3267 and online at ticketmaster.ca.