Canadian Prime Minister, Artists Respond to Leonard Cohen’s Death

"Canada and the world will miss him,” Justin Trudeau tweeted.

By Robyn Collins

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and many of the country’s artists are responding emotionally to the death of Leonard Cohen. One of Canada’s finest singers and songwriters, Cohen died on November 7, but his passing wasn’t announced until November 10. Cohen’s last album, You Want It Darker, came out October 21.

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted twice about Cohen, who was a Companion of the Order of Canada (the country’s highest honor bestowed upon a civilian).

“No other artist’s music felt or sounded like Leonard Cohen’s. Yet his work resonated across generations. Canada and the world will miss him,” read the tweet in English and French.

“There’s a blaze of light/ In every word/ It doesn’t matter which you heard/ The holy or the broken Hallelujah #RIPLeonard” read the other.

k.d lang, who performed a beautiful version of “Hallelujah” at the 2010 Winter Olympics, tweeted “Thank you Leonard Cohen. Swift rebirth my friend.” The post included a photo of the two together.

Ron Sexsmith tweeted “RIP LEONARD COHEN Devastating news…My life was forever changed by his music and words. He will never be forgotten Love Always RS.”

He then added: “One of the best days of my life was singing “So Long Marianne” with Leonard and Steven Page RS” and provided the link.

Steven Page tweeted a line from Cohen’s “The Future.” “The blizzard of the world has crossed the threshold.”

Our Lady Peace frontman Raine Maida sent Billboard these words: “Leonard had a unique ability to elevate our senses through his poetry & songs. He made love more profound. Sex more seductive. Virtue more noble. Death more tragic & sin more tempting,” said Our Lady Piece in a message to Billboard.

Anne Murray said, “I had the privilege of recording one of Leonard Cohen’s songs. He was a fine songwriter and a remarkable artist.”

April Wine’s Myles Goodwyn said, “To say that Leonard Cohen was a one of a kind poet, singer, songwriter, would be irreverent. He was so unique and extraordinary and so loved, that words fail to describe the loss we feel at the sad news of his passing. Tonight he will be singing Hallelujah with a choir of angels at his side. Far above us and here on earth, his music lives on… “Hallelujah Hallelujah Hallelujah.”

Singer/songwriter Chantal Kreviazuk said, “He was a genius. A god damned genius. There will never be another like him.”

Kevin Parent, multi-platinum Quebec artist said, “A teacher, a priest.. his words brought me comfort as a boy… he described the awkwardness of love as i was playing with toys.”

Singer/songwriter Shawn Hook said, “When I first started writing songs, I read a book called songwriters on songwriting. I remember reading about Leonard Cohen and the way he approached songwriting. He never settled or compromised on his lyrics. He would write multiple verses in a song until he was satisfied. His integrity and attention to detail in his craft was extraordinary. He will be remember as one of Canada’s proudest exports and one of the world’s greatest songwriters of all time. I will forever be inspired by his profound body of work.”

Wade MacNeil, of the bands Gallows, Black Lungs and Alexisonfire tweeted: “Rest In Peace to an artist that every artist strives to be like…”

David Desrosiers ‏of Montreal pop/rock band Simple Plan tweeted “It’s a very sad night… the world just lost such a timeless poet… Rest in peace Leonard Cohen.”

Shaun Frank, artist/producer and co-writer of The Chainsmokers’ “Closer” said, “My father used to play his records when I was growing up, and his lyrics and use of poetry in song always really inspired me. I think he may have been one of the most underrated songwriters of all time. Much love to his family and friends celebrating his life at the moment.”

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