TORONTO, May 14, 2012 /CNW/ - At a star-studded gala in his honour, Leonard Cohen, the Ninth Laureate of The Glenn Gould Prize, donated his $50,000 award
to the Canada Council for the Arts. The capacity crowd at Toronto's
Massey Hall burst into thunderous applause when Mr. Cohen presented the
donation to Joseph L. Rotman, Canada Council Chair.
"Thank you so much. I'm deeply grateful for this recognition," said Mr.
Upon reflecting back on his early career, he acknowledged one
organization that existed to help artists like him. In recognition of
this support, he decided to gift his prize to the Canada Council.
The Glenn Gould Prize Gala Concert in Honour of Leonard Cohen was hosted by Colm Feore and included musical performances by Cowboy
Junkies, Adam Cohen, Serena Ryder, Anjani Thomas, folk singer Basia
Bulat, award-winning country singer/songwriters John Prine, James
McMurtry, Jimmie Dale Gilmore; poetry readings by Alan Rickman, Michael
Ondaatje, and Gordon Pinsent with Blue Rodeo's Greg Keelor and Travis
Good, and a moving tribute delivered by former Governor General and
long-time friend, The Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson.
The gala concert was the culmination of a series of free events
presented by the Glenn Gould Foundation celebrating the artistry of
Leonard Cohen including: an exhibition of his sketches and lithographs,
a songwriting workshop for students, a street tribute featuring musical
performances of Leonard Cohen songs at various locations throughout
downtown Toronto, and a screening of I'm Your Man (2005), I Am A Hotel (1983) and the 1965 National Film Board documentary Ladies and Gentlemen…Mr. Leonard Cohen, as part of the Toronto Jewish Film Festival.
The Glenn Gould Foundation gratefully acknowledges the support of its
sponsors for making these events possible: Power Corporation of Canada
in association with Great-West Life, London Life, Canada Life,
Investors Group and Mackenzie Investments, Government of Ontario, The
Bay, Sony Music Canada, Aeroplan Beyond Miles, The City of Toronto,
SOCAN Foundation, The Fairmont Royal York Hotel Toronto.
About the Glenn Gould Foundation
The Glenn Gould Foundation honours Glenn Gould's spirit and legacy by
celebrating brilliance, promoting creativity and transforming lives
through the power of music and the arts with the Foundation's signature
activities, including The Glenn Gould Prize. The international award is
presented biennially to a living luminary who has made a unique
lifetime contribution through the arts. A tribute to Glenn Gould's
artistry and his multifaceted contributions to culture, the prize
promotes the vital connection between artistic excellence and the
transformation of lives. For more information on the foundation, prize
and laureates visit www.glenngould.ca .
SOURCE Glenn Gould Foundation
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