Leonard Cohen donates Glenn Gould Prize of $50,000 to Canada Council

Toronto, ON (May 14, 2012) – 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. Cohen. 

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.

 

Toronto celebrates the artistry of Leonard Cohen with free events starting May 7

Toronto, ON (May 2, 2012) – The Glenn Gould Foundation has programmed a series of free events starting Monday, May 7, 2012 in celebration of iconic singer, songwriter, poet, artist and novelist Leonard Cohen, the Ninth Laureate of The Glenn Gould Prize.  

“Artworks” – Leonard Cohen Visual Art Exhibition
Allen Lambert Galleria, Brookfield Place (181 Bay Street)
Monday, May 7 to Saturday, May 19

Leonard Cohen has maintained a visual art practice since his early days in Montreal and Hydra. “Artworks” is a rare exhibition of 40 uniquely expressive lithographs revealing yet another creative manifestation of Leonard Cohen’s poetic vision.  

“Make This Waltz” – Private Youth Workshop and Concert
Friday, May 11

Sixteen aspiring young songwriters from music programs at Dixon Hall and SKETCH will participate in a special collaborative songwriting workshop with professional mentors Carole Pope, Ayah, Deborah Alexander and Blair Packham from the Songwriters Association of Canada (S.A.C.).  Following the workshop, participants and friends of Dixon Hall and SKETCH will attend one of the S.A.C.’s trademark showcase concerts, Bluebird North, featuring 3 accomplished performers including Julie Crochetière, Lauren Campbell and Theo Tams (Canadian Idol).  

“Street Tribute! The Glenn Gould Prize Salutes Leonard Cohen”

Various locations throughout Toronto’s downtown core
Friday, May 11 and Saturday, May 12 from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Leonard Cohen’s haunting melodies and words will permeate the streets of Toronto as solo artists and small musical ensembles occupy public spaces to enchant the public with Cohen’s spellbinding songs and poetry.  More than 25 artists will perform in locations including the business district, key arts and entertainment sites and popular shopping thoroughfares.  

Star-studded roster honours Leonard Cohen at Glenn Gould Prize Gala on May 14th

Cowboy Junkies, John Prine, Adam Cohen

among musicians performing

Leonard Cohen will appear to accept his award

Toronto, ON (April 10, 2012) – An eclectic group of musicians and artists will perform in honour of iconic singer, songwriter, poet and novelist Leonard Cohen, the Ninth Laureate of The Glenn Gould Prize, on Monday, May 14, 2012 at 8:30 p.m. at Toronto’s Massey Hall (178 Victoria Street). Mr. Cohen will be present to receive his award at this ceremony.

Tickets to The Glenn Gould Prize Gala Concert in Honour of Leonard Cohen go on sale to the general public on April 12 at 11:00 a.m.

Billed as The Glenn Gould Prize Gala Concert in Honour of Leonard Cohen, the star-studded evening is hosted by Colm Feore and includes musical performances by Cowboy Junkies, Adam Cohen, Serena Ryder, folk singer Basia Bulat, award-winning country singer/songwriters John Prine, James McMurtry, Jimmie Dale Gilmore; and poetry readings by Gordon Pinsent with Greg Keelor (Blue Rodeo) and Travis Good (the Sadies). Former Governor General and long-time friend, The Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson will also deliver a spoken tribute.

The Glenn Gould Prize, valued at $50,000 (CDN), has been referred to as “The Nobel Prize of the Arts” and is awarded biennially to a living individual for a unique lifetime contribution that has enriched the human condition through the arts.  After accepting his Prize, Mr. Cohen will present The City of Toronto Glenn Gould Protégé Prize of $15,000 (CDN) to an outstanding young artist of his choice. 

Canadian Pianist Marika Bournaki returns to Carnegie Hall to Benefit The Glenn Gould Foundation

“Astonishing maturity… Marika Bournaki displayed amazing refinement and poetry.”
  – Thomas Beaujean, Aachener Zeitung

TORONTO (September 30, 2011) This November, twenty year-old Canadian musical sensation Marika Bournaki returns to Carnegie Hall to play a benefit recital for The Glenn Gould Foundation.  



“We are proud to have worked with Marika on a number of exciting projects,” said Brian Levine, Executive Director of the Foundation.  “Her first benefit recital for us in 2008 was such a spectacular success that we jumped at the opportunity when she offered to support us with another performance,” said Mr. Levine.  



As part of its mission to extend the legacy of Glenn Gould, the Foundation recognizes and celebrates young artists of extraordinary promise, providing the kind of support that helped launch Gould’s meteoric rise.  In 2007, Marika made a powerful impression on audiences when she opened the 18-month-long exhibition, Glenn Gould: The Sounds of Genius at the Canadian Museum of Civilization with a performance on Gould’s favourite Steinway piano.  The event also marked the international celebration of the 75th anniversary of Gould’s birth.   Marika’s New York debut in benefit of The Glenn Gould Foundation soon followed in 2008.  She also performed in front of distinguished audiences at an event honouring the Eighth Glenn Gould Prize Jury, including the world-renowned dramatic tenor Ben Heppner, the late Academy-Award winning director, playwright and screenwriter Anthony Minghella, award-winning author Michael Ondaatje and famed composer, musicologist and broadcaster Peter Shickele.