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. 

Leonard Cohen Awarded the Ninth Glenn Gould Prize

An iconic and innovative force in songwriting, performance and poetry

Toronto, ON (April 1, 2011) – Singer, songwriter, poet and novelist Leonard Cohen has been awarded The Ninth Glenn Gould Prize.  The international award is presented biennially to a living luminary who has made a unique lifetime contribution that has enriched the human condition through the arts and manifests the values of innovation, inspiration and transformation.  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.

“I want to thank The Glenn Gould Foundation for their kindness. It is a great honour, sweetened by my love of the work of Glenn Gould, and our collective appreciation of his invigorating and enduring presence in the world of Music and Imagination,” stated Leonard Cohen.

GLENN GOULD FOUNDATION UNVEILS STELLAR JURY OF ARTS VIPs

GLENN GOULD FOUNDATION UNVEILS STELLAR JURY OF ARTS VIPs

Stephen Fry and Atom Egoyan among Jurors for the
Ninth Glenn Gould Prize

Laureate to be announced April 1

Toronto, ON (March 2, 2011) – The Glenn Gould Foundation announced the international jury panel for the Ninth Glenn Gould Prize which includes: singer/songwriter, indie producer and UN Goodwill Ambassador Dadawa (China); screenwriter, film and opera director Atom Egoyan (Canada); actor, screenwriter, author and director Stephen Fry (UK); celebrated pianist, teacher, author and music administrator Gary Graffman (United States); film producer, founder and director of DHC/ART Foundation for Contemporary Art and PHI Group Phoebe Greenberg (Canada); singer, vocal coach and vocal producer Elaine Overholt (Canada); and recording industry executive Costa Pilavachi (Canada/UK/Greece).  The winner of the ninth Glenn Gould Prize will be announced at a news conference at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto on Friday, April 1.

Media Advisory: Glenn Gould Foundation Presents Concert at Rideau Hall

OTTAWA, Canada – The Glenn Gould Foundation is proud to present eight emerging musicians from Canada and abroad in an exclusive concert evening hosted by Their Excellencies the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, and Mrs. Sharon Johnston entitled, “Young Artists Inspired by Glenn Gould.”

The concert is a tribute to the late Glenn Gould, one of Canada’s most iconic musicians and media artists of the 20th century.  The evening’s performances will feature a program of Bach, Wagner, Strauss, Brahms, Beethoven, Mozart and Ravel, composers whose works Gould performed or arranged.  The young artists taking the stage range in age from nine to 25 years old.  The Master of Ceremonies for the evening is Andrew Craig of CBC Radio 2.

GLENN GOULD FOUNDATION OPENS NOMINATIONS TO PUBLIC WORLDWIDE FOR NEXT GLENN GOULD PRIZE

FOUNDATION CALLS FOR ARTS LOVERS INTERNATIONALLY TO INNOVATE AND INSPIRE IN SEARCH FOR NEXT LAUREATE

The Glenn Gould Foundation opens the Call for Nominations for the Ninth Glenn Gould Prize to be awarded in 2011.  The Glenn Gould Prize—referred to as “The Nobel Prize of the Arts”—is awarded to a living individual for a unique lifetime contribution that has enriched the human condition through the arts.  Unlike other major arts prizes, the public participates directly through the nomination process.

TORONTO (September 25, 2010) — “The life work of a Glenn Gould Prize Laureate represents the vital connection between artistic excellence and the transformation of lives,” says Brian Levine, Executive Director of The Glenn Gould Foundation, the organization that bestows the award.  “The Glenn Gould Prize Laureates are as multifaceted and legendary as Glenn Gould.  We are excited to see who will become the next Laureate to touch our communities and inspire new artistic pursuits. The Glenn Gould Foundation hereby calls on arts aficionados the world over to join in this process and submit their nominations.”

CITY OF TORONTO HOMEBOY OF THE ARTS: GLENN GOULD FOUNDATION GETS INCREASED FUNDING

One of the world’s greatest music and media artists, Glenn Gould recorded regularly in New York and travelled as far as Russia, but always returned to his hometown Toronto.  Now Ontario’s capital continues to honour the arts and Gould’s legacy by allocating more funds to The Glenn Gould Foundation. 

TORONTO — “We are extremely grateful for the City’s vote of confidence and support for our work,” says Brian Levine, Executive Director of The Glenn Gould Foundation.  “The Glenn Gould Foundation is internationally identified with the City of Toronto and every year, Glenn Gould’s legacy draws visitors to Toronto from around the world.  This financial contribution will help advance our efforts to continue to promote Glenn Gould as a life-long and proud Torontonian.”

BLOCKBUSTER MUSICAL EVENT OF THE YEAR TO HONOUR GLENN GOULD PRIZE LAUREATE, DR. JOSE ANTONIO ABREU

Celebration Of Music Week to feature Super Stars: City of Toronto Glenn Gould Protégé Prize winner, Gustavo Dudamel “hottest new conductor on the planet” and the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela – rated one of the top five orchestras in the world

TORONTO – The Glenn Gould Prize Celebration of Music Week will kick off with a gala concert on Monday, October 26 at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto featuring the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela in their Canadian debut, conducted by Gustavo Dudamel in his first-ever Toronto appearance. That same evening, José Antonio Abreu will receive The Glenn Gould Prize at this historic concert.

SIMÓN BOLÍVAR YOUTH ORCHESTRA MAKES ITS CANADIAN DEBUT DURING THE GLENN GOULD FOUNDATION’S WEEKLONG CELEBRATION OF MUSIC

Founder of El Sistema, Dr. José Antonio Abreu to receive Eighth Glenn Gould Prize on October 26

Orchestra will be conducted by The City of Toronto Glenn Gould Protégé Prize Winner, Gustavo Dudamel, conductor designate of The Los Angeles Philharmonic in his Toronto debut

TORONTO – Called “the most successful youth music project in the world,” and “awe inspiring,” Venezuela’s Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra will make its Canadian debut conducted by Gustavo Dudamel, the wunderkind maestro honoured by Time Magazine as one of its ‘100 Most Influential People of 2009’ on October 26, 2009 at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto.

MAESTRO GUSTAVO DUDAMEL SELECTED AS WINNER OF THE CITY OF TORONTO GLENN GOULD PROTÉGÉ PRIZE

Music director designate of the Los Angeles Philharmonic hand-selected by the Glenn Gould Prize Laureate Dr. José Antonio Abreu

Internationally renowned Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra will appear at gala celebration in Toronto honouring Maestros Abreu and Dudamel on October 26

TORONTO – Venezuelan Conductor Gustavo Dudamel was selected by The Eighth Glenn Gould Prize Laureate Dr. José Antonio Abreu as winner of the prestigious The City of Toronto Glenn Gould Protégé Prize, The Glenn Gould Foundation announced today.

STATEMENT FROM DR. JOSE ANTONIO ABREU, FOUNDER OF THE FOUNDATION FOR THE NATIONAL NETWORK OF YOUTH AND CHILD ORCHESTRAS OF VENEZUELA (“EL SISTEMA”), ON HIS SELECTION AS THE 2008 LAUREAUTE OF THE GLENN GOULD PRIZE

TORONTO – It was with great pleasure that I’ve received your kind letter dated February 13, 2008 stating that that I’ve been awarded the prestigious Glenn Gould prize.

I accept such a great distinction on behalf of all Venezuelan dedicated music teachers whom have undoubtedly and faithfully joined me for over the last 33 years in the creation, development, and implementation of the Youth and Young Adults National Network of Symphonies and Chorus.