Cohen's haunts and landmarks in Montreal
The Canadian Press
Published Friday, November 11, 2016 3:48PM EST
Last Updated Friday, November 11, 2016 10:37PM EST
The late Leonard Cohen grew up in Montreal. Here is a list of some of his haunts and other landmarks that played a key role in his life:
Westmount, Que. -- Wealthy town on the island of Montreal and Cohen's birthplace. Grew up at 599 Belmont Ave., facing Murray Hill Park, which overlooks the St. Lawrence River and figures in his writing.
Roslyn elementary school, Westmount High School, McGill University -- Three educational establishments Cohen attended that are located close to one another in the heart of Montreal.
Parc du Portugal -- Small park in the Plateau neighbourhood facing Vallieres Street, on which Cohen owned a grey limestone house until his death.
Shaar Hashomayim Congregation -- Westmount synagogue with longstanding ties to Cohen family and where the musician had his bar mitzvah. More recently, the synagogue's choir sang back-up vocals on Cohen's new album.
Main Deli Steak House -- Cohen's favourite smoked meat restaurant, not to be confused with its competitor across the street, the famous Schwartz's Deli.
Bagel Etc -- Bagel shop across the street from Cohen's house, on Saint-Laurent Boulevard.
Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel -- Famous church in Old Montreal that overlooks the St. Lawrence. The statue on top of the chapel is named in his song "Suzanne. "And the sun pours down like honey on Our Lady of the Harbour."
Cohen haunts that no longer exist:
Dunn's Birdland -- Jazz bar and location of what is believed to be Cohen's first public performance, in 1958, where he read a poem and sang. Among those in the crowd that night was famous Montreal poet Irving Layton, who came to support his friend.
Le Bistro -- Paris-style bar downtown where he met Suzanne Verdal, the subject of the song "Suzanne."
Hotel de France -- Seedy hotel where Cohen would often rent a room at the corner of Ste-Catherine Street and Saint-Laurent.
5th Dimension -- Coffee bar and folk club on Bleury Street.