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Leonard Cohen Nights - News and Info!

Posted: Wed Jul 24, 2002 7:42 pm
by Eve
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Posted: Wed Jul 24, 2002 10:05 pm
by Partisan
Eve, do you really think that possible? It would give me great pleasure to have Roger there, especially as i won't be.

"As It Happens" segment on Leonard Coihen Nights

Posted: Thu Aug 01, 2002 7:29 pm
by KimSolez
Tuesday night there was a 13 minute segment on Leonard Cohen Nights http://www/ on the CBC radio program "As It Happens" heard across North America. About two thirds me and one third Leonard Cohen singing.

You can hear it using RealPlayer at: ... /7/30.html

Text headlines:

First we take Manhattan, then we take Berlin. An Edmonton doctor
prescribes a worldwide celebration to honour Leonard Cohen's birthday.

As It Happens, the Tuesday edition. There ain't no cure for Radio.

(Refers to Cohen songs "First We Take Manhattan" and "Ain't No Cure To Love")

An Edmonton doctor has decided the world needs a day to celebrate the
unique talents of one of Canada's better known poets, Leonard Cohen.
Dr. Kim Solez is organizing a series of events for the poet's
birthday. And he hopes it will kick off a tradition. Dr. Kim Solez is
in Edmonton. 06:33

Now for Dr. Solez's favourite song. He wasn't kidding when he said
it was long--14 minutes. So here's an excerpt from Please Don't Pass
Me By, by Leonard Cohen. 04:20\

Listen to Part 2 of As It Happens


pt2-02-07-30-aih2 2.ram

In RealPlayer after the buffering period is over you can move the slider to 10:46 to hear just that interview.


Cheers. - Kim

Posted: Thu Aug 01, 2002 8:32 pm

Congrats for planning a birthday celebration in Canada and calling it Leonard Cohen Nights. BUT.... the Australians have been doing it for ten years! And it's not the first time for the fans in England either. So, I don't think its a good idea for you to take all the credit for the idea of "Leonard Cohen Nights".

Reading the articles, one would think you instigated and planned the events in Australia and England.

Celebrating his birthday is not all that "unique" Just ask the English and the Australians.

Leonard Cohen Nights - News and Info!

Posted: Thu Aug 01, 2002 8:59 pm
by KimSolez
No Whoa, I am afraid you have not researched this very well. On I give an extensive history for Leonard Cohen birthday events:

What is different about our idea is the idea of replicating this many times over and eventually having thousands of events all over the world just like Robert Burns Nights. I am working cooperatively with Andrew Darbyshire and Lizzie Madder and am helping them with their events in substantive ways.

You have also fallen into a bit of a trap here in an amusing way. On Hydra I commented that I was looking to hear from someone who was really upset with the idea I was putting forward. Despite my plea for such a person to reveal themselves no one has until now! So you would appear to be finally answering my request for a "person who is really upset with this idea" in my presentation at:

Intro to Leonard Cohen Nights.

I do hope you will attend one of the events this year which I believe will also include Vancouver and Buffalo, so five choices for you in 2002 and many more in the years to come!

Cheers. - Kim


Posted: Thu Aug 01, 2002 9:18 pm
by whoa

Wasn't at Hydra. Read the articles only. And from these one gathers that you alone are responsible for celebrations. I didn't say it was a "bad idea" only that it's not that original. Its been going on for ten years. As to whether it will spread around the world? I don't think it will.

Hope you get to meet Leonard though - And Natalie too, as she has started a poetry magazine.

It seem everyone is either planning parties, starting internet sites, authoring poetry journals. Why? Because they want to meet Leonard Cohen.

And yes, I want to meet him too.

Leonard Cohen Nights - News and Info!

Posted: Thu Aug 01, 2002 9:36 pm
by KimSolez
Yes well I think it is already spreading, 5 events is a lot! But in that way you are singular as well in that no one else has stated that they think the idea will not catch on and that the number of events will not grow. Anyway in a year's time it will be clear whether the idea is a success. I predict you will be very surprised at how well it goes! So revisit your words above in mid 2003!

Leonard has some amazing powers but they do not include being physically present at many places at once. So your idea that we are just holding these events to meet him also needs rethinking!

Cheers. - Kim

Posted: Fri Aug 02, 2002 2:52 am

I didn't say that you were holding the celebration in hopes that Leonard would attend the event. I said "you" were hoping to meet him. tete-a-tete

I quote your words from the Edmonton Journel: "I'm confident that I will ultimately meet him. What I'm doing is pretty unique." You are implying, are you not, that as the author of "Leonard Cohen Nights" a chat should be on the horizon.

Which brings up my second point. Credit where it's due.

In the CBC Arts News the reporter states, "Solez has plans to export his celebration too. He has already planned a simultaneous Leonard Cohen Night in Leicester, England this fall"... A friend of Solez's in Toowoomba, Australia is planning a second spin-off party

So, ten years of celebrating Leonard Cohen's birthday becomes a "spin-off"? Poor England and Australia, after all these years, to be only an appendage of the great event in Canada.

As to whether LC NIGHTS will be a success? In the short run, YES. But in the long run, No. It will not last. Or rather, I should say, it will last only so long as LC does.

May he live 10,000 years.



Leonard Cohen Nights - News and Info!

Posted: Fri Aug 02, 2002 3:16 am
by KimSolez
I see! Well first of all you know I do not control what reporters write and the text you quoted is certainly not the only inaccurate text. I did not say "whoa" in my interview and I imagine Leonard has never said "whoa" in his life because he is not that sort of guy. So the end of the Edmonton Journal story is inaccurate. And an anonymous visitor with the name Whoa! should have been deeply offended by that last paragraph, or had the reporter already put you to sleep by then!

I imagine the focus of the story is so much on me in part because it is an Edmonton paper and I live here!

Futurists predict a rapid rise of life expectancy to 140 which is when the human body really wears out. So that gives Leonard 72+ more years to live and me 84. So I agree with you that the effort may lose some steam around 2074 to 2086 but imagine how many Leonard Cohen Night events a year there might be by then!

Anyway thanks for predicting "short term" success for the initiative. We do agree on that!

Cheers. - Kim

Leonard Cohen Nights - News and Info!

Posted: Fri Aug 02, 2002 5:18 am
by Natalie
I've enjoyed your discussion, Whoa, and Dr. Solez.

I can appreciate your point, Dr. Solez, that you can and will be taken out of context by a journalist.

I think Whoa had a point, though, that it seems like you feel that your event is "unique." And your confidence that you will "ultimately" meet him is a little on the arrogant side. Two years ago, I was quoted in the Edmonton Journal that it was "my dream to meet him." Whoa is right; I'd like to meet him too. But, I am not doing my event with the Victoria Writers' Society in order to meet LC. I am doing it because I want to say thank you to my mentor. I am a POET and a SONGWRITER who has been influenced by LC's work, and feel very proud that he, too, is a Canadian.

I hope your event will be an annual affair, but do you really think people will want to continue going to Edmonton? I was an Edmontonian for 28 years, and what is there besides West Edmonton Mall? September can get pretty cold, too -- I hope you don't get snow. Have you ever heard Margaret Atwood's comments about Edmonton? They're not very favourable. She taught at the U of A and she HATED the city.

But, perhaps location doesn't matter.

Good luck.


Leonard Cohen Nights - News and Info!

Posted: Fri Aug 02, 2002 5:51 am
by KimSolez
Hmm! I think you miss the point. The idea I lay claim to is the idea of having multiple events all over the world, eventually thousands, as occurs for Robert Burns. That is the idea. So Vancouver and Edmonton are not competing. By having an event you are very much helping the effort and me. And I appreciate it!

The backgound is all explained in . The Edmonton event is a prototype in the sense that we are going to carefully record what goes on there and provide the plan, the signage, the marketing and funding strategy, everything that might be helpful to people who wish to mount similar events in the future in other cities around the world but perhaps lack the confidence to do it completely on their own.

I love Edmonton and would never move to another city, and have traveled all over the world so have a good basis for comparisons. But the power of Leonard Cohen's work is so strong that even someone with a strong prejudice against Edmonton can have a wonderful time at our event!

Yes, it will be an annual event and quite a successful one, but much more important to me is seeing all the other successful Leonard Cohen Nights spring up in other cities around the world!

I am happy to help promote your event. Let us draw a line through the Rockies in Canada and say that all Cohen fans west of that line must go to your event rather than the Edmonton one. Do you like that?

Cheers. - Kim

Leonard Cohen Nights - News and Info!

Posted: Fri Aug 02, 2002 6:18 am
by KimSolez
And now some details about the Edmonton event! These details will appear on the http://www/ site next Tuesday.

First of all tickets are $45 Canadian, $30 US and for that you get not only a full meal and night of performances and fun, and a wonderful exposition of Leonard Cohen Art by Elizabeth Laishley and others, but also a free Suzanne Holland CD and a wealth of other goodies yet to be described! The 150 tickets will go quickly so we urge you to get yours soon. Cash check or money order, no credit cards.

Tickets are available right now at Alhambra Books at 10309 82nd Ave (Whyte Avenue) in Edmonton situated within one of the historic buldings of Edmonton's Old Strathcona district in the same part of the city as the venue of the event the Telus Centre . The phone number of Alhambra books is 780-439-4195. You can also order tickets from us directly by phoning 780-407-6862, by sending Email to, or by writing to Leonard Cohen Night, c/o Michele Hales, Suite 900, College Plaza Professional Building, 8215 112th Street, Edmonton T6G 2C8, Alberta, Canada.

Here are some accommodation links: ... ower.shtml

There are two even cheaper accomodation options, the Commercial Hotel and Strathcona Hotel, in the heart of the Strathcona Night Life. A bit noisy and with shared bath etc. but certainly inexpensive and interesting!

Feel free to ask other questions about the event and we will try to cover all bases in our additions to the website next Tuesday.

Thanks for your interest and hope to see you at the Edmonton event!

Cheers. - Kim

Whoa and journalists

Posted: Fri Aug 02, 2002 6:59 am
by Eve
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Posted: Fri Aug 02, 2002 8:41 am
by WHOA!

So the entire Edmonton Journal article is a fabrication by the reporter? You never gave the reporter the impression you began the birthday celebrations? Or that the organizers of the spin-off parties in England and Australia were merely your "contacts".


Somebody sue that reporter!

The anonymous visitor with the name Whoa

Leonard Cohen Nights - News and Info!

Posted: Fri Aug 02, 2002 8:57 am
by KimSolez
That's right, those things are incorrect but as most people read the article they are a small part of it.

Not sure how much experience you have with the media but the article is as factual as most!

You are the person I was looking for in my Hydra speech, though. Thanks for revealing yourself! Life is in balance now!

Cheers. - Kim