Leonard to light the Olympic Flame?

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Re: Leonard to light the Olympic Flame?

Post by sturgess66 » Fri Feb 12, 2010 5:48 am

From BCLocalNews.com -
Oprah, O Zone hosts Tenors

The Canadian Tenors include Richmond native Fraser Walters (right).

Updated: February 11, 2010 9:45 AM

Richmond’s Fraser Walters and his group, the Canadian Tenors, are tumbling toward superstardum.

The four men were guests on The Oprah Winfrey Show Wednesday, joined by Celine Dion to sing Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.”

They’re expected to perform the same song with Dion at the Opening Ceremonies of the Olympics Friday.

On Friday, Feb. 19, they’ll perform at the O Zone at 9:30 p.m.
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Re: Leonard to light the Olympic Flame?

Post by ladydi » Fri Feb 12, 2010 5:52 am

The "Richmond native" is very nice..... :D
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Re: Leonard to light the Olympic Flame?

Post by mutti » Fri Feb 12, 2010 7:46 am

In an interview with Global National, Vanoc CEO John Furlong discussed rumours of Wayne Gretzky's possibly being the final torch bearer at the Olympic Opening ceremony on Friday.
With 'the Great One' arriving in Vancouver on Wednesday, speculation began to swirl around the city that he would be involved in the lighting of the Olympic cauldron at B.C. Place.

While Furlong would not say directly if Gretzky would or would not be the final torch bearer, he did say that the media has yet to discover how the ceremony will occur.

"It's one of those challenges you have where only one or two people can know, or it isn't going to stay locked down," Furlong told Global anchor Kevin Newman. "And I have gone to bed and woke up every day for the last 90 days praying I wouldn't see it on the front page of the paper -- and so far it hasn't.

And so far I can tell you this: you can think about this as long as you'd like and you can think about the last moments of the ceremonies as long as you'd like and you're not going to figure it out."
While Furlong did not completely rule Gretzky out speculation continues. One name that has emerged is Betty Fox, the mother of Terry.

With less than 24 hours until the Olympic Games begins, the identity of the final torchbearer still remains a secret.
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Re: Leonard to light the Olympic Flame?

Post by Relate » Fri Feb 12, 2010 12:16 pm

We know that a performer was injured during an early rehearsal which involved a ski jump
Finally the truth behind that 'sports-related injury' is out! :lol:
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Re: Leonard to light the Olympic Flame?

Post by ronnievv » Fri Feb 12, 2010 2:26 pm

Relate wrote:
We know that a performer was injured during an early rehearsal which involved a ski jump
Finally the truth behind that 'sports-related injury' is out! :lol:
:lol: But well, I wouldn't be surprised very much... :lol:
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Re: Leonard to light the Olympic Flame?

Post by Darling » Fri Feb 12, 2010 7:54 pm

ladydi wrote: Would Celine Dion sing Hallelujah? No... If anyone sings it at the opening ceremonies it MUST be Leonard, as he is the only one who truly does it justice. The words and emotions are his.
I agree, please leave this song alone, enough is enough!
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Re: Leonard to light the Olympic Flame?

Post by LEONKA » Fri Feb 12, 2010 8:30 pm

Whoever is the last torch bearer, does not mean that ignites the Olympic flame.
What if this is Leonard, who, ignites the Olympic flame? :roll:
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Re: Leonard to light the Olympic Flame?

Post by Quasand » Tue Feb 16, 2010 8:28 pm

Wayne Gretzky did it.
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Re: Leonard to light the Olympic Flame?

Post by st theresa » Fri Feb 19, 2010 2:29 am

http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/entert ... Comments=y

Apparently the rumours were true!!!

Leonard Cohen's son says his dad deferred to k.d. lang at Olympics


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MONTREAL - When he was asked to perform at last week's Olympic opening ceremonies in Vancouver, Leonard Cohen basically told organizers "hallelujah" for k.d. lang.

Adam Cohen, the son of the singing, songwriting icon, revealed in an interview on Wednesday that organizers wanted his father to appear at the kickoff ceremonies last Friday for the Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

"We're all huge fans of k.d. lang," Adam Cohen told The Canadian Press in a telephone interview, referring to members of his family. "She's exquisite, and in fact there was a moment where people were pressing quite hard to invite my father to participate.

"But we knew k.d. lang was going to be there, and what more do you need?"

Lang, who first included a version of "Hallelujah" on her 2004 album "Hymns of the 49th Parallel," sang the moving anthem at Leonard Cohen's 2006 induction into the Canadian Songwriters' Hall of Fame.

At that time, he is reported to have said she performed it to "its ultimate blissful state of perfection."

Cohen, 75, is currently on the mend after suffering a back injury while exercising earlier this month.

The recent winner of a Grammy lifetime achievement award had to reschedule 13 concert dates while undergoing four to six months of physical therapy prescribed by doctors.

"He's in recovery from a lower back injury," said Adam Cohen, a singer-songwriter in his own right with a new CD in the works. "He's a tough old dude and I think he'll be fine."

Leonard Cohen first recorded "Hallelujah" on his 1984 album "Various Positions."

He is said to be amused by its huge popularity because his label originally didn't want the song included on the record.

But despite an initial lack of reaction, "Hallelujah" has gone on to become his most covered composition, passing even the signature hit "Suzanne."

Besides lang, the song has been covered by a galaxy of music stars including fellow Montrealer Rufus Wainwright, Bob Dylan, Celine Dion and even Bon Jovi.

Its enduring popularity was underscored in 2008 when it became the first song in 51 years to hold the first and second spots simultaneously on the U.K. singles chart, with versions by British singer Alexandra Burke and American Jeff Buckley.

It contains a variety of styles including gospel, and Cohen included biblical references in the lyrics, mainly alluding to the story of Samson and Delilah.

He has said its interpretation depends on who's performing it, explaining it can be melancholic or uplifting.
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