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This massive portrait of Leonard Cohen brings the icon back to his Montreal home

Kevin Ledo has painted his biggest mural ever for Montreal's Mural Festival honouring a hometown hero — and he's feeling the importance of the job.

It's the biggest mural Kevin Ledo has ever painted, and he's feeling the importance of the job

"I think people are really happy to see a huge monument to him" - artist Kevin Ledo on painting his biggest mural yet 3:21

Mural Festival is an annual staple of street art in Montreal. And this summer, it continued its tradition of bringing stunning public art to its Plateau neighbourhood. One of the artists working feverishly from atop his cherry picker was Kevin Ledo, a street artist renowned for his portrait murals.

For Mural Festival, Ledo had a particular challenge — working on a far larger scale than he's been used to, and memorializing the late  icon  Leonard Cohen in Montreal's Plateau. Under the watchful eye of passersby and residents of the community, Ledo set out to do Cohen justice and bring something of the legend's spirit back to his home. Today, on what would've been his 83rd birthday, take a moment to celebrate a true Canadian legend.

(CBC Arts)

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