He has a Governor General's Award, an honourary degree from Dalhousie University, a Genie, Junos, a Grammy, a place in the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, a place in the Canadian - as well as international - Songwriters Hall of Fame, a place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, numerous other awards from around the world, and last year was named as the recipient of the Glenn Gould Prize; "the Nobel Prize of the arts". Leonard Cohen.
On May 14 at the Glenn Gould Studio at CBC's Toronto Broadcast Centre, Cohen will be feted in an evening hosted by Colm Feore. Also on show will be the musical talents of Cowboy Junkies, Serena Ryder, his son Adam Cohen, Gordon Pinsent (with Greg Keelor and Travis Good) and many more. Sounds pretty good, right?
If you live in Toronto, you could be there. CBC Music are giving away tickets to the gala concert at CBCMusic.ca. How do you enter? Tell them your favourite Leonard Cohen lyric. For all the rules and more details, visit CBC Music.
In a statement, Cohen said: "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."
Below, you can watch former CBC host and Governor General Adrienne Clarkson interview Cohen in 1966. Clarkson, who awarded Cohen the Companion of the Order of Canada, will deliver a spoken tribute at the event.