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How Leonard Cohen saves lonely souls in Montreal winters

Montreal singer-songwriter Leif Vollebekk reflects on Cohen's ability to conquer the darkness by calling it out by its name.

Montreal singer-songwriter Leif Vollebekk on Cohen's ability to conquer the darkness

Montreal singer-songwriter Leif Vollebekk on Leonard Cohen’s ability to conquer the darkness. 1:33

Every Montrealer knows that mid-winter in the city is a period of reckoning with the darkness in the soul, and for many — artists especially — the struggle is real.

When someone's that lonely on record and you're feeling something similar, it kind of saves you in that moment.-  Leif Vollebekk , singer-songwriter

Montreal singer-songwriter Leif Vollebekk looks to Leonard Cohen's ability to conquer the darkness by calling it out by its name.

Here he is performing "That's No Way To Say Goodbye," a track he contributed to the Cohen-inspired exhibit A Crack In Everything at the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal, running until April 9, 2018.

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You can catch the exhibit A Crack in Everything at the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal until April 9 2018.

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Carrie Haber is a senior CBC television, radio & podcast producer based in Montreal.

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