He is arguably Canada’s greatest living singing poet.
The resonant voice of Leonard Cohen has continued to weave its way through the social consciousness of this country and beyond.
Starting from when he was a young writer in his native Montreal, to becoming an internationally renowned songwriter performing his own music in his own distinctive voice, Cohen is an enigma. He’s a singular talent that has no match.
Both old and new fans of Cohen will be able to enjoy the mastery of his music when Vancouver’s Firehall Art Centre brings its hailed production of Chelsea Hotel – The Songs of Leonard Cohen to the Vernon Performing Arts Centre Nov. 18.
The second of five shows in the Performing Arts Centre’s theatre series, Chelsea Hotel features six musicians who play 17 different instruments in a rollicking tribute to Cohen’s powerful and inspirational music.
The production has received wide acclaim since its premiere in Vancouver in 2012, and has since returned to B.C. from a sold-out national tour.
“Chelsea Hotel is one of the most popular productions the Firehall Arts Centre has produced in its history,” said Erin Kennedy, artistic director at the Vernon Performing Arts Centre. “Its recent tour of Western Canada attracted praise from critics and sold-out audiences at Winnipeg’s Prairie Theatre Exchange and Saskatoon’s Persephone Theatre.”
This is the fourth time in the theatre’s 31-year history that a Firehall in-house production has toured around Canada.
The show follows a writer, whom, haunted by memories of his tumultuous love life, checks into New York’s infamous Chelsea Hotel desperate to find the words and inspiration for his next song.
Wading through past relationships, he reluctantly comes face to face with the love of the present, a love he wishes he could not just forget, but erase from his memory.
Conceived and directed by Tracey Power, the show features a familiar face to this area: Rachel Aberle, who appeared as Persephone in Caravan Farm Theatre’s production of In Like A Lion this past May. She joins Lauren Bowler, Ben Elliott, Marlene Ginader, Jonathan Gould and Steve Charles, who also serves as music director, in the production.
Tickets for Chelsea Hotel are $45 for adults, $42 for seniors, and $40 for students. Call the Ticket Seller box office at 250-549-SHOW (7469) or log online to www.ticketseller.ca for tickets and more information.