Leonard Cohen announces Canadian tour dates


Leonard Cohen fans can start singing Hallelujah once again.

The legendary singer-songwriter and poet is returning to the road this fall with his Old Ideas World Tour, which will include 10 Canadian dates in as many cities.

Cohen’s tour kicks off in Austin, Texas, on Halloween, eventually making its way north of the border for a Nov. 12 show in Vancouver.

From there, the 77-year-old troubadour and his band will work their way east, hitting major centres before wrapping up their Canadian trek with a Dec. 13 performance in Kingston, Ont.

Tickets for the Canadian shows go on sale beginning May 11. Prices for all dates have not been officially announced, but tickets for the Toronto show will be priced between $40 and $270 according to Ticketmaster, with Vancouver seats starting at $60 but topping out at the same price as out east. Cohen’s 2008-2010 tour — his first in 15 years — did not include an opening act.

Old Ideas, Cohen’s dozenth studio album and first disc of original material in eight years, was released to universal acclaim earlier this year. The Montreal-born artist — whose lengthy list of accolades and honours includes Grammys, Junos and membership in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame — will add another trophy to his case on May 14, when he will be presented with the Glenn Gould Prize in Toronto and celebrated with an all-star concert featuring Cowboy Junkies, Adam Cohen, John Prine and others.

Leonard Cohen’s Old Ideas Canadian Tour:

Nov. 12 | Vancouver | Rogers Arena

Nov. 16 | Calgary | Saddledome

Nov. 18 | Edmonton | Rexall Place

Nov. 20 | Saskatoon | Credit Union Centre

Nov. 28 | Montreal | Bell Centre

Dec. 2 | Quebec City | Colisee Pepsi

Dec. 4 | Toronto | Air Canada Centre

Dec. 7 | Ottawa | Scotiabank Place

Dec. 11 | London | John Labatt Centre

Dec. 13 | Kingston | K-Rock Centre

Source: Toronto Sun