Today marks the third year since Leonard Cohen, a beloved Montreal native, left this earth.\nAlthough gone, his spirit lives on in many parts of our city.\nSee where you can find memories of Cohen around Montreal below!\nVisit MTLBlog for more headlines.\nLeonard Cohen loved Montreal, his home, for its versatility. The man may have lived a nomadic life, moving from city to city, but Montreal forever held a deep spot in his heart, which is why he returned time and time again. The Montreal that Cohen captures harbours many dualities: old and modern, religious and secular, French and English. His poetry and songs explored the topics people so rarely want to discuss. He took the darkness of life and brought it to light.\nHe was someone who believed identity could be multi-faceted. Take his religious identity, he was raised in a Jewish family, growing up in a Christian-influenced city that claimed to be secular, and then later became a Buddhist. To say the least, he was a man who believed in exploring the soul in everything. And luckily for us Montrealers, he immortalized the soul of our city through his writings.\nCohen grew up in Westmount on Belmont Ave. He did his undergrad at McGill University, where he became President of the debate union. During the 1970s Cohen became a Plateau local when he bought an apartment facing Parc du Portugal, where he resided whenever he visited Montreal. He was known to spend his time around Blvd. Saint-Laurent. Little do we realize, some of our days mirror the ones Cohen lived out during his youth. He got espresso and breakfast at Bagels Etc. whenever he came back to his hometown. We also know he'd love to have dinner at Moishes steakhouse, although he was a vegetarian for some time during the 60s. Little pieces of him exist all over the city.\nSuzanne\nOne of the Plateau's best spots, Bar Suzanne, pays homage to Cohen. When you walk up the bar's stairs, it reads "takes you down," which is taken directly from his song Suzanne.\n"Suzanne takes you down to her place near the river. You can hear the boats go by, you can spend the night forever. And you know that she's half-crazy but that's why you want to be there."\nView this post on Instagram his music never stops in our minds! #Leonardcohen #لئوناردکوهن A post shared by Leonard Cohen fan page (@leonard_cohen_fans) on Dec 19, 2018 at 4:56am PST\nIn an interview, Suzanne Verdal says she became close with Cohen in the early 60s, in the midst of the Beat generation. She says the St. Lawrence River, which she lived right next to for some time, is what united the two of them. Suzanne's words during this interview also demonstrate the feeling Cohen left with people who meant something to him. She says:\n"He was 'drinking me in' more than I even recognized if you know what I mean. I took all that moment for granted. I just would speak and I would move and I would encourage and he would just kind of like sit back and grin while soaking it all up and I wouldn't always get feedback, but I felt his presence really being with me... It's hard to describe. We'd almost hear each other thinking. It was very unique, very, very unique."\nOur Lady Of The Harbour\nThe Montreal statue "Our Lady of the Harbour," which can be found on Rue St-Paul in the Old Port, is mentioned in his song Suzanne.\n"And the sun pours down like honey on our Lady of the Harbour. And she shows you where to look among the garbage and the flowers."\nView this post on Instagram 🎼 And the sun pours down like honey on our lady of the harbour 🎤 Suzanne / Léonard Cohen ▫️ La chapelle Notre Dame du Bonsecours, appelée aussi l’Eglise des marins, celle évoquée par Léonard Cohen dans la chanson Suzanne, « Our Lady of the Harbour «. Combien d’entre vous n’ont jamais visité l’intérieur, ou ne sont jamais montés sur son toit ? La chapelle est magnifique, et la vue sur le vieux port imprenable ⚓️ This is the chapel of Notre Dame de Bonsecours in Old Montreal, the lady of the harbour Leonard Cohen sang about in his song Suzanne. It’s the oldest church in Montreal, also known as the sailors church. The view from the top over the harbour is unbeatable. ⚓️ #notredamedubonsecours #vieuxportmtl #vieuxmontreal #montreal#oldmontreal #ourladyoftheharbour #leonardcohen #angel A post shared by Michael à Montréal (@michael_montreal) on Sep 16, 2018 at 6:01am PDT\nYet again, Cohen brings religious imagery into his song and shows how we cannot deny the religious history within Montreal. Secular or not, the veins of our city have faith pumping through them.\nHallelujah\nHallelujah is undoubtedly Cohen’s most famous song, having been covered by many artists since its release in 1984.\nView this post on Instagram I have always found it absurd that sometimes some people say that they prefer a particular cover of this song over the original version of Leonard's! nobody has ever been able to sing this amazing song to the fullest except the man who wrote this awestrucking yet broken hallelujah! #hallelujah #leonardcohen #leonardcohenquotes #leonardcohencover #leonard_cohen #60smusic #60s #folkrock #americana #famousblueraincoat #leonardcohenpoetry #poetry #music #لئوناردکوهن #لئونارد_کوهن A post shared by Leonard Cohen fan page (@leonard_cohen_fans) on Sep 30, 2018 at 7:06am PDT\nThe foundation of the lyrics of Hallelujah aren't as tangible as other words of his. Many believe that Hallelujah describes the religious struggles that come for Montreal's history. Playing with many biblical references, Cohen writes of the broken and the holy in Hallelujah, of which Montreal has undoubtedly seen both. The Rolling Stone’s analysis of the song says Cohen is trying to remind us that "holy or broken, there is still hallelujah." This means that when facing both good and bad situations, there always remain reason to rejoice.\nMontreal Murals Of Leonard Cohen\nAfter his death on November 7, 2016, two murals of Cohen were painted in our city. One, by artist Kevin Ledo, can be found above St-Laurent.\nView this post on Instagram A post shared by Lynda Castro (@lyncolleenn) on Sep 22, 2019 at 8:34am PDT\nThe other, done by artists Gene Pendon and El Mac, is found on Rue Crescent. The mural is named the "Tower of Songs" and leaves Cohen's face looking over us while making our way around downtown.\nView this post on Instagram I don't consider myself a pessimist. I think of a pessimist as someone who is waiting for it to rain. And I feel soaked to the skin. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #montreal #canada #leonardcohen #leonardcohenpoetry #grammywinner #mural #streetphotography #streetart #art #artsy A post shared by ᴡʜᴀᴛ ᴛʜᴇ ᴇʏᴇs ʙᴇʜᴏʟᴅ (@karla.ariass) on Aug 21, 2018 at 4:48am PDT\nA Crack In Everything\nThe exhibition "A Crack in Everything," which was first put on display at the MAC, had people from across the globe flocking to get a glimpse at others' interpretations of Cohen's life. The exhibit is now making its way from city to city. It's currently in Copenhagen. The title comes from a lyric in his song Anthem:\n"There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in."\nView this post on Instagram Le Magazine du MAC est distribué gratuitement au Musée et peut être consulté en ligne ! ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ #repost de @kevinbmcintyre #vosphotosdumac⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ The Leonard Cohen exhibit is worth checking out if you find yourself in Montreal! #macmontreal #leonardcohen #museeartcontemporainmontreal #museeartcontemporain #macmuseedartcontemporaindemontreal A post shared by MAC Musée d'art contemporain (@macmontreal) on Dec 1, 2017 at 7:21am PST\nView this post on Instagram Kara Blake, The Offerings [Les Offrandes], 2017. Extrait⠀ À voir au MAC dans l'exposition Leonard Cohen : Une brèche en toute chose / A Crack in Everything : ⠀ https://macm.org/en/exhibitions/leonard-cohen/⠀ ⠀ Cette projection vidéo de la réalisatrice montréalaise Kara Blake compose un environnement dans lequel la voix et les pensées de Leonard Cohen enveloppent le public. Réagissant à une série de questions émises de sa propre voix, Cohen révèle le fascinant mécanisme de sa pensée — une pensée sensible, humble, toujours attentionnée et jamais banale.⠀ ⠀ #leonardcohen #macmontreal #Instamuseum #museumgram #contemporaryart #art #musées #museums #exposition #exhibition #mtlmoments #KaraBlake #macmontreal ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ***⠀ Kara Blake (@thelightfantastic), The Offerings [Les Offrandes], 2017. Extrait⠀ Installation vidéographique à 5 canaux, noir et blanc et couleur, son, 35 min, en boucle⠀ Avec l’aimable permission de l’artiste⠀ Commandée par le Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal⠀ Avec le soutien du Conseil des arts du Canada A post shared by MAC Musée d'art contemporain (@macmontreal) on Jan 18, 2018 at 1:56pm PST\nThis is a glimpse at one of the pieces in the exhibit, by Kara Blake. In it, he recites a touching line: "sometimes you confuse yourself and try to make ashes instead of fire" — a confusion which we have all shared at some point in our lives. These simple words show the depth that existed in both Cohen and his writing, which will be immortalized forever thanks to his choice to share these thoughts with the rest of the world.\nSo Long, Marianne\nAnother one of Cohen's most loved songs So Long, Marianne, is written about one of his past lovers Marianne Ihlen, who came from Greece to live with him in Montreal during the 60s. After Cohen's passing, locals added these additions to the street sign for Rue Marie-Anne. Yet again, Cohen's lyrics make their way into our city's landscape.\nView this post on Instagram another shoe A post shared by Thomas MacDonald (@thomasmbbrighton) on Jun 18, 2018 at 3:57pm PDT\nCohen On Montreal\nA poem from The Book of Longing, 2006, where he mentions Rue St-Denis.\nAlanna Moore\n"In Montreal spring is like an autopsy. Everyone wants to see the inside of the frozen mammoth. Girls rip off their sleeves and the flesh is sweet and white, like wood under green bark. From the streets a sexual manifesto rises like an inflating tire, 'the winter has not killed us again!'" - From Beautiful Losers, 1966.\n"I have to keep coming back to Montreal to renew my neurotic affiliations." - From The Spice-Box of Earth, 1961.\n"I feel at home when I’m in Montreal — in a way that I don’t feel anywhere else. I don’t know what it is, but the feeling gets stronger as I get older," Cohen said in an interview in 2006.\n"Thanks For The Dance" is coming out on November 22, 2019. It's being produced by his son Adam Cohen. It’s clear that although gone, Cohen lives on in so many forms. And thanks to him, the soul of Montreal has been immortalized through his poetry and songs.\nHope you're resting easy, Cohen.