As a response to locals being asked to stay home in hopes of stopping the spread of COVID-19 in Montreal, a Facebook event was created requesting that Montrealers sing Leonard Cohen's So Long, Marianne from their balconies on March 22 at 8 p.m.
This event is both in line with social distancing, and heartwarming — the best of both worlds!
In Barcelona, locals went on their balconies to play Céline Dion's My Heart Will Go On together (yet separately), while the people of Italy used their quarantine time to belt out a number of different songs from the comfort of their windows. And now, it's Montreal's turn. Due to the spread of COVID-19 in Montreal, locals have been asked to practice social distancing for the next few weeks.
As a response, a Facebook event was made that asks all Montrealers to go onto their balconies at 8 p.m. on March 22 to sing Leonard Cohen's So Long, Marianne all together.
Since Cohen was a local Montrealer who left his mark on the hearts of many locals, I can't think of anyone better's lyrics to sing to our city during this time.
The Facebook event's description reads "We as Montrealers are proud of our ability to work together through difficult times... So while there are dark clouds ahead, let us gather together and conjure the spirit, endurance, and with of our favorite son - Leonard Cohen."
"Let us gather together (in our safe distances), on our porches, from our windows to summon our voices in prayer and hope in a rousing collective singalong of So Long, Marianne and some other favorites."
Back in 2016, after Cohen passed away at the age of 82, Montrealers paid tribute to him all over the city.
In reference to the song that locals will shout into the streets from their balconies on March 22, "So Long," was added to the Montreal's Marie-Anne street sign, along with "and Leonard Cohen."