Leonard Cohen

Inducted in 1991

Leonard Cohen is many things to many people: poet, novelist, singer, songwriter, monk. But to all, is a legend.

He was born in the English-speaking Montreal neighbourhood of Westmount on September 21, 1934. His earliest musical venture was a country and western square dance band, the Buckskin Boys, co-founded with a childhood friend while Cohen studied English at McGill University.

Career Highlights


Has won five JUNO awards and a GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award


Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame


Was made an Officer of the Order of Canada


Inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame

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Won (but declined) the 1968 Governor General’s Award for Selected Poems 1956–1968

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