Yesterday’s Juno Awards had some hits and misses. The preposterous choice of Coldplay’s A Head Full Of Dreams, for instance, for International Album of The Year was hard to explain. Still, Feist’s tribute to Montreal native Leonard Cohen was worth the wait. Feist was preceded by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie Gregoire Trudeau. The couple gave a bilingual tribute to Cohen, joking that Cohen was “not a big hugger.”
Leslie Feist and two backup singers next took the stage, after being introduced by a recording of Cohen saying, “Regardless of all the evidence, and there are mountains of it to the contrary, we simply cannot help falling in love.”
With archival images of Cohen in the background, Feist performed a faithful rendition of “Hey, That’s No Way to Say Goodbye” from Cohen’s debut album Songs of Leonard Cohen. The cover replicated the original arrangement, with a singer, guitar and staccato backup vocals.
Watch the tribute above (the performance starts at about the 2:40 mark), listen to Feist’s take on Cohen’s “Closing Time” (plus a Cohen cut from the Paste Cloud) below and learn more about Feist’s forthcoming album Pleasure here.