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An in­stal­la­tion by Cana­dian artists Janet Cardiff and Ge­orge Bures Miller will fea­ture an or­gan that, in­stead of de­liv­er­ing mu­sic, will play po­ems from the Book of Long­ing, re­cited in Cohen’s own voice. Place a fin­ger on one key and you’ll hear a sin­gle recita­tion; press down on sev­eral si­mul­ta­ne­ously and the in­stru­ment will pro­duce a ca­coph­ony of Cohen’s words. Zep­petelli hopes the ex­hi­bi­tion will at­tract a new au­di­ence to the mu­seum, which sits at the cen­tre of Mon­treal’s Quartier des spec­ta­cles, the of­fi­cially des­ig­nated fes­ti­val hub. It’s joined at the hip to Place des Arts, which is worth a stop-in for the ar­chi­tec­ture alone, whether or not you’ve se­cured tick­ets to one of the many per­for­mances tak­ing place on any given night. “I want view­ers to come away hav­ing learned some­thing, hav­ing felt a pow­er­ful emo­tion, hav­ing been moved and stirred by not only Cohen’s great life and achieve­ments but also all these peo­ple he in­spired,” says Zep­petelli. “If I can trans­mit even a frac­tion of the re­spect and ad­mi­ra­tion and de­vo­tion that we have for these artists, then I think we’ve done our job.” (A Crack in Ev­ery­thing runs from Novem­ber 9 to April 9, 2018, at the Musée d’art con­tem­po­rain de Mon­tréal.)

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