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OFF THE TOP MUSICIANS PAY TRIBUTE TO COHEN

- Melissa Hank, Postmedia News

Nine Canadian musicians are recording their favourite Leonard Cohen songs to mark the release of film Death of a Ladies’ Man on Friday. The movie shares its name with Cohen’s 1977 album and draws inspiratio­n from the themes of his songs. Each day from Friday until March 20, a different artist will release a performanc­e video on their social media pages. The lineup features, in order: Ron Sexsmith, Whitehorse, Karelle Tremblay, Dan Mangan, Jenn Grant, Chad Vangaalen, Mo Kenney, Hayden Desser, and Leif Vollebekk. Death of a Ladies’ Man, from director Matthew Bissonnett­e, stars Gabriel Byrne as a carousing professor and will be available on the Apple TV app, itunes and other VOD streaming platforms. Before his death in 2016, Cohen, shown, gave the filmmakers permission use his music extensivel­y in the film.

The Toronto Film Critics Associatio­n has named Kazik Radwanski’s Anne at 13,000 Ft. the best Canadian film of 2020, with a $100,000 purse from awards sponsor Rogers Communicat­ions. The prize was announced Tuesday night during the TFCA’S annual gala, which this year was held virtually. Anne at 13,000 Ft. premiered at the 2019 Toronto Internatio­nal Film Festival and stars Deragh Campbell as a troubled daycare worker whose life seems to come unglued after her first skydiving experience. “This is huge for us,” said Radwanski on accepting the award. “This is a lot of money for us. This is a third of our budget, and this is really going to help us start working on the next project, another project shot here in Toronto.” He also gave a shout-out to cast and crew: “This film would not have been possible without Deragh,” he said. “Thank you for jumping out of a plane with me!” Anne at 13,000 Ft. can be seen through digital TIFF Bell Lightbox at digital.tiff.net. The TFCA awards show can be viewed at torontofil­mcritics.com.

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