‘My father would have been very grateful’:
Cohen fans come together for star-studded tribute concert

Leonard Cohen fans from around the world came together to celebrate a Montreal icon for the star-studded Tower of Song: A Memorial Tribute to Leonard Cohen concert Monday night.(CBC)

Letter: Canadian Arts Deserve Financial Support

Joly outlined Creative Canada—the blueprint for shifting Canada’s cultural policies to the center of the country’s economic growth—with a policy framework highlighting three pillars: investing in Canadian creators, cultural entrepreneurs and their stories; promoting Canadian content at home and globally; and strengthening public broadcasting and supporting local news. While Joly discussed everything from the Canadian Radio Broadcasting Act to the Multiculturalism Act, a big takeaway for most people—including myself—was her commitment to investing in Canadian creators.(The Charlatan)

Christmas Music Can Actually Be Mentally Draining

“People working in the shops at Christmas have to [tune out] Christmas music, because if they don’t, it really does stop you from being able to focus on anything else,” Linda Blair told Sky News. “You’re simply spending all of your energy trying not to hear what you’re hearing.”(HuffPo)

Adventures and new friends on a Canadian train ride

On a recent weekend, I rode, as I have done on numerous occasions, the train from Windsor, Ont., to Toronto. It is a 4½-hour ride that is often filled with pleasant surprises. For one, the train staff on VIA Rail Canada are much more polite and courteous than their American counterparts on Amtrak.(The Blade)

Fans gather at the North Park to salute Gord Downie’s ‘Courage’

The Marquee above the entrance to the North Park Theatre told so much of the story. A Canadian flag hung adjacent, and the lyric excerpt “Courage, My Word” beneath the featured film’s title, “The Tragically Hip in ‘Long Time Running,’ ” drove the point home.(The Buffalo News)

And Finally