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THOSE WHO CAME into contact with the late Leonard Cohen would invariably speak of his incredible presence — whether it was up close in person, in a TV interview or on stage.

On Monday night in Montreal, on the eve of the first anniversary of his death, his presence was keenly felt by the 17,000 people who attended a sold out, three-hour, star-studded concert in his memory.

Despite his physical absence, Cohen, 82 at his death, loomed large throughout the evening by way of his songs and spoken words, photographs, videos, paintings, poetry and self-portraits projected on screens above and next to the stage.

Photo: Sting performs a tribute at the Montreal concert

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FULL STORY Star-studded Montreal memorial concert celebrates life and work of Leonard Cohen (Times of Israel)

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