Leonard Cohen’s Boyhood Belmont Home on the Market

Posted by Joan Pepin McGuigan — May 10, 2010

By Erin Stropes of the Westmount Independent

When Montrealers watched k.d. lang sing Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” during the opening ceremonies of the 2010 Winter Olympics, some may have thought “this song was probably written right here in Montreal.” When Westmounter Marcel Guay saw the performance in the upstairs den of his home at 599 Belmont, he turned to his wife Mary and said “This song could have been written right in this room.” There is certainly a lot of history in the two-story, semi-detached upper Westmount home where Cohen, an internationally renowned singer, poet and author, and one of Westmount’s most famous sons, spent the first nineteen years of his life – a house that is currently up for sale.

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