I knew I had set Montreal up for failure: it was to be my refuge following a very rough year; it was a fantasy I’d built up to counter reality; a secret escape; a future full of promise. I didn’t know quite what to expect, but my expectations were dangerously high. It was bound to disappoint – it was supposed to disappoint. Instead, it held its ground – surprising me in ways I could never had predicted – just as soon as I began to let it.
From Lail Arad: A Montreal Adventure by Lail Arad (The 405 Music and Culture Magazine: July 3, 2017)
I have been a fan of Lail Arad since I came across her witty, poignant, and lovely “1934” – A Song For Leonard Cohen’s 80th Birthday. In Lail Arad: A Montreal Adventure she describes her migration to Montreal. The essay is insightful and entertaining, references Leonard Cohen, and offers videos of Lail’s music. Highly recommended.
Credit Due Department: Montreal photo by Márcio Cabral de Moura