Video: Leonard Cohen’s Splendid Performance Of Hallelujah – Halifax 2008

It’s worth recalling that Leonard Cohen’s 2008 Tour began well before that year’s Hallelujah Hullabaloo initiated by the ascension of Alexandra Burke’s cover of Hallelujah into the highly valued and highly profitable Christmas No 1 position in Britain (a climb based in large part on the publicity generated by Ms Burke’s appearance on X-Factor) with Jeff Buckley’s and Leonard’s own versions vying for the #2 and #3 positions.1 Shot by Lian Lunson, director of the Leonard Cohen – I’m Your Man documentary, this black and white video of Leonard Cohen’s performance at Halifax early in the 2008 Tour2 was one of the first professionally shot recordings made available on mass media (this video aired Nov 9, 2008 on CBC).

Thanks are due to Lian Lunson, who provided information about the actual origins of this video.

Leonard Cohen – Hallelujah
Halifax: May 13, 2008
Video from messalina79

I am republishing selected posts from my former Leonard Cohen site, Cohencentric, here on (these posts can be found at Leonard Cohen). This entry was originally posted Jan 22, 2010 at

  1. Hallelujahs all round as Burke heads for Christmas No 1 by Sam Jones (Guardian: Dec 21, 2008) []
  2. The video was screened at the Montreal Jazz Festival on June 23, 24, and 25, 2008. []

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