Check into Chelsea Hotel

18 Jan

ChelseaHotel-photo by Mat Simpson-sm

Credit: Mat Simpson

David Bowie’s sudden passing last week serves as a stark reminder that our cherished musical legends ought not to be taken for granted. One can be thankful that Canada’s own unofficial musical poet-laureate, Leonard Cohen, is still with us – and just as influential as ever. Case in point, Firehall Arts Centre‘s production, Chelsea Hotel: The Songs of Leonard Cohen (presented by Theatre 20 with the support of Theatre Passe Muraille) which is going to be taking over the mainstage at Theatre Passe Muraille from February 3rd to 21st.

This theatrical cabaret homage to the master songwriter set in New York’s famous hotel of the same name has been selling out and picking up rave reviews everywhere it goes, so it’s fair to say Torontonians are in for a real treat. Full details in the press release after the break.

Opens February 4 and runs to February 21, 2016 (Previews February 3)
Theatre Passe Muraille Mainspace, 16 Ryerson Avenue, Toronto
Tuesday-Saturday at 7:30 pm; Matinees Saturday-Sunday at 2:00 pm & Feb. 18 at 1:00 pm, with an additional special show on Valentine’s Day, Sunday February 14 at 7:30pm

Regular Tickets range from $35-$55; Discounted Tickets: Artsworker with valid I.D. – $30; Under 30 with valid I.D. – $25

Tickets can be purchased by calling 416-504-7529 or by visiting or in person at Theatre Passe Muraille, 16 Ryerson Avenue.



Theatre 20 (with the support of Theatre Passe Muraille) presents
the Toronto premiere of
Chelsea Hotel: The Songs of Leonard Cohen
A Firehall Arts Centre Production

Leonard Cohen’s powerful and inspirational music is the heartbeat of this eclectic cabaret of loves won and lost. With extraordinary arrangements, six performers play seventeen instruments in this rollicking tribute to the remarkable writer.

The central character has locked himself up in the Chelsea Hotel as he struggles to write about love – how he’s looked at it over the years, what he’s learned, who he’s hurt, who’s hurt him. Chelsea Hotel is not about Leonard Cohen, but is a celebration of his work.

Through Cohen’s transcendent songs and lyrical honesty, be transported to New York’s infamous hotel – a place full of music and enchantment, desire and passion.

Chelsea Hotel is directed and conceived by Tracey Power with musical direction and arrangements by Steven Charles. It stars Rachel Aberle, Sean Cronin, Christina Cuglietta, Benjamin Elliot, Jonathan Gould & Tracey Power.

Since premiering at Vancouver’s Firehall Arts Centre in 2012, this beautifully inventive show has made stops in Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Calgary, Victoria, Vernon, Banff, Fort McMurray, and returned to Vancouver again before playing Edmonton’s Citadel Theatre until January 24. Audiences and critics have raved:

“This is a seductive evening of rediscovered treasures. Even if you are not a Cohen fan, go see this one.” – Edmonton Sun (2016)

“The production reminds us just how good these songs are…. Chelsea Hotel delivers.” – Calgary Herald (2015)

Chelsea Hotel brings together some of the most beautiful, melancholic and affecting songs in the history of recorded music. ” – Winnipeg Free Press (2014)

Chelsea Hotel is a knockout…. The harmonies are as thick as cabaret smoke and the performers exhale them with astonishing ease.” – Georgia Straight (Vancouver, 2012)


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