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Leonard Cohen mural captivates Plateau residents

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WATCH: Plateau residents were surprised to see a Leonard Cohen mural go up on a building at the corner of Saint-Dominique and Napoléon Street recently. Global’s Billy Shields reports.

As part of Montreal’s fifth annual mural festival, Montreal poet and musician Leonard Cohen is getting his due, and it’s nine storeys high.

Montreal artist Kevin Ledo is painting Cohen’s likeness on the corner of Napoleon and Saint-Dominique streets, by the Main.

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Its progress has been closely followed on Twitter, as onlookers first noticed the trademark hat, only speculating what the whole would be.

When Ledo filled in the eyes, then the face, the whole neighbourhood shared a collective realization.

The festival runs till Sunday.

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