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Watch exclusive videos of Ron Sexsmith, Basia Bulat and more Canadian artists covering Leonard Cohen 

Andrea Warner

Leonard Cohen is the kind of artist that other musicians love to cover: his lyrics are rich, dense and evocative, and his melodies simple yet catchy. Cohen is a songwriter's songwriter; he can change your world in just three minutes, which is no easy feat. 

So when CBC Music embarked on curating Leonard Cohen stories in honour of the man's 80th birthday, we couldn't help but want to see for ourselves, up close and personal, how certain Canadian artists would rise to the challenge of covering this literary lion. Thus, the Cohen Sessions were born.

Over the next week we'll be rolling out one video per day, featuring songwriting master Ron Sexsmith, Polaris Prize-nominated folk musician Basia Bulat, young emerging artists Scott Helman andReuben and the Dark plus indie veteran Jay Malinowski & the Deadcoast.

Ron Sexsmith

 Basia Bulat

Scott Helman

Reuben and the Dark

Jay Malinowski & the Deadcoast