Saturday 27th April, San Francisco, CA

A free, early evening Sylvie solo performance in celebration of Independent Bookstore Day – in the actual bookshop that came up with the idea of an Independent Bookstore Day!

Green Apple Books and Music, 506 Clement St, SF 94119. 6pm Free!


Monday 6th May, Berkeley, CA

Sylvie, accompanied by celebrated jazz band the John Brothers Piano Co, plays the Candlelight Supper Club event at the Revival Bar & Kitchen in Berkeley. There will be songs from Sylvie’s upcoming new album as well as her old songs and songs of Leonard Cohen.

Candlelight Club at the Revival Bar & Kitchen, 2102 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley 6pm-10pm $25

Tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sylvie-simmons-adey-bell-tickets-60041059425


Tuesday 4th June, San Francisco

Sylvie opens up for Howe Gelb at the final night of his three-night residency at the MakeOut Room in San Francisco.

MakeOut Room,  22nd Street between Mission and Valencia Streets, 7pm. Tickets $12 in advance. $15 at door

Tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/howe-gelb-giant-sand-special-guests-june-2nd-3rd-and-4th-tickets-59517604758


Wednesday 12th June, New York City

Sylvie will be performing songs – her own and some of Leonard Cohen’s – at an intimate show at an art gallery

Fridman Gallery, 169 Bowery (SE corner of Delancey), NYC. 7pm. Tickets $15 [Students $10: use code school19 at checkout]

Tickets: https://www.fridmangallery.com/product-page/june-12-sylvie-simmons


Thursday 13th June, New York City

I’m Your Man: Authors Roundtable – discussions with writers Sylvie Simmons, Chantal Ringuet, Alan Light and Cohen’s record producer and friend John Lissauer. Details: https://thejewishmuseum.org/calendar/events/2019/06/13/im-your-man-authors-roundtable-061319

Scheuer Auditorum, Jewish Museum, 1109 5th Ave at 92nd, NYC 6:30 pm $12 – $18 Tickets:https://thejewishmuseum.org/buy/general-admission


These below are last year’s shows. Sorry that so many of the shows were canceled due to my accident. Many thanks to everyone who came and I hope to see you again soon.


Autumn 2018 shows. 

In September I’ll be recording my new album in Tucson with Howe Gelb, and doing one show in nearby Bisbee, AZ.

In October I have one show in London and three in Ireland.  In November I’ll be touring France. I’ll add more info as I get it, so please watch this space. Look forward to seeing you soon.


Saturday 22nd September, Bisbee, AZ

A night of music under the stars at Frank and Etta’s in the magical bordertown of Bisbee.

$20 suggested donation to the artist. 7pm  Email this address  for more info: tourwonk@gmail.com


Thursday 25th October, London, UK

Concert. Sylvie Simmons, accompanied by singer-songwriter-guitar players Jason McNiff – and special guests.

The Betsey Trotwood, 56 Farringdon Rd, Clerkenwell. London. 7:30pm. Tickets £8 in advance, £10 at the door



Sylvie and Clive PosterSunday 28th October, Dublin, Ireland

Concert. Sylvie Simmons, accompanied by acclaimed Irish guitar player Clive Barnes.

DC Music Club, 20 Camden Row, Dublin.8pm.  €13 in advance.

Tickets on sale by email at tickets@musiclee.ie

Monday 29th October, Galway, Ireland

Concert: Sylvie Simmons with Irish singer-songwriters Jerome Taheny and Johnny Duhan

Monroe’s Tavern, 14 Dominick Street Upper, Galway. €20. On sale at http://www.monroes.ie/test-tickets


Tuesday 30th October, Galway, Ireland

Leonard Cohen fan meet-up at Galway’s best-loved book store. Sylvie Simmons celebrates the words and music and behind-the-scenes stories of Leonard Cohen. A very special show of music, book signing and a raffle of Leonard Cohen-related prizes.

Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop, The Corn Store, Middle Street, Galway. 6:30 PM,  €10 at the door. Leonard Cohen fans that want to book a seat for the specially-priced after-show dinner at Jury’s Inn, Galway contact Sylvie through the Contact page on this website and we’ll pass on your request.


1st November- 15th November: France.

Event and concert details keep on coming, but for now:

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Saturday 3rd November, Paris, France

Evening event at la Maison de la Poésie. Sylvie and her translator interviewed onstage by Jean-Paul Liegeois about the life of Leonard Cohen. Extracts from I’ m Your Man: La Vie de Leonard Cohen read (in French) by Claude Aufaure. And a concert of Leonard Cohen songs covered by Barbara Carlotti, Bertrand Belin, Jean-Pierre Petit, Juday Warsky, Guillaume Lantonnet, Louis Delorme. Details of event and how to reserve a ticket  are here: https://www.maisondelapoesieparis.com/events/im-your-man-la-vie-de-leonard-cohen/ Maison de la Poésie,Passage Moliėre,  157, rue Saint-Martin – 75003 Paris, M ° Rambuteau – RER Les Halles  8pm   €20  (members  €15) ** Tickets are now sold out, but there are still tickets available for the Cohen tribute “Songs of Leonard Cohen” on November 10th, details a short scroll down.

Sunday 6th November, Strasbourg, France

I’m Your Man: La Vie de Leonard Cohen – music and discussion at the  librairie Kléber, the leading bookstore in Strasbourg

1 Rue des Francs-Bourgeois, 67000 Aubette, StrasbourgTel 33 3 88 15 78 88, 6pm


Friday 9th November, Paris

A night of poetry and music with Sylvie, and Nicolas Richard, translator of the French edition of Leonard Cohen’s new poetry collection”The Flame” at the bookshop Librairie La Petite Lumiere,14 rue Boulard, Paris 14.


Saturday 10th November

“The Songs of Leonard Cohen” – a concert of  Cohen’s songs, featuring Sylvie,  Guilhem Valayé, Lembe Lokk and Jeremy Kapone, singing Leonard Cohen songs and songs of their own.

Forum Léo Ferré, 11 Rue Barbès, 94200 Ivry-sur-Seine (near Paris)  8:30 pm. €15; €12 members; €10 reduced price students, artists, and for the unemployed or on benefits.

Tickets and info:  http://www.forumleoferre.org/?module=event&page=consult&id=1142


Sunday 11th and Monday 12th November, Caen, France

Sylvie makes an appearance on Radio Eldorado, a station specialising in folk music. Sylvie will talk about her own songs and sing some of her songs and Leonard Cohen’s.

Details tba.


Tuesday 13th November, Bordeaux, France

A musical evening at la librairie Mollat, the leading independent bookstore.

15 Rue Vital Carles, 33080 Bordeaux   Tel 33 5 56 56 40 40  6pm


Wednesday 14th November, Toulouse, France

Leonard Cohen-related event at the Terra Nova bookstore, that includes discussions of Sylvie’s biopgraphy of Cohen and features excerpts from the film Bird On A Wire.

Librairie Terra Nova, 8 Rue Léon Gambetta, 31000 Toulouse +33 5 61 21 17 47  7pm


Thursday 15th November, Paris

The closing night of the Leonard Cohen festival: a musical tribute to Leonard Cohen with Sylvie Simmons

Fargo Vinyl Shop, 20 rue Chanzy, Paris 11


19th November, San Francisco, California

The Sad Bastard Club. Sylvie will be among a handful of singer-songwriters playing a handful of melancholy songs in San Francisco’s celebrated Make Out Room.

The Make Out Room, 3225 22nd Street near Mission St. 7:30, free


2018 Spring shows. 


16th March, San Francisco, CA

Jim White and Sylvie Simmons in San Francisco’s best music venue. Sylvie is accompanied on guitar by Indianna Hale.


The Chapel, 777 Valencia St,8:00pm $18 advance, $20 at door


17th March, Big Sur, CA

Jim White and Sylvie Simmons in the intimate splendor of the Henry Miller Library in Big Sur.

Henry Miller Library 48603 California 1. 7pm-10pm.


3oth March, Savannah, GA

Sylvie’s first Savannah event is at this much-loved bookstore. If you’ve a book of hers you’d like her to sign, bring it along. (Sylvie will also have copies of her CD to sell.)

The Book Lady, 6 E Liberty, Savannah 912-233 3628  7pm Free


31st March, Savannah, GA

Special event for writers and musicians at Flannery O’Connor’s childhood home. Invite only.

207 E Charlton St, Savannah, 10am – 1pm


3rd April, Savannah, GA

Sylvie will talk about her life and work in writing and music at the Savannah College of Art and Design.

Arnold Hall Auditorium, SCAD,at  1810 Bull St, Savannah, Details tba


4th April, Savannah (Georgia Public Radio)

A conversation/interview with Sylvie and music – Velvet Caravan accompany her on her songs.

Details tba


Savannah5th April, Bluffton/Hilton Head, SC

Jim White and Sylvie Simmons mini E.Coast tour.Sylvie is accompanied by Jared Hall and friends (Thanks to Jared Hall and the Savannah Folk Music Society  for the great poster!)

The Roasting Room.1297 May River Rd, Bluffton. Details at roastingroomlounge.com


6th April, Lexington, GA

Jim White and Sylvie Simmons mini E.Coast tour. Sylvie will be accompanied by Claire Campbell

Beth Salem at 218 E.Church St, Lexington. Doors open 7, show 8. Free


7th April, Atlanta, GA

Jim White and Sylvie Simmons. Private event. Sylvie will be accompanied by Claire Campbell


8th April, Asheville, NC

Jim White and Sylvie Simmons mini E.Coast tour. Sylvie is accompanied on guitar by Thomas Kozac.

Ambrose West at  312 Haywood Rd, West Asheville, NC   6pm doors, 7pm show $15 adv


9th April, Chapel Hill, NC

Jim White and Sylvie Simmons mini E.Coast tour. Sylvie is accompanied on guitar by Tim Shearer.

Local 506 at  506 W Franklin St, Chapel Hill. 8pm, show. $13 adv/ $15 door. Ttickets here: https://tinyurl.com/y9t7pttn


10th April, Washington DC

Jim White and Sylvie Simmons mini E.Coast tour.

This venue is also a BBQ restaurant, so you can eat before the show and grab a seat.

Hill Country Live DC. 410 7th St. NW, Washington DC. 8pm. $17 adv/$20 door. Tickets here: https://hillcountry.com/dc/music-calendar/single-event/1615113/jim-white-sylvie-simmons-washington/


11th April, Philadelphia, PA

Jim White and Sylvie Simmons mini E.Coast tour. Sylvie is accompanied on guitar by Jonathan Houlon.

World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St, Philadephia 7pm door, 8pm  show. $10 adv/$12 door. Tickets here: http://www.worldcafelive.com/event/1635137


12th April, Coxsackie, NY

Private event


13th April, New York, NY

Jim White and Sylvie Simmons mini E.Coast tour. Sylvie is accompanied on guitar by Dave Schramm (Yo La Tengo)

This venue is also a BBQ restaurant, so you can eat before the show and grab a seat for the concert. For dinner reservations call 212 255 4544

Hill Country Live NY. 30 W.26th St, New York City. 9.30pm $20 adv/$23 door Tickets here: https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1616220?utm_medium=api


15th April, Clarks Summit, PA

Sylvie appears at The Gathering Place, to sing and to talk about her life as a music journalist, songwriter and biographer.

Gathering Place for Community, Arts & Ed, 304 S.State St, Clarks Summit. Tel 570 954 6650. Details tba.


17th April, Tampa, FL

Sylvie with Ronny Eliot and friends.

House concert event


19th April, Tampa, FL

Sylvie opens for  Steve Everett and Paul Pfau

Attic at Rock Brother,  1510 E 8th Ave, Ybor City, 7pm  $15-$30





If  you’d like to book Sylvie for your venue,  please contact her at sylvie@sylviesimmons.com 




These below are last year’s shows. Sorry that so many of the shows were canceled due to my bad accident. Many thanks to everyone who came and I hope to see you again soon.

Sylvie has space for playing house concerts between tour dates. If you’d like Sylvie to play a house concert at your place, contact sylvie@sylviesimmons.com

2nd March 2017,  Santa Rosa, CA 

Live in the studio with Doug Jayne, KRCB Radio 1:45pm


2nd March, Healdsburg, CA

Sylvie celebrates Leonard Cohen in word and song. The $15 ticket includes wine tasting and some special bites prepared by SHED chef Perry Hoffman

The SHED. Healdsburg, Sonoma $15    7:00pm (ends 8:30pm)


9th March, Tucson, AZ

Sylvie plays a free concert at the Owl’s Club.

Owl’s Club, 236 S Scott Ave, Tucson 8: 30pm FREE



Leonard Cohen book signing –  and maybe a song or two

Bisbee Books & Music, 2 Main St, Bisbee, 2pm, FREE



Sylvie plays a concert at the Starlight Lounge @ Cafe Roka

35 Main St, Bisbee  http://caferoka.com  7:30pm $10.00


12th April, San Francisco 

Sylvie joins the Classical Revolution chamber orchestra in a Passover tribute to  Leonard Cohen.

The Battery 717 Battery St, San Francisco  Free to members; would-be guests contact Sylvie. 8pm


15th April, Savannah, GA **POSPTONED, SORRY!

Jim White and Sylvie Simmons share a night of music at the Trinity United Methodist Church as part of its Sanctuary Concert series. Each will play an hour set and they will team up on some songs.

225 W.President St, Savannah.https://www.facebook.com/trinitysanctuaryconcerts

Ticket and time tba.


16th April, Savannah, GA  **CANCELED, SORRY!

Trinity United Methodist Church. Sylvie will sing songs of Leonard Cohen

11 am, free


16th April, Savannah, GA  ** CANCELED, SORRY!

Sylvie will read , sign books and sing

Book Lady. Details tba


18th April, Savannah, GA  ** POSTPONED, SORRY!

Sylvie will talk about her life and work at the Savannah College of Art and Design – she’ll bring her ukulele!

Arnold Hall Auditorium, 5:00pm


30th April, Ventura, CA **CANCELED, SORRY!

Sylvie performs at the  much-loved Ventura landmark, Bombay’s  with Sheer and Crush the Flowers

Bombay Bar and Grill Ticket and time tba.


28th April – 7th May: Southern California tour   **CANCELED, SORRY!

Santa Barbara, Ojai, L.A and more – watch this space!


15th July, LaPlume, PA

“The Gathering ” is an annual three-day symposium on creativity and imagination, featuring performances, lectures, discussions and workshops. It’s held on the 270 acre campus of Keystone College in the Endless Mountains of N.E Pennsylvania.   This year’s theme: “Finding the better angels of our nature.” Sylvie will give a special presentation on Saturday evening called “I Heard There Was a Secret Chord”. Earlier that same ay she’ll lead an interactive workshop on interviewing a celebrity or anyone you might want to write about, titled “The Rock Chick,” the name the BBC gave their radio documentary on Sylvie.

3pm: “The Rock Chick” one-hour workshop

7:30: “I Heard There Was A Secret Chord” A presentation.

One College Green, La Plume, PA. http://thegatheringatkeystone.org Public welcome on 1st come 1st served basis. $25 per event.


5th August, San Francisco, CA
The return of Eric Shea’s fabulous Hoot night at the Cafe du Nord. Sylvie will sing a few songs with Bart Davenport at this benefit for the Music Maker Relief Fuondation. The lineup includes Paula Frazer and Tarnation; Eric Shea and Molly Tuttle; Matthew Edwards; Tom Heyman; and more!

Cafe du Nord, 2174 Market St, San Francisco 7pm




 5th-9th November: Events celebrating Leonard Cohen in his hometown on the anniversary of his death

 5th November, Montreal, Canada

10.30 am: Sylvie will be interviewed live on RDI Matin Week-end TV.  Caroline Lacroix about I’m Your Man: La Vie de Leonard Cohen

3:00 pm Sylvie appears with L’il Andy at  Chapel Notre Dame de Bonsecours, an event  for the Leonard Cohen Fan visit. Free


6th November, Montreal

1 pm . At MAC -la Musee D’Art Contemporain/Contemporary Art Museum – Sylvie will be interviewed onstage in front of an audience by Eleanor Wachel for CBC’s prestigious programme “Writers and Company”. The hour-long programm airs weekly on CBC and internationally on  CBC’s Internet audio service and satellite radio. “Writers & Company has earned wide recognition for its in-depth interviews with the world’s most important fiction writers, filmmakers, poets, essayists, biographers and critics. For the past 27 years, we’ve featured more than a dozen Nobel Prize winners, including J.M. Coetzee, Toni Morrison, Nadine Gordimer, Seamus Heaney, Doris Lessing, Wole Soyinka, and Orhan Pamuk, as well as countless other major figures in contemporary international literature.”

3pm at MAC. Live on-stage discussion featuring Montreal artist Chantal Ringuet, Elisabeth Domergue (translator of the Quebec edition of Sylvie’s Leonard Cohen biography) and  Sylvie

4.30.Book signing at MAC, French-Canadian and English-Canadian editions of I’m Your Man: the Life of Leonard Cohen.

Rolph Hall, lower-ground floor, MAC, 185 Saint-Catherine St West. Interview in English.  Tickets available from MAC. Free


7th November, Montreal

12.35 am. Sylvie will be on CTV’s Montreal Nooncast TV show

1pm . Sylvie will be on Radio Canada’s 15-18 programme, hosted by Catherine Richer


9th November, Montreal

3.00pm Sylvie joins a panel of Montreal artists and filmmakers for an onstage discussion at MAC: Carlos, Jason, Sanchez Brothers, Kara Blake, George Fok, Clara Furey, that Chatal Ringuet

Rolph Hall, lower-ground floor, MAC, 185 Saint-Catherine St West. Tickets available from MAC

6pm . Readings from Im Your Man: La Vie de Leonard Cohen in French and some songs in English at the bookstore La Librairie Gallimard, near Leonard Cohen’s old house. Sylvie will be joined by her French translators.

Librairie Gallimard, 3700 St Laurent http://ow.ly/WwtL30glpCs   6pm-8pm  Free


If  you’d like to book Sylvie to play at your venue or do a house concert,  please contact her at sylvie@sylviesimmons.com 



See below for last year’s shows.



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 16th  January 2016,  San Francisco, California

‘We Never Lost Control: a Tribute to David Bowie’.   Sylvie – playing with bassist Colleen Browne and guitarist Erik Pearson – opens this evening of Bowie covers at the Make-Out Room in the Mission district of S.F. Line-up tba, but it’s sure to feature a long list of Bay Area musicians and luminaries.

Make-out Room, 22nd St and Valencia, 7pm. $5


  23rd  January 2016, Big Sur, California

Sylvie reunites with Howe Gelb of Giant Sand  – her friend and album producer – for a very special, intimate concert at the Henry Miller Memorial Library – inside the small, exquisite library itself, it being too cold to play outside. The tickets are limited to 55 in total, so book quickly to make sure of getting in! Sylvie’s opening set will begin at 8:00pm.
Henry Miller Memorial Library – 48603 California 1 Big Sur. 8:00pm


 24th  January 2016, San Francisco
Sylvie and Howe Gelb team up for a show at one of San Francisco’s major music venues, the Chapel. Sylvie’s opening set will  feature Howe and Thoger Lund of Giant Sand as her backing band and include songs from the Howe Gelb-produced album Sylvie as well as new material; Howe’s set will premiere songs from his upcoming album Future Standards.
The Chapel, 777 Valencia St,8:00pm $18 advance, $20 at door


6th  February 2016, San Francisco
There’s a great new music venue opening up in SOMA, San Francisco and you are invited to its opening night party – an intimate show featuring performances by a number of the promoter’s favorite Bay Area musicians. These include Sylvie Simmons, who’ll be playing songs off her debut album, as well as debuting some new compositions, and Mark Matos, whose latest release ‘Moon Mirage’ was used as the score for James Franco’s documentary “I Think You Are Totally Wrong”. There’ll be a handful of surprise special guests.

Folsom Foundry, 1425 Folsom St. 7:00 pm. Free – so bring your friends!


28th  February, San Francisco

Join Books Inc. for Sunday Afternoon at The Chapel with Lita Ford,former lead guitarist for the legendary band The Runaways and one of the great female electric guitar players.Lita will be in conversation with Sylvie Simmons and discussing her memoir, Living Like a Runaway. This is ticketed event. Admission includes a copy of Living Like a Runaway. http://www.booksinc.net/event/sunday-afternoon-chapel-lita-ford-conversation-sylvie-simmons

The Chapel, 777 Valencia St, 1:00pm sharp.


6th March, Oakland

Sylvie Simmons and special guest Madeline Tasquin pay tribute to Serge Gainsbourg, the enfant terrible and saviour of French pop music, who died 25 years ago on March 2.  A unique evening that includes readings from Sylvie Simmons’ biography Serge Gainsbourg: A Fistful of Gitanes, as well as rare films and videos  and live music from Sylvie and Madeline. http://www.madelinetasquin.com

Octopus Literary Salon, 2101 Webster St@ 22nd, Oakland,  8pm $8


9th April, San Francisco

There’s a thin line between poetry and song, and both will feature in special night at the famed San Francisco bookstore. Ethan Miller of Howlin’ Rain will read poems from his new book, and there will be words and song from Daniel Higgs from Lungfish and Sylvie Simmons.

Adobe Books and Art 3130 24th St, San Francisco, 7pm Free


15th  April, Los Angeles

A pop-up gig at a secret location – let’s just call it the Church of Fun!  – check the map and look out for the crossed bicycles! There’ll be music and comedy. Sylvie will play a set of her songs and some Leonard Cohen songs at 9pm, and will also guest-sing later in the evening with the Conspiracy of Beards, the famed  all-male (except for the one song with Sylvie!) a capella choir who sing only Leonard Cohen songs.

Church of FUN – $5 – Map  8pm. (Sylvie goes on at 9pm; Beards at 10:45pm)


17th  April, Los Angeles

Sylvie performs with the Conspiracy of Beards, the celebrated all-male, Leonard Cohen tribute choir, at the Mint – a legendary Los Angeles bar which has hosted intimate concerts by the likes of Stevie Wonder and Ray Charles since it opened in the 1930s. Tickets:http://themintla.com/event.cfm?id=233571&cart

 The Mint, 6010 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles. Tel 323-954-9400. 21 and over.  7:3-pm (Sylvie goes on at 9pm) $10

8th May, Mill Valley, CA

Sylvie joins the Conspiracy of Beards, the celebrated all-male, Leonard Cohen tribute choir, at the beautiful Throckmorton Theatre for a late-afternoon, early-evening concert. Sylvie, who goes on first, will sing a full set of her own songs and songs of Leonard Cohen . Tickets and info here: http://throckmortontheatre.org/event/conspiracy-of-beards-a-choir-of-men-sing-leonard-cohen/

Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley, 5:00pm Tickets $20-$35.


17th May, Pacific Grove, Monterey Peninsula

A special Central Coast Writers event.”Join us on May 17th to hear Sylvie Simmons, author, singer, music journalist and rock n roll detective talk about her life, her work and how to write a biography like her definitive I’m Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen. She will be bringing her ukulele!”


Central Coast Writers Club, Pt. Pinos Grill, 79 Asilomar Blvd., Pacific Grove. Dinner 5:30pm, Event 6:30pm  FREE!


25th May, San Francisco

A solo musical performance at the Battery, a private club in downtown San Francisco. Sylvie’s guest list is full, but contact her if you’d like to come, in case there are any cancellations : http://sylviesimmons.com/contact/

The Battery 717 Battery St, San Francisco  Free to members; would-be guests contact Sylvie   Doors 7:30, show 8pm-9pm


10th June, Felton, CA 

 The legendary Giant Sand , 30 years old this year, is playing its final, farewell “Sunset Tour” before disbanding. Sylvie will be the support act .


Don Quixote Music Hall 6275 Highway 9, Felton  8pm


13th June, San Francisco

 The legendary Giant Sand , 30 years old this year, is playing its final, farewell “Sunset Tour’. Sylvie will be supporting.


Swedish American Hall,  2174 Market St, SF.  8pm  $20


15th June, Los Angeles

The Echo has been voted L.A’s “coolest small venue for live music”, making it the perfect place for the legendary Giant Sand to play its final show in Los Angeles before disbanding. Sylvie will be the support act. Watch out for special guests!

The Echo, 1822 Sunset Blvd   8:30pm $11.50 – $13.50


23rd June, Williamsburg, Brooklyn

“The Dust of a Long Sleepless Night”. Sylvie heads up a very special evening at Idio,  Brooklyn’s  coolest arts gallery. She will be joined in this intimate space by a number of local musicians in a set that includes her old songs, including some new ones, plus covers of everyone from Leonard Cohen to Prince.


Idio Gallery, 976 Grand St, Studio D, Brooklyn 9pm $8


25th August, San Francisco

“Almost Blue Hawaii: Elvis vs Elvis” – a tribute show to the two Elvises: Elvis Presley and Elvis Costello. Performers include Stephen Yerkey, Ben Fong-Torres, Henry Salvia, Corey Porter and a host of local musicans – including Sylvie, who will perform “Love Me Tender” with the house band.

Makeout Room, 325 22nd St, 7:30 pm. $10, or $5 if you dress like either Elvis.



28th August, San Francisco
“The Ladies of Ukulele” return for their annual concert to try and bring some sunshine to the chilly fog of the San Francisco summer.

Makeout Room, , 325 22nd St, 7:00 pm


September 23, 24, 25, Camp Navarro, CA

Sylvie is the ukulele artist in residence at this arts camp in Northern California. As well as performing, she will conduct two workshops on writing – one on biography and memoir writing, another on short form writing, including stories and song.

Battery Club members only.  https://www.thebatterysf.com


October 11th, Savannah, Georgia – CANCELED DUE TO HURRICANE MATTHEW

Sylvie will spend her birthday giving a lecture on her life and work at the Savannah College of Art and Design.

Arnold Hall Auditorium, 5:00pm



Sylvie reads from her books and plays a song or two at Savannah’s coolest bookstore. If you’ve a book you’d like her to sign, bring it along. (Sylvie will also have copies of her CD.)

The Book Lady, 6 E Liberty, Savannah 912-233 3628  6:30pm



Sylvie opens for the Packway Handle Band’s concert at a former 1930s movie house near Savannah Beach – she’ll be performing a 50 minute set.

Tybee Post Theater, 10 Van Horne Ave, Tybee Island 912) 472-4790  $20.00  8pm


October 18th,  San Francisco

Sylvie opens for Vaclav Havelka and Please The Trees.

Elbo Room,647 Valencia St, San Francisco 8pm


October 22nd, Tucson, Arizona

Celebrating Howe Gelb of Giant Sand’s 60th birthday, a giant concert in his hometown, Tucson. A whole host of special guest will perform including John Doe and Exene Cervenka (X, Knitters), Scout Niblett, the Sno Angel gospel singers, Maggie Bjorklund – and Sylvie! The great lineup of musicians include Steve Shelley of Sonic Youth, John Convertino of Calexico and of course Giant Sand and more.

Rialto Theater, 318 E. Congress St, Tucson.. $20  7.30pm


October 19th, North Beach, San Francisco

Sylvie teams up with the Charith Premawardhana, Matthew Szemel and the Classical Revolution for a show in which she’s accompanied on her songs by a string quartet.

Monroe SF , 473 Broadway at Kearny Street, North Beach. SF. 7pm-11-pm. (Sylvie performs at 10pm)


October 25th, San Francisco

Sylvie will debut her protest song “Trump” on “Pop-Up”, ex KFOG’s  Irish Greg and Renee’s podcast, recorded live in the Mission. The show also features famed author Dave Eggers.

Amado’s, Valencia St at 21st, 7pm.


November 12th, San Francisco

Sylvie sings with the Classical Revolution strings

Cafe Revolution, Valencia St @ Bartlett. Free.  2pm-5pm


November 15th, San Francisco

Sylvie pays tribute to Leonard Cohen on Irish Greg and Renee’s “Pop-Up” Podcast. Recorded live at Amado’s in the Mission District. The Sam Chase will also perform.

Free, but donation requested to benefit the Blue Bear School of Music

Amado’s, Valencia St at 21st, 7pm.


November 20th, Berkeley, CA

A Sunday afternoon tribute to Leonard Cohen, with Sylvie Simmons,  the Conspiracy of Beards, Conspiracy of Venus and special guests.
JCC East Bay, 1414 Walnut Street, Berkeley
Tickets $10 but no-one turned away for lack of funds. 2:pm- 4:30pm
November 27th, San Francisco
Sylvie hosts a tribute to Leonard Cohen. Performers include Mark Kozelek, Chuck Prophet, Paula Frazer, Sonny Smith, Greg Ashley, Conspiracy of Beards, James Finch, Tim Cohen, Sarah Bethe Nelson, Tim Bluhm, Marty O’Reilly, Matt Baldwin, Renee Wilson, Christopher Owens and Sylvie Simmons.
The Chapel, Valencia St 7pm am sharp- 10pm  All proceeds to local arts charity the Community Music Center. UPDATE:  SRO






















3rd September, Aarhus, Denmark

Sylvie and Howe Town CalledSylvie Simmons performs with Howe Gelb,  Giant Sand, M. Ward, Grant Lee Phillips, Yasmine Hamdan, Maggie Bjorklund, Tony Garnier, Steve Shelley and more at a very special evening of music called Too Much Light..

VoxHall, Vester Alle 15, Aarhus C     9.30-11.45pm/ 21:30-23:45

Tickets and information: http://aarhusfestuge.dk/en/event/howe-gelb-way-too-much-light




9th September, San Francisco, California

‘Word Performances’ – an evening of words and music starring Sylvie Simmons, Joshua Mohr, Brynn Saito and more!

The Lost Church, Capp St, San Francisco. 7:30pm


4  October San Francisco

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, San Francisco’s famous free festival and musical event of the year! Sylvie will be singing backing vocals on Sunday afternoon with Jim White and the Packway Handle Band

Sunday at the Porch Stage, Golden Gate Park  3:40-4:25     Free!


7th October San Francisco

At the famous Fillmore,on the night of The Lone Bellow show, Sylvie will perform an acoustic set upstairs in the Poster Room bar.

The Fillmore, 1805 Geary Boulevard  Doors open 7pm. Tickets to the Lone Bellow show are required for entry.


14th October San Francisco

Sylvie will interview multi-platinum selling singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles about her life, her music and her first book ‘Sounds Like Me’ onstage at the JCC.

The interview and short concert will also be streamed live. https://www.jccsf.org/arts-ideas/lectures/arts-entertainment/sara-bareilles/

Jewish Community Centre, 3200 California St, San Francisco  7:30pm


19th December, San Francisco

Sylvie opens for Erin Brazill and the Brazillionaires at a magical mini-theatre in the Mission district.

The Lost Church, 7:30pm

Ticket $10 advance, $15 at the door. details here:  http://www.ticketfly.com/event/996989-erin-brazill-san-francisco/




SUMMER SHOWS 2015: Norway, Chile, California, Denmark – hope to see you somewhere along the way.

6th June,  San Francisco Radio

Live-in-the-studio performance on Folk Music and Beyond with JoAnn Marr,  KALW FM

http://kalw.org/listen-live  4pm


 18th June Santa Cruz, CA

Sylvie will read from her Leonard Cohen book and sing his songs – and some of her own – at the legendary Ukulele Club of Santa Cruz.

Bocci’s Cellar bar and Italian restaurant, 140 Encinal St, Santa Cruz, 7pm  Free!


27th June, Nyksund, Norway

A special Midnight Sun concert in the north of Norway, in a small,  beautiful, old church by the sea in Nyksund. It’s part of a one-day festival in Zoar church which also features the famous Norwegian actress  Mari Maurstad, her husband Age Kvalbein with the band Sturm und Drang, and Norwegian artist Tone Dietrichson presenting her Leonard Cohen-inspired collection, ‘Anthem’.

Tickets are 250 NOK for each individual concert or 300 NOK for the whole day and available from  ingrid@hildreland.no.

Zoar, Nyksund 4 pm/16:00


3rd July, Ringstad, Norway

Sylvie teams up with artist Tone Dietrichson for a concer and presentation at Bø in Ringstad.
Ticket : 250 NOK from ingrid@hildreland.no

6pm/18:00 More details to come.


5th July, Oslo, Norway

‘In The Name of Leonard Cohen’ – songs Of Leonard Cohen…. and more!

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This unique Sunday evening concert in Oslo features a triple bill of  Norwegian, American and British singer-writers who will perform songs by the man who is their common passion: Leonard Cohen. Sylvie Simmons (UK), Luke Elliot (US) and Rem & Rem (Norway) will also sing some of their own original songs.  Sylvie and Havard Rem met in Oslo last summer at a Leonard Cohen event – Rem, a noted poet, translated the Norwegian edition of her book I’m Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen and has also translated Cohen’s own work.

Sylvie Simmons, Rem&Rem and Luke Elliot.
Kulturhuset , Youngsgaten 3, Oslo, 7.30pm/  19:30
Tickets : 250 NOK  from  https://www.hoopla.no/ or buy at the door at Kulturhuset (http://www.kulturhusetioslo.no/)


16th July, Oakland CA

Sylvie shares the bill with California music veterans David Gans, Rick Turner (celebrated guitar maker to the likes of Jackson Browne, David Crosby and Lindsay Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac) and more!

Octopus Literary Salon, 2010 Webster St, Oakland, 7pm. Tickets at the door or via https://oaklandoctopus.org


1oth August, Santiago, Chile radio and TV

Hernán Rojas show, Radio Futuro – 11:3am

Alfredo Lewin show, Radio Sonar – 2:30pm

Chilevisión TV, 5:pm

Sylvie’s classic rock selection –  Radio Futuro, evening



11th August, Santiago, Chile


Sylvie will be interviewed onstage about her life and work by the renowned Chilean journalist  and MTV presenter Alfredo Lewi. She will also perform some Leonard Cohen songs and songs of her own, accompanied by Chilean guitar players Matías Cena annd Diego Alorda
Teatro Oriente Side Room, Agustinas 794. Providencia, Santiago   7.30pm / 19:30

Tickets: $8.000 http://ventas.elmercurio.com/Sitio/EEM/VentaProducto.aspx?IdProd=58



20th August, San Francisco, USA

The Contemporary Jewish Museum and Litquake join forces with an event to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Bruce Springsteen’s “Born to Run,” which launched him into the stratosphere and earned him the reputation as the poet laureate of rock. San Francisco celebrities including Sylvie Simmons, Ben Fong-Torres, Beth Lisick, Joel Selvin and more will tell stories, read lyrics, and in Sylvie’s case also perform a song from the album on her ukulele.   More info here: http://www.thecjm.org/programs/performance/863-born-to-read-celebrating-the-lyrics-of-springsteen

Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St,  6:30-9pm   $10 Members or $15 general including museum admission


31st August, Aarhus, Denmark

A Leonard Cohen book reading and signing –  both the English and Danish language versions of I’m Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen – and a Cohen song or two.

Kristian F Møller book shop. Store Torv 5, 8000 Arhus C. 6.3opm/ 18:30  Free


1st September, Aarhus, Denmark  [Please note the change of date,]

Sylvie interviews music business legend Jac Holzman- the founder of Elektra Records and the man who signed the Doors, Love, Queen etc – onstage as part of the Aarhus festival.

ARoS Auditoriet, Aros Alle 2, Aarhus C         5pm-6.30pm/ 17:00-18:30

Tickets and information: http://tinyurl.com/pbkqgn8


2nd September, Aarhus, Denmark

Sylvie performs some new songs at a pop-up show at Bora Bora.HQ bar, near the modern art museum.

3:30 pm Free







2015 – Spring tour

4th January Radio, KUSF-in-Exile,  San Francisco

Live in the studio with DJ Webbles on the morning Hangover Sessions show.  http://tunein.com/radio/KUSF-in-Exile-s151755/

10.45am-12 noon


9th January, Radio, Athens, Georgia

‘Just Off The Radar’ with Joe Silva. Can be heard online at http://justofftheradar.com/episodes/episode-404-sylvie-simmons/


10th January, Sonoma, CA

Words and music, at Sonoma Valley Regional Library

755 West Napa St, Sonoma  2pm, free!


11 January Radio, Point Reyes Station, West Marin, CA

Sylvie live in the studo with Brian ‘Learnin’ Kirven on KWMR  90.5 FM 4pm-6pm


29 January, Cartagena, Colombia

Hay Festival of the Americas.  Sylvie will be appearing at the famed literary festival  where celebrated authors run shoulders with Hollywood stars, and the city Gabriel Garcia Marquez made famous rings with the sound of music.

Sylvie will be interviewed onstage by Colombian journalist Jacobo Celnik about her life as a music journalist and her book, published in Colombia as Soy Tu Hombre: La Vida de Leonard Cohen. She will end the evening by performing, solo, a set  of her songs and Leonard Cohen’s.

UNIBAC university building, Cartagena 7.30pm


7th  February, Berkeley, CA

Sylvie will be a special guest at the Berkeley Public Library Foundation 13th Annual Authors Dinner.  For ticket information: http://bplf.org/featured_author/simmons-sylvie/   Share a table with Sylvie and raise money for the library foundation.

6pm-10.35pm, ticketed guests only


11th  February, San Francisco, Radio,

Live session and interview on Henry Wimmer’s Open Mind show, KUSF-in-exile


16th  February, Radio,(morning)

Blog Talk Radio’s May Pang and Cynthia Neilson have invited Sylvie back on their show to talk about her life, her songs and her books. 9:00am (PST) and 12:00 noon (EST). Here’s the link….http://www.blogtalkradio.com/

16th  February, San Francisco (evening)

Sylvie performs on a bill with singer-songwriters Tom Heyman, Bob Frank, Tim Cohen and James Finch at the legendary Sad Bastard Club at the Make-Out Room. The show starts at 7.45pm and is free to get in – leaving you with cash in your pocket to buy the lovely CDs and LPs on offer from the artists!

Make-out Room, 3225 22nd St between Mission and Velancia, 7.45pm – 10pm Free


17th – 22nd February, N. California and Nevada mini-tour with Jason McNiff

Sylvie Simmons and British singer-songwriter Jason McNiff will team up together for a one-week whirlwind California-to-Nevada tour.


18th February, Radio, San Francisco (afternoon)

Sylvie and Jason talk and play live on KUSF-in-exile noon-3pm, with DJ Henry.http://savekusf.org/listen-to-kusf-in-exile

18th  February, San Francisco (evening)

Sylvie and Jason play an early-evening double-bill at the Rite Spot Cafe, a cozy Mission district dive with local art, Italian-American food, a full bar – and music. So come straight from work grab a drink and catch some music.

Rite Spot 2099 Folsom St @17th St  5.30pm-7pm Free


19th February, Radio, Colombia (afternoon)

Sylvie will be talking by phone to leading Colombian journalist Felix DeBedout on W Radio. The show is broadcast throughout  Colombia, and in Paris, Tel Aviv, Panama City, Miami, Washington and New York.

6.00pm East Coast time. WWW.WRADIO.COM.CO


19th February, Berkeley, CA (evening)

An intimate living-room show featuring Sylvie Simmons and  British singer-songwriter Jason McNiff playing as a duo. Jason is a London-based songwriter of Polish and Irish descent who  has won Americana UK album of the year as well as a nomination for an Independent Music Award. His fluid fingerstyle guitar playing has drawn comparisons with John Fahey and Bert Jansch.

This is a private venue in The Elmwood. Space is limited so please email mbrianlinn@yahoo.com to reserve a ticket and for more details.   Tickets $10- $15 sliding scale   SOLD OUT


20th February, Radio, Davis, (afternoon)

Sylvie and Jason McNiff will talk and play live on the program ‘Listening Lyrics’ with Pieter Pastoor at 4:00pm They will also make a live appearance on KDRT’s program ‘The Awesome Patrol’ at 5pm. KDRT is at 95.7FM

20th February, Davis, CA (evening)

Sylvie  and Jason will play a full show at the Dock store. Opening the show will be local Davis band Smoke Shovelers

The Dock, Suddwerk Brewing Co. 2001 2nd St, Davis. Tel 530 758 8700 7pm $5


21st February, Fair Oaks, CA radio (afternoon)

Sylvie and Jason talk and play on The Grid FM with Darragh Ryan   www.midtownradio.org  4pm


21st February, Sacramento, CA  (evening)

Sylvie and Jason  open for Anton Barbeau.

The Fox & Goose, 1001 R St. @ 10th, Sacramento . 9pm $5


22nd February, Reno, NV

Sylvie and Jason end their tour as a duo at an intimate, not-to-be missed concert in Reno.  Local act Royal Noble will open.

125 Park Street, Reno $5


26th  February, San Francisco

Sylvie Simmons and a panel of authors read their essays from the new anthology edited by Victoria Zackheim, ‘Faith’.

Books Inc Opera Plaza, 610 Van Ness Ave, SF.

7pm. Free


28th  February, Santa Rosa, CA

Words and music, at Northwest Library, Santa Rosa.   150 Coddington Center, Santa Rosa  707 546 2265

2pm  Free.


3rd March, San Francisco

Sylvie plays a special Leonard Cohen show  at the Jewish Community  Library. ‘Canadian singer/songwriter Leonard Cohen attributed the source of his music to Jewish liturgy, “the sound of the Jewish voice raised in prayer or adoration or praise. Those are the kinds of modes that touched me and informed me.” Sylvie Simmons is an award-winning writer and rock journalist. NPR’s All ThingsConsidered named I’m Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen the  best biography of the year. Her previous books include biographies of Neil Young and French Jewish singer Serge Gainsbourg. Sylvie is also a singer, songwriter, and recording artist, accompanying herself on ukulele.’.

1835 Ellis Street.      7pm Free – but get there early; the 200 sseats are going fast!


6th March, San Francisco

Sylvie opens for Sweet Chariot at their  album launch party

Make-Out Room, 22nd St @ Mission 6.30pm; Sylvie on at 7pm  $10


15th March, San Francisco

‘Ladies of Uke’ An all-star cast of female singer-songwriters who love – and play – the ukulele.  https://www.facebook.com/events/1575521006021552/

Make-Out Room, 22nd St @ Mission, San Francisco. 7pm


4th April , Nashville, TN

Country Music Hall of Fame, with Charlie Daniels and Ron Cornelius. Sylvie joins the country star Daniels and Bob Dylan/Leonard Cohen guitarist Cornelius at ‘Dylan, Cash and the Nashville Cats’, a look at the Nashville scene in the late ’60s and early ’70s and the great era of country music’s crossover with rock.

Country Music Hall of Fame, 222 5th Avenue South. Tel 615 416 2001  2pm.

4th April – evening 

Sylvie will perform a half-hour set of her own songs at The Basement club. (Also on the bill: Will Logsdon of The Crumbs and Leticia Wolf of the Dead Deads.)

The Basement, 1604 8th Avenue South #330, Nashville 615 254 8006  7pm-9pm  $5


8th April , San Francisco, CA

An evening of song at a very cool, members-only San Francisco nightclub The Battery- Sylvie plays songs of her own and songs of Leonard Cohen.

The Battery, 717 Battery St, S.F  7.30pm


10th April, Healdsburg, CA

Friday early evening, outdoors at the Da Vero Winery – a celebrated biodynamic farm and Italian vineyard in Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County – Sylvie headlines a fundraising concert for the Healdsburg Wine Library, accompanied by jazz guitarist Philip Van Gelder.

766 Westside Rd, Healdsburg   (707) 431-8000 6pm for  wine and hors d’oeuvres. Music 6.30-8pm


1st May, Bogota, Colombia  

Following the success of her performance in January in Cartagena,  Sylvie’s been invited back to Colombia  – Bogota, this time, and for two performances,  as part of the Bogota Book Fair.

The first event is ‘Que Viva Musica’.  Sylvie will be interviewed onstage by Colombian music journalist Jacobo Celnik about her life and work in music and she will sing some of her favourite songs.

5.30pm,  Carpa Acadia Suena at  CORFERIAS, Bogota. http://feriadellibro.com/index


 2nd May, Bogota, Colombia  

Sylvie plays a concert of her own songs and some songs of Leonard Cohen, accompanied by Colombian guitarist Nicolas Holguin.

5pm, Carpa Arcadia Suena at CORFERIAS.


9th  May, Oakland, CA

At the newly-reopened Octopus Salon in Oakland, Sylvie shares the bill with two great Texan singer-songwriters and recording artists:  Jerry DeCicca (ex Black Swans) and Colin Gilmore (son of Jimmy Dale Gilmore). It will be a special in-the-round show. For more details: https://oaklandoctopus.org/jerry-decicca-black-swans-special-guests-sylvie-simmons-and-colin-gilmore

2010 Webster St, Oakland   8pm-11pm


23rd May, Berkeley, CA

Conspiracy of Beards will be celebrating 12 years of performing theiroriginal arrangements of the songs of Leonard Cohen. They will be joined at this show by Sylvie Simmons, singer and author of the New York Times bestseller “I’m Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen.” All proceeds go from this intimate Marsh Cabaret show benefit the AIDS/LifeCycle. Tickets available at http://beardsfinale.brownpapertickets.com

2120 Allston Way, Berkeley. Doors open 6 p.m. music starts at 8 p.m


30th May, San Francisco

Ukulele Jay’s 3rd annual “Uke Jam By The Bay”

It’s not a festival, it’s a jam. Bring your uke and stand. All levels welcome. Special performances by Sylvie Simmons from San Francisco and Uke Ellington from Santa Cruz with Rick Turner. RSVP to Blue Knight <blue_knight_usa@yahoo.com>

1095 Folsom St,  San Francisco 9am-4pm


31st May, Oakland

Octopus Literary Salon launch party,

2010 Webster St, Oakland 6pm. free!




Coming up:

Sylvie is open to playing some selected house concerts when he schedule allows . If you are interested in hosting a comcert, let us know via the Fanswell link at the top of the tour page for US shows, or via the Contact page on Sylvie’s website for non-US shows.






Autumn and Winter 2014

3rd September, Reno, Nevada

The Holland Project – an all-ages arts and music non-profit in Nevada, partnered with Sundance – presents its latest quarterly salon-style series ‘The Ladies’ is all about women in music – the women behind the music and often in the shadows. We’ll be exploring unsung heroines as well as musical legends. This is a must-see for anyone interested in women in rock. Our hosts are writer and woman-behind-the-scenes Aja Pecknold (Fleet Foxes) and special guest Sylvie Simmons, the renowned music writer, author of fiction and non-fiction and, as of this year, recording artist! There will be a list of books/films/articles posted for anyone interested in learning more.

Sundance, California Ave, Reno, NV  http://www.hollandreno.org  6pm free!


7th September,  San Francisco
‘Adobe Books & Arts Cooperative: Sylvie Simmons presents Leonard Cohen’s 80th Birthday Party’

Free event celebrating Leonard Cohen’s birthday – and the release of his new album – in words, song, trivia contests, anything else we might dream up by then. Sylvie will bring her book and her ukulele. Come buy a book and help keep this great shop and arts collective alive!

Adobe Books, 3130 24th St (at Folsom St) S.F. 415 864 3936  7pm free.



13th September, Oslo, Norway

“There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in.” At the Galleri Ramfjord in Oslo, a very special, early-afternoon 80th birthday celebration of Leonard Cohen in word, song – and art. The gallery is exhibiting 20 signed and numbered prints of Cohen’s art  from 1960 until now. It is also showing new oil paintings  by the noted Norwegian artist  Tone Dietrichson, which were inspired by  Cohen’s song ‘Anthem’.  The artist  will be in attendance. Sylvie will be speaking, reading from her Cohen biography and singing Cohen songs. Norwegian singer Christel Alsos will also be performing, and Marianne Ihlen (So Long Marianne) will read unpublished material from her book on her life with Leonard.

Galleri Ramfjord Schwemsengate 1. 0170 Oslo, Norway  www.galleriramfjord.net/  12 noon- (closes at 3pm)  Free admission, open to the public.


14th September, Oslo

Booksigning with Sylvie Simmons in cooperation with Cappelen Damm, the publishers of the Norwegian edition of her book: I’m Your Man Leonard Cohens Liv. Come meet the author, buy a book or bring any other edition of the book that you’d like signed!

Galleri Ramfjord Schwemsengate 1. 0170 Oslo, 1pm (closes at 2pm sharp) Free


15th September, Helsinki, Finland – CANCELLED due to the delayed release date of the Finnish edition of the book. Replaced by a house-party, invite-only

Leonard Cohen: an 80th birthday tribute in words and songs, with Sylvie Simmons and her ukulele.


19th September, San Francisco, CA

The Basement Series: the only S.F reading event with free beer and food! Two published authors and five emerging writers read from their work.  Tonight’s theme: ‘Music is cheaper than therapy’. Starring Sylvie Simmons and Ben Fong-Torres.

Sports Basement 1590 Bryant St. @16th St, San Francisco 7pm $5-$10 sliding scale, all profits go to literary scholarships.


25th September, San Francisco, CA

A very special  Anglo-German event at the Goethe Institut in honour of Leonard Cohen’s 80th birthday. There will be  a bilingual evening of words and Cohen songs. Sylvie will read from the English edition of the book and perform some of Cohen’s songs on her ukulele. If all goes to plan there will be German as well as English-language paperbacks of  her Leonard Cohen biography  for sale and signing.

Goethe Institut, 530 Bush St between Grant and Stockton St, info@sanfrancisco.goethe.org     6.30-8pm


2nd October, San Francisco, CA

“Up Close & Personal” a pre-record release party for Sylvie Simmons’ upcoming album, ‘Sylvie’, at one of the most intimate venues in San Francisco: the beautiful basement at and Viracocha (998 Valencia St.) Come here Sylvie sing songs from her new album. Opening the show will be acclaimed Bay Area guitar player Danny Paul Grody

Viracocha, 998 Valencia St near 21st, Tickets available at the door $15 by donation  8pm – 11.30pm


10th, 11th, 12th October,  Dublin, Ireland

“No Idle Day Festival”. The three-day weekend festival hosted by the Dublin arts and music collective Young Hearts Run Free,  features two separate evening appearances by Sylvie .

Friday 10th:  ‘Life has Surface Noise’ – talking about music with an illustrious panel: Jim Carroll, Donal Dineen, Bill Drummond, Siobhan Kane, John Osborne, Johnny Rogan, Sylvie Simmons, Ed Smith, Peter Toomey, Jonny Trunk and surprise guests. Expect some great conversations – and revelations!

Kevin Barry Room, National Concert Hall , Earlsfort Terrace  7.30-10.45pm, 15euros

Saturday 11th –  ‘No Idle Day (When You Love Music So Much)’. Tonight’s Sylvie’s birthday, and she’ll be celebrating with a night of conversation and music.   Sylvie and fellow music biographer Johnny Rogan will be interviewed onstage by Siobhán Kane.   There will musical performances from Katie Kim, The Spook of the Thirteenth Lock, Adrian Crowley  – and Sylvie! If all goes to plan, Howe Gelb (Giant Sand) will be joining her after his gig at Whelan’s to play a couple of songs with her from her album,’Sylvie’, which Howe produced and performed on.There’ll be copies of her CD and book for sale  -and  if you already have a book you want signed, bring it along! http://www.irishtimes.com/blogs/ontherecord/2014/09/26/no-idle-day-a-new-festival-from-young-hearts-run-free/

City Assembly House 58 South William St, 7.30-11pm,  20euro

Sunday 12th, a late afternoon performance at the Bello Bar by Portobello Quay as part of the festival’s brunch show, with writers, ranconteurs, comedians, musicians and singers.

12noon-6pm. And remember,  proceeds go to the Simon Community, the Dublin charity that helps the homeless!


18th October,  San Francisco, CA

From bar crawls to Litcrawl! Sylvie heads straight off the plane from Dublin down to Valencia Street, which tonight will be seething with writers, musicians and performers in the annual Litquake festival Litcrawl! Sylvie will join the noted SF novelist and music-lover Chris Cole at his Dijital Fix event to talk and read.

820 Valencia St (next door to Dave Eggars’ 826 Valencia pirate shop) 8.30 pm


28th October,  Reno, NV

Record release party and concert for ‘Sylvie’ at the most beautiful building in Reno, Sundance Books & Music. Sylvie and a band will be performing songs from her new album  Tel 775 786 118  orhttp://www.sundancebookstore.com for details.

121 California Ave, Reno  Free


12th November, San Francisco

An intimate evening at a very special San Francisco show in the most magical and mysterious little space in the city, the Secret Alley – so secret that we can only tell you the address if you send a personal message to request a ticket!  Sylvie will be playing her songs with  famed guitarist Josh Pollock (Gong; Citay; Annie Girl & The Flight) and Joe Lewis on upright bass.  The show is going to be streamed live around the world. Check Pressuredrop TV for details of the show and the contests: there are books and albums to win. You won’t believe this place until you see it, so do come along.

The Secret Alley. 8pm sharp (no support act)        Seating is very limited so if you’re coming please email sylvie@sylviesimmons.com


13th November, San Francisco

Classical Revolution 8th Anniversary show at Salle Pianos. A last-minute addition to the tour: Sylvie will be playing the opening set at tonight’s big celebration of classical music and beyond!

1632C Market Street (between Gough and Franklin). Donations


15th November, Santa Rosa, CA

After a live in-studio appearance at radio station KRCB, Santa Rosa’s NPR Station, Sylvie plays an album launch show at the fabulous Last Record Store in downtown Santa Rosa. Free admission – and free beverages! How can you resist? They’ll be selling copies Sylvie’s new CD and LP and she’ll be very happy to sign them after the show.

1899 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 4.15pm. Free


20th November, Jersey City , Radio WFMU

‘The John Allen Show’ Live in the studio,  WFMU  91.1  9pm

22nd November, New York City

‘Radio Silence Release Party’ – an all-star night in New York City, including Stephen Merritt of The Magnetic Fields, Tanya Donnelly of The Breeders, Jim White (Wrong-Eyed Jesus), Lee Renaldo, Ricky Moody, Golden Suits/Fred Nicolaus and Sylvie Simmons! Radio Silence is a brilliant book-sized (and digital) magazine of literature and rock, whose profits help fund arts education by providing books and musical instruments to underserved youth. More details here on the lineup and how to buy tickets: http://www.maintainradiosilence.com

Le Poisson Rouge 158 Bleecker Street, New York     18+  8pm (doors open at 7) $39.50


27th November, Liverpool UK

Sylvie’s first show in the UK is in Formby, Liverpool at  Grateful Fred’s at the Cafe D’Art. Come join Sylvie and the ‘Fredheads’ at this great little venue, maximum capacity 30. http://gratefulfred.co.uk/cafesessions

Grateful Fred’s, Cafe D’Art, Chapel Lane, Formby, Liverpool  8pm  Tickets £10 and must be booked in advance via gratefulfreddie@gmail.comor (44) 797 077 4618


29th November, Winchester, UK

‘Visions from the Tower of Song’, a one-day Leonard Cohen symposium at the University of Winchester. Workshops, talks and performance celebrating Cohen’s 80th birthday year. Various venues across the campus. Sylvie Simmons will be the keynote speaker and will read from her book and perform Cohen’s songs. Winchester is within easy train distance of London and also Southampton Airport with international connections.


30th November, London

‘Come Down and Meet the Folks’. Sylvie will be playing with Jason McNiff at the famous roots Americana get-together at the Apple Tree pub. Acts will play from 4pm-9pm.

The Apple Tree, 45  Mount Pleasant, London WC1


1st December, Reading Radio Blast 1386

Sylvie live on the Mark Watkins Show 1.15pm


2nd December, London

The last time Sylvie played the 12 Bar – in June 2013 – she sang Leonard Cohen songs. Now she’s back for to sing her own songs at the UK album launch for her album  Sylvie, which Devendra Banhart describes as “Absolutely beautiful, fragile and fearless, direct and poetic – a gem.” She’ll be accompanied onstage by singer-songwriter and guitar player Jason McNiff.

12 Bar, 26 Denmark St, London WC2. 9pm £6


3rd December, London, Radio, Resonance FM, ‘Bonanza and Son’

Live interview and performance session with Martyn Bonanza on his much-loved Americana radio show.

“Critically acclaimed Leonard Cohen/Neil Young biographer and ace rock journalist Sylvie Simmons now has her own debut LP released by the über-cool ‘Light In The Attic Records’ label. Simply entitled ‘Sylvie’ the LP is as sumptuous, tender and genuinely as beautiful as a freshly blooming flower in spring. Armed only with her trusty ukelele, delicate voice and poetry-strong songs Sylvie beguiles and delights…[A] potential album of the year.”

Resonance 104.4 FM 4.30 pm,Listen again at https://soundcloud.com/martyn-bonanza/bonanza-son-on-resonancefm-3rd-december-2014-sylvie-simmons-live-session-1


4th December, London, Radio, Resonance FM,  ‘The London Ear’

Live in the studio with Ben Thompson, Sylvie will be talking about her Leonard Cohen book and also about her new album, and will perform some songs.

3pm, Resonance 104.4 FMFM


5th December, Scotland BBC Radio Glasgow,’ The Janice Forsyth Show’

Interview and performance, live in the studio. 92-95 FM   3.30pm


10th December,  Radio WFMU, New Jersey 
‘Sad Songs with Sylvie Simmons  on The John Allen Show.’
Born and raised in London, Sylvie Simmons ran away to Los Angeles in the late ’70s to become a rock critic. Widely regarded for her early writings at Sounds, Cream and Kerrang!, as well as later at The Guardian, Rolling Stone and chiefly at MOJO since the magazine’s inception, she has also written books on Serge Gainsbourg, Neil Young, and most recently, Leonard Cohen. All the while she has been studying the art of the song, particularly sad songs. This month marks the magical debut of a singer and musician who’s spent her whole life in music but hasn’t gone public until now. “Sylvie” is a hauntingly beautiful collection of ukelele songs, just released on Light In The Attic, that is dreamy, intimate and timeless. This in-studio performance will be followed with selections of sad songs Sylvie chose from the FMU library.
91.1 FM Jersey City, 90.1 Hudson Valley NY http://wfmu.org   6am-9pm


11th December, San Francisco  (afternoon) BFF-FM Internet Radio 

Live in the studio with DJ Indie Rock Girl. Listen at http://bff.fm/pages/listen-options 4.20pm

 11th December, San Francisco (Evening) *POSTPONED DUE TO CRAZY THUNDERSTORM

A special  pre-Hanukkah event celebrating Leonard Cohen.

‘Canadian singer/songwriter Leonard Cohen attributed the source of his music to Jewish liturgy, “the sound of the Jewish voice raised in prayer or adoration or praise. Those are the kinds of modes that touched me and informed me.” In writing her authorized biography of Cohen, journalist Sylvie Simmons interviewed more than one hundred of those closest to him, including his bar mitzvah teacher, his current rabbi, his fellow monks at the Mount Baldy Zen Center where he was ordained a Buddhist monk, as well as the mother of his children, musicians, record producers, literary editors, and Cohen himself. NPR’s All Things Considered named I’m Your Man the best biography of the year in 2012.  Sylvie Simmons is an award-winning writer and rock journalist. Her previous books include the cult short story collection Too Weird for Ziggy, as well as biographies of Neil Young and French Jewish singer Serge Gainsbourg. Sylvie is also a singer, songwriter, and recording artist. She tours the world reading from her book, talking about Cohen and singing his songs, accompanying herself on ukulele.’

Bring books (and anything else!) for Sylvie to sign. She’ll also be selling copies of the paperback edition of I’m Your Man  – they make great holiday presents!!

The Jewish Community Library, 1835 Ellis Street San Francisco  7pm  Free – all welcome!


18th December, Berkeley

House concert. Details tba


20th December, Oakland, CA

The MEGADOME Winter Solstice party – an evening not to be missed. Sylvie singing a solo set while a film plays behind her.  Also playing: The Fronds. Drakes brewery should be there with yummy winter beer.  We will have tamales and Tecates as always.  Donut Dolly is bringing dessert, plus cider and mulled wine!  The telescopes open around 930 or 10 (weather permitting).

Ticket s at the door or via website  http://www.chabotspace.org/index.htm

7.30-10pm. $15