Matador: The Songs of Leonard Cohen is the fifth solo album recorded by the Canadian singer Patricia O'Callaghan and was released by the Marquis label in November 2011. It was shortlisted for a 2012 Juno Award and won almost immediate critical acclaim. Christopher Loudon described it in a review for the JazzTimes website as a "superb collection of Leonard Cohen gems" recorded by "arguably Canada's most gifted jazz-cabaret hybrid" on an album featuring "what is quite possibly the most exquisite "Hallelujah" ever recorded" ([...] Jon O'Brien wrote in a review for the AllMusic website: "A graceful and respectful homage to a true musical icon, Matador: The Songs of Leonard Cohen cements O'Callaghan's position as one of his most accomplished interpreters" ([...] Named after the Toronto tavern that Cohen frequented in the 1960s, Matador is unusual for a pop music album since, although electric guitar can be heard on one song ("Everybody Knows"), none of the tracks features electric bass guitar. The violinist, cellist and pianist on the album, Patipatanikoon, Borys and Parker, are better-known as the Canadian chamber music ensemble the Gryphon Trio and one song ("The Smokey Life") is a duet with Steven Page, a founder member of The Barenaked Ladies. Matador was produced with financial support from the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage Canada Music Fund.