World Cafe visited with Ron Sexsmith during its trip to Toronto. Vanessa Heins/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Ron Sexsmith's new album, Forever Endeavour, comes out Feb. 5. Michael D'Amico/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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It's natural for Leonard Cohen to think a lot about mortality near the end of his life, but Ron Sexsmith says Cohen has never sung about "frivolous things." Dominique Issermann hide caption

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Ron Sexsmith performed on Mountain Stage. Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage hide caption

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Ron Sexsmith. Natasha Bardin hide caption

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