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Choir! Choir! Choir!

 

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off, becoming a large, unique phenomenon that tells us something about music in the present day. Now C!C!C! performs from Carnegie Hall to Brazil. They come to the Ark on May 21.

The intervening steps tell an interesting story. The first break was an invitation to sing at an Art Gallery of Ontario party where Patti Smith was also performing. Fascinated, Smith invited the singers to appear with her. Then, when David Bowie died last year, founders Nobu Adilman and Daveed Goldman brought 500 singers to the gallery for a performance of "Space Oddity." A video of that performance went viral, thanks to social media postings by, among others, Twitter founder Jack Dorsey.

"Something has really clicked about how [Adilman and Goldman] seek to connect groups of people who just want to sing out loud without judgement," noted blogTO.com. The David Bowie tribute led to an appearance at Toronto's Massey Hall, where Choir! Choir! Choir! sang "When Doves Cry" in Prince's memory. Rufus Wainwright led a group of 1,500 C!C!C! singers in Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" last June at Toronto's Luminato Festival, before Cohen's towering final album hit the streets.

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