Toronto’s Choir! Choir! Choir! continues to be one of the coolest weekly get-togethers.
The group started up in 2011 by Daveed Goldman and Nobu Adilman for what was intended to be a one-off event for a birthday party.
Instead of a traditional organizational model, the choir is structured as an “open participation” group where anybody who wants to attend an event is welcome to perform as part of the choir. The meeting place is usually Clinton’s Tavern in Toronto – – twice weekly – – with each performance revolving around a single song. Daveed and Nobu teach the song’s arrangement and harmonies to the participants, then eventually do a live performance of the song.
They’re taking the Choir! Choir! Choir! show on the road this Sunday – – a concert at the U.S.-Mexico border.
A post on the ticketing site Eventbrite says “singers of all levels can participate in the show”, which will take place in two locations at the same time – – Border Field State Park in San Diego, and in the nearby Mexican border town of Tijuana.
Up to 500 singers will gather in San Diego and about 300 in Tijuana. Together, they’ll all sing “With a Little Help from My Friends” by the Beatles.
Daveed and Nobu say they’re not trying to make this a political event, that “it’s about communication; the simple act of singing together is a jumping-off point for so many beautiful ways to connect, beyond the singing.”
Check out this performance of the beautiful Lewis Capaldi song “Someone You Loved”, recorded a few weeks ago:
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