Source: Choir! Choir! Choir! website
Source: Choir! Choir! Choir! website

While Leonard Cohen wrote and performed the original version of “Hallelujah” in 1984, numerous musicians — including Jeff Buckley and Rufus Wainwright — have covered it since then. While the late Buckley’s version may be more critically acclaimed, Rufus Wainwright’s version also found a considerable amount of success when it was included on the Shrek soundtrack in 2001.

On June 11, 2016, Wainwright performed the song with 1500 members of the Toronto, Canada-based Choir! Choir! Choir! at the Hearn Generating Station (an abandoned power plant). The performance took place as part of the Luminato Festival in Toronto.

C!C!C! is a group of citizens who just enjoy singing and meet weekly to work on new arrangements of pop songs. They’ve begun traveling to take their shows on the road to festivals, as well as to lead workshops. The group is led by Daveed Goldman and Nobu Adilman (who collectively go by the name “DaBu”), who started the group in 2011.

You don’t need to be a music person to hear how magical it sounds when 1500 voices come together in an abandoned building.

The performance features a single instrument — one acoustic guitar — as well as Wainwright’s lead vocals and the 1500 choir members made up of men, women, and children. The choir was led by Goldman and Adilman. For many, it was their first Choir! Choir! Choir! event.

Check out the video of the performance below (and keep your tissues handy — this version is very likely to hit you right in the feels).


Though the performance was filmed a month ago, it only began circulating within the past few days. Many have taken to social media to express its timeliness in light of recent events and how it brings them a sense of peace in a time of chaos.

What are your thoughts on this rendition?