"Nobu Adilman is trying to please the hundred people in front of him, but it’s not easy.
“Choir’s tough,” he tells a woman at the back of the bar. She wants to sing the highest part of the Eurythmics’ Here Comes the Rain, but Mr. Adilman has just given the part to a group standing in front of him.
He is, of course, joking. This choir is not tough. Anyone can join Choir! Choir! Choir! and no one is judging the good from the bad. What started as a spontaneous Facebook event that saw 20 people gather at a Queen West real-estate office to sing during a February snowstorm has grown to a group of close to 100 voices on any given night. The project has already gained local notoriety, with a twinkle of national attention: their cover of Bryan Adams’s Run to You got a shout-out from the singer on Twitter and close to 9,000 views on YouTube, but was snubbed as an entry to CBC’s Cover Me Canada contest. They’ve practised almost every week since that first evening, singing everything from David Bowie to Elliott Smith.
Not 15 seconds later, Mr. Adilman is conducting the ragtag crew through a series of shoo-wop-shoo-wops, and he continues, layer by layer, to construct the song…."
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