A 1,500-member choir, including ex-Governor General Adrienne Clarkson, joined singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright at the abandoned Hearn Generating Station during Toronto’s Luminato Festival last month, for a special performance of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah.
The show was organized by Choir! Choir! Choir!, a group that began organizing its “weekly drop in, no-commitment singing event” in 2011. Groups now meet twice a week at a neighbourhood tavern.
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The Richard L. Hearn Generating Station (a.k.a. The Hearn) opened in 1951 and was decommissioned in 1983. It opened as a 1,200-MW coal-fired station, before being converted to natural gas in 1971.
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