Choir! Choir! Choir! performing Tegan and Sara's "Closer" at the 2013 Polaris Music Prize (Photo: Zach Slootsky)
Have you been hearing various covers of Wham's "Last Christmas" pouring out from malls and cars as you go about your December days? Prepare to hear one more, courtesy of some friends of the show — and this one will be for a good cause.
The new cover comes from Choir! Choir! Choir!, an "interactive singing night" where a group of friends and strangers gather to learn choral arrangements of tunes and sing their hearts out. It was founded by Torontonians Daveed Goldman and Nobu Adilman in 2011, and has covered everything from Elliott Smith's Needle In The Hay to Tegan and Sara's Closer.
The group has now recorded a version of Wham's immortal "Last Christmas," and all proceeds from the sale of the song on iTunes will go towards the humanitarian aid organization Doctors Without Borders. What's more, they're hoping to start up a "gifting chain," where each listener sends a copy of the song to three friends, who are each encouraged to pay the gift forward to another three friends.
"It’s a wonderful idea and shows true humanitarian spirit,” Stephen Cornish, executive director of Doctors Without Borders Canada, said in a statement. “The proceeds will help [Doctors Without Borders] provide medical care for people in need around the world.”
To get in on the chain, head over to iTunes.
And in case you'd like a better sense of what the Choir! Choir! Choir! experience is like, here's a February 2013 performance of Eye of the Tiger at Toronto's No One Writes To The Colonel: