The epic performance took place last month (June) at the Hearn Generating Station in Toronto as part of Luminato Festival.
Choir! Choir! Choir!, the Canadian singing collective led by Daveed Goldman and Nobu Adilman who joined Wainwright for the memorable cover, wrote on YouTube: “It was a magical evening. 1500 hundred singers came to Luminato Festival at the Hearn Generating Station in Toronto. Daveed + Nobu (AKA DaBu) taught them back up parts to Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah, then Rufus Wainwright joined them on stage to sing lead. It was an EPIC NIGHT! to remember.”
Watch their special rendition of ‘Hallelujah’ below.
Meanwhile, Florence And The Machine singer Florence Welch features on Rufus Wainwright’s new album ‘Take All My Loves: 9 Shakespeare Sonnets’, a collection of nine Shakespeare sonnets performed by actors and musicians. You can hear Wainwright and Welch team up here.
Welch appears on Sonnet 29, which is titled ‘When in Disgrace with Fortune and Men’s Eyes’. She joins the likes of Helena Bonham Carter, Carrie Fisher and William Shatner on the record, which was released in April to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.