In the two weeks since David Bowie’s passing, artists of all stripes have paid tribute to the Starman in concert, with covers from Bruce Springsteen, Madonna, and others showing just how admired Bowie was among his peers. And yet, even amid such lofty company, a group of non-professionals may well have turned in the best tribute performance yet.
In a Jan. 16 event at the Art Gallery of Ontario, open-membership collective Choir! Choir! Choir! gathered hundreds of singers for a performance of Bowie’s career-making “Space Oddity.” Led in song by Choir! Choir! Choir! co-founders Nobu Adilman and Daveed Goldman, the group of more than 500 fans of all ages learned a variety of harmonies for a moving, ethereal rendition.