Winona Dimeo-Ediger
July 12, 2016 7:17 am

“Hallelujah” is one of those songs that instantly makes us tear up, no matter the context, who’s singing it, or what mood we’re in when we hear it. It’s haunting and beautiful and resonates on a deeper level than any other song we can think of.

Rufus Wainwright’s classic cover has always been one of our favorite versions (sorry, Jeff Buckley), and we didn’t think it was possible to improve on it until today, when we found out this exists: Rufus Wainwright singing Hallelujah backed by a single acoustic guitar and a 1,500-person choir.

The performance was a partnership between Rufus and Toronto’s legendary Choir! Choir! Choir! group, which has around 2,000 members. The singers gathered at the Hearn Generating Station in Toronto to record their epic version of “Hallelujah.”

Word to the wise: grab a tissue (or a whole box of tissues) before hitting the play button.

With all the violence and pain and confusion in the world today, we’re so grateful for inspiring, collaborative art like this.

Let this video serve as proof that there is still so much good in the world, and we can do amazing things when we work together to create harmony (in both the musical and the metaphorical sense). Hallelujah.