Show Review: Choir! Choir! Choir! & MILCK At The Phoenix Concert Theatre

By Hazel Sands, Feature Photo via Traktivist

Following on the heels of the success of her song “Quiet,” which was performed as a flash mob choir during the Women’s March on Washington, MILCK stopped by Toronto to team up with Choir! Choir! Choir! and film a three-part harmony rendition of her viral hit. The show itself quickly sold out, with profits from merchandise and the 1300+ tickets sold being donated to the ACLU.

As a newbie to the world of C! C! C!, I wasn’t sure what to expect when I stepped through the doors of the Phoenix, but what I was met with was a pleasant surprise. As you enter, volunteers distribute a set of lyrics. On one side are the lyrics that MILCK will sing and on the other are the lyrics that the crowd will sing with her. The crowd was separated into groups—highs, mids, and lows. With help from C! C! C! leaders Daveed Goldman, who was leading us along on vocals and guitar, and Nobu Adilman, who was directing the crowd, it took us a little under two hours to perfect the song. The endless energy of Daveed, Nobu, MILCK, and the seasoned C! C! C! veterans filled me with a breathless sense of empowerment and community that I’d yet to encounter anywhere other than at the actual protests that birthed the song, making it hard to leave at the end of the night.

As a person with little to no experience in singing outside of my shower, I was nervous about how well learning to harmonize with such a large group of strangers would go. However, Daveed and Nobu create such an inclusive, welcoming, and fun environment that it’s hard not to want to belt out the song with everything you’ve got. At the end of the performance, Daveed and Nobu requested that we throw up the signs saying “I CAN’T KEEP QUIET” that we had been encouraged to bring and remain silent for a few heartbeats, before we finally let out our most raucous applause and cheers. In those seconds, when the only noise was the rustling of signs filling the room, all I could feel was the utter joy coming over a thousand people who had come together to celebrate our voices and the potential we have to shift a planet through our song. I left the Phoenix humming the tune with my friends as we walked through the cold streets of Toronto, feeling a little more inspired and optimistic about our future and the power music holds within protest.

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