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The Winnipeg choir shines in a viral video filmed at Cape Breton Miners Museum



A video on Facebook of the performance of Bill Withers' classic in Winnipeg Youth Chorus. Lean on Me at the Cape Breton Miners Museum in Glace Bay, N.S., is a success.

The video has generated more than 62,000 visits since it was uploaded on Wednesday.

Mary Pat Mombourquette, executive director of the museum, said that when she heard that a youth choir would visit the mine museum last week, she wanted them to have the opportunity to sing at the top of the mine shaft.

"It has a wonderful reverb, so if there is ever a choir or singers or something, I love that they sing on the top of the mine because it's a beautiful sound," Mombourquette said on Sunday.

Mombourquette asked one of the summer students working at the museum to take the video and post it on the museum's Facebook page. It has been seen tens of thousands of times since then.

"That's amazing," she said. "We've never had a viral video, in fact, sometimes I wonder: is anyone reading any of my publications? I guess when you get someone's attention, there's something about that and, obviously, this chorus caught everyone's attention." .

The comments on the video have been positive, and many people praised the young and talented voices.

"There's nothing I like more than choral music and young choirs are very dear to my heart," said Mombourquette. "And these guys are spectacular, they were amazing."

The Winnipeg choir was in Gros Morne National Park on the northern peninsula of Newfoundland on Sunday, near the end of a 14-day tour of the Canadian Atlantic.

Garth Rempel, the choir director, said that the 16 choir members who were able to make the trip have been following the views of the videos. The members of the choir are between the ages of 11 and 18.

"Internet is a fun place, you never know what's going to happen," Rempel said. "My wife, Lisa, and I are the directors of this choir and we've been publishing things for the eight years we've done it and we've never had anything as viral as that."

"So it is very difficult for us to say what seems to have generated all the attention in this, but we could not be happier, we are ecstatic that we have been able to sing such a great song in such a big space". "

The Museum of the Miners of Cape Breton in Glace Bay, N.S. (George Mortimer / CBC)

He said they sang Lean on Me Because he has been in the choir repertoire since it began.

"It just does not seem to age," Rempel said. "We've sung it with all the configurations of our choir in all kinds of places, it's a great family melody that transmits a great message, we never get tired of singing it and nobody gets tired of listening to it.

"In that case, it seemed appropriate to sing it at the top of the mine shaft, especially as we learned that the miners, it was very important that they trust each other as part of everyday life to be able to be safe in sheet ".

Mombourquette said there is also a special connection between mining and singing. The Museum of the Miners of Cape Breton also houses the Men of the Deeps choir.

"There is a very strong connection with mining culture and singing, and I think that's true for anyone doing manual labor, it's something that makes the day go by faster," he said.


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