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People pay good money to catch Seal in concert, but if you were lucky enough to be in Montreal over the weekend, you may have gotten a free show if you just happened to be outside the Notre Dame basilica at just the right time. That’s when Seal joined a guitar-toting busker as the two crushed “Stand By Me.”

Sometimes, no matter how great a busker sounds, you just don’t have time to stop and enjoy what they’re putting out there. But for some passers-by, this particular performance was just too good to ignore. Maybe they recognized Seal’s silky smooth voice or perhaps they just knew something super-special was going on and they couldn’t miss out and wanted, in some small way, to be a part of it.

Seal’s unmistakable voice hit all the right notes and the busker, Jason Deeh Pitre from local band The Scroll, had the tough task of following the four-time Grammy winner. But Pitre belted it out, putting a bit of his own spin on the classic while Seal leaned against a tree listening raptly while occasionally adding in his own harmonies.

As the music finished the pair chatted briefly while the crowd burst into applause, before Seal strolled off, and Pitre looked on, almost in disbelief. Not sure why Seal, who is in the middle of his tour, decided to stop in Montreal; perhaps to bless us with a gorgeous impromptu performance? Whatever the reason, we loved it. Such a great moment.