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Status4 youths hold fundraising concert tonight

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From left: Martha Lado, 5, Ramba Kubari, 6, and Daniel Rodriguez, 9, members of Status4, rehearse at Elmwood High School for a concert Friday night.

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From left: Martha Lado, 5, Ramba Kubari, 6, and Daniel Rodriguez, 9, members of Status4, rehearse at Elmwood High School for a concert Friday night. Photo Store

At-risk and underprivileged kids will be singing their hearts out tonight for the program that’s given their lives a new soundtrack.

Status4 — the free music and media arts program started by a Winnipeg police officer — is holding a fundraising concert tonight at Elmwood High School.

The program was started by Const. Kevin Gibson and runs out of the East End Cultural and Leisure Centre on a dead-end street in Elmwood. He named it Status4 — communication lingo for "on scene."

It took the community police officer, dad and musician nearly five years to get the space in shape with the help of fellow volunteers, funding and donations. Now Status4 is building confidence, and developing and nurturing creative talent. The non-profit organization uses music and the arts to give youth opportunities to make better choices toward a healthy and safe future, Gibson said. It also helps them access other community outreach programs and resources.

The Status4 youths are performing tonight at 7:30 p.m. with Spirit’s Call Choir. The community choir has grown from nine to 160 members in 11 years and raised more than $160,000 for local and global causes. Guest performers on the bill include Status4 instructor Gentil Mis and Status4 founder and president Const. Gibson.

Tickets are $16 for adults and $5 for youth (5-17) and available at the door. For information contact Status4 at 204-654-0393 or Spirit’s Call Choir at 204-488-0078.

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