By Jackie Doming
Some of Winnipeg’s most talented hip-hop and R&B performers shook the West End Cultural stage on Feb. 3 for the first annual Urban Rhapsody Charity Concert.
The illustrious line-up of urban performers included Western Canadian Music Award winner Flo, Tiffany Ponce, Jon-C & Charlie Fettah from Winnipeg’s Most, The Happy Unfortunate, Paranormal Pandas, The B-Team, Shaq, The GoodFunk Gang, and Brock Isfeld presents Rye & Coke.
Jackie Doming, event organizer and Creative Communications student at Red River College, invited urban culture enthusiasts to come together and support local hip-hop while raising money for a great cause. The inaugural charity concert raised almost $4,000 in support of The Children’s Wish Foundation.
“I organized this event to help share the gifts of our talented singers, rappers, dancers, DJs and designers in the local hip-hop community,” said Doming. “It’s important to invite these role models to be take part in meaningful causes in hopes of inspiring future generations to follow in their footsteps.”
All proceeds raised from the concert will be donated to fulfill young Briana’s wish. Briana was born with a condition called Transposition of the Greater Arteries. This conditioned called for her to have open-heart surgery at just ten days old.
Briana, now four-years-old, leads a healthy life and is excited to have her wish finally granted. Her mother, Sandra, says Briana can’t stop talking about her future trip to Disney World and can’t wait to meet her favourite Disney princesses.
The Urban Rhapsody Charity Concert would like to thank its generous sponsors (1031 Virgin Radio, Canadian Youth Business Foundation, REFRESH concepts, The UPS Store 380 – Kenaston Common, Red River College and the Filipino Journal), prize donors, volunteers, supporters, and Briana’s family for taking part in this magical journey.
Photos supplied by Lauren Parsons