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Fremder performs with the Steinbach Choir

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Its members weren't yet born when Foreigner's “I Want to Know What Love Is” topped the charts, but a high school choir from Manitoba will perform the power ballad with the legendary '80s band on stage.

The Steinbach Regional Secondary School (SRSS) Spectrum Vocal Jazz Choir will join Foreigner on stage at the Canada Life Center on Thursday evening.

“It was just a whirlwind,” choir director Kristel Peters said in an interview on CTV Morning Live Winnipeg.

The choir secured the performance through an online competition on the radio station BOUNCE 99.9. It asked school choirs in the area to submit videos showing their version of the megahit. The audience then voted on their favorites.

“I suggested it to the students and what an opportunity it is to take a piece and try to adapt it for your own group and just have fun,” Peters said.

She says about half of the choir members, who are between 16 and 18 years old, already knew the song.

They decided to do an a capella version, with some voices serving as instruments, some singing the melody, and others beatboxing.

“They got very creative with it,” Peters said.

From there, the choir called its congregation together to cast as many votes as possible.

In the end, SRSS not only won the chance to perform with Foreigner, but also received a $500 scholarship from the band.

Peters said she is excited for her students to see what goes on behind the scenes at a large arena concert.

Above all, she is proud of the work they have done to bring her to such a big stage.

“They’re really warm, wonderful students and they’re really excited to be a part of this and I just think it’s a great opportunity.”


– With files from CTV's Rachel Lagacé