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Dan Davidson

One of Edmonton’s longest running festivals hits a landmark year. The Heritage Festival turns 40 and in the past four decades it has grown into one the area’s most appreciated and attended festivals.

This year more than 85 cultures will be represented in 62 pavilions in the three-day showcase running Aug. 1 to 3 at Hawrelak Park.

It is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the region’s vibrant cultural mosaic noshing on delicious food, and viewing creative performances, lots of artwork and a parade of incredible ethnic costumes.

The incredible variety of dishes reaches from Holland’s salted herrings and India’s pakora fritters to Kenya’s grilled goat meat and Nicaragua’s gallo pinto made of black and red beans, shredded beef and cabbage.

The Heritage Festival is global armchair travel at its best.

Food tickets are sold in full sheets of 30 for $25. Advance food tickets are available at Save-On Food until Aug. 2 and at Servus Credit Union branches or at Tix on the Square, 780-420-1757.

There is no public parking available on site. Edmonton Transit System provides Park and Ride locations. Visit www.heritage-festival.com for a complete list of ride locations.

Vocalist Dan Davidson has built an indie rock music career as frontman for the nationally acclaimed band Tupelo Honey.

And as co-founder of Hands Up, a production company with a portfolio of multiple musical genres, Davidson has started to diversify.

So much so that he is transitioning from rock to country and will perform at Big Valley’s Molson Canadian Saloon, Friday, July 31 at 1:30 a.m.

The St. Albert singer is good friends with award-winning country artist Dallas Smith, formerly the lead vocalist for alternative rock band Default.

Through Smith’s encouragement, Davidson is taking the leap with a set of new songs and covers.

Incidentally, Smith is also performing at the Molson Saloon on Thursday, July 30 at 11:15 p.m.

St. Albert is also sending a group of musical ambassadors to Big Valley that will perform on the ATB Financial Homegrown Stage for emerging stars under 18.

The young artists include Andrea Shipka, Hailey Benedict, Sofiya Chvojka, Sara Sheydwasser, twins Keirstyn and Tristyn Chartrand, and Deanna Missins performing a duet with Taylor Hambly.

The Winspear Centre’s Live at the Winspear Summer Patio Series continues with the incredibly talented trained soprano and educator Jessie Marie Gibney as well as the colourful Ballet Folklorico Mexico Lindo on Tuesday, Aug. 4.

Gibney, a MĂ©tis youth opera singer, is a third year elementary education and native studies student who is dedicating her future to nurture the dreams of our youth.

On the other hand, Ballet Folklorica Mexico is an Edmonton-based troupe that promotes Mexican culture through its vivid performances.

Visitors will have the opportunity to sit in the shade of the Winspear’s trees and experience the talent and enthusiasm of community artists.

To view the entire patio series visit winspearcentre.com/patio.

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