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FOLK FESTER – Rockabilly singer Imelda May will be among the prominent artists performing at the 2014 Edmonton Folk Music Festival.

St. Albert Catholic High School once again puts on the ritz with its annual Celebrate the Arts on Thursday, June 5 in The Hawk’s Nest.

To the uninitiated, The Hawk’s Nest is the auditorium, the students’ meeting place, explains music teacher Mike Wurtz.

Organizers are fashioning an intimate gallery-type exhibition with the help of three creative disciplines – art, music and food.

Two visual arts classrooms will hang assorted graphic arts including prints, sketches and paintings. While the community mingles and discusses the art, pianist Stephanie Parth, a 12-man wind ensemble and clarinet quartet will entertain with an acoustic repertoire.

In addition, students from food studies are leafing through their recipe books and whipping up their culinary skills to prepare finger food and snacks.

For Wurtz it’s essential that the community-at-large, not just parents, support the achievements of students.

“It’s important to have art enjoyed by the community. They (students) take much more ownership and have a different appreciation for what they do if it’s more than Mom and Dad. And it gives the community an idea of how we communicate in the school.”

The arts celebration runs from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. There is a $5 entry fee that goes to support school arts. SACHS is located at 33 Malmo Dr.

The word is out. Edmonton Folk Music Festival has announced its 2014 lineup and there are quite a few heavyweights.

The Blind Boys of Alabama, blues-rock duo Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite, Irish folk-R&B crooner James Vincent McMorrow, rockabilly songstress Imelda May, Latin cantante Alejandra Ribera and country-rockers Blue Rodeo are a few of the artists slated to perform at the festival this year.

Although the four-day folk fest runs Aug. 7 to 10 in Gallagher Park, tickets go on sale Saturday, June 7. Nearly 50 per cent of the passes will be sold at Telus Field. Doors open at 7 a.m. To take part in the lottery, fans must be in line by 8 a.m.

Remaining tickets will be sold through Ticketmaster and edmontonfolkfest.org. starting at 2 p.m.

A four-day non-transferable pass for adults is $169. A transferable pass is $199. Single tickets range from $57 to $67. Service charges are extra.

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