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Ammar’s Moosehead Open Stage started off as a funky blues jam. But lately hosts Mark Ammar and Noel (Big Cat) Mackenzie have diversified the talent.

Ammar’s Moosehead Open Stage started off as a funky blues jam. But lately hosts Mark Ammar and Noel (Big Cat) Mackenzie have diversified the talent.

This coming Tuesday the duo is bringing in a couple of fresh faces — Fort Saskatchewan’s Joe Nolan and Morinville’s Christian Maslyk.

Nolan, a busker at the St. Albert’s Farmers’ Market for several years, is developing some strong roots in the industry. Last year he released his first CD, Pocket Full of Dreams, an ode to family and friends. And in one track, The World is Half Asleep, the young folk singer displayed his mettle in crusading for society’s most vulnerable.

“This kid wowed me the first time I saw him playing at market. He would sit there for hours playing his acoustic guitar and singing solo,” says Ammar.

On a national scale, Nolan has placed in the Top 50 for Canadian Idol and has performed with the likes of Ellen McElwaine, Samantha Schultz and Mike Lent.

One of his proudest accomplishments was receiving one of three Galaxie Rising Star Awards at the Edmonton Folk Festival last year.

“We have also invited a good friend of Joe’s, Christian Maslyk, from the band Louis on 3 to give us his electric guitar flavourings, and lead vocals.”

The jam is at LB’s Pub on 23 Akins Drive on Tuesday starting at 9 p.m. No cover.

The award-winning creative team at Catalyst Theatre has once more hit a home run with its newest in-house production.

Nevermore: The Imaginary Life and Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe, a quirky dream-like, two-hour musical, has been held over for two added shows on May 22 and 23 at 8 p.m.

Tickets are $25 to $35. In addition, a youth access initiative supported by Telus provides $5 tickets for youth 21 years and younger at the door from 7:15 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.

Call Tix on the Square at 780-420-1757. Catalyst Theatre is located at 8529 Gateway Blvd. For a complete season overview check www.catalysttheatre.ca.