ENTERTAINMENT & SPECIAL EVENTS
If you’re looking for some music to spice up your time in Westport, The Cove is the place for you to set yourself down. We bring in the best we can find and keep a healthy mix on rotation. From Blues to Jazz, Rock to Folk, Country to Bluegrass, Soul to Funk, we love it all. In the warmer months, larger performances and full band shows take place on our Lounge stage while solos, duos and small groups play to the patio crowds. When it gets cooler, all shows happen in the Lounge.
Always best to call ahead for reservations so you have a seat too! 1.888.COVE.INN
To discuss a gig, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, number, email, web/social media links, particular dates you might want to play and anything else we might need to know about you. We appreciate your request but know that we can only book a limited amount of acts. Thank you for your understanding.
Check out our CALENDAR of EVENTS below for the next show!
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13th Annual MUSICwestport FREE OPEN AIR FESTIVAL
August 17 @ 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm
***SHOW TIMES ALL SUBJECT TO CHANGE***
***NO RESERVATIONS ALL DAY…FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED!***
***BAND BIOS BELOW!***
MUSICwestport, the annual free open air music festival is our flagship and most popular event attracting locals and visitors from far and wide—and that includes the musicians too! We continue to grow the festival but strive to maintain our roots and mission to bring music to our village and all those that join us over the third weekend in August of every year.
FREE Admission. Donations Appreciated.
Thanks to all of the local businesses and sponsors!
Kick Off Party with THE STEADIES @ The Cove
Sponsored by TBA
@ The Cove Country Inn, 2 Bedford St.
7:00-8:00pm Buffet & Served Dessert
8:30-11:00pm The Steadies
$60 + HST Buffet & Show (priority seating)
The Steadies (feat. Earl Pereira of Wide Mouth Mason). Reggae/Pop/Funk from Saskatoon www.facebook.com/thesteadies
13th Annual MUSICwestport Open Air Festival
Lockwood Park Stage
Sponsored by Westport Village IDA Pharmacy
@ Lockwood Memorial Park on George St. between Spring and Concession
12:00-1:00pm Bob Burtch Bluegrass Band. Traditional Bluegrass from Seeley’s Bay/Cornwall/Kingston. https://www.youtube.com/watch?
1:30-2:40pm Nick Maclean Quartet. Modern Jazz from Toronto. http://nicholasmaclean.com/
3:00-4:10pm A Fellow Ship. Folk/Pop/Jazz/Funk/Soul from Toronto. www.afellowship.net
4:30-6:00pm Scotty James https://scottyjamesmusic.com
The Cove Stage
Sponsored by The Cove Country Inn
@ The Cove, 2 Bedford St.
12:30-1:40pm Emily Bashall. New Country from Kingston. http://emilybashall.com
2:00-3:10pm Slack Bridges. Neo Soul/Funk/R&B with Horns from Ottawa. www.slackbridges.com
3:30-4:30pm The High Dials. Psychedelic Folk Rock Pop from Montreal. www.thehighdials.net
5:00-6:30pm Miss Emily. Soul/R&B/Rock from Kingston. https://themissemily.com/
in Downtown Westport
1:00-5:00pm The Goat Steppers Parade Band. Oldtime/Dixieland from Kingston. https://www.facebook.com/watch
Food, kidzone, Vendors Market, Horse Wagon Rides, Street Minstrels
This all happens throughout the day! Living statue, face painting, clowns, activities, games, horse wagon rides & more.
MUSICwestport 2019 Band Bios
The Steadies take the explosively popular Top 40 sound and mix it with rocksteady and reggae influences, creating what they’ve dubbed, “island rock.” No matter your mood, The Steadies pick you up and carry you to the beach in your mind, the club in your dreams, the place you go to clear your head and dance! It’s a scene where rumbling fault lines rip open the dance floor, and the only thing that keeps you from falling over is the gravitational pull of the steady beat. The Steadies aren’t invited to the party…they are the party!
Their release, Starcity Shakedown, was an ode to the band’s rocksteady roots and continued to build on the band’s signature style. Starcity Shakedown marked their first release since the 2011 self-titled EP which garnered a top-50 hit in Canada and was nominated for a Western Canadian Music Award. Ever the road warriors, The Steadies play upwards of 100 shows each year, making them one of the busiest bands in Saskatchewan. They have headlined numerous festivals, showcased at industry events and have shared the stage with Ziggy Marley, The Roots, Blue Rodeo, The Wailers and more.
Featuring Earl Pereira on Lead Vocals and Bass! Earl got his rock ‘n roll pedigree as a founding member of the popular Saskatoon band Wide Mouth Mason, who had two gold records, three JUNO nominations and a host of other accolades and awards. Pereira has toured the world, playing over 3000 shows and opening for iconic artists like the Rolling Stones, AC/DC and Nelly Furtado. He was named one of Canada’s top bass players by Canadian Music Magazine and has been featured on MTV, Muchmusic, and the Ryan Seacrest Show, as well as in publications like Rolling Stone Magazine and The National Post. Pereira co-produced and co-wrote Wide Mouth Mason’s entire award-winning catalogue. He has worked with a roster of legendary producers including David Leonard (Paul McCartney, Prince), Joel Van Dyke (Aerosmith, Bryan Adams) and Todd Burke (Red Hot Chili Peppers, No Doubt, Johnny Cash). In 2010, with demand for his side project on the rise, Pereira left Wide Mouth Mason behind (here’s a great story discussing his departure from the band) to pursue The Steadies full-time.
BOB BURTCH BLUEGRASS
The return of the great Bob Burtch and his amazing traditional 5 piece bluegrass band featuring members of some of North America’s finest Bluegrass bands. The band had a spilling-over-into-the-streets crowd when they performed at MUSICwestport 2011. He is a an absolute star and Canadian Legend of the mandolin, having been an integral part of local young Bluegrass stars, now international touring and recording sensations, The Abrams Brothers! The band features Bob Burtch on Mandolin and Guitar (The Abrams Brothers), Peter Deachman on Guitar and Mandolin (Blue Mule), Shawn Kellett on Fiddle (Top Shelf, Hard Ride), Bill Lansdell on Bass (Blue Mule) and Steve Smith on Dobro (Tommy Hunter). Get ready for real deal bluegrass just like in the Appalachians!
NICK MACLEAN QUARTET
This hard-swinging NYC-style jazz ensemble from Toronto was formed in 2016. Nick Maclean’s foursome delivers jazz between the two poles of thoughtful introspection and powerhouse conveyance, taking influences from Herbie Hancock’s primordial 1960’s Blue Note era recordings, while paying tribute to some of the greatest improvisers in jazz history. This press quote basically sums up the respect garnered for this group of young jazz guns!
“Nick Maclean stands out for me as one of the most gifted young Toronto pianists to come along in the last few years. His combination of raw creativity and a well studied grasp of the technical and theoretical aspects of music makes for a powerful musical statement. His projects embody the spirit of what jazz is today–this is music that recognizes everything that came before it while also looking forward into the future, searching for new pathways of expression through the language of music.“ – Adrean Farrugia, Juno Award winning jazz pianist. You will be amazed!
A FELLOW SHIP
A Fellow Ship is an 8-piece collective that plays a unique mix of folk, funk, jazz, and soul, which showcases our core consisting of self-taught songwriters, complimented by a band full of University of Toronto Jazz trained musicians. Our electric on stage chemistry was recently A described by CBC’s Errol Nazareth as “sparking ferocious dance parties wherever they go”. Their sophomore EP was released in 2017 produced by multi time Juno award winner John Switzer. This release was highlighted by frequent radio play on CBC and various College programs across Canada, as well as a live performance on the Global Morning Show. Other highlights of their career so far include touring across Canada, performing at many renown conferences and festivals such as CMW, NXNE, POP Montreal, MUSICwestport, River Rock Festival, Balls Falls Music Festival and opening for internationally renown artists such as Magic Giant (3 times), Ezra Furman, and Fast Romantics. Come and see and sing!
Liberty Stone/Ole Country music recording artist and songwriter Scotty James from Waterloo is a Canadian Radio Music Award Winner (2013) and CMT‘s Fresh Face Artist of the Month (July 2016). He has become one of Canada’s exciting emerging country artists on the scene. One Stop Country USA coined James as “the one to watch category as the potential next big thing.”
His last two singles “Toes” and “Still” received international acclaim from popular US and UK country music magazines, amassing an army of fans from around the world. Scotty James delivers a unique blend of new country with traditional instrumentation. His smooth and soulful vocal tone, heartfelt lyrics, and melody rich songs has contributed to his success. His debut album “Streets”, produced by multi award winning producer Jason Barry was released in Fall 2016.
Before signing his record deal, Scotty spent years serenading people door-to-door to support his music career. It was during a chance encounter where he met his current music manager. The song that Scotty sang him at his front door, “Wanna Be Loved”, was the same song that charted #20 on the AC Billboard Charts eight months later. If you love new Country, this boy’s for you!
Emily Bashall is a Kingston country singer, songwriter and Nashville recording artist from Kingston Ontario. She began her career in 2016 when she recorded her debut EP ‘Up on the Hill’ featuring musicians who had worked with artists such as Rascal Flatts, Faith Hill, Lady Antebellum and Randy Travis.
Emily’s earliest memory of being interested in music was when she was three singing into a purple karaoke microphone and playing an orange plastic guitar she had received at Christmas. She got her first real guitar at the age of 13 and quickly developed a strong connection to country music. She began writing as she drew inspiration from Loretta Lynn, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride among many others. Although her professional career didn’t happen until much later, she always found herself inadvertently surrounded my music. Emily is releasing her new single ‘Breaking Bad Habits’ June 10th 2019. Recommended by Miss Emily, come and hear a great new local Country voice!
Slack Bridges has poured its funk-fueled, soulful sound that’s been called “unheard of” into their first full-length LP entitled “Joy of Joys” in November 2017. With frequent airplay on CBC, CHUO, CKCU and CKDJ, and a listing in “Top Local Bands of 2017” on CBC’s “All in a Day” with Alan Neal, the album is already making waves. Joy of Joys itself is an ode to all funky music. It was crafted over several sweaty months jamming in a small shack, with all intentions to ensure that the band’s deep love for vintage soul music, jazz fusion, boombap hip-hop and neo-soul shine through in every track. Mixed by Jason Jaknunas (Souljazz Orchestra, JW Jones) and mastered by Phil Bova (Feist, Bahamas, Jason Collett), this record leaves everything on the floor.
The band formed in 2015, making good on a promise between Garett Barr (bass) and Chris Elms (guitar), who met performing in various R&B and blues outfits in Ottawa. When the pair encountered the velvety baritone of Matt Gilmour, they reached out to see if he was interested in putting a combo together. That combo quickly grew into a full-fledged group, including Kim Jackson (keys), Matt Godin (drums), Julian Selody (sax) and Laurel Ralston (trumpet). Drawing on the foundations of soul and jazz fusion music of the ’70s, as well as a nod to modern tastemakers such as Anderson .Paak, the bridges between genres that define this group are certainly slack.
THE HIGH DIALS
The High Dials evolved out of an earlier three-piece band known as The Datsons. Changing their name to The High Dials after SXSW 2003, they released A New Devotion. Described as a concept album about “a boy named Silas attempting to escape from a nightmarish city of the future”, it reached the top ten of the !earshot National Top 50 Chart. E Street Band guitarist and radio personality Little Steven Van Zandt played the album on his Sirius radio show and later booked them to perform at his 2004 Underground Garage Festival in NYC, which featured The Strokes, Stooges and New York Dolls!
In 2005, the High Dials released their sophomore album War of the Wakening Phantoms, which marked a departure from the retro feel of their first album. The songs featured lusher, more varied instrumentation and Sam Roberts as a guest violinist. The new direction was well received by critics with the album dubbed a ‘latter-day psychedelic classic’ by NME. It reached number one on Canadian college radio. They toured the album is support of bands like Brian Jonestown Massacre and Neko Case! The album was followed by The Holy Ground EP in 2007 which featured a guest appearance by Rod Argent of The Zombies! on keyboard.
The High Dials released the psychedelic album Moon Country in 2008 and toured for over a month throughout Canada and USA. They then released Anthems for Doomed Youth in 2010 which featured “Bedroom Shadows”, on the SyFy series Being Human.
Notable High Dials’ concerts include supporting Echo & The Bunneymen at SXSW in Austin, Osheaga in Montreal. Later in 2011, they worked with original Rolling Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham on a cover of “She Smiled Sweetly”. Following two teaser EPs – Yestergraves (2013) and Desert Tribe (2014) – the High Dials released In the A.M. Wilds on February 2015. The album marked another stage in the band’s evolution with its post-punk influences and pulsing “electronic shimmer”. Album track “Echoes and Empty Rooms” was featured in Season 4 of House of Cards on Netflix. Following its release, the band toured Mexico and Colombia for the first time. In November 2018, the band returned from hiatus with the Foreverish EP and video.
Primitive Feelings LPs will be released in two parts this summer, before combining on vinyl as a long-player in the fall. A summery mix of soulful, druggy beats and classic indie, Part 1 recalls the lo-fi dance vibes of Cornershop, Primal Scream and Beck. There’s a touch of Mark Ronson too, were he to take on a rock band (not likely – they asked). Following a Floyd-esque intro, the tone is set with a heavy Latin-soul groove. Things get funkier from there, culminating in the strange mash-up of rhythms and hooks that is the title track.
Fun fact: MUSICwestport’s Artistic Director Seamus Cowan played in and toured with the band during the Moon Country years!
Her music spans genres, crosses barriers and creates bridges. Her voice soars to emotional heights and reaches down into the grittiness of the soul. Her performances are foot-stomping, heart-wrenching adventures in rhythm, blues, jazz and rock and roll. For 15 years Miss Emily has captivated listeners across Canada, the US and the United Kingdom with her unique combination of passion and talent. That passion and talent was cultivated by an unparalleled work ethic. It began with playing night after night after night in bars and nightclubs where she learned her trade and gained a loyal following. Later, she graduated to regional theatres and starred in several Broadway-style shows. This willingness to step outside her comfort zone and learn new techniques paid off by giving her opportunities to become a regular at large outdoor venues like Ottawa Bluesfest. Then, in 2011 in front of 25,000 people outside the tiny town of Bobcaygeon she opened for The Tragically Hip and began a relationship that would change the direction of her career.
Miss Emily’s new record takes the listener on a tour of her experiences and musical influences under the guidance of The Hip’s Gord Sinclair as producer/co-writer/bass player and bandmate Rob Baker as lead guitarist/co-writer. “In Between” featuring Gord Sinclair and Rob Baker is the fifth album from Miss Emily. It’s a record that beckons the listener to walk with her as she soulfully strolls the humid streets of Memphis, wanders across the jazz-cool avenues of New York City or dances through raucous and funky block parties in Motown. One listen and you’ll be compelled to join Miss Emily on a journey that reveals the vast emotions of love, loss, joyful redemption and everything, In Between.
Second fun fact: MUSICwestport’s Artistic Director Seamus Cowan will be playing in this band!
GOAT STEPPERS PARADE BAND
Kingston’s now famous Porch Band/Walking Band, who have been favourites of Skeleton Park Arts Festival, have been leading the charge through the streets of Kingston for years now! Traditionally lead by multi-genre instrumentalist/specialist Spencer Evans (who will be absent this time…), the band employs a true cast of Kingston’s musical characters in Andy Love (Treebot, Jazz Night drummer), Sylvain Gagnon (Trombone/Bass/Sousaphone), Roger James (Comedian/Vocalist/Banjo) and Oscar Evans (Spencer Evans’ son and trumpet player)! A band of many musical genres, they have mastered jazz, blues, funk and reggae and the Second Line sound of New Orleans! Sometimes open to requests, the music is vibrant and sassy. Members of the group have rocked from Bermuda to Bosnia and New Orleans to the North Pole! Join in the Parade!
BLUES ON THE RIDEAU @ THE COVE INN, WESTPORT ANNOUNCES 2019/20 LINE-UP
Choose The Blues Productions in co-operation with The Cove Inn, Westport is pleased to announce the 2019/20 LINE-UP for Blues On The Rideau @ The Cove – our 15th year!
BOTR @ The Cove is now recognized as one of the premier Blues Series in the country featuring some of Canada’s best Blues, Soul and R&B artists (all Juno, Maple Blues Award, Western Canadian Music Award and/or Quebec Lys Blues Award winners/nominees). The Cove venue is friendly and intimate located in a beautiful 140 year old country inn in one of the most scenic villages in eastern Ontario – Westport – located on the shores of Upper Rideau Lake on the historic Rideau Waterway (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) – only a 1.5 hour drive from Ottawa, 45 minutes from Kingston, 2.5 hours from Syracuse, 3 hours from Toronto and Montreal.
There are 12 shows this season including three 2 Night Stand – Hogtown Allstars in October, Samantha Martin in November and Jack de Keyzer in January and a December show with MonkeyJunk as well! All shows take place from 7-11 pm. The ticket price increases – the first price increase in 5 years – $70 + HST. That includes a delicious full course buffet dinner, dancing, door prizes and a chance to win 2 Grand Prizes at the end of the season. A portion of proceeds from each show go to support different local charities. To date $74K has been raised for the Westport community and the goal is to raise over $5K this season.
September 13 From Hamilton HARRISON KENNEDY & BAND (Soul/Blues/Roots male vocalist) www.harrisonkennedy.ca
October 11 & 12* From Toronto THE HOGTOWN ALLSTARS (Big time Blues, Soul & R&B from 6 members from 2 of Canada’s most famous Blues bands, *2-night stand) http://www.garykendall.com/Bluestime/THAS.htm
November 15 & 16* From Toronto SAMANTHA MARTIN & DELTA SUGAR (Fabulous Soul Blues with beautiful harmonies, *2-night stand) www.samanthamartinmusic.com
December 13 From Ottawa MONKEYJUNK (High powered Blues/Funk/Roots/Rock) www.monkeyjunkband.com
January 17 & 18* From Toronto JACK DE KEYZER BAND (Canada’s King of the Blues guitar. One of BOTR’s favourites. *2 Night stand)
February 21 From Stratford BILL DURST BAND (Blues hard & heavy in the style of ZZ Top) www.billdurst.com
March 20 From Nanaimo, BC DAVID GOGO BAND (Here’s another famous Canadian Blues Rock guitarist/singer/songwriter) www.davidgogo.com
April 17 From Kingston MISS EMILY w. BAND (Soul/Blues/Jazz/Rock Queen of Kingston) www.themissemily.com
May 8 From Victoria, BC DAVID VEST w. BAND (Authentic, Southern-bred dynamite boogie-woogie piano player, old style Blues shouter vocalist and consummate entertainer) www.davidvest.ca
Full details on the Series including the artists’ Bios, links to their websites and YOU TUBE videos – plus the charities that are being supported this year – can be found at www.BluesOnTheRideau.ca More info on The Cove at www.coveinn.com
Advance reservations are required for all shows and can be made at The Cove, by phone 1-888-COVEINN 613-273-3636 or email email@example.com Well priced accommodation is available at The Cove and nearby B&B’s and a motel but book well ahead. All the beds in Westport usually sell out on BOTR nights.
Blues On The Rideau is produced by Choose The Blues Productions www.choosetheblues.ca in co-operation with The Cove Inn www.coveinn.com Sponsored by Perth Brewery www.perthbrewery.ca, Jacob’s Creek Wines www.jacobscreek.com, DAWG FM Ottawa www.dawgfm.com, LAKE 88 Perth www.lake88.ca and the Ottawa Blues Society www.ottawabluessociety.com
For more information contact:
James Doran, Choose The Blues Productions, 613-574-0086 firstname.lastname@example.org
Maureen Price or Seamus Cowan, Managers, The Cove Inn, Westport ON 613-273-3636 email@example.com
POLICY FOR 2019/20
FOR CANCELLATIONS, REDUCTIONS OR NO SHOWS TO RESERVATIONS FOR
BLUES ON THE RIDEAU SHOWS
You will be required to give your credit card number plus phone number and/or email address when you make your reservations.
Your card will not be charged at the time of reservation. You pay the night of the show.
You have until one week (7 DAYS) prior to the show to cancel or change the number of spots you have reserved for and/or your rooms – at no charge.
The Cove will also continue its policy of calling or emailing everyone who has reserved in advance one week prior to the upcoming show as a reminder.
If you do not notify The Cove that have to CANCEL or REDUCE the number of reserved spaces on your reservation AT LEAST ONE WEEK PRIOR TO THE SHOW – or if you are a NO SHOW the night of the Show – then YOUR CREDIT CARD WILL BE CHARGED THE FULL AMOUNT for the number of spots you have reserved.
However – understanding that sometimes unforeseen things come up at the last minute which can cause a cancellation – and in the spirit of good will – if this happens we will CREDIT you the full amount that your card has been charged FOR A FUTURE SHOW in 2019/20 (on a space available basis – Advance Reservation still required). We will do this on a ONE TIME BASIS ONLY..After that, if it happens again, your card will be charged and there will be no credit for a future show.
We are introducing this Policy due to the large number of last minute cancellations and No-Shows we have experienced on BOTR nights over the years. It is simply not fair to the people who would like to attend the Show but have been turned down because we have a full house reserved only to find on the night of the show that there are extra spaces because of late cancellations and No-Shows. And the loss of revenue from this is not fair to Choose The Blues Productions or The Cove Inn who have to cover all the fixed expenses regardless.
Bottom line: If you aren’t SURE you can make the show – or if you aren’t sure some of your party can make the show – then CALL AND CANCEL AT THE LATEST ONE WEEK PRIOR TO THE SHOW – or your credit card will be charged.
Fair? More than fair we think. Thank you for your understanding.