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 info@coveinn.com 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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MUSICwestport OPEN AIR FESTIVAL

August 19 @ 10:00 am - 7:00 pm

MUSICwestport. The annual free outdoor 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!

THE BANDS

The Grace Babies (Montreal)

Bring your dance shoes, sandals or bare feet, and your positive mental attitude as we enjoy a set of awesome neo-soul and funk music from The Grace Babies of Montreal. Featuring some of the city’s greatest groove ambassadors, Greg and Rob Ritchie, Josh Goldman and soul singer Snooky Alston! A new project which sees the band in a position to break into the US. Creating a new groove is the central purpose of this group. 
 

Tom Savage Band (Kingston)

One part truth-telling troubadour, one part guitar slinger and one part Country Blues howler. Each facet of his formidable on-stage persona carefully crafted over a 20+ year devotion to the composition and performance of song. Tom is a true believer and a disciple of melody, harmony, tempo and timbre. The Westport native pours his heart out of his throat every night, shredding his fingertips on the 1966 Guild acoustic he adores. He just recorded a new record in Kingston, toured the US and Canada twice in the last two years and plays solo and with Foley Mountain Playboys. 
 

Brea Lawrenson Band (Carleton Place)

From the poignant ‘With You, Whiskey’ to the rollicking ‘Hell On High Heels’, ’25 To Life’ to the sassy “Canadian Pearl”, to the soulful “Lynchburg”, Brea captures emotions and stories in her music that have put her on the charts 6 times in the last 3 years. Her appearances at fairs and festivals have been with such greats as Brett Kissel, Tom Cochrane, The Road Hammers and more.  2015 CMAO Nominee for Rising Star and Female Artist Of The Year! Featuring Shawn McCullough, Wade Foster!

 

The Barrel Boys (Toronto)

Established in 2012, The Barrel Boys are a 5-piece traditional bluegrass string band based in Toronto. The band’s sound is built around rich vocal harmonies and virtuosic instrumentals  and their repertoire finely balances standard tunes with their own original writing. Their instrumentation lends itself to classic bluegrass, but they are also fluent in old time, classic country, and Americana, and their original material is informed by all of these styles. Each of the 5 members writes and sings their own tunes, making for a wide stylistic range within the band’s sound.
 

The Kingston Ceili Band (Kingston)

An institution in Kingston for over 25 years, the current line-up of Anne Archer (flute), Shane Dunne (guitar and vocals),  have only been together 5 years. The band’s mix of lively traditional fiddle tunes, classical instrumentals, soulful ballads and rollicking pub songs is a hit wherever they play.
Sláinte (a traditional Irish toast meaning “good health”), the Céilí Band’s latest release.
 

A Fellow Ship (Toronto)

A Fellow Ship is a Toronto band consisting of 7 close friends with a love for folk music. Their music is a unique blend of folk pop with a jazz twist. Their long-time camaraderie makes their live show incredibly captivating. Think Mumford & Sons! And they vacation in the area…
They have been described by Toronto music staple & promoter, Dan Burke, as having made the best first impression that any local band has made on him in recent memory!
 

Kasador (Kingston)

For the past three years, Kasador have been bringing their blend of Canadian indie rock to cities across Ontario, Quebec and the US. Birthed from the acoustic styling of frontman Will Hunter, the group has evolved into an electric entity that has crowds closing the gap to the monitors wherever they go. With an indie rock sound built around powerful choruses, the band keeps audiences swaying and singing from the first chord to the last. Featuring The Tragically Hip offspring Angus, nephew of Johnny Fay and Boris, son of Rob Baker! Have shared the stage with such major bands as Walk Off The Earth, Arkells and July Talk, the band is becoming known for its energetic stage show mixing synth pop with funk and disco.

Miss Emily feat. Rob Baker and Gord Sinclair of The Tragically Hip (Kingston)

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 more than a decade Miss Emily has captivated audiences across Canada, the US and the UK. Her most recent record ‘Rise’ featured Gord Sinclair and Rob Baker of the Tragically Hip as does her upcoming record. From working with legends like Gene Simmons of KISS and Bruce Springsteen, opening slots for The Tragically Hip and The Trews, Miss Emily is currently working on a new record that traces back to her roots in music and already includes some of the best song-writing of her young career.

www.themissemily.com

Wandering Minstrels

King of the Swingers (Westport)

King of the Swingers have energized festivals, fairgrounds, street concerts and parties with their upbeat, energized approach to Dixie music. With locals Steve Clarke, Marty Crapper, Stu Pike and Dawson Willsey. Catch them on a town corner or somewhere on Bedford St. ready to take you on a little trip down nostalgia lane.

www.facebook.com/King-Of-The-Swingers-

NEW! Rideau’s Got Talent!

Rideau’s Got Talent is searching for people of all ages and talents to showcase unique performers from Westport and surrounding area. “Rideau’s Got Talent” is a true celebration of creativity and talent, inviting a wide array of singers, dancers, comedians, contortionists, impressionists, jugglers, magicians, ventriloquists and everything in between, to compete for the coveted title of “Rideau’s Got Talent”.

Sat.Jun.3 Applications Deadline

Sat.Jun.10 Rehearsal

Sat.Aug.19 Contest Finals Open MUSICwestport

Registration

To register, send the completed registration form via email or standard post. Only the first 25 acts will be accepted. Entry fee $25. For full rules and regulations go to www.westportartscouncil.com

Details

Date:
August 19
Time:
10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Website:
https://westportartscouncil.com/about-us/musicwestport/

Organizer

Westport Arts Council
Email:
info@westportartscouncil.com
Website:
www.westportartscouncil.com

Venue

The Cove
2 Bedford St.
Westport, Ontario K0G 1X0 Canada
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Phone:
1.888.COVE.INN
Website:
www.coveinn.com

The BLUES ON THE RIDEAU Dinner & Show Fundraiser Series – featuring some of Canada’s best Blues bands and recognized as one of the best Series of its kind in the country – takes a break over the summer returning in September for another great season – our 13th year! Watch for news on the fabulous Line-Up and dates for 2017/18 soon! Shows will be once a month from September through May (December excluded). Visit www.BluesOnTheRideau.ca for a look at all the great shows from previous seasons.

Blues On The Rideau is produced by Choose The Blues Productions in Kenmore, Ontario www.choosetheblues.ca in cooperation with The Cove Inn www.coveinn.com
Sponsored by Perth Brewery www.perthbrewery.ca, Jacob’s Creek Wines www.jacobscreek.ca, DAWG FM Ottawa www.dawgfm.com, LAKE 88 Perth www.lake88.ca and the Ottawa Blues Society www.ottawabluessociety.com