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 email@example.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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ALI McCORMICK + BRADLEY SCOTT (Folk)
January 21 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Our first annual for Ali but she has performed her before and it’s an annual thing for her regardless of the venue. Come celebrate music and her birthday with her family, friends and fellow musicians!
“Ali…is equipped with an endless supply of energy and charm, she delivers carefully crafted lyrics with an unforgettable voice that’ll remind you of a raspy Janis Joplin, then sweeten you up with the perfect melody. Ali’s music is fun-loving and full of quality storytelling. By the end of the show, you’ll know her quite well, and chances are, you’ll be a big fan.”
Paulina Hebrak, The Kemptville Advance, 2017
Aptly coined, “The Lioness of Lanark ” for her mane-like hair and powerful vocals…Ali McCormick grew up in the Lanark Highlands just outside of Ottawa, Ontario on an off-grid hobby farm. She was drawn to music at a young age, live music around the kitchen table a common occurrence on the farm. With help & encouragement from her family she began writing songs. When it was obvious that music & song writing came naturally, her folks chipped in for an acoustic cutaway. She brought that guitar back & forth across the country as a youngster playing open mics, coffee shops, basements, attics, around campfires & anywhere else people wanted to hear her music. After many years and many many songs, Ali has developed a musical style all of her own:
“Ali’s right hand demonstrates a mastery of rhythm, alternating between the low and high strings of her open chords in a classic country strumming pattern. The kind of strumming that gets the crowd up out of their seats and onto the the dance floor. The crowd danced furiously until you could feel the perspiration in the air. It must be very rewarding as a musician to see people really moving to your songs. That something they created makes people nod their heads along with it, start tapping their feet, and finally getting up out of the seat to start bopping around.”
-Ramsgate And Hackett (https://ramsgateandhackett.com/)
Inspired not only by the grand expanse that is Canada but also by the artists of all sorts she meets “Along The Way”, Ali continues to intrigue audiences with her honest and impassioned art form. Her lyrics reflect relationships with family, friends and places from both dark and light perspective, something that produces a variety of moods on any given set list. When Ali isn’t singing and strumming her heart out on stage somewhere she is happily living and working on a sheep farm. Other activities off the beaten track entail cat sitting, reading, writing and sleeping.
“Clean Water” Ali McCormick 2016 (Produced By Brock Zeman at The Big Muddy Studio, Mixed & Mastered By Brock Zeman at The Big Muddy and Steve Foley at Audio Valley). Brock’s fabulous guitarist and friend, the renowned Blair Michael Hogan contributed much of the instrumentation on Clean Water.
“Clean Water” is a playful compilation of old and new songs and can be streamed here: https://alimccormick.bandcamp.com/releases
Dave Manning aka Music Tripper wrote a really great review of the album:
“At first listening, it seems that this is a Country-Folk album, but that is not the case. Carefully chosen instrumental experimentation pollinates Clean Water without predetermined boundaries yet, engraved with the craft-wisdom borne of almost a lifetime of composing and performing. Each individual element is essential to the song it is handsewn into – each there to evoke, only as a poet devoted can, what she feels and intends to give voice to.”…for the rest:
“A mysterious familiarity to her original sound…Her pristine voice hints at her influences without betraying her originality. She hits all the right notes, cooing sweet summery melodies, then rising into resounding and powerful chorus.”-Ramsgate And Hackett, 2016
“Ali’s vocal phrasing is superb – honed by countless gigs on the road”-Music Tripper 2016
“Ali McCormick has been blazing her own trail on the Canadian music scene over the past few years with a beat up old Taylor and penchant for befriending all those she meets along the way. With a genuine drive to entertain and thirst for the open road she continues to intrigue audiences with her honest and impassioned performances.”
“Ali McCormick hails from the Lanark Highlands and has been performing across the country in a variety of venues. She…shows her emotionality and inner searching through her music. I’ve seen Ali many times over the years and she has really progressed with her delivery, stage presence and lyrical depth. Nice to see her successfully follow her passion.”
-Steve Tennant, EMC 2014
Ali is “…fully vetted and passes all tests of endurance and stage awareness..””
“The Lioness of Lanark”
BLUES ON THE RIDEAU @ THE COVE INN, WESTPORT ANNOUNCES 2018/19 LINE-UP
Choose The Blues Productions in co-operation with The Cove Inn, Westport is pleased to announce the 2018/19 LINE-UP for Blues On The Rideau @ The Cove – our 14th year! In memory of Diane Leduc Doran this year’s Series is being dedicated to her.
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 9 shows this season including one 2 Night Stand – Jack de Keyzer in January. All shows take place from 7-11 pm. The ticket price remains the same – for the fifth year in a row – $65 (plus 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. Proceeds from each show go to support different local charities. To date $68K has been raised for the Westport community and the goal is to raise at least another $5K this season.
September 28 – From Hamilton: STEVE STRONGMAN BAND (Raw, powerful Blues Rock)
October 19 – From Toronto: SAMANTHA MARTIN & DELTA SUGAR (Fabulous Soul Blues with beautiful harmonies)
November 16 – From Toronto: THE HOGTOWN ALLSTARS (Big time Blues, Soul & R&B from 6 members from 2 of Canada’s most famous Blues bands)
January 18 & 19* – From Toronto: JACK DE KEYZER BAND (Canada’s King of the Blues guitar. One of BOTR’s favourites. *2 Night stand)
February 15 – From Montreal: DAWN TYLER WATSON & THE BEN RACINE BAND (Winners of the 2017 International Blues Challenge – great Blues, Soul & R&B)
March 22 – From Montreal – RIA REECE BAND (More great Blues, Soul & R&B)
April 19 – From Peterborough & Niagara: RICK FINES & SUZIE VINNICK w. BAND (2 of Canada’s best Roots/Blues artists together on one stage)
May 10 – From Ottawa: WICKED GRIN (High energy get-up-and-dance rockin’ Blues!)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com
Seamus Cowan, Manager, The Cove Inn, Westport ON 613-273-3636 firstname.lastname@example.org