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! 613.273.3636

To discuss a gig, please email thecoveinnwestport@gmail.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.

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***BLUES on the RIDEAU*** – ZOOM with THE SHAWN KELLERMAN BAND (Detroit/Kitchener)

February 21 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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With the COVID pandemic slowly starting to ease – thank God! – and restrictions  being lifted in Ontario we are very pleased to announce that the Blues On The Rideau Dinner & Show Fundraiser Series is returning to The Cove Inn, Westport Ontario –  beginning with the SPRING 2022 Series. 


Once again we are bringing in some of Canada’s best Blues, Soul & R&B artists for you to enjoy in the friendly, intimate setting of The Cove. All Shows include a delicious full course dinner, an evening of great LIVE Blues and Door Prizes (plus a chance to win a Grand Prize at the end of the Series). Proceeds from all shows go to help support local charities. 


March 25 & 26

From Detroit & Kitchener


Born in Michigan ZOOM started belting out her real deal Blues in the ‘90’s touring around the world with the likes of Bobby Rush, Sherman Robertson and Lucky Peterson. She took a 2 decade hiatus to raise her family but snow he’s back with a vengeance – backed by Shawn Kellerman’s ferocious Funk Blues guitar (Mel Brown, Lucky Peterson) and dynamite band. If you’ve never heard of ZOOM check out the YouTube video below. Can’t wait for these two shows! 

Proceeds to St. Edwards & Rideau Vista Elementary Schools


Tickets – $80 pp (+HST & Gratuity)

All shows 7 to 11 pm 



Call The Cove 613-273-3636 or email thecoveinnwestport@gmail.com


Book ahead! – After 2 years of COVID restrictions people are chomping at the bit to get out and enjoy some great LIVE music again and there is still limited capacity at The Cove. 


COVID Safety Protocol is changing rapidly in Ontario. At present Proof of Vaccination, wearing masks to enter and when moving around the room, 2 meter distancing between tables and a No Dancing rule remain in effect but restrictions are supposed to lift further on March 1st. Check with The Cove for updates. 


We also ask that you help us to maximize safe seating for these shows by getting together with family and friends to book larger tables. There are only a few deuces available and they book up fast. Please consider that if you do have to sit at a table with people that you don’t know, remember that they are all vaccinated too. 


NEW THIS YEAR – for those who can’t make it in person – we are doing

LIVE STREAMING BROADCASTS of all shows in high quality HD video/audio on the BOTR YOUTUBE channel. just Google “Blues On The Rideau YouTube” to find it.


Broadcast times for all shows: 8:30 to 11 pm ET. There is NO CHARGE to view these shows but DONATIONS to help out the artists are gratefully appreciated. There will be a PayPal button on the channel page. Comments are also welcome during the show and some will be read out by the MC during the show.



is produced by Choose The Blues Productions, Kenmore Ontario  

in co-operation with The Cove Inn, Westport Ontario 


Sponsored by 
BLACK DOG INN www.coveinn.com
JACOB’S CREEK WINES www.jacobscreek.com 
PERTH BREWERY www.perthbrewery.ca
OTTAWA BLUES SOCIETY www.ottawabluessociety.com
DAWG FM Ottawa Blues Internet Radio www.dawgfm.com
LAKE 88.1 radio Perth/Rideau Lakes www.lake88.ca


For more info contact:


James Doran

Producer of Blues On The Rideau

613-206-7777  james@choosetheblues.ca 


Seamus Cowan

Manager, The Cove Inn, Westport Ontario

613-273-3636  thecoveinnwestport@gmail.com


February 21
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
www.bluesontherideau.ca www.zoombluesmusic.com https://shawnkellerman.com  


James Doran


The Cove
2 Bedford St.
Westport, Ontario K0G 1X0 Canada
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EVERY SUNDAY with HEAD over HEELS (Blues/Folk/Jazz Acoustic Duo, Gananoque) 5-8pm

EVERY TUESDAY with ERIC UREN (Folk/Rock, Westport) 5-8pm

EVERY WEDNESDAY with RACK ‘n TUNES + OPEN MIC with SHAWN McCULLOUGH & FRIENDS (Country/Rock…or whatever you want to play!) Perform and get a chance to win a Guitar from Long & McQuade Music of Kingston. 5-8pm

< JUNE >

Mon.Jun.20 MEGHAN BALOGH + MARTIN SMIT (Acoustic Celtic/Folk, Picton) 5-8pm
 Thu.Jun.23 THE POND MUSIC SERIES – MISS EMILY (2022 JUNO Nominee + 3 x 2020 Maple Blues Award Winner, Soul/Blues, Kingston) with special guest opener MORGAN DAVIS (Traditional Acoustic Blues Legend, Nova Scotia) 5-9pm $90 + HST Dinner + Show. Outdoors, Weather Depending.
Fri.Jun.24 TEAGAN McLAREN (Alt Pop/Folk, Kingston) 5-8pm
Sat.Jun.25 ERIC UREN on the Patio (Acoustic Folk/Rock, Westport) 5-8pm Weather Depending.
Sun.Jun.26 HENRY NORWOOD (Classic Country, Westport) 1-4pm
Mon.Jun.27 STEVE STACEY + PAT ROBILLARD (Classic Country, Carleton Place) 5-8pm
Thu.Jun.30 THE POND MUSIC SERIES  – Pre-Canada Day Party with 80s ENUFF feat. PAT MURPHY (Kingston’s Premier 80s Tribute Act) 5-9pm $80 + HST Dinner + Show. Outdoors, Weather Depending.

< JULY >

Fri.Jul.1 CHRIS MURPHY (Member of Turpin’s TrailEast Coast/Folk, Perth Road Village) 7-9pm
Sat.Jul.2 ERIC UREN on the Patio (Acoustic Folk/Rock, Westport) 5-8pm Weather Depending.
Mon.Jul.4 JASON KENT (Folk/Rock, Montreal…Member of Young Petty Stones + Sunfields) 5-8pm
Tue.Jul.5 WITHOUT WILLOW (Traditional Folk from Donegal, Ireland) 5-8pm
Thu.Jul.7 JAY SMITH (Formerly SMITTY, Country/Rock, Kingston) 6-9pm
Fri.Jul.8 SEAN PINCHIN (JUNO Award Nominated Acoustic Blues Slide Guitar Master!!!, Toronto) 5-8pm
Sat.Jul.9 ERIC UREN on the Patio (Acoustic Folk/Rock, Westport) 5-8pm Weather Depending.
Mon.Jul.11 JACK STEELE (Country, Westport) 5-8pm
Thu.Jul.14 JAZZ NIGHT with SPENCER EVANS TRIO (All Styles of Music, Westport/Kingston) 8-10pm $10 Cover
Fri.Jul.15 CHRIS MURPHY (East Coast/Folk, Member of Turpin’s Trail, Kingston) 5-8pm
Mon.Jul.18 STEVE STACEY + PAT ROBILLARD (Classic Country, Carleton Place) 5-8pm
Thu.Jul.21 YOUNG PETTY STONES (The Music of Neil Young, Tom Petty + The Rolling Stones) 7-11pm $80 + HST Dinner + Show.
Fri.Jul.22 YOUNG PETTY STONES (The Music of Neil Young, Tom Petty + The Rolling Stones) 7-11pm $80 + HST Dinner + Show.
Sat.Jul.23 DOUG VANDERHORDEN (Folk/Rock, Kingston) 5-8pm
Mon.Jul.25 JON JONES (Folk/Rock, Kingston) 5-8pm
Thu.Jul.28 JAZZ NIGHT with SPENCER EVANS TRIO (All Styles of Music, Westport/Kingston) 8-10pm $10 Cover
Fri.Jul.29 JEFF CALLERY (Folk/Rock, Brockville) 5-8pm
Sat.Jul.30 JOHN WILBERFORCE (Folk/Rock, Kemptville) 5-8pm
Reservations preferred. Call 613.273.3636 or email thecoveinnwestport@gmail.com for Dining, Show + Hotel Reservations.