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.

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CLAUDIO VALENTINI: Sounds of the Holidays (Classical Style Guitar, Ardoch)

December 13, 2019 @ 11:30 am - 3:00 pm

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Enjoy an afternoon of beautifully played Christmas music on master Classic guitar with Claudio Valentini!

Claudio has been playing classical guitar for over 40 years and has degrees from York University and the University of Toronto. He was a high school music teacher for 30 years, but is now focusing on performing.  In the past, his ongoing engagements included Des Copains, The Vineyard, L’Entrecotte, Pirendello’s, and the Townhouse Cafe; he is currently performing at the Best Western in Perth and Spill the Beanz.  He has performed at venues such as C.B.C. Television and Radio, TV Ontario, York University, University of Toronto, A Space, The Music Gallery. the National Archives, Sundance Artisan Festival.  He has also been the musical director for various musical theatre productions. What a beautiful soundscape for a Friday afternoon…

Check out his Playlist:

I am always adding to my playlist, and I can accommodate you if your choice of musical selection is not on the list. (I will require some lead time to find or write an arrangement). I can also compose something unique to your event.

Popular – Contemporary

Andrew Lloyd Weber
            Dont Cry for Me Argentina
            I Dont Know How to Love Him
            Eleanor Rigby
            Here Comes the Sun
            Here There and Everywhere

            In My Life

            Norwegian Wood
            When Im Sixty Four
While my Guitar Gently Weeps

Cat Stevens
Father and Son
Morning Has Broken
Simon and Garfunkel
            Bridge Over Troubled Waters
            El Condor Pasa – Daniel Alomía Robles
Scott Joplin
The Entertainer

            Maple Leaf Rag
            Weeping Willow 1
            Weeping Willow 2
            Original Rag
            Every Breath You Take
Fields of Gold

Abide With Me – Lyte
Amazing Grace Blues – Trad.

            America the Beautiful – Katharine Lee Bates and Samuel Augustus Ward
            Auralee (Love me Tender) – W. W. Fosdickand and George R. Poulton
            Due Guitar – Anonymous
            God Save the Queen
            Return to Sorento – Ernesto De Curtis and Giambattista De Curtiss
            Scarborough Fair – Anonymous
            Star Spangled Banner – Keys
Waters of Babylon – Hayes
Event Music – i.e. Wedding March, Happy Birthday, Christmas Carols

Other Popular
            All I Have To Do Is Dream – Bryant (Everly Brothers)
Both Sides Now – Joni Mitchell

            Brahms Lullab
Can’t Help Falling in Love – Martini (Elvis Presley)

            Classical Gas – Mason Williams
            Con Te Partiro – (Andrea Bocelli) Francesco Sartori and Lucio Quarantotto
El Condor Pasa – Robles
Endless Love – Lionel Richie

            Fire and Rain – James Taylor
            Halleluiah – Leonard Cohen
Happy Birthday – M and P Hill
If it’s Magic – Stevie Wonder
I Think it’s Going to Rain Today – Randy Newman

            Kiss From a Rose – Seal
Lean on Me -Bill Withers

            Let it Be Me – Becaud
            Perhaps Love –  John Denver
Perfect –  Ed Sheeran

            Petite Etude – Rik Emmett (Triumph)
            Stairway to Heaven-Robert Plant & Jimmy Page
Stand by Me – King, Leiber, Stoller
            Tears in Heaven- Eric Clapton
            The Rose – Mcbroom
            Time in a Bottle – Jim Croce
            Unchained Melody – (Righteous Brothers)   Alex North, Hy Zaret
            Vincent – Don Maclean
            When you Say Nothing at All – Ronan Keating (Alison Krauss)
            Whiter Shade of Pale – (Procol Harem) Gary Brooker, K. Reid and M.Fisher
Who by Fire – Leonard Cohen

            YourSong – Elton John, Bernie Taupin
Jazz – Film

Always With Me – Miyazaki (Spirited Away)
Amapola – Lacalle (Once Upon a Time in America)
As Time Goes By – Hepfeld (Casablanca)

Autumn Leaves – Johnny Mercer
Besame Mucho – Consuelo Velazquez
Blue Moon – Rodgers and Hart
Dream a Little Dream of Me – Andre, Kahn, Schwandt

Georgia on my Mind – Hoagy Carmichael and Stuart Gorrell
Gladiator Battle – Zimmer, Gerrard
In the Mood – Glen Miller, Garland

Antonio Carlos Jobim
        Felicidade – (Black Orpheus)
James Horner
        My Heart Will Go On (Titanic)
        Somewhere Out There (An American Tail)
Nino Rota           T
Godfather Waltz
Time for Us (Romeo and Juliet)

        Speak Softly Love (The Godfather)
Godfather II Theme

Manha De Carneval –Louis Bonfa (Black Orpheus)
My Funny Valentine – Rodgers and Hart (Babes in Arms)
O Che Sera – Chico Barque (The Foreigner)

Over the Rainbow Harold Arlen and Edgar Harburg (Wizard of Oz)
Perfidia – Albert Dominguez (Multiple films)
Por Una Cabeza – Carlos Gardel (Scent of a Woman, True Lies)

Someone to Watch Over Me – Gershwin (Oh Kay)
Summertime – (Porgy and Bess) – George Gershwin and Edwin DuBose Heyward
Smile – Charlie Chaplin (Modern Times)
Smiling (Man on Fire and Omega Watch Commercial) – Harry Gregson-Williams
Smiling Variations – Valentini
Smoke Gets in Your Eyes – Jerome Kern (Roberta)
Sonata in A Major Rondo (Theme from ‘Wings’) – Franz Schubert
Spanish Romance (Forbidden Games) – Anonymous
Sunrise Sunset – (Fiddler on the Roof) – Jerry Bock
Take Five – Paul Desmond
This Masquerade – Leon Russell
What a Wonderful World – George David Weiss and Bob Thiele
When I Fall In Love – Victor Young and Edward Heyman
When You Wish Upon a Star – (Pinocchio) – Washington and Harline
Brazilian – Spanish – Cuban

Albeniz – Asturias (Leyenda)
Brower – Une Dia de Noviembre
Lauro – Venezuelan Waltz #2
Rodrigo – Concerto Aranjuez (Solo Transcription)
Spanish Medley Improvisation (Various)
            Receurdos D’Alhambra
            Prelude VI
Villa Lobos
            Choros Typicos #1
            Concerto 1st Movement Excerpt
            Concerto 2nd Movement – A
            Concerto 2nd Movement – B
            Prelude 1
            Prelude 2
            Prelude 3
            Prelude 4
            Prelude 5

Classical – Baroque – Romantic

Albinoni – Adagio
Fur Elise

            Joyful Joyful

            Waltz Op39
Carulli – Slur Study
Debussy – Clair de Lune
Delibes – Flower Duet

Faure – Pavane
Guiliani – Alegretto
Handel – Sarabande
Haydn – Austrian Hymn

            Minuet – KV525
            Piano Sonata In A
Mussorgsky – Pictures at an Exhibition Promenade
Pachelbel – Canon
Purcell – Requiem
Satie – Gymnopedies #1
Scarlatti – Sonata
Franz Schubert
Sonata in A Major Rondo
Ave Maria

Ferdinand Sor
            Etude – A minor
            Etude – A minor 2
            Etude – B minor
            Etude – B minor (Prol)
            Etude – D major
            Etude – E minor
            Etude – E minor 2
Stanley – Invenzione
            Four Seasons – Autumn
            Four Seasons – Spring
            D+ Concerto

Rennaissance -Anonymous – Traditional

            Coventry Carol
Huron Carol

            Pezzo Tedesco
            Rennaissance Pavane 1
            Rennaissance Pavane 2
            Rennaissance Pavane 3
            Russian Etude
Skye Boat Song – Traditional Celtic

            Pavanne 2
            Pavanne 3


Air on a G String
Bouree in A minor
Cello Suite 1
            Minuet 1
            Minuet 2
Cello Suite 3 Bourre
Cello Suite 5
            Gavotte I
            Gavotte II
Cello Suite 6
            Gavotte I
            Gavotte II
Chaconne – Excerpt
            244 O Sacred Head Now Wounded
            508 Be Thou with Me
            748 God the Father Dwell with Us
            756 Now All the Forest Are At Rest
            76 May God Be Merciful To Us
Goldberg Variations
            Var 10
            Var 18
            Var 4
Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring
Lute Suite 1
Minuet in G minor
Minuet in G major
Prelude C major
Prelude C minor
Sheep May Safely Graze
Sleepers Awake
Violin Suite 3 Gavotte and Rondo


 Various original compositions


December 13, 2019
11:30 am - 3:00 pm


Seamus Cowan


The Cove
2 Bedford St.
Westport, Ontario K0G 1X0 Canada
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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 16 From Toronto SAMANTHA MARTIN & DELTA SUGAR (Fabulous Soul Blues with beautiful harmonies) 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 thecoveinnwestport@gmail.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  james@choosetheblues.ca

Maureen Price or Seamus Cowan, Managers, The Cove Inn, Westport ON 613-273-3636 thecoveinnwestport@gmail.com


POLICY FOR 2019/20




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.