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.
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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.
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DAVID JAMES ALLEN (Roots Folk/Blues, Toronto)
May 17 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
With his debut solo album, Toronto-based singer/songwriter David James Allen establishes himself as a bona fide roots music auteur, transporting us to a place that to our modern perceptions will seem uncomfortably foreign, or conversely, all too real. Listeners previously heard flashes of Allen’s brilliance in his previous work with the Barrie, Ontario collective Stonetrotter, but on When The Demons Come he takes full command in bridging his wide-ranging country, folk, blues and gospel influences.
Recorded at various locations around Ontario over the course of a year, the album in fact gathers a decade’s worth of material Allen had accumulated, which had not found a home within other various projects. Still, there is a common thread of sin and redemption connecting all of the songs, and through the assistance of several of his Stonetrotter band mates and pedal steel virtuoso Aaron Goldstein, it adds up to a haunting and endlessly rewarding listening experience.
… a stone cold brilliant album …”
– The Spill Magazine
Songs such as the first focus track “Oak,” “Plainview” and “Saint John” sparkle with the instrumental interplay of The Band, blended with the brooding soul of Bill Withers and the pop inventiveness of Harry Nilsson. When The Demons Come is truly an album that rewards repeated listening, revealing more of its nuances each time. As a staunch DIY artist, Allen was determined to apply all of the technical skills he has learned along the way to making his first solo effort, combining them with themes of loss and spirituality he has grappled with for much of his life. To call When The Demons Come a labour of love is an understatement. More accurately, it is a place where both the dead and living can co-exist, sharing their stories and finding peace in doing so.
“Part of the reason I decided to record it myself was because I knew I’d have the freedom to experiment without being on the clock,” Allen says. “My approach to writing and recording can be all-encompassing. When I’m inside of a song, I can stay there for six hours on repeat, sorting through my thoughts and feelings and melodies and chords. Some of these songs took years to craft, some came out in minutes. I think in the end, I really wanted to showcase these songs in their most elemental and vulnerable form.”
… a tour de force exploration of love, loss, religion and spirituality.” – Great Dark Wonder
In a sense, that attitude echoes Allen’s first experiences with music as a child, learning classic ‘60s and ‘70s folk-rock songs from his parents. He gravitated to punk rock by his teens, joining a ska-influenced band, and making some early attempts at home recording. Later, when attending college, Allen was pulled back to the music of his youth and becoming totally immersed in it this time.
“I loved discovering new old music,” he says. “I felt more of a connection to it and a good amount was familiar to my ears because of my mom and dad’s taste in music growing up. A friend also bought me Alone, the Rivers Cuomo album of his demos and home recordings. I totally understood where Rivers was coming from, and listening to it felt like a door was opening. I’d been doing the same thing in my home throughout my teens, and knowing that Rivers started out in that way before forming Weezer encouraged me to keep going.”
Following a stint with a pop-rock band in St. Catharines, Ontario, Allen returned to his hometown of Barrie and began connecting with the musicians who would eventually comprise Stonetrotter. The group made two EPs before releasing its self-titled independent full-length album in 2015, described at the time by Jim DiGioia of Quick Before It Melts as, “an effortless blend of cool country, simmering soul, swampy psychedelia, and biting barroom brawn.” The album would go on to spend 15 weeks on Earshot’s national album charts, and bring the band shows with Zeus, TUNS and others. Allen credits the work he’s done as a member of Stonetrotter with giving him the confidence to pursue the specific vision he had for When The Demons Come, and execute it on his own. It’s just the beginning of what is sure to become an impressive body of work in the future.
… the passion behind his work is refreshing.”
– Canadian Beats
“I’ve always been a fan of DIY culture and I’m naturally inclined to take on projects where part of the creation process is also learning to create,” he says. “For When The Demons Come, I used everything I knew, and relied heavily on my ear. I enjoy working this way, and right now, at least, I plan to approach my next record with the same DIY mentality, and further develop my skills in terms of home recording and producing.”
Indeed, by any measure, When The Demons Come is a uniquely personal work of art, and a powerful introduction to one of Canada’s vital new musical voices.
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