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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IVOR SIMPSON KENNEDY (Delta Blues from Australia!!!)

June 22 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Hailing from Sydney Australia, Ivor Simpson Kennedy is one of a new generation of exciting young blues talents to emerge from Down Under. Owning a dark, smoke filled voice and liquid smooth guitar stylings, he utilises these inherit skills to give his compositions a striking originality, paying homage to generations past while bringing a remarkably fresh approach to the table. Ivor also performs all the instruments on his releases, lending his sound a uniquely personal touch. A deliciously deep groove runs through his barebones approach, with strains of reggae, soul, and rock vying for their moment in a bevy of blues.

Picking up drums and guitar in his teens, Ivor immediately gravitated toward song-writing, with a love of blues and rock’n’roll being imbued from a young age via his parents record collection. After forming a blues trio – Mad Dog – in his late teens, Ivor started performing around Sydney’s Northern Beaches, cutting his teeth on the classic blues song book. After Mad Dog disbanded, Ivor went onto to play guitar for a number of Northern Beaches roots acts, while refining his chops to include the gamut of southern stylings. 2015 saw Ivor put down the electric for an acoustic, as he buried himself in the styles of the pre and post war blues masters, leading to two critically acclaimed releases, the 2016 EP Delta Pines, and the 2017 LP Montserrat. Both broke into the top 3 of the Australian Blues and Roots Charts, and the Top 5 of the North American Roots Report Charts, receiving glowing reviews from leading publications such as No Depression and American Blues Scene. A ten year career in Australia saw Ivor perform with and support artists such as Diesel, Rick Price, Fiona Boyes, Ray Beadle, Truckstop Honeymoon and Warren ‘Pig’ Morgan among a litany of others, while also being fortunate enough to perform at venues such as The Basement, Lizottes, The Vanguard, The Brass Monkey, Brighton Up Bar, Old Manly Boatshed and the Spotted Mallard, to name a few.

Having performed from Fiji to London Ivor has now crossed the pond to the spiritual homeland of his music, New Orleans, and is bringing his unmistakable brand of song writing and guitar playing to fresh sets of ears and eyes. A continuing residency at the venerable Chickie Wah Wah, and appearances at New Orleans Cigar Box Guitar Festival, along with the opportunity to support a wide spectrum of artists such as Jon Cleary, Alvin Youngblood Heart, Smoky Greenwell, John Fohl, Meschiya Lake, Tom McDermott, and Ian Moore, has found Ivor accrue a new legion of listeners in the Big Easy. Tours through the heartland of the Mississippi Delta – including stints at the legendary Ground Zero Blues Club – have firmly entrenched him in the culture of deep south blues.

Possessing a maturity in song and skill far beyond his twenty eight years, Ivor is poised to make a huge splash.  Whether transporting his listeners to a heaving juke joint, a candlelit club, or a dusty Caribbean seaside shack, Ivor has the ability to draw audiences of all generations into his music – and keep them there.

Details

Date:
June 22
Time:
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Website:
http://www.ivorsk.com

Organizer

Seamus Cowan
Phone:
1.888.COVE.INN
Website:
www.coveinn.com

Venue

The Cove
2 Bedford St.
Westport, Ontario K0G 1X0 Canada
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Phone:
1.888.COVE.INN
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BLUES ON THE RIDEAU @ THE COVE INN, WESTPORT ANNOUNCES 2019/20 LINE-UP

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 15 & 16* From Toronto SAMANTHA MARTIN & DELTA SUGAR (Fabulous Soul Blues with beautiful harmonies, *2-night stand) 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 info@coveinn.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

FOR CANCELLATIONS, REDUCTIONS OR NO SHOWS TO RESERVATIONS FOR

BLUES ON THE RIDEAU SHOWS

 

PLEASE NOTE! AND REMIND CUSTOMERS WHEN THEY RESERVE

 

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.