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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MATTY McKECHNIE (Folk/Pop, Ottawa)

August 3, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

MATTY McKECHNIE is GRAVEN! Congrats on Matty’s Ottawa Bluesfest gig!

Growing up, once-rapper Nepean white kid Matt McKechnie was a massive teen listener of J Mascis (Dinosaur Jr.), Stephen Malkmus (Pavement), Bruce Springsteen and Led Zeppelin. Having played in suburban garage bands since his mid-teens, he began to adapt and progress with the shifting musical terrain around him while still staying true to his idyllic influences. Matt’s songs are truly passionate and rare – and with a wild, rotating and circus-like band of ever-talented individuals backing him, his music generates interest and intensity. Having opened for and shared stage space with such artists as Dave Gunning, Tanya Davis, JD Edwards, The Wooden Sky, Catherine McLellan, The Good Lovelies, Matt is a player in a few different collectives, and a consistent guitarist and vocalist for Lanark songstress up and comer Ali McCormick.
‘Channelsurfing’ is an epic memory-movie album collective and retrospective of the mind and music of Matt ‘Graven’ McKechnie. With eight releases under his belt, this is lucky number nine and his most creatively daring to date. Dealing with fractured friendships and lost loves, there are no punches pulled in this vivid kaleidoscope of guitar-driven and word-heavy soundscapes. Featuring some drum-work from Dave Marsh (Joel Plaskett Emergency) and engineering from Charles Austin (The Super Friendz), the 20-song album features 10 brand new tracks and 10 remastered gems from the deep, anthemic back catalogue. The diversity in sound ranges from raging, shoe-gaze, howling rockers to subtle, campfire crooners. You can stream and purchase all 20 tunes here.


“Matty McKechnie, the man behind the music of Graven, had to take a trip through the darkness before he could see the light…The album draws its name, and much of its inspiration, from the fleeting moments he shared with East Coast rocker Jay Smith, the guitarist for Matt Mays whose tragic and sudden suicide in 2013 shocked the Canadian music world…After closing the latest chapter, one full of darkness and death, he’s turned to a fresh page by welcoming a new life into the world. His first child, daughter Sloan, was born on Christmas Eve.”

-Aedan Helmer (Ottawa Citizen)

“McKechnie is probably best known as Graven, a soulful singer/song writer who was a contender for CBC’s Searchlight music competition in 2015. His lyrics are like poetry, not surprising when you consider he started his musical career as a rapper from Nepean, cutting his teeth on old school hip-hop rhymes will also listening to classic rock. Though the first record he ever owned was Springsteen’s Born in the USA, it was rap that first really gripped him, inspired by the poetic wordplay of LL Cool J, Run DMC and the Beastie Boys…Here, McKechnie walks the ridges of an alt-country landscape planting seeds of folk-rock along the way. What sprouts up are songs he calls his “thickest”, “crunchiest” and “folk-rocky-est” to date.”

-Andre Gagne (Ottawa Life Magazine)

“If you were to delve into Graven’s most recent record Jaybird, you might find yourself feeling a sense of nostalgia. Graven is the ongoing alt-country/folk project of Matt McKechnie, a long-time musician, journalist, videographer… and whatever else it is he is really good at. He is supported by his band, The Dirty Hustle, who added some gritty layers and rounded out a lot of the songs on Jaybird. We walk the finely woven web of McKechnie’s memories and musings, reflections that translated into a concept for an album. Jaybird is the culmination of those efforts, and it’s a finely composed collection of folk songs that range from the delicate and solitary to the hopeful and anthemic. There is a search for meaning that lingers throughout, which is hinged to the impetus of this album – the transient nature of moments, the inescapable reality that all things in life are impermanent. The bird flies through one’s field of view long enough to create a snapshot in time, if only in the mind, and then it’s gone.”

-Matias Munoz (Ottawa Showbox)


Delicate picking gives way to powerful strumming. Melodic whispers ascend into a booming chorus.  Songs about lasting friendships end, memories of fleeting moments begin.  Songs that invite you for the ride down the highways of the prairies. Songs that paint a picture in your mind that go well with a full glass and your mates by your side. Canadiana folk rock, your son is calling.”
-Adrian Gregorich, Ramsgate & Hackett (2016)

“(Graven’s) Lyrical content ranges from dealing with the everyday, skirting with the spiritual, to dealing with facing what you find digging through your old stuff in your parent’s basement… No matter if you’re young, old or somewhere in between, change in life is something we all are struggling with, and Matt might give you a fresh perspective.

-Michael Pacitto, Journalist, North Grenville Times (2014)
“(Matt’s) smooth, evocative voice meshed well with their mellow sound and his ability to mix singing while playing the guitar and harmonica was very impressive…The harmonica riffs were so reminiscent of “The Times They Are A-Changin” that the Tambourine Man himself might as well have been playing along with them.” 
-Caroline Garrod, The Queens Journal (2011)

“(Channelsurfing) is about the idea that sometimes life is like a foreign film. It features themes of death, redemption, pain and solitude. ‘When the credits finally roll, when it’s all over, we might not know what it all means or what the whole picture is about’ Matt explained. ‘There are beautiful moments and moments of struggle.’ ”
-Adria May, Apt613.ca (2015)

As opposed to reaching out for the anthemic pop heights of its countrymen and women, these guys have opted for reinventing and revisiting some solid ‘90s Midwestern rock. If not for regular references to Northern touchstones like Halifax, the Northern Lights, and the Lodestar, Graven could easily and deservedly be mistaken for yet another hard-working bar rock band from the American Midwest. The band’s sonic influences range from Wilco to Counting Crows, The Wallflowers, and the Gin Blossoms with twinges of Spoon and The Hold Steady present for good measure.”
– Adam P. Newton, Music Writer, Burnside Writers Collective, Portland, Oregon
Almost all Graven songs, like “Hwy 5” are built together with relaxed campfire harmonies and guitar work. The emotions of displacement, restlessness, and discovery are as accessible and open as the interstate that cuts through the desert and winds effortlessly to where you want to go.”
-Michael Dallas Miller, Music Writer, Seattle, WA


August 3, 2018
6:00 pm - 9:00 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 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 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

Seamus Cowan, Manager, The Cove Inn, Westport ON 613-273-3636  info@coveinn.com