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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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

< JULY >

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

< August >

Mon.Aug.1 JACK STEELE (Country/Rock, Westport) 5-8pm
Thu.Aug.4 JAZZ NIGHT with SPENCER EVANS (All Styles of Music!) 8-10pm $10 Cover
Fri.Aug.5 DOC MacLEAN (Contemporary delta blues and roots artist, storyteller, traveller) 5-8pm
Sat.Aug.6 MIKE GODWIN (Country from NASHVILLE!) 5-8pm
Mon.Aug.8 MATT DICKSON (One man Classic Rock Party, Perth) 5-8pm
Thu.Aug.11 JAZZ NIGHT with SPENCER EVANS (All Styles of Music!) 8-10pm $10 Cover
Fri.Aug.12 JASON KENT (Classic Rock/Pop from the Vault, Montreal) 5-8pm
Sat.Aug.13 ERIC UREN (Folk/Rock, Westport) on patio, weather depending 5-8pm
Mon.Aug.15 MELLOW LILLY (Folk, Kingston) 5-8pm
Thu.Aug.18 JAZZ NIGHT with SPENCER EVANS (All Styles of Music!) 8-10pm $10 Cover
Fri.Aug.19 KOBOTOWN: A Waterside Caribbean Dance Party! (Toronto) 5-9pm
Sat.Aug.20 TBA
Mon.Aug.22 SPENCER SCHARF (Folk/Blues, Ottawa) 5-8pm
Thu.Aug.25JAZZ NIGHT with SPENCER EVANS (All Styles of Music!) 8-10pm $10 Cover
Fri.Aug.26 NO PRINCIPALS (Folk Harmony, Westport/Rideau Ferry) 5-8pm
Sat.Aug.27 Midsummer Night Jazz: WESTPORT LIBRARY FUNDRAISER JAZZ SHOW with JESSICA CHAIKOWSKY QUARTET (feat. JUNO Nominated members) 6-10pm Dinner, Show + Charity $80 + HST + Gratuity
Mon.Aug.29 STEVE STACEY + PAT ROBILLARD (Classic Country, Carleton Place) 5-8pm
Reservations preferred. Call 613.273.3636 or email thecoveinnwestport@gmail.com for Dining, Show + Hotel Reservations.