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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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MONKEYJUNK (Swamp Roots Rock, Ottawa)
December 7 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Ace Canadian Blues-Rockers MonkeyJunk Celebrate 10 Years With Thrilling #MJ10 Tour
The trio, whose career-best fifth album Time To Roll recently netted their second Juno Award, prepares to travel from east to west this spring and summer, visiting key venues and festivals in between…
By almost any ordinary metric, like a marriage or a job, 10 years is a respectable milestone. For a hard-touring and recording band, however, a decade is a sweat-soaked, anecdote-amassing feat. Appropriately, the corresponding anniversary gift is way better something made of tin.
Ottawa’s ace swamp roots-rockers MonkeyJunk — fêting 10 triumphant years together in 2018 — are preparing to lift lids from Saskatoon to Sault Ste Marie, Thunder Bay to Nanaimo, as they hit the highway supporting their scorching, career-best Time To Roll album. Audiences will be dazzled.
Winner of 2018’s Blues Album of the Year Juno Award (their second overall), the latest and fifth release from singer/guitarist and harp player Steve Marriner, drummer Matt Sobb, and guitarist Tony D is precisely the kind of corker you’d expect from a trio of musical veterans who, between them, have boosted luminaries from Fabulous Thunderbird Kim Wilson to Buddy Guy, the late Jeff Healey to the lamented Stevie Ray Vaughan.
Bluesmen don’t come more accomplished than the dudes in MonkeyJunk. But don’t take our word for it. Check out one of the band’s thrilling live gigs this spring and summer as part of #MJ10 Tour. Click here or scroll down for a full tour itinerary (http://monkeyjunkband.com/tour).
“What an amazing journey we’ve enjoyed together,” Marriner enthuses. “This little band that could has travelled the world and brought our music to a dozen countries. It’s hard to believe 10 years has passed already. What fun! We’ve had the privilege to visit nearly every corner of Canada and perform our tunes for so many amazing people. It’s been an honour to share this adventure with two of my best friends.”
Launched in Ottawa in 2008, MonkeyJunk —handle inspired by delta blues great Son House, who once intoned, “I’m talking about the blues, I ain’t talking ’bout no monkeyjunk!” — have consistently updated contemporary blues with a blistering mix of chops, soul, grit, humour and harmony.
MonkeyJunk plays for keeps, as evidenced by the 10 electrifying tracks on their latest album, their first ever to feature bass guitar. “We wanted to push ourselves to work hard and to work efficiently and focused — to see what we could come up with in a shorter period of time,” drummer Sobb explains of Time To Roll. “The result is a brash, groovy-as-always collection of songs that show where the band has been and where we have arrived in many years of writing, recording, and touring.”
In addition to the above-mentioned pair of Juno Award wins (out of three nominations), MonkeyJunk has also netted an impressive 21 Maple Blues Awards, two Canadian Independent Music Awards, and a Blues Music Award (USA) for Best New Artist, for 2009’s sizzling Tiger In Your Tank. And while that recognition is swell, all band members agree that the real thrill of playing in MonkeyJunk is just that — playing, especially live, where the music’s ecstatic sway on crowds is right there to behold.
Tony D, says, “Tempus fugit, as they say when you’re having fun. Has it really been 10 years? It still feels like the 1st time when ever we hit the stage. What I dig about our sound is how it has evolved from our love of the blues, which brought us together in the 1st place, 10 years ago.
That’s one of the unique things about MJ, where we’re respecting the traditions of all roots music and giving it a modern approach.”
MonkeyJunk’s 10th Anniversary #MJ10 Tour launches May 3 at Ottawa’s National Arts Centre, wrapping July 28 at Ribfest in Perth, ON. The tour features 31 shows in 25 cities, including a coveted three-night stand at RBC Ottawa Bluesfest opposite Dave Matthews Band, Foo Fighters, Bryan Adams, and Sturgill Simpson. More dates are TBC.
“We are so proud of MonkeyJunk’s history of creating (mostly) original music,” Sobb says. “We’ve made five albums in 10 years and it has been a unique honour and pleasure that they are all released on Stony Plain/Warner Canada. What a great ride it has been!”
Adds Marriner, “MonkeyJunk is very proud to be part of the Canadian blues community. It is rich and deep and sprawls from east to west. There are incredible singers and musicians in every corner of this country who have their own style and identity and who write compelling, relevant music. We look forward to catching up with them all on our upcoming #MJ10 tour.”
MonkeyJunk has won a collective 21 Maple Blues Awards, two Canadian Independent Music Awards, a Blues Music Award (USA) in 2010 for best new artist debut (Tiger In Your Tank), and have been nominated three times for a JUNO Award, winning the award twice for Blues Album of the Year in 2012 for To Behold and in 2018 for Time To Roll.
“The name MonkeyJunk comes from Son House, who once said ‘I’m talking about the blues, I ain’t talking ’bout no monkeyjunk.’ But I am going to talk about MonkeyJunk – they are brilliant and have produced one of the best albums I have heard in a long time…; Ten tracks that prove that this Canadian band is here to stay. And as Son House would have said if he had seen these boys: ‘I’m talking ’bout the blues, I’m talking about MonkeyJunk!’” – Bob Boncey, Blues Matters (UK)
“The Sultans of Swamp R&B” – William Shatner
“MonkeyJunk are keeping the spirits of Muddy Waters and the other roots giants alive with their own unique brand of music. Check it out – you won’t be disappointed.” – David Wilcox
“Loved your CD, some really cool tunes – It is one I find myself listening to over and over again” – Ritchie Hayward, Little Feat
“Blues, raw and different.” – Star Trek captain/Canadian actor/musician Bruce Greenwood
BUFFET STYLE DINNER & SHOW $60 + HST
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