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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
FOTA FUNDRAISER with 80s ENUFF!!!
May 31 @ 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm$60
In support of Friends of the Arena (FOTA), we are hosting another annual major fundraising event at The Cove! Last year was a huge success and this year plans to be even more! There will be a 50/50 draw, silent auction, buffet and show by Kingston’s Premier 80s tribute, 80s Enuff! Book you tickets today, they are going fast!
80s Enuff, Kingston’s “premier party band”, has a single mission during their live performance: to lift the mood of its audience by reliving the sights, sounds, and spirit that defined the 80s decade of music. When you attend an ’80s Enuff concert you are transported into a high energy, fun-filled audio-visual time warp consisting of rock, hard rock, new wave and heavy metal hit cover songs that dominated the radio airwaves of the 80s era.
The roots of the band lay in a friendship forged by four school chums, Pat Murphy, Adam Check, Brian Overvelde and Derek Cantarutti, while they attended Regiopolis-Notre Dame High School in Kingston, Ontario, Canada back in the late 1980s. After playing together in various local bands for several years, these four individuals went their separate ways to pursue other endeavors. One defining moment that initiated this separation was the near-fatal car accident of bass guitarist, Check. Although this life-altering event could have been the end of Check’s musical activities, his persistence, determination and courage throughout his rehabilitation period eventually led to his successful recovery. It was these same characteristics that propelled Check to reunite the core four members of ’80s Enuff in 2002.All that was needed now was a lead guitarist.
This void was soon filled by a local guitar virtuoso. His abilities, both instrumentally and vocally, were immediately evident, complementing both the strong vocal presence of Murphy and the piercing harmonies of Cantarutti. With a solid rhythm section built upon drummer, Overvelde, 80s Enuff was now complete and could begin their revival of the “80s Greaties.”
One thing the guys noticed when deciding what classic retro songs they were going to revive, is that keyboards were a HUGE part of 80s music. They were lucky enough to discover Steve(o) Ball who is able to tickle the ivories beautifully and has become an integral part of 80s Enuff. Now that they had keys, the band’s repertoire increased ten-fold!
After a number of years rockin’ it retro, three of the guys decided to retire from the band. It looked like 80s Enuff was finished. However, since everyone still loves listening to the “eighties greaties” music, Murph and Check decided to continue with the band. However, now they needed a lead guitarist, rhythm guitarist and a drummer!
Murph and Check contacted a buddy they knew from high school to see if he was still playing the axe. He was indeed and so Paul Cotman joined 80s Enuff to play rhythm guitar. He fills the tunes perfectly and provides excellent background vocals.
80s Enuff then discovered an incredible drummer named Jordan Bulhoes who was playing in a number of local bands. Jordan jumped on board and now he keeps pounding the drums to keep the rest of the guys on time / in rhythm. He also provides excellent background vocals.
Now all that was needed was a new lead guitar player. The guys heard Kevin play a couple of gigs with some local bands and thought he would fit in perfectly with the band. Kevin has stepped up and become a strong part of 80s Enuff.
Since late summer of 2002 the band has built up a strong word-of-mouth following by performing at nightclubs, arenas, charitable fundraisers and local rock station (i.e., K-ROCK 105.7) promotional events in the Greater Kingston Area.
If you’re looking to put the “FU” in “FUN” and return your party to the retro years of the 80s, look no further! You’ve just discovered 80s Enuff!
The current 80s Enuff alter egos are:
|“Murph“||lead vocals and Huey Lewis impersonator|
|“Beavs“||lead guitar and leather pants enthusiast|
|“Paulie“||rhythm guitar, vocals and proud member of the MACC…(Mullet Appreciation Club of Canada)
|“Checkster“||bass guitar, vocals and former coiffeur for Flock of Seagulls
|“Bujo“||drums, vocals and renowned stalker of Tommy Lee|
|“Steevo“||keyboards and (secret) member of the local Debbie Gibson fan club|
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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Seamus Cowan, Manager, The Cove Inn, Westport ON 613-273-3636 email@example.com