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.
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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!
CAMPFIRE LIARS CLUB feat. PAUL LANGLOIS of The Tragically Hip
June 29 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm$60
Catch Paul and his friends in an evening of impromptu jam and revelry. Buffet and Show $60 + HST…
Paul Langlois (guitarist for The Tragically Hip) is set to release his 2nd solo album, Not Guilty, on Langlois’ own independent record label, Ching Music, on November 5th, 2013.
Not Guilty was recorded in early June 2013, over a six-day period, at The Hip’s Bathouse Studio in Bath, Ontario. Bathouse engineers Aaron Holmberg and Nyles Spencer recorded and mixed the album, which was produced by Langlois. According to Langlois it was a far different experience for The Tragically Hip guitarist to record than was his first solo effort Fix This Head.
Why was the experience so different?
“Well, for one thing,” says Langlois, “I recorded this one with a band instead of all by myself. It was a lot more fun to make because of that – better playing, more energy, more laughs doing it, lots of creative help and ideas from all of them.”
So, who’s in the band?
“They’re all good friends of mine. Mauro Sepe played drums – we grew up together (since the age of 5) and we still hang out when we can. Jeff Montgomery played bass – he and I are pretty tight, and I also produced his album Songs From The Middle a few years back. And, Rob Baker played guitar – obviously Robbie and I have been close friends for 30 years, inside and outside of The Hip. He was also very encouraging when I was recording my first solo project. So much so that when I decided I wanted to record another album, he was a natural choice for me – and thankfully he said yes!”
And, as the saying goes, it was done ‘live off the floor’:
“It seemed to be the most natural and the most true, fun way for us to go. We’d all learned the songs pretty well beforehand, and we felt good about that going in. Once we were set-up with some good sounds, we rolled through the tunes and picked the best takes. We started recording on a Monday, and by Thursday we had finished the basic band tracks and were moving onto a few overdubs. Kept it all pretty simple!”
On first listen, a few of the highlights on the album are the hard-driving “Watching You”, a slow-burning song called “Waiting On My Train” and the album’s title track “Not Guilty”, a rocker that seems to tell the story of some kind of tragic bar fight.
The song “Table’s Been Set” was inspired by Paul going permanently deaf in his right ear on the morning of December 9, 2011. Sudden hearing loss is a very rare condition that is not in any way related to repeated exposure to loud music.
Has that been a difficult adjustment?
“Sorry, I didn’t quite hear the question.”
Will there be a tour? Any live shows?
“Yeah, I didn’t tour at all on my first album, so I was pretty determined to set up some kind of tour with this one. And, the guys in the band were into it too. So, we’re going to do it. We’ll be in pretty small to medium-sized clubs, from east to west, coast to coast across Canada, from mid-November until mid-December.”
“I’m bringing Greg Ball and his band to play at all of the shows. Greg’s on my Ching Music record label, which put out his most recent album, Mr Rightplace. I may be a little biased, because I produced it, but I think it’s really good! Greg’s a great songwriter and he’s got a lot of other cool tunes, and I know they’ll put on a great show.”
“We’re also going to have a singer-songwriter from Australia, Pete Murray, join us on the road. He does really well in Australia and a lot of other countries. He also just happens to be friends with Jeff Montgomery, and Pete wants to get out and play some shows in Canada.”
“We know we’re all going to have a blast for that month of shows, and we’re going to try to make sure the audience does too!”
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