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! 613.273.3636

To discuss a gig, please email thecoveinnwestport@gmail.com 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.

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URBAN HIGHLANDERS (Celtic/Old Time/World/Folk , Toronto)

September 9, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm


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The Urban Highlanders were born of a monthly residency Grier Coppins has at The Cameron House in Toronto, one of the longest standing roots music venues in the city. Having no concrete plan Grier began with a duo playing homemade songs and bagpipe tunes. Through months and months of performing with many different players the lineup started to settle into the current five piece all acoustic ensemble that has become the URBAN HIGHLANDERS. The crowd keeps growing in numbers and enthusiasm, as does the bands repertoire. What started out as largely an Americana influenced song repertoire has blossomed into a full-on multi instrumental cultural mash-up with strong strains of Celtic, American old-timey, African influenced percussion, Rhythm & Blues, world and folk music.

“Walk Tall favourite Grier Coppins & The Urban Highlanders are constantly pushing the boundaries of world music. This is music that appeals whether you’re from the badlands of Missouri to the wilds of County Kildare to everywhere in between.”
Andrei Talbot – Walk Tall Music

Grier Coppins began his musical career on the street in Toronto playing bagpipes at the corner Yonge & Bloor in the mid 1970’s. He was an original member of critically acclaimed Canadian bagpipe/funksters Rare Air in the 1980’s. In 1993 he founded Taxi Chain, a rhythm & blues infused cocktail of song & tune. Coppins has played almost every major folk fest in Canada & the USA. He released a solo record, ‘The Prince that Nobody Knows’ in 2014 rated one of 2014’s top 10 by Penguin Egg’s Andy Donnelley, and has most recently recorded bagpipes with Al Tuck on his ‘Stranger at the Wake’ CD and on the Paul Gross film, ‘Hyena Road’.

Larry Graves has studied Ghanian drumming extensively in Africa. He was a founding member of Juno nominated band Mr. Something Something and is the leader of his own world music ensemble, DRUMHAND.

Chris Bartos is a master class jazz guitarist and violinist and a graduate of the Berklee College of Music. He has played extensively with and/or produced recordings for Sarah Harmer, The Ennis Sisters, Jonathon Bird, the Barr Brothers, Quique Escamilla. He has released one solo recording to date, ‘Fort William’.

Jim Bish hails from Kitchener Ontario where as a young man he played saxophone in the house band at Lu Lu’s backing up such R&B greats Little Richard, Screaming Jay Hawkins, and Ben E. King. In recent years he has played with Jaymz Bee’s Royal Jelly Orchestra, Chris Bottomley’s Brain Fudge, Taxi Chain and many more.

Ayron Mortley is a graduate of the Humber College Music program. He teaches and plays guitar & mandolin, is the bandleader of the O’Deadly’s, and has played extensively with Taxi Chain and the Mahones to name but a few artists.


September 9, 2016
7:00 pm - 10:00 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.