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 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.

Check out our CALENDAR of EVENTS below for the next show!

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December 2019

A COUNTRY CHRISTMAS with DOUBLEBACK Feat. Shawn McCullough

December 20 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
The Cove, 2 Bedford St.
Westport, Ontario K0G1X0 Canada
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$50

Come and let us host your Christmas Business Party or get together with friends and family for a Traditional Holiday Buffet with Turkey, Roast Beef, all the trimmings and dessert and a Night out on the town with top notch Country Music from members of Shawn McCullough's band - Brea Lawrenson's full band! doubleBack is Ottawa’s Valley’s premier country/rock band.  The band is made up of some of Ontario’s finest and most seasoned musicians.  Their versatility and range of music keep crowds entertained…

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BENNI VANDER (Classic Rock Keyboards, Picton)

December 27 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Cove, 2 Bedford St.
Westport, Ontario K0G1X0 Canada
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  https://youtu.be/sAYEkoba0hw Benni is a world-class musician, award-winning song writer and entertainer from Prince Edward County, Canada. His endless repertoire includes ambitious covers of classics from the past 50 years, and an array of contagious original songs. His welcoming and friendly personality draws in unfamiliar crowds, and keeps familiar crowds coming back. Benni has spent his early years mastering music production, and is an extremely efficient and tasteful session pianist, guitarist, drummer, bassist, and vocalist. On top of extensive performance experience with the…

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NEW YEAR’S EVE with TURPIN’S TRAIL!

December 31, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - January 1, 2020 @ 1:00 am
The Cove, 2 Bedford St.
Westport, Ontario K0G 1X0 Canada
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$60

Ring in 2020 with all of us at The Cove! Back by huge popular demand, TURPIN'S TRAIL (Kingston/Perth Road Village, East Coast/Folk/Celtic) will perform for New Year's Eve! Turpin's Trail is the Kingston-based quintet of Chris Murphy, Jon McLurg, Brian Flynn and Noal St.Amand. Having played concerts and festivals across Ontario, Turpin's Trail has shared the stage with artists such as Murray McLauchlan, J.P. Cormier, and Leahy. Tight harmonies and acoustic instrumental accompaniment (guitar, mandolin, banjo, Irish Bouzouki, ukulele, Bodhran)…

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January 2020

HEAD OVER HEELS (Folk/Jazz/Blues, Gananoque)

January 4, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Cove, 2 Bedford St.
Westport, Ontario K0G1X0 Canada
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Please disregard the timing on the poster...it's Sat.Jan.4.2020 6-9pm! HEAD OVER HEELS (Gananaoque, (Vocal/Guitar Duo) Kingston's Kevin Head is an accomplished singer, songwriter, musical director and actor. Formerly from Nova Scotia, where he still has close ties, and once called "The Original Salt Cod Cowboy", Kevin toured extensively throughout the Maritimes with bands, theatre troupes and as a solo performer/singer, songwriter. He has performed in shows with Valdy, Charlie Major, The Rankins, Gowan, opened a cross-Canada tour for Chris DeBurgh,…

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FAJITAS POP-UP!

January 22, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Cove, 2 Bedford St.
Westport, Ontario K0G1X0 Canada
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$20

Celebrate the heat in the cold! The tropics in the north! Tasty Mexican Style Beef is or Chicken Fajitas with all the fixins! Enough for one or two! Margarita Specials and more...

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ROBBIE BURNS DAY with TURPIN’S TRAIL

January 24, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Cove, 2 Bedford St.
Westport, Ontario K0G1X0 Canada
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$50

Back by popular demand! Celebrate in the famous bard in the Scottish Tradition! Addressing of the Haggis by the incomparable Walt Freeman with a piper and toast with a short dram of Scotch! Traditional buffet dinner Haggis, Roast Beef, Meat Pies and More! Evening's MC Dave Balfour! Robbie Burns poetry reading. Channel your inner poet! Music by Turpin's Trail. Fundraiser for Friends of Lockwood Park! Check out the music of Turpin's Trail! https://youtu.be/BN_T3tyj458

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HENRY NORWOOD (Old-Time Country, Perth)

January 25, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Cove, 2 Bedford St.
Westport, Ontario K0G1X0 Canada
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HENRY NORWOOD Henry Norwood is a 21 year old singer/songwriter from Perth Ontario. His first passion was baseball until he held a guitar and began taking guitar lessons at the age of nine. At 11 years old, Henry began performing on stages around the Ottawa Valley and beyond. His own music has been influenced by a deep love and respect for traditional country music. His first original song Another Bottle Another Day won a Top 4 finish out of over…

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WINE DINNER

January 31, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Cove, 2 Bedford St.
Westport, Ontario K0G 1X0 Canada
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TBA

Menu and theme TBA... 5 Course Meal with Wine Pairings.

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February 2020

THE PRINCIPALS: DAVE BALFOUR & JAMIE CAMPBELL (Folk/Rock, Westport/Rideau Ferry)

February 8, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Cove, 2 Bedford St.
Westport, Ontario K0G1X0 Canada
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  Dave Balfour is a real and vivacious musical personality! He reels you in! He has been the MC of Stewart Park Festival in Perth for 18 years and hosted the Wednesday night jam at O’Reillys in Perth for over 10 years, bringing in a mix of young and old local talent each week. Each week Dave and guests would play a for a few hours of acoustic magic and mayhem with weekly new material keeping musicians on their toes. This…

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MARDI GRAS JAZZ NIGHT with Spencer Evans Trio feat. Bunny Stewart

February 29, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
The Cove, 2 Bedford St
Westport, Ontario K0G1X0 Canada
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$15

  Let's go to the Mardi Gras with the funky soul sounds of the second line and the Bayou! Get festive and wear your beads and costumes! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X-wqmZF83sI https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OWywaNXbBhY https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xvd7LZPyphQ&feature=em-upload_owner https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_UZPdW5EpSA JAZZ NIGHT with SPENCER EVANS TRIO The Cove Inn hosts one of the most original and memorable Live Music Experiences you'll have! The Popular Spencer Evans Trio with Andy Love on drums, Seamus Cowan on bass and Spencer Evans on piano, clarinet and vocals has proven a formidable three…

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BLUES ON THE RIDEAU @ THE COVE INN, WESTPORT ANNOUNCES 2019/20 LINE-UP

Choose The Blues Productions in co-operation with The Cove Inn, Westport is pleased to announce the 2019/20 LINE-UP for Blues On The Rideau @ The Cove – our 15th year!

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 12 shows this season including three 2 Night Stand – Hogtown Allstars in October, Samantha Martin in November and Jack de Keyzer in January and a December show with MonkeyJunk as well! All shows take place from 7-11 pm. The ticket price increases – the first price increase in 5 years – $70 + 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. A portion of proceeds from each show go to support different local charities. To date $74K has been raised for the Westport community and the goal is to raise over $5K this season.

  • September 13 From Hamilton HARRISON KENNEDY & BAND (Soul/Blues/Roots male vocalist) www.harrisonkennedy.ca

  • October 11 & 12* From Toronto THE HOGTOWN ALLSTARS (Big time Blues, Soul & R&B from 6 members from 2 of Canada’s most famous Blues bands, *2-night stand) http://www.garykendall.com/Bluestime/THAS.htm

  • November 16 From Toronto SAMANTHA MARTIN & DELTA SUGAR (Fabulous Soul Blues with beautiful harmonies) www.samanthamartinmusic.com

  • December 13 From Ottawa MONKEYJUNK (High powered Blues/Funk/Roots/Rock) www.monkeyjunkband.com

  • January 17 & 18* From Toronto JACK DE KEYZER BAND (Canada’s King of the Blues guitar. One of BOTR’s favourites. *2 Night stand)

  • February 21 From Stratford BILL DURST BAND (Blues hard & heavy in the style of ZZ Top) www.billdurst.com

  • March 20 From Nanaimo, BC DAVID GOGO BAND (Here’s another famous Canadian Blues Rock guitarist/singer/songwriter) www.davidgogo.com

  • April 17 From Kingston MISS EMILY w. BAND (Soul/Blues/Jazz/Rock Queen of Kingston) www.themissemily.com

  • May 8 From Victoria, BC DAVID VEST w. BAND (Authentic, Southern-bred dynamite boogie-woogie piano player, old style Blues shouter vocalist and consummate entertainer) www.davidvest.ca

 

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 thecoveinnwestport@gmail.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  james@choosetheblues.ca

Maureen Price or Seamus Cowan, Managers, The Cove Inn, Westport ON 613-273-3636 thecoveinnwestport@gmail.com

 

POLICY FOR 2019/20

FOR CANCELLATIONS, REDUCTIONS OR NO SHOWS TO RESERVATIONS FOR

BLUES ON THE RIDEAU SHOWS

 

You will be required to give your credit card number plus phone number and/or email address when you make your reservations.

 

Your card will not be charged at the time of reservation. You pay the night of the show.

 

You have until one week (7 DAYS) prior to the show to cancel or change the number of spots you have reserved for and/or your rooms – at no charge.

 

The Cove will also continue its policy of calling or emailing everyone who has reserved in advance one week prior to the upcoming show as a reminder.

 

If you do not notify The Cove that have to CANCEL or REDUCE the number of reserved spaces on your reservation AT LEAST ONE WEEK PRIOR TO THE SHOW – or if you are a NO SHOW the night of the Show – then YOUR CREDIT CARD WILL BE CHARGED THE FULL AMOUNT for the number of spots you have reserved.

 

However – understanding that sometimes unforeseen things come up at the last minute which can cause a cancellation – and in the spirit of good will – if this happens we will CREDIT you the full amount that your card has been charged FOR A FUTURE SHOW in 2019/20 (on a space available basis – Advance Reservation still required). We will  do this on a ONE TIME BASIS ONLY..After that, if it happens again, your card will be charged and there will be no credit for a future show.

 

We are introducing this Policy due to the large number of last minute cancellations and No-Shows we have experienced on BOTR nights over the years. It is simply not fair to the people who would like to attend the Show but have been turned down because we have a full house reserved only to find on the night of the show that there are extra spaces because of late cancellations and No-Shows. And the loss of revenue from this is not fair to Choose The Blues Productions or The Cove Inn who have to cover all the fixed expenses regardless.

 

Bottom line: If you aren’t SURE you can make the show – or if you aren’t sure some of your party can make the show – then CALL AND CANCEL AT THE LATEST ONE WEEK PRIOR TO THE SHOW  – or your credit card will be charged.

Fair? More than fair we think. Thank you for your understanding.