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BLUES ON THE RIDEAU @ THE COVE ends the season with a bang May 12 with the TERRY GILLESPIE BAND

The BLUES ON THE RIDEAU Dinner & Show Fundraiser Series @ THE COVE INN, Westport Ontario ended the 2016/17 Season in style Friday May 12th with Vankleek Hill’s own TERRY GILLESPIE and his band delivering a great show – Terry on vocals, guitar and harmonica, Andrew Cowan on guitar, Chris Breitner on bass and Wayne Stoute on drums. Blues, Soul, Funk, Reggae – we got it all including lots of songs from his brand new CD “Home Boy”. Cove Manager Seamus Cowan joined them on stage to play some bass for a few songs in the last set as did surprise BOTR regular Jeffrey McKay on harmonica. This was one of the first stops on Terry’s NEW “Home Boy” CD LAUNCH TOUR – they head off to the GTA for more shows this week so Toronto Blues fans take note – get out and see these guys when they’re in your neck of the woods – truly one of the most unique Blues artists on the scene today – they will put you “in the groove” – guaranteed! (Upcoming dates and venues are on Terry’s website).

The Cove served up another fabulous buffet dinner featuring roast beef brisket, cajun catfish and butter chicken with all the usual excellent veggies, salads and dessert.

$330 was raised for 4-H Ontario, Leeds Chapter bringing this year’s donation total to just under $4K – almost $64K has now been raised for local Westport charities since the BOTR @ The Cove Series started 12 years ago.

Lots of great Door Prizes were given out as always – several CD’s (including two copies of “Home Boy”), Kingston Blues Society and Ottawa Blues Society memberships, Jacob’s Creek Wine, The Cove Inn and Choose The Blues t-shirts and more.

Since it was the last show of the season we also had the big end-of-season PRIZE DRAW – two Comment Cards were pulled from all of the cards submitted over the year – and the WINNERS are:

1st PRIZE – 2 Night Getaway (bed & breakfast) at The Cove – Gordon Flagler, Orangeville/Gananoque. He was there that night to receive the prize!
2nd PRIZE – Dinner & Show for 2 at one of next season’s BOTR shows – MaryAnn Schryer from Ottawa (she attended GODBOOGIE’S show in April)

Here’s what some of the attendees had to say about Friday’s show on their COMMENT CARDS:

“Great service. Fabulous music. Marvellous sound”
Ed Stephen, Brockville (Has attended many BOTR nights in the past)

“A fabulous place for a nice dinner on the Rideau. Great people and exceptional music. The perfect spot for a Getaway Weekend”
Suzanne Charest, Ottawa (First time attending a BOTR night)

“We always look forward to our nights at BOTR @ The Cove. They never disappoint! Thank you. 10 out of 10 for everything – venue, food, service, sound and band. Ellie Lambert, Kingston (Has attended 5 previous BOTR nights)

“I’ve been to The Cove many times and it’s always filled with great people, great music and lots of good times. The family atmosphere here is fun and enjoyable” Cathy Hay, Perth (Has attened 2 previous BOTR nights)

A big end of season THANK YOU goes out to our Sponsors for their help and support with this year’s Series – we couldn’t do it without them – JACOB’S CREEK WINES, PERTH BREWERY, DAWG FM Ottawa, LAKE 88 Perth, OTTAWA BLUES SOCIETY and KINGSTON BLUES SOCIETY.

Also the local and regional media especially The Westport Review-Mirror, EMC Metroland Smiths Falls & Perth, The Humm, Explore Westport, Village of Westport Chamber of Commerce, DAWG FM Ottawa, LAKE 88 Perth and CBC Ottawa All In A Day.

And kudos to ROB BAILEY & GEOFF CHOWN from Kingston for their excellent job on the Sound this season.

BOTR @ THE COVE takes a break over the summer but returns September 22nd with the first show of the 2017/18 Season – our 13th year! It’s another fabulous Line-Up – BANDS & DATES will be announced shortly. Watch your email Inbox or check and in a couple of weeks.

And remember that even though BOTR is taking a break great regular LIVE music continues throughout the summer at The Cove Inn. Check out the Entertainment listings on their website at

BLUES ON THE RIDEAU is produced by Choose The Blues Productions in cooperation with The Cove Inn Sponsored by Perth Brewery, Jacobs Creek Wines DAWG FM Ottawa LAKE 88 FM Perth/Rideau Lakes and the Ottawa Blues Society Proceeds from all shows go to support local charities.

P.S. And while BOTR @ The Cove has ended another great season the *new* BLUES AT THE FARM Dinner & Show Fundraiser Series at THE WINCHELSEA near Winchester still has two more fabulous shows this Spring – 2X Juno Award winner JACK DE KEYZER & his band from Toronto on May 26 and MIKE GOUDREAU & THE BOPPIN’ BLUES BAND coming in from Quebec’s Eastern Townships on June 23. Dinner & Show is only $65 (plus HST). Proceeds go to support different local charities. More info at Advance Reservations required. CALL OR EMAIL The Winchelsea 613-808-9258

Cheers and thanks everybody for another great BOTR season! See you in the Fall.

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MAY is coming to THE COVE!

Hello friends and welcome back from wherever you may have been to enjoy the coming warm months!
We have a star studded line-up of music and food on the menu! New Menu will be out for May Long Weekend and all of kinds of great shows are just around the corner…
We have made a few changes around The Cove too. See if you can spot them.
Take good care and see you sooner than later on the patio we hope!
Seamus and ALL of us @ The Cove
Every Wednesday WINGS ‘n TUNES with SHAWN McCULLOUGH 6-9pm Until May.17 GUITAR DRAW courtesy of Long & McQuade Music of Kingston RACK ‘n TUNES continues from May.24 onward 7-10pm



Thu.May.4 SHAWN McCULLOUGH (Country/Rock, Westport) 7-10pm

Fri.May.5 HEAD OVER HEELS (Folk/Jazz/Blues, Gananoque) 6-9pm

Sat.May.6 A DAY IN THE LIFE: Premier BEATLES Tribute (Montreal) 7-11pm Buffet & Show $60

Fri.May.12 Blues on the Rideau Series with TERRY GILLESPIE BAND (Vankleek Hill) 7-11pm $65 Buffet, Show & Charity

Sat.May.13 JOHN WILBERFORCE (Rock, Kemptville) 6-9pm & Roast Beef Buffet Style Dinner

Sun.May.14 MOTHER’S DAY – ALL DAY SPECIALS! Lunch and Dinner 11:30am-8pm!

Thu.May.18 JAZZ NIGHT RETURNS for the 21st Season! with SPENCER EVANS TRIO Every Thursday Featuring Seamus Cowan on bass & Rob Radford on drums 8-10pm $5


Sat.May.20 LOGAN BROWN & TAYLOR ANGUS (Acoustic Soul, Kingston) 6-9pm & Roast Beef Buffet Style Dinner

Sun.May.21 HEAD OVER HEELS on the PATIO (Acoustic Folk, Gananoque) Every Sunday Afternoon May.21-Sept.24 12:30-3:30pm

& TOM WATSON (Folk/Rock, Perth) 6-9pm

Fri.May.26 MATTY McKECHNIE & BEN MULLIN (Folk/Rock, Ottawa) 6-9pm

Sat.May.27 CHRIS MURPHY of Turpin’s Trail (Celtic/East Coast Folk) 7-11pm & Roast Beef Buffet Style Dinner
Fri.Jun.2 TERRY TUFTS (Acoustic Folk Guitar Master) 6-9pm

Sat.Jun.3 YOUNG PETTY STONES (A Nod to Rock and Roll History) 7-11pm $50 Buffet & Show

Fri.Jun.9 SIN AND SWOON (Old Time Country, Montreal) 6-9pm

Sat.Jun.10  JOHN WILBERFORCE (Rock, Kemptville) 6-9pm & Roast Beef Buffet Style Dinner

Thu.Jun.15 MEET THE NHL PROS GALA: A Fundraiser for F.O.T.A. Featuring Autographs from NHL Pros, Buffet Dinner, Silent Auction, 50/50, Door Prizes and Music by SPENCER EVANS TRIO with Emily Fennell! 6-11pm $60 + HST

Fri.Jun.16 MORGAN DAVIS (Acoustic Blues, JUNO and Maple Blues Award Winner, Nova Scotia) 7-10pm $10

Sat.Jun.17 LOGAN BROWN & TAYLOR ANGUS (Acoustic Soul, Kingston) 6-9pm & Roast Beef Buffet Style Dinner

Sun.Jun.18 FATHER’S DAY – ALL DAY SPECIALS! Lunch and Dinner 11:30am-9pm!

Fri.Jun.24 KALIL BAILEY (Soul/R&B/Rock, Perth) 6-9pm

Sat.Jun.25 HEAD OVER HEELS (Folk/Jazz/Blues, Gananoque) 6-9pm

Fri.Jun.30 PRE-CANADA DAY PARTY with TURPIN’S TRAIL (Folk/Celtic/East Coast, Kingston) 7-11pm $10


The Cove Country Inn 1.888.COVE.INN Please Call for Reservations!

Safe Kids Week in Westport



May 30 to June 5 – 2017 is the 21st Anniversary for Parachute’s Safe Kids Week Many Canadians are surprised to learn that preventable injuries kill more children every year than any other disease.

Parachute Safe Kids Week is a national awareness campaign developed to bring attention to predictable and preventable injuries in children. Taking place June 5 – 11, 2017 this year is focused on promoting safe and active transportation: Walk, Bike, Wheel, which includes walking, cycling, skateboarding, scootering and other wheeled activities.

This year’s theme is everyday superhero, which encourages children to become leaders in road safety by learning how to stay active and keep themselves and their loved ones safe on their travels to and from school, to the bus stop, and around their neighbourhood. Parents can guide their child’s activities by modelling safe behaviour and practices on the road, and also being aware of their child’s skill level.

There are a few easy steps we can all take to keep children, and ourselves safe. Start by taking part. Communities across Canada are participating in Parachute Safe Kids Week.

The good news is that prevention efforts are working – since 1996, Canada has enjoyed a decreasing trend in death and hospitalizations from preventable injuries overall. But there is a still lot of work to do to keep children, and ourselves safe.Plan to take part in Parachute’s Safe Kids Week, happening May 30 – June 5, 2016 with a focus on the top injury issues that affect children on the road, at home and at play.


Date :

Tuesday, May 30 to Monday, June 5, 2017


Event location :

Westport, ON


Contact :

For more information visit:

Doors Open Delta!


DOORS OPEN in DELTA featuring the Old Stone Mill, the Old Town Hall and the Blacksmith’s Shop.  There will be guided tours of the mill (10 am to 4 pm) plus milling and blacksmithing demonstrations starting at 1:00 pm.

Enjoy complimentary light refreshments in the Old Town Hall.  Come out, take a tour of the mill, watch a blacksmith ply his art and see how flour used to be made. Admission is free (donations appreciated).


Date :

Saturday, May 27 and Sunday, May 28, 2017 | all day


Event location :

Old Stone Mill


Contact :

The Delta Mill Society
Box 172, Delta, Ontario K0E 1G0
Tel: 613-928-2584 (office)

Graven and Ben Mullin at the Cove Inn!


(Jaybird)… promises to continue Graven’s lyrical flair with songs like “Big Lake, Sky Summer”, “In the Woods of Me” and “Lone”. Here, McKechnie walks the ridges of an alt-country landscape planting seeds of folk-rock along the way. What sprouts up are songs he calls his “thickest”, “crunchiest” and “folk-rocky-est” to date.”
Andre Gagne (Ottawa Life Magazine)

The alt-folk, spacey, backwoods rock rail rider Graven and his guitar guru/voice Venus Ben Mullin are set to stage an interstellar night of sonic delight in the beautiful, field-jewel town of Westport on Friday May 26.

Graven is the alt-country folk-rock mindscape of Matt McKechnie. His new album features percussion from JUNO winner Joel Plaskett’s drummer Dave Marsh.


Date :

Friday, May 26, 2017 at 6:30 pm


Event location :

The Cove Country Inn
2 Bedford St.,
Westport, Ontario K0G 1X0


Contact :

Phone contact: 1-888-268-3566
or visit:

Spring Fly-Inn!


Join us at the RIDEAU LAKES SPRING FLY-IN at the airport on County Road 10 just outside Westport. Enjoy a sausage on a bun breakfast, visit the hangers, watch flights land and take off, make a donation to the club and bring the family for an enjoyable outing.  Open all day for visitors.  Lots of parking space!  Ask about the proposed “Poker Run” and “Kids Flight Day” while checking out the clubs field house.


Date :

Saturday, May 20, 2017


Event location :

County Road 10, Westport, ON, Canada


Contact :

Contact: Bill Green
Phone contact: 613-273-5282

What’s Cooking in Westport


Cook together in the community kitchen on the first Tuesday of every month! Learn new skills, take home food. Childcare is available.  For more information check out Facebook!
Cost : free.


Date :
Tuesday, May 2, 2017 from 10 am to 1 pm


Event location :
Free Methodist Church
65 Bedford Street
Westport ON, Ontario Canada


Contact :

Organizer: Kate
Phone contact: 613-272-2799 X237
Website :

Bingo in Westport – May Sessions

Every Monday, doors open at  6pm, bingo at 7pm.   Free coffee, canteen available.


Date :
Mondays, 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 from 6 pm to 10 pm


Event location :
Royal Canadian Legion Branch 542,
Leeds and Grenville 10,
Westport, ON, Canada


Contact :
Phone contact : +1 613-273-3615

April events @ the Cove


Welcome friends!
Spring is springin’ up! Lots of fun times to be had in the transition month! Looking forward the arrival of all things warm, colourful and especially green!
Hope to see you soon,
Seamus and All of us at The Cove




Every Wednesday WINGS ‘n TUNES with SHAWN McCULLOUGH 6-9pm Until May.17 Guitar Draw courtesy of Long & McQuade Music of Kingston RACK ‘n TUNES continues from May.24 onward 7-10pm


Sat.Apr.1 CHRIS MURPHY of Turpin’s Trail (Celtic/East Coast Folk) 6-9pm

Fri.Apr.7 CHRIS DOUGLAS (Rock/Folk, Brockville) 6-9pm

Sat.Apr.8 HENRY NORWOOD (Country, Perth) 1-5pm


Thu.Apr.13 JAZZ NIGHT with The Spencer Evans Trio 7-10pm

Fri.Apr.14 JOHN WILBERFORCE (Folk/Rock, Kemptville) 6-9pm

Sat.Apr.15 HEAD OVER HEELS (Folk/Jazz/Blues, Gananoque) 6-9pm

Fri.Apr.21 Blues on the Rideau Series with JEROME GODBOO BAND (Toronto) 7-11pm $65 Buffet, Show & Charity ;

Sat.Apr.22 ERIC UREN (Folk/Rock, Kingston) 6-9pm

Sun.Apr.23 Country Matinee with SHAWN McCULLOUGH & HENRY NORWOOD 1-4pm ;

Fri.Apr.28 LOGAN BROWN & TAYLOR ANGUS (Acoustic Soul) 6-9pm

Sat.Apr.29 HEAD OVER HEELS (Folk/Jazz/Blues, Gananoque) 6-9pm

Sat.May.6 A DAY IN THE LIFE: BEATLES TRIBUTE (Montreal) 7-11pm $60 Buffet & Show


***Reservations only for Blues on the Rideau and suggested for all others…***


The Cove Country Inn
2 Bedford Street
Box 490
K0G 1X0
Instagram @thecoveinn
Twitter @thecoveinn

Spaghetti All You Can Eat


3rd Friday of Each Month! Westport Legion at 6:00p.m.


Date :

Friday, April 21, 2017 | 6 to 8 pm


Event location :

Royal Canadian Legion Branch 542,

Leeds and Grenville 10,

Westport, ON, Canada


Contact :

Phone contact : +1 613-273-3615

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