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Summer and beyond @ The Cove

Enjoy the rest of the summer at The Cove and in Westport! 

Civic Long Weekend has already passed and we are just about into MUSICwestport festival weekend…see schedule and more info below!




Music and the Party.

The weekly summer programming has been a hit again! Music weekly from Wednesday to Sunday! Some great new artists from abroad like Fanaid from Belfast, Ivor Simpson Kennedy from Australia and Morgan Davis from Nova Scotia gave some memorable performances at The Cove as did some returns from regulars like Benni Vander, Henry Norwood and Tony Silvestri. Check out our Events Calendar for August and September below OR online


Food and Drink.

Enjoy our all day menu! People have been loving this…no more munchie menu! We have been swamped with orders for the Lobster Roll, the Ginger Peanut Spinach Salad with an unreal Miso Maple Dressing! We have been enjoying serving tasty new bottles of wine, local beer in can and on tap and weekly signature cocktails to serve at The Cove!

Just a reminder, buy 10 lunches, get one free! Ask your server to get your card! Gift Certificates to The Cove available all the time too!


Check out the Festival Schedule Weekend below!


Kick Off Party with THE STEADIES @ The Cove

Sponsored by Westport Arts Council

@ The Cove Country Inn, 2 Bedford St.

7:00-8:00pm Buffet & Served Dessert

8:30-11:00pm The Steadies

$60 + HST Buffet & Show (priority seating)

The Steadies (feat. Earl Pereira of Wide Mouth Mason). Reggae/Pop/Funk from Saskatoon.



Lockwood Park Stage

Sponsored by Westport Village IDA Pharmacy

@ Lockwood Memorial Park on George St. between Spring and Concession


12:00-1:00pm Bob Burtch Bluegrass Band. Traditional Bluegrass from Seeley’s Bay/Cornwall/Kingston.

1:30-2:40pm  Nick MacLean Quartet. Modern Jazz from Toronto.

3:00-4:10pm A Fellow Ship. Folk/Pop/Jazz/Funk/Soul from Toronto.

4:30-6:00pm Scotty James.


The Cove Stage

Sponsored by The Cove Country Inn

@ The Cove, 2 Bedford St.


12:30-1:40pm Emily Bashall. New Country from Kingston.

2:00-3:10pm Slack Bridges. Neo Soul/Funk/R&B with Horns from Ottawa.

3:30-4:40pm The High Dials. Psychedelic Folk Rock Pop from Montreal.

5: 00-6:30pm Miss Emily. Soul/R&B/Rock from Kingston.


Wandering Minstrels

Downtown Westport

1:00-5:00pm The Goat Steppers Parade Band. Oldtime/Dixieland from Kingston.


Food, Kidzone, Vendors Market, Horse Wagon Rides, Street Minstrels, living statue, face painting, clowns, activities, games, balloon twister & more.

This all happens throughout the day!

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As always, we thank you for your interest and support and interest in our place!


AUG/SEPT 2019 Events at The Cove


Sat.Aug.10 BREA LAWRENSON with SHAWN McCULLOUGH (New Country featuring their 2 New Singles! Carleton Place/Westport) 7-10pm $10




Fri.Aug.16 MUSICwestport KICK OFF PARTY with THE STEADIES feat. EARL PEREIRA, bass player from WIDE MOUTH MASON (Reggae/Funk/Pop/Rock, Saskatoon) 7-11pm $60 Buffet + Show



Sat.Aug.17 13th Annual MUSICwestport FREE OPEN AIR FESTIVAL feat. 8 Bands on 2 Stages (The Cove + Lockwood Park), Wandering Minstrels, KidZone and more!

Fri.Aug.23 HALFCOCKED & LONESOME (90s + 00s Country Hits & Honky Tonk, Ottawa) 8-11pm




Sat. Aug.24 TIM MOXAM (Incredible Indie/Alt-Country, Toronto) 5-8pm




Fri.Aug.30 THE GOODNIGHT IRENES (Folk, Kingston) 5:30-8:30pm & HENRY NORWOOD (Classic Country, Westport) 8-11pm




Sat.Aug.31 DEAD ROOT REVIVAL feat. TOM SAVAGE + TONY SILVESTRI (Original Jam Rock/Classic Rock, Kingston/Belleville) 8-11pm $15




Sun.Sept.1 JOHN WILBERFORCE (Folk/Rock, Kemptville) 5:30-8:30pm

Fri.Sept.6 KRIEF (Indie Rock, Montreal) 5:30-8:30pm

Sat.Sept.7 DAVID ALLEN JAMES (Folk/Rock, Picton) 5:30-8:30pm

Fri.Sept.13 Blues on the Rideau with HARRISON KENNEDY BAND (Soul/Blues, Hamilton) 7-11pm Buffet, Show + Charity $70 + HST

Sat.Sept.14 TERRY TUFTS (Acoustic Folk/Fingerstyle Guitar Master) 5:30-8:30pm 


Every Wednesday RACK ‘n TUNES + OPEN MIC with SHAWN McCULLOUGH 7-10pm




(Country/Rock, Westport) Sing & Win a guitar!

Every Thursday JAZZ NIGHT with SPENCER EVANS TRIO (All Styles of Music!) 8-10pm $5




Every Sunday until Oct.13 HEAD OVER HEELS on the PATIO (Acoustic

Blues/Folk/Roots, Gananoque) 12:30-3:30pm



Every Day 11:30am-9pm


***All Events Subject To Change. Please Call For Reservations

For event info, go to Entertainment at 613.273.3636

The Cove Country Inn 1.888.COVE.INN @thecoveinn @thecovekitchenchronicles

Seamus Cowan
The Cove Country Inn
2 Bedford Street
Box 490
K0G 1X0
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2019/20 Series – our 15th Anniversary season!


PRESS RELEASE – For Immediate Release




Blues On The Rideau at The Cove Inn in Westport Ontario returns for its 15th Anniversary Season on September 13th with Juno Award winner HARRISON KENNEDY and his band from Hamilton kicking off what is arguably the best Line-Up ever for the Series. There will be one show per month from September through to May 2020.


This Dinner & Show Fundraiser Series has become one of the longest running and best-known  Blues Series in the country featuring some of Canada’s best Blues, Soul, R&B and Blues-Rock bands. Getting to see bands of this caliber in the friendly, intimate setting of a classic country inn in one of the most scenic villages in Ontario is a truly unique experience.


Proceeds from each show go to support different local charities/good causes. To date over $74,000 has been raised by BOTR with the goal of another $6K this season.


There are 12 BOTR shows for the 2019/20 including three 2 Night Stands. All shows take place from 7-11 pm and include a delicious full course buffet dinner, dancing and door prizes with a chance to win 2 Grand Prizes at the end of the season. The ticket price has gone up slightly for 2019/20 (the first increase in 5 years) – from $65 to $70 pp (plus HST) – but that still makes it one of the best entertainment values in the country!


Here’s the 2019/20 Line-Up:


  • September 13 From Hamilton: HARRISON KENNEDY w. BAND. Arguably Canada’s best Soul Blues male vocalist – a Juno, Maple Blues and Charles Gros, France Blues award winner. Former member of the famed Motown band Chairmen Of The Board.
  • October 11 & 12* From Toronto: THE HOGTOWN ALLSTARS. A Series’ favourite. Fabulous big time Blues, Soul & R&B by 6 members from 2 of Canada’s most famous Blues bands – Downchild & Fathead.
  • November 15 & 16* From Toronto: SAMANTHA MARTIN & DELTA SUGAR. Back for a 2 Night Stand after their amazing debut BOTR show last season. Great Soul Blues with dynamic harmonies. Nominated for 6 Maple Blues and a Juno Award in 2019.
  • December 13 From Ottawa: MONKEYJUNK Canada’s famed Blues/Funk/Rock Supergroup. Winners of 2 Junos, 21 Maple Blues Awards, 2 Canadian Indie Awards and an American Blues Music Award!
  • January 17 & 18* – From Toronto: JACK DE KEYZER BAND. Another BOTR all time favourite – a record 9th visit! 2X Juno and 7X Maple Blues Award winner. Fabulous Blues guitar mixed with Funk, Rock, Soul, Jazz & R&B influences.
  • February 21 – From Stratford ON BILL DURST BAND. His first visit to BOTR. A powerful Blues Rock Trio in the style of ZZ Top. If you love your Blues hard & heavy – be there!
  • March 20 – From Nanaimo, BC. DAVID GOGO BAND Another first timer to BOTR and long overdue. A 6X Juno Award nominee and 3X Maple Blues Award winner for Guitarist of the Year. Modern Blues/Blues Rock at its best.
  • April 17 – From Kingston MISS EMILY w. BAND One of the most dynamic Soul/Blues/Jazz/R&B singers to hit the Canadian scene in decades with a great 7 piece band including The Cove’s Seamus Cowan on bass!
  • May 8 – From Victoria, BC. DAVID VEST w. BAND – Alabama born and bred David plays Boogie-Woogie piano as good as it gets. Winner of the Maple Blues Award for Best Keyboard player 5 of the past 7 years! His 3rd visit to BOTR.


* Indicates a 2 Night Stand


For those who have never attended a BOTR night: The Series takes place in The Cove Inn, a beautiful 140 year old country inn located in one of the most scenic villages in eastern Ontario – Westport – on the shores of Upper Rideau Lake – part of the historic Rideau Canal Waterway (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). Westport is only a 1.5 hour drive from Ottawa, 45 minutes from Kingston, 2.5 hours from Syracuse and 3 hours from Toronto and Montreal. Google Map “The Cove Country Inn, Westport Ontario” to see how best to get there.


Full details on the Series including the artists’ Bios, links to their websites and YOU TUBE videos – plus the charities that are being supported can be found at


Note that bands may change due to unforeseen circumstances so best to check the website or contact The Cove Inn to confirm as each show approaches.


ADVANCE RESERVATIONS are required for all shows and can be made at The Cove by phone

1-888-COVEINN or 613-273-3636 or email  


NOTE: All reservations require a Credit Card number but the card is not charged until the night of the show. Changes or cancellations can be made up to a week prior to the show without penalty but after that the card will be charged whether you show up or not.


Well-priced accommodation is available at The Cove and nearby B&B’s and a motel in town 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 in co-operation with The Cove Inn  Sponsored by Perth Brewery, Jacob’s Creek Wines, DAWG Ottawa, LAKE 88 Perth/Rideau Lakes, The Black Dog Inn, Westport and the Ottawa Blues Society


For more information contact:

James Doran, Producer, Choose The Blues Productions, Kenmore ON 613-574-0086


Seamus Cowan, Manager,The Cove Inn, Westport 613-273-3636  

Tim Moxan at the Cove


Tim Moxam refuses to rest. A full-time Carpenter, his quietly dazzling folk-pop arrangements reflect the tireless patience, precision, and quality he brings to his work. And when his work day is done and he starts to sing, the only sensible thing to do is listen. Marlborough Hall, Moxam’s brilliant second full-length album, is the hotly anticipated follow-up to 2016’s Soft Summer, which yielded CBC radio chart-toppers ‘Meant to Be’ and ‘Harvest for the Queen’, while building on the 2013 global breakthrough track ‘Live in the Bedroom’.

Within its walls, we are introduced to a character whose hands are never still, which betray a restless mind that never settles; someone that seeks precision and quality with every pursuit; and who, above all else, demands nothing but the honest truth.


Date :
Saturday, August 24, 2019, 5pm – 8pm

Event location :
The Cove
2 Bedford St.
Westport, Ontario K0G 1X0 Canada

Contact :

Story and Playtime


Parents and caregivers with children birth to 6 are invited for play and storytime, every other Tuesday morning at the Delta Branch. Drop-in and always free! For more information contact Laura Lee ( ) or call (613) 359-5315.


Date :
Tuesday, August 20, 2019 – 9:30am – 11:30am

Event location :
Rideau Lakes Public Library, 18 King St, Delta, ON K0E 1G0, Canada

Contact :

Music Westport


What you’ve all been waiting for! Join us for the
13th Annual FREE WAC MUSICwestport Open Air Music Festival.
Saturday, 17 August 2019
2 Venues, 8 Bands
Food, kidzone, Vendors Market, Horse Wagon Rides, Street Minstrels
Enjoy our new location! Beautiful Lockwood Park next to the arena.


Saturday, 17 August 2019 — FREE admission!
Lockwood Park Stage
Sponsored by Westport Village IDA Pharmacy.

George St. between Spring and Concession.

12:00-1:00pm Bob Burtch Bluegrass Band

Traditional Bluegrass from Seeley’s Bay/Cornwall/Kingston.

1:30-2:40pm Nick MacLean Quartet

Modern Jazz from Toronto.

3:00-4:10pm A Fellow Ship

Folk/Pop/Jazz/Funk/Soul from Toronto.

4:30-6:00pm Scotty James

The Cove Stage
Sponsored by The Cove Country Inn. 2 Bedford St.

12:30-1:40pm Emily Bashall

New Country from Kingston.

2:00-3:10pm Slack Bridges

Neo Soul/Funk/R&B with Horns from Ottawa.

3:30-4:30pm The High Dials

Psychedelic Folk Rock Pop from Montreal.

5:00-6:30pm Miss Emily

Soul/R&B/Rock from Kingston.

1:00-5:00pm Wandering Minstrels: The Goat Steppers Parade Band

Throughout Downtown Westport. Oldtime/Dixieland from Kingston.


Date :
August, 17-19, 2019, 12pm – 6:30pm

Event location :
Westport, ON

Contact :

Lucky Break 2019



It’s time to get lucky! Lucky Break is your chance to win a weekend escape at Wolfe Springs Golf & Waterfront Resort! With only 150 tickets and 3 prizes, get yours for only $50 before they are gone!
Draw 17 August 2019 at MUSICwestport.
Three nights at Wolfe Springs Resort, golf, and gift certificates. $2000 value.

Guided fishing trip for two, brunch at The Opinicon, and gift certificates. $400 value.


Gift basket and gift certificates. $150 value.


Date :
Saturday, August 17, 2019

Event location :
Westport, ON

Contact :

Music Westport Kick-Off


Kick Off MUSICwestport August 16th! Join us at the Cove with The Steadies. This band will have you up on your feet dancing and singing the night away! The evening’s festivities will start at 7pm. $60 per person includes dinner and music for the evening. There will also be a silent auction with your change to win some amazing prizes.



Date :
Friday, August 16, 2019, 7-11pm

Event location :
2 Bedford St

Contact :

What’s Cooking in Westport



Cook together in the community kitchen on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month! Learn new skills, take home food. Childcare is available.  The 1st Tuesday is at the Free Methodist Church in Westport and the 3rd Tuesday is at Country Roads in Portland. For more information check out Facebook!

Cook together in the community kitchen on the first Tuesday of every month! Learn new skills, take home food. Childcare is available.

Join us for What’s Cooking in Westport. If you’re interested in donating to our Westport Food Sharing Shelf, check out the list of ideas coming from this month’s recipes!


Date :
Tuesday, August 20, 2019, 1-3pm

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

Contact :
Kate – 613-272-2799 X237

Goodwood Music Festival


A group of local musicians have joined forces with the Township of Beckwith to host a Country Music Festival at Beckwith Park this summer! This festival will be held on August 2nd – 4th, 2019, featuring local Ottawa Valley Country Musicians!

2019 full weekend pass with rough camping Thursday through Sunday: $50 PER PERSON (gift certificates are available)
*camping includes showers and restroom facilities

Date :
Friday,Aug 2 to Sunday, August 4, 2019

Event location :
Beckwith Park
1319 9th Line Beckwith

Contact :

The Broken Hearts Songwriter Circle


An intimate evening with some local troubadours of poignant songwriting. Seamus Cowan, Tom Savage, Luther Wright and Brock Zeman, members and former members of Bullmoose, Spoon River, The High Dials, Miss Emily, Foley Mountain Playboys, Dead Root Revival, Weeping Tile, Luther Wright & The Wrongs, Blair Hogan and Brock Zeman.



Date :
Sunday, August 4, 2019, 7-10pm

Event location :
The Cove
2 Bedford St.
Westport, Ontario K0G 1X0 Canada

Contact :

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