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Blues on the Rideau with HARRISON KENNEDY & BAND


To kick off this year’s Series – from The Hammer – arguably Canada’s best Soul/Blues/Roots male vocalist (and a damn fine songwriter too) – Harrison returns to The Cove for a fourth visit. Growing up in Hamilton the Kennedy house was always full of music thanks to his famous uncle – Jazzman Jackie Washington who would bring artists home like Lonnie Johnson, Duke Ellington and Billie Holiday when they were passing through.  Harrison began his career in the late ‘60’s when his dynamic vocal talent earned him a spot on the world famous Motown band “Chairmen Of The Board” who shared the stage with artists like B.B. King, James Brown, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder and many more.

When the band broke up in the ‘70’s Harrison returned to Hamilton and took a “real job” as a factory foreman only playing music on the side for the next couple of decades. But his love of the Blues was too powerful and in 2000 he returned to music full time with his first album “Sweet Taste”. 7 more have followed including his most recent “Who U Tellin’?” 4 of them were nominated for Juno Awards and he won in 2015 for “This Is From Here”.

He’s also won 9 Hamilton Music Awards and received an astounding 38 Maple Blues Award nominations since 2005 in the categories of Male Vocalist, Acoustic Artist, Songwriter and Album Of The Year. Internationally he’s been nominated 8X for American Blues Music Awards and won the prestigious French Academie Charles Cros Award in the Blues category (other winners include Buddy Guy, Doctor John and Otis Taylor).

The past few years Harrison has hooked up with the great Eric Bibb and toured with him, Ruthie Foster and another Canadian talented Michael Jerome Browne wowing audiences everywhere especially in Europe where he has a huge following.

Fee: $70.

Date :
Friday, September 13, 2019 from 7-11pm

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

Contact :
James Doran

Phone number: 613-273-3636

E-mail: – Website:

Build Your Own Scale Model Canoe


This course at the Bear Mountain Boats workshop covers the building process of a 4′ scale model canoe, from selecting material through to finishing details. Not only do students leave the course with all the knowledge and “tricks of the trade” to build a full-size boat, but also get to take their mini canoe to proudly display at home or the cottage.

Instructor Brent Kirkham has extensive experience as a canoe builder and woodworker, from mastering the finer details of decorative inlay to helping build 30′ war canoes.

Run over five consecutive days, all tools, materials, and lunches are supplied.

Fee: $1100.00


Date :
Sept 9-13, 2019

Event location :
362 County Rd 10
Westport, ON

Contact :

Westport Market


This year marks the inaugural Westport Market. Opening for the first time Saturday May 18th from 9am to 3pm, the market will run every Saturday through until September 28th. Come out and support local artists, makers and farmers. For more information, please visit the Westport Market Facebook Page.

We have treats and sweets, flowers, stained glass, jewelry and wood galore! The Opinicon is coming with samples from their menu and we’ll have locally grown vegetables and Little Rideau Farms Maple Syrup. Come early before the music starts or any time during MusicWestport.


Date :
Sep 7, 14,21,28, 2019 from 9am to 3pm

Event location :
38 Concession St.
Westport, ON

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!

Join us to try new foods and recipes, share a meal, bring extras home, have a good time, and meet new people in your community. We pick the recipes together, focusing on local, seasonal, budget-friendly ingredients. Some months we have a specific cultural theme, a guest speaker from the community, or a special event.

The group is facilitated by Registered Dietitian, Kate Earl, from Country Roads Community Health Centre. We discuss different nutrition and food safety topics each month and members share healthy eating tips with each other.

The program is FREE. There is no cost to participate. We also offer free childcare. Please ask us if you need help with travel costs. All we ask from you is that you participate in the cooking (and clean up!), come ready to have fun, and be open to trying new foods.


Date :
Tuesday, September 3, 2019 from 10am to 1pm

Event location :
Free Methodist Church, Westport, ON

Contact :
Kate at 613-272-2799 X237


Summer Pot Luck Block Party


On Sunday September 1st at 5:30pm, the Village of Westport will be hosting a “Summer Pot Luck Block Party.” Join the party anywhere on Church St. between Bedford & Spring Streets. Bring your own table, chairs, friends and food. Put your table next to your neighbour’s and have a visit. There will be corn on the cob, music, and lots of friends!

This event will be a FOTA (Friends Of The Arena) fundraiser.


Date :
Sunday, September 1, 2019 from 5:30pm to 8pm

Event location :
Church St. Between Bedford & Spring Streets

Contact :
Website: and

Head Over Heels on the Patio


HEAD OVER HEELS (Gananaoque, Vocal/Guitar Duo) Bask in the sunshine with amazing entertainment! 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, acted on stage with the late Denny Doherty, and over the years has had lovely musical contributions on his recordings from Ken Pearson (Janis Joplin, Bruce Cockburn), Willie P Bennett, and Kate McGarrigle.

Kevin’s most recent appearances include a mainstage appearance at the 2012 Blue Skies Festival in Clarendon, hosting the 2012 edition of Liner Notes Live Songwriter Circle, 2012 Limestone City Blues Festival, opening for Alex Cuba with the Bob Robertson Trio as part of the Limewire music series in 2011, and numerous solo appearances and performances with his duo “Head over Heels” in the Kingston, Gananoque and Westport areas. He recently releases a new CD of LIVE material recorded October 2013 with his band and life/musical partner MISS V with whom he performs regularly here at The Cove!


Date :
Sunday, September 1, 2019 from 12:30pm to 3:30pm

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

Contact :
Website: or

Canoe Building Classes with Ted Moores


Learn strip-plank/epoxy construction while building an elegant, enduring canoe with Ted Moores. Ted is an innovative boat builder, author, teacher and small craft historian. His books, CanoeCraft and KayakCraft, have led thousands of builders through the process of building their own craft and are considered definitive resources on canoe and kayak construction.

Students will work in small teams building one or two boats during this intensive seven-day course. By week’s end, the boats will be up to the final sanding and varnishing stage, ready for the details that will personalize them for their new owners. The canoes and kayaks constructed during a course are raffled on the last day to interested builders for the cost of the materials.

The pace allows students time to confidently develop new skills and enjoy the comfortable satisfaction of doing good work. Ted will set attainable, yet high standards of craftsmanship that will have you feeling tired but satisfied at the end of each day.

Workshops are kept small to allow for individual attention to specific needs. Subjects covered include sharpening and maintaining hand tools, steam bending, laminating and a variety of basic woodworking/boatbuilding tricks and techniques that will be valuable in many different applications.


Date :
Sept 1-7, 22, 2019

Event location :
362 County Rd 10

Contact :

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 :

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