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Westport, Ontario, Canada

Blues On The Rideau is a Dinner & Show Fundraiser Series running once a month from September through May (December excluded) at the classic, historic Cove Country Inn  in Westport - one of the most beautiful small towns in eastern Ontario BOTR features some of Canada’s best Blues bands (and a few great American ones too). Established in 2005 it is now recognized as one of the premier Blues Series in the country. Every show is a fundraiser for different local charities. To date over $55,000 has been raised.

Each show includes a delicious full course buffet dinner served by the Cove’s friendly staff in a relaxed, intimate atmosphere. After dinner you get to see and dance to world class Blues bands up close and personal – the way Blues is best enjoyed! All for a very reasonable price – $65 pp. (plus tax)

All Dinner & Shows run from 7-11 pm. ADVANCE RESERVATIONS are required and it is wise to book well ahead, especially if you want to stay overnight. Rooms at The Cove, nearby B&B’s and motels usually sell out in advance on BOTR nights.

Reservations can be made at The Cove Inn, by phone 613-273-3636 or 1-888-COVEINN or by email  A credit card number is required with the reservation but the card is not charged until the night of the show. Cancellations or changes can be made up to a week prior to the event without penalty.


The Cove in winter

Fall Colors in Westport
Friendly Cove Staff

Famous Cove Buffet

Regular attendees at Blues on the Rideau

The Cove crowd loves to dance

David Rotundo

Robin Bank$

Chuch Jackson with Hogtown

HarpDog Browwn
Noah on the sound board

A cheque to charity from every show

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The Cove Inn is located on the shores of Upper Rideau Lake in the beautiful town of Westport – a 90 minute drive from Ottawa, 45 minutes from Kingston, 2.5 hours from Syracuse NY, 3.5 hours from Montreal, 4 hours from Toronto.

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BLUES ON THE RIDEAU is produced by Choose The Blues Productions 
in cooperation with The Cove Inn
Sponsored by 101.9 DAWG FM Ottawa  Lake 88.1 Perth/Rideau Lakes 
Dan Aykroyd Wines  and Perth Brewery


BLUES ON THE RIDEAU t-shirts now available!

Only $20 (tax in)

A list of all the great bands who have played the Series over the past 10 years are on the back. Good quality Fruit Of The Loom 100% pre-shrunk cotton. Available at The Cove Inn 613-273-3636 or email us with your size and we'll mail one to you for $20 plus shipping

A big THANK YOU to all the people who make this Series possible:
Owners Terry & Mary & Seamus Cowan, Manager Maureen Price and all the great staff at The Cove Inn, Westport
My wife Diane Leduc Doran
Sound Engineer Noah Sullivan
Our Sponsors – 101.9 DAWG FM Ottawa, LAKE 88.1 Perth/Rideau Lakes, Dan Aykroyd Wines & Perth Brewery
The Westport Review Mirror, EMC, Explore Westport, CBC All In A Day Ottawa and all the regional media for their coverage
The Ottawa, Kingston & Toronto Blues Societies
All the great musicians who have played here over the years
And of course – the wonderful audiences who buy tickets and come out for the shows!

Thank you for supporting great LIVE Blues!

James Doran, Choose The Blues Productions, Producer & Host