BLUES ON THE RIDEAU @ THE COVE INN

Westport, Ontario, Canada


2015/16 SEASON

Our 11th year!

 
A Dinner & Show Fundraiser Series at a classic country Inn in one of the most beautiful small towns in eastern Ontario
featuring some of North America's best Blues bands - proceeds go to support different local charities.

September 25

From Texas/Toronto

DANNY BROOKS w. LIL’ MISS DEBI & THE MEMPHIS BROTHERS 

Born and raised in Toronto but now a resident of Llano, Texas Danny Brooks combines the best of Texas and Mississippi Blues. He IS the “Texassippi Soul Man”. “A dash of Eddie Hinton, Solomon Burke, Rev. James Cleveland and Howlin’ Wolf are all ingredients in Danny’s soulful stew”. A multiple Juno and Maple Blues Award nominee Danny also sits in the Blues Hall Of Fame in Clarksdale, Mississippi as an official Blues Ambassador to Canada. He’s also an author – his book “Miracles For Breakfast” tells the story of his incredible life - how he was able to overcome addiction and become the wonderfully inspirational person he is today. Backing him for this show is his wife Debi on vocals and percussion along with the Memphis Brothers - some of the best musicians on the Toronto scene today – Bucky Berger, Denis Pinhorn, Papa John King & Ed Zankowski. This is Danny’s 4th visit to The Cove and we’re very glad to have him back!

PROCEEDS TO TO WESTPORT IN BLOOM

 

 

October 23

From Alabama/Victoria BC

DAVID VEST & THE WILLING VICTIMS


Originally from Alabama David now makes his home in Victoria, BC. He plays foot-stompin’, rock ‘n rollin’, boogie-woogie piano as good as it gets – guaranteed to get you up and dancing! Over the years David has played with greats like Big Joe Turner, Roy Orbison, Bo Diddley, Jimmy T99 Nelson, Hubert Sumlin and Paul DeLay. Last January he was named Keyboard Player of the Year at the Maple Blues Awards – his second win in that category. Joining him for this show are The Willing Victims – Teddy Leonard on guitar and two members of the legendary Downchild Blues Band – Gary Kendall on bass and Mike Fitzpatrick on drums. This is David’s second visit to BOTR @ The Cove. Last time he tore the house down – expect more of the same this time around!

PROCEEDS TO THE RIDEAU DISTRICT MUSEUM

 

 

November 20

From Peterborough & Wainfleet ON

RICK FINES & SUZIE VINNICK w. BAND


Rick and Suzie are two of the finest singer/songwriter/guitarists in Canada. They first met over 20 years ago in Ottawa while Rick was still a member of the famous Jackson Delta Trio and Suzie  had just moved there from Saskatoon. Both have gone on to have fabulous solo careers but they remain good friends and play together frequently. In 2006 they released an album together called “Nothing Halfway” which earned them the Maple Blues Award for “Songwriters Of The Year”. Together and individually Rick and Suzie have won countless Maple Blues and Canadian Folk Music Awards, taken first place in the prestigious International Songwriting Competition and Suzie won a Juno for her 2009 album “Me ‘n Mabel”. Either one of these great artists is worth the price of admission - together they’re magical. It’s their 4th visit to BOTR and they’ve packed the place every time so get your tickets early for this one. Another “do not miss” show.

PROCEEDS TO FRIENDS OF FOLEY MOUNTAIN
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January 22 & 23

From Hamilton

STEVE STRONGMAN BAND


Born and raised in Kitchener Steve fell in love with the Blues as a teenager after seeing the great Mel Brown perform. Mel recognized his talent immediately and helped mentor him to become the fabulous guitarist that he is today. Steve won the Mel Brown Blues Award in 2009 – a distinction  he still treasures highly. In the early 2000’s he married a Hamilton girl and moved to that city. He broke on to the scene with a roar in 2006 with the release of his debut album “Honey”. Since then Steve has recorded 3 more CD’s – and a DVD. His 2013 album “A Natural Fact” won him the Juno that year and his most recent one - “Let Me Prove It To You” - earned him a Juno nomination. He’s also been nominated for, and won, multiple Hamilton Music Awards and Maple Blues Awards over the past 8 years in the categories of Guitarist, Songwriter, Recording, Electric Act, Acoustic Act and Entertainer of the Year. Some of the Blues greats that he’s played with include B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Joe Cocker & Randy Bachman. Enough said – Steve Strongman is undeniably one of Canada’s best Bluesmen. This is his 4th visit to The Cove and he’s become so popular we had to bring him in for two nights this time!
PROCEEDS TO THE RIDEAU WATERWAY LAND TRUST &
THE WESTPORT ARTS COUNCIL


 


February 19

From Toronto

JACK DE KEYZER BAND

Born in Great Britain and raised in Hamilton, Ontario Jack got his start playing in a rockabilly group called The Bopcats. He joined the great Richard Newell (King Biscuit Boy)’s band in the 1980’s then formed his own group. His debut album “Hard Working Man” came out in 1991 and he’s followed that with 8 more since. He’s also in high demand as a Producer and session player having appeared on hundreds of other artists’ CD’s over the years including Etta James, Otis Rush, Ronnie Hawkins, Bo Diddley and Blue Rodeo. Jack has been nominated 5X for the Juno Award for Best Blues Album of the year and won it twice. He’s also received 7 Maple Blues Awards in the categories of Best Guitarist, Entertainer, Electric Act and Recording of the Year as well as the Blues With A Feeling Lifetime Achievement Award. Jeff Healey called him “the finest blues guitarist in Canada” and Bob Dylan, after seeing him play, said “If Jack de Keyzer was from Chicago, New York or L.A. he’d be famous!” He’s one of the hardest working Bluesmen in Canada averaging over 200 gigs a year and has played from the Artic Circle to Puerto Escondido Mexico, from Greece to Hornby Island B.C. This is Jack’s 7th visit to BOTR @ The Cove and he' one of our favourites.

PROCEEDS TO ART BY THE LAKE WESTPORT

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March 25

From Montreal

ANGEL FORREST BAND

Born and raised in Dorval, Quebec Angel started her career singing in a Janis Joplin tribute band – her voice has an uncanny similarity to that Blues Rock icon. She’s moved on since then to develop her own unique style and sings original songs written in collaboration with her music (and life) partner Denis Coulombe. With a career spanning 26 years and 8 albums to her credit (several en francais) Angel is recognized as one of the best female vocalists in Quebec  - and has a bunch of Lys Blues Awards to prove it. In 2013 she released her first English Blues album -“Mother Tongue Blues” - which brought her national and international attention. She won the Maple Blues Award for Female Vocalist that year – along with a couple more Lys Blues Awards – and played the Montreal Jazz and Tremblant International Blues Festivals. She followed that up with a double LIVE album which led to two more Maple Blues Awards last year – for Best Female Vocalist (again) and Songwriter Of The Year. In addition to being a fabulous singer she’s also a colourful, flamboyant performer who always gets the house rockin’.  It’s Angel’s first appearance at BOTR and we’re very pleased to have her.

PROCEEDS TO KICK IN FOR KIDS

 
April 22
From Montreal

RIA REECE BAND

Ria was born in Toronto but now calls Montreal home. She has a beautiful, powerful, soulful voice and sings Blues, Jazz, Soul & R&B equally well evoking memories of Etta James & Koko Taylor. Ria and her band hit the scene in 2013 with the release of their debut album. It got airplay around the world and positive reviews from as far away as Kenya, Los Angeles, Atlanta and London. She and her band were nominated for 4 Quebec Lys Blues Awards that year and were finalists in the Toronto Blues Society’s Talent Search. I saw her perform at a Showcase at the Canadian Blues Summit in Toronto last January and was blown away. So far she hasn’t performed that much outside of Quebec but look for that to change soon. Come out and see this young up-and-coming star so you can tell your friends you got to see her before she became famous! This is Ria’s first visit to BOTR @ The Cove.

PROCEEDS TO 4-H CANADA

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www.riareeceband.com www.facebook.com/theriareeceband

 
May 13
From Hamilton

HARRISON KENNEDY BAND

Harrison Kennedy has an extraordinary voice and is one of the best Soul Blues singers this country has ever produced - period (and he can play Funk, Jazz, Country and Folk equally as well). He’s a direct descendent of African Americans who came to Canada on the Underground Railroad to escape slavery so his Blues roots run deep. The Kennedy house was always full of musicians when Harrison was growing up in “The Hammer” thanks to his famous uncle Jackie Washington – artists like Lonnie Johnson, John Lee Hooker and Billie Holiday. His career started in the late ‘60’s when he was chosen by the famous Motown producers Holland/Dozier/Holland as the lead singer in the Detroit supergroup “Chairmen Of The Board”. He toured the world with them appearing on Johnny Carson, Soul Train and American Bandstand playing on the same bill as artists like BB King, James Brown, Smokey Robinson and Stevie Wonder. When the band broke up he returned to Hamilton and took a “real job” for a couple of decades – only playing music on the side. The lure of the Blues was too powerful however and he returned to music full time in the early 2000’s. Since then Harrison has released 7 albums – four of which earned Juno nominations. He’s also been nominated 15X for Maple Blues Awards and once for an American Blues Music Award – and he’s won 9 Hamilton Music Awards. Recently he’s toured with the great Eric Bibb and Ruthie Foster in Europe playing to packed houses. We’ve been lucky enough to have this man perform at The Cove twice in the past. Now you get another chance to see him – this time with his full R&B band behind him. I guarantee this will be a night to remember. Reserve early!

PROCEEDS TO HABITAT FOR HUMANITY

 
www.harrisonkennedy.ca   
 www.facebook.com/
harrison.sweet.taste.kennedy

YOU TUBE links in red
Give Me Just A Little More Time” 
(apologies for the poor video quality)

“I Can Feel You Leaving”
solo
“Dream Catchers”
Harrison with Eric Bibb & Ruthie Foster
 



BLUES ON THE RIDEAU is produced by
CHOOSE THE BLUES PRODUCTIONS www.choosetheblues.ca www.facebook.com/ChooseTheBluesProductions
 in co-operation with THE COVE INN, Westport Ontario www.coveinn.com  www.facebook.com/TheCoveCountryInn
Sponsored by 101.9 DAWG FM Ottawa www.dawgfm.com
DAN AYKROYD WINES www.danaykroydwines.com
LAKE 88.1 Perth/Rideau Lakes www.lake88.ca
PERTH BREWERY www.perthbrewery.ca

 

DINNER & SHOW $65

  (plus HST)
Buffet Dinner starts at 7pm - show at 8:30pm

ADVANCE RESERVATIONS REQUIRED

Book early - most shows sell out in advance!

CALL THE COVE (613) 273-3636 or 1-888-COVE-INN

*Artists and dates subject to change.
Check our website or call The Cove for updates