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BLUES ON THE RIDEAU @ THE COVE INN

Westport, Ontario, Canada

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FALL 2020 SERIES

COVID-fighter edition * our 16th year!


Click here to Download FALL 2020 poster

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Bands, photos, LINKS and comments

 



ADDED BONUS!
If who would love to attend but can’t you can still WATCH the shows LIVE on the BOTR YouTube CHANNEL with high quality HD video and Sound Board audio.

Broadcasts will be 90 minutes in length from 8 pm to 9:30 pm ET for the evening shows
(2 to 3:30 pm for Rick & Suzie’s September 18th Matinee).

DONATIONS for these Shows will be GRATEFULLY APPRECIATED and split evenly between the artists, The Cove and Choose The Blues Productions.

Please visit the BOTR YouTube channel and SUBSCRIBE in advance for quick access.

And - check out the single song videos by artists who have played the Series over the past 15 years.

BLUES ON THE RIDEAU AT THE COVE INN, WESTPORT ONTARIO ANNOUNCES NEW “COVID-FIGHTER” FALL 2020 SERIES


Due to the COVID pandemic the traditional format for Blues On The Rideau at The Cove Inn has had to change. Full bands, full capacity house, packed dance floor and buffet dinner line-ups just don’t work in the new reality. The Fall Series will feature Duos & Trios playing great “sit-and-listen” Blues. Full COVID safety protocol will be TOP PRIORITY at all times. 50 person capacity (half the normal) with 6’ distancing between tables. 12' distancing between the artists and the nearest audience member. All staff will be wearing masks. Everyone entering The Cove will be required to wear masks and when circulating in the room (but they can be removed at the tables). Hand sanitizer will be everywhere and all will be encouraged to use it regularly throughout the night, not just on entering and leaving the building. Use of bathrooms will be restricted to one person at a time. Plated meals will be brought to the tables by Cove staff instead of a buffet. All surfaces will be sanitized regularly. We believe that if everyone follows these safety measures we can all safely enjoy a night out of great LIVE music!

Note that if the COVID-19 situation worsens and indoor gatherings are banned again then the Series will be postponed. On the other hand if things improve and full capacity gatherings with no social distancing required are allowed again we may return to full band shows with dancing and buffet. However, given the current situation, we don’t see than happening anytime soon. Be sure to check with The Cove Inn directly closer to the Show date to confirm.

All performances include a delicious full course meal, the show and Door Prizes with proceeds going to support different local charities – all for only $70 pp (plus HST).

Note: BOTR @ The Cove has raised over $78K for local Westport charities to date!

ADVANCE RESERVATIONS are required for all Shows and we encourage everyone to book ahead to avoid disappointment – especially with the reduced seating capacity.

CALL THE COVE at 613-273-3636

Well-priced accommodation is available at The Cove and nearby B&B’s for those who want to stay over.



BLUES ON THE RIDEAU is a DINNER & SHOW FUNDRAISER SERIES running once a month from
September through May at the classic Cove Country Inn
www.coveinn.com in Westport - one of the most beautiful small towns in eastern Ontario -
on the shores of Upper Rideau Lake (part of the Rideau Waterway, a UNESCO World Heritage
Site) www.explorewestport.com 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. To date it has raised over $74,000 for local charities.

All Dinner & Shows run from 7-11 pm

RESERVATIONS
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 the local motel 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 email thecoveinnwestport@gmail.com
A credit card number, phone number and/or email address is required when the reservation is
made but the card is not charged until the night of the show.

BOOKING POLICY - CANCELLATIONS OR REDUCTION OF SEATS
Cancellations or reduction of number of seats booked can be made UP TO A WEEK PRIOR
to the Show without penalty. If made 6 DAYS OR LESS prior to the show - or if you are a
NO-SHOW then your CREDIT CARD WILL BE CHARGED THE FULL AMOUNT ON THE NIGHT
OF THE SHOW (i.e. $70 plus HST per person booked) but a CREDIT WILL BE APPLIED FOR
A FUTURE BOTR Dinner & Show (space available).

 


The Cove Inn

Fall Colors in Westport
Friendly Cove Staff

Famous Cove Buffet

Great food and drink!

With thanks to our Sponsors!

The Cove audience loves to dance and the floor is always packed. Here groovin’ to the STEVE STRONGMAN BAND
January 2016

Sound Engineer Rob Bailey always gets it just right!

The bands always have a great time too - the ANGEL FORREST BAND at end of their show - March 2015

Regular standing ovations for the artists who play here - this
one for HARRISON KENNEDY May 2016

Cove Manager/bass player Seamus Cowan
often joins the bands for a song or two -
here with JACK DE KEYZER February 2016


Every BOTR show support a different local charity -
here Pat Grundy (centre) receives a cheque for the Westport Food Bank from Mary Cowan, The Cove & James Doran,
Choose The Blues

 

CHECK OUT SOME OF THESE YOU TUBE VIDEOS FROM PREVIOUS SHOWS


Go to YOU TUBE for more videos

HOW TO GET TO THE COVE INN
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 hours from Montreal, 3 hours from Toronto.

 

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BLUES ON THE RIDEAU is dedicated to the memory of DIANE LEDUC DORAN who was such an integral part of the Series from
its beginnings in 2005 until her death in November 2017. She is greatly missed but her spirit lives on.

BLUES ON THE RIDEAU is produced by
CHOOSE THE BLUES PRODUCTIONS, Kenmore Ontario 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
BLACK DOG INN www.coveinn.com
JACOB’S CREEK WINES www.jacobscreek.com
PERTH BREWERY www.perthbrewery.ca
OTTAWA BLUES SOCIETY www.ottawabluessociety.ca
DAWG FM Ottawa Blues Internet Radio www.dawgfm.com
LAKE 88.1 Perth/Rideau Lakes www.lake88.ca

 



A big THANK YOU to all the people who make this series possible:
Owners Terry & Mary & Seamus Cowan, Bar Manager Maureen Price and all the great staff at The Cove
Sound Engineer Rob Bailey of Kingston Sound Works www.ksound.ca

Our Sponsors!
All the regional media including The Westport Review Mirror, Metroland Smiths Falls & Perth, The Humm, Explore Westport
& CBC All In A Day Ottawa
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 to support the shows!

Thank you for supporting great LIVE Blues!

James Doran, Producer & Host
Choose The Blues Productions
3306 Yorks Corners Rd., Kenmore, Ontario, Canada K2A 2G0
613-574-0086 / moreinfo@choosetheblues.ca