January 20-21, 2012



Another fabulous weekend at BOTR @ The Cove. 9X Maple Blues Award winners (Chris just won Best Horn Player Of The Year again at last week's 2011 Awards), 6X Juno Award nominees DIANA BRAITHWAITE & CHRIS WHITELEY BAND from Toronto and their great band put on a couple of terrific shows. Diana Braithwaite - vocals Chris Whiteley - guitar, harmonica, trumpet, vocals Dan Whiteley (son of Chris) - guitar, harmonica and mandoli - from legendary Downchild Blues Band Gary Kendall and Mike Fitzpatrick. Seamus Cowan from The Cove stepped in on bass for a tune.


$500 raised for both Rideau Vista & St. Edward's Elementary Schools ($1,000 total) from the 2 shows Sold out Saturday Show, good crowd Friday. Newly renovated entrance area and larger dance floor at The Cove very well received!

Here are some comments from attendees:

"Wonderful caliber of music and great atmosphere!"
James Cushing, Toronto (has attended 2 BOTR shows)

"Fantastic idea to support your local initiatives. We're not big club-goers but we were totally won over by this amazing scene!!! 10 out of 10 for everything. I predict Westport Blues will be a huge destination 5 years from now (Producer's note: It already is!)"
Diane & Brian Wastle, Manotick (first-timers)

"Food was great and the band was awesome - as usual!" Hansen Downer, Ottawa (has attended 6 BOTR Shows) Fabulous evening. 10 out of 10 for everything"

Kellie Squires, Kingston - First timers

"You've done it again. First time hearing DRJ and MJV. Great blues! Danced the night away"

Joan Mumford, Kingston (have attended 10+ BOTR Shows)

"This is the best! Love the rooms and the people too. 10 out of 10 for everything including the band"

Jean Tischart, Carleton Place

"I don't need to go to New Orleans anymore! You are at my doorstep!!! 10 out of 10 for everything"
Jeffrey Weatherill, Lombardy (First-timer)


The band:   (from left to right) Gary Kendall, Dan Whiteley, Diana Braitwaite, Chris Whiteley and Mike Fitzpatrick

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