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The Cove Inn, Westport Ontario
Dinner & Show Fundraisers featuring some of Canada’s best Blues artists - nominees and winners of Juno Awards, Maple Blues Awards, West Coast Music Awards, Quebec Lys Blues Awards, East Coast Music Awards and more - performing in the intimate, friendly setting of a classic country inn. Celebrating our 15th Anniversary season in 2019/20 - making BOTR one of the longest running and best Blues Series in the country.
Proceeds from each show go to support local charities.
Visit www.BluesOnTheRideau.ca for full schedule with details including artists' Bios, LINKS to their websites and You Tubes.
Visit www.coveinn.com for info about the Inn
Why not make your visit a little Staycation? Well-priced accommodation is available at The Cove, nearby B&Bs and a motel in town.
Westport is a beautiful historic town on the Rideau Waterway - a 90-minute drive from Ottawa, 45 minutes from Kingston.
Note: Most BOTR nights sell out so we recommend that you check your calendars, make your choices and RESERVE WELL IN ADVANCE to be sure you don't miss out! This is particularly true if you want to stay overnight. All the rooms at The Cove; nearby B&Bs and the Westport Station Motel usually sell out on BOTR nights.
Blues On The Rideau
Who would’ve thought that Belleville, Ontario could produce a musician with the southern vibe and bluesy reverence of a Stevie Ray Vaughan or Doyle Bramhall II? Chris Caddell’s raw soulful voice and emotive guitar skills were an instant hit when the then-teen made the big move to Toronto.
Jesse O’Brien played his first gig, with his father, at the age of 12. A few years later, he was playing piano for Ronnie Hawkins, and the teenager launched into an award-winning career as a keyboardist.
His last album, “Something New”, is a new musical adventure. Produced by Michael himself, it features 10 original songs about love, life, travel and politics.
Check him out!
The sound of the band originates from an incredibly tight rhythm section, screaming horns and a razor-sharp telecaster guitar. A signature groove that lead them to backing-up several major blues artists like Kenny Blues Boss Wayne, Andria Simone, Shakura S’Aida, Curtis Salgado, Thornetta Davis and Dawn Tyler Watson.
As Dawn Tyler Watson’s band they won the 2017 International Blues Challenge in Memphis where Ben was crowned guitar player of the year winning the Albert King Award. A must see for any blues fan that enjoys truly original songwriting infused with horn-driven soul and the golden days of R&B.
Equally at home alone at the microphone or leading a stage of fellow players, Rick has performed everywhere from the National Gallery and Governor General’s Garden Party to Montreal Jazz, Ottawa BluesFest, the Edmonton Folk Festival, and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. International tour highlights include visits to France, Italy, Scotland, Newfoundland, BC’s Gulf Islands, and the Northern Arctic.
Rick believes in the transformative power of music. When not performing, he can be found teaching and sharing with students across Canada – including work with the Blues In The Schools programs in Tweed, Ottawa, Saskatoon, Toronto, and Yellowknife. He’s also participated in the Ontario Arts Council’s Artists in Education program.
His newest album, “Driving Home”, is his most eclectic and electric to date.
The Marble Arts Centre is an accessible, licenced venue with comfortable theatre seating that hosts many performances each year in an historic hall with wonderful acoustics.