Blues On The Rideau – the Dinner and Show Fundraiser Series that has been running at The Cove Country Inn in Westport, Ontario for the past 10 years and is now recognized as one of the premier Blues Series in Canada – is pleased to announce its 2015/16 Line-Up. The shows start in September and run once a month through to May (December excluded). It’s another all star cast of some of Canada’s best Blues bands with a mix of popular returnees and a couple of new bands that have never played BOTR before. As in previous years every show is a fundraiser for a different local charity. To date the Series has raised over $55,000. The goal for this season is another $5K.
Note that there has been a small increase in price this year – $5 - the first in 5 years – to help cover cost increases over that time. And there is a new Reservation Policy in place this year – a credit card number is required with the reservation (although the card is not charged until the night of the show). Cancellations or changes in the reservation can be made up to a week prior to the event without penalty. After that time those than don’t show – or come with fewer than reserved for – will be charged for those seats – although a credit will be applied for a future show that season (space available) if there is a legitimate reason. The new policy has been implemented due to the number of "no-shows" over the past several years which, in many cases, has prevented others who would like to see that show from attending.
DANNY BROOKS w. LIL’ MISS DEBI & THE MEMPHIS BROTHERS
Born and raised in Toronto but now a resident of Llano, Texas singer/songwriter/guitarist/harp player Danny Brooks combines the best of Texas and Mississippi Soul Blues. A multiple Juno and Maple Blues Award nominee. Backed by his wife Debi and some of the best players in Toronto.
PROCEEDS TO WESTPORT IN BLOOM
From Alabama/Victoria BC
DAVID VEST & THE WILLING VICTIMS
Born in Alabama David now lives in Victoria, BC. He plays foot-stompin’, rock ‘n rollin’, boogie-woogie piano as good as it gets - a 2X Maple Blues Award winner for Keyboardist of the Year. The Willing Victims include the great Teddy Leonard on guitar and 2 members from Downchild.
PROCEEDS TO THE RIDEAU DISTRICT MUSEUM
From Peterborough & Wainfleet ON
RICK FINES & SUZIE VINNICK w. BAND
Two of the finest singer/songwriter/guitarists in Canada – individually they’re great - together they’re magical! Multiple Maple Blues Award winners & Suzie has won a Juno. Their 4th visit to BOTR and they’ve sold out every time so make your reservations early for this one!
PROCEEDS TO FRIENDS OF FOLEY MOUNTAIN
January 22 & 23
A fabulous guitarist, singer/songwriter and showman - Juno Award winner and Maple Blues Award winner in the categories of Best Guitarist, Songwriter, Recording, Electric Act, Acoustic Act and Entertainer. His 4th visit to The Cove and he’s become so popular we’re bringing him in for a 2 night stand this time!
PROCEEDS TO THE RIDEAU WATERWAY LAND TRUST & THE WESTPORT ARTS COUNCIL
JACK DE KEYZER BAND
Jeff Healey called him “the finest Blues guitarist in Canada”. A 2X Juno Award and 7X Maple Blues Award winner for Best Guitarist, Entertainer, Electric Act and Recording of the Year. One of the hardest working Bluesmen in the country with a great veteran band. This is Jack’s 7th visit to BOTR - unquestionably one of our favourites!
PROCEEDS TO ART BY THE LAKE WESTPORT
ANGEL FORREST BAND
With a career spanning 26 years and 8 albums to her credit Angel is recognized as one of the best female vocalists in Quebec. Now she’s become nationally and internationally famous. Last year she won the Maple Blues Award winner for Best Female Vocalist (her second in a row) and Best Songwriter. A colourful, flamboyant performer with a voice like Janis Joplin. Her first appearance at BOTR and we’re very pleased to have her!
PROCEEDS TO KICK IN FOR KIDS
RIA REECE BAND
A young, beautiful up-and-coming artist with a powerful, soulful voice who sings Blues, Jazz, Soul & R&B like Etta James & Koko Taylor. 4 Quebec Lys Blues Award nominations for her first album and a finalist in the 2014 Toronto Blues Society’s Talent Search. She hasn’t played outside of Quebec that often yet but that’s about to change – come and see her before she gets famous!
PROCEEDS TO 4-H CANADA
HARRISON KENNEDY BAND
One of the best Soul/Blues/R&B singers this country has ever produced - period. Lead singer in the Detroit supergroup “Chairmen Of The Board” in the 1960s Harrison semi-retired when the band broke up, took a “real job” and only played Blues on the side for a few decades. He re-emerged full time in the early 2000s and since then he’s released 7 albums (4 of which earned Juno nominations), been nominated 15X for Maple Blues Awards and an American Blues Music Award. Harrison has been here twice before - now you get to see him with his full R&B band behind him. I guarantee this will be a night to remember. Reserve early!
PROCEEDS TO HABITAT FOR HUMANITY
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Thandi suffered a stroke last year and needs our help. She sang her way through apartheid and was a role model to many of South Africa's people. To celebrate her strength and leadership not to mention her outstanding musicianship Klaasen has been awarded South Africa's Order of the Baobab in Silver (2006) for "excellent achievement in and contribution to the art of Music". In August 2013, as part of the Women's Month celebrations, Klaasen and four other icons of South African jazz – Abigail Kubheka, Dorothy Masuka, Sathima Bea Benjaminand Sylvia Mdunyelwa – were honoured by Standard Bank with lifetime achievement awards. Other awards she has received include the Woman of Distinction Award received in Canada (1999), and a lifetime achievement award at the 2006 South African Music Awards.
We will be hosting the Fundraiser as a 'Sunset Show' at Scherer Gardens, 2014 & 2015 winners of The Ottawa Home & Garden Show's 'Best Garden' award. Some features on site are the spectacular rock water fountain gardens and miniature Sika deer pastured behind the stage. You will be surrounded by mature trees and moonlight, listening to two of the best Canadians in their genre. It will be a night of jazz, African music and blues performed by well schooled musicians who thoroughly enjoy their craft. We thought it would be the perfect place to host a Sunset Show! Photographs and videos along with dancing are encouraged!
For even more fun and your dining pleasure Lisa Scherer of The Granary Beizli will be preparing a scrumptious Pig Roast – an old school country tradition when friends and neighbours gather (not included in entrance price).
We suggest you bring a lawn chair and a friend. It will be a memorable evening. Please plan to attend.