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 Ottawa, Saskatoon, Toronto, and Yellowknife. He’s also participated in the Ontario Arts Council’s Artists in Education program.
Easily and widely considered one of Canada’s most prolific and exciting guitarists, Steve Hill is the 2015 Juno Award Winner for Blues Album of the Year, 2015 Maple Blues Award Winner for Electric Act of the Year, Guitarist of the Year, Recording/Producer of the Year and Entertainer of the Year.
With tracks that are heavy and hard hitting, deep and melodic, Hill manages to nail a wide range of emotions with his songwriting and masterful guitar playing. When it comes to one-man bands, Hill has no limits. Throughout his lengthy and intense live shows, Hill performs standing up while singing and playing guitar, with his feet playing bass drum, snare drum, hi-hats and with a drum stick fused to the head of his trusty guitar, along with any other percussion within reach. With roots in blues, rock and a little bit of country, Hill performs his original songs, blues classics, and, quite often, raucous renditions of Jimi Hendrix tunes.
Seven-time Maple Blues Award winner, JUNO and American Blues Music Award nominee, Paul Reddick’s distinctive voice covers a wide emotional palette; always engaging; sometimes a shout, more often a conversationally vivid whisper. But it is Reddick’s songs — sometimes sweet, sometimes bitter, always thought-provoking and rarely sentimental — and the passionate way he delivers them that best illustrate what the influential British magazineMojo described as his “wayward brilliance.”
Reddick has long been a part of Canada’s rich roots music scene; he is one of the best harmonica players in the country, and he’s contributed to the recordings of other key artists, among them Kathleen Edwards, Colin Linden, Treasa Levasseur, Scarlett Jane, Suzie Vinnick and more.
As our participation in the Francofete, Mike Deway will be featured on the 23rd edition of Virée Blues Boréale. He’s a Bluesman from Quebec City, known for his magnetism, warm voice and keen artistic presence. It’s to this almost 3 hour long Blues in French show, with the best and original new compositions, part of his new opus that we invite you all to this performance, a part of the Francofete.
Sunday, March 13
January 2, 2016 - March 26, 2016
The Cove Inn is located in the beautiful village of Westport on Upper Rideau Lake - about a 90 minute drive from Ottawa, 45 minutes from Kingston. All BOTR shows run from 7 to 11 pm and include a delicious full course buffet dinner. The staff at The Cove are very friendly and the venue is small, intimate and relaxed. After dinner you get to see and dance to the bands up close and personal – the way Blues is best enjoyed – all for a very reasonable price – $65 (plus tax). There are door prize giveaways at every show and 2 Grand Prizes drawn at the end of the season from all of the Comment Cards filled in by attendees over the year.
2015/16 SEASON – our 11th year!
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
BLUES ON THE RIDEAU is produced by Choose The Blues Productions www.choosetheblues.ca
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Friday March 18 @ 8 pm
Sussex, featuring Rob Lutes
Wednesday & Thursday, April 13-14 @ 8 pm; tickets $83-93
Joined on stage by Cheryl and Buck White (the Whites) plus bassist Mark Fain and Ry Cooder's son and drummer Joachim Cooder, Cooder - White - Skaggs brings 4 part harmonies and virtuoso ensemble playing to a repertoire that encompasses the best of Bluegrass, Country, Blues and Gospel Music.
Don’t miss what is sure to be an amazing performance!