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Press Release announcing 2022/23 Season of Blues On The Rideau at The Cove Inn, Westport ON

Exciting news!

The BLUES ON THE RIDEAU Dinner & Show Fundraiser Series at THE COVE INN Westport Ontario proudly announces its Line-Up for the 2022/23 SEASON and what a Line-Up it is – arguably our best ever. Blues, Rock, Soul, Funk and R&B as good as it gets by Canada’s best artists.

October 28 *     SAMANTHA MARTIN



January 20 & 21  JACK DE KEYZER


March 24 *   DAVID GOGO




* indicates that a second night may be added if there are enough advance reservations and the artists are still available at the time.

More details including Artists’ Bios, websites and YouTubes at

Proceeds from all shows go to support local charities/good causes.

DINNER & SHOW $100 (plus HST)

Includes a delicious full course dinner, the show, dancing, Door Prizes and donation to charity

7-11 pm for all nights

And yes the ticket price has gone up. It had to. EVERYTHING has gone up in price over the past two years especially food costs. We have also increased the amount we are paying the artists – and they’re worth every penny – to help offset the past two years of hardship they have suffered due to COVID. When you consider the fact that a delicious full course dinner is included, some of the proceeds are going to help out local charities/good causes and  the quality of the artists – truly Canada’s best – and being able to see them in the small, friendly, intimate setting of The Cove BOTR is still one of the best entertainment values in the country!


Call The Cove 613-273-3636 or email

BOOK NOW – The Cove has a limited capacity and most BOTR shows sell out in advance.

If life changes cancellations or changes to reservations will be accepted up to one week prior to show date without penalty.

ACCOMMODATION is available at The Cove, nearby B&B’s and the Westport Station Motel for those who what to stay over but again – BOOK EARLY  – there are a limited number of beds in town and they usually all sell out on BOTR nights.

Note: If COVID returns causing shutdowns or reduced capacity then the shows will have to be cancelled and rescheduled. Check with The Cove closer to show dates to confirm.

Blues On The Rideau is produced by Choose The Blues Productions in cooperation with The Cove Inn and is sponsored by Jacob’s Creek Wineries, Perth Brewery, DAWG, Lake 88 radio Perth, The Black Dog Inn Westport and the Ottawa Blues Society whom we gratefully thank for their support.

Rob Lutes & Rob MacDonald



‟Lutes is a fine roots/blues writer, one of those gems you find by chance as you’re going through a town and he’s going through a town and you just want a beer and he gives you the show of the year.” – Bob Mersereau,

A writer whose work has included ghostwriting for a former U.S. president, speechwriting for a former Canadian Prime Minister and writing books on subjects from DIY to sports to travel, Rob Lutes has always known his true calling and spiritual home was songwriting.The fluently bilingual, New Brunswick-born, long-time Montreal resident is a former Kerrville New Folk and ISC award winner, and a Maple Blues, Canadian Folk Music Awards and Lys Blues nominee. In 2015, he was runner-up in the Toronto Blues Society’s Cobalt Prize, a national award for Contemporary Blues Composition.

Since the release of his first album Gravity in 2000, Lutes has steadily built a collection of exquisite songs that inhabit the intersection of blues, folk, Americana, and the contemporary singer-songwriter genre. A masterful fingerstyle guitarist with a soulful voice, he is also known for the intensity of his live performances.Lutes has released six full-length albums, including 2009’s acclaimed Truth & Fiction, which earned him a CFMA nomination for Songwriter of the Year and 2013’s The Bravest Birds which spent seven months in the Roots Music Report top 10 and hit #1 on the EuroAmericana Chart.

He performs solo, in duo with Quebec guitar legend Rob MacDonald, and in full-band format.In early of 2016, as part of the new Montreal group Sussex, he will release Parade Day, a love-letter to the jazz and blues of the 20s and 30s featuring some of Montreal’s finest musicians.

“Rob Lutes will soon be counted amongst the ranks of the best in the industry. Insightful and meaty like Bill Morrissey, the aforementioned Rogers and Lucy Kaplansky, he is also gutty and gritty like Greg Brown or Chris Smither. A rare talent that keeps getting better with each project released, one listen will prove he is more than a passing fancy; this guy is here to stay.”
– Matt Large, Montreal Folk Festival AD



Date :
October 29, 2020 from 5 to 8pm

Event location :
2 Bedford St.
Westport, Ontario K0G 1X0 Canada

Contact :

Story and Playtime


Parents and caregivers with children birth to 6 are invited for play, literacy activities and storytime, first and third Tuesday morning at the Delta Branch. Drop-in and always free! An early years nurse from Country Roads Community Health Centre will be available for baby or child check-ups and breast feeding support at some sessions.


Date :
Tuesday, June 2, 2020 from 9:30am – 11:30am

Event location :
Rideau Lakes Public Library, 18 King St, Delta, ON K0E 1G0, Canada

Contact :
For more information contact Laura Lee ( ) or call (613) 359-5315.

2018 WAC Photo Contest in Westport


Westport Arts Council Annual Photography Contest:  April 1 to December 31, 2018.  For all amateur photographers – visitors or residents. Looking for photographs that celebrate the beauty of Westport and immediate surrounding area of North Crosby.


Capture the beauty and excitement of Westport from 1 April until 31 December 2018.

The annual WAC Photo Contest opens 1 April 2018 for all amateur photographers. We are looking for photographs that celebrate the beauty of Westport and immediate surrounding area of North Crosby. There is lots going on in the Village and area this year including those untamed moments in nature, stunning summer sunsets, winter sports and everything else in between, just as long as it happens in the Westport area.


1st: $100

2nd: $75

Youth: $50

1 April 2018 until 31 December 2018. Open to all amateur photographers residing or visiting the Westport area. Limited to 5 entries per person. Entries can be submitted to, subject line “photo contest 2018 entry”.


Date :
Sunday, April  1, 2018


Event location :
Westport, ON, Canada


Contact :

Westport’s Kitchen Party!


East Coast Kitchen Party – March 24 1pm to 4pm at The Cove. Westport Arts Council Fundraiser.  $10 (kids free) Reservations are recommended!  Call the Cove:  613-273-3636


Date :
Saturday, March 24, 2018


Event location :
The Cove
2 Bedford St.
Westport, Ontario K0G1X0 Canada


Contact :
Phone number: 613-273-3636 –  Website:

Museum Fundraiser in Westport


Admission by Donation. Enjoy stories of Westport told by four residents covering the early years of the Village.
The Big Fire, history of the Review Mirror, growing up on a farm, Aboriginal residents of our area. Silent auction, 50/50 draw, refreshments.


Date :

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at 7 pm


Event location :

EST Royal Canadian Legion Branch
542, 10099 10, Westport, ON K0G
1X0, Canada


Contact :

Tel: 1-613-273-2191

Once Upon A Time…In Westport

Westport Arts Council presents Jen Cayley & Jan Andrews master award winning storytellers. Workshops for the novice and the experienced PLUS an afternoon performance! October 14th Workshops 10-12 Performance 2pm at Westport United Church. See our website for more details and registration.


Date :
Saturday, October 14, 2017 at 10 am


Event location :
Westport, ON


Contact :

Phone number: (6136) 273 8788

What’s Cooking in Westport

Cook together in the community kitchen on the first Tuesday of every month! Learn new skills, take home food. Childcare is available.  For more information check out Facebook!
Cost : free.


Date :
Tuesday, May 2, 2017 from 10 am to 1 pm


Event location :
Free Methodist Church
65 Bedford Street
Westport ON, Ontario Canada


Contact :

Organizer: Kate
Phone contact: 613-272-2799 X237
Website :

America’s Choice Wine Dinner


It’s almost election time again…America’s Choice to be exact. Because we
are affected by it’s outcome so much, we decided to pay tribute to our
neighbours with a Wine Dinner themed after them. Another in our delectable
series of culinary mastery featuring food by Chef Joanne Edwards and her
team and wine insights by Lifford Wine Agent and Andrew Rasta. Don’t forget
to vote!
Thanks so much,
Seamus and All of US at The Cove
PS: This dinner may have a serious effect on the outcome of the election


*America’s Choice Wine Dinner*
Tue.Nov.1.2016 @ The Cove


5 courses with wine pairings, $75/person.

Reservations Only
Comfortable overnight with Room and Dinner packages available. $200
Standard Room or $225 Jacuzzi Suite + HST + Gratuity. Includes full hot


*Oysters Rockafeller,* Crab Cake, Fennel Bisque
*Firestone Sauvignon Blanc*

*Chicken and Waffles* – Fried Chicken, Savoury Waffles, Wedge Salad
*Hess “Select” Chardonnay*

*Alaskan Salmon Tostada* – Gravlax (Mexican Style), Cilantro, Jalepeno,
Avocado, Quesa Freso, Jicama Slaw
*DeLoach Pinot Noir*

*Bison Brisket* – Blueberry Bourbon Sauce, Roast Corn Crema, Squash Fritters
*Charles Smith “No Bull” Merlot*

*Apple and Cheddar Filo Pie*
*Cycles Gladiator Petite Sirah*


***Items Subject to Change***
Poster by Jeff Cowan Design
Reservations Only, call 1.888.COVE.INN
***Only the Munchie Menu is available aside from Wine Dinner***

All Things Bright & Beautiful


Come and enjoy the display of over 100 quilts beautifully displayed over the pews of the local churches. Heritage collections, local and world styles along with a vendors market. $5 per person. Tickets available the day of at the Westport Museum on Bedford Street.

Westport Churches open their doors for All Things Bright and Beautiful. Come celebrate the art of quilts while admiring the art of stained glass.

The Westport Arts Council is a volunteer non-profit organization dedicated to serving artists and the community by promoting and advocating for the arts, by entrepreneurially developing programs and forming mutually beneficial partnerships.

More info found at


Date :

October, 1st 2016 @ 10 am


Event location :

Westport, ON


Contact :

Website :