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November 23, 2021
IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT re: the BLUES ON THE RIDEAU SERIES
at THE COVE INN, Westport Ontario


As the COVID numbers in Ontario receded over the past few months and the government announced several weeks ago that full capacity was once again being allowed for pubs and restaurants (as well as dancing - up to 45 people on the floor at one time in the case of The Cove as long as everyone was wearing masks) – Choose The Blues Productions had decided to restart the BLUES ON THE RIDEAU Dinner & Show Fundraiser Series at The Cove with the original format of full bands, dancing and buffet dinners – to begin in January 2022.

However, COVID numbers in Ontario (and elsewhere in the country and the world) have started to rise again. We just received a Memo from the Leeds Grenville Health Unit (the region where The Cove is located) stating that food and beverage establishments with dancing will now have to maintain a 2 meter distance between tables again with a maximum capacity of 25%. This makes trying to bring back BOTR in its original format financially untenable.

So, sadly, we are announcing that the BLUES ON THE RIDEAU SERIES at THE COVE INN is ON HOLD again and will remain that way until further notice. Check this website and/or LIKE our Facebook page www.facebook.com/ChoosetheBluesProductions FOR UPDATES as to when the Series will be able to restart.

NOTE Although BOTR is ON HOLD The Cove Inn is continuing with regular LIVE music – including some Blues, Soul and R&B artists (without any dancing). This allows them to safely seat a larger number of people. Visit www.coveinn.com or call 613-273-3636 or email thecoveinnwestport@gmail.com for more details.



Diane Leduc Doran (RIP) and James Doran, Choose The Blues Productions Founders of Blues On The Rideau at The Cove

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Bands, photos, LINKS and comments

 


The Cove Inn

Fall Colors in Westport
Friendly Cove Staff

Famous Cove Buffet

Great food and drink!

With thanks to our Sponsors!

The Cove audience loves to dance and the floor is always packed. Here groovin’ to the STEVE STRONGMAN BAND
January 2016

Sound Engineer Rob Bailey always gets it just right!

The bands always have a great time too - the ANGEL FORREST BAND at end of their show - March 2015

Regular standing ovations for the artists who play here - this
one for HARRISON KENNEDY May 2016

Cove Manager/bass player Seamus Cowan
often joins the bands for a song or two -
here with JACK DE KEYZER February 2016


Every BOTR show support a different local charity -
here Pat Grundy (centre) receives a cheque for the Westport Food Bank from Mary Cowan, The Cove & James Doran,
Choose The Blues

 

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HOW TO GET TO THE COVE INN
The Cove Inn is located on the shores of Upper Rideau Lake in the beautiful town of Westport – a 90 minute drive from Ottawa,
45 minutes from Kingston, 2.5 hours from Syracuse NY, 3 hours from Montreal, 3 hours from Toronto.

 

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BLUES ON THE RIDEAU is dedicated to the memory of DIANE LEDUC DORAN who was such an integral part of the series from its beginnings in 2005, until her death in November 2017. She is greatly missed but her spirit lives on.

BLUES ON THE RIDEAU is produced by
CHOOSE THE BLUES PRODUCTIONS, Kenmore Ontario www.choosetheblues.ca www.facebook.com/ChooseTheBluesProductions
in co-operation with THE COVE INN, Westport Ontario www.coveinn.com www.facebook.com/TheCoveCountryInn

Sponsored by
BLACK DOG INN www.coveinn.com
JACOB’S CREEK WINES www.jacobscreek.com
PERTH BREWERY www.perthbrewery.ca
OTTAWA BLUES SOCIETY www.ottawabluessociety.com
DAWG FM Ottawa Blues Internet Radio www.dawgfm.com
LAKE 88.1 Perth/Rideau Lakes www.lake88.ca

 



A big THANK YOU to all the people who make this series possible:
Owners Terry & Mary & Seamus Cowan, Bar Manager Maureen Price and all the great staff at The Cove
Sound Engineer Rob Bailey of Kingston Sound Works www.kingstonsoundworks.com

Our Sponsors!
All the regional media including The Westport Review Mirror, Metroland Smiths Falls & Perth, The Humm, Explore Westport
& CBC All In A Day Ottawa
The Ottawa, Kingston & Toronto Blues Societies
All the great MUSICIANS who have played here over the years
And of course – the wonderful AUDIENCES who buy tickets and come out to support the shows!

Thank you for supporting great LIVE Blues!

James Doran, Producer & Host
Choose The Blues Productions
3306 Yorks Corners Rd., Kenmore, Ontario, Canada K2A 2G0
613-574-0086 / moreinfo@choosetheblues.ca