Thursday, November 23, 2017

Line-up announced for MUSICwestport 2014

Bob Burtch

Crowd favorite Bob Burtch is back for MUSICwestport 2014.

The eighth annual MUSICWestport will feature two stages and seven groups, all in downtown Westport on Sat., Aug. 16.

The two stages are behind The Cove and on Spring Street next to Artemisia.
The free afternoon of concerts, sponsored by the Westport Arts Council and local businesses, runs from Noon until 6 p.m.
The line-up includes a far-ranging selection of music from bluegrass to country to rock and roll.
It all starts with a kick-off party Fri., Aug. 15 featuring H'SAO from Montreal at The Cove.
Drawing from gospel, traditional African music, as well as their Chadian roots, H'sao display clear soul, pop, and R&B 
influences. For more on the group, go to
Saturday starts off with the Voice of the Rideau singing competition from 10 a.m. to noon. The auditions are July 19.
On Sat., Aug. 16, the Artemisia stage has entertainment from noon to 5 p.m. and The Cove stage runs from 12:30 to 6 p.m.
The line-up includes:
Alex The Folk Band 
Alex the Folk Band is an eight-member, music-making cooperative that specializes in harmony vocals and fiddle-based instrumentals. For 20 years and counting, the Orillia-based group has performed in concert. The band's repertoire ranges from traditional tunes and songs to contemporary roots-based material, and its rousing gospel set has twice been featured at the John Arcand Fiddle Fest in Saskatoon.
Mikey & The Reelers 
What started out as a bit of fun four years ago has turned into more of the same for Westport's Mike Cochrane and his fellow angler-musicians.
Mikey and the Reelers and their self-titled album of fun fishing songs, is the result of playing, angling and the occasional pint.
The album's contributors got to know each other through years of membership in the exclusive Gan Fishing Club.
The impromptu group released their CD last year.
Ryan Myshrall and Peter Elkas join him on the album.
Elkas has an extensive music background and would be familiar to CBC Radio listeners as well. Ryan Myshral is an accomplished professional bass player, studio and touring musician.
Kevin Warren Quartet 
A November 2010 tour to France, Italy and Belgium with the Rafael Zaldivar Trio marked the trio's establishment as rising Canadian Jazz artists.  In 2011, Kevin was awarded the TD Grand Jazz Award at the 2011 Montreal International Jazz Festival.
Emily Fennell 
In the words of Rob Baker (The Tragically Hip) "Miss Emily is a truly gifted singer. Her voice is rich and soulful - she can slip from sweet and seductive to commanding and fierce and back again in the tradition of the finest blues and soul singers. 
In 2011 Kingston based 'Miss Emily' received accolades from Gene Simmons (KISS) & Matt Wells (MuchMoreMusic), played to 25,000 people alongside The Tragically Hip, Sam Roberts Band & The Trews in Bobcaygeon.
Bob Burtch Bluegrass 
Despite spending much of the last 70-plus years playing the mandolin, Newboro area native Bob Burtch hasn't lost that gleam in his eye when it comes to music.
Burtch was born in Elgin and grew up near Crosby where he got into music at an early age.
Burtch was playing in a country band by the time he was 10. He was in his own country band by the time he was 14, the Pacesetters, and they lasted 20 years.
Burtch got to test his talents with some Nashville musicians when he met up with Jesse and Jim McReynolds of the Virginia Boys. They invited him to play at a wedding for Mike Scott, a member of the Grand Ole Opry, and they stayed close after that.
Their influence was part of the reason Burtch started playing more bluegrass along with the country staples. 
Propelled by a steamroller of percussion and energized by jazz horns, Toronto's Drumhand draws inspiration from the danceable circuitous rhythms of hot climates from Bahia, Brazil to Ghana, West Africa and from India to New Orleans.
Patrick Krief is a Canadian musician and singer-songwriter. Krief is known as the guitarist for The Dears since 2004.
In 2006, he made appearances on the Late Show with David Letterman, Last Call with Carson Daly, and Jimmy Kimmel Live!.

Delta Fair announces 2014 entertainment line-up

Bowes Brothers

Carleton Place's Bowes Brothers are one of this year's headline acts at the Delta Fair.

The headline acts for the 184th edition of the Delta Fair - running July 24-27 have been announced.

Thursday, July 24
Paul Behnke: Safari
of Fun
1 and 3 p.m., Band Shell 
An accomplished children's performer and songwriter, Paul Behnke, while teaching grade one, would often try his new children's songs out on his students. He taught elementary school with the Waterloo County Board of Education before embarking on a full-time music career. 
Jimmy G Hypnotist Show 
2 p.m. on the Main Stage 
Comedy stage hypnotist Jimmy G is the author of the book, "How Hypnosis Can Help You" as well as helpful hypnosis programs such as "Stop Smoking Now", "Thin in 30 Days", "Improve Your Golf Game", "Increase Your Income" and many more audio programs and articles. He is also the creator of The 10 Minute Miracle Self-Help Program system. 
The Doherty Brothers 
7 p.m. at the Band Shell 
The Doherty Brothers Band is a well-known local group that has been entertaining people for the past decade at special events, festivals and fairs throughout the Lanark-Leeds & Grenville area.  Offering up a mix of Top 40 Rock 'n' Roll Classics, Country Rock and Rhythm & Blues, this six-piece band guarantees you will recognize and know many of the words to the tunes. 
Friday, July 25
Silly Sally's Magic Show 
1 and 3 p.m., Band Shell 
From the moment Silly Sally walks on stage and tries to juggle, to the moment she says goodbye, audiences are captivated by her magical charm and fun-filled antics.  Silly Sally graduated from Shennanigan`s Clown School in Calgary in 1992 and is a member of the World Clown Association and Clowns Canada. 
Motorsport Mania
7:30 p.m., Main Stage 
The premier motor sports entertainment company in Canada, Thrill Show Productions Inc. continues to produce free-style acrobatic motocross, monster truck, rollover and hydraulic car events. 
The Night is Young:
Neil Diamond Tribute 
8:30 at the Main Stage 
After reuniting key musicians of his former groups in Spoon River, Bullmoose and Wild Turkey, Seamus Cowan of Westport formed The Night is Young: A Musical Tribute to Neil Young with Montreal's Jason Kent, Delta's Eric Lawrance and Sydenham's Rob Radford. 
The Night is Young is everything from melancholic folk country melodies to foot stomping jams to unbridled rock and roll. 
Saturday, July 26
Ry Guy Magic Show 
1, 3 and 5 p.m., Band Shell 
'Adrenaline' Magic Show 
6:30 p.m., Main Stage 
Ry Guy is a 20-year-old magician hailing from Brockville. 
Irish Roots 
2 p.m. at the Main Stage 
This trio from Kingston came together through a common interest in Celtic music and remain focused on providing a lively blend of traditional and contemporary Irish, Scottish and East Coast tunes (with a dash of bluegrass and country music occasionally added into the mix). 
The Drifters 
7 p.m. at the Main Stage 
You know the songs "On Broadway," "Under the Boardwalk," "Save the Last Dance for Me," and many more. The Drifters featuring Rick Sheppard are entering their third decade of entertaining audiences. On the recording front, The Drifters have recently released two albums 
Sunday, July 27
King of the Swingers 
1 p.m. at the Band Shell 
King of the Swingers kicked their career off six years ago energizing festivals, fairgrounds, street concerts, and parties with their upbeat, energized approach to Dixie and Dixie-ish music.  Stuart Pike lives in the woods north of Battersea and has spent more than 20 years trying to wrestle his accordion to the ground. Thing is, he has these friends: Marty Crapper is his old time pal and band mate in some 20-odd bands since they were children. He now lives and plays the tenor banjo in Westport. Steve Clarke plays the licorice stick. Dawson Willsey hails from Perth, and now lives in a mud house in Westport, is on the doghouse bass. 
The Bowes Brothers 
6:30 p.m., Main Stage 
Truly a Band of Brothers, Ed, Rod, John and Andy stay true to their roots. They were born, raised and still live near Carleton Place where they share the stage with their Dad, Clarence. Singing in four part harmony, with influence from some of country music's greats, gives the Bowes Brothers the edge that makes them one of the Ottawa Valley's favourite bands.

Art in the Barn returns for 2014

The 4th annual Art in the Barn offers the chance to meet over 40 artists from the Rideau Lakes Artists’ Association at the Lombardy Agricultural Society Fairgrounds July 12-13 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The fairgrounds barn is 4 miles south of Smiths Falls on Hwy. 15 at Kelly’s Road. This venue has ample parking and shelter.  Admission is free and ten percent of all sales, together with any contributions to our “Donation Jar”, will be donated to the Do It For Daron fund in support of youth mental health through the Royal Ottawa.  To date, this show has donated over $8,300 to this cause.
For more, go to or call Nora at 613-283-7824.

Rideau Lakes Studio & Garden Tour expands to three days for 2014

One of the longest running tours in Eastern Ontario, the Rideau Lakes Studio and Garden Tour continues to attract new artists while maintaining a core of favorites with collectors.
Located around the villages of Portland, Philipsville and Chaffey's Locks, the 2014 edition will be adding an additional day by opening on Friday, July 4 as well as the usual Saturday and Sunday, July 5 and 6, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The artists welcome visitors to their studios to share their work and stories.  Some studios also host surprise guest artists who are unadvertised but are invited by their hosts. The goal is to have more than one artist at a stop to make your tour experience more enjoyable as you view paintings, candles, quilts, pottery, cast stone sculptures, weaving and woodworking for your home and garden.
For more information contact Margaret Kelk 613-272-2604 or visit
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