Just as popular as the festival day itself, the MUSICwestport Kick Off Party presents The Steadies.
This event always sells out fast! Early booking is essential.
$60 + HST Dinner + Music
Call The Cove for reservations 1.888.COVE.INN.
Kick Off Party featuring The PepTides
7:00-11:00pm – The Cove – Reservations Recommended
$50 Buffet & Show
$20 Show Only (Seating available based what is left after Buffet & Show reservations)
Little Rideau Farm Maple Syrup Stage
Soho’s Storage, 43 Bedford St.
Westport Village IDA Pharmacy Stage
12:30pm – 6:30pm
The Cove, 2 Bedford St.
The Grace Babies/Mae West emphasize this idea through their natural, simple, elegant, honest, raw and unaffected approach to music. The 4 seasoned professionals were brought together through happenstance during an informal Montreal loft jam-session in early 2017. Despite the fact that this particular outfit was formed quite recently, the musical connection and mutual respect are immediately evident upon hearing their contemporary melange of Blues, Rock n Roll, Funk, Punk and RnB. A musical journey through past, present and future that is guaranteed to satisfy the soul. Featuring some of the city’s greatest groove ambassadors and former McGill University Jazz Program schoolmate to Seamus Cowan, Greg Ritchie who has just returned from living and playing for a few years in the music scene in New York City! Along with bass player/a cappella specialist Josh Goldman and soul singer number one, Snooky Alston!
From the poignant ‘With You, Whiskey’ to the rollicking ‘Hell On High Heels’, ’25 To Life’ to the sassy “Canadian Pearl”, to the soulful “Lynchburg”, Brea captures emotions and stories in her music that have put her on the charts 6 times in the last 3 years. Her appearances at fairs and festivals have been with such greats as Brett Kissel, Tom Cochrane, The Road Hammers and most recently Dwight Yoakam. She was the 2015 CMAO Nominee for Rising Star and Female Artist Of The Year! Welcoming back to the MUSICwestport stage featuring local stars Shawn McCullough on guitar, Wade Foster on fiddle and rhythm section Rocky Lafleur on bass and Mark Lemieux on drums!
Her music spans genres, crosses barriers and creates bridges. Her voice soars to emotional heights and reaches down into the grittiness of the soul. Her performances are foot-stomping, heart-wrenching adventures in rhythm, blues, jazz and rock and roll. For more than a decade Miss Emily has captivated audiences across Canada, the US and the UK. Her most recent record ‘Rise’ featured Gord Sinclair and Rob Baker of the Tragically Hip as does her upcoming record. From working with legends like Gene Simmons of KISS and Bruce Springsteen, opening slots for The Tragically Hip and The Trews, Miss Emily is currently working on a new record that traces back to her roots in music and already includes some of the best song-writing of her young career.
The PepTides is a nine-member band hailing from Ottawa with a distinctive larger-than-life pop sound. The five vocalists and four instrumentalists draw on funk, electronic and disco influences.
King of the Swingers have energized festivals, fairgrounds, street concerts and parties with their upbeat, energized approach to Dixie music. With locals Steve Clarke, Marty Crapper, Stu Pike and Dawson Willsey. Catch them on a town corner or somewhere on Bedford St. ready to take you on a little trip down nostalgia lane.
Hosted by the Centre for Creative Learning in Westport, the Afiara Quartet, an ensemble for the 21st century, is a string quartet defined by its pursuit of beauty, meaning, and growth as musicians and ambassadors for its genre. Check out details below or visit the Centre for Creative Learning for more information and to purchase tickets.