Welcome to the home of the Rideau Roots Concert Series. This Concert series will present world class performances in the perfect setting to truly enjoy them. Trinity United Church is located in Kars Ontario, just south of Ottawa, a tiny bit further down the Rideau River from Manotick. With in the round seating, there is not a bad seat in the house. No pillars, No noisy bar, No distractions. Just clear sight lines and gorgeous acoustics in a room that was built for sound.
Rob Lutes in Concert
December 7, 2018 - 8 pm
Rob Lutes is a soulful singer-songwriter from Montreal with an ever-growing collection of literate, moving meditations on life and love. On his seventh album, Walk in the Dark, he does what he has done for years: kicks up a little dust, wades into some deep waters and tackles the realities of the world with wisdom and some mean guitar work. "As a genuine wordsmith, Rob’s songs are put over with powerful literary skill, and the album benefits from careful listening to really grasp that skill...superbly produced and with a vocal quality that reaches out and draws you into the songs." - Blues n Roots Radio
"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, CBC.ca
“For me, Rob Lutes was one of the festival highlights. His
unique style, superb musicianship and his rapport with the
audience came through loud and clear. A thorough
professional, Rob deserves wide recognition as one of
Canada's best musical assets. ”
- Mike Hill, AD, Mariposa Folk Festival
Valley Song Circle
November 16, 2018 - 8 PM
Canadian Singer-Songwriter Terry McLeish has been described as:
“a Canadian songwriter whose songs and music poignantly capture the lives of cowboys, Ottawa Valley loggers, misfits and as well, the trials, humor and pathos of everyday life.”
Raised in a military family, Terry is based in the Upper Ottawa Valley and has worked as a grocery boy, farm hand, golf course greens man, forest fire fighter, tree planter, clerk and forest technician.
Major influences in McLeish’s music and writing have included Steve Goodman, Ian Tyson, John Prine, Bob Dylan and Steve Earle. Bluegrass has also been a strong influence that can be heard in much of his work. Terry’s music career has taken him from folk, rock and blues bands to folk/roots singer-songwriter and performer and his songs have been heard on CJOH television, CBC, CHCR radio, CHIP and Valley Heritage radio, CKCU radio, other artist’s albums and projects, compilation cd’s and a musical tour of the Upper Ottawa Valley’s Opeongo Line. Over the years, Terry has shared the stage with Colleen Peterson, Valdy, Long John Baldry, Reverend Ken and the Lost Followers, Jack De Keizer, Sneezy Waters, Ian Tamblyn, David Essig, Donnie Walsh of Downchild Blues Band, Paul Brandt, Ronnie Hawkins, Prairie Oyster, Leahy and many more. He has performed at festivals, clubs, kitchen parties, fairs and events of all kinds.
Valley Song Circle
Playing an average of 160+ shows per year around the world, John Allaire is easily one of Canada’s top independent road warriors. He has won many awards, including the American Songwriters’ Association award in Nashville for “best lyricist” in 2009 and the Toronto Independent Music Award for “best live show” in the same year. Penguin Eggs Magazine has called John "the next Canadian music legend" and "a new Neil Young". His storytelling and quick wit make him a perennial festival favourite and a stalwart club-land institution.
John is a dedicated supporter of other musicians and has been hosting someone new every Saturday afternoon at ‘The Allaire Show’ since 2010 (at Quinn’s on Bank Street in Ottawa, ON). The Allaire Show features John sharing the stage with local and up-and-coming talent as well as more experienced and established musicians, some who’ve come from as far away as Pittsburgh, NYC, Halifax and Vancouver.
John was a founding member of the ‘80s and ‘90s alt-rock band, The Town Cryers, and has shared the stage with hundreds of popular acts, including Wilco, Snoop Dogg, Lucinda Williams, The Black Crowes, Steve Earle, Three Days Grace, City and Colour, Blue Rodeo, Alejandro Escovedo, David Lindley, Donovan, HooDoo Gurus, BoDeans, Lynn Miles, Alanis Morrisette, Drive-By Truckers and many more . . .
Links: JohnAllaire.com video https://youtu.be/3sOfgzdRPUU
Horse Whisperer/ Clairvoyant
Valley Song Circle
Bio: Ottawa's horse whispering, clear eyed clairvoyant Birdie Whyte will sing you songs guaranteed to inoculate you against the any morning blues.
Next to horses songwriting is Birdie's passion and her voice lends an aching depth to the simple country lyrics she lays down. Drawing inspiration from the likes of Gillian Whelch, Tom Waits, Iris Dement, Madlene Peroux, Lyle Lovett and Townes Van Zandt, she'll bring you soothing Sundays songs and tell your fortune too!
Graphic Designer Meredith Luce is a fearless creative with a solid counterpoint of business savvy. At once playful and pragmatic, Meredith’s voracious exploration of artistic methods and media infuses her design work with a distinctive weight and dimension. A graduate of the intensive Algonquin College Graphic Design program, Meredith crafts meaningful and sophisticated materials that highlight on the unique details that set her clients apart from their competitors. She offers a colourful spectrum of services, from illustrating children’s books to print layouts and branding.
Your local, single source for business printing, direct mail, signs, displays and promo products. We also provide marketing consultation, graphic design and complete finishing and mailing services.
The idea of the deluxe hotel suites was inspired by the beautiful stone and wooden beams which are seen in each of our suites. Michael Rowland (owner of Rowland Leather) and Rob Thompson (owner of Rob Thompson Realty Corp.) envisioned Old Town Kemptville having exceptional hotel suites allowing patrons to walk to all of the local amenities including (but never limited to): exceptional dining, entertainment, shops, picturesque scenery, groceries. Of course, vehicle travel brings you to downtown Ottawa in just 30 minutes. Then there are the short jaunts to Merrickville on the Rideau Canal system with plenty of unique shops to browse; and Spencerville with its annual Stampede, Fair and Christmas at the Mill.
Your local source for quality window treatments in Kars, Kemptville, Manotick, Ottawa and throughout the Rideau Valley. We are proud to support live music in local venues.