Saturday August 23rd, 2014 - Rita will be a special guest of Boris Brott and the National Academy Symphony Orchestra at the 2014 Greenbelt Harvest Picnic at Christie Lake in Dundas, Ont. In it's 5th year, this special festival led by Daniel Lanois, features another stellar lineup of talented musicians in support of raising awareness and celebrating the importance of the Greenbelt, local farmers, art, the outdoors and the eat-local movement.
Rita with the man behind the Greenbelt Harvest Festival, Daniel Lanois
RITA CHIARELLI – SYMPHONY IN BLUE: August 8 “A voice so blue it could make the angels weep …” Award-winning Canadian blues artist Rita Chiarelli brings her powerful and poignant songs to the Bay City Music Hall for a not-to-be-missed special concert with Maestro Boris Brott and members of the National Academy Orchestra. Two of Hamilton’s musical treasures join forces!
Concert: Friday August 8 @8pm. Location: Bay City Music Hall in Hamilton, ON.
LATEST INTERVIEW An in-depth interview with Rita as she visits the 'Barber Shop' podcast to reminisce about her career, sing a few tunes and spin some as well. Filmed March 12, 2014.
Nov. 8th: Tonight we kick of the NorAndBlues Festival in Rouyn - Noranda, Quebec. We'll be rockin' the stage accompanied by the great Rick Fines and Joe Philips.
Rita and Robert Michaels!
Rita will share the stage with Robert Michaels as his special guest at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa on Sept. 19th. Robert Michaels is a Juno Award-winner and platinum-selling artist. His style crosses over into samples and tastes from many genres, including flamenco/cuban and Italian music. The son of Italian immigrants Robert's latest CD "Via Italia" pays tribute to his heritage. Ticket info
Nanaimo Blues Fest Aug. 2013
Rockin' in Nanaimo!
Rita with the band - Bill Johnson, Shannon Sternloff and Trevor Wallach.
Hamming it up with sax great Johnny Ferreira!
Having way too much fun on stage with Johnny Ferreira.
Rita will be rocking the main stage at the TD Toronto Jazz Festival on June 24th along with international Italian rock and blues great Pino Daniele. The show will take place at Nathan Phillips Square at 8pm. More info...
Rita to receive Award of Distinction
Rita is honoured to have been announced as the recipient of the 2013 Heritage Award of Distinction for Arts, Culture and Entertainment by Festitalia Hamilton.
The awards honour individuals of Italian ancestry who, as a whole, have made significant contributions to the betterment of the community at large. It's an incredible honour to be among such an esteemed group of recipients. The award ceremony will be held on June 6th.
Rita rocks CBC's Q w/ Jian Ghomeshi!
U.S. PRIMO Magazine on Rita
PRIMO features Rita's contribution to today's Italian folk music
PRIMO Magazine cover
PRIMO Magazine's feature on Rita Chiarelli's Cuore cd
PRIMO Magazine's feature on Rita Chiarelli as part of their story on the state of 'Italian Folk Music Today'.
PRIMO Magazine in the U.S. reports on the latest and best contributions to Italian folk music.