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Join Rita on Thursday May 5th at 7pm at the Art Gallery of Hamilton as she screens Music From the Big House in support of the Bridge: From Prison to Community.

The evening begins with a reception and cash bar followed by the film and then Rita will be performing a few tunes and doing Q&A.

Come out for a night that will move your heart and support an important community program.

Click on the poster above for tickets and more information.

To find out more about the important information that the Bridge does for those men transitioning from prison back to the community and to find out more about the May 5th fundraiser, listen to CHML's Scott Thompson Show interview as he interviews with James Bowick of the Bridge and Hamilton lawyer Jeff ManishenListen here.

Click on the photo above to find out more about Rita and Sweet Loretta!

Rita and Sweet Loretta Hit the Road!

Juno winning Canadian music icon Rita Chiarelli is famous for thrilling audiences across the world as 'Canada's Blues Queen'. Chiarelli's latest concert show has her wowing audiences with her all-star female bluesy R&B band, Sweet Loretta.

Together, Rita Chiarelli and Sweet Loretta have brought the crowds to their feet with an exciting stage show and stellar musicianship. It's a show not to miss!

More shows to be announced soon!


For the second straight year, Rita is honoured to be invited to be part of the lineup at the Dream Music Festival in Penticton, B.C.


Rita at CBC Hamilton's Sound of the Season!

Friday Dec. 4th in Hamilton!

Join Rita Chiarelli and Terra Lightfoot for CBC Hamilton's Sound of the Season concert on Friday Dec. 4th from 12pm to 1pm in support of local food banks. Tickets are going fast. If the show is sold out, there will be first come, first served standing spaces. The cost of admission is a donation of a non-perishable food bank. More info...

Rita at Womens Blues Revue!

Saturday, November 28th at Massey Hall in Toronto!

                  Rita at the 2015 Women's Blues Revue!

Since 1987, The Toronto Blues Society’s Women’s Blues Revue has wowed Toronto audiences with performances from some of the most accomplished women in Canadian blues. The featured vocalists of this year’s Women’s Blues Revue include Rita Chiarelli, Cécile Doo-Kingué, Terra Lightfoot, Crystal Shawanda and Suzie Vinnick. Check out the Women’s Blues Revue Archive for a list of past featured artists.

Rebecca Hennessy (trumpet, band leader), Suzie Vinnick (guitar), Emily Burgess (guitar), Carlie Howell (bass), Morgan Doctor (drums), Colleen Allen (sax), Carrie Chesnutt (sax) and Lily Sazz (keyboards) return to form this year’s all-star Women’s Blues Revue Band.


Rita and the Sudbury Symphony!

Saturday, Oct. 24th!

JUNO Award winning blues and roots artist Rita Chiarelli brings her powerful and poignant songs to Sudbury for a not-to-be-missed special concert.

Rita will perform the songs from her highly acclaimed CD Uptown Goes Downtown with the Sudbury Symphony Orchestra and conductor Victor Sawa.                                                          


Rita to Rock Hugh's Room!

Sat. Sept. 19th in Toronto!

                   Hugh's Room 416.531.6604      


Blues Workshop - Rita & Suzie Vinnick!

August 21-23, 2015 the Shared Harvest Community Farm in Dunnville, ON is excited to host the first annual Mudcat Blues Workshop with Rita Chiarelli and Suzie Vinnick!

Two blues powerhouses of the Canadian music scene will come together for two nights and two days of teaching along with a fun and intimate Saturday Night Blues Concert. Set at picturesque Shared Harvest Community Farm in Canada`s deep south (Dunnville, Ontario) the week-end will consist of 10 hours of workshops with two group sessions.

Participants will enjoy 5 fresh gourmet organic meals plus snacks from our 30 acres of certified organic vegetable fields. Some accommodations will be indoors on the farm, with on-site camping available and billeted rooms (first come first serve). Don`t miss this chance to learn from 2 of the top female Canadian professional blues artists! 

Limited space available. CLICK

Rita and Brott at Harbourfront!

MONDAY AUGUST 10th at 8:30pm!

Don’t miss this FREE performance at Ontario’s Celebration Zone during the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games!

At Harbourfront's Westjet Stage, join Rita and Maestro Boris Brott and the National Academy Orchestra for a night of beautiful music under the stars!


Live from the Rock Folk Fest!

Rita Live from the Rock!

Rita will once again be part of the wonderful 'Live from the Rock' Folk Festival in beautiful Red Rock, ON. from Aug 7-9th.

Visit the Festival's webpage for more details.


July 25th Okanagan Falls, B.C.!

May 22 Hamilton Music Awards Blues Show

As part of the Hamilton Music Awards Music Festival weekend, Rita will be taking to the stage at the Blues Show on Friday May 22nd.
Joining Rita on the bill at Bay City Music Hall will be Jack de Keyzer, Joel Johnson and Shawn O'Halloran.

Blues Showcase - Bay City Music Hall
12:00am-1:00am Jack de Keyzer
11:00pm-11:45pm Rita Chiarelli
10:00pm-10:45pm Joel Johnson
9:00pm-9:45pm Shawn O'Halloran
8:00pm doors / $15 or HMA wristband

Tickets at the door or HMA wristbands (festival passes) at or by calling 1.866.943.8849 or at Picks & Sticks, 140 Locke St. S., Hamilton.

May 20 Rita at Hamilton Cdn Club

                    Rita Rocks the Winery!

Join Rita at the Wild Goose Winery as she performs on the Vineyard Stage. 

Come enjoy the great music, delicious food and of course lots of wonderful wine while surrounded by Wild Goose Winery's beautiful grounds in the picturesque Okanagan Falls in British Columbia.

Tickets are going fast. More information can be found here.



July 19 Rita & Brott together again!

Rita and Boris together again!

The serene and natural surroundings of Fieldcote Park will host Boris Brott, the National Academy Orchestra and the “Goddess of Canadian Blues”, Rita Chiarelli! A glorious evening of blues among the trees and a summer treasure not to be missed! This is a free concert!

Rita is honoured to be invited as the guest speaker at the Canadian Club of Hamilton on May 20th at 11:30am at the Waterfront Centre. Rita will discuss her career, her art and her experiences from the making of her award winning documentary, "Music From the Big House".

For over a century, the Canadian Club of Hamilton has played a major role in promoting national pride and unity.

The Canadian Club of Hamilton welcomes new members to attend our regular monthly luncheons that feature highly topical speakers discussing important issues surrounding our nation’s pride and union. Our speakers have ranged from famed CBC anchor Peter Mansbridge, to local figures such as Dr. Chris Spence. Participation in the Canadian Club of Hamilton provides a tremendous outlet to fellowship with many prominent local politicians and business leaders, as well as being able to share in the dignity of continuing the work started by Charles R. McCullough back in 1893.

All members of the public, including students, are welcome to attend.

Click on the logo for more ticket information.

Friday May 8th - Ottawa!

Saturday March 14th! Hamilton!
Rita headlines JUNOFest rockin' blues show!



Together Again! Rita and Boris Brott!

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's 'The Italian Sessions' show Friday April 10th at the Davedi Club in North Bay

               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.                        


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.

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

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.

Nanaimo Blues Fest Aug. 2013


Salmon Arm Roots & Blues Fest

Wine, music and fun!

Sept. 20 - Rita's back at Hugh's Room!

Rita @ TD Toronto Jazz Festival


Rita & Pino Daniele - Toronto Jazz Fest!

Just announced!          
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

Rockin' the stage!

          Rita rocks the stage at the Rick Fines Blues Show.
Peterborough Feb. 23, 2013.          
This page's header photo by the incredibly talented Denise Grant.