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 at Hugh's Room!
On Saturday Sept. 21, Rita cranks up the heat a few notches at this year's Hugh's Room show in Toronto. Accompanying Rita will be the fabulous 'Chiarelli-ees' who will be making their debut that evening. Rita's Hugh's Room show is always a rockin' good time! Tickets always go fast for this night of great music and fun. Tickets.
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.
Salmon Arm Roots & Blues Fest
Good times at Salmon Arm Roots & Blues Fest - Aug. 16-17, 2013
Rita on stage with Bill Johnson on guitar.
Rita having fun with drummer Trevor Wallach and bassist Shannon Sternloff.
Rita at Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Workshop with Shakura S'aida and Fatoumata Diawara.
Rita recounts story of how Shakura S'aida once tried to nab her fancy shoes...or something to that effect ;)
Wine, music and fun!
Rita at Trius Wines Blues Festival Aug.10, 2013
The great George Koller wowing the crowd on standup bass.
Rita @ TD Toronto Jazz Festival
Rita & Pino Daniele - Toronto Jazz Fest!
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.
"The goddess of Canadian blues, Rita Chiarelli and her band did not disappoint the audience at the Golden Civic Centre on March 7. Chiarelli put her own twist on classic songs and left the crowd cheering for more at the Kicking Horse Culture event." Golden Star March 13, 2013