Annual musical benefit weekend to fund music scholarships at Mohawk College in the name of Richard Newell.
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.
The 2014 Happy New Year edition of our newsletter* contains a recap of just some of the fun moments of our 2013. We hope you take a moment or two to look and listen to a few of the past year's highlights.
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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.
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
Rockin' the stage!
Rita rocks the stage at the Rick Fines Blues Show. Peterborough Feb. 23, 2013.