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!
July 25th Okanagan Falls, B.C.!
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.
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.
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 www.ticketbreak.com or by calling 1.866.943.8849 or at Picks & Sticks, 140 Locke St. S., Hamilton.
May 20 Rita at Hamilton Cdn Club
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.
Rita's 'The Italian Sessions' show Friday April 10th at the Davedi Club in North Bay
is SOLD OUT!
Saturday March 14th! Hamilton!
Rita headlines JUNOFest rockin' blues show!
Together Again! Rita and Boris Brott!
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.
Rita Performs with the San Juan Symphony in Durango, Colorado April 26, 2014
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It's alway a treat to work with San Juan Symphony Musical Director, Arthur Post.
Our Symphony concert was a 'Top Pick' of things to do when in Durango according to Durango Magazine.
With radio host Eric from Four Corners Broadcasting in Durango to promote our San Juan Symphony concert.
Singing live to air on KSUT NPR Radio in Ignacio, Colorado on the Southern Ute Tribe Reservation.
KSUT NPR Radio's Music Director Stasia Lanier and Sound Engineer Ken Brott.
A hug after a great interview with KSUT Radio's Jim Belcher in Ignacio, Colorado.
The wonderful San Juan Symphony of Durango, Colorado lead by Maestro Arthur Post. I was honoured to be invited to join them in concert in Durango. Now that's a 'big band'!
Maude Tarr apparently was a great bronco buster back in Durango's wild west days...was that 1819 or 1919?
The historic Strater Hotel in Durango.
The historic Rochester Hotel and Leland House are great places to stay when in Durango.
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
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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
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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 ;)
Rita at Trius Wines Blues Festival Aug.10, 2013
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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
Sept. 20 - Rita's back at Hugh's Room!
Rita rocks the stage at the Rick Fines Blues Show.
Peterborough Feb. 23, 2013.
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