“You know the Blues; it makes me feel alright,” sing the rich and smooth tenor vocals of Ottawa-based Spencer Scharf.

His versatile Folk and Blues sound can be heard on a variety of musical instruments: 6-string, 8-string and 12-string guitars, a resonator, cigar box, banjo, mandolin, ukulele, piano/keyboards and hard driving harmonica.

Spencer’s ability to read the crowd gets him invited back to many venues and private events, as he chooses melodic and intricate instrumentals, belting Blues, or anything in between. His combination of technical skill and onstage charisma has led to him being called “an absolute genius” by AJ Sauvé, RBC Bluesfest’s Director of Media Relations.

While the Folk and Blues multi-instrumentalist has more than 400 cover songs in his repertoire, it was his 3rd album, I Can’t Hide (2014), that began Spencer’s road as a songwriter. He followed that with his 2017 album Times of Change:

“Spencer’s songwriting is evocative, his singing is filled with emotion, his arrangements and instrumentation serve the songs well, his originality and artistry shines through…I hear the bittersweet heartache of the deepest blues when he sings about his grandparent’s home; I hear the train a comin’ when he sings of ghosts; and I hear how big his heart is and how deep his groove is when he sings about ‘playing songs on refuse people can reuse.’” – Adrian Matte, Ottawa-based musician & educator

Spencer has had numerous solo gigs at high profile Canadian festivals RBC Bluesfest and Ottawa’s CityFolk (FolkFest). He regularly performs at a variety of events and venues, including festivals pubs, community and private events, house concerts, farmer’s markets, art shows, and children’s events. He’s the organist for the Carleton University Ravens Men’s hockey team, and has been featured on CTV Morning Live, Rogers Daytime TV, CBC, CKCU & Canoe FM radio.

“One of the most gifted…musicians in Ottawa is Spencer Scharf. He’s a multi-instrumentalist who dabbles in blues, folk, folk-rock and indie-rock. He’s also a rarity – a finger-plucker on the guitar…let Scharf teach you a lesson on fine music.” – Ben Yung, The Revue.

Spencer also gives lessons on all the instruments he plays & vocals in the Ottawa area – including 6 & 12 string acoustic guitar, dobro (slide guitar), 8 string baritone guitar, banjo, mandolin, ukulele, guitalele, piano / keyboard & harmonica.

To book Spencer for gigs, private events, house concerts or lessons, or send him a message, email him at, or visit the Contact Page

Past Events

Aug 2018

Date/Time Event
Aug 12, 2018
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Patty Boland's Sunday Stack Up!
Patty Boland’s Irish Pub & Eatery, Ottawa Ontario
Aug 11, 2018
8:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Grace O'Malley's
Grace O’Malley’s Irish Pub & Restaurant, Ottawa Ontario
Aug 10, 2018 - Aug 11, 2018
9:00 pm - 1:00 am
Deacon Brodies
Deacon Brodies, Ottawa Ontario
Aug 06, 2018
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Findlay Creek Community Family Fun Day
Diamond Jubilee Park, Findlay Creek, Ottawa Ontario
Aug 05, 2018
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Lansdowne Summer Market
Aberdeen Square Lansdowne, Ottawa Ontario
Aug 04, 2018 - Aug 05, 2018
9:00 pm - 1:00 am
Deacon Brodies
Deacon Brodies, Ottawa Ontario
Aug 04, 2018
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Barrhaven Log Farm Farmer's Market
The Log Farm, Nepean Ontario
Aug 03, 2018 - Aug 04, 2018
8:00 pm - 12:00 am
The Marlborough
Marlborough Pub & Eatery, North Gower Ontario

Jul 2018

Date/Time Event
Jul 29, 2018
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
George Darouze's Election Fundraiser
Greely Community Center, Greely Ontario
Jul 28, 2018 - Jul 29, 2018
8:00 pm - 12:00 am
Royal Oak - Hunt Club / Uplands
Royal Oak – Hunt Club, Ottawa Ontario
Jul 28, 2018
2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Greely Country Music Festival
Greely Legion, Greely Ontario
Jul 27, 2018 - Jul 28, 2018
8:00 pm - 12:00 am
Royal Oak - Hunt Club / Uplands
Royal Oak – Hunt Club, Ottawa Ontario
Jul 21, 2018 - Jul 22, 2018
7:00 pm - 12:00 am
The 2 Grands - Arnprior
The 2 Grands, Arnprior Ontario
Jul 21, 2018
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Metcalfe Farmer's Market
Metcalfe Fairgrounds / Metcalfe Agricultural Society, Metcalfe Ontario
Jul 20, 2018 - Jul 21, 2018
9:00 pm - 1:00 am
Deacon Brodies
Deacon Brodies, Ottawa Ontario
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