“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

Dec 2019

Date/Time Event
Dec 28, 2019
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Whitewater Brewing Co - Lakeside Brew Pub
Whitewater Brewing Co – Lakeside Brew Pub, Cobden Ontario
Dec 27, 2019
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Royal Oak - Blair @ Pineview
Royal Oak – Blair at Pineview, Ottawa Ontario
Dec 24, 2019
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
City of Ottawa Christmas Event
Private venue, Ottawa
Dec 24, 2019
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
City of Ottawa - Operation Big Turkey
Carlington Recreation Centre, Ottawa Ontario
Dec 23, 2019 - Dec 24, 2019
9:00 pm - 1:00 am
Keystorm Pub - Brockville
The Keystorm Pub, Brockville Ontario
Dec 21, 2019 - Dec 22, 2019
9:00 pm - 1:00 am
The Mill Tavern - Manotick
The Mill Tavern, Manotick Ontario
Dec 20, 2019 - Dec 21, 2019
9:00 pm - 1:00 am
The Newboro
The Newboro, Ottawa Ontario
Dec 19, 2019
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Metcalfe Fare
Metcalfe Fare Bar & Grill, Metcalfe Ontario
Dec 16, 2019
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Private event
Private venue, Ottawa
Dec 14, 2019
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Brew Revolution - Ugly Sweater Party
Brew Revolution, Stittsville Ontario
Dec 14, 2019
9:30 am - 1:00 pm
North Gower Christmas Market
North Gower Community Center, North Gower Ontario
Dec 13, 2019
8:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Royal Oak - Barrhaven
Royal Oak – Barrhaven, Nepean Ontario
Dec 13, 2019
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Café 349 - Shawville
Café 349, Shawville QC
Dec 08, 2019
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Christmas Ukulele Jam / Osgoode Christmas Market
Vibration Studios, Osgoode Ontario
Dec 07, 2019
9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Private event
Private venue, Ottawa
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