“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

Oct 2019

Date/Time Event
Oct 27, 2019
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Hunter's Public House
Hunter’s Public House, Ottawa Ontario
Oct 26, 2019
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Pub House by Milano
Pub House by Milano, Pembroke Ontario
Oct 26, 2019
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Metcalfe Lion's Club 60th Anniversary
Vernon Recreation Centre / Vernon Hall, Winchester Ontario
Oct 25, 2019
8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
South Branch Bistro - Neil Young Tribute
South Branch Bistro, Kemptville Ontario
Oct 24, 2019
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
St Louis Bar & Grill - Kanata
St Louis Bar & Grill – Kanata, Kanata Ontario
Oct 20, 2019
3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Kitchen Party
Private venue, Ottawa
Oct 19, 2019
8:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Lumbertown Ale House
Lumbertown Ale House, Arnprior Ontario
Oct 19, 2019
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Live on CKCU-FM 93.1 - Canadian Spaces
CKCU-FM 93.1, Ottawa Ontario
Oct 19, 2019
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Metcalfe Farmer's Market
Metcalfe Fairgrounds / Metcalfe Agricultural Society, Metcalfe Ontario
Oct 18, 2019
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Nepean Fine Arts League, Fall Art Show & Sale - Vernissage
Ukrainian Hall, Ottawa Ontario
Oct 18, 2019
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Café 349 - Shawville
Café 349, Shawville QC
Oct 17, 2019
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Brown's Pub House
Brown’s Pub House, Calabogie Ontario
Oct 12, 2019
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Moose McGuire's
Moose McGuire’s, Ottawa Ontario
Oct 12, 2019
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Metcalfe Farmer's Market
Metcalfe Fairgrounds / Metcalfe Agricultural Society, Metcalfe Ontario
Oct 11, 2019 - Oct 12, 2019
9:00 pm - 1:00 am
Keystorm Pub - Brockville
The Keystorm Pub, Brockville Ontario
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