“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 10, 2019
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
The Rox
The Rox, Ottawa Ontario
Oct 08, 2019
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
George Darouze's Fall Tea for Seniors
Metcalfe Town Hall, Metcalfe Ontario
Oct 06, 2019
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Kichesippi Beer Co
Kichesippi Beer Co, Nepean Ontario
Oct 05, 2019 - Oct 06, 2019
9:00 pm - 1:00 am
Daniel O'Connell's
Daniel O’Connell’s Irish Pub, Ottawa Ontario
Oct 05, 2019
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Private event
Private venue, Ottawa
Oct 04, 2019
8:00 pm - 11:59 pm
Barley Mow - Almonte
Barley Mow – Almonte, Almonte Ontario

Sep 2019

Date/Time Event
Sep 29, 2019
5:00 pm - 5:45 pm
Montgomery Centretown Legion Fundraiser
Montgomery Legion, OTTAWA ONTARIO
Sep 29, 2019
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Hunter's Public House
Hunter’s Public House, Ottawa Ontario
Sep 28, 2019 - Sep 29, 2019
9:00 pm - 1:00 am
The Newboro
The Newboro, Ottawa Ontario
Sep 27, 2019
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Royal Oak - Orleans
Royal Oak – Orleans, Ottawa Ontario
Sep 22, 2019
4:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Blueberry Hill Bistro
Blueberry Hill Bistro, Vankleek Hill Ontario
Sep 21, 2019
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Broadway Bar & Grill
Broadway Bar & Grill, Ottawa Ontario
Sep 21, 2019
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Metcalfe Farmer's Market
Metcalfe Fairgrounds / Metcalfe Agricultural Society, Metcalfe Ontario
Sep 20, 2019 - Sep 21, 2019
8:30 pm - 12:30 am
Royal Oak - Hunt Club / Uplands
Royal Oak – Hunt Club, Ottawa Ontario
Sep 14, 2019
8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Private event
Private venue, Ottawa
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