“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

Jun 2019

Date/Time Event
Jun 07, 2019
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Songwriter's Circle - Vibration Studios
Vibration Studios, Osgoode Ontario
Jun 05, 2019
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Private event
Private venue, Ottawa
Jun 05, 2019
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Bridge Public House
Bridge Public House – Rideau Sports Centre, Ottawa Ontario
Jun 01, 2019
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Bridges Bar & Grill - Pakenham
Bridges Bar & Grill – Pakenham, Pakenham Ontario
Jun 01, 2019
1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
Priorpalooza Music Festival
Robert Simpson Park, Arnprior Ontario

May 2019

Date/Time Event
May 31, 2019
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
O'Grady's Outpost
O’Grady’s Outpost, Ottawa Ontario
May 30, 2019
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Private event
Private venue, Ottawa
May 19, 2019
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Hunter's Public House
Hunter’s Public House, Ottawa Ontario
May 18, 2019
8:00 pm - 11:59 pm
Broadway Bar & Grill
Broadway Bar & Grill, Ottawa Ontario
May 18, 2019
9:30 am - 12:30 pm
North Gower Farmer's Market - Opening Day
North Gower Farmer’s Market, Ottawa Ontario
May 17, 2019
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
The 2 Grands - Beatles vs the Stones
The 2 Grands, Arnprior Ontario
May 16, 2019 - May 17, 2019
9:00 pm - 1:00 am
All Star Blues Showcase - Irene's Pub
Irene’s Pub, Ottawa Ontario
May 12, 2019
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Ukulele Jam
Vibration Studios, Osgoode Ontario
May 11, 2019
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Lock 17 Bistro - Kemptville
Lock 17 Bistro, Kemptville Ontario
May 11, 2019
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Metcalfe Farmer's Market Season Opening!
Metcalfe Fairgrounds / Metcalfe Agricultural Society, Metcalfe Ontario
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