“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

Apr 2019

Date/Time Event
Apr 14, 2019
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Ukulele Jam
Vibration Studios, Osgoode Ontario
Apr 13, 2019
3:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Private event - Cornwall ON
Private venue, Ottawa
Apr 12, 2019
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Nepean Fine Arts League, Spring Art Show & Sale - Vernissage
Ukrainian Hall, Ottawa Ontario
Apr 06, 2019 - Apr 07, 2019
9:00 pm - 1:00 am
The Mill Tavern - Manotick
The Mill Tavern, Manotick Ontario
Apr 05, 2019
8:00 pm - 11:59 pm
Bridges Bar & Grill - Pakenham
Bridges Bar & Grill – Pakenham, Pakenham Ontario

Mar 2019

Date/Time Event
Mar 30, 2019
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Private event
Private venue, Ottawa
Mar 29, 2019
7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Ridge Rock Brewing Company - Neil Young Tribute
Ridge Rock Brewing Company, Carp Ontario
Mar 23, 2019
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
One Up Room @ Royal Oak Beechwood - Neil Young Tribute
Royal Oak Beechwood, Ottawa Ontario
Mar 22, 2019
8:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Private event
Private venue, Ottawa
Mar 19, 2019 - Mar 22, 2019
12:15 pm - 1:15 pm
Private event
Private venue, Ottawa
Mar 17, 2019
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
St Patty's Day @ Hunter's Public House!
Hunter’s Public House, Ottawa Ontario
Mar 17, 2019
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
St Patty's Day @ Hunter's Public House!
Hunter’s Public House, Ottawa Ontario
Mar 16, 2019
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Spearhead Brewing Company - Kingston
Spearhead Brewing Company, Kingston Ontario
Mar 15, 2019
7:30 pm - 11:00 pm
The 2 Grands - Arnprior
The 2 Grands, Arnprior Ontario
Mar 15, 2019
1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Rogers Daytime TV
Rogers TV 22, Ottawa Ontario
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