Pub Session - 
First and Third Sunday
of every month
2pm-5pm

House Sessions - 
Second and Fourth Sundays 2pm-5pm

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Ottawa Cape Breton Sessions provide an opportunity to play tunes and sets that are part of the Cape Breton traditional repertoire. Sunday afternoon pub sessions are generally at a pretty fast pace. It is mostly group/session playing with the occasional song or solo. Anyone is welcome to join in and play with the group or share a song. Sessions  are led by Aylene, or sometimes other folks. Let her, or the pianist Ellen know if you have something special to share with the group.   

Sessions are primarily for the musicians to share the experience of traditional music, are open to anyone who can play the common tunes of the tradition, and are great way to learn new tunes and meet new people. Want to join in? You can! To get familiar with the Cape Breton repertoire we have house sessions every other Sunday from 2-5pm at various locations. Regular house sessions are pretty fast, new tunes are learned mostly from sheet music. The Reel Sloow Jam is a house session that is at a more moderate tempo for learning.

If you don't play, but love to hear Maritime and Cape Breton music live you're more than welcome to come down to the pub sessions and have some fun. It's always a big and friendly group of folks, a great place to meet old friends and make new ones too.

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Location update: Please send your comments and suggestions to aylene@cbsession.com. It's been tough choosing a location that meets everyone's needs! Rather than make a decision that may not work out in the end we would like to try out a few places first so the January and February sessions will all be in different locations, then we'll pick the one that seemed to work the best. To let you know where to find us we'll be sending out more than the usual number of email newsletters, as well as posting the location here and on Facebook and Twitter so stay tuned and tuned up for more Cape Breton music! Here are some messages from Aylene regarding the process... More...

Jan 22 —Reel Slooow Jam: 2pm-5pm -Hosted by Gary Palmer at 138 Chimo Dr. Kanata. Queensway 417 to Kanata, exit at Castlefrank on left at the light. Turn left on Katimavik. Turn right on Chimo, 2nd driveway on the left. Google Map Park in driveway or next door at 140 Chimo. 613-591-0919 BYOB. The Reel Slooow Jam is aimed at those who are new to playing fiddle (or piano or guitar) and who would like to learn Cape Breton tunes. We'll focus on tunes such as airs and waltzes, as well as playing jigs and reels from the session repertoire but at a slower learning pace with more time for those who don't read music to learn by ear. Check the Tunes page for the list of tunes often played at the slow jam. Please RSVP Contact Gary at gary.palmer@unb.ca for more information or if you are interested in hosting a future session.

Jan 22 —House Session: 2pm-5pm - Hosted by volunteers needed. Maybe a field trip to check out other venues?

Jan 29 —Fifth Sunday: no session today!

Feb 5 —Pub Session: 2pm-5pm - Location TBA. Sessions are led by Aylene, or sometimes other folks. This session is mostly group playing with a few solos, let us know if you have something special to share with the group. Sheet music permitted. Generally a pretty fast pace. Jam ouverte avec concentration sur le pieces de l’ile du Cap Breton, de l’Écosse et de Glengarry. Apportez un instrument ou venez partager une chanson avec nous. Ou, venez savourez la musique et notre plaisir. On ne sait jamais qui s’y présentera, mais c’est certainement toujours un groupe avec un accueil amical avec qui passer l’après-midi.

Feb 12 —Reel Slooow Jam: 2pm-5pm - Hosted by volunteers needed.

Feb 12 —House Session: 2pm-5pm - Hosted by volunteers needed.

Feb 19 —Pub Session: 2pm-5pm - Location TBA. Sessions are led by Aylene, or sometimes other folks. This session is mostly group playing with a few solos, let us know if you have something special to share with the group. Sheet music permitted. Generally a pretty fast pace. Jam ouverte avec concentration sur le pieces de l’ile du Cap Breton, de l’Écosse et de Glengarry. Apportez un instrument ou venez partager une chanson avec nous. Ou, venez savourez la musique et notre plaisir. On ne sait jamais qui s’y présentera, mais c’est certainement toujours un groupe avec un accueil amical avec qui passer l’après-midi.

Feb 26 —Reel Slooow Jam: 2pm-5pm - Hosted by Gary Palmer at 138 Chimo Dr. Kanata. Queensway 417 to Kanata, exit at Castlefrank on left at the light. Turn left on Katimavik. Turn right on Chimo, 2nd driveway on the left. Google Map Park in driveway or next door at 140 Chimo. 613-591-0919 BYOB. The Reel Slooow Jam is aimed at those who are new to playing fiddle (or piano or guitar) and who would like to learn Cape Breton tunes. We'll focus on tunes such as airs and waltzes, as well as playing jigs and reels from the session repertoire but at a slower learning pace with more time for those who don't read music to learn by ear. Check the Tunes page for the list of tunes often played at the slow jam. Please RSVP Contact Gary at gary.palmer@unb.ca for more information or if you are interested in hosting a future session.

Feb 26 —House Session: 2pm-5pm - Hosted by volunteers needed.

Mar 5 —Pub Session: 2pm-5pm - Location TBA. Sessions are led by Aylene, or sometimes other folks. This session is mostly group playing with a few solos, let us know if you have something special to share with the group. Sheet music permitted. Generally a pretty fast pace. Jam ouverte avec concentration sur le pieces de l’ile du Cap Breton, de l’Écosse et de Glengarry. Apportez un instrument ou venez partager une chanson avec nous. Ou, venez savourez la musique et notre plaisir. On ne sait jamais qui s’y présentera, mais c’est certainement toujours un groupe avec un accueil amical avec qui passer l’après-midi.

Mar 12 —Reel Slooow Jam: 2pm-5pm - Hosted by volunteers needed.

Mar 12 —Concert: 2pm-5pm - TENTATIVE  OCBS will entertain residents at Landmark Court.

Mar 19 —Pub Session: 2pm-5pm - Location TBA. Sessions are led by Aylene, or sometimes other folks. This session is mostly group playing with a few solos, let us know if you have something special to share with the group. Sheet music permitted. Generally a pretty fast pace. Jam ouverte avec concentration sur le pieces de l’ile du Cap Breton, de l’Écosse et de Glengarry. Apportez un instrument ou venez partager une chanson avec nous. Ou, venez savourez la musique et notre plaisir. On ne sait jamais qui s’y présentera, mais c’est certainement toujours un groupe avec un accueil amical avec qui passer l’après-midi.

Other Cape Breton Cultural Events
Here is a listing for those who are not interested in playing music, but who enjoy the music and culture of Cape Breton Island.

Jan 15 —Pub Session: 2pm-5pm - Woody's Urban Pub 330 Elgin St. While the research for our new home is ongoing by a subgroup of OCBS musicians/supporters, Woody’s is currently on the list of top prospects for our new home and it’s time to give it a go.  Keith, the pub owner, is looking forward to welcoming us and checking out the music. We are interested in getting your feedback on the location from both a musician and audience perspective. And of course we are all looking forward to getting together for some great tunes! 

Jan 22 —Ottawa Celtic Kitchen Party: 1:30pm-3:30pm - Several of the regulars who play at the Ottawa Cape Breton Sessions will be the featured performers at today's Strathcona Legion Kitchen Party. Come on down to support the Legion and hear some great Cape Breton music. The party starts at 1:30, and the legion offers a soup and sandwich lunch for only $5. 1940 Bank St. just south of Walkley Rd. Google Map Lots of free parking available. Note that this is NOT an open jam like the OCBS pub sessions.

Feb 4 —CD Release: 7:30 pm Live! On Elgin 220 Elgin Street Ottawa, ON  Come out for tunes, drinks, and merriment to celebrate the official release of The Bay Street Sessions by Alexis MacIsaac and Calum MacKenzie. Please join them, as well as several guests artists who will be joining them throughout the evening.  Alexis MacIsaac and Calum MacKenzie have established a unique musical partnership that combines Cape Breton piano playing with a modern approach to Celtic fiddle. While Calum's musical approach has been heavily influenced by his Hebridean roots and his native Cape Breton culture, Alexis' playing is a multi-faceted harmonization of Irish, Scottish, and Cape Breton styles. Though their respective approaches to music are distinct, together they create a clean and seamless sound that is nonetheless grounded in tradition. As a fiddle player, Alexis has performed throughout North America, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and the United Arab Emirates with acts such as Riverdance, The High Kings, and The Paperboys, while Calum has been fortunate to play with, and accompany, many local Cape Breton artists and international musicians both at home and abroad in the Caribbean and in Scotland on piano and fiddle. Tickets $10 advance, $15 at the door. Buy online

Feb 5 —Pub Session: 2pm-5pm - Location TBA. Cape Breton music live and informal. 

Feb 19 —Pub Session: 2pm-5pm - Location TBA. Cape Breton music live and informal.

Mar 5 —Pub Session: 2pm-5pm - Location TBA.

Mar 19 —Pub Session: 2pm-5pm - Location TBA.

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How to Host a House Session 

All you need is a space big enough to put 6-8 fiddlers in, some chairs without arms, and a willingness to listen to the same tune played over and over again as we practice. If you have a piano let us know, otherwise we'll bring our own keyboard. We can also bring folding chairs. Sessions are BYOB but usually the hosts provide some non-alcoholic beverages and a little something for snack time. Interested? Talk to Aylene or Beth or send an email to cbsession@cbsession.com 
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Open Jam Sessions: 1st and 3rd Sunday of every month.  Sessions are led by Aylene, or sometimes other folks. This session is a mix of session and solo playing, let us know if you have something special to share with the group. Sheet music permitted. Generally a pretty fast pace. Jam ouverte avec concentration sur le pieces de l’ile du Cap Breton, de l’Écosse et de Glengarry. Apportez un instrument ou venez partager une chanson avec nous. Ou, venez savourez la musique et notre plaisir. On ne sait jamais qui s’y présentera, mais c’est certainement toujours un groupe avec un accueil amical avec qui passer l’après-midi.

House Sessions: 2nd and 4th Sunday of every month 2pm-5pm various locations. More of a practice session, slower pace for learning new tunes. Mainly aimed at those who read music or learn by ear quickly. For intermediate/advanced players. Session à domicile:  Session à vitesse moyennement accéléré où apprender de nouveau ‘sets’ de pieces, généralement  à partir de feuilles de musique mais aussi ‘à l’oreil’. Lieu idéal pour faire l’essaie d’une  nouvelle chanson, ou pratiquer de nouvelles pieces avant de les jouer à la session au pub. C’est aussi un bon temps pour faire du ‘social’ avec des gens forts sympatiques et pour savourer des grignotines délicieuses.

Reel Slooow Jams: The Reel Slooow Jam is an occasional and irregular gathering for those who are new to playing fiddle (or piano or guitar) and who would like to learn Cape Breton tunes. The focus is on tunes such as airs and waltzes, as well as playing jigs and reels from the session repertoire but at a slow learning pace with more time for those who don't read music to learn by ear. On vise les débutant(e)s au violon (ou piano ou guitar) qui désirent apprendre le pieces de l’Isle du Cap Breton dans un millieux amical et sans pression. Plusieurs aires et valses lentes ainsi que des jigues et des reels à partir du repertoire régulier, mais à une vitesse plus lente; ceci donnera plus de temps à ceux et celles qui ne savent pas lire la musique a apprendre à l’oreil. Vérifier la page “Tunes” pour la liste le plus souvent joué au Slow Jam (“jam lent”).

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