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Ottawa Cape Breton Session provides 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 a few of 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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House sessions will be taking a break over the summer, while the fiddlers take part in several community and fun events that are happening this year. Read about some of these special events below, and stay tuned for summer fiddle parties to be announced in the coming weeks.  Pub sessions continue all summer long - alternating east and west end locations. Hope to see lots of fiddlers, singers, guitar and mandolin players out to enjoy the fun and fellowship.

June 25 —Reel Slooow Jam: 2pm-5pm - Hosted by Gary and Debbie at 138 Chimo Dr. Kanata. Queensway 417 to Kanata, exit at Castlefrank on left at the light. Last RSJ session before summer break! 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. BYOB

June 25 —House Session: 2pm-5pm - Hosted by Dave and Cynthia Barnes at  3 Woodhill Crescent (Blackburn Hamlet) 613-837-6938. Last house session before the summer break! 417 east to Innes/turn left, take Innes eastbound past Blair/watch for sign to Blackburn Hamlet/turn left off Bypass on to Innes (main road through Blackburn) /turn left on Tauvette, then right on Southpark/take the second entrance to Woodhill, on the left/house is the second on the right. BYOB Google Map  Parking in double driveway (4 cars) and on both sides of Woodhill.

July 1 —Canada Day Ceilidh - 1pm to whenever. Potluck BBQ hosted by Ken and Nicole Roy.  Celebrate Canada Day with some tunes and summer fun Cape Breton Style. This will be a combined jam session for both the OCBS regulars and the Reel Slooow Jam groups. CB Club members and supporters of OCBS are also invited to share in this musical family event. Bring your spouses and children along, and your swimsuits and lawnchairs too, and don't forget your instruments! There is a safe waterfront area on Lac MacGregor for swimming and lots of outdoor play space. Hamburgers and hotdogs, and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided. Bring either a salad or a dessert or a snack to share, and as always  BYOB . For more information, or to  RSVP  email Ken at kenneth@ncf.ca or call Ken or Nicole by phone at 819-503-8153. If the weather is fine come early to swim and have outdoor fun. If the weather is not fine, there is lots of space to move indoors to play tunes. 53 Bourgade St. Val des Monts, PQ.  Google Map . From Gatineau take Highway 50. Turn left (north) on QC-366/Boulevard Lorrain towards Val des Monts. Continue for 14km then turn left onto Chemin de la Bourgade. Keep right at the stop sign, look for a beige bungalow three houses down. Lots of parking in the driveway or on the street if you prefer.

July 2 —Pub Session: 2pm-5pm -The Barley Mow 1541 Merivale Rd. From the 416 take the Maitland Ave. exit southbound, you'll end up right on Merivale Rd. There is parking in front of the building, enter off Capilano Dr. or Merivale northbound. Tons more parking just behind the building (by the gas station). On bus route 176.  Website 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.

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July 8 —Maxville Concert Tour - We're looking for fiddlers, guitar players etc. to join us for a couple of community events in Glengarry. First up at 1pm our group will play a couple of sets at the Music for Malcom charitable event at the Maxville Arena Hall. Immediately following that we'll do the 3 minute drive over to Maxville Manor to spread some Cape Breton cheer among the residents. Following the concert the manor will provide refreshements and social time. If you can join us for these worthwhile events please RSVP to cbsession@cbsession.com. More details...



July 16 —Pub Session: 2pm-5pm - Celebrate summer with us at  Grace O'Malley's East Coast Pub 1151 Ogilvie Road Google Map Join us under the dory (near the lobster traps) to play some music, or bring some friends to listen to down home music and meet old friends or maybe make some new friends!  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.

July 26 —Glengarry Practice: 7pm - Metcalfe Centre, Maxville, ON. Practice session for massed fiddle performance at the Glengarry Highland Games.  Massed fiddles will play on Fri Aug. 4 evening, and Sat. Aug 5 afternoon. You must attend one of the practices to receive free admission to the games on Friday and Saturday. Music is available in PDF form and midi form at:
http://glengarrycelticmusic.com/massed-fiddle-tunes/

Aug 2 —Glengarry Practice: 6:30pm - Meet the Cape Breton Fiddler's Association folks and practice the massed fiddle tunes at this Wednesday evening event.

Aug 4/5 —Massed Fiddles at Glengarry Games: Details here.

Aug 6 —Pub Session: 2pm-5pm -The Barley Mow 1541 Merivale Rd. Just in case you didn't get enough Cape Breton fiddle music at the Glengarry Games, we'll be playing more music today. From the 416 take the Maitland Ave. exit southbound, you'll end up right on Merivale Rd. There is parking in front of the building, enter off Capilano Dr. or Merivale northbound. Tons more parking just behind the building (by the gas station). On bus route 176.  Website 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.

Aug 20 —Pub Session: 2pm-5pm - Grace O'Malley's East Coast Pub 1151 Ogilvie Road Google Map Join us under the dory (near the lobster traps) to play some music, or bring some friends to listen to down home music and meet old friends or maybe make some new friends!  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
Local events for those who enjoy the music and culture of Cape Breton Island. Events listed may be sponsored by a variety of different organizations, but all have at least some Cape Breton music, or Cape Breton artists performing.

Fiddleheads Musical Theatre at Ottawa Fringe Festival: This performance  has LOTS of great fiddle music – Ottawa Valley, Métis, French-Canadian, Irish, Cape Breton, and even Polish fiddle tunes!   SPARKS STREET BALLAD: A CANADIAN TALE OF THOMAS D’ARCY MCGEE - History comes alive when Thomas D’Arcy McGee moves into Mrs. Trotter’s boarding house on Sparks Street. There to help forge a vision of Confederation, McGee is horrified to learn that his new lodgings are home to a boisterous group of young fiddlers who meet for their weekly practices. As he learns to appreciate their music and energy, the children offer McGee an important lesson about the real meaning of community. Set during the final months of McGee’s life, this is a story about cultural differences and acceptance in celebration of Canada’s 150th. Blending history and fiction, music and drama, this play will have your toes tapping! 

June 10 1pm—Academic Hall, University of Ottawa campus
June 17 1:30pm—Academic Hall, University of Ottawa campus
Link to tickets and venue information: http://ottawafringe.com/shows/sparks-street-ballad/

May 20 – September 4  from noon to 8pm —Check out the Cape Breton exhibit in Inspiration Village in the Byward Market, and experience Cape Bretoners’ warm hospitality. You’ll meet kindred spirits, realize that strangers are not really strangers here and your heart will sing! Chat with Cape Bretoners who will share personal stories about their beautiful island, share historical facts and help you plan your next visit! Discover some of Cape Breton’s most famous attractions including Cabot Trail, first-class golf courses, historical and cultural landmarks and five star culinary experiences. Plus, see two authentic lobster traps!

July 8 —Music for Malcolm: 1pm-5pm - Maxville Arena Hall  If you like Fiddle, Step dance and Celtic song - you will not want to miss the 5th Annual Music for Malcolm! Malcom Dewar taught music, was a part of and led many groups in Ottawa and Glengarry. He continued to play, compete (and win) well into his years with Alzheimer’s. When he could barely remember anything else, he could still pick up his fiddle and play. Music plays the same role for many, this annual event is a tribute to Malcom which will raise funds for "The Malcolm Dewar Music Bursury" for the preservation of Old Time and Scottish Music. Bursaries are given each year to young fiddle students primarily in the Glengarry area to support their learning. In the last two years several students of Ian MacLeod and David McPhee have been recipients. This year’s event has rounded up some fine talent - old favourites, and new performers to brighten your Saturday afternoon. Ottawa Cape Breton Session players will be playing a few sets, come down some great fiddle music and support youth fiddlers. All ages welcome| Variety of solo and group performances|Big open dance floor| Step Dancers|50/50 draw|Cash bar|Lunch served. Maxville Arena Hall (Google Map) Advance tickets $20.  For advance tickets: (613)859-7869 or dawn.kathleen@yahoo.com.

July 8 —National Arts Centre: 7:30pm   Natalie MacMaster - A Canadian Fiddle Celebration NAC Southam Hall, 1 Elgin Street, Ottawa.  One of Cape Breton’s best-loved Celtic fiddlers returns to the National Arts Centre and Canada Scene for an epic evening of music celebrating Canada’s diverse fiddle traditions.  More...

Aug 4/5 —Fiddling at Glengarry Highland Games:
FIDDLE SCHEDULE FRIDAY
Arena Hall : 2:00pm - 5:00 pm Youth Fiddlers’ Showcase
Metcalfe Centre: 4:10pm - 4:30 pm Cape Breton Fiddle Assoc.
Arena Hall : 5:00pm - 5:20 pm Cape Breton Fiddle Assoc.
Arena Hall 5:30pm - 6:00 pm Glengarry & Cape Breton Massed Fiddlers
Main Stage: 6:30pm The Glengarry & Cape Breton Massed Fiddlers (concert in front
of grandstand)

FIDDLE SCHEDULE SATURDAY
Arena Hall: 9:30 am - 11:30 am Arena Hall Fiddle Workshop & Mini Concert with Doug Leahy & Family
1:30 pm - 5:00 pm Fiddlers’ Concert with The Glengarry Fiddlers, The Cape Breton Fiddlers
& visiting musicians

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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 les 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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